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15/02/2019

Two States ‘Side-by-Side’ Is the ‘Peaceful and Just Solution’ for Israel-Palestine Conflict: Guterres

Human Wrongs Watch

A “peaceful and just solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict can “only be achieved” through two States “living side-by-side in peace and security”, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated on Friday [15 February 2019].

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UN News/Reem Abaza | A Palestinian woman selling olives, olive oil and other food items outside the Damascus Gate, one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. November 2018.
15/02/2019

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen Remains ‘the Worst in the World’

An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned on Thursday [14 February 2019]. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

 

OCHA/Giles Clarke | Child at Al Rebat camp where around 60 displaced families live having fled conflict zones in Taiz and Al Hudaydah, Yemen (November 2018).
 
According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the “severity of needs is deepening”, with the number of people in acute need, a staggering 27 per cent higher than last year, when it was already the most acute crisis on the globe.
15/02/2019

Over 500,000 People in Europe Estimated to Be Unrecognized as a Citizen of any Country; ‘Children Without a Nationality Have Limited Access to Basic Rights and Services’ – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

14 February 2019 — United Nations agencies are calling on States and regional organizations across Europe to take urgent action to ensure that thousands of currently stateless children are given the support and protection they deserve.* 

© UNHCR/Roger Arnold | Ajnur Demir poses for a portrait with his family while attending a UNHCR stateless workshop in Skopje, North Macedonia.

With more than 500,000 people in Europe estimated to be unrecognized as a citizen of any country, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) underscored that children without a nationality have limited access to basic rights and services, like education or healthcare, and can face life-long discrimination.

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14/02/2019

Measles Cases Nearly Doubled in a Year amid Rising Severe and Protracted Outbreaks All Over the Planet – World Health Organization

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A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday [14 February 2019].

© UNICEF/UN0201055/Krepkih | Dana, 1.3, held by her mother Inna, doesn’t cry while being administered her first dose of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccine on 4 April 2018 in Children’s Policlinic №1 in Obolon district, Kyiv, Ukraine.
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The appeal to Member States to close gaps in vaccine coverage follows the previously announced news that an estimated 110,000 people died from the highly infectious but easily preventable disease in 2017.
14/02/2019

How Devastating Is Climate Change for World Peace and Security?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2019 (IPS)* When the Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, met last month to discuss the growing new threats to world peace and security, the discussion veered away from international terrorism, nuclear Armageddon and the rash of ongoing military conflicts in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
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Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change

And 83 of the 193 member states remained collectively focused on one of the greatest impending dangers to humanity: the devastation that could be triggered by climate change.

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14/02/2019

Love Is Not for Sale

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roald Høvring*

8 February 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)* —  Valentine’s Day is the day that commercial interests try to convince you that you can buy love. The gloomy reality for many girls who have been forced to flee from their homes is that they themselves are the product, and love has been replaced with force.
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LEBANON: These are wedding dresses from Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Here, almost no one celebrates Valentine’s Day. It’s been unofficially cancelled. Here, Syrian refugee girls right down to the age of 13 are married off. Parents want what is best for their girls, but the outcome is often the opposite. Child marriage is a global phenomenon, but when families are forced to flee their homes, many young girls are forced to marry at a young age. Photo: AP/Reem Saad/NTB Scanpix | Photo from the Norwegian Refugee Council.

14/02/2019

The International Court of Justice Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Hear Iranian Claim against US over Frozen Assets

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled on Wednesday [13 February 2019] that is has the jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States, aimed at unfreezing close to $2 billion in Iranian assets being held there.

UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek | The International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivers its judgment on the preliminary objections raised by the United States of America in the case concerning Certain Iranian Assets at the Peace Palace in The Hague.
The ruling opens the way for the court to now hear Iran’s case on its merits, which news reports suggest, given the complexity of the case, could take several years.
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Iran filed the case in 2016, based on the 1955 Treaty of Amity between the two nations, from which the US later unilaterally withdrew, in 2018.
13/02/2019

‘Radio Is the Mass Medium Reaching the Widest Audience in the world. It Is Also Recognized as a Powerful Communication Tool and a Low Cost Medium’

“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.

Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

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13/02/2019

World Radio Day: “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO*

For this World Radio Day, we celebrate the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies.

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Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.

Since its invention – over a hundred years ago – radio has sparked new conversations and broadcast new ideas into people’s homes, villages, universities, hospitals and workplaces.

To this day, dialogue across the airwaves can offer an antidote to the negativity that sometimes seem to predominate online, which is why UNESCO works across the world to improve the plurality and diversity of radio stations.

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13/02/2019

The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us from Transforming Our Economy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the “Green New Deal.” According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits.

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MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends.

The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation.

Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, but even then it’s not to fund government spending. Instead, it’s needed to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.

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