Archive for March 6th, 2017

06/03/2017

Breaking Barriers for Women, a Short Cut to Economic Growth, Development

Human Wrongs Watch

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands
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The Hague, Mar 6 2017 (IPS) – In South Asian societies, as elsewhere, it all too common for women to be held back, time and again Women’s potential remains largely untapped – which is not only morally wrong, but also economically unwise.
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Lilianne Ploumen

According to recent projections, harnessing women’s full potential throughout South Asia would increase GNP by more than half by 2025.

In absolute terms, women could earn countries in South Asia an additional 400 billion dollars in the next ten years! clearly, women hold the key to economic success for South Asia: their empowerment can fuel further development.

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06/03/2017

‘Yemen War Is Genocide’

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By Catherine Shakdam*

4 March 2017 (RT)* – No matter how many civilians are killed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, the international community only condemns the crimes of the resistance, because they oppose Saudi Arabia, says Catherine Shakdam, Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies.

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Widespread destruction in the residential neighborhoods near mountain Attan which suffered a blow air from warplanes from Operation Decisive Storm.| Author: Ibrahem Qasim | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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06/03/2017

The Cannons of Napoleon

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By Uri Avery*

4/3/2017

NAPOLEON CAME to a German town and was not welcomed with the traditional artillery salute.

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Uri Avnery

Furious, he summoned the mayor and demanded an explanation.

The German produced a long scroll of paper and said: “I have a list of 99 reasons. Reason No. 1: we have no cannon.”

“That’s enough'” Napoleon interrupted him, “You can go home!”

I WAS reminded of this story some two weeks ago, when I read Yitzhak Herzog’s 10-point peace plan.

Herzog, the leader of the Labor Party, is an honest and intelligent person.

All the bad things written about him when it seemed that he was crawling towards Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition have been refuted by the recent disclosure about the Aqaba peace initiative.

The rulers of Egypt, Jordan and Israel, so it appeared, had met in secret and asked Herzog to make peace possible by joining Netanyahu’s coalition. Herzog was hoodwinked by Netanyahu and agreed. He kept silent under the storm of contemptuous reactions. That shows that he is both decent and responsible.

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06/03/2017

Trump Ignores Climate Risk in Military Focus

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By Jen Maman*

Greenpeace*, 2 March 2017 – “We got to start winning,” Trump said on Tuesday. [28 February] “We got to start winning wars again.”

Nuclear Rocky Flats Billboard Protest, 2 Nov, 1990. © Jenny Hager / Greenpeace

Nuclear Rocky Flats Billboard Protest, 2 Nov, 1990. © Jenny Hager / Greenpeace

What he was proposing was to win by increasing military spending in the US by 9%, adding a staggering $54 billion to the Pentagon’s budget (which already stands at roughly $600 billion annually).

Previous statements suggest additional funding will be used to buy more warships and warplanes, increasing the number of American ground troops and modernising the nuclear arsenal.

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