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28/06/2017

Investing in Poor Children Saves More Lives per Dollar Spent – UNICEF

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28 June 2017 – Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money than investing in less deprived groups, saving almost twice as many lives for every $1 million spent, according to a new study by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

A two-year-old girl is held by her mother as she is prescribed a course of medication to treat malaria at a community clinic in rural Kasungu district, Malawi. Photo: UNICEF/Hubbard

“The evidence is compelling: Investing in the poorest children is not only right in principle, it is also right in practice – saving more lives for every dollar spent,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a press release on the study, titled Narrowing the Gaps.

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28/06/2017

China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached

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BUENOS AIRES, Jun 27 2017 (IPS) – Two new nuclear power plants, to cost 14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance 85 per cent of the works.

The first of Argentina’s three existing nuclear plants, Atucha I, is located 100 km from Buenos Aires. China has offered to finance 85 percent of the 14 billion dollar cost of two other plants. Credit: CNEA

The first of Argentina’s three existing nuclear plants, Atucha I, is located 100 km from Buenos Aires. China has offered to finance 85 percent of the 14 billion dollar cost of two other plants. Credit: CNEA

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28/06/2017

Freud-Einstein on Peace

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By Johan Galtung*

26 June 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service — “Why War?” was the title of an interchange of letters between Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, starting with Einstein’s letter to Freud dated “Caputh near Potsdam 30 July 1932“, answered by Freud from “Wien September 1932” (Why War- Freud). Soon 85 years ago.  What can we still learn from these giants, and what might they have learned in the meantime?

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It is very easy to sit in judgment of a world war, a cold war and much else later; therefore that is not what we are going to do.  Rather, let us look at their approaches, as fellow human beings searching for answers to a question for humankind at all times: the curse of war.

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28/06/2017

Civilians Must Not Be Sacrificed for Military Victories, UN Rights Chief, as Thousands Trapped in Raqqa, Syria

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28 June 2017 – Voicing grave concern over the fate of as many as 100,000 civilians “effectively trapped” in Syria’s Raqqa governorate amid the ongoing offensive against Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) fighters, the top United Nations rights official urged all parties to the conflict to enact measures to allow civilians who wish to flee the fighting to do so in safety.

A person walks amid destroyed buildings and rubble in Tabqa city, Raqqa governorate, Syria. Photo: UNICEF/Souleiman

“The intense bombardment of Al-Raqqa over the past three weeks has reportedly left civilians terrified and confused about where they can seek refuge as they are caught between ISIL’s monstrosities and the fierce battle to defeat it,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said today in a news release issued by his Office (OHCHR).
28/06/2017

‘Scientific Collaboration ‘Essential’ to Achieving World Free from Nuclear Threat’

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Scientific collaboration is essential to achieving a world free from the nuclear threat, the Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) on 27 June 2017 told a United Nations-backed expert forum in Vienna.

Executive Secretary of the CTBTO, Lassina Zerbo, addressing the Science and Technology Conference 2017. Photo: CTBTO

“[Science] is also vital for making progress on other global challenges, such as disaster risk reduction and mitigation, climate change, and sustainable development,” Lassina Zerbo said in remarks to the high-level opening of the Science and Technology 2017 Conference, adding: “This is the message that I want you to take away from this Conference: Collaborative science for peace and development.”

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27/06/2017

UN Saves 600 Stranded Migrants in Sahara Desert, But 52 Dead in Niger

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27 June 2017 – The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive.

Walking through desert. Photo: World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

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“We are enhancing our capacity to assist vulnerable migrants stranded in Northern Agadez, towards the Niger-Libya border,” said Giuseppe Loprete, Niger Chief of Mission for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in press release issued on 27 June.
27/06/2017

UN Campaign to Make It Easier for 70 Million Unemployed Youth to Get Financing, Learn to Start a Business

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United Nations agencies on 27 June 2017 launched a new campaign to make it easier for the 70 million unemployed youth to get financing and learn new skills to start a business.

Portrait of clothing designer Lara Khoury in her studio in Beirut. UN Women/Joe Saade

The global campaign – launched by the the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Trade Centre (ITC) , the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) – will run through August of this year.

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27/06/2017

Any Way to Help Slow Down Climate Change… Individually?

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ROME, Jun 27 2017 (IPS) – It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus not daring to challenge big business. Ordinary people can meanwhile help slow down such a hellish race.

Source: FAO

For instance, food waste has become a dangerous habit: buying more than we need at supermarkets, letting fruits and vegetables spoil at home, or ordering more than we can eat at restaurants.

This way, each year, about one third of the food we produce globally is lost or wasted.

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25/06/2017

Yemen Hit by World’s Worst Cholera Outbreak 

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Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations on 24 June 2017 warned.

A child with severe diarrhoea or cholera receives treatment at the Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen,on 12 May 2017. © UNICEF/UN065873/Alzekri

In a joint statement, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said that in just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country.

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24/06/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (4) Mary Wollstonecraft

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By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 4: Mary Wollstonecraft. The others will follow successively. 

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Figure 5.1: Mary Wollstonecraft in a painting by John Opie (public domain).

The first of a new genus

Mary Wollstonecraft was born in London 1n 1759. Although her family had a comfortable income during her childhood, Mary’s father later lost his fortune through speculation, and the family entered a period of severe financial difficulties.

He also subjected his wife to physical violence, and Mary often slept in front of her mother’s door in order to protect her.

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