Archive for May 16th, 2017

16/05/2017

Young People: You Didn’t Vote, And Now You Protest?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, May 16 2017 (IPS) Immediately after the vote on Brexit, thousands of young people marched in the streets of England to show their disagreement over the choice to leave Europe. But polls indicated that had they voted en masse (only 37 percent voted), the result of the referendum would have been the opposite.

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Roberto Savio

In the political system, it is now taken for granted that youth will largely abstain, and the agenda tends to ignore them more and more.

This has created a vicious circle, setting up priorities which do not represent them.

Yet, the analysis of the elections after the shattering economic and social crisis of 2008-9 is clear and statistically evident.

The European Parliament conducted research on the European elections of 2014 in the 28 member countries.

While the youngest Europeans (18-24) are more positive about the European Union than the oldest (55+), far fewer of them turned out to vote. Turnout was higher among the oldest respondents.

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16/05/2017

Gender Equality Can Save Women’s Lives in Disasters

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, May 11 2017 (IPS) – Later this month, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will take place in Mexico. This meeting provides an important opportunity to reboot global progress on embedding gender equality in disaster risk management and redress deadly exclusion.

A woman dries blankets after her home went underwater for five days in one of the villages of the Morigaon district, India. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

A woman dries blankets after her home went underwater for five days in one of the villages of the Morigaon district, India. Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

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16/05/2017

6 Ways Corporate Lawsuits Kill Free Speech (and How to Fight Back!)

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By Molly Dorozenski*

9 May, 2017 – GREENPEACE – Free speech is a right. So how can a corporation possibly stop you from speaking out? Using a legal tactic called a SLAPP, corporations like the massive Canadian logging company, Resolute Forest Products, are attempting to crack down on free speech by suing their critics into submission.

Activists hold signs outside the Democratic debate between presidential candidates Sec. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders in Miami, Florida. 9 Mar, 2016 /  © Greenpeace

Resolute has filed two lawsuits — one in Canada against Greenpeace Canada for CAD$7 million, and a CAD$300 million suit in the United States against Greenpeace Fund, Greenpeace Inc, Greenpeace International, Stand.earth and several individuals.

Resolute is relying on the fact that this tactic is obscure and confusing, so arm yourself with all the information you need to protect your right to free speech.

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16/05/2017

A Curious National Home

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

13/05/17

THE PRESENT Israeli government coalition consists of 67 (out of 120) members of the Knesset.

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Uri Avnery

Each member wants to be elected again (and again and again).

In order to be reelected, he or she must attract the attention of the public.

How? The simplest way is to propose a new law. A bill so outrageous, that the media cannot possible ignore it.

This sets up a natural competition. To draw attention, each new bill must be a bit more outrageous than the last. The sky is the limit. Perhaps.

THE LAST bill, concocted by a Member who is an ex-secret service chief, is called “Israel – the National State of the Jewish People”.

In general parlance, the Jewish People consists of all the Jews in the world, more than half of whom live outside Israel and are citizens of other states. They are not asked if they want the State of Israel to represent them. Goes without asking.

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16/05/2017

“Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘Legitimate Threat’ to Peace and Security”

Human Wrongs Watch

Although global understanding of sexual violence in conflict is shifting, there remains the need to tackle the root causes of such violations that lie in fundamental inequality and discrimination against women, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on 15 May 2017 told the United Nations Security Council.

A woman stands in a shelter for girls and women who have endured sexual and gender-based violence, in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

16/05/2017

World Lags on Clean Energy Goals

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VIENNA, May 14 2017 (IPS) – It may be the 21st century but more than three billion people still use fire for cooking and heating. Of those, one billion people have no access to electricity despite a global effort launched at the 2011 Vienna Energy Forum to bring electricity to everyone on the planet.

At the current pace in 2030 there will still be one person in ten without electricity. Credit: Bigstock

At the current pace in 2030 there will still be one person in ten without electricity. Credit: Bigstock

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16/05/2017

Missing: Political Creativity

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By Johan Galtung*

15 May 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – A key slogan during the student revolt in Paris May 1968, soon 50 years ago, was Imagination au pouvoir! Bring imagination to power!

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Johan Galtung

We were there, walking with thousands from Champs-Élysées to Place Etoile where a stentorian voice commanded us to sit in small groups in the circles under the Arch to “discuss the situation”.  So we did.

France is now suffering from more imagination deficit than ever.  To call Le Pen-Front National “extreme right” when the issue is for or against the EU is not helpful; left-right was 20th century politics.

Why not think bigger, beyond EU: for or against EURASIA, Russia-China are ready?

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16/05/2017

South Sudan, ‘World’s Fastest Growing Refugee Crisis’

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The United Nations refugees and food relief agencies on 15 May 2017 urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the 1.4 billion dollars response plan remains 86 per cent unfunded.

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Waving their forms, recently arrived South Sudanese refugees demand to be registered at Imvepi reception centre in Arua district in Northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/Jiro Ose

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“Bitter conflict and deteriorating humanitarian conditions in South Sudan are driving people from their homes in record numbers,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, in a news release jointly issued by his office (UNHCR) and the World Food Programme (WFP).

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