Archive for November 27th, 2017

27/11/2017

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

27 November 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service Trump is trumping himself by making America Last, not in the sense of long-lasting, but in the sense of going down. There is something to learn for those receptive to learning, and Islam puts it forcefully: togetherness, and sharing. We would add: as equally as possible. But Trump politics is the opposite of that, and the price is increasing. And so is today also much of Muslim politics, to their detriment.

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Johan Galtung

Basic question: What does it say about USA that they elected him?

But look at the fate of empires. With today’s accelerating history their lease on time will shorten dramatically.

In the Trump-USA case the nuclear button looms large when everything else becomes small, shortening for all of us. But his finger is not the only one.

To the prediction, long time ago, of the decline and fall of the US empire (system of client states), we now have to add the decline and fall of the US Republic itself.

One aspect is its inability to face the situation seriously, demanding of everybody the best of their thought, speech and action.

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27/11/2017

Education, Not Condemnation, Say Women Leaders Who Survived Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

INDIA/CAMEROON, Nov 26 2017 (IPS) – Sally Mboumien remembers the day she pressed a steaming hot stone against her chest. In Bawock, the rural community of western Cameroon where she grew up, young girls often had their young, sprouting breasts flattened with a hot iron or a hammer or spatulas that had been heated over burning coals.

Angela, 15, from Hyderabad, India. Her vision of a violence-free world would be to live like the mermaid in her painting - free and happy. Stella Paul/IPS

Angela, 15, from Hyderabad, India. Her vision of a violence-free world would be to live like the mermaid in her painting – free and happy. Stella Paul/IPS

This was good for the girls because it would keep them safe from men, she had often heard her elders say.

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27/11/2017

‘Long Walk to Freedom’ Unfinished for Women, Girls”

Human Wrongs Watch

25 November 2017 – Reflecting on the legacy of Nelson Mandela, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed called for investment in women and girls, decrying gender inequality as perhaps the most pervasive disparity around the world.

UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J Mohammed and Nelson Mandela Foundation Trustee Tokyo Sexwale at Robben Island on 25 November 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Obed Zilwa/Nelson Mandela Foundation

“Sadly, the long walk to freedom for women and adolescent girls globally remains unfinished,” Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told the 15th Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Cape Town, South Africa, referring to the title of Mandela’s autobiography.

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