Archive for January 16th, 2018

16/01/2018

41 Hearts Beating in Guantanamo

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly*

15 January 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — January 11, 2018 marked the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention.

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Witness Against Torture demonstrators marching to the White House. Credit: Justin Norman

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16/01/2018

Polexit? New Iron Curtain Divides Europe, with Conservative East v Liberal West

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bryan MacDonald*

15 January 2018 (RT)* — Rudyard Kipling once wrote that “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” The poet was referring to his experiences in India and Britain, but the line could increasingly apply to modern Europe.
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**Map: Continental territories of the Member States of the European Union in 2009 | Author: Ssolbergj | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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16/01/2018

Bangladesh: UN Vaccinating Half a Million Children against Diphtheria in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Human Wrongs Watch

14 January 2018 – As part of an intensified response to the current diphtheria outbreak, United Nations agencies are working to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps, temporary settlements and surrounding areas in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.

UNICEF is on the ground in Bangladesh, immunizing Rohingya refugee children to fight the spread of disease, and delivering life-saving nutrition to the tens of thousands of children who are malnourished. Photo: UNICEF/Brown

16/01/2018

“The smuggler destroyed our passports and dropped us in the mountains”

By Ismar Milak*

(IOM)* — While the world’s attention is drawn to the plight of migrants and refugees and Asia and Africa, a small but significant number of irregular migrants continue to arrive in central European countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, placing huge strains on local authorities.

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IOM staffer works with a newly arrived family in Bosnia. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

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16/01/2018

“We Still Have a Choice Today: Nonviolent Coexistence or Violent Coannihilation” — Martin Luther King

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marilyn Langlois*

15 January 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s prophetic words, uttered April 4, 1967, continue to haunt and challenge us.  

The wisdom, commitment to humanity, and charisma he embodied during his fleeting 39 years on this earth are badly needed now amid the ongoing proliferation of military aggression, killing machines and fomenting hate.

Dr. King would be 89 years old today, January 15, had his life not been taken prematurely 50 years ago.

Thanks to Dr. William Pepper’s tireless and meticulous efforts over several decades, we have solid evidence that he was killed by agents of the US Army and Memphis Police, the jury’s unanimous conclusion after hearing months of testimony in a little-known 1999 civil trial brought by the King family.

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16/01/2018

Welcome to the Land of Luther King!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D.*

15 January 2018  – TRANSCEND Media Service — Ladies and Gentlemen, I write to you today from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, birthplace and national shrine of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–1968), clergyman, civil rights leader, social activist, Nobel Prize Laureate, and martyr to the cause of justice.

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Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D.

I write to welcome you to the land where one man made the word ‘‘justice’’ a living reality, where one man’s relentless and indomitable pursuit of “justice” for his people, and for people everywhere, changed history through nonviolent protest.

I write to welcome you to the land where one’s man’s vision changed a nation’s identity, conscience, heritage of slavery and abuse of African-Americans, and of all people living in bondage, seeking opportunity, screaming for dignity.

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16/01/2018

In Strife-Torn (Liberated) Afghanistan, People Need Support ‘More Than Ever’ —  Senior UN Official

Human Wrongs Watch

15 January 2018 – Amid continuing violence in Afghanistan, the United Nations and the humanitarian community has appealed for $430 million to provide assistance to some 2.8 million people across the country who have been affected by conflict and natural disasters as well as families returning home after years in Iran and Pakistan.

War-affected Kunduz civilians in Afghanistan receive humanitarian aid. Photo: UNAMA

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