Archive for February 27th, 2018


Is Oxford University Complicit in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Genocide Denial?

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**Photo: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson meeting Aung San Suu Kyi in London, 12 September 2016. |  Author: Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Source: Flicker | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 When reality goes off the chart of what is thinkable, fiction is no match.

That Oxford University’s most iconic living graduate Aung San Suu Kyi may find herself at the International Criminal Court for her “complicity of silence in crimes against humanity” and even a genocide will go down in history as one such extraordinary tale.

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Dispatch from Bangladesh: “We are not afraid of anything. We want our stories to be told”

February 24th—February 26, 2018 Our Standing with Rohingya Women delegation is well underway— the Nobel laureates are on the ground and with our partner, Bangladeshi women’s activist organization, Naripokkho, have visited and heard the stories of Rohingya women on the Bangladesh-Burma border firsthand. 

The delegation officially began Saturday [24 February 2018] with an orientation session at the Naripokkho offices to learn more about the situation of Rohingya refugees.

We also met with Rohingya teacher, lawyer, and researcher, Razia Sultana, to discuss her newly launched report “Rape by Command: Sexual violence as a weapon against the Rohingya”.

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Italy Is Haemorrhaging Youth and Has No Idea How to Stem the Flow, But There’s Still Hope

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By Alessio Colonnelli*


**Photo: Trade union protesters demonstrate near the Colosseum against Renzi’s labour market reforms | Author: Simone Ramella | | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Aren’t other countries following the British way out? For a while, the English-language press was awash with speculations about Italy intending to do the same. A neologism gained traction back in 2016 – Quitaly.

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South Sudan: A Year after Averting Famine, ‘Food Insecurity Outlook Has Never Been So Dire’

One year after famine was declared in parts of South Sudan, three United Nations agencies on 26 February 2018 warned that without sustained humanitarian assistance and access, more than seven million people in the crisis-torn country– almost two-thirds of the population – could become severely food insecure in the coming months.


IOM/Bannon | Internally displaced persons (IDPs) line up early in the morning for a general food distribution at the UN Protection of Civilians Site, Malakal, South Sudan.


The Coming Wars to End All Wars

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By Edward Curtin*

26 February 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service 

“The compulsive hatred of Putin by many who have almost zero idea about Putin or Russian history is disproportionate to any rational analysis, but not surprising. Trump and Putin are like weird doppelgangers in the liberal imagination.”
— John Steppling, “Trump, Putin, and Nikolas Cruz Walk into a Bar”


Edward Curtin

The Trump and Netanyahu governments have a problem: How to start a greatly expanded Middle-Eastern war without having a justifiable reason for one.

No doubt they are working hard to solve this urgent problem.

If they can’t find a “justification” (which they can’t), they will have to create one (which they will).

Or perhaps they will find what they have already created.

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‘Hell on Earth’ in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta Must End – UN Chief 

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Syria’s war-battered east Ghouta, the troubled Kasais region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where violence has sparked a major exodus of Muslim Rohingyas, were all in the spotlight as the Geneva-based Human Rights Council opened its session on 26 February 2018 , with UN officials warning that these situations spiraled into crisis “because not enough was done, early and collectively, to prevent the rising horrors.”

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the High-Level Segment of the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.

The Geneva-based United Nations’ Human Rights Council opened a regular session on Monday hearing calls to ensure that counter-terrorism efforts do not supersede international obligations to protect civilians and to end the harmful use of veto in the Security Council.

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Not War on Terrorism but Dialogue for Solutions

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By  Johan Galtung*

26 February 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service I am sitting somewhere in Afghanistan. Across the table are three Taliban; Pashtuns like most Taliban. My opening question is standard:  “What does the Afghanistan look like where you would like to live?” with some equally standard follow-up questions:  “What is the worst that happened to you?”, and “Was there a good period in the past?”


Johan Galtung

And they talk, and talk, and talk; it sounds like no Westerner ever asked them questions about what they think.

For them the answers were obvious, and they were very eager to explain the obvious:

  • The worst that happened to them was the (Sir Mortimer) Durand line in 1893, the 2,250 km border between Afghanistan and at the time the British Empire, today Pakistan, that cut the Pashtun and Baluchi nations in two.

Today the Pashtuns, 50 million, are the largest nation in the world without their own state, so their first priority is to undo that line defining them as smugglers, “terrorists” escaping to safety “on the other side”.

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Syrian Refugee Children in Jordan Deprived of the Most Basic Needs – UNICEF

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Eighty five per cent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan are living below the poverty line and a staggering 94 per cent of those under five in “multidimensional” poverty,  meaning that they are deprived of some of the most basic needs such as education, health or protection, an assessment by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has revealed.

UNICEF/Lucy Lyon | Two Syrian refugees, a brother and sister, in Jordan. (file)

“Seven years into [the Syria] crisis, we need to collectively continue to do all that we can to support vulnerable refugee children and their families that are struggling to meet their basic needs,” Robert Jenkins, the head of UNICEF programmes in Jordan, on 26 February 2018 said in a news release.

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