Archive for April 8th, 2017

08/04/2017

What’s Really Behind America’s Rush to War in Syria?

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Wight*

7 Apr, 2017 (RT)* – Without any recourse to international law or the United Nations, the Trump administration has embarked on an act of international aggression against yet another sovereign state in the Middle East, confirming that neocons have reasserted their dominance over US foreign policy in Washington.
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Aftermath of the US missile attack on the Syrian military airbase. © Mikhail Voskresenskiy / Sputnik | SOURCE: RT

It is an act of aggression that ends any prospect of détente between Washington and Moscow in the foreseeable future, considerably increasing tensions between Russia and the US not only in the Middle East but also in Eastern Europe, where NATO troops have been conducting military exercises for some time in striking distance of Russian territory.

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08/04/2017

“Devastating Consequences” for Women, Girls as U.S. Defunds UN Agency

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 5 2017 (IPS) – The U.S. has withdrawn all of its funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that works on family planning and reproductive health in over 150 countries.
Mothers and babies wait for health screening at a US funded health clinic in Uganda. Credit: Lyndal Rowlands / IPS.

Mothers and babies wait for health screening at a US funded health clinic in Uganda. Credit: Lyndal Rowlands / IPS.

The decision is based on what the UNFPA says is an erroneous claim that it “supports, or participates in the management of, a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation (in China).”

The claim was made by the U.S. State Department in a letter on Monday announcing the cuts, but has been described repeatedly as baseless, by those who know the UNFPA’s work.

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08/04/2017

UN Population Fund on U.S. Decision to Withhold Funding

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 4 April 2017 — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, regrets the decision by the United States to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over. *

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UNFPA responds to gender violence in conflict-scarred Kachin, Myanmar. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming

This decision is based on the erroneous claim that UNFPA “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization” in China.

UNFPA refutes this claim, as all of its work promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.

Indeed, United Nations Member States have long described UNFPA’s work in China as a force for good.

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08/04/2017

The Tunic of Nessus

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

8/4/2017

IN A few weeks, Israel will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Six-Day War. Millions of words, most of them hollow, will be poured out. As usual.

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Uri Avnery

But the event deserves better. It is a drama unique in human history. Only a biblical writer could do it justice. William Shakespeare could have turned his hand to it.

I suppose that most readers were not yet alive at the time, and certainly not yet able to understand what was happening.

So let me try to recount the drama as I saw it unfolding.

IT STARTED on Independence Day, 1967, the annual celebration of the official founding of the State of Israel. It was only the 19th anniversary.

The Prime Minister, Levy Eshkol, was standing on the tribune reviewing a march-past of the armed forces. Eshkol was as far removed from military ceremonial as one can imagine.

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