Archive for May 25th, 2018

25/05/2018

‘What Is Good for Africa Is Good for the World’ — UN Chief on International Day

25 May 2018 — Praising efforts by African countries to alleviate poverty and build more stable societies, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres pledged his on-going support for ending conflict and building peace across the continent.

World Bank/John Hogg | A textile factory in Lesotho. (file) | UN News Centre
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Peace and sustainable development are two sides of the same coin– one cannot be achieved without the other,” said Guterres marking Africa Day.

“To promote peace, the UN will continue to support prevention,” he added.

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25/05/2018

Death of Ebola Patients Who Fled DRC Hospital Highlights Dangers: WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

The escape of three patients infected with the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the hospital where they were being treated is “not unexpected”, the World Health Organization (WHO) on 25 May 2018 said, underlining the need to step up efforts to explain the dangers of the deadly disease to affected communities.

WHO/Oka | Blood samples are processed as part of a ‘mobile laboratory’ in Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, on 22 May 2018.
25/05/2018

500 Years Is Long Enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 25 May 2018 — I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among those we often regard as ‘responsible’. I am going to use the Democratic Republic of the Congo as my example.

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Robert J. Burrowes

As I illustrate and explain what has happened to the Congo and its people during the past 500 years, I invite you to consider my essential point: Human depravity has no limit unless people like you (hopefully) and me take some responsibility for ending it.

Depravity, barbarity and violent exploitation will not end otherwise because major international organizations (such as the UN), national governments and corporations all benefit from it and are almost invariably led by individuals too cowardly to act on the truth.

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25/05/2018

Not So fast on Fracking — United Nations Experts to Developing Countries

The hydraulic extraction of natural gas, commonly known as fracking, produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it is not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts on 24 May 2018 said.
UN Photo/Gill Fickling | South Africa’s reliance on coal is clear to see. Hydraulic extraction of natural gas has been seen as a greener option. Natural gas produces cleaner energy than oil and coal.

A new report by UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, describes natural gas as a useful “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move towards more environmentally-friendly renewable power sources.

But it has disadvantages too, not least the fact that its main component is methane gas, which has a global-warming potential 28 times higher than the carbon dioxide found in other fossil fuels.

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25/05/2018

GAZA: Grief, Horror, Outrage, Remembering

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard Falk*

Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service — 21 May 2018

GRIEF

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Richard Falk

How can one not feel intense grief for the young Palestinians who out of despair and fury joined the Great March of Return, and so often found death and severe injury awaiting them as they approached the border unarmed!!?

This was not a gratuitous event, or something that happened spontaneously on eitherside.

After 70 years of Palestinian suffering, with no end of torment in sight, to show the world and each other their passion was what would be seen as normal, even admirable, demonstrating a spirit of resistance that endured after decades of repression, violence, humiliation, and denial of the most fundamental of rights.

After 70 years of Israeli statehood, this violent confirmation of our worst fears and perceptions, seals a negative destiny for Israel as far as the moral eye can see.

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