Archive for April 9th, 2022

09/04/2022

The French Election Is All about Imperialism. Here’s Why

Human Wrongs Watch

By Adam Ramsay*

With oligarchs using their media outlets to promote far-Right presidential candidates, France is being haunted by its own ghosts.

Government capitulations to the far Right have only aided Emmanuel Macron’s opponents | Victor Joly/Abaca Press/Alamy

6 April 2022 (openDemocracy)* — To understand the coming French election, we need to start not with the incumbent president Emmanuel Macron, nor with any of his rival candidates, but with a billionaire called Vincent Bolloré.

Like many oligarchs, he started out by inheriting a family business founded by his ancestors – in this case, in the 1820s.

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09/04/2022

The MADness of the Resurgent U.S. Cold War on Russia

Human Wrongs Watch

By Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The war in Ukraine has placed U.S. and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the United States and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race.

The Nation: Hiroshima – It’s time to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons.

The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken and ultimately eliminate Russia, or a Russia-China partnership, as a strategic competitor to U.S. imperial power.

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09/04/2022

Twelve Years into the War in Syria, Thousands of Families “Remain in the Dark” When It Comes to the Fates of Their Missing Relatives

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Twelve years into the war in Syria, thousands of families “remain in the dark” when it comes to the fates of their missing relatives, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet told the General Assembly on Friday [8 April 2022].

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© UNICEF/Delil Souleiman | Displaced people in Tal Tamer in northeastern Syria.

“The scale of this tragedy is daunting, with people going missing in different contexts, such as during hostilities, displacement or in detention. All too often, this is connected with a range of human rights violations and abuses,” she said, speaking via videolink from Geneva.

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