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Un convoi d’une société minière canadienne attaqué au Burkina Faso, «plusieurs morts et blessés»

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Plusieurs personnes ont trouvé la mort et d’autres ont été blessées dans l'attaque d'un convoi de la société minière canadienne SEMAFO, au Burkina Faso, a confirmé la compagnie. Selon Reuters, se référant aux autorités locales, il s'agit d'au moins 37 morts et plus de 60 blessés parmi les civils.
          

37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

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MONTREAL — An attack on employees of Quebec gold producer Semafo Inc. in Burkina Faso has left 37 people dead and 60 injured. The attack occurred about 40 kilometres from the Boungou mine — one of the two sites operated by the company in the West African country — when a convoy of five buses […]
          

Nära 40 dödade i bombattentat i Burkina Faso

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Minst 37 människor dödades och över 60 skadades när en fordonskolonn med anställda vid det kanadensiska gruvbolaget…
          

Burkina Faso: Gunmen ambush mining firm convoy and kill 37

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Five buses are ambushed by gunmen in the West African country, where jihadist violence is rife.
          

Attack on mining convoy kills 37 in Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso: Gunmen ambush mining firm convoy and kill 37

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Five buses are ambushed by gunmen in the West African country, where jihadist violence is rife.
          

At least 37 dead in attack on Canadian mining convoy in Burkina Faso

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Gunmen ambushed five buses carrying workers for a Canadian gold mining company in an attack near a mine in Burkina Faso. It is the third deadly attack on the company in 15 months.
          

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

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Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday.

          

Thirty-seven killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

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Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded in an attack by an unidentified gunman on a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday.

          

Minst 37 dödade vid attack i Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso, el ataque contra el convoy de una empresa canadiense: 37 muertos y 60 heridos

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Una emboscada a un convoy de cinco autobuses que transportaban a los empleados de la empresa minera canadiense Semafo en Burkina Faso ha causado 37 muertes y 60
          

37 morts dans l'attaque d'un convoi d'une minière montréalaise - explications

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Une attaque contre un convoi transportant des employés de la mine Boungou, opérée par la minière québécoise Semafo au Burkina Faso, en Afrique, a fait 37 morts et des dizaines de blessés, mercredi.
          

L’unité de forces spéciales européennes « Takuba » viendra épauler la force Barkhane en 2020

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Au cours de ces derniers mois, et que ce soit au Burkina Faso, au Niger ou encore au Mali, les groupes jihadistes ont infligé de lourdes pertes aux forces armées locales. La dernière attaque en date, commise le 1er novembre contre le camp militaire d’In Delimane et revendiquée par l’État islamique, a fait au moins...

Cet article L’unité de forces spéciales européennes « Takuba » viendra épauler la force Barkhane en 2020 est apparu en premier sur Zone Militaire.


          

Dutzende Tote bei Überfall auf Goldminen-Transport in Burkina Faso

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Ouagadougou (dts Nachrichtenagentur) – Im westafrikanischen Burkina Faso sind am Mittwoch dutzende Menschen beim Überfall auf den Transport einer Goldmine ums Leben gekommen. Regionale Behörden sprachen von "37 zivilen Todesopfern" und 60 Verletzten. Der Betreiber, das kanadische Bergbauunternehmen Semafo, bestätigte den Vorfall. Der Überfall habe sich rund 40 Kilometer von der Boungou-Mine ereignet. Der aus […]
          

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

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Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles from its Boungou mine
          

Burkina Faso – Abolition de la peine de mort (04.06.18)

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Франция приветствует принятие в Буркина-Фасо нового уголовного кодекса, в котором смертная казнь исключена из числа предусмотренных наказаний.
          

Ambush on Mining Company Convoy Kills 37 in Burkina Faso 

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Montreal-based Semafo says bloodshed happened about 40 kilometers from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso's Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort
          

Attack on Canadian Mining Company Convoy in Burkina Faso Kills 37

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The ambush, which also wounded 60 people, was the third deadly attack on the Semafo mining company in 15 months.
          

Dozens killed & injured in attack on Canadian gold miner convoy in Burkina Faso

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A convoy of buses carrying employees and contractors of a Canadian gold mining firm and its military escort fell victim to an armed ambush in eastern Burkina Faso, leaving upwards of 37 dead and 60 injured, some reports say.
The SEMAFO convoy was attacked by unidentified gunmen some 40km from one of its mines in the Est region despite an escort by local security forces. The total number of casualties is not yet known, and an official statement from the company only mentions “several fatalities and injuries.”


          

Mali: WHO AFRO Outbreaks and Other Emergencies, Week 44: 28 October - 3 November 2019 Data as reported by: 17:00; 3 November 2019

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Source: World Health Organization
Country: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia

Overview

This Weekly Bulletin focuses on public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 68 events in the region. This week’s main articles cover key new and ongoing events, including:

  • Measles in Lesotho

  • Hepatitis E in Namibia

  • Humanitarian crisis in Mali

  • Ebola virus disease in Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For each of these events, a brief description, followed by public health measures implemented and an interpretation of the situation is provided.

A table is provided at the end of the bulletin with information on all new and ongoing public health events currently being monitored in the region, as well as recent events that have largely been controlled and thus closed.

Major issues and challenges include:

  • The hepatitis E outbreak first identified in Namibia in December 2017 continues, despite response efforts made to date to halt ongoing transmission of the virus. The major drivers of the outbreak remain the same, limited access to safe drinking water, inadequate sanitation and poor personal and food safety practices. Novel initiatives are therefore needed to address the outbreak such as finalising the review of the relevance and feasibility of a vaccination intervention. There is also a need to sustain conventional control activities, particularly in the informal settlements, and strengthen surveillance and coordination mechanisms in all the affected areas.

  • The humanitarian situation in Mali remains complex and volatile. The number of IDPs has continued to rise as a result of the deteriorating security context and the impact of floods experienced earlier in the year. As well as supporting the immediate needs of the population, the resilience of the health system to epidemics and public health emergencies needs to be reinforced.
    Furthermore, local and international authorities and partners must continue to advocate for peace in the region in order to relieve the suffering of this vulnerable population.


          

Mueren 37 personas en un ataque contra un convoy de una empresa minera de Burkina Faso

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Al menos 37 personas han muerto y otras más han resultado heridas en un ataque perpetrado contra un convoy de una empresa minera que llevaba escolta armada ocurrido en el este de Burkina Faso, según han informado las autoridades locales.


          

Burkina Faso : au moins 37 morts dans l'attaque d'un convoi d'une société canadienne

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Une embuscade contre un convoi transportant des employés de la société minière canadienne Semafo dans l'est du Burkina Faso a fait, mercredi, au moins 37 morts et 60 blessés, a annoncé le gouverneur de la région, le colonel Saidou Sanou.
          

Burkina Faso'da maden şirketine ait araç konvoyuna saldırı: 37 ölü

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Burkina Faso'nun doğusunda bir maden şirketine ait araç konvoyuna düzenlenen saldırıda sivil ve asker 37 kişinin yaşamını yitirdiği bildirildi.
          

UN policewoman recognized for ‘speaking up and speaking out’ on behalf of the vulnerable

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INTERNATIONAL, 5 November 2019, Peace and Security - At the core of peacekeeping lies the notion of shared responsibility, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, presenting this year’s award for Female Police Officer of the Year, to a woman who “has made a career of speaking up and speaking out on behalf of all vulnerable populations”.

Police Major Seynabou Diouf has worked “tirelessly with her colleagues inside and outside the Mission to empower women, improve conduct, enhance protection, strengthen performance, and thereby build sustainable peace”, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Peace Operations chief, told the heads of UN police and police experts from 14 peacekeeping operations, gathered at the award ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York.

Major Diouf is one of over 1,400 female police officers serving under the UN flag, carrying out a complex range of tasks – from capacity-building and reform, to community-oriented policing, investigations, protection of civilians, and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.

“That is impressive enough”, asserted Mr. Lacroix, “but they also provide the added value of gender perspectives and mainstreaming at all levels and at all phases of engagement with host-State institutions and communities”.

He cited examples in South Sudan where female officers are helping women and youth attain better living conditions within and outside camps for the internally displaced; the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where they are helping to build capacity and accountability in internal security forces; and Mali by promoting confidence-building between citizens and the reconstituted internal defence and security forces.

“Our female officers are also operating in areas affected by the Ebola virus disease, ensuring the required level of security for relief and humanitarian operations”, he maintained.

And female officers are a key element in the sensitization and delivery of training on sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) throughout all UN Missions.

“As part of female police officers’ networks, such as the one Major Diouf leads in MONUSCO [UN Stabilization Mission in the DRC], they help prevent, counter and investigate SEA-related offences, advancing the Organization’s zero-tolerance policy”, elaborated the peacekeeping chief. He congratulated Major Diouf “for her outstanding service” to the UN Nations and Congolese people and stated that “all UN police officers in the field and at the UN Headquarters are inspired” by her example to uphold the core values of the Organization.

Previous Awardees
  • 2018: Chief Supt. Phyllis Osei, Ghana, UNSOM
  • 2017: Assistant Inspector Annah Chota, Zimbabwe, UNISFA
  • 2016: Supt. Yvette Boni Zombre, Burkina Faso, MINUSCA
  • 2015: Chief Supt. Raluca Domuta, Romania, MINUSTAH
  • 2014: Inspector Shakti Devi, India, UNAMA
  • 2013: Commissioner Codou Camara, Senegal, MINUSTAH
  • 2012: Constable Rezi Danismend, Turkey, UNMIL
  • 2011: Deputy Supt. Shahzadi Gulfam, Pakistan, UNMIT

Mr. Lacroix also thanked her family for supporting her and making sacrifices during her long deployments. “The more women we have in peacekeeping, the more effective we all will be”, he concluded.

Going the extra mile

Top UN Police Adviser, Luis Carrilho, spoke about Major Diouf’s experience, noting that in her native Senegal she became the first female police officer to be honoured as a Gardien de la Paix, which was previously reserved for male officers.

“Since early in her career, she has shown her determination to make the extra effort, go the extra mile, to achieve her goals”, he spelled out, flagging that as the team leader of an SEA task force in Goma and president of the UNPOL Women’s Network, “she has demonstrated her commitment to giving women a voice and putting an end to SEA”.

“Her efforts have helped the mission to achieve zero SEA cases in 2018, compared to 140 cases between 2016 and 2017”, he attested, calling her “an incredible force for good in our ongoing efforts to root out SEA and ensure UN personnel at all levels perform to the highest standards”.

Motivated to do more

When Major Diouf learned that she had been selected to receive the award, she said she was proud, but also “humble to be recognized for something that has become almost second nature” to her and her life’s work.

“When I was young, I wanted to be a medical doctor but there was an urgent need to help support my family”, she told those assembled. “Being a police officer in the early years of female recruitment provided recognition and a decent salary, but it also allowed me to contribute to society in ways I had never thought possible”.

With this new accolade, Major Diouf says she now feels “motivated to do more” and will continue “to promote women's rights, speak out against sexual and gender-based violence, and fight marginalization and discriminatory customary and religious practices targeted at women and girls”.

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Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho looks on as UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, shakes the hand of Major Seynabou Diouf, UN Female Police Officer of the Year. (5 November 2019)

          

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

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Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles from its Boungou mine
          

37 employés d’une minière du Québec tués en Afrique

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Une embuscade contre un convoi transportant des employés d’une société minière québécoise au Burkina Faso a fait 37 morts et 60 blessés mercredi.
          

La jeunesse malienne pour « la reconstruction » du pays

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Sur une population de plus de 18 millions d'habitants, plus des deux tiers ont moins de 24 ans. L’implication des jeunes est donc primordiale. Cependant, cette jeune population doit faire face à plusieurs difficultés.

Depuis 2012, le Mali est confronté à de fortes instabilités politiques et sécuritaires gangrenées par le terrorisme. Elles sèment la mort et obligent des centaines de milliers de personnes à se déplacer. Malgré la signature d’un accord pour la paix et la réconciliation en 2015, les acteurs locaux les plus concernés ne se sont pas suffisamment impliqués.

L’espoir d’une paix durable, est un sujet de préoccupation parmi les jeunes. “Les jeunes […] dans le Sahel, qui représentent la majorité de la population, sont visés par les campagnes de recrutement des mouvements radicaux. Près de 41 millions des jeunes de moins de 25 ans du Burkina Faso, du Tchad, du Mali, de Mauritanie et du Niger risquent de se radicaliser ou de devenir migrants”, a indiqué Mme Hiroute Guebre Sellassie, représentante du Secrétaire général sur la Stratégie intégrée des Nations Unies.

En effet, confrontée aux problématiques de chômage, d’éducation et l’absence de perspective, la jeunesse constitue une « proie » facile pour l’enrôlement dans les groupes terroristes.

Toutefois malgré ces contraintes, les jeunes sont la plus grande source d’espoir pour l’avenir du Mali, comme en a témoigné l’intellectuel Amadou Hampâté Bâ : « jeunes gens, derniers-nés du XXe siècle, vous vivez à une époque à la fois effrayante par les menaces qu’elle fait peser sur l’humanité et passionnante par les possibilités qu’elle ouvre dans le domaine des connaissances et de la communication entre les hommes. La génération du XXIe siècle connaîtra une fantastique rencontre de races et d’idées. Selon la façon dont elle assimilera ce phénomène, elle assurera sa survie ou provoquera sa destruction par des conflits meurtriers.»

Bien qu’un bon nombre d’entre nous rejoignent les rangs des groupes armés terroristes, ceux qui adoptent la non-violence, qui s’impliquent pour le développement, la politique et l’économie du pays sont de plus en plus nombreux chaque jour, particulièrement au sein des populations locales. Qu’ils soient de Bamako, de Kidal, de Ségou, de Mopti, de Sikasso, de Kayes ou de Tombouctou… leurs attentes sont la stabilité du pays, le rejet des groupes terroristes, la recherche d’emploi et l’insertion dans la société...

Ambitieuse, motivée, solidaire et déterminée, cette jeunesse malienne a su à de multiples reprises montrer sa présence et sa force. Le 23 août dernier, c’est en dressant des barricades sur la route, avec le blocage du pont de Kayes que les jeunes du collectif « Sirako » et ceux du FARK, ont contraint les autorités du pays à réagir. Face à cette mobilisation les autorités maliennes n’ont pu que répondre positivement  en entreprenant des travaux de réhabilitation de la Route Bamako – Kati – Diéma – Kayes – Diboli. Ces travaux assureront une certaine sécurité des routes utilisées au quotidien par des centaines de personnes.

Par conséquent, en considérant le contexte démographique du pays, les autorités ne peuvent que redoubler d’attention à l’égard des inquiétudes et revendications de ces jeunes qui, demain, décideront de l’avenir du pays. La reconstruction du pays se fera avec nous : la jeunesse malienne ! 

Tidiane / Le Petit Sahélien

Cet article La jeunesse malienne pour « la reconstruction » du pays est apparu en premier sur Journal du Mali.


          

Jurisprudence Ohadata J-07-110 - Burkina Faso

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Jugement n° 219/2005, Affaire : Madame NAPON Adam's c/ TRAORE Aliou.

Jugement du 27/04/2005, Tribunal de Grande Instance de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Catégorie : INJONCTION DE DÉLIVRER OU DE RESTITUER


          

Jurisprudence Ohadata J-10-208 - Burkina Faso

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Arrêt n° 100, Société Générale des Banques au Burkina (SGBB) c/ NASSER Basma

Arrêt du 18/06/2009, Cour d'Appel de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Catégorie : HYPOTHÈQUES


          

Jurisprudence Ohadata J-04-04 - Burkina Faso

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jugement n° 86, c/ Société Générale de Banques au Burkina (SGBB)

Jugement du 24/01/2001, Tribunal de Grande Instance de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Catégorie : NANTISSEMENT DE MARCHE


          

Jurisprudence Ohadata J-10-198 - Burkina Faso

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Arrêt n° 046, MAERSK Burkina Faso c/ SCIMAS

Arrêt du 20/06/2008, Cour d'Appel de Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

Catégorie : SOCIÉTÉS COMMERCIALES ET GROUPEMENT D'INTÉRÊT ÉCONOMIQUE


          

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Attack near Semafo mine in Burkina Faso results in the death of at least 37

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MONTREAL — An attack on employees of Quebec gold producer Semafo Inc. in Burkina Faso has left 37 people dead and 60 injured.
          

Ambush on mining company convoy kills 37 in Burkina Faso

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A governor in Burkina Faso says at least 37 people are dead after gunmen attacked a convoy carrying employees of a Canadian company from a mine in the volatile West African nation
          

Burkina Faso governor says 37 dead after gunmen ambush a convoy of mining employees working for Canadian company

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Burkina Faso governor says 37 dead after gunmen ambush a convoy of mining employees working for Canadian company
          

Burkina Faso, attacco a convoglio di una società canadese: 37 morti e 60 feriti

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Est del Paese a 40 km dalla miniera di Boungou
          

Burkina Faso

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Burkina Faso: 37 killed in a complex attack on a bus carrying employees of a Canadian mining company in Boungou, Est province
          

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

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Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles from its Boungou mine
          

Mueren 37 personas en un ataque armado contra un convoy escoltado de una empresa minera en Burkina Faso

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Al menos 37 personas han muerto y otras más han resultado heridas en un ataque perpetrado contra un convoy de una empresa minera que llevaba escolta armada ocurrido en el este de Burkina Faso, según han informado las autoridades locales.
          

Ambush on mining company convoy kills 37 in Burkina Faso

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By The Canadian Press

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometres) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso's Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

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Attack near Semafo mine in Burkina Faso results in the death of at least 37

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By The Canadian Press

MONTREAL — An attack on employees of Quebec gold producer Semafo Inc. in Burkina Faso has left 37 people dead and 60 injured.

The attack occurred about 40 kilometres from the Boungou mine — one of the two sites operated by the company in the West African country — when a convoy of five buses accompanied by a military escort was ambushed.

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Dozens killed, more than 60 wounded in attack on mine convoy in Burkina Faso

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An attack on a convoy transporting local employees of Canadian mining company Semafo in Burkina Faso left 37 people dead and 60 wounded on Wednesday, a regional governor said.
          

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Burkina Faso leader expresses shock after attack kills 37

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso’s prime minister says his county is in shock following the attack by gunmen which killed at least 37 employees traveling to a Canadian-owned mine. Prime Minister Christophe Dabire, in a tweet Thursday, said the West African country is still reeling from the news of the attack and sent […]
          

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immigration canada abidjan cote d'ivoireL’ ambassade du Canada en Côte d’Ivoire est également responsable des demandes d’immigration des pays suivants: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cap Vert, République centrafricaine, Tchad, Guinée équatoriale, Gabon, Guinée (sauf les réfugiés), Guinée -Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger et Sénégal. L’ambassade du Canada en Côte d’Ivoire est également responsable des demandes de visa de visiteur émanant des pays suivants: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République centrafricaine, Tchad, Guinée équatoriale, Gabon, Guinée, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali et Niger.
          

Jo kolmas joukkomurha runsaan vuoden aikana – Kymmeniä kaivostyöntekijöitä tapettiin väijytyksessä Burkina Fasossa

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Mueren 37 personas en una emboscada a un convoy minero en Burkina Faso

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Nairobi, 7 nov (EFE).- Una emboscada contra un convoy de vehículos donde viajaban trabajadores de una mina canadiense de la región del este de Burkina Faso ha dejado un total de 37 muertos y 60 heridos, según informó el gobierno regional.

El ataque se produjo a primera hora del miércoles cuando 'individuos armados no identificados' emboscaron al convoy, donde viajaban trabajadores de la mina de oro explotada por la compañía con sede en Canadá Semafo S.A., según informó en un comunicado publicado por los medios esta madrugada el portavoz regional Saïdou Sanou.

El incidente tuvo lugar en la carretera que une el pueblo de Ougarou y el de Boungou, ambos en la parte oriental burkinesa, a apenas 40 kilómetros de la explotación minera situado en esta última localidad, según informó por su parte la compañía canadiense, que lamentó los hechos.

El convoy, que iba custodiado por personal militar, se componía de cinco autobuses que llevaban a 'personas nacional' de Semafo, 'contratistas y proveedores', según la información de los canadienses, que no especifican la nacionalidad o más detalles de los fallecidos o heridos.

El primer ministro burkinés, Christophe Dabiré, expresó a última hora del miércoles su 'compasión por las familias' y aseguró que 'el país sigue en shock por el ataque'.

Los ataques y secuestros en las zonas mineras del norte y este del país se dan cada cierto tiempo en este país, que desde abril de 2015, también sufre la violencia yihadista, con un aumento significativo de la violencia procedente de la vecina Malí y vinculada a grupos como Al Qaeda y el Estado Islámico de Irak y el Levante (ISIS, por su siglas en inglés).

Medio millón de burkineses ya han huido de sus hogares debido a la violencia, según la Agencia de la ONU para los Refugiados (ACNUR), que habla de una crisis humanitaria que afecta a 1,5 millones de personas.

Las regiones más afectadas por la inseguridad son la del Sahel (norte), que comparte frontera con Malí y Níger, y la región Centro-Norte, pero en el este del país la situación también se ha degradado desde el verano de 2018 y su capital, Uagadugú, sufre atentados desde 2016.

Burkina Faso es uno de los cinco países que componen el G5 del Sahel, junto a Malí, Mauritania, Níger y Chad, grupo que combate el terrorismo yihadista en la región. EFE


          

37 personas asesinadas en emboscada en Burkina Faso

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UAGADUGÚ, Burkina Faso (AP) — Al menos 37 personas fueron asesinadas y otras 60 resultaron heridas en una emboscada de hombres armados contra una caravana cerca de una mina canadiense en Burkina Faso, informó el miércoles un gobernador regional.

La minera Semafo, con sede en Montreal, dijo que el ataque ocurrió a unos 40 kilómetros (25 millas) de su mina Boungou, en la región este de Burkina Faso, y que la caravana de cinco autobuses de empleados iba acompañada de una escolta militar.

El coronel Saidou Sanou, gobernador de la región este del país, informó el saldo provisional en un comunicado, mientras que la compañía se limitó a indicar que estaba al tanto de “múltiples fatalidades y lesiones”.

“El sitio minero Boungou sigue siendo seguro y nuestras operaciones no resultaron afectadas”, señaló Semafo en su comunicado. “Trabajamos activamente con todos los niveles de las autoridades para garantizar la seguridad de nuestros empleados, contratistas y proveedores”.

La situación se ha vuelto cada vez más precaria para Semafo en la zona, que opera dos minas de oro en Burkina Faso. El año pasado, un empleado y un subcontratista fueron asesinados después de que bandidos atacaran un autobús, según Canadian Press. También ese año, cinco miembros de las fuerzas de seguridad murieron en un atentado cerca de la mina Boungou.

Sylvain Leclerc, portavoz de la cancillería canadiense, dijo que no se reportó deceso de ningún ciudadano canadiense. Añadió que el gobierno de Canadá condena el ataque y respalda las labores para restaurar la paz en Burkina Faso.

El atentado destaca el rápido deterioro de la situación de seguridad en Burkina Faso, a donde se han infiltrado yihadistas que han permanecido activos durante años en la vecina Mali. Nadie se ha atribuido el ataque hasta el momento, pero las sospechas se centraron de inmediato en extremistas islámicos que han lanzado una serie de ataques contra iglesias y oficinas públicas en el norte de Burkina Faso en los últimos años.

Acciones militares coordinadas entre cinco naciones de la región, junto con operaciones francesas, no han logrado frenar la creciente violencia en la zona.

El país, que sufrió su primer gran ataque extremista en 2015, es la puerta de entrada al sur rumbo a las naciones costeras de África occidental, y a los líderes regionales les preocupa que los extremistas avancen hacia Togo y Benín.

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La periodista de Associated Press Krista Larson en Dakar, Senegal, contribuyó a este despacho.


          

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Al menos 37 personas fueron asesinadas en una emboscada de hombres armados contra una caravana de empleados de una minera canadiense en Burkina Faso, informó el miércoles un gobernador de la inestable nación de África occidental.

El coronel Saidou Sanou, gobernador de la región este del país, dijo que el saldo provisional es de 60 heridos durante el ataque.

La minera Semafo, con sede en Montreal, dijo en un comunicado que la caravana contaba con una escolta militar.

El atentado destaca el rápido deterioro de la situación de seguridad en Burkina Faso, a donde se han infiltrado yihadistas que han permanecido activos durante años en la vecina Mali.

Nadie se ha atribuido el ataque hasta el momento, pero las sospechas se centraron de inmediato en grupos yihadistas que han lanzado una serie de ataques contra iglesias y oficinas públicas en el norte de Burkina Faso.


          

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At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso

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Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said…
          

Le terrorisme monopolise la Une des quotidiens burkinabè

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Les quotidiens du Burkina Faso, visités par APA ce jeudi matin, commentent l'actualité nationale marquée par le terrorisme, avec un zoom sur l'attaque perpétrée la veille dans la partie orientale du pays, contre un convoi de travailleurs d'une mine d'or.«Attaque contre un convoi d'une société minière: 47 morts et plus de 60 blessés», titre le journal privé Le Pays qui présente à sa Une l'image d'un des véhicules du convoi attaqué. Le journal relate qu'hier mercredi dans la matinée, un convoi de travailleurs de la mine d'or de Boungou, située à Nassougou, dans la commune rurale de Matiacoli, dans la région de l'Est et exploitée par la société SEMAFO, a fait l'objet d'une attaque armée. Selon le confrère, le véhicule des Forces de défense et de sécurité (FDS) qui escortait le convoi a d'abord sauté sur un engin explosif avant que le reste du convoi ne subisse des tirs nourris d'hommes embusqués. L'Observateur Paalga, le doyen des quotidiens privés burkinabè, arbore à ce sujet : «Lutte contre le terrorisme : Hécatombe à la mine d'or de Boungou». Pendant ce temps, Aujourd'hui au Faso affiche : «Au moins 37 morts dans l'attaque d'un convoi minier à Boungou: +L'arrière+ burkinabè  horrifié mais soudé». L'auteur de l'écrit fait remarquer que la nouvelle est «sanguinolente du côté du front Est, même si face au terrorisme, il n'y a plus de front, puisque l'ennemi est ici mouvant, partout et nulle part. A l'Est, au Centre-Nord, au Nord, au Sahel…».   De son côté, le quotidien national Sidwaya parle de «37 morts et une vingtaine de blessés». Le même journal donne la parole au général de brigade Oumarou Namata, commandant en chef de la Force conjointe du G5 Sahel, depuis trois mois. Celui-ci est interviewé, en marge des travaux de la 6e session ordinaire du Conseil des ministres de l'organisation, tenue du 5 au 7 novembre 2019 à Ouagadougou. A lire Sidwaya, le commandant Namata est «optimiste quant aux capacités du G5 Sahel de venir à bout du terrorisme dans l'espace sahélien», même s'«il n'y a pas de solution miracle contre le terrorisme».
          

11/7/2019: REPORT ON BUSINESS: Dozens killed in ambush of miner Semafo convoy

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Assailants ambushed a convoy carrying employees of Canadian gold miner Semafo Inc. in Burkina Faso and killed dozens of people, one of the deadliest insurgent attacks in the West African country in recent years. The raid occurred on a road between the...
          

Disability and Development in Burkina Faso: Critical Perspectives

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This book builds upon critiques of development in the disability domain by investigating the necessity and implications of theorising disability from the Global South and how development policies and practices pertaining to disabled people in such contexts might be improved by engaging with their voices and agency. The author focuses on the lived experiences of disabled people in Burkina Faso, while situating these experiences, where necessary, in the wider national and regional contexts. She explores development agencies interventions with disabled people and the need to re-think these practices and ideologies which are often framed within western contexts. This work will appeal to policy makers, NGOs, academics, students and researchers in the fields of development and disability studies. Read more...

          

Burkina Faso: Région de l'Est - Au moins 37 morts dans une attaque terroriste

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Burkina Faso: L'attaque d'un convoi de civils fait au moins 37 morts dans l'est du pays

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[RFI] Un autobus de la mine de Semafo, située à Boungou, dans la région de l'est, a été visé par des hommes armés le mercredi 6 novembre. Plusieurs travailleurs sont toujours portés disparus. De nombreux blessés sont pris en charge par les autorités sanitaires.
          

Sénégal: L'État envisage de mobiliser 10 milliards FCFA sur le marché des titres publics de l'UEMOA

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[Confidentiel Afrique] Opération d'émission de Bons assimilables du Trésor (BAT) auprès des investisseurs de la zone est lancée par l'État du Burkina Faso. L'opération d'une durée de 12 mois devrait être adjugée à taux d'intérêts multiples pour une valeur nominale unitaire de 1 million FCFA. Le remboursement des titres émis se fera le premier jour ouvré suivant la date d'échéance, fixée au 4 novembre 2020.
          

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Prop telephones, large sunglasses, and motorcycles appear throughout Sanlé Sory’s portraits of West African young adults, taken in the 1960s through ’80s in what is now Burkina Faso, just after the
          

Les 1ères Assises sahéliennes de la coopération décentralisée (Poitiers, 10-11.10.2019)

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En partenariat avec le ministère français de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères, les associations nationales de collectivités des cinq pays : Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Tchad et Cités Unies France, le conseil départemental de la Vienne, accueillera les 1ères Assises sahéliennes de la coopération décentralisée à Poitiers les 10 et 11 octobre 2019 au Palais du Futuroscope. Ces Assises seront l'occasion de poursuivre et consolider les partenariats, de travailler à la construction d'une « (…)
          

Viele Opfer bei Anschlag auf Minenarbeiter in Burkina Faso

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Der Konvoi aus fünf Bussen in Burkina Faso wurde von Soldaten eskortiert, als er in einen Hinterhalt geriet. Der Militärwagen an der Spitze fuhr auf einen Sprengsatz auf. Unmittelbar danach eröffneten Unbekannte das Feuer auf die Mitarbeiter der kanadischen Mine Boungou. Mindestens 37 Zivilisten wurden getötet, 60 Menschen bei dem Angriff im Osten des westafrikanischen […]
          

Dutzende Tote bei Überfall auf Goldminen-Transport in Burkina Faso

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Im westafrikanischen Burkina Faso sind am Mittwoch dutzende Menschen beim Überfall auf den Transport einer Goldmine ums Leben gekommen. Regionale Behörden sprachen von "37 zivilen Todesopfern" und 60 Verletzten. Der Betreiber, das kanadische...

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Dozens still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

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Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 and wounded 60 in the worst such attack in the West African nation for years.


          

Assessing the Feasibility of Integrating a Package of Maternal Nutrition Interventions Into Antenatal Care Services in Burkina Faso

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Conditions:   Maternal Dietary Diversity;   Iron-Folic Acid Supplementation;   Early Initiation of Breastfeeding
Interventions:   Behavioral: Health Facility Level Interventions;   Behavioral: Community Level Interventions;   Behavioral: Health System Level Interventions
Sponsors:   International Food Policy Research Institute;   AFRICSanté;   FHI 360
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Picture Of The Day

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 PM PST

A B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber, assigned to the 509th Bomb Wing, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, sits on the flight line, Oct 24, 2019. Consistent training and exercising validates the B-2Õs ability to respond to challenges all over the globe. (Sr. Airman Thomas Barley/Air Force)

WNU Editor: The above picture is from this photo-gallery .... Best photos of the week: Nov. 4, 2019 (Defense News).

Majority Of U.S. Voters Say President Trump Will Be Re-Elected In 2020 Despite Impeachment Process

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:16 PM PST

U.S. President Donald Trump sits for an exclusive interview with Reuters journalists in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Daily Mail: Comfortable majority of voters say Trump WILL be re-elected in 2020 despite impeachment process – including one-third of Democrats

* A new poll found that 56 percent of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020
* That includes 85 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of independents and 35 percent of Democrats, according to the Politico/Morning Consult survey
* Pollsters found that voters believed that Trump's voters were twice as likely than Hillary Clinton's to be 'very motivated' to go vote
* Another poll found that the percentage of voters who believe Trump should win re-election hasn't significantly changed since the impeachment inquiry opened

A majority of registered voters believe President Trump will win again in 2020.

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll found that 56 percent of all voters said Trump will be re-elected next year. The president obviously has an edge with Republicans, with 85 percent saying a Trump 2.0 is happening.

But a majority of independents - 51 percent - agreed. Even a third of Democrats, 35 percent, said they believed there would be four more years of President Trump.

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WNU Editor: He will be difficult to defeat. President Trump has the advantage of the incumbency and the bully-pulpit. The economy is also doing well, and his base overwhelmingly supports him. The Democrat candidates for President are also not inspiring, and I have trouble seeing them being able to attract independent voters. But the election is still far away. A lot can happen in 12 months.

Should CIA Director Gina Haspel Protect The Ukraine Whistleblower From President Trump?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:10 PM PST

CIA Director Gina Haspel is sworn by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as President Donald Trump looks on and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds the bible during ceremonies at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, U.S. May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque © Reuters

NBC: Intel officials want CIA Director Gina Haspel to protect Ukraine whistleblower from Trump

As Trump allies denounce the whistleblower, pressure is building on CIA Director Gina Haspel to take a stand, say current and ex intelligence officials.

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump and his allies continue to denounce the CIA whistleblower whose complaint led to an impeachment investigation, pressure is building on the spy agency's director, Gina Haspel, to take a stand on the matter, current and former intelligence officials tell NBC News.

"It will be incumbent on her to protect the whistleblower — and by extension, the organization — moving forward," Marc Polymeropoulos, a recently retired CIA officer who oversaw operations in Europe and Russia, said in an interview. "This is a seminal moment for her leadership, and I'm confident she will do the right thing."

So far, Haspel has been publicly silent as Trump has railed about the whistleblower, a CIA analyst, on Twitter. So has the director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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WNU Editor: There is a problem with this "CIA analyst". He was removed from the White House for lying and leaking. He is implicated in filing a complaint against President Trump and Ukraine that has led to this impeachment inquiry, even though his complaint is at odds with the transcript that was released. He is a well known Democrat activist who is closely affiliated with former Obama intelligence officials whose opposition to President Trump is well known. Bottom line. This is a person who has used his CIA position to pursue a political agenda against the President and his policies. In this context, this is someone that I am sure CIA Director Gina Haspel does not want to step in and defend.

Democrats' 'Star Impeachment Witness' Admits He Was Not On The Trump-Ukraine Call, And That His Sole Source Of Information Was From The NY Times

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:17 PM PST


Zero Hedge: Democrats' 'Star Witness' Admits He Wasn't On Trump-Ukraine Call, Sole Source Was NY Times

House Democrats have released the latest in the series of heavily-redacted transcripts of the secret hearings they had undertaken in recent weeks - that of Bill Taylor - the top US diplomat in Ukraine - ahead of his public testimony next week.

As The Hill notes, Taylor is viewed as a key witness who previously testified in meticulous detail about what he considered an effort by Trump and his allies to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations that would benefit Trump politically.

In leaked copies of his 15-page opening statement, Taylor voiced concerns that the Trump administration had withheld nearly $400 million in aid as leverage to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open investigations into interference in the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his leading 2020 political rivals.

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WNU Editor: When you listen to the main stream media they are saying that Ambassador Bill Taylor is a critical witness to President Trump's demand for a quid-pro-quo from the Ukraine government on military aid and an investigation on the Bidens .... Why William Taylor's testimony is central to the impeachment inquiry (PBS). But when you read his transcript .... READ: Testimony Of William Taylor, Acting U.S. Envoy To Ukraine (NPR), the story is very different where he admits that his source of information comes SOLELY from the New York Times?!?!?! You gotta be kidding me. His sole source of information that he is basing his testimony on is from the New York Times?!?!?! It is not surprising that the main stream media is ignoring this critical admission. Kudos to the above post from Zero Hedge and The Federalist .... Testimony Transcript Shows William Taylor Never Talked To Trump, Wasn't Even On July 25 Phone Call (The Federalist) for their summary and analysis on Bill Taylor's testimony. As for the Democrats hoping that he will be their "star witness" next week, my advice to them is that they find a better witness.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 08:47 PM PST



CNBC: Justice Department charges two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia

* The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
* The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses.

The Department of Justice on Wednesday charged two former Twitter employees for spying on users on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

The charges allege that Ali Alzabarah and Ahmad Abouammo used their employee credentials to access information about specific Twitter users, including their email addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and internet protocol addresses. A third individual, Ahmed Almutairi, was also charged for acting as an intermediary between the Twitter employees and the Saudi government, the Justice Department said.

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More News On Saudi Arabia Recruiting Twitter Workers To Spy On Critics Of Saudi Regime

US: Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on users -- AP
Two former Twitter employees accused of spying for Saudi Arabia -- Euronews/Reuters
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia -- The Hill
Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. charges -- NBC
Twitter employees recruited by Saudi Arabia to spy on kingdom's critics, US prosecutors say -- The Independent
Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudi Arabia by digging into the accounts of kingdom critics -- The Washington Post
Three charged in US with spying on Twitter users for Saudi Arabia -- Twitter

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 04:00 PM PST

Jesse Barajas searches for the remains of his brother José, who was was dragged from his ranch on 8 April 2019 and has not been seen since, last month near the town of Tecate. Photograph: Emilio Espejel/The Guardian

Tom Phillips, The Guardian: 'The disappeared': searching for 40,000 missing victims of Mexico's drug wars

José Barajas, who was snatched from his home, joins the ever-swelling ranks of thousands of desaparecidos, victims of the drug conflict that shows no sign of easing

As he set off into the wilderness under a punishing midday sun, Jesse Barajas clutched an orange-handled machete and the dream of finding his little brother, José.

"He's not alive, no. They don't leave people alive," the 62-year-old said as he slalomed through the parched scrubland of tumbleweed and cacti where they had played as kids. "Once they take someone they don't let you live."

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- November 6, 2019

Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area -- Peter Orsi and Maria Verza, AP

The epic struggle behind Iraq's protests -- CSM Editorial

A Month of Anti-government Protests in Iraq -- Alan Taylor, The Atlantic

As US dithers over human rights, China opens its arms to Prabowo Subianto, the Indonesian defence minister with a chequered past - Amy Chew, SCMP

From Singapore to Sweden, China's overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing -- Drew Thompson, SCMP

New Silk Road money is paving the Old Silk Roads -- Alexander Kruglov, Asia Times

Why India pulled out of the RCEP free trade deal -- Rahul Mishra, DW

Why is India's pollution much worse than China's? -- BBC

One year to go for Tanzania's President Magufuli and the reviews are mixed -- Cristina Krippahl, DW

Study: Russia's web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators -- Tami Abdollah, AP

UK election campaign: Who wants what on EU issues? -- Rob Mudge, DW

Explainer: Chile's constitutional conundrum - To change or not to change? -- Natalia A. Ramos Miranda, Reuters

Revisiting the End of the Cold War -- John Lewis Gaddis & Elmira Bayrasli, Project Syndicate

Why Are So Many Countries Witnessing Mass Protests? -- The Economist

World News Briefs -- November 6, 2019

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:36 PM PST

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

Reuters: Iran fuels centrifuges, resumes uranium enrichment at Fordow

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, the country's Atomic Energy Organisation (AEOI) said on Thursday, further stepping away from its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.

The agreement bans enrichment and nuclear material from Fordow. But with feedstock gas entering its centrifuges, the facility, built inside a mountain, will move from the permitted status of research plant to being an active nuclear site.

"After all successful preparations ... injection of uranium gas to centrifuges started on Thursday at Fordow ... all the process has been supervised by the inspectors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog," the AEOI said in a statement, Iranian media reported

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MIDDLE EAST

Turkey's Erdogan speaks with Trump, to visit Washington next week.

Houthis fire missiles at Yemen's Mokha port, military coalition says.

Iraqi security forces break up protests in Battle of the Bridges.

Civilian deaths as Idlib hospital struck by Russian air raids.

Turkey says Kurdish fighters still remain in safe zone near Syrian border.

Iran begins process of fuelling centrifuges at Fordow.

Riyadh has 'open channel' with Yemen rebels: Saudi official. Riyadh in talks with Yemen rebels, Saudi official says.

Lebanon protesters seek to shut down key state institutions.

World Bank urges Lebanon to form govt, warns of recession.

Jordan police arrest man after stabbing attack at popular tourist site.

ASIA

China urges re-elected Canadian government to free Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Over a dozen killed in attack in Thailand's Yala province. 15 defense volunteers killed in Thailand attack. 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south.

Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack. ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost.

Two suspected suicide bombers from Egypt killed in Philippines.

Hong Kong protesters don Guy Fawkes masks to mark month since mask ban. Water cannons deployed in Tsim Sha Tsui as Hong Kong protesters wearing 'V for Vendetta' masks test new 'flash mob' tactic of assembling at short notice.

Pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho stabbed in Hong Kong.

Facebook video shows PNG police kicking, hitting and stomping on group of men.

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy announces Saturday return.

South Korea promotes DMZ 'peace zone' with new video.

AFRICA

At least 37 killed in attack on Canadian miner Semafo convoy in Burkina Faso.

Water crisis builds in Egypt as dam talks falter, temperatures rise.

France says its troops killed a leading jihadist in the Sahel.

10 civilians killed in militia attack in eastern DRCongo.

Sudan rebels insist new parliament be formed only after peace deal.

UN calls for action as Somalia floods affect 200,0000 children.

US Nile talks 'not a negotiation', says Ethiopia.

Two killed in strike on Libya police station: ministry.

Libya migrant attack: UN investigators suspect foreign jet bombed centre.

Mozambique detains elite police chief over election observer's murder.

EUROPE

Mike Pompeo carries divisive US messages to Germany.

Sweden charges man with spying on Iranian exiles.

Johnson tries to shake off rocky start as UK election begins.

PM's election campaign launch marred by gaffe, resignation and doctored video.

Spain's far-right Vox surges in wake of Catalan independence protests.

Local German conservatives cause uproar with call for talks with far right.

Putin: New weapons will offer Russia reliable protection.

EU urges faster Greece vetting of migrants as arrivals soar.

Hungarian mayor resigns after yacht orgy video.

Netherlands: '4,000 schools shut' in teacher strike.

Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools.

AMERICAS

Exclusive: Brazil likely to vote with U.S. against Cuba at U.N. over embargo.

US Diplomat had 'clear understanding' of Ukraine quid pro quo.

McConnell says Senate would acquit Trump if trial held today.

Democrats win control of Virginia Legislature. Democrat declares upset victory in Kentucky governor race.

Heavily armed hitman of rival El Chapo cartel is arrested over Mormon massacre after a stand-off at the US border where he held two HOSTAGES as heartbreaking photos show devastated relatives visiting the scene of the massacre.

Mexico ambush: Boy, 13, walked 23km for help after gun attack.

United States sanctions 5 Venezuelan officials.

Chile: president promotes minimum wage hike to quell unrest.

Chile's Pinera resists call to resign over protests.

Chilean protest footage captures police officers on fire after molotov cocktail explosion.

Thousands of Bolivians march over disputed election.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Pakistan failed to stop terror groups from recruiting & raising funds, US report сlaims.

German man fighting for Kurds killed in Syria.

Turkey captured al-Baghdadi's wife and didn't make fuss like US – Erdogan.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Wall St. ends near flat; healthcare shares gain but trade deal delay weighs.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump's US.

Xi Jinping's Brazil trip 'may be too soon' for China to sign partial US trade war deal.

Macron in China: Xi hails $15 billion trade contracts as 'strong signal of free trade'.

Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk socks are tipped to sell for over $1MILLION at auction... more than a decade on from his passing.

Israel Expects To Be Engaged In A Major War Very Soon

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:01 PM PST

Ali Hashisho / Reuters

Michael Oren, The Atlantic: The Coming Middle East Conflagration

Israel is bracing itself for war with Iranian proxies, as Tehran escalates its provocations. But what will the United States do if conflict comes?

The senior ministers of the Israeli government met twice last week to discuss the possibility of open war with Iran. They were mindful of the Iranian plan for a drone attack from Syria in August, aborted at the last minute by an Israeli air strike, as well as Iran's need to deflect attention from the mass protests against Hezbollah's rule in Lebanon. The ministers also reviewed the recent attack by Iranian drones and cruise missiles on two Saudi oil installations, reportedly concluding that a similar assault could be mounted against Israel from Iraq.

The Israel Defense Forces, meanwhile, announced the adoption of an emergency plan, code-named Momentum, to significantly expand Israel's missile defense capacity, its ability to gather intelligence on embedded enemy targets, and its soldiers' preparation for urban warfare. Israeli troops, especially in the north, have been placed on war footing. Israel is girding for the worst and acting on the assumption that fighting could break out at any time.

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WNU Editor: The Syrian conflict, unrest in Iraq, and the Yemen war is where the focus in the Middle East is right now. Another Hezbollah - Israel and/or Hamas - Israel war is not on people's radar.

Media Upset That Trump's Son Tweets Name Of Alleged Whistleblower Even Though His Name Was Revealed Last Week

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:00 PM PST


AFP: Impeachment: Trump's son tweets name of alleged whistleblower

Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump's son published on Wednesday the name of the alleged anonymous whistleblower whose complaint fired the impeachment inquiry against Trump, breaking strict conventions for protecting officials who reveal wrongdoing in government.

Amid calls by the president himself to expose the whistleblower, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted the name of a CIA analyst which has circulated online for weeks, and linked to a Breitbart news article implying the person was pro-Democrat and anti-Trump.

AFP could not independently verify the whistleblower's identity and is not publishing the name.

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WNU Editor: This is actually old news. The identity of the "whistle-blower" was revealed last week .... The Identity Of The Anonymous 'Whistleblower' Who Triggered Impeachment Proceedings Against President Trump Is Suspected To Be A Well Known Democrat Activist (October 31, 2019). A picture of the "whistle-blower" is below.

Special Operations Air Force Member Goes Missing During Training Jump Over Gulf Of Mexico

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:40 PM PST

The airman was a part of the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in in Okaloosa County, Florida. He disappeared four miles south of the field over the Gulf of Mexico

Daily Mail: Desperate search launched for airman who fell out of Special Operations military plane 1,500 feet over the Gulf of Mexico and was last seen treading water after deploying his parachute

* A search is underway for a staff sergeant in training who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday afternoon during a training exercise
* The unidentified Air Force airman was from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida
* He exited a C-130 four engine aircraft around 1.45pm from a height of 1,500 feet
* He deployed his parachute and was last seen treading water in the Gulf, approximately four miles south of Hurlburt Field
* As the aircraft turned to retrieve the man, crewmen lost sight of him
* Several vessels, three Air Force aircraft were deployed in the search
* The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Coast Guard are also on the scene

A desperate search is underway for a missing airman who disappeared into the Gulf of Mexico after suffering a parachute-jump mishap while exiting a Special Operations military plane.

The unidentified Air Force airman from the 24th Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field was exiting a C-130 four-engine aircraft over the Gulf of Mexico during a training exercise around 1.45pm Tuesday when he suddenly vanished into the water below.

'The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field,' a report from the Air Force Times said.

The Coast Guard said the airman was a staff sergeant in training and fell out of the aircraft at 1,500 feet, according to WEAR.

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More News On A Special Operations Air Force Member Going Missing During A Training Jump Over The Gulf Of Mexico

Special tactics airman missing in Gulf of Mexico; search underway -- Air Force Times
Airman who fell from plane above Gulf of Mexico still missing -- NBC
Mobile area Coast Guard continue search for airman who fell from plane into Gulf of Mexico -- Al.com
Air Force member goes missing during training jump over Gulf of Mexico -- CBS
Airman fell from C-130 military aircraft while training over the Gulf of Mexico -- Defence-Blog
Coast Guard, Air Force, local agencies searching for a airman in the water near Destin -- FOX 10

ISIS Launched A Failed Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:00 AM PST


DW: Tajikistan: 17 killed in border outpost attack

Twenty masked gunmen launched a failed attack on a Tajik outpost on the border with Uzbekistan. The rare attack was quashed when border forces launched a counter operation and killed most of the raiders.

At least 17 people were killed in an overnight raid by armed men on an outpost on the border between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, Tajik authorities said on Wednesday.

"An armed group of 20 unknown masked individuals attacked a border outpost … using firearms," said Tajikistan's national security committee, according to Russian state-run news agency TASS.

Tajikistan's border forces said the assailants were members of the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group in Afghanistan.

At least five of the gunmen were detained and later provided critical intelligence during interrogations, authorities said.

Read more ....

WNU Editor: I agree with this analysis .... Reported Attack In Tajikistan Could Have Broad Implications For Central Asia (RFE).

More News On Today's ISIS Attack On A Tajikistan Border Outpost With Uzbekistan

Many dead in Tajikistan 'firefight with IS' -- BBC
Fifteen IS jihadists killed in Tajikistan border attack -- AFP
Tajikistan: 17 killed in attack on border checkpoint -- Eurasianet
ISIL blamed for deadly attack on Tajik border outpost -- Al Jazeera

World Leaders Warn Iran To Stick To Nuclear Deal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:24 AM PST



ABC News Online: World leaders warn Iran to stick to nuclear deal, as it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges

World leaders have called on Iran to fulfil the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, after it begins injecting uranium gas into centrifuges at its underground Fordow nuclear facility.

Iran has begun to further distance itself from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that curbed its atomic work, local media reported on Wednesday (local time).

The deal bans nuclear material from Fordow and, with the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, the facility will move from its permitted status of research plant to become an active nuclear site.

Read more ....

WNU Editor: Aside from their rhetoric that everything is still OK .... Long way before JCPOA collapses, says Rouhani's chief of staff (MEHR News Agency), the Iranians are becoming more and more nervous .... Exclusive: Iran briefly held IAEA inspector, seized travel documents - diplomats (Reuters).

          

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Fires Are Ravaging Brazil’s Pantanal, the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:38 PM PST

(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing.

The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region.

The Pantanal, which sprawls over parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a popular ecotourism destination considered one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. During the wet season, rivers overflow their banks and make most of the region accessible only by boat and plane. In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman.

But this year’s dry season has extended much longer than usual.

“Any spark in this area these days of high temperatures and very low humidity will start fires like those we’ve seen in recent days,” Júlio Cesar Sampaio, chief of WWF Brasil’s Cerrado Pantanal program, said by phone. “Only rain will decrease the risk of fire.”

Rescue efforts have so far found burned remains of caimans, iguanas and snakes. SOS Pantanal, a local group, reported that hyacinth macaws, a vulnerable species, lost much of their primary food source as coconut and palm trees went up in flames, and the blue-and-yellow birds have been seen flying about aimlessly.

Between January and November, the area had 516% more fires than the same period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research.

While there have been more fires in the Amazon, they have been dispersed across an area roughly half the size of the United States. The blazes in the Pantanal, by contrast, are concentrated in Corumba, a municipality in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Corumba has had about twice as many fires as the worst-affected municipalities in the Amazon.

“There is no precedent for a fire of this scale,” said Angelo Rabelo, president of the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, an environmental group based in Corumba.

Fires in the Pantanal this time of year are abnormal because heavy rains usually start in October. Rabelo said waters in the rivers and wetlands drained much faster this year. The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low.

“Climate change is here,” he said.

With little precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, fires are spreading fast through the low vegetation, authorities say.

The Mato Grosso do Sul state government said in a press release that the fires are “of a proportion never-before registered” and that the causes were both the dry conditions and “criminal activity.”

Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Such burning is particularly common among cattle ranchers, who use fire rather than costly equipment to prepare pastures.

Fires in the Pantanal this year have been overshadowed by the months-long period of blazes seen in the Amazon region. The governor of Mato Grosso do Sul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 after over 10,000 square kilometers (nearly 3,900 square miles) burned in the previous five weeks in the state’s portion of the Amazon.

The Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group, released a report Wednesday saying the Pantanal destruction in September and October hit the area’s biggest center for hyacinth macaw reproduction and also came in the middle of mating season. Of 98 nests monitored, at least four baby birds died, their nostrils clogged with soot.

The fires have only worsened since, and still the rain hasn’t fallen.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years,” said Waldemir Moreira, who runs the state fire department’s environmental protection unit. “We’ve certainly had fires before, but it’s much more serious now. We want the world to pay attention to our Pantanal, too.”

Northern Mexico Town Prepares Funerals After Nine Americans Were Killed in Drug Cartel Violence

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST

(LA MORA, Mexico) — Under a strong security presence, this remote farming community prepared to hold the first funerals Thursday for some of the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen.

Dozens of high-riding pickups and SUVS, many with U.S. license plates from as far away as North Dakota, bumped across dirt and rock roads over desert, arid grasslands and pine-covered mountains Wednesday as night fell on this community of about 300 people. Many of the residents are dual U.S. and Mexican citizens who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At least 1,000 visitors were expected to bunk down in the hamlet overnight ahead of Thursday’s funerals, filling floor space in the 30 or so homes or sleeping in tents they brought with them. At least one cow was slaughtered to help feed the masses, as well as the few dozen Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to La Mora.

Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expected the killings to have a “major” impact on the community. Once upon a time he didn’t think about moving around the area in the middle of night, but in the last 10 to 15 years things “got worse and worse and worse.” As many as half of the residents could move away, he feared.

“It was a massacre, 100% a massacre,” said Langford, whose sister Christina Langford was one of the women killed. “I don’t know how it squares with the conscience of someone to do something so horrible.”

When gunmen opened fire on them Monday, the Mexican army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

To many, the bloodshed seemed to demonstrate once more that the government has lost control over vast areas of Mexico to drug traffickers.

“The country is suffering very much from violence,” said William Stubbs, a pecan and alfalfa farmer who serves on a community security committee in the American-dominated hamlet of Colonia LeBaron. “You see it all over. And it ain’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

Stubbs said that after the 2009 killing of anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, residents positioned themselves each night for two years with high-powered binoculars to keep watch from the large “L” for “LeBaron” that stands on a hillside above the town.

Since then, he said, the cartels have left Le Baron and the town of Galeana a few kilometers to the north alone. But he said they have watched the cartels get stronger in the past two decades, with nearby communities in the mountains suffering from violence and extortion.

This week, he said, the military told him that the town of Zaragoza had been about 50% abandoned.

The army’s chief of staff, Gen. Homero Mendoza, said Wednesday the attack that killed three American mothers and six of their children started at 9:40 a.m. Monday, but the nearest army units were in the border city of Agua Prieta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) and 3½ hours away.

Soldiers didn’t start out for the scene until 2:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until 6:15 p.m. — even while five surviving children lay hiding in the mountains with bullet wounds.

“There are areas where the government’s control is very fragile,” said Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

“The government’s main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be,” Hope said. “It should be in the mountains, and it’s not there.”

He noted that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles (420,000 square kilometers) between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard agents stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

Questions have also arisen over whether the army can do its job even when it is present. On Oct. 17, in Sinaloa state, soldiers were forced to release the captured son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to avoid further bloodshed after Sinaloa cartel gunmen counterattacked in greater numbers in the city of Culiacan.

Colonia Le Baron is a place where the U.S. influence is evident everywhere: pickup trucks with license plates from California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and English-speaking customers eating hamburgers at Ray’s Restaurant, Coffee & Grill. Many of the dual citizens were born here, and their families have been here for decades.

Stubbs predicted that some people will move their families to the United States out of fear but will ultimately come back, as happened after the 2009 killing.

He dismissed López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

“I’m really shocked actually of his way of thinking, and it ain’t going to solve the problems,” Stubbs said.

Residents know they can’t fight the cartels on their own.

“We’re not experts in military and war and weapons,” Stubbs said. “We’re farmers, and we have great families and big families, and we definitely want our families to be peaceful.”

Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” are fighting a vicious turf war against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”

“Those who attacked the occupants (of the vehicles), they let the children go, so we can deduce that it was not a targeted attack” on the families, said Mendoza, the army chief of staff.

Most of the victims lived in La Mora, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many in the hamlet are related to the extended LeBaron family.

The killers were believed to be from La Linea, whose gunmen entered Sinaloa cartel territory the previous day and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop near La Mora and an ambush farther up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to prevent Sinaloa gunmen from entering their territory in Chihuahua state.

On Wednesday dozens of army soldiers, federal and state police and National Guard troops provided security along the bumpy route from Chihuahua state to La Mora, in neighboring Sonora, retracing in reverse the route the victims were on when they were ambushed. People in the caravan clapped the agents on the back in thanks and gave them food, bottles of water and baseball caps.

Langford said he and others come and go frequently between La Mora and the United States, working north of the border to build lives and families in a place he described as a “paradise” for children to grow up. Behind the lot where he and his wife raised 11 kids, they are fond of fishing and swimming.

“We’ve always known the dangers. We’ve seen the people doing their deal. We always had the policy, ‘We don’t bother them.’ We never dreamed something like this could happen,” said Langford. “Now this place is going to become a ghost town. A lot of people are going to leave.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Shakes Off a Rocky Start to the Elections

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:41 PM PST

(LONDON) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party’s election campaign.

Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day of Britain’s five-week campaign, Johnson said the political impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union made him want to “chew my own tie in frustration.”

“I don’t want an early election, and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we have got to the stage where we have no choice,” he said.

Johnson, trying to set the stage for a people-versus-Parliament campaign, said lawmakers were “refusing time and again to deliver Brexit and honor the result of the referendum.”

In fact, lawmakers approved Johnson’s EU divorce deal in principle last month, but asked for more time to scrutinize it. Johnson then withdrew the bill and pushed for an early election instead.

Johnson also slammed his main rival, left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, comparing him to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and — erroneously — claiming he had sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the Dec. 12 election, which is coming more than two years early. Some 46 million British voters are eligible to take part in the country’s first December election in 96 years.

Johnson urged voters to deliver a Conservative majority so Britain could “put uncertainty behind us.” With that support, Johnson vowed he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit deal and the country would leave the EU as scheduled on Jan. 31.

Brexit was supposed to happen on Oct. 31, but with Britain’s politicians deadlocked, the bloc granted the U.K. a three-month delay.

While unofficial campaigning has been ramping up for weeks, the campaign formally began when Parliament was dissolved Wednesday. Johnson went to Buckingham Palace to notify Queen Elizabeth II of the dissolution before unveiling the party’s election slogan — “Get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential” — at a rally in the central England city of Birmingham.

The Conservative campaign has had a bumpy start. Just minutes before Johnson spoke Wednesday, Cabinet Minister Alun Cairns resigned over allegations about a former aide’s role in a rape trial.

Cairns said he was quitting as Welsh secretary because of “speculation” surrounding the “very sensitive matter,” which is under investigation. He said he was confident he would be cleared of wrongdoing.

Cairns denies allegations that he knew his former staffer Ross England made claims about a victim’s sexual history when he was a witness in a 2018 rape trial. That is not allowed, and the trial collapsed. The judge accused England of deliberately sabotaging the trial. Cairns later endorsed England as a candidate for an upcoming Welsh Assembly election.

On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help.

The comments drew sharp rebukes from opposition politicians — and from rap star Stormzy, who urged the Conservative lawmaker to resign and tweeted: “These politicians are actual aliens.”

The Conservatives were also criticized for posting a doctored video of a senior Labour figure on Twitter that appeared to show him failing to answer a question, when in fact he did. Conservative Party chair James Cleverly claimed Wednesday the ad was just “a lighthearted satirical video.”

In another over-the-top political insult, Johnson used a column in the Daily Telegraph to accuse the Labour Party under Corbyn of attacking the rich “with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” the wealthier peasants targeted by the Soviet regime in the 1930s.

In his Downing Street speech, Johnson also claimed inaccurately that Corbyn had “sided with Putin” after a former Russian spy and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Corbyn initially asked for “incontrovertible evidence” that Moscow was behind the 2018 attack, as Britain’s Conservative government had insisted. He later said he believed Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

Other parties in the race include the Liberal Democrats, who want to cancel Brexit; the Scottish National Party, which opposes Brexit and wants Scotland to leave the U.K.; and the Brexit Party, which says Britain should leave the bloc without a deal.

The Labour Party has its own woes, with many of the party’s lawmakers uneasy about Corbyn’s firm left-wing views and ambivalence over the EU. On Wednesday, deputy leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced that he was stepping down from politics.

Watson acknowledged his “political differences” with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political.

Labour wants to shift the election debate away from Brexit and onto domestic issues such as health care, the environment and social welfare, saying it will reverse Britain’s increasing social inequality.

Corbyn has labelled Johnson’s economic plans “Thatcherism on steroids,” in reference to the free-market, low-spending ideology of the late former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“I don’t do personal attacks,” Corbyn told supporters in Telford, central England. He said, if elected, he would be “a very different kind of prime minister.”

“I was not born to rule,” Corbyn said, contrasting himself with the affluent, Oxford University-educated Johnson. “I don’t pursue the kind of politics that thinks it’s all a game, a parlor game, a debating society game.”

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:09 PM PST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

Col. Saidou Sanou, the region’s governor, gave the provisional casualty toll in a statement. The mining company said only that it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

“Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

The area has become increasingly precarious for Semafo, which operates two gold mines in Burkina Faso. Last year, an employee and subcontractor were killed when a bus was targeted by bandits, according to Canadian Press. Later last year, five members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

The violence underscores the rapidly deteriorating security situation in once peaceful Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by jihadists who have been active for years in neighboring Mali. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists have staged dozens of attacks on churches and public officials across the north of Burkina Faso the last few years.

Concerted military actions by five regional countries, along with a French operation, have failed to stem the growing violence.

The country, which experienced its first major extremist attack in 2015, is a gateway south into coastal West Africa, and regional leaders worry the extremists could be moving into Togo and Benin.

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Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:07 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents. He was expected to make his initial court appearance in Seattle federal court Wednesday afternoon.

That same year, investigators alleged that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family, recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington, D.C., for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

“Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization private data of Twitter users en masse,” the complaint said.

The effort included the user data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter, investigators said.

After being confronted by his supervisors at Twitter, Alzabarah allegedly admitted to accessing user data and said he did it out of curiosity.

Alzabarah was placed on administrative leave, his work-owned laptop was seized and he was escorted out of the office. The next day, he flew to Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter and has not returned to the United States, investigators said. A warrant for his arrest was issued as part of the complaint.

False Alarm Triggers Hijacking Protocol at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Airline Says

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:48 PM PST

Passengers and crew on board a plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were reported safe after Dutch police began investigating a “suspicious situation” on Wednesday.

A tweet from the official Schiphol airport’s account said the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police, is looking into the situation on board of a plane at the airport. The police’s official Twitter account also confirmed the investigation.

Details about what police were investigating on the plane were not immediately available.

About an hour after announcing the start of the investigation, police and airport officials said the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. The investigation on the plane continues, they said.

The airline Air Europa said Wednesday afternoon that a false alarm prompted the investigation. A warning that “triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport” was activated by mistake on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid, according to a tweet from the airline.

Air Europa noted in a followup tweet that its flight to Madrid would take off shortly. Schiphol airport said later Wednesday afternoon that regular operations had resumed at the airport.

Schiphol airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs, with more than 70 million passengers passing through each year.

 

The ‘OK Boomer’ Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:20 AM PST

The decisive rise of the “OK Boomer” meme continues.

On Monday, an MP from New Zealand’s Green Party, 25-year-old Chlöe Swarbrick, delivered a speech in support of a Zero Carbon Bill, which would provide a framework to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a new Climate Change Commission. The government’s previous plan to limit greenhouse gases has been criticized by climate activists as insufficient.

“Mr. Speaker, how many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep [climate change] behind closed doors?” she asked. “My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”

Read more: Why TIME Devoted an Entire Issue to Climate Change

“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old… yet, right now, the average of this 52nd Parliament is 49-years old,” she continued. In response, another MP began to heckle her.

“OK boomer,” Swarbrick shot back.

Not sure what she’s referring to? The phrase “OK boomer” comes from a viral meme that originated on the social media site TikTok. The videos usually include an audio clip of an older man saying, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” Teens then include their reactions, always a variation on the phrase “OK Boomer.”

The phrase has taken off across the Internet and beyond, and become a common retort used by young people when confronting condescension from older people, usually those of the Baby Boomer generation.

 

In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick explained her use of the phrase: It’s a “simple summarisation of collective exhaustion,” she said. “Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to ‘pull our socks up,’ or something.”

“‘OK boomer’ acknowledges that you cannot win a deeply polarized debate — facts don’t matter,” she continued. “It’s better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere.”

Hungarian Mayor Resigns Amid ‘Yacht Orgy’ Scandal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:36 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — The mayor of western Hungary’s largest city, who was re-elected despite the publication of a video showing him participating in an orgy on a luxury yacht, has resigned less than a month after winning a fourth term.

Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor and a 1988 Olympic champion gymnast, said in an open letter on Wednesday that he was stepping down because of his “moral predicament.” His resignation is effective Friday. Under pressure, Borkai had already quit Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party last month.

Hungary’s opposition had seized on the Borkai scandal during the campaign for nationwide municipal elections as evidence of moral decay under Orban’s nine-year rule. The video was widely seen as having helped tip close races in favor of a united opposition, including in Budapest, and deal the Hungarian leader his worst electoral setback in more than a decade.

Child Survivors of Mexico Ambush Hid in Brush, Walked as Much as 14 Miles for Help

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:25 AM PST

(GALEANA, Mexico) — The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

In a testament to a mother’s devotion, one woman reportedly stashed her baby on the floor of her Suburban and got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn’t a threat. She may have moved away from the vehicle to distract their attention; her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 yards (meters) away from the SUV.

The mother was one of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children all living in northern Mexico — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Mexican officials said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

The five wounded children were seriously enough injured that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer. Three other children who were not wounded are in the care of family members in the tiny hamlet of La Mora in northern Mexico.

But what the children went through in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state is nearly indescribable.

Kendra Miller, a relative, said in an account of the shootings that Devin Blake Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) back to La Mora for help.

“After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” according to the account. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1:00 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.

In recordings of calls between the rescuers, they can be heard debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or wait for an hour or two until Mexican army troops arrived. It was an agonizing decision.

What they saw when they found the children was terrifying.

Cody Greyson Langford, 8, had been shot in the jaw and bled profusely. Another girl had been shot in the foot and the back.

The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — “The Line” — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road into Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that the American mothers and their three vehicles drove into.

It was only after the first vehicle was shot up and set afire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel gunmen showed up to see what had happened.

But it isn’t the cruelty of the cartel, but the bravery, innocence and sacrifice of the victims that relatives want remembered.

Austin Cloes, a relative of the victims, said from his home in Salt Lake City that they were good people who loved their children and enjoyed their quiet lives based around a successful pecan farming operation.

“This sort of thing shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Cloes, who works with at-risk youth and coaches high school basketball. “And these sorts of people shouldn’t just be buried without their names being put out there. These are great people.”

The dead in the attacks included a mother, her 8-month-old twins, her 10-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son. Another mother lay dead in the front seat of another Suburban, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and 2.

The victims lived in Sonora state, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona, in the hamlet of La Mora, which was founded decades ago by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with any church.

A number of such American farming communities are clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. Many members were born in Mexico and have dual citizenship. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

The victims had set out to visit relatives in Chihuahua. One woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

While a drug-related violence has been raging for years in Mexico, the attack underscored the way cartel gunmen have become increasingly unconcerned about killing children as collateral damage. In August in Chihuahua state, cartel gunmen fired 123 bullets at a man and also killed three girls, ages 4, 13 and 14. In June, a young boy was killed along with his father in Sonora state. In July, a 10-year-old was killed during a robbery in Puebla state.

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested, but it was unclear whether the person had taken part in the ambush.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

The suspect, whose gender was not specified in the statement, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as various large vehicles including a bullet-proofed SUV, the agency said.

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AP Writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

Buckingham Palace Says Queen Elizabeth’s New Clothes Will No Longer Feature Real Fur

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 05:13 AM PST

(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.

The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.

Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.


          

At least 37 killed, more than 60 wounded in attack on mine convoy in Burkina Faso

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Issued on: 06/11/2019 – 22:02 An attack on a convoy transporting local employees of Canadian mining company Semafo in Burkina Faso left 37 people dead and 60 wounded on Wednesday, a regional governor said. Advertising Read more Saidou Sanou, the governor of Est Region, said in a statement that the ambush by "unidentified armed individuals" took place on Wednesday morning. The attack took place between Semafos Fada and Boungou mine sites, about 40 kilometres from Boungou, the company said in a statement. The five buses were being escorted by the military when they were ambushed, resulting in “several fatalities and injuries,” the company added. Few details were immediately available. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the on-going safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers,” Semafo said, while offering condolences to the families of the victims. The mine itself, it added, remains secured and its operations have not been affected. Semafo operates two mines in the West African country, which is battling a jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives. This was the third deadly attack suffered by Semafo in 15 months. Two others in August 2018 also targeted vehicles travelling to its mines, and a police vehicle was attacked on the same road between the city of Fada and the Bongou gold mine last December. 'Armed bandits' The company blamed “armed bandits” for last years attacks, and subsequently reinforced its armed escorts. Burkina Faso is Read More – Source
          

Burkina : 37 morts dans l'attaque du convoi d'une société minière canadienne

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Une embuscade contre un convoi transportant des employés de la société minière canadienne Semafo au Burkina Faso a fait mercredi 37 morts et 60 blessés, a annoncé dans un communiqué le gouverneur de la région de l'Est, le colonel Saidou Sanou.
          

UPDATE: At Least 37 Dead, 60 Injured In Ambush Attack On Canadian Gold Miner Convoy In Burkina Faso, IED’s Pre-Planted [ISIS $?]

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Burkina Fasossa 37 kaivos­työläistä kuoli tuntemattomien hyökkääjien iskussa

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Burkina Faso, attaccato convoglio di una società canadese: 37 morti e 60 feriti

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ROMA – Un attacco contro un convoglio di personale locale della società mineraria canadese Semafo in Burkina Faso ha provocato almeno 37 morti e 60 feriti. Lo ha dichiarato in una nota il governatore della regione, il colonnello Saidou Sanou. La società mineraria Semafo inizialmente aveva riferito di “numerosi decessi e feriti”. L’attacco è stato […]

L'articolo Burkina Faso, attaccato convoglio di una società canadese: 37 morti e 60 feriti sembra essere il primo su Blitz quotidiano.


          

Ataques terroristas provocam dezenas de mortos no Burkina Faso

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29 mortos  ontem em dois ataques, um com engenho explosivo improvisado em duas localidades da província de Sanmatenga, no norte de Burkina Faso, segundo as autoridades governamentais e locais. Segundo as mesmas fontes foram ataques terroristas levados a cabo por grupo jiadistas que operam naquela região.
          

World: Education Above All Foundation, World Bank Partner to Ensure Education for Two Million Out of School Children Around the World

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Source: World Bank, Education Above All
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Kenya, Lao People's Democratic Republic (the), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, World, Zambia

WASHINGTON DC, September 20, 2019 - This week, Education Above All Foundation (EAA) and the World Bank announced a ground-breaking partnership to enrol two million out of school children from more than 40 countries by 2025. During a meeting with World Bank President David Malpass, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Founder and Chairperson of Education Above All Foundation, stressed the importance of this framework agreement.

The agreement commits up to $250 million in funding for developing countries striving to enable access to quality primary education for all of their still out-of-school children. Unlike traditional philanthropic efforts of organizations like EAA who usually fund local non-profits directly, this innovative funding model aims to take lessons learned in the field to scale, through direct support to participating countries with implementation, evaluation, and reporting - enabling accountability and systemic change at the national level.

Out of school children (OOSC) are among the hardest to reach in each country due to the many and often compounding barriers to education including extreme poverty, distance to school, and conflict. This new agreement calls on governments to utilise funds to prioritise out of school children by ensuring their access to quality primary education through results-based financing. The agreement highlights the importance of multi-stakeholder partnerships in supporting developing nations, in providing education for all, and meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4 (ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning).

"The World Bank is committed to addressing the global learning crisis. The partnership with Education Above All is critically important in this effort. There are still too many out of school children around the globe. Together we will bring these children into school and help them learn and fulfil their potential. Learning for all is a foundation for building strong human capital for every country," said Jaime Saavedra, Global Director for Education at the World Bank.

"Our partnership with Qatar and Education Above All will play an especially important role in the Middle East and North Africa," said Ferid Belhaj, World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. "As access to quality education is critical for the region to unlock the huge potential of its large youth population, whose energy and creativity could become a new source of dynamic and inclusive growth."

Through this new funding structure, EAA and The World Bank will support financing opportunities for resource mobilization, education advocacy, and poverty reduction in developing countries across three continents. Proposed targeted countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, and Zambia.

About Education Above All (EAA) Foundation

The Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global education foundation established in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. The Foundation envisions bringing hope and real opportunity to the lives of impoverished and marginalized children, youth and women, especially in the developing world and in difficult circumstances such as conflict situations and natural disasters. It believes that education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty, generating economic growth and creating peaceful and just societies, as well as a fundamental right for all children and an essential condition to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For more information, visit educationaboveall.orghttp://educationaboveall.org/.

About World Bank Group Work on Education

The World Bank Group is the largest financier of education in the developing world. We work on education programs in more than 80 countries and are committed to helping countries reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, which calls for access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. In 2018, we provided about $4.5 billion for education programs, technical assistance, and other projects designed to improve learning and provide everyone with the opportunity to get the education they need to succeed. Our current portfolio of education projects totals $17 billion, highlighting the importance of education for the achievement of our twin goals, ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.

For more information, please visit: worldbank.org/educationhttp://.worldbank.org/education educationaboveall.orghttp://www.educationaboveall.org


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update October 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

United Nations-coordinated Appeals

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.20B

FUNDING RECEIVED $11.97B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS $13.23B

COVERAGE 47.5%

PEOPLE IN NEED 135.3 M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.9 M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Global Humanitarian Funding

FUNDING RECEIVED $17.98B

UN-COORDINATED APPEALS $11.97B

OTHER FUNDING $6.01B

Global Appeal Status

  • At the end of October 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.20 billion to assist 97.9 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $11.97 billion; this amounts to 47.5 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Requirements are lower than in September 2018 due to revision of the Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP). For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $13.23 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

  • Global requirements are $1.10 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late October than at the same time in 2017.

  • On 8 October the Government of Ethiopia and humanitarian partners issued a Mid-Year Review of the HDRP. The revised plan reflects changes in the humanitarian context, and requires $1.49 billion for 2018, as opposed to the March 2018 requirement of $1.6 billion to reach some 7.88 million people in need of food or cash relief assistance and 8.49 million people with non-food assistance in the course of the year. Despite the general good performance of this year’s belg (spring) rains, the number of people targeted for relief food and cash support remains largely unchanged due to the significant spike in internal displacement since April 2018.

Security Council Briefings and High Level Missions

  • At a briefing to the Security Council on 23 October, Under-Secretary-General/Emergency Relief Coordinator (USG/ERC) Mark Lowcock called on all stakeholders to do everything possible to avert catastrophe in Yemen. In a follow up note on the humanitarian situation in Yemen of 30 October, the USG/ERC thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, Kuwait, the United Kingdom and all donors for the record amount raised for the humanitarian appeal in 2018 which had meant nearly 8 million people had received assistance across the country; more than 7 million people had received food and more than 420,000 children been treated for malnutrition; clean water, sanitation and basic hygiene support is now available to 7.4 million people and about 8 million men, women, girls and boys had benefited from health services.

  • At a Security Council briefing on the humanitarian situation in Syria on 29 October, the USG/ERC urged the Security Council and key Member States to ensure that the ceasefire holds in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib to prevent a military onslaught and overwhelming humanitarian suffering. He thanked donors for the $1.7 billion contributed so far towards the HRP for Syria, but pointed out that this HRP is currently funded at less than 50 per cent.

  • In her statement to the Security Council on 30 October, Assistant Under-Secretary-General/Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (ASG/DERC)
    Ursulla Mueller spoke of the steady decline in humanitarian funding for the Ukraine over the years and mentioned that the HRP for 2018 is funded at only 32 per cent. This is simply not enough to cover food, health care, water, sanitation and other life-saving assistance. ASG/DERC Mueller appealed to donors to increase their support for consolidating gains in anticipation of the fast-approaching winter.

  • During a joint mission to Chad and Nigeria (5-7 October) with UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner, as part of a series of country visits the two will make to advance humanitarian-development collaboration, the USG/ERC called on donors to fulfil pledges and announcements of over $2 million made in Berlin last month at the High Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region (3-4 September). He noted the importance of maintaining humanitarian response in the region as needs were still very high.

  • Following her visit to the Republic of the Philippines from 9 to 11 October, ASG/DERC Mueller announced that OCHA would continue advocating for sustained funding to address humanitarian needs of people displaced by the Marawi conflict while ensuring that support for the transition to longerterm and sustainable recovery is forthcoming.

Upcoming Event

  • The Global Humanitarian Overview 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends will be launched in the course of joint event to take place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on 4 December 2018.

Pooled Funds

  • Between January and the end of October 2018, country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of $708 million in contributions from 32 donors (including contributions through the UN Foundation). During the same period, a total of $616 million from the 18 operational funds was allocated towards 1,071 projects with 575 implementing partners. Nearly 40 per cent ($246 million) of the funds were allocated to international NGOs and some 26 per cent (approximately $160 million) to national NGOs. UN agencies received 32 per cent ($202 million) of the allocated funds and Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations received over 1 per cent (some $8 million) of all allocated funds. The largest allocations per sector went to health; food security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition; emergency shelter and NFIs.

  • Between 1 January and 31 October 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $477 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support life-saving activities in 45 countries. This includes $297.7 million from the Rapid Response Window and $179.7 million from the Underfunded Emergencies (UFE) Window. A total of $31.6 million in Rapid Response grants was approved in October in response to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, Niger and Nigeria; flooding in Laos; and the population influx from Venezuela to Brazil, Ecuador and Peru; as well as to support Government relief efforts following the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. The UFE 2018 second round was completed this month, with $30.6 million approved in September and the remaining $49.4 million of the round’s $80 million released in October to assist people caught up in nine chronic emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Libya,
    Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Sudan.

Country Updates

  • Funding for humanitarian activities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is at an all-time low. Nearly all agencies requesting financial support through the HRP have received less funding in 2018 than in previous years. This leaves humanitarian partners ill-placed to meet emerging needs or respond to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the rise in casualties during the recent demonstrations has stretched Gaza’s overburdened health system.
    Humanitarian agencies appealed in August for $43.8 million to respond to the Gaza crisis, particularly trauma management and emergency health care, in 2018. On 22 September, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the oPt launched an $8.3 million allocation from the oPt Humanitarian Fund to implement critical HRP projects, mainly in Gaza. Stocks of medical supplies are in extremely short supply and depleted to almost half of requirements. Since late October, the Gaza power plant has been providing up to eleven hours of electricity a day. However, around 250 health,
    WASH and essential solid waste facilities continue to rely on UN-procured emergency fuel for running back-up generators. This year’s intensive operations have depleted funds and stocks and the $1 million allocated by the oPt Humanitarian Fund for fuel supplies will only last until the end of November. Further and urgent financial support is therefore required.

  • Conditions in Yemen continued to deteriorate in October, pushing the country to the brink of famine. On 23 October, the USG/ERC warned the Security Council that without urgent action, up to 14 million people – half the population – could face pre-famine conditions in the coming months.
    Assessments are currently under way, with initial results expected in mid-November. The economic crisis is raising the risk of famine. The Yemeni rial has depreciated by nearly 50 per cent over the last year. Commodity prices have soared, as Yemen imports 90 per cent of staple food and nearly all fuel and medicine.

Urgent steps are required to avert immediate catastrophe. First, a cessation of hostilities is needed; this is especially critical in populated areas.
Second, imports of food, fuel and other essentials must be able to enter Yemen without impediment. Roads must remain open so these goods can reach communities across the country. Third, the Yemeni economy must be supported, including by injecting foreign exchange, expediting credit for imports and paying salaries and pensions. Fourth, international funding must increase now to allow humanitarians to meet growing needs for assistance. Finally, all parties must engage with the UN Special Envoy to end the conflict. Yemen remains the largest humanitarian operation in the world, with more than 200 partners working through the Yemen HRP.


          

World: Humanitarian Funding Update September 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals [EN/AR]

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Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

FUNDING REQUIRED $25.32B

FUNDING RECEIVED $10.63B

UNMET REQUIREMENTS COVERAGE $14.69B

COVERAGE 42%

PEOPLE IN NEED 133.8M

PEOPLE TO RECEIVE AID 97.4M

COUNTRIES AFFECTED 41

Spotlight on the recent disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

On Friday 28 September, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. On 5 October, the Government and country team/regional office issued the Central Sulawesi Earthquake Response Plan to support the six priority areas identified by the Government. Some existing programmes in Sulawesi will be augmented and others entailing WASH, health, camp management and logistics activities will be developed.

The response plan will focus on immediate response over a three-month period. On 2 October and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock (USG/ERC) announced an allocation of US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to bolster relief assistance for people affected by this emergency

Global appeal status

At the end of September 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require $25.32 billion to assist 97.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The plans are funded at $10.63 billion; this amounts to 42 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. For the remainder of 2018, humanitarian organizations require another $14.69 billion to meet the needs outlined in these plans.

Global requirements are $1.13 billion higher than at this time last year. Overall coverage and the dollar amount were only marginally higher in late September 2018 than at the same time in 2017.

High-level events The USG/ERC made a strong appeal for HRP funding for South Sudan and Yemen at two high-level events at UN headquarters last month. At an event on 25 September on the crisis in South Sudan during the General Assembly, the USG/ERC asked that donors sustain their generous and large response to the crisis to enable life-saving activities and to encourage a multi-year approach to crisis response with stronger focus on stabilization, resilience and recovery from the conflict. In his statement to the Security Council on Yemen on 21 September, he announced that we may now be approaching a tipping point beyond which it will be impossible to prevent massive loss of life as a result of widespread famine across the country.

Three days later, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen reiterated the call for more funding and more humanitarian partners on the ground to respond to the unprecedented emergency in Yemen.
The UNHCR Commissioner and USG/ERC ended a mission to Afghanistan last month with a call for donors to urgently increase and sustain support for humanitarian response in the country, and to take measures to find durable solutions for millions of people caught up in Afghanistan’s displacement crisis.
On 3-4 September, in a follow-up event to the 2017 Oslo Humanitarian Conference on Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region, Germany, Nigeria, Norway and the UN co-hosted the High-Level Conference on the Lake Chad Region in Berlin. On this occasion, UN Member States, international organizations and civil society actors discussed humanitarian assistance, stabilization and development cooperation in the region. Humanitarian and development announcements made at the conference totalled $2.17 billion and it is estimated that $1.02 billion was for humanitarian assistance in 2018 for Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria. Of that amount, approximately $875 million (86%), has been made available to recipient organizations.

International financial institutions pledged an additional $467 million in concessional loans.

Concerning pledging conferences this year, according to data reported to FTS by donors and recipient organizations as of 18 September, 95 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Yemen, 91 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for Somalia, and 82 per cent of pledges have been fulfilled for DRC. In each of these countries, many donors have contributed above and beyond their original announcements.
For Syria and the Region, the EU recently published a tracking report on announcements made in Brussels in April which can be accessed here:

www.consilium.europa.eu/media/36437/syria-report-six.pdf Donors are urged to quickly fulfil outstanding pledges made at the conferences and to consider providing additional funding before the end of the year.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 30 September 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $395 million in grants from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), including $265 million from the Rapid Response Window and $130 million from the Underfunded Emergencies Window, for life-saving activities in 38 countries. A total of $40 million was released in September to assist people affected by underfunded emergencies in Angola, Bangladesh, Burundi, Central African Republic and Rwanda; as well as people affected by flooding in India and Myanmar, and Venezuelan refugees and migrants arriving in Ecuador and Peru.

Country-based pooled funds (CBPFs) have received a total of US$667 million from 31 donors between January and September 2018. During this period, the 18 operational funds have allocated $478 million to 921 projects, implemented by 525 partners. Over 60 per cent of all CBPF allocations were disbursed to NGOs, including 21 per cent ($100.6 million) directly to national NGOs. Another 36 per cent was allocated to UN agencies and a smaller portion to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations, which have received 1.2 per cent of funding ($5.8 million) for direct project implementation. The first allocation for 2018 of the Yemen Humanitarian Fund (YHF) for $90 million is ongoing and focuses on covering gaps in first-line responses in cluster strategies and providing life-saving support to people in newly accessible and hard-to-reach areas. In Ethiopia, the Humanitarian Coordinator launched a $30 million reserve allocation targeting immediate and life-saving activities in the nutrition, health, WASH, agriculture/livestock, emergency shelter/NFI, education and protection sectors. Finally, reserve allocations were also ongoing in Afghanistan and Myanmar during September.

In Myanmar, an integrated CBPF and CERF allocation strategy ($1 million CBPF reserve and $2.95 million CERF) prioritized projects aligned with the Myanmar Humanitarian Fund (MHF) operating principles and the CERF Life Saving Criteria, aiming at achieving the main objective of addressing critical unmet needs of flood‐affected people across the country, particularly the most vulnerable people.

Country updates

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated considerably over the past year, primarily due to the drought, but also as a result of worsening violence. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection services in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the beginning of 2018, from 3.3 million people to 5.5 million people. Over half of the needs are generated by conflict and population movement. In the meantime, chronic vulnerabilities such as poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment are also increasing. Afghanistan is experiencing its most severe drought since 2011, with some 20 provinces affected by significantly reduced rainfall from winter snow. Some 2.2 million chronically food insecure people are on the verge of acute food insecurity, with four provinces – Badakhshan, Badghis, Faryab and Herat – likely to pitch into a state of emergency unless they receive comprehensive and sustained humanitarian assistance. Drought-related displacement is growing in volume and geographical scope – now constituting 40 percent (119,000) of the overall number of people displaced in Afghanistan in 2018. It is likely that the Afghan population – some 15 million of whom are dependent on the agriculture sector across these 20 provinces for livelihoods – will take years to recover. Overall, more than 12 million Afghans have been displaced internally or abroad during the last four decades of conflict, natural hazards, disasters and the resulting socio-economic upheaval.

Since 25 August 2017, extreme violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has driven over 727,000 Rohingya refugees across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Statelessness imposed over generations has rendered this population seriously vulnerable, even before the severe traumas of this most recent crisis. The vast majority of these refugees now live in congested sites that are ill-equipped to handle the monsoon rains and cyclone seasons – with alarmingly limited options for evacuation. Low levels of funding are seriously hampering the capacity of humanitarian to respond effectively to the scale and scope of the humanitarian needs in the refugee camps, particularly to ensure safe shelter, appropriate educational options, nutritional support, and most critically, the quality of health services available for an extremely vulnerable population. For example, with the health sector only 23 per cent funded, programming for non-communicable diseases, malaria, TB, and HIV/AIDS remains insufficient, and partners are struggling to scale up service provision which is critical for emergencies including obstetric emergencies.

The alarming financial shortfall for humanitarian programmes in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has had detrimental consequences on the lives of the most vulnerable. More than 40 per cent (10.3 million) of the population remains undernourished. One in five children under-five is stunted with likely irreversible physical and cognitive repercussions. More than 9 million people lack access to essential health services. Pregnant women, young children and people living with diseases, in particular, struggle to access the care they need. Those living in rural areas are most at risk. Recent floods in North and South Hwanghae provinces have affected 280,000 people, killed 76 and displaced over 10,500 people, and chronic underfunding is making it difficult for UN agencies and their partners to respond to needs caused by the natural disasters that frequently hit the country. The 2018 Needs and Priorities plan seeks $111 million to assist 6 million out of 10.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

The prospect of protracted displacement in Iraq is real, warranting a whole-of-system approach to respond to needs and work toward durable solutions. Some 1.9 million Iraqis remain displaced, with insecurity, lack of livelihood opportunities, destroyed housing, and explosive remnants of war contamination among the key barriers to returning. Considerable protection concerns exist, especially for women and children with perceived ties to ISIL. Critical funding gaps are hampering the response, particularly in food security, health, shelter and non-food item sectors, and the WASH sector. Urgent funding priorities include water supply interventions in the south, especially in Basra, which is experiencing water shortages and a gastrointestinal disease outbreak. Child health and nutrition services for up to 180,000 pregnant and lactating mothers, 300,000 children under the age of five and 5,000 newborn babies lack adequate funding.

The level of humanitarian need in Myanmar remains high and is driven by multiple factors including armed conflict, protracted displacement, inter-communal violence, statelessness, segregation, discrimination, food insecurity and vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 720,000 people – mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims – were forced to flee the country in August last year and there remains little tangible progress on addressing the root causes of violence and discrimination against this population. More than 128,000 Muslims confined in camps, some since violence erupted in 2012, have little to no access to essential services. In Kachin and Shan, persistent cycles of displacement due to conflict continue to raise serious protection concerns, with annual flooding exacerbating existing vulnerabilities. In both areas of the country, access remains a critical challenge.

Recent violence in Tripoli has highlighted the fragile situation in Libya. Thousands of people have been displaced, including families staying in schools converted into makeshift IDP shelters. The violence led to a breakdown in basic services, with frequent electricity cuts and compromised access to water. The situation is compounded by liquidity challenges which deepen needs among the most vulnerable. Humanitarian partners are responding to pre-existing and new needs, but the response is undermined by underfunding. With only 24 per cent of financial requirements covered, the ability of partners to provide assistance in life-saving sectors such as water, sanitation and hygiene and protection, as well as education, is limited. Additional funds are required to support a nation-wide measles vaccination campaign, targeting 3 million children against the backdrop of an ongoing outbreak.

South Sudan continues to experience extensive humanitarian needs, including dire levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. In September, 6.1 million people (59% of the population) faced crisis, emergency, or catastrophe levels (IPC Phase 3-5) of food insecurity. This includes 47,000 people in catastrophic conditions (IPC Phase 5). Urgent funding is needed in the coming months to procure and preposition food and other life-saving supplies during the approaching dry season, when these activities are most cost-effective. Food insecurity is expected to decline slightly following the October-December harvest, and rise again in January-March, when 5.2 million people are expected to be in IPC Phases 3-5, including 36,000 in IPC Phase 5. Resources are also needed to scale up preparedness and capacity to respond to Ebola Virus Disease. Though no cases have been reported in South Sudan, there is a risk of cross-border spread.

An agreement on 17 September to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib, Syria, provided a reprieve for close to three million people placed at risk by a major military escalation in the area, of whom more than two million were already in need of humanitarian assistance. Civilian deaths and injuries due to airstrikes and shelling, as well as displacement and attacks impacting health facilities, were reported in the Idlib area in the weeks prior to the announcement of the agreement. Response and readiness efforts continued in Idlib and other parts of the north-west, drawing to a large extent on cross-border assistance channels from Turkey. Despite significant access challenges, humanitarian assistance continued to be provided across the country, including in areas that had recently come under Government control such as eastern Ghouta, northern rural Homs and much of the south-west. Cross-border assistance to the south-west under the framework of Security Council resolution 2393 remained suspended, but assistance was delivered from Damascus, primarily through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). Deployment of an inter-agency convoy from Damascus to Rukban on the Syria-Jordan border became increasingly urgent, with reports of a deterioration of the humanitarian situation in a camp estimated to be hosting up to 45,000 people. The situation in eastern Deir-Ez-Zor, in the east of the country, also deteriorated, with clashes linked to counter-ISIL operations displacing thousands in rural areas with limited humanitarian access and reports of restrictions on the onward movement of displaced people.

Steep economic decline accelerated in Yemen in September, with the Yemeni riyal losing about 30 per cent of its value against the US dollar during the month. Because Yemen imports the vast majority of its food and other basic commodities, this has translated into sharp rises in prices of food, fuel and other essentials – placing these goods increasingly out of reach for millions of Yemenis at a time when famine remains a real threat. In parallel, conflict in Hudaydah has intensified, with about 550,000 people displaced by the violence since 1 June. Aid operations have dramatically expanded, reaching 8 million people with direct assistance across the country every month. Partners have provided rapid response kits to nearly all families recently displaced from Hudaydah, as well as additional assistance based on assessed needs. Generous funding has been key: the 2018 HRP has received US$1.96 billion, or 67 per cent of requirements. Despite these achievements, recent developments threaten to overwhelm the operation’s capacity to respond. Urgent steps are needed to stabilize the economy, keep all ports and main roads open, uphold international humanitarian law, and move towards a political solution. Partners are also seeking full funding for the $3 billion HRP in order to deliver all activities in the plan.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #3, 10 April 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

↗ In South America, severe dry weather and strong demand underpinned the domestic prices of grains in key exporting country, Argentina, while the price of yellow maize spiked also in Brazil in March.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, the strong upward surge in prices of coarse grains faltered in March but they remained at record or near-record highs, reflecting the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the local currency.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of locally-produced and imported rice declined in February from the record highs reached in January with the harvesting of the minor season paddy crop and following an appreciation of the Malagasy Ariary.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #2, 9 March 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

KEY MESSAGES

↗ International prices of wheat and maize increased further in February, mainly supported by weather-related concerns and currency movements. Export price quotations of rice also continued to strengthen, although the increases were capped by subsiding global demand for Indica supplies.

↗ In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, continued to increase in February and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of the wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

↗ In Southern Africa, in Madagascar, prices of rice hit record highs at the start of the year, as a result of tight supplies following a sharp drop in the 2017 output to a substantially below-average level and a weaker currency.

↗ In West Africa, prices of coarse grains continued to generally increase in February and reached levels above those a year earlier despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to a strong demand for stock replenishment, coupled with localized production shortfalls and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #1, 16 February 2018

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat and maize were generally firmer in January, supported by weather-related concerns and a weaker US dollar. Export price quotations of rice also strengthened mainly buoyed by renewed Asian demand.

  • In East Africa, in the Sudan, prices of the main staples: sorghum, millet and wheat, rose sharply for the third consecutive month in January and reached record highs, underpinned by the removal of wheat subsidies and the strong depreciation of the Sudanese Pound.

  • In West Africa, prices of coarse grains were at relatively high levels in January, despite the good harvests gathered in late 2017, due to strong demand for stock replenishment and insecurity in some areas.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #11, 11 December 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

↗ International prices of wheat and maize remained relatively stable in November, reflecting good supply conditions, while export quotations of rice strengthened amid increased buying interest and currency movements.

↗ In East Africa, prices of cereals in November continued to decline in most countries with the ongoing 2017 harvests and were at levels around or below those a year earlier with a few exceptions. By contrast, in the Sudan, prices surged and reached record highs in some markets, mainly underpinned by the sharp depreciation of the Sudanese Pound in the parallel market.

↗ In Central America, after the sharp increases recorded in the previous month, prices of white maize eased in November as market flows returned to normal, after disruption caused by severe rains in the previous month. Good domestic availabilities kept prices at levels below those a year earlier.


          

World: Education in Emergencies - ECHO Factsheet

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Source: European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Country: Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), World, Yemen

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

Education in emergencies actions can help prevent, reduce, mitigate and respond to emergency-related academic, financial, social, institutional, physical and infrastructural barriers to children's education, while ensuring the provision of safe, inclusive and quality education.

In 2017, the EU dedicates 6% of its annual humanitarian aid budget to education in emergencies, one of the most underfunded sectors of humanitarian aid. In 2018, this amount will increase to 8%.

4.7 million girls and boys in 52 countries have benefited from EUfunded education in emergencies actions between 2012 and 2017.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #10, 10 November 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • The benchmark US wheat price declined in October mostly because of higher supply prospects while maize quotations firmed due to rain-induced harvest delays. International rice prices strengthened in October, mainly reflecting seasonally tight Japonica and fragrant supplies.

  • In East and West Africa, cereal prices declined in October with the 2017 ongoing or recently-started harvests. However, concerns over crop outputs and civil insecurity kept prices at high levels in some countries, particularly in Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

  • In Central America, heavy rains in October led to unseasonal increases in maize and bean prices. They remained, however, at levels well below those a year earlier as a result of adequate domestic supplies, following the overall good outputs in 2016 and the 2017 first season harvests.


          

World: FPMA Bulletin #9, 10 October 2017

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Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Country: Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Eswatini, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, World, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Key messages

  • International prices of wheat increased in September mostly because of weather-related concerns, while maize quotations fell further on crop harvest pressure. International rice prices remained generally firm, supported by seasonally tight availabilities of fragrant rice and strong demand for higher quality Indica supplies.

  • In East Africa, prices of cereals remained at levels above those of a year earlier in most countries, particularly in Ethiopia reflecting seasonal tightness amid concerns over the impact of the Fall Armyworm infestation on the main harvest and in South Sudan mainly due to the ongoing conflict.

  • In Asia, prices of rice in Bangladesh increased again in September and reached record highs, with seasonal patterns exacerbated by the reduced 2017 main season output and concerns over the impact of the July-August floods on the second season crop, to be harvested from November.


          

Many still missing after deadly attack near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

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Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 and wounded 60 in the worst such attack in the West African nation for years.

          

Burkina Faso: 37 killed in attack on Canadian mining convoy

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At Least 37 Civilians Killed, 60 Injured in Attack on Canadian Mine Convoy in Burkina Faso

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The convoy consisted of several buses escorted by military personnel and was carrying local employees, contractors, and suppliers of the Mining Exploration Society in West Africa when the attack occurred, the mining company SEMAFO said in a statement.
          

Arbustives Spontanees Du Burkina Faso Du Mali Et Du Senegal Pierre Meynet Jean Tiquet Charles

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Burkina Faso: Tristesse et interrogations après l'attaque d'un convoi de civils

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[RFI] Au moins 37 civils ont été tués lors de l'attaque d'un autobus transportant des travailleurs de la mine de Semafo, dans l'est du pays. Le pays est sous le choc.
          

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Dozens killed & injured in attack on Canadian gold miner convoy in Burkina Faso

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RT A convoy of buses carrying employees and contractors of a Canadian gold mining firm and its military escort fell victim to an armed ambush in eastern Burkina Faso, leaving upwards of 37 dead and 60 injured, local authorities say. … Continue reading

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Arbustives Spontanees Du Burkina Faso Du Mali Et Du Senegal Pierre Meynet Jean Tiquet Charles

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Many missing after deadly ambush near Canadian-run mine in Burkina Faso

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Dozens of people were feared still missing on Thursday after an ambush on workers near a Canadian-owned mine in Burkina Faso killed at least 37, the worst such attack for years in a nation plagued by jihadist violence.

          

Clitoraid: al via la seconda missione umanitaria in Kenya per la ricostruzione del clitoride

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San Francisco, California, 20 febbraio – Dal 4 al 14 marzo 2019, Clitoraid, organizzazione umanitaria con sede negli Stati Uniti, darà il via a Nairobi, in Kenya, alla sua seconda missione di ricostruzione chirurgica del clitoride. Lo scopo è quello di aiutare le vittime di mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF) a recuperare la propria dignità e capacità di provare del piacere sessuale, grazie a un’innovativa tecnica sviluppata da un urologo francese.

"Secondo l'Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità (OMS), il 25% della popolazione femminile keniota ha subito l'orribile tradizione dell’escissione dei genitali, anche se oggi tale pratica è diventata illegale in Kenya", spiega Nadine Gary, direttrice delle operazioni di Clitoraid.

L'OMS stima che 125 milioni di donne in tutto il mondo siano state vittime di mutilazioni genitali non appena nate, quando erano solo delle bambine o poco più che adolescenti. Questa pratica vìola gravemente la Convenzione dell’UNICEF sui diritti dell’infanzia.

La dott.ssa Marci Bowers di San Francisco, negli USA, capo chirurgo volontario di Clitoraid, eseguirà l’intervento ricostruttivo del clitoride in collaborazione con il dott. Adan Abdullahi, affiliato alla ONG Garana.

"Saranno assistiti sia da medici locali che provenienti dagli Stati Uniti, dal Canada e dall’Australia", afferma la Gary.

Nel corso di questa missione umanitaria della durata di due settimana, circa 100 vittime di MGF, tra cui donne originarie della Tanzania, del Sudan e del Gambia, saranno sottoposte all’intervento chirurgico che si svolgerà a Nairobi presso la clinica del dott. Abdullahi", informa la Gary.

"A partire dal 2009, Clitoraid ha eseguito questa tecnica di chirurgia ricostruttiva del clitoride (CRC) su oltre 500 donne che hanno subito mutilazioni genitali. Questo è avvenuto per lo più negli Stati Uniti, dove oltre mezzo milione di vittime risiedono attualmente, secondo il Center for Disease Control", afferma la Gary. "Abbiamo anche operato in Kenya e in Burkina Faso, in Africa occidentale, dove il nostro ospedale realizzato specificatamente per le vittime delle MGF attende l’autorizzazione necessaria per l'apertura".

La creazione di Clitoraid è stata ispirata da Rael, leader spirituale di livello internazionale e instancabile difensore dei diritti umani e delle donne. Il diritto innato alla salute e alla propria realizzazione sessuale è un valore fondamentale che viene promosso dalla filosofia raeliana da quasi mezzo secolo ed è ora riconosciuto dall'Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità come un diritto umano fondamentale.

"La società deve liberarsi della vergogna e dei sensi di colpa instillati dalle religioni patriarcali arcaiche, siano esse tribali che tradizionali, che sono particolarmente offensive e degradanti verso le donne", afferma la Gary. "Reprimere la loro sessualità è stato un potente stratagemma per controllarle e soggiogarle per secoli".

La Gary conclude: "Oggi, con l'educazione, le donne si stanno rendendo conto che le tradizioni e le culture che vìolano la loro integrità e libertà sessuale rappresentano un oltraggio anche per la loro dignità di donne".

          

L’organizzazione umanitaria Clitoraid lancia la sua seconda missione a Nairobi

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L’organizzazione umanitaria Clitoraid lancia la sua seconda missione a Nairobi (Kenya) dal 22 luglio al 4 agosto 2018. Il suo scopo è quello di offrire la ricostruzione chirurgica del clitoride, per mezzo di una tecnica messa a punto da un urologo francese, alle donne vittime di mutilazioni genitali (MGF) perché ritrovino la propria dignità e il piacere sessuale.

Il capo chirurgo che opera su base volontaria, la dott.sa Marci Bowers di San Francisco (USA), dirigerà l’equipe medica insieme al dott. Adan Abdullahi, chirurgo kenyano. Sottoporranno a intervento chirurgico 100 vittime di MGF e coglieranno l’occasione per formare nuovi medici in grado di eseguire questa tecnica ricostruttiva.

Il 25% della popolazione femminile risulta essere stata escissa, nonostante questa pratica sia oggi illegale in Kenya. Secondo l’Organizzazione mondiale della Sanità (OMS), si contano nel mondo 125 milioni di vittime di MGF.

Clitoraid offre un servizio chirurgico permanente negli Stati Uniti (anche a delle pazienti canadesi) e in Burkina Faso (nell’Africa occidentale) dove un ospedale interamente dedicato alle vittime di MGF è in procinto di iniziare la propria attività.

La creazione dell’ONG americana Clitoraid è stata ispirata dal leader spirituale internazionale Rael, un fervido difensore dei diritti delle donne. Il diritto innato alla salute e alla realizzazione sessuale fa parte dei valori fondamentali della filosofia raeliana da circa mezzo secolo, valori condivisi anche dall’OMS.

L’umanità deve liberarsi di quei sentimenti di vergogna e colpevolizzazione legati alla sfera sessuale che ci sono stati inculcati dalle religioni arcaiche, particolarmente sprezzanti nei confronti delle donne.

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Clitoraid annuncia di aver eseguito in Kenya i primi interventi chirurgici di ricostruzione del clitoride a donne vittime di MGF

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LAS VEGAS, 25 aprile - Dal 2 al 13 maggio, Clitoraid – organizzazione internazionale senza scopo di lucro con sede negli Stati Uniti – darà il via alla sua prima missione umanitaria a Nairobi, in Kenya, per offrire alle donne vittime di mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF) la possibilità di sottoporsi gratuitamente a un intervento chirurgico per la ricostruzione del clitoride.

Secondo Nadine Gary, portavoce di Clitoraid, questa nuova iniziativa fa parte di una serie di azioni previste per tutto il mese di maggio, dichiarato mese della consapevolezza del clitoride.

"La dott.ssa Marci Bowers, chirurgo ginecologico di Clitoraid, opererà quaranta donne in Kenya con la collaborazione dell’organizzazione non governativa Keniana Garana e del dott. Abdullahi Adan, un chirurgo plastico ricostruttivo.

"La dott.ssa Bowers restituirà a quaranta pazienti la possibilità di provare nuovamente del piacere sessuale", ha dichiarato la Gary. "Ma coloro che si opereranno la prossima settimana sono solo alcune delle molte vittime di MGF che ci hanno contattato e che cercano disperatamente di riacquistare la propria integrità fisica" (secondo un rapporto dell'UNICEF datato 2013, un quarto di tutte le donne keniane sono vittime della barbarie delle MGF, note anche come "escissione").

La Gary ha inoltre detto che la dott.ssa Bowers approfitterà del suo soggiorno in Kenya per formare alcuni chirurghi locali.

"Illustrerà la tecnica di ricostruzione del clitoride messa a punto dall'urologo francese Pierre Foldes", ha spiegato la Gary. "Inoltre, parteciperà anche la nostra sessuologa francese, Clemence Linard, per offrire consulenza alle pazienti e condividere le proprie competenze con il sessuologo keniano Tammary Esho, che presterà assistenza in qualità di volontario".

La missione umanitaria di Clitoraid è iniziata nel 2004.

"Il leader spirituale Maitreya Rael - www.rael.org - durante una sua visita in Africa occidentale nel 2003 è venuto a conoscenza della spaventosa pratica delle mutilazioni genitali", ha detto la Gary. "Ha quindi dato il via al progetto Clitoraid non solo per lanciare una campagna educativa contro le MGF, ma anche per offrire alle vittime la possibilità di sottoporsi a un intervento chirurgico che restituisse loro l’integrità fisica perduta".

La Gary ha detto che Clitoraid ha già operato oltre duecentocinquanta donne, soprattutto negli Stati Uniti, dove risiedono oggi cinquecentomila vittime di MGF.

"Tra le nostri pazienti c’è anche Jaha Dukureh, residente negli Stati Uniti ma nata in Gambia", ha detto la Gary. "L'anno scorso è stata nominata da Time Magazine tra le cento persone più influenti al mondo per il suo attivismo contro le MGF. Ha definito l’intervento chirurgico a cui si è sottoposta grazie a Clitoraid come "un'esperienza che ti cambia la vita".

Nel frattempo, il primo ospedale di Clitoraid riservato alle vittime di MGF e alle loro necessità mediche in Africa occidentale è ancora in attesa di licenza a Bobo Dioulasso, in Burkina Faso.

"Uomini politici corrotti e medici avidi hanno impedito l’apertura del nostro ospedale nel 2014, noncuranti della rabbia e della disperazione delle innumerevoli vittime di MGF locali", ha dichiarato la Gary.

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Clitoraid annuncia l’inizio della collaborazione con l’associazione Safe Hands for Girls per fornire un intervento chirurgico di ricostruzione del clitoride in Gambia alle vittime di MGF

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LAS VEGAS, 6 febbraio - Clitoraid, un’organizzazione umanitaria internazionale con sede negli Stati Uniti il cui scopo è quello di fornire un intervento chirurgico di ricostruzione del clitoride alle vittime di mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF), ha annunciato oggi l’inizio di una collaborazione in Gambia con la ONG Safe Hands for Girls.

"Mentre il mondo celebra la Giornata internazionale della Tolleranza Zero nei confronti delle MGF, siamo estremamente onorati che Jaha Dukureh, responsabile di Safe Hands for Girls, ci abbia chiesto di collaborare con la sua organizzazione", ha dichiarato Nadine Gary, direttrice delle comunicazioni per Clitoraid.

"Lavoreremo insieme per fornire assistenza medica alle vittime di MGF in Gambia, offrendo loro la possibilità di sottoporsi a un intervento per la ricostruzione chirurgica del clitoride".

La Dukureh è nata in Gambia, dove ha subito la mutilazione dei genitali quando era una bambina. Più tardi, divenne una celebre attivista contro le MGF e nel 2015 fu anche candidata a diventare "Woman of the Year" nel suo Paese.

"Due mesi fa, la sua lotta contro le MGF ha fatto sì che fosse approvato uno storico disegno di legge che vieta le MGF in Gambia", ha detto la Gary.

"Proprio durante le vacanze, mentre Jaha si stava riprendendo dall'intervento di ricostruzione del clitoride a cui si era sottoposta a San Francisco, ha ricevuto i documenti ufficiali da parte del governo del Gambia per la concessione di un terreno su cui costruire un centro medico per il trattamento delle MGF. Fu il presidente in persona a sceglierlo!".

La Gary ha spiegato che i volontari di Clitoraid - tra cui il capo chirurgo che ha operato Dukureh, la Dr.ssa Marci Bowers – sono entusiasti di questa nuova partnership.

"E’ una collaborazione umanitaria in grado di cambiare e salvare delle vite umane, essendo sostenuta dal governo del Gambia, e speriamo che ciò ispirerà il neo eletto presidente del Burkina Faso affinché il suo Ministro della Salute rilasci le autorizzazioni necessarie per l'apertura dell’ospedale di Clitoraid a Bobo Dioulasso", ha detto la Gary. "La nostra nuova struttura medica, all’avanguardia in questo campo, è rimasta chiusa per due anni, mentre migliaia di vittime di MGF aspettano disperatamente questo intervento che può cambiare e salvare la loro vita".

          

La fine delle mutilazioni genitali femminili nel corso della nostra vita”, discorso di apertura della Dr.ssa Marci Bowers al “Walk to end FGM” che si è svolto sabato 31 ottobre a Washington DC

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La Dr.ssa Marci Bowers, chirurgo volontario di Clitoraid, è stata la relatrice principale al “Walk to End FGM” tenutosi a Washington DC sabato 31 ottobre, ospite della Fondazione “Global Women PACE”. Nei passati otto anni, la Dr.ssa Bowers, rinomato chirurgo specializzato nel cambio di sesso a San Francisco, CA, è stata molto attiva nel ricostruire chirurgicamente il clitoride delle vittime di mutilazioni genitali femminili (MGF), sia negli Stati Uniti che in Burkina Faso, in Africa. Ecco il contenuto del suo intervento.

La fine delle mutilazioni genitali femminili nel corso della nostra vita.

Sono molto onorata di essere qui, oggi, in qualità di relatrice. Quando dico onorata, lo dico sinceramente poiché mi ritengo una profana, una spettatrice, una donna privilegiata, un chirurgo, un’attivista, una donna occidentale, caucasica ed educata. Eppure, mi avete invitata e io ne sono veramente onorata. Apprezzo straordinariamente la mia femminilità, perché se conoscete la mia storia personale saprete che me la sono dovuta sudare, e questo mi permette di affrontare il problema delle mutilazioni genitali femminili con una determinazione tutta speciale.

Come ginecologa e medico che ha trascorso gli ultimi venticinque anni nella cura della salute femminile, ho avuto la fortuna di aver acquisito ulteriori competenze chirurgiche che mi permettono di realizzare degli organi genitali sia per gli uomini che per le donne transgender.

Quando esercitavo nei pressi di San Francisco, eliminavamo e ricostruivamo letteralmente degli organi genitali per i transessuali. Non fu per me una sorpresa quando nel 2007 Nadine Gary, direttrice internazionale di Clitoraid, mi contattò per parlarmi di una tecnica ricostruttiva ideata ed eseguita a Parigi dal Dr. Pierre Foldes, allo scopo di ricostruire il clitoride e la sensazione a esso associata di quelle donne che hanno subito mutilazioni genitali. Non ebbi esitazioni a farlo.

Un’attivista dei diritti civili, Rosa Parks, disse: "Non abbiate mai paura di fare ciò che fate, se è giusto". Sapevo subito che era la cosa giusta da fare. Avevo sentito parlare delle minacce rivolte al Dr. Foldes, ma non avevo paura. Sentito di reazioni di scherno e scetticismo da parte dei colleghi, ma non m’importava .

Ero sicura che fosse importante restituire l'opportunità di provare nuovamente del piacere alle donne vittime delle mutilazioni genitali.

Sapevo che le vittime di MGF non potevano essere felici, avendo una ridotta o addirittura totale assenza di piacere sessuale. Ho potuto constatare la misera condizione delle vittime che soffrivano di continui rapporti sessuali dolorosi, incapaci di provare il minimo piacere. Mi sono occupata delle complicazioni delle MGF: infezioni della vescica, cisti da ristagno di liquidi, travagli. A Parigi, incontrai una ragazza la cui sorella gemella mori a otto anni mentre, insieme, stavano subendo tale assurda pratica.

Sapevo delle bugie di coloro che praticano l’escissione, che economicamente ne beneficiano e sanno delle menzogne delle MGF, ma ironicamente continuano a farlo per nutrire le loro famiglie. Ho capito che la celebrazione delle MGF è un rituale, un evento che segna il passaggio alla maggiore età, una tradizione.

Ma ho anche compreso come il senso del piacere sessuale sia alla base dei sensi umani, tanto importante quanto la vista, l'odorato, l'udito, il gusto e il tatto. Immaginate se ci fosse un chirurgo che mettesse a punto un intervento per ripristinare la vista a un uomo cieco, o l'odorato di una ragazza che non ha mai annusato una rosa o l'aroma di una cipolla. Sono d'accordo nel ritenere che le mutilazioni genitali siano una violazione dei diritti umani.

Non c’erano dubbi, i diritti umani di queste donne e ragazze erano stati violati e continuavano a esserlo attraverso la pratica delle MGF.

Quando ho rivisto a Parigi il Dr. Foldes, il cosiddetto "clitoroplastico", per vederlo di persona durante un intervento, capii immediatamente che ciò era qualcosa di molto valido. L'intervento funzionò! Il clitoride non può infatti essere rimosso completamente attraverso le MGF. Mai. Perchéi? Perché il clitoride è molto più grande di quello che chiunque di noi aveva mai pensato, compreso noi ginecologi.

Una delle conseguenze delle MGF, fra le tante, è che il clitoride viene ricoperto da tessuto cicatriziale. Ma esso in realtà è molto grande, come un iceberg, ed è semplicemente nascosto sotto la cicatrice. Durante una ricostruzione, lo ritroviamo sempre. E’ sempre lì. Sempre.

Quindi, l'intervento chirurgico è finalizzato a estrarre ciò che resta del clitoride, a liberarlo dal tessuto cicatriziale e riportarlo in superficie. Poi, parlando con le donne che erano state operate dal Dr. Foldes e successivamente anche da me, mi hanno raccontato le sensazioni che provavano… laggiù. A volte erano spaventose. A volte sono emersi altri problemi. Di tanto in tanto, l'intervento non funzionava come previsto. Ma molte donne hanno testimoniato di aver provato un orgasmo per la prima volta nella loro vita. Dunque, l'intervento sostanzialmente funzionava. Non era qualcosa di perfetto, ma funzionava. C'erano dei rischi nell' operazione, ma funzionava.

Era così nella stragrande maggioranza dei casi. Nel 2013, il Dr. Foldes ha pubblicato il suo studio sulla rivista britannica Lancet e quasi 3000 donne hanno già usufruito della ricostruzione del clitoride. Questi numeri costituiscono la prova per la comunità scientifica che l'intervento è efficace. Inoltre, la chirurgia ricostruttiva che noi e altri nel mondo eseguiamo è del tutto gratuita. In molti casi, siamo anche in grado di ottenere una copertura assicurativa. L'intervento dona speranza alle vittime. Esse ritrovano il controllo della propria identità che sentivano perduta, su corpi che sembravano incompleti e relazioni che non potevano svilupparsi.

L'intervento però non può essere la risposta. Non dovrebbe esserlo. L' intervento non dovrebbe essere necessario. La chirurgia non può mai far recuperare pienamente ciò che è stato perso. Quindi, quello che spero di fare con queste poche parole, è di costruire un approccio, ispirare un progetto, stimolare ottimismo che si possa tradurre nella fine delle MGF nel corso delle nostre vite.

Ci credo veramente, grazie alle vittime che ora parlano, a coloro che praticavano l’escissione e che ora non lo fanno più, agli uomini che vogliono valorizzare la sessualità delle loro mogli e amanti, ai genitori che ora dicono di no, ai media e all'informazione che continuano a parlare delle nostre storie, nonostante alcuni editori si ostinino a vedere l'argomento come "troppo delicato", "troppo controverso", "troppo offensivo" o che semplicemente dicono "no". Grazie a tutto questo, ci stiamo avvicinando alla fine delle MGF.

Per questa ragione, e per molte altre, so che quello che sto facendo è giusto. Quello che tutti noi stiamo facendo qui, oggi, è giusto... questo è un incontro di persone incredibili... tutto questo è giusto.

Io non ho paura. Noi non abbiamo paura. Ci alziamo contro le MGF. Parliamo delle MGF. Così facendo, agiamo concretamente contro le MGF. Stiamo facendo ciò che è giusto.

Vorrei concludere dicendo che, andando avanti, per noi sarà necessario raccontare sempre più le nostre storie. La poetessa Maya Angelou ha scritto: "Non c'è più grande agonia di una storia mai raccontata, che ci teniamo dentro". Raccontate le vostre storie. Educate il mondo. Insegnate a quei medici che quando incontrano una vittima di MGF parlano ai loro colleghi come se si trattasse di qualcosa di raro, un animale da circo davanti al quale restare a bocca aperta. Insegnate loro che ci sono degli interventi chirurgici in grado di correggere questo problema e c’è la possibilità di essere formati per imparare a risolverlo.

Questi medici devono riconoscere la questione, essere educati a riguardo e affrontarla con risolutezza e calma.

In secondo luogo, abbiamo bisogno di parlare con i nostri genitori, i nostri parenti, qui e dove le MGF sono ancora praticate. Dobbiamo essere onesti circa le nostre esperienze, il nostro dolore, la nostra perdita, le nostre paure, in modo che lentamente, ma inesorabilmente, coloro che la praticano cesseranno di farlo. Rispettate la tradizione, ma rifiutare la pratica delle MGF.

Vi lascio con le parole di Eleanor Roosevelt, che una volta disse: "Devi fare la cosa che pensi sia impossibile fare".

          

Lyon forward Traore’s house burgled

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37 công nhân mỏ bị giết tại Burkina Faso

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Burkina: deuil national de 3 jours après l'attaque qui a fait 38 morts

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Un deuil national de trois jours a été décrété jeudi au Burkina Faso après l'embuscade la veille contre un convoi d'une société minière canadienne, qui a fait 38 morts, l'attaque "terroriste" la plus meurtrière qu'ait connue le pays. "Je décrète, à compter du 8 novembre à zéro heure, un deuil national de 72 heures", a déclaré le président burkinabè Roch Marc Christian Kaboré dans un message radiodiffusé à la Nation. "Le bilan provisoire est de 38 morts", a-t-il précisé.
          

Más de 30 empleados de una empresa canadiense mueren en un ataque en Burkina Faso

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SEMAFO : Mise à jour à propos de l'attaque survenue sur la route publique entre Fada et Boungou

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SEMAFO inc.  (OMX: SMF) (« SEMAFO ») émet une mise à jour à propos de l'attaque survenue hier sur la route publique entre Fada et le site de la mine Boungou dans la région de l'Est au Burkina Faso. L'incident a eu lieu à environ 40 kilomètres de la...
          

Mining Company Blamed ‘Bandits or Terrorists’ for Prior Attacks

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Mining Company Blamed ‘Bandits or Terrorists’ for Prior Attacks

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A Canadian mining company that employed workers who were fatally ambushed Wednesday in the West African nation of Burkina Faso offered no explanation on Thursday for the attack or the possible motives of the killers. But in a securities filing made this week in Canada, the Montreal-based company, Semafo, characterized two attacks on its workers ...
          

Gunmen in Burkina Faso Attack Canadian Mining Company Convoy, Killing 37

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Gunmen in Burkina Faso killed at least 37 people on Wednesday in an attack on a convoy carrying employees, suppliers and contractors of a Canadian mining company, one of the deadliest episodes in a recent tide of violence that has gripped the West African nation. The mining company, Semafo, which is based in Montreal, said ...
          

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Attack on Canadian mining firm in Burkina Faso threatens gold’s final frontier

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As jihadists wreaked ever more havoc in the last two years, mining firms in Burkina Faso rolled out extra security measures, from barracks for government troops protecting them to safe rooms for workers behind barbed wire and mounds.

          

Dozens killed during ambush on Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso

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Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.
          

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This was enacted on 18 January 2008 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The instrument was developed to establish a link between migration and development, define its negative impacts and give priority to issues of migration relating to countries within and outside ECOWAS. Date of publication:    18 January 2008 Language:              […]
          

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Burkina Faso, almeno 37 morti in attacco contro società canadese

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Almeno 37 morti e oltre 60 feriti in un attacco a un convoglio di dipendenti Burkinabe della società mineraria canadese Semafo, nel Burkina Faso orientale. L'attacco ha colpito un convoglio di cinque autobus che trasportavano personale, appaltatori e fornitori collegati alla compagnia mineraria, che


          

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Each week, the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center proudly flies a flag of one of the many nations in which the denomination is present in ministry. This week's flag: Burkina Faso, Africa Region. Click "read more" for information on the country, including what year the denomination entered Burkina Faso and how many Nazarenes are there today. 


          

11/7/2019: World: 37 DEAD IN ATTACK ON CANADIAN MINER

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NAIROBI Thirty-seven civilians were killed and more than 60 wounded when gunmen ambushed a convoy transporting workers of Canadian gold miner Semafo in eastern Burkina Faso, regional authorities said on Wednesday. The attack is the deadliest in recent...
          

Lyon forward Traores house burgled during European tie

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Burkina Faso striker Bertrand Traore was the victim of a burglary while playing for Lyon in their Champions League win over Benfica, police said on Wednesday. Police arrived at Traores home at around 9.20 pm (2020 GMT) Tuesday to discover the front door forced open and that thieves had broken into a safe before fleeing


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