Archive for July 23rd, 2018

23/07/2018

UN Human Rights Chief Denounces Grave ‘Assaults’ on Fundamental Rights of Palestinian People: Arbitrary Detentions, Deliberate Deprivation, Attacks against Civilians, Forced Displacements

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From arbitrary detentions and deliberate deprivation, to attacks against civilians and forced displacements, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, expressed “acute concerns” on Monday 23 July 2018 over the current human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Suhair Karam/IRIN | A view of Jabalia refugee camp. Jabalia is the largest of the Gaza Strip’s eight refugee camps. It is located north of Gaza City, close to a village of the same name.
23/07/2018

Rebuilding a High-Risk Community in Honduras

A new health clinic in a San Pedro Sula suburb is the cornerstone of a project to re-establish community ties in gang-ridden neighborhoods.

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Patients wait to be seen at the UNHCR-supported Holy Trinity Comprehensive Support Centre in Chamalecón, San Pedro Sula, Honduras. | © UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo

23/07/2018

Myanmar: International Accountability Needed for Military-Planned Genocide against Rohingya–Report

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By Fortify Rights – TRANSCEND Media Service*

UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Report finds “reasonable grounds” for ICC arrest warrants, identifies 22 military and police officials.

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To read the FULL REPORT download PDF file: They Gave Them Long Swords- Fortify Rights July 19 2018

19 Jul 2018 – The Myanmar authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians during the weeks and months before militants attacked police on August 25, 2017, Fortify Rights said in a new report released today.

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23/07/2018

What Should We Do Now?

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By Howard Richards*

23 July 2018 TRANSCEND Media Service — My suggestion is that the answers to the question my title poses will depend on how we understand cause and effect. Acting intentionally entails the belief that the action(s) will cause, or at least tend to cause, the results intended.  

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Howard Richards

The truth or falsity (or mixed truth and falsity) of that belief (or set of beliefs) depends on the causal powers that move events and move history.

It also depends on our own causal powers (if we have any) to make a difference.

The “beliefs” that spell the difference between our actions being part of the solution, or being part of the problem, or being an irrelevant spinning of wheels going nowhere, may be collective or unconscious or both collective and unconscious.

They may be examined or unexamined.

The subject of my question is how to get the world back on track toward human flourishing in harmony with nature.

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23/07/2018

‘86% of people Affected by Volcán de Fuego’s Eruption in Guatemala Lost Their Sources of Income or Their Businesses’ – IOM

Guatemala City (IOM)* IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on 19 July 2018 reported that 86 per cent of people affected by Volcán de Fuego’s eruption last month, lost their sources of income or their businesses.

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According to surveys conducted by IOM, 43 per cent were left without land to carry out agricultural activities and 13 per cent say they intend to migrate irregularly.

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23/07/2018

“Today, I own my business and I know how to protect myself from HIV infection”

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KYELA, Tanzania, 23 July 2018 (ILO)*At the age of 18 and just out of secondary school, Angel Banda already knew what she didn’t want. She had seen many of her school friends enter into relationships with much older men so they could pay for their housing or school fees – or simply to have a sense of security and stability. Many of these relationships put the girls at high risk of violence and infections like HIV.

Photo from ILO.

However, Banda didn’t see herself working as a maid for a man who would proposition her for sex. In fact, she didn’t want to depend on men at all.

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23/07/2018

The Parabola of the Green Man – Several Hundred Exo-Planets Where Life Could Exist

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By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

23 July 2018 (Wall Street International)* – As it is nowadays commonly accepted, based on astrophysics data (in particular the Kepler space mission data), our astrophysics colleagues arrived at the conclusion that there are several hundred exo-planets (see for instance Figure 2), where life in principle may be possible.
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Exo-planets where life could exist | Photo from Wall Street International

Difficult, and till now impossible, to prove experimentally. But let us assume that life may exist in some of these planets – and that somedays our astronauts are going there. How should they demonstrate that life, in a form which may not be familiar to us, exists?

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23/07/2018

Interview with Ann Wright: “It’s your land and yet the US is using it to kill other people around the world”

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17 July 2018 (Pressenza)* — Ann Wright served 29 years in the US Army as a colonel and moved to the diplomatic service, where she worked for 16 years as a diplomat in US embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned in March 2003 to protest President Bush’s war against Iraq and has been a peace activist ever since. She took an active part in this year’s protest week Stop Air Base Ramsteinin Germany, where we had the opportunity to have the following interview with her.

Interview with Ann Wright: “It’s your land and yet the US is using it to kill other people around the world “

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23/07/2018

China Planning to Deploy Large Unmanned AI Submarines by 2020s

China is hoping huge, new, smart unmanned submarines will help give its naval fleet an edge in crucial waterways like the South China Sea and the western Pacific.
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Submarine of the People's Liberation Army Navy's Nanhai Fleet taking part in a marine training session in the South China Sea (File)

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The South China Post reported Sunday [22/07/2018] that Beijing expects to deploy artificially intelligent unmanned submarines in the early 2020s. The seacraft could be used to survey waters, place munitions or even be used in suicide attacks against enemies, scientists involved in the program told the outlet.

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23/07/2018

Photo Series Highlights Plight of Environmental Rights Defenders

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Photo from UN Environment. 

21 July 2018 (UN Environment)* – Nine environmentalists who risk everything to protect their homes, land and natural environment from harm and exploitation are telling their stories in a published photo series today [21 July 2018] in The Guardian’s weekend edition, The Observer.  

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