Archive for December 24th, 2018


Conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone Regions Forces 430,000 People to Flee

19 December 2018 (NRC Norwegian Refugee Council)*The number of people displaced as a result of the crisis in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions has spiked to more than 430,000 during the last months. Many people are hiding in the bush with no support, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council.
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Graphics: Øystein Os Simonsen | From NRC

“We are deeply worried by the ongoing conflict and the increasing displacement figures. Parties to the conflict must ensure that civilians in the area are protected and are able to safely access life-saving assistance,” said David Manan, Country Director for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Cameroon.

The number of people displaced from their homes in Cameroon’s Anglophone Southwest and Northwest regions and in neighbouring Littoral and West regions has reached 437.000, according to the latest UN estimates.

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Trump, Blackwater, and Private War

Human Wrongs Watch

A military drawdown in Syria and Afghanistan is good for America’s enemies – and contractors.


Tony Blair and George W. Bush shake hands after their press conference in the East Room of the White House on 12 November 2004. | Public Domain | Wikipedia.

24 December 2018 (openDemocrcay)* — At the end of 2003 the United States-led war in Iraq was going badly wrong. It had started so well from the Pentagon’s perspective, as American troops entered Baghdad within weeks of launching the invasion in late March.

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US: Trump’s New Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan A War Hawk

Human Wrongs Watch

Donald Trump announced a war crazed, hypersonic-weapon-fascinated businessman as the acting Defense Secretary to replace Jim Mattis.

Trump announced Patrick Shanahan as the new acting Defense Secretary of the United States.

Trump announced Patrick Shanahan as the new acting Defense Secretary of the United States. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSur.

23 December 2018 (teleSur)* — The United States President Donald Trump Sunday said he was replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1 with Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in an acting capacity after Mattis resigned over policy differences, and offered to stay in his post for two more months.

Three New International Community’s Resolutions Sharpen Focus on Plant Health, Food Safety and Pulses

Rome (FAO)*  – FAO  applauded 20 December 2018′s decision by the United Nations to create two new international days and one entire year devoted to central issues in global food security and nutrition.

Photo: ©FAO/Asif Hassan

Pulses for sale in Karachi, Pakistan. | Photo from FAO.

The UN General Assembly approved three new resolutions creating three awareness-raising initiatives, focused on plant health, food safety and pulses.

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New Fish-Based Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food to Treat Children with Severe Acute Malnutrition in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 17 December 2018 (UNICEF)* A new fish-based wafer snack – Nutrix, has been developed to treat severe acute malnutrition in children by UNICEF, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Copenhagen University (CU) and Danish Care Foods (DCF), in collaboration with the Royal Government of Cambodia.
A woman holds a child eating Nutrix, the new fish snack prescribed for treating severe acute malnutrition in Cambodia

At the launch of the Nutrix production site in Phnom Penh, the partners announced that the ready-to-use-therapeutic food will be produced at scale, to address malnutrition in children in Cambodia.

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