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Women’s Rights Face Global Pushback from Conservativism, Fundamentalism – Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice

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Women’s rights are under threat from a “backlash” of conservatism and fundamentalism around the world, a United Nation panel on 22 June 2018 warned.

UN Women/Bruno Spada | Women in Brazil march for women’s rights.
Alarming pushbackshave been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice described as “alliance of conservative political ideologies and religious fundamentalisms,” in its report to the Human Rights Councilin Geneva.

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‘No Steps Taken’ So Far to End Israel’s Illegal Settlement Activity on Palestinian Land – Senior UN Official

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A senior United Nations official on 19 June 2018 urged Israel to reverse course over illegal settlement construction on occupied Palestinian land, and for both parties to return to the negotiating table in pursuit of a lasting peace deal.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Nickolay Mladenov, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, briefs the Security Council. (file photo)

What All Women Should Know to Beat Plastic Pollution

14 June 2018 (UN Environment)* — In a remote village of the Himalayas, Kristin Kagetsu was struggling with a recipe. Not your average recipe for cooking up a delicious meal. This one was for making sustainable colored crayons. After trial and error, resulting in crayons of different shapes and sizes, Kagetsu finally hit on the right recipe and the crayons are still sold today.

Photo from UN Environment.

But the experience taught her a valuable lesson: ingredients for truly sustainable products must be sourced locally.

Fast-forward five years, and twenty-eight-year-old Kagetsu, now Chief Executive Officer of Saathi pads, has teamed up with co-founder, twenty-six-year-old Tarun Bothra, to turn their attention to a more pressing environmental and social problem.

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Divide and Rule: Balkanizing the Democratic Republic of Congo

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By Ann Garrison*

4 Jun 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Syria has long dominated international headlines while the big powers discuss the possibility of dividing it into smaller, more homogeneous states along ethnic or religious lines.


Ann Garrison

The Democratic Republic of Congo is rarely if ever at the top of the Western headlines, but heads of state and so-called experts have long made similar proposals to carve out new, smaller, more homogeneous nations in Congo’s resource-rich eastern provinces.

I spoke with Congolese scholar and activist Boniface Musavuli about the plans.

Ann Garrison:  Boniface, can you summarize the history of proposals to divide up the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Boniface Musavuli:  Attempts to break up the Congo began as soon as the country became independent in 1960. First there was the Katangese secession, from 1960 to 1963, led by Moïse Tshombe with the support of Belgium, the colonial power that Congo had just freed itself from, in name at least.

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Meanwhile, Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

Kyoto, 4 Jun 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — The world may be losing a peace opportunity in the USA-North Korea conflict.  With NK nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching mainland USA something close to “balance of power” had been obtained, by many seen as the key to peace via “mutual and balanced” disarmamenteven to “general and complete disarmament” (GCD).


Johan Galtung

Whether this ever happened is unclear.  States tend to see “balance” as having more than the other and suspecting that of him.

But something else may happen: distargeting, not aiming at each other.

However, in all these formulas there is an element of equality, of the symmetry that may be a condition for peace. But symmetry is unacceptable to USA.

That state does not see itself as being on an equal footing with anybody in the world, and certainly not with small, even if very powerful, North Korea.

The same applies to “negotiation” as a mutual give-and-take.

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Save Our Planet by Protecting Migratory Birds and Their ‘Epic Journeys,’ UN Chief Urges

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As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance. That’s one of the key messages from United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, for World Migratory Bird Day, celebrated on Saturday 12  May 2018, with the soaring message: “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation.”

Photo via WMBD | Sanderlings, the small wading birds pictured here, are long-distance migrants, wintering south to South America, South Europe, Africa, and Australia.

‘Gender-Sensitive’ Trade Policies Help Empower East African Women

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Trade policies which better benefit women across East Africa, can pave the way for more inclusive development and prosperity, according to a new report from the United Nations trade body.

UNCTAD/AdamKane | Women traders in Tanzania have helped to boost growth rate but still face inequality
Crediting improved education, employment and other key areas, the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on 9 May 2018 that East African countries can put better policies in place to address gender inequalities and bring women further into the workforce.

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Kenya — Floods Displace More than 244,400 People, Reportedly Kill 80, and Compound Ongoing Cholera Outbreak

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UN OCHA* — Floods have now displaced at least 244,407 people (45,219 households) people across Kenya, including more than 23,000 displaced over the last week, as several parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfall.


Deeqo Abdo watches as women build a stick shelter in the Ifo extension camp to Dadaab, in Kenya. Source: INTERNEWS/OCHA

The death toll has risen to 80 people, and 33 have been injured, according to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) search and rescue team.

The highest displaced populations are reported in Tana River, Turkana, Mandera and Kilifi counties. In Nandi county, 243 households were displaced following a mudslide.

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Fleeing Horn of Africa, New Arrivals Find More Peril in Yemen

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By Shabia Mantoo*

On arrival in war-torn country, refugees and migrants are routinely subjected to detention and abuse as UNHCR calls for unhindered access to detainees.

New arrivals rescued after the capsizing of a smuggling boat in the port of Aden in March 2009.  © UNHCR/Rocco Nuri

ADEN, Yemen, April 2018 (UNHCR)*  – In excruciating pain from weeks of beatings and now suffering from gangrene and facing a leg amputation, 30-year-old Ethiopian refugee Jon* never imagined his quest for safety would result in such a horrific ordeal.

“I landed in Yemen about a month ago. I was dragged by armed men who held me captive for over a month. They beat me so badly that I lost track of what was happening,” he recounted while awaiting surgery.

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Robert Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma [Syria]

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By Jonathan Cook*

30 April 2018  (TRANSCEND Media Service)* — Here’s how a free press, one owned by a handful of corporations, uses its freedom. It simply tells you what it is good for its business interests, or more generally for the political and business environment it operates in. It’s not interested in truth or airing all sides, or even necessarily basic facts.


**PhotoThe ruins of the 2018 American-led bombing of Damascus and Homs | Author: Fathi Nizam | Tasnim News Agency | Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

The only restraint preventing the corporate media from outright lying to promote its material interests is the fear of being found out, of readers starting to suspect that they are not being told the whole truth.

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