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18/10/2017

Libya: Smugglers Holding Refugees and Migrants in Deplorable Conditions – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

17 October 2017 – After weeks of conflict in western Libya, United Nations agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha – approximately 80 kilometres west of Tripoli.

UNHCR teams in Libya have been responding to the urgent humanitarian needs in and around Sabratha, a city located some 80 kilometres west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Photo: UNHCR

“The refugees and migrants were taken to a hangar in the Dahman area in Sabratha that has been serving as an assembly point since the onset of the crisis,” Andrej Mahecic, Spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters Tuesday 17 October in Geneva.
17/10/2017

Thousands of Muslim Rohingya Refugees Stranded Near Bangladesh-Myanmar Border 

Human Wrongs Watch

17 October 2017 – The United Nations refugee agency is concerned about the humanitarian condition of up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees who are stranded in paddy fields near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Thousands of new Rohingya refugee arrivals cross the border near Anzuman Para village, Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Photo: UNHCR/Roger Arnold

“Since Sunday night, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh through the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Ukhia district in the country’s south-east,” Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters Tuesday in Geneva.
17/10/2017

Driven to Extremes–How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth

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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) soldier greets a group of children during a patrol in the Kaa’ran district of Somali capital, Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Stuart Price

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17/10/2017

Lift Protest Ban, Protect Judiciary, Preserve Civil Society Role — UN Rights Experts Urge Kenya

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16 October 2017 – Voicing concern over restrictions on protests as well as attacks on judiciary and civil society in the run-up to presidential elections in Kenya, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts called on the Government to honour its obligations and protect the rights of Kenyans.

Independent Expert on Human Rights Michel Forst. Photo: Jean-Marc Ferré

“It is precisely when political tensions are high that governments should do their utmost to let people express their grievances and to protect their rights,” said the experts in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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17/10/2017

Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon

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ALTA FLORESTA, Brazil, Oct 16 2017 (IPS) – The dirty water is killing more and more fish and ‘Taricaya’ yellow-spotted river turtles every day. In addition, the river is not following its usual cycle, and the water level rises or declines without warning, regardless of the season, complained three Munduruku indigenous law students in the south of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.
The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

The Teles Pires river along the stretch between Sinop and Colider, two cities from which two new hydropower stations take their name, which are transforming the northern part of the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a major energy generator and producer and exporter of soybean, maize and beef. Credit: Mario Osava / IPS

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17/10/2017

Meanwhile, Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

16 October 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – There was what may have been the most violent white US massacre ever; 59 killed from the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel.  The assassin is now being criminalized, psychiatrized, individualized, characterized.

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Johan Galtung

But the massacre was systemic. With strong forces for competition and for violence, US competition to be the most violent follows.

And that immediately indicates two ways out of the violence: the USA becoming less competitive, and the USA becoming less violent. How?

Anthony Stevens, in a touching article, “A Basic Need: A lack of community” (Resurgence No. 174) demands “the recreation of community life within the context of our post-industrial society”.

A community engenders solidarity, and cooperation rather than competition.

However, the “less violent” part.  Gun control is not the way.

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16/10/2017

How to Keep Desperately Needed Humanitarian Aid Out of the Hands of the Corrupt

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16 October 2017 — Earthquakes and hurricanes devastating parts of Mexico and the Caribbean; flooding in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan affecting more than 41 million people; refugee crises in Syria and Myanmar; protracted crises in Afghanistan, Chad and the Central African Republic; and more than 20 million people facing starvation and famine across Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen in the worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two…

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Photo: Transparency International

Around the globe, tens of millions of people need humanitarian assistance from governments, humanitarian aid agencies, and the UN.

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16/10/2017

Women and Girls ‘Central’ to Sustainability of Rural Households, Communities

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Women and girls are central to the sustainability of rural households and communities, improving rural livelihoods and overall wellbeing, but their role and significance is often overlooked, the head of the United Nations entity for women’s empowerment on 15 October said.

Small farms in Madagascar are hard hit by erratic weather and locust invasion. Photo: FAO/Yasuyoshi Chiba

In her statement for International Day of Rural Women – marked annually on 15 October – Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that women farmers are “just as productive and enterprising” as male counterparts, but often lack equal access to land, credit, agricultural inputs, markets and high-value agrifood chains.
15/10/2017

The Terrible Problem

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By Uri Avery*

14/10/17

Ze’ev Begin, the son of Menachem Begin, is a very nice human being. It is impossible not to like him. He is well brought up, polite and modest, the kind of person one would like to have as a friend.

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Uri Avnery

Unfortunately, his political views are far less likeable. They are much more extreme than even the acts of his father. The father, after leading the Irgun, sat down and made peace with Anwar al-Sadat of Egypt.

Ze’ev is closer to Golda Me’ir, who ignored Sadat’s peace overtures and led us into the disastrous Yom Kippur war.

Begin jr. is a strict follower of the “revisionist” Zionist creed founded by Vladimir Ze’ev Jabotinsky. One of the characteristics of this movement has always been the importance it gave to written texts and declarations.

The labor movement, headed by David Ben-Gurion, didn’t give a damn about words and declarations and respected only “facts on the ground”.

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15/10/2017

And… Do Not Mention Economics! – Geopolitics of Culture of Fear (Second Part)

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By George Perendia*

7 October 2017 (Wall Street International) As pointed out in the first part of this article trying to outline some of the background important for understanding but not explicitly mentioned by Moisi in his recent book on Geopolitics of [TV] series, fear and warmongering in heroic histories were also used to prime youngsters, from their early childhood, to be prepared to accept and make own sacrifice for the honour or better of the whole.
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New global strategies | Photo Re-posted from Wall Street International 

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