Archive for March 10th, 2018

10/03/2018

Telephones and T-Shirts

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellyn Kaschak*

11 March 2018 (Wall Street International)* — Many before me have noted the problems with a rapidly spreading contemporary global disorder that is caused entirely by that most modern technology, the cell phone. Users have been admonished not to drive or to walk in the streets while texting, a practice that has resulted in injuries and even death.
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Alone-in-the-same-bed Alone in the same bed | Photo re-posted from Wall Street International.

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10/03/2018

‘Toxic, Damaging and Shameful’: Fury as UK and Saudi Arabia Sign Huge Arms Deal

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British firm BAE Systems will sell 48 Typhoon fighter jets to the Saudis after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited Prime Minister Theresa May for talks.

A preliminary deal has been signed, according to reports, for the Kingdom to buy from the UK, as part of a multi-billion-pound deal.

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10/03/2018

Nuclear Weapons: Playing with Fire

By Paul Rogers*

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HMS Illustrious in Portsmouth Harbour Aircraft Carrier, April 2009. Wikicommons/Peter Trimming. Some rights reserved.

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10/03/2018

‘Seven Years of Brutal Conflict in Syria Has Left ‘Colossal Human Tragedy’ in Its Wake’

After seven years of brutal conflict in Syria, there are no clear winners, “but the losers are plain to see,” the United Nations refugee agency chief on 9 March 2018 said, describing the “colossal human tragedy” that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives, driven 6.1 million people from their homes and forced 5.6 million others to seek safety in neighbouring countries.

UNHCR/Susan Schulman | Displaced by fighting, famalies try to make a life among badly damaged buildings in Syria’s war-torn Aleppo.
“This seven-year war has left a colossal human tragedy in its wake. For the sake of the living, it is high time to end this devastating conflict,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi underscored.

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10/03/2018

New WHO Regulation Guidelines to Help Countries End ‘Reign’ of Tobacco Industry

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on 9 March 2018 launched new guidelines on the role that tobacco product regulations can play in saving lives by reducing the demand for tobacco and tobacco products – estimated to kill over seven million people annually.

World Bank/Aisha Faquir | A sign posted at a health facility in rural Nepal announces no smoking. | Source: UN News Centre.
The new guide together with an accompanying publication will help governments “do much more” to implement regulations and address the exploitation of tobacco product regulations, highlighted the UN health agency.

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10/03/2018

Nigerian Women Artists Unite at UN to Change Perceptions of Women and Africa

9 March 2018 — Three Nigerian women will spotlight themes such as human trafficking, suicide bombing, and sexism and sexual harassment at the United Nations, showing the strength of women as agents of change in African societies often dominated by men.

OCHA / Yasmina Guerda | Teenage girls at a displacement camp in Gwoca LGA, Borno State, Nigeria.
“We have to see ourselves as part of the solution, not just as women reserved for sex or for the kitchen,” author and Queen Blessing Itua told UN News ahead of a special event planned for this Sunday 11 March 2018 in the UN General Assembly Hall.

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10/03/2018

‘Protect Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violations in [Liberated] Iraq; Bring Perpetrators to Justice’

9 March 2018 — A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, speaking to women and girls in Darfur, in February 2018.
Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, this week concluded a visit to the country, where thousands of women and girls have suffered at the hands of the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh).
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