Archive for February 24th, 2020

24/02/2020

Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange

Human Wrongs Watch

Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service*

See: 1242 Signatures from 99 Countries as of 21 Feb 10:30 a.m. GMT
[TMS editor is #700 on the list]

Julian Assange, founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act.

assange-300x169He risks up to 175 years imprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables.

The ‘War Diaries’ provided evidence that the US Government misled the public about activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and committed war crimes.  WikiLeaks partnered with a wide range of media organizations worldwide that republished the War Diaries and embassy cables.

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24/02/2020

Peace in Afghanistan Will Be Victory for the Taliban, a Failure for the West

Human Wrongs Watch

By Paul Rogers*

The Taliban remain strong despite everything the US is throwing at them – but how serious is Trump about a peace deal?

20 February 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The US and the Taliban have agreed that they would like to hold a seven-day ceasefire. The chances of it actually happening varies by the day, and it’s not clear whether Donald Trump and those close to him do genuinely want a deal.

Beyond those hurdles, however, could a short-term ceasefire open into a lasting peace – one that brings stability while ensuring respect for human rights?

From the US perspective, the war is low profile but extraordinarily intense. The country’s armed forces are dropping many more bombs than a decade ago, when they had many more boots on the ground.

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24/02/2020

Choline – An Important Nutrient for Vegetarians and Vegans

By Robert Smith*

24 February 2020 (Wall Street International)*In previous articles, I discussed the importance of eating little or no meat (especially beef)1-3.

Eggs are among the main food sources of choline
Eggs are among the main food sources of choline | Image from Wall Street International.

Unfortunately, the food industry is a powerful force working against this idea. Clever marketing continues to increase the demand for mass-produced beef throughout the world.

So, it’s especially disappointing when news agencies publish headlines like this one: “Vegan and Plant-Based Diets Worsen Brain Health”4.

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24/02/2020

Nepal’s Baby Export

Human Wrongs Watch

KATHMANDU, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – A major discrepancy between Nepal government and foreign records of the number of Nepali children adopted in North America and Europe has exposed a trafficking ring that involves various child welfare agencies in Kathmandu.

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The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has records of only 64 children from Nepal sent for adoption to ten western countries from 2010 to 2019. However, a list submitted to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) by the US Department of State and the nine other countries reveals that 242 Nepali children were taken for adoption in those nine years.

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24/02/2020

Australia: Don’t Cozy Up to Myanmar’s Army

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