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20/04/2018

The Great Day

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

21/04/2018

TWO DAYS ago, the State of Israel celebrated its 70th birthday. For days we heard about nothing else. Innumerable speeches full of platitudes. A huge festival of kitsch.

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Uri Avnery

Everyone agreed: It was a historic moment, when David Ben-Gurion got up in a small hall in Tel Aviv and declared the foundation of the state.

Everybody still alive from then was asked this week: Where were you at that moment? What did you feel, when history knocked on the door?

WELL, I was alive. And I did not feel anything.

I was a soldier in the new army, which was not yet called “Israeli Defense Army ” (its official name in Hebrew). My company had a small encampment of pup tents in Hulda, a kibbutz south of Tel Aviv.

We were to attack an Arab village called al-Kubab, near the town of Ramleh, that night.

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18/04/2018

Guided by the Light in Her Heart, Palestine Tala Is Determined to Achieve Her Dreams

Human Wrongs Watch

10 April 2018 (UNRWA)* — Sitting at the front of the classroom, 11-year-old Tala Al-Masri, is bright-eyed and attentive as she pursues her dream of an education at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B School in Gaza.
Tala Al Masri, a Palestine refugee student in Grade 6, sits among her class mates at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B school in Gaza. The school is adopted by the United Arab Emirates.  © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi

Tala Al Masri, a Palestine refugee student in Grade 6, sits among her class mates at the UNRWA Zaytoun Elementary Co-Ed B school in Gaza. The school is adopted by the United Arab Emirates. © 2018 UNRWA Photo by Mohammed Hinnawi

 In spite of being born with a severe visual impairment, leaving her with little light in her eyes, Tala’s passion for learning has been clear since she was a child. “Tala is one of the most active and wonderful students in the school,” her school principal Itaf Adel Hadi describes her.

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17/04/2018

The Tragic Farce in Myanmar

Human Wrongs Watch

By Maung Zarni*

12 April 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service  Last night, Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire’s Peace People activist house hosted a Burma talk. I spoke on the urgent need to inform and mobilize grassroots communities about Myanmar genocide in order to build pressure on respective EU governments, as well as others to help end the genocide and support the Rohingyas’ NEED–not simply RIGHT–to a protected homeland.

These survivors of Myanmar genocide have always had a historical and official homeland of Mayu Frontier region, pre-Burma Northern Arakan, from where they have been expelled in waves since 12 Feb 1978.

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16/04/2018

The U.S. and Europe Must Step Back from the Brink

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

16 April 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Several alarming recent events ought to awaken citizens of Europe and the United States to the fact that their insane governments have driven the world to the brink of an all-destroying thermonuclear war.

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John Scales Avery

Recently Donald Trump has made three highly worrying appointments: He appointed John Bolton as his National Security Advisor.

Bolton who has already moved into the White House, is a notorious advocate of war with Iran and with North Korea. He appointed former CIA Director Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State.

This appointment has not yet been confirmed by the Senate, so there is still a chance of blocking it. To replace Pompeo as CIA Director, Trump appointed former torture chief Gina Haspel.

Secondly, in what can only be interpreted as an attempt to demonize Russia, the United Kingdom’s government under Theresa May claimed that the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who were living in the UK, had been poisoned by a Russian nerve agent.

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04/04/2018

Yemen: Every 10 Minutes, a Child under Five Dies of Preventable Causes — Donors Promise $2 Billion To Help Over 22 Millions War-Weary People

Human Wrongs Watch

An appeal that raised some $2 billion to help millions of people in Yemen was a “remarkable success of international solidarity” for the country’s war-weary people, but aid alone will not provide a solution to the conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 3 April 2018 said.

Giles Clarke/OCHA | Suad, aged 18, begs in the middle of the road between Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, and Saada with her four-year-old nephew, whose mother was killed in the conflict. Across the country, which has been at war since 2015, more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva after opening a pledging conference for Yemen, Guterres said that more than $2 billion had been promised by Member States before the end of the event.

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10/03/2018

‘Protect Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violations in [Liberated] Iraq; Bring Perpetrators to Justice’

9 March 2018 — A senior United Nations official has stressed the need to ensure survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Iraq are fully protected and that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, speaking to women and girls in Darfur, in February 2018.
Pramila Patten, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, this week concluded a visit to the country, where thousands of women and girls have suffered at the hands of the extremist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Da’esh).
07/03/2018

Belgium Offers Radiation-Busting Tablets for All as EU Anti-Nuclear Alliance Builds

Anyone living within 100kms of one of Belgium’s nuclear plants will have access to free iodine tablets. [Shutterstock] | Photo re-posted from EurActiv

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23/02/2018

‘Job Creation Around Agriculture Can Spur Youth Employment in Africa’

Human Wrongs Watch 

Agriculture will continue to generate employment in Africa over the coming decades, but businesses around farming, including processing, packaging, transportation, distribution, marketing and financial services, could also create jobs for young people, especially those in rural areas, a senior United Nations official on 22 February 2018 said.

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FAO/Giulio Napolitano | Women of the Batwa community tilling the soil with hoes in preparation for planting potatoes, in Gashikanwa, Burundi.
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 “Countries need to promote a rural and structural transformation that fosters synergies between farm and non-farm activities and that reinforces” the linkages between rural areas and cities, José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told a regional conference on employment being held from 19 to 23 February in Khartoum, Sudan.

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19/02/2018

‘Efficient National Tax Systems Critical for Development, and Inclusive Growth’

Human Wrongs Watch

16 February 2018 — Countries need to strengthen the effectiveness of their tax regimes to unleash much-needed domestic resources to ensure the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the promotion of inclusive economic growth, United Nations and as key international economic and financial organizations have urged.

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 At a three-day conference, from 14-16 February, held at UN Headquarters, in New York, under the theme of taxation and SDGs, the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) also urged support for developing countries to address tax transparency and base erosion and profit shifting, including on treaties.
16/02/2018

Rohingya Children Draw Their Dreams: And It Looks Like Home…

Cox’s Bazar, 16 February 2018 (IOM)* – When 10-year-old Ansarullah was asked to draw his dream and greatest wish, he drew a house.

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Rohingya refugee children draw their dreams at an IOM psychosocial support workshop in the Kutapalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. © IOM

So did almost every other of the 25 Rohingya refugee children who took part in a recent drawing activity session run by IOM’s psychosocial support team in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Children account for around 60 per cent of the 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar to Bangladesh in the past six months.

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