Archive for December 25th, 2018

25/12/2018

Shift: Repudiating War on Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Horror of the Yemen War Is Changing Minds At Last

In New York City, at Union Square Holiday Market, Protesting War on Yemen
Photo credit: Felton Davis

Twenty years ago, a small delegation organized by Voices in the Wilderness lived in Baghdad while U.S. cruise missiles attacked more than 100 targets in Iraq.

Following four days of bombing, known as “Operation Desert Fox,” our group visited various Iraqis who had survived direct hits.

One young girl handed me a large missile fragment, saying “Merry Christmas.”

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25/12/2018

Understanding Right and Left Populisms

Human Wrongs Watch

Neoliberal globalization has increased both economic insecurity and cultural anxiety. Have theories of populism taken adequate account of such insecurity – key to understanding the difference between right and left populisms?

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“Hungarians won’t live according to the commands of foreign powers”, Orbán told the crowd at Kossuth square, 15 March 2012 | Derzsi Elekes AndorCC BY-SA 3.0

We appear to be living in an age of populism. Over the past two decades, we have witnessed the rise of right-wing populist parties throughout Europe such as Haider’s Freedom Party in Austria, Victor Orban’s Fidesz Party in Hungary, and the Polish Law and Justice Party. Today, the Five-Star Movement is in the process of negotiating a coalition arrangement with the far-right Liga Nord.

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25/12/2018

The Relationship between Life and Humankind – Is Life, Peace and Security a Paradox of Humanity?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Antonio Vergara Meersohn*

10 December 2018 (Wall Street International)* For the first time ever in our history, we pose the crucial problem of the relationship between life and humankind as a dichotomy that we have not been able to settle or, what is even worse, where they appear more and more distant from each other.

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The violence of the wars | Photo from Wall Street International.

Is such a dichotomy just apparent, circumstantial? Or it is instead evident and substantial? Does it touch the very essence of existence, including our lives in this paradise – which is being manipulated and mistreated – that is called Earth? From what reference points or subjective perspectives are we going to face this issue?.

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25/12/2018

Whose Child Is This?

By Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Whose Child is This?  Whose child is this?  Is this child an Iraqi . . . an Israeli . . .  a Chechnyan . . . an Afghani . . . a Kurd . . . a Nigerian?   Is she or he English, Indonesian, Spanish, Lebanese, Turkish, Congolese, Bosnian, Persian?   Does it matter?  Is this child not a daughter or son to each of us?

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25/12/2018

UN Human Rights Expert Urges Full Investigation into Death of Migrant Girl Held in US

24 December 2018 – A United Nations rights expert has called for a thorough investigation into the death of a Guatemalan migrant child, while she was in the custody of United States immigration authorities.
UNICEF/Adriana Zehbrauskas | In this file photograph, migrants, including a child, cross the border over the Rio Grande, connecting Reynosa in Mexico with McAllen in Texas, the United States.

According to the UN human rights office (OHCHR), although there have been different versions on the sequence of events which led to her death, and the overall health status of seven-year-old Jakelin Ameí Caal, it is not disputed that she died while in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, after crossing from Mexico, with her father and a larger group of migrants.

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