Archive for January, 2017

29/01/2017

UN Hopes US Will Continue Protecting Those Fleeing Conflict, Persecution

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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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28/01/2017

“Serious Retreats” in Indigenous Rights Protection, Says UN Rapporteur

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 26 2017 (IPS) – As the 10-year anniversary for the Declaration on Indigenous Rights approaches, UN indigenous rights activists came together to assess the many challenges that still remain on the ground.

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Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten.

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted in 2007, is the first of its kind to recognise and highlight the importance of indigenous rights.

“The UN Declaration is a declaration that contains the collective nature of the rights of indigenous peoples. (It) is meant to bring about remedies to kinds of historical and current injustices that indigenous people suffer,” said UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz during a press briefing on 26 January.

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28/01/2017

How NATO Is Becoming a Threat to Europe

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Source: US Department of Defence.| Reposted from openDemocracy

“Is Russia preparing for war?” read the headline of an International Business Times article on January 12.

The story was about the movement of 4000 US troops, along with 87 American tanks and 144 armoured vehicles, into Poland.

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28/01/2017

UN Urges Trump to Backtrack on Banning Refugees

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28 January 2017 (RT)* – UN agencies issued a joint statement calling on Washington to continue letting refugees into the US after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning entry to Syrian refugees and suspending visas for visitors from six other Muslim-majority nations.
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Two young Iraqi boys, their family displaced by the fighting in Mosul, peek out through the zipper of their tent at Hasansham camp, as UNHCR delivers cold weather supplies, including warm blankets and stoves. Photo: UNHCR/Bathoul Ahmed

“The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater, and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world,” said Saturday’s joint statement from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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28/01/2017

President Kong

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By Uri Avnery*

28/01/17

I KNEW he reminded me of somebody, but I couldn’t quite place it. Who was it who pounded his chest with such vigor?

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Uri Avnery

And then I remembered. It was the hero of a movie that was produced when I was 10 years old: King Kong.

King Kong, the giant primate with the heart of gold, who scaled huge buildings and downed airplanes with his little finger.

Wow. President Kong, the mightiest being on earth.

SOME OF us had hoped that Donald Trump would turn out to be quite a different person than his election persona. In an election campaign you say many kinds of inane things. To be forgotten the day after.

But the day after has come and gone, and the inane things have multiplied. The incredible Trump we believed didn’t really exist is here to stay – for four years, at least.

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28/01/2017

Agricultural Revolution in Germany: We Want It and We Can Do It

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By Dirk Zimmermann*

25 January, 2017(Greenpeace)* – We are fed up. You, me and a lot of our farmers. In Berlin, Germany, some 18,000 people just took to the streets to protest against industrial agriculture.

 

"We have had enough" demonstration in Berlin. 21/01/2017 © Gordon Welters / Greenpeace

Protesters at the ‘We have had enough’ demonstration in Berlin

It is clear we no longer want a food system that is dependent on pesticides, pollutes our water, uses genetic engineering, grabs land, mistreats animals and takes absolute control of the food we eat.

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28/01/2017

Ecuador Revives Campaign for UN Tax Body

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 2017 (IPS) – The Republic of Ecuador, currently chair of the largest single coalition of developing countries at the United Nations, is reviving a longstanding campaign for the creation of an inter-governmental UN tax body and the elimination of tax havens and illicit financial flows.

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**Map: Group of 77 countries as of 2013 | Author: Kyat02 | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Practicing what it preaches, Ecuador says it is the world’s first country to hold a nation-wide referendum on tax havens, scheduled to take place on February 19.

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28/01/2017

Warning against Rising Intolerance, UN Remembers Holocaust, Condemns Anti-Semitism

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27 January 2017 – Decrying the anti-Semitism that led to the Holocaust, the international community today remembered millions of people who suffered in the genocide and honoured the survivors who continue to educate future generations about the ills that hatred and discrimination can bring.

Secretary-General António Guterres (fifth right) poses for a group photo with participants of the UN Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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27/01/2017

Britain Turning into US ‘Vassal’ – French Presidential Hopeful Macron

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**PHOTO: Theresa May and Justine Greening speaking at #YouthForChange | DFID – UK Department for International Development | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

“Britain lived in an equilibrium with Europe. But now it is becoming a vassal state, meaning it is becoming the junior partner of the United State,” Macron said in an interview with France Culture radio on Friday, according to Reuters. 

Macron described new US President Donald Trump’s first steps in office as “extremely worrying,” adding that in his opinion it would be difficult to cooperate with the Republican.

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27/01/2017

Trade War Threat Grows

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 2017 (IPS) – New American President Donald Trump has long insisted that the United States has been suffering from poor trade deals made by his predecessors. Renegotiating or withdrawing from these deals will be top priority for his administration which views trade policy as key to US economic revival under Trump. What will that mean?

Waiting for work at the Day Workers Center in Seattle, Washington. The new Trump administration promises ‘tough and fair agreements’ on trade, to revive the US economy and create millions of jobs. Credit: IPS

Waiting for work at the Day Workers Center in Seattle, Washington. The new Trump administration promises ‘tough and fair agreements’ on trade, to revive the US economy and create millions of jobs. Credit: IPS

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