Archive for July 7th, 2018

07/07/2018

A Tale of Two Bombers

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By Paul Rogers*

A raid on ISIS affiliates in Libya exposes cosmic waste – and stupidity.

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5 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — The western military intervention in Libya in 2011 led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi regime and precipitated the country’s collapse into disorder and insecurity. Years of factional fighting ensued, which continues to this day.

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07/07/2018

Trump, the (Shakespearean) Fool: A New Look at the Dynamics of Trumpism

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By Rich Rubenstein*

2 July 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Not long after Donald Trump’s accession to the presidency, I found myself arguing with fellow oppositionists who insisted that the new POTUS was either insane, moronic, knowingly corrupt, or a Russian agent – or all four simultaneously.  

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Richard Rubenstein

It seemed to me – and still does – that these characterizations misconceived the real problem.

“Listen,” I told my friends, “these insults won’t work.  You are using conventional terms of abuse to describe something for which we have no political vocabulary.”

“Which is what?”

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07/07/2018

A Very Intelligent Person

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By Uri Avnery*

7 July 2018

IN THE late 1980s, my secretary told me that the Deputy Chief of Staff wanted to see me.

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Uri Avnery

That was rather surprising. The army command was not on friendly terms with my paper, Haolam Hazeh. For dozens of years we had been officially boycotted by the army, after publishing a story which the then Chief of Staff considered insulting.

So I was curious when I entered the Deputy’s room. His name was Ehud Barak, and I had never met him before.

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07/07/2018

Eritrean Finds Home in Italy after Trauma in Libya

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By Barbara Molinario*

Asmorom is one of around 80 refugees who undertook the dangerous journey to Europe via Libya, after being relocated by Israel.

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Asmorom, 28, hugs a UNHCR cultural mediator outside Rome’s Termini train station.  © UNHCR/Alessandro Penso

ROME, Italy (UNHCR)* – Asmorom was just 18 when he fled Eritrea in 2007. It would take three years and many violent beatings by people smugglers for him to find a safe place to call home in Israel – only for his world to come crashing down once more.

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07/07/2018

Just 2.1 Million Dollars Required to Meet the Urgent Needs of Hundreds of Migrants Stranded and Transiting through Chad Over the Next 24 Months

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N’Djamena, 6 July 2018 (IOM)* – Last Sunday (01/07), 20 Sub-Saharan migrants, including eight potential victims of trafficking, were reportedly stranded in Faya, in Northern Chad. 

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UN Migration Agency in Chad Appeals for Funding to Assist Stranded Migrants  | IOM

The town of Faya is located on one of the main migration routes in Northern Chad, where the Chadian authorities have repeatedly identified and referred victims of trafficking (VoTs) to IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

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07/07/2018

Two New Sites – Traditional Ginseng Farming in South Korea and Olive Tree Groves in Italy – Added to Global Agricultural Heritage List

ROME, 5 July 2018 (FAO)*  Traditional ginseng farming in the Republic of Korea and olive tree groves in Italy’s Umbria region have been recognized on the register of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Photo: ©REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

A farmer shows ginseng roots at a farm in Geumsan. The traditional ginseng agricultural system in Geumsan has been added to FAO’s list of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.
07/07/2018

‘Act Now to End Violent Repression’ – UN’s Top Human Rights Official Urges Nicaraguan Authorities

The Nicaraguan authorities should “take real steps” to prevent further loss of life in the country amid ongoing protests and violent repression by pro-Government “armed elements”, the UN’s top human rights official on 5 July 2018 said.
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Álvaro Navarro/Artículo 66 | Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in clashes with authorities. Photo from UN News Centre

Noting in a statement that “approximately 250 people, many of them young persons”, had been killed since mid-April in demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega’s Government, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein highlighted a “climate of intimidation and insecurity” on the streets.

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07/07/2018

Millions Denied Citizenship Due to Ideas of National, Ethnic or Racial ‘Purity’ — Special Rapporteur on Racism

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Ideologies which define nationality as being determined by ethnicity or bloodline are denying millions of people of their right to citizenship, a UN expert has charged.

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on racism, xenophobia and related intolerance at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 21 February 2018.
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E. Tendayi Achiume, Special Rapporteur on racism, focused on the issue of ethno-nationalism in her first report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, whose current session ended on 5 July 2018.

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07/07/2018

Girls Groomed for Suicide Missions Fight Back against the Extremists of Lake Chad

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6 July 2018 — Halima Yakoy Adam won’t forget 22nd December in 2015, the day she was supposed to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the Lac Region town of Bol, 200 km north of N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, in Central Africa.

UN News/Daniel Dickinson | In Bol, Chad, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (l) meets Halima Yakoy Adam who survived a Boko Haram suicide bombing mission.
“It was market day in Bol and I was with two other girls who like me carried explosives,” the young woman told UN News. “I was just 15 years old. I was given drugs and had been trained by the extremist Boko Haram terrorist group to be a suicide bomber.”

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07/07/2018

New Identity Cards Deliver Recognition and Protection for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh will soon have credit card-sized plastic IDs – many possessing, for the first time ever, an individual identity document – providing another level of protection, according to the United Nations refugee agency.
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UNICEF/LeMoyne A Rohingya refugee carries a child in a basket as he and others who crossed the Naf River the night before carry their belongings as they make their way through a no-man’s land area along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh.

The exercise, which began at the end of June, is expected to take up to six months to complete.

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