Archive for July 16th, 2018

16/07/2018

Oslo: A Peace Proposal or a “Time Out” Till the “Full Victory” of Israel?

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By Walid Salem – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 July 2018

A Brief Theoretical Framework

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Dr. Walid Salem

7 Jul 2018 – 25 years after, looking back to The Declaration of Principles (Oslo Agreement) of 1993 should deal with its results rather than to be about the intentions of the leaders at that time.

Three approaches of analysis might be mentioned:

  • First: Some will take an actor- based perspective on evaluating Oslo by focusing on the brevity and the sincere intentions of Arafat and Rabin who signed the Agreement.

The space allowed for this article do not allow for a thorough investigation of this approach

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16/07/2018

US-Russia ties have ‘never been worse’ thanks to US ‘foolishness and stupidity’ – Trump

US-Russia ties have ‘never been worse’ thanks to US ‘foolishness and stupidity’ – Trump

“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt! (sic)”Trump wrote on Monday morning.

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16/07/2018

Johan Galtung on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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By Amy Goodman | Envision Peace Museum – TRANSCEND Media Service 

16 July 2018 — Johan Galtung is widely considered the “Father of Peace and Conflict Studies.” A Norwegian sociologist and mathematician, Galtung has taught around the world, helped found many institutions dedicated to building peace, and been honored with the Right Livelihood Award. He serves on the advisory board of Envision Peace Museum.

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16/07/2018

Between Three Summits: Brussels, England, Helsinki

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By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service 

16 Jul 2018 — This TMS issue comes in the middle of three summit conferences of significance: a NATO summit held in Brussels, and two bilateral summits: US-UK and US-Russia.

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René Wadlow

Albert Einstein was often quoted saying that the A-Bomb had changed everything except our way of thinking.

We can say somewhat the same thing about the end of the Cold War in 1990 with the Treaty on the New Europe in Paris.

Some hoped that the A-Bomb would indicate clearly that the type of international organization which was the League of Nations was inadequate.

The United Nations should be stronger – a form of real collective security.  “One World or None” was the cry.  

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16/07/2018

Lebanon Puts In an Extra Shift to Get Syrian Refugees into School

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By Rima Cherri and Houssam Hariri in Bar Elias, Lebanon* 

(UNHCR)* — Some 350 schools across the country squeeze two days of lessons into one, providing a vital education lifeline for some 150,000 Syrian refugee children.

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Syrian refugees attend lessons in Bar Elias School in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. © UNHCR/Houssam Hariri

Each weekday lunchtime, the walls of Bar Elias School in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley reverberate to the sound of more than 1,600 children noisily making their way to and from class.

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16/07/2018

Intelligent Drones Crack Down on illegal Fishing in African Waters

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16 July,  2018 (UN Environment)* — Young entrepreneur Badr Idrissi never waited to be told what to do. Instead, he looked for innovative solutions to problems. He would often take the family TV or video recorder to pieces. “My parents would always tell me to put it back together!” he says. “But that’s how I learned to fix things.”

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Pixabay | Photo from UN Environment.

Today, thirty-seven-year-old Idrissi, from Morocco, is CEO and co-founder of ATLAN Space, a deep technology startup using drones and artificial intelligence to crack down on illegal fishing and protect natural resources in Africa.

“I had a conversation with a friend, Younes Moumen who is also a Co-Founder of ATLAN Space, about our terrible track record in Africa on illegal fishing, poaching, deforestation,” he says. “We dug deeper into the statistics and what we found shocked us.”

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16/07/2018

“This route is deadly. I wouldn’t take it again. I said to myself that my life was more precious than Italy.”

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Smart’ story is part of the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) series: “i am a migrant“.*  Smart’s country of origin is Sierra Leone and he currently back home from Niger, 2,253 km from home.

Photo credit: IOm/Monica Chiriac

“My dad was 65 when he died. He woke up early every morning to go to work, and since he didn’t have a car, every day was a struggle for him.

As he got older, I tried to convince him to stop working.

After I graduated in banking and finance, I tried finding a job in my field in Sierra Leone, but it proved to be impossible. I ended up teaching IT for a while at a school.

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16/07/2018

‘Don’t Agree on Europe over Heads of Europeans’ – Finnish Media Pens Open Letter to Trump and Putin

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‘Don’t agree on Europe over heads of Europeans’ – Finnish media pens open letter to Trump & Putin

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16/07/2018

Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan ‘Hit Record High’

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The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan hit a record high in the first half of the year, despite last month’s unprecedented ceasefire between the Afghan Government and the Taliban, the United Nations on Sunday 15 July 2018 reported.

Fardin Waezi/UNAMA | Funeral of civilian killed in a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 2018. The UN mission in the country has reported that a record number of Afghan civilians were killed by warring parties in the first half of 2018.
According to the latest figures released on Sunday [15 July 2018] by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, known as UNAMA, there were 5,122 civilian casualties (1,692 deaths and 3,430 injured) in the first six months of 2018 – a three per cent overall decrease in casualties from last year.
16/07/2018

In Gaza, Special Envoy Urges Israel, Palestinian Factions to Step Back from Brink of a War that ‘Everybody Will Lose’

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With a ceasefire largely holding after a day-long flare-up in fighting between Israel and Gaza militants, the United Nation envoy on the Middle East peace process was in the enclave on 15 July 2018 urging Israelis and Palestinians to pull back from the brink of a confrontation “that nobody wants…and everybody will lose.”

“Yesterday we were on the brink of war. And it has taken the concerted efforts of everyone to make sure that we step back from confrontation,” UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov told a press conference in the Gaza Strip earlier on Sunday 15 July 2018.

Telling Palestinians in Gaza that he knew the difficult conditions they lived in and how hard it was to believe anyone who tells them that their lives would be improved, Mladenov appealed “to all Palestinians, to all parents of all children in Gaza today to step back and keep the protests peaceful.”

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