Archive for July 22nd, 2018

22/07/2018

Argentina: Protests Against IMF as G20 Ministers Convene

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21 July 2018 (teleSUR)* — IMF chief Christine Lagarde praised the economic policies promoted by president Macri and rejected by vast sectors of Argentine society.

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As IMF Chief met with high-ranking authorities, Argentines rejecte dthe IMF in the streets.

As IMF Chief met with high-ranking authorities, Argentines rejecte dthe IMF in the streets. | Photo: Reuters | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

Argentines welcomed International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde, who arrived Friday [21 July 2018] in Argentina for a G20 summit, with protests and roadblocks in Buenos Aires. Social movements, students, opposition political parties, and workers’ unions mobilize to reject the IMF once more.

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22/07/2018

Ecuador to Withdraw Asylum For Assange – Reports

21 July 2018 (SPUTNIK)*Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno is not planning to meet with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who resides in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, during the president’s upcoming visit to the United Kingdom, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said on July 19.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain in this February 5, 2016.

© REUTERS / Peter Nicholls| Photo from Sputnik.

A source close to the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry and the president’s office, refusing to speak publicly, has confirmed that Moreno is close to settling if he has not already settled, an agreement to hand over Assange to the UK within the next several weeks, the Intercept reported.

The withdrawal of Assange’s asylum and his ejection could come as early as this week.

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22/07/2018

What Impact Has US Foreign Policy Had On Pakistan?

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21 July 2018 (teleSUR)*As Pakistan heads toward the July 25 general elections, teleSUR examines how the 71-year-old South Asian nation’s diplomatic relations with key global players have shaped it.

A street decorated with flags of political parties ahead of Pakistan

A street decorated with flags of political parties ahead of Pakistan’s general elections, in the Lyari neighborhood of Karachi. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

Land Of Contradictions

The United States has a longstanding relationship with Pakistan. At the beginning of the Cold War, the United States strategically allied with Pakistan. The South Asian country maintained its distance from the Soviet Union, unlike India.

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22/07/2018

Modernization of Nuclear Weapons Continues; Number of Peacekeepers Declines – SIPRI Yearbook 2018

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Stockholm (SIPRI)*The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on 18 June 2018 launched the findings of SIPRI Yearbook 2018, which assesses the current state of armaments, disarmament and international security.

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SIPRI Yearbook 2018

Key findings include the following: all the nuclear weapon-possessing states are developing new nuclear weapon systems and modernizing their existing systems; and the number of personnel deployed with peace operations worldwide continues to fall while the demand is increasing.

​​​​​​World nuclear forces: reductions remain slow as modernization continues

At the start of 2018 nine states—the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)—possessed approximately 14 465 nuclear weapons.

This marked a decrease from the approximately 14 935 nuclear weapons that SIPRI estimated these states possessed at the beginning of 2017.

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22/07/2018

UN Chief Urges Hamas and Israel to ‘Step Back from the Brink of Another Devastating Conflict’ in Gaza

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Voicing deep concern over the latest flare-up of violence around Gaza, the United Nations chief on Saturday 21 July 2018 urged all sides to “step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”.

UN Photo | Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, May 2018.
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“I am gravely concerned over the dangerous escalation of violence in Gaza and southern Israel,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement. “I deeply regret the loss of life. It is imperative that all sides urgently step back from the brink of another devastating conflict”, he added.

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22/07/2018

Colombia: New Congress Marks Rebel Group’s Transition ‘from Weapons to Politics’

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Celebrating the holding of the first session of a new Congress in Colombia, the United Nations has said that the inclusion of former rebels in the legislative body marked their transition “from weapons to politics”.

UN Photo/Hector Latorre | UN Mission in Colombia extracts weapons caches (file)

In a press release issued Friday 21 July 2018, the UN Verification Mission in Colombia and other UN operations there said they “celebrate the installation today of the Colombian Congress resulting from the most participative and peaceful legislative elections in decades”.

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