Archive for March 28th, 2017

28/03/2017

Food Security in the Middle East Sharply Deteriorated

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/CAIRO, Mar 27 2017 (IPS) – Food security and nutrition levels in the Near East and North Africa have sharply deteriorated over the last five years, undermining the steady improvement achieved before 2010 when the prevalence of undernourishment, stunting, anaemia and poverty were decreasing, a new UN report warns.
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An Egyptian farmer feeding cows fresh fodder. Credit: FAO

An Egyptian farmer feeding cows fresh fodder. Credit: FAO

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According to the FAO Regional Overview of Food Insecurity in the Near East and North Africa, issued on March 27, the deterioration is largely driven by the spreading and intensity of conflicts and protracted crises.

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28/03/2017

Violence against Women: Positive Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

L’Alfàs del Pi, Spain, 27 March 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Female emancipation, patriarchic family decline and femicide are with us, the femicide according to UN[i] particularly in Guatemala, Mexico and Australia-Canada-South Africa-USA. And here in Spain women are also killed by (ex)husbands and (ex)lovers: 44 by “their” men in 2016, 60 in 2015[ii], first two months of 2017 maybe 17[iii]. Why?

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Johan Galtung

The couple is a mini-society; killing is a civil war.  Spain had a big civil war in 1936-1939; Franco’s goal was to recover normal Spain.

Could Spanish femicide be to recover the normal Spanish family? By men to the right politically, so numerous that the killing will continue?  A hypothesis. A pessimistic prognosis.

Watch Colombia, a product of Spain still in the hands of the “real powers”, also killing women.

But was there ever something like the “normal Spanish family”?

Yes. In a feudal society based on land ownership and its military protection and expansion, the families of landowners and officers would be “normal”; as also the families of landworkers and soldiers.

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