Archive for April 12th, 2016

12/04/2016

Remembering Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising

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By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate*

11 April 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – 

bpic Mairead MaguireWhen the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, the Irish military, government members and many Irish people gathered in Dublin, on Easter Sunday (27 March 2016) to remember the Easter Rising of 1916, some of his challenging words were addressed to the young generation.

He encouraged them ‘to imagine and to dream,’ and he said that ‘we wish them well as they make music and continue to dream’.  The leaders of 1916 had political hopes and dreams.

President Higgins said, ‘For the leaders of 1916, their political hopes and aspirations for what a free Irish Republic might be, were linked to a rich Irish culture which they cherished and promoted.

Within that vision, their ancient Irish language and culture, informed by our history and migration, was central to everything for which they hoped and fought.’

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12/04/2016

A Decalogue to Understand Terrorism and Its Consequences

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, April – The recent Brussels massacre has created a short term reaction, which ignores a long term projection. All the debate is now about security, police reinforcement, new military strategies, as if terrorism can be solved just as a matter of public order.

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Roberto Savio

It is of critical importance to take a more global and comprehensive approach, and accept that we are facing a problem that needs to be approached from various angles.

Given the usual restrictions on length of articles in media outlets, a real analytical piece must wait for another occasion.

I therefore request readers to refer to the links to some of my previous, in order to have detailed information on points that I am not able to address adequately in this article.

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12/04/2016

Negotiating Syria’s Future with Terrorists?

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By Catherine Shakdam*

9 April 2016 (RT) – Against all logic, and many would argue reason, Western powers have allowed for dangerous radical factions to hold a great many cards in the carving of Syria’s future, arguing pluralism and an imperious need for fair political representation.

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Photo: WFP (file) | In a boost to international humanitarian efforts in Syria, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on | On 10 April 2016 delivered aid by air for hungry people trapped in the besieged eastern city of Deir Ezzor, an area controlled by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).

But what happens when such parties, such democratic pawns, prove to be radicalism’s most rapacious tools – the very expression of the terror Western powers and their allies have so longingly claimed to have ambitions to destroy?

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12/04/2016

Jakob von Uexküll and the World Future Council

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By John Scales Avery*

In a recent speech to the World Future Council, the distinguished writer, philanthropist, activist and former politician Jacob von Uexküll outlined the future dangers facing our world with an accuracy and eloquence that has seldom been equaled. Here is a link to his speech

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**World Future Council’s Founder Jakob von Uexküll

Jakob von Uexküll belongs to a brilliant family.

His grandfather was a famous Baltic-Genman physiologist who founded the discipline of Biosemiotics.

Besides being a former Member of the European Parliament and a leader of the German Green Party, von Uexküll himself founded both the Right Livlihood Award (sometimes called the Alternative Nobel Prize) and also the World Future Council.

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12/04/2016

The Case of Soldier A

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By Uri Avnery*

9 April 2016
IT SEEMS that everything possible has already been said, written, proclaimed, asserted and denied about the incident that is rocking Israel.

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Uri Avnery

Everything except the main point.

THE INCIDENT revolves around “the Soldier of Hebron”. Military censorship does not allow him to be called by his name. He may be called “Soldier A”.

It happened in the Tel Rumaida neighborhood of the occupied South West Bank town of Hebron, where a group of super-extreme right-wing settlers live in the midst of some 160,000 Palestinians and are heavily protected by the Israeli army. Violent incidents abound.

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12/04/2016

Violence, Use of Teargas against Refugees ‘Matter of Great Worry’ – UN

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The United Nations refugee agency on 11 April 2016 expressed concern about yesterday’s violence at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia near Eidomeni and the extensive scenes of teargas in use.

Two little boys warm up by a fire outside the camping tent that has been provided for them by humanitarian organisations in Idomeni, Greece. Photo: UNICEF/Tomislav Georgiev

Spokesperson Adrian Edwards of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) described the development as “a matter of great worry” to the agency, stressing that it should be such a matter to all who are concerned with Europe’s response to the situation of refugees and migrants.

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12/04/2016

Displaced Palestinian Families in Gaza Strip Live in ‘Fraught Conditions’

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More than 75,000 Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip as a result of the 2014 escalation of hostilities continue to live in fraught conditions and are in need of homes, the United Nations relief coordination wing for the Occupied Palestinian Territory on 11 April 2016 reported.

A major survey on internally displaced persons in the Gaza Strip finds that 75,000 are still in need of homes. Photo: OCHA

In a press release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said it conducted an “unprecedented profiling exercise” of Palestinian families internally displaced in the Gaza Strip.

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