Archive for January 11th, 2016

11/01/2016

Syria – Minding the Minds

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

11 January 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service 

, in And All of a Sudden Syria!: “The “big five” /the UN veto powers/ have just agreed /Res 2254 of 18-12-2015/–time to end the Syrian five-year long human tragedy–they waited until 300,000 innocent civilians were killed–4,5 million humans lost as refugees and homeless at home, hundreds of field testing of state-of-the-art drones made, and daily US, British, French and Russian bombing carried out”. No Chinese bombing.

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Johan Galtung

One term in the resolution, road map, already spells failure.

There is another reason: missing issues. But something can be done. Roads twist, turn and may be far from straight. Traveling a road is a linear, one step or mile-stone after another, process, by the map.

The West loves linearity; as causal chains (“falling dominoes”) from a root cause; as deductive chains from axioms; as ranks from high to low.

However, is that not how the world is, moving in time, causes-effects, axioms-consequences, rank, power, over others? Are roads not rather useful? They are. Is there an alternative to a road map? There is.

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11/01/2016

Criminalizing Children in the Name of National Security

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*
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10 January 2016 (RT) – There is a new trend in town and it involves children – to be more precise it involves the criminalization of children based on their parents’ religious denomination. America is now ready to take on sectarian profiling to a whole new level of crazy.
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© UNICEF Syrian Arab Republic/2015/Soliman | Sisters Ghaithaa, Israa and Aisha, at home. The girls have suffered great loss during the Syrian conflict and find some solace in a child-friendly space in Qamishli.

Muslims are once more at the center of a budding storm, a new trend looking to criminalize not faith, or even ethnicity, but children.

If you thought neoconservatives and their fear-mongering legions could not stoop any lower, with their calls for ethno-sectarian profiling and monitoring of communities’ activities under the convenient banner of national security, you are in for a rude awakening.

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11/01/2016

Saudi-Iran Tensions Will Not Hamper Efforts to Resolve Syria Conflict – UN Special Envoy

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, on 10 January 2016 concluded his regional consultations with meetings in Tehran, where he received assurances from his interlocutors that regional current tensions would not affect Iran’s engagement in facilitating the holding of upcoming Geneva talks on ending the crisis in Syria.

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Heavily damaged buildings in Homs, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Juliette Touma

According to a note issued by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, de Mistura told a press conference in the Iranian capital that he had useful exchanges with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Deputy Foreign Minister Hussein Amir-Abdollahian.

De Mistura updated his interlocutors on preparations for the upcoming Geneva talks on Syria.

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11/01/2016

Africa Focuses on Women Rights, Reaffirms Solidarity with Sahrawi People in Struggle for Self Determination

Human Wrongs Watch

The African Union (AU) will hold it 26th Summit from 21st to the 31st January 2016, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the Summit is: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with particular focus on the Rights of Women.”

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Credit: Commission of the African Union

 

Meanwhile, the AU has reaffirmed its solidarity with the Sahawai people “in their struggle for self determination,” and congratulated the “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic for smooth and peaceful Congress and elections.”

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