15/09/2017

Put People Before Profits, UN Urges in Annual Trade Report

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14 September 2017 – Noting that the world economy in 2017 “is picking up but not taking off,” a new United Nations trade and development report has cautioned against fiscal austerity and harnessing finance to support job creation and infrastructure investment.

A woman prepares bread at her home in Faqua village, Jordan for sale in the local market. Since her husband passed away in 2002, she has had to take care of her family of nine children. With her small business of bread, cheese and Jabeen (dry yogurt) she earns enough to survive. Photo: IFAD/Lana Slezic

14/09/2017

Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking ‘Stark Reality’ for Migrant Children Trying to Reach Europe – UN Report

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12 September 2017 – More than 75 per cent of migrant and refugee children trying to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route face appalling levels of abuse, exploitation and trafficking, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said, calling on the continent to establish safe and regular pathways for migration.

Walking along the train tracks connecting Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, a woman carries a young boy as a young girl holds on to the back of her jacket. Photo: UNICEF/UN012803/Georgiev

13/09/2017

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Response to Rakhine and Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar ‘Unconscionable’

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The statement by Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s office, which claims that the government is defending all the people in Rakhine state “in the best possible way,” is unconscionable, Amnesty International on 6 Sep 2017 said.

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“This is a human rights and humanitarian catastrophe. In her first comments on the crisis, instead of promising concrete action to protect the people in Rakhine state, Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be downplaying the horrific reports coming out of the area,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Director.

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13/09/2017

Alert: Nature, on the Verge of Bankruptcy

ROME, Sep 12 2017 (IPS) – Pressures on global land resources are now greater than ever, as a rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption is placing ever-larger demands on the world’s land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.

The on-going drought in the Horn of Africa is widespread, triggering a regional humanitarian crisis with food insecurity skyrocketing, particularly among livestock-owning communities, and devastating livelihoods. Credit: FAO

Consumption of the earth’s natural reserves has doubled in the last 30 years, with a third of the planet’s land now severely degraded, adds the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) new report, launched on 12 September in Ordos, China during the Convention’s 13th summit (6-16 September 2017). Continue reading

13/09/2017

The West–Where Are You Heading?

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By Johan Galtung*

11 September 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – A world map shows the West is big, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean-Black Sea-Russian border; but not that big. 

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Johan Galtung

However, that is only Europe. Add Anglo-America, USA-Canada, from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans, from the Arctic Ocean to Mexico. The West is huge, enormous.

It covers geographically the Northern Arctic and temperate zones.

It houses religiously the three Christianities, much of Judaism, but not Islam. Muslims and all others count as minorities, here and there.

It is the seat of another major faith, Enlightenment: humanism-liberalism-marxism-nationalism-statism-capitalism-regionalism.

It is the seat of the major IGOs, NGOs and TNCs in the world.

It identifies West as “developed”, and Rest as “developing”.

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13/09/2017

‘Unprecedented’ Flow of Refugees from Myanmar

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The flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed, United Nations humanitarian agencies on 12 September 2017 said, amid calls for international support for the emergency response.

People arriving are in urgent need of life-saving assistance , including food, water and sanitation, health and protection. Photo: Saikat Biswas/UN Migration Agency

About 370,000 people have crossed the Bangladeshi border in the last two and a half weeks, according to the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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13/09/2017

Dear Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi,

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DHAKA, Sep 11 2017 (IPS) – When you were finally able to accept your Nobel Peace Prize, you spoke eloquently of the ultimate aim of a world in which “every corner is a true sanctuary where the inhabitants will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace.”

Source: IPS

And you noted that “every thought, every word, and every action” that adds to this desire is a contribution to peace.

 

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12/09/2017

Decades of Progress for Children at Risk across Middle East and North Africa – UNICEF

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11 September 2017 – Nearly one-in-five children across the Middle East and North Africa – over 90 per cent of whom live in conflict-affected countries – need immediate humanitarian assistance, according to new analysis by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

At the Al Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, a doctor checks on a girl suffering from cholera. Photo: UNICEF/UN066510/Fuad

“Conflict continues to rob millions of girls and boys of their childhood,” said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director, in a press statement.

“Decades of progress are at risk of being reversed across the Middle East and North Africa,” he added.

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12/09/2017

UN Human Rights Chief Points to ‘Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing’ in Myanmar

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The United Nations human rights chief on 11 September 2017 lashed out at the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar which has led to more than 300,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh in the past three weeks, as security forces and local militia reportedly burn villages and shoot civilians.

Rohingya refugee children from Myanmar stand outside Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh (July 2017). Photo: Poppy McPherson/IRIN| Source: UN News Centre

“The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, noting that the current situation cannot yet be fully assessed since Myanmar has refused access to human rights investigators.

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11/09/2017

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

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ROME, Sep 11 2017 (IPS) – When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.
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A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Credit: OCHA

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