Archive for November, 2016

28/11/2016

Bangladesh Pushes Back Rohingya Refugees amid Collective Punishment in Myanmar

By Amnesty International

As the Myanmar authorities are subjecting the Rohingya Muslim minority to collective punishment, thousands of refugees who have made it across the border to Bangladesh in desperate need of humanitarian assistance are being forcibly pushed back in flagrant violation of international law, Amnesty International on 24 November 2016 said.

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“The Rohingya are being squeezed by the callous actions of both the Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities. Fleeing collective punishment in Myanmar, they are being pushed back by the Bangladeshi authorities

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28/11/2016

Rohingya Tribunal Request to Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal

Human Wrongs Watch

Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor

TRANSCEND Media Service – 28 November 2016

Mr Franco Ippolito, President
Dr Gianni Tognoni, Secretary General
Ms Simona Fraudatario, Coordination

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal
Rome, Italy

We, the undersigned group of researchers, academics, and activists, in coalition with global Rohingya refugees, hereby request that the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) take up the urgent case of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority. We make this request in response to the well documented unfolding and escalating genocide in Rakhine state, Myanmar.

We ask that the Tribunal examine the current crisis in the context of historical evidence of recurring patterns of persecution by the Myanmar state against the Rohingya, that have precipitated at least three waves of mass exodus since the 1970s.

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28/11/2016

500,000 Children Living Under Siege in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

28 November 2016 – As the number of children living under siege has doubled in less than one year to nearly 500,000 amid escalating violence across Syria, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for lifting sieges and allowing immediate humanitarian access..

In Syria, Abdulaziz, 10, who lost his father during the war, comes to the ‘Land of Childhood’ underground playground to play and spend time with his friends. Photo: UNICEF/ Alshami

28/11/2016

UN Security Council Seats Taken by Arms Exporters

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 28 2016 (IPS) – Nine of the world’s top ten arms exporters will sit on the UN Security Council between mid-2016 and mid-2018.

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The UN Security Council. Credit: UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The nine include four rotating members — Spain, Ukraine, Italy and the Netherlands — from Europe, as well as the council’s five permanent members — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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28/11/2016

‘EU neither specified propaganda, nor gave Russian media right to defend’ – IFJ president to RT

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On Wednesday [23 November] the European Parliament voted to pass a resolution to “respond to information warfare by Russia.” In a report written by Polish MEP Anna Fotyga, RT and Sputnik news agency were singled out as being among the most dangerous “tools” of “hostile propaganda.”

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28/11/2016

When Gang Violence Strikes at Home, Honduran Moms Flee

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‘Raped, beaten and abused by their gangbanger partners, Honduran women find safety in Mexico where a legal change recognizes gender violence as grounds for asylum.’

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Brenda, 39, was abused by her partner for 10 years. © UNHCR/Daniele Volpe

Nine-year-old Gabriel* does not like to speak much about his home in Honduras, but he can vividly describe one of his father’s final outbursts.

“He came home all crazy one night and he grabbed my mom by her hair and went Pow! Pow! Pow!” he says, miming the blows raining down on Brenda. “By the time he was done with my mom, we all had blood on us.”

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28/11/2016

Judging Castro: The Best We Can Say Is that the World Wasn’t Ready for Him

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By Tony Robinson*

27.11.2016 – Budapest, Hungary  (Presenza)* – Yesterday [26 Nov.], very early in the morning, the news reached Europe of the death of Fidel Castro, the former leader of the Caribbean island of Cuba at the age of 90 years of age.
Judging Castro: the best we can say is that the world wasn’t ready for him

Source of photo: Pressenza

With the pleasure of having hundreds of friends and acquaintances in Latin America my Facebook feed was immediately inundated with a mixture of tributes and denunciations.

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28/11/2016

Over 500 Million People Rely on Livestock Herding, But…

 

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Rome, 25 November 2016 (FAO)* Assuring adequate tenure rights to land is an important step in improving food security for millions of people in developing countries, but safeguarding tenure isn’t so straightforward when it comes to the way land is used by mobile pastoralist communities.

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Pastoralists’ complex tenure rights are key to community resilience| FAO

More than 500 million people on the planet rely on livestock herding, often steering their animals around various landscapes to reach water and pasture sources and avoid drought, animal disease and civil conflict.

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28/11/2016

Project for the New American Century

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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 November 2016

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The Project for the New American Century (PNAC) was a neoconservative[1][2][3] think tank based in Washington, D.C. that focused on United States foreign policy. It was established as a non-profit educational organization in 1997, and founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.[4][5]

The PNAC’s stated goal was “to promote American global leadership.”[6] The organization stated that “American leadership is good both for America and for the world,” and sought to build support for “a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity.”[7]

Of the twenty-five people who signed the PNAC’s founding statement of principles, ten went on to serve in the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, and Paul Wolfowitz.[8][9][10][11]

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27/11/2016

Comandante Fidel: Combatant to the End

Human Wrongs Watch

By: Dr. Helen Yaffe*, (telesur)*  

26 November 2016, Fidel’s genius was his ability to meet the need for tactical steps, responding to the day’s urgencies, without losing sight of the strategic direction.

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This file photo taken in the 1960s shows then Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro (L) lighting a cigar while listens Argentine Ernesto Che Guevara. | Photo: AFP | Source: telesur

It could have been the armed struggle, terrorism, assassination or the serious illness which, at his own admission, nearly killed him in 2006; but in the end Fidel Castro lived through it all to die in peace.

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