Archive for August 22nd, 2017


Law Allowing Rapists to Avoid Prosecution, Abolished in Jordan

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 22 2017 (IPS) – In just three weeks time, two Arab countries adopted major steps to combat violence against women, with Jordan abolishing a law allowing rapists to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims, while Tunisia adopting its first national law to prevent gender-based violence and provide support to survivors.

Violence against women - Young Tunisian women. Photo: UN Women

Young Tunisian women. Photo: UN Women

In the case of Jordan, the law until now allowed a rapist to avoid prosecution by marrying his victim for a minimum period of five years. However, the Parliament of Jordan on 4 August voted to abolish the so-called “rape law” of the Penal Code.

Jordan becomes the third county in the region, after Morocco and Lebanon, to abolish the use of marriage to avoid rape prosecutions, the United Nations specialised body, UN Women, informed.

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We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 21: Helen Keller

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 21: Helen Keller. The others will follow successively.



Figure 21.1: A portrait of Helen Keller (public domain).

Annie Sullivan becomes Helen’s teacher

Helen Keller was born in 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Her father had served as a captain in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, and her mother, Kate Adams, was the daughter of a Confederate general.

She was also related to Robert E. Lee, so by birth she was certainly a Southerner.

Today Helen Keller Day is celebrated each year in Alabama following a 1980 proclamation by President Jimmy Carter.

Helen was a normal child until the age of 19 months, when she contracted an illness which may have been scarlet fever or meningitis.

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Meanwhile–Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

21 August 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service  – Much is happening.  And not happening.  Thus, there is no war in or over North Korea, with USA or anybody else. And there will not be one.


NKs missiles are credible.  They are fired to show capability to hit US bases in and around Japan; lately this includes Guam and Hawaii.

Many missiles have been fired, and they have all landed in the water. Compare that to the high number of US “accidents” of various types.

However, capability is not intent. Neither to hit, nor to target permanently some party, X.  For that, independent proof is needed.

NKs level of invulnerability with the–19.000–caves is credible, to protect the people, and the arms.  Of course there will be still much to destroy, like the last time Pyongyang was carpet-bombed by USA.

But NK will survive.  Like it did last time. Like it or not.

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Conflict and Violence in Africa: Causes, Sources and Types

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By Adeleye Oyeniyi*

 21 August 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service –  

Introduction: Conflict usually occurs primarily as a result of a clash of interests in the relationship between parties, groups or states, either because they pursuing opposing or incompatible goals.


Map included in the original article

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Why Are All those Racists So Terrified?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 22 August, 2017 — Racism is not a new phenomenon and while it is an ongoing daily reality for vast numbers of people, it also often bursts from the shadows to remind us that just because we can keep ignoring the endless sequence of ‘minor’ racist incidents, racism has not gone away despite supposedly significant efforts to eliminate it.


Source: Video provided by the Robert J. Burrowes

I say ‘supposedly’ because these past efforts, whatever personnel, resources and strategies have been devoted to them, have done nothing to address the underlying cause of racism and so their impact must be superficial and temporary. As the record demonstrates.

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Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 21 2017 (IPS) – Imagine a world with as many as one billion people facing harsh climate change impacts resulting in devastating droughts and/or floods, extreme weather, destruction of natural resources, in particular lands, soils and water, and the consequence of severe livelihoods conditions, famine and starvation.

Photo by UNICEF 2010/Olivier Asselin

Although not yet based on definite scientific projections, the proven speed with which the process of climate change has been taking place, might lead to such a scenario by 2050. If so, 1 in 9 human beings would be on the move by then.

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