Archive for January 30th, 2018

30/01/2018

DR Congo: Thousands Flee Violence, Seek Shelter in Nearby Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

Surging violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is driving thousands of Congolese into neighbouring Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, the United Nations refugee agency on 30 January 2018 said.

Congolese refugees at a transit centre in Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (File) Photo: UNHCR/L. Beck

“Thousands of children, women and men have abandoned their homes, in the midst of intensified military operations against Mai Mai armed groups in South Kivu province,” Babar Baloch, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told press at the regular briefing in Geneva.

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30/01/2018

Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s True Colors Shine!

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Dr. Maung Zarni*

29 January 2018 – TRANSCED Media Service – Aung San Suu Kyi’s Social Welfare Minister has declared already that all the burned lands in the region stretching over 100 km (68 miles) are reclaimed by the State.   

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Northern Rakhine region of predominantly Rohingya residents has also been designated as the Special Economic Zone II:  Zone I is in the area which were cleared of Rohingya and other Muslim habitation (communities) in the 2012 bouts of large scaled organized ‘mass violence’ backed by the State under Thein Sein’s presidency (2010-15).

She has made no attempt to travel across the border j–in fact 30 minutes helicopter ride or 10 minutes boat ride across the boundary Naf River to the vast Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar.

Instead she has gone to N. Rakhine State –not with UN investigators or diplomats in Yangon, but with her hand-picked cronies.

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30/01/2018

UN Health Organization Finds High Levels of Antibiotic Resistance to World’s Most Common Infections

 Human Wrongs Watch

Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, with the World Health Organization (WHO) reporting new surveillance data on 29 January 2018, which reveals widespread resistance to some of the world’s most common infections, including E. coli and pneumonia.

Lab assistant growing culture viruses and bacteria in the “Infectious Room” of the Cancer Institute of Columbia. Photo: PAHO/WHO

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30/01/2018

Meanwhile, Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

19 January 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service  —  Nobody less than Lawrence Summers writes (WP 11 Dec 2017): “Don’t Expect the Economy’s Sugar High to Last” in spite of economic growth of 2.3% and stock market rise by more than 25% after election and the tax cuts.  Where workers’ take home pay is concerned, there are two missing measures: raising productivity and raising equality.

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Johan Galtung

David Leonhardt (NYT 8 Sep 2017) “A Broken US Economy in One Simple Chart”: the poor and middle class annual income growth dropping from 3.5 to 1.2%, with the “very affluent” (0.001%) rising from 0 to 5.5%.

One thing is wealth, another is life expectancy: Japan and Spain are Nos. 1 and 2, Norway No. 14, USA No. 25.  No doubt the Japanese diet based on le cru, not le cuit, and the Spanish Mediterranean diet, also based on the sea, the plains and the mountains, play major roles.

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