Archive for July 5th, 2017

05/07/2017

Rising Cholera, Diarrhoea and Malnutrition ‘Deadly’ for Children in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan

Human Wrongs Watch

4 July 2017 – Access, funding and security are urgently needed to ensure humanitarians can reach hundreds of thousands of children suffering from cholera and diarrhoea across Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Sudan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.

Two boys, one 16 years old and the other 12, collect water from a damaged pipe on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan. The water is pumped from the White Nile River, but is untreated, risking the health of those who consume it. Photo: UNICEF/Hatcher-Moore

On top of these diseases, rising rates of malnutrition in these countries “could be deadly for children,” Christophe Boulierac, a spokesperson for the UN agency, said at a regular news briefing in Geneva.

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05/07/2017

Is Religion the New Colonial Frontier in International Development?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 4 2017 (IPS) – A decade ago, it was difficult to get Western policy makers in governments to be interested in the role of religious organizations in human development. The secular mind-set was such that religion was perceived, at best, as a private affair. At worst, religion was deemed the cause of harmful social practices, an obstacle to the “sacred” nature of universal human rights, and/or the root cause of terrorism. In short, religion belonged in the ‘basket of deplorables’.

Yet, starting in the mid-1990s with then President of the World Bank, James Wolfenson, and celebrated in 2000 under then UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan when the Millenium Development Goals were agreed to, a number of religiously-inspired initiatives coalesced, all trying to move ‘religion’ to international development’s ‘basket of desirables’.

The arguments used to begin to generate positive interest in the role of religious NGOs in international multilateral fora were relatively straightforward.

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05/07/2017

Why War? Building on the Legacy of Einstein, Freud and Gandhi

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 5 June, 2017 – In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein conducted a correspondence subsequently published under the title ‘Why War?’ See ‘Why War: Einstein and Freud’s Little-Known Correspondence on Violence, Peace, and Human Nature’.

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**Morning after the Battle of Waterloo, by John Heaviside Clark, 1816 | Wuselig – Own work | This is a faithful photographic reproduction of a two-dimensional, public domain work of art. The work of art itself is in the public domain for the following reason: The author died in 1863, so this work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100.

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05/07/2017

Peaceful Societies – Where Are They?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

3 July 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – There are many of them–of different kinds–in world geography.  We can try to identify the characteristics of their peacefulness.

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Johan Galtung

Or we can start by identifying belligerent societies and then see peaceful societies as their negations.  Let us try this one first.

Belligerent societies have a track record of violence across border, on the territory of others, often invoking “defense”– preventive, pre-emptive, proactive.

For that they need weapons, arms, as an army or not. And the weapons, with their carriers, must be long range, offensive, to work across borders, inside another society.

By negating, we get three characteristics of peaceful societies:

  1. having only short range defensive weapons for defensive defense;
  2. having no weapons, arms, at all, nor the capacity to make them;
  3. having a track record of no war, no attack across borders.

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05/07/2017

Refugee and Migrant Flows from Libya to Europe ‘on the Rise” 

Human Wrongs Watch

3 July 2017 – Movements by sea from Libya to Europe, despite being the most dangerous route for reaching the continent, have increased and there are indications that it will likely continue to do so, a new study by the United Nations refugee agency has revealed.

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A boat carrying asylum seekers and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini

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