Archive for September 3rd, 2017

03/09/2017

‘400,000 Deaths in Syria Civil War Directly Attributed to US & Allies’

1 Sep, 2017 (RT)* — African and Asian leaders are denied by the West to have any military means against an insurgency in their countries, while the US and its allies have absolute impunity when they want to take on a population anywhere in the world, says political analyst Dan Glazebrook.
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**Photo: Two destroyed Syrian Army tanks in Azaz, August 2012. | Author: Christiaan Triebert | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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03/09/2017

Myanmar: UN Rights Expert Urges Efforts to Break ‘Worsening Cycle of Violence’ in Rakhine

Human Wrongs Watch

31 August 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, affecting not just the Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim populations but also other communities.

A Rohingya woman and her child at a makeshift camp outside Sittwe in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. Photo: IRIN | Source: UN News Centre

“The worsening cycle of violence is of grave concern and must be broken urgently,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, in a news release issued today from the Office of UN High Commissioners for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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03/09/2017

16 Million Children Affected by Massive Flooding in South Asia – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 2 September 2017 said that an estimated 16 million children are in urgent need of life-saving support in the wake of torrential monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding in Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

People displaced by the floods take temporary refuge along a road in southern Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/2017/NShrestha

“Millions of children have seen their lives swept away by these devastating floods,” said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia. “Children have lost their homes, schools and even friends and loved ones. There is a danger the worst could still be to come as rains continue and flood waters move south,” she added.

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03/09/2017

Crusaders and Zionists

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

02/09/17

A FEW days ago I found myself in Caesarea, sitting in a restaurant and looking out over the sea. The sunbeams were dancing on the little waves, the mysterious ruins of the ancient town arrayed behind me . It was hot, but not too hot, and I was thinking about the crusaders.

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Uri Avnery

Caesarea was built by King Herod some 2000 years ago and named after his Roman master, Augustus Caesar.

It once again became an important town under the Crusaders, who fortified it. These fortifications are what now makes the place a tourist attraction.

For some years in my life I was obsessed with the Crusaders. It started during the 1948 “War of Independence”, when I chanced to read a book about the crusaders and found that they had occupied the same locations opposite the Gaza strip which my battalion was occupying.

It took the crusaders several decades to conquer the strip, which at the time extended to Ashkelon. Today it is still there in Muslim hands.

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03/09/2017

US Pressure Keeps Palestinians Blacklisted at UN

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 1 2017 (IPS) – When Secretary-General Antonio Guterres proposed the appointment of former Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as UN’s Special Representative in Libya back in February, the proposal was shot down by US Ambassador Nikki Haley, purely because he was a Palestinian.

Credit: Institute for Palestine Studies

And speaking before the US House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee in June, Haley went even further down the road when she indicated she would block any appointment of a Palestinian official to a senior role at the UN because Washington “does not recognize Palestine” as an independent state.

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