Archive for July 17th, 2018

17/07/2018

New Import Restrictions Risk Triggering ‘Dramatic Deterioration’ in Gaza – UN Humanitarian Coordinator

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17 July 2018 — Following further restrictions on goods and supplies that can be moved across the border of the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has called for urgent measures to prevent an already critical humanitarian situation from getting worse.

UN Photo | Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, May 2018.
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“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, after visiting the Gaza Strip.
17/07/2018

Failure to Support the One Million Rohingya Refugees Living in Cox’s Bazar “Would Have Tragic Outcomes” – UN Migration Chief 

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A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, on 17 July 2018 said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM | IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing meets new mothers from the Rohingya refugee and local communities who recently gave birth at an IOM medical facility in the world’s biggest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
17/07/2018

Nicaragua Must End Demonstrator Killings and Seek Political Solution in Wake of ‘Absolutely Shocking’ Death Toll – UN Chief

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17 July 2018 — The United Nations Secretary-General has called on the Nicaraguan Government to end violence against demonstrators which has cost an estimated 280 lives, and begin a national “political dialogue” to end the crisis which has gripped the country for nearly three months.

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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 the authorities.
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17/07/2018

Make NATO Civilian and Civilised (Part 2)

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By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 Jul 2018

This is the second of two articles about the coming end of NATO as we know it and what can be done. The first you find here. It may be good to have at least browsed that one before you read on here.

See Oberg’s pictures of the destruction of that place of human civilisation – and the hope of the liberated people – HERE.

The Banality of Militarism

11 Jul 2018 – In the field of science, business and culture, new ideas, innovative methods, doing new things and doing old things in new ways are activities usually rewarded and admired. That keeps these fields vibrant, alive and interesting to others too.

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17/07/2018

NATO’s Crisis and the Transatlantic Conflict (Part 1)

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By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 July 2018

10 Jul 2018 – On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Brussels and the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki. This analysis comes in two parts – one critical and one constructive: This one on “NATO’s crisis and the Transatlantic conflict” and the second on “Make NATO civilian and civilised.”

The follow-up second part of this analysis can be found here.

My apologies for writing a bit long, it isn’t comme il faut nowadays. But I happen to be a researcher who believes in knowledge, background and intellectual arguments in fields such as defence, security and peace – in other words, belonging to a race threatened by extinction in the era of fake and marketing.

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17/07/2018

UN Refugee Agency Urges Australia to End Separation of Refugee Families

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [17 July 2018] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

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Christmas Island immigration detention centre in 2008.  © UNHCR/R. Towle

17 July 2018 (UNHCR)* — UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is alarmed by a separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family in Sydney by the Government of Australia. The deportation overnight of the father leaves his Sri Lankan partner, who is a recognized refugee, alone in Australia with their 11-month-old daughter.

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17/07/2018

First Fishing Vessel Detained under ILO Fishing Convention

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Convention to improve working conditions for fishers on commercial fishing vessels shows its teeth.

Photo from ILO.

CAPE TOWN, 17 July 2018 (ILO)* – The first detention of a fishing vessel under the provisions of the International Labour Organization’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188), has taken place.

The 380-gross-ton foreign fishing vessel was detained in Cape Town, South Africa, and then released at the end of June, following complaints by the crew about working conditions.

17/07/2018

America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees

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By Eric Zuesse | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service*

16 Jul 2018 – The US Government (with France and a few other US allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the US regime refuses to accept any of the resulting refugees — the burdens from which are now breaking the EU, and the EU is sinking in economic competition against America’s international corporations.

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A B-1B Lancer drops cluster munitions. The B-1B uses radar and inertial navigation equipment enabling aircrews to globally navigate, update mission profiles and target coordinates in-flight, and precision bomb without the need for ground-based navigation aids. (U.S. Air Force photo) | Source: strategic-culture.org

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17/07/2018

Record 123 Million, or Nine in 10 Infants, Received at Least One Dose of Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Vaccine in 2017

A record-breaking total of around 123 million, or nine out of 10, infants, received at least one dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine in 2017, protecting them from deadly infectious diseases, according to United Nations figures released on 16 July 2018.

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UNICEF/Ayberk Yurtsever | A child being administrated a dose of polio vaccination. Immunization programmes are a key element to strong health-care systems.
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An additional 4.6 million infants were vaccinated globally in 2017, compared to 2010, due to the pace of global population growth.
17/07/2018

‘From Higher Morbidity and Mortality Rates to Reduced Economic Growth, the Impact of Sand and Dust Storms Can Be Major’ – High-Level Panel

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From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on 16 July 2018.

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UN Photo/Marco Dormino | Children run from an approaching sand storm in Gao, Mali.

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