Archive for June 24th, 2016

24/06/2016

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME,23  June 2016 (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.”

Families from Falluja, Iraq, continue to flee from the city as fighting continues. Credit: ©UNHCR/Anmar Qusay

Families from Falluja, Iraq, continue to flee from the city as fighting continues. Credit: ©UNHCR/Anmar Qusay

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

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24/06/2016

France’s Syrian Policy: If You Can’t Beat Them – Balkanize Them!

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By Catherine Shakdam*

21 June 2016 (RT)* As the Syrian Arab Army is brokering new grounds against what mainstream media still calls “the opposition”, France has hardened its tone, keen to militarily enter the fray to salvage, or rather, claim its stake over Syria.
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**Two destroyed tanks in front of a mosque in Azaz, Syria. | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Source: Flickr: Azaz, Syria | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimdia Commons

Earlier this June, media reports broke news that Paris invested its Special Forces in northern Syria to assist the Kurds in their efforts against ISIL – all part, Paris said, of a broader counter-terrorism operation in the region.

In an address made to the Public Senat TV, France Defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed that Paris was “providing support through weapons supplies, air presence and advice.”

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24/06/2016

Children of a Lesser God: Trafficking Soars in India

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NEW DELHI, Jun 20 2016 (IPS) – Sunita Pal, a frail 17-year-old, lies in a tiny bed in the women’s ward of New Delhi’s Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Her face and head swathed in bandages, with only a bruised eye and swollen lips visible, the girl recounts her ordeal to a TV channel propped up by a pillow. She talks of her employers beating her with a stick every day, depriving her of food and threatening to kill her if she dared report her misery to anybody.
 

Children from rural areas and disempowered homes are ideal targets for trafficking in India and elsewhere. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPS

Children from rural areas and disempowered homes are ideal targets for trafficking in India and elsewhere. Credit: Neeta Lal/IPS

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24/06/2016

“Widows Often Stigmatized, Suffer Discrimination Based on Age and Gender”

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With nearly half the world’s 259 million widows living poverty, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 23 June 2016 urged greater efforts to “make them more visible in our societies” and ensure they are a vital part of the UN Sustainable Development Agenda’s pledge to ‘leave no one behind.’

Ivorian widows run a small restaurant in Yopougon with the help of the non-governmental organization, Les Compagnes de Ruth. UN Photo/Ky Chung

“Widows are often stigmatized by their families and communities. Many suffer discrimination based on age and gender. Some have lived lives marked by physical and sexual abuse,” noted Ban in his message for International Widows’ Day.

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24/06/2016

USA Right Now, Worse Than Ever, But …?

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By Johan Galtung*

23 Jun3 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Take the candidate debate about nomination and election, focused on Trump’s buffoonery and Sanders’ ineligibility. Hillary?–on using a private account.

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Johan Galtung

Few words wasted on her foreign policy of massive belligerence, warfare. In the tradition, Zoltan Grossman[i] documents: 151 military interventions from Wounded Knee in 1890; and in spite of the war fatigue expressed by Trump, Cruz, Sanders–even by Obama.

And US reality?  John Pilger[ii]: “Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president”.

The Wall Street Journal (30 May 2016) had a full page on the new Navy railgun projectiles with ultra-speed that can penetrate any armor.

No peacefare; no sign of conciling trauma, of solving conflicts.

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24/06/2016

‘Medieval’ Sieges, Barrel Bombs Are ‘Disgusting Reality’ in Syria’

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23 June 2016 – The recent “stuttering momentum” in delivering humanitarian aid to Syria’s besieged and hard-to-reach populations must be significantly expanded in the second half of 2016, the United Nations humanitarian chief told the Security Council today, warning that progress made to date was only “a trickle” of the country’s overwhelming needs.

Unicef distributing water and hygiene items to Yazidi IDPs who crossed from Syria into Kurdistan, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF

“There is something fundamentally wrong in a world where attacks on hospitals and schools […] have become so commonplace that they cease to incite any reaction,” said Stephen O’Brien, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, in a briefing to the 15-member body.

24/06/2016

African Fisheries Plundered by Foreign Fleets

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WASHINGTON, 24 June 2016 (IPS) – In 2011, Dyhia Belhabib was a volunteer in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver when she was asked to participate in the Sea Around Us’s project to determine how much fish had been taken out of the world’s oceans since 1950 in order to better avoid depleting the remaining populations of fish.

Artisanal fisheries are being hit by subsidised, foreign vessels. Credit: Christopher Pala/IPS

Artisanal fisheries are being hit by subsidised, foreign vessels. Credit: Christopher Pala/IPS

Belhabib had studied fisheries science in her native Algeria, so she was initially asked to oversee the Algeria component. 

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24/06/2016

Record 29 Million People Drug-Dependent; Heroin Use Up Sharply

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23 June 2016 – The number of people suffering from drug use disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years in 2014, while the number of people who used at least one drug stayed at five per cent of the adult population, according to the annual report prepared by the United Nations.

Drug dependence treatment in Myanmar. Photo: UNODC

The World Drug Report 2016, which examines the health impact of using opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS), was released today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), ahead of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on 26 June.

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24/06/2016

Livelihoods, Food Security at High Risk in Lake Chad Basin

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The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 23 June 2016 said it is providing agricultural and livelihood assistance to affected host communities and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin as a result of massive population displacements and insecurity that are putting livelihoods and food security at high risk.
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As of June 2016, 4.6 million people are severely food insecure in the Lake Chad basin, of which 65 per cent are located in Northeast Nigeria, especially in the Borno and Yobe States. Photo: FAO/Patrick David

 In a press release, FAO said that as of June, 4.6 million people are severely food insecure in the Lake Chad Basin, of which 65 per cent are located in northeast Nigeria, especially in Borno and Yobe states.
24/06/2016

Latin America and Caribbean – Social Inclusion Stalled, Beginning to Reverse

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Countries in the Latin America region should carry out a strategic reorientation of their labour market policies in order to increase productivity and address rising unemployment resulting from an economic slowdown, a new report by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) on 23 June 2016 urged.

A woman attends her post in a market in zone 3, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Photo: World Bank/Maria Fleischmann | Source: UN News Centre

The report, What works: Active labour market policies in Latin America and the Caribbean warns that the achievements made in the region since the 2000s, in terms of social inclusion and work quality, have stalled and are even beginning to reverse, which can lead to a dangerous “structural stagnation” in labour markets that could, in turn, generate an increase in inequality and informality and erosion in the middle class.

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