Archive for June 21st, 2017

21/06/2017

Record High Temperatures Grip Much of the Globe, More Hot Weather to Come – UN 

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Extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States, the United Nations weather agency on 20 June 2017 reported, warning of more heatwaves to come.

The sun sets behind a series of overhead power lines. Photo: World Bank/ Curt Carnemark | Reproduced here from the UN News Centre

The heatwaves have arrived unusually early, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said, noting at the same time that average global surface temperatures over land and sea are the second highest on record for the first five months of 2017, according to analyses by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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21/06/2017

Inside the World of Indian Moneylenders

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By Moin Qazi*

19 Jun 2017  – TRANSCEND Media Service – Almost every farmer in India’s massive rural swathes is tethered, in one way or another, to the sahukar, the Indian variety of the moneylender, the ubiquitous, ravenous loan shark.

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Moin Qazi

For centuries, moneylenders have monopolized rural Indian credit markets.

Families have lost land, farmers have been asked to prostitute their wives to pay off debts, and, when all else has failed, they have tied the noose to end their misery.

An inescapable cycle of debt continues to grip rural India, particularly its farming class. Yet the public image of menacing debt collectors does not reflect the actual plight of India’s three million farmers.

Moneylenders have been around for generations, but their business has boomed ever since India’s economic priorities shifted, with globalization, from agriculture to industry.

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21/06/2017

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat Genocide

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 20 June, 2017 – It is a tragic measure of the depravity of human existence that genocide is a continuing and prevalent manifestation of violence in the international system, despite the effort following World War II to abolish it through negotiation, and then adoption and ratification of the 1948 Genocide Convention.

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Robert J. Burrowes

According to the Genocide Convention, genocide is any act committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group by killing members of the group, causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group and/or forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

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21/06/2017

Half of World’s Civilian War Deaths Occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

 ROME/GENEVA, Jun 20 2017 (IPS) – Between 2010 and 2015, nearly half of all civilian war deaths worldwide occurred in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, a major independent, neutral organisation ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence informs.

On the road going east from Mosul, people fleeing the fighting cross through Gogjali, a Kurdish village located on the way to Al Khazer displaced camp. Credit: CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / ICRC / A. Qusay

According to a new report ‘I Saw My City Die‘ by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), five times more civilians die in offensives carried out in cities than in other battles.

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21/06/2017

Israeli Occupied USA

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By Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh*

19 June 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – I spent 40 hours on grueling travel between Palestine and the USA and my documents (and luggage) were checked 15-20 times along the way. The Israeli occupied United States is not much different from Israeli occupied Palestine.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh

I will not bore you with details of going from Bethlehem to Jordan.

I do want to tell you that US security agents were at the exit from the Amman-Chicago flight waiting for me checking IDs and when the one checking my ID announced “we got him” loud enough for the other passenger to hear, four of them escorted me to get my checked-in luggage and then to a special security area where agents went through everything I had thoroughly.

They looked through my note book/diary and also copied my speaking schedule. When I got my boarding pass for Chicago to Denver I noted with dread the SSSSS marked on it for extra checks and so between that special examination and the gate I had to undergo two more examinations and rifling through my luggage beyond the already tight security checks of all other passengers.

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21/06/2017

‘Now Is Not the Time to Give Up’ on Two-State solution, UN Middle East Envoy to Security Council

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Achieving a negotiated two-state outcome is the only way to lay the foundations for enduring peace that is based on Israeli security needs and the Palestinian right to sovereignty and statehood, the United Nations envoy on Middle East peace on 20 June 2017 told the Security Council.

Wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. Nickolay Mladenov (shown on screen), UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs the Council via video conference. UN Photo/Manuel Elias

21/06/2017

Rural Poverty? Cooperatives!

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By Johan Galtung*

19 June 2017  – TRANSCEND Media Service — Humanity has had and has big projects.  Mastery of nature is one, still going on. Middle range phenomena have been mastered, but not the micro level of viri–HIV is a current case–nor the macro level of climate–to the contrary, humanity is making it worse.

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Johan Galtung

Another huge project can be called Material-somatic comfort, including health.  Well-ness not ill-ness.

Amazingly successful, look at an average day in what can be called the bourgeois way of life.

As is well known, this second project may contradict the first project.

Other huge projects stand in line, calling on our attention.

Spiritual-mental comfort, also called happiness, well-being, is one, not to be to be confused with indicators of material-somatic comfort assuming that one automatically translates into the other.

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