Archive for August 5th, 2016

05/08/2016

Climate and Terrorism

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 3 August 2016 (IPS) – The media are increasingly reporting events in a basic manner, and have by and large abandoned the process of deep analysis. Now is the moment to focus our attention on terrorism. This topic will remain a pressing issue for quite some time.

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Roberto Savio

We now know that terrorism has many causes, which can be rooted in religion to feelings of social exclusion and from a desire for glory to the actions of a damaged psyche.

There is no way to fight against the unpredictable, and in mentally unstable minds emulation is an important factor.

The danger is that we will probably fall into the ISIS trap, and this kaleidoscope of confusion could subsequently result in a war of religion, which will further radicalize European Muslims.

In fact, until now, no act of terror has come from immigrants (except a mentally disturbed afghan).

Yet, it is important to take into account that for every European killed, there are over 120 Arabs who die because of ISIS.

Since the United Nations Conference on Climate Change concluded last December, climate topics have almost disappeared in media content, and in public debates.

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05/08/2016

Right to Education Still Elusive for Native People in Latin America

Human Wrongs Watch

SANTIAGO, 4 August, 2016 (IPS) – Education, the most powerful instrument in the struggle against exclusion and discrimination, is still elusive for indigenous people in Latin America who remain the most disadvantaged segment of the population despite their wide presence in the region.

Indigenous schoolchildren standing in front of the Miskhamayu school in an isolated part of Bolivia’s Andes highlands. Many students walk 12 km or more every day, along steep roads and trails from their remote villages, to get to school. Credit: Marisabel Bellido/IPS

Indigenous schoolchildren standing in front of the Miskhamayu school in an isolated part of Bolivia’s Andes highlands. Many students walk 12 km or more every day, along steep roads and trails from their remote villages, to get to school. Credit: Marisabel Bellido/IPS

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05/08/2016

The First-Ever Olympic Refugee Team

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 4 August 2016 paid a visit to the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he encouraged refugee athletes to show the world their strengths.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre) meets with the Olympic Refugee Team at the Olympic UN Photo/Mark Garten

“I know you have had very sad, terrible stories and experiences, but you are a source of inspiration for all of us. Your stories are very sad but, at the same time, you can be a source of hope for many people,” Ban told the refugee athletes – from South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia – who will make history by participating in the 2016 Olympic Games as part of the first-ever Olympic Refugee Team.

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05/08/2016

‘The Next UN Secretary General Should Be a Woman – and Must Be a Feminist’

Human Wrongs Watch

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Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM, 3 August, 2016 (IPS) – The process for arguably the top political job on the planet is well underway.  And the time is right for a woman and a feminist to take the helm.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The United Nations (UN) Security Council is continuing its consideration of candidates for the next UN Secretary-General, with the next “straw poll” due to take place on Friday August 5th.

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