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18/04/2019

Trump’s Veto Will Trigger More US Arms to Kill Civilians in Yemen

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 18 2019 (IPS)* President Donald Trump’s decision to veto a bi-partisan Congressional resolution to end US military involvement in a devastating Saudi-led four-year conflict in Yemen– is expected to escalate the ongoing war in the trouble-plagued region.

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Yemen home for the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The weapons used by the Saudis in the reckless bombing of mostly civilian targets, including schools and hospitals, are largely from the United States: F-15 fighter planes, Bell helicopters, drones, air-to-surface missiles, M60 battle tanks, laser-guided bombs and heavy artillery.

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18/04/2019

Three Years of the Inhumane EU-Turkey Deal

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By Wassim Omar*

People continue to flee to the Greek islands from Turkey despite the hellish conditions that await them there.

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17 April 2019 (openDemocracy)* — I came to Chios on 20 March 2016, the first day of the EU-Turkey deal, and stayed there for about nine months. The Greek Asylum Service told us that the asylum procedure is very slow because of limited staff.

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17/04/2019

‘Further Reforms in Japan Needed to Meet the Challenges of Population Ageing and High Public Debt’

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15 April 2019 (OECD)*The Japanese economy is undergoing the longest expansion in its post-war history, marked by strong job creation and business investment. Government policy must overcome the intertwined challenges posed by rapid population ageing and high government debt to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth for future generations, according to a new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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17/04/2019

Greta Thunberg Urges MEPs to ‘Panic Like the House Is on Fire’

15/04/2019

Dreaming Big

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A young chicken breeder in Gabon dreams big for Zero Hunger.

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Rising above some initial difficulties, such as inconsistent supply of materials and strong competition from imports, the young businesswomen is living her dream and remains optimistic about her evolving business. ©FAO/ Scarlin Inanga

15 April 2019 (FAO)* — 25-year-old Alvina Doris Ntsame Akono lives in Oyem, situated in the Woleu-Ntem province of northern Gabon. After dropping out of high school for financial reasons, she learned about the breeding profession from a friend who was already in the field.

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10/04/2019

The Crucial Role of the Military in the Venezuelan Crisis

By Dr Nan Tian and Dr Diego Lopes da Silva (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute)*

In January 2019 Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly swore in congressman Juan Guaidó as the country’s interim president. Guaidó’s claim to power is a severe blow against the already weakened government of Nicolás Maduro, whose re-election as president in May 2018 was widely rejected by the international community and deemed illegitimate by over 50 foreign governments.

The crucial role of the military in the Venezuelan crisis

Military parade in Caracas, 5 Mar. 2014. Photo: Xavier Granja Cedeño / Cancilleria Ecuador / Wikimedia Commons.
10/04/2019

Greenhouse Gases Are Depriving Our Oceans of Oxygen

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10 April 2019 (UN Environment)*Marine biologists will tell you that fish species such as tuna and swordfish, known as the deep-water divers of the ocean for hunting at depths of 200 metres, are today repeatedly coming to surface view.

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10 April 2019 (UN Environment)* — Marine biologists will tell you that fish species such as tuna and swordfish, known as the deep-water divers of the ocean for hunting at depths of 200 metres, are today repeatedly coming to surface view.

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08/04/2019

Thousands Flee Fighting in Libya; UN Renews Call for Halt to Military Escalation to Rescue Trapped Civilians

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More than 3,400 people have fled fighting near the Libyan capital Tripoli in recent days, the UN warned on Monday [8 April 2019], in a call to warring parties to halt military activities so that emergency services can rescue trapped civilians.

UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Children are the most vulnerable victims of conflicts. The UN and the Government of National Accord in Libya launched the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan seeking, $202 million to provide health support and protection for some 550,000 vulnerable Libyans.

The UN chief António Guterres, in a short statement issued to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, by his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, said that he was continuing to follow the situation in Libya “with grave concern”, after urging an end to troop movements last week during a visit to the country.

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08/04/2019

We’re Gobbling Up the Earth’s Resources at an Unsustainable Rate

3 April 2019 (UN Environment)*George Monbiot, a correspondent for Britain’s The Guardian newspaper and known for his environmental and political activism, has made a surprising call for people in the United Kingdom to cut the use of cars by 90 per cent over the next decade.

 

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Many will balk at this idea but it is perhaps sounding somewhat less bizarre after the release by the United Nations of a new report which paints a scary picture of the rate at which we are gobbling up the Earth’s resources.

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07/04/2019

25 Years on from Rwandan Genocide, UN Chief Warns of ‘Dangerous Trends of Rising Xenophobia, Racism and Intolerance’

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In a message to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, UN chief António Guterres has warned of dangerous trends of rising xenophobia, racism and intolerance in many parts of the world.

UN Photo/Beatrice Mategwa | A Rwandan peacekeeper holds a candle during to pay tribute to those who perished during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

April 7 marks the start of the 1994 genocide, which saw over 800,000 Tutsis, moderate Hutu and others who opposed the genocide, systematically killed in less than three months. Mr. Guterres said that the anniversary is an opportunity to honour those who were murdered, and reflect on the suffering and resilience of those who survived.

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