Archive for April 15th, 2017

15/04/2017

CUI BONO?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

15/04/2017

CUI BONO – “who benefits” – is the first question an experienced detective asks when investigating a crime

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Uri Avnery

Since I was a detective myself for a short time in my youth, I know the meaning. Often, the first and obvious suspicion is false. You ask yourself “cui bono”, and another suspect, who you did not think about, appears.

For two weeks now, this question has been troubling my mind. It does not leave me.

In Syria, a terrible war crime has been committed. The civilian population in a rebel-held town called Idlib was hit with poison gas. Dozens of civilians, including children, died a miserable death.

Who could do such a thing? The answer was obvious: that terrible dictator, Bashar al-Assad. Who else?

And so, within a few minutes (literally) the New York Times and a host of excellent newspapers throughout the West proclaimed without hesitation: Assad did it!

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15/04/2017

Climate Funds for World’s Poorest Slow to Materialise

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 2017 (IPS) – Climate change is making poor countries poorer, yet funding meant to address its economic consequences has been slow to materialise. Instead funding bodies are choosing to invest in green energy projects in middle-income countries.
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A project to help Ethiopian farmers adapt to drought and climate change was rejected for funding from the Green Climate Fund. Credit: William Lloyd-George/IPS

The trend continued last week when the Green Climate Fund (GCF), a new multilateral financing body set up to fund climate change related projects in developing countries, rejected a proposal to help farmers in Ethiopia cope with increasingly frequent droughts.

Only two of the other eight projects worth 755 million USD approved at the meeting were in least developed countries:

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15/04/2017

A Treaty to Ban Nuclear Weapons Is in the Making

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amb. Sergio Duarte*

10 Apr 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – The nine possessors of nuclear weapons and most of their allies chose to ignore the negotiations on a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination.

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Image by The Official Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Photostream – flickr.com

This unprecedented initiative resulted from a proposal by South Africa, Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico and Nigeria and was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2016 by an overwhelming majority. 

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