Archive for February 1st, 2017

01/02/2017

‘World Must Implement Pledges on Women’s Human Rights’

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Jan 31 2017 (IPS) – “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work” will provide concrete, practical and action-oriented recommendations that will cover significant new ground, on overcoming structural barriers to gender equality, gender-based discrimination and violence against women at work, a senior UN official stressed.

Schoolchildren in Chowrapara, Rangpur, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Tapash Paul

Schoolchildren in Chowrapara, Rangpur, Bangladesh. Photo: UNICEF/Tapash Paul

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01/02/2017

US Travel Ban a ‘Significant Setback’ – UN Rights Experts

 

Wide view of the Human Rights Council. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

1 February 2017 – Expressing concern that a new Executive Order by the US President Donald Trump is in breach of the country’s human rights commitments, a group of UN rights experts have called on the US to live up to its human rights obligations and provide protection for those fleeing persecution and conflicts.
01/02/2017

Managing National Borders ‘Cannot Be Based on Any Form of Discrimination’ – UN Chief

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Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are entitled to protection, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 31 January 2017 said, expressing concern at decisions around the world that have undermined the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.

Secretary-General António Guterres. Photo: World Economic Forum/Boris Baldinger (file) | Source: UN News Centre

“Refugees fleeing conflict and persecution are finding more and more borders closed and increasingly restricted access to the protection they need and are entitled to receive, according to international refugee law,” Guterres said in a statement.

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01/02/2017

In Praise of Boredom

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alex Watson* – Wall Street International  

If you are similar to me, you might be starting this article with a feeling of optimism that defies countless experiences. After your curiosity was sparked by the image of the French painter Joseph Ducreux’s 1783 Self-Portrait, Yawning or the peculiar title, you clicked on this piece hoping it would pass a few empty moments on the train or waiting for a bus or before you have begun more important tasks.

Joseph Ducreux’s, 1783 - Self-Portrait, Yawning (detail)
**Joseph Ducreux’s, 1783 – Self-Portrait, Yawning (detail) |  Image reproduced  from Wall Street International
 By about half way through this paragraph, however, a subtle sensation of weariness might be intruding. ‘I really must get back to those work emails’ you start thinking.
01/02/2017

The Trump Presidency: The First Week

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By Johan Galtung*

1 February 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service Attacking the Affordable Care Act; the “global gag rule” against abortion; the federal regulation and hiring freeze; canceling the TPP; restarting the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipeline; limiting entry with the Mexican Wall; the 90-day travel ban on seven countries; more undocumented people prioritized for deportation; no federal funding for cities refusing to cooperate; communications blackout from federal agencies; Guantánamo torture continued–What does it add up to?

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Johan Galtung

A very strong white state centered on a president with absolute power and control over life (birth) and death (care) of the citizens. Not regulating police racism.  So far, no order on the military.

Fascism? Too early to say; but in that direction. It opens for questions about the inner workings of Donald J. Trump.  Who is he?

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01/02/2017

Kenyans Turn to Wild Fruits and Insects as Drought Looms

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NAIROBI, Jan 31 2017 (IPS) – Too hungry to play, hundreds of starving children in Tiaty Constituency of Baringo County instead sit by the fire, watching the pot boil, in the hope that it is only a matter of minutes before their next meal.

Once fertile agricultural land in Kenya is being degraded by encroachment and the effects of climate change. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

Once fertile agricultural land in Kenya is being degraded by encroachment and the effects of climate change. Credit: Miriam Gathigah/IPS

 

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01/02/2017

The Soft Coup – US Establishment Goes to War with President Trump

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By Catherine Shakdam*

31 January 2017 (RT)*And you thought President Donald Trump’s first TV interview was bad … I guess there are new bottoms to be still found when it comes to the ‘Circus de Trump’ and mainstream media’s propensity to fan hysteria. How fast can you say set up and manipulation?
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**Photo: Official portrait of President Donald Trump. | Author and source: White House | public domain | Wikimedia Commons: “This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.”

Donald Trump unleashed a furious storm on his newly inaugurated presidential head when he decided to put ink to paper and sign off on what the world refers to as the infamous “Muslim ban.”

And just like that, America … and most of the Western world flocked to the defense of Muslims, arguing Washington’s vile immigration policy and fascist streak!

 

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