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23/09/2017

Torture During Interrogations Not Just Wrong and Illegal But Also Counterproductive – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

The torture and ill-treatment of persons suspected of crimes is not only “deeply wrong” but, from an interrogator’s perspective, also counterproductive, the United Nations human rights chief on 22 September said at an event held in New York.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

“Abundant scientific and historical evidence demonstrates that the information yielded by people who are being subjected to violence is unreliable,” High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said at the event, entitled “Torture during Interrogations – Illegal, Immoral, and Ineffective.”

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22/09/2017

“Global Action Keeping Famine at Bay But Failing to Prevent Suffering”

Nearly seven months after the United Nations issued an urgent call for action to counter the threat of famine in South Sudan, Somalia, north-east Nigeria and Yemen, global efforts have kept that crisis at bay but millions of people still suffer and many are dying at this very moment, Secretary-General António Guterres on 21 September warned.

In the western desert town of Dinsoor, Somalia, newly arrived drought victims receive food supplies delivered by the UN’s World Food Program (WFP). Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images Reportage | Source: UN News Centre

“To keep famine at bay doesn’t mean to keep suffering at bay,” Guterres said at a high-level event on famine prevention and response, organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the World Bank.

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22/09/2017

A Trump Doctrine of Hypocrisy

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By Tharanga Yakupitiyage*

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) – In his first address on the global stage of the General Assembly, United States’ President Donald Trump touted an “America First” approach at the very institution that is meant to inspire collaboration between nations.

Donald J. Trump. Credit: UN Photo/Cia Pak

During his 45-minute speech, President Trump praised national sovereignty, referencing the concept a whopping 21 times.

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values,” he told world leaders.

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22/09/2017

The World–Where Are You Heading?

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By Johan Galtung*

18 September 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Liu Xiaobo passed away. What is the–not so hidden–truth about him?

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Johan Galtung

Answer: His speeches and writings show enthusiasm for the 100-year English colonization of Hong Kong, wishing 300 years colonization of China, celebrating the US war in Afghanistan, hoping for atomic weapons.

He got the Nobel Peace Prize for democratization of China, had the freedom of speech, but the prize communicated as a provocation. The prize could easily have been given to their Charter, not to Liu Xiaobo.

Norway’s security–what are the threats?

Answer: Given the location, an invasion by USA or Russia to prevent the other from doing so.

The situation is reminiscent of the threat from England, Germany and USSR to prevent one of the other from doing so in 1940; what happened was England and Germany violating Norwegian neutrality, fighting a battle on Norwegian territory.

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22/09/2017

A New Hope for a Nuclear Free World – But Where Is the UK?

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Image: United Nations/Flickr, Creative Commons.

Yesterday [20 September] the UN Secretary-General António Guterres opened the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.  Heads of state and senior officials from over 40 countries lined up to sign the ground-breaking treaty on its first day.

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22/09/2017

First US Bank Announce Public Position against Nuclear Weapons

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September 21, 2017 (ICANInternational Campaign against Nuclear Weapons)* — On Wednesday 20 September, the new Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons officially opened for signature and over 50 countries signed.  The US was not one of the signers, but US advocates for the Treaty have succeeded in making the first US bank annouce that it will not invest in nuclear weapons production.

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Photo source: ICAN

 

New York-based Amalgamated Bank used the day of the signature of the Treaty to publish its investment policy around weapons – including nuclear weapons.

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22/09/2017

A Low Enriched Uranium Bank in Kazakhstan

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By Amb. Sergio Duarte*

18 September 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service A new facility designed to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons – the Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank – was inaugurated last August 29 at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan.

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Ambassador Sergio Duarte

The inauguration coincided with the celebration of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests, declared in 2009 by the United Nations on the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan, to mark the closure of the former nuclear weapon test site at Semipalatinsk.

Kazhak President Nuursultan Nazerbayev presided over the ceremony, which was attended by Yukya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, Director of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), and Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Test-ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) among other local and international personalities.

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22/09/2017

More Than Half of Children and Youth Worldwide ‘Not Learning’ – UNESCO

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21 September 2017 – About 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, signalling “a learning crisis” that could threaten progress on global development goals, a report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) shows.

Youth in the classroom. Photo: Deshan Tennekoon/World Bank. | Source: UN News Centre

“The figures are staggering both in terms of the waste of human potential and for the prospects of achieving sustainable development,” said Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute of Statistics.

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22/09/2017

Out of Africa: Understanding Economic Refugees

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 19 2017 (IPS) – Not a single month has passed without dreadful disasters triggering desperate migrants to seek refuge in Europe. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 2,247 people have died or are missing after trying to enter Europe via Spain, Italy or Greece in the first half of this year. Last year, 5,096 deaths were recorded.

Young African migrants seek opportunities abroad as the World Bank projects that “the world’s extreme poor will be increasingly concentrated in Africa”. Credit: Ilaria Vechi/IPS

 

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21/09/2017

Poor Orphan Crops… So Valuable, So Neglected

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ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) – When ‘think-tankers’ in the mid-1990s formulated their famous “think global, act local” slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called ‘neglected’, ‘under-utilised’, ‘minor’ or ‘promising’ crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed ‘orphan’ crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

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