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14/12/2017

Shedding Diplomacy, Roberto Savio Speaks about Fear as a Tool to Gain Power

Human Wrongs Watch

This op-ed by Roberto Savio, IPS founder and President Emeritus is adapted from a statement he made as a panelist on Migration and Human Solidarity, A Challenge and an Opportunity for Europe and the MENA region held on 14 December at the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue.

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Roberto Savio

ROME, Dec 14 2017 (IPS) – At the outset my thanks to Dr Hanif Hassan Ali Al Kassim, and Ambassador Idriss Jazairy who lead the Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue for organizing this panel discussion at a critical moment in history.

The Centre, is one of the few actors for peace and cooperation between the Arab world and Europe. As a representative of global civil society, I think it will be more meaningful if I speak without the constraints of diplomacy, and I make frank and unfettered reflections.

The misuse of religion, of populism and xenophobia, is a sad reality, which is not clearly addressed any longer, but met with hypocrisy and not outright denunciation. Only now the British are realizing that they voted for Brexit, on the basis of a campaign of lies.

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14/12/2017

Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of ‘Europe’s Complicity’

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ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) – “European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya,” Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

In Libya, dozens of migrants sleep alongside one another in a cramped cell in Tripoli’s Tariq al-Sikka detention facility. Credit: UNHCR/Iason Foounten

In its new report, ‘Libya’s dark web of collusion’, Amnesty International (AI) details how European governments are actively supporting a sophisticated system of abuse and exploitation of refugees and migrants by the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities and smugglers in order to prevent people from crossing the Mediterranean.

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14/12/2017

Half the World Lacks Access to Essential Health Services – UN-Backed Report

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13 December 2017 – At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, and nearly 100 million people are being pushed into extreme poverty each year due to the out-of-pocket health expenses they must pay, according to a United Nations-backed study.

Strong primary health care is the lifeblood of every health system and no country can achieve Universal Health Coverage without it. Photo: WHO

“It is completely unacceptable that half the world still lacks coverage for the most essential health services,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in a press release.

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13/12/2017

Once Upon a Time a Planet…

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By Baher Kamal*

11 December 2017 (Wall Street International) Sorry for disturbing you at this time of the day! But….

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The only Planet we actually know | Photo reproduced  from Wall Street International
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 … But the reality is there and we cannot turn a blind eye on it, at least not always. And the reality says that we are seven billion inhabitants plus of the only Planet we actually know and live in—Mother Earth.
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And that we are all involved –either as perpetrators or victims, either actively or passively- in an amazing, unstopped process of self-destruction.
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See what happens, based in the findings of scientists, experts and the United Nations specialists:
12/12/2017

Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

From antimicrobial resistance to off-grid solar: Frontiers 2017 explores the newest environmental issues facing the planet

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How does our careless disposal of antimicrobial drugs produce bacteria that can resist them? Why are Marine Protected Areas vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals? Can off-grid solar plug the energy gap for cities in the developing world?

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12/12/2017

Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries Need to Boost Efforts to Diversify Their Economies

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Without policy change, these countries risk falling short of achieving sustainable development by 2030, UN report warns

Geneva/Rome – Without a renewed commitment to policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs) are by 2030 set to lag behind countries with more diverse economies in their social and economic achievements, UNCTAD and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in a report issued on 11 December 2017.

Photo: ©FAO/Sue Price

Developing countries that are commodities-dependent are set to lag behind countries with more diverse economies, unless there is a renewed commitment to policy change. Photo from FAO.

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12/12/2017

Modern Life Styles – Symbols of Consumerism, Self-centeredness and Isolation

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By Dr Ravi P Bhatia*

11 Dec 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service — The world today is a complex amalgam of violence, conflicts on one side and consumerism and rich lifestyles of a section of people on the other.

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**Photo: An electronics store in a shopping mall in Jakarta (2004) | Author: Jonathan McIntosh | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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11/12/2017

Free Trade Is Bad for Women. A WTO Declaration Won’t Change That

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By Sophie Hardefeldt*

Gendered exploitation is at the heart of the free trade agenda — a few tweaks to the edges won’t make it feminist.

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Container Ships, San Francisco bay. Wikimedia Commons.

Gendered exploitation is at the heart of the free trade agenda – a few tweaks to the edges won’t make it feminist. In fact, it won’t do anything much at all. If we really want an international trade system that works for women, tokenism won’t cut it. We need to overhaul our approach to trade.

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11/12/2017

Pakistan Gets Its First One-Stop Shop for Women Fighting Violence

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By Zofeen Ebrahim*

KARACHI, Dec 10 2017 (IPS) – Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen… Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

Station House Officer Nazima Mushtaq speaking to a survivor at the VAWC. Photo courtesy of VAWC

“You can never get over the physical and psychological mutilation that scores of women go through every day in our society,” says Jawed, who is currently managing the new state-of-the-art all-women Violence Against Women Centre (VAWC) in Multan, in Southern Punjab. Before this she was working in the Punjab government’s social welfare department and managing shelters for women across the province.

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09/12/2017

City of Discord: How Trump’s Decision on Jerusalem Throws 70 Years of Caution to the Wind

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City of discord: How Trump’s decision on Jerusalem throws 70yrs of caution to the wind

The US President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on Wednesday [6 Decemer 2017], saying that he was acknowledging “the obvious.”

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