Archive for March 11th, 2017

11/03/2017

Dear President Trump: Iran Is A nation of Peace-Loving People!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*

**Photo: House of Masoudieh, Tehran | Author: Kiantavakoli | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Ever since Iran had the audacity to proclaim itself independent within the limit of its national borders – imagine the nerve! – thus began the demonization of a nation, a system of governance, and faith.

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11/03/2017

Perhaps the Messiah Will Come

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

11/03/2017

IF SOMEONE had told me 50 years ago that the rulers of Israel, Jordan and Egypt had met in secret to make peace, I would have thought that I was dreaming.

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Uri Avnery

If I had been told that the leaders of Egypt and Jordan had offered Israel complete peace in return for leaving the occupied territories, with some exchanges of territory and a token return of refugees, I would have thought that the Messiah had come. I would have started to believe in God or Allah or whoever there is up there.

Yet a few weeks ago it was disclosed that the rulers of Egypt and Jordan had indeed met in secret last year with the Prime Minister of Israel in Aqaba, the pleasant sea resort where the three states touch each other.

The two Arab leaders, acting de facto for the entire Arab world, had made this offer. Benyamin Netanyahu gave no answer and went home.

So did the Messiah.

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11/03/2017

Will Trump’s America Make the World Safer or More Dangerous?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robin Edward Poulton, Ph. D.*

6 March 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Donald Trump’s speech to the U.S. Congress on Wednesday February 28th certainly had a different tone from his usual, irascible midnight tweets.

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**Official portrait of President Donald Trump | Author/Source: White House | Public Domain

Some of the speech sounded quite similar to speeches given by previous presidents. Some of it was even boring (which is rare for Trump: he may be a horrible misogynist, but he is seldom boring).

For the first time since the November 2016 election, President Trump sounded quite “presidential” – “surprisingly presidential” said the Washington Post, which is a truly backhanded compliment. Are presidents not supposed to be “presidential” ?

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11/03/2017

Another Somalian Famine

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 8 2017 (IPS) Last month, the United Nations declared another famine threat in Somalia due to yet another drought in the Horn of Africa.

Somalia famine of 2010-2012, camps outside Mogadishu. Credit: IPS

Somalia famine of 2010-2012, camps outside Mogadishu. Credit: IPS

Important lessons must be drawn from the Somalia famine of 2010-2012, which probably killed about 258,000 people, half of whom were under-five. This was the greatest tragedy in terms of famine deaths in the 21st century, and in recent decades since the Ethiopian famine of the late 1980s.

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11/03/2017

Starvation, Famine Loom for 20 Million across Four Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

Just back from Kenya, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia – countries that are facing or are at risk of famine – the top United Nations humanitarian official on 10 March 2017 urged the international community for comprehensive action to save people from simply “starving to death.”

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Women in Ganyiel, Unity state, South Sudan, collecting bags of food. The situation in Ganyiel is dire, with thousands of people having fled to the area from famine-stricken Leer and Mayendit counties. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell

“We stand at a critical point in history. Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the UN,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien on March 10 told the Security Council.

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