Archive for January 29th, 2017

29/01/2017

Real Doomsday Clock Passed Midnight Long Ago

Human Wrongs Watch

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Doomsday Clock first appeared in 1947. Everyone was reeling from the photographs of the vaporization of Hiroshima. It was thought that atomic war would wipe out everyone on earth.

This almost happened in the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, which the top page of Google informs us was a “direct and dangerous confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War.”
29/01/2017

 US Congress Woman Tulsi Gabbard (D) Visits Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jan Oberg, TFF Director*

Lund, Sweden – January 26, 2017 (TFF) – Tulsi Gabbard* and former peace presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich (D) have just visited Aleppo and Damascus in Syria and met citizens, religious leaders and President Assad.

© Jan Oberg 2016

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29/01/2017

Desperate Refugees, Migrants in Serbia Face Freezing Temperatures

Hazrat, 16, an Afghan refugee, warms himself at a fire behind the main train station of Belgrade.   © UNHCR/Daniel Etter

Thanks to the efforts of the authorities, UNHCR and the humanitarian agencies in Serbia over the past several months, around 85 per cent of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants living in the country are now accommodated in heated government shelters.

Around 390 people have voluntarily sought shelter at the temporary Obrenovac facility since authorities opened it last week.

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29/01/2017

UN Hopes US Will Continue Protecting Those Fleeing Conflict, Persecution

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations agencies dealing with global refugee and migration issues on 28 January 2017 expressed the hope that the United States will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.

Displaced children and adults in Syria are seen in a vehicle after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 kilometres north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Delil Soulaiman

“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world,” says a joint statement from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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