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19/08/2022

Afghanistan: What Went Wrong?

Human Wrongs Watch

GENEVA, Aug 19 2022 (IPS)* – After the horrendous tragedies of 9/11 in the year 2001, the US intervened in Afghanistan. Promising statements such as “we are going to smoke them [Al-Qaeda and their Taliban protectors] out” and “we are after ending terrorism” received warm receptions.

Kabul, Afghanistan. Credit: UNAMA/Freshta Dunia

Even the West’s main adversaries, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China, endorsed the war against radicalism.

Dozens of thousands of soldiers, the most sophisticated military equipment, and billions of US dollars began to inundate Afghanistan to smolder the fanatics out of this country and annihilate barbarism. Afghans assumed that after years of wars and calamities, peace, security, and serenity were at their doorsteps.

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18/08/2022

Of Aristotle, Orwell, and the Young Heirs

MADRID, Aug 18 2022 (IPS)* – A couple of decades ago in Athens, a conversation over a ‘souvlaki’ and wine dinner with a young Greek economist led to talking about democracy. Asked for his opinion, he said “By then, when philosophers like Aristotle formulated their theories about democracy, the society was dominated by the rich.”
In spite of their high preparedness and growing consciousness and activism and their indisputable right to decide upon their present and future, today's youth voice is still far from being heard. Credit: Maged Srour/IPS

In spite of their high preparedness and growing consciousness and activism and their indisputable right to decide upon their present and future, today’s youth voice is still far from being heard. Credit: Maged Srour/IPS

When asked “what about the people?,” the young Greek economist took a long sip of wine and answered with a visibly sarcastic smile “The people were their servants.”

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18/08/2022

Yemen: “The Risk of Water- and Vector-Borne Diseases, Including Malaria, Cholera and other Communicable Diseases Is Unfolding” 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) has provided emergency assistance, in an urgent response to the needs of communities affected by floods in Yemen, the UN agency said on Wednesday [17 August 2022].

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ICRC/Munder Ahmed | Heavy rainfall has caused flash floods and landslides in several governorates in Yemen. (file)

In addition to health and laboratory supplies, it has supported specialized trauma teams and joined field missions along with national health authorities and other humanitarian partners.

18/08/2022

The Ninth of August: Christians Killing Christians in the Name of Christ

Human Wrongs Watch

By Gary G. Kohls, MD – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Dr Gary G. Kohls

On 9 Aug 1945 an all-Christian B-29 bomber crew took off from Tinian Island in the South Pacific, with the blessings of its Catholic and Protestant chaplains.

In the plane’s hold was the second of the only two nuclear bombs to ever be used against human targets in wartime. The primary target, Kokura, Japan, was clouded over, so the plane, named Bock’s Car, headed for the secondary target, Nagasaki.

St. Mary’s Cathedral, located in Nagasaki City’s Urakami River district, was a massive structure and a landmark easily visible from 31,000 feet above. The cathedral was one of the landmarks on which the Bock’s Car’s bombardier had been briefed for weeks before the mission.

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18/08/2022

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Pushes Health System to Brink of Collapse

© UNFPA Sri Lanka/Ruvin De Silv | Some 215,000 women are currently pregnant in Sri Lanka and 145,000 will give birth in the next six months.
When Ruchika found out she was pregnant with her second child, in October 2021, she could not have imagined that she would find herself, hours before delivering her baby, in a crowded distribution queue, pleading for fuel to get to the hospital.
17/08/2022

Afghan Refugees, Medical Visitors Bemoan Treatment in Pakistan

Human Wrongs Watch

PESHAWAR, Aug 15 2022 (IPS)* – Afghan refugees living in Pakistan face a host of problems, ranging from seeking medical treatment to shelter, business, police harassment and violence. Many of those affected have been there for four decades.
Action taken against stall-owners at the Refugees Bazaar in Peshawar. Afghan refugees say they are unfairly targeted by the authorities. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS

Action taken against stall-owners at the Refugees Bazaar in Peshawar. Afghan refugees say they are unfairly targeted by the authorities. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS

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17/08/2022

Amid Gruelling Violence and Economic Collapse, Women and Girls in Haiti Need Urgent Support

Human Wrongs Watch

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti 16 August 2022 (UNFPA)* – As Haiti’s economy teeters on the brink of collapse and essential services crumble, residents of the capital Port-au-Prince are caught in a horrifying crossfire of surging gang violence, with rising accounts of murders, kidnappings, rape and forced displacement.

Amid gruelling violence and economic collapse, women and girls in Haiti need urgent support
Distributions of dignity and maternity kits begin in the Cité Soleil area of the capital Port-au-Prince, as gang violence over recent months has jeopardized women and girls’ already limited access to essential health services. Ⓒ UNFPA/Jhunie Laura Ganeme
16/08/2022

World Cup Abuses Harm Children, Families of Migrant Workers

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

12 August 2022 — Thousands of migrant workers lost their lives to make the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar possible. But the scale of the human rights abuse doesn’t end with these workers’ lives, nor does it end in Qatar.

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16/08/2022

Making Money from War

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A Vast River of Money

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John Scales Avery

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the world spent 2.113 trillion US dollars on armaments in 2021.

Of this almost incomprehensible amount of money, the United States spent almost half the total, $801 billion.

Perhaps one reason for the disproportionately large US arms spending is that in the United States, the arms industry has been privatized, which is not the case in China or Russia. In the US, selling weapons and death is a business. It is a business, on which capitalist investors can make enormous profits, selling weapons and selling war.

Selling Weapons and War Abroad

The United States is by far the largest exporter of weapons in the world. The US sells weapons through NATO. It also sells weapons to dictatorships like Saudi Arabia, and these same weapons have produced a humanitarian catastrophes such as starvation in Yemen. Small arms exported to Africa deepen and prolong local conflicts.

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12/08/2022

The Hunger Factory (II): The Modern Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Aug 12 2022 (IPS)* – While often too quickly attributing -quasi exclusively- the world unprecedented hunger tragedy to the current proxy war in Ukraine, other major causes remain hidden in plain sight.
Food and energy prices have increased to their highest levels in decades. And 62 new food billionaires have been created. Credit: Bigstock.

Food and energy prices have increased to their highest levels in decades. And 62 new food billionaires have been created. Credit: Bigstock.

Like the legend of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the modern ones are a mix of combined causes: inequality; speculation; indebtedness, and the crushing impacts of climate emergency.

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