Archive for November 17th, 2017

17/11/2017

Two Meetings

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

11/11/17

DURING THE last few days, I met with two old friends: Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin.

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Uri Avnery

Well, the term “friends” may not quite be appropriate. Certainly, Arafat called me “my friend” in a recorded message for my 70th birthday, but Rabin called nobody “friend”. That was not his character.

I am glad that I knew both from close up. Without them, my life would have been poorer.

I DON’T think I ever met two more different people than these two.

Arafat was a warm person. An emotional person. His embraces and kisses were ceremonial, but they also expressed real sentiment. I brought many Israelis to meetings with him, and they all recounted that after ten minutes in his company they felt as if they had known him for years.

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17/11/2017

From Bangladesh: Bearing Witness to My Country’s Genocide and Meeting the Survivors

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By Dr. Maung Zarni*

13 November 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – We just got home in UK last night.  This is my little reflection on what we witnessed.  I came home with a long list of “To-Do’s”.

My wife Natalie and I work as a two-person team of researchers and writers.  We use each other as a sounding board and we teach each other on the Rohingya. She is the one who initially helped me overcome my own anti-Muslim racism and my own ignorance about Rohingyas.

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17/11/2017

Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’

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ROME, Nov 16 2017 (IPS) – It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

Using nuclear sciences to feed the world. Credit: FAO

To start with, nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, and ensure food safety and authenticity, as well as increase livestock production.

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17/11/2017

UN Urges “Immediate Lifting” of Humanitarian Blockade in Yemen

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With much of Yemen’s air, sea and land entry points closed, heads of three United Nations agencies on 16 November 2017 called for immediate lifting of such blockade in the conflict-ravaged southern Arabian country so that lifesaving humanitarian supplies can pass.

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The Al Hudaydah port is a major lifeline for Yemen, bringing in food and humanitarian assistance. These cranes have been out of service since mid-2015, with little hope of repair anytime soon. Photo: Giles Clarke/OCHA

 

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17/11/2017

“Gang-Rape by Multiple Soldiers, Forced Public Nudity and Sexual Slavery in Military Captivity against (Muslim) Rohingya Women and Girls”

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16 November 2017 – Following a visit to Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have settled in makeshift camps, a UN envoy has called for enhanced measures to protect and assist victims of sexual violence among the displaced population.

UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten at a government health post in Konapara, Bangladesh, during a visit that also included Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Office of the Special Representative

“My observations point to a pattern of widespread atrocities, including rape, gang-rape by multiple soldiers, forced public nudity and humiliation, and sexual slavery in military captivity directed against Rohingya women and girls,” UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten said.
17/11/2017

Climatic Change, Global Economy and Conflicts Drive Food Insecurity and Undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Adverse climatic conditions, a sluggish global economy and conflicts are key factors driving food insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations agriculture agency on 16 November said.

Woman on her way to collect water in drought stricken Chikwawa district, Malawi Photo: OCHA/Tamara van Vliet

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) 2017 Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report, chronic undernourishment appears to have risen from 20.8 to 22.7 per cent between 2015 and 2016 – pointing to the need to build affected communities’ resilience and find peaceful solutions that strengthen food security.
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