Archive for ‘Middle East’

17/04/2019

10,000 People Separated by Conflict Reunited with Their Families in the UK

Human Wrongs Watch

London, 16 April 2019 (IOM)* Ten thousand people separated by conflict and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross (BRC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) family reunification programme.

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Khaled is reunited with his son at the airport under the IOM-British Red Cross Family Reunification programme. Photo: British Red Cross

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16/04/2019

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 16 2019 (IPS)* The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, launched in 2013, has sought agricultural reforms favouring the corporate sector. EBA was initially established to support the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, initiated by the G8 to promote private agricultural development in Africa.

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The New Alliance has been touted as “a new model of partnership” for agricultural transformation in Africa.

The Bank has used the EBA to address the land issue in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

The effort is strongly supported by the US and UK governments as well as the Gates Foundation, all strong proponents of corporate agriculture.

Emulating the influential annual World Bank Doing Business report, the EBA scores countries on the ease of doing business in agriculture.

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16/04/2019

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 15 April 2019  — On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See ‘Arrest update – SW1’.

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Demonstration in support of Assange in front of Sydney Town Hall, 10 December 2010 | ElekhhOwn work | CC BY-SA 3.0

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16/04/2019

‘A Global Measles Crisis’ Is Well Underway – World Health Organization, UNICEF

Noting a 300 per cent surge in the number of measles cases during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year, two UN agency heads declared on Monday [15 April 2019] that we now stand “in the middle of a global measles crisis”.

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World Bank/Dominic Chavez | Nurse at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, prepares to vaccinate children. | Photo from UN News.
“Cases have soared across the world, including in places where measles had previously been eliminated, like the United States”, asserted Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
15/04/2019

Israel Elections: Another Catastrophe for Palestinians – and for Israel

Human Wrongs Watch

By Silvia Swinden Pressenza*

The international community must support the real efforts of genuine organisations working for peace and reconciliation as the only way to change the Israel/Palestine political landscape.

Israel elections: another Catastrophe for Palestinians – and for Israel

Sign in front of the Galil school, a joint Arab–Jewish primary school in Israel (Image by Arikk (talk) • CC BY-SA 3.0)

LONDON, 14 April 219 — Following the elections Netanyahu is now making his deals with other ultra-right and ultra-religious groups to form his fifth government after failure from his closest opponent Benny Gantz, who by presenting himself as an alliance of centre and left wing ideologies in spite of his right leaning history managed to divert votes from the more pro Palestinian real left, and a partial boycott of the elections by the Israeli Arabs.

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15/04/2019

The Assange Arrest Is a Warning from History

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The glimpse of Julian Assange being dragged from the Ecuadorean embassy in London is an emblem of the times. Might against right. Muscle against the law. Indecency against courage. Six policemen manhandled a sick journalist, his eyes wincing against his first natural light in almost seven years.

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The Greanville Post

That this outrage happened in the heart of London, in the land of Magna Carta, ought to shame and anger all who fear for “democratic” societies. Assange is a political refugee protected by international law, the recipient of asylum under a strict covenant to which Britain is a signatory.

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15/04/2019

Assange’s ‘Conspiracy’ to Expose War Crimes Has Already Been Punished

Human Wrongs Watch

By Joe Emersberger | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should never have been punished for working with a whistleblower to expose war crimes. Chelsea Manning, the whistleblower, has done more time in prison, under harsher conditions, than William Calley, a key perpetrator of the My Lai massacre.

Remarkably, Manning is in jail again, failed by organizations that should unreservedly defend her, as the US tries to coerce her into helping inflict more punishment on Assange.

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15/04/2019

The ‘Washington Consensus’ Is Dead. But What Should Replace It?

15/04/2019

Smart Housing Prototype Shows Promise in Rapidly Urbanizing Africa

15 April 2019 (UN Environment)*Africa is urbanizing fast, as its population grows and many flocks to cities in search of jobs, education and healthcare.

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Photo fromUN Environment.

Studies show that hundreds of millions more Africans will live in cities over the next three decades.

Many of these new urban Africans, however, are likely to end up in informal settlements. Already an estimated 200 million Africans live in informal settlements—often without access to energy and sanitation.

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15/04/2019

Greater Transparency, Fairer Prices for Medicines ‘a Global Human Rights Issue’ – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

14 April 2019 – While developing countries have long struggled with the price of medicines, today’s costs have rendered it a world-wide challenge, and the key topic of concern at a global medicines forum in South Africa, co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO/T. Habjouqa | Raghad who lives in a refugee camp in Jordan, suffers from type 1 diabetes and requires daily administration of insulin, but finds it hard to keep the insulin cool in the summer with limited electricity in the camp. She exercises to stay healthy.
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