Archive for October 17th, 2017

17/10/2017

Thousands of Muslim Rohingya Refugees Stranded Near Bangladesh-Myanmar Border 

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17 October 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

“Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the country’s south-east,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters Tuesday in Geneva.
17/10/2017

Driven to Extremes–How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth

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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldier greets a group of children during a patrol in the Kaa’ran district of Somali capital, Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price

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17/10/2017

Lift Protest Ban, Protect Judiciary, Preserve Civil Society Role — UN Rights Experts Urge Kenya

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16 October 2017 – Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans.

Independent Expert on Human Rights Michel Forst. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré

“It is precisely when political tensions are high that governments should do their utmost to let people express their grievances and to protect their rights,” said the experts in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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17/10/2017

Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon

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ALTA FLORESTA, Brazil, Oct 16 2017 (IPS) – The dirty water is killing more and more fish and ‘Taricaya’ yellow-spotted river turtles every day. In addition, the river is not following its usual cycle, and the water level rises or declines without warning, regardless of the season, complained three Munduruku indigenous law students in the south of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

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17/10/2017

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate Change, Conflicts to End Global Hunger

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Food security for all requires tackling climate change and ending conflicts, His Holiness, Pope Francis, on 16 October stressed Monday at an official ceremony for World Food Day held at the Rome headquarters of the United Nations agriculture agency.

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Address by His Holiness Pope Francis. World Food Day Ceremony, FAO Headquarters (Plenary hall). Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto.

“It is clear that wars and climatic change are a cause of hunger, so let’s not present it as if hunger is an incurable disease,” the Pontiff said during his key note address marking the Day at headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
17/10/2017

Meanwhile, Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

16 October 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – There was what may have been the most violent white US massacre ever; 59 killed from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel.  The assassin is now being criminalized, psychiatrized, individualized, characterized.

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Johan Galtung

But the massacre was systemic. With strong forces for competition and for violence, US competition to be the most violent follows.

And that immediately indicates two ways out of the violence: the USA becoming less competitive, and the USA becoming less violent. How?

Anthony Stevens, in a touching article, “A Basic Need: A lack of community” (Resurgence No. 174) demands “the recreation of community life within the context of our post-industrial society”.

A community engenders solidarity, and cooperation rather than competition.

However, the “less violent” part.  Gun control is not the way.

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