Archive for ‘War Lords’

02/08/2020

UN Refugee Agency Warns of Increased COVID-19-related Trafficking Risks for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless

Tunisia. Refugees and asylum-seekers find safety at shelter in ZarzisSudanese asylum-seeker Mahamoud, 33, photographed near the Zeitoun shelter in Zarsis, Tunisia, in December 2019. He used smugglers to enter Libya, where he was captured by militias and sold several times. © UNHCR/John Wessels

01/08/2020

Vote by Mail – An Alternative to the US Postal Service

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery

31 July 2020 (Wall Street International)*The US Postal Service is in trouble: according to an article by Prof. Philip F. Rubio, entitled “Save the Postal Service”, published in Atlantic Monthly on April 24, 2020, “The USPS has said that it needs $89 billion in assistance, including $25 billion in grants.”

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Republicans realize that they will lose if the 2020 election is fair

Donald Trump’s disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the pandemic’s terrible economic effects, have made Republicans unpopular; and this is reflected in recent polls. It seems extremely likely that if large numbers of voters participate in the November election, the Democrats will win.

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01/08/2020

How Trump Is Opening the Way for the Taliban to Take Afghanistan Back

By Paul Rogers*

Trump’s eagerness to ‘bring our boys home’ is leaving the Afghan government with little power to resist the Taliban afterwards.

Goodbye Afghanistan | US Air Force photo by Clay Lancaster. Public domain.

31 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — One of Donald Trump’s main election pledges back in 2016 was to ‘bring our boys home’. Alongside this came criticism of Germany and other NATO states for not paying their way on military spending. He has followed up on both themes this week, by starting to reduce the US presence in Germany, albeit shifting some to Poland and leaving all the mechanisms of a rapid return in place, so that the extent of the ‘back home’ is far from what it appears.

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31/07/2020

Ravages of Acute Hunger Will Likely Hit Six in 10 in Zimbabwe: World Food Programme

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Food Programme (WFP) is urgently seeking more international support to prevent millions of Zimbabweans plunging deeper into hunger. The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated an already severe hunger crisis in Zimbabwe, UN humanitarians warned on 30 July 2020.

WFP/Claire Nevill | In Harare, Zimbabwe, a single mother of three relies on food assistance from the World Food Programme (WFP) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
31/07/2020

World Day against Human Trafficking Spotlights Essential – but Often Overlooked – Role of First Responders Who Identify the Millions of Victims Worldwide

(UN News)* — The UN commemorated World Day against Human Trafficking on 30 July 2020 spotlighting the essential – but often overlooked – role of first responders who identify the millions of victims worldwide, helping them secure justice, and rebuild their lives.
© UNHCR/Alissa Everett | Samrawit, a 20-year-old Eritrean asylum-seeker braids her friend’s hair at the UNHCR Emergency Transit Centre in Gashora, Rwanda.

“These are the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counselling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message on the Day, which is observed annually each 30 July.

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31/07/2020

Asylum, Now an American Horror Story

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roy Eidelson – TRANSCEND Media Service*

It’s hard to know exactly where the Trump Administration found the inspiration for its newest set of draconian asylum rules. Might it have been a National Geographic special where a giant anaconda encircles its prey, squeezes it to death, and then swallows it whole? Or perhaps a late-night, B-grade horror film in which some evil mastermind drowns his victims by slowly filling a sealed room with water?

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30/07/2020

Wealthy Nations Leave Millions Behind with Alarming Funding Disparities amid Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

By The Norwegian Refugee Council*

Less than a quarter of this year’s $40 billion humanitarian aid appeal has been received to support 250 million vulnerable people, against the backdrop of an estimated $11 trillion coronavirus stimulus for wealthy nations.
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Families wait by the side of the road after fleeing attacks in Burkina Faso. The number of displaced people increased to over half a million last year, and the country is on the brink of a hunger crisis. Photo: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC.

30/07/2020

Rescued from Libyan Detention Centres and Evacuated to Rwanda, Survivors of Horrific Torture and Rape Receive the Help They Need to Start to Heal

Samrawit* gazes into the distance as a light breeze ruffles the shawl around her face. She hugs herself tightly as a gust of wind blows in from Lake Mirayi in eastern Rwanda. Español   |  Français

5f1e974f14Eritrean refugee Samrawit* braids her friend’s hair at the UNHCR Emergency Transit Centre in Gashora, Rwanda. © UNHCR/Alissa Everett

29 July 2020 (UNHCR)* — The 20-year-old Eritrean refugee’s current surroundings are peaceful and relaxed – a far cry from the horrors she endured while in captivity in the hands of smugglers in Libya, where she was tortured, beaten and raped for almost two years.

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29/07/2020

International Day of Friendship

Adolescent boys practice parkour — athletic manoeuvres around obstacles — in Gaza.  ©UNICEF/NYHQ2014-2063/Romenzi
Adolescent boys practice parkour — athletic manoeuvres around obstacles — in Gaza. ©UNICEF/NYHQ2014-2063/Romenzi
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29 July 2020 (United Nations)* — Our world faces many challenges, crises and forces of division — such as poverty, violence, and human rights abuses — among many others — that undermine peace, security, development and social harmony among the world’s peoples.

To confront those crises and challenges, their root causes must be addressed by promoting and defending a shared spirit of human solidarity that takes many forms — the simplest of which is friendship.

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29/07/2020

Is the United States a Failing State? A Failed State?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service*

To ask whether the United States, the world’s dominant military power, is ‘a failing state’ should cause worldwide anxiety. Such a state, analogous to a wounded animal, is a global menace of unprecedented proportions in the nuclear age.

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Richard Falk

Its political leadership is exhibiting a reckless tendency of combining incompetence with extremism. It is also crucial to ascertain at what point a failing state should be written off as ‘a failed state’ for which there is no longer a clear path to redemption.

The November elections will send a strong signal as to whether the United States is failing or has failed.

Even raising these issues suggests how far the United States has fallen during the Trump years, despite already being in sharp decline internationally ever since the Vietnam War, and continuing, despite a few redemptive moves (now renounced), during the Obama presidency.

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