Archive for March 10th, 2016

10/03/2016

Don’t Know, Don’t Care

Human Wrongs Watch

How Afghans Won’t Be Deterred by Europe’s Border Restrictions

ATHENS/ISTANBUL/KABUL, 29 February 2016 (IRIN) – For the past week, Shaima and Mohamad Ahsad, both schoolteachers from Afghanistan, have slept on the ground in Victoria Square in Athens with their four young children. Over the weekend, the small park swelled with more than 500 migrants and refugees, most of them Afghans who, like the Ahsads, have been barred from continuing their journeys.

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Kostis Ntantamis/IRIN | The Ahsad family have spent the past week sleeping in this small park in central Athens

Until two weeks ago, Afghans were among three nationalities of refugees allowed to proceed to Macedonia and head northward to seek asylum in countries such as Germany and Sweden.

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10/03/2016

Philippe Lamberts: Europe’s Governments Have shown ‘Unconscionable Cowardice’ Over Migration Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

Philippe Lamberts is a Belgian MEP and co-chair of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament.

The EU-Turkey migration summit led to a series of proposals that have been roundly criticised, notably within the European Parliament. How would you assess the attitude of the European governments during the negotiations?

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10/03/2016

250,000 Children Living in Terror in Syria’s Besieged Areas

Human Wrongs Watch 

9 March 2016 (Save the Children)* A new report from Save the Children reveals that barrel bombs, air strikes and shelling are the biggest issues for the more than a quarter of a million children estimated to be living in besieged areas in Syria.
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Parents testify to the horror of family life under siege, not only dealing with the psychological impact on children terrified of explosions, but the dire consequences of being deprived of food, basic medicine and clean water.
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Recent moves to increase aid to besieged areas are welcome, but deliveries have been found to be ad-hoc, piecemeal and often stripped of vital supplies including medical equipment.
10/03/2016

Lula and the BRICS in a Fight to the Death

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pepe Escobar*

8 March 2016 (RT)“BRICS”(1) is the dirtiest of acronyms in the Beltway/Wall Street axis, and for a solid reason: the consolidation of the BRICS is the only organic, global-reach project with the potential to derail Exceptionalistan’s grip over the so-called “international community.”
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Former Brazilian president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, cheered by his supporters in São Paulo, after his detention and release | Credit: Ricardo Stuckert/ Instituto Lula | Source: IPS

So it’s no surprise the three key BRICS powers have been under simultaneous attack, on many fronts, for some time now.

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10/03/2016

Is There Any Hope for a Peaceful Result to the Geneva Talks on Syria?

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The Geneva talks that began on 29 January aiming to end the civil war in Syria were suspended and re-opened on 25 February(1). By the looks of the current status on the ground internationally, the talks will be trapped in a dead-end street.

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10/03/2016

When Sex Is the Currency: Corruption in the Arab World

Human Wrongs Watch

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She is not alone. Many women in the Arab World and across the globe face sexual exploitation, blackmail and assault by their superiors at work and by others with power elsewhere in exchange for services, access and benefits.

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10/03/2016

Brain Drain: The Neglected Mental Health of Refugees in Europe

Source: IRIN
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A Syrian woman is haunted by the memory of her husband dying from a cardiac arrest as they tried to cross the Turkish border with their four children.

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