Archive for April 23rd, 2017

23/04/2017

Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

22/04/2017

I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti.

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Uri Avnery

I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and cooperation.

This was not a secret agreement: Barghouti has repeated this proposal many times, both in prison and outside.

I also like his wife, Fadwa, who was educated as a lawyer but devotes her time to fight for the release of her husband. At the crowded funeral of Yasser Arafat, I happened to stand next to her and saw her tear-streaked face.

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23/04/2017

Why Are Women More Impacted by Climate Change?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ghalia Fayad*

Greenpeace* – Women are more likely to feel the impacts of climate change. This is a fact.

Ghalia Fayad, Arab World Programme Leader Greenpeace Mediterranean, aboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior, during The Sun Unites Us tour promoting solar power in the Arab world.  © Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert / Greenpeace

Ghalia Fayad, speaking on board the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior. 4 November, 2016

As a woman and environmental activist living in the Arab World, I often find myself focused on peace building, development, corruption and human security. I’ve realised that we won’t succeed in making a positive change on any of these issues if we don’t prioritise women. 

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23/04/2017

Fragility of States, Institutions and Societies, Key Trigger Common to Conflicts – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2017 – Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility –fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies– UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.

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A boy pulls a wheelchair along a debris strewn street in Al-Mashatiyeh neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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