Archive for November 8th, 2017

08/11/2017

The Special Power of Disruption in Age of Logistical Warfare

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. **Photo: Three F-15C Saudi from 13 Squadron | Author: Saudi88hawk | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

On Saturday the 4th November, the Berliner Gazette‘s Friendly Fire conference asked: how is citizenship changing in war times?

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08/11/2017

Emerging Markets at Risk Again

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 2017 (IPS) – Emerging market governments often draw lessons from previous financial crises – or at least claim to do so – to prevent their recurrence. However, such preventive measures are typically designed to address the causes of the last crisis, not the next one. Hence, some measures adopted may inadvertently become new sources of instability and crisis.
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Very rarely are the root causes of economic crises and vulnerability addressed. Credit: IPS

Very rarely are the root causes of crises and vulnerability addressed.

In their efforts to prove themselves as worthy emerging markets, they tend to be pro-active in joining the financial globalization bandwagon.

But premature financial liberalization – with hasty integration into the international financial system, typically without adequate prudential multilateral mechanisms for speedy and orderly resolution of external liquidity and debt crises – can be very dangerous and costly.

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08/11/2017

Attacks against Places of Worship, Religious Leaders and Worshipper in Afghanistan Rise Sharply

Human Wrongs Watch

Afghanistan has seen a sharp increase in attacks against places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, with civilian casualties since 2016 representing nearly double the cumulative number of the preceding seven years, the United Nations mission in the country on 7 November 2017 said in a special report.

Afghanistan is home to a rich heritage of cultural sites, but many have been damaged by conflict and are in various states of disrepair. Photo UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein

Since 1 January 2016, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has recorded 850 civilian casualties – 273 killed and 577 injured – in 51 attacks targeting places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, the report said.

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08/11/2017

One-Third of Rohingya Refugee Families in Bangladesh Vulnerable

Human Wrongs Watch

7 November 2017 – The innovative data collection technology employed by the United Nations refugee agency for the first stage of Rohingya family counting in Bangladesh has revealed a worrying statistic: one-third of the refugee population is vulnerable.

Staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees interview Rohingyas at a UNHCR transit center in Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

“In an innovative and revealing family counting exercise, UNHCR [the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees] teams found that one-third of the families are vulnerable,” Duniya Aslam Khan, UNHCR spokesperson told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

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