Archive for ‘Middle East’


Climate Models Predict the World Will Be ‘Anomalously Warm’ until 2022


RRice / shutterstock | Image from The Conversation.

We developed a new prediction system we call PROCAST (PRO abilistic fore CAST), and used it to predict the natural variability of the climate system. This refers to how the climate varies naturally from warm to cool phases that last a few years at a time, and is separate from the long-term trend of anthropogenic global warming. PROCAST predicts a warm phase for the next few years.

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“I realized for the first time that female workers also have rights”

20 August, 2018 (UN Women)* – Aleeza Hafeez from Sailkot, one of Pakistan’s most industrialized areas, has her own income for the first time. Knowing her own rights and an enabling environment at the workplace made it possible for her to work and grow as a professional. The project has changed family dynamics too. Now, Hafeez’s father includes her when making family decisions, a role previously reserved for male members.

Aleeza Hafeez Photo: Baidarie/Gohar  Zaman

Aleeza Hafeez Photo: Baidarie/Gohar  Zama

“My father, for as long as I can remember, was working day and night for us, but still his income was not sufficient to make our ends meet.

My siblings are all younger than me. I wanted to help my father in meeting our household needs.

As I started looking for jobs, I was unsure that I would get one, because I had no work experience.

But as they say, ‘When there is a will, there is a way.’

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Seeds of Discontent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Princes and lords may flourish, or may fade; 
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride, 
When once destroyed, can never be supplied
— Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village


A Nepali farmer | Krish Dulal | CC BY-SA 3.0

20 Aug 2018 – Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development.

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Over 60% of Africa’s Estimated 1.2 Billion People Are under 25, Mostly Living in Rural Areas, Yet…

‘Think beyond farm jobs’ to reach sustainable development, UN agriculture chief advises African youth.


FAO/Tamiru Legesse | A new talking app helps farmers like Tazelekwew, in southern Ethiopia, detect whether their crops have been infected by Fall Armyworm.

For the African continent to achieve sustainable development, more jobs must be created for its young people, including in the digitalized agriculture sectors, the United Nations agriculture chief on 20 August 2018 told an international conference.

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‘With Conflict Raging in Northwest Syria, World Health Organization Appeals for Additional $11 Million to Provide Life-Saving Care to over Two Million People’

Human Wrongs Watch

20 August 2018 – With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.

UNICEF | A seven-year-old child stands in front of her damaged school in Idleb, Syria. October 2016.
“The health situation in north-west Syria is already dire and looks set to deteriorate,” said Michel Thieren, Regional Emergencies Director for the World Health Organization (WHO).

“If WHO does not receive additional funding, more than two million people caught in the cross-fire may have no access to essential health care services, including life-saving trauma care.”

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International Committee of the Red Cross Concerned with the ‘Growing Gap between Words and Actions’ in the Global Trade of Arms

Tokyo/Geneva, (ICRC)* – Speaking on 20 August 2018 at a meeting of parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Tokyo, Japan, Dr Helen Durham, Head of Law and Policy for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), highlighted ICRC’s concerns with the growing gap between words and actions in the global trade of arms.

Video from ICRC.

“The very purpose of the Treaty is to prioritize humanitarian interests and, in doing so, to reduce human suffering,” said Dr Durham, “Yet we are concerned by the growing gap between States’ absolute commitments to human rights and international humanitarian law – in the Treaty and elsewhere – and how arms are transferred in practice.”

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Violence in Syria Casts Long Shadow on Refugee Women, Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

SANLIURFA, Turkey, 17 August 2018 (UNFPA)* – “My husband was very strict,” Gemila*, a 28-year-old Syrian refugee, told UNFPA. “He wanted to crush people.”

"He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless," said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan
“He expected me to know everything he was thinking. If I didn’t, his verbal attacks were merciless,” said Gemila*, a survivor of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Turkey/Rebecca Zerzan

Gemila had been married off, despite her protests, at age 17. A few years into her tumultuous marriage, the conflict in Syria forced their family to flee to Iraq.

Eventually, the couple decided to separate. Gemila’s husband promised to give her custody of their son in exchange for all of her savings – but then he disappeared with both.

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‘Right now, despite the danger, South Sudan is where I belong’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eujin Byun in Juba, South Sudan*

Most of UNHCR’s staff are based in the field. Meet Eujin Byun, a communications officer in South Sudan, one of the world’s least safe countries for humanitarians.


UNHCR communications officer Eujin Byun holds a refugee baby next to the child’s mother in South Sudan. © UNHCR/James Jamba Charles

Eujin Byun is from Korea and works as a UNHCR communications officer in South Sudan. In 2017, aid workers were the target of 46 major attacks in the country, including shootings, kidnappings and assaults.

Despite the risks, Eujin recently decided to extend her stay. Here she explains why.

For the last two years I have been working in South Sudan, one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a humanitarian worker.

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Trump Wants Saudis, ‘Other Rich Countries’ to Pay as US Slashes Aid for Syria

Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that some 230 million dollars in US stabilization funds for Syria will be redirected “to support other key foreign policy priorities.”

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) presents U.S. President Donald Trump with the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017

© REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst ” Photo from Sputnik

19 August 2018 (Sputnik)* – In one of his latest tweets, President Donald Trump has announced that the United States has halted the “ridiculous” 230-million-dollar annual payment to Syria.

“Saudi Arabia and other rich countries in the Middle East will start making payments instead of the US,” Trump tweeted, signaling his readiness to develop the country’s military.


Bayer Loses €16 Billon Market Value as Concerns Mount over Further Damages Claims

Human Wrongs Watch

By Claire Stam|*

A riverside view of Bayer chemical corporation in Leverkusen, Germany. [EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH] | Photo from EurActiv.

He attributes his condition to the company’s proprietary herbicide glyphosate he used

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