Archive for July 5th, 2018

05/07/2018

The Pentagon’s New Mission Statement: Neo-Colonialism and Hegemony Unmasked

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By John Wight*

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**PhotoThe Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008 | David B. Gleason from Chicago, IL | The Pentagon Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

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05/07/2018

Mothers of Congo’s Lost Children Break Silence

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By Vania Turner in Kalemie, Democratic Republic of the Congo*

Thousands of children are thought to be missing as DR Congo’s displacement crisis deepens.

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Faiza, 31, says her children were kidnapped – and probably killed – when their village came under attack. © UNHCR/Colin Delfosse

Displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Tanganyika province, Augustine is now living at a site for internally displaced people in the provincial capital, Kalemie. She’s one of many anxious and grieving parents here.

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05/07/2018

Amid ‘Epidemic’ Violence against Women in South Sudan, One-Stop Care Centre Helps to Ensure Survivors Receive the Full Range of Care Available

One-stop care centre helps women amid South Sudan’s epidemic of violence
(Right to left) UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed meet with one-stop centre staff. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano

Tragically, stories like theirs are all too common in South Sudan.

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05/07/2018

6 Brexit Myths – and Why both Hard Brexiteers and Ultra Remainers Are Being Un-British

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By Nick Inman*

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**Anti-Brexit street art in London of Boris Johnson embracing Donald Trump.Matt Brown from London, England | Creative CommonsAttribution 2.0 Generic license.

3 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — For the last two years, British politics has seemed to have nothing to do with me, as I watch a squabble between two ideological sects, their members spread across the two main parties and incapable of resolving anything.

They never talk about the things I think need talking about, and every pronouncement they make contains more questions than answers – particularly these ones:

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05/07/2018

On Purpose, in Kabul

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By Kathy Kelly*

2 July, 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Writing this week [last week of June] for the Chicago Tribune, Steve Chapman called a U.S. Government report on the war in Afghanistan “a chronicle of futility.”

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Girls and mothers, waiting for their duvets, in Kabul. Photo credit: Dr. Hakim

“The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction” report says the U.S. spent large sums “in search of quick gains” in regional stabilization – but these instead “exacerbated conflicts, enabled corruption and bolstered support for insurgents.”

“In short,” says Chapman, the U.S. government “made things worse rather than better.”

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05/07/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Urges Security Council to Refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court ‘Immediately’ for Probe into Rohingya Crisis

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Myanmar should “have some shame” after attempting to convince the world that it is willing to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled an “ethnic cleansing campaign” last year, given that “not a single” one has returned officially, the United Nations human rights chief on 4 July 2018 warned.

Addressing the Human Rights Council after giving an update on the refugee crisis that has seen more than 700,000 Rohingya people flee to Bangladesh to escape a security clampdown in Myanmar, Zeid urged the UN Security Council to refer the Member State to the International Criminal Court (ICC) immediately.

“We are not fools,” he said.

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05/07/2018

Mali Facing ‘Alarming’ Rise in Human Rights Violations -Senior Independent Expert

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In Mali, a senior United Nations rights expert on 4 July 2018 described an “alarming” deterioration of the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in northern and eastern areas of the country.

MINUSMA/Marco Dormino | A MINUSMA convoy drives along a street Menaka, north-eastern Mali. The region has witnessed a sharp escalation in violence and insecurity.
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