Archive for October 27th, 2017

27/10/2017

Suffering of 350,000 Civilians in Rural Damascus ‘An Outrage’ – UN Rights Chief

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27 October 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief on Friday called on the parties to the conflict in Syria to allow badly needed food and medical supplies to Eastern Ghouta in rural Damascus, describing the situation of at least 350,000 besieged civilians there as “an outrage.”

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In December 2015, a mother loads preserved food supplies in a truck as the family prepares to move out of Nashabieh village to a neighbouring safer town within besieged East Ghouta, Syria. Almost 400,000 people are trapped in besieged locations. Photo: UNICEF/Amer Al Shami

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27/10/2017

“Winter May be ‘Harsh Blow’ to Vulnerable Children in Middle East” amid Funding Gap

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27 October 2017 – Freezing temperatures, storms and heavy snowfall will add to the misery afflicting hundreds of thousands of families affected by conflict across the Middle East unless assistance – including cold weather clothing and supplies – is urgently provided, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned.

.A three-year-old boy sits on a box of winter clothing that his family has received from a distribution at Kawergosk Syrian Refugee Camp in Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Khuzaie

27/10/2017

“Even When They’re Wrong, They’re Right”

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. **Photo: Pro-migration/refugee protest in Prague, Czech Republic. | Author: Itsyoungrapper | Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

The overwhelming weight of evidence suggests that immigration is generally a good thing – for the societies that receive talented, hard-working and diverse newcomers, not to mention for migrants themselves. Yet public perceptions of migration are often much more negative. How, then, should this chasm between perceptions and evidence be addressed?

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27/10/2017

Congo’s Wake Up Call

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GOMA, DR Congo, Oct 26 2017 (IPS) – Late last week, the humanitarian community activated a Level 3 emergency for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This trigger in the global humanitarian system is seldom used, and only after serious deliberation by the top echelons of the UN system.

A family flee violence in Kamonia, Kasai province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: UNHCR/John Wessels

The alarm is uniquely activated for the world’s most complex and challenging emergencies. It is decided on based on five criteria: scale, complexity, urgency, capacity and reputational risk. It calls for the entire humanitarian system to scale up and respond to colossal needs.

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27/10/2017

Hunting for Wife Number 2 Online: Playing Islam to Wahhabism Distortion

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By Catherine Shakdam* 

Look who’s coming for dinner, it’s wife number two! While many will smile at the premise such a statement implies, one controversial Muslim entrepreneur decided to make it the basis of his new UK business venture … Talk about playing to a stereotype.

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**Some Saudi Arabian woman choose to wear Islamic clothing, as required | Author: Walter Callens | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Azad Chaiwala decided to make it the basis of his new UK business venture … Talk about playing to a stereotype.

Actually, Azad Chaiwala did more than just play to a stereotype – that of the unapologetic, misogynist serial polygamous Muslim man, he flat out exploited a legal loophole to inflate both his bottom line and family ergonomics. Yes, you read that right: ergonomics!

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27/10/2017

Russian and US Vetoes Protect Client States

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 25 2017 (IPS) The vote on the latest American-sponsored resolution in the UN Security Council (UNSC) on Syria was predictable: of the five big powers, China abstained and Russia vetoed, while the US, UK and France voted for it.

Syrian conflict. Credit: UN Photo

Not surprisingly, the 15-member UNSC continues to lose its political legitimacy as its five veto-wielding members are more intent in protecting their own national interests – and their client states—than the pursuit of world peace.

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27/10/2017

‘Imagine the Potential of One Billion Children’ – UNICEF Urges Investment as Africa’s Youth Population Surges

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If Africa is to keep pace with an unprecedented demographic transition – African’s under-18 population will reach 750 million by 2030 – scaled-up investment in health, education and women’s protection and empowerment will be needed or the continent will face a ‘bleak’ future, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 26 October 2017 reported. 

Three sisters, ranging in age from two to five years old, and their friends are at a camp in Galkayo, Somalia, waiting to be vaccinated. Along with education support, UNICEF is also supporting polio and measles vaccine programmes in the camp. Photo: UNICEF/Mony (file)

27/10/2017

Crisis in Rakhine ‘Decades in the m Making’, Reaches beyond Myanmar’s Borders – UN Rights Expert

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26 October 2017 – Voicing concern that hate speech and incitement to violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya community has been “cultivated for decades” in the minds of the country’s people, a United Nations human rights expert urged the Security Council to act strongly to resolve the crisis.

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Rohingya families arrive at a UNHCR transit centre near the village of Anjuman Para, Cox’s Bazar, south-east Bangladesh after spending four days stranded at the Myanmar border with some 6,800 refugees. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

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