Archive for ‘War Lords’

18/10/2018

World’s Population Set to Grow by 2.2 Billion Between Now and 2050; More than Half of that Growth -1.3 Billion- Likely to Be in Sub-Saharan Africa

Human Wrongs Watch

The world’s population is set to grow by 2.2 billion between now and 2050, the UN said on 17 October 2018, and more than half of that growth – 1.3 billion – is likely to be in sub-Saharan Africa, where women’s rights are hampered by limited access to healthcare and education, along with “entrenched gender discrimination”.

UNFPA/Ollivier Girard | A woman walks with her child in Niger. 2018.
18/10/2018

Palestine: Transfer Anxiety and the Anxiety of Alternatives

Human Wrongs Watch

By Walid Salem – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A state of anxiety prevails among the Palestinians, a situation that stems from two sources: the first: the escalation and acceleration of the annexation and its procedures, the growing fear of official annexation to Israel and expulsion to abroad; and the second: concern over the vague Palestinian responses to what is happening. The follow-up of the articles of Hani al-Masri, Rami Mahdawi, Khalil al-Asali and other journalists are just expressions of this concern.

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Walid Salem

Yet, there are other concern expressed by Benjamin Netanyahu during a dinner at an annual religious ceremony held at his home in October 2017 that he fears Israel’s fate will be the same as the fate of the 77-year-old Hasmonean kingdom before it was removed by the Romans.

What is common between these two concerns? Where do they differ?

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18/10/2018

World ‘Deserves to Know the Truth’ behind Kashoggi Disappearance – UN Human Rights Chief

United Nations human rights chief Michele Bachelet said on 17 October 2018 that she was open to an independent, UN-led investigation into the fate of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi, if joint efforts by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, fail to uncover the facts.

The High Commissioner who heads OHCHR, reiterated her call earlier in the week, for diplomatic immunity to be waived to ensure the joint investigation is effective, impartial and transparent.

Mr. Khashoggi, an influential Saudi journalist and critic, who has been living in exile in the United States in recent months and writing a column for the Washington Post newspaper, had gone to the Saudi Consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, on 2 October, to obtain marriage papers.

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18/10/2018

“We, The Peoples…”

By Federico Mayor Zaragoza*

Adopting a Universal Declaration on Democracy to enter into a new era in the proper way.

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Federico Mayor Zaragoza

17 October 2018 (Other News)* – In San Francisco in 1945, at the end of the Second World War, United Nations was founded under the American leadership of President Roosevelt, with a Chart beginning with the following words:

“We the peoples are determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”.

Today more than ever it is important to bear in mind that it is humanity as a whole that should be taken into account… Governments should come in second place, after the people…

Universal principles and values are often not complied with in the daily life of our “Global Village”.

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17/10/2018

West Bank: ‘Imminent’ Demolition of Palestinian Village Could Be ‘War Crime’ – International Criminal Court Prosecutor

Human Wrongs Watch

The Prosecutor mandated to oversee the Occupied Palestinian Territory for the International Criminal Court (ICC) stated on 17 October 2018 that her office is keeping “a close eye” on the planned demolition of a Palestinian village in the West Bank by Israeli authorities, warning that, according to international law, it could constitute a “war crime”.

UN Photo | Israeli authorities demolished Bedouin homes in the vulnerable community of Abu Nwar, Area C, near East Jerusalem in the West Bank. Photo: UNRWA
17/10/2018

Food Costs Should Cause ‘Shock and Outrage’ as Countries in Conflict See Spiralling Prices

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 16 October 2018 (World Food Programme)* – Fresh research by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), released to coincide with World Food Day, shows food becoming ever less affordable in countries in conflict or subject to political instability. In dozens more countries, persistently high food costs are putting the hope of a nutritious meal beyond the reach of millions.

Food costs often remain intensely disproportionate in relation to income in many parts of the world. This is the case across much of Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and, to a lesser degree, of Latin America. Copyright: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua

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17/10/2018

The Importance of Alternative Media

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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John Scales Avery

The Superficiality of Today’s Television

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty-Four and Brave New World in the foreword of his  1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. He wrote:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”

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17/10/2018

Congolese Migrants Expelled from Neighbouring Angola “Are Returning to a Desperate Situation” – UN Refugee Agency

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Congolese nationals forced back across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after being expelled from neighbouring Angola, “are returning to a desperate situation,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson said on 16 October 2018.

© UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe | Congolese women and children arrive at a border point in Chissanda, Lunda Norte, Angola after fleeing militia attacks in Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2 May 2017.
17/10/2018

The Struggle over Natural Resources – ‘In Africa, 75 Per Cent of Wars Since 1990 Have Been Partially Funded by Resources Such as Diamonds and Valuable Minerals’

Human Wrongs Watch

Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres.

UNHCR/Colin Delfosse | Burundian refugees collect water at Lusenda camp, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The struggle over natural resources often lies at the heart of violent conflicts, fuelling strife in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on 16 October 2018, urging governments and everyone with a stake in valuable resources, to think hard about how they are managed and exploited.

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16/10/2018

Top UN Human Rights Official Urges Transparent Probe into Khashoggi Disappearance

Human Wrongs Watch

16 October 2018 – The top United Nations human rights official has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know” about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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The Saudi journalist and critic of the Kingdom has not been seen since he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul on the afternoon of 2 October, Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.

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