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          Zambia Denies Asylum Claim by Zimbabwe Opposition Leader      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Zambian Immigration authorities today rejected a claim of asylum by Tendai Biti, a leading figure in the MDC Alliance opposition party who fled post-election violence and certain arrest in Zimbabwe.  

MDCA principal Tendai Biti addressing a press conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 31, 2018.

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Zambia also rejected claims by five others travelling with Biti – lawyer Nqobizitha Mlilo, civil society activist Zachariah Godi, and opposition activists Tawanda Chitekwe, Kudakwashe Simbaneuta, and Clever Rambanepasi –  who lodged their application for asylum at the Chirundu border post.

The six fled the violent security forces’ crackdown in Zimbabwe that has followed post-election protests on August 1. The Zimbabwe police had issued an arrest warrant for Biti on trumped-up charges of public violence and allegedly declaring opposition leader Nelson Chamisa the winner of the presidential election in contravention of electoral laws.

Police affidavit listing charges against MDCA principal Tendai Biti, Harare, Zimbabwe, 2018. 

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Biti told Human Rights Watch by phone that the Zambian authorities told him and his five companions that there were no grounds to grant them asylum and were planning to deport them back to Zimbabwe. Biti asked Human Rights Watch to help seek the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) urgent intervention to prevent his forced return to Zimbabwe where he fears for his life. If forcibly returned to Zimbabwe, Biti and his colleagues are at grave risk of political persecution, torture, or even death. If Zambia proceeds with the deportation it will violate its obligations under international law, including several treaties binding on it, that prohibit the return of any person to a country where they face a real risk of torture or other ill treatment (the principle of non-refoulment).

“It looks like they [Zambian Immigration Officials] have made a decision to hand us back to the Junta. We are truly in God’s hands,” Biti said. Zambian lawyer Gilbert Phiri is assisting the six to lodge an appeal in court against rejection of asylum and to stop deportation to Zimbabwe from Chirundu where the six are being held by Immigration officials.

Human Rights Watch has documented a pattern of abductions, beatings, and harassment of third parties by security forces and unidentified armed men on the trail of senior opposition MDC Alliance officials in Harare since the election. Zimbabwe authorities have turned a blind eye to these abuses and have neglected to take steps to halt the abuses or hold those responsible to account.

Now is the time for regional institutions like the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Africa Union, and the wider international community to urgently press the Zimbabwe authorities to end the crackdown and to guarantee the safety and rights of all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations, including Biti and his five colleagues. This includes respecting the rights of asylum seekers from Zimbabwe and the principle of non-refoulment, and not forcibly returning Biti and his colleagues or others to Zimbabwe without guarantees of their safety from political persecution.


          Humana Highlights Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals in Newly Released Corporate Social Responsibility Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Humana among the first companies in U.S. health care industry to focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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Report includes examples of how Humana is committed to international sustainability targets, detailing progress in health, inclusion and diversity, and environmental stewardship

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Report includes examples of how Humana is committed to international sustainability targets, detailing progress in health, inclusion and diversity, and environmental stewardship


          Michelle Bachelet, socialist ex-president of Chile, is tapped for UN human rights post      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has nominated socialist ex-President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to be the next human rights chief, the U.N. said Wednesday.
          China, Germany Defend Iran Business Ties as US Sanctions Grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signaled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. “China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said. “China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. “China’s lawful rights should be protected.” The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of U.S. sanctions followed Trump’s decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear program designed to prevent it from building an atomic bomb. Iran’s highest authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said meanwhile the country had nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said in an apparent reference to the imposition of the U.S. sanctions “With regard to our situation do not be worried at all. Nobody can do anything,” Khamenei said recently, the website reported. “There is no doubt about this.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea’s foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. “Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations,” Rouhani said. Tuesday’s sanctions target Iran’s purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and the auto sector. Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.” Europeans withdraw European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has proved difficult: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they cannot risk their U.S. business. Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France’s oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small. Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran. “Simplistic idea” In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a U.S. plan to reduce Iran’s oil exports to zero would not succeed. U.S. officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq. “If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences,” Zarif told the Iran newspaper. “They can’t think that Iran won’t export oil and others will export.” Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the U.S. attempted to stop the Islamic Republic’s oil exports. Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. “The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran,” Zarif said. “We can’t get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield.” Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions. In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal. “If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.
          Canada delays deportation of Saudi asylum seeker after U.N. request: lawyer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canada delayed the deportation of a Saudi asylum seeker slated for Wednesday after a United Nations human rights committee asked for time to review the man's case, his lawyer said.

          Chile's Bachelet chosen to be next U.N. human rights chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the world body's new human rights chief, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

          China, Germany defend Iran business ties as US sanctions grip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States. The comments from Beijing and Berlin signalled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalise businesses from third countries that continue to operate there. "China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction," the Chinese foreign ministry said. "China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions," it added in a faxed statement to Reuters. "China's lawful rights should be protected." The German government said US sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions. The reimposition of US sanctions followed Trump's decision earlier this year to pull out of a 2015 deal to lift the punitive measures in return for curbs on...
          Ukraine wants to have the army of Nazi zombies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What consequences will follow the introduction of Nazi and Bandera-style greetings in the Ukrainian army? Why does Ukrainian President Poroshenko want to nazify Ukraine? Petro Poroshenko ordered to draft a bill that would replace army greetings from Soviet-style "Greetings,  comrades!" to Bandera-style "Glory to Ukraine!" and "Glory to heroes!"The bill is to be approved by the Ukrainian parliament, which currently remains in recess. The parliament is to reconvene on September 4. Nevertheless, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that the new greetings would be used during the military parade on Independence Day in Kiev on August 24. This suggests that Ukraine lives under the rule of certain individuals, rather than law. The aforementioned Bandera-style greeting used by Ukrainian nationalists - "Glory to Ukraine!" -originates from "Heil Hitler!"("Glory to Hitler!") and "Sieg Heil!" ("Glory to Victory!") exclamations that Nazi soldiers used during WWII.  The "Glory to Ukraine!" exclamation was officially introduced at the II Congress of the OUN* party in Krakow in April 1941.Of course, Ukrainian trolls try to find other roots for their Nazi greeting, Christian and even pre-Christian ones. Yet, Ukrainian soldiers will subconsciously associate the new army greetings with the "deeds" of Ukrainian SS divisions "Galicia" and "Nachtigall."The crimes of Ukrainian nationalists were legally proved and established at relevant litigations that also established their direct connection with Nazis. People in the whole world are familiar with the photo showing a fascist aiming his gun at a naked woman, who tries to cover her child with her body. The man in the picture, who is executing the woman and her child, wears a uniform of SS soldier, but he is not a German. He is a native of Western Ukraine. He had served in Galicia division, and had taken part in the work of punitive troops since 1943. Poroshenko consistently pursues the policy to nazify Ukraine. The main message of this policy is as follows: it was not the Soviet Army, but the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian insurgent army (Bandera supporters, UPA*) that liberated Ukraine from Nazism. How do common Ukrainians react to this?Ukrainian boxer Oleksandr Usyk said: "If shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" could bring back peace to Ukraine, if it could raise people's salaries and pensions, I would be shouting it 24/7." It appears that the Germans used to have the same feelings when Hitler came to power. We would like to hope that Ukraine does not become a prosperous country owing to a Nazi administration. Here is what another person wrote on Facebook: "If you refuse to say "Glory to heroes" in response to "Glory to Ukraine" or if you do not know how to respond to this exclamation, just pretend that you are deaf, or they'll shoot you, at least in your feet." Needless to say that the international community will not show any reaction to Ukraine's decision to change army greetings from Soviet to Nazi ones. In Germany, however, it is considered criminal to say Nazi greetings. In Poland, Ukrainian Bandera-style exclamation is punishable by imprisonment. Yet, Brussels was OK with the anti-Russian Ukrainian slogan "Moskalyaku na gilyaku!" which literally translates as "Muscovites - on guillotines!" The main principle of the European establishment today is as follows: the worse for Russia, the better. At the same time, Ukraine is striving with its fascist values to Europe. Who knows, maybe it will become a member of the European Union someday. Ukrainian nationalists also use an anti-Jewish slogan - "Yude - get'!" ("Jews out!"), but Mr. Poroshenko enjoys respect in Israel. As for the "stronghold of democracy," the United States, Washington shows strong resistance to the adoption of the anti-Nazi resolution that Russia and tens of other countries promote at the United Nations Organization. Ottawa and Kiev support Washington in this. After the Holocaust, Washington's position on the topic should look wild and unacceptable for Israel, but Israel will never say goodbye to an annual aid of three billion dollars. Psychiatrist and psychologist Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that Ukraine's key national idea is the idea of nationalism. "It unites a fairly large group of people who are ready for extreme actions. Nationalism in Ukraine promotes ideas of chauvinism, fascism and anti-Semitism," the expert told Pravda.Ru.The first platform, where a national ideology should be realized, is a younger generation (kindergartens and schools). The next platform is the army. "If people have to go to kill other people, they should be ideologically zombified, because they should not think about anything else," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.According to the psychologist, Ukraine did not have to reinvent the wheel - the country recreated the experience of Dr. Goebbels by inciting nationalist sentiments and making people believe in the superiority of their country over other nations. "In the army, this greeting, which soldiers repeat throughout the day, becomes visceral. It requires no emotional coloring, and it zombifies people. They stop to reflect on the subject and take it for granted," Alexander Fedorovich said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. *OUN-UPA - terrorist organizations banned in RussiaLyuba LulkoPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
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          United Nations requests Ottawa stop deportation of Saudi man      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
wife of detained saudi man

Hours before he was set to be deported Wednesday morning, the United Nations stepped in and asked the Canadian government not to expel a Saudi Arabian man to his home country.


          Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truce      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hamas fires rockets, Israel bombs Gaza despite talk of truceBy Nidal al-Mughrabi and Dan Williams GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Gaza militants fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military responded with air strikes on Wednesday despite talk from both sides of progress toward a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a deal to tamp down tensions were in "advanced stages". The Israeli army said Wednesday's violence began with militants firing guns at an Israeli engineering vehicle, and Israeli troops responding with tank fire.



          INTERN - Urban Planning [Temporary] - United Nations - Rio de Janeiro, RJ      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          联合国环境署初步公布有关照明能源效益的准则      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

在哥本哈根能源效率全球论坛期间的一次活动中,联合国环境规划署(UNEP--United Nations Environment Programme,简称 UNEP)的U4E 宣布了发展中国家和新兴经济体传统消费灯泡的示范管理准则。这些准则是由公共和私人利益相关方共同制定的,他们的目标都是加速向节能照明和节能电器过渡。

联合国环境规划署能源和气候处长MarkRadka 表示,“示范管理准则可以帮助各国实现其环境目标,改善公共卫生,并节省资金。同时,这是一个很好的例子,说明了私营部门和环保团体之间的相互合作能够实现共同目标。”

目前,全球约15%的电力用于照明,随着经济的快速发展,社会对照明的需求也会持续增加。假设,发展中国家和新兴经济体能够在一夜之间全部改用高效的LED照明,他们将节省180亿美元的电费,减少1.6亿吨的二氧化碳排放量和节省相当于墨西哥每年总消费的电力。

自然资源保护委员会能源效率标准中心主任Noah Horowitz 指出,节能型LED照明是一种节约碳资源和缓解电网紧张的很好的方式。LED灯只是传统的白炽灯耗能的10%左右。

昕诺飞的全球公共和政府食物主管 Harry Verhaar 强调,虽然在过去的十年间,全球白炽灯市场已经从120亿台减少到20亿台,降幅达到80%,但实施示范管理准侧对发展中国家和新兴经济体有非常重大的意义,因为在这些经济体中,白炽灯仍是广泛的使用。

示范管理准则包括了所有的基本要素,例如,产品范围,测试方法,最低性能要求和市场监察等等,来确保消费者可以购买到满意的LED灯具。在不久的将来,这些准则将运用到对其感兴趣的国家。实施这些准则的国家还将减少国与国之间的贸易壁垒,有分享资源的机会等。




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          John Kiriakou, When Twitter Decides Who Speaks (or Not)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

John Kiriakou

ensorship has become such a normal part of daily American life that most people either don’t pay attention to it or don’t care. But it’s taken on a life of its own, and it’s beginning to spin out of control. We must take back our constitutional right to freedom of speech and our civil liberties. 

     Many Americans laughed this week when Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube suspended the accounts of Alex Jones and InfoWars. Jones is well-known for his bombastic, conspiracy-laden, often offensive views on just about everything from the Sandy Hook massacre (no children were killed; they were all “crisis actors”) to the United Nations (it’s a hostile foreign power that maintains a secret army and will launch a war to install a one-world government) to so-called “chemtrails” and space aliens. (In the interest of transparency, I have appeared three times on InfoWars’ The Real News with David Knight. David is a mainstream Libertarian and a great supporter of whistleblowers.)
But the decision to ban Jones was not funny at all. You don’t have to agree with a single thing the man says to believe that he has the same fundamental right to freedom of speech that you and I have. When news of the ban broke on August 6, I was surprised at how few of my friends objected to it. Indeed, many gloated over it. I felt exactly the opposite. I was infuriated. And the next day, on August 7, Twitter permanently banned my friend Peter Van Buren from the site.
Van Buren is a renowned State Department whistleblower and 24-year Foreign Service veteran who also led a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq. He has written extensively about waste, fraud, and abuse at the State Department, and he published a well-received memoir in 2012 entitled, “We Meant Well: How I Helped to Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton tried mightily to fire Van Buren for that memoir, even though the State Department’s publications review staff approved its release. She tried to confiscate his pension. Only after a lawsuit on his behalf by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Government Accountability Project was he allowed to retire and to keep his pension.
Twitter, however, doesn’t have to answer to anybody. It’s a private company and it can do what it wants. Last week, Van Buren got involved in an acrimonious exchange about government lying with mainstream journalist Jonathan Katz, a freelancer who writes primarily for The New York Times, Politico, and Slate. Katz apparently reported Van Buren to Twitter, which quickly banned him for life, saying he had “harassed, intimidated, or used fear to silence” Katz. No such thing ever took place. Because of the permanent nature of the ban, every one of Van Buren’s tweets from the past seven years has been deleted.
Twitter’s action turns out to not have been limited to Alex Jones and a buddy of mine. The company went on yesterday to suspend the accounts of Scott Horton, a prominent radio host, director of Antiwar.com, and great friend of whistleblowers; and Dan McAdams, a highly-respected former congressional staff member and executive director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. I know both of these men well and I would stake my reputation on their decency, honesty, and integrity. Twitter suspended them because they came to Van Buren’s aid.
There’s an even worse result from Twitter’s actions. InfoWars this week had promoted a petitionasking President Trump to pardon Julian Assange. In just 48 hours, the petition was signed by nearly 40,000 people. It was all but killed when removed from Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
There’s a very serious issue at play here. Put aside your feelings about Alex Jones, about crisis actors, and about chemtrails. This is an issue of free speech. It’s an issue of corporate censorship. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other tech mega-companies are telling us that they get to decide what we see and don’t see. They get to decide what we say and don’t say.
I won’t live like that. Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of retired intelligence officers, diplomats, military officers, and FBI agents, is writing a letter to Twitter’s leadership to protest these heavy-handed, anti-democratic actions. I’m proud to be a member of VIPS and I think that our collective voice will be heard. But VIPS can’t do it alone. Twitter and the others must be called to account. I, for one, don’t want to live like a North Korean, an Iranian, or even an Israeli or a Brit, where my government or a company tells me what to think or to say. I will boycott Twitter and speak out against it everywhere until it remedies these egregious attacks on civil liberties.





John Kiriakou is a former CIA counterterrorism officer and a former senior investigator with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. John became the sixth whistleblower indicted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act - a law designed to punish spies. He served 23 months in prison as a result of his attempts to oppose the Bush administration's torture program.

          Canada delays deportation of Saudi asylum seeker after U.N. request: lawyer      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canada delayed the deportation of a Saudi asylum seeker slated for Wednesday after a United Nations human rights committee asked for time to review the man's case, his lawyer said.

          Jordan says Palestinian refugees at risk with U.N. agency in crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jordan warned on Wednesday that a severe financial shortfall facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a "catastrophic" impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.

          U.S. to give Colombia $9 million to help Venezuelan migrants: Haley      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States will give Colombia $9 million to help provide for hundreds of thousands of refugees from Venezuela fleeing a severe economic and political crisis over the past 18 months, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.

          Chile's Bachelet chosen to be next U.N. human rights chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the world body's new human rights chief, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

          US has been disastrous for PR      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

How has the United States Government (USG) been disastrous for Puerto Rico? Let’s look at some of the history.

The USG:
·         Militarily Invaded Puerto Rico to make her its colony.
·         Forced Spain to give Puerto Rico to it as a war prize.
·         Ignored the fact that Puerto Rico had already obtained autonomy under the Autonomic Charter with Spain at the time of its invasion.
·         Installed a military government for 2 years in Puerto Rico.
·         Devaluated Puerto Rico’s currency 40%.
·         Classified Puerto Ricans as an inferior race to avoid having to extend its constitution to them. The USG legislated the non-incorporated territory for Puerto Rico. The United States (US) Supreme Court said that that means that Puerto Rico belongs to but is not a part of the US.
·         Makes laws against Puerto Ricans. A good example of this is the law that requires Puerto Rico to transport her goods only using US ships that are the most expensive in the world!
·         Forced US citizenship on Puerto Ricans to try to divert their national loyalty to the United States.
·         Lied to the United Nations in 1953 when it said that Puerto Rico had obtained self-government with the Commonwealth of  Puerto Rico to get her off its list of colonies.
·         Forced Puerto Rico to change certain parts of her so called “Constitution” for Washington to approve it.

Things have been so disastrous that more Puerto Ricans live out of  Puerto Ricans. Things has been so bad that more soldiers are recruited to the US military in Puerto Rico than in any of the 50 states of the Union. Does that mean that Puerto Ricans are more patriotic than the US citizens living in all the 50 states? No. That means that Puerto Ricans are more desperate! It has been 4 generations of US exploitation!  

Join the permanent resistance to force the USG to comply with the United Nations’ Charter and its 37 resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans.

Join because, those that have caused so much disaster to Puerto Ricans don’t believe in LIBERTY AND IN JUSTICE FOR ALL! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1697349163904877/


           Chile's Michelle Bachelet to be new UN human rights chief      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has selected Chile's former President Michelle Bachelet to be the United Nations' next human rights chief, a high profile and often controversial job
          United Nations trying to calm the escalation after Israel strikes Gaza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GAZA/PNN/ one Palestinian killed and 10 others were wounded in new Israeli escalation  against Gaza strip according local sources. The Ministry of Health announced the death of Ali Ghandour 30 years and six other wounded after being hit by an Israeli bombardment in the northern Gaza Strip Israel Occoupation Forces launched air strikes on Gaza late …
          Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate UN security council resolution      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate UN security council resolutionGholamali Khoshroo speaks during a security council meeting after a vote on the Iran resolution at the UN headquarters in New York on 20 July 2015. The US is making history not just by violating a United Nations security council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalising countries who stick to the same unanimous resolution, the Iranian ambassador to the UN has claimed. Gholamali Khoshroo argues in a commentary published by the Guardian on Wednesday that by abrogating a multilateral 2015 nuclear deal and imposing new sanctions on foreign companies doing business with Iran, the Trump administration is also reneging on UNSC resolution 2231.



          Kommentar zu Propagandameldungen vom 08. August 2018 von Nixversteher      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ein gewisser George, nein nich Soros, aber auch ungarisch-judischer Herkunft, also Mr.Geoge Friedman, ehem. Berater für das Offizierscorps des US-Militärs, Office of Net Assessments, SHAPE Technical Center, , U.S. Army War College, National Defense University und RAND Corporation. Der Gründer von Stratfor.(alles bei Wikipedia nachzulesen). Tja, Mr.Friedman philosophiert in seinem "NYT-Bestseller" über die "(End)lösung der Russenfrage": "The Cold War only appeared to have settled the Russian question. Had the Russian Federation collapsed in the 1990s and the region fragmented into multiple, smaller states, Russian power would have disappeared, and with it the challenge Russian power poses to Europe. Had the Americans, Europeans, and Chinese moved in for the kill, the Russian question would have been finally settled. But the Europeans were too weak and divided at the end of the twentieth century, the Chinese too isolated and preoccupied with internal issues, and after September 11, 2001, the Americans were too distracted by the Islamist war to act decisively. What actions were taken by the United States were insufficient and unfocused. In fact, these actions only served to alert the Russians to the great potential danger from the United States and ensured they would respond to it. Given the simple fact that Russia did not disintegrate, the Russian geo ­ political question will reemerge. Given the fact that Russia is now reenergiz- ing itself, that question will come sooner rather than later. The conflict will not be a repeat of the Cold War, any more than World War I was a repeat of the Napoleonic wars. But it will be a restatement of the fundamental Russ- ian question: If Russia is a united nation- state, where will its frontiers lie and what will be the relationship between Russia and its neighbors? That question will represent the next major phase in world history—in 2020, and in the years leading up to it." S.102 Hier komplett: http://mysearch.org.uk/website1/pdf/715.2.pdf Also wer mir sagt, dass Russen paranoid seien wegen der Bedrohung von Aussen, der sollte sich dises Stück zu Gemüte führen. Durchaus lesenswert für den Deutschen Leser. Leider nur im engl. Original hier, aber wer weiss ob es überhaupt übersetzt wurde. Deutschland soll darin nämlich um 2050 sich an einem Weltkrieg GEGEN die USA und Verbündete beteiligen. Wer glaubt bei sog. Verschwörungstheoretikern wilde Fantasy-Hirngespinste zu finden, der sollte dieses Werk mal gelesen haben.
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She has twice been President of Chile, and on Wednesday, ground-breaking politician and women’s rights champion, Michelle Bachelet was nominated by the United Nations chief António Guterres for the key post of High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is relatively quiet right now. After several months of attacks and killings that started last October, Israeli officials say that wave of violence has tapered off. If this trend stays on track, it could mark yet another time that intense, headline-grabbing violence has surged, then waned, in this decades-long conflict. In other words, it looks like things are returning to a period of relative calm with no war or uprising. But a close look at those so-called calm periods over time shows the killing rarely ever stops. Here's a fact that reveals the persistence of this fight: In the 128 months from February 2005 through September 2015 — almost 11 years — only four months saw no one killed in conflict-related violence. NPR has examined more than a decade of data detailing Israeli fatalities — tracked by Israel's Foreign Ministry and its internal intelligence agency, the Shin Bet — and Palestinian fatalities tallied by OCHA , a United Nations agency charged
          Need of the hour: World peace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last fortnight’s visit to Brussels, London and Helsinki by the US President Donald Trump has opened up the deep fissures in the Western alliance even though that had for almost eight decades maintained a hegemonic presence on international politics. While it would be easy to see this in light of larger schema of an overall acknowledgement that the locus of international politics is shifting from its Eurocentric location to an entirely new kind of ‘Concert of Asia’ with China, India and on account of its Eurasian land mass, Russia. This time of transition is naturally causing a degree of international disorder only exacerbated by a deep crisis in the Western version of capitalist economic structure that is now seriously wobbly.

We know that organising the ‘anarchic world,’ as Thomas Hobbs considered the human character constituting it, to be, was often the desire ever since the modern nation-states were formed in the post-Westphalian world, though the real efforts began long after. The process of building this international order had begun with the creation of the League of Nations. Woodrow Wilson, then US president had in the wake of the World War I proposed its formation, along with the Treaty of Versailles, signed and sealed to end the war.

But it began unravelling itself by 1931 when Japan attacked Mongolia and the League could not intervene. Sensing the storm clouds of another World War gathering on the horizon, the League decided to convene a Conference of Disarmament. But Hitler’s Germany withdrew from the CD and the League in 1933. That was more or less the death-knell of the first attempt at establishing an international order based on rules and norms that were to be inviolate.

This current international order was established on the basis of the idea of the United Nations again proposed by another US president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and a prime minister of the UK, Winston Churchill right in 1941 when they promulgated their peace aims in the ‘Atlantic Charter.’ The nations that signed UN Declaration of 1 January, 1942, were four: the USA, the UK, the USSR and China. Then followed the next batch: the other members of the Allied coalition ranged against the three Axis powers, Germany, Italy and Japan.

As we know the success of the UN can be measured in times of the Cold War for averting any globe girdling war that could have turned into mass annihilation resulting from nuclear exchanges. However, the global organisation of now 193 nations could not stop the smaller proxy wars between the two superpowers, having their interests being supreme in the apex Security Council where they enjoyed the veto right.

But despite most importantly, the combustible European continent, which had triggered the two WWs, had peace for more than 70 years, till Yugoslavia dissolved into redrawn maps and the old animosities of race and religion erupted in 1990s.

Having said that, after the financial meltdown of the 2008 and its concomitant severe economic downturn has given rise to a sharp backlash against what was termed ‘globalisation.’ This globalisation had caused jobs to migrate from the high wage Western hemisphere, to the East. And the ease of transferring financial capital engendered by the new rules that were originally framed with the desire to tie the post- Cold War world in one, singular giant business complex, has seen the flight of capital from low returns developed economies to the developing economies. But what has caused this current global upsurge of nationalistic protectionism that seeks to undo the much touted ‘globalisation?’

This explanandum requires a look at the Gini Index of economic inequality, and the physical manifestations of the severe inequality between the rich and the poor, in the form of ‘Occupy’ movement and the general atmosphere of popular unrest that is for the time being seeking solace in a severe withdrawal symptom of sorts by which the populations of the developed world are choosing ultra-nationalistic right wing political formations to lead them. This is reminiscent of the in 1930s Europe — especially in the nations that were the vanquished. Brexit is a giant example of this phenomenon where the thin shred of political sanity is holding the country together from not going down in flames. The rise of Donald Trump in the USA is a similar phenomenon, where the noblesse oblige of the old liberal elite is being supremely rejected.

This turmoil in the so-called developed societies is creating tensions across the globe at multiple levels. On top of that is the competition for global primacy between the superpower, the economic superpower and the former superpower that has gained a semblance of stability, seeking to reclaim its old position in the comity of nations. This is necessitating a reordering of the world that is more inclusive of the newly emerged powerful nation-states of the former South. A democratisation of the institutions like the UN system and the Bretton Woods system and the like is an urgent requirement. The sooner it happens the better it is.

 (The writer is a freelance journalist)

Need of the hour: World peace

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(2017年)
-その命、見捨てますか?-
《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!北朝鮮めぐり国際シンポジウム、拉致・核問題で突っ込んだ議論》

【12月16日土曜日】
北朝鮮の人権侵害を啓発する週間にあわせて、政府主催の国際シンポジウムが開かれ、拉致問題や核・ミサイル開発をめぐる北朝鮮との交渉をめぐり、突っ込んだ議論が交わされました。

「(拉致問題に関して)北朝鮮はタフな交渉相手です。交渉ですぐ成果が出ると期待せず、生産的であってもなくても、時間を費やすつもりで粘り強く交渉を」
(アメリカ・ジョンズホプキンス大学のジェニー・タウン〈Jenny Town〉米韓研究所副所長)

シンポジウムでは、韓国・延世(ヨンセ)大学のイ・ジョンフン教授から核・ミサイル開発を加速する北朝鮮に対し、

「国連加盟国としての資格を剥奪すべきだという声もある」

との踏み込んだ提言もありました。
このほか、東京国際大学の伊豆見 元教授は、北朝鮮は経済政策を重視する方針に加えて、年明けからは平昌(ピョンチャン)オリンピックに参加するかどうかをめぐり、韓国を揺さぶる動きをするとの見方を示しました。

「北朝鮮を拉致問題を含めた協議に引っ張り出せるかどうか、来年に向け、今年のいろんな動きは決して無駄にならない。いいチャンス」
(飯塚繁雄さん。拉致被害者・田口八重子さんの兄)

また、国連のトマス・オヘア・キンタナ(Tomas Ojea Quintana)北朝鮮人権状況特別報告者は、拉致問題の進展のためには、2014年の日・朝ストックホルム合意の見直しが必要だと述べました。

■田口八重子さんのご家族のメッセージ
http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_1.html
■田口八重子さんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_1en.html
■VOA拉致問題動画
https://youtu.be/o2i_u8y8GJM
■政府拉致問題HP
http://www.rachi.go.jp/
■国連HP
http://www.unic.or.jp/
■国連日本政府代表部HP
http://www.un.emb-japan.go.jp/jp/
■加藤 健ブログ「天を回せ!ロビー活動で挑む」
http://kenkato.blog.jp/
■警察庁HP
http://www.npa.go.jp/
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■救う会全国協議会HP
http://www.sukuukai.jp/
■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
■No Fence北朝鮮の強制収容所をなくすアクションの会HP
http://www.nofence.jp/
■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
■ベナTVHP
http://www.benamu.org
■ベナTVブログ
http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
■ベナTVFacebook
http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者トーク番組動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
■ベナTV(日本語版)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
李恩恵(リ・ウネ)拉致容疑事案
被害者:田口八重子さん(Yaeko Taguchi)
(拉致被害時22歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
昭和62年11月の大韓航空機(KAL)爆破事件で有罪判決を受けた元北朝鮮諜報員金賢姫(キム・ヒョンヒ)氏は「李恩恵(リ・ウネ)」という女性から日本人の振る舞い方を学んだと主張している。この李恩恵は行方不明となった田口さんと同一人物と考えられる。
北朝鮮側は、田口さんは1984(昭和59)年に原 敕晁さんと結婚し、1986(昭和61)年の原さんの病死後すぐに自動車事故で死亡したとしているが、これを裏付ける資料等の提供はなされていない。
平成21年3月、金賢姫氏と飯塚家との面会において、金氏より田口さんの安否にかかる重要な参考情報(注)が新たに得られたことから、現在、同情報についての確認作業を進めている。
(注)金氏の発言:「87年1月にマカオから帰ってきて、2月か3月頃、運転手から田口さんがどこか知らないところに連れて行かれたと聞いた。86年に一人暮らしの被害者を結婚させたと聞いたので、田口さんもどこかに行って結婚したのだと思った」

※「八重子さんが北朝鮮の南浦港に着いたとき、女性通訳に“私には子供が二人いて、どうしても日本に帰らなくてはならないので、返してほしい”と何回も言ってお願いしたそうです。八重ちゃんの思いは最初から最後まで子供のことでいっぱいでしたし、今でも間違い無く“今、彩ちゃんはいくつになって、耕ちゃんはいくつになった”と毎年計算して、どんな大人になったか知りたがっているはずです。すごく会いたがっていると思います」
(拉致被害者・地村富貴恵さんの証言)
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■救う会埼玉HP
http://sukuukai.gozaru.jp/
■拉致問題を考える川口の会HP
http://kawaguchi.aikotoba.jp/list.htm
■上尾市民の会HP
http://www.emo.co.jp/rachi/list.html

[In or around June 1978: Lee Un-Hae abducted]

Abductee: Yaeko Taguchi (22, female, Unknown)
Kim Hyon-Hui, a former North Korean agent convicted of the bombing of a Korean Airlines jet in November 1982, claims to have been trained to blend into Japanese society by a woman named Lee Un-Hae. Lee Un-Hae is thought to be Yaeko Taguchi, a woman reported as missing in Japan.
North Korea asserts that Ms. Taguchi married Tadaaki Hara in 1984 and, soon after Mr. Hara’s death from illness in 1986, died in an automobile accident. North Korea has, however, provided no documents or evidence to support these claims.
At a meeting in March 2009 between members of the Iizuka family, relatives of Ms. Yaeko Taguchi, and Kim Hyon-Hui, important new information regarding the whereabouts of Ms. Taguchi (see note) was gained from Ms. Kim. The GoJ is currently working to confirm this information.
Note: Ms. Kim said: "After returning from Macau in January 1987, I heard from a driver in February or March that Ms. Taguchi had been taken to an unknown location. I'd heard that in 1986 an abductee living alone had been made to marry, so I thought that Ms. Taguchi must also have gone somewhere to get married."

《特定失踪者・藤田 進さんについて》
※国連人権理事会(United Nations Human Rights Council=UNHRC)が調査要請を受理した事案
◆氏名:藤田 進
(ふじたすすむ)
(Susumu Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和51(1976)年2月7日
◆生年月日:昭和31(1956)年6月16日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:19歳
◆当時の住所:埼玉県川口市南町
◆当時の身分:東京学芸大学教育学部1年生
◆特徴:
1)家ではあまりしゃべらないタイプ
2)ギターがうまかった
◆失踪場所:埼玉県川口市の自宅

【失踪状況】
失踪当日6:30~7:00頃、以前から言っていた新宿のガードマンのバイトに行くといって服を持って家を出たまま帰らず。
後に新宿にある全ての警備会社に電話で問い合わせたが該当者はいなかった。
脱北者が北朝鮮から持ち出した写真が鑑定の結果、藤田 進さんである可能性が極めて高いことが判明。
平成16年1月28日、埼玉県警に告発状提出。
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■救う会埼玉HP
http://sukuukai.gozaru.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3
■緑風香ブログ
http://ryokuhuuka.wordpress.com/
■拉致問題を考える川口の会HP
http://kawaguchi.aikotoba.jp/list.htm

《特定失踪者・藤田 慎さんについて》
※藤田 進さん・隆司さん兄弟の叔父
◆氏名:藤田 慎
(ふじたしん)
(Shin Fujita)
◆失踪年月日:昭和35(1960)年
◆生年月日:昭和6(1931)年9月5日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:29歳
◆当時の住所:東京都大田区蒲田
◆当時の身分:三菱重工業か石川島播磨重工業のどちらかに勤務
◆身長:165cmくらい
◆体重:65kg〜70kg
◆特徴:
1)柔道をやっていてがっしりした体格
2)川に潜って魚獲りをするのが好きだった
3)長兄(藤田 進さんの父)と顔が似ている
◆失踪場所:東京都大田区蒲田本町(姉夫婦の当時の居住地)

【失踪状況】
長兄に「旅行に行く」と新品の靴を借りに来る。
次兄夫婦には、「結婚したい人がいる」と相談。
また、弟にお金を借りに来る。
その後音信不通。
失踪から数年後、兄夫婦宅(埼玉県川口市仲町)に年賀状が届く。
字体は達筆(本人の字体に似ていた)。
差出人の名前がなかった。
消印は世田谷だったようである。
昭和51年2月7日、埼玉県川口市で失踪した藤田 進さんの叔父にあたる。
北朝鮮にいるとの不確定情報がある。
■警視庁HP
http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
■埼玉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.saitama.lg.jp/
■藤田隆司さんfacebook
http://ja-jp.facebook.com/takasi.fujita.3

《特定失踪者・古川了子さんについて》
◆氏名:古川 了子
(ふるかわのりこ)
(Noriko Furukawa)
◆失踪年月日:昭和48(1973)年7月7日
◆生年月日:昭和30(1955)年1月1日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:18歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市菊間
◆当時の身分:三井造船社員
◆身長:157cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:
1)中学時代水泳部、高校では卓球部部長。
2)書き初めで入選したことあり、簿記、珠算和文タイプ等資格持っている。
3)左利き。文字を書くのは左右同じに使える。
4)左眉に途切れたような傷がある。
◆失踪場所:千葉県

【失踪状況】
午前中に美容院へ行き、午後から母親と浴衣を買いに行く予定をしていた。
朝早く家を出て、美容院に「今日の美容院はキャンセルしたい。出かけるところができた。母親にも浴衣を買いに行けなくなったと伝えて下さい」と言った。
母親は美容院からの電話で、友達にでも会うことになったのだろうと気にしなかったが、それから何の音沙汰もなくなった。
7月に初めて貰ったボーナスは手付かず、預金通帳も置いたまま。
持って出たのは財布とハンカチくらいしか入らない、いつも持っている小さなバッグ1つだけだった。
その後、家にも勤め先にも全く連絡なし。中学や高校の友人も心あたりはなかった。
元北朝鮮工作員の安明進(アン・ミョンジン)氏が、「1991年に平壌市内の病院にいた女性と似ている」と証言している。
平成16年1月29日、千葉県警に告発状提出。
平成17年4月13日政府に対し拉致認定を求め東京地裁に提訴。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/
■救う会千葉ブログ
http://sukuukaichiba.blog.fc2.com/
■古川了子さんを救う会HP
http://2.furukawanoriko.michikusa.jp/
■しおかぜ収録inハーグ
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CeE7fbhZALk

《特定失踪者・関谷俊子さんについて》
◆氏名:関谷 俊子
(せきやとしこ)
(Toshiko Sekiya)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年5月19日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市徳氏
◆当時の身分:薬品会社勤務。定時制高校在学中
◆身長:160cm
◆血液型:A型またはO型
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
親類の男性と幼馴染の同級生(女性)と千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、親類の男性が「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
店の従業員は男性の兄と妹。
男性の乗っていた車も発見されていない。
関谷さんは古川了子さん(昭和48年失踪)と同じ高校で3学年下。
古川事件の1年後の同じ7月の失踪。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・遠山常子さんについて》
◆氏名:遠山 常子
(とおやまつねこ)
(Tsuneko To-o-yama)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年6月22日
◆性別:女性
◆当時の年齢:17歳
◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市田淵
◆当時の身分:県立高校学生(夜間部)
◆当時の勤務先:千葉市内のスーパーマーケット
◆身長:158cm~160cmくらい
◆血液型:B型
◆特徴:左右どちらかは不明だが眉の上にホクロの切除痕有り
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、峰島英雄さんの兄妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
峰島英雄さんが、「二人を家まで送ってくる。戻ってくるから、食事を用意しておいてくれ」と兄妹に言い残し、車で飲食店を出たまま三人とも失踪。
峰島英雄さんの車(赤いマーク2)も未発見。
失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
引越しが終わったあとに、三人で飲食店に食事に来た模様。
失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

《特定失踪者・峰島英雄さんについて》
◆氏名:峰島 英雄
(みねしまひでお)
(Hideo Mineshima)
◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年9月2日
◆性別:男
◆当時の年齢:21歳
◆当時の住所:千葉市(稲毛区)轟町
◆当時の身分:会社員(千葉市内の電話工事会社)
◆身長:170cm
◆血液型:B型またはO型
◆失踪場所:千葉市内

【失踪状況】
遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、峰島英雄さんの兄妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
峰島英雄さんが、「二人を家まで送ってくる。戻ってくるから、食事を用意しておいてくれ」と兄妹に言い残し、車で飲食店を出たまま三人とも失踪。
峰島英雄さんの車(赤いマーク2)も未発見。
失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
■千葉県警HP
http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
■救う会千葉HP
http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

◆昭和53(1978)年6月頃
元飲食店店員拉致容疑事案
被害者:田中 実さん(Minoru Tanaka)
(拉致被害時28歳)
※This person was Abduction by North Korea
欧州に向け出国したあと失踪。
平成14年10月にクアラルンプールで行われた日・朝国交正常化交渉第12回本会談及び平成16年に計3回行われた日・朝実務者協議において我が方から北朝鮮側に情報提供を求めたが、第3回協議において北朝鮮側より北朝鮮に入境したことは確認できなかった旨回答があった。
平成17年4月に田中 実さんが拉致認定されて以降、政府は北朝鮮側に対し即時帰国及び事案に関する真相究明を求めてきているが、これまでに回答はない。
■兵庫県警HP
http://www.police.pref.hyogo.lg.jp/
■救う会兵庫HP
http://www.sukuukai078.net/04.html
■救う会兵庫facebook
http://www.facebook.com/sukuukai078

[In or around June 1978: Former restaurant worker abducted]

Abductee: Minoru Tanaka (28, male, Hyogo Prefecture)
Disappeared after departing Japan for Europe.
The GoJ requested that North Korea provide information on this case at the 12th round of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks held in Kuala Lumpur in October 2002 and all three Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations held in 2004. During the third round of consultations, North Korea asserted that there is no evidence that Mr. Tanaka had ever entered North Korean territory.
Since April 2005, when the GoJ officially identified Minoru Tanaka as an abductee, the GoJ has demanded that North Korea immediately allow him to return to Japan and provide a full accounting of his case. North Korea, however, has not responded.



【SEA OF MERCY】
The book named “Sea of Mercy”
13-year- old junior high school student Takeshi Terakoshi was abducted in May 1963.
He went fishing with his two uncle, Shoji and Soto-o Terakoshi. The fishingboat named Kiyomaru left for the fishing ground nearby Noto island, Ishikawa prefecture.
Kiyomaru encountered North Korean spy vessel. Spies were afraid of detection.
Soto-o and Takeshi were abducted and carried to Chong-jin city. Shoji was considered to be killed at the site.
Families, fellow fishermen and coast guard searched the area, but they could find only Kiyomaru and Takeshi’s school uniform.
They thought 3 persons were in disress and died. Funeral service was held.24 Years were passed.
In 1987, Soto-o’s sister received the letter from Soto-o and surprised.
Soto-o wrote “Takeshi and I am living in Gusong, North Korea”.
Takeshi’s father and mother visited to North Korea in1988 and met with Soto-o and Takeshi.
But they couldn’t say how they carried to North Korea because NK officials watched them.
North Korea made the story of their shipwreck accident and lifesaving.
Since then, Takeshi’s parents visited to him a lot of times but Takeshi and his family members cannot say that Takeshi and his uncles were abducted.
In 1997, Megumi Yokota case was appeared in the media and the national congress. Terakoshi’s case was also observed as an abduction case. But “he” denied that he was abducted and praised North Korea and the Kim family.
In December 2001, Pyongyang publishing company published a book named “Sea of Mercy”.
The author is Kim Myong-ho, Takeshi’s Korean name.
In that book, Takeshi wrote that they are not the abduction victims but happily living in North Korea after they ware saved. Moreover “he" denied other abduction case such as Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi in this book.
Nine months later, Kim Jong-il admitted and appologized for the abduction activities.
But North Korea still denies Terakoshi’s case as abduction and Takeshi and his family cannot say he was abduction victim because Takeshi himself is a hostage.
“Sea of Mercy”, the title is a symbol of North Korean regime.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently visited a fish-pickling factory, according to photos state media released on Wednesday.

The photos of the supreme leader beaming next to stacks of food is no doubt meant to send a signal to the world that the Hermit Kingdom is doing better than ever. North Korea is notorious for its propaganda, especially about Kim.

But the country's economy is still under the grip of international sanctions imposed after its nuclear tests. A United Nations report last year concluded 70% of North Koreans were struggling to get enough to eat.

On Tuesday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the country wasn't holding up its promises toward denuclearization.

Still, Kim looked very happy as he toured the factory with soldiers, dressed in an uncharacteristically casual getup:

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Kim was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, who followed him around the Kumsanpho plant, smiling and dutifully holding his suit jacket.

Source: KCNA Watch



North Korean state media said the factory, located in the South Hwanghae Province, is the first of its kind, producing 30 types of pickled-fish products, including eel, anchovy, and shrimp. Kim allegedly called the stockpiles of food a "spectacular view," according to state media.

Source: KCNA Watch



An estimated 41% of North Koreans, or 10.5 million people, are believed to be undernourished.

Source: The New York Times



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Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai Kashmir is one of the most idyllic setting in the world. A picturesque valley located between Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, China and with a small strip of 27 miles with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Kashmir is a natural paradise. The history of the freedom of Kashmir dates back 1931 when the people of Kashmir, both Hindus and Muslims initiated a freedom movement against the then Maharaja (Ruler) to have their own indigenous rule in Kashmir. The resentment of the people led to the ‘Quit Kashmir’ campaign against the Maharaja in 1946. Faced with the insurgency of his people, the Maharaja fled the capitol, Srinagar, on October 25, 1947 and arranged that India send its army to help him crush the rebellion. India, coveting the territory, set the condition that Maharaja must sign an ‘Instrument of Accession’ to India. At the same time, India had to attach another condition that accession was made subject to ‘reference to the people.’ On India’s showing, therefore, the accession has a provisional character. Then India brought the dispute to the United Nations where the Security Council discussed the question exhaustively from January to April 1948. It was agreed upon by the Governments of India and Pakistan and approved by the international community that the dispute over the status of Jammu & Kashmir can be settled only in accordance with the will of the people which can be ascertained through the democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite By adopting a number of resolutions from 1948 to 1962 reaffirming the principle of free choice for the people of Kashmir, the Security Council – and, therefore the United Nations – has assumed a moral responsibility to ensure that conditions in Kashmir will permit the exercise of that choice. To disown that responsibility would expose the world organization to the charge of making hollow promises and, indeed, deceiving a population which is larger than that of many Members of the United Nations individually. The people of Kashmir never lost hope either in the United Nations as the custodian of human rights, or in their demand to exercise the right of self-determination. The scale of the popular backing of the uprising in Kashmir can be judged from the established fact, that on many occasions during the month of July-August 2018, virtually the entire population of Srinagar and major towns in the Valley came out on the streets in an unparalleled demonstrations to protest the attempt by the Government of India to scrap the Article 35 A of the Indian constitution which gives the special rights and privileges to the state subject of Jammu and Kashmir. Article 35 A also bars foreigners to buy the land or to acquire immovable property, etc. in the State. The Joint Resistance Leadership and other legal, religious and business fraternities believe that the abrogation of this constitutional provision is a conspiracy to change the demographic composition of the state. However, the Supreme Court of India adjourned the hearting of Article 35-A till August 27, 2018. In response to the peaceful and massive demonstrations, much inhumanity, continuous violations of basic rights, frequent massacres, constant fear, hunger and misery – these are the gifts of Indian occupation to the people of Kashmir. For the populous South Asian subcontinent, the Kashmir situation entails recurrent possibility of disaster and nuclear war. There is a way to bring these atrocities to an end. The way is that the Secretary General of the United Nations uses its moral and legal authority to reinvoke peaceful dialogue between the Governments of India & Pakistan along with the legitimate representatives of the people of Kashmir for the final settlement of the dispute. The Charter of the United Nations empowers the Secretary General of the United Nations to bring any matter which may threaten the maintenance of internal peace and security to the attention of the Security Council. In consistence with the universally accepted principle that no situation should be allowed to escalate to a point of no return and that the United Nations should not remain passive in the face of human wrongs being committed on a vast scale, the people of Kashmir expect the Secretary General will not hesitate to exercise his discretion and put the Kashmir issue on the active international agenda. Should the Secretary General feel that the factual data at his disposal does not justify the use of his power under Article 99 of the UN Charter, we respectfully propose that the Secretary General urgently dispatch a special representative of high international standing to India and Pakistan who should visit both parts of Kashmir and report back to the Security Council the facts of the situation. In fact, ‘United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights’ has also recommended to send a fact-finding mission to Kashmir to assess the situation there. If India feels that it has nothing to hide, it should welcome such action. We feel confident that the Secretary General of the United Nations will not encourage any party to an international dispute which has been taken cognizance of by the United Nations to circumvent and rebuff the world organization. It should be one thing for the United Nations to remain inactive if an alternative and credible peace process were in motion. It is another when not even the beginning of an effort towards arriving at a settlement bilaterally between the parties or through mediation by friendly governments is visible. To put it plainly, the present situation is that the United Nations is allowing its resolutions to be dishonored and the people of Kashmir to be condemned to systematic destruction. The people of Kashmir deserve better. Dr. Fai is the Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum and can be reached at : 1-202-607-6435 or gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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7 Aug 2018

Justice for women is essential to fulfilling a key aspiration of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: ensuring no one is left behind.

Without equal and effective justice for women and girls – more than 50 per cent of the world’s population – sustainable and inclusive development will remain elusive. Many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those related to education, health and decent work, cannot be achieved without justice for women.

High-level Group on Justice for Women

The 2030 Agenda has rallied unprecedented political commitment, serving as an opportunity to enhance justice for women and girls. In May 2018, a High-level Group was convened by IDLO, UN Women and the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies to advocate for the centrality of women’s justice needs in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of SDG 16.

The High-level Group on Justice for Women constitutes a critical channel to inform and enrich the global Task Force on Justice, a Pathfinders initiative established to accelerate progress on the 2030 Agenda’s target 16.3 on access to justice. Tasked with developing concrete recommendations on access to justice for women and girls, the High-level Group acts as a gender-responsive contribution to the work of the Task Force.

The Group met for the first time on May 28-29, 2018 in The Hague to discuss strategies to tackle the unmet need for justice of women in all countries and identify common obstacles and effective solutions to closing the gender justice gap. [read the Inaugural Meeting Report]

The meeting was opened by Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation of the Netherlands and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Justice, and IDLO Director-General Irene Khan. 

During the meeting, members of the High-level Group – top government officials, academics, civil society actors, and international organization leaders – stressed the Group’s role in generating action and political commitment by expanding partnerships with regional networks, associations and donor organizations.

The Group will now develop a report providing recommendations for action and investment to enhance justice for women, which will be launched during the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women and will contribute to the launch of the report of the Task Force on Justice during the High-level Political Forum in July 2019, as well as the 2019 UN General Assembly. 

A Background Paper was circulated during the inaugural meeting to provide a starting point for the discussion of the Group and to support the drafting of its report.

Members of the High-level Group include (in alphabetical order):

  1. Irene Khan, Director-General, IDLO (Convenor)
  2. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women (Convenor)
  3. Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, The Gambia
  4. Arkel Benitez, Secretary General, Conferencia de Ministros de Justicia de los Países Ibero Americanos
  5. Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
  6. Deqa Hagi Yasin, Minister of Women and Human Rights Development, Somalia
  7. Dubravka Šimonovic, United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
  8. Frida Gómez, Director-General, Noticias Tiemposmodernos, and National Councillor for the Evaluation and Monitoring of Public Policies on Youth, Mexican Youth Institute
  9. Hilary Gbedemah, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
  10. María Fernanda Rodríguez, Under-Secretary for Access to Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina
  11. Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Director of Information, Communications and Media, Association for Women's Rights in Development
  12. Nathalie G. Drouin, Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Canada
  13. Nursyahbani Katjasungkana, Head, Association of Indonesian Women for Justice
  14. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General, the Commonwealth
  15. Rangita da Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  16. Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group

The justice gap for women and girls

There is a clear link between gender and justice; between SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions. While gender equality is indispensable for peaceful, just and inclusive societies based on the rule of law, women and girls play a critical role in the emergence of equitable and inclusive institutions. At the same time, effective justice systems are central to enabling women to become equal partners in decision-making and development. The ability to access justice is an essential means to claiming and realizing women’s rights.

Yet there is a huge disparity between the promise of justice under SDG 16 and the lived realities of women and girls; between what women and girls need and want when they seek justice, and the justice they receive.

Gender discriminatory legislation around the world

Worldwide, 104 economies still have laws preventing women from working in specific jobs – such as mining, manufacturing and construction. Only 40 per cent of economies mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. 45 economies do not have specific laws on domestic violence, and 59 economies have no laws on sexual harassment in the workplace. Male dominance in family relations is also evident in data showing that in many economies, a woman cannot apply for a passport, be head of household or travel outside her home in the same way as a man.

Read the High-level Group Background Paper for more data on the justice gap for women and girls

A growing body of evidence points to serious gaps in ensuring equal legal protections for women and girls, especially those affected by conflict or humanitarian crises. Gender discriminatory legal frameworks and social norms can constitute serious hurdles to the delivery of justice for women. Even in the presence of gender-responsive laws, implementation is often poor due to a variety of technical, financial and political factors. Challenges result from failure to consider the interaction among laws, regulations and implementing institutions, and their collective impact on women’s rights.

For example, regulations often require that a national identity card, birth certificate or deeds from a land registry office be provided to obtain land rights, titling and registration. These certificates and deeds are often inaccessible to rural or poor women who have limited time, money, access to facilities and networks.

Ineffective and unresponsive judicial systems, compounded by gender bias, socio-economic barriers and limited access to information and support, can further result in women being prevented from claiming their rights and accessing redress.

Furthermore, a large proportion of women worldwide access justice through customary or informal justice mechanisms that are frequently biased against them yet adjudicate matters that impact women more than men, such as inheritance, property or domestic violence.

 

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Jordan warned on Wednesday that a severe financial shortfall facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a "catastrophic" impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has chosen former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to be the world body's new human rights chief, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

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Israel should allow the passage of fuel and gas into Gaza to prevent the closure of hospitals in the Strip, the United Nations said on Wednesday. “Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the...
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BIAFRA: THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE AFRICAN CONTINENT (PART 4)
THE AFRICAN CONQUEST

Written by Ogeh Friday Igiri
For Family Writers Press

The myriad of problems confronting Africa started when the continent got conquered in the hands of the whites dating back to decades of years ago. The continent suffered both spiritual and physical conquest through thievery, thereby gravely bastardising the once cherished African value system. The mentality of Africans were hacked into and erroneously reconfigured to believe the thrash that Africanism is not just fake and inconsequential but unlike their white counterparts, must accept the ridiculous second fiddle status.

Majority of the African people had hoped that the arrival of the whites on the scene, would have triggered off wholistic developmental benefits via their unreserved submission to the deceptive demands of the colonial overlords. This unfettered yieldedness resulted in the enslavement drive which Africans even up till date, are yet striving to extricate from. The advent of these colonialists in the continent, has to an extent added to the development of the people but the attendant disadvantages far outweigh whatever benefit recorded. The colonialists no doubt introduced Western kind of education and enhanced social developmental structures but surreptitiously deprived the people the right of independence.

Innumerable number of valuable mineral resources broadly deposited across the continent if advantageously and adequately maximised, can generate enormous revenue worth billions of US dollars. But colonial masters craftily harnessed these resources to service their egocentric interests without the consent of the indigenous owners of the land. Most of the Western countries employed the utilisation of these African resources to develop their economies at the detriment of the people.

At the advent of the British colonialists on the shores of West Africa particularly Nigeria, they carried out surveys of the entire Northern region predominantly occupied by the Hausa-Fulanis (Arewas). The Western part was occupied by the Oduduwas (Yorubas) while the Eastern flank was predominantly Biafrans. They however discovered that out of the very three divergent indigenous people groups, the most viable is located within Biafraland. To the colonialists, the only veritable means of actualising their objectives of covertly stealing from the people of Biafra, was the formation of a contraption for the three diverse ethnic nationalities of Arewa, Oduduwa and Biafra called Nigeria, thereby reducing in their own summation, the intimidating versatility and prowess of Biafrans.

The British amalgamated Nigeria ostensibly for their own advantage because they had the hindsight that Biafra would someday, emerge the redemptive and surviving tool for the entire continent of Africa. They connived with the Northern oligarchical cabals as willing/ready tools to enslave Biafrans amongst other Africans as we presently experience. African progenitors were criminally sold out into slavery in America, Europe, Asia, France etcetera, with many not being able to retrace their lineage back home. These men and women are today referred to as "Black Americans" particularly, whose contributions have enormously provoked insurmountable developments of their host countries instead of their countries of originality.

There has really never been records of crisis anywhere with traceable dearth of solutions and on this note, it suffices to say that the conquest of the African continent and all accompanying effects can be stemmed if Africans can determinedly and wholesomely locate the very genesis and causes of their predicaments. Great number of indigenous Africans are today clamoring for self-determination having fruitlessly strived to survive as a people within the contraptions created across the continent by the egoistic colonial masters. There exists quite a number of oppressed and marginalised indigenous nationalities ranging from East Africa, Central Africa, North Africa to West Africa. The case of the damning self-determination struggle by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, is a very unique instance of a people seeking unfettered independence from a contrapted Nigeria.

There is absolutely no better alternative to this and the time is now wherein the intelligentsia should synergize and fight with genuine freedom fighters for the salvation of their people in particular and a pool of other African countries in general. Enough has been suffered and endured from the slavish drive of these Western demigods (colonialists). The earlier this is pursued, the better for Africa. Some of the oppressed and the agitators for self-determination could imminently resort to arms conflict with more lives lost and properties worth billions of dollars lost if necessary actions are not expedited.

When Biafrans were engaged with the clamor for freedom from the British sponsored
marginalization and oppression in Nigeria in the year 1966, the then Nigerian Head of State, Retired General Yakubu Gowon in criminal alliance with Britain and others, waged decimation war against the Biafran people with over 3.5 million Biafrans including children, women and men were killed. The media reneged in it's professional responsibility of giving accurate reportage of events. There was no definitive request from the United Nations, African Union nor European Union from either Britain or Nigeria to give unbiased report about the genocidal visitation dastardly carried out against the people between 1967 to 1970. The spate of gruesome killings carried out under the directives of the Nigerian Islamic fundamentalist President of Muhammadu Buhari to the Nigerian Security Operatives against thousands of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the able leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who peacefully agitated for freedom, have not yet been comprehensively investigated and punished. So many were maimed while others were arrested  and extra-judicially incarcerated in different detention cells across Nigeria.

The salvation of Africa from the yoke and bondage of Western induced enslavement, starts from the comprehensive restoration of the sovereignty of Biafra because it is in Biafra, that Africa died. The restoration of Biafra most essentially, will trigger off the unprecedented freedom and restoration of the continent of Africa. Therefore, let Africans and all lovers of freedom globally, stand up shoulder to shoulder with Biafrans to nip in the board, this seeming endemic catastrophe bedevilling the African continent. There can never be a better time than now.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press


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HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN — The United Nations has awarded its prestigious Public Service Award to the Taliban Shadow Government of Helmand Province to commemorate their widespread, successful efforts to root out corruption since re-assuming control of the province in 2015. “Although the United Nations is a cabal of apostates and dogs,” a Taliban spokesman said […]
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The Ministry of Health will this month go on a recruiting drive for 250 specialised doctors from Cuba to service the public health care system.

This was revealed yesterday by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh at a press conference at his ministry’s Port-of-Spain headquarters.

Deyalsingh went to great lengths to explain that the Regional Health Authorities (RHA) have been experiencing problems with recruiting local doctors to fill 11 specialty areas for the past year, adding every doctor wants to work in what he called the “Cathedral of Medicine”, either the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), San Fernando General Hospital or Port-of-Spain General Hospital rather than the rural communities. However, he could not say if this “demand” was as a result of the prestige of working at these facilities.

“I have a need, therefore I would go to Cuba. That is why we have to employ foreigners because our locals do not have the skill set or don’t take advantage of the opportunity to work in the public sector for whatever reason,” Deyalsingh said.

He said even primary healthcare doctors have been resisting work in rural areas, which led to the ministry engaging the United Nations to get UN doctors to come here to work.

“So if every House Officer wants to work in A&E, but you need House Officers in oncology what are we to do? And that is the position we are faced with.”

In a bid to serve the public’s needs, Deyalsingh said this month the ministry will be sending a team to Cuba to recruit healthcare professionals in these 11 specialised areas that the RHAs cannot source locally.

Among them are paediatricians, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, haematologists, nephrologists, specialists in internal medicine, orthopaedic surgeons, paediatric cardiologists, maxillofacial surgeons, ophthalmologists and specialists in Accident and Emergency.

The contract for the Cuban doctors will be three years with an option to renew for a fourth, he said.

But Deyalsingh still also invited unemployed local specialists to join the RHAs, stating that the country needed them urgently.

Questioned how many speciality doctors will be sourced from Cuba, Deyalsingh said “about 250.”

Of the speciality areas, Deyalsingh said haematology, paediatric cardiology, orthopaedic surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons are in highest demand.

At the EWMSC, he said there is currently just one paediatric cardiologist while there are only two Cuban maxillofacial surgeons in the public sector.

Pressed on if specialists can be compelled to work in the public sector, Deyalsingh said this can only be applied if they obtain their specialist qualification via the Government, noting that to force them to work in the public sector would be a violation of their constitutional rights.

Asked how Government will bridge the gap, given that hundreds of medical students are graduating from UWI in areas where they cannot fill the public sector vacancies, Deyalsingh said UWI has started a DM (Doctorate in Medicine) programme in speciality fields.

“You are not going to get the output immediately. It takes time to train them and then they have to work under supervision…there is a lag time.”

He said as soon as graduates exit the DM programme, positions will be offered to them.

In May, Cabinet also agreed to employ 75 interns at public hospitals. Deyalsingh said the 75 interns will be employed at the nation’s hospitals “because UWI was producing all these interns. Now, it’s not that we needed these 75. I want to make that abundantly clear.”

He said these positions will “soak up” the supply coming out of UWI.

Although the Cuban recruitment drive will begin shortly, Deyalsingh also could not say when the positions will be filled and how soon the doctors are expected to arrive here to serve the public.

“We are trying to do it as soon as humanly possible. I am treating it with urgency.”

Asked if the ministry will pay more to attract the Cubans’ services, Deyalsingh said, “No, not necessarily, but we do pay for the board and so on here. So it is not really more.”


          Family Medicine Specialist at Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen West African countries. Founded on 28 May 1975, with the signing of the Treaty of Lagos, its mission is to promote economic integration across the region.Location: Republic of Sierra Leone Category: ECOWAS International Volunteer Type of Contract: ECOWAS Volunteers Programme. Non-Family Position Expected start date: 15th September 2018 Duration: One (01) year, renewable (depending on budget availability and satisfactory performance) Preamble The ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC), was created by the Decision A/DEC.13/01/05 of 19th January 2005 at Accra, Ghana as a specialized Agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). At the 32nd session of the ECOWAS Summit held in June 2007, the Heads of States and Government adopted a new approach to regional integration by approving a new global vision called the ECOWAS Vision 2020. The principal objective of this vision is to move the Community from an «ECOWAS of States» to an «ECOWAS of Peoples» by the year 2020. Consequently, the EYSDC implements her policies, activities and strategic action plans, as well as the ECOWAS vision in the areas of youth and sports, including the ECOWAS Volunteers Programme. The EYSDC's objective is to initiate, develop, coordinate and implement youth and sports programmes within the Community. To this end, it works to: Mobilise the different segments of the population to ensure their integration and effective participation in the social development of the region, as well as the promotion of youth organisations and professional associations to ensure maximum participation in the activities of the Community; Provide a permanent institutional framework within ECOWAS through which issues related to Youth and Sports activities in the sub-region can be developed and promoted. Organizational Framework of the Centre The Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC) is one of the Directorates under the Social Affairs and Gender Department of the ECOWAS Commission. It is based in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) under the headquarters agreement signed between the Burkina Faso authorities and the ECOWAS Commission. Decision N° A/DEC 13/01/2005 of 19th January 2005 had adopted the organizational structure comprising of four Divisions (Youth, Sports, Administration and Finance, and TIC). However, since 2008, the Centre has undergone some structural modifications following the transfer of the ECOWAS Volunteers Programme (EVP) from the Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department of the Commission (CPAPS) to the EYSDC, under the Social Affairs and Gender Department. The EVP is centralized in organisation, but decentralized in its application to allow for flexibility and adaptation to the current realities of each country. The strategic directions, including the formulation of the overall vision, goals and objectives of the Programme, is the responsibility of the Regional Coordination Council (RCC), whose role, among others, is to ensure that the EVP becomes a genuine voluntary arm of ECOWAS. Being a cross-cutting programme, the ECOWAS Volunteers Regional Coordination Council (RCC) includes representatives of relevant departments of the ECOWAS Commission. The RCC is chaired by the Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender of the ECOWAS Commission. She is assisted by the Director of the ECOWAS Youth and Sports Development Centre (EYSDC), as Alternate Chairman of the RCC. The executive arm of the RCC is the Regional Office, provided by the EYSDC in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The programme's regional coordination activities are coordinated by a Regional Coordinator under the supervision of the EYSDC Director. Although the EVP is under the Youth Division of the EYSDC, it is directly supervised by the EYSDC Director for effectiveness. At the National level, the National Coordination Council (NCC) serves as the national body through which national policy guidelines for the Programme are given. This Council works towards the understanding and entrenchment of the Volunteer Programme in the national environment. It also serves as advisor to the country office, which is responsible for the coordination of the Programme at national level. The NCC is chaired by the Head of the ECOWAS National Office in the country. It is made up of Focal Points/Representatives of the various ministries, Civil Society Organisations, United Nations Agencies and local youth associations involved in the implementation of the Programme at the National level. Duties and Responsibilities The ECOWAS Volunteer Family Medicine Specialist will work directly with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and undertake the following duties and responsibilities: Admit and treat in-patient with various medical conditions such as diabetics, hypertension, heart attack, stroke etc. Examine patients, take medical history and prescribe medication Counsel patients on diet, hygiene and preventive health care Order, perform and interpret diagnostic test for appropriate treatment. Assist in the development of policies and strategies of the department of Internal medicines. Coordinate and participate in the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programs for staff at the hospital. Perform any other assigned official duty. Required Qualifications and Experience Education: Fellow of the West African College of Physician (FWACP) or equivalent Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). Work experience and Other Skills: A minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience, three of which in a supervisory role. Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team Good written and verbal communication skills Sense of initiative and anticipation Knowledge of volunteerism is an asset Ability to work with little supervision Being proactive and enterprising (taking initiative) Good computer skills - Office Suite. Language Requirements: Perfect command of the English language (written and oral) is mandatory. Knowledge of any other official language of ECOWAS (French or Portuguese) will be considered an asset / advantage Composition of Application: A signed letter of application/motivation addressed to the EYSDC Director; A detailed Curriculum Vitae highlighting specific skills and experiences of the candidate; Certified copies of certificates, diplomas and work certificates; A criminal/police record of less than 6 months. Conditions of Service An initial contract for 12 months will be offered with a Monthly Living Allowance of 1,112.5 USD or its equivalent in local currency. At the beginning of the assignment, and only where applicable, a settling-in grant will be paid, and a resettlement grant will be provided at the end of the assignment. Where applicable, air transport from home country to the duty station and return at end of mission is also provided. A life and health insurance cover for the incumbent of the position will be provided. Other conditions of service as stipulated in the EVP Management and Administration Manual and Handbook of Conditions of Service shall apply. Other Conditions: The position is open to nationals of ECOWAS Member States, aged not more than 42 years by the date of recruitment. This position is considered a non-family ECOWAS International Volunteer position. An international ECOWAS Volunteer cannot serve in their own country of origin. ECOWAS is committed to promoting gender equality and equity. To this end, female candidates are strongly encouraged.
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The United Nations established World Refugee Day to honor people forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. In 2013, there were an estimated 10.4 million refugees around the world. In 2014, with situations in Syria, Somalia, Iraq and other places, those numbers are likely to grow drastically. (Update: According to NPR, "At least 51.2 million people are now living under forced displacement, a U.N. agency says, announcing its tally of people who are seeking refuge or asylum, or who are internally displaced. It's the first time the number has topped 50 million since World War II." ) On Sunday, June 22, 2014, the city of Dayton will celebrate World Refugee Day by honoring its own refugee populations. The city has provided temporary refuge, or become a permanent home, to a number of refugee groups over the years. Sunday they’ll recognize them with music, food, dancing, and other activities at McIntosh Park. Melissa Bertolo, Program Coordinator with
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PressTV Published on Aug 8, 2018 An unprecedented breach of international law. Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says the US is not only violating a Security Council resolution, but it’s also punishing countries which are abiding by it. Gholamali Khoshroo was referring to UN Security Council resolution 22-31; which was unanimously adopted by the council […]
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TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki is marking the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing over the city, joined by the head of the United Nations for the first time amid the effort to push forward North Korea’s denuclearization. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged all countries to commit to nuclear disarmament and to take concrete steps as […]
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Organisational Unit: UNU Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) About the United Nations University (UNU) For the past four decades, UNU has been a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing global problems of human survival, conflict prevention, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers in 13 countries, UNU’s work spans the full […]
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Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations' chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward world nuclear disarmament.
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U.N. Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov urged Israel and Hamas to step back "from the brink" after both sides exchanged rocket fire Wednesday. "The situation can rapidly deteriorate, with devastating consequences for all people," Mladenov said. Militants fired around 70 rockets into Israel from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Israel responded with airstrikes, killing at least one Palestinian and wounding five others, according to the Gaza health ministry.  The violence came even while both sides expressed some optimism that a truce could be worked out to help avoid another war between Israel and Hamas. "We can say that actions led by the United Nations and Egypt are in advanced stages and we hope it could yield some good from them," the deputy Hamas chief for Gaza, Khalil al-Hayya, told Al Jazeera television. A senior member of the Israeli parliament said he "very much hopes we are on the brink of a new day on the matter of Gaza." Palestinians have held weekly protests along the Israeli-Gaza border since March, when Israel began preparations for marking its 70th anniversary as a state. Israeli soldiers have killed at least 158 demonstrators, many of whom were militants that Israel said were trying to sneak across the border. Israel accused Hamas of organizing the protests as a cover for terrorism, a charge Hamas denies.
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Jordan warned on Wednesday that a severe financial shortfall facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a "catastrophic" impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.

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A Saudi man seeking asylum was to be deported from Canada today, but will stay as the United Nations examines his case. The man - whose identity CBC News has changed for his safety - fled Saudi Arabia after he was accused of criticizing its actions in Yemen. {{embed|t=alOnC_1533789741}}
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A well-equipped home studio can be a great place to work, but you need the right gear on hand to get pro-level results. In this course, you'll learn how to outfit your space without breaking the bank.

  • Access 9 HD video lessons & 2.5 hours of content 24/7
  • Identify & utilize household items to affordably stock your home studio
  • Draw success from confined spaces & common household limitations
  • Use basic modifiers like reflectors & soft-boxes to shape light

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: Streaming and offline access on desktop and mobile
  • Offline sync with iPhone and iPad CreativeLive app
  • 9 video lesson in HD
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • CreativeLive app: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Internet required

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Tony has been a photographer, an educator, and an author. His photographic works have been featured in publications throughout the world. While he has worked for some of the most discerning clients in the world, he is most proud of being acknowledged and included in more than twenty-five photographic books by other photographers. Tony has photographed three U.S. presidents, The Millennium Summit Meeting of World Leaders at the United Nations, sports celebrities, almost 800 brides and grooms, and a handful of NASA astronauts. For more details on this course and instructor, click here.

How To Take Amazing Photos With Your iPhone


KEY FEATURES

Your best opportunity for photos is usually the camera in your pocket. In this class, you'll learn techniques to capture amazing smartphone images. From lighting to composition techniques to different modes, this class will help you take photos that make lifelong memories.

  • Access 11 HD video lessons & 1 hour of content 24/7
  • Find the best light for your subject & make it pop
  • Discuss composition techniques or ways to frame your subject so they are most pleasing in the photo
  • Cover the ins & outs of when to use portrait mode, HDR, or more effects

PRODUCT SPECS

Important Details

  • Length of time users can access this course: lifetime
  • Access options: Streaming and offline access on desktop and mobile
  • Offline sync with iPhone and iPad CreativeLive app
  • 11 video lesson in HD
  • Certification of completion not included
  • Redemption deadline: redeem your code within 30 days of purchase
  • Experience level required: all levels

Requirements

  • CreativeLive app: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Internet required

THE EXPERT

Instructor

Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post-production workflow. For more details on this course and instructor, click here.

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A view from China on the treaties that apply to the territorial dispute between China and Japan.

By Liu Dan

August 08, 2018

There is a longstanding sovereignty dispute concerning the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands between China and Japan. An “international dispute” is a matter for objective determination: one exists if “there is a disagreement over of point of law or fact, a conflict of legal views of interest” between two parties, as it was stated by the Permanent Court of International Justice in the Mavrommatis Palestine Concessions (Jurisdiction) case (1924). Therefore, a mere denial from the Japanese government that the dispute exists does not prove the nonexistence of the dispute.

China and Japan obviously have contradicting legal positions on the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Previous Chinese literature invokes historical evidence dating to before the Sino-Japanese war to prove China’s sovereignty over the islands. For China, the “fact” that the islands were uninhabited does not mean that Diaoyu Islands were “terra nullius” under international law. Besides the fact that China had already discovered and named the Diaoyu Islands by the 14th-15th century, it is general knowledge that the maritime boundary line between China and the Kingdom of Ryukyu (invaded and then renamed as “Okinawa prefecture” in 1879 by Meiji government of Japan) was in Hei Shui Gou (today’s Okinawa Trough) between Chiwei Yu and Kume Island. The Diaoyu Islands, lying to the west of Hei Shui Gou, were China’s territory, not islands appertaining or belonging to the territory of the Ryukyu Kingdom.

Prior to the 1895 Japanese Cabinet decision that “incorporated” the Diaoyu Islands into Okinawa prefecture, the Diaoyu Islands had long been under the Chinese coastal defense of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. The Qing court further placed the islands under the jurisdiction of the local government of Taiwan. This can be proved by numerous official documents or maps originating from China, Japan, and the Kingdom of Ryukyu.

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Japan, on the other hand, relies on the theory of territorial acquisition under modern international law to defend its claim. For example, a recent article by Jun Tsuruta in The Diplomat referred to the rule of “effective control” in international law, especially “terra nullius” and “acquiescence,” and concluded that “China’s long postwar silence undermines its claim to sovereignty.” However, according to the Tripartite Hierarchy Rule for territorial disputes, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) looks first to treaty law, then to uti possidetis, and finally to effective control. Treaties in relation to the territorial dispute play a preliminary or even preferential role for international dispute mechanisms in deciding territorial sovereignty.

The 1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki after the Sino-Japanese War is the starting point to examine the applicable treaties concerning the dispute. Japan’s official documents such as Minister Mutsu Munemitsu’s reply to Yasushi Nomura on January 11 of 1895 show that from the time of the fact-finding missions to Diaoyu Islands in 1885 to the occupation of the islands in 1895, Japan had consistently not made its moves to seize the Diaoyu Islands in public, until it defeated the Qing dynasty in the Sino-Japanese war. According to Article 2 (b) of the Treaty of Shimonoseki signed on April 17, 1895, the Qing court was forced to cede “the island of Formosa [Taiwan], together with all islands appertaining or belonging to the said island of Formosa” to Japan. Accordingly, the Diaoyu Islands were ceded to Japan as “islands appertaining or belonging to the island of Formosa.”

Following the Treaty of Shimonoseki, a series of treaties and international instruments after the World War II are the legal basis for China to claim its territorial sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands. First, the Cairo Declaration of December 1943 proclaimed that “all the territories Japan has stolen from the Chinese, such as Manchuria, Formosa [Taiwan] and the Pescadores, shall be restored to the Republic of China. Japan will also be expelled from all other territories which she has taken by violence and greed.” The Diaoyu Islands, which were secretly stolen by Japan, should be returned to China.

Article 8 of the Potsdam Declaration of July 1945 reaffirms that “The terms of the Cairo Declaration shall be carried out” and the Japanese Instrument of Surrender of September 1945 reflect that the fact that Japan pledged to faithfully fulfill the obligations enshrined in the Potsdam Declaration. Japan’s obligation to return the Diaoyu Islands was further reinforced by these two legal documents.

Moreover, the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Instruction (SCAPIN) No. 677 of 1946 defined Japan’s administration power to “include the four main islands of Japan (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku) and the approximately 1,000 smaller adjacent islands, including the Tsushima Islands and the Ryukyu Islands north of the 30th parallel of North Latitude.” The Diaoyu Islands, lying within 25°40′ – 26°00′ of North Latitude, were clearly not included into the regime defined by the SCAPIN No. 677.

Contrary to China’s approach to invoke the Treaty of Shimonoseki and legal documents such as the Cairo Declaration, Japan tends to deny the applicability of the Treaty of Shimonoseki in the dispute. Instead, Japan relies on multilateral treaties such as the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, bilateral treaties such as the 1971 Ryukyu Transferring Agreement (“Agreement concerning the Ryukyu Islands and the Daito Islands with related arrangements,” i.e., the so-called “Okinawa Reversion Agreement”), as well as some decrees issued by the U.S. Ryukyu Administrative Government (which operated from 1950 to 1972).

Although Japan regards relevant provisions of the San Francisco Peace Treaty as the conventional basis for the Diaoyu Islands dispute, the applicability and legality of the Treaty are problematic. First, the negotiation, legislative, and ratification process of the San Francisco Peace Treaty in relation to the post-war arrangement with Japan excluded China and other allies such as the Soviet Union. Therefore, the legality of the San Francisco Peace Treaty as “peace treaty” or post-war arrangement is doubtful, since the said exclusion is a violation of the commitment by the allies to “cooperate with the Governments signatory hereto and not to make a separate armistice or peace with the enemies” which was envisaged in the 1942 Atlantic Charter. Second, according to the general rule of pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt (treaty does not create obligations for a third party) under international law, China is not bound by the San Francisco Peace Treaty because of its status as a third party being excluded from the treaty signature.

Even if the San Francisco Peace Treaty is applicable in determining the dispute, if one examines the treaty provisions from the angles of the law of UN trusteeship and treaty interpretation, the use of terms in Article 3, such as “Nansei Shoto,” “any proposal of the United States to the United Nations to place under its trusteeship system,” and “powers of administration, legislation and jurisdiction” may not necessarily support Japan’s sovereign claims over the Diaoyu Islands.

Referring to the U.S. Civil Administration Proclamation No. 27 of December 1953, Article 1.2 of the “Agreed Minutes” attached to the Ryukyu Transferring Agreement included the Diaoyu Islands into the regime of the “Ryukyu Islands” by geographic coordinates which had been indicated in Proclamation No. 27. However, neither the 1971 Ryukyu Transferring Agreement nor Proclamation No. 27 of 1953 is a solid legal basis for Japan’s claim for several reasons.

First, such inclusion was defined by the form of “Agreed Minutes” instead of “Annex,” which had been required by the Japanese government during the negotiation. The legal form undermines the possibility of applying Article 1.2 of the “Agreed Minutes” in the dispute. Second, the Ryukyu Transferring Agreement violated the general rule of pacta tertiis nec nocent nec prosunt, since the Agreement has the effect of including the disputed territory (the Diaoyu Islands) into the Ryukyu Islands. Third, Proclamation No. 27 of 1953, which neither conforms with SCAPIN No.677, nor abides by the law of military occupation, shall not be regarded as a “legal basis” for the Ryukyu Transferring Agreement.

To maintain its claim, Japan disregards the Treaty of Shimonoseki and treaties signed among allies to maintain world peace and order after World War II. On the other hand, Japan relies heavily on the San Francisco Peace Treaty, the Ryukyu Transferring Agreement, and the decrees of the U.S. Ryukyu Administrative Government. Moreover, rules of territorial acquisition (such as “terra nullius” and “acquiescence”) are quoted frequently by the Japanese government. However, the ICJ normally follows the Tripartite Hierarchy Rule for the territorial dispute; namely, treaties in relation to the territorial dispute — instead of rules of territorial acquisition — will play a preferential role for the Court to examine the dispute. In deciding the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute, multiple considerations such as treaties and the factor of “critical date” (the point of time falling at the end of a period within which the material facts of a dispute are said to have occurred) are more decisive than acquiescence.

LIU Dan is Associate Research Professor at Koguan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


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吳哥窟Bayon巴陽寺的頭像 有人說是闍耶跋摩七世的頭像 也被形容為"高棉的微笑" 是許多遊客喜歡取景拍攝的地方
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出去玩協會與野樵國際旅行社將帶大家從元朝周達觀的"真臘風土記"去探索現代的吳哥窟http://www.climberfly.com/tourism01.asp?id=436
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Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of A Troubled Land



Cambodia's CurseThe Modern History of a Troubled Land (Google eBook)

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PublicAffairs, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 417 pages
A generation after the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia shows every sign of having overcome its history--the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline. But under this façade lies a country still haunted by its years of terror.
Joel Brinkley won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Cambodia on the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime that killed one quarter of the nation's population during its years in power. In 1992, the world came together to help pull the small nation out of the mire. Cambodia became a United Nations protectorate--the first and only time the UN tried something so ambitious. What did the new, democratically-elected government do with this unprecedented gift?
In 2008 and 2009, Brinkley returned to Cambodia to find out. He discovered a population in the grip of a venal government. He learned that one-third to one-half of Cambodians who lived through the Khmer Rouge era have P.T.S.D.--and its afflictions are being passed to the next generation. His extensive close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the country, its people, and the deep historical roots of its modern-day behavior.



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柬埔寨:被詛咒的國度
Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of A Troubled Land


出版日期:2014/03/27
印刷:黑白印刷
裝訂:平裝
頁數:432
開數:25開(高21×寬14.8cm)
EAN:9789570843699
出版社:聯經
作者:喬‧布林克里
譯者:楊芩雯

普立茲新聞獎得主布林克里震撼人心力作
繼北韓之後,另一個你應該認識、卻從未深入了解的國家

吳哥窟,充滿神祕的文化韻味,迷人而富有情調
事實上,柬埔寨像是被施了魔咒的苦難國度
上千萬人民困在永無止盡的惡夢裡,早已失去掙扎的氣力……
1970年代,赤柬統治柬埔寨,屠殺200萬人民,等同四分之一人口
1990年代,聯合國接管柬埔寨,各國捐贈巨款,卻進了政府官員口袋
喬‧布林克里的《柬埔寨:被詛咒的國度》點明了柬埔寨的真實面貌,以及導致今日困境的深厚歷史根源。

閱讀這本書,我們得以了解一個國家何以走上歧途,成為現在的樣貌;
歷史又是如何埋下遠因與近果,使其人民沉默迎向苦難,喊不出求救的聲音。

柬埔寨在盜賊統治之下,官富民窮、貪汙腐敗,黑暗勢力籠罩全國,
半數人民患有創傷後症候群,出現極端暴力行為,並直接影響下一代,
潑酸、強暴、毆妻、虐殺等駭人案件,每天在社會各個角落例行上演。
在這裡,金錢比人命重要,只要有利可圖,殺人放火也在所不惜;
上學、考試、看病、打官司、運送貨物等,全都要支付賄金,
沒有錢,一律免談;付了錢,一切合法。
政府砍伐林木、販賣人口、侵占醫療資源、強奪土地,人民生計飽受威脅;
40%的兒童嚴重營養不良、80%的人民過著與千年前無異的原始生活,
這個看不到希望的國家,百姓卻也無力發出怒吼……

微笑的吳哥窟眾神

受苦的柬埔寨人民
你給我天堂,也給我地獄
天堂與地獄,原來在這個地方,沒有差別!
血淚交織 真實存在的悲慘世界 
不可思議 令人震撼、憤怒又心碎……

吳哥窟是世界文化遺產,每年湧入數十萬各國觀光客;然而吳哥窟所在的國度柬埔寨,卻有全球數一數二的貪汙政府與貧窮人民。離開觀光景點,全國大多數土地低度開發,鄉間居民生活水準低落,無法享有道路、自來水、電力、學校、醫院等現代國家最底線的基礎設施。

在一片貧瘠景象的同時,柬埔寨卻年年接受數億美金外援,大大小小非政府組織都在首都金邊設有辦公室。有了這些錢、這些援助人員的努力,為什麼柬埔寨人的日常生活還是不見重大改善?答案是政治與金錢掛勾,掌權者以常人想像不到的方式,拿走原應屬於全國人民的大部分資源──是大部分,而不是一小部分。

作者布林克里曾赴柬埔寨撰寫赤柬下台後的報導,30年後,他回到柬埔寨,發現柬埔寨人民依舊是世界上最飽受摧殘、虐待的一群人。政府貪贓腐敗,人們身陷其中深深受苦,不賄賂政府,甚至連最基本的醫療、教育等公共服務都無法享有。多數柬埔寨人生活落後,與千年前無異;而政府官員轉手塞入自己口袋的公款,金額高到難以置信。同時,經歷赤柬時代得以倖存者中,半數患有創傷後壓力症候群,至今仍受折磨──且這份苦痛已傳到下一代,使整個國家偏向黑暗的負面人格。

布林克里以《紐約時報》資深記者經驗,訪談多方決策要角,包括柬埔寨政治人物和企業家、美國大使和參議員、非政府組織派駐當地工作者,以及身處苦難現場的柬埔寨人民,並爬梳大量新聞報導和調查報告資料,寫就20萬字著作,分別以17章詳述柬埔寨經濟掛勾、政治操弄、土地掠奪與開發、非法砍伐森林、醫療與教育貧乏收賄等各個面向。本書筆法引人入勝,描寫出柬埔寨領導人存心造成的國家管理不善;作者運用豐富且深入的報導,勾勒出柬埔寨的真實面貌。包括生存在這片貧瘠土地上的人民,以及導致今日困境的深厚歷史根源。

※ 得獎紀錄
布林克里(Joel Brinkley),普立茲新聞獎(Pulitzer Prize)國際報導獎得主
入圍亞洲協會伯納德‧施瓦茨圖書獎(Bernard Schwartz Award)決選名單

推薦序  覺醒才能終止詛咒/陳柔縉

自 序  世上最不被善待的一群人
前 言  陷於「紀元零年」的國度
第一章  從吳哥王朝到今日柬埔寨
第二章  恐怖政權,三年虐殺兩百萬人民
第三章  史上首見由聯合國接管的國家
第四章  三十億美元換來一場民主夢
第五章  國際捐款淹腳目,引發權力惡鬥
第六章  民主已死,恐怖攻擊鞏固獨裁政權
第七章  野地仍有白骨哭聲
第八章  政府是全國最狠的惡霸
第九章  官商勾結的貪汙網絡
第十章  我們的傳統是貧窮
第十一章  賄賂教育從小扎根
第十二章  不存在的人權與社會正義
第十三章  醫療困境,不送紅包只能等死
第十四章  暴力都更,驅逐住民強占土地
第十五章  反貪汙終究只是口號
第十六章  柬埔寨式的赤柬大審
第十七章  受苦人民害怕改變帶來傷害

結  語 黑暗中的一點微光

謝  辭
附  錄 柬埔寨大事年表



推薦序 覺醒才能終止詛咒/陳柔縉
這個國家的人不喜歡孔雀,千萬不要去那裡開工廠、做生意,設計個有孔雀的商標。
這個國家的人民多信仰佛教,所以,他們不喜歡大聲講話,爽朗的哈哈大笑到那裡會變得有點不太禮貌。
入了這個國境,看見無邪的可愛兒童,也別想摸他們的頭,否則就犯禁忌了。
這個國家有世界遺產,十二世紀留下的吳哥窟,巨大的岩石完美堆積,沒有一根釘子,任何人站在那裡,都要為七、八百年前王朝的能力和鼎盛,發出讚嘆。
以上是讀一般介紹柬埔寨…
自序(節錄)
世上最不被善待的一群人
一九七九年,初訪
第一次外派去柬埔寨的時候,我二十七歲。那時才從大學畢業四年,在美國肯塔基州的《路易威爾信使報》(Louisville Courier-Journal)工作,主跑傑佛遜郡的教育線,寫些學測成績和高中畢業紀念冊銷售量的報導,最近的成果是編了一本小手冊,整理秋季班的校車行程表。我曾做過最接近國際新聞報導的事,只不過是飛到加拿大艾伯塔省的埃德蒙頓待一晚,採訪一家購物商場。
我的編輯主管考克斯…
前言(節錄)/陷於「紀元零年」的國度
若是美國觀光客打算踏足柬埔寨,曾任駐柬大使的慕索梅利(Joseph Mussomeli)會用一種像在演戲的口吻建議:「千萬小心!柬埔寨絕對是你所能踏足的最危險之地。你會愛上柬埔寨,然而到頭來這地方也將令你心碎。」
他說得沒錯,屠殺和戰亂已是數十年前的事了,現在的柬埔寨是很迷人,充滿異國風情且平和。許多西方人想起赤柬恐怖時期喪命的兩百萬人,還是會滿懷同情,甚至覺得自己也該負點責任。來到柬埔寨的訪客臉上常掛著微笑,因…

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第十二章 不存在的人權與社會正義
林沙潤之死
二十七歲的林沙潤(Leang Saroeun)不太喜歡他的工作。他替柬埔寨軍隊的陸軍中校歐本山(Ou Bunthan)工作,駐紮在菩薩省。中校僱用林沙潤和他二十二歲的妻子蕾婷(Let Ting)砍伐木材,也幫忙家務。然而他們接下工作、搬進中校土地上的小屋後不久,歐本山就告訴他們,這份工作涵蓋另一個危險層面。
警告林沙潤不能向任何人透露後,歐本山命令他私運瀕危物種,賣到中國和其他地方。二〇〇九年七月盜獵者在國家森林保護地捕到穿山甲,中校派林沙潤去取。穿山甲又稱為有鱗片的食蟻獸,面臨絕種危機,在柬埔寨和世界上大部分的地區獵捕均屬違法。穿山甲原生於東南亞,有些人將這種大型動物暱稱為「走動的松果」。牠的鱗片和爪子有如剃刀般銳利,會爬樹,包括尾巴的身軀可長至六呎。
林沙潤把這隻幼禽塞進包包裡,綁在機車後頭,朝著中校家騎去。然而穿山甲在路上抓破了袋子,跳下車,奔逃回樹林。林沙潤緊急停下,輪胎摩擦路面發出尖銳煞車聲;他跟在穿山甲後頭跑,不過那時是晚上。他在黑暗中絕望地追著穿山甲,找了好幾個小時,終於放棄回家。他打給老闆描述這個壞消息時,歐本山暴怒不已。「他指控我先生把穿山甲賣給別人了。」蕾婷說。一隻活的穿山甲價值數百美元。「他告訴中校他沒有賣掉穿山甲,牠跑進樹林了。」中校並未息怒。隔天早上歐本山打來,他用冷冰冰的聲音傳喚林沙潤到離家二十碼遠處。蕾婷留在家裡,但是幾分鐘過後她聽到丈夫尖叫,於是跑出去看發生什麼事了。「他著火了,全身到處都是。他一路跑,跳進蓄水池。他爬出來,走到路上,然後腳下一滑就往下跌。他爬不起來。他再也不能走路了。」蕾婷哭著跑向他,一名當地警察路過停下來,因為「可憐我們,他載我們去醫院」。在那裡,林沙潤告訴他太太事情的經過。「我先生告訴我,有人把五公升的汽油澆在他身上,然後用點菸的打火機點燃汽油。我先生不能逃走,那個男人用手槍指著他,要是跑了會被槍殺。」
接下來幾天,林沙潤從一家醫院轉到另一家,但最後還是死了。其中一間醫院的護士宋莎雅(Ek Sonsatthya)說,他全身有八○%遭到燒傷。「他像是一塊烤魚一樣被火燒」,林沙潤的哥哥馬納林(Map Narin)形容。
當地人權工作者傑塞里(Ngeth Theary)拍過林沙潤的照片。從照片裡看到,有些許衣服燒融在他焦黑的皮膚上。他臉上大部分地方是黑色的,膠著在一種痛苦加上驚恐的可怕表情中。

極端暴力行為的成因
柬埔寨人是矛盾的民族,通常被動、安靜、不具威脅,但是也能做出極端的暴力和野蠻行為。他們的歷史和宗教教導他們「別去展現極端行為」,負責柬埔寨文獻中心(Documentation Center of Cambodia)的裕昌(Youk Chhang)觀察。中心專門蒐集赤柬時代的紀錄。「因為他們把情緒藏起來這麼久,當他們真的訴諸暴力時,就會變得非常情緒化,導致做出極端的暴力行為。」
婦女事務部長坎莎霞薇也是一名醫師,她提供一個臨床案例:「我認為許多人在潛意識藏了太多東西。你看到一個人,外表十分正常,接著一個小時後,眼看著他轉變成另一個會殺了你的人。」坎莎霞薇和其他人指出,這部分來自於社會上很常見的創傷後壓力症候群,極端的憤怒和突發暴力行為是普遍的症狀。但是原因還有更多。
專家發現,柬埔寨文化裡不可能接受有損名譽的事。一九九〇年代中期,一隊瑞典人類學家前來研究柬埔寨社會,得到這個結論。他們指出柬埔寨人與多數亞洲人一樣,鮮少有事物比維護面子、保有個人尊嚴更重要。然而,「卻不存在協調相反意見的文化傳統──或甚至是接受反對意見的存在。」瑞典人寫在他們的著作《每個家都是一座島》(Every Home an Island)裡。這代表了一旦發生爭論,有一方必定會喪失面子。「所以當高棉男子訴諸暴力行為──年輕人組成的幫派,或是丈夫痛打妻子,幾乎都會致人於死地。」他們是「無能為力的人們,出於受挫而行動,因為他們的『文化傳承』對於受辱的情況沒有提供其他出路。在多數案例中,暴力行為比喪失顏面更可取。」
比利時人詹納(Raoul-Marc Jennar)替聯合國在柬埔寨工作多年,他論斷「殺戮天天發生,是否認不同意見的必然結果,幾近直接反應。」實際上,以詹納的邏輯來說,殺人是消去不同意見的必然手法。前大使昆恩也發現這樣的人格特質十分顯著,他表示,「我們美國人提倡和解的藝術,但這裡不是。那從來就不是柬埔寨人性格的一部分。」
臨床醫師發現,柬埔寨人的行為和心理狀態具有驚人的一致性。「柬埔寨令人嘆為觀止」,心理學家瑞切特說,他在加州聖荷西與柬埔寨治療柬埔寨人。「不像其他許多國家,這裡的病患人口中不存在多樣性。只有一個故事;問任何一個人,你會得到很相似的故事。雖然我不會這麼做,但是我甚至可以在見到病患之前就寫好紀錄。他們都有嚴重的憂鬱症,他們酗酒。我問女性是否曾被強暴,每個人都說沒有。我向一位社會工作者說:『太驚人了,她們沒有一個人曾被強暴。』她告訴我,她們全都被強暴過,但是不想跟一位男性坦承這件事。」

為虎作倀的法庭
社會上大部分的爭議可以在法庭得到解決,但在柬埔寨可不然。林沙潤的死證明了這一點,他的事被寫進幾則新聞報導裡,不是長篇大論或主要版面,只是一長串持續增加的不公不義、悲慘遭遇和死亡事件的其中一段插曲。然而當記者問菩薩省檢察長詹沙瑞福(Top Chan Sereyvudth)打算怎麼做,檢察長回答他在等警察的報告,看過之後才能斟酌這件案子;他還補充:「但是說歐本山燒死林沙潤實屬誹謗。」他甚至還沒看過警察報告,怎麼會事先知情呢?答案是:詹沙瑞福是柬埔寨不公義的代表人物。

2014年2月11日 星期二

梅貽寶 (Y.P. Mei)《大學教育五十年--八十自傳》;梅祖麟贈書北京清華

2011年重讀梅貽寶先生的留學美、德的簡述, 才知道梅祖麟是梅貽寶的公子。他贈書北京清華;
梅祖麟先生与部分赠书
2010年春,梅祖麟先生捐赠给我校图书馆的一批私人藏书漂洋过海,从美国纽约州Ithaca运抵清华。梅先生的这批赠书共计65箱、2626册,是梅先生从私人藏书中挑选出来的,其中外文图书约占七成,中文书以台版书刊居多,出版年代覆盖整个20世纪,还有一些年代久远的较珍贵图书,如1867年出版的《Notes on Chinese Literature》等。梅祖麟先生本人退休前是美国康奈尔大学中国文学和哲学教授、国际著名语言学家,在汉语语法史和汉藏语言比较研究等领域造诣颇深。2005年, 梅先生曾受聘担任“清华大学伟伦特聘访问教授”,在我校开设《近代汉语语法与方言研究》课程,除清华学子外,北大、社科院的学生也慕名前来听课。梅先生的 赠书以文、史、哲等人文社科领域为主,尤以语言学研究方面的文献为特色,其中也包含梅先生本人撰写或参编的著作,如《中国语言学的传统和创新》、《吴语和 闽语的比较研究》等。这批来自海外的私人赠书丰富了图书馆馆藏,对我校语言学和哲学等领域的研究具有重要的文献参考价值。
2010712日,梅先生夫妇访问我校图书馆,邓景康馆长向梅先生赠送捐赠证书
梅 祖麟先生与清华有着很深的渊源,清华
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Peter Biar Ajak in Nairobi, May 2017 

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(Nairobi) – The South Sudanese National Security Service (NSS) should immediately and unconditionally release peace activist and academic Peter Biar Ajak or take him to court and charge him with a recognizable crime. The authorities should also end the arbitrary detention of many others held by the security service, in violation of their rights.
 
“South Sudan’s security agents have long harassed and arbitrarily detained people, apparently to silence independent voices,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa
director at Human Rights Watch. “South Sudan desperately needs public dialogue and greater respect for human rights, not more repression and violations.”
 
Ajak’s detention is part of a deeply troubling pattern of increasing government repression against its critics since December 2013, when a political dispute between President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his then Vice President Riek Machar led to armed conflict. This latest arrest underlines the need for major reforms to the security service.
 
Security officials arrested Ajak, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge, on July 28, 2018, at Juba International Airport. Ajak was waiting to board a flight to Aweil County to attend Martyr Day celebrations organized by the Red Army Foundation, a national veterans’ organization. Security officials are holding him in a solitary cell at the NSS Headquarters in Juba, known as the Blue House. They have allowed him family visits, but he is yet to be given access to legal counsel.  
 
The grounds for Ajak’s arrest are not known. He has been a vocal critic of government policies and founded a youth group, the South Sudan Young Leaders Forum, which engages in peace, reconciliation, and state-building activities. On August 2, the security service director established a three-member committee to investigate Ajak’s social media activities, political commentary, and the youth group’s activities, informed sources told Human Rights Watch. 
 
Human Rights Watch has documented widespread harassment and unlawful detention of journalists, activists, and members of political opposition groups over the past four and a half years, creating an atmosphere of fear and self-censorship. Most of those detained have been held without charge, and often denied access to their families or lawyers.
 
Many of those released have reported harsh conditions of detention and abuse, including: beatings and torture, and a lack of adequate food, water, and medical care. One journalist released in January, after nine months in detention on the condition of quitting journalism, told Human Rights Watch that security officials routinely abused him, including beating and kicking him, putting him in stress positions, and putting gasoline in his eyes: “There was no air in my cell, it was difficult to breathe, they refused me to take a bath and put me in a room officers used to urinate in.” 
 
Even after his release, he still feels unsafe. “They told me I was still under surveillance… I live in fear, I restrict my movement. My children who are far from me, I cannot see, I fear being kidnapped and killed. I don’t know what to do.” 
 
Another journalist, Joseph Afandi, arrested in December 2015, was held for two and a half months, allegedly in connection with an article he wrote for the newspaper El Tabeer criticizing the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement. He was beaten and otherwise abused in detention. 
 
Another journalist who worked for the United Nations radio Miraya, George Livio, was arrested in Wau on August 22, 2014, and then detained at the Blue House. He was released on May 26, 2017, after two and a half years in detention without charge.
 
The security service has also been implicated in enforced disappearances. Dong Samuel Luak, a human rights lawyer and a vocal critic of the government, and Aggrey Idri, a member of the political opposition, were abducted in Nairobi, Kenya on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch they saw the men at the NSS headquarters in Juba on January 27, 2017, before they were moved to a different location. Their current whereabouts and situation remain unknown. Kenyan and South Sudanese authorities have denied holding them. 
 
Two UN national staff members were also forcibly disappeared. National security agents arrested them in 2014, and they were last seen at the Riverside detention facility in January 2016.
 
In May 2017, Salva Kiir announced that he would release all political prisoners, but human rights monitors report that dozens of people remain detained without charge in the NSS headquarters and other detention sites in Juba.
 
Authorities should release all unlawfully held detainees and uphold all detainees’ basic due process protections such as for access to a lawyer and family visits. The government should also initiate prompt, effective and impartial investigations into the security agency’s detention practices and revise elements of the NSS Act that violate human rights, Human Rights Watch said.
 
The Act, which came into force in March 2015, grants the agency sweeping powers of search, seizure, arrest, and detention. It does not guarantee those deprived of liberty the right to counsel or to be tried within a reasonable period of time, or specify that detainees may only be held in official places of detention. The law also does not explicitly prohibit ill treatment and torture or proscribe the use of force by its officials. 
 
The 2015 peace agreement, the Agreement on Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan, requires revision of the National Security Service Act by a National Constitution Amendment Committee. The committee started drafting amendments in November 2017 but has yet to finalize this process.
 
“South Sudanese authorities should release everyone being held arbitrarily and change the way the national security agency operates,” Henry said. “National Security officials should be subject to the same oversight as all security forces and held accountable for their abuses.

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Daily Current Affairs | 09 - 08 - 18

1. US President Donald Trump has nominated a prominent Indian-American law professor and legal expert Aditya Bamzai to an agency on privacy and civil liberties. 

अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति डोनाल्ड ट्रंप ने एक भारतीय-अमेरिकी कानून प्राध्यपक और कानून विशेषज्ञ आदित्य बामजई कोप्राइवेसी एंड सिविल लिबर्टीज ओवरसाइट बोर्ड का सदस्य नामित किया है। 

2. Former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has passed away. He was 94. 

तमिलनाडु के पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री एम करुणानिधि का निधन हो गया। वह 94 वर्ष के थे। 

3. A Joint Military Exercise “Maitree 2018” between Indian Army and Thailand Army commenced at Chachoengsao Province in Thailand. 

भारतीय सेना और थाईलैंड सेना के बीच एक संयुक्त सैन्य अभ्यास "मैत्री 2018" थाईलैंड के चाचोएंगसाओ प्रॉविन्स में शुरू हुआ। 

4. NITI Aayog, United Nations in India and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) will jointly organize a Government and Business Partnership Conclave in New Delhi. 

नीति आयोग, भारत में संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र कार्यालय तथा उद्योग संगठन सीआईआई की ओर से सरकार और कारोबारियों के बीच साझेदारी पर एक सम्‍मेलन नई दिल्ली में आयोजित किया जाएगा। 

5. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has integrated its Mobile App DND 2.0 & MyCall with UMANG Platform with the objective of reaching out to consumers and safeguarding their interests. 

भारतीय दूरसंचार नियामक प्राधिकरण (ट्राई) ने उपभोक्ताओं तक पहुंचने और उनके हितों की रक्षा के लिये संस्था के मोबाइल एप्प डीएनडी 2.0 और मॉय-कॉल को उमंग प्लेटफार्म के साथ जोड़ा है। 

6. Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated International Conference on Sustainable Growth through Material Recycling in New Delhi. 

सड़क परिवहन और राजमार्ग मंत्री नितिन गडकरी ने नई दिल्ली में “वस्‍तुओं की रीसाइक्लिंग के माध्‍यम से सतत विकास’’ विषय पर आयोजित अंतरराष्‍ट्रीय सम्‍मेलन का उद्धाटन किया। 

7. Non-banking financial company Home Credit India Finance has appointed Ondrej Kubik as its new chief executive officer. 

घरेलू सामानों के लिये ऋण देने वाली गैर बैंकिंग वित्तीय कंपनी होम क्रेडिट इंडिया प्राइवेट लिमिटेड ने ओंद्रेज कुबिक को अपना नया मुख्य कार्यकारी अधिकारी (सीईओ) बनाया है। 

8. Public sector non-life insurance firm United India Insurance Company announced the appointment of S Gopakumar as its Director and General Manager. 

सार्वजनिक क्षेत्र की साधारण बीमा कंपनी यूनाइटेड इंडिया इंश्योरेंस ने एस गोपाकुमार को निदेशक और महाप्रबंधक नियुक्त किये जाने की घोषणा की। 

9. Kannada writer, poet Sumatheendra R. Nadig has passed away. He was 83. 

कन्नड़ लेखक, कवि सुमाथीन्द्र आर नदीग का निधन हो गया। वह 83 वर्ष का थे। 

10. S. Gurumurthy and Satish Kashinath Marathe have been appointed as part-time non-official directors on the central board of Reserve Bank of India for four years. 

एस गुरुमूर्ति और सतीश काशीनाथ मराठे को भारतीय रिज़र्व बैंक के केंद्रीय बोर्ड में चार वर्ष के लिए अंशकालिक गैर-आधिकारिक निदेशकों के रूप में नियुक्त किया गया है। 

11. 3rd India-Nepal Coordination meeting was held in New Delhi. 

तीसरी भारत-नेपाल समन्वय बैठक नई दिल्ली में आयोजित हुई।

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          Hillary Clinton on Saddam's WMD, UN Impotence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
After voting YES to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq, Senator Hillary Clinton (Democrat, New York) discussed Saddam's WMD and how the US must act alone to do what is right in the face of an impotent "international community." Filmed during a meeting with "Code Pink" at the US Capitol, March 6, 2003. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: "There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm's way, and that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm, and I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I have followed for more than a decade. For now nearly 20 years, the principal reason why women and children in Iraq have suffered, is because of Saddam's leadership. The very difficult question for all of us, is how does one bring about the disarmament of someone with such a proven track record of a commitment, if not an obsession, with weapons of mass destruction. I ended up voting for the resolution after carefully reviewing the information and intelligence I had available, talking with people whose opinions I trusted, trying to discount political or other factors that I didn't believe should be in any way a part of this decision, and it is unfortunate that we are at the point of a potential military action to enforce the resolution. That is not my preference, it would be far preferable if we had legitimate cooperation from Saddam Hussein, and a willingness on his part to disarm, and to account for his chemical and biological storehouses. With respect to whose responsibility it is to disarm Saddam Hussein, I do not believe that given the attitudes of many people in the world community today that there would be a willingness to take on very difficult problems were it not for United States leadership. And I am talking specifically about what had to be done in Bosnia and Kosovo, where my husband could not get a Security Council resolution to save the Kosovar Albanians from ethnic cleansing. And we did it alone as the United States, and we had to do it alone. It would have been far preferable if the Russians and others had agreed to do it through the United Nations -- they would not. I'm happy that, in the face of such horrible suffering, we did act." More video and quotations on Iraq are available here: http://freedomagenda.com/iraq/wmd_quotes.html [end]
          Yemen: Regular Press Briefing by the Information Service, 7 August 2018 - Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Source: UN Department of Public Information
Country: Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, World, Yemen

Yemen

Tarik Jasarevic of the World Health Organization, updating on what Dr. Salama said on oral cholera vaccination in three districts in Yemen last Friday, said very preliminarily, as they still expected full figures to come, in the first two days, more than 3,000 local health workers had reached more than 200,000 people wither oral cholera vaccine in the three districts. These three districts had been chosen because they were assessed to be the most vulnerable to an escalation of cholera. The figures for the third day of the campaign, yesterday, were now being collected. Oral cholera vaccination normally involved two doses, with the second dose being administered in about six weeks. Some 32 tonnes of vaccines came from the Global Oral Cholera Vaccine stockpile, funded by GAVI, had reached Sanaa in mid-July in response to Yemen facing the worse cholera outbreak with more than 1.1 million cases and more than 2,000 deaths. They wanted to pre-empt a possible new wave to cholera. In response to a question, Mr. Jasarevic said he did not have information on the military situation but the fact was that vaccination teams went into these three districts and administered the vaccinations.

Joel Millman of the International Organization for Migration said that yesterday, IOM and partners launched a regional migrant response plan for the Horn of Africa and Yemen, through which they are appealing to the international community for $ 45 million to support migrants on the move in the Horn of Africa and Yemen from 2018 to 2020. The response plan, developed in coordination with regional and country level non-governmental and intergovernmental partners, was a migrant-focused humanitarian and development strategy for vulnerable migrants from the Horn of Africa, specifically those from Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia, moving to and from Yemen. The plan targeted some 81,000 persons.

Irregular migration from the Horn of Africa to the Gulf countries had been steadily increasing over the past few years, with approximately 100,000 people entering Yemen, a major transit point on this route, in 2017. The plan estimated that, like in 2017, up to 100,000 new arrivals from the Horn of Africa would reach Yemen in 2018, while 200,000 migrants and refugees would return from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Yemen to the Horn of Africa countries in the same period. Of these, 150,000 and 50,000 would return to Ethiopia and Somalia, respectively. This issue involved displacement and the conflict in Yemen itself, but also parallel and somewhat related programmes of encouraging citizens of those two nations to come home from Saudi Arabia. Over the weekend, Mr. Millman said IOM assisted both Ethiopian and Somali refugees leaving Yemen to go home, 132 Ethiopian migrants left from Hodeidah and 116 Somalis left from Aden. There were more statistics in the notes.

William Spindler of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said there had been another movement of 160 Somali refugees who travelled by boat from Aden on Sunday and arrived yesterday in Somalia. This was the latest assisted spontaneous return facilitated by UNHCR, in cooperation with IOM and the authorities of both Yemen and Somalia. With this group, the number of refugees to have returned to Somalia since the programme started in 2017 had surpassed 2,000. So far this year, 1,321 Somalis, including the 116 who left on Sunday, had returned to their places of origin in Somalia. For the past two months, weather conditions had prevented the boats from sailing. Among the refugees were female heads of household looking forward to joining their extended families. Several students were hoping to resume their education. The assisted spontaneous return programme was initiated in 2017 in response to the demand from refugees for UNHCR help in returning home. Yemen currently hosted 270,000 refugees, the vast majority of whom were Somalis. The ongoing conflict in Yemen has affected not just Yemenis but also refugees living among them. There were more details in the briefing notes.


          World: Humanitarian Funding Update July 2018 - United Nations Coordinated Appeals      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Country: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, occupied Palestinian territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, World, Yemen

Funding Required: $25.41B
Funding Received: $9.39B
Unmet Requirements: $16.02B
Coverage: 37.0%

People in need: 134.0M
People to receive aid: 95.8M
Countries affected: 41

As of the end of July 2018, 21 Humanitarian Response Plans (HRP) and the Syria Regional Response Plan (3RP) require US$25.41 billion to assist 95.8 billion people in urgent need of humanitarian support. The 21 HRPs and the Syria 3RP were funded at $9.52 billion: 37 per cent of financial requirements for 2018. Humanitarian organisations still require $16.02 billion to meet the needs covered by these plans.

Requirements are $2 billion higher than last year at the same time. Overall coverage is also slightly higher (three per cent), with $1.4 billion more received this year than last.

Pooled funds

Between 1 January and 31 July 2018, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved $333 million through the Central Emergency Response Fund, including $233 million through the rapid response window and $100 million through the underfunded emergencies window. In July, $24 million was approved in rapid response grants to respond to displacement in Ethiopia, population movement from Venezuela into Colombia, worsening food insecurity in Niger, and a volcanic eruption in Guatemala. The largest allocation was $15 million to provide relief items, safe water, sanitation facilities, and health and nutrition treatment to 800,000 people displaced by inter-communal violence in Gedeo and West Guji in Ethiopia.

Between 1 January and 6 August 2018, 17 country-based pooled funds (CBPF) received $536 million in contributions from 30 donors (including $80 million in pledges). During this period, $369 million were allocated to a total of 663 humanitarian projects, implemented by 443 partners, with the funds in Yemen ($92 million), DRC ($36 million) and Iraq ($34 million) allocating the largest amounts. During July, the funds in Afghanistan, Jordan, Nigeria, South Sudan and Turkey were processing allocations. As for overall CBPF allocations, 58 per cent were disbursed to NGOs, including 19 per cent ($71 million) directly to national and local NGOs. Another 41 per cent ($150 million) was allocated to UN agencies and 1 per cent of funding was allocated to Red Cross/Red Crescent organizations.

Country updates

Yemen is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Some 22.2 million people – about 75 per cent of the population – require humanitarian assistance or protection. This includes 8.4 million people who do not know where their next meal is coming from. An unprecedented outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea has resulted in more than 1.1 million cases since April 2017. Escalating conflict in Hudaydah has displaced more than 350,000 people since 1 June. More than 90 per cent of these people have received emergency relief packages distributed by humanitarian partners. Sustained hostilities in Hudaydah city, interruptions to port operations or a siege would be catastrophic and must be avoided. Humanitarian programmes have expanded significantly across Yemen. In June, partners provided emergency food assistance to 7.5 million people – an increase of 200,000 people since January. Similar increases have occurred in other sectors. As of mid-year, about 60 per cent of people targeted with assistance had been reached. Generous and flexible funding has been key. Donors have provided more than 60 per cent of the HRP’s $3 billion requirements – including an early, unearmarked $930 million contribution from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Partners recently sequenced the HRP to show first-line, second-line and full response activities, and require full funding to deliver all programmes based on this plan.

Needs remain high in Ethiopia with 7.88 million people food insecure, as per the Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP) released in March. There has been a major surge in displacement since the beginning of June around Gedeo (SNNPR) and West Guji (Oromia) zones resulting in the release of a response plan which seeks $117.7m to assist the 818,250 recently displaced people. Some funding has already been mobilized by Government and partners, primarily through reallocating resources that were originally intended for important response elsewhere in the country under the HDRP.

Fighting in south-west Syria continued to impact hundreds of thousands of civilians, with 180,000 people remaining newly displaced as of the end of July. Aerial bombardment and artillery shelling resulted in civilian deaths and destruction of civilian infrastructure in many areas. Humanitarian workers and service providers were caught up in the violence, with many displaced alongside other civilians. Humanitarian response continued in Dar’a governorate, building on cross-border prepositioning and subsequently drawing on programming from inside Syria. However more than 100,000 newly displaced people remained largely cut off from sustained assistance in Quneitra governorate. Partners identified priority requirements of $85 million to cover the most urgent protection and assistance needs of 300,000 people across the south-west up until mid-October. Concerns also persist around the threat of further military escalation in the north-west of the country, where the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Aleppo and Idleb governorates had increased by close to 600,000 by mid-year, to a total of 4.2 million, of whom half were in acute need. Response across the north-west continues to depend on cross-border assistance delivered from Turkey.

At least 3.4 million people in Cameroon need humanitarian assistance and protection. Six out of ten regions are affected by humanitarian crises related to Boko Haram in the Far North, the conflict in the Central African Republic and the worsening situation in the Anglophone regions. Further, growing levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are affecting over 2.6 million people, including 1.5 million children, and there is an ongoing cholera outbreak in the Center and North regions. The 2018 HRP calls for $319.7 million but is only 23 per cent funded. Additional donor support is critical to ensure life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable populations, especially the newly displaced persons in the Far North and the South-West.

Although the number of IDPs in the Central African Republic (CAR) fell to 608,000 during June, a seven per cent decrease compared to May, this does not indicate an improvement of the situation. The tensions and armed violence that erupted in April continue, and are causing new displacements in areas with very limited access. More than half (354,017) of the IDPs are staying with host families, while some 249,522 are in IDP sites and settlements, and another 4,489 are scattered in the bush, in desperate need of assistance. Increasing insecurity is affecting the delivery of aid, as five humanitarian workers have been killed since the beginning of 2018, making CAR one of the most dangerous countries in the world for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Moreover, underfunding remains one of the biggest impediments to stepping up the humanitarian response. At mid-year, the 2018 HRP had only received 26 per cent of its $515.6 million requirement. Without additional funding, humanitarian actors will be unable to address the needs of 1.9 million people targeted in the Plan.

The Marawi Conflict Response and Resources Overview (Mindanao, Philippines) seeks $61 million to provide essential services, food security, protection, livelihood and early recovery support for 199,000 conflict-affected people in Mindanao, of whom 69,412 are still displaced, from July 2017 to December 2018. While an organized return is underway, the majority of those who were forced to flee during the conflict will continue to require humanitarian assistance until sustainable recovery activities are underway, especially for those from the most affected areas of the city. Some $11 million (18%) has been received to-date.

Afghanistan is in the midst of a drought, the scale of which has not been seen since 2011. It has already resulted in some 84,000 people being displaced to Hirat City in western Afghanistan, with up to 150,000 at risk of being displaced. In 2017, wheat production was at an all-time low (57 per cent under the five-year average) and the expected shortfall in production in 2018 is decreasing further -- from 4.2 million metric tonnes to 3.5 million metric tonnes. This decrease is impacting some two million already food insecure people across two thirds of Afghanistan. The ongoing drought led the Humanitarian Country Team to increase the Afghanistan 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan requirements by $117 million, for a total of $547 million. The HRP is currently only 29 per cent funded. Additional funding is required to provide food security, agriculture, water, sanitation, hygiene and nutritional support. The humanitarian community is currently conducting a multi-sectoral humanitarian-development assessment, led by OCHA and UNDP, to examine both humanitarian needs and the wider, long-term complexities underpinning the drought crisis, that would need structural support through development programming.

Four years of conflict have put a tremendous strain on the civilian population in eastern Ukraine. Disrupted access to critical facilities and diminished livelihoods mean that some 3.4 million people are without basic supplies and services and need assistance for protection and survival. Some 200,000 people live under constant fear of shelling every day. One and a half million Ukrainians have been displaced across the country and cannot return home due to hostilities or lost livelihoods. Over 1 million civilians cross the “contact line” every month through operational checkpoints, which lack required shade, cooling spaces and healthcare facilities. Under these conditions, coupled with prolonged waiting hours and summer heat, civilians—many of them elderly—suffer health-related complications. Funding for the Humanitarian Response Plan is urgently needed, as only 27 per cent of the required $187 million has been received so far to respond to the urgent needs of 2.3 million vulnerable Ukrainians with assistance and protection throughout 2018.

Haiti is well into the hurricane season and increased international support for emergency preparedness efforts is required. Haitians are still recovering from consecutive natural disasters, including a major earthquake, hurricanes, floods and drought, and need sustained support. This support is not only to obtain life’s basic necessities, but also to move beyond recurring disasters and build sustainable livelihoods and live in resilient communities that are prepared for future shocks. Humanitarian actors aim to provide humanitarian assistance and protection services to the 2.2 million most vulnerable Haitians, but they have received only 9 per cent of the required $252 million this year.


          Diet for a changing climate : food for thought by Mihaly, Christy, author.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"The United Nations supports a compelling solution to world hunger: eat insects! Explore the vast world of unexpected foods that may help solve the global hunger crisis. Weeds, wild plants, invasive and feral species, and bugs are all food for thought. Learn about the nutritional value of various plant and animal species; visit a cricket farm; try a recipe for dandelion pancakes, kudzu salsa, or pickled purslane; and discover more about climate change, sustainability, green agriculture, indigeno
          Job Opportunities at United Nations World Food Programme - 2 Positions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.
          National Project Officer - United Nations Pakistan - Karachi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Persons with disabilities still have difficulty exercising their civil and political rights, attending quality schools and finding gainful employment....
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           The Latest: UN Mideast envoy concerned over Gaza flare-up       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
JERUSALEM (AP) - The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):11:30 a.m.The United Nations' Mideast envoy is...
           UN chief sounds nuclear warning to mark Nagasaki bombing       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Millions still live in fear of nuclear war with many countries ramping up their atomic arsenals, the head of the United Nations warned Thursday, marking the...
          Progress on nuclear disarmament ‘stalled’, UN says on 73rd anniversary of Hiroshima bombing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
UNITED NATIONS, (APP): Marking the 73rd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the top United Nations disarmament official has voiced concern that after decades of momentum towards a nuclear-free world, “progress has stalled.” “Tensions between nuclear-armed States are rising. Nuclear arsenals are being modernized and, in some cases, […]
          INVESTMENT OFFICER- North American Equities [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Level : P-3
Job ID : 101286
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Investment Management
Department/Office : United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station : NEW YORK
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Posted Date : 8/8/2018
Deadline : 8/21/2018
          SPECIAL ASSISTANT, POLITICAL AFFAIRS [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Job ID : 102094
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
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          APEC economies committed to the ocean- IUU Fishing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In June, experts and decision makers from around the world gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to focus on the commitment made by nations in 2015 to protect the health of the ocean. Voluntary agreements have been pledged acros
          08/08 Links Pt1: Senior UN official blasted for floating Israel's suspension; Trudeau Gave $50M To The Palestinians. Then They Sided With Saudi Arabia; Iran has only begun to feel the pain of Trump’s sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Senior UN official blasted for floating Israel's suspension from world body
A United Nations human rights expert is under fire after suggesting Israel could have its member status at the world body suspended over alleged violations of international law.

Michael Lynk, the special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, made the remarks at a side event during a July session of the Human Rights Council -- the controversial panel the U.S. withdrew from last month.

Audio of the event, “Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Systematic Violations with Impunity,” was obtained by Fox News from NGO Monitor -- a Jerusalem-based research institute analyzing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) claiming to advance humanitarian agendas.

In that audio, Lynk describes Israel as an “illegal occupant,” and says “the international community has not simply the ability, but also the responsibility and obligation to bring [settlements] to an end.”

He then goes on to say that there are “a number of tools” that the international community can use to bring Israel back in line.
Amb. Danon blasts official who suggested Israel be suspended from U.N.
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon harshly criticized a suggestion by UN official Michael Lynk that Israel be suspended from the world body over what the United Nations characterizes as violations of international law, Fox News reported Wednesday.

Lynk's comments is “another reason why the [Human Rights Council] lost its credibility,” Danon said.

“Mahmoud Abbas knows that actions such as this do nothing to encourage peace," Danon said in an interview on Fox News. "In fact, it actively works against it, and encourages incitement and a culture of hate."

“The international community has not simply the ability, but also the responsibility and obligation to bring [settlements] to an end,” Lynk, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories for the UN, told a July session of the Human Rights Council, adding that there are “a number of tools” the international community can use to change Israeli actions.

“It may mean reviewing or suspending Israel’s privileges as a state member in the United Nations,” Lynk said. “It may mean that countries in the world, particularly those with significant trading or political relationships with Israel, would review their relationships with Israel in the military, political, diplomatic and economic investment spheres. It may mean that Israel would face some forms of restrictions in its abilities to wind up trading.”

The United States withdrew from the Human Rights Council in June, citing what it characterized as the body's biased treatment of Israel and its failure to address serious abuses throughout the world.
Elliott Abrams: Saudi Arabia and Canada
What was the Canadian action that led to this fierce reaction? A tweet from Canada’s foreign minister saying “Very alarmed to learn that Samar Badawi, Raif Badawi’s sister, has been imprisoned in Saudi Arabia,” and that “Canada stands together with the Badawi family in this difficult time, and we continue to strongly call for the release of both Raif and Samar Badawi.” And the following day a tweet from the foreign ministry saying “Canada is gravely concerned about additional arrests of civil society and women’s rights activists in #SaudiArabia, including Samar Badawi. We urge the Saudi authorities to immediately release them and all other peaceful #humanrights activists.”

These are not harsh or shocking statements. The Raif Badawi case has long been a matter of international concern and comment. The United States commented in 2015 that “We are greatly concerned by reports that human rights activist Raif Badawi will start facing the inhumane punishment of a 1,000 lashes, in addition to serving a 10-year sentence in prison for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion. The United States Government calls on Saudi authorities to cancel this brutal punishment and to review Badawi’s case and sentence.” This is surely tougher than the Canadian comments. Moreover, the United States had no actual link to the case whereas Badawi’s wife and three children are now Canadian citizens. In addition, there has been plenty of comment about the current combination in Saudi Arabia of social and economic reform with the government’s absolute insistence on setting the pace of change—and punishing Saudis who seek to increase it. For example, just days before the kingdom allowed women to drive it punished women activists who had long sought that change.

The Saudi position amounts to this: no government may comment on anything that happens in the kingdom. Any such comment is a violation of Saudi sovereignty. Thus the phrase in the Saudi statement that the Canadian comments were “against basic international norms and all international protocols.”
PATHETIC: Trudeau Gave $50 MILLION Of Our Taxpayer Dollars To The Palestinians. Then They Sided With Saudi Arabia & Condemned Us
Once again, Justin Trudeau has let Canada get played like a fool.

As I recently reported, the Trudeau government gave $50 MILLION of our taxpayer dollars to the Palestinians.

“$12.65 million will go to the Palestinians through the United Nations and other ‘international organizations,’ while most of the rest will go towards other NGOs who will disperse the money.”

But did that get us any goodwill?

NOPE.

After relations between us and the Saudis broke down, the Palestinians sided with Saudi Arabia and condemned us:

As noted in a recent report, “Palestinian news agency Wafa reported on Monday that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stands with Saudi Arabia in a political row with Canada, rejecting what it called Ottawa’s “blatant interference” in Riyadh’s internal affairs. He also called on the Arab countries to stand by the Kingdom to reject and condemn the Canadian intervention in its internal affairs.”

So, Justin Trudeau took $50 million away from the Canadian People, and gave it to the Palestinians, who then sided with our opponent and condemned us.

How stupid can a government possibly be?

Why the hell are we giving our money to people who hate us and oppose everything we stand for?



Israel and Gaza: How did we get here?
In the years to follow, Hamas continued to misuse funds and supplies in Gaza. Over $120 million worth of concrete originally intended to develop civilian infrastructure was used to build terror tunnels to infiltrate Israel. These tunnels were used as early as 2006 in the kidnapping of IDF soldier, Sergeant 1st Class Gilad Shalit.

Since then, Hamas has continued to waste concrete on terror tunnels, and in the construction process, has killed more than 400 Palestinians, including at least 160 children. Attempts were made to smuggle weapons into Gaza via the Mediterranean Sea, which led to the imposition of a legal naval blockade. Additionally, rocket and mortar shell fire continued, inflicting wide-spread damage and trauma on Israel’s southern residents in particular, which lead to the development of the Iron Dome aerial defense system.

Today, the relationship between Israel and Gaza remains tense. Yet Gazan civilians are still allowed to enter Israel to receive medical treatment, pray, study, travel, and work on a daily basis. Israel regularly facilitates the transfer of humanitarian supplies to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom Crossing, even in times of conflict, including during Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

Hamas remains accountable for controlling the Gaza Strip, and continues to put its terror-based goals above the needs of its people. They insist on inciting violence and wasting vital supplies on terror activity. The IDF will continue to operate as necessary to safeguard the security needs of the State of Israel, and is ready to defend Israeli civilians and sovereignty.
Hamas Source: 5-Year Truce to Include Return of 4 Israelis at Some Point
A truce between Hamas and Israel will be officially unveiled by the end of August, according to Turkey’s official news agency Anadolu, quoting a Hamas source.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that as part of the deal, which was brokered by Egypt and the UN with input from Turkey and Qatar, Hamas and Israel would initially observe a two-week trial cease-fire.

The truce, which is planned to last five years, would include the release of four Israelis: the remains of two fallen IDF soldiers and two living, mentally handicapped men who wondered across the Gaza border including two soldiers.

The Anadolu report did not specify at which stage of the truce the release would be carried out, nor whether or not it would involve releasing Hamas terrorists who are behind bars in Israel.

Under the agreement’s terms, according to the same Hamas official, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip would be opened on a permanent basis, and Israeli restrictions on the Kerem Shalom border crossing would also be eased “dramatically.”
IDF closes roads near Gaza over fears of revenge attack
The military closed off a highway in southern Israel on Wednesday out of concerns that the Hamas terrorist group in the Gaza Strip may open fire at Israeli vehicles as revenge for an exchange the day before in which the army killed two Hamas members.

The military said the decision to close Route 25 and several smaller service roads near the border was made in light of recent threats by Hamas and after IDF soldiers saw that the terror group had begun abandoning several of its positions in the Strip — a move Hamas generally takes as a precaution before carrying out attacks against Israel.

“In light of Hamas statements and the evacuation of Hamas outposts, the Southern Command decided to increase readiness and to close a number of roadways in the Gaza periphery,” the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.
Terrorists shoot at civilians near Gaza
Terrorists from the Gaza Strip opened fire on civilian workers engaged in the construction of the barrier along the security fence near the northern Gaza Strip Wednesday afternoon.

According to the IDF, an engineering vehicle was struck by gunfire from Gaza.

No injuries were reported.

Earlier Tuesday, the IDF Southern Command decided to reinforce the Gaza Division and close several access routes in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip in response to threats from the Hamas terrorist organization.
UN humanitarian agency calls on Israel to let fuel into Gaza Strip
A UN aid agency on Wednesday urged Israel to let emergency fuel into the Gaza Strip to avert the shutdown of hospitals and sanitation facilities.

Jamie McGoldrick, from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, called Israel’s restriction of fuel imports “a dangerous practice, with grave consequences on the rights of people in Gaza.”

Israel halted the supply of petroleum and natural gas to Gaza last week after there was no pause in incendiary kites and balloons launched from Gaza into southern Israel, arson attacks that have gone on for months accompanied by border clashes. The violence has at times escalated into exchanges of fire on the border, rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israeli cities, and Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets.

Israel temporarily suspended fuel shipments to Gaza in July for similar reasons. The airborne arson attacks have started hundreds of fires that consumed thousands of acres of farmland and countryside, causing millions of shekels in damage.
Hearing the real story from Jewish National Fund-USA
A tour around “the Gaza Envelope,” the western Negev, reveals a conventional life dealing with unconventional circumstances.

Along open roads are bomb shelters, some even painted with beautiful patterns to make something so unnatural not seem intimidating to children who rely on fleeing to these shelters often on a daily basis – or even multiple times a day.

Some playgrounds are indoors, like the Indoor Recreation Center in Sderot. With a mere 15 seconds to run for cover, playing out in the open is a luxury children of the South can ill afford.

“We established the world’s first protected playground with the amazing Jewish National Fund-USA, spearheaded by CEO Russell F. Robinson, who invested heavily in the playground so children could play without fear,” remarked Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi.

“Sadly, the hundreds of kids who come here every day are used to this,” playground manager Shmuel Ohayon laments. “They are used to frequent drills in school, running to bomb shelters at home, and if there’s trauma, they have psychologists to speak to. Seventy-four percent of them have some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD].”
A Democratic Nation State of the Jewish People
As Prime Minister Netanyahu's Advisor for World Communities, part of my job is to listen to what people around the world have to say. Much of what I have heard from critics following the passage of Basic Law: Israel - Nation State of the Jewish People is mistaken and misinformed. The accusations about the new law's effects on Israeli democracy have no connection to the actual content or context of the law.

The new Basic Law was passed to fill a constitutional void. Israel, like the United Kingdom, lacks a written constitution and instead relies on a set of basic laws. Israel already has basic laws to protect individual freedoms (such as Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty). Israel lacked a basic law defining the identity and purpose of the state.

During the seven-year debate surrounding the Nation State Law, there was a broad consensus that a basic law was needed to define the identity of the country. However, the new basic law does not contradict or supersede the basic laws that protect and guarantee individual rights of all citizens regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender.

The new law does not erode a single right or protection of any minority. It actually reaffirms Israel's commitment to minority groups.

The new law also, for the first time, constitutionally enshrines Arabic as a language with "special status." It affirms that "the status given to the Arabic language before this law came into effect will not be harmed."
Isi Leibler: Hysteria over nation-state law
Most Israeli Arabs are happy to live in Israel – the only democracy in a region of barbaric conflict and dictatorships. They enjoy a higher standard of living and better opportunities than they would in any Arab country. An increasing number are engaged in professions and one need only enter an Israeli hospital where Arab and Jewish medical staff treat Jewish and Arab patients on a basis of equality, in order to repudiate slanders of apartheid or racism.

The rule of law applies to Arab citizens as it does to any other Israeli. They enjoy freedom of religion and do not live in fear of punitive amputations or decapitation as prevails in much of the region.

This law was designed to ratify classical Zionism, reject post-Zionism and reiterate that Israel is a Jewish state. Yet not a single clause can be construed as racist, denigrates minorities or suggests that they will be denied state support. Israel remains a democratic Jewish state with or without the law, which merely seeks to reinforce its identity.

There are legitimate grounds for criticizing the law, particularly errors of omission by the government due to a lack of foresight, but the hyperbole used by some of those opposing it is malicious and will foment hatred within Israel and provide aid to those nations seeking to besmirch us.
The masquerade is over
What's all the fuss about? The spirit of the nation-state law has engulfed Israel for decades already. The law says that the land of Israel is the historical homeland of the Jewish people; and that the state established in this land is the nation-state of the Jewish people in which they are realizing their natural, cultural, religious, and historical right to self-determination. According to the law, the realization of the right to self-determination in the State of Israel is exclusive to the Jewish people.

Here are a few other trivialities: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Hebrew is the national language, and Arabic has a special status. The nation will be open to aliyah [Jewish immigration] and to an ingathering of the exiles. The state will be responsible for ensuring the safety of its citizens and other members of the Jewish people who are in distress or imprisoned because of their Jewishness or their Israeli citizenship. The state will work in the Diaspora to uphold the ties between it and the Jewish people abroad and will work to preserve the Jewish people's cultural, historical, and religious legacy in the Diaspora. The state sees national value in developing Jewish settlement and will take steps to encourage and promote new and existing settlements.

Any honest person will admit that the nation-state law is a clear expression of the political consensus in Israel. Most members of the Zionist parties would certainly sign a declaration like this one, if it wouldn't cause a political scandal. What's more, the vast majority of high school graduates can't understand the objection to it.
EU skips over Israel
The European Union has formulated a plan to establish a transportation infrastructure to connect Gaza to Judea and Samaria without informing or involving elements in Israel.

According to today's report on Reshet Bet as part of the plan it is proposed to build huge infrastructures also including "Area C" - places retained in the Oslo Accords under full Israeli control.

Formulation of the plan in the European Union took 18 months and is scheduled to take 30 years to implement. According to the plan, air- and seaports will be established, plus an extensive network of railways and roads that would connect all parts of Judea and Samaria to Gaza.

Although the plan includes many areas under Israeli control including in East Jerusalem, the EU did not bother to update the Civil Administration or other elements in Israel.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said the plan was known to him. "I made it clear that Gaza will not connect to Judea and Samaria. All their plans are on paper and are completely unacceptable," Katz said in an interview with Reshet Bet.
Brazil presidential front-runner vows to close Palestinian embassy
Brazil’s front-running presidential candidate has announced he will close the Palestinian embassy in Brasilia in addition to moving his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” Jair Bolsonaro, a lawmaker from the Social Liberal Party, declared on Tuesday when the National Congress reopened after a three-week recess. “You do not negotiate with terrorists,” he added.

He particularly slammed the fact that Palestinian Authority diplomatic representation is located less than two miles (3.2 kilometers) from the Planalto Palace, Brazil’s government headquarters.

The right-wing lawmaker is a strong admirer and supporter of Israel. Elections are scheduled to be held in Brazil on October 7.

Brazil recognized Palestine as an independent state in 2010 as part of former far-left President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva’s alignment with extremist governments such as Iran and Libya. At that time, Brazil donated $10 million to the Hamas terror group, which rules the Gaza Strip and is vowed to Israel’s destruction. Lula’s political heir, Dilma Rousseff, continued the anti-Israel sentiment during her term until she was impeached in 2016.
French President Macron cancels Israel visit
A year ago, Macron said he would visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the spring of 2018 to push for the renewal of Israeli-Palestinians peace talks. The visit was then postponed from the spring to the fall, and has now been cancelled entirely.

Paris did not provide a reason for the cancellation, but it is likely tied to the political crisis Macron is facing at home after his bodyguard was filmed assaulting May Day protesters.

The incident sparked the biggest political crisis of Macron's tenure. Critics say Macron’s office failed to properly punish the head of his security detail or refer him promptly to judicial authorities over the incident. They say Macron’s handling of the case shows he has lost touch with ordinary people since taking office 14 months ago.

Footage showed the bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, hitting a male protester and dragging away a woman while off duty and wearing a riot helmet and police tags.

“I alone bear responsibility. They can come and get me. I answer to the French people,” Macron told a gathering of members of parliament from his party.
Israel is suspected again of assassinating an enemy’s rocket scientist. Do these killings pay off?
Does the plan work?

Sometimes it backfires. The attempts on Arafat fed his legend and lent him stature among Palestinians. Israeli commandos in 1988 killed Khalil al-Wazir, also known as Abu Jihad, in Tunis in 1988. Abu Jihad, Arafat’s second-in-command, also was among the Palestinian leaders seeking accommodation with Israel. The killing did nothing to stop the first intifada. Israeli leaders believed that Abu Jihad was directing its violence, but it was a homegrown affair.

Other times, when a critical actor is killed, it appears to have results. The 1996 assassination of Ayyash, “The Engineer,” was followed by a rash of bus bombings believed to have been planned before his death – and then several years of relative quiet.

Schanzer said the policy may work in conjunction with an overall strategy. The campaign against Iran’s nuclear scientists, he said, was coupled with cyber warfare that for a time crippled Iran’s uranium enrichment and tough sanctions that slowed its nuclear program.

“Israelis have always used targeted assassination as not the only means but as one element of a broader strategy,” he said.
Russia and Israel reach understanding on Golan border line
Israel and Russia have reached an understanding to ensure the preservation of the 1974 cease-fire line on the Golan Heights, according to Israel’s Ambassador to Russia Gary Koren.

According to a TASS Russian News Agency report, Koren – who met with Russian journalists in Stavropol in southern Russia Monday – said, “we coordinated the arrangement under which Russia pledged to make sure, as it were, that the Syrian Army will not cross the cease-fire line established under the 1974 agreement. It looks like everything is functioning for the time being. I hope it will be so in the future, as well.”

Koren said Israel insisted on the full withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria.

The 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria, which followed the Yom Kippur War, separated Israel and Syrian troops and created a 235-km. buffer zone in the Golan Heights. Israel demands the buffer zone be respected, even as it is deeply concerned that Iranian or Shia forces moving south with Syrian President Bashar Assad’s troops may try to violate it.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed during his visit to Moscow in July that respecting the Separation of Forces Agreement was a red line for Israel in Syria.
Israeli UN Envoy Urges New Head of South Lebanon Peacekeeping Force to Push Back Harder Against Hezbollah
Italian Maj. Gen. Stefano Del Col replaced Irish Maj. Gen. Michael Beary as the new commander of the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon on Tuesday — a development that was welcomed by a top Israeli diplomat.

“UNIFIL is an important force, with more than 10,000 soldiers,” Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon said in a statement. “Its more robust mandate is designed to push back against the blatant, unauthorized arms buildup of Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, in southern Lebanon. With a new commander, there is a new opportunity to fulfill more of this important mission.”

Danon’s office explained: “UNIFIL’s mandate has been to restore peace and security to the Israeli – Lebanese border. Following the Second Lebanon War in 2006, its mandate was expanded to include monitoring the area between the Blue Line and Litani River, and keep it free of armed personnel, other than Lebanese government or UNIFIL forces. Last September, the US and Israel worked together to further expand UNIFIL’s mandate by authorizing patrols with Lebanese forces and requiring reports when peacekeepers run into Hezbollah roadblocks.”

Recent UNIFIL commanders — including Beary, who assumed the position in July 2016 — have all served terms of 2-3 years.
Druze-Israeli advances as Iraqi foe refuses to fight
Israel’s Amit Mdah advanced to the semifinals at the IFMA Youth Muaythai World Championships in Bangkok this week when his Iraqi opponent refused to compete in their quarterfinal match.

Mdah, 17, a resident of the village of Kisra-Sumei in the Western Galilee, holds the European title and won a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships a year ago. This time he was guaranteed a medal after his Iraqi rival Mohammed Jalal did not appear in the battle against him. Before that he won 10-9 against Hamdan Mohammed from the United Arab Emirates.

The protest of the Druze community in the wake of the Nation-State Law occupies one of the main topics of discussion in Israeli society these days. However, Druze athletes continue to represent the country successfully, bring honor, and also suffer from anti-Israeli behavior by competitors from Arab countries.

Mdah, who competes in the under-57 kg category, faced Russian Mohammed Yusuf Momonhomov late Tuesday in the semifinals.

The Israeli delegation to the championships includes eight male athletes and two female athletes, aged 11 to 17. Before the competition, the young athletes were in a training camp in Thailand.
Israel helps PA Arabs make pilgrimage to Mecca
The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), headed by Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rokun, prepares every year for the passage of thousands of Arabs from all over Judea and Samaria to Mecca, Saudi Arabia via the Allenby Bridge.

In a post to the Arabic COGAT Facebook page, Maj. Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun wrote to the Palestinian Authority residents: "We are prepared for a quick and easy passage for all the pilgrims from Judea and Samaria who are observing the holiday. I wish you and the Muslim world a pleasant and happy journey, and a blessed holiday."

Approximately 5,200 PA residents are expected to cross the Allenby Bridge this week to make the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is known as the Hajj. The pilgrimage is being coordinated with the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and the Airports Authority. 88 buses were organized to bring the pilgrims across on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

In addition, a special area was established in the city of Jericho, called "State of Al-Khawaja", to arrange and register residents in advance for the Allenby Bridge buses. From the Allenby Bridge the pilgrims continue on buses through Jordan to Mecca.
Palestinians jailed for trying to rob biblical archaeological site
Three Palestinians were sent to 36 days in prison on Tuesday for damaging and attempting to rob a major archaeological site in the northern West Bank last month.

The men, whose names haven’t been released, were arrested at 1:00 a.m. on July 18 at the location of the ancient town of Sebastia, which contains overlapping layers of history dating back nearly 3,000 years.

They were caught by an inspector for the archaeology division of the Civil Administration, the Israeli body that oversees civilian affairs in the West Bank, while carrying digging equipment and a metal detector. The site, just outside the city of Nablus, was found vandalized, Hebrew-language media reported.

A hilltop capital of biblical kings later ruled by Roman conquerors, crusaders, and Ottomans, Sebastia — also known nowadays as the Samaria National Park — is caught between conflicting Israeli and Palestinian jurisdictions, and the site has been largely neglected by both sides for the past two decades. Beyond the decay, unauthorized diggers and thieves have taken advantage of the lack of oversight to make off with priceless artifacts.
The New Face of Palestinian Protest: Ahed Tamimi
We're all looking for role models, and news we can trust. We deserve to know the full story, so we can make our own decisions. AJ+ interviewed Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi. Here's what they left out. #MonitorTheMedia


Congress Forces Al Jazeera, Other Foreign Media to Disclose Ties
Congress recently approved new legislation that would force foreign-owned media organizations such as Qatar's Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent under U.S. law.

The legislation, included in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, would mandate that foreign-owned media organizations register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, or FARA, a move that would shine greater sunlight on these organizations' ties to foreign governments.

Al Jazeera in particular has become a poster child for those in Congress backing the legislation. A delegation of lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), have been championing the legislation for months, arguing that Al Jazeera and others should be forced to admit their close ties to foreign governments.

Proponents of the legislation argue that media outlets such as Al Jazeera have tried to hide their agenda behind the guise of objective journalism. Al Jazeera, for instance, recently faced intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill for running a secret, months-long spy operation on American Jewish activists and their allies in Congress on order from the Qatari government.
Iran has only begun to feel the pain of Trump’s sanctions
As the Iranian regime reels under the strain of renewed sanctions, the Trump administration is already preparing the next phase.

We see too little of it in our press, but Iranians are increasingly taking to the streets and the clerics’ hold on power is weakening.

And it’s about to get worse for the regime. A new round of US sanctions, announced in advance, kicked in Monday. It restricts currency transfers and bans trade in gold, silver, aluminum, steel and other metals.

Most of the new sanctions have already been factored in, changing the way the world does business in Iran. European politicians, who’ve sanctified President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, are calling on companies to stay put and do business in Iran, as the seven-party Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action dictates.

But business is business.

After the nuke deal was signed, France’s Renault was eager to position itself for the day all sanctions would be removed, cutting deals to dominate Iran’s car market. Anticipating Monday’s sanctions, however, Renault announced an end to all its Iran businesses in July — even though it sells no cars in America.
Experts: New U.S. Sanctions on Iran Impose Cost on Regime’s Hostile Behavior
The first round of U.S. sanctions reinstated against Iran this week makes clear to the Islamic Republic the Trump administration's willingness to financially squeeze the regime until it curbs its destabilizing behavior, according to regional experts.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that firms doing business with Iran would be blocked from the U.S. market as new sanctions hit the country despite appeals from Washington's allies.

The sanctions are part of a steadily increasing pressure campaign implemented after Trump in May decided to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era Iran nuclear accord that sought to limit Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The administration will ratchet up pressure on Tehran's economy in early November when U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil are due to snapback.

The renewed U.S. sanctions go into effect as protests escalate against Iran's hardline ruling party over its immense military spending, which has crippled an already weak Iranian economy.
Trump's Ambassador To Germany Scores Another Victory Against Iran
U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell is quietly convincing German companies to discontinue business with Iran.

Grenell has scored a series of victories in recent days by successfully lobbying against a $400 million payment from the German central bank to the Islamic Republic and convincing car company Daimler to cancel expansion plans in the country.

Many German businesses rushed to do business with Iran after the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015.

The Trump administration, however, has pulled out of the nuclear deal and announced Monday that it would re-impose the same economic sanctions on Iran that the Obama administration removed as part of the deal. The new economic sanctions will limit Iranian ability to use the U.S. dollar, to trade in precious metals, and target its import/export businesses to the United States.

The sanctions also affect any business that wishes do business with U.S. entities.

“The Trump administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences,” the White House warned in a Monday release.
Will US sanctions really stop Iran from backing terror?
Will the economic sanction imposed by Washington on Iran cause it to abandon the path of terror? For the time being, as one expert told Israel Hayom on Tuesday, the answer appears to be no.

"To understand the influence of sanctions on the Iranian regime's behavior, you must first understand the modus operandi of Iranian banks and the Revolutionary Guard Corps,"explained Yossi Mansharof, a researcher of Iran and Shiite militias at the University of Haifa's Ezri Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies.

"More than a few Iranian banks were included in the sanctions that were in place before the nuclear deal in 2015, because they were involved in money laundering for the Revolutionary Guards. Over the past six years, several European banks have been fined billions of dollars by the American authorities after admitting to helping the Iranian regime bypass the sanctions and launder billions of dollars," he said.

"The method that keeps recurring in Iran is the use of straw companies, which the U.S. authorities keep trying to expose, just as we saw in the United Arab Emirates recently. The U.S. administration still has its work cut out for it in this department, it appears," Mansharof said.
Yazidi Slavery, Child Trafficking, Death Threats to Journalist: Should Turkey Remain in NATO?
Addressing the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on December 9, 2015, Mirza Ismail, founder and chairman of the Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, said, in part:

"We Yezidis are desperate for your immediate help and support. During our six-thousand-year history, Yezidis have faced 74 genocides in the Middle East, including the ongoing genocide. Why? Simply because we are not Muslims. We are an ancient and proud people from the heart of Mesopotamia, the birth place of civilization and the birth place of many of the world's religions. And here we are today, in 2015, on the verge of annihilation. In response to our suffering around the World there is profound, obscene silence. We Yezidis are considered 'Infidels' in the eyes of Muslims, and so they are encouraged to kill, rape, enslave, and convert us."
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"I am pleading with each and every one of you in the name of humanity to lend us your support at this crucial time to save the indigenous and peaceful peoples of the Middle East."


Three years after this impassioned plea, Yazidis are still being enslaved and sold by ISIS, with Turkish involvement, while the life of the journalist who exposed the crime is threatened. Reuniting the kidnapped Yazidis with their families and bringing the perpetrators to justice should be a priority of civilized governments worldwide, not only to help stop the persecution and enslavement of Yazidis, but also to defeat jihad.

The question is whether NATO member Turkey is a part of the solution or part of the problem. Should Turkey, with the path it is on, be allowed even to remain a member of NATO?
Trump Admin Offers $10 Million Bounty on Top al Qaeda Leaders
The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it is offering $10 million for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of two top al Qaeda leaders, doubling the bounty from its previous amount of five million dollars.

The bounty was first placed on the al Qaeda leaders in December 2000, but the United States has yet to apprehend or locate the individuals.

"The U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is increasing reward offers for information leading to the location, arrest, or conviction of al-Qaida key leaders Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah and Sayf al-Adl to $10 million," the State Department said in a release. "This represents a doubling of the previous reward offers of $5 million each announced in December 2000."

"Both individuals served as members of al-Qaida's leadership council, and al-Adl also served on the group's military committee," according to the State Department.

The terrorist leaders were initially charged by a federal grand jury in November 1998 for their role in the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and in Nairobi, Kenya.



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          Kuwait provides significant support to WFP's fight against famine in Yemen       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
KUWAIT CITY – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a new donation of US$50 million from the State of Kuwait for emergency food assistance in Yemen. The funds will be used to reach more than 2.5 million people over two months with wheat flour and oil through both direct distributions and WFP food assistance cards at retail outlets.
          Flexible funding from Belgium powers WFP to address food crises and build resilience      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BRUSSELS – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, the Government of Belgium is stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexibility in deciding how the funds it provides are spent. 
          WFP receives Korean rice for refugees in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on Saturday 21 July welcomed an historic donation of 33,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea. This donation will enable WFP to provide food assistance to more than 1.5 million people, mostly refugees, living in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.
          WFP meets with Benghazi Mayor as it expands its support to conflict-hit Libya      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TUNIS – Representatives of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have met the Mayor of Benghazi AbdelRahman el-Abbar, to discuss how best WFP and the United Nations can provide support to the country.
          WFP supports the Tajik government in emergency preparedness and response      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a ceremony to mark the handover of technical equipment to strengthen the government’s capacity to monitor disaster-prone areas and create situational maps to improve search and rescue operations during emergencies. 
          Saudi Arabia triples yearly contribution of dates for refugees living in camps in Algeria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ALGIERS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a contribution of dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia worth US$1.5 million to support refugees residing in camps in Algeria.
          UK boosts WFP efforts to break the cycle of hunger in Malawi      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Lilongwe – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes two generous contributions totalling £9.1 million (USD 12 million) from the United Kingdom government to support WFP operations in Malawi.
          Republic of Korea contributes rice to serve 420,000 refugees in Uganda       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
TORORO, UGANDA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of 5,000 metric tons of rice from the Government of the Republic of Korea. The contribution will enable WFP to meet the minimum food needs of 420,000 refugees in seven settlements in Uganda for the entire month of August. 
          UN Food Agencies team up to secure livelihoods in Northeast Nigeria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ABUJA - The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have launched a joint effort to support conflict-affected people in northeastern Nigeria to increase their food production and reduce dependence on food assistance. Using a ‘twin track’ approach, FAO is providing enough seed and fertilizer to produce up to eight months’ worth of food during the 2018 rainy season, while WFP covers the food needs of households until these crucial harvests in September.  
          Japan steps up support to rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BISHKEK – The Government of Japan has made a contribution of US$600,000 to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to support rural women in the Kyrgyz Republic so they can play a greater role in entrepreneurship and farming. 
          Italian singer Laura Pausini named WFP Goodwill Ambassador       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ROME - 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. 
          WFP is paving the way to a new strategic plan to fight hunger in Tajikistan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DUSHANBE – The United Nations World Food Programme has launched a process that seeks to improve food security and nutrition across Tajikistan as part of a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The plan will support Tajikistan’s efforts to achieve Zero Hunger by 2024.
          Japan secures food assistance for Gaza's families       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
RAMALLAH – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a contribution of JPY 400 million (just under US$4 million) from the Government of Japan to support some of the most vulnerable Palestinians living in Gaza.
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Jordan warned on Wednesday that a severe financial shortfall was facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a “catastrophic” impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region, Reuters reports. [...]

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New Delhi: The NITI Aayog and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Wednesday announced a partnership to work towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the country.

Speaking at the Government and Business Partnership Conclave at the national capital, organised by the NITI Aayog, CII and the United Nations, the Minister of State for Power and Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh said, "Business and government partnership needs to be harnessed to achieve the greater good."

The minister said that three things were key for sustainable development - energy, water and circular economy or a green industry. He further stated that he aimed to make quality power available to each household in the country and that his ministry is committed to bringing down the prices from Rs 8 per unit to around the Rs 3.50 per unit mark.

"We want to pass a law, if any DISCOM (Distribution Companies of India) is involved in any load-shedding without any actual breakdowns happening, the law will make it an offence and those DISCOMs will be penalised. We are trying to bring this law come into effect by April 1, 2019," he added.

He also mentioned that a campaign to keep AC temperatures between 24 and 26 degrees Celsius, to ensure conservation of energy, was impending.

"Every degree by which you raise the temperature, 6 per cent power is saved. Subsidies should be given with direct bank benefit transfer to enable the consumer to become more responsible" Singh said in his address.

The minister further stated that a solar power plant with storage facilities and a 35,000 MW potential will be built in Ladakh, adding that more bids are expected to be made for manufacturing solar panels.

"We have a capacity of 345,000 MW today and a peak requirement of 170000MW. 100,000MW has been added by way of renewables in the past 4 years. '1 country 1 grid' has also become a reality which allows us to get power from anywhere and we don't need generators anymore," said Singh.

He also expressed confidence that India will achieve its clean energy goals earlier than 2022 and urged everyone to be conscious and responsible towards the environment.

On a related note, the CII launched its report - Indian Solutions for the World to Achieve SDGs, which dives deep into individual SDG, targets and business implications thereof. The report cites examples that illustrate how companies have incorporated the SDGs framework into their business strategy and gone about achieving them.


          Kim Jong Un looked really happy touring a fish-pickling factory      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently visited a fish-pickling factory, according to photos state media released on Wednesday.

The photos of the supreme leader beaming next to stacks of food is no doubt meant to send a signal to the world that the Hermit Kingdom is doing better than ever. North Korea is notorious for its propaganda, especially about Kim.

But the country's economy is still under the grip of international sanctions imposed after its nuclear tests. A United Nations report last year concluded 70% of North Koreans were struggling to get enough to eat.

On Tuesday, White House national security adviser John Bolton said the country wasn't holding up its promises toward denuclearization.

Still, Kim looked very happy as he toured the factory with soldiers, dressed in an uncharacteristically casual getup:

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Kim was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, who followed him around the Kumsanpho plant, smiling and dutifully holding his suit jacket.

Source: KCNA Watch



North Korean state media said the factory, located in the South Hwanghae Province, is the first of its kind, producing 30 types of pickled-fish products, including eel, anchovy, and shrimp. Kim allegedly called the stockpiles of food a "spectacular view," according to state media.

Source: KCNA Watch



An estimated 41% of North Koreans, or 10.5 million people, are believed to be undernourished.

Source: The New York Times



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          The US has been asking North Korea to scrap its nuclear weapons — but Pyongyang keeps saying no      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

  • North Korea is reportedly refusing to turn over its nuclear weapons, despite repeated requests from US officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
  • The secretary is struggling to get North Korea to even disclose the size of its nuclear arsenal, Vox reveals.
  • Wednesday's report is the latest in a string of articles suggesting that North Korea may actually be moving away from denuclearization.
  • Trump administration officials have already started publicly expressing frustration with Pyongyang's failure to act in accordance with US demands.

Nuclear negotiations with North Korea have reportedly not been going particularly well, as Pyongyang has repeatedly rejected US calls for the North to dump the majority of its nuclear arsenal.

The Trump administration has presented North Korea with a timeline for denuclearization that demands the country turn over 60-70 percent of its nuclear weapons stockpile to the US or a third party within the six to eight months, Vox reported Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the negotiations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reportedly struggled to get North Korea to disclose the size of its arsenal, specifically how many warheads it possesses. US intelligence agencies estimate that North Korea could have as many as 60 warheads, according to The Washington Post, but North Korea's status as one of the hardest intel targets in the world makes it difficult for anyone to be certain what North Korea has up its sleeves.

North Korea is said to have grown tired of Pompeo because he keeps repeating his demands despite constant rejection, refusing to take no for an answer, Vox revealed. After Pompeo's most recent visit to North Korea in July, the North Korean foreign ministry criticized the American demands, calling them "gangster-like" and "regrettable."

The Vox report is the latest in a string of reports suggesting that nuclear negotiations with North Korea are not yielding the results the Trump administration expects.

North Korea has in recent weeks been caught producing possible liquid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missiles at a facility in Sanum-dong, increasing nuclear fuel production at secret enrichment sites, making key infrastructure improvements at the Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center, and expanding a facility in Hamhung dedicated to the development of solid-fueled ballistic missiles.

A confidential United Nations report leaked last week revealed that North Korea "has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs."

Not even two months since the Singapore summit where President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for the first time, and this situation appears increasingly bleak and a far cry from "final, fully-verified denuclearization as agreed to by Chairman Kim," a phrase often repeated by members of the Trump administration, Pompeo in particular.

"Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize," the secretary recently told reporters, "The world demanded that they do so in the UN Security Council resolutions. To the extent they are behaving in a manner inconsistent with that, they are a) in violation of one or both the U.N. Security Council resolutions and b) we can see we still have a ways to go to achieve the ultimate outcome we're looking for."

Others in the administration are expressing their frustration as well. "The United States has lived up to the Singapore declaration," White House National Security Adviser John Bolton told Fox News Monday, "It’s just North Korea that has not taken the steps we feel are necessary to denuclearize."

While North Korea remains in possession of its nuclear weapons, the country has dismantled the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, put a moratorium on missile testing, released US hostages, and returned the suspected remains of US war dead. The North does not, however, appear to have started the denuclearization process, which many observers argue was not clearly defined in the landmark Singapore agreement that was noticeably lacking in substance.

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          Ex-Chile President Michele Bachelet named U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the organization announced Wednesday.
          Biya’s Secret Envoys Tell US, UN: Separatists Are Attacking Unarmed Civilians, Troops      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Bouddih Adams A delegation of members of Government sent abroad on an offensive to counter Ambazonia claims that have exposed and sullied the image of the Government of Cameroon, especially its military, has submitted its report, which The Post procured. The mission was charged with: meeting the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutteres, Permanent Representatives of member countries of the UN Security Council, Non-Permanent Members of the Security Council, the US Government and Legislators (Senators and Congressmen), Non Governmental Organisations among others. The mission was assigned to give Cameroon’s version of the situation in the country; brief them on the exact situation on the field; arrange for some diasporans to work with the Government, form pressure groups in Washington and New York, et cetera. It comprised Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, Minister in charge of Missions at the Presidency; Paul Ghogomu Mingo, Director of the Prime Minister’s Cabinet; Felix Mbayu, Minister Delegate to Ministry of External Relations (MINREX) in charge of the Commonwealth; Oumarou Chinmoun, Director of American and Caribbean Affairs at the MINREX; and Susan Eyema Elinge epse Ewusi, Research Officer at the Presidency. Resource Documents were: talking points on the special mission to the USA; briefing notes on the situation in the Northwest and Southwest Regions; Government’s response to the 2017 State Department’s report on the situation of Human Rights in Cameroon; comments on the written statement by Felix Agbor Nkongho to the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, by Prof. Victor Julius Ngoh; Government emergency humanitarian assistance plan in the Northwest and Southwest Regions 2018 – 2019; 2016 Report on the situation of Human Rights in Cameroon by the Ministry of Justice; compilation of the actions carried out by Government since the onset of the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest Regions; Compendium of US Government Reports, by Squire Patton Boggs Firm; Cameroon Government’s response to the Amnesty International report titled “Cameroon: credible evidence that army personnel responsible for shocking extrajudicial executions caught on video.” The mission, in its report, stated that, at each audience, it briefed its hosts on: the evolution of the socio-political situation of the country; the atrocities committed by the secessionists on the civilian populations, government officials, traditional rulers and security forces; the violence perpetrated on public edifices and infrastructure as well as on private property. It stated that it was helped in the organisation of audiences by the Cameroon Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tommo Monthe. The mission presented in the reports as remarks and recommendations: “Maintain a direct link between our Government and the UN by constant high-level missions; adopt and adapt an aggressive communication strategy, especially with the Anglo-Saxon press; get our Permanent Mission all documentation to distribute on a permanent basis.” Noting that: “We feel that the US Government is better informed now,” following the mission abroad, the delegation gave as recommendations: “Reinforce our relations with some influential members of the Congress; Promote productive cooperation with the USA [such information missions should be multiplied; Our partners of Squire Patton Boggs should be more proactive; The Ambassador should be more present at the US Congress; We should send to them up-to-date information.” They stated that at the end of the mission, following instructions from the Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic: “We invited Dr. Ekema, retired from the Pennsylvania State University, to start working on creating a coalition of Cameroonians of the Diaspora who are ready to engage in positive and productive relationships with the American authorities, especially on pertinent issues concerning Cameroon.”
          Militia Storms into LIA Tripoli Office, Forcing Location Change      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A significant portion of the Libyan Investment Authority’s (LIA) assets remain frozen under a United Nations Security Council resolution since the 2011 overthrow of Gaddafi. Tensions are rising as the LIA has been forced to bailout of its Tripoli headquarters at the downtown Tripoli Tower due to persistent militia coercion. [ Content protected for Sovereign […]
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea. The International Olympic Committee’s request was rejected by the U.N. Security Council Sanctions Committee. Bach says “this makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to […]
          Jordan says Palestinian refugees at risk with UN agency in crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jordan warned on Wednesday (8 August) that a severe financial shortfall facing a United Nations agency that helps Palestinian refugees could have a "catastrophic" impact on the lives of millions of refugees in the region.
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TOKYO (AP) - Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations' chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward world nuclear disarmament.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said fears of nuclear war ...

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IOC president Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea.
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Gaza militants have fired rockets into Israel and the Israeli military has responded with air strikes despite talk of progress towards a possible truce to avert a fourth war in a decade. A senior member of Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist group that controls Gaza, said talks mediated by the United Nations and Egypt on a […]
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IOC President Thomas Bach disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea
          Comment on “Palestinian” President Mahmoud Abbas Vows To Continue Funding Families Of “Martyrs” And Prisoners: Even If We Had One Single Penny Left by Michael Garfinkel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In 2017, the United States alone sent four-hundred million dollars to the Palestinian Authority. Although these figures are not current, they eliminate the need for any further "guessing." According to a 1993 report by the British National Criminal Intelligence Service, the PLO was "the richest of all terrorist organizations", with $8–$10 billion in assets and an annual income of $1.5-$2 billion from "donations, extortion, payoffs, illegal arms dealing, drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, etc." - The US has given $548,766,000 in direct aid to the PA, according to Palestinian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation figures. But the total sum, including the amount given through relief and development organizations, is $1.1B. In addition, following the 1998 Wye River Memorandum, the CIA has been training the Palestinian Authority Security Services.The budget for this is unknown, though in September 2002, an additional $20 million has been allocated for an ostensible reform of the Palestinian security services. - The EU has donated EUR 1B in loans and grants to the PA. Its donations to UNRWA since 1994 total at least EUR 407 million. In addition, EU member countries have donated at least $1,260,022,000, according to Palestinian Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation figures. All together, aid from Europe to the PA totals at least $2.52B. In addition to these amounts, the EU sends 2 – 5% of its donated sum for individual projects. The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA): UNRWA is slated to have total disbursements of $521.7 million for 2002, [18] of which $110 million was to come from the US . The US has provided 30% of the UNRWA budget in recent years.
          Ashrawi: US has no right to dissolve UNRWA, revoke rights of Palestinian Refugees      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ramallah / PNN/ Member of the PLO Executive Committee, Hanan Ashrawi, said that the United States does not have the legal and judicial authority to dissolve the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Furthermore, it does not have any mand ate to revoke the rights of Palestinian refugees or to amend …
          Present Perverse Priorities Will Undermine the UN Even Further!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You often hear people raising doubts about the  “the United Nations” and most people then think of the skyscraper in New York as “the UN”. But there is no “UN” independent of what the 193 member states decide to make of it. That was already pointed out by its first Secretary-General, Norwegian Trygve Lie, in the More
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TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world’s second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city’s mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said fears of nuclear war are still present 73 years after ...

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          Russia Condemns New "Draconian" Sanctions, Weighs Banning Rocket Engines To US      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A furious Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as "draconian" on Thursday and threatened to retaliate as news of the measures sent the ruble tumbling to two-year lows and sparked a wider asset sell-off over fears that Moscow was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.

“Such measures are absolutely unfriendly and can hardly be associated with the constructive - difficult but constructive - atmosphere at the last meeting of the two presidents,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on a conference call.

As reported yesterday, in the latest diplomatic attack launched by Trump, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions by the month’s end after determining that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Britain, something Moscow denies. The latest sanction announcement came just days after a bipartisan group of senators proposed a law mandating “crushing sanctions” - including on purchase of new sovereign debt and on big state banks - to punish Russia for election interference.

As NBC first reported, the new sanctions would come in two tranches:

  • The first, which targets U.S. exports of sensitive national-security related goods, comes with deep exemptions and many of the items it covers have already been banned by previous restrictions.
  • The second and more serious tranche, activated after 90 days if Moscow fails to provide “reliable assurances” it will no longer use chemical weapons and allow on-site inspections by the United Nations or other international observer groups, could include downgrading diplomatic relations, suspending the state airline Aeroflot’s ability to fly to the United States and cutting off nearly all exports and imports.

The added sanctions could include a downgrading in diplomatic relations, blanket bans on the import of Russian oil and exports of “all other goods and technology” aside from agricultural products, as well as limits on loans from U.S. banks. The U.S. also would have to suspend aviation agreements and oppose any multilateral development bank assistance.

Russia’s embassy in the United States responded to the diplomatic escalation, calling the new U.S. sanctions "draconian" and said the reason for the new restrictions, allegations it had poisoned the Skripals in Britain, was fabricated and far-fetched, and said Washington’s "findings" against it in the Skripal case were not backed by evidence.

“On August 8, 2018 our Deputy Chief of Mission was informed in the State Department of new ‘draconian’ sanctions against Russia for far-fetched accusations of using the ‘Novichok’ nerve agent against a UK citizen,” the embassy said in a statement.

“We have grown accustomed to not hearing any facts or evidence.”

Russia’s defiant response stopped short of specific measures pending more details on the U.S. plans, although officials said Russia may also respond by imposing restrictions on trade with the U.S. under a law passed earlier this year in response to an earlier wave of penalties. RIA Novosti reported the Russia may respond to new U.S. sanctions by banning supplies of RD-180 rocket engines. As a reminder, RD-180 engines, produced by Russia’s NPO Energomash, are used in Atlas V rockets of space contractor United Launch Alliance LLC, a partnership between Boeing Co. and Lockheed Martin Corp.

“The law allows the government to take retaliatory measures that are appropriate to the sanctions pressure,” said Dmitry Mezentsev, chairman of the economic policy committee in the upper house of parliament. “The Russian economy is big and stable enough that we aren’t scared by steps like this.”

Konstantin Kosachyov, chairman of the international affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, said imposition of the new limits would amount to "the behavior of a police state."

The news which came shortly after more details were revealed about an earlier set of proposed U.S. sanctions, sent Russian assets reeling and the ruble as low as 66.712 against the dollar, a fresh two-year low, and a 3-day drop of nearly 4%, and pushed stocks like Aeroflot and VTB, which could be targeted by some of the new restrictions, down as much as 6%.

The move also triggered a sell-off in Russian government bonds and the dollar-denominated RTS index fell to its lowest since April 11.

"It is clear that major sanctions actions are looming against Russia now either by the Administration, by Congress or both,” Tim Ash, a senior emerging-market strategist at Bluebay Asset Management LLC in London, said. “All bets are off."

Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a former colonel in the Russian army, said the State Department’s move looked like the latest salvo in what he called a hybrid war. “Sanctions are the U.S. weapon of choice,” Trenin wrote on Twitter. “They are not an instrument, but the policy itself. Russia will have to brace for more to come over next several years, prepare for the worst and push back where it can.”

There is still a possibility to avoid a full blown diplomatic war: the additional sanctions also could be averted if Trump declared that waiving them would be in the U.S. national interest, however that would be a politically risky move in light of criticism that he’s been too soft on Russia on issues including interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

"I don’t see a face-saving solution here,” said Vladimir Frolov, a foreign-policy analyst in Moscow and a former Russian diplomat.

Which, considering Trump's growing concerns about the upcoming conclusion of the Mueller probe of Russian collusion/interference, may be precisely the reason why the US president is so eager to appear as a stern enemy of Putin. And in the context of this escalating diplomatic feud, one wonders just what Trump really told Putin in that letter that Rand Paul delivered to the Russian president a few days ago.


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TOKYO (AP) " Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament.Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said fears of nuclear war are still present 73 years after the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings and that the attacks should never be repeated. He raised concerns about slowing efforts to [...]
          UN Programme Specialist Job Careers - United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          IOC disappointed UN won't grant North Korea sports exemption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea.The International Olympic Committee's request was rejected by the U.N. Security...
          UN calls for human rights abuses investigation in Cameroon conflict      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cameroon (MNN) -- Regional violence in Cameroon has stretched on for 18 months, and the United Nations is saying ‘enough’. UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein recently demanded the Cameroonian government launch an independent investigation on human rights abuses by State forces. English-speakers in western Cameroon are vying for autonomy, since they feel underrepresented by the government. But when separatists started protesting, French-speaking State forces lashed out with brutal force.

(Photo courtesy of Efi Tembon via Facebook)

Since then, people in Anglophone regions have suffered attacks, random shootings, and rape. Soldiers have burned down entire villages -- sometimes with family members still inside their homes. Efi Tembon, the Executive Director of the Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL), a partner of Wycliffe Associates, shares, “More than 2,000 people have been killed so far since this started, and more than 170 villages have been burned, and more than 200,000 people are displaced, and more than 100,000 people are refugees in Nigeria.” Along with condemnation from the UN, Tembon is hoping for United States involvement and enforced accountability for the Cameroonian government. “We started a campaign here with the US Congress. The US government has been supporting the Cameroon military, providing training, providing material support. This provision was for the fight against Boko Haram. It was well-intentioned, but you know with good intentions, sometimes they have unintended consequences. These are being used now to fight against the...people,” says Tembon.

(Photo courtesy of Efi Tembon via Facebook)

“We think the US has leverage, has some influence to be able to help…. We are calling on others to write to their senators, to write to their representatives to be aware of this situation so something can be done [and] mediation can take place so peace can return.” We previously shared how violence in western Cameroon is also causing problems for CABTAL’s Bible translators. The impact on their ministry is still growing. “In the area where these atrocities are going on, we have 38 language projects where we are doing translation or helping communities in the area of Scripture impact. All of them have been affected right now and more than 400 translation personnel in these communities are affected -- many of them [are] displaced, many [are] hiding in the bushes, and in some communities, translation has stopped.” Tembon says churches have also been caught in the crosshairs. “Some pastors have been killed and churches have been taken over by the military, [who is] using some churches as a military base.” In some villages, CABTAL lost touch with Bible translators who fled. They are still trying to make contact and help, especially because every day in the bush presents new risks. “There are more people dying in the bushes than [who] are even being killed by bullets because they have no access to medical care. They are sick with malaria,...children are dying of malnutrition, [and] they don’t have any food.” What’s worse “Some of them have nothing to go back to," Tembon says. "Their homes have been burned, family members killed, they are living in bushes without food, no clothing, no basic needs, [and] exposed to all kinds of danger.”
Cameroon violence, village burned

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Currently, Wycliffe Associates is raising funds to provide emergency protection for displaced Bible translators from western Cameroon and replace translation equipment. Even though the raging violence is a severe challenge, Wycliffe Associates, CABTAL, and their local volunteers are determined to get God's Word to those who need Christ's truth and hope -- especially now. If you would like to support this effort with Wycliffe Associates, click here! Tembon says Cameroonians and our Christian brothers and sisters urgently need your prayer support as well. “Some have turned to God, praying to God; others have turned to African Traditional Religion and [are] looking...to find a solution, to find help. [Pray] that this will cause people to turn to the Lord and cry out to Him. “Pray for the Church in Cameroon. God knows what is going on. All of this doesn’t take Him by surprise. [Pray] that we would be able to come back to the Lord and repent as a Church in that country.” “Also, pray that the root causes of this problem will be solved. These people need freedom…. They have been like second-class citizens for 57 years and it reached a breaking point where it just boiled out of control. [Pray] that that root problem will be solved so that we will not see a recurrence of violence.”
          Govt says Ogoni clean-up now to commence in October      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Govt says Ogoni clean-up now to commence in October
Mkpoikana Udoma  08 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Federal Government says the commencement of the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP’s, report on oil-impacted sites in Ogoniland will be in to October – two months from now.
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — IOC President Thomas Bach says he is disappointed the United Nations will not allow sports equipment to be sent to North Korea.The International Olympic Committee's request was rejected by the U.N. Security Council S
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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in Israel and the Palestinian territories (all times local):11:30 a.m.The United Nations' Mideast envoy is expressing his concern about the latest escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Is
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United Nations Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL) and Finnish edtech startup accelerator xEdu are set to accelerate the development and implementation of new learning solutions for emerging economies.

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          Moats: In Defense Of The United Nations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It was 1965 when the delegates of the United Nations gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the founding of the U.N. in that city 20 years before. I was a curious teenager, so together with my pal Pete, we snuck into the Opera House as anniversary preparations were under way — to get a glimpse of history.
          Ex-United Nations Man Turned Democrat: “We Have To Regulate Every Aspect Of People’s Lives”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are there any Democrats who don't support massive government overreach? But what does qualify Jason to run our lives? What are his great accomplishments in the private sector? Nothing.
          Michelle Bachelet Nominated as Human Rights Commissioner      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Secretary-General, following consultations with the Chairs of the regional groups of Member States, today informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Michelle Bachelet of Chile as the next United Nations High Commissioner for Human ...
          Jakarta Model United Nations Kembali Dibuka      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

 

Liputan6.com, Jakarta Country Manager United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) untuk Indonesia Collie Brown dan Sekjen Jakarta Model United Nations (Jakarta MUN) Naufal Musri membuka agenda tahunan Jakarta Model United Nations 2018 di Universitas Pertamina, Jakarta, Kamis (9/08/2018) . Jakarta Model United Nations (JMUN) merupakan kegiatan simulasi konferensi PBB berskala internasional yang diikuti oleh para delegasi dari berbagai negara.

Indonesian Student Association for International Studies (ISAFIS) sebagai penyelenggara Jakarta MUN 2018 berusaha menerapkan prosedurPBB paling akurat yang dikembangkan oleh United Nations Department for Public Information, yang dikenal dengan UN4MUN. “Pemuda memainkan peran penting dalam pembangunan untuk membuat perubahan dengan menerapkan Tujuan Pembangunan Berkelanjutan,”ujar Collie.

Bekerja sama dengan United Nations Information Centre Jakarta, JMUN 2018 berupaya meningkatkan kesadaran pemuda akan pentingnya kerja sama sebagai salah satu elemen penting dalam mewujudkan tujuan pembangunan berkelanjutan. Karena itu, tema besar "Advancing Sustainable Development through Diplomacy" diusung demi mendukung misi ini.

Kenneth Nicholas, Project Director ISAFIS for UN4MUN mengatakan pula “para delegasi diharapkan dengan dapat terinspirasi dari acara ini untuk sadar bahwa peran pemuda juga dibutuhkan dalam mengimplementasikan Sustainable Development Goals 2030”.

Rangkaian acara JMUN 2018 akan berlangsung selama empat hari sampai pada tanggal 12 Agustus 2018 yang bertepatan dengan International Youth Day. Seluruh delegasi diharapkan dapat merasakan pengalaman berdiplomasi dalam skala internasional dan mendapatkan pemahaman menyeluruh mengenai proses konferensi Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB).


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African Americans’ Enduring Opposition to Nuclear Weapons
Interview with Vincent Intondi

Professor Vincent Intondi
Vincent Intondi is an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for Race, Justice, and Community Engagement at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland. He is also director of research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC. Intondi’s research focuses on the intersection of race and nuclear weapons. He is the author of the 2015 book African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement (Stanford University Press).

How did you become interested in the civil rights dimension of anti-nuclear activism, and what inspired you to write your book?

Vincent Intondi:  For most of my life as an academic and an activist, my work revolved around civil rights and the black freedom movement. Nuclear weapons weren’t on my radar; they seemed like an abstract issue.

But in 2005, I made my first trip to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I met with atomic bomb survivors. I went to museums and ceremonies. And I was filled with such anger and guilt over what my country had done that when I returned, I realized I needed to find a way to combine these two passions of mine, eliminating racism and eliminating nuclear weapons. I asked my advisor how I could do this, and he suggested trying to answer the question: How did African Americans feel about dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

Many colleagues warned me that I wasn’t going to find much of a response because African Americans were—understandably—too busy at the time trying to gain their own freedom and equality. But they were wrong; there was a large response. That’s what led to the book.

What did your research turn up?

Vincent Intondi:  Obviously black communities are not monolithic, so not everyone was thinking the same thing. But what I found is that, in many cases, African Americans were looking at the issue of nuclear weapons differently from most white people, through a lens of race and colonialism. After the bombs were first dropped in August 1945, a majority of the American public rejoiced. A Gallup poll conducted the week after showed that 85 percent of the American public agreed with President Truman’s choice. That wasn’t the case in the black community.

Immediately after the bombing, the first to come out against Truman’s decision were atomic scientists, church leaders—and leaders in the black community. Langston Hughes was one of the first to question President Truman’s racism, and what role it might have played. Paul Robeson was asking questions about where we got the uranium to build these weapons; the answer was Belgian-controlled Congo. Bayard Rustin also made a link to European colonialism in Africa, pointing out that the development of these weapons led to the French wanting to conduct their first nuclear test in the Sahara. They were looking at it in a way that many whites simply weren’t.

I also wanted to know what the rank and file thought, so I went through black newspapers from the era, read letters to the editor, and researched sermons given in black churches. I saw a pattern of African Americans thinking and talking about race as it related to the bomb. The most far-reaching criticism initially came from the black popular front.

What came of that early criticism and condemnation? Did it inform a broader movement during the Cold War?

Vincent Intondi:  Well, in later years, it wasn’t easy to be critical. After the Truman Doctrine in 1947, the worst thing you could be labeled was “Black and Red.” Groups like the NAACP made a calculated decision on this issue to turn right, embrace anti-Communism, and align with Truman, in hopes of gaining civil rights.

However, leaders like W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, and others didn’t see peace as a bargaining chip. They saw the start of the Korean War. They saw an arms race with the Russians. They decided to fight against the potential use of nuclear weapons against another people of color in Korea. They were connecting what was happening in the civil rights movement with other liberation movements around the world.

What do you most want readers to take away from reading African Americans Against the Bomb?

Vincent Intondi:  That racism and nuclear weapons are not separate issues. For so long, we’ve looked at nuclear disarmament as a white middle-class pacifist issue. And while there are many white pacifist middle-class anti-nuclear activists, African Americans were active in the movement, and saw the liberation of nonwhite people around the world as inextricably linked to their own struggle. We hear a lot about intersectionality today, and how movements are connected. My book demonstrates this intersectionality.

How can today’s young activists best connect with these issues?

Vincent Intondi:  I think the best strategy is tying activism about nuclear weapons to other issues. One strategy is to link to the economic conversion argument. For example, how can we talk about broken-down infrastructure in Baltimore and Anacostia, and not talk about how we’re spending a trillion dollars on nuclear weapons? If we can show how that money could be better spent, that can be a key to getting these movements back to where they were in the 1980s. The movement then was relatively inclusive, and one tactic that was effective during that decade was a focus on economics.

It also helps to have a concrete cause, and that cause today could be the United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons. A legal framework at the UN to ban nukes in 120 countries is something that people can get behind.

Finally, nuclear activists always ask me what they can do to connect with Black Lives Matter and other civil rights activists. My response to them is, first, just show up for those movements. People will eventually see that you’re there. Don’t go to talk at them but to be an ally. Solidarity will be built and it will be reciprocated.

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The summit between the leaders of the United States and Russia in Finland's Helsinki last month has started to pay off in Syria on several levels, as a consensus between major players is deemed necessary to end the Syrian war, analysts said.

   At the summit which took place on July 16, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed on the need to resolve the situation in southern Syria.

   Putin stressed the need to return the situation in southern Syrian near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to the way it was ahead of the war that has lasted for more than seven years in Syria.

   Putin highlighted the need to defeat terrorists in southwestern Syria while keeping the forces of Syria and Israel separated.

   He referred specifically to the agreement signed in 1974, which officially ended the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and designated the lines of separation between Israel and Syria.

   On July 19, just a day after the summit, the state media outlets in Syria said the rebels in Quneitra province in southern Syria near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights accepted to evacuate and surrender their heavy weapons to the Syrian army.

   Those who want to reconcile with the government remained in their areas to embark on a reconciliation process.

   The evacuation process is ongoing and the Syrian army has restored large swathes of territories in Quneitra, including the crossing with the Golan Heights.

   On Aug. 2, a war monitor group said the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) returned to its positions on the line of separation between Syria and the Israeli-occupied territories in the Golan Heights after leaving it in 2014.

   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian military police and the Syrian forces have been deployed in Quneitra and in the disengagement zone after the entire province of Quneitra returned under the government's control.

   The UNDOF halted its operations in southern Syria in 2014 after the ultra-radical groups abducted UN peacekeepers in that area.

   The UNDOF forces were first deployed between Syria and the Golan Heights in 1974 to separate Syrian and Israeli forces after Israel occupied the Golan Heights during the 1967 war.

   In Syria, analysts have always highlighted the need for a consensus between superpowers to help bring an end to the long-standing conflict in the war-torn country.

   Additionally, the progress of the Syrian army since starting the "battle of the south" on June 19 has also been conducive in pushing the United States and Israel to accept the fact that the Syrian army is gaining the upper hand and that they need to act accordingly.

   Osama Danura, a Syrian political expert, told Xinhua that regarding the Syrian crisis, Putin came to the summit from a stance of power after victories of the Syrian army, adding that those victories have been crowned with Russian diplomatic success in containing the regional and international players in the Syrian war.

   The analyst said the Russian-U.S. summit marked a new stage of the understanding between both powers regarding the Syrian crisis in terms of finding a political solution now that the Syrian government is more stable and in control.

   The positive development has stopped on the situation in southern Syria, but also in northeastern Syria.

   Days after the summit, a delegation of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) was invited to the Syrian capital Damascus for talks about the situation in predominantly-Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria.

   Later on, the SDC, the political wing of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), declared that an agreement has been reached with Damascus "to draw a roadmap that would lead to a democratic, decentralized Syria."

   The meeting marked the recent will of Kurdish-led groups, who control roughly one quarter of Syria, to open channels with the administration of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reach a political formula for the situation in northern Syria and possibly to preserve their autonomy amid reports that the SDF could hand over some of its positions to the Syrian army.

   Ilham Ahmed, executive head of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), said in a recent interview that further discussions will be held with the government, noting that first round of talks touched upon generalities.

   Mahmoud Meri, another expert, told Xinhua that there seems to be an understanding between Moscow and Washington that the Assad administration should regain control over all of Syria.

   He said the example in southern Syria is one of the signs, noting that rebel-held areas in northern Syria will follow their lead.

   Maher Ihsan, a Syrian journalist and a political expert, said the Russians have succeeded since entering the actual course of the Syrian crisis in 2015 to prove themselves as reliable negotiators and guarantors.

   All of the deals that have been reached with the rebels were spearheaded by the Russians, and their presence in Syria is achieving a sort of balance and a bridge between the Syrian government and the powers that were antagonists to the Assad government, he said.

   "The Russian-backed Syrian army has succeeded in restoring large swathes of territories across the country and that has shattered any foreign betting on the rebel groups, which have been falling one by one," Ihsan said.

   "When the West sensed that the rebels they were backing have largely failed, they come to realize the need to secure interests through negotiating with Russia, but this time Russia is negotiating from a stronger stance due to the victories on the ground," he added.

   This is why the recent Trump-Putin summit was positive in terms of the actual results on the ground and in light of the U.S. desire to withdraw forces from Syria while maintaining its interests in the Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria, which explains the Kurdish growing desire to talk and agree with Damascus, he noted.

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This country has dropped five spots on the 2018 Global Innovation Index Rankings (GII) and now ranks at 96 out of 126 countries.

Last year, T&T ranked 91 on the GII which is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a specialised agency of the United Nations. In the current ratings, out of 100 this country scored 26.75, down from a score of 29.7 last year.

The fact that the efficient ratio came down from .60 to .43, means T&T is underperforming given its level of development, said Dr Balraj Kistow, lecturer and programme director at the Arthur Lol Jack Global School of Business, when he announced the rankings yesterday.

He said at a global level Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom ranked as the top four countries. Switzerland has held the top spot since 2014. The top 15 countries are mostly high income countries mainly from Europe. Latin America and the Caribbean scored an average of 30 out of 100, ranking just above Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the report, this country showed difficulty in converting high income into outputs.

“Among high-income countries, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, and also Hungary stand out for producing many outputs for their given level of inputs. Singapore, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong (China), Canada, New Zealand, and Norway, as well as many resource-rich economies such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Trinidad and Tobago stand out as high-income economies that—assuming that both inputs and outputs are properly measured—tend to perform worse,” the report said.

T&T was also one of the countries with the most missing values in the study, meaning there is need for proper data collection.

“Despite requiring minimum levels of coverage, for several economies the number of missing data points remains very high,” the study said.

Kistow said this is not the first time international bodies were unable to properly source data from T&T.

However, this country is still ranked as one of the three high-income economies in the Caribbean and Latin American region—the others are Chile and Uruguay. T&T also showed strengths in terms of innovation linkages and ease of getting credit.

Weaknesses were noted in the areas of research and development, growth of personal purchasing parity/GDP per worker, ecological sustainability and general infrastructure.

“Innovation is now widely recognised as a central driver of economic growth and development. The Global Innovation Index (GII) aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation by providing a rich database of detailed metrics for 126 economies, which represent 90.8 per cent of the world’s population and 96.3 per cent of global GDP.

“Today a wide range of high-, medium-, and low-income countries are using the GII as a tool for action to improve innovation performance—often at the prime ministerial and ministerial level, and often with specific cross-ministerial task forces comprising a large variety of relevant innovation stakeholders,” the report said.

The 2018 report is the 11th edition of the GII and is dedicated to the theme of energy innovation. It analyses the energy innovation landscape of the next decade and identifies possible breakthroughs in fields such as energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption.

Former Finance Minister and CEO of Eastern Credit Union Conrad Enill, commenting on the rankings, said corporate innovation is also important, especially when faced with disruption.


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The Ministry of Health will embark on a $6.8 million training programme for managers of its five Regional Health Authority (RHAs) this month.

The training is targeted to help managers and their teams improve on the delivery of services and efficiency in the public healthcare sector.

The announcement was made by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh at a press conference yesterday.

Deyalsingh said the training programme was prompted after he had to intervene to a resolve an issue at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital last year, where kitchen staff protested over the lack of proper equipment.

“That is not my job. And what I identified was weak executive management,” he said.

Noting it was the job of the hospital’s facility’s manager to attend to such a problem, Deyalsingh said this showed up the fact that T&T lacked professionals with qualifications and training as well as “with exposure to hospital management.”

Too often, Deyalsingh said he gets calls from the public about non-functioning equipment when there were managers at each RHA to deal with such issues.

To address this shortcoming, he said they have engaged the United Nations Development Programme to undertake a US$1 million (TT $6.8 million) training programme to strengthen its RHA management capacity.

“That is what has been lacking in our healthcare system, managing capacity to manage workflow,” he said.

Those who will be targeted for training are the RHA management teams and hospital managers, he said. The training programme will be launched in Tobago in two weeks’ time, he added.

Deyalsingh said his ministry was also aiming for an “uptime of about 98 per cent” for its medical equipment.

“I have mandated each RHA to engage in preventative maintenance contracts with suppliers,” Deyalsingh said in the presence of four of the five RHA CEOs who attended the press conference.


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Pope Francis, the Holy See of the church to which I’ve belonged my entire life and that I continue to regularly attend, has spent relatively little time during his tenure devoting much energy to underscoring the Church’s traditional, however Politically Incorrect, positions on such hotbed issues as abortion, same-sex marriage, and, say, Jesus’s unique standing in God’s economy of salvation. 

And even though it is the baptismal promise of every Roman Catholic to renounce Satan and all of his works, to unequivocally repudiate evil wherever it rears its hideous head, Francis scarcely speaks to the abominations of the world.  

He can, however, be counted upon to renounce capitalism, climate change, and the members of Western lands who lack enthusiasm for welcoming into their home countries untold numbers of Third World aliens who are not only demanding citizenship and material support, but who have created a number of other social problems (like criminality).  The Pope repeatedly informs us that this skepticism reflects a deficiency of Christian charity.

Francis has shed many tears and engaged in much handwringing over the legions of Muslims that have flooded Europe in recent years demanding support while claiming to be refugees.  However, for the millions of his fellow Christians who have been made to endure unimaginable suffering (not infrequently administered to them by Muslims) Francis has said relatively little. 

He has said nothing, for example, about the fact that Iran is ramping up its persecution of its Christian citizens. 

Nor has Pope Francis commented on the fact that in Burma as many as 1.6 million Christians are being targeted by what Open Doors refers to as “a genocidal war.”  The Kachin State, in Burma’s northern region, consists of Christians who once traded their natural resources in amber and jade for cash, food, and textiles. 

Today, they trade for guns.  

According to Open Doors:

“Representatives of the Kachin Independence Army told Sky News earlier this year that the Tamadaw, the Myanmar [Burmese] military, has been targeting the Kachin for years. And while the conflict is as complicated as it is violent, some believe that the government is trying to wipe them out because roughly 95 percent are Christian.

The Burmese soldiers “[have] burned more than 400 villages and 300 churches in Kachin, displacing an estimated 130,000 people over the past seven years.”  Moreover, since April, just a few months ago, “more than 7,000 people have fled their homes [.]”

To its eternal credit, The Guardian, of all outlets, has done its bit to call attention to what it characterizes as “Myanmar’s invisible war on the Kachin Christian minority.”  “Many” of the over 130,000 Christians to have been displaced over the years “are stranded in the jungle or trapped in conflict zones.” To compound this tragedy, “aid agencies say they are being blocked from providing food and other vitals supplies to civilians trapped in the forest”—which amounts to a violation of international law. 

The Guardian quotes both Stella Naw, a political analyst and writer, and San Htoi, joint secretary of Kachin Women’s Association Thailand. Naw states that although this is “a war where civilians are being systematically targeted by members of Burma army,” “the international community chooses to overlook it.” 

Htoi concurs. “It’s an invisible war,” she insists. To prove her point, Htoi alludes to the United Nations’ Security Council’s recent visit to Burma, a visit during which they didn’t come close to Kachin. “They left the country without knowing” a thing about the latter. 

In Mali, a predominantly Islamic country that, owing to its secularism, had been relatively tolerant of the Christian minority in its midst, a militant Islamic group has gained control of some regions. Consequently, life has not been kind to Christians.

The story of “Naomi” is not atypical.  Naomi hails from an Islamic family. Upon the death of her father which occurred when Naomi was eight, she and her siblings went to live with her uncle. He sent the girls to an international Christian school, the institution to which Muslim parents would send their children if they wanted for them to be able to land lucrative occupations. Naomi explains that, given her hatred of all things Christian at the time, there was never any concern on the part of anyone that she would ever convert to Christianity. 

But, when she was twelve, the unthinkable occurred and Naomi became a Christian. 

Her family disowned her, evicting her from her home. 

A missionary family, temporarily living in Mali, took in Naomi and, according to her, treated her like one of their own. “They loved me like their own daughter,” Naomi recalls. “From them, I learned more about Christ and grew in my faith.”

Yet when her adopted family returned to their home country, Naomi returned to her family, whose members would regularly and “cruelly” harass her for her faith.  They would spit at her and curse the blood that they shared with her. 

At 16, Naomi met a man from Belgium and married him. Together they had two children, Ibrahim and Youssouf. They remained, however, in Mali, where their Muslim neighbors would call Naomi a “kafir” (infidel) whenever she would walk through town or shop in the market place. 

Matters, though, would get worse.

Naomi’s family, “more than once,” sent jihadists to her home to intimidate and harm her and her own family.  When her husband was away on a business trip, he was murdered, gunned down in cold blood.  “He was killed for his faith, and for marrying an ex-Muslim,” Naomi says. To this day, she remains oblivious to the location of her remains. 

When the jihadists subsequently invaded her home, they abducted her one son, a young teenager, Youssouf, as she and the boy’s brother watched in horror. “Ibrahim, my second son, was terrified,” Naomi remembers. “He held on to me and kept whispering, ‘Jesus help us, Jesus help us.’”

As soon as the men left with her son, Naomi began praying. “I was on my knees all the time, pleading for the Lord to protect my son.” 

Thankfully, within two days, Youssouf returned home.  He was “whipped severely,” but because he pretended to be deaf and mute, his captors released him.  

Youssouf and his brother Ibrahim are both traumatized from this event. Open Doors managed to secure for Naomi and her sons a place to live, something for which she is thankful. Nevertheless, though life is better than what it had been, she remains the target of relentless pressure from her Islamic neighbors who “laugh at me when I sing and pray.” 

Pope Francis, who can’t resist issuing public denunciations of free enterprise, “climate change,” and “xenophobia” (when the latter is allegedly being committed by Western peoples toward Islamic and other immigrants), will say nothing about the Naomis of the world. 

In both of these respects, he proves himself to be a member in good standing of the international community of elites.   


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(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately stop harassing and threatening the families of activists and journalists as a means to silence dissent and criticism, three rights organizations said today.
 

On July 27, IRIB, the state broadcaster in Iran known for broadcasting coerced statements, airs the interview with the sister of activist Masih Alinejad on its 20:30 program, in which she denounces her sister.

 
On July 27, Iranian state TV’s “20:30” program featured an interview with Mina Alinejad, the sister of Iranian activist Masih Alinejad, in which she publicly denounced her sister for her advocacy against Iran’s compulsory hijab laws. During the interview, Mina Alinejad said she was appearing on TV of her own free will, but Masih has said in an Instagram post and a New York Times op-ed on July 31 that Iranian authorities have pressured her family to denounce her on state television.

“The longstanding use of Iran’s state media to force activists’ families to appear unwillingly to denounce their relatives shows the level the authorities will stoop to silence state critics,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

Masih Alinejad founded the campaign “My Stealthy Freedom” in 2014, which advocates against women being forced to wear the compulsory hijab in public in Iran. 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. It is also a form of gender-based discrimination prohibited under international law.

There are serious concerns that this broadcast is just the latest example of authorities using one of their well-established tactics to pressure and threaten family members of Alinejad, who is based outside Iran.

In March 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) filed a complaint at the United Nations Human Rights Council against Iranian authorities for their campaign of harassment against BBC Persian staff. The harassment included the arrest and intimidation of employees’ family members based in Iran.

The BBC Persian service is based in London and does not have an office in Iran. A BBC public statement detailed examples of harassment that family members of staff have received in Iran; in one instance, the press statement said, “a senior producer’s elderly mother was called in for questioning in Tehran by one of the many intelligence agencies. She was told that her son could have a car accident in London if he continued working for the BBC.”

“A government that preys on the bonds of family in order to lash out at its critics is a government that has no respect for the rights of its citizens – or common decency,” said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran.

Iran’s government-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has a long history of parading Iran’s critics and their family members on national TV, where they are forced to make so-called “confessions” or public statements meant to discredit them and their causes. Human rights groups have documented several instances in which dissidents, activists, and journalists were featured in pseudo-documentary videos intended to “prove” their “guilt,” though they apparently did not appear willingly.

On February 13, a few days after the suspicious “suicide” in detention of prominent environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami, IRIB’s 20:30 program claimed that he was a spy – an allegation for which his family has since filed a defamation lawsuit against IRIB. The program featured a video-recorded statement by Kavous’s brother saying that he had seen the body and believed that he had committed suicide. The family has said authorities coerced the brother into recording the video when they raided his house a few days earlier.

On July 9, Iranian state television broadcasted apologies by several women, including Maedeh Hojabri, a teenager briefly detained in May for posting videos of themselves dancing on their personal Instagram accounts.

In December 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) rejected a complaint by two IRIB officials against the European Union’s decision to include them on its human rights sanctions list. The ECJ placed them on the list in 2013, after Press TV, an English and French channel affiliated with IRIB, broadcasted a series of forced confessions by detainees who had been tortured.

The Court ruled that under their leadership, IRIB and Press TV had both repeatedly and closely collaborated with the Iranian security apparatus and Revolutionary Court prosecutors to coerce confessions from prisoners of conscience and then broadcasted them under the pretext of interviews conducted with the approval of the prisoners.

“As the European Court of Justice emphasizes in its ruling against the IRIB chiefs, collaboration with the security apparatus in producing pseudo-documentary videos, and broadcasting coercive confessions are serious human rights violations,” said Shadi Sadr, executive director of Justice for Iran.

Signatories:

Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director
Center for Human Rights in Iran

Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East Director
Human Rights Watch

Shadi Sadr, Executive Director
Justice for Iran

 


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New York, (APP): The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator has called on Israeli authorities to allow UN-purchased emergency fuel back across the border of Gaza in order to avert hospital closures and raw sewage overflowing onto the streets of the Palestinian enclave. “Restricting the entry of emergency fuel to Gaza is a dangerous practice, with grave […]
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unhcr-no-photoUNITED NATIONS, (APP):The Head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, has urged government representatives and business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support for over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence and discrimination in Myanmar’s Rakhine State over the past year. “I urge you to consider […]
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The Chinese government has wholeheartedly embraced surveillance technology to exercise control over its citizenry in ways both big and small. It’s facial-scanning passers-by to arrest criminals at train stations, gas pumps, and sports stadiums and broadcasting the names of individual jaywalkers. Government-maintained social credit scores affect Chinese citizens’ rights and privileges if they associate with dissidents. In Tibet and Xinjiang, the government is using facial recognition and big data to surveil the physical movements of ethnic minorities, individually and collectively, to predict and police demonstrations before they even start. China is even using facial recognition to prevent the overuse of toilet paper in some public bathrooms.

We may soon see dictators in other countries use these sorts of tools, too. If American cities and states are laboratories of democracy, China’s remote provinces have become laboratories of authoritarianism. China is now exporting internationally a suite of surveillance, facial recognition, and data tools that together equip governments to repress citizens on a scale and with a ruthless algorithmic effectiveness that previous generations of strongmen could only dream of. Call it algorithmic authoritarianism. Where yesterday’s strongmen were constrained by individual informants and case-by-case sleuthing, tomorrow’s authoritarians will, like China, be able to remotely identify thousands of specific individuals in public via cameras, constantly track them, and use unprecedented artificial intelligence and computing to crunch surveillance information and feed it back into the field in real time. This technology is still being imperfectly and inconsistently applied, but China is working to close the gaps. And even the perception of surveillance where it doesn’t exist has been shown to shape behavior.

The limits of China’s willingness to use these tools at home or export them to others are unknown. Worse still, China’s digital authoritarianism could emerge as an exportable model, appealing to leaders on the fence about democratic norms, that could undercut or even rival liberal democracy.

Part of what makes technologically enabled authoritarianism so complex is that the tools also have immense promise to serve customers and citizens well. They’re double-edged swords. Consider the surreal case of the California-based suspected serial killer apprehended after his relative voluntarily submitted DNA to an online ancestry database that matched material at the crime scene—or the accused Maryland newsroom shooter quickly identified by facial recognition. Or the lower-caste Indians who can now receive government benefits thanks to India’s national ID Aadhaar program, which relies on a database that has collected the iris scans and fingerprints of more than 1 billion Indians in a country where hundreds of millions previously lacked state identity cards. Or the Londoners kept safe by massive numbers of CCTV cameras. Or the predictive policing pilot launched in New Orleans with the pro-bono help of Palantir. Even in democracies with meaningful legal checks on state power, leveraging A.I. for policing often suffers from a lack of transparency, citizen input, and a serious risk of biased enforcement and overreach.

China and a few small, advanced, authoritarian states such as Singapore (which is soliciting Chinese bids to install 110,000 advanced facial recognition sensors on the small city-state’s lampposts) and the United Arab Emirates are at the forefront of the application of these technologies. But as China embarks on a trillion-dollar global infrastructure construction binge known as the Belt and Road Initiative, it is already exporting its own tech-enabled authoritarian toolkit to gain profit or goodwill with local authorities, or simply to extend the reach of its own surveillance.

What happens when these technologies migrate to bigger, more fractious societies? This won’t happen overnight—and the financial and logistical obstacles to broad implementation are significant. But there is every reason to think that in a decade or two, if not sooner, authoritarians and would-be strongmen in places like Turkey, Hungary, Egypt, or Rwanda will seek these tools and use them to thwart civil society and crush dissent in ways that weaken democracy globally.

Already there are reports that Zimbabwe, for example, is turning to Chinese firms to implement nationwide facial-recognition and surveillance programs, wrapped into China’s infrastructure investments and a larger set of security agreements as well, including for policing online communication. The acquisition of black African faces will help China’s tech sector improve its overall data set.

Malaysia, too, announced new partnerships this spring with China to equip police with wearable facial-recognition cameras. There are quiet reports of Arab Gulf countries turning to China not just for the drone technologies America has denied but also for the authoritarian suite of surveillance, recognition, and data tools perfected in China’s provinces. In a recent article on Egypt’s military-led efforts to build a new capital city beyond Cairo’s chaos and revolutionary squares, a retired general acting as project spokesman declared, “a smart city means a safe city, with cameras and sensors everywhere. There will be a command center to control the entire city.” Who is financing construction? China.

While many governments are making attempts to secure this information, there have been several alarming stories of data leaks. Moreover, these national identifiers create an unprecedented opportunity for state surveillance at scale. What about collecting biometric information in nondemocratic regimes? In 2016, the personal details of nearly 50 million people in Turkey were leaked.

Now is the time for those invested in individual freedom—in government, in civil society, and in the tech sector—to be thinking about the challenges ahead.

This starts with basic transparency and awareness at home, in international fora, and ultimately inside nations deciding how and whether to adopt the tools of algorithmic authoritarianism. Diplomats, CEOs, activists, and others will need to use their various bully pulpits to reach members of the public. Oversight bodies like the U.S. Congress and European Parliament should convene hearings to hold tech companies and government agencies accountable for their role in exporting elements of the authoritarian toolkit in search of profits or market share. Forging reasonable, balanced approaches to these new technologies at home will be a crucial aspect of pushing other states to do the same. As a recent blog post from Microsoft’s President Brad Smith essentially calling for intensive study and regulation of this space makes clear, now is the time to bridge the tech-policy divide to find feasible, ethical solutions.

Reaching beyond established democracies to set international norms and standards will be difficult, but it is essential to try. An international body, be it the European Union or United Nations, will need to put forward a set of best practices for protecting individual rights in an era of facial recognition. Companies and countries alike can group together to commit to protecting citizens by placing limits on facial recognition, offering the right in some instances to opt out of sharing biologically identifiable information, as Indians fought for and won, or protecting identifying data on the back end.

China and other determined authoritarian states may prove undeterrable in their zeal to adopt repressive technologies. A more realistic goal, as Georgetown University scholar Nicholas Wright has argued, is to sway countries on the fence by pointing out the reputational costs of repression and supporting those who are advocating for civil liberties in this domain within their own countries. Democracy promoters (which we hope will one day again include the White House) will also want to recognize the coming changes to the authoritarian public sphere. They can start now in helping vulnerable populations and civil society to gain greater technological literacy to advocate for their rights in new domains. It is not too early for governments and civil society groups alike to study what technological and tactical countermeasures exist to circumvent and disrupt new authoritarian tools.

Everyone will have to approach these developments with the humbling recognition that Silicon Valley is not the only game in town. Regardless of what happens stateside or in Europe, China will have formidable and growing indigenous capabilities to export to the rest of the world.

Seven years ago, techno-optimists expressed hope that a wave of new digital tools for social networking and self-expression could help young people in the Middle East and elsewhere to find their voices. Today, a new wave of Chinese-led technological advances threatens to blossom into what we consider an “Arab spring in reverse”—in which the next digital wave shifts the pendulum back, enabling state domination and repression at a staggering scale and algorithmic effectiveness.

Americans are absolutely right to be urgently focused on countering Russian weaponized hacking and leaking as its primary beneficiary sits in the Oval Office. But we also need to be more proactive in countering the tools of algorithmic authoritarianism that will shape the worldwide future of individual freedom.


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TOKYO — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world’s second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city’s mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the first United Nations chief to visit Nagasaki, said fears of nuclear war are still present 73 years after the […]
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LIMA. – From June 26 to 28, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Institute for Civil Defence (INDECI) will hold a workshop on the "Coordination and Simulation of Humanitarian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles". It will consist of presentations, discussions, group exercises, and simulations regarding possible modalities of coordination and collaboration.
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The United Nations’ Middle East envoy has expressed his concern about the latest escalation of hostilities in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas. Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special envoy who is involved in Egyptian efforts to broker a truce, said he was “deeply alarmed” by “multiple rockets fired toward communities in southern Israel” the day before. Mr Mladenov’s statement came amid the latest surge in violence this week, in which Hamas fired over 150 rockets at Israel. In turn, Israel carried out over 140 air strikes in the Gaza Strip. Mr Mladenov said that for months, he has warned the “humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants”. He added that “if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people”.

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          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: Encore: Creating a Global Culture of Real Life Jedi Guardians      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
GuestIn this session with Kelly Neff, special guest Adam Apollo discusses new progress toward a Unified Field Theory, the truth about the lost philosophy of the Aether, and the emergent global community of Guardians dedicated to bringing local sovereignty and peace to planet Earth. Adam Apollo has been a featured speaker at the White House, United Nations, and has been invited to present for decades of conferences and events around the world. He currently has over 5000 students in his work as a f ...
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(Washington, DC) - The United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has found the Turkmen government responsible for the torture and death of a human rights activist, the Prove They are Alive Campaign! said today. The activist, Olgusapar Muradova, died in state custody in 2006, after her arrest and trial on politically motivated charges. Human Rights Watch is a member of the campaign.

Olgusapar Muradova in the mid-1990s 

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“Finally, there’s an authoritative acknowledgment of the Turkmen government’s responsibility for the monstrous torture and death of Olgusapar Muradova,” said Rachel Denber, deputy Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch, of the Prove they Are Alive! campaign. “Now the government should identify all those responsible for her death, hold them to account to her family. It’s been 12 years, but it’s never too late for justice.”

The government should also immediately end the forced disappearances of dozens of other people being held in Turkmen prisons, the campaign said.

Muradova was an activist with the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, an independent human rights group that works on Turkmenistan from exile in Bulgaria, and a regular contributor to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. In June 2006, police in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, arrested Muradova and two other activists, her brother, Saparmurad Khajiev, and Annakurban Amanklychev, and also her three adult children.

Just before the activists’ arrest, two of them had been assisting with a documentary about human rights and related issues in Turkmenistan.

Muradova’s children were released a few weeks later. In August 2006, following a rushed, closed trial, a court convicted Muradova, Amanklychev, and Khajiev on bogus charges related to alleged possession of bullets, and sentenced Muradova to six years in prison, and Amanklychev and Khajiev to seven years.

The circumstances of the activists’ arrest left no doubt they were targeted in retaliation for their human rights work, the campaign said. For example, then-President Saparmurat Niyazov, in a televised speech, condemned Muradova for assisting foreign journalists in “gathering slanderous information to show discontent among the population,” and other statements in the state media called her and the other activists “traitors.”

Muradova was held incommunicado the entire time she was in custody. On September 13, 2006, just weeks after her closed trial, her family was informed that she had died. Morgue staff allowed her family to see her body only after diplomatic intervention. A family member who viewed the body said he saw a deep cut in on her forehead, a dark mark around her neck which could be consistent with strangulation, open wounds on her hands, and severe bruising on her legs.

According to unconfirmed information received in December 2006 from a law enforcement official, Muradova died from torture during an interrogation by National Security Ministry officers. Another source later said a “suicide” was staged to conceal the real circumstances of her death.

The government claimed Muradova died of natural causes and did not investigate her death. In its response to the HRC in December 2016, the government said Muradova had been kept in Ovadan-Depe (prison AH-T/2) and claimed that on September 13, 2006, she “committed suicide” by hanging herself.

The HRC, responding to a complaint filed by Muradova’s brother, Annadurdy Khajiev, found the Turkmen government responsible for violating Muradova’s right to life, in an opinion issued in April 2018. The committee made the decision public in August.

The committee found that Turkmen authorities arrested Muradova for her journalism and human rights work, and that they did not conduct a prompt investigation into allegations of torture and her death in custody. It also found that the government’s failure to provide any information about her death caused mental stress to Khajiev that amounted to inhuman treatment.

The committee said the Turkmen government should conduct an impartial investigation into the circumstances of Muradova’s death; provide the family with a full account of its investigations, including the autopsy report, copies of trial transcripts, and the court verdict; and provide a remedy to Muradova’s family, including compensation and rehabilitation of her name.

Muradova was included in the Prove They Are Alive! campaign’s List of the Disappeared in Turkmenistan’s Prisons. The campaign said that like Muradova, dozens and most likely hundreds of other people have been subjected to lengthy periods of incommunicado detention, following rushed, closed, and unfair trials. Their families have been deprived of any information about their loved ones, in many cases for as long as 16 years. A list compiled by the Prove They Are Alive! campaign includes 112 confirmed cases of enforced disappearances in Turkmenistan. Dozens of their family members live in a constant state of distress tantamount to torture, not knowing their loved ones’ whereabouts, or whether they are dead or alive.

The Turkmen government should promptly reply to the HRC and take immediate steps to remedy the violations of Muradova’s and her family’s rights, the Prove They Are Alive! campaign and Human Rights Watch said. It should immediately end the practice of incommunicado detention and make a concerted effort to provide information to family members and relevant international bodies about the fate and whereabouts of people in custody.

“Ending enforced disappearances is an important step toward ensuring that no one suffers the same fate as Olgusapar Muradova,” said Vitali Ponomarev, Central Asia program director at the Memorial Human Rights Center, a partner in the campaign. “It’s time for the Turkmen government to end the suffering of the disappeared and their many families who are denied information about their loved ones.”


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The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Secretary of State, Charged with the Environment, and the Director General for Environmental Conservation, prepared the country for the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP)24 under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Equatorial Guinea reviewed the commitments made at COP23, which was held in Bonn, Germany by the Republic of Fiji, who holds the presidency, in regards to the processes of mitigation and adaptation to fight climate change on a global scale.

The Director General also highlighted the importance of understanding and building resilience against the impact of climate change on coastal communities and small island states.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to the fight against climate change. The country recently reiterated its commitment to the conservation of its forests, in line with the country’s Horizon 2020 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is focused on the sustainable use of forests for the benefit of all Equatoguineans in the fight against climate change and for the promotion of gender equality.

Equatorial Guinea is strongly committed to sustainable development in Africa. Equatorial Guinea has created a national plan to fight oil spillages and protect natural areas, highlighted the importance of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC), forest conservation, and the environment as part of the creation and implementation of its sustainable economic development model for the reduction of poverty.


In addition to the fight against climate change, Equatorial Guinea works closely with numerous international organizations on a number of development projects, including the eradication of hunger in Africa by 2025, in line with the country’s Sustainable Development Goals under the Horizon 2020 program.

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The most recent commission formed by the Myanmar government to try and bring a solution to the issues in Rakhine State has come under criticism from international and domestic actors, highlighting the complexity of dealing with challenges in the beleaguered state. Last month, the President’s Office announced the formation of a new “independent commission of inquiry” which is tasked with investigating allegations of human rights violations “and related” issues in Rakhine. The four-member commission is comprised of two international members, Rosario Manalo, former deputy foreign minister of the Philippines, and Kenzo Oshima, Japan’s former ambassador to the United Nations. The two Myanmar members of the commission are lawyer Mya Thein and economist Aung Tun Htet. Aung Tun Htet has already been involved in previous commissions on Rakhine – which have largely denied any wrongdoing on behalf of Myanmar authorities – and he has previously dismissed accusations that ethnic cleansing has taken place in the state, home to the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar has come under considerable criticism for its handling of the crisis, which was triggered by attacks from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, leading to a brutal army crackdown that saw 700,000 mainly Rohingya flee over the border into Bangladesh. Myanmar has already formed numerous commissions regarding the crisis, but these have been criticized for lacking independence from the military, which is accused of some of the gravest abuses, a charge it denies. A government spokesperson couldn’t be reached for comment about the new commission. In December 2017, then-president Htin Kyaw established a ten-member Advisory Commission Board on Rakhine State to advise the government on implementing the recommendations of another commission, the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, which was headed by former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan and submitted its findings to the government last August. Two international members of the December-formed commission have already resigned, saying it lacks independence. Credibility questions Laetitia van den Assum, who was a member of the Annan-led commission, said that questions remain regarding the independence and mandate of the new body. She said it appeared to have been established as an alternative to earlier investigations by Myanmar to investigate alleged crimes in Rakhine State. “Those earlier investigations lacked credibility,” she told VOA. Van den Assum said that for a commission to be credible it must have a clearly defined legal mandate to investigate allegations of crimes, demonstrable independence from all authorities, and sufficient resources and adequate support capacity. She acknowledged that some members of the international community, including the U.N. Security Council, had pushed for an international committee to be established. “But if minimum standards for a credible inquiry are not met, the situation and thus the impunity are at risk of deepening further,” she said. Myanmar analyst Yan Myo Thein said some people in Myanmar, in particular the military, were critical of the commission because of what they regard as foreign intervention in Myanmar’s internal affairs. However, he acknowledged that some people in Myanmar would view the commission positively, because they recognized the need for help from members of the international community to deal with the crisis. Key to whether or not the commission would be a success was whether or not the military would cooperate, he said. “They may cooperate, but their primary concern will be for there to be no foreign participation in resolving the domestic and internal affairs of Myanmar,” he told VOA. Slow implementation Earlier this week, a statement from the United Nations urged Myanmar to step up implementation of an agreement it signed in June regarding the repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh. The statement from the U.N.’s Refugee Agency and the U.N. Development Program said they were still waiting for the government to approve travel authorization requests for international staff members in northern Rakhine. “The Myanmar government’s willingness to take the lead in the implementation of this agreement is critical to creating conditions conducive for the voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees,” the statement said. The statement said some encouraging steps had been made since the agreement was signed in June, including the formation of a tripartite Technical Working Group, but said “substantial progress” is urgently needed in three areas: granting effective access in Rakhine, ensuring freedom of movement for all communities, and addressing the root causes of the crisis. It also urged the government to implement the recommendations of the Annan commission, including “a clear, voluntary and equal pathway to citizenship for all eligible individuals”. Myanmar insists it is ready to begin the repatriation process, but Rohingya living in Bangladesh have said they will not return without guarantees. “If we come back, we must be guaranteed our citizenship and our safety,” said Nay Lin Aung, a Rohingya man who fled Myanmar last year and is now living in an area known as “No Man’s Land” between the two countries. “Our houses were burned, and we lost everything. That’s why we haven’t come back.”    
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          "Step Back From The Brink" UN Warns As Major War Looms After Overnight Gaza Airstrikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In the third serious flare-up of violence in the last month, a major escalation began between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza overnight, which involved approximately 180 projectiles fired towards Israeli territory, and more than 150 Israeli airstrikes on targets inside Gaza, according to statements by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Overnight strikes on Gaza. Image source: AFP/Getty 

A number of smaller scale and sporadic tit-for-tat incidents led to the start of the late Wednesday night massive exchange of rockets. These escalating incidents began Monday when an Israeli tank fired on a northern Gaza Hamas border post, killing two Hamas members. Israel claimed Hamas had fired on Israeli positions first, while a Hamas statement said the fighters had merely been involved in a military exercise and not an act of aggression against Israeli soldiers. 

Another Israeli tank attack followed on Wednesday in response to what the IDF described as shots fired at civilian workers constructing an underground barrier on the Israeli side of the border wall. After sunset, the first significant barrage of rocket and mortar fire was unleashed from Gaza on southern Israel, sending civilians in the town of Sderot and other close southern settlements running for shelters while alarms across the region sounded. 

Reports citing Israeli sources say of about 180 projectiles launched from Gaza overnight, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted over 30, while most hit open fields. However, official statements also noted strikes on playgrounds, houses, cars, and factories. 

“IDF fighter jets targeted over 20 terror sites in military compounds and in a Hamas training camp. Among the sites targeted were a weapons manufacturing and storage facility, a complex used for the Hamas naval force and a military compound used for rocket-launching experiments,” the IDF said Thursday morning.

The BBC reports up to seven Israeli civilians wounded by the rocket and mortar fire, with Palestinian health officials confirming the death of a pregnant Palestinian woman and a toddler. The AFP identified the victims as 23-year old Enas Khammash and her 18-month-old daughter Bayan, killed in the Jafarawi area of central Gaza.

During the daylight hours early Thursday it appears that rockets and airstrikes have ceased, however, warning sirens have continued to sound in various Israeli communities across the south of the country.

An IDF statement said the overnight strikes successfully targeted "over 140 of Hamas' strategic military sites." 

At least one Hamas militant has been reported killed in the fighting, and this is likely not the end of this current round of violence. 

Indeed on Thursday a senior Israeli army official warned that a full-blown confrontation is coming in the Gaza Strip while further suggesting the government is prepared to begin evacuations of settlements along the coast and in southern Israel. 

“We are rapidly nearing a confrontation,” the IDF senior officer said as cited by the Times of Israel. "Hamas is making serious mistakes, and we may have to make it clear after four years that this path doesn’t yield any results for it and isn’t worth it."

A separate Israeli military official said in an ominous sign of an escalating Israel-Gaza war to comeThe current round of violence “is definitely not over."

Meanwhile, a special United Nations envoy for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, condemned the voilence, saying in a statement, “I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel.”

Mladenov urged all sides to step "back from the brink" and restore calm.


          Moats: In Defense Of The United Nations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It was 1965 when the delegates of the United Nations gathered in San Francisco to celebrate the founding of the U.N. in that city 20 years before. I was a curious teenager, so together with my pal Pete, we snuck into the Opera House as anniversary preparations were under way — to get a glimpse of history.
          Kommentarer till Venezuela: Drönarna som skulle döda president Maduro och männen bakom dem av Inte Hänt i veckan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Do not forget how it was before Hugo Chavez. Thanks to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), we could convene a meeting with all UN agencies and other regional organizations operating in Venezuela with a view to coordinate advisory services and technical assistance, an initiative that bore fruit shortly thereafter18. In this context, it is also useful to recall the situation in Venezuela in the years prior to the election of Hugo Chavez19, when the IMF restructuring programs including radical austerity measures and privatization of public services, including electricity, led to extreme poverty and social unrest, culminating in mass public demonstrations and the governmental military response, known as the Caracazo of 1989, which left some 3,000 massacred peasants. The election of Hugo Chavez in 1998 was an expression of despair with the neo-liberal policies of the 80’s and 90’s, a democratic choice reflecting profound popular discontent with the ubiquitous corruption and the enormous gulf between the super-rich and the abject poor20. In 1998, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned the Caracazo and other actions of the Carlos Andres Perez government, referring the case to the Inter-American Court, which in 1999 held that the Perez government had violated the American Convention, and committed extrajudicial killings. The Venezuelan government, by then headed by Chávez, did not contest the findings and accepted full responsibility for actions of the prior government. (citat från Zeit-Fragen) https://www.zeit-fragen.ch/en/numbers/2018/no-9-2-may-2018/backgrounds-to-the-crisis-in-venezuela.html
          RFP/UNDP/EU-KALFOR/50927/017/2018 - HCVF BASELINE DEVELOPMENT IN SINTANG DISTRICT, WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Documents :
RFP Document
Section 4 - 7

Overview :

Dear Mr./Ms.: [indicate name]

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Proposal to this Request for Proposal (RFP) for the above-referenced subject. 

This RFP includes the following documents:

Section 1 – This Letter of Invitation

Section 2 – Instructions to Proposers (including Data Sheet)

Section 3 – Terms of Reference

Section 4 – Proposal Submission Form

Section 5 – Documents Establishing the Eligibility and Qualifications of the Proposer

Section 6 – Technical Proposal Form

Section 7 – Financial Proposal Form

Section 8 – Contract for Professional Services, including General Terms and Conditions

Your offer, comprising of a Technical and Financial Proposal, in separate sealed envelopes, should be submitted in accordance with Section 2.

You are kindly requested to submit an acknowledgment letter to UNDP to the following address:

United Nations Development Programme

7thFloor, Jl. M. H. Thamrin Kav. 3, Jakarta 10250

To:  rida.trisna@undp.org and Yusef.millah@undp.org

The letter should be received by UNDP no later than 3 August 2018.  The same letter should advise whether your company intends to submit a Proposal. If that is not the case, UNDP would appreciate your indicating the reason, for our records. 

Thank you


          Assistant Communications Officer, Deadline: 7 August 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ASSISTANT COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER   JOB OPENING   The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. For close to forty years, UN-Habitat has been working in human settlements throughout the world, focusing on […]
          Call for Expressions of Interest: Building Capacity for Bus Rapid Transit Planning and Modernisation of Existing Transport Industry      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Download PDF United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Call for Expressions of Interest for Cooperation Partners for Agreement of Cooperation Building Capacity for Bus Rapid Transit Planning and Modernisation of Existing Transport Industry Date first published: 31 July 2018 Deadline for submissions of EoIs: 14 August 2018   Introduction Bus Rapid Transit systems are emerging […]
          Liberia:"Food Security, Nutrition Are Important Development"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[New Republic] United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Liberia, Madam Mariatou Njie, says food security and nutrition are recognized as important for the overall development of a Country and have been highlighted among the long-term fundamental issues in national economic development.
          JAPAN / GUTERRES NAGASAKI       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today said “it is a moral duty of everybody in the world to do everything to make sure that Nagasaki will not happen anymore, anywhere. That no atomic bomb will ever be used.” UNIC TOKYO
          Market - At ‘America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Collin Eaton NEW ORLEANS - Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global...
          TODAY IS “CAPTAIN KEITH MIRAU DAY” IN GULL LAKE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Proclamation WHEREAS August 9th is recognized as National Peacekeepers Day; and WHEREAS on August 9th, 1974 a United Nations-marked Canadian transport aircraft was shot down during Peacekeeping duties, ultimately killing all nine personnel on board.  It was and still is the largest loss of Canadian Peacekeepers in a single day; and WHEREAS the United Nations flag is raised and flown on August 9th to honour the

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          At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NEW ORLEANS: Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply "dumb". These are among the messages that flowed from the America First Energy ...
          At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply "dumb".

          Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe attends 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


A delegation led by Union Minister for Home Affairs Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe attended 7th Bali Process Ministerial Conference and a ministerial-level forum between governments and economists at Bali International Convention Centre in Bali, Indonesia on 7 August.


The conference and forum were attended by Ministers from 45 member countries and senior officials from UNHCR, UNDP and IOM and Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs. Retno Marsudi and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Julie Bishop acted as chairpersons.

At the discussion, the Union Minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe focused on efforts of combating of human trafficking, cooperation processes between Myanmar and other countries and repatriation processes in Rakhine.

A senior official meeting related with the Conference and Forum was also held at the same place from 9am to 3:30pm on 6 August and Myanmar representatives led by Chief of Myanmar Police Force Police Lt-Gen Aung Win Oo and he also added Myanmar cooperation processes in combating the human trafficking processes.

During his visit, the Union Minister also met separately with Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs. Retno Marsudi, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Julie Bishop and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees-UNHCR Mr. Filippo Grandi and discussed the true situation regarding to the displaced people in Rakhine State, increasing of complexity due to the accusation and pressure of the international community and commitment to resolving the situation in the positive ways.

The Union Minister and party arrived back at Yangon International Airport yesterday 4pm and welcomed by Secretary of Yangon Region government and officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Ref; The Global New Light of Myanmar

          Senior UN adviser accused of sexual misconduct by 8 men      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
[U.S.A.], Aug 9 (ANI): At least eight men have accused Ravi Karkara, a senior adviser for United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, of sexual misconduct.
          Amb. Danon calls on UN Security Council to condemn Hamas      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Israel's ambassador to the United Nations calls on UN to condemn Hamas for launching hundreds of rockets at Israel.


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          The Nightmare Lives of Indigenous Prisoners in Australia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A prisoner lies in his solitary confinement cell in the safety unit at Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, northern Queensland. Prisoners in solitary confinement typically spend 22 hours or more a day locked in small cells, sealed with solid doors, without meaningful social interaction with other prisoners; most contact with prison and health staff is perfunctory and may be wordless. 

© 2017 Daniel Soekov for Human Rights Watch

“The senior officer stood on my jaw while the other [officer] hit my head in and restrained me. They said, ‘You don’t run this prison … we do,’ and they cut my clothes off. They left me naked on the floor of the exercise yard for a couple of hours before giving me fresh clothes.”

For Waru (not his real name), an Indigenous prisoner with a psychosocial disability (mental health condition), the unspeakable is almost routine. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man with a disability in an Australian prison, Waru was tragically accustomed to being locked up in solitary confinement, facing physical abuse, and hearing racial slurs from prison officers.

More than 35 years after the United Nations first instituted an International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continue to be left behind.

People with disabilities in prisons across Australia are at serious risk of sexual and physical violence, and are disproportionately held in solitary confinement for 22 hours a day.

I visited 14 prisons across Australia, and heard story after story of Indigenous people with disabilities, whose lives have been cycles of abuse and imprisonment, without effective support. The result is Australia’s prisons are disproportionately full of Indigenous people.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples make up just 2 percent of the population, but they represent 28 percent of the full-time adult prison population. Multiple forms of disadvantage mean that they are more likely to live in out-of-home-care, end up homeless, have earlier contact with the police, and end up in prison more frequently than their non-Indigenous peers. Within this group, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities are even more likely to end up behind bars.

Once in prison, their lives continue to be rife with racism and abuse. Due to a lack of training, custodial staff often misinterpret the behavior of a prisoner with a disability and respond in a punitive rather than supportive manner.

The Australian government should commit to making it a priority to address abuse against, and meet the needs of, Indigenous prisoners with disabilities. That includes working closely with organizations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities to develop culturally appropriate resources and training materials for prison staff, service providers, police, and the judiciary. The government should fund representative organizations to provide specialized and culturally appropriate support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disabilities in prison.


          UN chief calls for nuclear disarmament at Nagasaki anniversary      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons at a ceremony marking the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. No reporter narration.

          Researchers call for comprehensive transformation of food systems      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(Springer) Agriculture and food systems policies should ensure more than just the supply of food. Decision-makers must make a paradigm shift to align policies about climate, agriculture and food with the United Nation's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is according to a group of international researchers in a review article in the journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development, which is published under the Springer imprint. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)

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          Hewson: We Need Leaders To Meet Today’s Daunting Challenges      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On July 30, 2018, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson spoke at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room, accepting the honor as the 2018 CEO of the Year. Here is an execrpt from her speech.

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          Ex-United Nations Man Turned Democrat: "We Have To Regulate Every Aspect Of People's Lives"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Are there any Democrats who don't support massive government overreach? But what does qualify Jason to run our lives? What are his great accomplishments in the private sector? Nothing.

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          Bob Rae: What Canada’s Saudi episode tells us about our world      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A few years back I wrote a book called Exporting Democracy: The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea. At the time I was the foreign policy critic for the Liberal Party of Canada, and was reflecting on the tensions that inevitably arise for Canada when we put our values in the forefront of our foreign policy.

My father Saul was a Canadian diplomat for 40 years, and I grew up in a family where these issues were debated at the dinner table on a regular basis. The frequent criticism of Canada in the ’60s was that we were too quiet in our concerns about American intervention in Vietnam — which Lester Pearson tried to meet by calling for a “pause” in the bombing of North Vietnam in a speech at Temple University in the United States.

Charles Ritchie’s diary describes in graphic detail what happened when Pearson was greeted by President Johnson at his Texas ranch. Towering over Canada’s Prime Minister, Johnson grabbed him by the lapels and accused him of “pissing on the carpet” — the pursuit of a value-based foreign policy (urged on him by many Canadians) had the clearest of consequences. Johnson did not recall his ambassador, or cancel the AutoPact, but he left Canada in no doubt that free speech only went so far.

Governments have to think consequentially. The issue is not “will I feel better if I say this?” But, “what will happen if I say this?” Silence has consequences, and so do the words and actions we take. Governments weigh these questions every day. And some times, as most recently, the countervailing action is unpredictable and seems out of all proportion to the comments.

Read more:

Prospect of Eastern Canada losing oil from Saudi Arabia dredges up Energy East debate

Editorial | Canada needs to stand fast on Saudi Arabia

The loss of hundreds of Saudi medical residents will ‘put a lot of strain’ on Canadian patients, experts say

As the world shrinks, and our awareness of actual conditions in every country grows exponentiallyThe idea that we can ignore what is happening, or pretend that we don’t know, is not possible.

Most governments today are not democratic. Many are serial abusers of human rights. Of necessity, we deal and do business with all of them every day. And we also have to admit that we do not always live up to the standards that we set for ourselves.

The United Nations and its agencies are dealing with these questions every day. Being made up of the full variety of regimes and governments around the world, the UN itself is, to put it mildly, imperfect.

The UN Human Rights Council, for example, issued a statement on human rights in Saudi Arabia before either Chrystia Freeland or the Global Affairs Twitter feed weighed in with their concerns.

But what the Saudi response to these concerns — recalling and expelling diplomats, cutting off aid to thousands of Saudi students, selling investments in Canadian assets, and all this in 48 hours — demonstrates the adage that it is hard to be angry and smart at the same time.

Interestingly, the Saudis have said “don’t worry, our oil is still for sale,” proving that students can be pawns in the game but not oil exports, and that some things are “above politics.”

A Canadian citizen, Raif Badawi, who is also a Saudi national, is in jail because he blogs for human rights. Badawi’s sister, Samar Badawi, has now joined him in jail.

Saudi Arabia insists we “mind our own business.” But the incarceration and flogging of a Canadian citizen is our business, and the rule of law is everyone’s business. That’s what we’ve signed up for.

As Canada’s Special Envoy on the Rohingya crisis, these are issues and tensions that arise every day.

From the Congo to China, in every part of the world, the issue for Canada is how can we actually influence, in a constructive way, the turn of events.

Public diplomacy has its hazards, but the answer is not to flinch from engagement, either publicly or privately. It is not about being stubborn, moralizing, or self righteous, or asking the world to be just like us.

It is about building a world, step by painful step, based on law and respect for dignity. Ultimately that is where our values and our interests coincide.

Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy on the Rohingya crisis, is a partner at Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP and teaches at the University of Toronto.


          At 'America First Energy Conference', solar power is dumb, climate change is fake      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Pumping carbon dioxide into the air makes the planet greener; the United Nations puts out fake science about climate change to control the global energy market; and wind and solar energy are simply "dumb".

          Everything That Has Happened Since Angelina Jolie Filed For Divorce From Brad Pitt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


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This post has been updated with new information.

Fans were thrown for a loop when news broke in September 2016 that Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt after 11 years of being together. Following their breakup, the By the Sea actress's attorney, Robert Offer, said her decision to split was "for the health of the family." Brad released a statement of his own not long after, telling People, "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids." While it's still unclear what led to their shocking breakup, keep reading to get all caught up on everything that has unfolded since then.

  1. Angelina files for divorce from Brad. The actress filed papers to end their marriage on Sept. 19, citing irreconcilable differences and requesting sole physical custody of their six children, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, and twins Vivienne and Knox. She also asked the judge to grant Brad visitation rights.
  2. Angelina's attorney, Robert Offer, releases a statement on her behalf. After their divorce news grabbed headlines on Sept. 20, Angelina's attorney said her decision to divorce was made "for the health of the family," but did not answer any further questions.
  3. Brad releases a statement. The actor spoke out about the split in a statement to People that same day, making it clear that he's putting their kids first. "I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the well-being of our kids. I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time," he said.
  4. More details about their divorce surface. In an exclusive report from Us Weekly, a source close to the pair revealed that "they fought a lot over the years and disagreed about many things. . . . The fighting got worse and they disagreed a lot about parenting." The insider also noted that they would also "fight over their schedules and politics."
  5. Angelina's manager, Geyer Kosinski, releases another statement on her behalf. Later that Tuesday, Angelina's manager told E! News, "Angelina will always do what's in the best interest of taking care of her family. She appreciates everyone's understanding of their need for privacy at this time."
  6. Celebrities react to Brad and Angelina's shocking split. Once the news broke on Sept. 20, it didn't take very long for GIFs and memes to flood the internet. Stars also quickly chimed in, and Chrissy Teigen tweeted, "Brad and Angelina. How am I supposed to go to work today?" Meanwhile, their friend George Clooney found out about the breakup while attending the Leaders' Summit on Refugees at the United Nations. During an interview with CNN, a reporter asked him to comment on their split, to which he shockingly responded, "What happened? . . . I didn't know that. I feel very sorry then. That's a sad story and unfortunate for a family. It's an unfortunate story about a family. I feel very sorry to hear that." Adele also dedicated her NYC concert to the couple, telling the audience, "I need to address to elephant in the room . . . But it's the end of an era." More recently, Courteney Cox said the divorce is "not about" Jennifer Aniston, and Jen's husband, Justin Theroux, made a similar comment about her inclusion being "nonsense." Melissa Etheridge also chimed in, calling Angelina "nasty" and saying that the allegations of child abuse against Brad were "completely unfounded."
  7. The New York Post releases a cover featuring a laughing Jennifer Aniston. On Sept. 21, people were furious when The New York Post released its Brad and Angelina split cover, showing a massive photo of Jennifer laughing hysterically. Not long after, Jennifer's pal, Chelsea Handler, spoke out about the breakup, saying, "Brad and Angelina always said they wouldn't get married until everyone could get married and I always said I wouldn't get married until they got divorced, so I'm officially accepting proposals. I'm ready." She then continued, "There are rumors that part of the problem was that Brad was allegedly drinking and smoking too much weed. I wonder why he would need to self-medicate? Maybe because he could have been spending the last 12 years at Lake Como hanging out with George Clooney and Matt Damon instead of being stuck in a house with 85 kids, speaking 15 different languages. Oh yeah, and because he married a f*cking lunatic, that's why."
  8. Marion Cotillard breaks her silence on Brad and Angelina's split. On Sept. 21, Marion took to Instagram to announce her pregnancy with longtime partner Guillaume Canet and shut down rumors that she had an affair with Brad in a lengthy post. "This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into," she wrote, adding, "Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need . . . And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both of whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment."
  9. Brad is investigated for child abuse. On Sept. 22, People magazine reported that the actor was under investigation for child abuse by the Los Angeles Police Department and LA County Department of Children and Family Services after someone anonymously reported that he got "verbally abusive" and "physical" with one of his six children. The incident allegedly occurred on Sept. 14 on his and Angelina's private plane, where the rest of the kids, as well as Angelina, were also present. The report also suggests that he had been drinking at the time of the incident. Not long after the news broke, the LAPD denied the report with the statement: "We have no criminal investigation that we are actively pursuing. To my knowledge, [Pitt talking to police] never happened. And right now, that is where our office is. We are not investigating any case, nor do we have any allegations against Mr. Pitt. We understand how rumors get spun up and hopefully we can put a few of them to rest. We have no investigation involving Mr. Pitt." People later clarified that the DCFS is still investigating Brad for child abuse, but the LAPD has not been involved. TMZ has also further reported that the child abuse allegations have been transferred to the FBI.
  10. Brad gets a lawyer. On Sept. 22, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the actor enlisted help from Lance Spiegel, a family law attorney from Beverly Hills, for his upcoming divorce.
  11. The FBI releases an official statement. On Sept. 22, the FBI responded to Brad's child abuse investigation in a statement to Us Weekly saying, "In response to your inquiry regarding allegations within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States; specifically, an aircraft carrying Mr. Brad Pitt and his children, the FBI is continuing to gather facts and will evaluate whether an investigation at the federal level will be pursued."
  12. Brad Pitt backs out of an event and releases another statement. On Sept. 27, Brad revealed he wouldn't be attending a previously planned screening of Terrence Malick's Voyage of Time. "I'm currently focused on my family situation and don't want to distract attention away from this extraordinary film," he said.
  13. Brad offers to take a drug test. In an effort to prove he has nothing to hide, Brad agreed to a drug test, according to a report from Us Weekly on Sept. 28. A legal source confirmed that the test would not not be conducted against Brad's will, stating, "The DCFS [Department of Community & Family Services] wouldn't compel someone to provide the urine sample for the drug test; it would be voluntary."
  14. Angelina hires the real-life Olivia Pope for her divorce.On Sept. 29, People confirmed that the actress hired famous crisis manager Judy Smith, who inspired Kerry Washington's character in Scandal, to help with her divorce. "Judy has been asked to consult with those working with Angelina on divorce negotiations," a source told the magazine. "Judy and her firm have a long history of handling issues that have unfortunately garnered too much attention in the public eye, and she knows how to push towards resolutions that are swift and discreet."
  15. Brad and Angelina reach a temporary custody agreement. On Sept. 30, it was revealed that the former couple reached a temporary custody agreement, which will be in effect for three weeks before the LA County Department of Children and Family Services will draw up another arrangement or turn the jurisdiction over to the court. The agreement states that Angelina will get full physical custody of their children and Brad will have visitation rights, although hist first visit will be monitored by a therapist, who will determine if he is allowed to then have unsupervised time with the kids. Angelina and Brad also have to attend individual counseling as well as family counseling with the kids, and Brad has to take random drug and alcohol tests.
  16. Brad won't be prosecuted for alleged plane incident with Angelina and Maddox. On Oct. 8, it was reported that the FBI never opened an investigation against Brad because there was "no case," though TMZ says the FBI is still working on gathering all the facts from the incident.
  17. Brad sees his kids for the first time since announcing the split. E! News confirmed that Brad was able to visit some of his children on Oct. 8, with a therapist present to monitor his behavior. It's not clear which of the kids were present and which weren't, but a second source also told E! that the therapist would be present for all of Brad's visits through Oct. 20 and that the actor happily volunteered to complete drug and alcohol testing (even though it was not required).
  18. Maddox Jolie-Pitt refuses to attend the reunion with his dad. While Brad reportedly "wanted to make sure the meeting would be the most productive for the kids," Maddox refused to attend the family reunion and stay with Angelina. According to a source close to Angelina, "He chose not to go and stayed with Angie," adding, "It wasn't full of joy and happiness."
  19. Angelina and the children are reportedly interviewed by the FBI. In an attempt to get to the bottom of the alleged physical altercation that happened between Brad and Maddox on the plane, the FBI reportedly visited Angelina and the kids at their Malibu, CA, home on Oct. 19, according to TMZ. Law enforcement, who is taking the allegations of child abuse seriously, spent three hours interviewing everyone about the incident. Brad was not present for the interview.
  20. Brad and Maddox reunite. After a month-long standoff, E! News reports that the two met on Oct. 20 with a therapist present.
  21. Brad and Angelina are selling Chateau Miraval. According to Us Weekly, Brad and Angelina have put their estate and vineyard in the village of Correns, France up for sale. "The home has been valued and is going on the market any day now," an insider revealed, adding, "It currently says Jolie-Pitt on the Chateau Miraval bottles, and the next season's batch will have a new reprinted label with no names written on it."
  22. Angelina meets with the FBI. Angelina reportedly met with two FBI agents in her rented home for four hours on Oct. 18, answering questions about the claims made against Brad.
  23. The investigation into Brad is extended. On Oct. 25, Us Weekly reported that the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services has extended their investigation into Brad Pitt. The investigators are looking into "whether there are additional incidents or a pattern that may suggest a history of abuse that involves more than one of Pitt and Angelina Jolie's six children." The investigation was initially scheduled to conclude on Oct. 20.
  24. Brad seeks joint custody. NBC News confirmed on Nov. 4 that the actor has filed for joint physical custody of the children. Angelina initially asked for sole custody when they first split, just allowing Brad visitation rights. Although that might have only been a part of the temporary custody agreement that was originally agreed to by a judge, the allegations made against Brad regarding child abuse certainly complicate things.
  25. Brad and Angelina reach another temporary custody agreement. On Nov. 7, Angelina's rep told ET in a statement that "childcare professionals have encouraged a legal agreement accepted and signed by both sides over a week ago." The agreement states that "the six children will stay in their mother's custody, and the children will continue therapeutic visits with their father . . . This has been determined by childcare professionals to be in the children's best interest." Her rep continued, "We are not in a position to discuss the details. We hope, now that it is clear that the events which led to the dissolution filing involved minor children and their wellbeing, there will be understanding of the sensitivity of the family situation. We believe that all sides are committed to healing the family and ask for your consideration during this difficult time."
  26. Brad has been cleared in child abuse investigation. On Nov. 9, law enforcement sources confirmed to Us Weekly that Brad did not abuse his son Maddox during a plane incident back in September. TMZ also reported that the Department of Children and Family Services ruled out any reports of any patterns of misconduct on the actor's part. Later that day, Angelina's rep released a statement to TMZ, saying, "Angelina said from the beginning that she felt she had to take action for the health of the family and is relieved that after their eight-week involvement, the DCFS is now satisfied the safeguards are put in place that will allow the children to heal."
  27. The FBI closes Brad's child abuse investigation. On Nov. 22, the Allied actor was officially cleared by the FBI of any wrongdoing involving his kids, NBC News reported. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller released a statement, saying, "The FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation. No charges have been filed in this matter."
  28. Brad's lawyers file a motion asking a judge to seal the childrens' records as it relates to the divorce. On Dec. 22, news of the files were released, alleging that Angelina's attorneys compromised their privacy in a bid to "undercut" Brad during the custody battle. They added that Angelina releasing "the names of [the children's] therapists and other mental health professionals" violated their initial agreement to protect the children's privacy. "[She] appears to be determined to ignore even agreed upon standards relating to the children's best interest," the filing reads.
  29. Brad spends Christmas with his kids. According to Us Weekly, Brad saw his children over the holiday weekend for a gift exchange that Angelina organized. An insider told the publication that "[Brad] gave them presents and it was cordial."
  30. Angelina's lawyer slams Brad. According to TMZ, Angelina agreed to seal court documents related to their six children. The site also reports that the actress's lawyer filed legal documents that claim Brad only wants to keep the details private because he's "terrified that the public will learn the truth." "[Brad is trying to] deflect from [his] own role in the media storm which has engulfed the parties' children," the document reads. "There is little doubt that [Brad] would prefer to keep the entire case private, particularly given the detailed investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Dept. of Children and Family Services into allegation of abuse."
  31. Brad and Angelina release a joint statement. After agreeing to seal their divorce and custody documents, the actors' reps told Us Weekly, "The parties and their counsel have signed agreements to preserve the privacy rights of their children and family by keeping all court documents confidential and engaging a private judge to make any necessary legal decisions and to facilitate the expeditious resolution of any remaining issues. The parents are committed to act as a united front to effectuate recovery and reunification."
  32. Angelina opens up about her new family dynamic. During an interview with BBC World News in February, the actress was asked about the split by reporter Yalda Hakim. "I don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time," Angelina said. "We are a family and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. Many, many people find themselves in this situation. My whole, my family . . . we've all being through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children . . . and my focus is finding this way through . . . I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer. It's been a difficult few months. Right now, I'm going through a moment when just everybody's in my room. Two dogs, two hamsters and two children at the moment. It's wonderful. But, usually, I just wake up trying to figure out who's going to get [the] dog out, who's going to start the pancakes and did anybody brush their teeth."
  33. Brad reportedly reaches out to ex Jennifer Aniston. Brad allegedly tracked down Jen's phone number through "a tangled web" of contacts in order to reach out to her on her 48th birthday in February. "They started talking once he wished her a happy birthday," a source told Us Weekly, further explaining that Brad has "confided in Jen" and "told her he's having a hard time with his split." His olive branch has supposedly led to them "exchanging a few texts reminiscing about the past." The insider also noted that "Justin is OK with them being friends," because he knows "Jen just wants to be nice."
  34. Brad and Angelina are talking again. According to Us Weekly, the former couple is back on speaking terms. "They are in a place where they can put anger or hurt aside to focus on their children and how they plan to coparent." Brad also "lost a ton of weight" in the wake of their divorce, but it likely isn't all due to stress. "He's focusing on himself again, watching what he eats and has a chef making him healthy meals. He's exercising. He's been outdoors a lot, hiking and walking. He's had a lot of time to focus on himself," an insider revealed.
  35. Brad opens up to GQ in a big way. In his first interview since the split announcement, Brad talked about his divorce in GQ, admitting he's going to therapy, and speaking about his drinking. He also got incredibly honest about his family being "ripped apart," but only had good things to say about Angelina.
  36. Angelina gets candid about her "difficult" split from Brad. In Vanity Fair's September issue, the actress opened up about her divorce from Brad, saying, "Things got bad. I didn't want to use that word . . . Things became 'difficult.' . . . [Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative. That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children . . . They're six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I'm very proud of them." She also revealed that in addition to hypertension, she developed Bell's palsy (a condition resulting from damage to facial nerves), which caused one side of her face to droop. "Sometimes women in families put themselves last until it manifests itself in their own health," she explained. Angelina credited acupuncture for her full recovery.
  37. Angelina and Brad reportedly put their divorce on hold. According to Us Weekly, the estranged couple may be having second thoughts. "They haven't done anything to move it forward in several months and no one thinks they are ever going to," a source told the publication. Angelina has allegedly considered taking Brad back now that he's started going to therapy for drinking and smoking. "He knew he had a problem that he had to take care of and that's all she ever wanted," the source explained. "Everyone thinks they are going to get back together. It wouldn't be surprising if they announced that they're calling it off and trying to work things out."
  38. Angelina and Brad reach a new temporary custody agreement. According to Us Weekly, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County determined that "not having a relationship with their father" would be "harmful" to their six children. The court said that the kids "are safe with their father" and that it is "critical that each of them have a healthy and strong relationship" with both of their parents. However, Maddox is essentially free to go with either parent because he's older. The former couple was asked to arrange a phone call between them, their children, and two psychologists "to explain the Summer schedule." Brad had physical custody of the minor children (except for Maddox) for four hours a day from June 8 to 17 in London, where Angelina is currently living.
  39. Angelina and Brad's custody battle takes a nasty turn: In new court documents obtained by ET in August, Angelina accused Brad of not paying child support for a year and a half and stated that she's planning to get a court order to demand that he pay it. "The aim of Angelina's routine court filing is to provide closure to the marriage in a way that clears a path toward the next stage of their lives and allows her and Brad to recommit as devoted co-parents to their children," Angelina's spokesperson Mindy Nyby told the outlet. Brad fired back, claiming he paid Angelina over $9 million since their split, however, Angelina's lawyer said "a loan is not child support."

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IDF Blog: Israel Under Attack
Hamas began shooting projectiles at Israeli civilians starting at 7:37PM on Wednesday evening and launched them consistently until early Thursday morning.

In response, IDF fighter jets struck 12 terror targets in Gaza, including a factory used to manufacture parts for terror tunnels and concrete, a maritime terror tunnel shaft along the coast, and several terror sites in military compounds, among them rocket manufacturing facilities and a central logistical military complex.

The factory used to manufacture parts for terror tunnels was intended to be used as a hotel, but was overtaken by the Hamas terror organization in 2012. The factory manufactures parts for terror tunnels under the guise of civilian infrastructure.

In 2012, during Operation Pillar of Defense, senior Hamas members used the building as shelter, believing the IDF would not target a civilian hotel construction site. In this building, Hamas terrorists continued to plan fighting and command rocket launching units. Months later, in 2013, Hamas took over the site entirely, blocked the entrance, and began establishing a concrete factory under the guise of a civilian construction site. The factory manufactured concrete parts designed exclusively for terror tunnels, including reinforcements, flooring, and concrete arches, which have no civilian use.

Over 150 rockets launched into Israel, woman seriously injured
A woman was seriously injured in Israel early Thursday morning when a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip hit a home in the Eshkol regional council near the Palestinian enclave.

The woman was a 30-year-old foreign worker from Thailand. She suffered injuries to her abdomen and limbs. Another person was lightly injured, and several were treated for shock.

Thursday morning’s injuries brought the total of wounded on the Israeli side to five in the current cycle of violence.

Rocket barrages by the Hamas terror group continued throughout the night. The military said over 150 rockets and mortar shells were launched at Israeli communities since Wednesday evening.

Most of the rockets hit open areas. The Iron Dome defense system — which targets only missiles projected to strike communities — destroyed 25 of the rockets.
PA has paid $294,332 to the Sbarro bombers
17 years ago today a suicide bomber entered the Sbarro pizza shop in downtown Jerusalem, detonated his suicide vest and murdered 15 people. The murdered in the August 9, 2001 bombing included 7 children as well as a couple and three of their children, an American citizen and a Brazilian citizen. (See their names and pictures below.) 130 people were injured.

The suicide bomber was Izz al-Din Al-Masri. His family has received $50,124 as a reward for his suicide bombing.

The terrorist who planned the attack and brought the bomber to Sbarro was Ahlam Tamimi. Tamimi was arrested in September 2001 and received 16 life sentences. In 2011, Tamimi was released as part of the deal to free Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit from his Hamas captors. For her time in prison she has been rewarded by the PA with salary payments of at least $52,681.

The suicide belt was built by Hamas bomb- builder Abdallah Barghouti. Barghouti was arrested in May 2003, and received 67 life sentences - 15 of them for building the bomb used to murder the people in Sbarro. He has received salary payments from the PA of at least $191,526.

By September 2018, the PA will have cumulatively rewarded Barghouti, Tamimi, and the family of Al-Masri with at least $294,332.




Seth J. Frantzman: To the brink of war: How Hamas and Israel got here
The larger regional picture is that Egypt has been trying hard to restrain Hamas and also find a path to a ceasefire. But Egypt is not alone. The Palestinian Authority has sought to isolate Gaza by reducing remittances and payments there. That led to rare protests in June by Palestinians in Ramallah against the PA. Hamas therefore is not only trying to deal with a ceasefire with Israel but also trying to sort out a reconciliation agreement with the PA. That’s why the assassination attempt on Hamdallah in March is important and sets the scene for the conflict that began in late March.

Hamas says it wants Israel to end the 10-year blockade of Gaza and to ease up restrictions on goods flowing to the strip. But the US administration under Donald Trump is having none of the Hamas stories about who is responsible for the Strip’s problems. Jason Greenblatt said in May that Hamas had taken the area back to the Stone Age. He made similar statements in opeds and discussions in March and June. Then, in July, Jared Kushner, Greenblatt and US Ambassador David Friedman authored a piece at The Washington Post again pressuring Hamas. Hamas sees the US officials as “spokesmen for the Israeli occupation,” as it called them in July. But it’s clear that the US sees sorting out Gaza as a key to its proposed “deal of the century.”

A last piece of the puzzle is Qatar, which has also sought a role in dealing with Gaza. A major investor in reconstruction and also a previous backer of Hamas, it wants to be relevant. Towards that end, it has sought to play up the chances for discussions with Israel and positioned itself as playing a positive role.

This is part of a larger struggle between Qatar and Egypt and Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In this sense Gaza is a sort of “prize” between Washington, Qatar, Egypt, Israel, the UN and the PA. Hamas’s desire to terrorize Israel and seem relevant, and the fact that Iran is also funding Hamas and wants it to be a thorn in Israel’s side, is thus just a part of a much larger struggle going on in which each side wants something else out of Israel and Hamas and Gaza.

Adding up all those agendas, including the rising crescendo of war that has built since March, led to August 8.
After Beersheba hit by rocket, IDF conducts new strikes in northern Gaza
The Israeli Air Force launched a renewed offensive against targets in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian media reported on Thursday evening, hours after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave struck just outside the southern city of Beersheba.

Minutes after the Israeli strike began, incoming rocket sirens blared in the Eshkol region of southern Israel.

There were no immediate reports of Israeli injuries or damage.

The Israeli military would not immediately confirm the renewed bombing raids in Gaza, apparently in accordance with army protocol to wait until the planes involved have all returned to base.

According to the Hamas-affiliated Shehab news outlet, the target of the strike was a building west of Gaza City. Palestinian media reported that nearly the entire structure was destroyed as the Israeli aircraft fired multiple missiles at it.
Liberman: ‘We will do whatever is necessary’ to stop Gaza rocket barrages
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman spoke with the leaders of rocket-battered southern communities Thursday and told them the military would do whatever it takes to end missile attacks from the Gaza Strip, after a series of barrages injured seven people.

The Israeli military said over 180 rockets and mortar shells were fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip since Wednesday night. Residents said it was the worst night of attacks since 2014’s Operation Protective Edge.

The rocket attacks and reprisal airstrikes by Israel continued throughout Thursday morning.

Liberman talked with Alon Davidi, mayor of Sderot, and the leaders of other regional councils bordering on Gaza, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The minister praised the mayors and the residents of their communities for their “stamina and the backing they are giving the IDF and the security forces,” saying “we will do whatever is necessary” to restore calm to the south.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Tzipi Livni of the Zionist Union faction criticized the government for “losing control” of the situation after months of violent border clashes and exchanges of fire between the IDF and Hamas-led terror groups in Gaza that have escalated into several rounds of Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel and Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets.
Israeli official: Hamas dealt a ‘severe blow’ in Gaza airstrikes
Israel has dealt the Hamas terrorist group a “severe blow” with its airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, a diplomatic official said Thursday, shortly after a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave reached the furthest into Israeli territory since the 2014 war.

“Hamas has suffered a severe blow,” the official said. “Israel will continue to act with force.”

The remarks came shortly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman finished meeting with top Israel Defense Forces brass at military headquarters in Tel Aviv. The security cabinet convened there at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the situation in the south.

“The prime minister and defense minister ordered the IDF to prepare for every possibility,” the official said.

Though the frequency of rocket attacks declined by Thursday afternoon, a projectile launched from Gaza landed north of the southern city of Beersheba, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Strip.

This was the first attack directed against Beersheba since the 2014 war, known in Israel as Operation Protective Edge.








These Israelis have 15 seconds to take cover from Hamas rockets


Hamas rocket hits Israeli city of Sderot


This is a Palestinian war crime


UN envoy concerned by rocket attacks
Nickolay Mladenov, the UN envoy to the Middle East, on Wednesday expressed concern over the latest escalation in Gaza.

“I am deeply alarmed by the recent escalation of violence between Gaza and Israel, and particularly by today’s multiple rockets fired towards communities in southern Israel,” he said in a statement.

“For months I have been warning that the humanitarian, security and political crisis in Gaza risks a devastating conflict that nobody wants. The UN has engaged with Egypt and all concerned parties in an unprecedented effort to avoid such a development,” continued Mladenov.

While “collective efforts have prevented the situation from exploding until now,” he said, “if the current escalation however is not contained immediately, the situation can rapidly deteriorate with devastating consequences for all people.”
Hamas Blackmail, Media Silence
Hamas's strategy is to remain in power forever; to achieve that goal, it is prepared to do anything. Hamas has always acted out of its own narrow interests while holding the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip hostage to its extremist ideology and repressive regime.

"Those who claim to be confronting Israel are nothing but corrupt, extortionist bribe-takers. Today, every politician in the Gaza Strip is well aware of the fact that the corruption at the border crossings has become the norm of the official establishment, and not actions by individuals or a certain apparatus." — Hassan Asfour, former Palestinian Authority minister, human rights activist and political columnist.

Here one always needs to ask: where is the role of the international media in exposing Hamas's corruption and exploitation of its own people? Why is it that the mainstream media in the West does not want to pay any attention to what Asfour and other Palestinians are saying? The answer is always simple: As far as foreign journalists are concerned, if Israel is not the one asking for bribes or blackmailing the Palestinians, there is no story there.
Gaza official: ‘Current round of fighting is over, calm depends on Israel’
A Palestinian official in the Gaza Strip declared that the latest round of violence had ended early Thursday afternoon and that armed groups in the enclave would maintain the calm if Israel did the same.

The announcement, made to a number of news outlets in Gaza, was quickly followed by a fresh attack on southern Israel from the Strip, which triggered sirens in the area but appeared to have hit in an open field, causing neither injury nor damage.

“The current round in Gaza has ended. The resistance responded to the enemy’s crimes in Gaza. The continuation of calm in Gaza depends on (Israel’s) behavior,” said the official from a joint command center for a number of Palestinian terrorist groups, notably the Gaza-ruling Hamas.

A source in the Hamas terrorist group confirmed the cessation to AFP.

On Tuesday, Hamas vowed to avenge the deaths of two of its members killed by IDF tank fire after the army mistakenly thought a Hamas military exercise had been a cross-border attack. On Wednesday afternoon, the military warned that it was anticipating a revenge attack by Hamas.


Honest Reporting: HR Visits the Gaza Border
Since last night, terror groups fired nearly 200 rockets and mortar shells at southern Israeli communities. The IDF responded against Hamas military infrastructure.

Just the day before, we brought a group of 30 HonestReporting supporters to Israeli communities near the Gaza border, to see the situation in person. We were followed by a crew from i24 News and a segment will be coming out shortly on that channel.

The residents we visited in Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Kibbutz Alumim and Asaf Siboni live under real threat. Yet they also live in a beautiful natural area, with homes and communities to which they are genuinely dedicated. And you may be surprised at the empathy and complexity with which they view their neighbours in Gaza.

It’s hard to appreciate the depth of this reality until you meet the people and see their lives, in person. So that’s exactly what we did.
Foreign Ministry slams BBC 'misleading' reporting on Gaza rockets
The Foreign Ministry formally complained to the BBC about its reporting on the violence in the South on Thursday.

A BBC headline stated “Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel,” quoting the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry. The article’s subheadline said “Militants... fired dozens of rockets,” when the count had gone up to over 150. Its tweet leading to the article reads: “Israeli air strikes ‘kill woman and toddler.’”

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon responded on Twitter: “Your title is deliberately misleading!!! Israel reacted following the launching of over 100 rockets at Southern Israel, targeting and injuring civilians. Change it immediately!!!”

An hour later, with the article unchanged, Nahshon tweeted that he is filing a formal complaint.

“This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality (that’s the polite equivalent of ‘this is a LIE’, if you don’t get it),” Nahshon wrote. “Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them. Change it IMMEDIATELY!!!”
Israel demanded - and BBC changed its headline
In a headline, BBC claimed that "Israeli air strikes 'kill pregnant woman and baby.'"

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon tweeted, "@BBCWorld this is a formal complaint by @IsraelMFA ."

"This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality ( that’s the polite equivalent of ' this is a LIE', if you don’t get it). Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them.Change it IMMEDIATELY!!! @IsraelMFA."

At the same time, a formal complaint was sent to BBC, demanding they change the misleading title.

After some time, BBC changed its title to "Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child’ after rockets hit Israel."

Honest Reporting: A Night of Rockets and Headline Fails
Residents of southern Israel spent the night in bomb shelters as Palestinians fired a heavy barrage of rockets and mortars (nearly 200, according to the most recent numbers I saw). The IDF retaliated with air strikes on more than 100 Hamas terror sites.

As we expected, we came across a few headline fails. Headlines matter because many people don’t read articles, just skimming their newspaper, web site or social media feed. Headlines also matter because studies show that they frame the way people read and remember a story. So if a headline omits key information or context, it ultimately misinforms readers. (For a fuller treatment on this, see Why Headlines Matter).

A lot of social media outrage was directed at BBC News and Israeli officials said they will lodge a formal complaint. This headline was subsequently changed.

The Sydney Morning Herald and its sister paper, The Age, republished a New York Times dispatch. The Times’ original headline was perfectly reasonable but headline writers for Fairfax Media, the parent company of both Australian papers, clearly missed the plot.

New York Times Shills for “Largely Peaceful” Gazan Rioters and Arsonists
A shill is the surreptitious partner of a huckster salesman, revving up an audience to believe a sales pitch and buy a product.

Looking back at months of rioting and arson along the Gaza border with Israel, and the distorted rendition of reality by the New York Times of those events it’s undeniable the publication has promoted Hamas propaganda, relaying to its millions of readers what the terrorist group wanted them to believe and omitting what Hamas preferred concealed. The product sold? Israel as aggressor, Palestinians as victims.

As of this writing, there’s been, for instance, no human interest story devoted to what Israelis are suffering as they witness thousands of acres of farms and nature preserves, and extensive wildlife, destroyed in nearly continuous fires set by flaming kites and airborne fire bombs from Gaza.

When Times Bureau Chief David Halbfinger covered the arson story on July 10, he termed the Hamas campaign “ingenious” and the impact for Israel “exasperating.” (In fact, for Israelis the impact of the destruction can be frightening and devastating.) But the focus was overwhelmingly on criticism of Israel’s countermeasures against Gaza.

As throughout the coverage, the tilt was the same; Hamas violence was discounted and Israel’s defensive action to stop the aggression was heavily faulted.
David Singer: Trump and Israel Dabble in Hamas and PLO Quicksand
Hamas is not going to suddenly disappear or allow free and fair elections in Gaza to determine who shall govern Gaza’s population. Any reconciliation by Hamas with the PLO seems most unlikely to occur.

Israel appears to be going along with this Gaza trial balloon being floated by Trump.

Realistically however – ceasefire negotiations between Israel and Hamas will be fatuous unless the following provision in the 1988 Hamas Covenant is shredded:

“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up. … "

Trump needs to persuade previously-supportive but now wavering Arab states to back his peace plan being released without delay.

For Trump to contemplate being dragged into the Hamas and PLO quicksand that has claimed so many sincerely-intentioned do-gooders preceding him is incomprehensible.
Hamas-Israel Truce Deal Hinges on Palestinians Accepting Conditions They Reject
Former Israeli defense officials have expressed skepticism that a long-term truce between Hamas and Israel is feasible.

Col. (res.) Dr. Shaul Shay, former deputy head of Israel's National Security Council, noted that a long-term arrangement for Gaza would be possible only if two components are put into place. The first is a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, and the second "is a period of calm between Hamas and the State of Israel."

"In order to obtain a long-term period of calm, there needs to be major investment