Archive for ‘War Lords’


Building Resilient Rural Livelihoods, Key to Helping Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Apr 24 2017 (IPS) People in Yemen are currently suffering from the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.

Al Hudaydah, Yemen. Dairy cattle seek shade. Credit: FAO/Chedly Kayouli

More than 17 million people around Yemen’s rugged landscape are acutely food insecure, and the figure is likely to increase as the ongoing conflict continues to erode the ability to grow, import, distribute and pay for food.
More than 7 million people are on the verge of famine, while the rest are marginally meeting the minimum day-to-day nutritional needs thanks to external humanitarian and livelihoods support. Large-scale famine is a real risk that will cast an awful shadow for generations to come.

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Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*


I HAVE a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti.


Uri Avnery

I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on the 1967 lines (with minor adjustments), with open borders and cooperation.

This was not a secret agreement: Barghouti has repeated this proposal many times, both in prison and outside.

I also like his wife, Fadwa, who was educated as a lawyer but devotes her time to fight for the release of her husband. At the crowded funeral of Yasser Arafat, I happened to stand next to her and saw her tear-streaked face.

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Fragility of States, Institutions and Societies, Key Trigger Common to Conflicts – UN Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

21 April 2017 – Noting that a key trigger common to nearly all conflicts is the element of fragility –fragility of States, of institutions, or of societies– UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for increasing investments in preventative measures that address the problem of fragility before it turns into conflict.


A boy pulls a wheelchair along a debris strewn street in Al-Mashatiyeh neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Photo: UNHCR/Bassam Diab

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Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’

ROME, Apr 21 2017 (IPS) A perfect storm has engulfed the Middle East, and continues to threaten international peace and security.

In Mazrak, Yemen, a five year-old girl, diagnosed as malnourished, is given a pink wristband to wear to show she has not been getting enough to eat. Credit: UNHCR/Hugh Macleod

Hardly anyone could sum up the Middle East explosive situation in so few, blunt words as just did Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process

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International Collaboration to End Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 21 April, 2017 – While much of the world is engulfed in violence of one sort or another (whether violence in the home or on the street, exploitation, ecological destruction or war), a global network of individuals and organizations is committed to ending this violence in all of its manifestations.


Robert J. Burrowes

With individual signatories in 100 countries and organizational endorsements in 35 countries, each of these individuals and organizations works on one or more manifestations of violence in their locality and some of the organizations and networks have considerable national or even international reach.

However, as you might understand, there is a great deal to be done and the Charter network continues to expand as more people and organizations are motivated to join this shared effort.

Here is an outline of what some of these individual signatories of ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World‘ are doing. You are welcome to join them.

A native of Iran, Professor Manijeh Navidnia was born in Tehran where she attended school and university. She married in 1982 and had her first child in 1985.

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Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis

ROME, Apr 19 2017 (IPS) – With 18.8 million people –nearly 7 in 10 inhabitants– in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the United Nations informs while warning that the two-year war is rapidly pushing the country towards “social, economic and institutional collapse.“

Yemen 2017 Humanitarian Needs Overview. Credit: Fragkiska Megaloudi / OCHA

More worrying, the conflict in Yemen and its economic consequences are driving the largest food security emergency in the world, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has reported.

According to OCHA, over 17 million people are currently “food insecure,” of whom 6.8 million are “severely food insecure” and require immediate food assistance, and two million acutely malnourished children.

The Yemeni population amounts to 27,4 million inhabitants.

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Discovery of More Mass Graves Reveal ‘Unfolding Horror’ in DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

19 April 2017 – Raising alarm over increasing reports of serious human rights violations in the Kasai Central and Kasai Oriental provinces of Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United Nations human rights chief underscored that the scale and nature of the allegations could warrant an investigation by an international mechanism, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC).

A UN team in the town of Tshimbulu in Kasai Central province, DRC, where 15 of the mass graves were found. (File) Photo: MONUSCO/Biliaminou Alao

According the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), between 5-7 April, a team of UN human rights and police officials found 17 further mass graves in the Kasai Central province, which had been the location of clashes between security forces and the Kamuina Nsapu, a local militia.

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Crime and Punishment in Syria

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vithal Rajan*

17 Apr 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – When a dastardly crime is committed, criminal investigation procedures demand there should be a primary focus on who has the motive, and then on who has the opportunity to commit the crime. Responsible agencies are not expected to jump to conclusions.


Vithal Rajan

So, it was surprising that at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday, April 5th,  Nikki Hayes, American ambassador to the UN, held up photos of children dying of sarin gas poisoning in Idlib, a rebel-held stronghold in north Syria, and blamed Syrian President Assad for bombing them to their agonizing death on Tuesday, April 4th  morning.

However, Kim Wan-Soo, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, could only say ‘the means of delivery of the alleged attack cannot be definitively confirmed, at this stage.’

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons [OPCW] was also still in the process of gathering and analyzing data and could confirm nothing. Nikki Hayes was not deterred.

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Scale of Civilians Fleeing (Liberated) Iraq’s Mosul ‘Staggering’

Human Wrongs Watch

17 April 2017 – Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) terrorists, a senior United Nations humanitarian official in Iraq warned that the scale of the displacement has stretched relief efforts to their “operational limits”.

In Mosul, Iraq, aging family members are pushed for hours through frontline fighting between the army and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), to reach safety. Photo: IRIN/Tom Westcott

“Our worst case scenario when the fighting started was that up to one million civilians may flee Mosul. Already, more than 493,000 people have left, leaving almost everything behind,” Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said in a news release issued by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

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The Easter Message

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

 17 April 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – From Trump’s USA was not resurrection, but death. 59 Tomahawk missiles for Syria, the “mother of all bombs” for Afghanistan; Muslim states. Both attacks were based on lies: the old lie that 9/11 had its origin in Afghanistan, the new lie that Assad deliberately had used sarin[i].


Johan Galtung

The counter-narrative–that USA had provided the gas and used the accident as pretext for an attack–may stand. Let us see if USA-NATO accept an investigation; with a clean conscience, they would.

The USA back to normal?

With Trump surrounded by generals ready for killing and billionaires ready for exploiting? “Greatness” after some “populism” and America First protectionism?

With “NATO no longer obsolete”–to Stoltenberg’s delight–and China no longer manipulating currency rates–to China’s?  Not quite. Trump makes a difference.

With Trump, there is now a perfect match between Trump narcissism (I know/am better) and paranoia (countless twits against critics) and US narcissism (exceptionalism) and paranoia (“us vs them”).

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