Archive for March 30th, 2017

30/03/2017

Contrasting Styles – Why Japan Is Finding It Difficult to Comprehend Donald Trump

Human Wrongs Watch

By ALEX WATSON* 

28 MAR 2017 – Wall Street International  Donald Trump once opined: ‘In Japan, they bow. I love it. Only thing I love about Japan’. In his presentation of a well-known fact as if it were a novelty and his enthusiasm for gestures of obedience, here Trump could be said to be making a characteristic statement.

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Shinzō Abe and Donald Trump | Photo reproduced  from Wall Street International

Moreover, the antipathy he betrays in the last sentence towards the proverbial Land of the Rising Sun was later echoed in the attacks he made on Japan’s trade and military arrangements with the U.S. during the 2016 election campaign.

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30/03/2017

Yemen At War: Is the World Catching on to Saudi Arabia’s Crimes?

Human Wrongs Watch

For all intents and purposes Yemen has been decimated by a military onslaught of gargantuan proportion – one of the poorest nations on the planet versus an alliance of several superpowers.

Western capitals have bought themselves several dark chapters in the history books … how they will be remembered, and one may hope judged, will very much depend on how they proceed moving forward.

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30/03/2017

The Israeli National Riddle

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery* 

25 March 2017

WHAT IS the difference between a “corporation” and an “authority?

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Uri Avnery

You don’t know? Join the 8.5 million Israelis who don’t know either.

It’s a national riddle. The whole country is absorbed by it. The Prime Minister announces that he will “go to the very end” to achieve his end. Which end? I don’t know. I am not sure that he knows. Nobody I know knows.

The Prime Minister threatens the worst. If he does not get his way – whatever it is – he will do something absolutely awful: announce new elections. Let the people decide whether they want the authority or the corporation. Whatever they are.

WHAT IS it all about? One thing is certain: it concerns the public media.

Binyamin Netanyahu wants to have them under his control. Completely. Totally. Radio. Television. The social media. The lot.

Seems it is not so easy to get a firm grip on them.

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30/03/2017

Hundreds of Measles Cases Reported in Europe – Urgent Need to Vaccine Children

Human Wrongs Watch

29 March 2017 – Hundreds of measles cases have been reported in Europe – where the disease was believed to be nearing elimination – leading the United Nations health agency to urge families to vaccinate their children and for national authorities to take urgent measures to stop transmission at the borders.

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Photo: WHO (file)

outbreaks will continue in Europe, as elsewhere, until every country reaches the level of immunization needed to fully protect their populations,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe.

At least 500 cases were diagnosed since this January, the majority in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Switzerland and Ukraine.

30/03/2017

Children in Countries Facing Famine Threatened by Lack of Water, Sanitation

Human Wrongs Watch

In African and Middle Eastern countries facing famine, unsafe water is as dangerous for severely malnourished children as lack of food, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 29 March 2017 warned, noting that nearly 27 million people are at risk in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen.

 

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A young girl collects water for use at their home in Bakassi IDP camp, in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in north-east Nigeria. Photo:UNICEF/Abubakar

Unsafe water can cause malnutrition or make it worse, no matter how much food a malnourished child eats, he or she will not get better if the water they are drinking is not safe,” said Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes.

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30/03/2017

Secret Companies Allow Corrupt Cash to Flood Key Real Estate Markets

Human Wrongs Watch

The governments of Australia, Canada, the UK and the US need to close glaring legal loopholes to prevent the corrupt elite from laundering the proceeds of grand corruption in their local real estate markets, a major anti-corruption watchdog urges.

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“Caution Bribe Coming Through.” March in Washington, DC, April 13, 2013, by Represent.Us. Credit: Djembayz. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The Berlin-based Transparency International (TI), a global anti-corruption movement working in over 100 countries, on March 29 issued a new report, Doors Wide Open: Corruption and Real Estate in Key Markets, in which it identifies the 10 main problems related to real estate and money laundering in those four countries and makes recommendations on how to address them.

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