Archive for August 1st, 2018

01/08/2018

Four Freedoms

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By René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service*

 

Freedom from Fear: Still an Unmet Goal

30 July 2018 – When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States (1933-1945) in his January 6, 1941 State of the Union address to Congress presented the “Four Freedoms”, much of the world was at war: German troops were advancing in Europe as were the Japanese armies in China. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) said then

“I suppose that every realist knows that the democratic way of life is at this moment being directly assailed in every part of the world – assailed either by arms or by secret spreading of poisonous propaganda by those who seek to destroy unity and promote discords in nations that are still at peace… And the assailants are still on the march, threatening other nations, great and small.”

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01/08/2018

Yemen: Attacks on Water Facilities, Civilian Infrastructure, Breach ‘Basic Laws of War’ – UNICEF

Ongoing violence and attacks on civilian infrastructure in Hudaydah directly threaten hundreds of thousands of children and their families in Yemen, according to the head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a statement released on 1 August 2018.

© UNICEF | A woman and children wait as UNICEF-supported emergency humanitarian supplies are distributed in Hudaydah, Yemen, in June 2018.
“Attacks against civilian facilities and services are unacceptable, inhumane and in breach of the basic laws of war,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Yet the past few days have seen an escalation in the targeting of systems and facilities that are essential to sustaining the lives of children and families,” she added.
01/08/2018

Alarm on Overlooked Emergencies Requiring Urgent Humanitarian Aid – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Haiti, Sahel Among Most Severely Underfunded Crises

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ROME, 1 August 2018 (FAO)* A new FAO report sounds the alarm on some of the world’s most severely underfunded crises, which in the wake of new shocks require an urgent humanitarian response and emergency agricultural assistance.

Photo: ©FAO

Continued livelihood support for vulnerable households is required during lean season in Chad to improve their access to food.

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01/08/2018

Freedom Boats to Gaza Intercepted, Seized, Attacked by Israeli Navy

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Freedom Flotilla Coalition – TRANSCEND Media Service*, 30 Jul 2018

“The Freedom Flotilla to Gaza is an inspiring and important story. How much longer will mainstream media suppress these types of stories where world citizen activists challenge Israel’s right to defy international law and universal rights?  Why is Israel above the law?” — R. Kotila, Earth Federation News & Views.

 

Latest news on interception at sea (29 July):

Freedom Flotilla intercepted by Israeli Navy– Palestine News Network

Boat trying to break Gaza blockade seized by Israeli navy– The Times of Israel

Israeli forces attack Freedom Flotilla near Gaza’s shore– Ma’an News Agency

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01/08/2018

Overtourism: A Growing Global Problem

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Residents of tourism hotspots are fighting back. Shutterstock | Photo from The Conversation.

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Barcelona, in particular, is at the centre of these mounting concerns about the rapid growth of tourism in cities, especially during peak holiday periods. In fact, Destination Barcelona estimates that there were 30m overnight visitors in 2017, compared to a resident population of 1,625,137.

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01/08/2018

EU Will Spend More on Border and Migration Control than on Africa

Guinea’s President Alpha Conde (R), President-in-Office of the African Union (AU), speaks with Donald Tusk (L), the President of the European Council, during a joint news conference after the closing session of the 5th African Union – European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 30 November 2017. [Legnan Koula/EPA/EFE]

This stance breaks with Europe’s traditional approach, in which the Union was proud to be seen as the world’s largest donor to developing nations.

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01/08/2018

Brazil: Social Movements Militants Begin Hunger Strike for Lula

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This measure has been called for by the Via Campesina (Campesino way), as an extreme act of pressure on the government.

  • The social movements delivered a letter to the Supreme Federal Court informing them of the hunger strike.

    The social movements delivered a letter to the Supreme Federal Court informing them of the hunger strike. | Photo: Brazil’s PT Party

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31 July 2018 (teleSUR)* – Militants of several social movements from different states of Brazil began a hunger strike Tuesday [31 July 2018] as a way to protest against the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the rising poverty rates. This was announced in a press conference led by Joao Pedro Stedile, from the Rural Landless Movement (MST).

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01/08/2018

Finding a Role Model amid Confinement of Myanmar’s Rohingya Camps

RAKHINE, Myanmar, 31 July 2018 (UNFPA)* – Harlee Dar, 14, does not go to school. There are no books, TV or radio in the family’s small shelter, which is sweltering in the summer and rain-beaten during monsoon season. Asked what she does when she is not helping her mother with chores, she replies simply, “I sit. Or I lie down.”
Me Me teaches adolescent girls in the camp about their health and human rights, and helps them understand their own potential. © UNFPA Myanmar
Me Me teaches adolescent girls in the camp about their health and human rights, and helps them understand their own potential. © UNFPA Myanmar

Khin Me Me Htun – known in her community as Me Me – gives Harlee’s hand a squeeze. They are sitting in a UNFPA-supported women’s and girls’ centre in a camp for displaced Rohingyas, where Me Me is a women’s protection and empowerment counsellor.

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01/08/2018

Hear Them Roar – Chinese Singer Wang Junkai Lends His Voice to Siberian Tigers

27 July, 2018 (UN Environment)*Did you know that a small number of Siberian tigers still roam the wilds of Jilin Province in northeastern China? The province borders North Korea and Russia and the area is the northernmost habitat of this species of tiger, also known as the Amur tiger. Tigers are the largest of the world’s big cats. This magnificent creature features distinctive orange and black stripes and a beautifully marked face.

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Pexels | Photo from UN Environment.

About 540 Siberian tigers are estimated to exist in the wild in a huge area straddling Russia, China and possibly North Korea, having made a comeback from the brink of extinction in the 1940s, when only about 40 Amurs were left, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

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01/08/2018

Concerned over the Continuing Arrests and ‘Apparently Arbitrary Detentions’ of Rights Defenders, UN Calls on S. Arabia to ‘Unconditionally’ Release Them

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Concerned over the continuing arrests and “apparently arbitrary detentions” of human rights defenders – including campaigners who lobbied for an end to the ban on women driving – the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on 31 July 2018 called on Saudi Arabia to “unconditionally” release all those being held.

Since 15 May, at least 15 Government critics have been detained, Ravina Shamdasani, OHCHR Spokesperson told a press briefing in Geneva.

“We understand that eight of them were later temporarily released until the completion of their procedural review,” Shamdasani said, noting that in some cases, “their whereabouts are unknown and there is a serious lack of transparency” in processing their cases.

In mid-May, a crackdown on prominent women’s rights defenders in Saudi Arabia seems to have kicked off a spate of arrests.

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