Archive for ‘War Lords’

16/08/2019

White Supremacy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A number of commentators have linked the killing of 20 people at a Walmart store in El Paso in the United States of America on Sat 3 Aug 2019 to the rising tide of White Supremacism.

White Supremacism is a belief that whites are superior to others and therefore have a right to dominate them.

There were elements of such thinking in a “manifesto” posted online allegedly written by the suspected killer, a a 21-year-old white from a Dallas suburb.

The suspect had justified his massacre as a response “to the Hispanic invasion of Texas” and had made references to the Christchurch (New Zealand) shootings in March this year where a white gunman killed 51 mosque worshippers.

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15/08/2019

Displaced Afghans Resort to Desperate Measures as Support Dwindles

Human Wrongs Watch

14 August 2019  (Norwegian Refugee Council)* — One year after the worst drought on record forced nearly half a million Afghans to leave their homes, many families remain in tents on the outskirts of Herat city. Unable to return home due to ongoing conflict, they struggle to survive as support is cut back.

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Photo: NRC/Enayatullah Azad. These children are getting water from a poultry farm.
15/08/2019

Is Kenya’s New Land Law Strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights?

Human Wrongs Watch

14 August 2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)* —  When the Community Land Act was adopted in September 2016, it was perceived as a great step forward for securing indigenous communities’ land rights in Kenya. However, three years after its adoption there are still more questions than answers over its implementation.

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The pastoralists mainly occupy the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya and towards the border between Kenya and Tanzania in the south. This photo is taken at a community meeting in Laikipia.

IWGIA is supporting a pilot project in northern Kenya focusing on the implementation of the Act to increase awareness and develop guidelines for the process.

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15/08/2019

Will Sanctions Undermine 1947 US Treaty with UN?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 14 2019 (IPS)* When Yassir Arafat was denied a US visa to visit New York to address the United Nations back in 1988, the General Assembly defied the United States by temporarily moving the UN’s highest policy making body to Geneva– perhaps for the first time in UN history– providing a less-hostile political environment for the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).

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The UN General Assembly in session.

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15/08/2019

The Fight against Climate Change Is a Fight against Capitalism

By Simon Hannah*

Global warming is rooted in an economic system that has a parasitoid relationship with the Earth upon which we live.

Image: Lausanne, CC by 2.0

13 August 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Global Warming which is caused by human activity is rooted in a social and economic system that has a parasitoid relationship to the Earth upon which we live.

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15/08/2019

Humanitarian Assistance to Be Scaled-Up for Millions of Venezuelans in Need

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations humanitarian wing launched a new Response Plan (HRP) on Wednesday [14 August 2019], that aims to help around 2.6 million people in Venezuela through to the end of the year, almost half of whom are youth. 

©UNICEF/Arcos | Nine-year-old Acnayeli (center) fled violence in Venezuela and lives now with her mother and sister in in Cucuta, Colombia. (April 2019)
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Noting that the plan “only represents a limited number of all people in need”, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that $223 million was required from donors, to achieve this goal.
15/08/2019

Terrorism Survivors: ‘The Terrorists Killed Many People in Front of Us’

Human Wrongs Watch

To mark the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, on 21 August, UN News travelled to Chad and the Far North region of Cameroon in West Africa earlier this year, to interview people who have personal stories to tell, about how terrorism has shattered their lives.

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Hawa Abdu, a Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.
Hawa Abdu, a 38-year old Nigerian mother of two was abducted by Boko Haram in 2014 and spent four years with the outlawed terrorist group moving around the north-east of Nigeria.

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14/08/2019

Are Jair Messias Bolsonaro and Donald John Trump a Menace to the Planet?

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 13 2019 (IPS)* We live in different worlds. The ones of friends, family and work colleagues. Worlds which are overshadowed by other, much bigger ones. Global spheres of international finance, politics, climate change, etc., contexts that might threaten our smaller circle of relationships; our family, our income, our general wellbeing, in short – our entire existence. 
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14/08/2019

Benefits of Equality

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“If Trump is a symptom, what is the disease?” One often encounters this interesting question in alternative media articles. I think that at least part of the answer is “Excessive economic inequality”.

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Johan Scales Avery

Hobson’s Explanation of Imperialism

The English economist and Fabian, John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940), offered a famous explanation of the colonial era in his book, Imperialism: A Study, (1902).

According to Hobson, the basic problem that led to colonial expansion was an excessively unequal distribution of incomes in the industrialized countries.

The result of this unequal distribution was that neither the rich nor the poor could buy back the total output of their society.

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14/08/2019

All or Nothing: a Green New Deal for Central America

By Renata Avila*

The Trump administration is already campaigning for the upcoming elections and its main target is an easy fragile one – migration and how to put the brakes on it. Turning Guatemala into a temporary prison has been its latest achievement. Español
August 2, 2019, Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala: Women wait for relatives just deported from the USA arriving at Guatemala City International Airport Friday on a flight filled with deportees. | Miguel Juarez Lugo/Zuma Press/PA Images

12 August 2019 (openDemocracy)* — The issue of migration allows Trump to show off his imperial power in front of the cameras, and to cover up with much fuss a series of failures.

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