Archive for May 6th, 2017

06/05/2017

Seditions Acts Against Free Speech – Are We Manipulated by Fake News?

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By Daniel Talamantes*

Wall Street International – President Woodrow Wilson, the academic politician, in response to the propaganda machine orbiting around WW1 said he could, “imagine no greater disservice to the country than to establish a system of censorship that would deny to the people . . . their indisputable right to criticize their own public officials.”

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Fake news? | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International
06/05/2017

Mega-Projects Have Magnified Corruption in Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO, May 6 2017 (IPS) – It cannot be categorically stated that corruption has increased in the country in recent years, because there is no objective information from earlier periods to compare with, according to Manoel Galdino, executive director of Transparency Brazil.
Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff take part in an Apr. 29 demonstration in defence of the shipbuilding industrial hub in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, one of the oil projects in Brazil on the verge of bankruptcy, due to the crisis plaguing the state-run oil company Petrobras due to the corruption scandal and the drop in oil prices. Credit: Stuckert/Lula Institute

Former Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff take part in an Apr. 29 demonstration in defence of the shipbuilding industrial hub in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, one of the oil projects in Brazil on the verge of bankruptcy, due to the crisis plaguing the state-run oil company Petrobras due to the corruption scandal and the drop in oil prices. Credit: Stuckert/Lula Institute

But recent revelations give the impression of a drastic increase in corruption, involving unprecedented amounts of money, nearly the entire political leadership of the country, and numerous state-run and private companies.

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06/05/2017

One, Two, Three – Rejoice!

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By Uri Avery*

6/5/2017

I REMEMBER the first few Independence Days, just after the foundation of the State of Israel. There was spontaneous jubilation, we were all out in the streets, the celebration was real.

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Uri Avnery

That was long ago. This years Independence Day, last Tuesday, was not a very happy affair. The holiday was subdued, even sad. Old-timers felt that “this is not our state anymore”, that “they” have stolen Israel”. “They” – the rightists.

One of the reasons may be that there is no real unity any more. Israeli society has fallen apart into a number of sub-societies, which have less and less in common.

There are the Ashkenazim (of European descent), the Mizrahim (Easterners, from Arab countries and Iran, often erroneously called Sephardim), the “Russians” (from the former Soviet Union, who live a separate life of their own), the Haredim (God-fearing, ultra Orthodox, non-Zionists), the National-Religious (religious Zionists (including the settlers in the occupied territories and fascist elements), and, of course, the Palestinian-Arab minority, who constitute more than 20% of the population, and who exist outside of almost everything.

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06/05/2017

Social Forum Calls for Fight Against Corruption to Defend the Amazon

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By Milagros Salazar*

TARAPOTO, Peru, May 3 2017 (IPS) – Corruption has penetrated the Amazon rainforest like an illness that infects everything, said Ruben Siqueira, coordinator of the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT), during the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum (FOSPA), which brought together in the Peruvian Amazon jungle representatives of civil society from eight Amazon basin countries.
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Jhanmarco Flores Huamaní, a 13-year-old Quechua pond-maker in Peru’s Andean region of Ayacucho, who came to the Amazon region of his country for the first time, to take part in a youth meeting within the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

Jhanmarco Flores Huamaní, a 13-year-old Quechua pond-maker in Peru’s Andean region of Ayacucho, who came to the Amazon region of his country for the first time, to take part in a youth meeting within the VIII Panamazonic Social Forum. Credit: Milagros Salazar/IPS

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06/05/2017

“Saudi Arabia Must Reform ‘Unacceptably Broad’ Counter-Terrorism Law” 

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5 May 2017 – Saudi Arabia must stop using its anti-terror law to violate the right to free speech of its people, and end the use of torture terrorist suspects during investigations, a United Nations human rights expert urged at the end of his mission to the country.
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UN Photo/Martine Perret

“I am concerned about the unacceptably broad definition of terrorism and the use of Saudi Arabia’s 2014 counter-terrorism law and other national security provisions against human rights defenders, writers, bloggers, journalists and other peaceful critics,” Ben Emmerson, the Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said in a statement summing up his five-day mission.

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06/05/2017

On Their International Day, UN Honours Midwives as Family ‘Partners for Life’

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The United Nations population agency on 5 May 2017 urged governments and development partners to expand midwifery programmes and promote an environment where midwives can effectively serve the needs of women and their families.

In Dinajpur, Bangladesh, Selina Akter, second year midwifery student, plays the role of a mother as students practice postnatal care at the Dinajpur nursing institute. Photo: Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA

“Midwives save lives, support and promote healthy families, and empower women and couples to choose whether, when and how often to have children,” said Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) on the occasion of International Day of the Midwife.

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