Archive for May 19th, 2016

19/05/2016

Middle East – The Mother of All Humanitarian Crises

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 19 May 2016 (IPS) – When, in March 2015, delegates from the Middle East met in Amman for their regional consultations round in preparation for the May 23-24 World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, most likely what they had in mind is the fact that their region was –and still is– the dramatic set of “the mother of all humanitarian crises.”
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In March 2016, a mother walks through misty weather with her two sons along train tracks in Idomeni, Greece. Credit: ©UNICEF/UN012794/Georgie

In March 2016, a mother walks through misty weather with her two sons along train tracks in Idomeni, Greece. Credit: ©UNICEF/UN012794/Georgie

Nevertheless, as a sort of reminder, the United Nations told them again: “millions of people, from Libya to Palestine, from Yemen to Syria and Iraq, have had their lives completely overturned by violence.”

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19/05/2016

The Superdelegates Must Vote for Sanders

Human Wrongs Watch   

By John Scales Avery* 

10 May 2016

There is a real danger that fascism could come to the United States if the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25-28, chooses the candidate that Trump could beat, Hillary Clinton.

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**Senator Clinton listens as the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Mike Mullen, responds to a question during his 2007 confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee. | Wikimedia Commons: “This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.”

Recent public opinion polls show Clinton beating Trump by a narrow margin in the November presidential election, while Sanders beats Trump by more than twice that amount.

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19/05/2016

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

19 May 2016

I have enjoyed reading accounts and seeing photos of those committed and courageous climate activists who participated in the recent Break Free from Fossil Fuels actions conducted at various locations in 13 countries from 4-15 May 2016. See ‘Break Free from Fossil Fuels‘. 

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Mahatma Gandhi and his spinning wheel | Photo provided by Robert J. Burrowes

Much of what was done was creative (some of it demonstrating considerable flair) and, mostly, how it was done reflected a sound understanding off nonviolent principles and dynamics to which virtually all activists adhered.

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