Archive for December 3rd, 2018


The Long, Brutal U.S. War on Children in the Middle East

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

When children waste away to literally nothing while fourteen million people face conflict driven famine, a hue and cry—yes, a caterwaul —most certainly should be raised, worldwide.


On November 28, sixty-three U.S. Senators voted in favor of holding a floor debate on a resolution calling for an end to direct U.S. Armed Forces involvement in the Saudi-UAE coalition-led war on Yemen. Describing the vote as a rebuke to Saudi Arabia and the Trump Administration, AP reported on Senate dissatisfaction over the administration’s response to Saudi Arabia’s brutal killing of Jamal Khashoggi last month.

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A World Adrift

By José Ramos-Horta*

29 November 2018 (Wall Street International)*– As I stared at the picture of seven-year-old Amal Hussain dying of hunger I couldn’t contain my anguish, tears flooding my eyes. Some hours earlier I was wining and dining with friends whom I told about my revulsion at the world’s indifference at the Yemen tragedy, at the hypocrites of the West who shamelessly crawl at the feet of the butcher of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman. 

The little Amal Hussain
The little Amal Hussain | Photo from Wall Street International
President Donald Trump imposes draconian sanctions on Cuba and Iran but fetes the thugs of Arabia, gloats about the $100 billion in weapons exports to one of the most undemocratic regimes in the world.

Freida Pinto Gives a Voice to a Girl Trapped in Modern Slavery

The actress Freida Pinto voices the real-life story of a girl trapped in bonded labour, working in a brick kiln with her family since she was 13.*


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – More than 40 Million Victims of Forced Labour and Trafficking; Over 150 Million Children Subject to Child Labour

Slavery is not merely a historical relic. According to the  International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.*

Black Panther’s ‘General Okoye’ Joins the Fight against Gender-Based Violence

2 December 2018 — Danai Gurira, one of the stars of hit movies “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” in her role as General Okoye, has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, lending her name and dedicating her support to gender equality and women’s rights.

UN Women Twitter | From left: actor and activist Danai Gurira Resse; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women; and actor and activist Reese Witherspoon taking part in International Women’s Day at UN Headquarters.

UN Climate Change Conference Starts with a Special Focus on Carbon Neutrality and Gender Equality

COP24,  the two-week 24th conference of the parties of the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), started on Sunday [2 December 2018] in Katowice, Poland, with a special focus on carbon neutrality and gender equality. 

UNFCCC Secretariat | COP24 opening plenary

Days after the UN sounded the alarm on the unprecedented levels of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, the world is gathering to define how the 2015 Paris Agreement will be implemented and moved forward.


‘Slavery Is Still a Very Real and Widespread Phenomenon’ – International Labour Organization

2 December 2018 — Slavery is still a very real and widespread phenomenon, affecting more than 40 million people worldwide, says the International Labour Organization (ILO), with children making up a quarter of the victims , despite the entry into force of the landmark Forced Labour protocol in 2016.


UN News/Daniela Gross | Street art exhibition to end child slavery
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