Archive for July 2nd, 2018

02/07/2018

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

2 Jule 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — There are many summit meetings, usually with Trump. Stephen F. Cohen, “Who’s Afraid of a Trump-Putin Summit?“, (The Nation27 Jun 2018): they may serve to assess each other before a war–and to search for peace. But, do they know what that means beyond disarmament and rule of law?

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Johan Galtung

“Good chemistry” is not sufficient, nor is it necessary. Peace may come about in spite of, not because of, the summits.

A cease-fire means no fire; actually may mean soldiers resting and arms redeployed.

Summiteers might come further focusing on “how can we be good to each other” than on “how can we stop being bad”. Positive approach.

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02/07/2018

‘Heartbreaking Accounts’ of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh’ Suffering

Human Wrongs Watch

2 July 2018 — United Nations chief António Guterres visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Monday 2 July 2018, declaring that “nothing could have prepared me for the scale of the crisis and extent of suffering” he witnessed there.

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02/07/2018

Of Brexit, the Fracking Lobby and the Revolving Door

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amy Hall*

28 June 2018 (openDemocracy)* — Fracking firms are keen to benefit from Brexit, and are hiring firms staffed by well-placed insiders to lobby on their behalf.
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In January I wrote about how the fracking industry could take advantage of a dirty Brexit. But it goes further than direct lobbying and trying to hijack the Brexit narrative.
02/07/2018

‘Qualification Flight’: Pentagon Test-Drops Upgraded Nuke from B-2 Stealth Bomber over Nevada

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**Photo: B-2 bomber (USAF) from below | Onetwo1at English Wikipedia | CC BY-SA 3.0
“The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the US Air Force completed two non-nuclear system qualification flight tests of the B61-12 gravity bomb on June 9 at Tonopah Test Range in Nevada,”the Department of Energy announcedlast week. “These tests are the first such end-to-end qualification tests on a B-2A Spirit Bomber for the B61-12.”

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02/07/2018

“People are different – not all women have the same goals or ambitions, and we need to respect that.”

Human Wrongs Watch

Malika’ story is part of the UN International Organisation for Migration(IOM) series: “i am a migrant“.*  Malika’s country of origin is Niger and she currently back home from Mali.

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“My grandparents raised the seven of us. I am the oldest one, so I always help out with my siblings as much as I can, especially my sisters so they don’t have to look to men to support them.

My grandfather was a journalist so I’ve always enjoyed listening to people. I was looking for a scholarship in communications and a university in Bamako offered me one. I cried on my way there not knowing what to expect.

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02/07/2018

‘Controlled Centres’ for Migrants – Not ‘Hotspots’, Say EU Leaders

Human Wrongs Watch

The EU28 leaders came to an agreement on migration in the early hours of the morning, on 29 June. [© European Union]

The EU28 agreement on migration provides for the creation of “controlled centres” in EU member states as a way to speed up the processing of asylum requests and assit countries like Italy cope with the burden of the migration crisis.

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02/07/2018

The 1951 Refugee Convention

Human Wrongs Watch

The 1951 Refugee Convention is the key legal document that forms the basis of our work. Ratified​ by 145 State parties, it defines the term ‘refugee’ and outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them.*

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02/07/2018

Q&A: Head of Kenya’s Makonde People Recounts Long Walk from Statelessness

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jonathan Clayton*

Thomas Nguli, now 62, tells how a life without citizenship stole his dreams.

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Switzerland. Thomas Nguli, chairperson of the previously stateless Makonde community visits Geneva, Switzerland.

As a formerly stateless person, it is Thomas Nguli’s first time outside of Kenya and he enjoyed the opportunity to see a few sights in Geneva, Switzerland.   © UNHCR/Susan Hopper

.GENEVA, 29 June 2018 (UNHCR)* – Some 10 million people around the world are today estimated to be stateless, living in a bureaucratic limbo without access to health, education and other government services.

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02/07/2018

Over 200 Migrants Drown in Three Days in Mediterranean — Death Toll for 2018 Passes 1,000

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 1 July 2018 (IOM)* This weekend, some 204 migrants have died at sea off Libya, pushing the total number of migrant drownings in the entire Mediterranean so far this year to over 1,000 people.

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Rescued migrants being tended to by IOM staff in Tripoli. Photo: IOM

Today (1/07), a small rubber boat packed with migrants capsized off AlKhums, east of Tripoli, with an estimated 41 people surviving after rescue. On Friday (28/06), three babies were among the 103, who died in a shipwreck similar to Sunday’s incident, also caused by smugglers taking migrants to sea in completely unsafe vessels.

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