Archive for November 4th, 2021

04/11/2021

How the Western Leaders Destroyed the Muslim World: We, the People, and Revival of Colonization

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By Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja

“The Arab word’s a veritable mess. The cosmic leadership deficit, the absence of legitimate institutions, the lack of transparency, disrespect for human rights, abysmal regard for gender equality, and too much conspiratorial thinking make it impossible to come to terms with the magnitude of the problems. In short, this region will remain broken, angry, and dysfunctional until the leaders who purport to take responsibility for governing these unhappy lands get their proverbial acts together. And that’s … well, a generational enterprise at best, and I suspect something that will take a good deal longer.”
— Aaron David Miller (“Where Have all the Arab States Gone” Foreign Policy: 4/14/2015)

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04/11/2021

Big Brother Is Watching You– as Electronic Surveillance Dominates Lives

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UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 2021 (IPS)* – The British novelist George Orwell’s “1984” characterized a dystopian society where people were restricted from independent thought and were victims of constant surveillance.

Published in 1949, it was a prophecy of the future with the underlying theme: “Big Brother is Watching You”

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Credit: UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Fast forward to 2021

We are back in “1984” where all our movements are monitored—this time by surveillance cameras planted in New York city streets, expressways, public parks, subways, shopping malls, and parking lots– in violation of personal privacy and civil rights.

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04/11/2021

Climate Action Holds Key to Tackling Global Conflict

3 November 2021 (UNEP)* — The impact of climate change on global peace and security is high on the agenda as world leaders gather at the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this week.

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Photo: Reuters/Muhammad Fuhaid | Belongings on a truck heading to a camp for internally displaced people in Marib, Yemen.

As UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his landmark state of the planet speech: climate change is one of the biggest dangers to peace. “The fallout of the assault on our planet is impeding our efforts to eliminate poverty and imperiling food security. And it is making our work for peace even more difficult, as the disruptions drive instability, displacement and conflict.”

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04/11/2021

End War Now Before It’s Too Late for Ethiopians, UN Human Rights Chief Urges Fighters

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(UN News)* — All parties involved in the escalating conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray must stop fighting immediately, or else risk pushing the region’s catastrophic humanitarian situation “over the edge”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, said on Wednesday [3 November 2021].

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© WFP/Leni Kinzli | Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region.
The UN rights chief’s appeal followed the declaration of a broad state of emergency in Ethiopia, amid reports that Tigrayan forces had made further advances into the neighbouring Amhara region, and other news reports of shelling of the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, by Ethiopian Government forces.
04/11/2021

Indian COVID-19 Vaccine Receives World Health Organization’s Approval

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3 November 2021 (UN News)*The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday approved an eighth vaccine against COVID-19, which follows a slight uptick in new cases globally.
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© UNICEF/Murgesh Bandiwadekar | A man waits to be tested for Covid outside a hospital in Mumbai, India.
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COVAXIN, made by Indian company Bharat Biotech, has received WHO emergency use listing (EUL), meaning it could soon be available to millions worldwide.

The EUL process assesses the quality, safety and efficacy of vaccines and is a prerequisite for their inclusion in the global solidarity initiative, COVAX.

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04/11/2021

Israel Settlement Expansion ‘Tramples’ on Human Rights Law, UN Special Rapporteurs

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3 November 2021 (UN News)*Israel’s plan to build thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has drawn strong condemnation from two independent experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. 

Rafique Gangat | The market in Old City of East Jerusalem.
 
Settlement expansion “tramples” on human rights law, Special Rapporteurs Michael Lynk and Balakrishnan Rajagopal said in a statement on Wednesday [3 November 2021]. 
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