Archive for February 20th, 2017

20/02/2017

Of Arabs and Muslims and the Big Ban

This article slightly updates a previous one that IPS had published regarding the recurrent confusion about who are Arabs and who, Muslims.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

Arab countries in the Middle East and North of Africa. Dark Green: Arab majority population. Light Green: Arab minority countries | Credit: Public Domain.

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ROME, Feb 20 2017 (IPS) – Now that President Donald Trump’s decision to ban citizens of seven Muslim majority countries from entering the United States continues to drift into legal labyrinths about its legality–or not, it may be useful to clarify some myths that often lead to an even greater confusion regarding the over-written, under-reported issue of who are Arabs and who Muslims.

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20/02/2017

Governments Urged to Endorse Convention on Enforced Disappearance – UN 

Human Wrongs Watch

Marking the tenth anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations on 17 February 2017 urged all Governments that have not done so to ratify it, as the world body honoured victims separated from their loved ones.

A wall of photos at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of infamous Security Prison S-21, documents the Khmer Rouge’s brutal treatment of detainees. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances on 20 December 2006, and it opened for signature the following February.

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20/02/2017

The Planned US Border Tax Would Most Likely Violate WTO Rules – Part 2

Human Wrongs Watch

PENANG, Feb 17 2017 (IPS) – As American lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare the ground for introducing a border adjustment tax, many controversial issues have emerged, including whether they go against the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS


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20/02/2017

Trump and the Deep State

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

OSLO, 19 February 2017 – In his book, “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and secret, for example the CIA, NSA and FBI.

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John Scales Avery

The enormous power of the deep state is undemocratic by definition, since its organizations operate without public knowledge or control.

Its power is not only undemocratic but also extremely threatening to the lives of Americans, and also to the lives of people throughout the world.

This serious threat comes from the fact that the deep state seems to be under the control of the military-industrial complex. It promotes aggressive policies that risk nuclear war.

Most people of good will in the United States and elsewhere oppose Donald Trump’s racism, bigotry and neo-fascism. It is a mistake, however, to attack his wish for better relations with Russia.

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20/02/2017

The Corporate Disease Has a Cure – Capitalism and Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

By SAYDE TAWK*

Wall Street International* – The Corporation documentary directed by Mark Achbar ends with his statement saying “Why would they put me out there, when I am opposed to everything that they stand for, and I spend my time on their dime opposing what they believe in. That’s because they do not believe in anything, they put me out there because they know that there are millions of people, they wanna see my film or watch the TV show, so there’re gonna make money. I’ve been able to get my stuff out there because I’m driving my truck through this incredible flow in capitalism, the greed flow.”

Capitalism and Democracy
Capitalism and Democracy | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International
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