Archive for December 18th, 2020

18/12/2020

U.S. National Lawyers Guild Condemns U.S. Illegal Occupation of Hawaii

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By James Albertini | Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Hawaiian Flag (top); Queen Liliuokalani, last Monarch of Hawaii (bottom) – On 17 Jan 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters aided by US Marines forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate.

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18/12/2020

Why the Military Lies

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By Lt. Col. Danny Davis | Committee for the Republic – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Lt. Col. Danny Davis was a hero on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. Our army hero then became a whistleblowing legend by exposing the chronic monumental lies the military has told and continues to peddle about achieving victory in those convulsed and splintered nations. The costs of the military’s prevarications have been steep: trillions of dollars squandered on fool’s errands; the killing, maiming or displacement of millions; and the awakening of hatreds or revenge against the United States that make all citizens potential targets.

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18/12/2020

Syria: As the End of Another Year of War Looms, Millions Have Been Left Displaced, Impoverished, Traumatized and Suffering “Deep Personal Loss”

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(UN News)* — As the end of another year of war looms, “families in Syria remain without respite after almost a decade of conflict”, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Wednesday [16 December 2020].

© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman | A mother carries water which UNICEF has been trucking daily to reach families in makeshift camps in the Syrian Arab Republic.

Speaking via videoconference, Humanitarian Affairs chief Mark Lowcock said that millions have been left displaced, impoverished, traumatized and suffering “deep personal loss”. 

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18/12/2020

Growing Needs for Thousands of Displaced Ethiopians in Sudan

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By Ed Ram and Will Swanson in Um Rakuba camp and Village 8, Sudan | UNHCR* |16 December 2020

As families reunite, their greatest needs are food, water, shelter and sanitation. All long for peace so they can return home. |  Español   |  Français

Ethiopian refugee, Tsige, waits at Hamdayet border reception centre to be relocated to Um Rakuba camp in Sudan. © UNHCR/Will Swanson

But everything changed in early November, when conflict broke out in the region and armed men took her husband.

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18/12/2020

Funds For Emergency Food Assistance Run Dry as Millions Face Hunger Season in Zimbabwe – World Food Programme

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HARARE, 17 December 2020 (WFP)*  – With millions of Zimbabweans devastated by a year of drought, rising hyperinflation and COVID-19, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today appealed for an additional US$204 million to support over four million of the most food insecure people over the next six months.

A WFP beneficiary divides shares of WFP food assistance at a distribution in Bindura district, Zimbabwe. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka
A WFP beneficiary divides shares of WFP food assistance at a distribution in Bindura district, Zimbabwe. Photo: WFP/Tatenda Macheka
18/12/2020

Amidst a “Critical Shortage” of Resources, Hundreds of Thousands of Refugees in Kenya Will Lack Food Unless New Funds Are Swiftly Received

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(UN News)* — Amidst a “critical shortage” of resources, hundreds of thousands of refugees in Kenya will lack food unless new funds are swiftly received, the UN’s food relief agency warned on Thursday [17 December 2020].

WFP | Refugees line up to collect food at a centre in Kakuma camp, in the north of Kenya.
 
The World Food Programme (WFP) needs $57 million to continue providing food and nutrition assistance to the country’s 435,000-strong refugee population between January and June of next year. 
18/12/2020

Integral to Societies, ‘Migrants Must Remain Central to COVID-19 Recovery’

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18 December 2020 — (UN News)* — The United Nations is commemorating International Migrants Day, on Friday [18 December 2020], highlighting their contributions to societies globally, and underlining the need to ensure that they remain central to the recovery from COVID-19. 

UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran | Women migrant workers at a ceramics factory in northern Thailand. As part of the labour force, migrant workers support local businesses and also communities back home.
 
In a message, Secretary-General António Guterres said that in the midst of the global pandemic, societies have come to appreciate their dependence on migrants “who are too often invisible within our communities.” 
 
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