Archive for January 26th, 2016

26/01/2016

Mexico Creates First and Second-Class Migrants

Human Wrongs Watch

MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 2016 (IPS) – The Mexican government’s decision to grant humanitarian visas to Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica contrasts sharply with the poor treatment received by the tens of thousands of Central American migrants who face myriad risks as they make their way through this country on their long journey to the United States, social organisations and activists complain.
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A group of Central American migrants walking along a trail in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, at the start of their long journey across Mexico on their way to the United States. Credit: Courtesy Médecins Sans Frontières – Mexico

A group of Central American migrants walking along a trail in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, at the start of their long journey across Mexico on their way to the United States. Credit: Courtesy Médecins Sans Frontières – Mexico

Although migrant rights activists put the greatest blame on the United States, complaining that Cuban immigrants are given privileged treatment across the border, they also accuse Mexico of fomenting the differences.

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26/01/2016

One Step to a Change in Mideast Relations Is a Change in the U.S. Mindset

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kristin Christman*

25 January 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Ten thousand Americans are killed annually by drunk American drivers. Fourteen Americans were killed in December by two Muslims. So Donald Trump suggests banning — alcohol? No; he wants to ban Muslim immigrants. And Muslims don’t even drink.

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**Trump speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland | Author: Gage Skidmore | Wikimedia Commons

Candidates’ tough talk is not about saving lives. It’s about ignorance. ISIS and Al Qaeda adhere to hijacked forms of Islam which reject Islam’s call for peaceful tolerance.

Furthermore, the ability of ISIS to attract global followers doesn’t even stem from its intolerant ideology, but rather from its determination to resist foreign and sectarian domination.

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26/01/2016

Governments Must Act to Reverse Alarming Rise in Childhood Obesity, UN Report Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

Facing a global epidemic in childhood obesity with the number of overweight children under five on track to jump from 42 million to 70 million over the next decade, a United Nations report on 25 January 2016 called on governments to reverse the trend by promoting healthy foods and physical activity.

Children play outdoors at a school in Curaçao, the Netherlands. Photo: UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne

The marketing of unhealthy foods and non-alcoholic beverages is a major factor in the alarming increase, which rose from 31 million in 1990 to 41 million in 2014, particularly in the developing world, with the greatest rise coming from low- and middle-income countries, according to the report by the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO).

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26/01/2016

Delayed Intra-Syrian Talks to Begin on 29 January in ‘Uphill’ Bid for Ceasefire

Human Wrongs Watch

Intra-Syrian talks that were scheduled to begin in Geneva on 25 January 2016 under United Nations sponsorship will now start on Friday 29 January, with the first priority being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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A family flees an active conflict neighbourhood in eastern Ghouta, Syria, using a cart to carry their belongings. Photo: UNICEF/Amer Al Shami

But in announcing the new date, for which invitations will be sent out tomorrow, Special UN Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said he is under no illusions about the difficulties in ending a war that has killed over 250,000 people, sent over 4 million fleeing the country, displaced 6.5 million internally, and put 13.5 million people inside the country in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

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26/01/2016

Struggles for a Better World Are All Threatened by the Inequality Crisis – New Alliance

Human Wrongs Watch

20 January 2016 (Oxfam)* – As the world’s rich and powerful gather in Davos for the World Economic Forum, an alliance of top international charities, human rights campaigners, women’s rights groups, green groups, civil society organizations and trade unions has come together to fight the growing crisis of inequality.

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Source: OXFAM International

In a joint statement, the alliance, including ActionAid, Amnesty International, Oxfam, Greenpeace and the International Trade Union Confederation warns that growing inequality threatens progress on development, environment, women’s rights and human rights.

The alliance statement says ‘“Struggles for a better world are all threatened by the inequality crisis that is spiralling out of control. Across the world, we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest reach extremes not seen in a century.’

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