Archive for August 14th, 2017

14/08/2017

Yemen: African Migrants Beaten, Starved, Sexually Violated by Criminal Groups

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ROME, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) – African migrants who arrive on Yemen’s shores –that’s if they are not forced into the sea to drown—risk to fall in the hands of criminal networks who hold them captive for several days to extort money in exchange for their “freedom,” according to UN sources.

Yemen: African Migrants Beaten, Starved, Sexually Violated by Criminal Groups

Map of the Horn of Africa. Source: United Nations, Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Cartographic Section. Public Domain

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14/08/2017

One in 10 Displaced Syrians Returned Home

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ROME/GENEVA, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) – This year alone, between January and July, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned home, according to reports from the UN Migration Agency and implementing partners on the ground. Around 6 million Syrians currently remain displaced within their own country.
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The city of Zabadani in Syria taken last June 2017 during an IOM assessment. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

IOM distributes hygiene kits in Damas, Syria last May 2017. File photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Findings indicate that the vast majority of  people returning (84 per cent) had been displaced within Syria, the Geneva-based UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported.

The next highest number of people (16 per cent) returned from Turkey, followed by Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq, it added. Those from Turkey and Jordan reportedly returned mainly to Aleppo and Al Hasakeh Governorates.

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14/08/2017

Promise or Peril? Africa’s 830 Million Young People by 2050

Human Wrongs Watch

ACCRA, Ghana / NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11 2017 (IPS) Last month, Spanish charity workers rescued 167 migrants arriving from Africa aboard a small boat.

Refugees land at Lampedusa island in Italy. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS.

2016 was the deadliest for migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean, with at least 3800 deaths recorded. Most know the dangers they face on the route, yet still choose the possibility of death in overcrowded and unseaworthy vessels over the hopelessness of life in areas they reside.

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14/08/2017

“Anyone But Bibi”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

12/08/17

THE VULTURES are circling. They can see the wounded man on the ground, and are waiting for his end.

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Uri Avnery

So are the human carnivores – the politicians.

They sing his praises, swear to defend him with all their heart – but in their heads they are already calculating who might be his successor. Each of them mutters to themself: Why not me?

Binyamin Netanyahu is facing the greatest crisis in his long career. The police are about to conclude their investigations.

The Attorney General is under huge pressure to issue official indictments. The large demonstrations near the Attorney General’s home are growing from week to week.

The Attorney General, the Inspector General of the Police and the Minister for Internal Security were all personally picked by Netanyahu (and his wife). Now even this does not help. The pressure is too strong.

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14/08/2017

UN Human Rights Office ‘Deeply Concerned’ about Deteriorating Humanitarian Conditions in Gaza

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The United Nations human rights office on 11 August 2017 expressed deep concern about the steadily deteriorating humanitarian and human rights conditions in Gaza, especially the restrictions on the enclave’s power supply.

Electrical power transmission lines in Gaza City. Photo: World Bank/Natalia Cieslik (file). Source: UN News Centre.

“At the height of summer, with soaring temperatures, electricity provision has not risen above six hours per day since the beginning of the current crisis in April, and has often been under four hours,” Ravina Shamdasani, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights(OHCHR), told the regular media briefing in Geneva.

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14/08/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 18: Edna St. Vincent Millay

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery* 

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 18: Edna St. Vincent Millay. The others will follow successively.

 

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Figure 18.1: The American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, (public domain).

The beautiful red-haired American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950), is known for her lyric poetry, but she also wrote some of the finest sonnets in the English language, combining classic form with modern imagery.

Many of these sonnets are based on the emotions that she experienced in her love affairs with both men and women.

However, my own favorite is a serious sequence of eighteen sonnets, “Epitaph for the Race of Man”, published in 1934, just as the catastrophe of World War II was about to engulf our planet.

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