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18/07/2018

Number of Muslim-Americans Running for Public Office Hits Record High Since 9/11 – Report

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18/07/2018

Greasing the Wheels of Kenya’s Nascent Oil and Gas Sector

18 July, 2018 (UN Environment)* —  For anyone interested in unravelling the intricacies of mankind’s evolution, Kenya’s remote northern Turkana County remains a researcher’s paradise. For several decades, the region has been the scene of significant archaeological discoveries that have earned it the Cradle of Mankind moniker.
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Photo from UN Environment.

In 2012, Turkana gained further prominence after the Government of Kenya announced the discovery of commercially viable oil reserves at the Ngamia-1 well. The find was the culmination of exploration efforts that began in the 1950s when British Petroleum and Shell drilled several wells in the coastal Lamu Basin.

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18/07/2018

Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

What is the source of the 21st century tendency to authoritarianism? The central purpose of neoliberal re-regulation is to remove economic policy from control by representative democracy.

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“Adam Smith’s ahistoric view”: John Kay engraving, 1790. Wikicommons/ United States Library of Congress. Public domain.

18 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — It is difficult to find a major country in which democratic institutions are not under stress, in many cases under aggressive attack.

The United States has a profoundly anti-democratic regime.

In Europe long-standing authoritarian tendencies have enjoyed a quantum leap under the neoliberal austerity regime fostered by the German government under cover of the European Commission.

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18/07/2018

In West Africa and the Sahel, Signs of Democratic Progress… amid Continued ‘Devastating’ Violence – Special Representative

Human Wrongs Watch

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) on 17 July 2018 told the Security Council.

IOM/Jessica Mamo | Displaced persons at a food distribution site in Rann, Borno state, north-east Nigeria.
18/07/2018

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, 17 July 2018  (Other News)*According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

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Roberto Savio

The latest survey carried out of 23,000 citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States shows an enormous level of disinformation.

In five of those countries, people believe that immigrants are three times higher than they actually are.

Italians believe they account for 30% of the population when the figure is actually 10%, an average which is lower than the media of the European Union.

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18/07/2018

Taking Stock of His “Vast” Legacy for Mankind, UN Marks 100 Years Since Mandela’s Birth with a Vow to Continue Struggle for Equality

Human Wrongs Watch

17 July 2018 — Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela.

UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran | Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall.
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“Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality”, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his video message for Nelson Mandela International Day, annually observed on 18 July, which was inaugurated by UN General Assembly in November 2009, in recognition of his global contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
18/07/2018

Small and Sustainable: “Tiny Houses” Could Be Solution to World’s Housing Problems

17 July 2018 – They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer.
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UN News/Matt Wells UN Environment (UNEP) and Yale University’s Ecological Living Module; a sustainable tiny house exhibited at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.

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18/07/2018

Building the #ZeroHunger Generation: A Resources Portal for Teachers, Parents or Anyone Involved in Educational Activities

FAO* — Building the #ZeroHunger Generation is a resources portal for teachers, parents or anyone involved in educational activities.

The portal supports educators in preparing classes on important global issues at the core of FAO’s work.

#ZeroHunger is built on a respect for  food, for the people who produce it, for where it comes from and most importantly, for those who go without.

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17/07/2018

New Import Restrictions Risk Triggering ‘Dramatic Deterioration’ in Gaza – UN Humanitarian Coordinator

Human Wrongs Watch

17 July 2018 — Following further restrictions on goods and supplies that can be moved across the border of the Gaza Strip, the top United Nations humanitarian official there has called for urgent measures to prevent an already critical humanitarian situation from getting worse.

UN Photo | Palestinian side of the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel and Gaza, May 2018.
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“As events over the weekend demonstrate, the situation in Gaza is extremely precarious,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, after visiting the Gaza Strip.
17/07/2018

Failure to Support the One Million Rohingya Refugees Living in Cox’s Bazar “Would Have Tragic Outcomes” – UN Migration Chief 

Human Wrongs Watch

A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, on 17 July 2018 said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

IOM | IOM Director General Ambassador William Lacy Swing meets new mothers from the Rohingya refugee and local communities who recently gave birth at an IOM medical facility in the world’s biggest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
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