Archive for May 22nd, 2018

22/05/2018

After 70 Years of Ethnic Cleansing and Global Complicity – Are We Racist?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate*

Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service — Since the beginning of the Palestinian Grand Return March on land Day 30th April, the world has looked on in horror as Israel has killed at least 109 Palestinians and injured thousands of unarmed Palestinians asking to return to their land and seeking to protect nonviolently what little of their land is left.

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Mairead Corrigan Maguire

The massacre and ongoing slow genocide in Gaza where two million (mostly refugees and mostly youth) are subjected to Israeli government policies that ignore human rights  and international law, and implement apartheid and ethnic cleansing policies which goes unchallenged by the rest of the world.

We should not allow the Palestinians to be punished by Israel because of what happened to European Jews in the Holocaust during the Second World War.

Nor should we allow Europe and the world’s future to be manipulated by the past and the world to be held to ransom by Zionism. 

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22/05/2018

‘Alarming Levels’ of Methamphetamine Trafficking in Asia’s Mekong — UN

Organized crime groups in Asia’s Mekong region have intensified the production and trafficking of highly-addictive methamphetamine, extending the illegal trade into countries such as Australia, Japan and New Zealand, senior drug policy leaders on  21 May 2018 warned at a United Nations-backed regional conference. 
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IRIN/Sean Kimmons | Research shows that injecting methamphetamine is becoming more common. | UN News Centre
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“Significant changes have been underway in the regional drug market for a number of years now,” Jeremy Douglas, Regional Representative of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told the conference, which opened in Myanmar’s capital, Nay Pyi Taw.
22/05/2018

Record-High Opium Production in [Liberated] Afghanistan Creates Multiple Challenges for Region and Beyond — UN 

IRIN | Opium poppy field in Afghanistan. | UN News Centre
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Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record-high last year, leading to unprecedented levels of potential heroin on the world market, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a new report released on 21 May 2018.
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The report noted opium cultivationincreased by 63 per cent; from 201,000 hectares in 2016 to an estimated 328,000 hectares in 2017.

UNODC said that it would be possible to produce between 550 and 900 tons of export-quality heroin from the poppies harvested throughout the country during 2017.

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22/05/2018

International Biological Diversity Day: Rich Variety of life on Earth Essential  

Human Wrongs Watch

The welfare and prosperity of people now and in the future, depends on a “rich variety of life on earth” said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterresin his message for the International Day for Biological Diversity, marked on 22 May 2018. 

Kadir van Lohuizen/NOOR/UNEP | Coral reef ecosystems house 25 per cent of all marine life, feeding hundreds of millions of people. A healthy reef at Molinere Bay, Marine Protected Area in Grenada.

 

Since December 1993, when theConvention on Biological Diversityentered into force, its parties have acted to conserve the earth’s flora and fauna, in a sustainable and fair way, said the UN chief.

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