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The Coming War on China

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By John Pilger – New Internationalist Magazine*

A major US military build-up – including nuclear weapons – is under way in Asia and the Pacific with the purpose of confronting China. John Pilger raises the alarm on an under-reported and dangerous provocation.



4 Dec 2016 – When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open.

At a quarter past eight on the morning of 6 August, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, unforgettably. When I returned many years later, it was gone: taken away, “disappeared”, a political embarrassment.


US Provoking China into Nuclear War? RT to Air New Pilger Documentary

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According to the BAFTA-winning journalist and filmmaker, mainstream media reports of Beijing’s ambitious expansion and reclaiming of land in the South China Sea is in fact a response to US military activity around its borders.

US President Barack Obama’s pivot to Asia in 2011 has resulted in the construction of 400 American bases, including in Guam, elsewhere in the South China Sea, South Korea and Japan – thereby encircling China.


Sahel: Millions of People in Conditions of ‘Deplorable Human Suffering’

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The United Nations and its partner non-governmental organizations on 7 December 2016 launched an appeal for $2.66 billion to provide emergency assistance across eight countries in the Sahel region, where “millions of people still live in conditions of deplorable human suffering.

Two young boys at Maina Kaderi camp for internally displaced persons in the Diffa region, Niger. Photo: OCHA/Federica Gabellini

“The Sahel faces considerable challenges and will remain the site of one of the world’s major humanitarian operations in 2017,” stated UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Toby Lanzer, in a news release on the appeal, which aims to cover the needs of 15 million people across Africa’s Sahel region, which includes Chad, Mali, Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Senegal.


The End of a Cycle ?

ROME, Dec 6 2016 (IPS) – Is the demise of Matteo Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became basically a vote on the Italian young Prime Minister.


Roberto Savio

But if you look at the sociology of the vote, you find that the No vote was again coming from the poorest parts of Italy.

A case study is Milan. Voters living in the centre voted Yes, and those in the periphery voted No.

Is this not similar to what has happened in Brexit and in the US elections?

Renzi fell into the same trap like Cameron, calling for a referendum on a very complex issue and putting at stake his own credibility and prestige, to be swept away by an unexpected tide of resentment. Lamented Renzi: “I had no idea I was so hated”.

This is important. It shows how politicians, even those as brilliant as Renzi, do not realize that there is a tsunami of resentment that has been out there for some years, has been ignored by the establishment, by the media and by politics.


Life on Earth Is Dying

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Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia,  6 December, 2016 — On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.


Robert J. Burrowes

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history.

Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is the cause.

Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.

And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.


Regulations, Incentives Can Reduce ‘High Levels of Informality’ in Domestic Work – UN

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6 December 2016 – Nearly 75 per cent of domestic workers 15 and older are estimated to work in informal employment situations, according to a new study by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO), which calls for a combination of incentives and compliance to reduce high levels of informality in domestic work.

A domestic worker washes clothes by hand in New Delhi, India. Photo: ILO/B. Patel

The report, Formalizing Domestic Work, confirms that because domestic work takes place in the private sphere, many households do not make use of formal arrangements, whether due to cost concerns, lack of information, or a belief that domestic labour is not real work.


Marine Debris Harming More Than 800 Species – New UN Report

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Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries’ economies, according to a United Nations report launched on 5 December 2016.

Marine waste, mainly fishing gear, being collected on the beaches of Northwest Spitsbergen, Norway. Photo: UNEP GRID Arendal/Peter Prokosch

The report, Marine Debris: Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating the Significant Adverse Impacts on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity found that the number of species affected by marine debris has increased from 663 to 817 since 2012.

It also warned that this type of waste, which is mostly made of plastic, is an increasing threat to human health and well-being, and is costing countries billions of dollars each year.


‘Don’t Put Refugees in the Hands of Those Wishing to Turn Them into Scapegoats’

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The United Nations refugee agency on 5 December 2016 proposed far-reaching reforms of Europe’s management of refugees, including the asylum system, recalling that scenes of chaos at borders last year led to a breakdown in the public’s trust in the capacity of governments to manage the refugee challenge and played into the hands of those wishing to turn those fleeing for their lives into scapegoats.

A young refugee from Afghanistan holds his young son and looks at the sea after reaching safely the shores of Lesbos island, having crossed the Aegean sea from Turkey in an inflatable boat full of Afghan refugees. Photo: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis

In a paper presented to the European Union (EU), Protecting refugees in Europe and beyond: Can the EU rise to the challenge?, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged Europe to improve support, preparations, and response aspects of its engagement with the refugees.


Global Humanitarian Appeal for 2017 Requires Record $22.2 Billion in Funding

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The world is facing a humanitarian crisis that will require a record $22.2 billion in funding for 2017 to support nearly 93 million of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on 5 December 2016 said as it launched a relief aid appeal.


Thousands of internally displaced people gather at Emmanuel Church Compound in Yei, South Sudan. Photo: UNHCR/Rocco Nuri


The scale of humanitarian crises today is greater than at any time since the United Nations was founded,” said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien, launching the Global Humanitarian Overview 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a press release from OCHA.


The ‘Triple Waste’ in the Mediterranean: Food, Natural Resources, Human Talent

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Rome, 5 December 2016 (FAO)* – The agricultural traditions and food culture of the Mediterranean region have long been looked to as an example of a healthy approach to eating, underpinned by vibrant rural economies. 


Photo: ©FAO/IAEA/Louise Potterton

Croatia: A pile of pest-damaged oranges, destined for disposal.

But demographic and environmental pressures — coupled with a changing climate and social and economic challenges — are now raising questions about the future of the region’s much-heralded food systems and the implications for sustainable development.

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