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          Disney is Supporting Young Women Filmmakers From Around the World      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The studio is teaming up with the United Nations Foundation to produce short films from fresh talent.  

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          DOE Pushes More Safety Measures in the RE Sector      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Wazzup Pilipinas!

E-SAFETY FIRST: DOE-REMB Geothermal Energy Management Division Chief Ariel D. Fronda presents the draft Renewable Energy Safety, Health and Environment Rules and Regulations (RESHERR) Code of Practice to the participants during the public consultation Tuesday in Cagayan de Oro City.

The Department of Energy (DOE), today held a public consultation in its bid to enforce operational safety and security in the renewable energy (RE) sector. Led by the Renewable Energy Management Bureau (REMB), the public consultation focused on the draft Renewable Energy Safety, Health and Environment Rules and Regulations (RESHERR) Code of Practice.

The event aimed to inform the RE developers on the "E-Safety" tenet of the DOE's E-Power Mo campaign, and to solicit their inputs on the RESHERR draft. About 20 RE developers from Mindanao participated in the public consultation.

Earlier, Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi said that part of the DOE’s push for energy diversification and resiliency is the promotion of additional RE in the country’s energy mix. “We are doing everything we can to empower Filipino consumers by giving them access to renewable energy development,” said Cusi. In pursuing this policy, he stressed that it should take into consideration the factors of safety and cost effectiveness for the consumers.

The RESHERR Code of Practice will set internal and external operational safety guidelines for all RE facilities. In addition, it also contains provisions addressing environmental concerns, such as air, land and water pollution resulting from RE activities.

RE developers would likewise be able to use the code in conforming to the Energy Resiliency Compliance Plan, which would institutionalize national adaptive standards against human-induced and natural disasters.

Among the topics discussed during the consultation include the general safety guidelines, workplace safety monitoring and control, requirements needed for electrical work, demolitions, and the precautionary measures in dealing with hazardous, flammable and explosive materials.

The public consultation was sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme - Development for Renewable Energy Applications Mainstreaming and Market Sustainability (DREAMS) project.

The project was the product of the partnership between the DOE and the Global Environment Facility-UNDP. Similar public consultations were earlier held in Cebu (6 June) and Manila (18 June).

The DOE continues to accept comments and suggestions on the RESHERR draft to ensure a more comprehensive policy issuance. Interested parties may email their inputs to mikko.realo@yahoo.com on or before Thursday, 5 July 2018.

Interested parties may access the draft policy on DOE's official website (http://bit.ly/DraftRESHERRPolicy).

          Health conditions for citizens of Yemen’s key port city ‘remain critical’ says UN agency      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Even before the escalation of conflict in Hudaydah, conditions in Yemen’s port city were some of “the most dire in the country,” according to the United Nations health agency on Tuesday.
          Security Council hails ‘historic and significant’ joint peace declaration by Ethiopia and Eritrea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday described the Joint Declaration, signed by the leaders of Eritrea and Ethiopia, as “a historic and significant” move with “far-reaching consequences” for the whole Horn of Africa region and beyond.
          Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, including poverty eradication, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities, jobs and transport, speakers told a key United Nations forum on sustainable development on Tuesday.
          South Sudan: ‘Horrific acts’ by government may constitute ‘war crimes’ says UN, demanding justice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Multiple killings and a campaign of sexual violence that may amount to war crimes have been documented by United Nations rights monitors in South Sudan’s Unity state, prompting a call for government and opposition forces to be held to account.
          Women vital for ‘new paradigm’ in Africa’s Sahel region, Security Council hears      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Women across Africa’s Sahel region can be agents for a “new paradigm” for peacebuilding and development that benefits all people there, the United Nations Security Council heard on Tuesday.
          North Korea: ‘Time to talk human rights’, says UN expert      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A United Nations human rights expert on Tuesday urged North Korea to open a dialogue with him in parallel to the ongoing diplomatic efforts being undertaken on peace and denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.
          To Promote Gun Control, the UN Changes the Rules      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.10.18 07:48 AM posted by Ted Bromund In the last two weeks of June, the United Nations held another review conference on its efforts to counter what it considers illicit dealing in small arms. The U.S. played the game well. But unfortunately, you can’t beat a cheater. In theory, this U.N. program might be a modestly useful way to promote cooperation against the illicit international trade in small arms. In practice, as even the world body has agreed, it does nothing very useful, mostly because most nations at the U.N. are too incompetent, or too ill-willed, to follow through on their commitments. In 2001, the U.N. began what it calls the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat, and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects. Participants mercifully abbreviate this program as the PoA.
          UNHCR Regional Representative in South Caucasus hails social conditions created by Azerbaijani government for refugees and IDPs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the South Caucasus Johannes Van Der Klaauw has commended the government of Azerbaijan for its efforts to improve social conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons, as he met with the country`s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov
          EVAW & Governance Advisor, KP - UN - Peshawar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          EVAW & Governance Advisor, KP - United Nations Pakistan - Peshawar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          UN Security Council: Ethiopia-Eritrea peace deal is historic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council says the peace declaration signed by Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years as enemies “represents a historic and significant development with far-reaching positive consequences for the Horn of Africa and beyond.” The council on Tuesday commended Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki for […]
          U.S. Opposes U.N. Breastfeeding Resolution – Threatens To Sanction Ecuador      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baby formula

The New York Times reported Sunday that United States threatened to sanction Ecuador if they did not drop the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly’s resolution to encourage breastfeeding.

Aside from encouraging parents to breastfeed, the resolution urges countries to try to limit the inaccurate marketing of formulas, or breast milk substitutes. A Lancet study from 2016 revealed that breastfeeding could potentially prevent over 800,000 infant deaths worldwide, in addition to yielding billions in savings.

U.S. officials, however, attempted to dilute the resolution in order to continue to support the economic interests of formula manufacturers. Officials removed passages strictly calling for countries to protect children by promoting the practice of breastfeeding instead of buying formula.

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          HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER/National Reporting and Investigation (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : P-4
Job ID : 100336
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Human Rights Affairs
Department/Office : United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station : KINSHASA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/16/2018
          ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : F-6
Job ID : 100414
Job Network : Logistics, Transportation and Supply Chain
Job Family : Engineering
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station : TOMBOUCTOU
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/16/2018
          Contracts Management Assistant (External Party Engagement and Grants Management) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : G-6
Job ID : 100432
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Procurement
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Vienna
Duty Station : VIENNA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/16/2018
          Legal Officer [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : P-4
Job ID : 100464
Job Network : Legal
Job Family : Legal Affairs
Department/Office : United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus
Duty Station : NICOSIA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/17/2018
          LANGUAGE TEACHER, FRENCH [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : LT-1
Job ID : 100490
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Human Resources
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/16/2018
          Head of Office, Political Affairs [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : P-4
Job ID : 100505
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Political Affairs
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station : MULTIPLE DUTY STATIONS
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 7/16/2018
          UNCTAD INTERNSHIP in the Commodities Branch, Division on International Trade and Commodities [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Job ID : 96119
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Department/Office : United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 7/10/2018
Deadline : 8/8/2018
          UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing - Washington Post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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UN criticizes Israeli closure of Gaza border crossing
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JERUSALEM — The United Nations on Tuesday criticized Israel's closure of its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, warning that the measure could have negative consequences. In a statement, U.N. Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel to ...
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          ‘Throats slit’ in South Sudan conflict      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Women have often taken to the streets to demand an end to the violence

Horrific accounts of gang rape, throats being slit and mass shootings in South Sudan are described in the latest United Nations report on the country.

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          National Consultant at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s...

          Human Rights Threatened in Today’s Turkey      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
David Kilgour*

For almost a century, Turkey has been an internationally-admired Muslim-majority democracy. Under its World War 1 hero and founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turks obtained full independence in 1923, and later the rule of law, universal literacy, separation of state and religion, rights for women, and NATO membership.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AKP party were for years impressive. He was elected mayor of Istanbul (1994), prime minister (2003-2014) and president (2014). The economy improved markedly from 2003-2008; he temporarily wound down a 30-year conflict with Turkey’s 15-million-strong Kurdish community, which had cost an estimated 40,000 lives; and accepted 2.5 million refugees from Bashar al-Assad’s Syria.

Tragically, Erdoğan has since severely undermined Turkey’s democracy and rule of law. In 2013, when a corruption scandal broke involving him and his cabinet, no-one was charged. Judges, prosecutors and police were quickly re-assigned. Fethullah Gülen, the cleric and founder of the Gülen Movement/Hizmet (GM), who had supported him when they both sought membership in the EU and further democratization of Turkey, broke with him over corruption and has since been declared “a terrorist” by Erdoğan.

American academic Sophia Pandya describes the GM:

“[It] defines itself as a Sufism-inspired, civil society humanitarian organization … (with) thousands of educational, charitable, and cultural organizations (globally) … Gülen has … denied any personal or institutional involvement [in the attempted July 2016 coup by saying] ‘If there are … officers among the coup plotters who consider themselves … sympathizer(s) of Hizmet [Gülen] movement, … [they committed treason against the unity of [Turkey] by (participating) in an event where their own citizens lost their lives.’”

A packed forum on Turkey hosted by the Anatolian Heritage Federation was held recently within Canada’s Parliament.

Alex Neve, Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) Canada, noted that Taner Kılıç, president of AI Turkey, remains in prison for allegedly supporting the so-called “terrorist organization FETÖ” (of Gulen), adding, “(AI) in its 57 years never experienced anything like this before…anyone can be detained and arrested for having a communication app Bylock or sending their child to a Gülen Movement affiliated school or having a bank account in Bank Asya…Turkey [now has)] the highest number of jailed journalists …Why silence from Canada and the rest of the world?”

Government MP Michael Levitt, chair of the House of Commons human rights sub-committee, said: “Families are torn apart. Academics, media professionals, students, and… ordinary people … are being … [detained] without charge…The repression of democracy [is] something that [concerns us deeply]”

Green Party leader Elizabeth May declared, “I am horrified by the behaviour of the Turkish government… This has not been raised by the United Nations or traditional allies… we as allies of Turkey cannot accept this behavior to go on; we need to be speaking out more forcefully”.

According to a report issued by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein last week (March 20):

The numbers are just staggering: nearly 160,000 people arrested during an 18-month state of emergency; 152,000 civil servants dismissed, many totally arbitrarily; teachers, judges and lawyers dismissed or prosecuted; journalists arrested, media outlets shut down and websites blocked…One of the most alarming findings of the report is how Turkish authorities reportedly detained some 100 women who were pregnant or had just given birth, mostly on the grounds that they were ‘associates’ of their husbands, who are suspected of being connected to terrorist organizations. Some were detained with their children and others violently separated from them. This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer.

The ongoing and renewed state of emergency allows Erdoğan and his ministers to bypass Parliament in enacting new laws, further limiting basic rights. Their goal appears to be to remove all elements of Atatürk’s secular state, which Turks have defended with their lives over the past nine decades. Turkey’s global friends can only hope that Erdoğan will accept the real lessons of July 15 and move back towards national reconciliation, democracy, and the rule of law.

*David Kilgour, a lawyer by profession, served in Canada’s House of Commons for almost 27 years. In Jean Chrétien’s Cabinet, he was secretary of state (Latin America and Africa) and secretary of state (Asia-Pacific). He is the author of several books and co-author with David Matas of “Bloody Harvest: The Killing of Falun Gong for Their Organs.”

Published on Epoch Times, 26 March 2018, Monday
          Canada’s Green Party leader on human rights violations in Turkey: I am entirely horrified      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canada’s Green Party leader and lawmaker Elizabeth May said during a panel discussion held at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa on widespread human rights violations in Turkey that “I am entirely horrified by the behavior of the Turkish government. We need to be more speaking out loud.”

Canada’s capital city of Ottawa hosted an important panel discussion organized by the Anatolian Heritage Federation (AHF) on “Democracy in Turkey, Human Rights and Freedoms” on Tuesday evening. The discussion, moderated by Canadian human rights advocate David Kilgour, was participated in by Michael Levitt, chairman of the International Human Rights Committee in the Canadian Parliament and a member of the ruling Liberal Party; Alex Neve, secretary-general of Amnesty International Canada; and Lorne Waldman, one of Canada’s most famous lawyers, via video conferencing from Toronto. The event, which the Turkish Embassy in Ottawa tried to prevent from taking place, was attended by numerous parliamentarians.

Two female guests who were subjected to persecution by autocratic Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government also participated in the panel discussion and and shared their experiences. Around 160 attendees who filled the hall were reportedly horrified by the heartbreaking stories of the victimized women and could not hold back their tears.

Speaking on the dire situation in Turkey and the human rights violations targeting alleged members of the Gülen movement, MP Michael Levitt said: “It is bittersweet to be here with you. It is very sad that people are in this position. Families are torn apart. Academics, media professionals, students and just ordinary people on the streets of Turkey are being taken off and placed in detention without charge, without a process.”

Levitt also added that “the repression of democracy in Turkey is a great concern, something that my colleagues and I under a subcommittee from across parties are deeply concerned about. And I want to tell you that I stand here again, if my colleagues would be up here with me, we would all say that we want to hear your stories.”

“Tonight is a night with two purposes. It is a night of celebration of this wonderful community, and it is also a night for you to deliver a message to remind us all up here on the Hill that freedom and democracy in Turkey are absolutely essential, and for you to raise your voices for common cause with people in Turkey and families there,” said Levitt.

Underlining the fact that Taner Kılıç, the Turkey president of Amnesty International, was jailed on allegations of supporting the so-called “terrorist organization FETÖ” and having the ByLock mobile messaging app on his phone, even though he did not, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada Neve provided information about human rights violations in Turkey.

“Amnesty International [has been] active for 57 years, and they have never experienced [anything] like this before. In Turkey, any person can be detained and arrested due to having a communication app ByLock, or sending their child to a Gülen movement-affiliated school, or having a bank account in Bank Asya,” Neve said, adding that “Turkey comes first in the list by having the highest number of jailed journalists.”

“Yet, Turkey continues to see mild criticism. The United Nations Human Rights Council is in Geneva right now, an opportunity for these great concerns. Hardly a word of concern uttered. Why silence from Canada and the rest of the world? Why the unwillingness to raise concerns? Why the lack of action? This has to change,” said Neve.

Leader of Canada’s opposition Green Party Elizabeth May said during the discussion that “I am entirely horrified by the behaviour of the Turkish government. We need to be more speaking out loud.”

“I am wondering how somebody could condemn amnesty International’s officials, and place people with huge sentences in jails. It is a real condemnation of the international community as a whole. This has not been raised by the United Nations, Turkey’s traditional allies, this conduct is not acceptable. And we as allies of Turkey cannot accept this behaviour to go on. So we need to be speaking out more forcefully,” said May.

Lorne Waldman, an immigration and refugee lawyer in Toronto, connected to the event via Skype and said: “We have a large number of people who are seeking asylum, and fortunately for the most part they are accepted, but there are a few members who have not fully appreciated the seriousness of the situation in Turkey. So, we have some clients whose claims have been rejected even though it is clear to us, there is a great risk in returning to Turkey.”

“However, I believe that the government ensures that all refugee claim cases are carefully scrutinized before any refugee claimant who has been rejected has to return to Turkey,” Waldman said and added: “The second issue is that the process for family reunification for refugee claims is extremely slow. The third issue is Turkish people in Turkey and those in third countries. Canada should have a sponsorship to save those people.”

It was learned that the Turkish Foreign Ministry was disturbed by the panel discussion that brought human rights violations in Turkey to the agenda of Canada. Selçuk Ünal, Turkey’s ambassador in Ottawa, tried to prevent the event from taking place. After he failed in that endeavor, members of the Turkey-Canada Friendship Group in the Turkish Parliament wrote a letter to Canadian parliamentarians requesting that they not attend the event.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and other civil servants since July 2016. Turkey’s interior minister announced on December 12, 2017 that 55,665 people have been arrested.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on March 15, 2018 that at least 402,000 people have been the subject of legal proceedings initiated by the Turkish government over alleged links to the Gülen movement.

A total of 48,305 people were arrested by courts across Turkey in 2017 over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on Dec. 2, 2017. “The number of detentions is nearly three times higher,” Soylu told a security meeting in İstanbul and claimed that “even these figures are not enough to reveal the severity of the issue.”

Published on Stockholm Center for Freedom, 22 March 2018, Thursday
          President Erdogan takes tips from Putin in targeting dissidents abroad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What happened?

On 14 March 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after Russia refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, in Salisbury, England on 4 March 2018. Britain, the US, Germany and France have released a joint statement deploring the Salisbury poisoning as an “assault on UK sovereignty” and emphasised that such intervention is a “breach of international law”.

Russia is notorious for targeting those who have fallen afoul of the Kremlin. There is a long list of cases where Russia’s dissidents and renegade spies have fallen ill or died under suspicious circumstances. Similarly, Turkey’s Erdogan regime has been systematically targeting dissidents abroad through criminal activities.

On 4 March 2018, Reuters reported that Switzerland is investigating a plot in which Turkish diplomats planned to drug and kidnap a Swiss-Turkish businessman, believed to be affiliated with the Hizmet Movement. The Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland confirmed a criminal case is being conducted into political intelligence gathering and prohibited acts towards a foreign state.

This latest plot joins the long list of Hizmet participants who have been illegally targeted by the Erdogan regime in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.

What does this mean?
  • The Turkish government has been systematically using a variety of methods to target Hizmet participants outside Turkey.
  • After the July 15 coup attempt, the Turkish government set up a telephone hotline so that people can report Hizmet participants.Text messages and social media posts were used to incite people to inform on Hizmet participants and others deemed critical of the Erdogan regime.
  • On 4 August 2016, Turkey’s state-run news agency published an infographic targeting Hizmet inspired people and foundations in the UK, linking them to terrorism.
  • On 13 March 2018, Germany launched an investigation into the controversial group called Osmanen Germania BC on the grounds that the group is reportedly involved in violent crime and has ties to the Turkish government and Turkish National Intelligence (MIT).
  • Stockholm Center for Freedom documented an increasing number of cases of abductions and enforced disappearances by the Turkish government of the Erdogan regime’s critics. Most of the victims are believed to be Hizmet participants.
  • The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), Germany’s largest Islamic organisation, has admitted that some of its imams have acted as informants for the Turkish government.
  • A pro-government Turkish journalist, Cem Küçük, said that the Turkish intelligence (MIT) has the authorisation to conduct operations abroad and many overseas Turks are willing to carry out assassinations on behalf of MIT.
  • In March 2017, Switzerland had launched a criminal investigation into foreign spying on the country’s Turkish community by Ankara.
  • In May 2017, a Turkish-origin school principal and two businessmen of Turkish origin were abducted in Malaysia, to be forcefully taken to Turkey.
  • In November 2017, in the US, an investigation was instigated into the activities of ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn for an alleged plan to kidnap Fethullah Gülen in return for $15m.
  • In a report on the diaspora politics of Turkey in the UK, the Turkey Institute, a London-based research centre, concluded that “there are illegal activities conducted by the Turkish state which target dissidents of the regime abroad often through means of labelling people by creating lists, sometimes kidnapping individuals, and even assassinating Turkish-/Kurdish-origin political dissidents living abroad, resulting in a generation of fear among the diaspora.”
  • In its latest report published on 20 March 2018, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights suggested that Turkey should ‘promptly end the state of emergency and restore the normal functioning of institutions and the rule of law’, and ‘rescind passport cancellation orders and deprivation of citizenship procedures, and enable full freedom of movement’.

Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin, Director of the Centre for Hizmet Studies, said:
Turkey has been aggressively transferring its domestic politics abroad and mobilising the Turkish diaspora in direct and indirect forms via diplomatic agents, religious officials, and politically driven NGOs. Unfortunately, such practices have led to an increasing number of cases of abductions, attacks, incidents of hate speech, abuses, threats and profiling of dissident groups, including the Hizmet Movement. The gradual erosion of fundamental human rights, President Erdogan’s authoritarian practices, and his aggressive foreign policy choices are often likened to the Putin regime. However, it appears that President Erdogan also takes tips from the Putin regime in targeting its critics abroad to send a message to those who dare to dissent.

Published on Centre for Hizmet Studies, 21 March 2018, Wednesday
          Cruise Ship Rape Lawyers Support Amanda Nguyen and the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Recently, Amanda Nguyen petitioned the United Nations to pass the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights, which seeks to bring consistency to post-assault procedures.

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          Fresher UN Resettlement Assistant Job Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Title:        Resettlement Assistant Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Position No.: TEMP/041/18/05 Vacancy Notice: 041/2018 Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda Reports to: Resettlement Officer About UNHCR: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s Source: Uganda Jobs
          LGUs pressed to adopt ‘carbon credit-eligible’ charcoal briquetting as a Solid Waste Management approach      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Local government units (LGUs) have been pressed by the Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) to adopt a solid waste management system through charcoal briquetting that can earn for them equivalent “carbon credits.”
   Charcoal briquetting will also enable many LGUs to comply with the Solid Waste Management Act (SWMA).  Many LGUs have not yet complied with SWMA of year 2000, also Republic Act 9003, almost 20 years now since it was ratified.
   An intensive training and a possible supply chain linkage is offered by ERDB to LGUs through a charcoal briquetting program. 
   This produces charcoal without having to cut trees.  Thus, it can earn for LGUs equivalent “carbon credits” under possible new carbon finance schemes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCCC.
   ERDB Executive Director Dr. Henry A. Adornado expressed satisfaction that ERDB’s research on the production of charcoal briquette has reached a success level for small communities including one in Barangay Lower Bicutan C6, Taguig City.
   "We are open to sharing the technology to any sector interested in learning from us. We provide trainings and free demo as part of our collaborative program in technology transfer and extension," said Adornado.
   LGUs can raise funding specifically from this program which fits under a potentially new UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convetion on Climate Change) financing incentive for reducing deforestation. 
   It is called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Plus expected to be approved by end-2015.
   The need for fuelwood in many Filipino households has led charcoal-fuelwood producers to cut trees.  They destroy forests including virgin forests, consequently emitting carbon dioxiode.  
   The ERDB initiated training for a program on charcoal briquetting in Brgy. Lower Bicutan C6 that has generated jobs for persons with disability (PWDs).
   "We're glad that this success story can inspire many other grassroot communities to venture into charcoal briquetting. If persons with disabilities can succeed in it, why can't anyone else?" said Adornado.
      The PWDs are now renting a small charcoal briquette factory in an estimated 200 square meter site in Taguig City.
    Members of the Samahan ng May Kapansanan sa Taguig (SAMAKAT) are using ERDB’s charcoal briquetting technology as an environment friendly way to supply wood for cooking in Taguig parish communities.
   After an intensive skills training, SAMAKAT PWDs  acquired the ERDB-developed machinery through the financial assistance of Pondo Pinoy of a Taguig Catholic parish.
   The machineries are a carbonizer, mixer, briquettor, and dryer. Among the jobs for 12 PWDs raw material gathering and simple machinery operation.
   Women PWDs also get hired for packaging. A 24-piece briquettte is sold at P20 per pack and generates an income of around P100 per day for each PWD, according to SAMAKAT President Mario Galvez
   The ERDB charcoal is more cost efficient than ordinary charcoal and emits a steady heat with low clean flame. The charcoal is easy to ignite.
 
   "Charcoal briquetting has given new lives for people like us. Now, persons with disability can look up because they have a contribution to society," said Galvez, himself an orthopedic PWD.     
   A training session on producing environment-friendly charcoal was held three years ago by ERDB Researcher Engr. Santiago Baconguis Jr.
   Baconguis introduced the techniques on how to come up with charcoal briquettes from various biodegradable waste materials. These waste materials have now become of huge economic value.
   Among the waste materials that SAMAKAT uses are from buko juice merchants and water hyacinth (water lily) directly gathered from the Laguna Lake.
   Compliance to the SWMA has been a challenge for many municipal, city and provincial governments.
   And ERDB could be of assistance in managing their wastes using DENR-ERDB’s CBT.
 
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BACKGROUNDERS
 
ERDB charcoal briquettes
 
   The carbonized charcoal of ERDB is more efficient.  A three-meal Filipino household needs only 1.69 kilos of ERDB charcoal compared to 3.5 kilos of ordinary charcoal.
   Charcoal briquettes of the ERDB technology can be considered a renewable energy  (RE)similar to biomass which mostly comes from waste materials.  It should receive incentive from RE programs.
   Charcoal briquettes are more cost efficient than unprocessed fuelwood.
   Unlike fossil fuel (petroleum) energy sources that can be depleted, charcoal production can be replenished much as other RE (solar, wind, biomass).
   An ERDB study indicated “charcoal briquettes from wood and non-wood biomass wastes such as leaves, twigs, branches and other cellolusic biomass can lessen wood and wood charcoal consumption of poultry farms, households and domestic business.”
   In a project study involving use of 300 kilos per day of  biomass waste, ERDB reported investment here results in a 100 percent internal rate of return, making it a very viable business.
   “Positive externalities are the potential for carbon sequestration (1.53 million kilos in 10 years), landscape amenities it will provide, protection of biodiversity (flora and fauna), among others,” ERDB said.
  The charcoal production  from this project is 5.4 million cubic meters (cu.m.) per year fuelwood from the forest and woodlands or an equivalent charcoalof 1.35 million metric tons.
    This project will spare 6,970 trees yearly.
 
 
REDD Plus ‘Carbon Credits’
 
   Philippines’ renewable energy (RE) projects such as the Bangui wind plant in Ilocos Norte have benefited from carbon credits from UNFCCC-initiated agreements.
   LGUs and other entities may earn new financing from a program being introduced by UNFCCC negotiators called the REDD Plus (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). 
   The original carbon credits gave financing for projects that reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. 
   The REDD Plus is specifically targeted at giving potential financial incentives for reducing deforestation. It is expected to be approved by end-2015.
 
Kaingin
 
    Fuelwood in general is extensively used not only in Filipino households but in small rural businesses such as bakeries and restaurants based on a study.
   However, this has caused massive forest degradation through a highly destructive technique “kaingin” (burning of forests).
    It was estimated that the country’s charcoal consumption is 2-4 million metric tons yearly.  For total fuelwood (including freshly gathered wood) andcharcoal, estimated yearly consumption is 25–35 million metric tons yearly.
   Charcoal production from waste materials can reduce forest degradation.
   Studies indicated much of forest destruction is due to the need for cooking fuel.
   For instance, in Cebu, cutting of trees wasted noted to e a major cause of deforestation particularly of primary forests.
    “The province of Cebu is now in the stage where firewood is becoming scarce. The situation is so severe that the remaining forest resources are exploited at least three times their sustainable yield,” according to a DENR report.  ###
[caption id="attachment_12734" align="alignnone" width="600"]Physically challenged Mario Galvez led many Taguig urban poor persons with disability (PWD) to train under a program of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau in turning waste from buko juice and water lily into nature-friendly charcoal briquette cooking fuel. Physically challenged Mario Galvez led many Taguig urban poor persons with disability (PWD) to train under a program of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau in turning waste from buko juice and water lily into nature-friendly charcoal briquette cooking fuel.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_12735" align="alignnone" width="600"]Orthopedic PWDs (persons with disability) get jobs packaging 24-piece charcoal briquette packs. They find fulfillment earning their living and contributing to solid waste management and carbon emission reduction through the Ecosystems Research and Devt. Bureau technology. Orthopedic PWDs (persons with disability) get jobs packaging 24-piece charcoal briquette packs. They find fulfillment earning their living and contributing to solid waste management and carbon emission reduction through the Ecosystems Research and Devt. Bureau technology.[/caption]  
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A daily column on what the ALP have as a policy, supported by a local member, and how it has 'helped' the local community. I'll stop if I cannot identify a policy. Feel free to make suggestions. Contact me on FB, not twitter. I have twitter, but never look at it. 

Gabrielle Williams was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, working with the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing and the Minister for Families and Children. 


As part of the November 24th Vic election campaign I have a petition I want to bring before the Opposition Leader Matthew Guy. I believe Matthew will be the next premier of Victoria and so I am petitioning him as I raise the issues of Employment, Crime and Education in Dandenong. I am also seeking money for my campaign. I don't have party resources, and so my campaign is on foot, and on the internet. Any money I receive that is not spent on the campaign will go to Grow 4 Life. I am asking questions like "What do you love about Dandenong?" and "If you could change something in Dandenong to make it better, what would it be?" I'm not limiting the questions to state issues. I'm happy to discuss anything, and get things done.

I am a decent man and don't care for the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.

Here is a video I made Mystery of Webster's Curse

The complete HD video comprising all four parts.
The story is produced, written and directed and narrated by David Daniel Ball. Art work has been created by the former Disney animator May Wa Leng. A few clips were from VideoBlocks.com, a film footage firm which sells clips to tv studios and individuals for rebroadcast use. 
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=== from 2017 ===
An Agence France Press release has it that President Obama's policies in Iraq have born fruit. As a service to my readers, I'll include pictures of Obama's success. AFP hopes similar success can be achieved in Syria. It probably can.



Some things should not happen, but they do. Kevin Rudd as PM was highly lauded for apologising to Australian Aborigines. It was an empty gesture, but an attempted travesty as he moved to end the intervention in the North of Australia saving lives of Aboriginal peoples. Aboriginal people are suffering from left wing compassion which seems to promote criminal and decadent behaviour. So that Aboriginal children have got high levels of sexually transmitted diseases. Drunken behaviour and dysfunctional families characterise what has become a cargo culture. Rudd effectively apologised for early welfare groups that tried to help foundlings and the dispossessed. Rudd referred to a myth of a stolen generation in which very few have been identified who were stolen from their parents to be raised by the state. It was an empty gesture of Rudd, but he is still highly lauded for it. 

It is apparent that Turnbull can not achieve anything worthwhile as PM, except further humiliation. So he must be looking for a note on which to finish so as to define his term. Turnbull is looking for a Rudd like empty gesture. Same sex marriage could be that. A plebiscite is the policy which the Liberals took to the last election, with no back up plan, and the senate won't allow it because many independents, and the ALP and Greens, feel discussion for such a plebiscite might mean that the plebiscite fails. Pesky democracy. So now a Lib backbencher, possibly with Turnbull's encouragement, is threatening to cross the party floor and move for a parliamentary vote without a plebiscite or discussion. Personally, I don't feel government should be involved with people's sex lives where consent is achieved, but I also want protection for churches which act on conscience, something a members bill might not do. There are lots of legal things I would never do. An empty gesture like Rudd's for which Turnbull can point as a crowning achievement. It is probably too late for Turnbull to bear a child while in office.  

138, Emperor Hadrian died after a heart failure at Baiae; he was buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina. 988, the Norse King Glun Iarainn recognised Máel Sechnaill II, High King of Ireland, and agreed to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin

In 1212, the most severe of several early fires of London burned most of the city to the ground. 1499, the Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. 1519, Zhu Chenhao declared the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and led his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing. 1584, William I of Orange was assassinated in his home in DelftHolland, by Balthasar Gérard

In 1806, the Vellore Mutiny was the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company. 1850, U.S. President Millard Fillmore was sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death. 1882, War of the Pacific: Chile suffered its last military defeat in the Battle of La Concepción when a garrison of 77 men was annihilated by a 1,300-strong Peruvian force, many of them armed with spears. 

In 1913, Death ValleyCalifornia, hit 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States. 1921, Belfast's Bloody Sunday: Sixteen people were killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in BelfastNorthern Ireland. 1925, Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years. His followers observed Silence Day on this date in commemoration. Also 1925, Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. 1938, Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.

In 1940, World War II: The Vichy government was established in France. Also 1940, World War II: Battle of Britain: The German Luftwaffe began attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though). 1941, Jedwabne Pogrom: The massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland. 1942, Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union were established. Also 1942, World War II: An American pilot spotted a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the "Akutan Zero") that the US Navy used to learn the aircraft's flight characteristics. 1946, Hungarian hyperinflation sets a record with inflation of 348.46 percent per day, or prices doubling every eleven hours. 

In 1962, Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, was launched into orbit. 1966, the Chicago Freedom Movement, led by Martin Luther King, Jr., held a rally at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. As many as 60,000 people come to hear Dr. King as well as Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Paul and Mary. 1976, one American and three British mercenaries were executed in Angola following the Luanda Trial. 1985, the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior was bombed and sunk in Auckland harbour by French DGSE agents, killing Fernando Pereira.

In 1991, the South African cricket team was readmitted into the International Cricket Council following the end of Apartheid. Also 1991, Boris Yeltsin took office as the first elected President of Russia. 1992, in Miami, Florida, the former Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison for drug and racketeering violations. 1997, in London scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. 1998, Roman Catholic sex abuse cases: The Diocese of Dallas agreed to pay $23.4 million to nine former altar boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Rudolph Kos, a former priest.

2002, at a Sotheby's auction, Peter Paul Rubens' painting The Massacre of the Innocents was sold for £49.5million (US$76.2 million) to Lord Thomson. 2008, Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boškoski was acquitted of all charges by a United Nations Tribunal accusing him of war crimes.

































=== from 2016 ===
My books "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" are available, recommended for those age ten and up. They have an essay or two on current affairs for each day of each month. They also list events, births, deaths and holidays and observances for each day around the world. But unless you ask a Library to stock it for you, they will not do so. One public Library feels they are too specialised. 

No news yet as to wether the fierce battle of half wits will decide who will be the next ALP leader between Shorten, Albanese, Plibersek or Clare. Clare looks better in a suit. Nobody is challenging random phrase generator Turnbull, yet, either. Turnbull has declared “We have resolved this election! Ringing stuff. Hopefully Scott Morrison will move soon before Turnbull melts completely. Compulsory voting has not prevented the lowest turnout for the major parties in Liberal Party history. ALP recording their second worst result since last time. Liberals going backwards while their coalition colleagues, Nationals, still progressed. Turnbull deposed Mr Abbott under the false pretence of explaining policy better and being better at elections. Now the vote is over, Turnbull can resign. Or face further humiliation. 

For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.  
=== from 2015 ===
Democrat hatred for the United States cultural assets is longstanding. In South Carolina, in 1962, a Democrat Governor put up the confederate flag on their capitol building while taking credit for improving educational standards while opposing integration. The flag is coming down now, a symbol exploited by bigots and haters. It is difficult to know when it was anything else. The current governor is Nikki Haley. She is GOP. 

ALP leader Bill Shorten is the bastard boss portrayed in union attack adverts on Work Choices. He failed to adequately explain his union leader decisions from back in the day. Shorten smeared the High Court Judge instead, claiming Dyson Heydon is Mr Abbott's pawn. Shorten's leadership is exposed and so the eye of voters wanders to look at others. And the alternatives are showing voters what they have got. Tanya Plibersek, ALP Deputy leader, complains she is losing the ability to feed herself. The compelling vision is clearly calculated to inspire sympathy from ALP supporters at the grass roots. They will be needed to change the leadership. Jason Clare says he doesn't know why the government is turning back boats because the policy won't work. In fantasy terms, Clare is a compelling candidate because he has never been leader before and therefore all his mistakes have been someone else's fault. Something ALP members find appealing. But it isn't only ALP members campaigning for Shorten's position. Sarah Hanson-Young is going on sea patrol. She is going to the Mediterranean seas to find lost migrants. It is much nicer there in Summer than Australia in Winter. ALP should be happy with her embarrassment of leadership choices. 
From 2014
Hundreds of millions of tweets over just one soccer match. But it was an unusual match. By way of contrast, Netherlands vs Argentina did not get the same coverage as Germany vs Brazil. But then Germany spanked Brazil 7-1 in front of a home crowd for Brazil. It doesn't get more upsetting in world sport .. anywhere. The result is career changing for all involved. Netherlands beat Spain 5-1 earlier in the tournament, but did not carry on with that form. Germany have done well, but need to maintain it to win the tournament. That is their goal. 

Today is the anniversary of an equivalent match as Argentina vs Netherlands has been, 48 BC had Julius Ceaser pitted against Pompey at Battle of Dyrrhachium. It was precipitous, and Ceaser risked all by accident, but nothing happened as two heavyweights faced off. Technically, Pompey won and so he went to face Ceaser again at Pharsalos with all the advantages .. yet lost everything. What had happened was Ceaser had sailed to Dyrrhachium through an enemy force in winter .. and got trapped with a much smaller force that could not resupply. Mark Antony marched to his aid, and Pompey moved to prevent the reuniting. The upshot was that Pompey had a force behind fortifications and Ceaser chose to starve him out by building more fortifications. Pompey had sea access to supplies, but could not feed his livestock. Ceaser's men were hungry, but when spring came, Ceaser would hold all the advantages. Pompey broke out of his enclosure and marched to Pharsalos. How will Argentina fare against Germany? How will Brazil against Netherlands? So much has happened, but the future is uncertain, and anything might prove all the difference.

Also on this day, but in the year 645, was the Isshi incident in Japan which transformed Japan and involved their honour system in a way that seems incomprehensible if one is not Japanese. 
Two princes, Nakatomi no KamatariPrince Naka no Ōe, conspired to kill a third, Soga no Iruka. The attack took place in front of Empress Kōgyoku during a court ceremony. Iruka was not killed during the first attack, but pleaded his case to the Empress, who retired to consider it. A second attack in front of the Empress finished Iruka and put the Empress in a difficult position, she was unclean because of the murder in her presence. So she stepped aside, but not for the killer, but his older brother. The killer became a monk.  And after a few reigns, Emperor. It was a family affair. Much like that big family of soccer fans watching the events unfold in the world cup. 

Also on this day, Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England in 1553. It was not a blessing for her. Neither was it a blessing when Richard Neville defeated Lancastrian forces of Henry VI in 1460. The Vellore mutiny against the British East India company happened on this day in 1806, but the Sepoys had to wait another hundred and forty two years to see independence for India. US Democrat President Andrew Jackson moved to kill the second US bank in 1832, setting in train a position of inept fiscal rectitude all Democrat Presidents have followed. Death Valley recorded a temperature of 57 degrees centigrade in 1913. It has been cooler ever since. In 1997, scientists reported DNA analysis of a Neanderthal that favoured the 'out of Africa' theory for human development, with an 'Eve' existing 100k to 200k years ago (She was a good woman who liked kids). Born on this day was John Calvin in 1509, Nikola Tesla in 1856, Marcel Proust in 1871, Harvey Ball 1921, Jake LaMotta 1921, Arlo Guthrie 1941 and Sunil Gavaskar in 1949.
Historical perspective on this day
In 48 BC, Battle of DyrrhachiumJulius Caesar barely avoided a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia. 138, Emperor Hadrian died after a heart failure at Baiae; he was buried at Rome in the Tomb of Hadrian beside his late wife, Vibia Sabina. 645, Isshi Incident: Prince Naka-no-Ōe and Fujiwara no Kamatari assassinated Soga no Iruka during a coup d'état at the imperial palace. 988, the Norse King Glun Iarainn recognised Máel Sechnaill II, High King of Ireland, and agreed to pay taxes and accept Brehon Law; the event is considered to be the founding of the city of Dublin. 1086, King Canute IV of Denmark killed by rebellious peasants.

In 1212, the most severe of several early fires of London burned most of the city to the ground. 1460, Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick, defeated the king's Lancastrian forces and took King Henry VI prisoner in the Battle of Northampton. 1499, the Portuguese explorer Nicolau Coelho returned to Lisbon, after discovering the sea route to India as a companion of Vasco da Gama. 1519, Zhu Chenhao declared the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and led his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing. 1553, Lady Jane Grey took the throne of England. 1584, William I of Orange was assassinated in his home in DelftHolland, by Balthasar Gérard. 1645, English Civil War: The Battle of Langport took place. 1778, American RevolutionLouis XVI of France declared war on the Kingdom of Great Britain. 1789, Alexander Mackenzie reached the Mackenzie River delta.

In 1806, the Vellore Mutiny was the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company. 1821, the United States took possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain. 1832, the U.S. President Andrew Jackson vetoed a bill that would re-charter the Second Bank of the United States. 1850, U.S. President Millard Fillmore was sworn in, a day after becoming President upon Zachary Taylor's death. 1877, the then-villa of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, formally received its city charter from the Royal Crown of Spain. 1882, War of the Pacific: Chile suffered its last military defeat in the Battle of La Concepción when a garrison of 77 men was annihilated by a 1,300-strong Peruvian force, many of them armed with spears. 1890, Wyoming was admitted as the 44th U.S. state.

In 1913, Death ValleyCalifornia, hit 134 °F (57 °C), the highest temperature recorded in the United States. 1921, Belfast's Bloody Sunday: Sixteen people were killed and 161 houses destroyed during rioting and gun battles in BelfastNorthern Ireland. 1925, Meher Baba began his silence of 44 years. His followers observed Silence Day on this date in commemoration. Also 1925, Scopes Trial: In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" began with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act. 1938, Howard Hughes set a new record by completing a 91-hour airplane flight around the world.

In 1940, World War II: The Vichy government was established in France. Also 1940, World War II: Battle of Britain: The German Luftwaffe began attacking British convoys in the English Channel thus starting the battle (this start date is contested, though). 1941, Jedwabne Pogrom: The massacre of Jewish people living in and near the village of Jedwabne in Poland. 1942, Diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the Soviet Union were established. Also 1942, World War II: An American pilot spotted a downed, intact Mitsubishi A6M Zero on Akutan Island (the "Akutan Zero") that the US Navy used to learn the aircraft's flight characteristics. 1946, Hungarian hyperinflation sets a record with inflation of 348.46 percent per day, or prices doubling every eleven hours. 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah was recommended as the first Governor-General of Pakistan by the British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee. 1951, Korean War: Armistice negotiations began at 


Just Security has put together a nice timeline of Trump's interactions with the Russian government since he was elected. It's quite interesting when you look at it all together. It's certainly fine to propose a fresh start with relations between the two countries. But they seemed to have a much more specific agenda from thevery beginning.

I've just excerpted the first six months after the election:

Nov. 14, 2016 — In their first official phone call, President-elect Trump and Putin agree on the “absolutely unsatisfactory state of bilateral relations” between Russia and the U.S., according to the New York Times. The two leaders agreed to meet at some point in the future and “endorse” the idea of taking efforts “to normalize relations and pursue constructive cooperation on the broadest possible range of issues.”

Nov. 18, 2016 — President-elect Trump names retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, stirring controversy in part because of Flynn’s ties to Russia, according to the Washington Post. In 2015, Flynn accepted payment from RT — a Russian news channel that had become a propaganda arm — to attend the station’s gala event in Moscow. Putin also attended the gala, and RT later published photos of the two dining next to each other.

Dec. 1 or 2, 2016 — Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak meets with former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Trump Senior Advisor Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. The meeting is not disclosed to the public until March 2017. The White House first states that its purpose was to “establish a line of communication.” Kislyak later reports to superiors in Moscow that, in the meeting, Kushner suggested setting up a secure channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, to be hosted at the Russian embassy or consulate, according to the Washington Post.

Dec. 12, 2016 — President-elect Trump officially nominates Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, spurring controversy because of Tillerson’s close relationship with Russia. As CEO of Exxon Mobil, Tillerson had engaged in joint ventures with Rosneft, a state-backed Russian oil company, and had received the Order of Friendship from Russia in 2013, according to the New York Times.

Dec. 13, 2016 — Senior Trump Advisor Jared Kushner meets with Sergey Gorkov, then-chairman of Russia’s government-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) and a close ally of Putin, at Russian Ambassador Kislyak’s request. The bank was placed on the sanctions list following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. In June 2017, the Washington Post reports that VEB says the meeting was conducted in relation to Kushner’s family real estate business. However, the Trump White House later maintains it was a diplomatic meeting in which Kushner was acting in his role as soon-to-be presidential adviser. Kushner testifies on July 24, 2017 to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees that Kislyak had recommended the meeting because Gorkov “had a direct relationship with” Putin. Kushner said they discussed the general poor state of US-Russian relations but that they didn’t touch on any specific policies nor on Obama-era sanctions against Russia. “At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind.”

Dec. 29, 2016 — Shortly after the White House notifies Russia of sanctions that the Obama administration will impose for election interference, Michael Flynn speaks with Russian Ambassador Kislyak. During the phone call, Flynn discusses the sanctions. According to several current and former officials who read transcripts of the call, Flynn told Kislyak that Russia should not overreact to impending sanctions for election interference because the Trump administration would be in a position to revisit the sanctions and change policy toward Russia, according to the Washington Post. Nearly one year later, Flynn pleads guilty to lying to investigators regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

Dec. 29, 2016 — Within four hours of the Obama White House’s announced sanctions against Russia for election interference, Trump issues a written statement in response saying, “It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

Dec. 30, 2016 — Following Russia’s surprise turnaround decision not to respond to the U.S. sanctions in-kind, Trump tweets: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Putin’s decision came as a surprise in part because Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had earlier said in televised remarks, “Of course, we cannot leave these sanctions unanswered … Reciprocity is the law of diplomacy and international relations.”

Jan. 3-4, 2017 — In a series of tweets, Trump disparages the intelligence from U.S. agencies scheduled to brief him on their findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Jan. 6, 2017 – May 9, 2017 — Jan. 6 is the date then-FBI Director James Comey helped brief Trump on Russian election interference, and May 9 was his final day as FBI Director. In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey is asked (by Senator Joe Manchin) whether Trump showed “any concern or interest or curiosity about what the Russians were doing.” Comey responds that he does not recall any conversations with Trump about Russian election interference during the former FBI Director’s time in office. Comey is also asked (by Senator Martin Heinrich), “Did the President in any of those interactions that you’ve shared with us today ask you what you should be doing or what our government should be doing — or the intelligence community — to protect America against Russian interference in our election system?” Comey says he does not recall any conversation like that–“never.”

Jan. 6-7, 2017 — After the briefing by intelligence officials, Trump acknowledgesthat the Russian government may have been involved in the hacking of Democratic National Committee computers, but says it didn’t affect the outcome of the election because Russia didn’t gain access to voting systems, and says he wants to improve relations with Russia.

Jan. 11, 2017 — George Nader, a Lebanese-American fixer and advisor to the United Arab Emirates, convenes a secret meeting in the Seychelles at the “behest” of UAE Crown Prince Mohammed, according to the New York Times. The meeting is between Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater and a Trump supporter (and brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s then-nominee to be secretary of education), and Kirill Dmitriev, a Russian wealth fund manager with ties to President Putin. The apparent purpose of the meeting is to test Russia’s commitment to Iran and to set up a communication channel between President-elect Trump and Moscow, according to the Washington Post.

Prince testifies before Congress in November that the meeting with Dmitriev was a “chance-encounter,” and that he traveled to the Seychelles to pursue a “business opportunity” with potential customers from the UAE, who had suggested that he meet with a Russian businessman staying at the same hotel, Vox reports. However, according to reporting by ABC News and the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller reportedly has new evidence and a cooperating witness in Nader, who is allegedly testifying that the meeting was preplanned to set up communications between the Trump transition team and Moscow so that they could “discuss future relations between the countries.” The New York Times also reports that Kirill Dmitriev had met Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci at the 2017 Davos forum, after which Scaramucci criticized the Obama administration sanctions on Russia with a TASS reporter.

Jan. 11, 2017 — At a news conference, Trump says, “I think it was Russia” that hacked the 2016 U.S. election, but then diminishes its significance, adding, “But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.” He draws comparisons to other incidents of hacking, and suggests that the DNC left itself open to hacking and deserves some blame. Trump also says, “Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it,” according to CNN.

Post-Jan. 20, 2017 — In the “early weeks” of the administration, top Trump administration officials task State Department staff “with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions,” until their efforts are blocked by State Department officials and members of Congress, according to reporting by Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News.

Jan. 20-early Feb., 2017 — National Security Advisor Michael Flynn advocates for closer military communication with Russia to fight ISIS. According to several current and former Pentagon sources cited by the Daily Beast, Flynn suggests that a military communications channel originally established to prevent in-air collisions be expanded for other purposes that could have approached “outright cooperation” with Russia. Both the Pentagon and Centcom oppose Flynn’s idea.

Jan. 26-Feb. 13, 2017 — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates meets personally with White House Counsel Don McGahn about National Security Advisor Flynn’s conversations with Russian Ambassador Kislyak in December 2016. Yates warns the White House Counsel that Flynn’s statement that he did not discuss sanctions with the Russian Ambassador is untrue and that in her view Flynn is accordingly vulnerable to being blackmailed by Russia. Yates is fired on January 30 for refusing to enforce the immigration ban. (ABC News). It is not until February 13 that Flynn is asked to resign, following a Washington Post story revealing the meeting with Yates and the White House Counsel. (New York Times) (Washington Post)

Feb. 6, 2017 — In a Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump says he respects Putin and dismisses the host’s characterization of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” Trump says. “Do you think our country is so innocent?

Feb. 14, 2017 — The New York Times reports that Russia has deployed a cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Force (INF) treatysigned by President Ronald Reagan and his Soviet counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev. In congressional testimony, Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff states, “We believe that the Russians have deliberately deployed it in order to pose a threat to NATO and to facilities within the NATO area of responsibility.” The administration does not issue a public statement rebuking Russia. When Trump is asked about the violation in a February 24 interview with Reuters, he says, “To me, it’s a big deal,” and adds that he “would bring it up” with Putin “if and when we meet.” The State Department reiterated the alleged violation in its April 2017 report and in December 2017, released a strategy to counter the alleged violations, according to the Arms Control Association.

March 21, 2017 — The State Department announces that Secretary Rex Tillerson will not attend his intended first NATO meeting in Brussels on April 5-6, and will instead stay in the U.S. to join Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. During the same announcement, the State Department notes that Tillerson will travel to Russia in April, drawing criticism that the administration is prioritizing Russia over historical allies and the NATO alliance, according to Reuters. Subsequently, the State Department offers new dates to reschedule the NATO meeting, and Tillerson attends.

March 31, 2017 — Tillerson meets with NATO leaders in Brussels. In his remarks, Tillerson reiterates the frequent U.S. exhortation over the years that allies increase their defense spending, but seems to take it a step further, saying: “As President Trump has made clear, it is no longer sustainable for the U.S. to maintain a disproportionate share of NATO’s defense expenditures.”

April 2-27, 2017 — In an interview on April 2, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says: “Certainly I think Russia was involved in the U.S. election.” On April 5, Haley criticizes Russia for obstructing UN action on Syria and for supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Haley says Russia made an “unconscionable choice” by opposing a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons, and rhetorically asks “how many more children have to die before Russia cares?”

However, during a working lunch on April 24 with UN Security Council ambassadors including Haley, Trump jests, “Now, does everybody like Nikki? Because if you don’t … she can easily be replaced,” according to the Washington Post. Further, on April 27, Secretary of State Tillerson sends UN Ambassador Haley an email instructing her that, from then on, her comments should be “re-cleared with Washington if they are substantively different from the building blocks, or if they are on a high-profile issue,” according to the New York Times.

April 6, 2017 — In response to a reported chemical attack perpetrated by the Assad regime, the Trump administration launches a military attack on a Syrian-government airfield near Homs from which the chemical weapons attack reportedly was launched, according to NBC News. In an interview with Fox News, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster suggests Russia may have known about the chemical attacks in advance saying: “I think what we should do is ask Russia, how could it be, if you have advisers at that airfield, that you didn’t know that the Syrian air force was preparing and executing a mass murder attack with chemical weapons?”

April 23, 2017 — In an Associated Press interview, Trump expresses strong support for far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in upcoming French elections; Le Pen is supported by Putin and promises to remove France from the EU, a long-term goal for Putin. Le Pen had also visited Trump Tower in January, according to AP and Politico.

May 10, 2017 — Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak and says the U.S. would no longer require Russia to unfreeze the construction of an American consulate in St. Petersburgbefore considering handing back seized Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York as part of the Obama sanctions for election interference. The statement represented a reversal of the position staked out two days prior by Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon, the Washington Post reports.

May 10, 2017 — During an Oval Office meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak, Trump tells the Russian officials that he had fired the “nut job” FBI director (James Comey) who was investigating Russian election interference, according to the New York Times. Trump also says he had faced “great pressure” because of Russia, which had now been relieved. Additionally, Trump discloses highly classified information to the Russian officials. The intelligence was provided by Israel, which had not authorized the U.S. to share it, according to the Washington Post. The intelligence centered on Syrian extremist bomb-making plans, and was obtained in part through highly classified cyber operations, the disclosure of which “infuriated” Israeli officials, according to the New York Times. Israel subsequently changes its intelligence sharing protocols with the United States. No U.S. press are allowed into the Oval Office meeting, but Trump does allow TASS, the Russian state-owned agency, according to the Washington Post. Trump does not disclose to the press that Kislyak attended the meeting until TASS publishes photographs showing him in the room; the White House releasefollowing the meeting only mentions Lavrov. In a later interview, National Security Advisor McMaster refuses to confirm that Russian interference was discussed, even when asked directly about it.

May 10, 2017 — Following the meeting with Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov tells TASS: “At present, our dialogue is not as politicized as it used to be during Obama’s presidency. The Trump administration, including the President himself and the Secretary of State, are people of action who are willing to negotiate.”

May 25 – 26, 2017 — Arriving in Europe with Trump, top White House economic advisor Gary Cohn tells reporters that the U.S. is “looking at” the future of sanctions on Russia. When pressed on what the current U.S. position is, he says: “Right now we don’t have a position.” The following day, Cohn counters that statement, saying the U.S. will not ease sanctions on Russia and, “if anything, we would probably look to get tougher.”

May 25, 2017 — In Europe, Trump chastises NATO leaders for their “chronic underpayments” to the alliance and fails to reaffirm U.S. commitment to Article 5 – the collective defense clause of the NATO agreement – promising only to “never forsake the friends that stood by our side” in the wake of Sept. 11 (a statement later labelled by the administration as an affirmation of Article 5). According to Politico, several Trump advisors, including National Security Advisor McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, are surprised by the omission, having endeavored to include language supporting Article 5 in Trump’s remarks prior to the summit. Additionally, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton says Russia was not discussed in a larger meeting between American and European officials, but that he could not speak for a meeting involving just Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Tusk later says he is “not 100 percent sure” he and Trump share a “common position, common opinion, about Russia,” according to the New York Times.

May 26, 2017 — At a political rally the day after the Brussels meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: “The times in which we could rely fully on others — they are somewhat over. This is what I experienced in the last few days. We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,” implying that Europe could no longer rely on a close alliance with the U.S.

May 30, 2017 — In a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is asked about Trump’s reaction to Angela Merkel’s comments implying Europe could no longer rely on the U.S. He responds that Europe, “working in friendship with the U.S., the U.K., Russia, and other partners,” is precisely “what the President called for.” (May 30 press briefing). Trump reacts to Merkel’s comments on Twitter: “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on NATO & military. Very bad for U.S. This will change.”

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UN Human Rights monitors have documented what appear to be deliberate, ruthless and brutally violent attacks on civilians, particularly against women and children, by Government and aligned forces, as well as armed youth in parts of Unity State in South Sudan. A report issued Tuesday documents acts that constitute gross violations and abuses of international […]
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On 9 July 2018, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres convened the second AU- UN Annual Conference at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Chairperson and the Secretary-General welcomed the strong collaboration between the AU and the UN, and expressed […]
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While “experts” like the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley say it “is patently ridiculous for the U.N. to examine poverty in America,” Alabamians know that what’s actually ridiculous is the hundreds of thousands of Alabamians who live in poverty. Haley’s comments came in reaction to United Nations Special Rapporteur Philip G. […]

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July 12, 1993: A US attack force of 17 Cobra helicopter gunships and Blackhawk helicopters struck a neighborhood in the center of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Firing 16 missiles and more than 2,000 rounds of 20-millimeter cannon fire, the fleet of warplanes laid waste to a building which housed large numbers of civilians. Somalis reported 73 dead and more than 200 wounded in the attack. Many of the victims were women and children. Crowds of enraged Somalis responded to this unprovoked sneak attack by setting upon Western journalists, killing four of them. This became the near-exclusive focus of media coverage, ignoring the bloodbath that triggered the popular anger. US military spokesmen presented the attacks as pinpoint strikes that had hit their targets, killing “only” 13 Somalis. This soon proved to a lie. Both the International Red Cross and journalists verified the Somali reports of scores killed and hundreds wounded, simply by checking with local hospitals in the Somali capital. US officials justified the slaughter by claiming that the target was a compound serving as “command and control center” for Mohammed Farah Aidid, the leader of the United Somali Congress, which has demanded an end to the US-United Nations occupation of Somalia. A Pentagon spokesman in Washington described the raid as part of a US effort to “trim General Aidid down to size.” The US military rampage also had the effect of virtually halting the relief operations to feed starving Somalis, which were the ostensible pretext for the US intervention in the first place. Hundreds of tons of food rotted in warehouses around the city, while relief workers fled to avoid the violence. The chaos in Somalia was exacerbated by a falling out among the imperialist powers participating in the intervention. The Italian government, the former colonial power in the country, threatened to withdraw its 2,600 troops, the second largest component, after the UN demanded the removal of General Bruno Loi, the Italian commander, over his alleged refusal to follow US orders. After the scale of the July 12 attack became clear, the Italian government called for a suspension of all combat operations by the “peacekeeping” forces deployed in Somalia. http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/07/09/twih-j09.html#top
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South Sudan government troops and allied fighters killed at least 232 civilians in a five-week period this year, hanging some people from trees and burning others alive, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.
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Aliaksei Loika, lawyer of the Human Rights Center “Viasna”, has prepared a message to Clément Nyaletsossi Voule, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, to complain about the illegal arrest and detention of over 30 protesters and observers on July 3 in Minsk.


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Yemeni negotiators are ready to meet Deputy United Nations Envoy to Yemen Maeen Sharim in Riyadh in the coming week, in a sign direct peace talks between Yemen’s government and Iranian-backed Houthi rebels may soon resume. An official told Reuters...
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In an ideal world, Alex Fearnside would cycle home from work, park his bike in the basement of his apartment complex in Melbourne city center, then jog upstairs through a beautiful courtyard to his flat, stopping only for a quick chat with other residents in the shared dining area. Later, Fearnside and his wife would head down to the communal kitchen to eat a meal cooked by their neighbors. Fearnside's 10-year-old dream for life in the Australian city is nearing reality as it awaits planning approval. It is shared by 50 other Melbourne residents who belong to Urban Coup, a collective that wants to turn a disused button factory in an old industrial area into a co-housing community by 2020. "What is driving us is we want to know our neighbors," said the 38-year-old environmental scientist. "We want to know that as we're growing old, we have people around us who have similar values to who we are and what we bring." Urban Coup is one of five innovative housing initiatives that put community at their heart. The projects are supported with expertise and networks mobilized by Resilient Melbourne, part of 100 Resilient Cities, a network backed by The Rockefeller Foundation to help cities deal with modern-day pressures. This year, more than half of Asia-Pacific's population will be urban, and that figure will increase to two-thirds by 2050, the United Nations estimates. But as the region's cities continue to expand, services and infrastructure are struggling to keep pace with rising populations and economic growth, while the effects of climate change have created additional challenges. The Melbourne projects aim to help find solutions to the city's expanding urban sprawl, worsening traffic congestion and growing social isolation - all of which can contribute to problems like alcoholism and domestic violence. And by building stronger community bonds, Melbourne should be better placed to recover from potential shocks and stresses, such as rising temperatures and droughts, infrastructure failures and potential pandemics, the schemes' proponents say. "Many of the people who started Urban Coup remember growing up on streets where they knew everybody on that street," said Fearnside. "We wanted a building that would enable us to know our neighbors and allow us to support each other." Urban Sprawl In the past decade, Melbourne has topped various polls as the world's most liveable city, attracting new residents to Australia's second-biggest city. Just under 5 million people live there, and the population is expected to double over the next 30 years, putting increased strain on infrastructure and housing. As more estates have been built on greenfield sites outside the center, the rise in urban sprawl has brought problems. Housing developments have outpaced infrastructure, leading to dormitory suburbs, whose residents commute daily but enjoy few services, amenities and transport links. That causes traffic congestion and longer commute times, as well as a lack of interaction between neighbors, experts say. "We live in a really beautiful part of Melbourne but we don't really know our neighbors," said Fearnside, who currently lives with his wife in a townhouse 5 km (3 miles) north of the central business district. In Melbourne's central areas, high-rise blocks have become more common in recent years. But as in many other Australian cities, first-time buyers and families have struggled to afford steeper prices stoked by overseas property investors. And much new construction has been driven by developers, which tend to put profit before the provision of leisure or communal facilities. On average, Melbourne property prices have doubled over the last decade, said Clinton Baxter, state director at Savills property agency in the city, and this trend is set to continue. Central government efforts to help first-time buyers include a grant for deposits and stamp duty concessions, while state governments have sought to open up more land and fast-track approval processes for developments. Despite this, the supply of new and affordable housing in Melbourne has struggled to keep up with demand. It is not uncommon to see would-be buyers camping out overnight ahead of a land sale to be front of the queue for their own building plot. "The state government has struggled to keep up with the infrastructure requirements for such a rapidly growing city," Baxter said. Living Experiment The five projects supported by Resilient Melbourne will bring together developers, city and state government agencies, service providers and potential buyers and renters. Each project is crafted around different community-focused models - some based on renewal of the inner-city and others starting from scratch on greenfield sites. The projects will also be part of an academic study. "We want this to be a genuine living experiment so that we can understand in deep ways what works and what doesn't work - and record it so the successes can be replicated in Melbourne but also internationally," said Toby Kent, the city's chief resilience officer. The projects backed by Resilient Melbourne include a greenfield site for about 5,000 homes led by developer Mirvac. It is working with local authorities to incorporate community aspects from an early stage. Besides at least one new school, there will be a town center with shops and a supermarket, and a hub to house programs and events run by the council or residents, with a community-managed cafe and playground, said Anne Jolic, a director at Mirvac. "Often people who move to some of these ... new housing (developments) will feel very isolated," she said. Melbourne developer Assemble, meanwhile, plans to turn an old CD and DVD factory near the city center into 73 flats. The property will include communal spaces like a cafe, a co-working space, crèche and grocery store, and is consulting with potential residents and existing neighbors on the design. When the final plans are drawn up, residents will pay a refundable 1 percent deposit to secure a place, said Kris Daff, managing director of Assemble. Once built, they will move in and start a five-year lease with an option to buy at a pre-agreed price, or exit the lease and leave at any time. Services and events on offer will include dry cleaning, apartment cleaning, dog walking, community dinners, walking groups and film nights in a communal room. "There is a huge amount of research that shows that when acute shocks have struck in cities, communities where there are existing connections are better able to bounce back," said Kent, Melbourne's resilience chief.
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International advocacy organisation Global Citizen today announced that Beyonce, JAY-Z, Cassper Nyovest, D’banj, Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Femi Kuti, Pharrell Williams and Chris Martin, Sho Madjozi, Tiwa Savage, Usher, and Wizkid will headline the first Global Citizen Festival to be held in Africa, a free-ticketed event on Sunday, 2 December 2018 at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

The December event is the culmination of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign in partnership with the House of Mandela; a series of global events honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Oprah Winfrey will deliver a special keynote address remembering Nelson Mandela and his legacy.

Executive producers of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe, Patrice Motsepe, Kweku Mandela, Dave Holmes, Declan Kelly, Liza Henshaw and Hugh Evans.

Hosts of the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 include Naomi Campbell, Sir Bob Geldof, Gayle King, Bonang Matheba, Tyler Perry, and Forest Whitaker.

The Festival broadcast will be produced by Ben Winston and Fulwell 73 Productions.

Nelson Mandela famously called for this generation to realise an end to extreme poverty in one of his last public speeches, and Global Citizen has campaigned on this message with activist-driven events in Vancouver, London, Brussels, and at the upcoming 2018 Global Citizen Festival to be held in New York’s Central Park on 29 September.

Activists and music fans can begin to earn their free tickets starting on August 21st and can sign up today at www.globalcitizen.org.za, demanding world leaders make major investments to end extreme poverty and take a stand for women and girls. The “Mandela 100” campaign seeks to mobilize USD $1 billion in new commitments for the world’s most marginalised people, with USD $500 million set to impact the lives of 20 million women and girls worldwide. These investments will be aimed at ending hunger and increasing access to good nutrition, ending neglected tropical diseases, reducing HIV transmission rates, ensuring every child receives a quality education, reforming and repealing sexist laws, providing funding for women’s health and family planning, and ensuring access to clean water and safe sanitation world wide.

“Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest examples of resistance, patience, and forgiveness that our world will ever know. It is our great honour to campaign in his name and answer his call to be the generation to end extreme poverty,” said Hugh Evans, Global Citizen, Co-Founder and CEO.

“Nelson Mandela believed in people’s potential for goodness, and inner potential to change things for the better, for each other and for ourselves he believed that poverty and injustice were man made problems, that we could solve together. One hundred years on from his birthday, this year’s roving Global Citizen Festival will be held in his honour – in Johannesburg on December 2nd. It has been such a pleasure to put together, and all of the artists have been amazing to work with, perhaps because this is a chance for us to show that we all believe in the same things he did: love, acceptance and forgiveness,” said Chris Martin, Global Citizen Festival curator.

“I am pleased to lend my support to the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, in celebration of Madiba’s rich legacy of social justice, compassion and activism. Each one of us must take inspiration from his fight for equality by being the generation to end extreme poverty. We must ensure that no child or adolescent die from preventable causes, including hunger and malnutrition. I call on world leaders, civil society organizations, business leaders and change agents everywhere to join Global Citizen and take action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Graça Machel, Founder and Chairperson, The Graça Machel Trust.

“The future of the world lies in the hands of young people. Over half the world is under the age of 25. We must inspire and support them to be the generation to end extreme poverty. Nelson Mandela believed that poverty is man-made and must be overcome by human action. That’s why I’m delighted to support the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, to call on young people and world leaders to take action for a brighter future for everyone,” said Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary-General.

Ed Sheeran said, “I’m really looking forward to playing the Global Citizen Festival and paying tribute to Nelson Mandela who has inspired so many to fight for what they believe in. It should be a great day!”

Eddie Vedder said, “It is such an honor to be given the chance to head to South Africa to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s incomparable legacy. He showed an entire generation what it means to be a leader and make a difference for the world’s poor. I’m so grateful that this event will serve as a reminder of his great work and inspire us all to carry on in his name.”

“Nelson Mandela’s life story is a testament to the power of the human spirit and one man’s ability to change the world by standing up for what he believed in,” said Oprah Winfrey. “It is one of the great honours of my life to have spent so much time with him, and I look forward to celebrating his courageous life.”

Naomi Campbell said, “I’m truly honoured to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela by co-hosting the 2018 Global Citizen Festival in South Africa. Madiba was a man whose values and wisdom have left a lasting imprint on this world. I cherish everything he taught me about giving, sharing, and forgiving, and I look forward to celebrating his life on December 2nd.”

Sir Bob Geldof said, “I share my friend Nelson Mandela’s belief that poverty is a manmade condition. And its greatest curse. Global Citizen is carrying on a legacy set in place by one of the kindest, most generous, and most courageous and wisest of leaders that our world has ever seen and I am proud to be a part of Mandela 100. It is time we fulfill his call to eliminate extreme poverty with all its attendant evils.”

A number of world leaders will address the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100, including South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, who both serve as co-chairs of the UN Secretary General’s Advocacy Group for the Sustainable Development Goals, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Gilbert F. Houngbo, President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, Board Director of The Power of Nutrition, and Peter Sands, Executive Director of the The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Starting today, music fans and activists can sign up at www.globalcitizen.org.za to be among the first to be notified of the action journey launch. Actions include emailing world leaders, signing petitions, and using social media to generate commitments in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Festival will be the culmination of a six-months long campaign engaging Global Citizens around the world on seven Global Goals:
POVERTY: (Global Goal 1): End all forms of poverty everywhere
ZERO HUNGER (Global Goal 2): End all forms of hunger and malnutrition
HEALTH (Global Goal 3): Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages
EDUCATION (Global Goal 4): Ensure every child has access to a quality education
GIRLS & WOMEN (Global Goal 5): End all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere to ensure that #SheIsEqual
WATER & SANITATION (Global Goal 6): Ensure everyone has access to clean water and sanitation
LIFE BELOW WATER (Global Goal 14): addressing the threat plastic pollution poses to the oceans

Global Citizen is proud to join forces with the most forward thinking and innovative organizations committed to the mission and movement of ending extreme poverty.

The Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 will be presented by Major Partner The Motsepe Foundation, with major partners, Johnson & Johnson, Cisco, Nedbank, Vodacom, Big Concerts, House of Mandela, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers, Eldridge Industries, and Associate Partner, HP.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for young people around the world calling on world leaders to honour their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. The organization has taken its action-based model to Australia, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, and Canada, and created a platform for activists to learn about the issues they care most about, take action, and earn rewards for doing so.

Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.

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          *Heute*, 11.07.2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Geburtstag haben

* 1811: Wissarion Grigorjewitsch Belinski († 1848)
* 1834: James McNeill Whistler († 1903)
* 1846: Léon Marie Bloy († 1917)

Aktualisierte bzw. neu aufgenommene Autoren

lebte um 651-570 v. Chr.: Pittakos
lebte um 1 bis 65 n. Chr.: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
lebte um 14 bis 66 n. Chr.: Titus Petronius Arbiter

Namenstag haben

Benedikt, Olga, Oliver, Pius, Rachel (Raquel), Sigisbert

Bauernweisheit/Wetterregel

Baut im Juli die Ameis' groß' Hauf',
folgt ein strenger Winter drauf.

Welt-/Gedenk-/Aktions-/Feiertag

»Internationaler Weltbevölkerungstag« (UN, englische Seite)
(vom United Nations Development Programme [UNDP], dem Entwicklungsprogramm der Vereinten Nationen, proklamiert;
Motto 2018: Family Planning is a Human Right / Familienplanung ist ein Menschenrecht)
(siehe auch: »Eintrag auf Wikipedia«)

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          The Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health Calls for a Rights-Based Approach to Tuberculosis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

  In the lead up to the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis to take place in September, on June 18th the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health released an open letter emphasizing that states must commit to a rights-based approach to tuberculosis. The letter highlights that current levels of progress levels fail to […]

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          What happens today matters: a last chance to save the Political Declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Today, the United Nations General Assembly will, for better or worse, shape the next decade of the global response to the world’s deadliest infectious disease. Millions of people will feel the decisions made today. Millions of lives will be won or lost as member states barter and jockey over the content of the Political Declaration […]

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          The United Nations versus ISRAEL & Obama's plan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
About Obama's war plan - IT SUCK's,So many innocents are gonna get killedwhen America leaves Iraq. Al Qaeda'sgonna claim victory and use it as propagandato bolster their forces.Right here in Canada,
          EVAW & Governance Advisor, KP - UN - Peshawar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Skepticality #094 - International Year of Astronomy! - Interview: Dr. Pamela Gay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations has declared 2009 the "International Year of Astronomy." Coinciding with both Galileo Galilei's celestial discoveries in 1609 and the publication of Johannes Kepler's Astronomia Nova (which described the fundamental laws of planetary motion), the International Year of Astronomy celebrates 400 years of discovery and exploration of our elegant universe. It is an unprecedented opportunity to showcase some amazing science — and to inspire cosmic wonder. On this episode of Skepticality, Derek & Swoopy talk with astronomer, educator, and podcaster Dr. Pamela Gay about the many exciting global events people can enjoy during the International Year of Astronomy. She also shares her thoughts about the changing face of NASA, and about some thrilling recent astronomical discoveries.
          Украина      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nechriste:
Цитата (Spark @ Вчера, 23:52)
Воспользуйся гугльтранслейтом, великий эксперт в втс, ну если в убогой твоей школе тебя не выучили, - хуле тут, не стесняйси, и разберись сначала откуда таки шведы берут данные.

В гугле не нуждаюсь (в случае с английским). Шведы берут данные именно оттуда, откуда я сказал - из открытых источников, включая газеты и блоги.
Цитата
The Arms Transfers Programme uses a wide variety of sources when collecting information for the database.
The one common criterion is that the sources are open; that is, published and available to the general public. The sources include:
    Newspapers and other periodicals
    Monographs and annual reference works
    Press releases, annual reports and other information published by arms producing companies
    TV broadcasts
    Blogs, discussion fora and other Internet publications

    Defence white papers and similar  policy documents
    The United Nations Register of Conventional Arms (UN Register
    National reports on arms exports and imports
    Defence budget documents and parliamentary records

А ты просто пиздабол и истеричка, и это не оскорбление, а констатация факта.

Цитата (Spark @ Вчера, 23:52)
Я еще могу понять смехотворные переобувания на лету от "авторитетнейшая контора" до "берут из сми"
Одно другому не мешает.
Цитата (Spark @ Вчера, 23:52)
но источники SIPRI в виде российских журнализдов – достойно клована высшей пробы, чеканной просто.

Опровергни. Или только пиздеть и слюной брызгать способен?
Цитата (Spark @ Вчера, 23:52)
но здесь на белорусском форуме вобщем по барабану насколько деградировал какой-нибудь гнилой укробтрз и насколько существенна разница в 50 тысяч для продаваемого куска металла дефинируемого как ОБТ
Так нахера ты вбрасываешь, если тебе по барабану?
Бан, 7 дней
          Shocking! USA Opposes WHO Resolution to Promote Breastfeeding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.

Based on decades of research, th...
          Contraceptive Implants Are Driving Big Gains in Access to Family Planning      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
July 10, 2018On the road to universal access to family planning, what really gets results? And what's  next?Today, nearly two-thirds of all married or in-union women (64%) worldwide are using contraception,according to the United Nations—from 36% in 1970. And sexually active unmarried women are also using contraception at high rates.The right of women and men to freely plan the number and spacing of their children continues to be auniversally recognized human right. And voluntary family planning —with access to a wide range of contraceptive method options, competent service providers, and supportive health systems—is how women and men can exercise this right and protect their family’s health and well-being.As we celebrateWorld Population Day 2018, let ’s look at what the interna...

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          This Economist Reveals the Deadly Truth About the Trump Administration’s Assault on Breastfeeding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a Sunday New York Times scoop, President Donald Trump’s delegation to the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly recently bullied smaller, less wealthy nations in an ultimately failed effort to crush a resolution urging mothers to breastfeed infants.  According to Trump himself, the account was just more “fake news” from the “failing” New York Times.  […]
          Africa:Partnerships That Deliver for Girls and Women - Statement to UN Forum on SDGs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[Wellbeing Foundation] New York - Global Call To Action Statement on WASH - 2018 United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development at The Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
           U.N. hails renewed ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia,...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, July 10 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday welcomed warming ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but...
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday welcomed warming ties between Eritrea and Ethiopia, but diplomats said it stopped short of pledging that it could review sanctions on Eritrea after the United States, China, Britain, France and Ivory Coast raised concerns. Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerk embrace […]

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LETTER DATED 2 JULY 2018 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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STRENGTHENING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE UNITED NATIONS AND THE AFRICAN UNION ON ISSUES OF PEACE AND SECURITY IN AFRICA, INCLUDING ON THE WORK OF THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE TO THE AFRICAN UNION: REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON
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          Ongoing Recruitment for National Consultant at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending childrenand#39;s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand thei


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          Consultancy: UNICEF Care for Child Development (CCD) Package Enhancements Case Studies, ECD Section, PD - NYHQ, Requisition #514507      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 25 Jul 2018

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

BACKGROUND & RATIONALE

Early childhood development is critical to a child’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Events in the first few years of life – and even before birth – play a vital role in shaping health and social outcomes. ECD programmes encompass a range of innovative approaches for care, development and early learning, from parenting support programmes to community-based child care, center-based provision and formal pre-primary education, often in schools. UNICEF works with partners to design and implement inter-sectoral evidence-based ECD programmes and policies that help young children reach their full potential by supporting families and communities, and by increasing access to quality early childhood care and education. The priorities and pathways to achieving ECD outcomes are: a) building, developing and implementing effective ECD policies, b) supporting parents and families and harnessing the demand for ECD, c) increasing access to quality early childhood care and education, and d) developing standards and indicators for effective planning, monitoring and documentation of the progress in ECD.

Care for Child Development (CCD) is an approach developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen early child development outcomes for young children in the first 5 years of life primarily through health services, but also through other child and family services. A number of interventions promoted by health services are recognized to promote early child development outcomes; for example, breast feeding; however, emerging evidence suggests that while nutrition and physical health interventions support children’s development, alone they are inadequate, thus attention to stimulation and responsive caregiving interventions is necessary. The practical evidence-based recommendations in CCD are designed to integrate the following features or components in existing services in order to:

  • Promote stimulation by guiding caregivers to engage in play and communication activities with their young children to help their children develop motor, cognitive-language and social-emotional skills. These foundational skills support learning and behaviour in later life.
  • Strengthen responsive caregiving skills by coaching caregivers during a play interaction with their child to observe, interpret and appropriately respond to their child’s signals. Responsive care is a fundamental parenting skill necessary for supporting children’s health, growth, behaviour and learning.
  • To date, the CCD package has been tested in over 50 countries and translated into 20 languages.

    PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

    With a grant from the LEGO Foundation for the programme Promoting Quality Learning Through Play (2015-2018), UNICEF is developing enhancements to the existing Care for Child Development (CCD) package to address context-specific needs and gaps identified in three countries: Paraguay, Mali, and Sierra Leone. In Paraguay, the need for specific guidance on stimulating and communicating with children with developmental delays and disabilities, and on engaging fathers and supporting their role in co-parenting, was identified as a key gap. In Mali and Sierra Leone, the challenge identified was the need to better address the mental health and emotional well-being of the mother or principal caregiver, as it determines the quality of interaction with their children.

    These enhancements will assist service providers and caregivers in effectively delivering and implementing the main messages of the CCD package, which are centered on play, responsive feeding, communication and stimulation. While designed to the context of the three programme countries, the enhancements are also intended to benefit other countries experiencing similar challenges.

    In Paraguay, the enhanced CCD package includes the following additions:

  • Information on how to stimulate and communicate with children with developmental delays and disabilities;
  • Materials that facilitate the engagement with fathers and support their role in co-parenting;
  • Recommendations on how to organize training activities by using existing delivery platforms such as social services.
  • In Mali and Sierra Leone, the enhancement strategy is centered on the need to develop a caring for the caregiver module, to be added to the existing CCD package. Caregiver mental health and well-being are an important prerequisite for maternal responsive care and stimulation. Thus, the enhanced CCD package, which will include this additional module, will address the following topics:

  • Skills building (e.g. self-care, young children care and stimulation) and psychosocial support for the caregiver, especially those struggling with mental health and well-being issues, and with particular emphasis on pregnant adolescent girls and vulnerable mothers;
  • Practical activities to guide and promote play and quality interactions between caregivers and children, taking into account cultural and local practices;
  • Note: the draft version of the CCD enhancement in Mali and Sierra Leone will be available in July.

    UNICEF country offices and regional offices are in the process of developing and testing these enhancements, which will be completed by the end of this grant cycle in October 2018.

    OBJECTIVES

    The objective of this consultancy is to document and share lessons learned from each of the Care for Child Development (CCD) enhancement countries (Paraguay, Mali, and Sierra Leone) in the form of three case studies. The goal of the case studies is to help stakeholders at the global, regional, and country levels understand the process, challenges, and best practices that emerged during the design and testing of the enhancements made to the CCD package, and to use these findings to support implementation efforts and make recommendations on how to institutionalize the enhancement approach across platforms. The case studies will explore specific strategies/approaches and key lessons learned in relation to the following topics:

  • Effectiveness of enhanced training manuals/materials/methodology to build frontline workers’ capacity to play and empower caregivers to provide responsive care and stimulation to their young children in Latin America (including capacity to promote positive father’s engagement in co-parenting and young children’s development, and support children with disabilities)
  • Caring for the Caregivers in West Africa – documenting the process and methodology used to develop a new model aimed at improving caregiver mental health and well-being
  • Intersectoral entry points used to enhance the delivery and reach of the CCD package (e.g. engaging other sectors in the delivery of the CCD package, beyond the Health sector)
  • Use of technology to increase the reach and improve the relevance of CCD messages and content to caregivers/families
  • NOTE: The case studies should also highlight the different characteristics of play that support deeper learning as identified by the LEGO Foundation. More information will be provided on this during the inception phase of the consultancy.

    DELIVERABLES

    The consultant will be responsible for producing the following deliverables:

  • Inception report outlining the proposed content, focus, and methodology of each case study, to be informed by:
  • Calls with key stakeholders, including: UNICEF Headquarters (Early Childhood Development Section); UNICEF Regional Offices (West and Central Africa Regional Office; Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Office); UNICEF Country Offices (Paraguay, Mali, Sierra Leone); and The LEGO Foundation.
  • Document Review: Review of relevant documents and reports pertaining to the programme Promoting Quality Learning Through Play (2015-2018), including the programme proposal, programme annual reports, and supplementary materials shared by UNICEF Country Offices and Regional Offices.
  • The inception report should include the following information:

  • Purpose and Scope: Confirmation of the objectives and the main themes of the case studies;
  • Questions and Assessment Criteria: Key questions identified for each case study and assessment criteria
  • Methodology: Data sources, data collection and analysis plan, and a discussion on the limitations of the methodology;
  • Proposed structure for the final case studies;
  • Workplan and timeline (including a travel plan);
  • Resource requirements: Detailed budget allocations tied to activities and deliverables;
  • Annexes, including the framework and questions for each case study, data collection toolkit, data analysis framework, stakeholders mapping, synthesis of preliminary interviews and document review.
  • Three case studies (each 10-15 pages, focused on the topics listed under the Purpose section) including the following sections:

  • Documentation of enhancement strategy: This section should describe the enhancement strategy used in each country, specifically examining how the strategy was developed, the needs/gaps the enhancements address, and the main outcomes of the process.
  • Best Practices, Challenges, and Lessons learned: This section should document the key best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from developing the enhancement strategies, and should explore how these lessons can inform further CCD-related work in each of the three countries as well as in other countries/contexts.
  • Human interest stories: Each case study should include a boxed-out story that provides a quick snapshot of the characteristics of play that support deeper learning, specifically focusing on how these characteristics are being reflected in the life of a child.
  • Photos and videos: Each case study should also include documentation in photos and videos (e.g. of counselling sessions and interviews with caregivers and counsellors) to complement the narrative sections of the report. Specific logistics related to this digital documentation will be discussed with each country office during the inception phase.
  • Summary report (1-2 pages) synthesizing key findings from the three case studies
  • Power Point Presentation summarizing key findings from the three case studies
  • SUPERVISION AND DUTY STATION

    The consultant must be located in North America. There will be one field visit to each of the three countries selected for this programme (Paraguay, Mali, and Sierra Leone). The consultant will also travel to UNICEF New York Headquarters for meeting(s) with the ECD Section.

    The consultant will work under the supervision of the ECD Specialist managing the LEGO Foundation-UNICEF partnership.

    TIMELINE, DELIVERABLES AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

    Start Date: 1 September 2018End Date: 15 February 2019

    NOTE: Final timeline to be determined and confirmed during inception phase of the consultancy in collaboration with UNICEF Country Offices in Paraguay, Mali, and Sierra Leone.

    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Advanced university degree (Master's), preferably in social sciences, early childhood development (ECD), communications or related field
  • Minimum of 8 years’ work experience in ECD-related field at national and international levels
  • Demonstrable experience preparing field-level case studies, and/or documenting and assessing results of ECD programmes
  • Strong qualitative data collection, analysis, and synthesis skills
  • Understanding of UNICEF’s mandate and programmatic areas of work, particularly in ECD
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills; including report writing in English, ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders
  • Fluency in English and working proficiency in Spanish or French required. Candidates with fluency in English and working proficiency in both Spanish AND French preferred
  • Prior work experience in the three programme countries (Paraguay, Mali, Sierra Leone) or in the three programme regions (Latin America, West Africa) desired
  • Previous work or consultancy experience with UNICEF desired
  • Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

    Remarks

    With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514507


              Denmark’s 3B Ventures launches new US$60M fund for impact investing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    3B Ventures puts a special focus on companies that are aiming to solve at least one of the 17 issues included in the United Nations’ SDGs Danish venture capital firm 3B Ventures today in Selangor announced the launch of its US$60 million Frontier Fund II, which will focus on impact investing in Southeast Asia, Europe, […]

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              One year later — the answer to “Where Are Your Jews?”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Oral Statement by United Nations Watch Agenda Item 9 General Debate UN Human Rights Council, 38th Session Delivered by Mr. Hillel Neuer, 3 July 2018 Transcript: Mr. President, one year ago in this chamber I asked the Arab states a simple question: “Where are your Jews?” My question was met with dead silence. Millions of people worldwide watched the video, witnessing for themselves the hypocrisy and double standards that characterizes much of what is said and done here. Today I have come to provide the answer to my question. Algeria, Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya—your Jews fled as refugees after suffering persecution and deadly pogroms like the Farhud of Baghdad in 1941. Fortunately, countries like Israel, the U.S., Canada, France and others opened their doors, offering citizenship and equal rights. These Jewish refugees from Arab lands—whose suffering and losses the UN has never addressed—put their hardship behind them and built great lives for their families. Now let us contrast this with the situation of those descended from Arab refugees who fled the area of British Mandatory Palestine during the invasion of nascent Israel by Arab armies. What is holding them back? The answer is simple. Palestinians are the only population in the world not eligible for services by the UN refugee agency. Instead these descendants are governed by UNRWA, which holds generation after generation trapped in refugee camps, denied integration in the Arab countries they were born in and denied resettlement elsewhere. Some of UNRWA’s donors are waking up to the problem. As the Swiss …

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              UN Criticizes Israeli Closure Of Gaza Border Crossing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UN Criticizes Israeli Closure Of Gaza Border Crossing

    The United Nations on Tuesday criticized Israel’s closure of its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, warning that the measure could have negative consequences.

    In a statement, U.N.

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              U.S. Tries To Derail WHO Resolution Endorsing Breastfeeding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: A resolution on breastfeeding was expected to easily be approved by government delegates who had gathered in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. The resolution said mother's milk is the healthiest for children and that countries should try and limit misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. But then the delegation from the United States threw a wrench into things. That's according to a report in The New York Times. The reporting says that the U.S. tried to water down this resolution and reportedly turned to threats against the country that planned to introduce it, Ecuador. Patti Rundall is the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, and she joins me on the line. Good morning. PATTI RUNDALL: Good morning. GREENE: So could we start by just - if you could, tell me why this resolution was so important. Why did you want the World Health Assembly to approve it? RUNDALL: Well,
              Hawke's Bay businesses pitch in to mark Mandela Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Hawke's Bay health and wellbeing businesses are getting behind community efforts to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.In September 2009, the United Nations declared the former...
              Child Labour Conventions Ratification By India in 2018 – UPSC Mains      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Child Labour Conventions Ratification By India in 2018 - UPSC Mains Child Labour Conventions Ratification By India in 2018 - UPSC Mains According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children – that India ratified in 1992 – all children are born with fundamental rights. Right to Survival – to life, health,

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              DNA Collection is Not the Answer to Reuniting Families Split Apart by Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” Program      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” program of criminally prosecuting all undocumented adult immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border has had the disastrous result of separating as many as 3,000 children—many no older than toddlers—from their parents and family members. The federal government doesn’t appear to have kept track of where each family member has ended up. Now politicians, agency officials, and private companies argue DNA collection is the way to bring these families back together. DNA is not the answer.

    Politicians argue DNA collection is the way to bring these families back together. DNA is not the answer.

    Two main DNA-related proposals appear to be on the table. First, in response to requests from U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, two private commercial DNA-collection companies proposed donating DNA sampling kits to verify familial relationships between children and their parents. Second, the federal Department of Health and Human Services has said it is either planning to or has already started collecting DNA from immigrants, also to verify kinship.

    Both of these proposals threaten not just the privacy, security, and liberty of undocumented immigrants swept up in Trump’s Zero Tolerance program but also the privacy, security, and liberty of everyone related to them.

    Jennifer Falcon, communications director at RAICES, an organization that provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas succinctly summarized the problem:

    These are already vulnerable communities, and this would potentially put their information at risk with the very people detaining them. They’re looking to solve one violation of civil rights with something that could cause another violation of civil rights.

    Why is this a problem?

    DNA reveals an extraordinary amount of private information about us. Our DNA contains our entire genetic makeup. It can reveal where our ancestors came from, who we are related to, our physical characteristics, and whether we are likely to get various genetically-determined diseases. Researchers have also theorized DNA may predict race, intelligence, criminality, sexual orientation, and even political ideology.

    DNA collected from one person can be used to track down and implicate family members, even if those family members have never willingly donated their own DNA to a database. In 2012, researchers used genetic genealogy databases and publicly-available information to identify nearly 50 people from just three original anonymized samples. The police have used familial DNA searching to tie family members to unsolved crimes.

    Once the federal government collects a DNA sample—no matter which agency does the collecting—the sample is sent to the FBI for storage, and the extracted profile is incorporated into the FBI’s massive CODIS database, which already contains over 13 million “offender” profiles (“detainees” are classified as “offenders”). It is next to impossible to get DNA expunged from the database, and once it’s in CODIS it is subject to repeated warrantless searches from all levels of state and federal law enforcement. Those searches have implicated people for crimes they didn’t commit.

    Unanswered Questions

    Both of the proposals to use DNA to verify kinship between separated family members raise many unanswered questions. Here are a few we should be asking:

    Who is actually collecting the DNA samples from parents and children?
    Is it the federal government? If so, which agency? If it’s a private entity, which entity?

    What legal authority do they have to collect DNA samples?
    DHS still doesn’t appear to have legal authority to collect DNA samples from anyone younger than 14. Children younger than 14 should not be deemed to have consented to DNA collection. And under these circumstances, parents cannot consent to the collection of DNA from their children because the federal government has admitted it has already lost track of which children are related to which adults.

    How are they collecting and processing the DNA?
    Are they collecting a sample via a swab of the cheek? Is collection coerced or is it with the consent and assistance of the undocumented person? Once the sample is collected, how is it processed? Is it processed in a certified lab? Is it processed using a Rapid DNA machine? How is chain of custody tracked, and how is the collecting entity ensuring samples aren’t getting mixed up?

    What happens to the DNA samples after they are collected, and who has access to them?
    Are samples deleted after a match is found? If not, and if they are collected by a private genetics or genetic geneology company like 23 and Me or MyHerritage, do these companies get to hold onto the samples and add them to their databanks? Are there any limits on who can access them and for what purpose? If the federal government collects the samples, where is it storing them and who has access to them?

    Will the DNA profiles extracted from the samples end up in FBI’s vast CODIS criminal DNA database?
    Currently DHS does not have its own DNA database. Any DNA it collects goes to the FBI, where it may be searched by any criminal agency in the country.

    Will the collected DNA be shared with foreign governments?
    The U.S. government shares biometric data with its foreign partners. Will it share immigrant DNA? Will this be used to target immigrants if or when they are sent back home?

    What if the separated family members aren’t genetically related or don’t represent a parent-child relationship?
    How is the U.S. government planning to determine who is a “family member” once agencies have lost track of the families who traveled here together? What if the parent is a step-parent or legal guardian? What if the child is adopted? What if the adult traveling with the child is a more distant relative? Will they still be allowed to be reunited with their children?

    Undocumented families shouldn’t have to trade one civil rights violation for another

    These proposals to use DNA to reunite immigrant families aren’t new. In 2008, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) looked at this exact problem. In a document titled DNA Testing to Establish Family Relationships in the Refugee Context, it recognized that DNA testing “can have serious implications for the right to privacy and family unity” and should be used only as a “last resort.” In 2012, we raised alarms about DHS’s proposals at that time to use DNA to verify claimed kinship in the refugee and asylum context. The concerns raised by DNA collection ten years ago have only heightened today.

    The Trump administration shouldn’t be allowed to capitalize on the family separation crisis it created to blind us to these concerns. And well-meaning people who want to reunite families should consider other solutions to this crisis. Immigrant families shouldn’t have to trade the civil rights violation of being separated from their family members for the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by DNA collection.


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              7/11/2018: FRONT PAGE: UN: Ban on goods for Gaza could escalate conflict      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The United Nations has warned Israel that its decision to halt the flow of commercial goods into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing could escalate its conflict with Hamas. “Everyone must step back from the trajectory of confrontation and...
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    The Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme yesterday launched the Enhancing Access to Justice through Institutional Reform (2018-2020) project aimed at enhancing access to justice of women, poor and vulnerable groups in Nepal.
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    BEIRUT: A suicide car bombing on Tuesday killed 14 newly reconciled fighters from pro-government and rebel ranks in an attack on a south Syrian village claimed by the Islamic State group.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion hit Zaizun, a village in the western countryside of Daraa province which rebels agreed in recent days to hand over to regime control.

    At least "14 regime and opposition fighters who recently reconciled were killed in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a military position in Zaizun," said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman, giving an updated toll.

    IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on the Telegram messaging app, saying the car driven by a suicide bomber had been packed with explosives.

    Zaizun lies near a sliver of southern territory controlled by Jaish Khaled bin Walid, a jihadist faction that has pledged allegiance to IS, which is not bound by the deal between the rebels and the government.

    Abdel Rahman said it was likely that this faction was responsible for the attack, adding it was the first suicide bombing targeting regime forces since they launched an offensive on Daraa.

    Backed by Russia, Syrian troops began a bombing blitz of Daraa province on June 19 that killed dozens of civilians and displaced more than 320,000 people.

    The onslaught came to an end on Friday, when Moscow brokered a deal with rebels for them to surrender their weapons and hand over towns to government troops.

    The agreement also provides for safe passage for thousands of opposition fighters and civilians to rebel territory further north, although those transfers have not yet begun.

    The regime is now in control of around 80% of Daraa province, while rebels hold around 15 percent, according to the Observatory.

    Anticipating a regime attack, thousands of people have fled the IS-held zone in the past two days heading toward the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

    Around 200,000 displaced people have already sought refuge along that frontier, which remains sealed, according to the United Nations.

    "After finishing off rebel forces in the south, the regime is expected to attack the last pocket held by the IS affiliate there," said Abdel Rahman.

    Government forces have not yet begun their assault but rebels nearby hit the IS-held area with artillery and mortars late Monday.

    Meanwhile Syrian state news agency SANA on Tuesday said four other villages northwest of Daraa were expected to seal deals with the government on Wednesday, citing unspecified "reports". — AFP
              Cost of food imports a growing burden for poorest countries, warns UN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Rome: The cost of importing food is weighing increasingly heavily on the world's poorest countries, a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation report issued on Tuesday showed.

    The food import bill has risen fivefold since 2000 for countries that are the most vulnerable to food shortages, while it has roughly tripled globally to reach $1.43 trillion in 2017 and is set to rise again this year, according to FAO's Food Outlook report.

    "This shows a trend that has been deteriorating over time, portending an increasing challenge, especially for the poorest countries, to meet their basic food needs from international markets," said Adam Prakash, a FAO economist and author of the study in the report.

    The global food import bill is likely to rise by around 3 per cent to about $1.47 trillion this year, driven chiefly by greater international trade in fish, notably seafood - costly foods mostly imported by developed countries - and cereals, a staple that is an essential import for many poor countries, the report said.

    The food import bill now accounts for 28 per cent of all merchandise export earnings for the group of least-developed countries - almost double the share of 2005. This compares with some 10 per cent of export earnings spent on food imports by developed countries, which also have higher GDP per capita, FAO noted.

    Food imports have risen at an annual global average rate of 8 pe rcent since 2000, but has been in the double-digits for the vast majority of the poorest countries. And the share of cereals imported compared to higher-value foods has not fallen in poorer countries, in stark contrast to wealthier ones, where it has dipped sharply, FAO said.

    The new issue of the twice-yearly Food Outlook also contains a special chapter on the growing trade in minor tropical fruits such as guava and lychees.

    "Strong worldwide urbanisation trends and growing health awareness" as well and "robust wholesale prices" in developed countries point to ample commercial potential for minor tropical fruit exporters in low-income countries, according to FAO.

    The global output value of these fruits - 86 per cent of which are produced in Asia - was around $20 billion last year, it said.

    However, capitalising on this trade opportunity for poorer countries will take innovation in handling perishability, assurance of supply, price volatility and compliance with phytosanitary certification requirements, the UN agency said.

    Only around 10 per cent of minor tropic fruits production is currently traded across borders, mostly within Asia - with Thailand a major exporter. Guava is the largest fruit in this category, along with jackfruit, longan, lychee, durian, rambutan and passion fruit, mostly grown in Brazil, and mangosteen, said FAO.

    Countries may indeed be "paying more for less food," even though global production and trading conditions have been quite benign in recent years, according to the report.

    "While food markets have remained relatively stable thanks to generally good supply conditions across most categories, they remain vulnerable in light of recent rising trade disputes and the potential for weather and other shocks," the report warned.

    In the cereals sector, 2018/19 trade is expected to remain robust, supported by continued strong import demand for nearly all major cereals.

    Other highlights include expectations of "elevated" and even record prices for seafood products in the second half this year due to tight supply trends; expanding trade for dairy products, especially milk powders; and a robust expansion of meat production amid decelerating growth in trade volumes, said the report.

    The Food Outlook primarily reviews market trends for the world's major food commodities, including cereals, fish, meat, dairy, sugar and vegetable oils. Its analysis focuses on food import bills' composition - animal proteins, fruits and vegetables, cereals, beverages, oilseeds and coffee, tea and spices - and trends over time.



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    President Donald Trump has nominated career diplomat David Hale to be the next under secretary of state for political affairs.  Hale has been serving as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan since 2015. Before that he was the ambassador to Lebanon and Jordan.  He has also served in Tunisia, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Nations.  In Washington, Hale served as deputy assistant secretary of state for Israel, Egypt and the Levant; director for Israel-Palestinian Affairs and executive assistant to former Secretary of State Madeline Albright. He speaks Arabic, is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a native of New Jersey.
              07/10 Links Pt2: The UN ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust; Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists’; Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    From Ian:

    Watchdog group: United Nations ignores antisemitism, de-Judaizes Holocaust
    The United Nations has failed to seriously combat antisemitism and in some cases has de-Judaized the Holocaust, a Geneva watchdog group said on Monday.

    UN Watch made the accusation in a report it presented at a special event at the Knesset.

    Israel has long argued that the UN’s treatment of it is tantamount to antisemitism because of the body’s long record of excessively condemning Israeli actions above and beyond those of other nations.
    Haley says UN could benefit from fresh set of eyes, calls out anti-Israeli bias at UN, January 19, 2017 (Reuters)

    “When it comes to Jews, when it comes to Israelis, the UN has become a hostile and biased body,” said Yesh Atid head MK Yair Lapid, who chaired the Knesset event. “The organization that is meant to fight antisemitism, which is sworn to fight antisemitism, is guilty of antisemitism itself.”

    The UN Watch report, presented by the group’s executive director, Hillel Neuer, said that in addition the UN has done little to tackle antisemitism even though it is tasked with combating worldwide racism, xenophobia and discrimination.

    The report lauded some UN actions on antisemitism, including UNESCO’s Holocaust education program and the statements of some UN officials, including Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

    But the bulk of the report protested the failure of UN officials and relevant bodies, including outgoing High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, to properly address the problem of antisemitism.

    Zeid did not make a “single standalone statement” in reaction to an antisemitic event during his four years in office, UN Watch said.

    He also “trivialized and de-Judaized the Holocaust,” the group said.


    At Jerusalem event, terror survivor recounts police capture of friend’s killers
    Kay Wilson is intimately acquainted with evil. Eight years ago on a sunny December afternoon, Palestinian terrorists brutally stabbed Wilson and her friend as they hiked a trail in a picturesque forest outside Jerusalem.

    As she helplessly watched her friend Kristine Luken be murdered with a machete, Wilson made the split-second decision to play dead — a move that would end up saving her life.

    Bound, gagged and stabbed 13 times, Wilson was determined not to die deep in the woods alongside Luken where their bodies could be overlooked. Somehow, she mustered the strength to walk over a kilometer through the forest on what she calls her own personal “death march” to call for help.

    Her eyewitness testimony and remnants of the killer’s DNA led to the capture of Luken’s killers. They later confessed to murdering another woman, Neta Sorek, earlier in 2010.

    The extraordinary story of Wilson’s will to survive, and the subsequent police investigation was the subject of an 2018 Israeli TV documentary titled “Black Forest,” directed by Hadar Kleinman Zadok and Timna Goldstein Hattab.

    The 50-minute film produced by public broadcaster Kan provided a therapeutic outlet for Wilson, who years later, is still healing from the physical and emotional trauma she suffered in the grisly attack.
    As Literary Award Changes Its Name to Escape Allegations of Racism, Instances of Anti-Semitism Go Unnoticed
    Children’s literature news does not ordinarily make it into lead stories in the New York Times. Last week’s announcement by the ALSC (Association for Library Services for Children, part of the American Library Association) that it had changed the name of one of its most prestigious awards was an exception. The award formerly known as the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award has now been renamed the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. The ALSC reached this decision after months of debate about the psychological impact of racism in Wilder’s books on young readers. A broad-based movement to increase diverse and accurate representations of people of color and other marginalized groups has engulfed the world of children’s books. Wilder’s work, which undoubtedly includes insensitive and offensive material about Native Americans, had become a very visible target. Where do Jews come into this story?

    Last year’s recipient of the Wilder Award was the distinguished African-American author and poet Nikki Grimes. Grimes is the author of many critically acclaimed works, including one which is distorted by the most blatant and lurid anti-Semitic tropes. At Jerusalem’s Gate: Poems of Easter accuses the Jewish people of venality, corruption, and hatred in the events surrounding the death of Jesus. The book closely follows the Gospels’ interpretation of these events. The high priest Caiaphas is described as “a mongrel smelling blood.” The Pharisees and Sadducees are conflated as members of the same evil elite, and Pontius Pilate is a passive and blameless victim of the enraged Jews who force him to kill the Messiah. The book is composed of poems, each one prefaced by the author’s comments and suggestions for discussion. Grimes encourages children to think creatively about the motives for killing Jesus: “Why would false witnesses agree to provide a legitimate excuse to have an innocent person crucified? My guess is money. Perhaps there were other reasons. Any ideas?” The poems are accompanied by illustrator David Frampton’s dangerously beautiful woodcuts, giving the story intense visual impact. One picture shows the Jewish leadership holding coins and other treasures, which they would supposedly risk losing should Jesus and his followers triumph.



    From ‘intersectionality’ to the exclusion of Jewish students: BDS makes a worrying turn on US campuses
    During the fall semester, when little was happening on the anti-Israel Hard Left on American campuses, we could have been forgiven for thinking that perhaps the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement had slowed. But as the year continued, coinciding with Israel’s 70th anniversary, the pace of BDS efforts increased and included something relatively new: efforts to mark off, isolate, and ghettoise Jews supporting Israel on campuses, while characterising Jews in ways that are deeply worrying.
    BDS on Campus

    Overall, the BDS movement generated some 22 campaigns on American campuses in 2017-18, two more than it did in 2016-17. This number was down from the immediate post-Gaza incursion peak years when BDS forces mounted 44 campaigns in 2014-15 and 33 during 2016-17, 77 in all. The recent period saw BDS organising 42 campaigns in two years. BDS forces claimed victory this year in 9 of the 22 campaigns it sponsored, a 41 per cent rate of success.

    Late in the year, the renewed intensity of the BDS campaigns contrasted notably with the year’s beginning. If anything, campuses were still reeling from the events at Charlottesville in August 2017 and the appearance by neo-Nazis and white supremacists at the University of Virginia with swastikas, torches and disturbing signs vowing ‘Jews will not replace us’. University leaders were also preoccupied with the growing conflict over free speech involving primarily alt-Right speakers and demands for access to public fora on campuses. Richard Spencer stirred concerns by threats to sue institutions infringing on his first amendment right to speak and by actively bringing radicals to campus, threatening real violence. At the University of Florida, the governor mobilised the Florida guard.

    BDS forces scored successes in November, passing divestment resolutions in several student governments; surprisingly, first at the University of Michigan (UM), where BDS had repeatedly failed until then, at Ohio State University, the University of South Florida, the University of Minnesota, New York University (NYU), George Washington University, and recently, Barnard (in a campus referendum) and the University of Oregon. Such victories were symbolic only, as university presidents and boards of trustees quickly announced they opposed BDS and would not divest university financial holdings. On the other side of the ledger, BDS was solidly defeated at the University of Maryland, Northeastern University, the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, the City University of New York, Earlham, Swarthmore, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara.
    Barry Shaw: The hypocrisy of intersectionality and the Jewish question
    People with strategic antennae can detect a throwback to the Soviet inspired canard of “Zionism is Racism.” This radical left-wing anti-Israel trope raised its ugly head way back in 2001 at the UN World Conference Against Racism in South Africa where thousands of anti-Israel demonstrators and groups hijacked the event to target the Jewish state with phony propaganda including apartheid accusations.

    Sadly, despite being beaten down in the United Nations, this same anti-Zionism has breathed new life and is active today on the campuses and streets of America and Britain, reaching out into support for Hamas and Hezbollah.

    As it was then, it is dressed up as a universal human rights issue. The same tiresome aspersions are trotted out, and soft vacant minds of the impressionable young are hooked on a cause to which they are physically detached but to which they have been seduced to dedicate their energies. It fits their progressive upbringing. Sadly, a growing number of the newly deceived are Jewish.

    In America, many have been raised by parents from the anti-war, hippie, flower power, era who, from a distance, frowned on Israel for not bringing peace to the Palestinians and, from their distant armchair, encourage their kids to become activists in an anti-Israel cause. And they do it, they claim, for the benefit of an Israel that is too dumb, and too aggressive, to see the error of our ways.

    What they have yet to realize is that firstly, they are wrong, and secondly their kids have gone from being liberal to becoming the most illiberal, closed-minded, and intolerant people in the community. They exist, you see, on a higher moral plain than the rest of us. They know better
    "Jihad Allowance": Views of Work in the Middle East
    After the ruling class, the highest respect and wealth is given to the jihadist class or military leadership class. Otherwise, the jihadist or military class might turn against the leadership and Islamic system itself. That is one reason why the highest pensions in most Muslim countries, as in Gaza and the West Bank, go to widows, parents and children of jihadists and military retirees.

    "We [the Muslim world], don't work and if we work, we don't do it professionally. We do not produce . . . and we import everything from the needle to missiles... Muhammad ordered us to excel in everything 'if you kill, do it properly, and if you slaughter, do it properly...' How come the Zionist gang has managed to be superior to us? They have become superior through knowledge and technology and work ethics." — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars.

    Today, as Muslims are escaping their vast, poverty-stricken Islamic territories in 54 Islamic nations for the greener lands of Europe and America, Westerners seem to think they are rescuing refugees. Many times they are, but other times this is just the latest version of a story that has been repeating itself for 1,400 years.
    Can Labor stamp out antisemitism as long as Corbyn is chairman?
    Recently the Deputy Chairman of the Labor Party, Tom Watson, admitted that the antisemitism problem within the party has deteriorated in the past year. In a message to the Jewish Labor Movement he said the problem was not “just with individual cases of antisemitism,” but with “wider patterns of association.” Watson mentioned that he was ashamed that antisemitism was “ignored or minimized or excused” by some Labor members.

    Watson’s statement begs the question of whether the party can overcome antisemitism as long as Jeremy Corbyn is its chairman. This has been doubtful for a long time. There are many indications that Corbyn is highly uninterested in frontally facing this hatred. In addition, he has for years been close to various antisemites. He also promoted antisemites to party positions when he became chairman. A series of events in the last three months show even more clearly that Corbyn is far too much part of the problem to reasonably expect the party to handle antisemitism complaints.

    Labor has said that it wants to deal with the majority of the complaints by the end of July. The party appointed Gordon Nandell, a leading left-wing lawyer who is Jewish, to oversee its disciplinary process. There have since been many revelations of his links to the party’s hard left and activists involved in antisemitism issues.

    Upon these disclosures, the Jewish Labor MP, Luciana Berger, asked the party’s national executive committee to review Nandell’s appointment. She tweeted: “This individual had made worrying statements on social media and was identifiably connected to organizations and individuals that seek to deny the antisemitism problem. We were ignored.” She also said that she “had no faith in how the party was going to tackle antisemitism.

    In March 2018, Corbyn said that since he had become party chairman, there have been 300 complaints of antisemitism. He added that 150 people have either been expelled or resigned. Corbyn stated the backlog of complaints to be 60 cases. The Daily Mail reported, however, a backlog of 74 cases. It added that MP John Mann said he knew of another 130 complaints. One source in Labor told the paper: “Many of these cases include the most shocking and blatant antisemitism that would make even a committed Nazi blush.”
    The Labour Party’s rejection of the International Definition of Antisemitism was long-planned
    Nearly two months ago, Campaign Against Antisemitism called out the Labour Party’s intention to reject the International Definition of Antisemitism. By analysing the seemingly positive letter and article published by Jeremy Corbyn in April, observing what was omitted, and noting Andrew Gwynne MP’s contemporaneous comments on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, we identified Labour’s disingenuous plans for all to see, calling it an “insult to the Jewish community”. Then, as now, the Labour Party had the gall to declare that they – not the world’s expert historians and academics nor the Jewish community – were best-placed to define antisemitism.

    However, when this clearly telegraphed plan took a step further toward formal adoption, MPs lined up to decry it, with Labour frontbencher Sir Kier Starmer, on the same Andrew Marr Show, saying that Labour should implement the International Definition of Antisemitism “sharpish”. Other Labour MPs, including Chukka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Wes Streeting, Stella Creasey and Anna Turley all added their public declarations of outrage.

    The junking of the definition was not done in secret: it was public. This begs the question: when the plan to carve convenient chunks out of the definition had been so clearly announced in advance, why are Labour politicians only now affecting surprise? One can applaud them registering opposition, but any politician with a significant commitment to opposing racism in their own party would surely have acted long ago: the facts, the individuals and teams working on it being easily accessible parliamentary and Party colleagues.

    In only one respect was our expectation changed: in relation to so-called Holocaust inversion, the act of comparing the actions of Jews or the State of Israel to those of the Nazis, which is a part of the international definition which the Labour party has now seen fit to omit. Considering that Mr Corbyn himself publicly wrote on 26th March to a Jewish charity, saying: “Comparing Israel or the actions of Israeli governments to the Nazis…constitutes [an] aspect of contemporary antisemitism”, the brazenness of this latest move by the Labour Party is laid bare.
    NGO Monitor: Take 2: Powerful NGOs, Antisemitism, and the Irish BDS Bill
    In January 2018, a bill to criminalize trade in Israeli settlement goods was raised in the Irish Parliament. As previously noted by NGO Monitor, the bill was prepared in conjunction with Trocaire and Christian Aid – two powerful non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the demonization of Israel. The bill was introduced by independent Senator Frances Black, who previously called for a boycott of all Israeli products.

    The initial attempt to pass the bill ended after Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney noted that bill was legally problematic, appearing to contravene EU laws prohibiting “unilateral restrictions on trade.”

    Furthermore, as noted by law professor Orde F. Kittrie, the bill may also breach US laws and could have consequences for American companies with Irish subsidiaries.

    However, following intensive NGO lobbying and trips to Israel and the West Bank where Irish lawmakers met with radical political NGOs, the bill is being revived, and the Irish Seanad will vote on it this week (July 11, 2018).
    Students for Justice in Palestine Says Progress Impossible ‘So Long as Israel Exists’
    Students for Justice in Palestine at the University of California, Davis, acknowledged on Friday that it did not believe progress in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was possible “so long as the state of Israel exists.”

    “The goal of Palestinian resistance is not to establish ‘love’ with those who are responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people,” the group asserted in an essay published by the student-run California Aggie, “it is to completely dismantle those forces at play.”

    SJP was responding to an op-ed by the Aggies for Israel club, which criticized a protest of its “Choose Love” campaign by anti-Zionist students.

    “They held posters saying ‘Justice is our demand, Palestine is our Land,’ ‘Resistance is justified when people are occupied’ and one of the most personal ones, ‘Gofman has got to go'” — a reference to student government President Michael Gofman, a member of Aggies for Israel — the group wrote in June.

    “As people shouted ‘f**k Israel,’ ‘f**k Michael Gofman’ and ‘you should have learned from Germany,’ in our faces, a question emerged: How could we have a ‘Choose Love’ campaign while people were choosing hate?” they asked. “These blatant anti-Semitic phrases go beyond any acceptable criticism of Israeli policies.”
    Muslim Democrat Running for Congress Blames Israel for ‘Evil Doings’ in Gaza
    A Somali American Muslim women running to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) has previously accused Israel of “evil doings” in the Gaza Strip and called it an “apartheid state.”

    In a November 2012 tweet, Ilhan Omar, who is currently a Minnesota state representative, said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” Her 2012 tweet came after the Israel Defense Forces launched an operation in the Gaza Strip following the launching of 100 rockets at the Jewish state.

    In May, Omar responded to criticism of the 2012 tweet by accusing Israel of being an “apartheid state.”

    “Drawing attention to the apartheid Israeli regime is far from hating Jews. You are a hateful sad man, I pray to Allah you get the help you need and find happiness,” she wrote on Twitter on May 28, 2018.

    Omar told ABC News on Sunday that she is not antisemitic and accused her critics of “bigotry.”

    “These accusations are without merit. They are rooted in bigotry toward a belief about what Muslims are stereotyped to believe,” she said, while not apologizing for her previous tweets.
    Framing the topic in BBC Radio 4’s ‘Any Questions?
    Presenter Jonathan Dimbleby is of course on record as saying that the BBC’s decision to uphold parts of complaints made concerning Israel-related reporting by Jeremy Bowen would “cause serious damage” to the corporation’s international standing, while describing those complaints as “lies and distortions”.

    His interventions during discussion of that highlighted question are hence noteworthy.

    The question from the audience member concerning the UK embassy in Israel – actually worded “why doesn’t the UK move its embassy to Jerusalem?” – came at 17:50 minutes into the programme (available here) and was immediately followed by a remark from Dimbleby:

    Dimbleby: “As of course the US government has done – or Donald Trump has done…”

    As was clearly stated at the beginning of the announcement concerning the relocation of the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, the decision was based on the ‘Jerusalem Embassy Act’ passed by the US Congress in 1995.
    BBC News coverage of terrorism in Israel – June 2018
    The Israel Security Agency’s report on terror attacks (Hebrew) during June 2018 shows that throughout the month a total of 220 incidents took place: 88 in Judea & Samaria, 6 in Jerusalem, one within the ‘green line’ and 125 in the Gaza Strip/Sinai sector.

    In Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem the agency recorded 77 attacks with petrol bombs, fourteen attacks using improvised explosive devices (IEDs), two shooting attacks, and one vehicular attack. One stabbing attack took place in Afula.

    Attacks recorded in the Gaza Strip sector included 78 attacks with petrol bombs, five shooting attacks, 8 attacks using IEDs and three grenade attacks. 29 separate incidents of rocket fire were recorded, with 76 launches.

    Five people were wounded in attacks that took place throughout the month. A high-school student was stabbed in Afula on June 11th. The BBC did not produce any reporting on that attack. A member of the security forces was wounded by a petrol bomb on June 5th in Jerusalem and three members of the security forces were wounded in a vehicular attack on June 23rd near Bethlehem. Neither of those incidents was covered by the BBC News website.
    UN roughs up, ejects, bans reporter from headquarters: Caught on tape
    "United Nations security allegedly roughed up, tossed out and temporarily banned a reporter from its New York headquarters this week -- the latest incident in what a watchdog has described as a 'long history of harassment' against him.

    Matthew Lee, who runs the online Inner City Press blog, has long been a thorn in the side of many U.N. officials with his combative and relentless style of reporting. 'ICP' puts out several lengthy stories a day about U.N. proceedings, with a particular emphasis on corruption, incompetence and lack of accountability at the international body...

    And so on Tuesday, Lee hovered outside a late-night, closed-door hearing on the U.N. peacekeeping budget. Other outlets had reported that the budget had been agreed on over the weekend, suggesting a looming stalemate had been broken. But Lee's reporting suggested things might not be so clear cut.

    Partial video of the incident taken on his phone shows Lee chatting with a committee member -- but it then cuts to a few minutes later when a scuffle can be heard. He claims that his shirt was torn, his computer damaged and his arm twisted by a security guard as he was trying to write a story about his conversation.

    A man he identified as an assistant secretary general can be heard telling him the committee hearing is closed, though Lee said he never tried to enter the room and was just reporting near the room.

    'I'm a journalist, I'm a journalist,' he can be heard yelling in the footage. 'You see what's happening here?'
    Teens in Germany fire anti-Semitic insults at passing rabbi
    A Chabad emissary in Offenbach, Germany, was the victim of a verbal assault on his way to synagogue this past weekend by a group of teenagers.

    "They shouted 'shitty Jew' and 'Free Palestine' and other things at me," Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gurevitch wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

    The incident took place Friday afternoon, when Gurevitch was on his way to pray. Gurevitch said he does not hide his Jewish identity, despite increasingly frequent anti-Semitic attacks in Europe.

    "Usually, I ignore things like this, but this time I couldn't, so I decided to try and talk to them. But the more I talked, the more they shouted at me," he wrote.

    This was not the first time Gurevitch has come under attack. Five years ago, he was attacked by a group of teens who started screaming anti-Semitic slurs at him. After that incident, a group of local residents organized a meeting with the assailants, and they apologized.

    Gurevitch mocked the apology, calling it "bla, bla, bla."
    French Jewish family told to remove mezuzah outside apartment
    The company that manages an apartment complex in France has ordered a Jewish family to remove a mezuzah from the door frame.

    The Foncière Bergé Corp. cited its regulations last week in a letter to the Saada family in Montpelier, in southern France, according to what appears to be a copy published on Twitter.

    During a July 5 inspection of the company’s real estate, “a mezuzah was encountered on your doorframe,” Fabienne Nourigat of its rental department wrote to the family in a letter dated July 6. “We remind you that no personal object may be presented in public areas and request you move the mezuzah inside your accommodation. Thank you for your understanding.”

    The Eretz news website pointed out that apartments in the same building have doormats on the external side of the door and the occupants have not been requested to remove them.
    Letter by Martin Luther calling Jews 'devils incarnate' up for auction
    A letter written by German theologian Martin Luther that is critical of the Jews is up for sale at an auction house in Boston.

    RR Auction is selling the letter dated September 1, 1543, and written in German to fellow German theologian Georg Buchholzer.

    "You have preached against the Jews and fought serious battles over that with the Margrave….And you were quite right to do so," Luther wrote in the letter, according to the translation provided by the auction house. "Stand fast and persevere!...For these Jews are not Jews, but devils incarnate who curse our Lord, who abuse His mother as a whore and Him as Hebel Vorik and a bastard, this is known for certain... You may show this letter to whomever you wish."

    Luther, a leading figure in the Protestant Reformation, is referencing the Hebrew words "hevel varik," found in the Jewish prayer Aleinu: "They [non-Jews] worship vanity and emptiness."
    World’s largest Hispanic Christian group joins FOZ to fight antisemitism
    The Hispanic Israel Leadership Coalition (HILC) - the largest pro-Israel Hispanic Organization in the world – has joined forces with the President’s Task Force, a division of the Friends of Zion (FOZ) Heritage Center in Jerusalem, to help combat antisemitism and BDS.

    The President’s Task Force is a non-political organization comprised of presidents of major Christian organizations. Its executive committee includes former governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Rev. Jentezen Franklin, Dr. Robert Jeffress, and Dr. Jack Graham.

    “We are proud to partner with Friends of Zion’s President’s Task Force and with its tireless founder, Dr. Mike Evans,” said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Conference and HILC.

    “The aim of our partnership is to leverage the unparalleled access and influence of FOZ within Israel, along with the formidable social media and content production capabilities to further promote pro-Israel values within the Hispanic Christian community around the world. Our message is clear: Israel, her people and her leaders have no truer friends than Hispanic Christians. Our partnership with FOZ will help ensure it stays that way for generations to come.”
    German Jews call for crackdown on anti-Semitism, including among Muslims
    Dozens of Jewish organizations in Germany have called on the government to crack down on anti-Semitism following a string of anti-Jewish attacks.

    In an open letter signed by 38 groups, the country’s Jewish Forum for Democracy and Against Anti-Semitism (JFDA) on Monday outlined a policy statement, urging Berlin to condition funds for civil and religious organizations on them issuing public declarations distancing themselves from anti-Semitism in all its forms.

    The statement called on authorities to take the experiences of attack victims more seriously and increase their investment in support projects and democracy promotion programs. It called for recognition that anti-Semitism is an “attack on the entire liberal democratic community.”

    It urged the government and all state-funded groups to adopt the working definition for anti-Semitism devised by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which categorizes some criticism of Israel as well as support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign as anti-Semitic.
    Germany agrees to $88 million more for Holocaust survivors
    The organization that handles claims on behalf of Jews who suffered under the Nazis says Germany has agreed to pay another 75 million euros ($88 million) to fund social welfare services for Holocaust survivors.

    The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said Tuesday the additional money brings total funding next year to 480 million euros ($560 million), to help survivors as they grow older and more frail.

    Claims Conference negotiator Greg Schneider said, “These elderly heroes deserve the recognition that increased payments and much-needed services will provide.”

    Germany also agreed to increase pensions paid to 55,000 Holocaust survivors in Central and Eastern Europe, and expand eligibility for child survivors.

    Earlier this year, the German government agreed to recognize some 25,000 Jewish Algerians as Holocaust survivors, making them eligible for compensation.
    Israeli startup silences diseased genes of shrimp to boost their production
    An Israeli biotechnology startup ViAqua Therapeutics Ltd. says it has developed a way to reduce disease and limit losses in the raising of shrimp and some fish.

    According to the World Wildlife Fund, shrimp is the most valuable traded marine product in the world today, with the industry estimated a tens of billions of dollars a year. Shrimp production is growing at a rate of some 10 percent annually, one of the highest growth rates in aquaculture.

    One of the major challenges facing the fast-growing aquaculture market is the prevention and treatment of viral diseases.

    Disease in shrimp could have “devastating consequences,” the WWF says. When they become ill, they swim on the surface of the water rather than on the bottom of the production pond. The enables seagulls to swoop down, eat the diseased shrimp, and spread the illness by subsequently defecating on a pond a few miles away. There is a socioeconomic impact, including loss of employment, when shrimp farms — in China, and other developing countries like Thailand, Indonesia, India, and Bangladesh — are shut down due to disease.

    ViAqua says it has developed a new feeding solution that is based on a biological formulation developed by the company that uses RNA molecules to inhibit gene expression. The coated particles, administered to the shrimp orally, trigger a cell reaction that disables the viral infections that attack shrimp and other aquaculture species.
    JPost Editorial: RBG’s message
    Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s expected announcement today of a Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visited Israel last week – and conveyed a wise message in her inimitable style. The 85-year-old Ginsburg, who is one of three Jews on the nine-member US Supreme Court (the others are justices Elana Kagan and Stephen Breyer), came to receive the inaugural Genesis Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony held in Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Center.

    Appointed by president Bill Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg is considered a liberal member of the Supreme Court, while the new justice touted by Trump will certainly be conservative, tipping the delicate balance in the body 5-4 in favor of the conservatives. In her acceptance speech, Ginsburg stressed that her Jewish identity had been central to her strong sense of justice. “I am a judge, born, raised and proud of being a Jew,” she declared. “The demand for justice, for peace, for enlightenment, runs through the entirety of Jewish history and tradition.”

    A day later, before the screening of RBG – an acclaimed documentary about her life and career – at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Ginsburg was asked how her Judaism had influenced her approach to law. She responded that at the entrance to her Supreme Court office, there is a large poster with Hebrew letters reading, “Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof – justice, justice, thou shalt pursue.”

    But it was only on Friday that Ginsburg, in conversation with former Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch at the American Center in Jerusalem Center, related directly to Trump’s nomination.
    Middle East’s largest natural history museum opens in Israel
    Upon entering the new natural history museum in Tel Aviv, visitors are greeted by a vivid re-enactment of the great avian migrations from Africa to Europe through northern Israel’s Hula Valley, complete with stuffed hawks, pelicans and vultures circling around the ceiling of the building’s entrance.

    The 100,000-square-foot Noah’s Ark-shaped building, which houses more than 5.5 million specimens of species from around the globe, opened this week alongside the Tel Aviv University campus after more than two decades of planning.

    As the biggest natural history museum in the Middle East and Israel’s national center for biodiversity studies, the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History highlights the country’s ecological diversity at the crossroads of the three continents, as well as the impact of urban development, climate change, and man-made devastation on the region’s ecosystems.

    The main goal of the museum, according the curators, is to increase public awareness about the natural world and environment on a local and global scale.
    Israel Sees Record Number of Tourists for First Half of 2018
    Israel saw a record number of tourists in the first half of 2018, injecting billions of dollars of revenue into the Israeli economy.

    According to the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, from January to June 2018 about 2.1 million tourist entries were recorded—an increase of 19 percent over the same period in 2017 (1.74 million) and 26 percent more than in 2016. Since the beginning of the year, tourism has injected more than NIS 12 billion ($3.3 billion) into the Israeli economy.

    June also saw a continued rise in tourism with 310,200 entries—2 percent more than June 2017. Revenue from tourism in June reached about NIS 1.66 billion ($457 billion).

    “The marketing efforts and activities that we are spearheading in the ministry are leading us to new records, as, for the first time, we have crossed the 2 million threshold for tourist entries over the course of half a year,” said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin in a statement. “I am pleased to see that the first half of the year has borne the fruit of our intensive marketing endeavors and activities around the world.”

    Levin added that he predicts that the second half of the year leading into next winter will continue with record statistics as Israel sees an increase in the number of flights from Europe to the southern resort city of Eilat.
    Israeli TV show getting Ron Howard-directed CBS remake
    An Israeli TV show about IDF service is being adapted for US audiences – with renowned director Ron Howard at the helm.

    The Yes TV show is called Ta'agad, which is an IDF acronym for a combat medic unit, and has been stylized overseas as Charlie Golf One. The US version of the show – being produced by Paramount for CBS – has been given the working title 68 Whiskey, which is the US military's code name for the same type of unit.

    Ta'agad, which stars Tomer Kapon (Fauda, When Heroes Fly) and Shira Naor (Shababnikim) premiered in 2016. The show, which was renewed for a second season slated to air next year, follows the exploits of an IDF combat battalion with the Paratroopers from the battlefield to the bedroom – and even the intrigue of an illegal medical experiment. The show was nominated for eight awards from the Israeli Academy for Film and Television, but lost out on all of them.

    According to Deadline, which first reported the news, 68 Whiskey "follows a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics to a forward operating base in Afghanistan nicknamed 'The Orphanage.' Together, they endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and occasionally, a profound sense of purpose."

    The pilot will be directed by Howard, the famed Oscar-winning director behind A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code and many more.
    Israeli spacecraft aims for historic moon landing… within months
    Save the date. On February 13, 2019, an Israeli-built unmanned spacecraft is expected to land on the moon, having blasted off from Earth two months earlier, project managers said at a news conference Tuesday.

    If all goes well, the SpaceIL spider-like craft will give Israel entry into the exclusive club of just three nations that have so far achieved a controlled landing on the moon’s surface.

    The probe will be launched sometime in December from Cape Canaveral aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, officials said during the media event, held at an Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) space technology site in Yehud. It is scheduled to land on February 13, 2019.

    The project, begun seven years ago as part of a Google technology contest to land a small probe on the moon, was conducted together with IAI.

    “We will put the Israeli flag on the moon,” said Ido Anteby, CEO of SpaceIL.



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    PMW: Fatah to US: “We don’t want your flour, your wheat, or your aid”
    At a Fatah demonstration earlier this month, Abbas' deputy chairman of Fatah, Mahmoud Al-Aloul, announced that Palestinians don't want US aid, because US is "forming an alliance" with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, "the Israeli enemy":

    Fatah Deputy Chairman and Fatah Central Committee member Mahmoud Al-Aloul: "Mahmoud Abbas has told him [Trump], and we are telling him, that America is not fit to be a sponsor of peace... This American Trump is forming an alliance with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, the Israeli enemy, who is sowing havoc and destruction over the land by expropriation and building settlements... We want freedom. We want independence. We want an end to the occupation. We don't want your flour, your wheat, or your aid." [Official PA TV, July 2, 2018]

    Al-Aloul's statement rejecting US aid follows the passing of the Taylor Force Act in the US, in March 2018, which cuts almost all funding to the PA if it continues paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and allowances to families of so-called "Martyrs." The law was named after US citizen Taylor Force who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv on March 8, 2016.

    Al-Aloul's comments also follow the passing of a new Israeli law to deduct the amount of money the PA pays imprisoned terrorists and families of "Martyrs" from the tax money Israel collects for the PA, which was passed by the Israeli Parliament on July 2, 2018.
    PMW: PA leader Nabil Shaath: Australia is “worthy of being spat on”
    PA Chairman Abbas’ advisor Nabil Shaath: "This filthy talk of ‘the criminals’ in connection with our Martyrs and prisoners – while they are our heroes, the heroes of self-sacrifice and the candles of freedom. They cannot be compared to the Israeli criminals in Israel’s prisons... Australia’s decision [to stop] transferring $10 million angered me greatly... It transferred [the aid to the UN]... so that it would not serve for payment of the salaries of the [prisoners and Martyrs’] families. In other words, the truth is they are worthy of being spat on. You [Australians] are the servants of the US… I don’t want your 10 million, I don’t want to chase after them." [Official PA TV, Topic of the Day, July 3, 2018] Nabil Shaath is PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor on Foreign Affairs and International Relations Australia cuts direct aid to the PA - Australia announced on July 2, 2018, that it is ceasing its direct aid to the PA, and will transfer aid through the UN. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop explained that Australia unsuccessfully sought confirmation from the PA that the aid was not going to pay terrorists. Bishop added: "Any assistance provided by the PLO to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians." PMW has led the exposure of the salaries paid by the PA to terrorists and their families.


    Father of American Victim of Palestinian Terror Calls New US, Israeli Laws Penalizing PA ‘a Good Beginning’
    The recent passage of laws in both the US and Israel penalizing the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its payments to terrorists and their families marked “a good beginning, but there is much more to be done,” the father of an American military veteran who was killed in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv two years ago told The Algemeiner on Monday.

    Stuart Force, the father of the late Taylor Force, traveled to Israel to attend last week’s Knesset vote on a bill modeled on a US law — named after his West Point graduate son — that was approved by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in March limiting American aid to the PA.

    “Watching the legislation’s passage in the Knesset was a very emotional and special time for me,” Force said. “I feel that the resolve shown by both countries to address this part of the war on terror will provide a stimulus for nations worldwide to look at where their humanitarian aid actually goes.”

    “If it cannot be shown that the intended recipients of our assistance are receiving it, then it should be withheld until it can,” he continued. “Something is terribly wrong when the leaders of terrorism are living like wealthy warlords, with their ‘subjects’ having no hope for a better future.”



    JCPA: Economics Won’t Help. The Palestinians Will Continue with Terror Attacks
    In any case, the chance that economic temptations will lead to a change in Palestinian national goals is very slight as long as the Palestinian system is not led by a political movement that gives priority to the welfare of its citizens. That movement must recognize that to provide for their economic needs, it must end its commitment to the struggle against Zionism, which is translated as yielding the “Right of Return” and deciding to forego the establishment of a Palestinian state in all of mandatory Palestine.

    The approach of the U.S. administration criticizes the Palestinians and Hamas, in particular, for “not acting according to the needs of the Palestinian people.” This reaction indicates a lack of understanding for Palestinian priorities and superimposes upon them a Western order of priorities, which sees in the pursuit of happiness and prosperity as all people’s solitary goal.

    The Palestinians explain to the world that they have a different order of priorities, including paying salaries to terrorists, “Return Marches,” the destruction of a critical truck crossing for goods, and the right to forgo both human life and prosperity. However, it appears that the Americans, Europeans, and many Israelis are not getting these messages. They continue to believe that economic considerations can lead the Palestinians to change their anti-peace policies.

    We must not diminish the importance of investing in the advancement of the Palestinian economy and economic cooperation with them. These are based on ethical motives – from the desire to bring economic prosperity to our neighbors to advancing familiarity between both peoples. We must hope that in the end this will motivate the Palestinian to change their order of priorities.
    IDF stops boat seeking to break Gaza blockade
    The Israeli Navy on Tuesday apprehended a Gazan boat with approximately eight people on board that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade. The apprehension took place without incident.

    After the boat and the Gazans on board are searched, the boat will be towed to the Israeli Navy base in Ashdod.

    The IDF assigned medical personnel to treat those on board who requirws medical assistance.

    This is the second time in the past two months that the Hamas terror organization has attempted to violate the legal naval blockade and has paid Gazan civilians to participate.

    The IDF stated that the naval blockade is a "necessary and legal security measure that has been recognized repeatedly by the world and the UN as important to the security of the State of Israel and its maritime borders that protect Israeli civilians in the face of terror and smuggling of weapons."
    Exclusive: Islamic cyber terrorists trying to target infrastructure
    Though they have not yet succeeded, Islamic cyber terrorists are increasing their efforts to carry out cyberattacks against Western countries infrastructure.

    This is one of the concerning conclusions of a report obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post.

    The report was issued by the IDC Herzliya International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) cyberdesk, with input from ICT deputy director Dr. Eitan Azani and cyberdesk coordinator Nadine Liv.

    To date, most cyberterror attacks have consisted of defacing target websites and posting embarrassing messages.

    But the report discussed “the possibility of terrorist organizations acquiring offensive capabilities on the Internet, hiring hackers for this purpose, or receiving assistance from terror- sponsoring countries” as a serious future danger.

    Further, it said that, “the monitoring of the accounts of IS [Islamic State]-supporting hackers indicates that there is a desire to develop these offensive capabilities.”
    Iran’s Two-Front Strategy
    The Assad regime's current offensive in southern Syria has been mainly in the eastern part of Daraa province, down to the Jordanian border. The push toward the west - Quneitra and the Golan - carries the risk of Israeli action.

    Once the Syrian military campaign finds its way to Israel's border, Iran will as well - whether immediately or down the road makes little difference.

    All the chatter about a deal with Russia notwithstanding, there is a need for Israel to intensify its targeting of Iran's infrastructure, personnel, and logistical lines in Syria to deter the Iranians from moving against Israel on the Golan.

    "We have just one option," Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Shimon Shapira, a senior researcher of Hizbullah and Iran at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, told me.

    "And that is to act with force, overtly and covertly, against the Iranian presence in Syria. Consenting to or accepting the Iranian presence, be it direct or indirect, in the end will lead to a war with Iran in Syria and in Lebanon."

    As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu put it recently, "if there needs to be" conflict with Iran, "it is better now than later."
    Report: Obama 'shocked' by settlement expansion
    A series of maps of Judea and Samaria, focusing on the placement of Jewish communities and Israeli military facilities in the area, provoked a dramatic change in the Obama administration’s policies vis-à-vis Israel, a report by The New Yorker claims.

    According to the report Monday, a presentation by then-Secretary of State John Kerry to President Barack Obama in the waning days of the administration ‘shocked’ the president into taking a more aggressive stance towards Israel, withholding America’s veto on a United Nations Security Council resolution critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria.

    The Obama administration, like its predecessors, had in the past backed a final status settlement negotiated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority and opposed unilateral actions regarding core final status issues. In this vein, the US had traditionally used its veto power on the Security Council to block resolutions directed against Israel.

    In December 2016, however, the Obama administration permitted UNSC Resolution 2334 to pass – a measure which demanded Israel unilaterally freeze all construction in not only Judea and Samaria, but eastern Jerusalem as well.

    The decision to abandon Israel at the Security Council – a significant departure from traditional US policy – after the president was presented with a series of maps collected at the behest of a senior State Department official, Frank Lowenstein.

    The collection of maps, assembled in 2015 by Lowenstein and updated by the State Department in 2016, was presented to Obama and key advisers by Secretary of State John Kerry during a 2016 Oval Office meeting.
    New Zealand “got it wrong” over 2334
    National Party leader, Simon Bridges, has acknowledged that New Zealand “got it wrong” by co-sponsoring United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 alongside Malaysia, Senegal, and Venezuela.

    Though New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, challenged the process at the time – that the decision was not put to cabinet – Mr Bridges stated that he thought cabinet “would have made a different decision” than Foreign Minister Murray McCully did.

    This is an important acknowledgement – especially after Bill English failed to answer questions about the controversial resolution and claimed that the decision actually didn’t need to go to cabinet.

    The comments by Mr Bridges were made during question time at a Hastings public meeting on Friday 29 June, 2018, and are online. Pastor Nigel Woodley asked

    “In a future National govt led by you, what do you propose to do to ensure that a much more even-handed, balanced, and fair foreign policy towards the State of Israel is enacted. Because at the moment the foreign policy is very much tipped in favour of the Palestinians at the expense of both truth and justice.” – Pastor Nigel Woodley

    The response of Mr Bridges is transcribed below the video. He made three important comments that need to be highlighted.

    1. “I get that question or similar at most meetings”
    This observation shows how the actions of Minister McCully were out of step with the wishes of the people. The Israel Institute of New Zealand 2017 poll showed that more than half of all Kiwis support Israel and only about one quarter thought the government was right to co-sponsor the resolution. The thousands of New Zealanders who protested, signed letters, and expressed their disappointment at the time are clearly still sending the same message.

    2. “We got it wrong on that UN resolution [2234]”
    This acknowledgment is some relief to the majority of New Zealanders and is an important step from Mr Bridges. However, the resolution is not “history” now and nor is it “academic”, as Rt Hon Mr Peters has claimed. Unfortunately, UN resolutions build upon each other and 2334 was referenced in the disproportionate number of anti-Israel resolutions that New Zealand continued to support in 2017, and in the recent resolution condemning Israel for “disproportionate and indiscriminate force” with regard to the Gaza riots – a resolution that New Zealand also supported, despite it not mentioning Hamas. If New Zealand is to act on the rhetoric, then the voting pattern at the UN must change to become more in line with our traditional allies on the side of truth, justice, and fairness.
    What does Boris Johnson's resignation mean for UK-Israel relations?
    Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson's resignation on Monday plunged Prime Minister Theresa May's turbulent government into even more trouble less than a day after former Brexit Secretary David Davis quit the government.

    Johnson’s resignation letter slammed May's Brexit negotiation strategy, stating that the Brexit "dream is dying, suffocated by needless self-doubt."

    May moved quickly to appoint Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as the UK's new foreign secretary, ushering in a new and less flamboyant era at the British Foreign Office.

    Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev was quick to welcome Johnson's foreign secretary replacement, expressing hope that relations between the two countries will continue to go from strength to strength.

    "Mazal tov to Jeremy Hunt on his appointment as Foreign Secretary. Looking forward to further strengthening the Israel-UK partnership," wrote the Israeli envoy on Twitter on Monday evening.

    Although public statements made by Hunt to date regarding Israel are scarce, he dedicates much of his website's foreign policy section to the Middle East where his opinions regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict mirror those of the Conservative Party in general.

    There Hunt expresses his desire to promote business ties with Israel, and states his strong opposition to the BDS movement. But he also highlights his concerns regarding the demolition of Palestinian villages and the detention of Palestinian children by Israeli authorities.

    Hunt reiterates his government's support for a two-state solution, and states that he was "very disappointed by the announcement of the US's intention to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."
    France Keeps Blackening Israel
    Relations between France and Israel have been ambivalent and complex for decades. Among the most prominent are those where the French government sets out to blacken Israel. President Emmanuel Macron is seemingly a new type of Frenchman. He reached the presidency without having risen through the ranks of an existing political party. He is a suave, intelligent politician with an excellent education, an international outlook, many ideas, and good public relations.

    However, analysis has to concentrate on facts and not packaging. A good point of departure are the French reactions to the recent Gaza border violence. When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Macron in Paris in April, the French president told him that the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem “led to people dying and did not advance peace.” With this transparently manipulative statement Macron showed his skills in distorting the truth in a few words. What provoked the violence was the terror organization Hamas’ initiative to send civilians to the border and mix terrorists among them. Among the more than 115 Gazans killed by Israel, more than half were confirmed terrorists. That many of those killed were terrorists was confirmed by Hamas itself.

    France also supported an UN Security Council resolution which called for protective measures for Palestinians, but didn’t mention Hamas. Deputy Israeli Minister Michael Oren summarized it in a tweet: “Shame on France for supporting it. French government cannot say it’s against anti-Semitism and vote for this anti-Semitic resolution.”
    The IDF’s response to ongoing Hamas terror attacks
    Today, Monday July 9, the Kerem Shalom Crossing will now only be open to humanitarian aid, including food and medicine that will be approved on an individual basis by COGAT. Exports and marketing of goods will no longer take place at the Kerem Shalom Crossing.

    This is in light of the ongoing arson and additional terror attacks at the hands of the terror organization, Hamas. This includes infiltration into Israel from the Gaza Strip, terror tunnels discovered leading into Israel from the Gaza Strip, including two near the Kerem Shalom Crossing, and violent riots along the security border. In addition to putting the lives of Israeli civilians at risk and breaching Israel’s sovereignty, Hamas also simultaneously exploits and endangers Gaza residents.

    Additionally, the expansion of the designated fishing zone in the Gaza Strip ends today, Monday July 9. For the past three months during the fishing season, the extension increased from six to nine nautical miles. The fishing zone will be returned to six nautical miles today.

    This is in response not only to the most recent terror attempts by Hamas, but also in addition to the discovery that took place on June 3 of a terror tunnel located within a Hamas military post that exited to the sea. As well, on May 29th, the Israeli Navy apprehended a Palestinian boat with approximately 17 Palestinians that attempted to breach the legal naval blockade.

    The State of Israel aspires and acts to improve the living conditions of civilians in the Gaza Strip. However, the IDF has decided to take these measures due to the recent situation in which the Hamas terror organization is exploiting Gazan residents and launching arson and explosive balloons and kites towards the Israeli communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The current situation doesn’t allow the residents of southern Israel to safely maintain their daily routine. Should these severe conditions continue, IDF measures will persist and intensify.
    Kite, balloon terrorism continues scorching Israel's land
    More than 100 days have passed since the kite and balloon terrorism began. So far, it has resulted in 678 fires in farmlands and wooded areas in Israeli communities on the Gaza border community, with 9,160 dunams (2,260 acres) of mostly natural grove consumed.

    In addition, 6,000 dunams (1,500 acres) of agricultural produce and thousands of dunams (acres) of open fields were burned to the ground.

    The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL) alone has lost 15,100 dunams (37,000 acres) of land, not including the Gaza border communities' lands that were scorched.

    Firefighters, community security coordinators, and KKL teams worked tirelessly to put out 33 fires across the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Hof Ashkelon regional councils on Monday. The firefighters managed to gain control of most of the blazes within minutes, except for the fire in Kibbutz Gvar'am, which took the crews a longer time to overcome.

    Despite the IDF's announcement that a high-tech solution has been found to eliminate the incendiary balloons threat—in the form of detection and interception drones— fields are still being burned every day and the threat posed by the balloons is only increasing.

    The IDF is operating a system able to detect and track the balloons. However, they are still not being intercepted while in the air.
    Analysis: Why close the Kerem Shalom Gaza border crossing now?
    So there are a few options. It is possible to threaten Hamas, which both Liberman and Netanyahu have done repeatedly since the wave of kite arson began. But that has not succeeded in getting the terrorist organization to stop setting fire to the Israeli fields.

    It is also possible, as both the prime minister and defense minister have done, to stress upon occasion that the real strategic danger to the country – the problem that needs immediate and urgent attention – is Iran’s entrenchment in Syria.

    But the public pressure has built nonetheless, and Netanyahu needs to show that not only is Israel not impotent against what seems like a primitive threat, but can also apply pressure on Hamas in return.

    Why now? Perhaps because Israel thought, in vain, that its warnings and threats against Hamas would do the trick. Perhaps because they wanted to give Egyptian mediators a chance to persuade Hamas to give up this type of warfare. Perhaps because there was hope the IDF would come up with some kind of technological solution to the problem.

    But when none of that came to pass, Netanyahu and Liberman – according to this face-value reading of the situation – decided to turn up the heat, even at the risk of bringing down international condemnation on Israel, and even if it means making the extremely difficult lives of Gaza’s residents under Hamas even more difficult.

    Something, Netanyahu and Liberman surely believe, needs to be done.
    Hamas: We infiltrated Israel and collected information
    For years, Hamas has been complaining that the Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the Gaza Strip, as well as sanctions imposed by the Palestinian Authority against the two million residents living there, have created a “humanitarian and economic crisis” in the coastal enclave.

    But now that some countries and international parties – including the US, Israel and the United Nations – have come up with a number of initiatives to improve living conditions in the Gaza Strip, Hamas does not seem to know what to do.

    Here’s the dilemma Hamas is facing: On the one hand, if Hamas accepts these initiatives, its rivals – first and foremost the ruling Fatah faction – will accuse it of “selling out to Israel and the US,” and giving up Palestinian national rights in return for economic projects and humanitarian aid.

    On the other hand, rejecting proposals to improve the living conditions its constituents could aggravate the situation and possibly prompt desperate Palestinians to revolt against the Hamas regime.

    Some of the initiatives sound very tempting, to a point where it’s hard to see how Hamas can say no to a seaport in Cyprus or projects to create job opportunities to solve the serious problem of unemployment in the Gaza Strip.

    Hamas has nothing to lose by allowing Western parties to establish an industrial zone in the Gaza Strip that would provide thousand of jobs to Palestinians. In fact, such projects benefit Hamas because they exempt it from its responsibilities – as the de facto government in the Gaza Strip – toward its people.

    This is why Hamas leaders and officials appear to be divided over the various initiatives that are being proposed by Israel, the US and the UN.
    U.N.: Israel’s ban on commercial goods for Gaza could escalate conflict
    The United Nations said it was concerned Israel’s decision to halt the flow of commercial goods into the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom crossing could escalate its conflict with Hamas.

    “Everyone must step back from the trajectory of confrontation and escalation,” UN Special Coordinator to the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said on Tuesday.

    He spoke in response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to issue the harshest restrictions on Gaza’s main commercial crossing since the 2014 war with Hamas.

    As of Tuesday morning only humanitarian supplies, such as food, medicine and fuel could enter the strip.

    Israel’s decision to impose severe economic sanctions on Gaza comes fours months after Hamas and Islamic militants in Gaza have launched flaming kites into southern Israel that has scorched large swaths of fields along the southern border.

    It also comes in the midst of a major US push to put in place an economic package that would ease life for the two million Palestinians in Gaza, that are also suffering from Palestinian economic sanctions and living on four hours of fuel a day.

    “I am concerned by the consequences of Israel’s decision to temporarily suspend imports and exports with the exception of basic humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing,” Mladenov said on Tuesday.
    Liberman in Golan: IDF will act against Iranian presence in Syria
    Israel will not allow Iran to entrench itself in Syria, which would give it the ability to launch attacks on Israeli territory, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Tuesday during a tour of the Golan Heights with senior IDF officers.

    "The Iranian presence in Syria is unreasonable, and we are not prepared to accept an Iranian presence in Syria anywhere, and as you have heard more than once, we will act against any Iranian consolidation in Syria,” the defense minister said.

    “The moment we identify an Iranian presence, we will act,” Liberman added, warning that there is no difference between a withdrawal of Iranian troops to 40 or 80 kilometers from Israel’s border.

    According to Liberman, Israel has “identified elements” belonging to Iran and its Shiite proxy militias who “under the auspices of the regime” are trying to establish themselves on the Golan Heights.

    “This effort to establish a terrorist infrastructure under the auspices of the regime, as far as we are concerned, is unacceptable and we will act with force against any terrorist infrastructure that we will see and identify here in the region,” Liberman warned.
    Female terrorist who mistakenly stabbed Arab sentenced
    A Jerusalem court sentenced a female Arab terrorist to 10 years in prison on Monday, after she was found guilty of a stabbing attack near the Old City of Jerusalem last summer.

    The terrorist, 31-year-old Fadwa Nazih Hamadeh, attacked a haredi man returning from morning prayers in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, August 12th.

    As the haredi man left the Old City via the Damascus Gate, Hamadeh lunged at him with a knife. In video footage taken from a security camera in the area, Hamadeh’s would-be victim can be seen dodging the attack and fleeing the scene.

    After she failed to injure her first target, Hamadeh turned her sights on another man, stabbing him in the shoulder.

    The victim was a 31-year-old Arab man Hamadeh had mistakenly thought was an Israeli Jew.

    A resident of Jerusalem’s Sur Baher neighborhood, Hamadeh is married and has five children, ranging in age from 8 to one-and-a-half.
    Overnight: Shooting attack in Beit El
    A shooting attack took place in the town of Beit El in the Binyamin region overnight Monday. No injuries were reported.

    Several bullet casings were found at the scene. Troops are searching the area.

    Meanwhile, IDF soldiers operating in Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria detained overnight Tuesday four wanted persons suspected of involvement in terrorist activities, popular terror and violent disturbances against civilians and security forces.

    The suspects were taken for questioning.

    As well, during a search for weapons in the PA city of Qalqiliya, IDF troops seized an M16 assault rifle, which was transferred to security agencies.
    Israeli Border Police Soldiers Save Life of Palestinian Baby in Hebron
    Israeli Border Police soldiers stationed at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron saved the life of a nine-month-old Palestinian boy on Sunday, the Hebrew news site Walla reported.

    The soldiers heard shouts coming from a nearby home and when they arrived they found an unconscious baby surrounded by distressed family members who were trying to resuscitate him.

    The baby was not breathing and his face had turned blue. The soldiers took over the effort to revive him, and a Border Police medic who was called to the scene succeeded in getting him breathing again.

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    Khaled Abu Toameh: Hamas divided: The Gaza Strip rulers' humanitarian aid dilemma
    The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of terror group Hamas, published what it called "new details" about the attack on Zikim Beach on July 8, 2014.

    Hamas naval commandos landed at the Zikim beach at the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, where they were located and eliminated by an IDF combined force 40 minutes after infiltration into Israeli territory.

    According Hamas’ version, the Zikim operation included two stages. The first stage was the observation and gathering of information about IDF forces in the area of ​​Zikim Beach and their command headquarters. That mission was carried out by Hamas naval force operatives who infiltrated Israeli territory.

    The second stage was the implementation of the attack, that began with the departure of Hamas naval force operatives by diving and swimming towards the target. The force split in two. The first force landed outside and began to advance toward the command headquarters. After about 45 minutes, another force joined them and updated Hamas command about developments and asked for further directions.
    Syrians Flee Towards the Hospitals of ‘Enemy’ Israel
    The founder of the Good Neighbor project, Lt. Col. (res.) Marco Moreno, explains that “refugees are not expected to seek shelter from us. We have always managed aid as a military operation with caution and attention, knowing that our soldiers are saving and helping them while risking our lives. We enter at night in a country at war against us. We can expect anything, and we know that. But we want to save them as human beings. We passionately help children; when they come with their families here and there along the fence, the population collects toys, clothes, funds, special food, diapers … at the beginning, there was a lot of suspicion, but then they understood.”

    “Yes, we certainly have an explicit interest,” he added. “When the operation started, we told them: ‘We will help you beyond the border and take care of you, but don’t allow your terrorists to come and hurt us.’ What simply started out as the right thing to do has transformed into something beautiful.”

    Lt.-Col. Tomer Koller, a medical officer in the Bashan division of the Golan, points to the colored tents in the wind from the Hazaka outlook post. Inside, they are packed with people in need.

    For Israel, it is impossible to think of hosting them. The country is small, and these refugees are particularly problematic; they vary from newborn babies to ISIS terrorists who hate Jews. “Our policy is to help them,” said Koller. “We feed them, we take care of them as much as possible … and then they have their reality at home.”

    Their home is in flames. We know it; we see the frightful wounds on the bodies of Syrians cured by Israelis in the Galilee. Israel cares for Syrians with its incredible therapeutic power and good will, but it can’t bring them home. In that respect, the best of human intentions and common sense sometimes clash. The right choice, however, is that man remains a friend of his fellow man, at his best, even in war. That’s what Israel believes.
    Iran Vows to Sell as Much Oil as It Can in Face of US Sanctions
    Iran’s vice president acknowledged on Tuesday that US sanctions would hurt the economy, but promised to “sell as much oil as we can” and protect banking.

    Eshaq Jahangiri said Washington was trying to stop Iran’s petrochemical, steel and copper exports. “America seeks to reduce Iran’s oil sales, our vital source of income, to zero,” he said, according to Fars news agency.

    “It would be a mistake to think the US economic war against Iran will have no impact,” Jahangiri added.

    President Donald Trump said in May he would pull the United States out of an international accord under which Tehran had agreed to limit its nuclear development in exchange for sanctions relief.

    Trump said he would reintroduce sanctions and Washington later told countries they must stop buying Iran’s oil from Nov. 4 or face financial consequences.

    On Tuesday, the US ambassador to Germany also called on Berlin to block an Iranian bid to withdraw large sums of cash from bank accounts in Germany.

    Jahangiri said Iran’s foreign ministry and the central bank have taken measures to facilitate Iran’s banking operations despite the US sanctions. He did not elaborate.
    U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany
    Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill.

    The Trump administration is already working to stop the German government from allowing this transfer following weekend reports that Iran is poised to fly around 300 million Euros out of the country as part of an ongoing scheme to skirt tough new U.S. economic sanctions, which were put back into effect after President Donald Trump decided to abandon the landmark nuclear deal.

    "The mullahs are worried that they will run out of cash," according to a report in Germany's Bild news site. "Iran's justification for their plan says that they need the money ‘to pass it on to Iranian individuals who, when traveling abroad, are dependent on euros in cash due to their lack of access to accepted credit cards.'"

    The disclosure of the latest scheme to skirt U.S. sanctions has inflamed ongoing tensions between the United States and Germany over its efforts to continue providing Iran with sanctions relief in the face of a crackdown by the Trump administration, which has been locked in diplomatic efforts to convince European partners to pull out of Iran.
    China’s Xi Pledges $20 Billion in Loans to Revive Middle East
    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday pledged a package of $20 billion in loans, and about $106 million in financial aid, to Middle East nations, as part of what he called an “oil and gas plus” model to revive economic growth in the region.

    Beijing has ramped up engagement in the Middle East in recent years as Arab nations play an important role in Xi’s signature Belt and Road foreign policy plan for strong trade routes linking China with central and southeast Asia.

    Development was key to resolving many security problems in the Middle East, Xi told a gathering with representatives of 21 Arab nations in the Chinese capital.

    “We should treat each other frankly, not fear differences, not avoid problems, and have ample discussion on each aspect of foreign policy and development strategy,” he said.

    China would offer aid worth 100 million yuan ($15 million) to Palestine to support economic development, besides providing a further 600 million yuan ($91 million) to Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, he added.

    A consortium of banks from China and Arab nations, with a dedicated fund of $3 billion, will also be set up, he said.

    It was unclear what the relationship between the bank consortium, financial aid and the overall loan package would be.

    The loans will fund a plan of “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revival” that would include cooperation on oil and gas, nuclear and clean energy, Xi said.
    China pledges $15 million to Palestinians amid major push for Mideast influence
    China will provide Palestinians with more than $15 million in aid, President Xi Jinping told top Arab officials Tuesday, as Beijing seeks to build its influence in the Middle East and Africa.

    The 100 million yuan pledge to Palestinians was made as part of a plan to give Arab states more than $23 billion in lines of credit, loans and humanitarian assistance for economic development.

    The money will be earmarked for “projects that will produce good employment opportunities and positive social impact in Arab States that have reconstruction needs,” said Xi, without providing further details.

    It is part of a special Chinese program for “economic reconstruction” and “industrial revitalization,” Xi told participants at a China-Arab States forum in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.

    Beijing is also prepared to provide another one billion yuan ($151 million) to countries in the region to “build capacity for stability maintenance,” Xi said, using a term commonly associated with policing and surveillance.

    Xi said that Syria, Yemen, Jordan and Lebanon would receive $91 million in humanitarian assistance.



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    On 23 September Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and head of the Palestinian Authority, officially submitted a bid to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon for Palestine to be recognised as a state and granted full membership of the United Nations. This bid has precisely a zero per cent chance of succeeding. […]

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    On 23 December 2016, United Nations Conference decided to adopt a resolution (the A / RES / 71/258) to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. However, not all the countries adopted unanimously the General Assembly proposal: among the countries that voted against that you proceed or who abstained many of those in possession of nuclear weapons, from China to emerging nuclear powers such as India, Russia and Pakistan, but also (and this should have surprised) countries such as France, UK, USA, Australia, Israel, Japan, South Korea and many other European countries.

    “The existence of nuclear weapons is still a threat to humanity. The need for a breakthrough in disarmament has never been so urgent as it is today “- said Kim Won-Soo, General Secretary of the United Nations.


    The reason of this decision was the letter signed by Christina Cheshier representative of the United States to NATO, dated October 17, 2016, with which the Americans “strongly encouraged” the allies to “vote NO to any vote at the UN Committee for the Prohibition of nuclear weapons “. An invitation that many countries, in December and even in recent days, confirmed they accepted.


    Despite the boycott of many important countries, the motion was approved. Few days ago were held the first meeting to define the contents of the Treaty. Surprisingly, the session was held in an auditorium virtually desert: tens of nations, including all those mentioned above, decided not to take part and work for the Treaty considering nuclear disarmament as unrealistic scenario. In the speech given by Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, who chaired the session was heard only by very few people (and even these seemingly disinterested). The same official website of the UN officially speak of “the absence of concrete results after two decades of negotiations for multilateral nuclear disarmament.” An absence that threatens to perpetuate itself in what is (or rather was) “the first real debate on nuclear disarmament in twenty years.”


    The UN experts referred of a “growing frustration in recent years” due to the fact that many countries continue “to rely on nuclear weapons in security doctrines and to fund programs to modernize and reinforce nuclear weapons” available. There are still more than 15,000 nuclear weapons (data NU), stored in the arsenals of many countries and many of these have not signed either the NPT: US, Russia, Britain, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea.


    Nowadays nuclear weapons remain the only mass destruction weapon that has not yet declared globally outlawed (such as biological weapons, chemical weapons, landmines and cluster bombs, and other). And this despite the nuclear disarmament was a priority of the United Nations since its birth in 1945.


    The decision expressed by the majority of the countries of the UN in December is likely to be a flop. This confirms that the situation is much more serious than anyone can imagine: all countries that have nuclear weapons have no intention to deprive themselves of what experts consider “only a deterrent in case of war”: for the country that decides to use them would be enormous risk of being itself a victim of the radiation produced by these weapons. What makes these virtually unusable weapons are the consequences of what happens in a country almost always have uncontrollable effects on the entire planet (think of what happened in Fukushima and before Chernobyl ).


    Persisting to renounce using or even having nuclear weapons it’s just a power game where few states are trying and demonstrate to the rest of the world they are the ones in charge.

    The latest demonstration, if ever it necessary, that in recent years the actual weight of the United Nations on international policy decisions has fallen. To the point where, year after year, to be perhaps inadequate when it comes to making important decisions.



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    Dia mengatakan, anggaran pendidikan Indonesia terus mengalami peningkatan setiap tahun. Anggaran pendidikan dalam APBN 2017 sebesar Rp 419 triliun rupiah. Tahun 2018 naik menjadi Rp 444 triliun. Hal tersebut harusnya ditunjang dengan peningkatan kualitas pendidikan Indonesia.
     
    "Pasti otomatis naik (anggaran pendidikan). Yang lain turun naik sesuai kebutuhan, kalau untuk bangun irigasi, naik, kalau mau untuk pertanian, ya pertanian (naik)," kata dia 
     
    Dia pun berharap para guru juga merasa bertanggung jawab agar porsi anggaran yang demikian besar itu, betul-betul bermanfaat.
     
    "Rp 444 triliun itu harus pernah dipikirkan apa yang mau di capai, jangan itu hanya memenuhi amanat konstitusi," dia menandaskan.
     

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    Six sovereign wealth funds that collectively represent more than US$3 trillion in assets have committed to only invest in companies that factor climate risks into their strategies, thereby helping to achieve the climate goals of the United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement. Given the size, long term investment horizons of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), and the […]
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    NEARLY 50,000 supporters are set to cheer England at their World Cup semi-final – thanks to a United Nations of new fans from around the globe. Just under 10,000 are expected to make the journey from England to Russia to back the team. But Gareth...
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    [size=21]Saudi protest against the excesses of the mullahs in the Saudi territorial waters in the Arabian Gulf 11 July 2018 01:58 p[/size] [rtl][size=12][rtl]Iranian boats[/rtl][/size] [/rtl]Baghdad Post [rtl] Iraq news   Saudi Arabia has filed a memorandum of protest with the United Nations against the frequent violations of Iranian boats and boats by Saudi Arabian waters in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The memo pointed out that the Iranian violations affect ...
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    Plot: In 1994 Sarajevo was a city under siege. Mortars and rocket propelled grenades rained onto the city, killing indiscriminately, ever day. Amongst the madness, two United Nations personnel: a British military officer and another Brit working for the UN Fire Department, decided it would be fun to persuade a global rock star, Bruce Dickinson […]
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    Plot: In 1994 Sarajevo was a city under siege. Mortars and rocket propelled grenades rained onto the city, killing indiscriminately, ever day. Amongst the madness, two United Nations personnel: a British military officer and another Brit working for the UN Fire Department, decided it would be fun to persuade a global rock star, Bruce Dickinson […]
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    [India], July 10 (ANI): Taking yet another stand to empower women of all ages, actress Mallika Sherawat on Tuesday recalled how eloping from home gave her courage in life after facing "innumerable hardships" in a "patriarchal family."

    Mallika, who has spoken about women empowerment at various international platforms including the 65th United Nations DPI/NGO Conference in 2014, spoke about her struggle days on Twitter as she hailed the Supreme Court's decision to dismiss review pleas filed by three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

    The actress said that the rape victim that finally been "delivered justice."

    "Six years after she was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in the capital city of India, we finally laid her memory to rest. She had worked hard to free herself from the shackles of roles that society often slots for its women," Mallika wrote.

    The judgment came in response to a review petition filed by three death row convicts - Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma, and Pawan Gupta- against the Supreme Court order of May 2017, which said that Nirbhaya's rapists and killers should be hanged.

    The girl, who succumbed to her injuries 13 days after the incident, was named Nirbhaya, meaning fearless, by a section of the media.

    Mallika, 41, who hails from a small village in Hisar district of Haryana, later went on to spill her side - how she managed to take a stand for herself.

    "For me it was running away from my home that gave me courage. Stifled in a patriarchal family, I neither had freedom nor choice. I faced innumerable hardships because I dared to question and challenge the status quo. When I got a choice, I ran as fast as my legs could carry me. And, I survived," Mallika wrote.

    "Today I stand on my own two feet and I decide how I live my life. It's not easy. I have been called enough names and treated in myriad ways. But as I travel across India and the world, I realize it's not easy for too many of us. Buried under societal pressure, scared of the consequences, subjugated and constantly violated are millions of women and girls who want to be free," she added.

    Mallika now wishes to work towards ending the subjugation.

    "I want to help make them free. Every young girl, every woman has dreams. Every woman who is empowered can empower another. We can, each one of us, free one another. I want to free every girl from fear. Let there be no one who fears becoming another victim. Let us fight to create a society where women live with pride and not with worry. Let us battle the odds to build a world where girls and women live unshackled," she said.

    Mallika, who has appeared in a mix of Bollywood and Hollywood movies like 'Murder', 'Hisss', 'The Myth' and 'Politics of Love', concluded her note saying, "Free a girl. Free every girl." (ANI)


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    Influenced by initiatives such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, stakeholders in sustainable energy and environmentally conscious professionals gathered in May for the Environmental Leader and Energy Management Conference at the Tech Center in Denver, Colorado. The conference represented a nexus of industry leaders eager to explore trends and share best practices and [...]
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    [This Day] Maiduguri -The Nigerian Army has released 183 children, formerly involved with Boko Haram, to the Borno State Government and representatives of the United Nations.
              U.S. Tries To Derail WHO Resolution Endorsing Breastfeeding      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: A resolution on breastfeeding was expected to easily be approved by government delegates who had gathered in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. The resolution said mother's milk is the healthiest for children and that countries should try and limit misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. But then the delegation from the United States threw a wrench into things. That's according to a report in The New York Times. The reporting says that the U.S. tried to water down this resolution and reportedly turned to threats against the country that planned to introduce it, Ecuador. Patti Rundall is the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, and she joins me on the line. Good morning. PATTI RUNDALL: Good morning. GREENE: So could we start by just - if you could, tell me why this resolution was so important. Why did you want the World Health Assembly to approve it? RUNDALL: Well,
              7/11/2018: Middle East: UN flays Gaza cargo closures      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations yesterday criticised Israel’s closure of its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip, warning that the measure could have negative consequences. In a statement, UN Special Coordinator Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel to reverse its...
              국제법 국제법과 무력사용      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    [국제법]국제법상 무력사용에 관한 유형과 요건의 고찰국제법4A)유엔 헌장 체제에서는 국제사회에서의 무력사용을 어떻게 규제하고 있는가002016년 2학기 국제법 기말시험 핵심체크2016년 2학기 국제법 교재전범위 핵심요약노트2017년 2학기 국제법 교재전범위 핵심요약노트2017년 2학기 국제법 기말시험 핵심체크 제1절 무력행사의 금지 Ⅰ. 전쟁관의 변천 Ⅱ. 무력행사를 금지하기 위한 국제적 노력 1. 제1차대전 이전 2. 국제연맹규약 3. Kellogg-Briand조약 (不戰條約) 4. UN헌장 제2절 집단적 안전보장 (collective security) Ⅰ. 집단안전보장의 개념 Ⅱ. 국제연맹의 집단안전보장체제 Ⅲ. 유엔의 집단안전보장체제 1. 의의 2. 특성 3. 안전보장이사회의 집단적 강제조치 Ⅳ. 총회에 의한 안전보장조치 1. 의의 2. 총회의 평화를 위한 단결결의 (유엔총회 ‘결의377’) Ⅴ. 유엔의 평화유지 활동(Peace-Keeping Operations PKO) 1. 의의 2. 특성 3. 조건 4. 평화유지군의 임무 유형 5. 법적 근거 Ⅵ. 유엔정치기관과 사범심사 UN 헌장 제7장의 관행 Ⅰ. 냉전기간 동안(1945~1990) 헌장 제7장의 관행 1. 한국전과 UN군 2. 로디지아와 남아프리카 Ⅱ. 냉전종식 이후 헌장 제7장의 관행 1. 이라크의 쿠웨이트 침략 : 제2차 걸프전 2. 소말리아 3. 아이티 4. 유고사태 판례 정리 무력사용에 관한 판례 < 니카라과 사건 > : 무력행사/ 집단자위/불간섭의 원칙에 관한 문제 < 나우리라 사건(Naulilaa case) >: 무력복구에 관한 문제 < 캐롤라인號 사건 > : 자위권의 한계 : UN의 ICJ에 대한 권고적 의견을 요청한 사건 <서남아프리카 (일명:나미비아)사건> : 안보리의 ICJ에 대한 권고적 의견을 요청한 사건 < Lockerbie 사건 > : ICJ가 사법심사권을 행사할 마음의 준비가 되어 있는가에 관한 문제 제1절 무력행사의 금지 Ⅰ. 전쟁관의 변천 1. 초기의 차별전쟁관 ① 차별적 전쟁관에 기초하여 정전이론이 전개되었으며 근대 초기의 국제법학자들은 자연법사상에 기초하여 正戰論을 전개하였다. ② 대표적 학자들 : Vitoria Suarez Groutius Vattel 2. 근대의 무차별전쟁관 ① 19세기에 들어서 주권국가에 입각한 국가체제가 세력균형에 의존하게 되자 전쟁은 일단 적법하다 고 가정하고 전쟁의 절차적 적법성만을 추구하는 무차별전쟁관이 대두했다. ② 대표적 학자 : Hegel-‘전쟁이란 것은 진화를 위하여 필요한 것 평화란 부패된 정체를 의미한다.’ 3. 제1차 세계대전 이후의 차별전쟁관 ① 제1차대전 후 다시 정전론이 고개를 들어 일정한 전쟁을 부정 불법한 전쟁으로 금지하게 되었다. ② 대표적 학자들 : Kelsen Guggenheim Ⅱ. 무력행사를 금지하기 위한 국제적 노력 1. 제1차대전 이전 (1) Naulilaa사건 - *武力復仇의 제한에 대한 관습법을 명확히 한 중재판결 * 復仇(reprisal) ① 의의 : 복구란 피해국이 국제위법행위의 중지와 구제를 위해 전쟁의사 없이 가해국에게 가하는 대등한 정도의 강력행위를 말한다. ② 구별되는 개념 (i) 報復(retorsion) : 위법이 아닌 부당한 행위를 한 국가에게 손해를 줄 목적으 로 하는 부당하지만 적법한 행위 (ii) 自衛(self-defense) : 일반적인 불법행위에 대한 대응적 불법행위는 복구로서 인정되나 무력공격이라는 불법행위에 대한 대응적 무력사용 은 자위가 된다. ③ 요건 (i) 상대국의 국제위법행위가 존재해야 한다. (ii) 복구의 당사자는 국가이다. (iii) 복구 전에 불법행위에 대한 구제요청이 선행되어야 한다. [국제법]국가의 무력사용 관련 유엔 헌장 내용[국제법] `KAL 007` 격추 사건[국제법] 국가영역코소보사태와 국제법-PKO와 유럽무력행사를 금지하기 위한 국제적 노력과 무력사용의 문제점 개선방안 수정 다운 홍보국제인도법_헤이그법_전투수단에 관한 법적규제[레포트자료]국제인권법-일본군 위안부 문제도서관 정보 사용 이용법 (주제에 대한 조사)도서관 정보 사용 이용법 (주제에대한 조사)[법학통론] 국제인도법(전쟁법)의 의의와 영향력[국제법] 국제형사재판소(ICC)의 관할대상 범죄[국제법] 테러리즘에 대해서....[국제법] ★국제법의 있어서의 자위권의 의의 및 행사[국제법] [국제법] 신문 기사내 국제법적 오류 찾기 조회수:1473회
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    by MTHULISI SIBANDA JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – HUAWEI has released its 2017 Sustainability Report, demonstrating initiatives undertaken to bridge the digital divide, support network stability and security, protecting privacy, promote environmental protection and build a healthy ecosystem. Over the past year, Huawei has actively benchmarked its operations against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to […]
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    The progressive leftist wing of the Democrat Party has spent the time since President Trump’s inauguration embracing the like of the violent Antifa and Black Lives Matter movement. Working in concert with such elements as George Soros, a man whose only goal is the destroy the United States and his puppet Obama and his traitorous OFA they will continue to push towards the socialist tyranny that they so desperately need to find their way back to power.

    They have vilified any form of law enforcement including line police officers and ICE. The progressive socialists have turned every ICE employee and facility into a target for violence. Those whose mission is to defend our country and the sacrifices they are already required to make will face violence on a pre-planned massive scale by socialists and anarchists using the Saul Alinsky playbook. Create chaos and overwhelm all government systems until they break and then create violence to attempt to get the citizens in line with your agenda. The Democrats are complicit in this and continue to believe that, in the end, they will be the ones in power.

    Let’s look at the past few weeks and make an effort to understand where the leftists want to take this country.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel was chased after leaving a Louisville Kentucky restaurant by an angry mob for no other purpose than to create a scene which the mainstream media was all too happy to splash across the airwaves.

    Steve Bannon was confronted at a bookstore in his hometown of Richmond Virginia

    A thirty-year-old man Kino Ahuitzotl Jimenez assaulted a 16-year-old boy at a Whataburger in San Antonio Texas. Jimenez has since lost his job and charged with felony assault.

    U.S. Capitol police arrested a man who threatened to kill Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY and his family with an ax. This is the same Rand Paul who was attacked by his neighbor Rene Albert Boucher on November 3rd.

    In June, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was assaulted and harassed at a local movie theater.

    The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington Virginia asked White House Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders out of the restaurant and went a step further to follow them to other restaurants to create a scene.

    Loudmouth low information mobs have also accosted DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielson while she was at dinner over the separation of families on the southern border, a concept developed and promulgated by Barack Obama.

    Peter Henry Fonda has called for putting the Presidents son in a cage with pedophiles and called for the caging and rape of our DHS Secretary. Hey Petey, you lackluster bag of garbage, what have you done lately, do you need to be noticed for being a crude, foul-mouthed “celebrity” with the dregs of our society being your followers. Is this the type of thing you want to be remembered for?

    Other Cabinet members and citizen Trump supporters have been mobbed by anarchists who are paid for by progressive socialist such as Soros and Obama. The mainstream media has also cheered on this practice of mobbing individuals that do not meet the agenda that they have imposed.

    It has since turned into open season on the assault of Trump supporters with the complicit help and excuses being made by the mainstream media. The media is an integral part of just being used for the mob violence that we see. It has been made quite clear by the talking heads of CNN, ABC, MSNBC, and others including print media that being that they consider Trump supporters “NAZIS” that anything is allowed to stop this administration.

    With intellectual lightweights and their brain-dead sycophants, we come to such instances as MSNBC Donny Deutsch commenting that all Trump supporters are Nazis inferring that this administration is putting these children and families in concentration camps. Two significant points that little Donnie neglected to mention because they didn’t fit his agenda. One, about 80% of the children crossing our borders are being brought in by coyotes or child traffickers and that under OABAM and the failed catch and release program, thee children were sent throughout this country with the child traffickers and had not been heard from since. Donnie boy, explain that and explain why ignoring these facts make you more of a Nazi than anything President Trump has done.

    We have had the talking heads on the progressive socialist networks comparing the separating of families on the border to the WWII camps for Japanese internment. First, do they mention that the president that caused that was a Democrat and was done with the full affirmation by the party? And those Japanese that were so severely treated were American citizens. Those crossing out borders are ILLEGAL immigrants and as such should be afforded any citizen rights AT ALL. Let’s make it simple, turn them around at the border, do not allow them to cross the border, and send them back home or to Mexico, which is the first safe country the Resettlement Act as passed by the United Nations claim they should ask for asylum.

    Many are convinced that this is all Trumps fault. Nothing could be further from the truth. How to explain Obama’s statement that his side brings a gun to a knife fight or his “bitter clingers” who still stand by their guns and bibles. Obama never understood that the Bible is the foundation that our country and citizens depend on, and the arms are for times like these when Obama and his mob rousing friends intend on revolution. The violent left which the globalists and Obama are leading are not adverse to violence. The plan sent out by groups such as Indivisible, BLM, and Antifa to flood hundreds of thousands of followers and fellow anarchists into Washington D.C. is to be but a prelude of what they plan in the future. And it was, in fact, Bill Clinton, one of the leftist’s icons who took Elian Gonzalez from his family at gunpoint to force him back to Cuba where he has since grown up like a good little communist.

    The leftists and the government of Obama, ( one and the same) ignore that it was Public Law 107-296 that has caused the separation of families and have been enforced by George W, Bush Obama and now Trump. Democrats passed public Law 107-296 but the mainstream media and leftists who are now hounding the Trump administration ignore the facts of their own culpability in these separations.

    Even House Minority Leader “San Fran” Nancy Pelosi has weighed in causing this a form of child abuse of President Trumps making, once again ignoring the laws and regulations that past administrations made. Together with open border advocates, the policies that Trump is required to follow along with all the loopholes are called “cruel and unnecessary.  The only response from the idiots is open borders, let everyone in and deal with the increase in crime and poverty as best we can.  The only major difference that President Trump has made following the laws of our country is “Zero Tolerance.” A policy that is supported by a majority of African Americans, Hispanics and whites of both parties.

    Only 20% of Hispanics in an Economist/YouGov poll support releasing families of illegal immigrants into the country and return later for a court date. This is the future the progressive socialists in the Democrat Party wants for us.


              Daily Current Affairs for July 6-9,2018 ( English)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Important Days:
    1.     July 7 - The International Day of Cooperatives (IDC) was observed on first Saturday of July across the world to promote co-operative model as it contains core aspects of sustainable development and is based on ethical values and principles. The 2018 theme of the Day was ‘Sustainable societies through cooperation’.
    National:
    1.   UNESCO delegation has entered into an agreement with Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) is going to set up ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.For this UNESCO has requested State Government to provide 100 acres of land in Visakhapatnam for developing the city as International Gaming and Digital Learning Hub. It will help UNSECO to develop edutech gaming in state, with the target of providing 50,000 jobs in 10 years.
    2.   The Law Commission of India (LCI) has recommended that gambling and betting on sports be allowed as regulated activities in its report “Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including Cricket in India”.It recommended number of changes in law for regulating betting for making it taxable under direct and indirect tax regimes and used as source for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI).
    3.   The entire animal kingdom i.e. all animals, including avian and aquatic species as legal entities with rights, duties and liabilities of living person .This declaration was made by the Uttarakhand High Court Bench  consists of Justice Rajiv Sharma and Justice Lok Pal.
    4.   The Supreme Court ruled that the Chief Justice of India is the ‘Master of Roster’ who has the authority to decide on allocation of cases. The ruling was given by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.CJI is an individual judge and not the powerful collective of five senior-most judges of Supreme Court called the ‘Collegium’. CJI has exclusive authority to allocate cases to fellow judges and is spokesperson of the court.
    5.   A mandatory dope test for all government employees, including police personnel, from the time of their recruitment through every stage of their service has ordered by Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. Drug screening will be mandatory in cases of promotions, and also be a part of annual medical examinations.
    6.     The study conducted by researchers from US based Earth Institute, Columbia University and Indian School of Business, Hyderabad recommended that Indian farmers can make a big switch from growing rice and wheat to alternative cereals such as maize, sorghum and millet, it could reduce demand for irrigation water by 33%. This could also improve nutritional availability to consumers.
    7.     Satyarup Siddhanta has become second Indian mountaineer after Malli Mastan Babu to climb Mt Ojos del Salado (6893 m), the highest volcano in the world. He is certified mountaineer from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. He has skied last degree to South Pole by covering distance of 111 km. In December 2017 he summited Vinson Massif, becoming only fifth Indian civilian to complete the seven summits (Messner’s List).
    8.     India’s most popular competitive exams, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) will now be held twice a year and over multiple days. This announcement was announced by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). Both exams will be conducted by newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA). It will also conduct National Eligibility Test (NET).
    9.     The 67th plenary meeting of North Eastern Council (NEC) chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was recently held in Shillong, Meghalaya. The meeting was attended by Union Minister of Development of NER and Governors and Chief Ministers of the north-eastern States. The meeting discussed development projects of Northeast States.
    10.                     The Uttar Pradesh Government  has granted Status of Revenue Village to three villages inhabited by the Tongia Scheduled Tribe in and around forests in Saharanpur district under the Forest Rights Act, 2006 (FRA). The granting of Revenue Status to villages means that these villages will now come under the revenue department instead of forest department. The Forest Rights Act, 2006 has a provision for turning forest villages into revenue villages so that civic facilities reach these areas. These villages are - Kaluwala, Sodhinagar and Bhagwatpur.
    11.                     The Himachal Pradesh government issued a fresh notification banning the use of thermocol cutlery across the state on July 7, 2018. This announcement was made by state’s Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on the occasion of the World Environment Day on June 5. The government has issued fresh notification reiterating that no person including shopkeepers, vendors, wholesalers, retailers, hawkers, rehriwalas will use thermocol cutlery in any form manufactured from non-biodegradable material as listed in Schedule under Himachal Pradesh Non-Biodegradable Garbage (Control) Act, 1995.
    12.                     The Haryana government announced on July 7, 2018 that it has decided to enrol family members of nomadic tribes so no person living in the state remain deprive of an Aadhaar card. Under the campaign, 20 Aadhaar enrolment kits would be provided in the three sub-divisions of Gurugram to all nomadic tribe 'bastis'. A special enrolment campaign for nomadic tribes is being run till July 10 in all 22 districts.
    13.                     The Telangana government has allotted 200 acres to three different women entrepreneurs' associations in the state. It has allocated 50 acres to FLO at Sultanpur, 30 acres to Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs (COWE) at Toopran and 120 acres to the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP) and also 10 per cent of land in all the 140 various industrial parks in the state are earmarked for women entrepreneurs.
    14.                     The Haryana Excise and Taxation Department has identified a total of 6,091 value-added tax (VAT) dealers in the state having arrears over Rs 5 lakh and uploaded the photographs of the defaulters on its website. The action has been taken on the directions of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) 2012-13. It was also suggested by the PAC that the names of these defaulters should be published in the newspapers.
    International:
    1.     An accountability court in Pakistan on July 6, 2018 sentenced ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in one of the three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal. His daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years and son-in-law Captain (retired) Safdar was sentenced one year imprisonment. While Nawaz Sharif was fined 10 million dollar, his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2.6 million dollar fine. The ruling came weeks before the general elections of Pakistan that are scheduled to be held on July 25.
    2.     US $6.69 billion dollar budget for 13 peacekeeping operations for year 2018-19 has approved by the Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary) of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The budget approved for missions include MINUJUSTH (UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti), MINUSCA (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Central African Republic), MINURSO (Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara), MONUSCO (Stabilisation Mission in Democratic Republic of the Congo) and UNIFIL (Interim Force in Lebanon).
    3.   The 17th World Sanskrit Conference was held at Vancouver, Canada from 9th July to 13th July, 2018. It was inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar. So far it has been held thrice in India. The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years under the auspices of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies. The purpose of this conference was to promote, preserve and practice Sanskrit language all over world by the people.
    4.   The sixth edition of biennial World Cities Summit was jointly organised by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities and Urban Redevelopment Authority was held in Singapore from July 8 to 12, 2018.Its theme was “Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration. The summit was held together with Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
    5.   Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Dasho Tshering Tobgay during their meeting in New Delhi agreed to take the exemplary bilateral partnership to new heights for benefit of the people of both the countries. Both leaders expressed happiness over the commemoration of Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan.
    6.   US officials have ordered DNA tests on '3,000' detained children who remain separated from their migrant parents in an effort to reunite families at the centre of a border crisis. The Department of Health and Human Services, HHS is doing DNA testing to confirm parentage accurately. The department is seeking to meet a court- imposed deadline of next Tuesday to reunite some 100 detained children less than five years of age.
    7.   Regular citizens and NGOs will have the right to sue polluting companies in civil courts, as per a new bill proposal approved on July 8, 2018 by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation. Israel suffered two significant pollution disasters in nature reserves during recent years, where Eilat-Ashkelon Pipeline Co and Israel Chemical Ltd were held accountable. The Israeli government hopes the new bill will put more pressure and deterrence toward big companies that do not care about the state supervision against pollution.
    Science & Technology:
    1.   ‘Khan Prahari’ – a mobile Application and Coal Mine Surveillance & Management System (CMSMS) has launched by the Union Ministry of Coal.  ‘Khan Prahari  is  atool used for reporting any activity taking place related to illegal coal mining like rat hole mining, pilferage etc. Using it, one can upload geo-tagged photographs of incident along with textual information directly to system. The CMSMS is web based GIS application through which location of sites for unauthorised mining can be detected. Its objective is reporting, monitoring and taking suitable action on unauthorised coal mining activities. The CMSMS and the mobile app have been developed by CMPDI, Ranchi a Subsidiary of CIL and Bhaskarcharya Institute of Space Application and Geo-informatics (BISAG).
    2.   The test of Crew Escape System that provides escape mechanism for astronauts if the launch operation is aborted has successfully conducted by ISRO. The crew escape system is being developed as part of the he proposed human spaceflight programme. India at present does not have human space flight programme. Only three countries United States of America (USA), Russia and China have human space flight programmes. The only Indian scientist to ever travel to space was fighter pilot Rakesh Sharma who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 (spacecraft of former USSR) in 1984.
    3.   The Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (CoE-DSAI) has opened by Indian IT industry apex body NASSCOM (National Association of Software & Services Companies) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The centre aims to support small and mid-sized businesses (SMB) by fast-tracking their product developing, providing market access and assist them by co-creating programs along with other industry partners and start-ups.
    4.     Saathi - a mobile help centre to reach out to people undertaking annual pilgrimage to 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath has launched by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). It will provide help and information to yatris staying in camps outside the Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu. This will be in addition to security provided by CRPF to the yatra routes.  In addition, they will also provide first aid treatment to people in need and would also be distributing medicines.
    Defence:
    1.   Six global aircraft manufacturers have responded Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Request for Information (RFI) to supply 110 fighter aircrafts to replace its ageing fleet of MiG-21s and MiG-27s, which are being phased out of service. The bids now will be evaluated after which IAF will issue Request For Proposal (RFP) with exact specifications of aircraft to be procured. The RFP is expected by early 2019. It has not specified exact requirement of fighter jets, opening up contest to both single-and twin-engine jets.
    First in State/ India/ World:
    1.   First Internet telephony service Wings in India to be rolled out from August 1, 2018 is going to launch by the state-owned telecom operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). To use the service of Internet telephony through Wings, customer needs to install soft app on any of its smart devices (like smart mobile handset/tablet/ laptop) having internet to make and receive calls from anywhere in India and abroad with any party (mobile/landline). Through wings, customer can make or receive calls by using internet service of any operator. It also launched prepaid initiative in its landline offerings and a rent free landline connection for existing subscribers.
    2.   Samsung has opened the world's largest mobile factory in Noida, India. The factory will be officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in on July 9, 2018. The factory inauguration marks the first-ever state visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The South Korean President will be accompanied by first lady Kim Jung-sook, senior cabinet members, officials as well as industry captains.
    Economy:
    1.   ‘GST Verify’ - a mobile app to protect interest of consumers has developed by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). It has been developed by B Raghu Kiran joint commissioner GST Hyderabad and can be used all across the country. It will allow customers to verify their bill if any GST amount mentioned is of genuinely registered person or not. This will help consumers to save the amount shown as tax from fraudster they are cheating them.
    2.   The license to Bank of China to launch operations in India has issued by the Reserve Bank of India. With this, Bank of China becomes the second Chinese bank after the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China to have a branch in India.
    3.   A ministerial panel formed by the Goods and Services Tax Council on July 8, 2018 recommended that there shall be no additional tax incentives for digital transactions for a year, citing revenue considerations. The panel headed by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said that it may think about the proposal of incentivising digital transaction again after a year, once returns and GST revenues stabilise.
    Appointments/Resignations:
    1.     Justice AK Goel has appointed as the new Chairperson of National Green Tribunal (NGT) by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC). His appointment comes after he retired as Supreme Court Judge. He will have tenure of five years from date he assumes office or till he reaches age of 70 years, whichever is earlier. 
    2.     Britain's Brexit minister David Davis has resigned two days after the cabinet approved a plan to retain strong alignment with the European Union even after leaving the bloc.
    3.     Former Information and Broadcasting secretary Uday Kumar Varma has been appointed as a member of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council, a self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels.
    Sports:
    1. Sports Authority of India (SAI), will now be known as ‘Sports India’. This announcement was made by Union Ministers of Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. 

              ABBAS ADVISER COMPARES ISRAELI SECURITY AT TEMPLE MOUNT TO NAZISM-INQUISITION.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

    LUKE 21:28-29
    28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
    29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
    30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

    JOEL 2:3,30
    3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
    30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

    ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
    12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
    13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

    EZEKIEL 20:47
    47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

    ZEPHANIAH 1:18
    18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

    MALACHI 4:1
    1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

    And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
    Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

    Large fire caused by kite sent from Gaza rages outside Israeli kibbutz-Nine firefighting teams, 4 planes said participating in efforts to douse flames; second fire reported in area-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    Two fires blazed near Israeli communities near the Gaza Strip Saturday afternoon, caused by incendiary kites flown into Israel from the territory.A large fire was raging near Kibbutz Or Haner, Channel 10 news reported. Nine firefighting teams were at the scene, with the support of four firefighting aircraft.A second fire was reported near Kibbutz Nir Am.Officials said there was no current danger to the communities themselves.Recent months have seen an uptick in violence at the Gaza border, with weekly violent Palestinian protests, ongoing rocket attacks, and the new phenomenon of incendiary kites and balloons flown over the border, sometimes at a rate of several dozen each day.The incendiary devices have sparked near-daily fires that have burned thousands of acres of farmland, parks, and forests. Some have been found connected to explosive devices.On Friday police launched a campaign urging children to stay away from any unknown kites, balloons, or drones they may find on the ground this summer.On Friday thousands of Israelis took part in a rally near Gaza calling for the return of the bodies of IDF soldiers held by Hamas.Some 4,000 people took part in the Israeli event, waving Israeli flags and flying blue kites in a peaceful counter to the flaming airborne devices launched at Israel in recent months from Gaza.Separately Friday, a few thousand Palestinians participated in the weekly “March of Return” protests on the Gaza border. One was reported killed when a device he was holding exploded.

    Abbas adviser compares Israeli security at Temple Mount to Nazism, Inquisition-Mahmoud Habbash laments restrictions on Muslim access to Al-Aqsa Mosque: 'Are they trying to do to others what was done to them?'-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    A religious affairs adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas compared Israel’s security measures for Muslims at the Temple Mount compound to those employed against Jews during the Spanish Inquisition and the Holocaust.In remarks last week on Palestine TV, Mahmoud Habbash lamented restrictions on access to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which sits on the holy site known in Arabic as Haram al-Sharif.“There are roadblocks, restrictions, closure of the gates, road closures, and age restrictions… People who are under 40 years of age are not allowed to pray,” Habbash said, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute.“Dear God! What is this? What historical age are we living in?” said Habbash, also the PA’s supreme Sharia judge. “In the days of the Inquisition? Are they trying to do to others what was done to them in the ghettos, in the Inquisition courts, or in the Nazi courts? Is this or is this not the Inquisition?”“It is an Israeli Zionist Inquisition, which is trying to violate one’s human dignity, and the dignity of religious belief and of human faith in God,” the PA official concluded.The Temple Mount houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is considered Islam’s third holiest site. It is the holiest place in Judaism, revered by Jews as the location of the Jewish Temples.Under the present arrangement instituted by Israel after it captured Jerusalem’s Old City in 1967, the site remains under Jordan’s religious custodianship. Jews are allowed to visit the compound under the existing arrangements but are barred from religious worship or prayer.Israel does not restrict access for Muslims in Israel, including East Jerusalem, to the site. It has sometimes closed the area to men under 40 at times of high security alert, but has not done so recently. It does routinely maintain restrictions on West Bank Palestinians entering the country, amid its overall security procedures.Israel and Jordan signed a peace accord in 1994, but relations have long been cold.Last July the holy site became the focus of a major crisis between Israeli authorities, Palestinians, and Jordan over security measures taken at the entrances to the compound. Metal detectors and cameras were installed following a deadly attack in which three Arab Israelis emerged from the site and shot dead two Israeli police officers using weapons that had been smuggled onto the Temple Mount. The upgraded security measures were all ultimately removed.Early last year Habbash warned that the Trump administration’s plans — since realized — to move the US embassy to Jerusalem were “a declaration of war on all Muslims.”

    Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists in a selfie-Days after calling God 'stupid,' controversial Philippine president implores heavily Catholic nation to produce photographic evidence of the divine-By AP-JUL 9,18-TOI

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president, who recently sparked outrage for calling God stupid, has courted new controversy in his largely Roman Catholic country by saying he will resign if anybody can prove that God exists.President Rodrigo Duterte, who has had a thorny relationship with the church, questioned anew in a speech late Friday some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said taints even innocent infants and can only be removed through baptism in a church for a fee.“Where is the logic of God there?” Duterte asked in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city.The 73-year-old leader said that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove, perhaps with a picture or a selfie that a human was “able to talk [with] and to see God,” he will immediately resign.Duterte, however, suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race.Last week, he was slammed, including by some of his political allies, for calling God “stupid” in another speech, with one Catholic bishop calling him a “psychopath.”Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve’s sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace.“Who is this stupid God? This son of a bitch is then really stupid,” he said last week. “You were not involved but now you’re stained with an original sin … What kind of a religion is that? That’s what I can’t accept, very stupid proposition.”Opposition Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV shot back at Duterte by describing him as “one evil man” and his remarks as “very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness, and ruthlessness of his policies.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has defended his remarks, saying Duterte has the right to express his opinion on religion and cited the president’s previous disclosure that he was once sexually abused by a priest.Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.Amid the criticisms, officials have arranged a meeting between Duterte and the head of the largest association of Catholic bishops on Monday. Filipino bishops opened an annual conference in Manila Saturday and were expected to address Duterte’s tirades when they conclude their meeting on Monday.Some Catholic bishops have been critical of Duterte’s brutal crackdown against illegal drugs, which have left thousands of suspects dead in reported clashes with the police, along with his vulgar and expletive-laden speeches. He once called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch” for sparking a monstrous traffic jam during a 2015 visit in Manila that trapped Duterte for hours.

    Fire likely cause of 2016 EgyptAir crash, French investigators say-Information acquired from flight recorders suggests blaze broke out and spread rapidly, 'causing the loss of control of the aircraft'; officials suspect phone or tablet to blame-By AFP-TOI-JUL 9,18

    French investigators said Friday a cockpit fire likely caused the 2016 EgyptAir MS804 crash that claimed the lives of 66 passengers and crew, contradicting Egyptian authorities who said explosives traces were found on the victims’ remains.France’s civil aviation accident bureau, known by its French acronym BEA, said that information gleaned from the flight recorders suggested that “a fire broke out in the cockpit while the plane was at cruising altitude and the fire spread rapidly, causing the loss of control of the aircraft.”The Airbus A320 was flying from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 when it crashed into the southeastern Mediterranean, killing 66 people, including 40 Egyptians and 15 French citizens.French investigators had always leaned towards a mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, saying they suspected that a mobile phone or tablet had caught fire.An official Egyptian investigation suggested the plane had been bombed, claiming traces of explosives had been found on the victims’ remains. But a source close to the French investigation previously said no such traces were found by the team.The BEA said the crew could be heard discussing a fire on the cockpit voice recorder and that the plane’s automatic ACARS messaging system had flagged up smoke on board.It said it was waiting for Egypt to publish its final report into the crash to understand how the two countries arrived at a different conclusion.Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

    Pope denounces ‘complicit silence’ on Mideast attacks against Christians-Francis and Orthodox patriarchs pray for peace in region 'covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction'-By Trisha Thomas and Nicole Winfield-TOI-JUL 9,18

    BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis denounced the “complicit silence” that has allowed violence to consume the Middle East and drive tens of thousands of Christians from their homes, during a remarkable gathering Saturday of Orthodox patriarchs and Catholic leaders united in praying for peace in the region.Francis hosted the daylong ecumenical service in the symbolically rich Adriatic port city of Bari, considered a bridge between East and West and home to the relics of St. Nicholas, an important saint in the Orthodox world.Francis greeted the patriarchs outside the Basilica of St. Nicholas and together they descended to the crypt to pray before the relics and light a flame for peace symbolizing the unity of Christians.For years, the Vatican has voiced concern about the plight of Christians driven from Mideast communities that date to the time of Christ. Just last week, Francis decried intensified attacks in southern Syria that killed scores of people and forced tens of thousands to flee.In his opening prayer, Francis said the Middle East represented the source of Christianity, where ancient Christian rites and heritage are preserved and where “our very souls are rooted.”And yet, in recent years the region has been “covered by dark clouds of war, violence and destruction, instances of occupation and varieties of fundamentalism, forced migration and neglect,” he said.“All this has taken place amid the complicit silence of many,” he lamented. “The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind.”In a prayer service punctuated by haunting Arabic chant and Catholic hymn, Francis said the Orthodox and Catholic leaders wanted to give voice to those who have none.“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference,” he said. “For the Middle East today is weeping, suffering and silent as others trample upon those lands in search of power or riches.”Among the patriarchs on hand was the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, as well as patriarchs from ancient churches of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem. Notably absent from the gathering was Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has been a strong supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria. Kirill sent his deputy, Metropolitan Hilarion.

    Spain emerges as EU's new weak link for Africa migration-[Reuters]-By Sonya Dowsett, Ahmed Eljechtimi and Gabriela Baczynska-YAHOONEWS-July 9, 2018

    TARIFA, Spain/RABAT/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Spain has become the new main entry point for asylum-seekers fleeing Africa, an influx that European Union officials fear could exacerbate political tensions across the region over migration.Around 19,000 asylum-seekers arrived in Spain in the first five months of this year, almost as many as arrived there in all of 2017, eclipsing for the first time the numbers flowing through north Africa to Italy.The surge has intensified in recent weeks as Italy's new government shut its ports to most asylum-seekers, rescue officials say.With the EU struggling to contain dissent over migration policy, some officials in Brussels say they worry that Spain could become a new flash-point, even as overall numbers of arrivals into Europe from Africa are in sharp decline."We must not let it blow up," an EU diplomat said.He said the Morocco-Spain route had been kept under control for years. "It's not dramatic for now, but we are keeping an eye on this one."Spain's new socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, has been welcoming, and accepted two boat-loads of asylum-seekers denied port entry by Italy even as the number of boats from Morocco also rose.The asylum-seekers are arriving in mostly inflatable boats each week, often without enough fuel for the crossing, straining Spain's coastguard. Madrid is training more lifeguards to deal with the rising numbers, coastguard union officials say.People-smugglers in Morocco use a rights activist to contact the coastguard, advising it when boats set off for Spain, said coastguard official Oriol Estrada."The people traffickers know that the lifeguards are going to come for them," said Estrada, whose vessel has rescued around 1,200 people so far this year, more than 80 percent of its total for 2017."They call to say that a certain boat has left such-and-such a coast at a certain time with however many people. They even give the names of those aboard."A similar situation developed off Libya before Rome's recent crackdown, prompting Italy's ruling League party to accuse rescue ships of running a "taxi service".-'I WANT TO GO TO EUROPE'-Rescue officials working in the Strait of Gibraltar say more Asian migrants from countries like Pakistan and Sri Lanka are also crossing, another sign that smuggling networks are focusing more of their efforts on Spain.Morocco is a destination in itself for those fleeing poverty and violence in sub-Saharan Africa, but it has become more of a stepping stone as people determined to reach Europe realize the Libya-Italy route may be worse than futile, refugees say."In Libya I saw migrants being fired at with live ammunition. A friend of mine was killed in front of my eyes by a Libyan teenager," said Guinea migrant Oumar Dialo, who tried and failed to reach Europe via Libya before ending up in Morocco."I would never recommend Libya even to my enemy."Speaking in Rabat, Dialo said he had tried to reach Spain by crossing a fence on the border of Morocco and Spain's north African enclave of Ceuta, but fell and broke his leg. He said he would try to reach Spain again when the time was right, to pursue his dream of becoming a professional roller-skater."I want to go to Europe because I want to help my family and become a professional roller," he said.Morocco said it was boosting efforts to counter illegal immigration this summer, the busiest time for sea crossings."Morocco is committed to cooperating with its partners in the fight against illegal migration," government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said.EU officials in Brussels are struggling to agree on a joint response to migration to calm tensions in Italy and Germany. Leaders signaled their concerns over Spain last week when they reached a new accord on the issue, pledging to support Madrid and Morocco to stem the tide.A Spanish government spokesman told Reuters the arrivals trend started more than a year ago and was not a result of any one factor. He added Spain is pushing for policy in Europe to be harmonized, however.There are early signs that Sanchez might feel political pressure to toughen his approach if the influx continues to pick up speed.Fernando Maura, foreign policy spokesman for the center-right opposition Ciudadanos party, said the prime minister's current approach risked creating a "pull factor"."When you send out a signal of this kind, it could well be received by those who want to come to Europe," he said.(This story was corrected to delete reference to record year in paragraph two.)(Additional reporting by Steve Scherer in ROME; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Sonya Hepinstall)

    EARTH DESTROYED WITH THE EARTH IN NOAHS DAY(BECAUSE OF SIN,VIOLENCE AND GODLESS PEOPLE)

    GENESIS 6:11-13
    11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
    12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

    HOSEA 4:1-3
    1 Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
    2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.
    3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

    DEUTORONOMY 28:22-24
    22  The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
    23  And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
    24  The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

    STORMS HURRICANES-TORNADOES

    LUKE 21:25-26
    25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
    26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)

    38 dead, nearly 50 reported missing as heavy rain hits Japan-People flee to rooftops and balconies, waving furiously at hovering rescue helicopters-By YURI KAGEYAMA-TOI-JUL 9,18

    TOKYO (AP) — Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan on Saturday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly. Public broadcaster NHK said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously, and 47 were missing.Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters.Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 360,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement.Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. NHK TV said water had reached as high as 5 meters (16 feet) in the worst-hit areas.Kyodo news service, which put the death tally at 34 people, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area. NHK said a woman died in her home in Hiroshima when it got buried in a mudslide.Assessing overall casualties was a challenge because of the widespread damage. NHK repeatedly urged those awaiting rescue to not lose hope.In Ehime prefecture, a woman was found dead on the second floor of a home hit by a landslide, Kyodo said. Also in Ehime, two elementary-school girls and their mother, who got sucked into a mudslide, were rescued but their hearts weren’t beating, it said.Kyoto prefecture said it was working to control flooding at several dams and identified one fatality as a 52-year-old woman.Military water trucks were rushing to areas where water systems were no longer working, Okayama prefecture said. Troops in camouflage outfits helped people and pets reach dry land on small military boats.Evacuation orders or advisories were sent for 4.72 million people, and 48,000 members of the Self-Defense Forces, police, and firefighters were mobilized for search missions, according to Kyodo.

    Recovery divers in Thai boat disaster confronted by underwater tomb-Volunteers leading grim task of retrieving bodies of 41 Chinese tourists from sunken vessel, including mothers still clutching their infants-By Elizabeth Law-TOI-JUL 9,18

    PHUKET, Thailand (AFP) — A scene of horror in the hull of a sunken boat: mothers still holding babies, their bodies suspended in water as the lower lounge of the Phoenix became a tomb in one of Thailand’s worst ever sea disasters.At least 41 people died — all Chinese tourists — when the Phoenix went down in rough seas on Thursday.Fifteen people are still missing but two days later flickers of hope for miracle survivals are all but extinguished.While some 48 passengers and crew managed to flee the sinking vessel by jumping into the sea or mounting life rafts, many were trapped in the main lounge as the pleasure boat plummeted 40 meters into the Andaman Sea.“It’s difficult… it’s traumatic… as you can imagine when you find dead bodies, children, kids, in the arms of the mother in the wreck,” said Philippe Entremont, the manager of a Phuket dive shop who was helping coordinate the underwater search.“But now the best thing to do for us, our job is to find the bodies and bring them back to the families,” the Frenchman added.Dozens of rescuers — including volunteers and recreational divers — have scoured the waters for two days, in an area known for its reefs.Most of Thailand’s diving experts have been diverted to the north to a rescue operation at a flooded cave where 12 schoolboys have been trapped for two weeks.That left volunteers in Phuket leading the grim task of trying to retrieve bodies from the sunken vessel.Entremont said those going down are specially trained to dive at depth — the boat has sunk to about 47 meters.South African Dominic Robnik, who has been involved in the search on both days, called the scenes “very, very sad.”“There was a lot of debris, shoes, glass, and even personal belongings, so we had to navigate through all that,” he said.Divers were positioned every five meters so recovered bodies were slowly passed up to the surface, Robnik said, adding that he had helped move at least six bodies.One body has been particularly hard to retrieve after it was trapped by the sunken boat, the divers said, adding that they were ready to bring in specialized equipment.But late Saturday afternoon, the underwater search was stopped with the Thai navy taking over the operation.The bodies would “surface naturally” according to Rear Admiral Charoenphone Khumrasee.It is the grim reality of boat disasters, said Entremont.“Maybe in a few days’ time we’ll find them on a beach somewhere drifting away.”

    WORLD POWERS IN THE LAST DAYS (END OF AGE OF GRACE NOT THE WORLD)

    EUROPEAN UNION-KING OF WEST-DAN 9:26-27,DAN 7:23-24,DAN 11:40,REV 13:1-10
    EGYPT-KING OF THE SOUTH-DAN 11:40
    RUSSIA-KING OF THE NORTH-EZEK 38:1-2,EZEK 39:1-3
    CHINA-KING OF THE EAST-DAN 11:44,REV 9:16,18
    VATICAN-RELIGIOUS LEADER-REV 13:11-18,REV 17:4-5,9,18

    WORLD TERRORISM

    OH BY THE WAY WHEN THE MEDIA SAYS ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS GOD IS GREAT LIE. IN ISLAM ALLU-AK-BAR MEANS OUR GOD IS GREATER OR GREATEST. THIS IS HOW THE MEDIA SUCK HOLES UP TO ISLAMIC-QURANIC-MUSLIMS. BY WATERING DOWN THE REAL MEANING OF THE SEX FOR MURDER DEATH CULT ISLAM. TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A PEACEFUL RELIGION (CULT OF DEATH AND WORLD DOMINATION).

    GENESIS 6:11-13
    11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.(WORLD TERRORISM,MURDERS)(HAMAS IN HEBREW IS VIOLENCE)
    12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
    13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence (TERRORISM)(HAMAS) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

    GENESIS 16:11-12
    11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her,(HAGAR) Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael;(FATHER OF THE ARAB/MUSLIMS) because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
    12 And he (ISHMAEL-FATHER OF THE ARAB-MUSLIMS) will be a wild (DONKEY-JACKASS) man;(ISLAM IS A FAKE AND DANGEROUS SEX FOR MURDER CULT) his hand will be against every man,(ISLAM HATES EVERYONE) and every man's hand against him;(PROTECTING THEMSELVES FROM BEING BEHEADED) and he (ISHMAEL ARAB/MUSLIM) shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.(LITERAL-THE ARABS LIVE WITH THEIR BRETHERN JEWS)

    ISAIAH 14:12-14
    12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,(SATAN) son of the morning!(HEBREW-CRECENT MOON-ISLAM) how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    14  I (SATAN HAS EYE TROUBLES) will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.(AND 1/3RD OF THE ANGELS OF HEAVEN FELL WITH SATAN AND BECAME DEMONS)

    JOHN 16:2
    2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.(ISLAM MURDERS IN THE NAME OF MOON GOD ALLAH OF ISLAM)

    North Korea says talks with Pompeo were ‘regrettable’-Pyongyang accuses Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure it into abandoning its nukes even as the US describes the meetings as 'productive'-By ANDREW HARNIK and Matthew Lee-TOI-JUL 9,18

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were “regrettable” and accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nukes.The North’s statement came hours after Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearization and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War.Before departing Pyongyang, Pompeo told reporters that his conversations with senior North Korean official Kim Yong Chol had been “productive,” conducted “in good faith,” and that “a great deal of progress” had been made in some areas. He stressed that “there’s still more work to be done” in other areas, much of which would be done by working groups that the two sides have set up to deal with specific issues.The North provided a much harsher assessment of the talks, saying that the United States betrayed the spirit of last month’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim by making “one-sided and robber-like” demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.It said the outcome of the follow-up talks was “very concerning” because it has led to a “dangerous phase that might rattle our willingness for denuclearization that had been firm.”“We had expected that the US side would offer constructive measures that would help build trust based on the spirit of the leaders’ summit … we were also thinking about providing reciprocal measures,” an unnamed spokesman of Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.“However, the attitude and stance the United States showed in the first high-level meeting [between the countries] was no doubt regrettable,” the spokesman said.Pompeo said that a Pentagon team would be meeting with North Korean officials on or about July 12 at the border between North and South Korea to discuss the repatriation of remains and that working level talks would be held soon on the destruction of North Korea’s missile engine testing facility.In the days following his historic June 12 summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore, President Donald Trump had announced that the return of the remains and the destruction of the missile facility had been completed or were in progress.Pompeo, however, said that more talks were needed on both.“We now have a meeting set up for July 12 — it could move by one day or two — where there will be discussions between the folks responsible for the repatriation of remains. [It] will take place at the border and that process will begin to develop over the days that follow,” he said as he boarded his plane for Tokyo.On the destruction of the missile engine plant, Pompeo said, “We talked about what the modalities would look like for the destruction of that facility as well, and some progress there as well, and then we have laid out a path for further negotiation at the working level so the two teams can get together and continue these discussions.”Earlier, Pompeo and Kim Yong Chol both said they needed clarity on the parameters of an agreement to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula that Trump and Kim Jong Un agreed to in Singapore. The trip was Pompeo’s third to Pyongyang since April and his first since the summit.Unlike his previous visits, which have been one-day affairs during which he has met with Kim Jong Un, Pompeo spent the night at a government guesthouse in Pyongyang and did not see the North Korean leader, although US officials had suggested such a meeting was expected. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said no meeting with Kim Jong Un had been planned.As they began their talks on Saturday, Kim Yong Chol alluded to the fact that Pompeo and his delegation had stayed overnight in Pyongyang.“We did have very serious discussions on very important matters yesterday,” Kim said. “So, thinking about those discussions you might have not slept well last night.”Pompeo, who spoke with Trump, national security adviser John Bolton, and White House chief of staff John Kelly by secure phone before starting Saturday’s session, replied that he “slept just fine.” He added that the Trump administration was committed to reaching a deal under which North Korea would denuclearize and realize economic benefits in return.Kim later said that “there are things that I have to clarify” to which Pompeo responded that “there are things that I have to clarify as well.”There was no immediate explanation of what needed to be clarified, but the two sides have been struggling to specify what exactly “denuclearization” would entail and how it could be verified to the satisfaction of the United States.Pompeo and Kim met for nearly three hours Friday and then had dinner amid growing skepticism over how serious Kim Jong Un is about giving up his nuclear arsenal and translating the upbeat rhetoric following his summit with Trump into concrete action.On his flight to Pyongyang, Pompeo said both sides made commitments at the Singapore summit on the complete denuclearization of North Korea and on what a transformed relationship between their two countries might look like.One hoped-for breakthrough on this trip would have been the return of the remains of US troops killed during the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea committed at last month’s summit to the “immediate repatriation” of remains already identified, but that hasn’t happened yet.

    Thousands head home in south Syria after ceasefire deal, monitor says-Calm reported in Daraa region Saturday as sides finalize truce; regime troops celebrate recapture of border crossing with Jordan-By Agencies-TOI-JUL 9,18

    Thousands of displaced Syrians were heading home Saturday after rebels and the government reached a ceasefire deal in the south following more than two weeks of deadly bombardment, a monitor said.Under the agreement announced Friday after talks between rebels and regime ally Moscow, opposition fighters will hand over territory and heavy weapons in Daraa province near the Jordanian border.The Russia-backed regime offensive has displaced around 320,000 people since June 19, the United Nations says, including tens of thousands who fled south to the sealed border with Jordan.Calm reigned over the region on Saturday as the two sides finalized the ceasefire deal, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said.“People have started to return to their homes since yesterday, taking advantage of the calm,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.“More than 20,000 people have set off for home so far, heading to areas for which an accord has been reached in the southeastern Daraa countryside,” he said.But others “are scared to return to regime-controlled areas, fearing their children will be arrested,” Abdel Rahman said.The accord follows a string of similar deals with rebels for other areas of Syria, which have seen the regime retake more than 60 percent of the country, according to the Observatory.A government takeover of Daraa would be a symbolic victory for President Bashar Assad as the province was the cradle of the uprising against him seven years ago that led to civil war.More than 150 civilians have been killed in the regime bombing campaign on Daraa since June 19, the Observatory says.Under Friday’s deal, rebels are expected to hand over their heavy weapons, while those who reject the agreement will be bused with their families to the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, state media has said.Government forces will also take over “all observation posts along the Syrian-Jordanian border,” it said Friday, hours after the regime regained control of the vital Nassib border crossing with Jordan.Syrian soldiers celebrated the recapture of the main border crossing with Jordan Saturday, raising portraits of Assad and tearing down rebel flags.Troops captured the Naseeb border crossing a day earlier. State-run Ikhbariya TV showed troops at the crossing, some flashing victory signs and pumping fists in the air as they shouted pro-Assad slogans. A soldier could be seen hoisting the Syrian flag on top of a watchtower. Another tore down the rebel flag from a building.One officer told the TV outlet that troops have taken up positions along the border with Jordan and are removing illegal crossing points.“We have ended their existence,” he said of the rebels. “They have no future anymore, God willing.”State-run news agency SANA said the army deployed at the crossing after combing and clearing it of the remnants of “terrorist groups.” It said Syrian army units have also established control over the town of Nuaima in the past 24 hours.The rebels seized control of the crossing in 2015, severing a lifeline for Syrian exports and disrupting a trade route between Syria and Jordan, Lebanon and the oil-rich Gulf countries.The rebels in southern Syria once received significant backing and support from the US that has receded and all but dried up over the past few years. Although the US government negotiated a deescalation agreement for southern Syria last year, it has remained silent as Assad’s forces marched onto Daraa in the past two weeks.The government’s offensive near the Israeli border began on June 19, and is now expected to turn more forcefully toward retaking Quneitra, potentially setting up a clash between Israel and Hezbollah and Iran unless they agree to stay away from the area as Israel demands.

    Israeli spy firm targeted NGOs tied to Soros before Hungary election — report-Agents for secretive intel company obtained recordings later used by PM Viktor Orban to claim Jewish billionaire is trying to take control of the country, POLITICO reports-By TOI staff-JUL 9,18

    Secretive Israeli intelligence firm Black Cube was hired to engage in a campaign to discredit local NGOs, along with individuals connected to Jewish billionaire George Soros, ahead of Hungary’s presidential election earlier this year, POLITICO reported Friday.Recordings made by operatives of the Tel Aviv-based company were then used by Prime Minister Viktor Orban to attack rights groups and Soros himself in the days leading up to his landslide election victory in April, the report said.The magazine cited a former employee of the firm as well as an individual with knowledge of the organization who both confirmed the details. It provided numerous pieces of evidence backing up its claim, including addresses and names of fake individuals and companies used in the operation which Black Cube has used in the past.Politico said operatives for the company met with officials from local civil rights groups under false pretenses and identities, and made compromising recordings of those officials.Recordings included statements on efforts to lobby foreign governments to pressure Hungary against legislation cracking down on those NGOs. These were leaked to The Jerusalem Post and the state newspaper Magyar Idok, which both published stories on the issues.Orban himself used them in claiming enemies inside and outside Hungary were attempting to gain control of the country.“Soros’s people will be installed in government — this is what the ‘Soros Leaks’ recordings tell us,” Orban said in one interview before the election, in quotes provided by POLITICO.“If Soros’s people have influence in government, they will occupy the Hungarian energy sector and the banking system. And the Hungarian people will pay the price for that.”It is not known who hired Black Cube to allegedly conduct the operation. The report’s two sources were unable to confirm whether the money the Israeli firm was given for its work came from the Hungarian government, and a spokesman for the latter declined to comment on the claims.A spokesperson for Black Cube told the news magazine that the company’s policy is to not confirm or deny such claims made regarding its operations.Since 1979, the Hungarian-born Soros has funneled tens of billions of dollars into his Open Society Foundations (OSF), which in turn fund civil society groups around the world.Orban, who based his campaign on demonizing migrants, accuses Soros and organizations supported by his Open Society Foundations of seeking to allow thousands of immigrants into Hungary.In the lead up to the campaign, Orban’s Fidesz party plastered the country with billboards “warning” about Soros.One of them depicted the philanthropist and opposition candidates holding wire-cutters to destroy the razor-wire fence that Orban erected on the Serbian border in 2015 to keep out migrants.Orban and his government repeatedly attacked Soros using language that some critics have said has anti-Semitic undertones.While Black Cube has been accused of involvement in controversial dealings in the past, the POLITICO report claims the Hungarian presidential campaign would be the first time the private intelligence firm’s work has been allegedly used in an election campaign.As part of the operation, Black Cube agents met with the NGO staffers and Soros allies in various cities across Europe and the US pretending to be supporters. They used fake aliases, but two of them had “discernible Israeli accents,” those who met with them told POLITICO.After meetings with the intelligence firm’s targets were completed, information on the fabricated companies the agents had pretended to represent was deleted from the internet and telephone numbers were disconnected.-Black Cube logo-According to POLITICO, one of the fake email addresses given by Black Cube agents had been used in another operation launched by the private intelligence firm targeting actress Rose McGowan, after she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape.A Black Cube board member later apologized for his firm’s work on behalf of Weinstein, and said it would not have assisted the disgraced producer had it had known it was helping suppress sexual assault allegations against him.Black Cube’s name has come up in a number of other high-profile intelligence gathering operations.In May, the New Yorker magazine reported that the firm was allegedly hired by aids to US President Donald Trump to dig up dirt on Obama officials in order to discredit the Iran nuclear deal.The operation in 2017 reportedly targeted Ann Norris, a former US State Department official who is married to Ben Rhodes, a foreign-policy adviser to former president Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. It also targeted Rebecca Kahl, a former program officer at the National Democratic Institute and the wife of the former Obama administration foreign-policy adviser Colin Kahl.And Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower who revealed that data analysts Cambridge Analytica had harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material in Trump’s election campaign, also told the British parliament that Black Cube was involved in a hacking scheme targeting the president of Nigeria.Black Cube denied involvement in both operations, in apparent deviations from its aforementioned policy of not confirming or denying reports on its work.Along with a second private intelligence company, Psy-Group, it is being sued for alleged defamation in a Canadian lawsuit by hedge fund West Face Capital Inc., for $500 million in damages. In one instance cited in that case, a Black Cube operative is alleged to have tried to entrap a retired Canadian judge into making anti-Semitic comments.In response to a Times of Israel request for comment on that case, Black Cube said last month: “It is Black Cube’s policy to never discuss its clients with any third party, and to never confirm or deny any speculation made with regard to the company’s work. Referencing Black Cube has become an international sport during 2018. It is important to note that Black Cube always operates in full compliance of the law in every jurisdiction in which it conducts its work, following legal advice from the world’s leading law firms.”

    Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran-Mass hangings take place over a year after assault on parliament and shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini that killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50-By Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell-TOI-JUL 9,18

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.The June 7, 2017 attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants once held vast territory.The judiciary’s official Mizan news agency and semi-official news agencies in Iran acknowledged the executions Saturday, but did not say when they took place. Executions in Iran are carried out by hangings.While Iran is one of the world’s top enforcers of the death penalty, such mass executions are rare. In August 2016, human rights activists criticized Iran for carrying out the mass execution of 20 Sunni militants from a group identified as Jihad and Tawhid after a six-year trial. In August 2007, Iran hanged seven men convicted of rape in Mashhad at the same time.Mizan noted in its report that the executions came after the eight men had been tried and convicted in a trial that included both eyewitness testimony and video footage showing their involvement.“These eight worked directly … in martyring and wounding a number of innocent compatriots,” Mizan said.The news agencies on Saturday named those executed as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani and Osman Behrouz.The Islamic State attack killed at least 18 people and wounded more than 50. It saw gunmen carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles and explosives storm the parliament complex where a legislative session had been in progress, starting an hours-long siege.Meanwhile, gunmen and suicide bombers also struck outside Khomeini’s mausoleum on Tehran’s southern outskirts. Khomeini led the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed shah to become Iran’s first supreme leader until his death in 1989.The assault shocked Tehran, which largely has avoided militant attacks in the decades after the tumult surrounding the Islamic Revolution.Over a dozen others remain on trial over the attack. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard responded to the attack by launching six missiles into eastern Syria targeting IS militants.Iran was second only to China in 2017 in the number of known executions carried out, according to Amnesty International. Iran executed over 500 people last year, according to the group.The IS executions come as controversy still swirls in Iran surrounding the country’s mass executions of 1988 near the end of the Iran-Iraq War. Activists at the time said Iran executed as many as 5,000 people after sham trials of Communists, Kurdish separatists, political prisoners and members of an Iranian exile group known as the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq.The executions represent one of the darkest moments of Iran’s post-revolution history and are still not recognized by its government.

    Two US destroyers sail into Taiwan Strait: Taiwan gov't-[AFP]-YAHOONEWS-July 7, 2018

    Taipei (AFP) - Two United States warships entered the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, the Taiwanese government said, at a time of heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.The destroyers USS Mustin and USS Benfold sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan's defence ministry said in a statement."The military is monitoring the situation in neighbouring areas, and has the confidence and abilities to maintain regional stability and defend national security," the statement added.A defence ministry official told AFP the ships were still in the strait on Saturday night, sailing in what he described as international waters.The warships’ entry into the strait comes as Washington and Beijing are locked in a trade war and as tensions escalate between Beijing and Taipei.China sees self-ruling democratic Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, but the island sees itself as a sovereign country.Although the US does not have official diplomatic relations with Taiwan, it is its most powerful ally and biggest arms supplier.China has stepped up diplomatic and military pressure on Taiwan since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office two years ago as her government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of "one China."Relations between the US and Taiwan have warmed recently as President Donald Trump signed legislation paving the way for mutual visits by top officials and the US government approved a licence required to sell submarine technology to Taiwan.

              UN Security Council lauds renewed ties between Ethiopia and Eritrea      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              NGO Job for a TA WASH Officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    NGO Job for a TA WASH Officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190...

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              Naaz Joshi to represent India at Ms World Diversity 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The winner of Ms World Diversity 2017 Queen Naaz Joshi is jet set to Dubai to represent India at Ms World Diversity 2018. Breaking all the barriers and fighting all the odds against her, Naaz is now an inspiration to many. She is the first transsexual appear on a magazine cover.Ms World Diversity 2017 was a really tough contest. I had beaten 25 countries women to win this title. Also, my name is recorded in India books of records and Asia book of records for the same, Naaz said.Aizya Naaz Joshi, born a transgender in a Hindu Muslim community, Naaz was always treated as a shame by her family. She didnt have a good childhood as she grew up in a prejudice society, she absolutely had no friends in school, but she did not give up.She has walked many ramp shows including show stopper for save the pug in 2014 and Rajasthan designer festival 2014. She launched MIHM a platform for married Indian ladies to showcase their talent through a beauty pageant name Mrs India Home Makers.In mere one and half year, Naaz has done six beauty pageants under the label MIHM and sent more than 18 women to compete for international pageants. Naaz herself won Ms Republic International Beauty Ambassador 2017 title and Ms United Nations Ambassador title.Naaz is also a social activist and raises funds for NGO through her beauty pageants and tries to do little for the under privileged. Her aim is to spread happiness to people who perhaps did not support her when she needed them the most. She do ground work with loads of NGOs and raise funds for HIV and aids kids. She have been to 10 villages and given them knowledge on self improvement and menstrual hygiene. UNI PY SY 1528
              EBC: 10 voters less in Barataria for by-election      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    There has been a decrease of 10 voters for the electoral district of Barataria for next Monday’s by-election, while the number of voters for Belmont East remains the same according to the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) revised list of electors.

    The figure was given by EBC’s communications manager Dominic Hinds yesterday as the countdown to the July 16 election draws closer.

    In the 2016 local government election, Hinds said 10,217 electors were registered with the EBC to vote in Barataria with Belmont recording 3,237 voters.

    With the EBC updating its voters list in the last three weeks, Hinds said the figure has remained the same for Belmont with 3,237 registered voters, while Barataria saw a decline from 10,217 to 10,207- a drop of ten voters.

    “This year’s revised list of electors is pretty much the same when compared to 2016,” Hinds said.

    Last month, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley advised President Paul-Mae Weekes that both by-elections will be held on July 16.

    Six candidates will be contesting the electoral districts.

    For Belmont the United National Congress (UNC) has announced Lianna Babb-Gonzales, the People’s National Movement (PNM) is being represented by Nicole Young and the Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP) has offered Felicia Holder.

    Contesting Barataria is UNC’s Sharon Maraj-Dharam, PNM’s Kimberly Small and Christoph Samlal is PEP’s choice.

    Nomination day was June 25.

    Between the hours of 6 am to 6 pm, Hinds said electors will be able to cast their votes at 13 polling stations- eight in Barataria and five in Belmont.

    The seats in the San Juan/Laventille Regional Corporation and Port- of- Spain City Corporation became vacant following the death of councillors Pernell Bruno on July 8, 2017 and Councillor Darryl Rajpaul on November 18, 2017.

    In the 2016 election, Hinds said PNM’s Rajpaul captured 724 votes in Belmont East. The UNC received 49. There were two rejected ballots. Taking home the Barataria district was Bruno who obtained 1898 votes. The UNC secured 1506 votes while there were 12 rejected ballots.

    Hinds said the EBC’s has put all system in place for voters on Monday, refusing to say how much the commission has spent in training of officers and preparations.

    At each polling station there will be a minimum of five polling day staff inclusive of a presiding officer and police officers.

    Hinds said the rules for the by-election remain the same as political party cannot solicit votes outside polling stations and no cell phones will be allowed inside polling booths.

    He said most voters would have already received their polling cards in the mailbox which they must take to the polling station.

    If a voter did not receive a polling card in the mail, Hinds said one will be provided at the polling station they have been assigned to vote.

    Hinds advised employers that they must grant their employees two hours off for voting.

    This two hours excludes their one hour lunch meal.

    He said any employer who fails to comply with the law can be fined $30,000 or imprisoned for 12 months.

    Electors are advised to call the EBC’s hotline at 627-1516 or 0745 if they have any queries on polling day.

    POLLING STATIONS

    IN BARATARIA
    Harmonites Pan Threate
    St George’s College.
    El Socorro Islamia Primary School.
    St Dominic Savio (Barataria Boys RC Primary School.)
    Barataria Anglican Primary School
    Don Miguel (SDMS) Hindy School
    Barataria South Secondary School
    Barataria North Secondary School.
    IN BELMONT
    St Francis Boys’ College
    Melville Memorial Girls AC Primary School
    Belmont Boys’ RC Primary School
    Belmont (St Francis) Girls’ RC Primary School
    St Francois Girls’ College.


              ‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Secretary General, United Nations, António Guterres concluded the second annual UN-African Union conference in Addis Ababa, as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the relationship between the two organizations.

    The post ‘Wind blowing in the direction of peace’ in Africa’ appeared first on PM NEWS Nigeria.


              EVAW & Governance Advisor, KP - UN - Peshawar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) does not charge fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interviews, selection or...
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              EVAW & Governance Advisor, KP - United Nations Pakistan - Peshawar      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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              Equatorial Guinea Empowers Women and Youth in Partnership with International Labor Organization      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister for Work, Employment Promotion, and Social Security, Celestino Bonifacio Bakale Ndong, empowered women and youth in regards to equal and fair employment opportunities in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO).

    Equatorial Guinea and the ILO have worked together for over one year on decent employment opportunities, support for cooperative companies, and the promotion of self-employment, among other employment projects.

    Equatorial Guinea also examined the reform of certain employment laws and regulations.

    Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides in regards to economic activity in recent years as part of the Government directive to diversify the economy away from energy to include all relevant business sectors.

    Economic diversification and the promotion of entrepreneurship are in line with Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 national development plan.

    Equatorial Guinea has made great progress over the years on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.


    Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators. 

              Sierra Leone:FAO Emphasises Importance of Forest      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    [Concord] The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations has emphasised the importance of forest in its State of the World's Forests (SOFO 2018) report.
              US Vetoes UN Resolution Offering Protection for Palestinians      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called the resolution 'grossly one-sided.'
              7/11/2018: NEWS: POPULATION OF EARTH REACHES FIVE BILLION      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    When the United Nations announced that the five-billionth human on Earth had been born in 1987, it sent a shiver down the spines of scientists and citizens alike. The statistic was a reminder of the planet’s finite ability to support life. The...
              Palmyra to rise from the ashes thanks to scientists      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Scientists in Damascus have begun reconstructing ancient sculptures from the city of Palmyra that were damaged by Islamic State (IS) during Syria's civil war, the Russian defence ministry said. A group of eight experts has started work on the statues and sculptures rescued from Palmyra, the ministry said in a statement. The ancient city is home to one of the Middle East's most spectacular archaeological sites. Many of them were badly damaged by IS in 2015. Palmyra is a world heritage site protected by the United Nation's cultural agency.
              African Union And United Nations Reiterate Their Commitment To Help Somalia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations have reiterated their commitment to help develop capacity of the Somali national security forces to address all forms of human rights violations. The two organizations promised to continue mobilizing resources and providing specialized training to the Somali national security forces, during the transition period, …

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              Holy See diplomat affirms support for global migration compact, concerned about changes in wording (CWN)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, affirmed the Holy See’s support for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, whose wording is being negotiated.


              'Clear evidence of need' in North Korea: UN aid chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    SEOUL: The United Nations' humanitarian chief said on Wednesday (Jul 11) he had seen "clear evidence" of need in North Korea - where one-fifth of children are malnourished - during a rare trip. Mark Lowcock's visit to the impoverished, isolated country this week is the first such trip by a UN ...
              10 useful facts to know on World Population Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    For the twenty-ninth year, the United Nations is celebrating World Population Day in an effort to draw attention to the issues that affect global population growth, such as family planning, poverty, gender equality, and more. To mark this day of awareness, we have compiled a set of essential facts around the major trends and consequences…
              “The only thing after a summit is a cliff.”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    put (someone or something) on ice
    1. Literally, to put something in a cold place to preserve it, as of food or drink. If you don't put that shrimp on ice, we won't be able to eat it later. You made sure to put the champagne on ice, right?
    2. To postpone or delay acting on or interacting with a person. I know that journalist has been persistent in getting a comment from us for his story, but we'll just have to put him on ice until the trial is over.



    When Trump Realizes Kim Isn’t Giving Up His Nukes It Won’t Be Pretty by Ankit Panda https://t.co/zyhBufryKt @thedailybeastさんから

    — mozu (@mozumozumozu) 2018年7月10日


    First, Trump could simply choose to shrug, continue to tweet that the North Korean threat has evaporated, and direct Pompeo to secure concessions in any way possible. This would be a likely path to appeasing Pyongyang, resulting in the United States giving up valuable leverage for virtually cosmetic North Korean concessions like the reversible dismantlement of tunnel entrances at the Punggye-ri nuclear site. North Korea has plenty of old and now out-of-use nuclear and missile sites it could happily detonate before the international press.

    Second, Trump could simply allow the North Korea process that began on June 12 to quietly collapse and put the issue of its nuclear program and disarmament on ice—call it a return to “strategic patience.”

    The problem here is that the administration's “maximum pressure” campaign is all but dead after the Singapore summit and it's more likely than not that China, along with Russia, will ease up on the implementation of existing sanctions and perhaps even call for a removal of United Nations sanctions applied in 2017 on North Korean exports.

    In this scenario, the U.S. loses interest and North Korea benefits economically while continuing to build out its nuclear program without constraints. This would be the equivalent of a continuation of the muddling-through approach that three consecutive U.S. administrations found themselves resigned to with North Korea, updated for the era of a considerably more capable North Korea.

    Third, Trump could find himself left with nothing but the literal nuclear option. Feeling spurned and humiliated by Kim, Trump may find that the only way to move forward is to let John Bolton's March 2017 prophecy come true.

    Weeks before entering the White House as Trump's advisor on national security affairs, Bolton, as a private citizen, had remarked on Trump's acceptance of Kim's invitation that “[The purpose of this process is to] foreshorten the amount of time that we’re going to waste in negotiations that will never produce the result we want, which is Kim giving up his nuclear program.”

    Gone would be the days of “all options” being on the table. Trump might conclude then that the only path to denuclearization is an all-out military strike on North Korea—a trigger to a nuclear war that would engulf Northeast Asia in tremendous destruction and likely parts of the U.S. homeland, given North Korea's intercontinental-range ballistic missile capability.

    None of these scenarios are appealing, though the third is quite clearly the worst. Trump’s Monday tweet offers the clearest glimpse of why diplomacy-for-diplomacy's-sake with North Korea can be dangerous—even if it pulled us back from the brink of “fire and fury.”

    The process with North Korea isn't over yet, though. If the administration recognized that the “denuclearization of North Korea” isn't on the table and readied itself to discuss a fundamental transformation in the nature of the relationship between the United States and North Korea, it may find that Pyongyang would be more willing to discuss arms control and risk management measures—including a production cap on ballistic missiles and fissile material.

    In April, Victor Cha offered the ominous prediction that “the only thing after a summit is a cliff.” Pompeo's trip to Pyongyang may have kickstarted a slow lurch for the United States and North Korea toward the precipice.


    金正恩が核兵器を放棄する気がない、とトランプが悟った後のシナリオ

    1)北朝鮮の脅威は消えた、とすっとぼける。北朝鮮は、どうでもいい核施設を破壊する猿芝居をする。

    2)圧力をかけ続ける
    しかし、中露は圧力を緩み、北朝鮮は、さらに核ミサイル開発を継続

    3)ボルトン登場 北朝鮮との全面戦争 北東アジアさらには、アメリカをも巻き込んだ核戦争にもなりかねない。


    (木村、三浦)



              Comment on Media Silent As US Agrees To “Full Implementation” of United Nations Gun Control Pact by irishslave      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Snipers have the edge...
              Losing count on #WorldPopulationDay      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    “Didi, I have to go to the doctor for a checkup today. I am pregnant,” my house help announces, a little embarrassed.

    “Oh Congratulations!” I say instinctively, even before realising that her face does not reflect the happinesses an expectant mother’s should.

    Lalita (name changed) has been working with us for the last five years now.  An otherwise unobtrusive personality, the only time I see her complaining is when she speaks about her alcoholic husband.
    I sense her discomfort on being congratulated, and quickly ask.

    “But...don’t you have three children already?”

    She stays mum, her gaze fixed on the floor.

    “Lalita, is everything alright?” I ask.

    It is as if this question has broken down the dam holding back her tears.

    “He wants a son, Didi,” she cries.

    This scenario is not unique only to Lalita. There are millions of Lalitas in our country, who are going through unwanted pregnancies.
    Improper family planning, inadequate knowledge of contraception, lack of education, and growing illiteracy have been the contributing factors to the dismal state of population explosion.
    As of today (2018), the population of the world stands at 7.6 billion, with India at 1.35 billion.

    Image source:Wikipedia

    According to the chief of UNFPA, developing countries have an estimated 214 million women who want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern contraceptive methods. This includes 155 million women using absolutely no family planning method. Some 59 million are using traditional methods that are unsafe and unreliable.

    It was fifty years ago, that family planning was declared as a Human right by the United Nations. Today, we are celebrating World Population Day with the theme of ‘Family Planning is a human right’ to remind us of the same.

    But how is this going to reach people like Lalita?
    The Government should ensure that the women in our country are educated of her sexual/reproductive rights, and that all couples realise their contraceptive choices.
    It is only through awareness and education that we will able to burst the myths about contraception, and ensure the safety and empowerment of women in the world.

    Another factor that needs serious attention is the issue of maternal health in our country. The safety of health is paramount. And we have to reinforce the idea that adding the pressure of repeated and closely spaced pregnancies can only take a toll on the health of the mother.

    However, the entire onus does not lie on the Government alone.
    Professionals like doctors, educators, mass influencers, media should share the responsibility of reaching out and spreading awareness.
    Every woman should be made aware of her reproductive rights and the freedom to exercise her will (or lack of it).

    As I explain all this to Lalita, she looks up at me, her sunken anaemic eyes teary but convinced. I promise her I’ll talk to her husband as well. 

    And that makes me wonder...
    Lalita has been going through this ordeal for the last so many years now. But it’s only now that I took notice. I couldn't help but draw parallels with the larger problem at hand. The earth too has been exploding with people since ages and we are practically being blind to it.

    How easy it is, sometimes, to miss the obvious! 

              TA WASH Officer at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations Children&#39;s Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children&#39;s survival, protection and development. The world&#39;s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world&#39;s leading children&#39;s rights organization would like to hear from you.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: TA WASH Officer, NOBJob Number: 514376Location:&nbsp;AbujaDuration: 364 DaysWork Type: Temporary AppointmentPurpose of this AssignmentUnder the supervision of the WASH Specialist, the incumbent of the post shall be accountable for synthesis, harmonization and implementation of systems for data management.The incumbent will assist the Federal Ministry of Water Resources (FMWR) to roll out these systems at the sub-national level through transfer of requisite skills and capacities for periodic data updated and ensure that measures are in place to enable the use of data and evidences generated for policy formulation, planning and budgeting at all levels.Major ResponsibilitiesThe incumbent will, under the supervision of the WASH Specialist, perform the following functions:Support the FMWR to streamline and harmonize systems for data and information management with clear guidelines for data collection and updates;Support trainings and capacity development activities tailored at growing systems for continuous data update and information management;Support the deployment of ICT in data collection and information management, including baseline data collection, surveys and routine updates;Support the institutionalization of WASH National Outcome Routine Mapping (NORM) and facilitate continuous data update under NORM;Develop and mainstream mechanisms for data quality assurance and maintain high level of data integrity;Compile and provide periodic update of sector indicators on dashboards and executive briefs and also put in place mechanism to ensure that sector data is up to date, readily available and accessible to decision makers;Put in place mechanism to ensure that data and evidences generated are used in policy formulation, planning and budgeting, including provision of specific supports for the development of State Investment Plans;Facilitate documentation and share best practices in data and information management to promote learning and upscale;Interact with Government and other partners, NGOs, UN and bilateral agencies in the different stages of WASH programme/project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations;Provide technical support and guidance on appropriate technical and institutional capacity building measures to achieve WASH programme goals

    Apply at https://ngcareers.com/job/2018-07/ta-wash-officer-at-united-nations-children-s-fund-unicef-804/


              Evaluation Specialist at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children&#39;s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Evaluation Specialist, P-4&nbsp;Job Number: 514505Location:&nbsp;Abuja, NigeriaWork Type: Fixed Term StaffBrief country contextNigeria is a populous country with extremely diverse cultural, demographic and development profiles.&nbsp; The country combines both development and emergency context as there is an ongoing major humanitarian operation in the conflict prone North East.&nbsp; Economically, the country presents huge potential for leveraging domestic resources (from both public and private sectors) for child-centered development.&nbsp; Within its capital, Abuja, it hosts the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and a large number of development partners.The UNICEF Nigeria Office is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices and has a staffing complement of almost 400 staff. The office is also supported by approximately 130 consultants at any given time.&nbsp; Staff and consultants are located in the national office (Abuja) and nine field offices, some of which are the size of a small country office with 30 - 40 staff members. The Human Resources unit is centralized in Abuja, serving all the staff and consultants as necessary.Country Typology:Country Income Level: Nigeria is a lower middle income country.Duty Station: Abuja is a &ldquo;C&rdquo; family, and non- emergency duty station.Office Size: (375 established positions, 9 Field Offices plus a country office)Annual Budget: (USD296,200,000)Schooling: international schools available, covering different curriculums (British, American and French)How can you make a difference?&nbsp;To ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on:The situation of children&rsquo;s and women&rsquo;s rights;The performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.&nbsp;&nbsp;To work within the UN country team to support UNCT goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the MDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmesTo assist in the establishment of evaluation tools which enhance partnership between the UNCT, government and other key players to collectively track progress on MDGs and other international commitment for children.To assist in the development of national capacities for evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.&nbsp;&nbsp;Key End-ResultsEvaluation &amp; Research Planning. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research and evaluation activities, developed collaboratively that provides all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.Evaluation.&nbsp; UNICEF-supported evaluations attain established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders for improving programme performance and contributing to national and corporate learning.Evaluation Capacity Building. The evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners &ndash; government and civil society - enhanced with the contribution of UNICEF knowledge partners meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.Coordination and Networking. The UNICEF office is linked to wider UNICEF Evaluation developments in way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective Evaluation management.Key Accountabilities and Duties &amp; TasksIntegrated Evaluation Plan:Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF&rsquo;s distinct contribution.Duties &amp; Tasks:Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for evaluation and establishing the major evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF&rsquo;s multi-year and annual IMEPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.Likewise, support the development of UNDAF Evaluation Plans from a sound results-based programming process.Identify the Evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans,In humanitarian response situations, draft and recommend set-ups that will enable effective evaluation of the response.&nbsp;&nbsp;After the initial humanitarian response, support management of the medium-term response with a revised&nbsp; IMEP.Evaluation:Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.&nbsp;Duties &amp; Tasks:Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the organizations programme evaluation policies and guidelines.Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.Disseminate evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods.&nbsp; In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders.Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation.&nbsp; Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes.Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to NYHQ via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.Evaluation Capacity Building:Ensure that the Evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners &ndash; government and civil society - are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead evaluation processes.Duties &amp; Tasks:Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of Evaluation function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an Evaluation capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP, or UNDAF Evaluation plan.&nbsp; Pay particular attention so the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying new Evaluation policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.Coordination and Networking:Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF Evaluation developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective Evaluation management.Duties &amp; TasksCollaborate with Regional Evaluation Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.Partner with the Regional Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate Evaluation data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful Evaluation practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to Evaluation knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their Evaluation function.To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

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              Security Manager at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children&#39;s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Security Manager, FT, P-4Job Number: 514374Location:&nbsp;Abuja, NigeriaWork Type: Fixed Term StaffJob DescriptionHow can you make a difference?:The Security Manager reports to the Representative and maintains a direct technical reporting line with the Principal Security Coordinator.&nbsp;The Security Manager is responsible for advising the Representative on their security duties and responsibilities in accordance with the UN and the UNICEF Framework of Accountability.&nbsp;The Security Manager contributes to the UNICEF mandate through strong security risk analysis, advice, and relevant mitigation.&nbsp;The Security Manager manages, on behalf of the Representative, all security activities in support of the country.The Security Manager implements and manages security activities at the duty station in close coordination with all members of the UN Security Management System (UNSMS) including the UN Department of Safety and Security as well as NGO partners in line with the Saving Lives Together policy.&nbsp;As a member of the UN Security Cell, he/she contributes to the development of assessments, procedures and guidelines including Security Risk Assessments (SRAs), Country Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), and the country specific Security Plan.Security Risk Management and Planning:Advise the Representative in the execution of his/her duties with regards to the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, and in accordance with UN and UNICEF Security Management Systems.Attend as an observer, all SMT/ASMT meetings, assist the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) as appropriate and participate as a member of the security coordination cell established by UNDSS.Provide advice on and manage technical security requirements contained in the UN Security Plan, Minimum Operating Security Standards (MOSS), Residential Security Measures (RSM), and other relevant policies, guidelines, and assessments and monitor their implementation.&nbsp; Oversee, guide and assess all UNICEF security personnel in the country. Provide technical oversight for contracted security providers.Prepare, maintain, and update UNICEF security documentation including security contingency plans and provide the Representative, and the Office of the Security Coordinator (OSC) with mandatory reports in accordance with UNICEF security reporting guidelines.&nbsp; This includes the monitoring/reporting on security compliance and the submission of all Security Incident Reports (SIRs).Safety and Security Services:Monitor the security situation and provide independent and comprehensive analysis with the goal of identifying trends and predicting the specific conditions that would impact on the safety and security of UNICEF personnel and eligible family members, premises, assets and resources.Supervise, evaluate, and review security activities in support of UNICEF operations and participate, coordinate and/or undertake security risk management for all locations where UNICEF personnel and eligible family members are present.Ensure that UNICEF personnel are kept informed of matters affecting their safety and security and the actions to take in the event of an emergency including those identified in the UN Security Plan as it relates to UNICEF. Oversee the establishment of an effective and functioning communications system for security management within UNICEF that is fully integrated into the UN Emergency Communications System.Coordinate with UNDSS to ensure all UNICEF personnel undertake all mandatory security training/briefings and participate in all security related contingency exercises.&nbsp; Plan and lead security surveys of international personnel residences in accordance with the Residential Security Measures (RSM).Programmatic Security Information Analysis:Provide analysis in order to understand regional level dynamics, particularly when addressing issues of terrorism, inter-tribal conflict and population movements.&nbsp;Ensure the analysis addresses environmental, socio-economic and political factors that make geographical areas difficult to access and have an impact on the delivery of UNICEF programmes, particularly in areas deemed security compromised.Work closely with the UNICEF programme and communication personnel in country to integrate all relevant analysis into the planning and implementation of all country programmes.Security Networking and Partnership Building:Establish contact and maintain networks with all UNSMS/NGOs security advisors and relevant local authorities as appropriate.Ensure that security collaboration with NGOs working as UNICEF implementing partners is undertaken, in coordination with UNDSS, and using the SLT policies as a framework.Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:Introduce technological innovations and approaches to security procedures and systems.Institutionalize and share best practices and knowledge learned.Organize, plan and/or implement capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders on security related preparedness and operations.

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              National Consultant at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children&#39;s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title:&nbsp;National Consultant - Technical Support to EMIS Officers in the UNICEF Focus StatesJob Number: 514470&nbsp;Location:&nbsp;NigeriaWork Type : ConsultancyPurpose of AssignmentThe purpose of this consultancy is to ensure the effective monitoring, data collection and maintain records on all UNICEF supported interventions in assigned focus states (Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kebbi and Kano) according to work plan and monitoring and evaluation framework, contributing to the results of the projectMore specifically, the consultant will build the capacity of state EMIS officers in the targeted focus states on the EMIS database administration and management, annual school census (ASC) data collection process management, including individual learner tracking and ASC data quality assurance.The Consultant will report to the Education Specialist M&amp;E based in AbujaThe Consultant will work closely with the Education Officer based in the Maiduguri Field Office responsible for North East project implementation and the field office Education Officer/Specialist responsible for the targeted states supportedThe consultant will work collaboratively with the other state consultants&#39; coordinating activities, analyzing operating environment, sharing lesson learnt and progress, maximizing synergy between activities towards key result areas.BackgroundUNICEF Nigeria is implementing Basic Education programme which contributes to reducing the number of out-of-school children and improving learning outcomes in development and humanitarian context primarily focusing on states in the north west and north east of Nigeria with high burden of out-of-school children. The Basic Education programme is being implemented in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, Universal Basic Education Commission at the national level and with the state ministries of education and State Universal Basic Education Board of target states and other implementing partners.The education programme has a strong focus on strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E), especially building capacity of government to generate timely and reliable data required for equity based planning and tracking of progress. The M&amp;E data collection processes to be strengthened are the annual school census, school based management committee effectiveness monitoring and tracking of out-of-school children in targeted communities, through a process called community mapping and listing of out-of-school children.The UNICEF M&amp;E approach relies on the government systems primarily to ensure capacity building of government officials for sustainability. In addition, a quality assurance process has been built into the M&amp;E systems to validate quality and reliability of monitoring data generated through government system.&nbsp; This consultancy is needed to support the capacity building of government officials, focusing on the education management information system.Scope /Focus of the Assignment Areas of FocusUnder the management supervision of the Education Specialist M&amp;E, the State EMIS Officer shall carry out the following tasks in fulfilling the expectations of this post:Under North East:Provide support for State Level Annual School Census planning meeting in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoConduct training of ASC coordinators and supervisors in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoSupervise and coordinate cluster training of enumerators in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoMonitor ASC data collection in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoUndertake LGA level data quality assessment in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoConduct training of data entry personnel in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoMonitor data entry process, data cleaning and merging in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoProvide support for data analysis and report generation in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and KanoUnder EAC (Kebbi):Provide technical support for EAC individual child tracking field workProvide support for EAC data cleaning and mergingProvide support for quality assurance of EAC final datasets and necessary actions taken for corrections with collaboration with state teamProvide support for EAC community mapping data analysis and reporting

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    Farmers in Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya and Uruguay are increasing crop yields and enhancing the fertility and quality of the soil in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective way – thanks to the results of an IAEA coordinated research project recently concluded in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
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    From ODIRILE TOTENG in Gaborone, Botswana GABORONE, (CAJ News) – MORE than 900 Namibian refugees face an uncertain future amid fears Botswana would force them to return to their country after two decades in exile. Already, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said it would no longer offer the refugees at the Dukwi […]
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    Back in May, the Arduino team ran a physical computing workshop as part of the summer school program organized by the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Each workshop was taught in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The one-week long class focused on designing physical and interactive objects that can help kids […]
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    Thank you Catherine. I do agree with you. The motion is supported by members from Local Parties the length and breadth of the country including members of the House of Lords, Councillors, PPCs, and former MPs. As a Party with a record of respect for the United Nations it would surely be an insult if we were not to debate a Treaty voted for by 122 nations.
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              The Truck, The Choice And The 'Handmaid's Tale' Finale       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    This review of the second-season finale of The Handmaid's Tale discusses in detail what happens in the second-season finale of The Handmaid's Tale.

    The sound of the second season of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale coming to an end was the sound of a balloon, expertly inflated to the point where it seemed about to break, being let go so that it releases its tension in a long, anticlimactic raspberry.

    She didn't go. For two seasons, June's goals have been to get her daughter and get the blessed fruit out of Gilead. But in the past — in the first season, when she tried to flee by train, and in the second season, when she escaped to the Boston Globe offices, and later in the second season, when she tried to escape in a plane, and even later, when she tried to escape in a car — she has understood that the first order of business was to get out of Gilead, where she couldn't help Hannah. She has watched other Gilead women be raped, beaten, mutilated, and murdered. She has now seen Serena, who has as much power in this society as any woman can, attempt to work, with great civility, within the system and lose a finger for it. She has a baby to protect whom the Waterfords, Fred and Serena, have stolen from her — the baby she calls Holly and Serena calls Nicole.

    Still, when a group of Marthas — women whose status isn't much higher than hers — risk their lives to smuggle June out; when she reunites with Emily, her one real remaining friend; when the back of that truck opens and an opportunity emerges for June to flee with her baby and find her husband in a place where she will not be brutalized, where she might actually be able to do something to help her daughter get out of Gilead, she just ... doesn't go. She hands over the baby to Emily, puts her hood up, and walks off into the city like a bad-ass in an action movie.

    That's it?

    She was never going to go, all this time? Because Hannah was still in Gilead, June was never going to go? And she just realized it now? She has lived for the chance to escape and reunite with her family for what seems to be a couple of years in show time, and only when crouched in a ditch with an infant did she decide she wouldn't actually go without Hannah? She had never considered this complication during any of her previous escape attempts?

    This doesn't play as a satisfying story beat, and it therefore plays as yet another way for this show to demonstrate that The Adventures of Sisyphus would not be a good television show. If the inescapability of Gilead is the one central truth of the show, then trying to build the central tension of the show from the possibility of rebellion and escape has been a fool's errand and a treacherous fake-out, and it's beginning to look like exactly that.

    At the end of last season, it looked like the Handmaids were rebelling, but a few episodes later, the situation had largely reverted to its previous state. At one point this season, June seemed to have escaped to a house where she found a car, but almost immediately, she ended up back in the Waterfords' house. She has been caught, thwarted, captured over and over, with the tantalizing possibility that she will manage to escape dangled as the payoff that may or may not ever come, and then it actually happens, she actually makes it, and she looks at the open back of a truck and says, "Nah"?

    Oh, yes, she wants to save Hannah. The flashback, lit with gold, reminds you how much. But there's no indication that Gilead is crumbling, only that individuals are escaping. Why on earth will staying here help? An electric guitar and yet another shot of Elisabeth Moss' eyes looking nearly crazed are insufficient to suggest that we are on a path forward rather than backward. It's entirely possible that there is a plan for what the next season will be where it won't just rely on a reversion to June as a Handmaid — the same reset, complete with shedding but then again donning the bonnet and dress — that has already happened more than once. But for now? Yes, it looks like a reversion, based around June making a decision that the show hasn't justified. It makes sense that she would die to save Hannah, of course, but it doesn't make any sense that she would think Handmaid June would have a chance to do that, compared to a hypothetical Escaped June who might be able to tell her story, and the story of the Marthas and Handmaids and Unwomen.

    Without any explanation of why June is doing this, it's too easy for it to appear that the reason she's doing it is ... to keep the show going. It may have been a mistake to extend the series past the first season, past the end of Margaret Atwood's novel. But it would emphatically be a mistake to let it devolve into a dystopian version of a will-they-or-won't-they romance, where you get so so so close and then ... no. And then so so so close and then ... no. Because in the end, those stories are only satisfying if you get your big kiss at the end, which would here be an undoing of Gilead by, maybe, the United Nations? Rescue, at a level that would make all of this work out in a satisfying way at the end, is what qualifies, in dystopian terms, as selling out.

    But over and above the unsatisfying ending, this season also attempted to bend sympathies well beyond any conceivable breaking point. Of all the ding-dong things this show or any show will ever ask you to believe, it is among the ding-dong-iest that June gives baby Holly to her friend Emily, perhaps never to see the child again, and says, "Call her Nicole." Call her Nicole? This is out of sympathy for Serena? Serena, who stole this baby from her? Who held her down while she was raped? Who physically abused her? Who decided to participate actively in the dehumanization of and violence toward others and then had a weepy moment of "conscience" once it was her being struck, her finger being cut off? For this, June wants this child to be forever called by the name given her by her mother's abusers? The same June who carved NOLITE TE BASTARDES CARBORUNDORUM into the wall of the house on her way out so that Fred could see it? This same June has so softened toward Serena that she wants the baby to carry the name she got from Serena and Fred?

    This "Serena isn't all bad" angle flared up in the previous episode too, when Serena allowed June to nurse Holly, the daughter Serena and Fred forced her to conceive and carry, who they took away from June at birth. Serena seemed to consider this — and perhaps June did, too — an act of kindness, as if interrupting a kidnapping in progress to allow a moment of contact is a flash of decency rather than something very much less than the very least a decent person would do. Fred had done the same earlier in the season with June's older daughter Hannah, allowing her a brief visit with the child he was entirely complicit in keeping from her.

    They are trying to complicate the narrative, certainly. But it is a bridge too far to narratively urge sympathy for someone who would crush those under her and actively participate in their imprisonment, their rape, and their suffering, simply because she eventually suffered a fraction of that suffering herself. There are a lot of ways to feel about an attitude of "I never thought this society's suffering would become mine, but now it is, so now I don't like it anymore." But "aw, she's not so bad" isn't one of them.

    In a multitude of ways, Emily's story in this episode is vastly more satisfying and interesting than June's. Emily finds herself living with a new commander, Joseph, played by Bradley Whitford. He seems weird. He seems creepy. He chooses not to carry out the ritual rape "ceremony," a decision that almost seems more ominous than if he had. Emily is near a breakdown when Aunt Lydia shows up the next morning and makes the mistake of calling Emily a degenerate and reminding her of the way she was mutilated. Emily, in response, unleashing two seasons worth of rage, stabs Lydia, throws her down the stairs, and kicks the living hell out of her — not literally, but truly, in more ways than one.

    Alexis Bledel gives a brilliant performance in the moments after Lydia's grave injuries are discovered, when Emily seems overjoyed, terrified and sad all at once. Emily knows that she has finally gotten some measure of blunt, desperate justice, but she also knows she will probably die for it. And when she's rushed off in the car with Joseph, he blasts Annie Lennox's "Walking On Broken Glass," a strangely upbeat selection that she can barely tolerate as she waits to learn her fate. To her surprise, he takes her off to her escape.

    That story is satisfying, not because it (so far) ends with escape, but because it moves. Where June implausibly starts feeling sorry for Serena, Emily doesn't just stab her tormentor and abuser; she shoves her down the stairs, kicks her, and opens her own psychic wounds in a way that seems meaningful. Joseph emerges as an unexpected ally whose behavior is a true surprise. And his behavior, by the way, neatly undermines any sympathy for Serena. Decent people do not go along, floating on the power they have in an unjust society as long as the brutality is only for others. Decent people take risks rather than become complicit. Serena is not decent because she finally got around to drawing a line when the blood that was spilled and the humanity that was degraded was hers. Any pedestrian coward will do that.

    And June? June would know this. June would look at Serena's tears and see them for what they are: too little, too late, too self-indulgent, and too self-pitying. As Serena has just learned, the brutality you build, the authoritarian state you nestle into? It will come for you too, and that's why the decent and the pragmatic sometimes wind up playing on the same team. But late-arriving pragmatists do not deserve the sympathy of those they've abused.

    Ultimately, the finale muddles the entire story we've heard up to this point. That walk away from the truck with the guitar grinding and the hood fully up is a perplexing piece of imagery that seems determined to glamorize June's decision not to leave — to make it an iconic moment of toughness. But there is nothing weak about becoming a refugee from violence. Everything we know about June suggests that she knows perfectly well she can do nothing from here, from this place where she is shackled and tracked. It's one thing for June to lose and lose and lose at the game of escape, but it's another to suggest that what really shows her grit is that she volunteers for a life of being tortured with no plan to reunite with either of her children. The agony of oppressive regimes is not reducible to a moment in which an individual decides to stand alone against them and an audience cheers. If we should have learned anything from this show, it is that the will of individuals is, in fact, breakable by an army backed by weak bullies like Fred and complacent, ethically empty vessels like Serena.

    Without some narrative purpose, what is all this for? The suffering, the violence, the rape scenes, the blood, the stoning, the drowning — what is it for? The first season was an unsettling examination of what an authoritarian theocracy might look like. But now we seem to just be circling that society, spying on it with something like prurience, watching it kill and violate. We had a chance to see outside of it, to see what the rest of the world is doing while all of this is going on. But it is not to be, at least for now.

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    생명과환경2공통) 인류는 기후변화문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오0k인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오, 지구온난화, 기후, 생명과환경 공통, 이상기후, 기후변화해결방안, 기후변화문제해결 [방송대 중간과제물 2016년 생명과환경][생명과환경 2016] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오 [생명과환경 공통, 기후변화문제해결, 기후변화대책, 지구온난화, 기후](2016 생명과환경) 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오, 기후변화대책, 기후변화 해결방안, 이상기후, 지구온난화, 기후변화문제, 온실효과, 생명과환경(생명과환경 2016)인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오. 방송통신대학교 공통형 과제물 기후변화 문제를 해결하기 위한 제언,생명과환경[생명과환경]인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오. 1. 서론 2. 산업 혁명 이후 기후변화의 인식과 협약의 변천과정 3. 기후 시스템의 구성과 상호작용 4. 기후변화의 정의 5. 기후변화의 원인 6. 기후변화가 가져올 결과 7. 기후변화 문제 해결에 대한 나의 의견 8. 결론 9. 참고자료 1. 서론 전 세계적으로 기후변화로 인한 자연 재난에 대해 우려가 높아지고 있다. 1980년대까지 주로 저개발 국가들에서 피해가 컸던 풍수해 등의 자연 재난은 이제 선진국 도시에서 더 큰 피해를 일으키고 있다. 2003년 유럽에서 발생한 폭염 2007년과 2011년에 영국과 태국에서 각각 발생한 대홍수와 같은 사례들은 기후변화가 세계 모든 지역에 동일한 위험으로 작용하며 그러한 위험이 실제 발생했을 때 현대사회가 얼마나 취약한가를 보여주었다. 이러한 자연 재난의 발생빈도는 지난 수십 년 간 꾸준히 증가하여 왔고 이에 따른 경제적 피해도 커졌다. UN 자연재해경감전략(United nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction UN-ISDR)에 따르면 강우에 따른 자연재해는 전 세계적으로 1950~1959년간 232회에서 2000~2005년 2 135회로 급격하게 증가하였다. 또한 이로 인한 경제적 피해 증가를 우려하는 목소리도 커지고 있는데 기후변화에 따른 자연재난에 적절히 대비하지 않으면 2017년까지 약 10년간 2 500억 달러의 경제적 피해가 기후변화로 인해서 발생하고 세계경제공황이 올 수 있다고까지 경고하고 있다. 이러한 심각성을 반영하여 ‘기후변화에 관한 정부 간 위원회(Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change IPCC)’에서는 2011년 11월에 ‘극한 기상현상과 재난 위험 관리에 대한 특별보고서(Special report: Managing the risk of extreme events and disasters SREX)’ 를 발표하고 기후변화로 인한 ‘이상 기후현상과 자연 재난(extreme events and disaster)’위험의 경감 필요성을 주장하였다. 이러한 자연 재난의 발생 추이는 우리나라에서도 마찬가지다. 2001~2008년까지 기상재해에 따른 우리나라 연평균 재산피해액은 약 2조 3천억 원에 이르렀는데 이는 1990년대(약 7천억 원)에 비해 3배 이상 증가한 수치이며 연간 피해액 기준으로 순위를 매겼을 때 기상재해로 인한 피해액이 가장 컸던 10번 중 6번이 2001년 이후에 발생하였다. 경기개발연구원 2013 『기후변화에 대한 지방자치단체의 적응방안 연구』 국제기후담판에서 중국의 입장변화 분석 : 과정과 동인을 중심으로 한양대학교 아태지역연구센타 2011 김유정 2012 “영국의 기후변화 대응체계와 적용사례 연구” 서울도시연구 제11권 제4호 p111-130 국제 기후변화협상 동향과 전망 한국환경정책평가연구원 2011 환경부 「국제환경동향과 우리의 대응」. 2013 기후변화에 대응하는 한국 정부의 역할과 노력. 이정용. 2011 변희룡?김영철?조석준(2011) 일상생활의 기상학 시그마프레스 권원태 외 2012 “국가 기후변화 적응전략 수립 방안에 관한 연구” Journal of Atmosphere 15권 4호 p213-227 [일본학과 공통] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오[생명과 환경 공통] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오생명과환경-인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오.-생명과환경 중간과제물2016년 1학기 생명과환경 중간시험과제물 공통(기후변화 문제 해결, 자신의 견해)생명과환경2공통)인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오.[생명과환경]인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오[생명과 환경 공통] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오생명과환경2) 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오.[생명과환경]인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오[생명과 환경] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오[생명과 환경] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5장 내외로 전개하시오[생명과 환경 공통] 인류는 기후변화 문제를 해결할 수 있을 것인지, 자신의 견해를 A4용지 5~ 조회수:766회
              Note on International Protection      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    This note reviews developments from June 2016 to June 2017 in the field of international protection, with a particular focus on human mobility. In the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2016, United Nations Member States recognized the importance of international cooperation to address challenges related to large movements of refugees and migrants. In this context, the note explores how comprehensive and collaborative responses, based on responsibility-sharing and partnership, can help address forced displacement. It discusses the importance of focusing on solutions at the outset of a displacement crisis, addressing the root causes and drivers of displacement, and effectively managing mixed movements. The note also looks at the particular protection needs of refugees, the internally displaced, stateless persons and those impacted by climate change and disasters.This document should be read in conjunction with the updates on statelessness, resettlement, cash-based interventions, humanitarian-development cooperation, community-based protection and education provided to the sixty-ninth meeting of the Standing Committee (see <http://www.unhcr.org/standing-committee-meetings>). Unless otherwise specified, all documents cited in this note are available from <www.refworld.org>.

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    This article considers how a rule of law approach, central to the United Nations’ (UN) activities since 2004, could facilitate the operationalization of interoperability across its agencies. But what do we mean by rule of law: the Anglo-American judicialized understanding or the civil law model, l’Etat de droit or Rechtsstaat, that is more rooted in the governance of the State? Indeed, both approaches are relevant to a proper understanding of rule of law in UN operations. And while a State that increasingly adopts a rule of law stance will, with the support of the UN, better protect and empower all persons on its territory, the UN itself must also uphold rule of law. The crucible of displacement provides a particularly challenging context for rule of law, since it does not neatly fit the Westphalian model that traditionally frames international obligations and UN operations; displacement also reveals the problems where there is more than one UN operation – even UNHCR will have different memoranda of understanding with the different States involved and affected.

              Many Rivers to Cross: The Recognition of LGBTQI Asylum in the UK      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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    The Refugee Convention was not written with the persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) people in mind. This article shows the dilemmas this creates for LGBTQI asylum seekers and their advocates when establishing the case for protection. It uses the United Kingdom (UK) experience as an example and brings the literature on this topic up to date with reference to recent cases with implications for LGBTQI applicants. While there has been a welcome shift to recognize that LGBTQI persecution is a legitimate basis for asylum, contradictions and tensions between United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, European, and UK guidelines and instruments, as well as between UK policy and practice, have resulted in a lack of consistency and fairness in the treatment of LGBTQI asylum seekers. The article identifies three specific areas of concern and goes on to show what happens when they converge, using a case that exemplifies some of the problems – AR (AP), against a decision of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) [2017] CSIH 52. It concludes by suggesting a shift in the focus of questioning, from the identity of the asylum seeker to the persecution in the country of origin, as a possible basis for fairer treatment of LGBTQI asylum claims.

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    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, apostolic nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, affirmed the Holy See’s support for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, whose wording is being negotiated.


              Sayyed Nasrallah Is the First Arab Leader Whose Credibility Has an Influence on «Israel» السيد نصر الله أوّل زعيم عربي تؤثر صدقيته في الإسرائيليين      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


    On July 12, 2010 and on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the destructive war against Lebanon, the “Israeli” newspaper Haaretz published a detailed university study on the topic, drafted by the “Israeli” military establishment. It was an academic study by a senior “Israeli” intelligence officer. It backed the assertion that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, is the first Arab leader since the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser who has the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion with his speeches.
    Hezbollah achieved two military victories against “Israel”. It is one of the world’s chief liberation movements, eclipsing the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front (Algerian) and the Cuban Revolution. It is striking that the criminalization of Hezbollah by the Persian Gulf and the Arab League came in the name of Arabism, a slogan that the Wahhabi dynasty wanted to destroy.
    Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah ponders his words that are equal in weight to gold. They are immediately analyzed by interpreters, philologists and linguists – whether they be academics, diplomats, strategists, experts in psychological warfare, native Arabic speakers or pseudo Orientalists. The Western political media bubble is about to suffocate from its pent-up anger, as is the case with the Arabs applauding them. They both face the same reality: Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah – a Lebanese Shiite paramilitary group, is a man who does not only talk. His actions correspond to his words and his words with his actions.
    What he says in his speeches is not for the sake of boasting or bragging. His credibility does not have the same effects of a propaganda campaign. The facts are documented by senior “Israeli” Arab journalists whose acknowledgments are in this article.
    On July 12, 2010 and on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the destructive war against Lebanon, the “Israeli” newspaper Haaretz published a detailed university study on the topic, drafted by the “Israeli” military establishment. It was an academic study by a senior “Israeli” intelligence officer. It backed the assertion that Hassan Nasrallah, Hezbollah’s Secretary-General, is the first Arab leader since the late Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser who has the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion with his speeches.
    The article reads “Colonel Ronen discussed this thesis at Haifa University based on an analysis of the contents of Hassan Nasrallah’s speech during the second Lebanon war in 2006.” The “Israeli” officer describes Nasrallah as “the first Arab leader who was able to develop the ability to influence “Israeli” public opinion since Abdel Nasser” in the 1960s. Ronen, who was then an intelligence officer in the “Israeli” army, wrote the following: “Nasrallah used two weapons to confront “Israeli” threats: his speech addressing his audience and using it for defensive battles on the Lebanese front and missiles directed against “Israel”.”
    Nasrallah’s speeches were the subject of most “Israeli” newspapers. It aroused strong reactions from “Israeli” political and military leaders. Ronen pointed out that “if “Israel” deciphered Nasrallah’s speeches during the war, it would have had an impact on its decisions.” He stated that during the war Nasrallah used to bolster the claim that “we will win the war if we succeed in the defense.” For him, victory meant “to continue resisting and keep Lebanon united without accepting humiliating conditions.”
    The “Israeli” officer pointed out that “the resistance of Hezbollah carried on until the last day and the unity of Lebanon was not undermined.”
    “With regard to the humiliating conditions, the answer is not conclusive on whether Nasrallah was forced to accept the deployment of the Lebanese army and elements of the United Nations in southern Lebanon, which he rejected at the beginning of the war,” the author notes.
    When the government’s approach was demagoguery, the man appeared to be reasonable and did not brag even in the smallest of the theatrical details. He put on a stunning show on a Sunday afternoon in July 2006, giving a televised political speech to hundreds of thousands of viewers astonished by the destruction of an “Israeli” battleship near the Lebanese coast.
    In an area that is eroded by sectarianism, the cleric posed as a lawyer with his eloquent language and rich vocabulary in which religious expressions blend with the worldly as well as the standard (Arabic) with the dialectic. His speech is inspired by the more rigid Arabism. And thus he transformed his country into the regional diplomatic indicator and the role model in the history of the Arab-“Israeli” conflict, especially as he relies to the collective Arab memory that had an important psychological impact equivalent to the impact of Operation Badr (the seizure of the Bar-lev line) and the crossing of the Suez Canal during the October 1973 war.
    After eight years, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah did it again, not caring about the rejection of all Arab monarchies. He laid the groundwork for a new way of confronting his fiery enemy, which was the mobile conflict in a closed battlefield. It was a new approach to modern military warfare, supported by a strong missile deterrent force feared by the West and its Arab allies.
    Hezbollah fought with its light armament and full control over its weapons, especially the anti-tank ones. The group fought in a decentralized manner similar to that of the Finns in their war against the Soviets in 1940.
    But in view of this unique achievement in the history of the contemporary Arab world, the protests of a degenerate political class created by modern feudalism and developed from the stream of opportunism would stir sectarianism in a region considered to be a prey of intolerance and in a country that has suffered so much in the past. It is a country whose people are in despair due to the growing impoverishment. They are the forgotten victims of the old, heinous actions, the prey of intellectual and moral impoverishment of a class of elites, and finally the prey of the Nazism of senior Lebanese politicians unnaturally allied with the old warlords and their financiers.
    Hezbollah has become a Lebanese political-military movement, which is marked for elimination by the Americans. It enjoys unprecedented parliamentary representation thanks to the digital majority of the Shiite community, thanks to its contribution to the liberation of its land, thanks to its prestige at the regional level and finally thanks to the people’s support who are not looking to benefit from it.
    Former French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin paid a high price for calling Hezbollah a terrorist. He was the victim of the most recent stone-throwing incident in contemporary history, ending his political life in a pathetic way and politically burning him forever.

    السيد نصر الله أوّل زعيم عربي تؤثر صدقيته في الإسرائيليين

    2018-07-09

    نشرت الصحيفة الإسرائيلية “هأريتز” في 12 تموز/ يوليو 2010 بمناسبة الذكرى الرابعة للحرب المدمرة على لبنان دراسة جامعية مفصلة في هذا الموضوع للمؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية. هي بحث أكاديمي قام به ضابط رفيع في المخابرات الإسرائيلية تدعم مقولة أنّ حسن نصرالله، الأمين العام لحزب الله، هو أول زعيم عربي يتمتع بقدرة على التأثير بخطابه على الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ الرئيس المصري الراحل جمال عبد الناصر.

    حزب الله هو صانعُ انتصارين عسكريين ضد إسرائيل، وأحد أكبر حركات التحرر في العالم الثالث هيبةً، مضاهياً بذلك جبهة التحرير الوطنية الفيتنامية وجبهة التحرير الوطنية الجزائرية وثورة الملتحين الكوبية. واللافت أن تجريم حزب الله من الخليج والجامعة العربية جاء باسم العروبة وهو الشعار الذي كانت السلالة الوهابية أول من أراد دفنه.  

    السيد حسن نصر الله يزن كلماته وأقواله التي تساوي وزنها ذهباً، فتؤوّل في الحال على ألسنة كل المفسرين وفقهاء اللغة وعلماء المعاني واللسانيات؛ سواء كانوا أكاديميين أم دبلوماسيين أم باحثين استراتيجيين أم اختصاصيين في الحرب النفسية؛ سواء كانوا من الناطقين الأصليين بالعربية أم من المستشرقين الزائفين. فالفقاعة الإعلامية السياسية الغربية على وشك الاختناق من الغضب المكتوم، كما هي حال العرب المصفقين لها، أمام إثبات متطابق مع الواقع: السيد حسن نصرالله زعيم حزب الله، الحركة الشيعية اللبنانية الشبه عسكرية، هو رجل لا يكتفي بالكلام. فأفعاله تتطابق مع أقواله وأقواله مع أفعاله.

    فما يقوله في خطاباته ليس تبجّحاً وتباهياً. ومصداقيته ليست كأثر حملة دعائية. فالوقائع موثّقة يؤكدها كبار الصحفيين الإسرائيليين العرب الذين حصل هذا المقال على اعترافاتهم بها.

    نشرت الصحيفة الإسرائيلية “هأريتز” في 12 تموز/ يوليو 2010 بمناسبة الذكرى الرابعة للحرب المدمرة على لبنان دراسة جامعية مفصلة في هذا الموضوع للمؤسسة العسكرية الإسرائيلية. هي بحث أكاديمي قام به ضابط رفيع في المخابرات الإسرائيلية تدعم مقولة أنّ حسن نصرالله، الأمين العام لحزب الله، هو أول زعيم عربي يتمتع بقدرة على التأثير بخطابه على الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ الرئيس المصري الراحل جمال عبد الناصر.

    يقول المقال “إن العقيد رونين ناقش هذه الأطروحة في جامعة حيفا مستنداً إلى تحليل لمضمون خطاب حسن نصرالله خلال الحرب الثانية على لبنان في عام 2006”. يصف الضابط الإسرائيلي نصرالله على أنه “أول زعيم عربي استطاع تطوير قدرته على التأثير في الرأي العام الإسرائيلي منذ عبد الناصر” في الستينات. يكتب رونين، الذي كان وقتئذٍ في منصب ضابط المخابرات في الجيش الإسرائيلي، ما يلي “استعمل نصرالله لمواجهة التهديدات الإسرائيلية سلاحين: خطابه الذي توجه به لجمهوره وقاد به المعارك الدفاعية على الجبهة اللبنانية والصواريخ الموجهة ضد إسرائيل”.

    كانت خطابات نصرالله موضوع غالب الصحف الإسرائيلية كما أنها أثارت ردود أفعال شديدة لدى القادة السياسيين والعسكريين الإسرائيليين. لقد أشار رونين إلى أنه “لو قامت إسرائيل بتحليل عقلاني لخطابات نصرالله خلال الحرب لكان أثر ذلك على قرارها”. وذكر بأن نصرالله كان يؤكد أثناء الحرب “بأننا سنربح الحرب لو نجحنا في الدفاع”. فالانتصار يعني بالنسبة له “الاستمرار في المقاومة وأن يبقى لبنان موحداً دون القبول بشروط مذلة”.

    كما أشار الضابط الإسرائيلي إلى أن “مقاومة حزب الله استمرت حتى اليوم الأخير ووحدة لبنان لم تمسّ”. كما لفت النظر “إلى أنه بالنسبة للشروط المذلة فالجواب ليس قطعياً في أن نصرالله أجبر على القبول بانتشار الجيش اللبناني وعناصر الأمم المتحدة في جنوب لبنان، الشيء الذي كان يرفضه في بداية الحرب”.

    في المنطقة التي يكون أسلوب الحكومة فيها هو الغوغائية، يظهر الرجل رزيناً غير متباهٍ حتى في أصغر تفصيل من التفاصيل المسرحية، فيقوم بالعرض المذهل بعد ظهر يوم أحد من شهر تموز/ يوليو 2006 معطياً الأمر في خطاب سياسي من على منبره التلفزيوني وأمام مئات آلاف المشاهدين المذهولين بتدمير بارجة إسرائيلية عائمة قرب السواحل اللبنانية.

    في منطقة تتآكل بالطائفية البغضاء، يقف رجل الدين السيّد محامياً بلغته البليغة ومفرداته الغنية التي تتمازج فيها التعابير الدينية مع الدنيوية، والفصحى مع الدارجة، وبنغمة خطابه المستوحاة من روح العروبة الأكثر تشدداً. وهكذا دفع ببلده ليصبح المؤشر الدبلوماسي الإقليمي والمثل الأعلى في تاريخ الصراع العربي الإسرائيلي وخاصة أنه بارتدائه ثوب الذاكرة العربية الجماعية كان له أثر نفسي هام يعادل أثر عملية بدر (الاستيلاء على خط بارليف) وعبور قناة السويس في حرب تشرين الأول/ أكتوبر عام 1973.

    أعاد السيد حسن نصرالله الكرّة بعد ثماني سنين غير آبهٍ برفض كل المملكات العربية تقريباً، فوضع الأسس لطريقة جديدة في مواجهة قوة عدوّه النارية، وهي الصراع المتنقل في ميدان مغلق، نهج جديد في القتال العسكري الحديث، مدعوم بقوة ردع صاروخية قويّة أمام ذعر الغرب وحلفائه العرب.

    لقد قاتل حزب الله بعداده الخفيف وتحكّمه التام بسلاحه وخاصة ذلك المضاد للدبابات بطريقة لامركزية على طريقة الفنلنديين في حربهم مع السوفييت عام 1940.

    لكن بالنظر إلى هذا الإنجاز الفريد في تاريخ العالم العربي المعاصر الذليل فإن احتجاجات طبقة سياسية مهترئة نشأت في لدن الإقطاعية الحديثة ونتجت عن تيار الانتهازية سيحرّك الشعور الطائفي في منطقة تعتبر فريسة للتعصب وفي بلد عانى الكثير في الماضي. هو بلد يقع شعبه فريسة اليأس نتيجة الإفقار المتزايد، فريسة نسيان ضحايا الأعمال الشائنة القديمة، فريسة الفاقة الفكرية والأخلاقية لفئة من النخبة، وأخيراً فريسة نازية كبار الساسة اللبنانيين المتحالفين بطريقة شاذة عن الطبيعة مع أسياد الحرب القدماء ومموّليها.

    أصبح حزب الله حركة لبنانية سياسية-عسكرية، مطلوباً القضاء عليها أميركيا. وأصبح يتمتع بتمثيل برلماني لا سابق له بفضل الغالبية الرقمية للطائفة الشيعية، وبفضل إسهامه في تحرير أرضه، وبفضل هيبته على الصعيد الإقليمي وأخيراً بفضل الالتفاف الشعبي حوله دون أن يبحث عن أيّ استفادة من ذلك.

    رئيس الوزراء الاشتراكي الفرنسي الأسبق ليونيل جوسبان، دفع من حسابه ثمناً باهظاً لتوصيفه حزب الله بالإرهابي، فكان ضحية أشهر حادثة رجم بالحجارة في التاريخ المعاصر، منهياً حياته السياسية بطريقة مثيرة للشفقة فاحترق سياسياً إلى الأبد.

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    At least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela, the United Nations said.
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    The Senate has called on the Nigeria Police and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to reinstate the security detail withdrawn from the lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye, saying his life is in danger.


    The upper chamber of the National Assembly, however, rejected the call by Melaye that police deployment of 30,000 men in Ekiti State to monitor the governorship election on Saturday should be investigated.

    Melaye, at the plenary on Wednesday, raised a point of order to condemn the police for deploying such a huge number of men in a state for an election when Nigerians were being killed by armed herdsmen and militias in other states.

    He said, “I read with fear that 30,000 policemen were drafted to Ekiti to observe, monitor and provide security for the governorship election. I wonder why the crises in Zamfara, Dapchi, Chibok, Taraba, Benue, Jos have not attracted 30,000 policemen, where Nigerians have been consistently killed.”

    Interrupting Melaye, Senator Oluremi Tinubu raised a point of order to point out that the Kogi senator was not in the seat allotted to him and his motion should not be entertained.
    Melaye had recently demanded the relocation of his seat from the majority All Progressives Congress section of the chamber to the minority Peoples Democratic Party section.

    Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session, however, argued that the presiding officer was empowered to exercise discretion to recognise a lawmaker from any sitting position.

    Melaye continued, “Election is important but not more than the lives of Nigerians. I am bringing this to the notice of the Senate because we swore before men and God to uphold the content and letters of the Constitution. The United Nation, the United States, the United Kingdom, international organisations and civil societies must seriously observe the election in Ekiti.

    “Not only that; as part of my prayers, the police need to furnish this Senate with service numbers and names of the 30,000 officers deployed in Ekiti as well as where they were deployed from and where they were deployed in. As I speak this morning, the Government House in Ekiti is under a siege by the Nigeria Police. The campaign officer of the PDP candidate is surrounded by policemen. We cannot, as senators, sit down and allow democracy to become ‘militocracy.’ If we die defending the Constitution and human rights, we have died well.”

    The senator also announced that the security operatives attached to him had been withdrawn since he had a case with the police. He said efforts by him to get security detail from the police and other security agencies failed.

    Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, put the prayers to voice vote. Before then, he described the issue of “personal safety” of Melaye as “critical.”
    “He said his security was withdrawn and his life is under threat. It is not something we will gloss over,” Ekweremadu stated.


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    Donald Trump is engaged in a systematic effort to make the United States less powerful and less respected around the world. America is too great a country to be defeated and brought down by an outside power. Such damage can likely only be inflicted from within at the hands of a dangerous president, a feckless political party and their tens of millions of authoritarian followers.

    President Barack Obama warned about this threat in his farewell address:

    But protecting our way of life, that's not just the job of our military. Democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. ... So let's be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people. But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight. Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world -- unless we give up what we stand for and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors. Which brings me to my final point: Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.

    Examples of the ways Trump is weakening America's global position are numerous: He has threatened to withdraw the United States from NATO, nearly broke apart the G7 alliance at the recent Quebec summit, has effectively surrendered economic leadership across the Pacific region to China by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has withdrawn from both the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Donald Trump's administration has also shown a clear and obvious disdain for human rights. To that end, he has gone so far as to withdraw the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    Donald Trump's hostility to human rights and human dignity does not stop there. In an underreported but important story, several weeks ago the Trump administration launched an effort to remove any language from standard United Nations documents condemning racism as a threat to democracy.

    Donald Trump's white supremacist agenda is not limited to the United States. It is international.

    Writing at CNN, Michelle Kosinski explains this extraordinary event, when a career foreign service officer named Andrew Veprek, who was rapidly promoted by the Trump administration to a senior State Department post, "disputed the idea that leaders have a 'duty to condemn hate speech and incitement, and repeatedly rejected use of the words nationalism, populism, and xenophobia":

    "The drafters say 'populism and nationalism' as if these are dirty words," wrote Andrew Veprek, the deputy assistant secretary for refugees and migration, in documents obtained exclusively by CNN. "There are millions of Americans who likely would describe themselves as adhering to these concepts. (Maybe even the President.). So are we looking to here condemn our fellow-citizens, those who pay our salaries?" ...

    Veprek also pushed to soften language about fighting racism and about racism in politics in his proposed amendments to a UN Human Rights Council resolution titled "The Incompatibility between Democracy and Racism" that is adopted without a vote, with much of the same language, every few years.

    In response to one section that says national leaders have a responsibility to condemn hate speech, Veprek writes, "'[d]uty to condemn' goes too far. Our public figures can't be obliged to police every intolerant thought out their [sic] at the risk of being condemned for intolerance themselves."

    Rob Berschinski, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights under Obama, told CNN that Veprek's changes seemed to reflect a feeling that "the UN language is targeted at the Trump administration, when it mentions racism in political circles. ... Clearly, he is making these edits to reduce the power of the resolution, as relates to racism in politics."

    Veprek apparently also objected to language that said the UN remained "alarmed at the rise of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in political circles."

    "To refer to the 'rise' of racism resumes [sic] (1) there was some more innocent time when racism didn't exist in the world; or (2) racism is increasing over some unspecified previous time," Veprek wrote, as quoted by CNN. "Is there evidence for either of these assertions?"

    There are several serious problems with the Trump administration's effort to whitewash the UN language about racism and its relationship to human rights and healthy societies. First, as is common with Trump's administration and the American right more generally, there is a deep disdain for empirical reality. This is especially true in discussions of the color line.

    Contrary to Veprek's claims, there is considerable evidence that racism is increasing in the U.S. specifically and throughout the West more generally. Most notably, as evidenced by the election of openly racist candidates like Donald Trump to high office.

    Structural violence persists and has expanded, with increasingly draconian and often punitive state-sponsored harassment directed against nonwhite immigrants and refugees throughout the Western world.

    In the United States, police continue to kill assault, and harass innocent and unarmed black and brown people at disproportionate rates, as compared to whites. The racial wealth gap persists, and depending on how it is measured, is actually growing. It has been suggested that by 2053 the average net worth of African-American families will be zero.

    There is also a coordinated effort by the Trump administration and the Republican Party in general to prevent black Americans and other nonwhites from voting, This is both part of a broader assault on civil rights and a means of locking down political power.

    Trump and the Republican Party's assault on the social safety will also disproportionately harm nonwhites. This too is a type of structural violence and racism.

    Right-wing authoritarian movements based upon racism and nativism are threatening democracies around the world. In Europe and the United States this global movement has overtones of violence and views the Other -- in particular, nonwhites and Muslims -- as the enemy.

    Public opinion and other research also shows a shift in mass opinion in Europe and America (especially among white conservatives and less educated people) toward more intolerant attitudes regarding nonwhites, immigrants and Muslims.

    The UN has issued several reports calling attention to structural and interpersonal racism and other forms of social inequality in the United States.

    After the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust the United States assumed a global leadership role in advancing the cause of human rights. This was complicated by the harsh reality that the United States was a society where discrimination against African-Americans and other nonwhites remained commonplace. In the context of the Cold War and the global struggle against Soviet power and influence, Jim Crow American apartheid was a mark of shame which the Soviets exploited to their advantage to build alliances with revolutionary movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    The foot soldiers and leaders in the black freedom struggle also highlighted this gross hypocrisy: How could a country that fought against Nazism and condemned the horrors of the Holocaust allow lynchings, racial violence and discrimination against its own citizens?

    Mary Dudziak explores this theme in her book "Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy":

    The lesson of this story was always that American democracy was a form of government that made the achievement of social justice possible, and that democratic change, however slow and gradual, was superior to dictatorial imposition. The story of race in America, used to compare democracy and communism, became an important Cold War narrative.

    Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson once observed that “the existence of discrimination against minority groups in this country has an adverse effect upon our relations with other countries. We are reminded over and over by some foreign newspapers and spokesmen, that our treatment of various minorities leaves much to be desired. … We will have better international relations when those reasons for suspicion and resentment have been removed.”

    America's more forward-thinking elites understood that if the United States was to defeat the Soviet Union and Communism abroad it would have to confront Jim and Jane Crow and other forms of white supremacy at home. Winning the Cold War, expanding and maintaining American hegemony required it.

    Trump and his allies and supporters reject this legacy of American leadership. Their policies seek to undermine human rights both globally and within the United States. In all, the Trump presidency and Republican Party are overtly hostile to nonwhites around the world.

    The United States (ostensibly) defended human and civil rights both abroad and at home as a means of defeating the Soviet Union. Now, some three decades after the Cold War ended, Donald Trump has embraced the Christian nationalism and racial authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin's Russia. It appears that Trump does not want the United States to be the world's preeminent power but rather a country (and people) in the orbit of Russia. History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce -- and in the case of Trump's America, as tragedy once again.

     

     


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    Trump appointee kills UN language on racism, hate speech and nationalism, claiming there’s no rise in intolerance

    Donald Trump is engaged in a systematic effort to make the United States less powerful and less respected around the world. America is too great a country to be defeated and brought down by an outside power. Such damage can likely only be inflicted from within at the hands of a dangerous president, a feckless political party and their tens of millions of authoritarian followers.

    President Barack Obama warned about this threat in his farewell address:

    But protecting our way of life, that's not just the job of our military. Democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. ... So let's be vigilant, but not afraid. ISIL will try to kill innocent people. But they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight. Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world -- unless we give up what we stand for and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors. Which brings me to my final point: Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.

    Examples of the ways Trump is weakening America's global position are numerous: He has threatened to withdraw the United States from NATO, nearly broke apart the G7 alliance at the recent Quebec summit, has effectively surrendered economic leadership across the Pacific region to China by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has withdrawn from both the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Donald Trump's administration has also shown a clear and obvious disdain for human rights. To that end, he has gone so far as to withdraw the United States from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    Donald Trump's hostility to human rights and human dignity does not stop there. In an underreported but important story, several weeks ago the Trump administration launched an effort to remove any language from standard United Nations documents condemning racism as a threat to democracy.

    Donald Trump's white supremacist agenda is not limited to the United States. It is international.

    Writing at CNN, Michelle Kosinski explains this extraordinary event, when a career foreign service officer named Andrew Veprek, who was rapidly promoted by the Trump administration to a senior State Department post, "disputed the idea that leaders have a 'duty to condemn hate speech and incitement, and repeatedly rejected use of the words nationalism, populism, and xenophobia":

    "The drafters say 'populism and nationalism' as if these are dirty words," wrote Andrew Veprek, the deputy assistant secretary for refugees and migration, in documents obtained exclusively by CNN. "There are millions of Americans who likely would describe themselves as adhering to these concepts. (Maybe even the President.). So are we looking to here condemn our fellow-citizens, those who pay our salaries?" ...

    Veprek also pushed to soften language about fighting racism and about racism in politics in his proposed amendments to a UN Human Rights Council resolution titled "The Incompatibility between Democracy and Racism" that is adopted without a vote, with much of the same language, every few years.

    In response to one section that says national leaders have a responsibility to condemn hate speech, Veprek writes, "'[d]uty to condemn' goes too far. Our public figures can't be obliged to police every intolerant thought out their [sic] at the risk of being condemned for intolerance themselves."

    Rob Berschinski, a former deputy assistant secretary of state for human rights under Obama, told CNN that Veprek's changes seemed to reflect a feeling that "the UN language is targeted at the Trump administration, when it mentions racism in political circles. ... Clearly, he is making these edits to reduce the power of the resolution, as relates to racism in politics."

    Veprek apparently also objected to language that said the UN remained "alarmed at the rise of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in political circles."

    "To refer to the 'rise' of racism resumes [sic] (1) there was some more innocent time when racism didn't exist in the world; or (2) racism is increasing over some unspecified previous time," Veprek wrote, as quoted by CNN. "Is there evidence for either of these assertions?"

    There are several serious problems with the Trump administration's effort to whitewash the UN language about racism and its relationship to human rights and healthy societies. First, as is common with Trump's administration and the American right more generally, there is a deep disdain for empirical reality. This is especially true in discussions of the color line.

    Contrary to Veprek's claims, there is considerable evidence that racism is increasing in the U.S. specifically and throughout the West more generally. Most notably, as evidenced by the election of openly racist candidates like Donald Trump to high office.

    Structural violence persists and has expanded, with increasingly draconian and often punitive state-sponsored harassment directed against nonwhite immigrants and refugees throughout the Western world.

    In the United States, police continue to kill assault, and harass innocent and unarmed black and brown people at disproportionate rates, as compared to whites. The racial wealth gap persists, and depending on how it is measured, is actually growing. It has been suggested that by 2053 the average net worth of African-American families will be zero.

    There is also a coordinated effort by the Trump administration and the Republican Party in general to prevent black Americans and other nonwhites from voting, This is both part of a broader assault on civil rights and a means of locking down political power.

    Trump and the Republican Party's assault on the social safety will also disproportionately harm nonwhites. This too is a type of structural violence and racism.

    Right-wing authoritarian movements based upon racism and nativism are threatening democracies around the world. In Europe and the United States this global movement has overtones of violence and views the Other -- in particular, nonwhites and Muslims -- as the enemy.

    Public opinion and other research also shows a shift in mass opinion in Europe and America (especially among white conservatives and less educated people) toward more intolerant attitudes regarding nonwhites, immigrants and Muslims.

    The UN has issued several reports calling attention to structural and interpersonal racism and other forms of social inequality in the United States.

    After the horrors of World War II and the Holocaust the United States assumed a global leadership role in advancing the cause of human rights. This was complicated by the harsh reality that the United States was a society where discrimination against African-Americans and other nonwhites remained commonplace. In the context of the Cold War and the global struggle against Soviet power and influence, Jim Crow American apartheid was a mark of shame which the Soviets exploited to their advantage to build alliances with revolutionary movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    The foot soldiers and leaders in the black freedom struggle also highlighted this gross hypocrisy: How could a country that fought against Nazism and condemned the horrors of the Holocaust allow lynchings, racial violence and discrimination against its own citizens?

    Mary Dudziak explores this theme in her book "Cold War Civil Rights: Race and the Image of American Democracy":

    The lesson of this story was always that American democracy was a form of government that made the achievement of social justice possible, and that democratic change, however slow and gradual, was superior to dictatorial imposition. The story of race in America, used to compare democracy and communism, became an important Cold War narrative.

    Former Secretary of State Dean Acheson once observed that “the existence of discrimination against minority groups in this country has an adverse effect upon our relations with other countries. We are reminded over and over by some foreign newspapers and spokesmen, that our treatment of various minorities leaves much to be desired. … We will have better international relations when those reasons for suspicion and resentment have been removed.”

    America's more forward-thinking elites understood that if the United States was to defeat the Soviet Union and Communism abroad it would have to confront Jim and Jane Crow and other forms of white supremacy at home. Winning the Cold War, expanding and maintaining American hegemony required it.

    Trump and his allies and supporters reject this legacy of American leadership. Their policies seek to undermine human rights both globally and within the United States. In all, the Trump presidency and Republican Party are overtly hostile to nonwhites around the world.

    The United States (ostensibly) defended human and civil rights both abroad and at home as a means of defeating the Soviet Union. Now, some three decades after the Cold War ended, Donald Trump has embraced the Christian nationalism and racial authoritarianism of Vladimir Putin's Russia. It appears that Trump does not want the United States to be the world's preeminent power but rather a country (and people) in the orbit of Russia. History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce -- and in the case of Trump's America, as tragedy once again.

     

     


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    RELEASE: New Research Exposes Uneven Playing Field Between Communities and Companies Vying for Land Rights

    Communities sacrifice decades navigating complex, expensive government processes that can force them to give up territory and rights, while companies quickly secure concessions on the same land

    LIMA (July 11, 2018) —A new scramble for land is heating up across the developing world. Indigenous Peoples and communities are losing their land at alarming rates as companies rapidly expand operations across resource-rich Africa, Asia and Latin America. Although more than 50 percent of the world’s land is collectively held, indigenous groups and communities legally own just 10 percent of land globally. A new report from World Resources Institute finds that in many countries, the process to formalize land rights is extremely complex, costly and slow, taking up to 30 years or more — in the Philippines, the process requires 56 legally mandated steps, and in Indonesia, 21 different government entities are involved — but companies can typically secure long-term rights to land in just 30 days to five years. The report sheds light on the uneven playing field between companies and communities, and recommends a more transparent path forward.

    One of the most comprehensive global reviews of how communities and companies formalize land rights, The Scramble for Land Rights: Reducing Inequity between Communities and Companies, looks at the discrepancies in time, money, land size and rights granted in 15 countries. Without formal legal recognition, communities struggle to protect their land from being developed or exploited.

    WRI finds that, in addition to a much more complicated and opaque process to formalize land tenure, Indigenous Peoples and communities are often forced to give up significant areas of their customary land or lose rights to valuable natural resources like clean water or medicinal plants, crippling their livelihoods. And it isn’t only communities that are hurt by these practices — well-intentioned companies that follow government policies to acquire land are at a competitive disadvantage compared to businesses that take shortcuts, exploit loopholes and begin commercial operations before obtaining final approvals.

    “Governments must take a hard look at how their land rights policies favor companies, especially those that clear forests, burn carbon-rich peatland or otherwise exhaust natural resources, over indigenous communities who have long protected the world’s forests,” said Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “This unfair playing field not only poses grave environmental risks, but it also threatens the livelihoods of more than 2.5 billion people who depend on collectively held land.”

    In Indonesia, Indigenous Peoples have spent upwards of 15 years trying to formalize their rights. Around 20 communities have secured title to about 20,000 hectares of land, while palm oil companies, which can secure commercial land rights in just three years, own plantations that cover close to 14 million hectares of Indonesia.

    Communities across rural Uganda wade through a 17-step process requiring approval from institutions that the government has yet to establish in some districts, whereas companies glide through the process in as few as five steps.

    The report finds that, in most countries, companies are allowed to secure land rights without screening for existing community claims to the same land, and that even when governments require community consultations, businesses only make token gestures instead of sincerely trying to obtain the community’s free, prior and informed consent.

    “When companies acquire land, those acting in bad faith can often find legal, extralegal or illegal shortcuts. This not only increases the risk of land conflicts, but also puts more ethical companies at a competitive disadvantage,” said Laura Notess, lead author of the report and a lawyer with WRI’s Land and Resource Rights Initiative. “For instance, one company in Mozambique spent two years consulting communities, while others skipped this step altogether, obtaining land in as a little as three months.”

    This unfair playing field pushes out some of the best stewards of the world’s forests. Too often, investors who obtain rights to community lands deforest vast areas and exhaust natural resources in one community, then move on to the next, whereas Indigenous Peoples and rural communities have sustainably managed their land for generations. According to Global Forest Watch, the world lost 15.8 million hectares of tropical forest in 2017, but the rate of tree cover loss was less than half in community and indigenous lands compared to elsewhere.

    WRI launched the report in Lima, Peru, in partnership with AsM Law Office, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Rainforest Foundation United States (RFUS), Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and Ujamaa Community Resource Team who led field research in Indonesia, Peru and Tanzania. Experts spoke alongside government officials and indigenous leaders fighting to secure formal land rights in the Peruvian Amazon.

    In Peru, companies can easily find shortcuts around burdensome requirements, such as purchasing small plots of land and converting them into large agroindustrial concessions to avoid environmental regulations and clear swaths of the Amazon. Indigenous communities do not have this option, and so when land disputes or other obstacles arise, efforts to title their land grind to a halt.

    For example, in 2014, large sections of the Santa Clara de Uchunya community’s ancestral forests started disappearing. Without the community’s knowledge or consent, the regional government had given away rights to many small plots of their land, which Plantaciones de Pucallpa, a palm oil company with known environmental and legal troubles, bought up.

    “For communities like mine, our land is our livelihood. In Ucayali, a palm oil company has shut us out from land that is our home, cutting down the forest and leaving us with no choice but to fight back in court,” said Carlos Hoyos Soria, leader of the Santa Clara de Uchunya community in Peru “At the same time, our application for land title has stalled for several years, during which time we’ve been met with death threats and violent attacks against our community. We fear for our lives, but without our land, we lose everything.”

    Tensions like these are escalating across many of the 15 countries studied in The Scramble for Land Rights. The disparities between communities and companies breed hostility that can quickly devolve into conflict, particularly in Latin America where hundreds of environmental defenders have been murdered in the last decade amid escalating violence. Conflicts range from boundary disputes with neighbors to overlapping concessions, and they can tie communities up in bureaucratic red tape for years.

    "What is at stake is the fate of the Amazon and its indigenous populations. To do nothing and turn our backs on these communities is too dangerous,” said Hildebrando Antonio Collantes Zegarra, Head of the Indigenous Communities Office, Subnational Government of Ucayali for the Ministry of Agriculture in Lima. “Governments, including Peru, must do more to protect Indigenous Peoples’ and communities’ land rights. They must simplify processes to document community land, strengthen Indigenous Peoples’ access to titling and provide more resources to mediate intensifying conflicts fueled by the rise of drug trafficking, illegal logging and illicit land trafficking.

    To level the playing field between communities and companies, the report calls on countries to make overly complex procedures clearer and more accessible, amend steps that impose difficult, undue burdens on communities and uniformly enforce corporate land acquisition policies. And around the world, better conflict resolution mechanisms are needed to address competing third-party claims and increase community consultations that ensure free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

    International decision-makers also have a role to play in supporting communities’ efforts to secure land tenure, from building local capacity to map community land to providing legal and financial assistance throughout land titling processes. Time and time again, research has shown that recognizing indigenous and community land rights is a proven solution to conserving forests, mitigating climate change, reducing poverty and catalyzing sustainable development.

    The full report is available at http://www.wri.org/publication/scramble-for-land-rights.

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    Quote from Anne-Sophie Gindroz, Southeast Asia Regional Facilitator, Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI):
    “Communities cannot compete with the pace and scale at which their lands and forests are signed away by governments to the corporate sector. Without urgent measures to secure claimed territories, there will be more conflicts, violence and injustice, hampering sustainable development.”

    Quote from Anne Larson, Principle Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR):
    “Our research shows that in Peru, titling of indigenous lands is still long, complicated, costly. Despite important advances, the procedure remains overregulated and faces inconsistencies. Even in cases where communities have been able to title their lands, many still face problems with their titles that hinder their ability to benefit and make them vulnerable to invasions, changes in law and, in general, more powerful actors. Mechanisms to address conflicts should be central in the titling process, as the inability to address conflict situations impedes success for both communities and forests.”

    Quote from Christine Halvorson, Program Director, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS):
    "Securing indigenous land rights is one of the most effective ways to protect the forest. Securing indigenous territories in Guyana would contribute to the country's international commitments to both the environment and human rights."

    Quote from Dean Affandi, Research Analyst, World Resources Institute Indonesia (WRI):
    “In Indonesia, the rights to secure lands are often compounded by the lack of a single national reference map with all data on land utilization, causing overlapping boundaries of various entities such as protected areas, customary land, mining areas, forest concessions, smallholders’ parcels, village areas and more. The Indonesian government’s One Map Policy is aimed to resolve disagreements over land assignment, expedite government’s commitment to pass the long-delayed law on indigenous people’s rights and restore justice for communities to enable the achievement of a more sustainable land use.”

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    The Syrian army, aided by Russian air power, is seizing more territory and leaving an enormous humanitarian crisis in its wake. The regime's troops captured areas along the borders with Israel and Jordan, plus Syria's main border crossing.

    In the eighth year of the Syrian civil war, thousands of civilians find themselves in the crossfire.

    From the Israeli side of the border, one can see Syrians on the other side of the fence. The United Nations estimates more than 300,000 civilians have fled the fighting.

    Drone footage shows the sea of new tents. The Israel Defense Forces are again reaching out to help those who now call this tent city home.

    "The main mission is to give as much humanitarian aid to the other side [as possible], an IDF medical officer with the Golan Heights Division told CBN News.

    "We do this first because when you understand what's happening on the other side and you know that they don't have anything and they really suffer," he explained. "You cannot stand aside and do nothing. I think it's part of what we know to do...to help other people who need it. They are neighbors on the other side."

    Former IDF Lt. Col. Marco Moreno developed this "Good Neighbor Policy" several years ago. He now works with Frontier Alliance International, a Christian relief organization, coordinating operations with the IDF. {eoa}

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              The Sustainable Development Cabal of the United Nations is Meeting Again      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Sustainable Development Cabal of the United Nations is Meeting Again
    By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh 
    “Current lifestyles and consumption patterns of the affluent middle class—involving high meat intake, use of fossil fuels, appliances, home and work air conditioning, and suburban housing are not sustainable.” - Maurice Strong, Secretary General of the U.N. Earth Summit, 1992.

    The U.N. Agenda 21 adopted in 1992 and signed by 178 countries has morphed into Agenda 2030 adopted in 2015 with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and 169 “specific targets.” As Alex Newman described it, it is a recipe for “global socialism and corporatism/fascism” foisted upon the world by the United Nations.
    My 2012 book, “U.N. Agenda 21: Environmental Piracy,” explains the U.N. effort to rearrange the way we live, the way we do business, an effort to redistribute our wealth to all third world nations, friends and foes.


    The 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be found at this site which is labeled “post 2015” Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform. Indoctrination into global socialism may be subtle and euphemistic, but the message of controlling everything is clear.
    SD is a U.N.-led effort to reduce consumption, force social equity (social justice), and preserve and restore biodiversity through economic, social, and environmental policies integration.
    “Sustainablists” insist that every decision made in all societies must be made taking into account the impact on the environment. Global land use, global education, and global population control and reduction must be controlled and “harmonized.”
    Social equity (social justice) is described as the right of all people “to benefit equally from the resources afforded us by society and the environment.” This includes redistributing wealth and treating private property and national sovereignty as socially unjust while seeking universal health care as a right.
    At the local and state levels one organization, Local Governments for Sustainability, previously named International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), has been responsible for introducing Public Private Partnerships (PPP), special agreements between government and corporations that receive tax breaks, grants, and eminent domain through government’s power to implement sustainable policies.
    Tom DeWeese described these public-private partnerships as “government-sanctioned monopolies.” Tom DeWeese, President of American Policy Center, has been fighting property rights infringements by ICLEI and their visioning committees for years.
    Local sustainable polices include Smart Growth, Wildlands Project, Resilient Cities, Regional Visioning Projects, STAR Sustainable Communities, Green Jobs, Green building codes, Going Green, Alternative Energy, Local Visioning, regional planning, historic preservation, conservation easements, development rights, sustainable farming, comprehensive planning, and growth management. Outside facilitators that no locals have ever met or heard bring “consensus” to a local government and the pre-determined “visioning” of the “visioning committee” and its invisible “stakeholders” is being imposed on the local population that has not voted on nor had it been informed of the plan and the outcome.
    In addition to ICLEI that some local communities and cities pay dues to, there are other groups that aid in the implementation of world-wide Sustainable Development:  American Planning Council, the Renaissance Planning Group, International City/County Management Group, U.S. Mayors Conference, National Governors Association, National League of Cities, National Association of County Administrators, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and official U.S. government agencies.
    Executive Order #12852, issued by Bill Clinton in 1993, created the President’s Council on Sustainable Development to “harmonize” U.S. environmental policy with U.N. directives as outlined in U.N. Agenda 21,” and directed all federal government agencies to “reinvent government” with the help of state and local governments.
    Each year U.N. Agenda 21, which has morphed into 2030 Agenda,  is imposed on the participating countries, including the U.S., at the local, state, and federal level under the infamous Sustainable Development (SD).
    Wealth redistribution is not the entire U.N. Agenda 2030. They want to control population size, to engineer where we live through high-rise mixed-use urban settlements and forced mass migration (Europeans are already experiencing a dose of this forced migration and so are Americans), eliminating borders, and nudging governments to seize control of the means of production, directly or through fascistic decrees. The U.N. is telling us clearly, “We commit to making fundamental changes in the way that our societies produce and consume goods and services.”
    Continued below...


    Who is going to decide what are “sustainable patterns of consumption and production” and what will the consequences of non-compliance be?
    Alex Newman described Agenda 2030 as a “the UN plot ...aimed at ‘transforming’ the world. The program is a follow-up to the last 15-year UN plan, the defunct “Millennium Development Goals,” or MDGs. It also dovetails nicely with the deeply controversial UN Agenda 21, even including much of the same rhetoric and agenda. But the combined Agenda 2030 goals for achieving what is euphemistically called “sustainable development” represent previous UN plans on steroids—deeper, more radical, more draconian, and more expensive.”
    The “principal UN body mandated to review implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” is the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). HLPF examines every year the progress made. This year’s meeting in New York on July 9-18 will discuss SDG 6 (clean water and safe sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (inclusive and sustainable cities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), SDG 15 (life on land), and SDG 17 (partnerships for the global goals).
    The meeting, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,” is co-organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. (FAO), the Geneva Water Hub, the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification, the United Nations University—Institute for Water, Environment and Health, and U.N.-Water, in partnership with the Permanent Mission of the Federal Government of Somalia to the U.N. Who knew that a country known for its pirates is now making policy for the rest of the world?

    Discussion topics will include:
    • “Vanishing Waters and Drying Lands: Impacts on Migration,” focusing on “migration, environment and climate change nexus”—(even though the global warming/climate change has been debunked for its faulty data and lack of scientific evidence)
    Policy responses will be drafted in regards to water, land, and migration.
    • “Migration Governance in the GCC: Towards Inclusive, Safe and Resilient Societies” will be hosted by the Philippines and Bahrain Permanent Mission at the U.N. and Migrant Forum of Asia (an NGO) and explore “Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration as it intersects with Sustainable Development Goals.”
    • Launch in January 2018 of the Global Plan of Action for Sustainable Energy Solutions in Situations of Displacement—“130 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance due to conflict, natural disasters, and other complex global challenges.”  This global plan is “non-binding” but represents “concrete recommendations” to give “safe access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy services for all displaced people by 2030.” The western and developed world will no doubt foot the bill for this new third world bureaucracy and its “harmonizing” philanthropy.
    As is always the case, the United Nations third world SD cabal includes third world governments, business, “civil society leaders,” private sector, academia, and other never named “stakeholders” which usually translates as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), “non-profits” with a well-paid and well-traveled staff.
    Assisting Member States to achieve the migration objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs for a “dignified and humane migration,” the International Office for Migration (IOM) provided input to the 2018 HLPF.


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    It was what Fast & Furious and the Gunwalker false flags were about — Now the UN Arms Treaty is back and the US, under UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, has signed on to the measure to track every gun in the US.
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    Geneva, July 11 (IANS) Sustainable development cannot be achieved unilaterally by any one country or by ignoring a significant economic or social group, said India at a UNCTAD conference, an official statement said.

    Speaking at the 3rd Intergovernmental Group of Experts (IGE) convened by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Tuesday called sustainable development the need of the present time not only for the survival of mankind but also for its future protection.

    "Sustainable development cannot be achieved unilaterally by any one country. We are all interlinked in one way or other. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have brought a realisation in all of us that, if a significant economic or social group is left behind, our development can never be sustainable.

    "The 2030 Agenda, therefore, includes a commitment to leave no one behind. This essentially means we need to work together to find solutions that are sustainable and durable, and that recognize our interdependence," he said, as per the statement.

    Paswan also said that the 'sustainable revolution' will have "to take place rapidly, consciously and on many different levels and in many different spheres, simultaneously".

    He also cited the measures taken by India in the interests of consumers for achieving the SDGs, a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

    Paswan said India has continued its programme of economic reforms to achieve sustained rapid growth.

    "The reforms have included fiscal consolidation, inflation targeting, all around improved governance, financial inclusion, accelerated infrastructure development, curbing of corruption and black money.

    "We have enacted supporting legislations like Aadhaar Act, Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act, further liberalization of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and much more," he said, adding the measures has resulted the country being "the fastest growing large economy in the world".

    "It grew 7.9 per cent during fiscal year 2015-16 and 7.1 per cent during 2016-17. Growth has brought increased volume of revenues, which have permitted the government to sustain a high-level of social spending that directly targets poverty," said Paswan.

    Paswan also spoke about the measures India have taken to eliminate poverty by empowering poor.

    "The primary policy objective of our government is to ensure food security for the country through timely and efficient procurement and distribution of food grains..The food grains are finally distributed to around 0.8 billion beneficiaries through the public distribution system, perhaps world's largest welfare programme," he said.

    Minimum Support Price mechanism for farmers, End-to-End Computerisation of Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) Operations, "Price Stabilization Fund to protect consumers from price volatility, new law for consumer protection are among the measures Paswan mentioned during his speech.

    He said India had managed to keep inflation only a single digit in last four years and contain food prices despite the rise in crude prices.

    --IANS

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    CNN reports that the US delegation worked hard, but largely unsuccessfully, to water down a resolution recognizing the importance of breastfeeding for infants and working against misleading attempts to sell substitutes for a mother's milk.

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    ROME, JULY 11 – Grammy Award-winning singer Laura Pausini will be appointed Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the Rome-based agency that works in over 80 countries around the world, providing food assistance to people affected by conflicts and natural disasters. An internationally renowned singer and songwriter with a career spanning 25 years, Pausini has won some of the most prestigious music awards, including a Grammy, three Latin Grammy, four Lo Nuestro and six World Music Awards. The singer is a role model both on and off stage. She has championed WFP’s work by supporting several fundraising initiatives and campaigns, including the #ZeroHunger campaign launched in 2015 and a charity concert held in Petra in 2008, whose proceeds were donated to a joint WFP/UNHCR project in Afghanistan. “Laura’s amazing music reaches millions of people around the world – people from all cultures, countries, religions and regions. Her incredible voice will now speak up for the hungry and the vulnerable, and we at WFP are excited about the chance to work with her on behalf of the 90 million people we serve,” said David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. Laura Pausini’s appointment as WFP Goodwill [...]
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    Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit DAVID GREENE, HOST: A resolution on breastfeeding was expected to easily be approved by government delegates who had gathered in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly. The resolution said mother's milk is the healthiest for children and that countries should try and limit misleading marketing of breast milk substitutes. But then the delegation from the United States threw a wrench into things. That's according to a report in The New York Times. The reporting says that the U.S. tried to water down this resolution and reportedly turned to threats against the country that planned to introduce it, Ecuador. Patti Rundall is the policy director of the British advocacy group Baby Milk Action, and she joins me on the line. Good morning. PATTI RUNDALL: Good morning. GREENE: So could we start by just - if you could, tell me why this resolution was so important. Why did you want the World Health Assembly to approve it? RUNDALL: Well,
              Smashing Siloes: A New Era of Alliances and Partnerships for the SDGs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    (Beirut) – Iranian state television on July 9, 2018, broadcasted apologies by several women who were briefly detained in May for posting videos of themselves dancing on their popular Instagram accounts, Human Rights Watch said today. On the same day, Shaparak Shajarizadeh, who took her headscarf off in public in January to protest compulsory hijab laws, announced on her Instagram page that a court sentenced her to 20 years in prison for this act, although it suspended 18 years of the sentence, meaning she has to serve 2 years in prison.

    Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) television Channel One broadcasted a program called “Devious” on July 9 in which several women and men who appeared to have a large number of followers on Instagram said on camera that they regretted posting their content online. The video appeared to have been recorded when these people were in detention. They included Elnaz Ghasemi, who lives in Canada and was visiting Iran, and Maedeh Hojabri, a teenager, both of whom had been arrested in May by Iran’s cyberspace police and their accounts closed down for posting the videos of themselves dancing, and who had been released a few days later, Ghasemi reported. The program also featured police officers and “experts” talking about how social media platform enables certain abuses and crimes.

    “Equal parts abusive and embarrassing, dragging a teenager before the camera to apologize for dancing is a new low for the Iranian authorities,” said Sarah Leah Whiston, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Iran’s authorities should stop harassing all those arrested for exercising their right to free expression.”

    Iranian authorities should stop harassing and prosecuting women for exercising their free expression, including online, and repeal discriminatory laws like the mandatory dress code for women, Human Rights Watch said.

    In response to widespread criticism, Mohammadhossein Ranjbaran, IRIB’s public relations director, said on June 10 that “judicial authorities had asked [us] to publicize this content.”

    Iranian law vaguely defines what constitutes acts against morality, and authorities have long censored art, music, and other forms of cultural expression, as well as prosecuted hundreds of people for such acts. These laws often disproportionally target women and sexual minorities. Since 2016, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have arrested and interrogated several fashion bloggers, many of them women, who have used Instagram to promote their businesses. Many of those who were interrogated had previously posted photos and videos showing themselves without the hijab and wearing facial makeup.

    In December 2017 and January 2018, several women who became known as “the Girls of Revolution Street” took their headscarves off while standing on electric utility boxes across the country to protest Iran’s compulsory hijab law, Shajarizadeh among them. On July 1, Abbas Jafari Dolat Abadi, Tehran’s prosecutor, announced Shajarizadeh’s sentence without mentioning her name. He also said that the prosecutor’s office will appeal the Tehran court’s decision to suspend part of her sentence. In March, a court had sentenced Narges Hosseini, another woman who had also taken off her headscarf in protest, to 24 months in prison, but suspended 21 months of her sentence.

    On June 13, the authorities arrested Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer who represents Shajarizadeh and a number of other women who protested the compulsory hijab. Reza Khandan, Sotudeh’s husband, said that a prosecutor in Kashan, where authorities arrested Shajarizadeh for the second time on May 8, had made a complaint against Sotudeh that led to her arrest. It is not clear what charge she is facing in detention.

    The enforcement of a compulsory dress code for women in Iran violates their rights to private life, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression, as well as to freedom of religion, thought, and conscience, Human Rights Watch said. It is also a form of gender-based discrimination prohibited under international law.

    The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which Iran has ratified, guarantees people’s right to freedom of expression, to privacy, and to freedom of religion. Several United Nations independent experts have criticized rules that require wearing religious dress in public. The late Asma Jahangir, the former UN special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, had said that the “use of coercive methods and sanctions applied to individuals who do not wish to wear religious dress or a specific symbol seen as sanctioned by religion” indicates “legislative and administrative actions which typically are incompatible with international human rights laws.”

    Human Rights Watch takes no position on whether wearing the headscarf or face covering veils is desirable, but opposes both state policies of forced veiling and blanket bans on the wearing of religious dress (as are applied in some European countries) as disproportionate and discriminatory interference with basic rights.

    International law defines the right to freedom of expression to include the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas of all kinds “in the form of art.” The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to which Iran is a party, guarantees respect for “the freedom indispensable for…creative activity.”

    “Iran’s ruling establishment has long fought a losing battle against its own population’s culture,” Whiston said. “Yet despite the authorities’ abusive practices, Iranians continue their rich cultural production, especially in the age of social media.” 


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    From now until at least the midterm elections in November, we’ll be featuring essays from powerful cultural voices alongside one simple thing, chosen by the author, that you can do to take action against the paralyzing apoplexy of the daily news. Maybe it’ll be an organization that deserves your donation; maybe it’ll be an issue that deserves greater awareness. Whatever it is, our aim is to remind you, and ourselves, of the big and small things we can do to work toward justice and change.

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    The Wide World of Belonging
    by Kao Kalia Yang

    I was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in December of 1980. I was the runt of the babies born that year in that hungry place, in that uncertain time. Few thought I would survive.

    The Hmong, my people, had just escaped from the genocide of the aftermath of America’s secret war in Laos. The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States had commissioned thirty-two thousand Hmong men and boys to fight and die on America’s behalf. Most of the soldiers were killed during the war. Many more civilians were slaughtered after the Americans left. I was born to a people who had fled from death and despair in the hopes of a chance at life.

    I was born on four hundred borrowed acres, funded by the United Nations, surrounded by Thai men with guns, in a place where Hmong people got food three days a week and little girls like me often disappeared in the dark of night.

    My playground was the stretch of my mother’s sarong, the reach of my father’s arm. My playmates were hungry cousins with dirty faces and stomachs round and hard. Together, we laughed and we cried in that place where we jostled for this thing that meant more to our parents than anything else: a chance at life.

    The life that the adults were running toward was a life that began for many of us in America: a life where we could go to school, have food in our bellies, reach far beyond our meager heights. A life that has not been easy but has been possible.

    In America, I grew up in the cold of Minnesota. My family and many other Hmong families lived in the housing projects, strong rectangles of concrete rising out of the earth, buildings meant to house soldiers returning from World War II. We went to school on the yellow buses beneath the moody, gray skies, stood in long lines waiting for our free and then reduced-price school lunches, walked in a fine line from the big classrooms to the little ones where we learned that a is the beginning of apple and b can build a word called boy.

    In America, I became a young person who held promise, a shy girl who got good grades at school, took care of her younger brothers and sisters at night when their parents worked the night shift at the factories, and sensed something growing inside of her.

    It began as a small lump in the back of my throat as I sat by the window carefully maneuvering sharp nail clippers around the thick edges of my grandmother’s toenails and she talked to me of a past on the other side of the world, a once-upon-a-time orphan girl who became a healer, a shaman, a medicine woman; of a girl not so different from myself, a girl who would become an old woman, become she who loved me. The lump grew bigger and sank deeper on the late nights when I sat on the carpet with my mother’s throbbing feet in my hands, massaging and massaging away the heated knots I felt beneath my fingers, and listened as she talked of her work in the factories, of the quotas, the supervisors in their white hats, and the cement underneath her feet that grew harder by the hour. It settled in my heart when my grandmother died, with no room of her own, all of her life gathered into thirteen tattered suitcases as she journeyed from the house of one child to the next.

    We were the working poor in America. We lived in neighborhoods with old houses whose rotting steps led to hollowed doors, paint cracking on either side. We drove used cars that smelled like cigarettes. We wore clothes from the church basements, sizes all wrong. Christmas was Toys for Tots. Thanksgiving was Meals on Wheels. Our mothers and fathers struggled to balance budgets that never worked. Our grandmothers died illiterate, their stories told but not recorded. On paper, mine had nothing behind it but a lifetime of poverty and war, despair and death. Yet year by year, as we grew older, we grew stronger.

    I graduated from college, an expensive private education made possible by scholarships and student loans with interest rates that didn’t kick in until after graduation. For us, Carleton College was only forty minutes away from St. Paul, but it was as far away as our grandmother’s stories about life on the other side of the world.

    I graduated from graduate school, one of the fine Ivy Leagues that children like me did not know how to dream of but somehow a hard life in America had made possible thanks to fellowships and loans. My mother and father sat together at my graduation, in that sea of parents, their first time in New York City, hands twisting the graduation program, sweat dripping down their faces along with their tears. The ghost of my grandmother wandered close by on the fine brick-lined walks of the university, her hands behind her back.

    I became a writer to write that lump inside my heart out into the world, to dress it up in sunshine, cover it in flowers, and send it far into the eastern skies, so that the sun that rises, day in and day out, will see us for who we are: the outcomes of hard lives, the beautiful ending they have been waiting for.

    They — those who have died so we could be here, those who have brought us here and drenched us in their tears so we would not dry up and wither away, those who have worked here so we could imagine possibilities beyond ticking clocks, a world free from the ever-moving assembly lines. They, the people of our past, and they, the people of our futures. In us, our ancestors and our descendants meet. Each of us is more than just he, she, or me.

    I became a writer to push the edges of what we mean to ourselves and to each other, to the wide world of belonging.

    I will take action because when the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America came to the high mountains of Laos and commissioned the death of the Hmong men and boys, the women and children, those high-ranking men never envisioned a life like mine taking root on American soil. I will take action because despite the odds, I am here doing work I love and living a life I am committed to, and those odds and this life are made possible by the goodwill of a bigger world, a world that believes little girls deserve a chance to grow up and become women, and that women are far stronger than any intelligence agency, machine of state and death, on earth.

    Take action today:

    Read books about people you don’t know, whose worlds exist far away from your own, whose lives are lived in the same place and time, across spaces and times. Expand your understanding of yourself and the world you inhabit. Grow. Our communities and our countries will grow with us. Start by reading writers you don’t know. Here’s three: Mai Der Vang, Shannon Gibney, and Heid Erdrich. Discover them where you are by reading locally, starting at your local independent bookstore.

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    Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author, activist, teacher, and public speaker. Her third book, A Map into the World, will be published in 2019.


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