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Land is crucial to many development challenges across the world. According to the United Nations, 7 out of 10 people in the world do not have access to land registration systems that gives them a clear, legal title to their property. This causes major cha
          DM warns of US hostility towards Iranian nation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ISFAHAN (Web Desk) US disloyalty and lack of respect for an international agreement that was even endorsed by the United Nations, was an example of irresponsible behavior of ‘the big Satan’ in the international arena, Hatami said.Noting that all-out war of the enemy with the Islamic system has taken political, economic, cultural and psychological forms …

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          Comment on termati by Harlan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I'd like to send this to <a href="http://www.devis-services.fr/aix-en-provence/#forgive" rel="nofollow">how early can i take viagra</a> Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), supported by the United Nations, aim to oversee destruction of the Syria's chemical weapons production and mixing equipment by November 1, and deal with all chemical weapons materials by the end of June 2014.
          UN underscores the need to celebrate indigenous peoples, not confine them      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Celebrating some 370 million indigenous people across 90 countries; marches, ceremonies and a host of other initiatives took place across the world, as the United Nations marked on Thursday the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
           UN envoy: Burundi protagonists must meet to help end...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. envoy for Burundi urged the Security Council on Thursday to appeal to all protagonists to take part in a new dialogue aimed at...
           The Latest: UN says civil war has cost Syria $388B in...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):8:20 p.m.A United Nations agency says Syria's seven-year-long civil war has cost the...
          UN Urges Nicaraguan Government to Stop “Witch Hunts”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A group of UN experts urged the Nicaraguan government to "stop the repression" and the "witch hunt" against dissenting voices and participants in opposition protests, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today.

          Re: Lamborn bill would deny most Palestinians refugee status      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
"United Nations Relief and Works Agency, created after that war, counts descendants of those original refugees as eligible for resettlement."

That is correct. The other 60 million refugees in the world are defined by the UNHCR, as they should be, as only those who were in fact forced to leave their homelands, NOT their descendants.
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          Expert offers insights into effective disaster management      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A leading ambassador for the United Nations (UN) in the Asia-Pacific region is visiting Newcastle this week to share insights into the impact of natural disasters on human mobility.


          ECA Partners China To Promote Digital Financial Inclusion In Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 08, (Xinhua) - The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), has announced partnership with Chinese digital financial giant Ant Financial to promote financial inclusion in the continent. ECA Executive Secretary, Vera Songwe, who stressed the importance of digital financial inclusion platforms for Africa 39;s future ...
          App monitors spread of FAW in Africa      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) application (app) can save 300-million people in Africa from food insecurity and prevent significant economic losses in maize of up to $4.8-billion, caused by the infestation of the fall armyworm (FAW), says Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) senior agricultural officer Keith Cressman. The FAW can feed on more than 80 crops, including rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops and cotton; however, its preferred crop is maize. The FAW is native to South America and was first noticed in West Africa in 2016. It has since spread to nearly all sub-Saharan countries in Africa, and is now poised to move into countries of North Africa.
          UN Programme Specialist Job Careers – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Job Title:        Programme Specialist Organization: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Duty Station:  Mbarara, Uganda Reports to: Chief of Field Office Grade: NOC About US: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is mandated by the UN general assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and expand their opportunities to reach …
          Nigerian Minister Gets Int’l Appointment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has been appointed as an Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

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          8/10/2018: The Business: Donald who?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Diplomats are disappointed that, according to Wellington gossip at least, PM Jacinda Ardern doesn’t seem keen on meeting President Trump when she travels to New York next month to attend the United Nations. Past Prime Ministers would have been doing...
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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres condemned a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen that killed dozens of people on Thursday and called for "an independent and prompt investigation," a spokesman said. "The Secretary-General emphasizes that all parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations," U.N.

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          Janet Jackson, Shawn Mendes And More To Headline 2018 Global Citizen Festival      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Janet Jackson: Profile

International advocacy organization Global Citizen today announced that headliners Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Janelle Monae will perform at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, the free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park, New York City on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and for the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner.

A special guest performance will be given by John Legend.

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness return as lead hosts for the 5th year.

Co-hosts will include Camren Bicondova, Cynthia Erivo, Danai Gurira, Forest Whitaker, Gus Kenworthy, Kal Penn, La La Anthony, Naomi Campbell, and Rachel Brosnahan.

The 2018 festival will serve as a platform from which millions of Global Citizens around the world will demand that world leaders fulfill their obligation to achieve the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and end extreme poverty by 2030.

Building off momentum by activists and students from across the globe, Global Citizens and music fans will stand together to call on world leaders to uphold their responsibilities towards improving the quality of health care and nutrition that women receive during adolescence and childbirth, ensuring girls do not marry before they are ready, reducing, reusing and recycling plastic waste worldwide, ending the criminalization of poverty, providing quality education for all, and ensuring the United States fully funds its foreign aid budget.

Coinciding with the annual UN General Assembly meetings, this year’s Festival is a continuation of Global Citizen’s “Mandela 100” campaign; a series of global events honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in his centenary year.

Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen, said, “In 2018, it is more important than ever for Global Citizens here in the United States and around the world to demand their voices be heard – through activism and at the polls – so that we can continue progress towards a world free from needless suffering and want. We are truly grateful to have such incredible artists, hosts and partners standing with us in a moment of history so pivotal in our fight to achieve the global goals and end extreme poverty.”

“We’re incredibly proud to take our support of Global Citizen Festival to the next level as Presenting Partner. As a global bank that is committed to welcoming what’s next, we look forward to helping bring together citizens around the world to stand for issues that matter most and foster meaningful change,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, Global Consumer CMO, Citi

The Weeknd said, “It is invaluable to be in a position where I can use my voice to help the millions of people in need. I am honored to align myself with Global Citizen in the fight to end world poverty.”

Shawn Mendes said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the Global Citizen movement. It’s an honor to be able to use my platform and music to help those in the world who need it most.”

John Legend said, “I’m proud to be supporting Global Citizen again to help focus people’s energy and attention on the issues that matter. I believe we need to look at human beings across the world as our brothers and sisters and do everything we can do to end extreme poverty to make life more livable. We are more powerful when we come together like this.”

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-lee Furness said, “We are thrilled to be returning for this year’s Global Citizen Festival. It is important that we continue to work towards ending extreme poverty. On September 29, tens of thousands of Global Citizens will come together to celebrate being a part of this movement and the impact of their actions, and we cannot wait to be a part of it.”

Camren Bicondova said, “I am beyond honored and thankful to be a host at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, advocating for rising voices and actions taken. Here’s to making the world a better place.”

Cynthia Erivo said, “I am thrilled to join the millions of Global Citizens who are helping to make our world a better place. By joining together to make our voices heard, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of the world’s poor.”

Forest Whitaker said, “This year, it’s more important than ever that we bring attention to extreme poverty and ask our leaders to take action. I can’t wait to see what we can accomplish at this year’s Global Citizen Festival.”

Gus Kenworthy said, “I believe that if we all speak up and do our part, we can accomplish great things for the world’s poor. I’m excited to support Global Citizen and join a movement that will help put an end to extreme poverty.”

Kal Penn said, “Our voices remain potent and powerful. It is critical that we reject the culture of fear and cynicism, and instead lift up those among us who need our help. That is why I continue to be a proud supporter of Global Citizen and believe that together we can end world poverty.”

La La Anthony said, “Being a part of the Global Citizen movement and helping to end extreme poverty continues to be important to me. I can’t wait to see what commitments we can achieve by September.”

Rachel Brosnahan said, “Global Citizen is about creating a movement and bringing attention to the difficult choices people living in extreme poverty have to face every day. I’m so happy to be back for another year of supporting this organization that unites people all over the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest issues.”

The 2018 Global Citizen Festival will be presented for the first time by Citi. The leading global bank has been a proud partner of the festival since inception.

Live Nation return for the third consecutive year as production partner.

For the fifth consecutive year, MSNBC & Comcast NBCUniversal will air a live simulcast of the Festival on MSNBC and MSNBC.com. The Festival broadcast will be produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich (Grammy Awards).

For the seventh consecutive year, iHeartMedia has been named the exclusive audio media partner and will broadcast live from Central Park on over 150 radio stations across the U.S. and streamed on the iHeartRadio app.

The Festival will also be livestreamed on YouTube and Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson.

Proud partners of the 2018 Global Citizen Festival include Global Citizen’s global health partner and major partner Johnson & Johnson, and major partners P&G, CHIME FOR CHANGE Founded by Gucci, Verizon, House of Mandela, and NYC Parks.
Associate Partners include Microsoft, Great Big Story, and One Championship.

Global Citizens can earn their admission to the free-ticketed Festival by joining the movement at glblctzn.me/nyc2018 by downloading the Global Citizen app. Ticket draws will occur throughout the summer and fans will be notified by Global Citizen when they have been selected.

Specific goals for the 2018 Global Citizen Festival campaigns include:
Calling on Congress to resist the White House’s proposed cuts of 32% to American aid programs, which would devastate the fight against extreme poverty.
Calling on the G7 countries to contribute to the $2 billion needed to tackle the world’s maternal health crisis that sees more than 5 million mothers and children die of preventable conditions every year.

Ending the criminalization of poverty, through eliminating and drastically reducing the use of cash bail in jurisdictions including New York State.

Since the first Global Citizen Festival in New York in 2012, Global Citizen has grown into one of the largest, most visible platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030.
Global Citizens have generated commitments and policy announcements from leaders valued at over $37.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 2.25 billion people. This year alone Global Citizens have secured 29 commitments totaling over $2.9 billion that are set to affect the lives of more than 501 million people by 2030.

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          Comment on Nationalism Revisited by East Anglian      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<i>Those descended even one generation from tribal wars in Europe get along well in America, because we define our nationalism differently.</i> Black and white Americans have been in your country the longest and they don't get along very well or behave similarly despite this supposedly different definition of nationalism. Irish immigrants from the 1850s on and old stock Anglo settlers vote for different parties just about everywhere on the eastern seaboard - particularly northern states like NH and PA are good examples - suggesting they may not really be part of the same nation. The world's main international organisation being called the 'United Nations' probably causes some confusion on the nationalism issue.
          UN Chief Calls for Independent Probe Into Airstrike on School Bus in Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent and prompt investigation into the deadly Saudi-led coalition deadly airstrike that hit a bus carrying children, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press release.
          Chibuike Amaechi gets international appointment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A former Governor of Rivers State, now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been given new appointment. The United Nations on Thursday inaugurated Amaechi as an Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. The inauguration took place at the United Nations Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Media aide to Amaechi, Mr. […]
          SELF-DETERMINATION: REQUIRED GLOBAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONS' INDEPENDENCE AND ASSOCIATED HUMAN TRAGEDY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
SELF-DETERMINATION: REQUIRED GLOBAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR NATIONS' INDEPENDENCE AND ASSOCIATED HUMAN TRAGEDY


Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

Irrefutable biblical history affirms the fulfillment of the law in Christ Jesus.  All laws were supposedly made for humanity and not vice versa. This was a concise response given against incriminating evidences tendered against Him by the proponents of the law, Pharisees and Sadducees on the issues bordering on the contravention of the laws of Shabbat. Jesus was seen healing the sick and doing other "love works" (miracles) on the said Shabbat, which prompted His response to the people that thronged around Him, seeking definitive clarifications.

The stone-aged, crude International protocols that even up to this present age, are breeding impunity and oppression, as enshrined in the territorial integrity cum sovereignty of nations, need to be wholesomely repealed. They provide covering for tyrants and oppressors of humanity all over the world. The continent of Africa is houses the offenders in this malady as the operational laws are inherently in sharp contrast to the above stated analogy of Christ regarding laws and legal instruments.

It is unfortunate to point out here that President Donald Trump of the United States of America, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho of the nation of Israel, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Emmanuel Macron of France seem gravely handicapped by these archaic and nefarious international laws of sovereign nations, in taking necessary actions, as the cries and groans of humanity are incessantly reverberating the world over. Sadly, people are daily being sacrificed on the altar of sovereignty of nations to service the obscene interests instead of such sovereignties serving as models of protection to the people.

The above mentioned global leaders by all standards, detest oppression, dehumanization and enslavement of fellow human beings as often being perpetrated by regimes of atrocities in different countries, with the African continent taking the lead. Viable actions against these spate of human abuses are being resisted by the devilish international instruments of territorial integrity of nations which stipulated that they must be respected. Through this flagrant disdain for the plights of humanity by upholding these obnoxious international laws to the detriment of the oppressed indigenous people spread across the world, it becomes necessary therefore to conclude that "THE INTERNATIONAL LEGAL INSTRUMENTS OF SOVEREIGNTY OF NATIONS HAVE NOW BECOME THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF HUMANITY", instead of protecting the people.

What remains baffling however, is why are the international laws accorded supremacy at the neglect of other laws? Why are the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations even when outdated and offensive, appear sacrosanct and irrefutable, and yet the global leaders helplessly watch tyrannical Heads of Governments, under the cover and protection of the sovereign status of nations to commit atrocious impunity against their people? Why will such astute world leaders like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Benjamin Netanyaho and Emmanuel Macron who respect the sovereignty of a country in the mold of Nigeria, wouldn't courageously exert the required pressure on the leaders of the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain to respect the emphatically stipulated international laws guiding self-determination and protection of human rights? These are costly questions begging for answers  which these frontline world leaders must not shy away from.

Beneath are three definite international laws that must be respected and clinically upheld by these leaders in synergy.

* International laws protecting human rights abuses by state actors and authorities of nations.

* International laws guiding self-determination for all indigenous people of the world.

International laws of sovereignty of nations for all sovereign nations of the world.

These are salient and consolidated international laws which equally deserve complete respect of Heads of States and Parliaments across the nations. It is callous and out of fashion for sovereign nations whose Heads of States blatantly disobey such laws on human rights protection and self-determination like what obtains in Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain, and yet be enjoying the luxury of dividends from other international laws standing in sequence of the package.

President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyaho, President Vladimir Putin and President Emmanuel Macron are necessarily obliged to question the credibility of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain behind their enjoyment of the benefits of international laws of  sovereignty of nations while disrespectfully making mockery of other inclusive international laws and protocols governing self-determination and human rights protection. The Nigerian government is presently and steadily killing and victimising Biafrans in their numbers for peacefully agitating for their freedom. Cameroon government is equally and brazenly massacring helpless Ambazonians of Southern Cameroon for daring to demand for their independence. The Spanish government which has carefully avoided wasting human lives so far, is continually suppressing the people of Catalonia with tyrannical policies. The season has now dawned to demand from the United Nations, their  plan of action in strongly enforcing these laws in question, alongside others clearly spelt out.

Tyranny, human rights abuses and oppression in whatever shape, meted out against humanity, are exceptionally detestable and the governments of Nigeria, Cameroon and Spain must be made to respect the internationally stipulated laws on human rights and self-determination as the three countries are equally enjoying the benefits derivable from the laws guiding the sovereignty of nations. The international community must instantly though, make regimes to loose the pleasure of placing the sovereignty of nations above the wish, interest and protection of the people. Doing otherwise or servicing the status quo, amounts to heightened wickedness instituted tragedy. The international treaties put in place by the global community should of course, be made beneficial to all citizens within sovereign nations and contrary acts of suppression against genuine desires of the indigenous people groups must be criminalised. The indigenous peoples within the sovereign nations of Biafra, Ambazonia and Catalonia must be jealously protected against all tyrannical waves and decimation policies of the occupational governments in their respective regions. Sovereignty of nations must not be detrimental to humanity as Heads of States hide under such inherent luxury to perpetrate hostilities against the indigenous land owners especially in the African continent.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press


          Victims speak out as China separates families      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A girl begs Kazakh President
Nursultan Nazarbayev for assistance
in freeing her father, who is illegally
imprisoned in China.
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(Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang—Aug. 9, 2018) More victims are speaking out as China rips ethnic minority families apart, illegally imprisoning thousands for their race and faith.

In China’s northwestern Xinjiang, where predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities compose the majority of the population, the Chinese Communist Party has been routinely rounding up, imprisoning, brainwashing, and torturing such people, claiming it helps curb extremist violence. However, those targeted in the crackdown are often singled out for actions as trivial as traveling to visit relatives in Kazakhstan. Police commonly confiscate their passports and place them in “re-education camps,” where they face inhumane conditions and cruel abuse.

One Muslim from the area said, “My older sister, brother-in-law, and brother have been in Xinjiang since they were arrested by the police a few months ago.” She added that the authorities had severely violated citizens’ fundamental rights and that she will be seeking recourse from the United Nations as well as the president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Her brother-in-law, who was arrested in September 2017, was later sentenced, but the family was not notified as to how long he is expected to serve.

Her older sister’s father-in-law and brother-in-law have also been sent to anti-extremist camps, while “Two of my older sister’s children, ages 12 and 7, have been missing. We are very concerned about them and anxious to get an update. My older brother’s Chinese passport and Kazakhstan green card were confiscated when he went back to China for work last August. He was arrested in March.”

An unnamed Muslim woman said that her 56 year-old mother relocated to Kazakhstan from Xinjiang two years ago and went back to China in July 2017. She was arrested in March of this year and is currently in a re-education camp. Authorities asked her why she went to Kazakhstan for six months and whether or not she had contact with terrorists or visited mosques. The imprisoned woman has heart disease, leaving her health precarious.

Two of her sons, Uljarik Aman and Tileubek Aman, were taken away as well, even though neither had been to Kazakhstan. Tileubek Aman was arrested after a friend gifted him a cell phone with WhatsApp, an online messaging platform.

“ … I ask the president of Kazakhstan and the Foreign Minister to help rescue my mom, younger brother [Uljarik Aman], and older brother [Tileubek Aman],” the anonymous woman said.

Likewise, a young girl who had immigrated to Kazakhstan recently called on Nazarbayev and the country’s foreign affairs departments to intervene on behalf of her father, who is detained in Yining, Xinjiang for visiting a sick relative in Kazakhstan on Feb. 17, 2017.

“Please bring my father back so that our family can be reunited,” she begged. “Fathers play a critical role in children’s lives. My mom is raising three kids by herself, which is very tough. We all miss my dad. Other kids live with dads, which makes us more heartbroken.”

Another Muslim, Ularbek Zarhanuly petitioned Kazakhstan’s foreign affairs officials to negotiate with the Chinese government for the release of his brother, Haisar Zarhanuly, who has been in a “re-education camp” since Feb. 7 for staying in contact with Ularbek and his wife after they moved to Kazakhstan.

Recent statistics have shown that the authorities arrest people regardless of age, sex, or disability and have successfully split more than 90 percent of ethnic minority families in the region, often not allowing them to know the whereabouts of their relatives.

ChinaAid strongly condemns this gross violation of human rights and will continue to expose it in order to stand in solidarity with those wrongly imprisoned and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.

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          Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baltimore, Md., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv called on the international community and the Catholic Church not to neglect the crisis in Ukraine. He made the plea during his keynote address at the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore on August 7.

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukrainian conflict has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people and has left 1.6 million people displaced, according to the United Nations.

“Besides all these casualties and human tragedies, there is still another hidden danger of the war in eastern Ukraine: This region is at risk of suffering a dire, long-lasting ecological catastrophe due to flooded mines and contaminated drinking water, which is comparable in scale to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986,” warned the archbishop.

“As many as 4 million people might be left without safe drinking water in the region,” he continued, “all of this is happening right now, in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.”

The fighting has also damaged basic infrastructure. The World Health Organization documented  multiple attacks on Ukraine’s hospitals between 2014 and 2016.

“This is a silent and forgotten war. Because it is a ‘frozen conflict,’ no one speaks loudly about the war in Ukraine anymore,” said the archbishop.

Although a standing cease-fire exists in Ukraine, it was violated over 1,200 times in one week in July, reported the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring mission in Ukraine.

“Many specialists nowadays call this war in Ukraine a ‘hybrid war,’ that is, a war where not only traditional weapons are used on battlefields, but where all means of destruction, including economic and information warfare, are employed,” explained the archbishop, “Thanks to information technologies, modern wars are not limited to specific territories.”

“Everyone in the Western world today experiences the consequences of this information war, which targets truth by disseminating ‘fake news’ and molding public opinion according to dishonest goals. Unfortunately, not even your country or other developed countries in Western Europe have been spared from these attacks. Please remember: it is not only our war — it is the war for humanity!” said Shevchuk.

The Catholic Response

“How does the Catholic Church in Ukraine, and in particular our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, respond to the needs of the millions of people suffering from the consequences of war?” Shevchuk asked the Knights of Columbus.

The archbishop’s response was “diakonia,” the Greek New Testament term for charitable service. In the case of Ukraine, “diakonia” entails “serving to one’s neighbor, taking care of those afflicted by the war, by providing them with spiritual guidance and often with social service as well,” he said.

“Charity is an antidote to egoism and indifference. I would say that charity is also a key to understanding the success of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine,” he continued.

The Knights of Columbus are a relatively new presence in Ukraine. The country’s first Knights of Columbus council was established five years ago -- just before Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

Today the Knights in Ukraine have dedicated much of their charitable efforts to aiding local civilians affected by the violence in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Knights of Columbus organize summer rehabilitation camps for wounded soldiers, war veterans, and their families. They regularly visit the wounded in hospitals, fundraise for first aid equipment, and provide the disabled with free wheelchairs. One Knights of Columbus council in southeastern Ukraine runs a Christian youth summer camp for children living in immediate proximity to the combat zone.

“Our society probably does not yet realize the full scale of trauma caused by the war and that is why we, as a Church and as Knights of Columbus, need to invest so much of our energy and resources into the field of rehabilitation, in order to be able to heal the wounds of our people,” said Shevchuk.

Catholics are a minority in Ukraine, most of the local population are Orthodox Christians. The archbishop said that he was encouraged to see how both Roman and Greek Catholics work together in the Knights of Columbus. He said it shows “a wonderful example of the unity of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, so much needed in Ukrainian society today.”

On August 7, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the phone, reassuring him of U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

A few weeks earlier, the State Department released the Crimea Declaration calling on Russia to to end its occupation of Crimea, saying, “The United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”

In the meantime, the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine will continue to aid the those suffering from the violence.


          Waiting for a new deputy at the Vatican Secretariat of State      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families will be likely his first international trip not to include the “sostituto,” or deputy, of the Vatican Secretariat of State among the papal entourage.
 
Since the former “sostituto”, Giovanni Angelo Becciu, was created cardinal and promoted to lead the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in May, the position has been vacant.
 
The pope was expected to fill the position once Becciu’s mandate formally ended at the end of June, but he did not do that.
 
Now that the trip to Ireland is approaching, reports are spreading that Pope Francis might appoint Becciu’s successor by the end of the week.
 
The position of the “sostituto” is important for the functioning of the Secretariat of State and the entire Roman Cura.
 
According to Pastor bonus, the apostolic constitution that defines the tasks and competencies of Curial offices, the “sostituto” is at the helm of the first section of the Secretariat of State, the section on “general affairs.”
 
In practice, the “sostituto” works as a coordinator, and as a link between the pope and the secretary of state, becoming in many cases the person closest to the pope.
 
This is likely the reason Pope Francis wants to ponder carefully who will be the next “sostituto.”
 
On the other hand, the competencies of the “sostituto” might change some when Praedicate evangelium, the anticipated apostolic constitution updating the governance structures of the Vatican, is published and takes effect, and the pope might be waiting for the promulgation of that document before appointing a person to the role.
 
The Secretariat of State has already changed its shape under Pope Francis; the pope established in November a third section dedicated to the pastoral care of nuncios and other diplomatic personnel.
 
The newly established department took on the competencies of the Office for Pontifical Representatives, which was previously under the first section of the Secretariat. As the same time, the third section also absorbed some of the tasks generally entrusted to the first section, among them the presentation to the pope of three candidates for an nuncio position, and granting special permissions or delegations to nuncios.
 
The new “sostituto” will be called to work out a transition toward a new modus operandi of the Secretariat of State.
 
There has been a great deal of speculation about who will be picked for the job.
 
The “sostituto” is entrusted with general affairs, so it is not a diplomatic role, as is the Secretary for the Relations with States, who heads the Second Section. However, lately the “sostituto” have been from picked among the ranks of papal nuncios, as all of them have had experience and in its diplomatic work.
 
Since the position of the sostituto was created in 1831, there have been 20 deputies to the Secretary of State, and 17 of them were Italians. The tradition of an Italian “sostituto” was broken under John Paul II, who picked the Spanish Eduardo Martinez Somalo (1979 – 1988),  the Australian Edward Idris Cassidy (1988 – 1989) and the Argentinian Leonardo Sandri (2000 – 2007).
 
Since 1953, the “sostituto” has always had a past in the diplomatic service.
 
Will Pope Francis keep that tradition?
 
Vatican observers claim that the pope will likely choose an active nuncio for the position. Some have speculated that the pope might pick Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, nuncio to Peru, or Archbishop Giordano Caccia, nuncio to Philippines. Other reports say that the top candidate for the position might be Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Observer to the United Nations in New York.
 
It is also rumored that the pope might appoint Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano as “sostituto”- he is a long term friend of the pope, he is serving as secretary of the Council of Cardinals, and so he would be the well positioned to oversee Curia reform – including that of the Secretariat of State.
 
However, there is no consensus candidate within the Vatican corridors. Names circulate in conversations with Vatican officials, but they are considered to be, at best, possibilities.
 
Among the possibilities, there is a new entry who could represent a concrete option for the future: Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, apostolic nuncio to Mozambique.
 
Archbishop Peña Parra fits many of Pope Francis’ priorities.
 
First, he is not Italian, and Francis seems keen to dispense with an overreliance on Italians.
 
Second, he comes from Venezuela: with his appointment, Pope Francis might further show his attention to the situation in that country, where every Church mediation in the messy political situation has thus far failed.
 
Third, he was apostolic nuncio to Pakistan from 2011 to 2015, a country to which Francis has paid particular attention, even appointing a cardinal from Pakistan at the last consistory.

Peña Parra therefore has a deep knowledge of two of the scenarios that Pope Francis deems important. In addition, his doctoral dissertation has become a reference point for study of human rights, an issue of importance to the pontiff.
 
At the moment, and for all of these reasons, the appointment of Archbishop Peña Parra is considered a strong possibility. However, Vatican sources have maintained that “the pope will make his decision alone,” and that “the pope can always surprise us.”
 
Much will be understood from the timing of the appointment: while it seems really likely that the pope will announce the appoint of the new “sostituto” by the end of the week, the decision can always be postponed to September, when vacation time is over and when the reform of the Curia should renewed in full swing.


          8/10/2018: World: Nagasaki marks 73 years since US’ dropping of atomic bomb      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world’s second atomic bombing yesterday with the United Nations’ chief and the city’s mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps towards world nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the...
          "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).

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.

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.

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.


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Security Council backs US plan for humanitarian aid in North Korea
- United Nations Security Council agreed on Monday to a series of guidelines that would ease the entry of humanitarian aid into North Korea, the ...

          National Human Rights Officer, SB4/3 (equivalent to NOB grade) at UNDP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.Job ID: 17974 Location: Makurdi - Benue and Nasarawa (Multiple duty stations including Middle Belt) Agency: Office High Commissioner for Human Rights Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC) Contract Duration: 6 months Duties and Responsibilities Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Adviser, the National Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Researches, collects, verifies, analyses information relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Supports and advises UN and humanitarian actors in mission area on protection activities and compliance with human rights, and where appropriate, relevant authorities, including on the implementation of outcomes of UN human rights mechanisms; Conducts investigations of abuses and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; Ensures the timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in an established database in compliance with established standards; Integrates UN-developed methodology into human rights monitoring, reporting and investigation activities and supports the operational aspects of planning and implementing of monitoring and investigation activities; Writes, reviews, coordinates, if needed, and ensures the timely delivery of a variety of reports, briefings and other types of communications in compliance with established standards and in particular with respect to reporting on human rights situation; Liaises with other UN actors present in the mission area for the collection and verification of information on the human rights situation and informs on human rights considerations that should be taken into account by other actors, including those delivering humanitarian response or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, as well as by the UN mission in respect of future operations; Advocates with relevant authorities and other influential actors to stop or prevent human rights violations, seeks remedial action by the authorities to prevent similar violations from occurring in the future; Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities; Ensures cooperation and appropriate communication with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the sharing of human rights information and with respect to the project implementation; Supports more senior staff and/or team leaders in staffing, planning and budgeting as required; Performs other related duties as required. Requirements, Skills and Experience Education: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in Law, Political Science, International Relations, Social Sciences or in a related area. Experience: A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in assigned geographic locations in conflict situations in the area of human rights and humanitarian response, including in the causes and resolution of human rights conflicts in accordance with international standards. Previous experience in humanitarian interventions, human rights monitoring, investigations and reporting as well as programme management is required Language Requirements: Fluency in English (both oral and written), is required. Knowledge of local language is an advantage. Competencies Professionalism: Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviours accordingly; In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational policies, and methodologies relating to human rights; Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Good analytical and research skills, including the ability to gather, validate, evaluate and integrate relevant human rights information from a variety of sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations; Commitment to seek new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component; Ability to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities and vice versa; Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity development initiatives for multiple stakeholders; Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning And Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; Is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
          National Human Rights Officer, SB4/1 (equivalent to NOB grade) at UNDP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women.Job ID: 17978 Location: Makurdi-Benue and Nasarawa (Multiple duty stations including Middle Belt) Agency: Office High Comm for Human Rig Practice Area - Job Family: Management Grade: SB4 Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC) Posting Type: External Contract Duration: 6 months Duties and Responsibilities Within delegated authority, under the supervision of the Senior Human Rights Adviser, the National Human Rights Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Assists in researches, collection, verification and analyses of information relevant to the observance of international human rights and humanitarian law in the mission area; Assists in supporting UN and humanitarian actors in mission area on protection activities and compliance with human rights, and where appropriate, relevant authorities, including on the implementation of outcomes of UN human rights mechanisms; Assists in conducting investigations of abuses and violations of human rights and international humanitarian law; Assists in timely entry of accurate and verified human rights cases in an established database in compliance with established standards; Assists in drafting reports, reviews and other types of communications in compliance with established standards and in particular with respect to reporting on human rights situation; Liaises with other UN actors present in the mission area for the collection and verification of information on the human rights situation and informs on human rights considerations that should be taken into account by other actors, including those delivering humanitarian response or coordinating emergency preparedness and response activities, as well as by the UN mission in respect of future operations; Assists in advocating with relevant authorities and other influential actors to stop or prevent human rights violations and provide redress to victims; Assists in integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls' rights issues in all activities; Supports more senior staff and/or team leaders in planning, budgeting and other related duties as required Competencies Professionalism: Proven sensitivity to the political and social environment and ability to adjust behaviors accordingly; In-depth knowledge of human rights principles, international mechanisms and related concepts, including protection of civilians, transitional justice, humanitarian action, DDR, legislative and rule of law reforms, gender mainstreaming and conflict-related sexual violence; Good knowledge of institutional mandates, organizational policies, and methodologies relating to human rights; Capacity to monitor and coordinate human rights-related matters with other UN, NGO, state and/or government stakeholders and to advocate for the respect and integration of human rights in various fora; Good analytical and research skills, including the ability to gather, validate, evaluate and integrate relevant human rights information from a variety of sources, to assess their impact and to provide recommendations to redress situations; Commitment to seek new and improved methods of work for accomplishing the work of the human rights component; Ability to relate to and integrate human rights issues and perspectives into other fields, including humanitarian action, development, rule of law, legislation reforms and election support, to human rights issues and activities and vice versa; Good knowledge of planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of human rights capacity development initiatives for multiple stakeholders; Capacity to serve as internal resource person, share knowledge and to deliver training for colleagues and external stakeholders alike; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office; Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; Shows willingness to learn new technology. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings Required Skills and Experience Education: An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or in a related area. Experience: 2 years of experience in assigned geographic locations in conflict situations in the area of human rights and humanitarian response, including in the causes and resolution of human rights conflicts and programme management are highly desired. Language Requirements: Fluency in English (both oral and written), is required. Knowledge of local language is an advantage.
          Paediatrician 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 Paediatrician will work directly with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone and undertake the following duties and responsibilities: Carry out comprehensive examination; perform and interpret diagnostic tests on children on a regular basis to assess their mental growth and physical development to determine medical condition and prescribed treatment. Monitor patient condition and progress and re-evaluate treatments as necessary. Plan and execute medical care programs to aid in the mental and physical growth and development of children and adolescent. Prescribe and or administer treatment, vaccination and other specialised medical care to treat or prevent illness, injury in infants and children. Carry out minor surgical procedures on patients to remove, repair or improve functioning of injured body parts and system or to treat condition in patient. Collect, record and maintain patient information such as medical history, report and examination result. Ensure prompt referrals are done to other specialist when necessary. Advice patients, parents or guardians on procedures and discuss tests results or prescribed treatments with patients and parents or guardians. Conduct or participate in community outreach programs to sensitize community members on diet, activities, hygiene and measures to ensure disease prevention. Direct and coordinate Nurses, medical Students and other junior medical personnel on morbidity and mortality meetings and other activities on research programs and management of pediatric illnesses. Perform any other assigned official duty. Required Qualifications and Experience Education: Must be a qualified Medical Practitioner Must possess a Post Master's Degree in Pediatrics. Work Experience and Other Skills: Must have served as a Senior Registrar for at least four (4) years. Must have an updated registration license with Medical and Dental Council (MDCSL). Must be a Member/Fellow of the West African College of Physician (Paediatrics). Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team Good written and verbal communication skills Knowledge of volunteerism is an asset Ability to work with little supervision 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. 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.
          National Consultant - Justice for Children at UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.Job Number: 515302 Locations: Abuja? Nigeria Work Type: Consultancy Duration: 6 months Purpose of Assignment Under the guidance of Chief of Child Protection and direct supervision of the End Violence Against Children/System Strengthening manager, the consultant will contribute to the implementation of UNICEF Nigeria Justice for Children programme and 2018-2019 Rolling Work Plan. Tasks Provide technical support to amend the CRL and for the enactment of secondary legislation to the CRL for Lagos, Cross River and Plateau Advocate for the adoption of police guidelines and SOPs at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance and advocacy for the development of prosecution guidelines Federal and state level (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance for the development of legal aid guidelines for children in contact with the law at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance for the development of Family Court Rules at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of prosecutors at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of legal aid providers at Federal and state levels (Cross River, Gombe, Lagos and Plateau) Provide technical assistance to strengthen capacity of the judiciary Deliverables First month deliverables: Consultancy work plan and August plan developed Signature of institutional contract for the strengthening of legal frameworks High level advocacy conducted with Police Inspector General for adoption of SOP and harmonized guidelines NPF bidding process for renovation of police units finalized TOR developed and DCT processed for Lagos legal aid programme Advocacy conducted for adoption of prosecution guidelines conducted in 1 state Monitoring visit report submitted Monthly report submitted and September work plan Second month deliverables: Advocacy conducted for adoption of legal aid guidelines in 1 state NPF renovation of police units work monitored by UNICEF quality assurance team Consultations on Child Protection regulations conducted in Lagos and Cross River Consultations on family court rules held in Lagos and Cross River ToT on legal aid completed in Abuja Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children's cases in Plateau Monitoring visit report submitted Monthly report submitted and October work plan Third month deliverables: Working tools printed and delivered to focus states Training on legal aid conducted in Lagos and Cross River Draft family court rules submitted to chief judge for approval in 1 state Monitoring visit report submitted Monthly report submitted and November work plan Forth month deliverables: Consultations on Child Protection regulations held in Plateau Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children's cases in Cross River Monitoring visit report submitted Monthly report submitted and December work plan Fifth month deliverables: Training for prosecutors in Lagos and Plateau conducted Training for legal aid providers in Gombe and Plateau conducted Documentation of diversion programme initiated Monitoring visit report submitted Sixth month deliverable: Family court personnel trained on adjudication of children's cases in Lagos Assessment report on pilot of police SOPs and harmonized guidelines for specialized units and recommendations by January 2018 Final consultancy report by January 2018 Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required University degree in Law (Masters or equivalent level) Five years experience of relevant professional work experience on child rights, child protection and justice for children Good knowledge of international standards related to justice for children Experience of project management experience supporting government to apply international standards in the justice sector Excellent planning and organizational skills Excellent communication and advocacy skills - both oral and written Familiarity with the systems strengthening approach to child protection Experience working with UNICEF is considered and asset
          National Consultant on Health Sector Response to Violence Against Children at UNICEF      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.Job Number: 515314 Location: Abuja Work Type: Consultancy The duration of this consultancy: 6 months Purpose of Assignment Under the overall guidance of the Child Protection Chief, the national consultant will contribute to the design and integration of child protection programme on ending violence against children in the Health setting to existing health Programmes, Polices and guideline to contribute to the prevention and response of violence against children in the health sector. Background Children have a right to be free from all forms of abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect. In recent years, the global community has increasingly recognized that (i) the number of children experiencing abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect is significant, and is rising in some areas (ii) efforts to address child protection issues have been poorly coordinated and resourced, with a focus on stand-alone/single issue based projects (such as on sexual exploitation, child trafficking, street children, child labour etc. with limited sustainability; and (iii) children face multiple risks - abuse can be combined with exploitation and/or abandonment, for example, yet many programs are designed to address a single risk. To corroborate this, the findings of the 2014 VAC Survey highlighted shocking statistics on the various forms of violence children face in Nigeria. Key highlights indicate that before the age of 18 years, 6 out 10 children experience some form of violence; 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 10 boys experience sexual violence and majority of the children reported multiple incidents. The survey further reveals that children are not speaking out or seeking or receiving services. i.e. less than 6% of children who experience sexual or physical violence sought help and less that 5% of those who sought help receive help. These Statistics indicated that very few children knew where to seek help after suffering violence (15.6% of girls and 26.1% of boys who experienced sexual abuse in the last 12 months) and a low percentage of children reported their experiences (5.2% girls and 3.4 boys). It is also distressing to note that out of the few children that reported only 4.2% girls and 3.4% boys received any help. Violence Against Children including physical, emotional and sexual abuse, including sexual assault or rape of children and adolescents is a major global public health problem, a violation of human rights and has many health consequences in the short and long term. The physical, sexual, reproductive health and mental health consequences of such abuse are wide ranging and need to be addressed. Data from several settings show that children are disproportionately represented among the cases of sexual abuse that are brought to the attention of health care providers. Health services in many instances are slow to recognize violence against children, lack staff trained on identifying and responding to violence against children, have limited resources and seldom consider violence against children as health problem, are reluctant to talk about it and may not know how to help. The consultant will be responsible for the implementation of the following tasks: Conduct literature reviews of both qualitative and quantitative studies to identify values and preferences to inform good practices and guiding principles Stakeholders consultation to review existing health policies and inform policy recommendations for the integration of child protection issues and health sector response to VAC Develop and validate national guidelines and protocols for the health sector response child victim/survivors of violence, consistent with international human rights standards and WHO guidelines Develop, validate and finalize pocket books with messages on VAC, guiding principles for front line health care providers (general practitioners, nurses, paediatricians, gynaecologists etc.) Develop guidelines and implementation strategy for sustained capacity building of health care providers (1) training of health care providers on VAC and child friendly/sensitive health care (2) Integration of training on child protection in pre-and in -service curriculum for all health professionals Develop strategy for strengthening routine reporting and documentation of violence against children and final report End Product Inception and literation review report documenting good practices and guiding principles for delivery of clinical care for child victims/survivors of violence National guidelines and protocols for health sector response to VAC and safe guarding policy Pocket books with messages on child protection and VAC including guiding principles for front line health care providers (general practitioners, nurses, paediatricians, gynaecologists etc.) and short messages on health sector response to VAC for different categories of health care providers Guideline and implementation strategy for sustained capacity building and training material /pre and in-service curriculum on CP and VAC for health care providers Mandatory reporting policy and protocol for health facilities and health care providers and a roadmap for operationalizing the protocol including tools and guidelines for reporting, tracking, referral and response on violence against children Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required Advanced university degree in Medicine, Health promotion/child psychology or related field (masters or equivalent) A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience with projects related to child protection in the education section Experience in the field child psychology and clinical care of children Experience in the field of child protection system strengthening is an asset Excellent planning and organizational skills Strong communication skills - both oral and written Experience with UNICEF is desirable Fluency in written and spoken English Experience working with government desirable
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Latest NGO Vacancies at the United Nations Development Programme United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights, capacity development and the empowerment of women. We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:     Job Title: National Human Rights …
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Latest Vacancies at the United Nations Children’s Fund The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) – For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and …
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August 10, 2018


***THE DAILY PUBLIC SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2018

SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO

11:00 a.m. Secretary Pompeo delivers remarks and administers the Oath of Office to the 148th Foreign Service Specialist Class and the 155th Civil Service Class, at the Department of State.
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1:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, at the Department of State.
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4:00 p.m. Secretary Pompeo meets with United Nations Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Jan Kubis, at the Department of State.
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A group of UN experts urged the Nicaraguan government to "stop the repression" and the "witch hunt" against dissenting voices and participants in opposition protests, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported today.
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Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing with the United Nations' chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament

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          Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Baltimore, Md., Aug 9, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv called on the international community and the Catholic Church not to neglect the crisis in Ukraine. He made the plea during his keynote address at the Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore on August 7.

Since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, the Ukrainian conflict has taken the lives of more than 10,000 people and has left 1.6 million people displaced, according to the United Nations.

“Besides all these casualties and human tragedies, there is still another hidden danger of the war in eastern Ukraine: This region is at risk of suffering a dire, long-lasting ecological catastrophe due to flooded mines and contaminated drinking water, which is comparable in scale to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986,” warned the archbishop.

“As many as 4 million people might be left without safe drinking water in the region,” he continued, “all of this is happening right now, in Ukraine, the largest country in Europe.”

The fighting has also damaged basic infrastructure. The World Health Organization documented  multiple attacks on Ukraine’s hospitals between 2014 and 2016.

“This is a silent and forgotten war. Because it is a ‘frozen conflict,’ no one speaks loudly about the war in Ukraine anymore,” said the archbishop.

Although a standing cease-fire exists in Ukraine, it was violated over 1,200 times in one week in July, reported the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Special Monitoring mission in Ukraine.

“Many specialists nowadays call this war in Ukraine a ‘hybrid war,’ that is, a war where not only traditional weapons are used on battlefields, but where all means of destruction, including economic and information warfare, are employed,” explained the archbishop, “Thanks to information technologies, modern wars are not limited to specific territories.”

“Everyone in the Western world today experiences the consequences of this information war, which targets truth by disseminating ‘fake news’ and molding public opinion according to dishonest goals. Unfortunately, not even your country or other developed countries in Western Europe have been spared from these attacks. Please remember: it is not only our war — it is the war for humanity!” said Shevchuk.

The Catholic Response

“How does the Catholic Church in Ukraine, and in particular our Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, respond to the needs of the millions of people suffering from the consequences of war?” Shevchuk asked the Knights of Columbus.

The archbishop’s response was “diakonia,” the Greek New Testament term for charitable service. In the case of Ukraine, “diakonia” entails “serving to one’s neighbor, taking care of those afflicted by the war, by providing them with spiritual guidance and often with social service as well,” he said.

“Charity is an antidote to egoism and indifference. I would say that charity is also a key to understanding the success of the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine,” he continued.

The Knights of Columbus are a relatively new presence in Ukraine. The country’s first Knights of Columbus council was established five years ago -- just before Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

Today the Knights in Ukraine have dedicated much of their charitable efforts to aiding local civilians affected by the violence in the Donbas region of Eastern Ukraine.

The Ukrainian Knights of Columbus organize summer rehabilitation camps for wounded soldiers, war veterans, and their families. They regularly visit the wounded in hospitals, fundraise for first aid equipment, and provide the disabled with free wheelchairs. One Knights of Columbus council in southeastern Ukraine runs a Christian youth summer camp for children living in immediate proximity to the combat zone.

“Our society probably does not yet realize the full scale of trauma caused by the war and that is why we, as a Church and as Knights of Columbus, need to invest so much of our energy and resources into the field of rehabilitation, in order to be able to heal the wounds of our people,” said Shevchuk.

Catholics are a minority in Ukraine, most of the local population are Orthodox Christians. The archbishop said that he was encouraged to see how both Roman and Greek Catholics work together in the Knights of Columbus. He said it shows “a wonderful example of the unity of the Catholic Church in Ukraine, so much needed in Ukrainian society today.”

On August 7, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko over the phone, reassuring him of U.S. support for Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.

A few weeks earlier, the State Department released the Crimea Declaration calling on Russia to to end its occupation of Crimea, saying, “The United States rejects Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine’s territorial integrity is restored.”

In the meantime, the Knights of Columbus in Ukraine will continue to aid the those suffering from the violence.


          Waiting for a new deputy at the Vatican Secretariat of State      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Vatican City, Aug 9, 2018 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis’ trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families will be likely his first international trip not to include the “sostituto,” or deputy, of the Vatican Secretariat of State among the papal entourage.
 
Since the former “sostituto”, Giovanni Angelo Becciu, was created cardinal and promoted to lead the Congregation for the Cause of Saints in May, the position has been vacant.
 
The pope was expected to fill the position once Becciu’s mandate formally ended at the end of June, but he did not do that.
 
Now that the trip to Ireland is approaching, reports are spreading that Pope Francis might appoint Becciu’s successor by the end of the week.
 
The position of the “sostituto” is important for the functioning of the Secretariat of State and the entire Roman Cura.
 
According to Pastor bonus, the apostolic constitution that defines the tasks and competencies of Curial offices, the “sostituto” is at the helm of the first section of the Secretariat of State, the section on “general affairs.”
 
In practice, the “sostituto” works as a coordinator, and as a link between the pope and the secretary of state, becoming in many cases the person closest to the pope.
 
This is likely the reason Pope Francis wants to ponder carefully who will be the next “sostituto.”
 
On the other hand, the competencies of the “sostituto” might change some when Praedicate evangelium, the anticipated apostolic constitution updating the governance structures of the Vatican, is published and takes effect, and the pope might be waiting for the promulgation of that document before appointing a person to the role.
 
The Secretariat of State has already changed its shape under Pope Francis; the pope established in November a third section dedicated to the pastoral care of nuncios and other diplomatic personnel.
 
The newly established department took on the competencies of the Office for Pontifical Representatives, which was previously under the first section of the Secretariat. As the same time, the third section also absorbed some of the tasks generally entrusted to the first section, among them the presentation to the pope of three candidates for an nuncio position, and granting special permissions or delegations to nuncios.
 
The new “sostituto” will be called to work out a transition toward a new modus operandi of the Secretariat of State.
 
There has been a great deal of speculation about who will be picked for the job.
 
The “sostituto” is entrusted with general affairs, so it is not a diplomatic role, as is the Secretary for the Relations with States, who heads the Second Section. However, lately the “sostituto” have been from picked among the ranks of papal nuncios, as all of them have had experience and in its diplomatic work.
 
Since the position of the sostituto was created in 1831, there have been 20 deputies to the Secretary of State, and 17 of them were Italians. The tradition of an Italian “sostituto” was broken under John Paul II, who picked the Spanish Eduardo Martinez Somalo (1979 – 1988),  the Australian Edward Idris Cassidy (1988 – 1989) and the Argentinian Leonardo Sandri (2000 – 2007).
 
Since 1953, the “sostituto” has always had a past in the diplomatic service.
 
Will Pope Francis keep that tradition?
 
Vatican observers claim that the pope will likely choose an active nuncio for the position. Some have speculated that the pope might pick Archbishop Nicola Girasoli, nuncio to Peru, or Archbishop Giordano Caccia, nuncio to Philippines. Other reports say that the top candidate for the position might be Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Observer to the United Nations in New York.
 
It is also rumored that the pope might appoint Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano as “sostituto”- he is a long term friend of the pope, he is serving as secretary of the Council of Cardinals, and so he would be the well positioned to oversee Curia reform – including that of the Secretariat of State.
 
However, there is no consensus candidate within the Vatican corridors. Names circulate in conversations with Vatican officials, but they are considered to be, at best, possibilities.
 
Among the possibilities, there is a new entry who could represent a concrete option for the future: Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, apostolic nuncio to Mozambique.
 
Archbishop Peña Parra fits many of Pope Francis’ priorities.
 
First, he is not Italian, and Francis seems keen to dispense with an overreliance on Italians.
 
Second, he comes from Venezuela: with his appointment, Pope Francis might further show his attention to the situation in that country, where every Church mediation in the messy political situation has thus far failed.
 
Third, he was apostolic nuncio to Pakistan from 2011 to 2015, a country to which Francis has paid particular attention, even appointing a cardinal from Pakistan at the last consistory.

Peña Parra therefore has a deep knowledge of two of the scenarios that Pope Francis deems important. In addition, his doctoral dissertation has become a reference point for study of human rights, an issue of importance to the pontiff.
 
At the moment, and for all of these reasons, the appointment of Archbishop Peña Parra is considered a strong possibility. However, Vatican sources have maintained that “the pope will make his decision alone,” and that “the pope can always surprise us.”
 
Much will be understood from the timing of the appointment: while it seems really likely that the pope will announce the appoint of the new “sostituto” by the end of the week, the decision can always be postponed to September, when vacation time is over and when the reform of the Curia should renewed in full swing.


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          Demand Justice for Bangladeshi Student Protesters Beaten, Jailed by Government!      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Violence dominated much of Bangladesh this past week as peaceful student protesters faced swift and violent oppression at the hands of a student group linked directly to the nation’s ruling party, the Awami League.

This violence was paired with an almost total internet blackout in Dhaka, allowing counter-protesters to commit atrocities without the outside world being aware. So severe and traumatic was this campaign that since, student protesters have resigned to accepting defeat.

As it stands, the Bangladeshi government is working hard to determine the identities of student protesters, no doubt with the intent to prosecute and punish them for violating a federal law which forbids criticizing the government on social media. An untold number of demonstrators have been arrested and their fates remain uncertain.

Because it seems likely that not only will these individuals not see genuine justice but also that the government youth group responsible for the violence will not face any consequences, the international community has a responsibility to conduct an independent probe into the events that transpired in Bangladesh.

Tell the United Nations that this is the exact situation it was formed to deal with by adding your name to this petition! Together we can find justice.
          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 Council Sanctions Committee.

Bach says "this makes it more difficult for the IOC to accomplish its mission to bring athletes from all over the world together to promote understanding and friendship regardless of political background or any other differences.

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UNITED NATIONS, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Russia and China on Thursday objected to a U.S. proposal to add a Russian bank, Moscow-based North Korean banker and two...
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Malnutrition, which results in death, stunting, underweight and wasting among children under age five, has remained a serious concern in Nigeria as the statistics continues to ascend. The United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF), has said that stunting is what happens to a child’s brain and body when they don’t get the right kind of food […]

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In Lebanon, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) and IPT Energy Center (IPTEC), with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon, signed an MOU to install a pilot plant for the production of biodiesel from Waste Cooking Oil. The main objective of this project is to encourage and promote sustainable biodiesel […]
          Jeff Sessions insists Alliance Defending Freedom not a hate group in spite of extensive proof which says otherwise      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Attorney General Jeff Sessions (top) insist that the Alliance Defending Freedom (logo at the bottom) is not a hate group in spite of extensive proof which says otherwise.


Wednesday night, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he does not believe that the Alliance Defending Freedom is a hate group even though it has been proven that, among other things, the group has falsely conflated homosexuality with pedophilia and worked to imprison gays in foreign countries simply for being gay.

Sessions said these comments during a speech at the ADF's Summit for Religious Liberty. He also blasted the Southern Poverty Law Center, the organization giving ADF the designation:

"I wanted to come back here tonight partially because I wanted to say this: You are not a hate group," Sessions told attendees (video below) at the ADF's Summit on Religious Liberty, as Towleroad reports. 
 "When I spoke to ADF last year, I learned that the Southern Poverty Law Center had classified ADF as a ‘hate group.’ Many in the media simply parroted that as a fact," Sessions charged. "They have used this designation as a weapon and they have wielded it against conservative organizations that refuse to accept their orthodoxy and choose instead to speak for their conscience and their beliefs. They use it to bully and intimidate groups that fight for religious freedom, these constitutional rights of the American people."

Via  his speech, Sessions performed the modus operandi of ADF and other religious right groups which SPLC have called out, i.e. playing the victim and using the "religious liberty" card in hopes of diverting attention from what caused them to be labeled as hate groups in the first place.

In the case of the Alliance Defending Freedom, the organization has a long history of demonizing the LGBTQ  community, working to undermine LGBTQ equality, and using the force of the law against the LGBTQ community. In his speech, Sessions claimed that SPLC has no proof to back up its claim that ADF is a hate group.

He lied.

SPLC has extensively documented research from the time of the Alliance Defending Freedom's founding to the present, making sure to point the numerous times the group attacked the LGBTQ community.

SPLC even has a timeline including such items as:

2001 - 2010: Claims on its website that “attacks on family values include efforts to allow practicing homosexuals to adopt children and foster parents;” and “allow practicing homosexuals to serve openly in the military.” ADF vows to oppose these attacks because “weakening the family and undermining the values that support it will ultimately destroy our society” and impact religious civil liberties. (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

2003: Alan Sears, then-president of ADF (he was president until January, 2017) publishes a book he co-wrote with then-ADF colleague Craig Osten titled The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today, which was heavily advertised for sale on the ADF website and offered in fundraising pitches for years. The book is the authors’ attempt to describe how far the conspiracy of “the homosexual agenda” has infiltrated the country and undermined Christianity through things like media and educational institutions. Sears and Osten described the media campaign conducted by LGBT activists in the 70s and 80s (as summarized in the account After The Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the 90s) to "a war of propaganda, just as Hitler did so masterfully in Nazi Germany." (p. 27) “An entire book could be written on the subject of the entertainment industry’s promotion of homosexual behavior, but it is our goal to give you a brief overview of each subject so that you understand the number of cultural fronts in which the homosexual agenda is being pushed.” (p. 44) The authors ask, “How far down the road have homosexual activists taken us to their goal of unbridled sexual behavior and the silencing of the church?” (p. 14) “The very future of our nation is at risk if the homosexual agenda continues to advance unchecked,” (p. 27) the authors state.

In addition, SPLC also points out that ADF supports sterilization laws for transgender men and women in foreign countries.

In February 2017, the media watchdog group Media Matters for America published 10 facts about ADF including:

SPLC Labeled ADF A Hate Group Because Of Its Extreme, Demonizing Lies About LGBT People. SPLC added ADF to its list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups because ADF’s leaders and affiliated lawyers have “regularly demonized LGBT people, falsely linking them to pedophilia, calling them ‘evil’ and a threat to children and society, and blaming them for the ‘persecution of devout Christians.’” As SPLC has repeatedly clarified, it does not list organizations as anti-LGBTQ hate groups on the basis of “opposition to same-sex marriage or the belief that the Bible describes homosexual activity as sinful.”

ADF Has Expanded Its Anti-Choice, Anti-LGBTQ Extemism Internationally. While ADF has largely run out of options for promoting the criminalization of homosexuality in America, the group has taken its anti-sodomy agenda overseas. ADF has actively worked to promote and defend anti-sodomy laws that criminalize gay sex in Jamaica, Belize and India. In 2010, the United Nations granted special consultant status to ADF, allowing the group to help shape international human rights policy and treaties. More recently, the group has become involved in the Organization of American States, where ADF’s mission has been battling “abortion and radical sexual agendas.” 
ADF Believes In A “Homosexual Agenda” Dedicated To Destroying Christianity. ADF founder Alan Sears literally wrote the book on the alleged “homosexual agenda” -- his 2003 book The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today compared the gay "propaganda" movement to what "Hitler did so masterfully in Nazi Germany, to get the American public on their side." As SPLC noted, ADF “has also promoted the idea of a ‘homosexual agenda’ -- a nefarious scheme to destroy Christianity and, eventually, civilization.”

Sessions claims that SPLC is weaponizing the hate group designation.  There is weaponizing going on here but it's being committed by Sessions.

If it was proven that ADF was conflating being an African-American with pedophilia,

or ADF was claiming that people of the Jewish faith was attempting to destroy Christianity,

or ADF supported sterilization laws which would affect women in foreign countries, there would be no question that the group would called a hate group by a large part of society with little or no argument.

ADF has done all three of things to the LGBTQ community, but as long as they and folks like Jeff Sessions can claim," we are simply acting in accordance to our personal religious beliefs," they can expect an exemption card.

But nothing justifies discrimination, bearing false witness, and laws which would harm your neighbor. Not fear, hatred, or prejudice. And definitely not religious beliefs.

It's a shame that Sessions doesn't feel that way. And it gives us a spooky view of just what he is planning via his recently announced "religious liberty" task force.

          UFOs, ALCHEMY, SECRET SOCIETIES AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Down through the centuries, very mysterious individuals have appeared at certain moments in human history and provided convincing demonstrations that "impossible" inventions are possible.

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A "respectable burgher of North Holland" appeared "modest and simple" to the alchemist Helvetius one day in 1666. It was the stranger’s incredible knowledge that startled and inspired the alchemists of Helvetius's day, and though these learned and determined men never did acquire the philosopher's stone that would transmute lead into gold, they did fashion the seeds of the science of chemistry that has accomplished so many transmutations of the human environment and the human condition in the last three hundred years.

Out of the smoky laboratories of the alchemists, Albert le Grand produced potassium lye; Raymond Lully prepared bicarbonate of potassium; Paracelsus described zinc and introduced chemical compounds in medicine; Blaise Vigenere discovered benzoic acid; Basil Valentine perfected sulfuric acid; and Johann Friedrich Boetticher be-came the first European to produce porcelain.

While each of the above is an important discovery, there are rumors that lying amidst the musty pages of certain ancient alchemical laboratories there are recorded experiments with photography, radio transmission, phonography, and aerial flight.

Throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, there were many scholars who claimed that they had received late-night visits from mysterious members of a secret society that had accomplished the transmutation of metals, the means of prolonging life, the knowledge to see and to hear what was occurring in distant places, and the ability to travel across the heavens in heavier-than-air vehicles.

Numerous occult groups have been created around the belief that centuries ago a secret society achieved a high level of scientific knowledge that they carefully guarded from the rest of humanity. According to these occultists, certain men of genius in ancient Egypt and Persia were given access to the records of the advanced technologies of the antediluvian world of Atlantis. Many hundreds of years ago, these ancient masters learned to duplicate many of the feats of the Titans of the lost continent.

There are persistent legends in nearly every culture that tell of an Elder Race that populated the Earth millions of years ago. The Old Ones, who may originally have been of extraterrestrial origin or the survivors of highly advanced terrestrial civilization that was destroyed after the last Ice Age, were an immensely intelligent and scientifically sophisticated species who eventually chose to structure their own environment under the surface of the planet's soil and seas. The Old Ones usually remain aloof from the surface dwellers, but from time to time throughout history, they have been known to visit certain of Earth's more intelligent members in the guise of alchemist or mysterious scientists in order to offer constructive criticism and, in some cases, to give valuable advice in the material sciences.

The decision to form an ancient secret society may have been based on the members' highly developed moral sense and their recognition of the awesome position of responsibility that the discovery of such applications of ancient knowledge had placed upon them. They may have decided to keep their own counsel until the rest of the world had become enlightened enough to deal wisely with such a high degree of technical accomplishments.     

From time to time, the secret society may decide the time is propitious to make one of its discoveries known to the "outside world." Such intervention in the affairs of humankind is usually accomplished by carefully feeding certain fragments of research to "outside" scientists whose work and attitude have been judged particularly deserving. When these scientists accomplish the breakthroughs in their research, they credit the success of the experiments to their own diligence, and the secrecy the society prizes so highly is maintained.

On the other hand, the secret society may feel little or no responsibility of any kind to those humans outside of their group. They may be merely biding their time until they turn the great mass of humanity into their slaves.

By the 1840s, the legend of Agharta had already been widely circulated among the mystically minded in Germany. According to this ancient tradition, the Master of the World already controlled many of the kings and rulers of the surface world by exercising his occult powers. Soon this Master and his super race would launch an invasion of Earth and subjugate all humans to his will.

If certain master magicians, disciples of the Titans, individuals of exceptional intellect, power, and wealth, actually did achieve a high degree of technical accomplishment sev¬eral centuries ago, then they could very well be responsible for a good many of the strange and mysterious vehicles seen in our skies. And if alien life-forms apprehended their advanced technology at the end of the previous century, then they might have established an alliance with the society of humans that easily appeared to be the more advanced and worthy to receive the benefits of their extraterrestrial super science.

The year 1897 may have seemed an ideal time to show the “outsiders” just how far advanced the members of the ancient secret society really were.

The science of the outsiders seemed as though it had gone about as far as it could go, and it was poised confidently on the brink of the twentieth century. Many of the world's most learned men and women were filled with pride over a host of new technological accomplishments.

In 1893, Karl Benz and Henry Ford built their first four¬wheeled automobiles. Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope (1889) was among the first practical systems of cinematography, and in 1895, Louis and Auguste Lumiere presented the first commercial projection. In that same year, Wilhelm Roentgen dis¬covered X rays, Marconi invented radio telegraphy, and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky formulated the principle of rocket reaction propulsion. In 1896, William Ramsay isolated helium, Ernest Rutherford accomplished the magnetic detection of electrical waves, and Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity. The Royal Automobile Club was founded in London in 1897, and cars were going faster every year.

However, with all of these scientific marvels about which to boast, there were as yet no heavier-than-air aerial vehicles to occupy the efforts and the interests of potential aviators; and a good number of brilliant scientists of great reputation had gone on record with their arguments that it was aerodynamically impossible to build such a flying machine. On the other hand, the future of balloon transport seemed promising, and gondolas could be attached to carry passengers. With all the other wonders of modern science, how could anyone bemoan the lack of heavier-than-air flying machines?

And yet, in March of 1897, a bizarre aircraft, often described as resembling a cone-shaped steamboat, was seen flying across the United States and later throughout the world.

The German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin did not build his famous airship, a rigid dirigible, until 1898. Could some mysterious unknown inventors have beaten Count von Zeppelin to the drawing board with a much more impressive vehicle, a forerunner of the modern passenger plane? Or was a secret terrestrial society of master magicians once again displaying their superiority over the outsiders?

The flights of the enigmatic airship continued until August of 1897 when the craft was sighted off the coast of Norway and over Vancouver, British Columbia on the same day.

After a twelve-year absence, the airship reappeared over England in 1909. Within a matter of days, it was sighted over New Zealand, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Tennessee. Its final appearance seems to have been over Memphis on January 20, 1910.

In 1871, occultist Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote The Coming Race, a novel about a small group of German mystics who had discovered a race of supermen living within the Earth’s interior. The super race had built a paradise based on The Vril Force, a form of energy so powerful that the older beings had outlawed its use as a potential weapon. The Vril, was derived from the Black Sun, a large ball of “Prima Materia” that provided light and radiation to the inhabitants of the inner Earth.

In 1919, Karl Haushofer founded the Brothers of the Light Society in Berlin, and soon changed its name to the Vril Society. As Haushofer’s Vril grew in prominence, it united three major occult societies, the Lords of the Black Stone, the Black Knights of the Thule Society, and the Black Sun and chose the swastika, the hooked cross, as its symbol of the worship of the Black Sun.     

As with many secret groups, there appears to have been more than one order--those who followed the Golden Sun and those who followed the Black Sun. The Black Sun, like the Swastika, is a very ancient symbol. While the Swastika represents the eternal fountain of creation, the Black Sun is even older, suggesting the very void of creation itself. The symbol on the Nazi flag is the Thule Sonnenrad (Sun Wheel), not a reversed good luck Swastika. The Black Sun can be seen in many ancient Babylonian and Assyrian places of worship.

While these societies borrowed some concepts and rites from various Hermetic groups, they placed special emphasis on the innate mystical powers of the Aryan race. The Vril and its fellow societies maintained that the Germanic/Nordic/ Teutonic people were of Aryan origin, and that Christianity had destroyed the power of the Teutonic civilization.     

The secret societies formed in Germany wanted desperately to prove themselves worthy of the super humans that lived beneath the surface of the planet and they wished to be able to control the incredibly powerful Vril force. This ancient force had been known among the alchemists and magicians as the Chi, the Odic force, the Orgone, the Astral Light, and they were well aware of its transformative powers to create supermen of ordinary mortals.

In 1921, Maria Orsic (Orsitch), a medium in the society, now renamed Vril Gesellschaft, began claiming spirit messages originating from Aryan aliens on Alpha Tauri in the Aldeberan star system. Orsic and another medium named Sigrun, learned that the aliens spoke of two classes of people on their world--the Aryan, or master race, and a subservient planetary race that had evolved through mutation and climate changes. A half billion years ago, the Aryans, also known as the Elohim or Elder Race, began to colonize our solar system. On Earth, the Aryans were identified as the Sumerians until they elected to carve out an empire for themselves in the hollow of the planet.

Students of the Vril Society also insist that extraterrestrials worked with Nazi scientists to create early models of flying saucers. According to some researchers, an alien tutor race secretly began cooperating with certain German scientists from the Thule, the Vril, and the Black Sun societies in the late 1920s. Working in underground bases with the alien intelligences, the Nazis mastered antigravity space flight, established space stations, accomplished time travel, an developed their spacecraft to warp speeds.

In 1922, members of Thule and Vril claim to have built the Jenseitsflugmaschine, the Other World Flight Machine, based on the psychic messages received from the Aldebaran aliens. W. O. Schulmann of the Technical University of Munich was in charge of the project until it was halted in 1924, and the craft was stored in Messerschmitt’s Augsburg. In 1937, after Hitler came into power, he authorized the construction of the Rund flugzeug, the round, or disk-shaped vehicle, for military use and for spaceflight.

In April, 1942, Nazi Germany sent out an expedition composed of a number of its most visionary scientists to seek a military vantage point in the hollow earth. Although the expedition of leading scientists left at a time when the Third Reich was putting maximum effort in their drive against the Allies, Goering, Himmler, and Hitler are said to have enthusiastically endorsed the project. Steeped in the more esoteric teachings of metaphysics, the Fuehrer had long been convinced that Earth was concave and that a master race lived on the inside of the planet.

The Nazi scientists who left for the island of Rugen had complete confidence in the validity of their quest. In their minds, such a coup as discovering the opening to the Inner World would not only provide them with a military advantage, but it would go a long way in convincing the Masters who lived there that the German people truly deserved to mix their blood with them in the creation of a hybrid master race to occupy the surface world, truly a New World Order.

In 1991when President George H.W. Bush began speaking about a New World Order to beef up his campaign for reelection, evangelist Pat Robertson, who was briefly a presidential candidate, passionately spoke out that "new world order" was actually a code for a secret group that sought to replace Christian society with a worldwide atheistic socialist dictatorship.

Bush, the conspiracy buffs charged, was a member of one of the world's most devilish and powerful secret societies: the Order of Skull and Bones. What was more, according to these same conspiracists, Bush was linked to the Bilderbergers and the Trilateral Commission, dangerous elitist organizations.

At about the same time that President Bush's alleged secret affiliations were being exposed, a number of fundamentalist evangelists began to take their first real notice of the UFO phenomenon and saw the mysterious aerial objects as the "signs in the skies" referred to in apocalyptic literature and in the book of Revelation. It was a short leap or many evangelists to begin to blend accounts of UFOs with the secret societies of top U.S. government officials, politicians, corporate chairmen, international bankers, and many others who sought to bring into being the dreaded "New World Order."

According to the proponents of this cosmic conspiracy, when President Ronald Reagan gave his famous "alien invasion" speech to the entire United Nations General Assembly in September of 1987, he had already secretly advised representatives of the 176 member nations that the leaders of their respective governments must meet the demands of the technologically superior extraterrestrials or be destroyed.

As Reagan said in his speech: "I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world. And yet I ask you, is not an alien threat already among us?"

Some UFO researchers have warned that highly placed members of an ancient secret society that can trace its origins beyond the temples of ancient Egypt to Atlantis have established a plan to create a carefully staged "alien invasion" that will convince the masses of the world that a real-life War of the Worlds alien attack is about to begin. People of all nations will believe their leaders who say that it has been learned that the aliens are a benevolent species and that unconditional surrender to them is for everyone's own good.

Immediately following the "surrender" to the aliens, the leaders of the ancient secret society will form a One World Government, a New World Order, thus fulfilling biblical prophecies about a return to the days of Babylon.

Concern over interference by secret societies in the affairs of government was considered very real long before our present-day paranoia. For hundreds of years, certain scholars have worried about global conspiracies being conducted in secret by such groups as the Knights Templar, the Vril, the Thule, the Black Sun, and the Illuminati--who may all be waiting until the pro¬pitious time to complete world domination.

In 1876, Benjamin Disraeli, British prime minister, warned: "The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings, and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans."

For more information about conspiracies and the Conspiracies and Secret Societies: The Complete Dossier by Brad and Sherry Steiger

 


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The United Nations said Wednesday it still had not been granted independent access to the epicentre of Myanmar's Rohingya crisis two months after inking a deal with the government to carry out work there.

UN refugee and development agencies signed an agreement with Myanmar in June that permitted them to operate in northern Rakhine state where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims were driven from their homes in an army campaign that started almost a year ago.

The agreement was supposed to let the UN help Myanmar create conditions on the ground that would be conducive to a safe and voluntary return for the stateless Rohingya, many of whom are currently languishing in camps in southeast Bangladesh.

So far they have refused to come back without any guarantee of security or basic rights such as citizenship.

The UN agencies said in a joint statement that requests dating back to mid-June for international employees to be allowed to start work in northern Rakhine state remained unanswered.

Though they highlighted some "encouraging" steps, such as visits to the area by UN officials, they said Myanmar needed to provide "effective access".

The UN refugee agency has kept an office in northern Rakhine state throughout the crisis but staff are not able to work in the field freely.

The statement also called on Myanmar to provide freedom of movement for all communities and to address the root cause of the crisis.

In Myanmar, the Rohingya are widely regarded as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and most live under apartheid-like conditions, cut off from adequate healthcare and unable to travel.

Some 700,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August last year. Living in cramped shelters they have recounted horrific testimonies of murder, rape and torture at the hands of army troops and mobs of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.

The US and UN brand the operations carried out by security forces as ethnic cleansing.

But Myanmar's military says it was defending itself against Rohingya terrorists and denies targeting civilians.

A spokesman for the Myanmar government could not be reached for comment.

Rakhine has been largely sealed off since the crisis exploded, with Myanmar undertaking a massive reconstruction programme that critics say amounts to the erasure of Rohingya history.

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Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus. Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross . Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims." "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their
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Dozens of children were reportedly killed in a Saudi attack on Yemen.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday.

CNN reported that dozens of children under the age of 15 were killed in the attack, and many more were injured, according to reports from Yemeni officials and the Red Cross.

"U.S. bombs. U.S. targeting. U.S. mid air support," Murphy said in a tweet. "And we just bombed a SCHOOL BUS."

He continued: "The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this - NOW."

In a statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich said that American aid helps reduce civilian casualties. However, a recent review of airstrikes by the United Nations found that "measures taken by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its targeting process to minimize child casualties, if any, remain largely ineffective."

American support for the Saudi attacks in Yemen began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump has vigorously continued the policy and ramped up munitions sales to the U.S. ally.

“In retrospect, the problem is that we did just enough to produce the perception of complicity, without doing enough to actually influence their behavior,” a former senior Obama administration official told the Washington Post. “We tried to take this principled middle position, which left us stuck.”

Meanwhile, the war has caused what the United Nations says is a humanitarian disaster. In addition to the thousands of deaths from direct attacks, millions are believed to be on the brink of starvation because of the crisis.


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Yemen war: Saudi-led air strike on bus kills 29 children

A Yemeni man holds a boy injured in an air strike in Saada (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe Red Cross said a hospital it supports in Saada had received dozens of casualties
At least 29 children have been killed and 30 wounded in a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross says.
The children were travelling on a bus that was hit at a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada. 
The health ministry run by the rebel Houthi movement said put the death toll at 43, and said 61 people were wounded.
The coalition, which is backing Yemen's government in a war with the Houthis, said its actions were "legitimate".
It insists it never deliberately targets civilians, but human rights groups have accused it of bombing markets, schools, hospitals and residential areas.

What happened in Saada?

Yemeni tribal elders told the Associated Press that the bus was hit as it passed through Dahyan market and that it was transporting local civilians, including many school children.
The vehicle was stationary when the attack happened, it added.
A doctor treats children injured by an air strike in Saada, Yemen (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe ICRC said it was sending extra supplies to help hospitals deal with the influx
The ICRC said a hospital it supported in Saada had received the bodies of 29 children, all of them under the age of 15, and 48 injured people, among them 30 children.
It sent additional supplies to the hospital to cope with the influx of patients.
Houthi-run Al-Masirah TV reported that 47 people were killed and 77 wounded, and broadcast graphic pictures showing the bodies of several young children, some of them wearing school uniform.

What has been the reaction?

Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul-Salam accused the coalition of showing "clear disregard for civilian life" by targeting a crowded public place.
The ICRC stressed that "under international humanitarian law, civilians must be protected during conflict", while the secretary-general of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland called it a "grotesque, shameful" attack that showed "blatant disregard for rules of war".
Save the Children described the incident as "horrific", and called for a full, immediate and independent investigation into recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure.
It was not immediately clear whether the bus was the target of the air strike, but coalition spokesman Col Turki al-Malki said the attack was "a legitimate military action, conducted in conformity with international humanitarian law". 
Smoke rises after a reported air strike in Sanaa, Yemen (9 August 2018)Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionAir strikes were reported in the rebel-held capital of Sanaa later on Thursday
He said it had hit "militants responsible for planning and targeting civilians" in the southern Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday night, where one Yemeni resident was killed and 11 others were injured by fragments from an intercepted ballistic missile that was launched by the Houthis from neighbouring Amran province. 
He accused the rebels of using children as "tools and covers for their terrorist acts".
Map of Yemen showing location of Dahyan, Saada province
Later, air strikes were reported in the rebel-held Yemeni capital, Sanaa.
A week ago, at least 55 civilians were killed and 170 others wounded in a series of attacks on the rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hudaydah. The coalition denied that it had carried out air strikes in the area, and blamed the deaths on rebel mortar fire.

Why is there a war in Yemen?

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict that escalated in early 2015, when the Houthis seized control of much of the west of the country and forced President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi to flee abroad.
Media captionThe conflict in Yemen has been raging for years - but what is it all about?
Alarmed by the rise of a group they saw as an Iranian proxy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and seven other Arab states intervened in an attempt to restore the government.
Almost 10,000 people - two-thirds of them civilians - have been killed and 55,000 others injured in the fighting, according to the United Nations.
The fighting and a partial blockade by the coalition has also left 22 million people in need of humanitarian aid, created the world's largest food security emergency, and led to a cholera outbreak that is thought to have affected a million people.

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Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus.

Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims."

"The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack," his spokesperson, Farhan Haq, said Thursday. "The Secretary-General emphasizes that all parties must take constant care to spare civilians and civilian objects in the conduct of military operations."

And Guterres called for a prompt independent investigation into the incident.

Saudi Arabia, the driving force behind a coalition of its Arab neighbors, saw no reason to apologize, however. In a statement released through the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Riyadh called the airstrike a "legitimate military action" conducted in accordance with international law.

The coalition's spokesperson said the operation sought to target the militants responsible for a missile intercepted over Saudi civilian territory on Wednesday. Upon interception, Saudis say the missile exploded into fragments that killed one Yemeni civilian and injured 11 other people.

"The Coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the terrorist Iranian-Houthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools and covers to their terrorist acts," coalition spokesperson Col. Turki al-Malki said in a statement.

The Iran-backed Shiite militia has controlled Yemen's northwest, including Saada, since ousting the country's internationally recognized government from the capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

It is with the stated aim of dislodging the Houthis, and restoring the previous government, that the Sunni coalition has waged a years-long airstrike campaign in the country with the support of the U.S. Since large-scale fighting erupted in 2015, the ensuing violence has left more than 10,000 people killed and the country's health infrastructure so badly battered, nearly 18 million Yemenis lack reliable access to food.

Norway Refugee Council Secretary-General Jan Egeland described Thursday's airstrike differently: "grotesque, shameful, indignant." He asserted that it evinces a "blatant disregard for rules of war when [a] bus carrying innocent school children is fair game for attack."

Houthi media broadcast what appears to be graphic scenes of the aftermath, depicting children drenched in blood and burned black by the blast. They wail in pain as medics attempt to treat them, standing beside boys missing limbs and gazing on with shell-shocked stares.

The frame then hovers over what appears to be a pile of bloodied bodies, unmoving.

Asked about the airstrike by the U.S.-backed coalition, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters "we are certainly concerned."

"We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident," she said.

Thursday's attack marks a grim milestone in a war that lately has seen yet another escalation, as coalition-backed Yemeni government forces have made a recent push to reclaim the key port city of Hodeidah from rebels. Just last week at least 55 people died in the city during a particularly bloody exchange of fire in residential areas and outside a hospital.

"How many more children will suffer or die before those who can act, do by putting a stop to this scourge?" UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore asked.

"It's hard to believe we live in a world where children should live in fear of such attacks, yet here we are," she added. "This doesn't have to be their reality though. Parties to the conflict and those who have influence over them, including Security Council members, can and should choose to end this catastrophe for the sake of Yemen's children."

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Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus. Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross . Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims." "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their
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In 1974, PLO leader Yasser Arafat stood before the United Nations General Assembly and famously declared: "Today I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."

While Arafat's words suggested that the Palestinians were interested in making peace ...

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Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus. Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross . Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims." "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their
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  • Israel and Hamas reportedly reached an uneasy ceasefire after a fiery night of rockets and bombings left three people dead and several others injured in Israel and near Gaza. 
  • A pregnant Palestinian woman and her 18-month-old child were killed in Israeli airstrikes, while seven Israelis were wounded by Gaza rocket fire.
  • The United Nations and Egypt are trying to broker a truce to prevent another all-out conflict.


GAZA/SDEROT, Israel (Reuters) - Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip, agreed on a truce on Thursday, two Palestinian officials said, an understanding that would end an escalation in fighting that has drawn mutual threats of war.

There was no formal comment from Israel, but an Israeli official who spoke on condition of anonymity denied a cease-fire had been reached. Israel rarely acknowledges reaching any such agreement with Hamas, a group it designates as a terrorist organization and with which it has fought three wars in the past decade.

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    On 23 December 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations. Winmas Yu explains in this episode of News Encyclopedia.

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    1994年12月23日,聯合國大會決定,將每年8月9日定為「世界原住民族國際日」;藉此紀念1982年首次召開的原住民問題工作小組會議。余睿章在今集「時事百寶箱」為大家詳細講解當日的活動及意義。


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    UN chief calls for investigation of Saudi coalition attack on Yemen bus#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000United Nations: The United Nations chief on Thursday urged an “independent and prompt” probe into a strike at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen that killed at least 29 children. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called “on all parties to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law, in particular the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and …
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    Just as expected, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to condemn Thursday's coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children

    As we reported previously, Saudi-US/UK coalition jets scored a direct hit on the school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place in Dahyan, in the rebel-held north of Yemen.

    During the State Department's daily press briefing, Nauert was asked point blank by journalists, starting with the AP's Matt Lee, whether the US condemns the attack.

    The whole testy exchange on Yemen is worth watching, especially as Matt Lee lays out the case for direct US complicity in the attack on the bus packed with children from the start of his question: "The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?" he said.

    Watch the State Department's response here:

    Unbelievably, Nauert tried to obfuscate the issue by simply saying "I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground."

    Not only did Nauert refuse to say the State Department condemned the attack, but wouldn't so much as agree to simply call for an independent investigation into the incident (she called only for a Saudi-led inquiry).

    Nauert drew random incredulous expressions of laughter from the press pool by the end of the segment on Yemen when she was caught struggling to acknowledge the long established fact that the US supplies "a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis" while simultaneously touting that Washington provides "a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance."

    This section of the exchange played out as follows

    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

    QUESTION: Right? No?

    QUESTION: No.

    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

    Meanwhile as Al Masdar News reports, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent and prompt investigation into the deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit the bus carrying children, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press release.

    “The Secretary-General condemns the air strike today by the coalition forces in Saada, which hit a busy market area in Majz District, and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp,” Haq said on Thursday. “He calls for an independent and prompt investigation into this incident.”

    According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), citing local officials, a total of 50 people died in the attack, while another 77 were injured.

    Leader of the Yemen’s rebel Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Houthi on Thursday urged Russia, China and France to hold an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting over the attack of the Saudi-led coalition, local media reported.

    According to the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, the committee’s leader said that the coalition’s attack confirmed that the coalition rejects peace in the region.


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    The head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has strongly condemned the airstrike against a school bus in northern Yemen on Thursday, which has reportedly killed more than two dozen children.

       "Attacks on children are absolutely unacceptable," said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on Thursday. "I'm horrified by the reported airstrike on innocent children, some with UNICEF backpacks. Enough is enough."

       The attack hit the school bus in a market in Dahyan, in the northern province of Saada. While the exact death toll remains to be confirmed, initial news reports indicate that the number of casualties could be well above 60, with dozens severely injured. Many of the children were reported to be under the age of 10.

       Fore called all warring parties to "respect international humanitarian law," and spare children, civilians and civilian infrastructure to prevent Yemen from falling "further into the abyss and the humanitarian catastrophe" it has been facing for over three years.

       Since conflict between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels escalated in 2015, about 2,500 children have been killed and 3,600 maimed in Yemen, according to the UNICEF.

       Yemen's conflict has its roots in uprisings that date back to 2011, but fighting escalated in March 2015, when an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia intervened militarily at the request of Yemen's president.

       "Attacking children is the lowest any party of this conflict can go," UNICEF Yemen Resident Representative Meritxell Relano told UN News. "There is no justification whatsoever to attacking children."

       Attacks against civilians have been the scourge of this conflict. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), "tens of civilians were killed in violence in several governorates" in the past 10 days alone, UN News reported.

       Last Friday, during a particularly deadly attack, one of the last functioning hospitals, Al Thawra in Al Hudaydah, was struck, reportedly causing the death of dozens of vulnerable, sick and injured civilians.

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              Watch Reporters Slam US For Refusing To Condemn Saudi-US Airstrike On Yemen School Bus In Live Briefing      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Just as expected, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert refused to condemn Thursday's coalition airstrike on a school bus in Yemen, which left as many as 50 people dead and 63 injured — the vast majority of which were children

    As we reported previously, Saudi-US/UK coalition jets scored a direct hit on the school bus packed with children as it drove through a crowded market place in Dahyan, in the rebel-held north of Yemen.

    During the State Department's daily press briefing, Nauert was asked point blank by journalists, starting with the AP's Matt Lee, whether the US condemns the attack.

    The whole testy exchange on Yemen is worth watching, especially as Matt Lee lays out the case for direct US complicity in the attack on the bus packed with children from the start of his question: "The Saudis obviously are the ones who conducted this, but they do that with weapons supplied by the U.S., with training supplied by the U.S., and with targeting information, targeting data, supplied by the U.S. How can something like this happen?" he said.

    Watch the State Department's response here:

    Unbelievably, Nauert tried to obfuscate the issue by simply saying "I can’t confirm all the details because we are not there on the ground."

    Not only did Nauert refuse to say the State Department condemned the attack, but wouldn't so much as agree to simply call for an independent investigation into the incident (she called only for a Saudi-led inquiry).

    Nauert drew random incredulous expressions of laughter from the press pool by the end of the segment on Yemen when she was caught struggling to acknowledge the long established fact that the US supplies "a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis" while simultaneously touting that Washington provides "a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance."

    This section of the exchange played out as follows

    MS NAUERT: Look, we provide a tremendous amount of humanitarian assistance in Yemen to try to support civilians in Yemen and try to mitigate against the devastation that’s taken place there in that country. I don’t have anything more for you on that.

    QUESTION: But you also supply a tremendous amount of weaponry and the data for targeting to the Saudis.

    MS NAUERT: Well, then – sorry.

    QUESTION: Right? No?

    QUESTION: No.

    QUESTION: Am I wrong? Is that wrong?

    QUESTION: That’s not wrong.

    MS NAUERT: Sorry, these ladies over here are laughing. On that I would refer you to the Department of Defense that is involved with that, but as you know, Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States.

    Meanwhile as Al Masdar News reports, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is calling for an independent and prompt investigation into the deadly Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit the bus carrying children, United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said in a press release.

    “The Secretary-General condemns the air strike today by the coalition forces in Saada, which hit a busy market area in Majz District, and impacted a bus carrying children from a summer camp,” Haq said on Thursday. “He calls for an independent and prompt investigation into this incident.”

    According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), citing local officials, a total of 50 people died in the attack, while another 77 were injured.

    Leader of the Yemen’s rebel Supreme Revolutionary Committee Mohammed Houthi on Thursday urged Russia, China and France to hold an emergency United Nations Security Council meeting over the attack of the Saudi-led coalition, local media reported.

    According to the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV, the committee’s leader said that the coalition’s attack confirmed that the coalition rejects peace in the region.


              South Sudan: No Amnesty for War Crimes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    President Salva Kiir of South Sudan, right, with the opposition leader, Riek Machar, left, as Mr. Machar was sworn in as vice president in Juba, capital of South Sudan, on April 26, 2016.

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     (Nairobi) – South Sudanese leaders should not undermine their efforts to bring an end to the country’s devastating conflict with an amnesty for war crimes and crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said.

    The parties to the conflict signed a peace agreement on August 5, 2018, in Khartoum, agreeing to new power sharing arrangements and a timetable for further talks. On August 8, President Salva Kiir offered a “general amnesty” to heads of armed groups involved in the nation's five-year civil war as part of the agreement to end the fighting.

    “Amnesty for atrocities not only conflicts with South Sudan’s international obligations, but experience shows it is no way to build a lasting peace,” said Elise Keppler, associate international justice director at Human Rights Watch. “While South Sudan’s leaders may aim to provide assurances to opponents, they should make clear that the amnesty does not cover grave crimes by all parties since the conflict began.”

    International law requires prosecuting those responsible for serious crimes, such as crimes against humanity and war crimes, to ensure victims’ rights to truth, justice, and an effective remedy, along with combating impunity. South Sudan has also ratified treaties such as the Convention against Torture, which provide for prosecution of people allegedly responsible for serious crimes. Because the United Nations takes the position that amnesties cannot be granted for serious crimes under international law, it will not endorse peace agreements that provide for such amnesties. The African Commission on Human and People’s Rights has also rejected amnesty for serious crimes.

    South Sudan’s leaders have a history of providing de facto blanket amnesty to opponents as part of peace deals, even prior to the country’s independence in 2011. The resulting lack of justice has contributed to the country’s deepening social and ethnic divisions, and fueled violence and abuses. Human Rights Watch has previously urged mediators and South Sudanese leaders to ensure that peace deals did not include any amnesty for serious crimes.

    Since the new conflict started in December 2013, continued fighting and abuses by government and opposition forces, and their aligned militias have forced more than 2 million people to flee the country. The fighting has displaced more than another 2 million people within the country, with more than 200,000 still in UN sites established to protect civilians.

    Despite provisions in the August 2015 Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS) that envision a hybrid court to prosecute international crimes, South Sudan’s transitional government has not made genuine progress toward setting up the court. A memorandum of understanding on the court with the African Union (AU) has yet to be signed, and domestic legislation is yet to be adopted.

    Under that agreement, the AU Commission has the authority to establish the hybrid court with or without the engagement of the South Sudanese government. The AU should proceed with creating the court on its own, unless the memorandum of understanding is immediately signed, Human Rights Watch said.

    “The lack of accountability for serious crimes is a cause of South Sudan’s crisis, not a solution,” Keppler said. “Survivors of atrocities in South Sudan are strongly demanding justice. Their leaders should take urgent steps to make the hybrid court a reality as efforts to end the conflict continue.”
     


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    Iran Decries Fatal Saudi Air Raid on Yemeni Student Bus, Urges Pressure on Invaders
    Thu Aug 9, 2018 02:15PM
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    Iran has sharply condemned a Saudi-led airstrike that killed dozens of Yemeni civilians, mostly children on a school bus, calling on the world community to put pressure on the Riyadh regime and its allies to stop perpetrating more crimes in the impoverished country.

    In a statement on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, expressed sympathy with the families of those killed and injured in the latest Saudi airstrike, which hit the bus at a market in Yemen's northwestern province of Sa'ada earlier in the day.

    Yemen's al-Masirah television network said those on the bus were a group of young students attending summer classes of the Holy Qur'an.

    The Yemeni Health Ministry said at least 50 civilians, mostly children, lost their lives and around 77 others were wounded in the attack, which Qassemi described as a "war crime."

    The Saudi-led coalition waging war on Yemen remained brazenly defiant on its new crime, calling the massacre a "legitimate action." It claimed the airstrikes were aimed at missile launchers used by Yemeni armed forces.

    The Iranian official further called on the United Nations, human rights groups and other influential players to double their efforts and help bring a swift halt to such acts of aggression.

    Qassemi added that the hike in the "bombardments of residential areas and non-military targets was indicative of coalition forces' consecutive defeats on the battlefield" against Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters and allied forces -- who have been defending the nation against the Riyadh-led campaign of aggression since its onset in 2015.

    The Iranian official further blasted certain states for failing to end their military support for the Saudi regime and its vassal states despite the bloodletting in the poorest Arabian Peninsula state.

    The countries providing the Saudi regime and its allies with military equipment "are complicit in their crimes and should be answerable."

    The Saudi-led military campaign was launched in support of Yemen's former Riyadh-friendly government and against its popular Houthi movement.

    The US, the UK and other Western powers have been providing arms and intelligence to the alliance in the course of the war, which has unleashed the world's worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen, according to the UN.

    'Saudis influencing OIC against Iran'

    In a separate statement, Qassemi rejected an anti-Iran statement issued by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) "under Saudi influence" following a meeting in the Saudi city of Jeddah, which took place in the absence of Tehran's representatives.

    He criticized Riyadh for denying Iranian delegates entry visas for OIC summits, saying such statements "are compiled and released unilaterally and unjustly under pressure from Saudi Arabia."

    Article 7 of the OIC communiqué, which was issued on Wednesday, repeats the baseless allegation that Iran provides Yemen's Houthi movement with missiles -- a claim strongly rejected by both Tehran and Sana'a.

    Qassemi further said the countries involved in acts of aggression against Yemeni people resort to such statements in an attempt to cover up their criminal acts and divert world public opinion from the realities on the ground in the war-ravaged country.

              Leaders announce formation of World Geospatial Industry Council      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    In a historic development, worldwide geospatial industry leaders have come together to announce the formation of the World Geospatial Industry Council. The official announcement and introduction of the council was made on Aug. 1 at the 8th session of the UN-GGIM (United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management) by Jack Dangermond, founder and CEO of Esri and chairman of the WGIC.
              UN guide for countries to manage geospatial database      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The Eighth Session of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management just concluded at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year the session marked a definite level of maturity of the professional community formed around the world. It not just witnessed the engagement and commitment by member states but also attracted focus from observers, industry, and academia.
              Human rights advocates welcomed the choice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Michelle Bachelet will be the next UN high commissioner for human rights.

    Ms. Bachelet, 66, who was imprisoned and tortured during Chile’s right-wing dictatorship and years later became a pediatrician and politician, will be stepping into a particularly difficult and contentious role at the 193-member organization.

    The Times tried to talk to her but she hasn’t gotten back to them yet.

    The change comes as the Trump administration has taken an increasingly dim view of human rights diplomacy at the United Nations. The administration withdrew from the Human Rights Council in June, partly over the frequent criticism of Israel and other actions that the administration described as two-faced.

    After Mr. al-Hussein’s office criticized the White House over the practice

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              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".

              Russia, China Object To Proposed U.N. Blacklist Of Russian Bank      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China on Thursday objected to a U.S. proposal to add a Russian bank, Moscow-based North Korean banker and two other entities to a U.N. Security Council blacklist, diplomats said. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley walk together to a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., July 20, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid The list of proposed designations mirrors new sanctions announced by the U.S. Treasury last week.
              United Nation Development Programme UNDP Jobs 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    www.Jobz.pk announced United Nation Development Programme UNDP Jobs 2018 jobs. United Nation Development Programme UNDP Gilgit, P... This Private job / jobs opportunity is announced in daily K2 newspaper of dated 10 August 2018, Friday for region Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan, located in Gilgit United Nation Development Programme. To see full details of this job and many more visit www.Jobz.pk now.

              Ocean governance catalyst - Edward Zammit Lewis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was the keynote speaker at a symposium organised by the Nippon Foundation in Tokyo on July 30. The theme of the speech, ‘Protecting our oceans for present and future generations’, strikes a familiar note. It recalls Malta’s recurring initiatives and its appeals at the United Nations and other international fora for multilateral management of our seas and oceans for the benefit of all humanity. Malta’s new initiative at the United Nations, described in detail by the Prime Minister, is that the General Assembly should request the Secretary General to consider the establishment of an appropriate mechanism or panel which could coordinate the work on ocean governance being undertaken by organs both within and outside the United Nations. The new mechanism would make recommendations to the General Assembly on the formulation of a global strategy to ensure a holistic approach towards ocean space in the spirit of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea. Malta’s history, culture, economy and the well-being of its inhabitants have all been greatly influenced by the sea. Successive governments since Independence have concentrated their efforts to ensure that...
              UNSG Guterres appoints Michelle Bachelet as next High Commissioner for Human Rights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    NEW YORK, AUGUST 9 – 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 Rights. Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile (from 2014 to 2018 and 2006 to 2010) and was appointed in 2010 as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women).  She also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence (2002-2004) and Minister of Health (2000-2002). Responding to the announcement of the nomination, Isha Dyfan, Director of International Advocacy at Amnesty International, said: “Michelle Bachelet’s nomination comes at a tumultuous time for the human rights community. As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the freedoms enshrined within it are under sustained threat around the world”. Dylan said that “brutal and protracted conflicts are raging in many countries, while a rising tide of authoritarianism is undermining the human rights standards many have long taken for granted. It will take a strong and principled leader, willing to speak truth to [...]
              Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes School Bus In Yemen, Killing At Least 29 Children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus. Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross . Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims." "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their
              US urges probe into Yemen attack amid accusations of supporting Saudi Arabia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) As accusations grew over the US reported support of the Saudi-led coalition in the attack in Yemen that caused huge civilian casualties, the US State Department has urged to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the airstrikes.

    In a press briefing on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said although Washington does not have full details of the attacks on the ground, it is certainly "concerned about" the reports of civilian casualties in the war-torn Middle East nation, Xinhua reported.

    "We call on the Saudi-led coalition to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident. We take all credible accounts of civilian casualties very seriously. We call on the parties to take appropriate measures to protect civilians in accordance with international law and urge all parties to investigate all reported incidents of civilian casualties," she said.

    Washington has been reportedly provided weapons, training and targeting data to Saudi Arabia that had facilitated the attacks.

    As questions has also mounted over the Saudi-led coalition's earlier assertion that the attacks had been conducted in accordance with international law, the call for further investigation into the issue by independent bodies has been rising.

    Nauert dodged the questions, only saying that "we regret any loss of civilian life" and "Saudi Arabia is an important strategic partner in the region to the United States."

    At least 43 civilians, mostly children, were killed on Thursday when Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit buses in Yemen's northern province of Saada.

    The Saudi-led coalition later defended the airstrike as "legitimate" response to a deadly Houthi attack on the Saudi border city Jazan.

    Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdulsalam mocked the statement, saying "this is a war crime".

    Henrietta Fore, head of the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef), strongly condemned the airstrike.

    "Attacks on children are absolutely unacceptable," said Fore. "I'm horrified by the reported airstrike on innocent children, some with Unicef backpacks. Enough is enough."

    "Attacking children is the lowest any party of this conflict can go," UNICEF Yemen Resident Representative Meritxell Relano told UN News. "There is no justification whatsoever to attacking children."

    The Saada attack was the latest in a series of recent airstrikes against civilians launched by the Saudi-led coalition on Yemen.

    Last week, the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes struck the gate of al-Thawra hospital and adjacent fish market in Yemen's Red Sea port city of Hodeidah, killing 52 civilians and wounding 102 others.

    Saudi Arabia has led an Arab military coalition that had intervened in the Yemen war since 2015 to support the government of exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

    --IANS

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              IOC disappointed UN won’t grant North Korea sports exemption      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — 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 […]
              High Commissioner for Human Rights atan Chile president hlui nominate      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres chuan Chile President hlui Michelle Bachelet-i chu High Commissioner for Human Rights atan a nominate.
              Press Releases: Previewing the Imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Sanctions on Russia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Special Briefing
    Senior State Department Officials
    Via Teleconference
    August 8, 2018


    MODERATOR: Thank you so much. Good afternoon, everyone. And thanks so much for joining us for this background call, conference call on the imposition of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act sanctions on Russia.

    State Department officials joining us today are [Senior State Department Official Number One]. He will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number One. Also, [Senior State Department Official Two] will be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two.

    I’ll turn it over to [Senior State Department Official One] who will open up our call, and then we’ll take a few questions. [Senior State Department Official One], go right ahead.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Thanks, very much, [Moderator]. Thanks for joining us today, and we appreciate you listening. We’ve got some – we’ve got some things to announce as you will have probably already heard from [Moderator]’s official statement. We are today announcing that we’ve determined under something called the CBW Act, as [Moderator] mentioned, that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons against international law or against their own nationals. This is a triggering factor under the CBW Act for the imposition of mandatory sanctions.

    We notified Congress today that pursuant to this act we intend to impose sanctions against the Russian Federation in a number of respects, the most significant of which is the imposition of a presumption of denial for all national security sensitive goods or technologies that are controlled by the Department of Commerce pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations. These goods are currently subject to a license – a case-by-case license determination, but we are – henceforth, when these sanctions go into effect, we will be presumptively denying such applications.

    We are – in approximately the 22nd of August or so, we anticipate that a Federal Register notice will be put out that will make these official. The congressional notification has gone under the act today. So these things are being set in motion.

    There are a number of carve-outs that we are making under the sanctions that are required by the act. Not everything that is mandatory under the act we will be proceeding with at this time. The carve-outs will include a – we will have a waiver for the provision of foreign assistance to Russia and to the Russian people. Our provision of foreign assistance is a tool of U.S. power and influence, and we’re not going to foreswear that just because we have the obligation to impose some sanctions against Russia. So that is going to be a carve-out under this – under these new sanctions.

    We are also waiving sanctions with respect to space flight activities, because of course there are space flight actions in which we are engaged with the Russian Federation upon which we depend in some regards. Those will be free to continue on a case-by-case licensing basis. And we are also having a carve-out for safety of commercial passenger aviation because some of these national security sensitive goods in question are ones that perhaps might be important for safety of flight issues, so we are allowing ourselves the ability to continue on a case-by-case basis with those items. And there are a couple of more things like purely commercial end users for civilian end uses will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Rather than under that presumption of denial, an export license is also with respect to Russian nationals that work with these sorts of goods while employed by firms in the United States as opposed to elsewhere, as well as exports to wholly-owned subsidiaries of U.S. companies and other foreign companies in Russia.

    So there are a few exceptions to this, but the basic rule we will be following the full scope of the mandatory sanctions required by the act. And we’d be happy to take any questions as you like. I should add also, for those of you familiar with the CBW Act, it – there – under its structure, if a series of criteria are not met within, I believe, 90 days from this point – if Russia does meet a series of criteria, it will be – we will have to be in a basis of considering whether or not to impose a second – or what sanctions to impose in a second tranche as specified by the structure of the statute. So hopefully we will not get to that point, but that’s really a question for Russia than for us.

    MODERATOR: Okay. And with that we’ll take your questions. And a reminder, this is embargoed until the end of the call. We’ll start with Nick Wadhams from Bloomberg. Hi, Nick.

    QUESTION: Thanks for doing the call. [Senior State Department Official One], can you talk a little --

    QUESTION: Hi. Can you hear me? Hello?

    MODERATOR: Go right ahead, Nick.

    QUESTION: Hey. Can you talk a little bit about what the second round of sanctions would look like? And can you also talk about why this is happening now as far as has been reported now by NBC in particular that there had been a two month deadline for the President to make this determination and then impose the sanctions, but that deadline expired a little while ago? So what accounted for the delay? Thank you.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: I’ll take the first bit first, if I might. These things are just intrinsically complicated and hard. I think we have invoked these sanctions under the act on three – this is the third time over the years. In both previous occasions, both with Syria in 2013 and with the DPRK in connection – or resulting from North Korea’s use of a VX nerve agent in the assassination in Kuala Lumpur. In both of those cases, the deadline was also not met. So unfortunately, it is more the norm than an unusual thing for us to be slightly late. These are complicated pieces of moving equipment, if you will, inside the U.S. bureaucracy, but we took our time to do our homework right, and we are – we have made the determination that you are hearing from us about today.

    MODERATOR: Okay. Next question goes to Carol Morello with The Washington Post. Oh, sorry.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Forgive me, I forgot to answer the question about the second round of sanctions. My mistake.

    Obviously, we don’t forecast sanctions in advance, but simply by virtue of what the statute sets out, you will be able to see in the U.S. code that if the executive branch cannot certify that Russia has met a series of conditions within three months of the initial round of sanctions, the second round must be imposed. Those conditions are pretty demanding, but you can see them for yourself in the statute. They include, for example, that Russia is no longer using chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, or using lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals; secondly, that Russia has provided reliable assurances that it will not in the future engage in such activities; and also that Russia is willing to allow on-site inspections by United Nations observers or other internationally recognized impartial observers, or other reliable means exist to ensure that the government is not using chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law, et cetera.

    So that – those are the criteria. If those criteria are not met – and as I said before, this is not something that we’re in a position to forecast, but certainly is really up to Russia to make that decision, whether they meet this criteria. The second round of sanctions under the CBW Act will require three of a number of sanctions – at least three of a number of sanctions to be imposed. They are in general more draconian than the first round. It’s designed to be a sliding scale of pressure, as I understand the creation of the law. And you can find those in Section 307(B) of the act if you’re curious.

    MODERATOR: Okay. Next question goes to Carol Morello from The Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Hi. Could you give us some idea about the money, the dollar value of the exports and imports that this will affect? And also can you tell us if you have notified the Kremlin of this already? Thank you.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: The last question – last bit first. Yes, we have notified the Russians. The items affected, the technologies going to – in fact, we also mentioned to our allies as well; I should make sure that’s also clear. We’ve been doing a good deal of diplomatic engagement before we talk to you today, and don’t take it personally.

    The – we’re interpreting these – we are applying these sanctions against essentially all state – Russian state-owned or state-funded enterprises. That’s potentially a very great sweep of the Russian economy in terms of the potentially affected end users. I would – not sure the entire numbers, but you – the specific numbers, but it may be that – something on the order of 70 percent of their economy and maybe 40 percent of their workforce falls within those enterprises. So to the degree that they wish to acquire national security controlled goods that fall within the ambit of our prescription here, those are potentially affected. It is possible that this trade – the trade it affected could reach potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, but it also depends upon what Russia – Russian entities in fact apply to purchase. So if they don’t apply for exports of these goods, of course, we don’t have to presume – we don’t have to use the presumption of denial to deny it.

    So really, it’s up to Russia how dramatic the impact is. But let me say that overall, historically something upwards of 50 percent of Commerce Department licenses for Russia have included at least one national security controlled item. So this is a non-trivial set of stuff. By dollar value, the top categories of items historically tend to be things like aero gas turbine engines, electric – electronic devices and components, integrated circuits, test and calibration equipment of various sorts, materials, production, equipment, and various things like that. The list is enormously elaborate.

    MODERATOR: Okay. Next question goes to Gardiner Harris with The New York Times.

    QUESTION: Hi, thanks for doing the call. Two questions. One is: Is there any new information that you have about the poisoning that led to this? What intelligence are you basing your decision on, or was it the original finding back in March that the Russians were to blame for this poisoning? And second: There has of course been this puzzling disconnect seemingly between the Trump administration writ large, the government, and President Trump himself, who keeps repeating that he wants to make ties with Russia better and that that would be a good thing. And doesn’t this action once again seem to contradict the President’s own stated desire to improve relations with Russia? Thanks.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Sorry, remind me again the first bit.

    QUESTION: Oh, the first bit was, is there – what was the intelligence that you used to determine that Russia --

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Ah, right.

    QUESTION: -- was guilty of providing this nerve agent? Is there new information? Is this old information? Where are you getting the conclusion that Russia is behind this Skripol poisoning?

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Certainly. I will leave it to others to characterize the current state of our understanding of the Skripol affair. We’ve been very clear that we agree with the assessment that it was a Novichok agent and that the perpetrator was ultimately the Russian Federation. I’ll leave it to others to give those kinds of details of what we currently understand. Obviously, from reading the press, it appears that their investigation is ongoing in terms of the scope and nature of the details and of its implications. But I’ll leave that to others.

    With respect to our position on this, this is a question not of Russia policy per se but of implementing laws that Congress has put in place. The criteria for running the clock under the CBW Act began when we made the call back in March that we agreed that the use of chemical weapons had occurred.

    This is not about different bits of the administration going in different directions. We are all one administration and we’re all on the same page here. The State Department is part of the administration, and this is all part of an overall approach that’s quite consistent. We are tough on Russia and at the same time we’re quite committed to working to maintain relations because there are important things at stake here. We work on cooperative things where it is possible to do so, and we cry foul when it’s necessary to do so. That’s been a part of our strategy all along and it’s nothing new here.

    MODERATOR: Our next question goes to Nick from PBS. Sir? Okay. Well, I’ll head over to Susannah George from AP.

    QUESTION: Can you hear me?

    MODERATOR: Yes, we can. Go right ahead.

    QUESTION: Hi, Heather, sorry, sorry. Sorry, guys. Thanks for doing this. I just had a question – just had a question about the effect of this or what you want the effect to be and what you want the goal to be. So you said that this list – engines, circuits, materials, production equipment – it’s elaborate. To sum it up, what do you expect the effect of trying to cut all of those things off from Russia to be? And what’s the goal? Is the goal to deter Russia from doing this again, or how would you put what the goal of this action is today?

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Well I think it was pretty clear when Congress passed this that the objective was to punish egregious acts as defined in the statute. We are trying to faithfully implement that. Hopefully it will have a deterrent effect in the future. You can see from the structure of the act that it is – that the second tranche of sanctions is designed to come into play unless and until Russia has done things that go to issues of remedial behavior, right, allowing – giving reliable assurances that nothing like this will happen again; allowing inspectors to verify that that is, in fact, the case. I believe there are criteria in the act with regard to restitution for victims.

    So this is about partly making sure this doesn’t happen again and partly making good in response to the problem that has – to the perpetration of this act in the first place.

    MODERATOR: Okay. Next question is Susannah George from AP.

    QUESTION: Hey there, thanks for doing this call. Two questions. You said that you notified the Kremlin about this. In your talks with Russia, does Russia express any willingness to allow inspections to show compliance? And then if you could just describe how these sanctions are different from the other sanctions that are already in place against Russia. Thanks.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Well, it’s not my place to describe the content of diplomatic encounters, so if they wish to characterize what they think, they’re probably pretty good at doing that themselves. With respect to these particular sanctions, I mean just by way of example, I mean, the current framework for export of the goods – some of the change with respect to these technology control items, the current approach is that these are on a case-by-case basis under normal licensing procedures. That will no longer be the case for these items. They’ll be under what we call a presumption of denial. That’s a significant change, so that is a difference from where the status quo was before.

    There are a number of sanctions that are in place under a variety of statutes against Russia right now and executive orders, but I will let others characterize most of those. I mean, certainly the Global Magnitsky human rights sanctions have been in place here. That’s not really my lane in the road here at the State Department, so I’m not so expert on all the other bits and pieces. But this is only one of a number of pieces, a number of instances in which we are faithfully implementing sanctions against Russia as required by U.S. law.

    MODERATOR: Next question, Lesley Wroughton from Reuters. Lesley, are you there?

    QUESTION: I am – I’m here, sorry. Hello. I’m looking at the actual act, and – which contains the provision for sanctions, and I’m wondering if the President has approved an exemption for Russia’s RD-180 rocket engines which NASA depends on for its Atlas rockets. Do you know – I guess the Russians are the sole supplier of those.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: (Inaudible) national security-controlled item under the EAR. However, we do have a general carve-out in these sanctions for space flight activities, government space cooperation and commercial space launch. It may be, however, that that particular engine is under a different framework.

    MODERATOR: Last question goes to Laura Rozen.

    QUESTION: Thank you so much for doing this. Following up on Carol Morello’s question, can you how it was communicated to the Kremlin that you are going to impose these sanctions? Who talked to who or met with who?

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: We informed them this afternoon. That’s about as much as I can say right now.

    QUESTION: They often tell us on these backgrounders that the – who met with whom at the embassy or whatever.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: I don’t know what’s normal. I would just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Thanks.

    MODERATOR: Okay, thanks, everybody, for joining the call. As a reminder, this is on background to a senior State Department official. The embargo has now been lifted. Have a great day; hope you’re all well.

    SENIOR STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL ONE: Thanks very much, everyone.

    MODERATOR: Thanks.


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              Saudi-Led Coalition Strikes School Bus In Yemen, Killing At Least 29 Children      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Dozens of students were returning from a summer camp when their driver paused to grab a something at a market in Yemen's Saada province. It was there, as the students sat waiting to resume their journey home on Thursday, that a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their school bus. Hours later, well after the blast's violent rumble gave way to sirens and the victim's screams, a clearer sense of the human cost has emerged: At least 29 children under the age of 15, some as young as 6 years old, were killed in the attack, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross . Citing "local officials," the head of the international aid group's delegation in Yemen says that in total at least 50 people died and dozens more were injured. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack in a statement released by his spokesperson, saying he "expresses his deepest condolences to the families of the victims." "The Secretary-General calls on all parties to respect their
              #CuriousGoat: Submit A Question About World Hunger And Famine      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    What do you want to know about world hunger? One thing we do know is that more than 20 million people are now at risk of starvation and famine. The United Nations is calling it the biggest humanitarian crisis since the U.N. was founded in 1945. Conflict and drought are blamed for the looming crisis in four countries in Africa and the Middle East: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and northeast Nigeria. Our blog has been covering the story. We've looked at who declares a famine and what that actually means . We've reported on a social media star's " crazy idea " to help out. (Basically, persuade Turkish Airlines to lend a cargo plane and fill it with food.) And we've looked at what goes into a food drop from above . As this crisis continues, we want to ask you: What do you want to know about world hunger and famine? Use the form below to submit your question. Our submission deadline has passed. Thanks for participating! You have until Friday, April 28, to submit a question. We'll pick one and
              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".

              Indigenous Peoples Least Responsible for the Climate Crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 9 2018 (IPS) - Indigenous peoples, who comprise less than five percent of the world's population, have the world's smallest carbon footprint, and are the least responsible for our climate crisis.
              Call for innovation on sustainable biodiversity      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    AN INNOVATIVE approach and political will to raise new funds for biodiversity are needed to transform economic patterns towards sustainability, United Nations executive secretary for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Cristiana Palmer has said.
              Information Systems Assistant - United Nations - Bogotá, Cundinamarca      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Assists with the implementation of new and emerging technologies for voice, video, and data integration;...
    De United Nations - Thu, 09 Aug 2018 22:27:08 GMT - Ver todos: empleos en Bogotá, Cundinamarca
              Russia, China block US bid to slap North Korea sanctions      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    UNITED NATIONS: Russia and China on Thursday blocked a US request to add a Russian bank to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean official and two entities, diplomats said. The United States last week asked a UN sanctions committee to slap an assets freeze on Agrosoyuz Commercial Bank for allegedly helping North Korea evade UN-imposed restrictions on financial transactions. The request also targeted Ri Jong Won,
              Saudi Arabia, UNHCR sign agreement to assist displaced in Syria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    RIYADH: The Saudi Fund for Development, a lending arm of the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), have signed a cooperation agreement under which Saudi Arabia will provide US $ 5 million to improve the housing conditions of displaced in Syria. The agreement was co-signed by the Vice President and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development, Khalid Bin
              Concern at rise in attacks on human rights defenders in Guatemala      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    UN human rights experts have raised alarm over the increase in killings, attacks and other acts of intimidation against human rights defenders in Guatemala.

    UN human rights experts have raised alarm over the increase in killings, attacks and other acts of intimidation against human rights defenders in Guatemala, amid restrictive legislative and political attempts to curtail their work.

    Between 9 May and 27 July 2018, 11 defenders who were working to protect various indigenous communities’ rights in the context of safe and healthy environment, including access to land and to basic services, were killed. These defenders, the majority indigenous, sought to protect their communities from development and business-related human rights abuses. The attacks were of an unusually violent nature- four suffered fatal cuts by bladed weapons, including cuts to their ears and throat.

    “We are concerned that the frequency and severity of these attacks could have ripple effects throughout the population, sending a message that there are dangerous consequences for defending human rights, especially given that these crimes often go unpunished”, the UN experts said.

    “In Guatemala, there is a broader environment of stigmatisation of human rights defenders, including on social media, which undermines the legitimacy of their work, and could provoke attacks against them”,  the experts emphasised 

    “Human rights defenders have also been subjected to poorly founded criminal accusations and legal processes in which their due process guarantees are not always ensured – acts that are carried out directly by State agents and have the effect of disrupting and sanctioning of the work of human rights defenders”, they added.

    The recent closing of space for dialogue to discuss the protection of human rights defenders with government and civil society could also contribute to their heightened situations of insecurity.

    “It is important for the State to meet with civil society organisations to listen to their concerns with the aim of re-establishing civic space and strengthening protection measures for human rights defenders”, said the UN experts. 

    “Further, the wave of attacks is taking place amid what appears to be an attempt to tighten legislative restrictions on civil society. In recent months, Congress has been considering draft bills in key areas that could restrict the work of civil society and stymie the promotion and defence of human rights, and the fight against corruption and impunity”, the UN experts said.

    They called on the Guatemalan authorities to investigate the killings and attacks in an objective, transparent and independent manner and bring those responsible to justice. “It is fundamental that due examination be given to the role of the potential masterminds of such attacks, including those whose interests may be affected by the work of human rights defenders.

    “We further urge the Guatemalan authorities to publically recognise the important work of human rights defenders, which is an essential factor for their protection, and call upon the State to prevent harm against them and refrain from measures that restrict their work. Indigenous peoples have the right to their traditional lands and resources and to participate in decisions regarding its use and development, as set out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, the UN experts said. 

    They also called on companies to consult with and engage collaboratively with defenders – treating them as key partners in ensuring that business activities respect the rights and dignity of people who are impacted by their operations, as set forth by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    The experts have been in contact with the Government of Guatemala regarding the issues highlighted.

    * Office of the High Commissioner for Human RIghts https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Pages/Home.aspx

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              Serenity Travellers, Road Trip to Kaas Plateau & Thoseghar Waterfalls 8th & 9th Sept 2018.       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Serenity Travellers road trip to Kaas plateau (The Valleyof flowers) and Thoseghar Waterfalls on 08th and 09th Sept 2018.     Short info:   Region: Sahyadri hills Satara   Type: Road Trip   Difficulty level: Easy   Leads: Radhika   Cost:  Rs. 3000/-   Rs. 2900/- (For ST Members or 4+ Members)   Batch - 15 max.     About: Kaas Plateau   The Kaas Plateau also known as the “Kaas Pathar” which is situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range, 22 kilometers from Satara city in Maharashtra state of India. The name Kaas originates from Kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulosus). Leaves of this tree turn green to red as they mature.   The plateau is full of wild flowers during the month September. Recently it has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).   Kaas lake is surrounded by dense forests and lies between Sajjangad fort and the Kanher Dam. The place has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants including Orchids, Karvy and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica. This falls under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of Western Ghats which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   Iternary:   Day 1: Saturday, 08th Sept 2018.   Leave from Dadar towards Kaas Plateau by Private vehicle.    Breakfast on the way at 08:30 am.   Reach Satara by 01:00 pm and Have lunch.   Check into Homestay.   Visit Kaas Valley flowers at 03:00 pm   Get back to Resort in the evening by 07:00 pm.   Enjoy some indoor games till Dinner.   After dinner its Good night sleep time.    Day 2: Sunday, 09th Sept 2018   06:30 am Wake Up and get freshened up.   08:00 am Breakfast.   08:30 am Leave for Thoseghar Waterfalls.   11:00 am Reach Thoseghar Waterfalls.   Have lunch after the visit to waterfalls at 12:30 pm.   Start return journey towards Mumbai by 01:30 pm.   Reach mumbai by 06:30 pm. (Tentatively)   Note: This is a nature dependent event an... Read more
               A/HRC/39/18 : Right to development - Report of the Secretary-General and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Body : HRC , Session : 39th , Report Type : Report
              Yemen's Houthis welcome U.N call for investigation into air strikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children traveling on a bus.

              Thai Wild Boars citizenship will give them basic human rights and the chance of a good life      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) often criticizes Thailand for its various human rights violations. This week, however, the UNHCR says the decision Thailand made in granting four members of the Wild Boars football team Thai citizenship will offer the boys and their coach far more of a chance of a successful life. “By […]
              Yemen's Houthis welcome U.N. call for investigation into air strikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children travelling on a bus. Reported by Reuters India 5 minutes ago.
               Yemen's Houthis welcome U.N call for investigation into...       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    DUBAI, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition...
              Aligning Business with the Global Goals: 3BL Media SDG Webinar Series Features Las Vegas Sands, August 23, 2 p.m. ET      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    3BL Media’s live professional development series focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) continues in August with Las Vegas Sands, the world's leading developer and operator of Integrated Resorts.

    This will be the third installment of the series, which is free to attend and designed for corporate responsibility and sustainability professionals. “Aligning Business With the Global Goals: Las Vegas Sands Takes Action” is scheduled for Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. ET. 

    “Las Vegas Sands has been working diligently on sustainability, with its first five-year environmental reporting cycle commencing in 2011,” said Dave Armon, CMO of 3BL Media, who will act as moderator for the event. “The company has embraced both the SDGs and science-based targets, and will discuss business drivers, milestones and overcoming challenges in hopes of inspiring peers to join in the effort to achieve the Global Goals.”

    In September 2015, the UN officially introduced the SDGs to transform our world and “leave no one behind” by 2030. The goals were adopted by 193 nations, and the UN has called for broad-based support of the SDGs, including active involvement by the private sector.

    Starting with a single property in 1990, the footprint and impact of Las Vegas Sands now extends worldwide, from Nevada and Pennsylvania to Macao and Singapore. The company has 51,000 Team Members and a global sustainability program dubbed Sands ECO360. 

    Presenting on “Aligning Business with the SDGs: Las Vegas Sands Takes Action” will be Katarina Tesarova, vice President of global sustainability, for Las Vegas Sands.

    For background on Las Vegas Sands, review the 3BL Media profile page and the Sands Eco360 2017 Environmental Progress Report.  

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

    About 3BL Media

    3BL Media is the world’s leading communications partner for purpose-driven organizations. Through content distribution, multi-media promotion and hands-on learning experiences, we connect organizations to an unrivaled audience that is passionate about sustainable business.

    Contact:
    Dave Armon
    3BL Media
    darmon@3blmedia.com
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              Humana Highlights Commitment to UN Sustainable Development Goals in Newly Released Corporate Social Responsibility Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation’s leading health and well-being companies, today released its 2016-2017 corporate social responsibility (CSR) report. In the comprehensive report, Humana, for the first time, announces the company’s alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), becoming one of the first U.S. health insurers to commit to the international targets.

    “While we have made significant impacts in the local communities we serve, we realize our responsibility as a leading healthcare company is to ensure that we’re operating our business in a sustainable way,” said Bruce D. Broussard, Humana’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Just as we approach member health holistically, our SDG commitments are an example of how we’re taking a big picture view of what it means to be a health and well-being company in the world today. At Humana, our focus on social responsibility is all about the investments we’re making to help people improve their health.”

    The company conducted an analysis of its corporate responsibility efforts and commitments against the SDGs and identified three goals that align with the existing Humana CSR pillars: Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance. They include:

    • Goal 3: “Good Health and Well-being” aligns with Healthy People. The UN goal that calls for organizations to reduce deaths from chronic illness and cover essential health services echoes Humana’s responsibility as a health services provider and purpose to help people achieve their best health.

    • Goal 12: “Responsible Consumption and Production” aligns with Healthy Planet. The UN’s call for sustainable consumption and production patterns is in line with Humana’s environmental sustainability efforts.

    • Goal 8: “Decent Work and Economic Growth” aligns with Healthy Performance. The goal that promotes inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all fits well with Humana’s values-driven culture and focus on inclusion and diversity – creating work environments where everyone feels welcome and safe to be their true selves.

    Humana’s Accomplishments

    Humana’s alignment with the SDGs comes to life through the company’s Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance CSR platform.

    The Healthy People pillar details Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its employees, its members, and the communities in which it operates.

    • The Bold Goal is Humana’s commitment to helping the communities it serves become 20 percent healthier by 2020. In 2017, four of the original seven Bold Goal communities (Knoxville, Tenn., Baton Rouge, La., New Orleans and San Antonio) demonstrated improved health as measured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Days tool. This was due, in part, to strong relationships fostered among physicians, patients and community groups.

    The Healthy Planet pillar addresses Humana’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which correlates with the company’s journey to help people achieve lifelong well-being.

    • Humana employees rallied around company environmental goals set in 2014 and have since reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than six percent and diverted 40 percent of waste (that would have gone to landfills) by using less and recycling more.

      Humana has also continued to pursue its goal to reduce energy consumption, and just hit its target of a 5 percent reduction (compared with a 2013 baseline) as of June 30, 2018 – thanks in part to investments in building efficiency improvements, the optimization of building occupancy rates, and new energy-efficient processes.

    In 2018, Humana has set new environmental goals, including commitments to:

    • Decrease the company’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2.1 percent each year (compared with 2017 emissions) over a five-year period – from 2018 through 2022

    • Divert 60 percent of its waste from landfills by 2022

    Healthy Performance is Humana’s commitment to excellence in business standards and practices. Humana is dedicated to implementing best practices in the healthcare industry by promoting inclusion and diversity in its workforce, supporting employees’ professional development through training programs and holding its suppliers to high standards.

    • Humana increased the number of employee-led network resource groups (NRGs) to eight in 2017 by starting an NRG for employees living with disabilities. NRGs provide personal, experience-based forums for exchanging ideas, building community, and driving measurable business outcomes. Now, more than 25 percent of Humana’s employee population participate in NRGs, and those who do report higher scores in the areas of purpose and belonging on the company’s well-being index.

    To learn more about Humana initiatives that are improving health, view these newly created videos highlighting Humana’s efforts to improve the health of its:

    • Employees: Humana’s 100 Day Dash, an annual friendly walking competition for employees and their families, inspires participants to integrate more activity into their lives and get at least 10,000 steps each day.

    • Members: At a Humana Center in Mesa, Ariz., the Humana Charity Crafters group brings members together in support of local cancer patients and each other, as members establish strong social bonds.

    • Communities: Humana’s Iora Primary Care partnership helps senior patients overcome barriers to health and helps improve the health of local communities one patient at a time.

    The 2016-2017 CSR report content was collected and reported in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the world’s most recognized standards for environmental, social and governance reporting. GRI is an independent international organization that helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues.

    To learn more about Humana’s accomplishments and new SDG commitments in alignment with the Healthy PeopleHealthy Planet and Healthy Performance platform, read the 2016-2017 CSR Report (humanacsr.com).

    About Humana

    Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

    To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

    More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of:

    • Annual reports to stockholders

    • Securities and Exchange Commission filings

    • Most recent investor conference presentations

    • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls

    • Calendar of events

    • Corporate Governance information


              North Korea Are in Violation of Anti-Nuclear Sanctions, According to the United Nations      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    North Korea Are in Violation of Anti-Nuclear Sanctions, According to the United Nations#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 by Adam Yardley -

    Donald Trump’s momentous meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un was nothing short of historical, if it hadn’t been led up to with so much online bluster and ... Reported by One News Page Staff 11 minutes ago.

              Senior Corrections Advisor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    You have received this "Personal Services Contractor" (PSC) solicitation through the Department of State (DOS) Internet site. If you have any questions regarding this PSC, you may contact the DOS Official named in this solicitation. The Department is not responsible for any data and/or text not received when retrieving this document electronically. Amendments to solicitation documents generally contain information critical to the submission of an application.

    Senior Corrections Advisor
    San Salvador, El Salvador


    Issuance Date: 08/07/2018
    Closing Date: 08/21/2018
    SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-18-045-INL


    SUBJECT
    A solicitation for a Personal Services Contractor (PSC), Department of State (DOS), Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)


    The United States Government (USG), represented by the DOS, seeks applications from US citizens interested in providing PSC services as described in this solicitation.


    PRE-AWARD ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF PSC (JUN 2011)
    This solicitation may result in the award of one or more personal services contracts as defined in FAR 2.101. Prior to contract award, all offerors or quotes must advise the cognizant Contracting Officer if they have a personal conflict of interest, such as a financial conflict, that would prevent them from either meeting the requirements of the clause entitled, "Post-Award Ethical Responsibilities of Personal Services Contractors," or otherwise objectively performing their contractual duties upon contract award.


    HOW TO APPLY
    Offerors proposal shall be in accordance with the requirements stated in this solicitation at the place and time specified. A proposal will be determined non-responsive and ineligible for consideration unless all required documents and information are included in the submission. Offerors shall ensure their resume demonstrates their possession of the minimum qualifications outlined in this Solicitation, as well as their ability to fulfill all required duties. The Government is not responsible for any costs incurred by the offeror during the solicitation process.


    NOTE REGARDING GOVERNMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR THIS SOLICITATION


    This solicitation in no way obligates the Department of State to award a PSC contract, nor does it commit the Department of State to pay any cost incurred in the preparation and submission of the application.


    Proposals must include the following and not exceed twenty (20) pages:
    1) Form SF 171 (Completed and signed)
    2) Resume
    3) Three letters of recommendation OR three references to include contact information


    Note: Your resume should contain explicit information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the experience requirements as stated in this solicitation. This information should be clearly identified in your resume. Failure to provide explicit information to determine your qualifications for the position will result in loss of full consideration.


    *** ONE PDF ATTACHMENT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


    VETERAN'S PREFERENCE
    Veteran's preference is not applicable to this position therefore do not submit DD-214.


    ALL QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED REGARDLESS OF AGE, RACE, COLOR, SEX, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, LAWFUL POLITICAL AFFILIATION, NONDISQUALIFYING DISABILITY, MARITAL STATUS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AFFILIATION WITH AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, OR OTHER NON-MERIT FACTOR.


    Submit proposal via e-mail to the attention of:
    INL/Deborah Strom
    E-mail: StromDG@state.gov


    Direct questions regarding this solicitation to:
    INL/Deborah Strom
    E-mail: StromDG@state.gov


    INL will not accept proposals beyond the closing time/date; unless it can be determined DOS mishandled the proposal.


    1. SOLICITATION NUMBER: PSC-18-045-INL
    2. ISSUANCE DATE: 08/07/2018
    3. CLOSING DATE: 08/21/2018
    4. TIME SPECIFIED FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: 3:00 PM, EST
    5. POSITION TITLE: INL Senior Corrections Advisor Advisor
    6. MARKET VALUE: $85,181 - $125,091 (FS-02 Equivalent)
    7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One year from date of award, with four optional years
    8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: San Salvador, El Salvador
    9. JOB DESCRIPTION: See below


    GENERAL STATEMENT OF THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONTRACT


    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is part of the Under Secretariat for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights (J) within the Department of State (DOS). INL's mission is to minimize the impact of international crime and illegal drugs on the United States and its citizens by providing effective foreign assistance and fostering global cooperation.


    The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Office of Western Hemisphere Programs, Central America Regional Security Initiative (INL/WHP/CARSI) team supports foreign assistance programs throughout Central America. The Bureau is responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, and supervision of international narcotics control, law enforcement activities, and international criminal justice issues for the DOS. This position acts as a Corrections Advisor for INL at U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador. The Advisor will serve as the subject matter expert on all corrections disciplines and coordinate with government agencies that represent prison administration and management throughout the country. The Advisor will assist the Government of El Salvador (GOES) to develop a prison reform program that addresses prison policy, training, and inter-ministerial coordination. The Advisor will provide mentoring and training on all aspects of corrections to personnel of the GOES's prison system and other officials from the GOES as required.


    RELATIONSHIP


    The Corrections Advisor reports directly to the INL Coordinator (PSC) and the INL Deputy Director at Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador, with technical guidance given by the Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership (CAP) Senior Corrections Advisor.


    The Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) is delegated the authority to act for the Contracting Officer in matters concerning technical clarification, inspection and, after concurrence by the Contracting Officer, acceptance of Contractor performance under the contract, including preparation of receiving reports, and the authorization of progress payments when appropriate. The COR will coordinate all work with the Contractor and review Contractor's performance at significant stages of its development.


    In no instance, however, shall the COR be authorized to alter or modify the specifications or the contract terms and the conditions or waive the government's requirement, price, delivery, or other terms and conditions. Such changes must be authorized, in writing, to the Contracting Officer.


    DELIVERABLES/REPORTS


    Deliverables are required under this PSC and shall include; monthly status reports, monthly evaluation of contractor performance, special reports as required by the INL Director/Deputy Director and/or INL/WHP and "Completion of assignment report," which shall be a comprehensive review of the projects in which the contractor was involved.


    Each report shall include a critique of and recommendations for the various projects. The completion of assignment reports are due no later than fifteen (15) days prior to the expiration of this contract. The Personal Service Contractor shall submit two (2) copies of each report as required to the following;


    1. INL/POST Director(s) and;
    2. INL/Program Officer


    Per FAR Part 4, the above referenced documents shall be incorporated and copies stored in the PSC's hard file under Section V.; Tab E - Receiving Reports.


    The Contractor shall prepare and submit two copies of each technical report required by the schedule of this contract (e.g., progress reports, final reports, etc.), to the Embassy INL Section and to the Program Officer, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), Department of State Washington, DC. The title page of all reports forwarded pursuant to this paragraph shall include a descriptive title, the author's name(s), contract number, project number, and title, contractor's name, name of the State Department project office, and the publication or issuance date of the report.


    When preparing reports, the Contractor shall refrain from using elaborate artwork, multicolor printing, and expensive paper/binding, unless it is specifically authorized in the Contract Schedule. Wherever possible, pages should be printed on both sides using single spaced type.


    DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


    1. Conduct on-going assessments of the organizational and operational capacities of the corrections system. The assessments should evaluate the government's ability to provide effective, humane, and appropriate prison system management and provide the correct equipment, associated policies, procedures, curricula, programs, and systems required to operate a modern correctional program. The assessment will identify specific training and technical assistance needs.
    2. Conduct oversight and supervision (including GOR and COR responsibilities as required) of on-going INL grants and contracts related to corrections programs.
    3. Provide technical assistance to appropriate ranking law enforcement and other justice sector officials related to corrections programs.
    4. Provide advice and assistance in preparation of documentation for procurement of technical services, training and commodities and the monitoring of procurement actions, including drafting source-origin waivers, bid solicitations, scopes of work, and delivery and acceptance of items procured. This includes, equipment, including hardware and software, needed to facilitate information sharing, such as fingerprint analysis tools and case information tools.
    5. In coordination with INL, facilitate the implementation of training and technical assistance, including monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of interventions.
    6. In coordination with INL, implement collaborative correctional activities, ensuring that law enforcement, prevention, and correction activities are part of an integral program.
    7. Provide oversight and supervision of other INL foreign assistance programs and LES, TPC, and PSC personnel as directed by the INL Director and/or Deputy Director.
    8. In coordination with INL, provide support to other USG correction programs in the region on an as-needed basis.
    9. Provide input to INL for the F Budget process, including development of operational plans.


    TRAININGS & DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES


    1. Completes the Contracting Officer Representative (PA296) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within 120 days of arriving at Post.
    2. Completes the Grants Officer Representative training requirements including, but not limited to (PY260) Federal Assistance Management, (PY220) Introduction to Grants and Cooperative Agreements, (PY222) Monitoring Grants and Cooperative Agreements, (PY261) GOR Training, (PY262) Grants Management, and (PY320) Ethics in the Grants Environment within the first six months of arriving at Post.
    3. Completes the Introduction to Working in an Embassy (PN113) distance-learning (DL) course through the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) within the first six (6) months of arriving at Post.
    4. If applicable - Completes the mandatory Foreign Affairs Counter-Threat (FACT) Course (OT610) prior to deployment to Post.


    COMPLEXITY


    The Corrections Advisor must be able to: review host country corrections needs and capacity to increase the scope of operations and information-sharing; develop and manage relationships with multiple INL personnel, law enforcement units, host government officials, and interested parties in Washington D.C.; ensure sustainability of projects through provision of planning, communication, and operational standards; and have the ability to integrate competing needs of partner nation law enforcement and justice sector units into a coherent and comprehensive transnational approach.


    SCOPE AND EFFECTIVENESS


    The Corrections Advisor performs a broad range of coordination tasks related to the development of corrections capacity in a complex foreign assistance environment in Central America.


    PERSONAL CONTACTS


    The Corrections Advisor works closely with the INL/WHP CARSI Team Lead, the Directors of INL offices and sections throughout Central America, INL field-based personnel, and INL-supported interagency personnel. The Corrections Advisor will also have contact with Law Enforcement Officials of partner nations, coordinating agencies (USG or host country) as appropriate, and other INL Contractors.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS


    1. U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a DOS Secret level security and medical clearances.
    2. Demonstrated Superior English and Spanish communications skills, oral and written.
    3. Minimum fifteen (15) years of demonstrated experience in U.S. corrections operations, to include management, organizational development, planning training, with at least two (2) years of this experience at the level of assistant warden, chief of security, chief of classification, or chief of prisoner programs, (or the equivalent) or above.
    4. Graduate of a certified state or federal corrections training academy.
    5. Demonstrated knowledge of transnational criminal gangs, especially those prevalent in Central America.
    6. Demonstrated knowledge of prison design, facilities, policy development, security prison operations, and systems management.
    7. Demonstrated experience in developing information from prison security threat groups to improve prison operations, law enforcement, and prevention.
    8. Demonstrated experience working with personnel at all levels of prison operations, from guards patrolling the prison, to squad and section leaders managing staff, to outside leaders and community figures playing a civil society role.
    9. Demonstrated communication and liaison skills appropriate to work with a wide variety of governmental, public, and private sector representatives, as well as with local community members and groups.
    10. Demonstrated experience with developing and implementing corrections programs and knowledge of corrections development in an international environment.
    11. Demonstrated experience working or coordinating with other relevant U.S. government agencies (e.g., Departments of Justice and Defense, USAID), the United Nations and in host nation entities.
    12. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.


    GOVERNMENT-FURNISHED EQUIPMENT


    The PSC shall be able to use a furnished office space, a computer, office telephone, and other supplies needed for job requirements. This property will be owned and maintained by the Department of State.


    EVALUATION CRITERIA


    Factor 1: Work Experience (40 Points)
    Demonstrated professional experience planning and developing corrections programs and the ability to coordinate with host country justice sector and corrections officials, other USG agencies, and Civil Society Organizations. Demonstrated experience in capacity enhancement (training/technical assistance/analysis) with law enforcement in Central America.


    Factor 2: Program Experience (30 points)
    Knowledge of program management policies, concepts, practices and principles in order to analyze and develop recommendations for program implementation and objectives of the USG, including knowledge and experience in U.S. Government regulations, standards of conduct and ethics.


    Factor 3: Management & Communication Experience (15 points)
    Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a timely and concise manner; interact effectively with others at all levels to prepare, analyze, explain and defend determinations and requirements with respect to conformance to applicable laws, policies and other regulatory guidelines; and advise program officials.


    Factor 4: Past Performance (15 points)
    Past performance evaluation of applicant's ability to perform under the contract. In conducting the evaluation, the U.S. government reserves the right to utilize all evaluation information available at the time of evaluation, whether provided by the applicant or obtained from other sources.


    The most qualified candidates may be interviewed, required to provide a writing sample, and demonstrate an ability to operate commonly used office applications. INL will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews. In addition, applications (written materials and interviews) will be evaluated based on content as well as on the applicant's writing, presentation, and communication skills. In the event that a candidate has fully demonstrated his/her qualifications and there are no other competitive applicants, INL reserves the right to forego the interview process. Professional references and academic credentials will be evaluated for applicants being considered for selection.


    COMPENSATION (BASE PAY)
    For award, INL will negotiate for this contract based on the market value as outlined above and overall experience relevant to the solicitation requirements.


    BENEFITS & ALLOWANCES
    AS A MATTER OF POLICY, INL NORMALLY AUTHORIZES THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES


    BENEFITS - IF APPLICABLE
    • Employee's FICA/Medicare Contribution
    • Contribution toward Health and Life Insurance
    • Pay Comparability Adjustment
    • Annual Increase
    • Eligibility for Worker's Compensation
    • Annual, Sick and Home Leave
    • 401K Plan
    • MEDVAC (provided by DOS Med)


    ALLOWANCES IN ACCORDANCE WITH DEPARTMENT OF STATE STANDARDIZED REGULATIONS (DSSR) - IF APPLICABLE
    • Temporary Quarters Subsistence Allowance (TQSA) or Per Diem upon arrival at Post
    • Housing Allowance
    • Post Allowance
    • Supplemental Post Allowance
    • Maintenance Allowance (SMA)
    • Education Allowance
    • Educational Travel (full-time United States based secondary)
    • Post Hardship Differential
    • Danger Pay
    • Shipment of HHE, UAB, POV and Consumables


     


    Set-aside code: N/A Place of performance:  US Embassy San Salvador  SV Contact: Deborah Strom, Contract Specialist, Email StromDG@state.gov
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              Avoiding Arguments Regarding Waiver of the Right to Rescind: An Examination of California Law      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Although rescission issues most frequently arise in connection with health and life insurance policies, they can appear in virtually any context.  See, e.g., Unionamerica Ins. Co. v. Fort Miller Group, Inc. (N.D. Cal. 2008) 590 F. Supp. 2d 1254 (commercial general liability policy), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance]; Blum Collins LLP v. NCG Prof’l Risks, Ltd. (C.D. Cal. Jul. 31, 2014) 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109915 (professional liability policy), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance].  Thus, it is important to understand the necessary steps for properly rescinding an insurance policy, especially so that arguments over waiver of the right to rescind can be avoided.         

    Recently, in DuBeck v. California Physicians’ Service (2015) 234 Cal. App. 4th 1254,[subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance], the California Court of Appeal noted that an insurer can waive its right to rescind an insurance policy if it does not promptly investigate suspicious facts within its knowledge, even if those facts do not, on their face, establish a proper basis for rescission.  Id. at 1267 (“[a]ctual knowledge…is not essential to establish a waiver…[i]t is sufficient that [an] insurer has information which if pursued with reasonable diligence would lead to the discovery of the breach.”) (citations omitted).  DuBeck also provides guidance on the steps an insurer should take once it has established that rescission is proper. Accordingly, DuBeck is a case any claims representative considering rescission should be aware of.

    In DuBeck, the insured represented that she had never received professional advice or treatment for breast cancer despite being diagnosed with breast cancer five days earlier.  Shortly after the policy went into effect, the insurer began receiving medical bills related to the insured’s breast cancer surgery.  Despite the receipt of these invoices, the insurer waited over a year to investigate the insured’s medical history and to attempt to rescind the policy.  Under these circumstances, the DuBeck court found that the insurer had waived the right to rescind. 234 Cal. App. 4th at 1267. 

    In rare cases, courts have gone further than DuBeck.  For example, in Mao Xiong v. Lincoln Nat’l Life Ins. Co. (E.D. Cal. May 28, 2009) 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45280, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance], the insurer argued that the insured’s concealment of his other policies of insurance was a material misrepresentation because the insurer never would have issued coverage had it known the truth.  Finding that any right to rescind based on the insured’s failure to disclose his additional policies was waived even if material, the court emphasized that the insurer had a Medical Index Bureau report in its possession at the time it granted coverage which illustrated that other insurance companies had “information about a person who ‘matche[d] the demographics of [the] proposed insured.’” Id. at *26 (citations omitted).  Thus, even though the report arguably did not illustrate that the insured actually had obtained any other insurance policies or that the references in the report necessarily concerned the insured, the court still found that the insurer’s failure to further investigate precluded any right to rescind. See also Unionamerica, supra (finding that an insurer waived the right to rescind because it should have known the policy application was inaccurate or incomplete when the insured did not provide information relating to the products sold by one of its subsidiaries).

    It should be stressed, however, that cases like DuBeck and Mao are the exception and not the rule.  Generally, an insurer has every right to rely on the information provided by the insured, and an insurer is not required to investigate an insured’s representations unless the insurer already has information in its possession demonstrating that the representations are almost certainly false.  See Mitchell v. United National Ins. Co. (2005) 127 Cal. App. 4th 457, 476 (“[a]n insurer does not waive its right to rescind a policy on the ground of false representations if it was unaware of the falsity of those representations”), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance]; LA Sound USA, Inc., 156 Cal. App. 4th at 1271, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance], (“‘an insurer has the right to rely on the insured’s answers to questions in the insurance application without verifying their accuracy’”) (citations omitted); Colony Ins. Co. v. Crusader Ins. Co. (2010) 188 Cal. App. 4th 743, 754-55 (finding an insurer’s failure to follow its own investigatory guidelines in the underwriting context did not lead to a finding of waiver), [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance],; West Coast Life Ins. Co. v. Ward (2005) 132 Cal. App. 4th 181, 189-193, [subscribers can access an enhanced version of this opinion: lexis.com | Lexis Advance], (canvassing California law and illustrating that waiver has typically occurred where the insurer possesses an investigatory report at the time it issues the policy, and the contents of the report directly conflict with the insured’s representations on the policy application).

    Nevertheless, to avoid arguments of waiver, when an insurer comes into possession of information that suggests an insured provided false information with his or her application for insurance, it is advisable for the insurer to begin investigating.  While the scope of that investigation will vary from case to case, often a simple letter to the insured requesting the documents relevant to the representation at issue is the most logical way to begin the investigation and avoid arguments of waiver.  Should the insurer’s investigation ultimately uncover evidence that clearly establishes the insured made material misrepresentations when applying for coverage, then the insurer will normally have to make a decision about whether or not to rescind the policy or it may open itself up to arguments that it waived the right to do so.      

    Once an insurer decides to rescind the policy, DuBeck instructs that there are at least two additional steps the insurer should take in order to ensure that a court will enforce the rescission.  First, an insurer should refund all policy premiums paid by the insured (less actual costs paid out by the insurer). DuBeck, 234 Cal. App. 4th at 1266, n. 13.  Second, an insurer should not state it is canceling the policy (as opposed to rescinding the policy since its inception), because a cancellation can be construed to mean that coverage once validly existed. See id. at 1264-1265 (implying that a cancellation signals that coverage is only terminated prospectively, which logically is at odds with the effect of a rescission). 

    While California courts have repeatedly held that an insurer has every right to rely on the information provided by the insured and that an insurer is not required to investigate an insured’s representations if it has no reason to think they may be inaccurate, if the insurer later comes into information that strongly suggests an insured’s application contained material misrepresentations, it is advisable to further investigate at that time and avoid potential arguments of waiver.

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    Russia, China block US bid to slap North Korea sanctions
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    Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children travelling on a bus.

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    Dozens of children were reportedly killed in a Saudi attack on Yemen.

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday.

    CNN reported that dozens of children under the age of 15 were killed in the attack, and many more were injured, according to reports from Yemeni officials and the Red Cross.

    "U.S. bombs. U.S. targeting. U.S. mid air support," Murphy said in a tweet. "And we just bombed a SCHOOL BUS."

    He continued: "The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this - NOW."

    In a statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich said that American aid helps reduce civilian casualties. However, a recent review of airstrikes by the United Nations found that "measures taken by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its targeting process to minimize child casualties, if any, remain largely ineffective."

    American support for the Saudi attacks in Yemen began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump has vigorously continued the policy and ramped up munitions sales to the U.S. ally.

    “In retrospect, the problem is that we did just enough to produce the perception of complicity, without doing enough to actually influence their behavior,” a former senior Obama administration official told the Washington Post. “We tried to take this principled middle position, which left us stuck.”

    Meanwhile, the war has caused what the United Nations says is a humanitarian disaster. In addition to the thousands of deaths from direct attacks, millions are believed to be on the brink of starvation because of the crisis.

     

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    Dozens of children were reportedly killed in a Saudi attack on Yemen.

    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) denounced American military aid to Saudi Arabia following reports of a devastating airstrike on a Yemeni school bus on Thursday.

    CNN reported that dozens of children under the age of 15 were killed in the attack, and many more were injured, according to reports from Yemeni officials and the Red Cross.

    "U.S. bombs. U.S. targeting. U.S. mid air support," Murphy said in a tweet. "And we just bombed a SCHOOL BUS."

    He continued: "The Saudi/UAE/U.S. bombing campaign is getting more reckless, killing more civilians, and strengthening terrorists inside Yemen. We need to end this - NOW."

    In a statement, Pentagon spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich said that American aid helps reduce civilian casualties. However, a recent review of airstrikes by the United Nations found that "measures taken by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in its targeting process to minimize child casualties, if any, remain largely ineffective."

    American support for the Saudi attacks in Yemen began under President Barack Obama, and President Donald Trump has vigorously continued the policy and ramped up munitions sales to the U.S. ally.

    “In retrospect, the problem is that we did just enough to produce the perception of complicity, without doing enough to actually influence their behavior,” a former senior Obama administration official told the Washington Post. “We tried to take this principled middle position, which left us stuck.”

    Meanwhile, the war has caused what the United Nations says is a humanitarian disaster. In addition to the thousands of deaths from direct attacks, millions are believed to be on the brink of starvation because of the crisis.

     

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    Hussein Samawarchi

    If England were to occupy Mexico and agree with a certain religious or ethnic group’s claim to it, the phone at ten Downing Street would probably ring off the hook; most world leaders would be calling the British Prime Minister to condemn this blatant act. England manages to secure the success of its plan and facilitates the transport of many waves of illegal immigrants to Guadalajara, Tijuana, and Monterrey. The people rushing into ships and airplanes to their new homeland can be Yazidis, Bahraini Shiites, or any other minority that has suffered at the hands of an absurdly stronger dogmatic organization with little assistance from the international community. The recently victimized people of Rohingya would fit the profile just fine.

    England also succeeds in deleting the name “Mexico” at the United Nations and the once victimized and exhausted people of Rohingya form armed gangs and begin committing atrocities against the civilians living in Mexican villages and then towns and cities. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans flee southwards to live in refugee camps from Guatemala to Colombia.

    England pulls out of Mexico leaving the Rohingya population to marginalize every remaining Mexican into a second-class citizen or less. They are also given the facility to create the most superior army in the region, to a point where they start invading parts of neighboring countries and calling it annexation.

    Of course, all of the above is not true. Mexico is too powerful to be stolen and the good people of Rohingya are not land thieves. But the story is just made up to explain to the new generations what really happened in Palestine and the region.

    Palestinians have lost their country to a group of foreigners claiming that their god had promised them the land. These foreigners came from many countries where they are already citizens. They speak of antisemitism when many of them are actually Europeans annihilating the original Semites of the land. The rationale of it all is beyond logic.

    In a world that advocates religious freedom, how can it be acceptable to impose someone’s beliefs on others? How can someone say that his “god” is more correct than yours and that his “god” has promised him your home? According to them, “god” has favorites among the humans he had created and that he has categorized the overwhelming majority as Goyim who are equal to cattle and are destined to serve the chosen ones who are blessed in their massacres of little children in Gaza just like he blessed their butchery of every living person in Deir Yassin.

    These same chosen ones denounced the biased and discriminatory Egyptian gods who approved their enslavement. Yet, they fanatically worship the one allowing them to enslave others.

    Palestine was officially deleted from so many history books and from the charter of the world’s main authority on countries, the United Nations. This happened during a time when the Germans were still trying to understand how it was possible to literally melt down tens of thousands of women and children in one long air raid and the Japanese were trying to figure out if the radioactive effects of two atomic bombs would eventually kill the rest of them. On the other side of the world, much closer to the land being raped, some Arabs were busy creating a covert Zionist state in Mecca while others were establishing the worst Machiavellian dictatorships under the pretense of progressive revolutions.

    The average Arab citizen, Christian and Muslim, had and still has his heart in the right place. The long Ottoman invasion did its best to fight all chances of education for those Arabs. Then came the British and French invasions that delivered an abundance of education; only, this education was targeted towards the submission of future generations to a Zionist vision of what the Arab society should be like. The acceptance of an “Israeli” tree being irrigated with Palestinian blood in the Arab orchard was to be achieved.

    The well-placed plan began with encouraging Arabs to attack the “Israelis”. Among the first and second line leaders of those Arabs were ones who worked directly with the British intelligence services and others who served unknowingly. This needed to be done so as to march the Western world’s opinion to the rescue of the poor minority who had just barely escaped total Nazi annihilation. Of course, the Arab campaign failed miserably but not because the “Israeli” gangs were strong; rather, due to traitors placed in the highest government ranks. Then the so-called chosen people needed more Western support, so more Arab campaigns with preset plans of failure were required.

    All this was to delete not only the name Palestine from the world map but, to delete any traces of a Palestinian identity as well.

    Things very rarely work perfectly as planned though. The Syrians had Hafez Assad for a leader – Love him or hate him, everyone agrees that the man was a genius. He knew that fake Islamic movements would be utilized to break Arab countries from within. He also knew that betting on Western regimes would mean a national loss in dignity and geography. The man held his ground and forged correct alliances. The proof to that is Syria today; it simply would not have the whole world trying to break it down if the Assad legacy was not on the right ethical track.

    Then there were the highly educated common well-read people in other Arab countries; most of whom were imprisoned or assassinated by their governments for voicing out animosities against the reality of the Zionist colonial scheme. Only regime-controlled opinions were allowed in the media.

    No other people on earth have been subject to a conspiracy this big and this well planned. The Palestinians were not only to have the claim to their home wiped out but the reference to it as well. If a Palestinian today would say "I want what is mine back," the answer would be "You can't have what was never yours." After all, and thanks to the dominant Zionist media, the whole world thinks “Israel” is a real national entity.

    Freedom of opinion dictates that people may choose what they believe in. Arthur Balfour may only give away his own property and not an inch of that which he holds no deed to. This is the belief of people who agree with justice. If it is legal and acceptable for England to invade and give Mexico away then an argument could be considered regarding another country; one like Palestine. But, theft is a battled concept.

    No possible amount of years can deprive the righteous of their rights. No amount of instigating media can make right of what is wrong. Palestine is a reality and it is made of Arabs belonging to many religions and sects, including Judaism. Ottoman oppression is not a valid pretext for British acquisition.

    England is responsible for what the Palestinians are enduring today. As far as many are concerned, England never really pulled out of Palestine regardless of what it declared. The fact is, regular troops were exchanged with European mercenaries carrying the star of David for a banner.

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    INTERVIEW On average, we wear our clothes a total of seven times and then, many simply get thrown away - 2.5 billion pounds of clothing each year to be precise. Scary but easy to change as one of the simplest and most sustainable ways to let garments live longer is to find them a new owner. And this is the mission of the Global Fashion Exchange (GFX): To promote sustainable consumption patterns, such as reusing and recycling, around the globe through inspiring forums, educational content and cultural events like clothing swaps. Since its inception in 2013, GFX has saved 22 tons of clothes from going to landfills. FashionUnited thought that was pretty impressive and spoke to GFX co-founder Patrick Duffy to find out more.

    Patrick, could you talk a little bit about the beginning of the Global Fashion Exchange?

    Sure. A long time ago, I worked in nightlife as a promoter, also at production companies for big fashion brands. I honed my skills and then I became a restaurateur. I kind of got an all around experience in entertaining. As that was happening, I became more and more familiar with sustainability. Then I went to the Copenhagen Fashion Week as a journalist, writing for various publications. They had a sustainability area there and back then, I didn’t know much about it. But then Rana Plaza happened and it shifted my perspective on the fashion industry. Everything had to do with overconsumption. It made me sick and I had what I call my Oprah aha-moment. I was thinking about how to reframe everything. Then I was invited back to Copenhagen and there, they had a an initial clothing swap in 2013 and I thought ‘this is something I can take all my skills into and turn it into a message’. And this was at a time when sustainability was still the s-word that nobody wanted to say. Sustainability still needed a lot of support.

    Was your idea well received?

    [laughs] Not initially. When I told people in the industry of the idea, they said what people often say to a really good idea ‘You are so crazy’. That’s what people said, but that was so not true. But then I realised the people I was talking to were from fashion brands whose main goal was to sell clothes. But we’ve reached capacity when it comes to clothing production, we’re maxed out. I kept presenting my idea and I heard other comments, people saying ‘This is incredible but we don’t know how to do it’. Suddenly, everyone was super excited and supportive and helped me keep pushing the idea. In my personal life, I gave everything away, all my material possessions and even New York City was so expensive to live in. I left it all and really focused on turning it into something that would make me really happy to work on.

    Do you charge for the events?

    The larger events are completely free because we do not want to exclude anyone because sustainability is a non-exclusionary topic. We just had a massive outdoor event at a venue in New York City at The Brooklyn Mirage, a huge outdoor venue in East Williamsburg. They were fantastic - they promoted the event and supported it by giving the venue for free. We had superstar DJs, many people helping with setting up and 20 ethical and sustainable brands showcasing their wares. They got the space for free because they needed a chance to get their message aout nd I felt it wouldn’t have been right to charge them money to do so. In addition, we had a fashion show with 120 models of all different colours and sizes, some were wheelchair-bound. All worked for free so that the event could be free so that there is no reason why anyone should not be participating - charging a cover of 10 or 20 dollars ticket fee can be a deal breaker for some.

    What about the smaller swaps?

    The smaller events allow the organisers to cover their costs. And that’s something people always ask, ‘How do you make money?’ For the smaller swaps, we work with the ambassadors to offset their costs and determine how much of a ticket price can we put in the local communities. After all, they are putting time in; they deserve to be paid.

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    Are people biased against clothes from people they don’t know?

    No, not at the swaps because don’t forget, people come voluntarily. And the big swaps are well frequented. They become glamorous events and people get interested. Interest is the hook to bring them into the loop and to educate them on the topic and on sustainability goals like human rights, sustainability, etc. And once they understand a bit more about it, then people will hopefully go beyond the swap.

    Would you say the swaps have a mind-changing effect?

    Yes, if not a life-changing definitely a mind-changing effect. For example at the recent event in New York with 1,600 people, I was standing at the entrance and talking to each person attending, asking them ‘Do you know what you’re here for?’ Many did know; many did not know; they had just come to swap clothes. So it is a touchpoint to communicate the startling facts - and then the aha-moment happens, the transformational moment. Once people understand the problem - the fashion industry being the most polluting industry and consumers contributing to that - they can’t erase that.

    People may not change their lifestyle but they have received the information, and most of the times, people want to get involved. They become activists in their own way, they share through social media and proudly show their swapped items. That’s a positive development.

    When targeting people, especially millennials, it is important to psychologically understand how their mind works. And I know what people want; they want the experience. And the experience they have reflects back on the topic and the message, which is sustainability. That’s why it is easier to communicate through a positive experience; if people are smiling, the world is going to shift.

    Could you explain how GFX Local came about?

    GFX Local came up as a solution to address the fact that we want to spread the word about what we’re doing and to promote more clothing swaps. We noticed after organising the larger swaps that they require a lot of funding and manpower. However, it was always my dream to basically take this education all over the world but it wasn’t going as quickly as I wanted because it was depending on sponsorship; money basically. ‘Money is a silly reason for this not to be spread,’ I thought and GFX Local was born, inspired by Fashion Revolution. We developed a tool kit for those interested to download and apply. Then, we go through a kind of question and answer process to find out if someone is qualified and they sign up to become GFX ambassadors. Or, they can download the kit and do it in their hometown and start a clothing swap.

    Are there any country-specific biases? In India for example, second hand is not big at all.

    Of course, in all markets, GFX considers what goes on culturally and socioeconomically before starting a swap. Bolivia, Costa Rica, Barcelona, etc. all different and in some, like India for example, second-hand clothing is not desirable. But GFX is fun and the experience really key; a tool to show people that this is great. The quality of the clothing is just as key as well as the marketing and branding.

    When doing a swap for the first time, storytelling is important and we do a lot of coaching for the ambassadors to bring influential people to the table. In India, this was Evelyn Sharma, a famous Bollywood actress who also has her own organisation, Seams for Dreams. The organisation provides appropriate clothing to the less privileged members of society in India and raises funds and awareness through fashion events. It really helps when GFX is endorsed by someone else. Evelyn was not just a face but doing something similar, which is related to the cause. This is important not only in India but all over the world. In India, we received such a positive response and great publicity that the local ambassador is creating more events.

    What is your personal take-away from starting the Global Fashion Exchange?

    Oh, I have learned so much and I have had wonderful teachers at the different organisations I have worked with. Over time, I also got invited to talk at conferences and I have spoken at the United Nations four times about GFX. I was also at the Omina Fashion Summit and I gave the keynote address at the first Australian Circular Fashion Conference. People see me and they see that I’m just a normal person and that one person can change the world. Plus, people want to hear positive things, they don’t want to hear about the crazy problems that are happening. So there is no need to be banging on about the problems but to talk about the solutions. GFX becomes a solution or provides different solutions.

    Tell us a bit about GFX Consulting.

    GFX Consulting is part of business model that developed out of my thought ‘how am I going to make this work? What am I going to do with tall this knowledge?’ I wanted to keep it open source right from the beginning. And now I am teaching companies how to transform a supply chain and how to communicate it. This could be doing a big project with a major brand but also with small ones and exploring how to find funding, getting connected to different markets and communicating their story. Assessing different needs and building custom solutions basically.

    There is a lot of storytelling in marketing and brands are just starting to understand that telling the story of sustainability can be a big part of what they do. The people, the planet, the process. But often, brands are stuck in linear models or cycles whereas circularity is important and we can teach them how to transition.

    In view of the recent scandal with brands destroying perfectly good stock, how do you sell circularity and sustainability to brands?

    The biggest question is: Why are they burning all of this? That’s where you have to teach people if you buy less, brands need to produce less. Because currently, what brands are doing, they are polluting the earth. So they have to innovate and take a look at what they’re doing. They have to focus on better quality but also circularity, creating products that are 100 percent circular. Brands have to become educators as well. They have to take responsibility alongside the consumer. Slowing down the production as fast fashion is choking the industry. Innovative materials are key, for example those made out of ocean plastics. Luckily, sustainability is a trend and hopefully one that is going to last.

    Photos: Global Fashion Exchange


              U.S. Ambassador To U.N. Haley Announces $9M In Humanitarian Aid For Venezuelans In Colombia      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    ABC News: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visits Venezuela border, announces $9 million in humanitarian aid “The United States on Wednesday announced nearly $9 million in aid to help those fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, days after Venezuela’s president said the United States was home to financiers of what he hasMore


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    Der Syrische Bürgerkrieg ist einer der komplexesten Konflikte des 21. Jahrhunderts und die damit einhergehende humanitäre Krise breitet sich weit über die Grenzen der Region aus. Das  United Nations Special


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    Russia said it has overturned U.S. attempts to expand United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea.
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    GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - "India has not been playing a proactive role either to recognise its indigenous people or to implement the 'United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples' (UNDRIP) for the improvement of life and situations of the indigenous people of the country," Jebra Ram Muchahary, an indigenous people's rights activist said while delivering the keynote address of the discussion on the "Rights of indigenous people of Assam and Northeast India: Prospects and challenges" here on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.
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              한국외국어대학교 '제42차 모의유엔총회', 다자협력 방안 모색      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


    국제화 시대를 선도하는 대학생들에게 아시아 태평양 지역의 질서 안정을 위한 다자협력의 필요성을 전달하는 자리가 마련된다.



    한국외국어대학교 모의국제연합(HIMUN, HUFS International Model United Nations)이 외교부의 공식후원을 받아 12일 오후 1시 삼성동 코엑스 오디토리움에서 “아시아 태평양 지역의 질서 안정을 위한 다자협력 방안”을 의제로 제42차 모의유엔총회를 개최한다.



    이번 총회에는 한국외국어대학교 김인철 총장, 스페인 대사관 Mr. Gonzalo Ortiz 대사, 남상민 유엔 아시아-태평양경제사회이사회(UNESCAP) 동북아 사무소 대표대행, 국회 도서관 허용범 관장, 국제예술진흥원 임재동 이사장이 참석한다.



    한국외대 모의유엔총회는 UN의사규칙에 의거해 12명의 대표들이 국내 유일하게 각 국의 언어로 의제에 대한 발언을 하며 발언의 내용은 6개 UN 공식 언어(영어, 중국어, 프랑스어, 러시아어, 스페인어, 아랍어)와 한국어로 통역된다. 올해 참여 국가는 한국, 중국, 인도, 영국, 미국, 호주, 사우디아라비아, 말레이시아, 브라질, 브루나이, 러시아 그리고 이집트다.



    한국외국어대학교 모의국제연합 사무총장 정한을(한국외대 스페인어과 17학번)은 “아시아 태평양 지역은 세계 교역량 48.7%를 차지하는 광대한 지역”이라며“아시아 태평양 지역 국가들의 협력이 필요한 시점에 열리는 총회라 더욱 뜻깊을 것으로 기대된다고 언급했다.



    1958년도에 창설돼 올해로 60주년을 맞은 한국외국어대학교 모의국제연합은 국내에서 가장 오래된 대학생 외국어 학술단체다. 매년 정부기관과 각국 대사관, 기업, 시민단체의 후원을 받으면 국제화 시대를 선도하는 젊은이들의 학술의 장이 되고 있다.



    지난 2016년 40차 모의유엔 총회부터 UNDPI(유엔공보국)가 2009년이 발표한 모의유엔 의사규칙인 'UN4MUN'지침서를 도입해 실제 UN회의와 가장 흡사한 모의유엔 총회를 보여주고 있다. 이번 제42차 한국외국어대학교 모의유엔총회는 1천200명의 대중에게 공개되며, 관람객에게는 통역기를 무료 제공된다. 한국외국어대학교 '제42차 모의유엔총회', 다자협력 방안 모색
              Major obstacle of poultry industry in Tripura is cost of poultry feed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The major obstacle of poultry industry in Tripura is the cost of poultry feed. The department of ARDD, government of Tripura maintains poultry and duck breeding farms for production and supply of quality chicks and ducklings of LIT variety, revealed the Economic Review of Tripura. Directorate of economics and statistics planning (Statistics) department, Agartala has informed that the feeds and fodder are the most vital components. The state Tripura is mostly devoid of all important feed ingredients particularly the grain portion, for which the state is entirely dependent on outside states resources. Under the feeds and fodder development programme, cultivation of fodder and grass were under taken and grazing facilities were developed for the milch animals. For development of fodder production in farmers land in the block level, definite programme was also adopted involving panchayats (PRIs) as well as under MGNREGA.Per capita availability of local egg is approx 60 nos. during the year 2016-17 in which the availability of egg in India is 64 eggs, said the report of economic review of Tripura and United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), India is the third largest producer of egg in the world. The per capita availability of egg was 64 eggs per annum during the year 2015-16 in India. Interestingly, the per capita availability of egg was 5 eggs per annum during the year 1950-51. Indias per capita consumption of poultry meat is estimated at around 3.1 kg per year, which is low compared to the world average of around 17 kg per year. Indias per capita consumption of eggs is estimated at about 62 eggs per year.The department of ARDD has informed that the ARDD has maintained poultry and duck breeding farms for production and supply of quality chicks and ducklings of LIT variety. The major obstacle of poultry industry in Tripura is the cost of poultry feed. The statistical report published by Directorate of Economics and Statistics Planning (Statistics) department that the production of hens egg 4,52,420 numbers, production of K C duck eggs 1,68,551 numbers, production of VSM eggs 4,436 and the production of white pekin eggs 7,535 numbers in 2016-17 in Tripura.The primary objective of poultry development is the scheme to augment poultry/duck egg and meat production, including broiler meat to make the State self sufficient. This scheme entails scope of huge employment generation for the youths of both urban and rural masses and especially to the weaker and women section of the State. Therefore this is a high priority scheme of the ARD, informed ARDD officer.UNI XC AKM
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              Bill seeking to end discrimination against leprosy patients introduced in Lok Sabha      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The government on Friday introduced The Personal Laws (Amendment) Billthat seeks to ensure elimination of discrimination against the leprosy-affected people.The draft law was introduced by Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha.The statement of objects and reasons of the new Bill says it will address issues concerning the leprosy patients as old legislative provisions discriminating the persons affected by leprosy continued in various laws.The United National General Assembly adopted a Resolution in 2010 on the Elimination of Discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members.India has signed and ratified the said Resolution.Moreover, the statement said, the Supreme Court has also recently directed the Centre as well as the state governments to take necessary steps for rehabilitation and integration of the leprosy affected people into the mainstream. It had also said there should be steps to repeal the provisions where leprosy has been treated as a stigmatic disability.Having regard to the recommendations of the NHRC, the observations of the Committee on Petitions of the Rajya Sabha, recommendations of the Law Commission and Observations made by the Supreme Court, the government has decided to omit such discriminatory provisions from the Personal Laws, the statement said.UNI DEVN AE 1346
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    Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children travelling on a bus.

              Business Analytics Specialist - ICS 10      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Nairobi - Why Fuzu? Join Fuzu to accelerate your professional growth, meet like-minded people and learn from the best. Business Analytics Specialist - ICS 10 Nairobi, Kenya Salary range: Confidential | Contract type: Permanent Share this job Job Summary The United Nations Suppo...
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    Yemen's Houthi group welcomed on Friday a call by the United Nations for an independent investigation into Saudi-led coalition air strikes that killed dozens of people a day earlier, including children travelling on a bus.

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    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) held today a special event to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week to highlight the importance of breastfeeding as key to children's survival, nutrition and early development. Protecting and promoting breastfeeding is part of WFP's Prevention and Treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition project that is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The project supports the Government of Tajikistan in improving nutrit...

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              UN Programme Policy Officer (LIPW Advisor) Career Jobs – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Job Title:              Programme Policy Officer (LIPW Advisor) Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda About US: The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency against world hunger. It is the largest and longest serving humanitarian agency in Uganda. Currently WFP focuses on three priority areas: Saving lives in Source: …
              Dinarland Highlights for August 9, 2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Dinarland Highlights - 8.9.18

    DELTA (KTFA)


    Quote:
    "Performance of the brokerage firms...for the month July 2018 in accordance with the criteria of the EUROPIAN UNION-Asian stock exchanges…"

    ...ISX BROKERAGE LIVE INTERNATIONAL... SINCE JULY..."

    CBI JUST ADDED THE WORD SPECIMEN ON ALL THE NOTE...VERY INTERESTING https://cbi.iq/page/89

    [Why would they add specimen to notes that are already in existence?]

    [One Day After The United Nations Security Council meeting yesterday. Hmmmm.]


    IMO...CBI IS GETTING READY TO INTRODUCE NEW LDS...
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    Adam Montana

    [...I forget who had the lead the RV, the RD, or the lop LOL]


    "Lop"... that's actually a word I haven't ran across in a while! I don't see any significant chance of a lop. My opinion and my expectation is that at a point in the near future, we are going to realize a gain on the dinar.
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    Breitling

    …A lot of people sent this to me…

    [There’s more reports of the currency being 1 to 1 more specifically $20 or $22 dollars per IQD.]

    Well that’s not going to happen. Ever. It’s not going to go to $20…where do these articles come from? It’s the same type of article that’s been coming out since 2008. It means nothing. If you don’t see the exchange rate at the CBI then it does not exist…For some reason I got bombarded with that email.
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    Mountain Goat

    ...This is about the rumor that is out about Iraqi dinar going global. This rumor started from an article on the ISX.

    ...There is no question that that the ISX did go global and this was effective on Wednesday Aug 1st.

    ...they already told us months ago that they planned to do this...The part of this article that really got the... rumors flowing was the list of rates of the currencies and their exchange equivalents to buy into the ISX. The ISX DOES NOT TRADE currencies.

    ...So this is not a revaluation or a reinstatement announcement of the Iraqi dinar. This article is showing us that Iraq is exposing their ISX to the world and that they are now finally drawing foreign investors to Iraq. This will slowly expose the Iraqi economy to the rest of the world. This is the FIRST time we have seen Iraq publicly show their rates of the currency to the world. It is like telling the world “here is our currency, it is viable, no more restrictions”. This is all VERY good news and now we have to just let the process take place. Let’s wait for the articles on the “project to delete the zeros”.
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    Frank26 (KTFA)

    [Since Iraq is following the Turkmenistan model, do you think they will also revalue their currency January 1...]


    ...DO NOT KNOW WHEN THEY WILL RI ...BUT: KNOW THEY ARE...AT AN ACCELERATED
    PACE!!! ...IMO...

    [via Linda]

    ...CBI MADE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE ISX GLOBAL.

    ...THE IRAQI DINAR HAS BEEN TRADED FOR MANY YEARS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE...NOW WE KNOW THEY WILL BE TRADING ON A PUBLIC SIDE...THE 3 LETTER AGENCY’S GAVE THE THEM THE TOOLS TO GO INTO INTERNATIONAL WATER...ARE THEY TRADING THE IQD INTERNATIONALLY AT A PROGRAM RATE...NO...IT WILL DESTROY THE COUNTRY IF THEY DID...WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS THE CBI IS TELLING YOU SO MUCH ABOUT THERE POSITIONING OF THEIR CURRENCY & THE IRAQI STOCK EXCHANGE...WE LOVE IT...BECAUSE ONCE THEY GO GLOBAL WITH A NEW RATE...IT WILL BE HERE AND FAST...THE ONLY WAY THEY ENTER THIS IS AT A NEW RATE, NOT A PROGRAM RATE...THEY READY TO GO INTERNATIONAL AT ANY MOMENT...EVERYTHING IS DONE...THEY ARE READY TO LAUNCH THE IQD.
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    David M. Witty

    Iraqi PM's Office says over 5000 high ranking government officials have been investigated for corruption during the time of PM Abadi's government. Yesterday, the names of more corrupt officials were passed to Integrity Commission.
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    RayRen98 (TNT)

    ELECTION RESULTS AND CHANGES ARE BEING ANNOUNCED ON IRAQI TV NOW. IRAQ HAS IMPLEMENTED ALL 44 RECOMMENDATIONS COMING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL ACTION ORGANIZATION MAKING THEM THE 4TH IN LINE FOR THE BEST FOREIGN RESERVE CURRENCY.

    Iraqi Dinar Revaluation and Global Currency Reset News | Dinar Chronicles

    Courtesy of Dinar Guru
              "Off Ledger Reconciled" - SPEAK Update - Tank - 8.9.18      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    9 August, 2018 14:37

    OFF LEDGER RECONCILED


    A lot of the reason that so many of us cannot find common ground is because of the respected sources we get our information, and the history we have with these sources. They’re not necessarily good or bad people, but we’ve seen something from them that makes us believe that they really know what’s going on. And in their compartment of knowledge, depending on their allegiance, they could very well be an expert in the area they’re describing.

    However, the Cabal is and has been fracturing, each group clamoring for control to be the next planetary warlords. This is working in our favor from the top down perspective. Eventually, like kids hopped up on sugar, they should all tucker out and the grown ups can clean up the mess.

    This is not moving fast enough to generate the changes in the world that are necessary right now. Waiting for them or anyone else to do something for us, only chips away at our life, hope, and inspired path we envision. We need to take responsibility for our own education, ascension, and growth. We need to meet them in the middle as we grow up from the roots.

    To assist in this process I thought I’d provide an explanation for some of the challenges we’re currently facing. The explanation below should be reasonably accurate and hopefully it will help you identify the accuracy of what you currently believe to be true. Understanding the depth of control the Order has systematically controlled the world with should help us break through it on some level.

    There’s 6 ledgers that all have to be reconciled:

    1. The banks
    2. The Treasury
    3. The United Nations
    4. The IMF
    5. ThE Bank of International Settlements
    6. The Trust (Formerly know as the Manna World Holding Trust)

    All of these entities are contained within the structure of the Trust. The current situation is that the other five entities are controlled by people who use to act as trustees for the Trust but they were never the Comptroller. The Comptroller has absolute authority. Generally the Comp gives some of that control to a Trustee or a group of trustees, reserving the right to accept or reject their requests. In this case, the Trustees had codes that were left in place for so long that they thought they were in control. In 2007 after they legally acquired all of the assets of the planet, the previous comptroller cut their access off.

    In this case the previous Trustees think they have the right to eat, kill, enslave, rape, molest, and generally use humanity in any way they see fit. This attitude of entitlement, combined with the power afforded them by the previous Comptroller, access to hidden Galactic technology, and the disconnection from their own humanity has allowed them to reign much like an angry God requiring worship and unquestioned obedience.

    The same way most people have a fear of God, Hell, and other consequences, these fears are reinforced by behavior from these false Gods that implies that their fear is not only justified, but required to maintain their current mediocre existence. It is this fear that still has to be overcome for us to gain our freedom.

    The technical aspects of programming, legal aspects of authority, and Natural identification with the planet, Source, and our own purpose have already been accomplished. It is now the execution and enforcement of the laws to make sure the successful programming isn’t redirected by fearful humans after transactions are completed. In addition, even after transactions land successfully in regular project owner’s accounts, physical violence against them now becomes a concern. This is the reason that having a Government, and Military that awake to the reality is so important to the forward progress of all humanity. Without completely destroying the current functional habitat of the world, our options are limited to shifting the critical mass consciousness of the people, getting support from authorities who are supposed to protect the people, or developing super powers that make us indestructible.

    I spend most of my time on the first and last one because no matter how destructive their behavior is to the people and the planet, the Governments are filled with individuals who have carved out a very comfortable existence as the slaves of the Order. Their fear and our apathy could be the downfall of humanity if heroic actions are not taken.

    I said all that to say, there is no real private ledger anymore. The only off ledger accounts currently hold all of the real wealth of the planet. These are all held and allocated into the Trust. The other books cannot be used because the Quantum System recognizes when they try to allocate assets that have already been allocated and rejects them stating “can not duplicate”.

    Furthermore, privacy in banking is what got us in this mess in the first place. It’s like hiring the people who robbed you, killed your family, and left you for dead, as your security. All you know about them is that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get what whatever they want and they don’t value the same things that you do. This leaves us in a constant state of duality fighting for power in a system that requires cooperation to work.

    This is why there can be no overnight revaluation of currencies. Although the Chinese Elders, White Dragons, and various other individuals who hold fraudulent paperwork have tried over and over again to hack into the trust, use outdated codes, or kidnap the Trustee and force her to do their bidding, they have never come close to actually having access to these accounts.

    Meanwhile, they’ve terrorized and held the world hostage with promises and threats that they no longer have the access to execute on. If they did gain access to the Trust they would never give the people a dime anyways. They planned to crash the world’s economies, creating chaos, fear, and panic. They live by the idea that “from chaos comes order.” They feel we need war and tragedy to keep us engaged in their Matrix.

    But even now as Global Martial Law is no longer in effect, we empower them to make decisions for us. We are the key to our own freedom, but we don’t seem to want it bad enough to claim it. It’s not necessarily our fault. We’ve been drugged with chemicals, media, and lies. We don’t understand our real history and we’re trained to trust our leaders to act in our best interests. But our “leaders” only know part of the story as well. The lack the power, knowledge, and integrity to act in the best interests of the people. They’re holding back an elite force of highly trained soldiers, incredible technologies, and denying their own Sovereignty because they’re slave programming is so deep they can’t imagine a world of free humans.

    The truth is that even within the awakening movement, we have absolute truths that completely pervert our judgement and ability to stand alone. We still think private banking will fix our problems when in reality it is in these shadows where our enemies have always been the most skillful. Our answer is in the hearts and minds of the people.

    Come out from hiding, face the enemy in daylight, and find out what you’re capable of. Change happening behind the scenes is only valuable when it breaks through for everyone to see. This is the time for us to break through.

    TANK

    Source: Project SPEAK
              UN labels Yemen civil war ‘world’s worst humanitarian crisis’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations is describing the bloodshed in Yemen's civil war as the 'world's worst humanitarian crisis,' with more than 22 million people in need of aid. Dozens have been killed and others injured as a bus carrying children was hit in an airstrike in Dahyan. The incident is just one of many claiming the lives of civilians as the three-year civil war rages on with no end in sight.
              【みんな生きている】田口八重子さん[日米首脳会談]/JNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    -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!日・米首脳会談、米・朝で「拉致問題」取り上げで一致》

    【4月18日水曜日】
    アメリカ・フロリダ州で安倍晋三総理大臣とドナルド・トランプ(Donald John Trump)大統領が首脳会談を行い、6月初旬までに行われる史上初の米・朝首脳会談で拉致問題を取り上げることで一致しました。

    「完全、検証可能、不可逆的な方法での核・ミサイルの廃棄に向けて、大統領と共に認識を共有したい」
    (安倍晋三首相)
    「日本とアメリカの結束は固く、北朝鮮の問題について強く一致している」
    (トランプ大統領)

    フロリダ州のトランプ大統領の別荘で行われた会談で、両首脳はまず完全かつ検証可能で不可逆的な形で非核化を実現するため、北朝鮮が具体的な行動をとるまで最大限の圧力をかけ続けていくことで一致しました。
    そのうえで、安倍総理大臣が米・朝会談で拉致問題を取り上げるよう要請したのに対して、トランプ大統領は受け入れ「日本のために最善となるようベストを尽くす」と述べたということです。

    「安倍首相には確約を取ってもらいたい。『私は一生懸命トランプ氏に言いましたよ。トランプ氏は拉致問題に理解があって、北朝鮮に向けて拉致問題を解決するよう努力しなさい』と言うだけに終わらないように」
    (拉致被害者家族会代表 ・飯塚繁雄さん。拉致被害者・田口八重子さんの兄)

    拉致被害者家族会代表の飯塚繁雄さんは米・朝会談で拉致問題に触れるだけでなく、どう具体的に帰国させられるのか話をしてほしいと訴えました。

    ■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/
    ■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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    Dozens of children under the age of 10 died or were horrifically maimed in the latest offensive against Yemen. Every day, the numbers of innocent lives claimed grows, and every day the world’s foremost force refuses to act. Demand the United Nations protect this battered region from relentless, unrestrained atrocities.
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    An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition hit a bus in rebel-held northern Yemen yesterday, killing dozens of what aid groups said were school children, with the United States and United Nations both calling for an investigation.
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    A former Governor of Rivers State, now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has been given new appointment.
     

    The United Nations on Thursday inaugurated Amaechi as an Advisory Board Member of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund.

    The inauguration took place at the United Nations Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Media aide to Amaechi, Mr. Israel Ibeleme, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

    According to Ibeleme, Amaechi, who was recently appointed as an Advisory Board member of the UNRSTF, was currently representing Nigeria and Africa at the inaugural meeting of the Board.

    He said that as a member of the UNRSTF Advisory Board, Amaechi will play an important role of collaborating to reducing the number of accidents and casualties; and making a real impact on global road safety.

    Ibeleme said that the discussions and decisions at the meeting will greatly shape the operationalization of the UN Road Safety Trust Fund.

    “The UNRSTF was established in April 2018 to address the worldwide accident crisis resulting in 1.3 million lives lost and additional 50 million injured on the road each year.

    “The United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund was establish at the request of the UN Secretary–General, following suggestions made by several United Nations member states.

    “It aims to accelerate progress in improving global road safety by bridging the gap in the mobilization of resources for effective action at all levels.

    “The fund’s main objective is to mobilise resources from the government, intergovernmental or non-governmental organisations and the private sector for immediate and effective action in any case,” Ibeleme said.

    Ibeleme noted that since Amaechi assumed duty as Minister of Transportation in Nov. 2015, there has been a renaissance in the Nigerian Transportation system.

    He said that his involvement in the UNRSTF will bring about more intervention in the area of road safety in Nigeria and Africa.

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    Ecuador is facing a serious problem this month and for once it has nothing to do with Julian Assange. The nation has declared a state of emergency because of a flood of refugees who are overwhelming their border control facilities and straining available resources to the limits. And where are all of these desperate souls coming from? Venezuela, of course. As the collapse of the socialist nation under the grip of Nicolas Maduro continues to spiral out of control, starving people have been fleeing in large numbers and Ecuador needs additional security and medical assistance to deal with the flood of humanity escaping oppression. (Reuters)

    Ecuador on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in three provinces due to an unusually high volume of Venezuelan migrants crossing over the northern border with Colombia after fleeing the OPEC nation’s economic crisis.

    Venezuela’s hyperinflation and chronic product shortages have fueled an exodus of citizens who typically travel by land via Colombia, often continuing south toward Andean nations including Ecuador, Peru and Chile.

    “The government of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency related to human migration in the provinces of Carchi, Pichincha and El Oro to provide urgent attention to the Venezuelan migrants on the northern border,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.

    Ecuadorian officials are reporting an average of more than 4,200 Venezuelan refugees per day. That may not sound like much compared to the border issues faced by the United States, but Ecuador is a tiny country. Half the size of Texas with a population of less than 17 million, they simply don’t have the manpower or supplies to deal with this sort of volume.

    At first glance, it may seem curious that so many refugees are showing up in Ecuador since they don’t even share a border with Venezuela, but the Venezuelan migrants don’t have that many options for flight. They have to go through Colombia to get to Ecuador, but they’re not particularly welcome there since Columbia is currently in something of a prolonged diplomatic spat with the leadership in Caracas. Fleeing to the south or southeast, into the northern reaches of Brazil or Guyana puts them in largely uninhabited and dangerous jungles. For refugees fleeing on foot, traveling south along the Pacific coast is almost the only viable option.

    Ecuador is getting some help with medical staff and resources from the United Nations Refugee Agency which should provide them with some short-term relief. Also, Ecuador’s president, Lenín Moreno, has been trying to warm up relations with the United States so we may see some of our own relief agencies lending a hand. But either way, the socialist plague of Venezuela’s collapse is no longer confined to their own nation. It’s spreading like a disease and starting to seriously impact its neighbors. Where does this story end? Perhaps with the overthrow of Maduro if his people become desperate enough, but I wouldn’t expect to see that any time soon.

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    Every Friday, IRIN’s team of specialist editors offers a curation of humanitarian news, trends, and developments from around the globe.

     

    On our radar:

     

    The women of Syria’s war prisons

    Over the past few months, the Syrian government has been quietly issuing death notices for hundreds of political prisoners who died in its jails. Many of the deaths appear to have taken place in the early years of the country’s seven year war, and analysts believe that the flurry of notices suggests president Bashar al-Assad’s regime may be signalling it is firmly in control of the country and no longer fears the anger that admitting these deaths could provoke.

     

    Many thousands of detainees have gone into Syria’s notorious detention system, and among those who actually made it out is artist Azza Abo Rebieh, whose drawings of her fellow prisoners in Damascus’ Adra prison are profiled in the New York Times this week. Abo Rabieh, who painted protest murals at the start of the uprising against al-Assad and later smuggled food and medicine to displaced people, draws the women she met in detention from 2015 to 2016. She lives and draws in Beirut now, and the images she makes, as well as the stories she tells, are haunting.

     

    And still the war is not over for civilians in northwestern Idlib province, where the UN estimates a looming government offensive on the last major rebel-held territory in the country could displace as many as 700,000 people. Many of Idlib’s 2.5 million civilians have already fled or been evacuated from their homes elsewhere in Syria, and the government has begun dropping leaflets over the province urging residents to cooperate with the army.

     

    In search of “tangible progress” in Myanmar

     

    It was billed as the first step in a long process to return Rohingya refugees to Myanmar. But two months after UN agencies signed a secretive agreement to explore repatriation with Myanmar’s government, there’s been little “tangible progress” to do just that. The UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, and its development arm, UNDP, released a statement this week urging the government to “improve conditions” in northern Rakhine State, where a military campaign last August pushed hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people into neighbouring Bangladesh. Calling for “tangible” progress, of course, implies there has been anything but. One key takeaway: the very basis of the controversial agreement was that UNHCR and UNDP would be given access to northern Rakhine, which has largely been closed off to international aid groups for the last year. This hasn’t happened. Both UN agencies submitted travel requests to start working in mid-June; the government hasn’t replied. In the meantime, remaining Rohingya and ethnic Rakhine communities in the state continue to “live in fear of one another” and there’s been no movement at all on the core issue for most Rohingya – a clear path to citizenship.

     

    The ripples of #MeToo

     

    The recent scandals in aid agencies and subsequent crackdown mean more cases of sexual harassment or abuse are being dealt with, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. For example, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children disclosed increases in reported cases in 2018 compared to last year. Others told TRF they expected cases to rise, while some in the survey of 21 agencies gave fewer details or were unable to report numbers yet. A few more developments on #MeToo issues:

     

    - An IRIN investigation in Central African Republic, “I have no power to complain”, reveals new allegations of abuse by UN peacekeepers as well as broken promises on follow-up care for victims and botched investigations

    - A pattern of alleged harassment by an official of UN Women was reported by Newsweek, and the UN agency has called upon investigators to wrap up the case, without offering details

    - The British Parliament issued a report on sexual exploitation in the aid sector finding "complacency verging on complicity" and more concern for reputations than victims

    - UN OCHA will provide a $1 million fund to help aid agencies conduct thorough investigations

    - The Geneva-based policy group, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, has published a detailed account of measures under discussion to prevent “transgressors” being re-hired

     

    The civilian cost of bombing Islamic State

    It has been four years since the United States first announced it was using airstrikes against so-called Islamic State in Iraq, an operation that began near Erbil. Other countries later joined the anti-IS coalition in Iraq and Syria. Nearly 30,000 airstrikes plus plenty of ground fighting later, the militants now hold little in the way of territory and are on the back foot. But, as casualty monitor Airwars points out, civilians paid dearly for the liberation of cities like Raqqa and Mosul. Counting casualties in war is tricky, but Airwars estimates that between 6,500 and 10,000 civilians were killed in coalition air and artillery strikes. The coalition puts the numbers much lower, at just over 1,000, but Amnesty International this week said its own investigations had prompted the US-led coalition to admit that its aerial bombardments during the Raqqa offensive killed 77 civilians. And the human rights watchdog says that’s likely just “the tip of the iceberg”. Meanwhile, without any major cities to its name, IS is reverting to the horrifying tactics that first brought it notoriety: executions and kidnapping minorities.

    Counting the dead, correctly

     

    On a related and similarly morbid topic, humanitarian situations that ought to ring alarm bells don't do so because mortality data is badly calculated on the basis of a 30-year-old benchmark, according to researcher Fabrice Weissman. What makes a crisis severe is the numbers dying. As people still die of natural causes, emergency workers need to know how many deaths are above normal. To do this, they calculate the crude mortality rate (CMR) of "deaths per 10,000 per day". Many humanitarian organisations work on the basis that a rate of one or more death per 10,000 per day is an emergency. (It can get worse than that: UNHCR benchmarks say 5/10,000 per day is a "major catastrophe"). (This primer from think tank ODI can tell you more.)

     

    In a new blog, MSF veteran Weissman says the 1/10,000/day threshold is based on the assumption that twice the underlying rate should count as an emergency. But he finds that the underlying rate (0.5/10,000/day) was based on a US review of routine mortality rates in various African countries in the 1980s (which may have since halved). A more careful application of the benchmark should, where possible, be set at double the real normal rate in the surrounding population but too often is not, Weissman suggests. (This is also recommended by the Sphere humanitarian standards group). Taking the example of northeastern Nigeria, he cites an MSF study where people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency had a mortality rate of more than double the local population (0.41 compared to 0.19) but since neither passed the 1/10,000/day cutoff, field teams couldn't convince their management that the situation was as serious as it really was. Weissman writes that this issue is "highly political" as it defines what is "excessive" and therefore requiring exceptional action. He has a simple proposal: cut the threshold in half.

     

    In case you missed it, 6 August-10 August

    Indonesia: The death toll continues to climb after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok on 5 August, but the government has so far “strongly” declined international aid, according to the AHA Centre, a regional inter-governmental disaster coordination agency. The government says at least 321 people have died. Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, a local NGO, says communities an hour’s drive from the district capital in North Lombok have been cut off by landslides and are living in tents without any help.

    South Sudan: Rival leaders in the world’s youngest country may have taken another step towards ending one of the world’s most brutal and devastating civil wars by signing a deal on power-sharing and governance that’s meant to pave the way for a comprehensive peace accord. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar expressed regret for the “untold human suffering” their rivalry has brought about since December 2013, but similar deals in the past have done nothing to end the killing, so optimism over this new document is at best “cautious”. Look out for our upcoming analysis.

    United Nations: UN Secretary-General António Guterres has nominated Michelle Bachelet to be the organisation’s top human rights official. If approved by the General Assembly, the two-time president of Chile will succeed Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein as High Commissioner for Human Rights. Zeid has been an outspoken critic of powerful countries, and chose not seek a second four-year term, saying last December that doing so “might involve bending a knee in supplication”.

    Yemen: On Thursday morning, a bus carrying children in a Houthi-controlled area in northern Saada province was hit by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, killing dozens. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the official toll is 51 dead, including 40 children, as well as 79 wounded, 56 of whom are children. The coalition said in a statement that the strike was a “legitimate military action” aimed at rocket launchers used to strike Saudi Arabia, and accused the Houthis of using children as soldiers and human shields.

     

     

    Our weekend read:

     

    Briefing: Another Ebola outbreak, this time in a conflict zone

     

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has more experience than any country when it comes to tackling Ebola. The latest outbreak, announced on 1 August, is its 10th since the virus emerged in the country (near the Ebola River) in 1976. Gabon, Sudan, and Uganda would be next on that list, with three major outbreaks apiece. However, this time around, there’s an added problem: it broke out in North Kivu Province, where dozens of armed groups operate and where decades of conflict have devastated key infrastructure. Hopes are high that the vaccine that may have helped quickly contain the previous outbreak last month in Equateur Province can do the same now. But, as our weekend read spells out, tracing all those who have come into contact with suspected cases in the midst of an active warzone and then vaccinating them in time may not be possible. There are also large population centres nearby, and international borders. As of Friday, the outbreak had claimed 37 lives (nine confirmed as Ebola, 28 still being verified), but it’s worth getting up to speed now in case things get worse from here.

     

    And finally:

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    You can leave your hat on

     

    We don’t strive to be your go-to source for sartorial matters here on the Cheat Sheet (well, sometimes we do), but we couldn’t help but take note of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s slimmed-down wardrobe. Pictures published in state media this week show Kim ditching his usual Mao suit for a loosely buttoned white T-shirt and a breezy hat. Blistering heat waves around the globe have also hit North Korea, which likely has something to do with Kim’s recent fashion choices. But more importantly, humanitarian groups warn the soaring heat is likely to wither crop yields in a country where chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are widespread. And, as we pointed out last month, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization was already projecting a 652,000-tonne cereal shortfall, in part due to low rainfall and soaring temperatures earlier this year. State media have called the heatwave an “unprecedented natural disaster”. The UN’s humanitarian aid chief, Mark Lowcock, recently warned of declining aid funds for North Korea, but such entreaties haven’t been enough for donors to overcome years of misgivings: this year’s UN-wide appeal for North Korea is only 10.8-percent funded – the second-lowest commitment to any emergency.

    (TOP PHOTO: Rohingya refugees who came to Bangladesh by boat in November 2017. CREDIT: Patrick Brown/UNICEF)

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    Zero-carbon economies must come. But need millions suffer first? A personal, global story.

    lead Typhoon Haiyan at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Wikicommons/NASA file. Some rights reserved.

    While working in tropical crop research in east Africa in the late 1960s I got interested in issues of resource conflict over food, energy, and strategic commodities. It was a bit of a change from my own science background in plant pathology, and one result was that I hoped in the future to work more in the field of environmental security. 

    Back in the UK in 1971, I was lucky to do this by getting a post at one of those newly designated and expanded urban technology colleges, the polytechnics. This was a period of relatively well-funded educational initiatives, included the pioneering Open University, that owed a lot to the Labour government of 1964-70.

    The group I joined at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now a university) was aiming to develop a new kind of interdisciplinary degree in what it termed “Human Ecology”. The programme combined ecology, economics, politics, and human health studies, and also brought in the expertise of geographers, architects, planners and others, working together in a manner then not too common even in the new “polys”. The Huddersfield degree was distinctive in another way: all students spent the whole of their third year in a placement in relevant employment, able to apply what they had learned and making them a lot more employable when they graduated.

    One of the courses I taught was on global ecosystem, or biosphere, studies. It included lectures on the various biogeochemical cycles (nitrogen, water, carbon, etc.) which underpin much of the workings of natural and human-affected processes. When moving office not long ago I came across some old lecture material. There was one set on The Carbon Cycle, which included notes on the steady increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through the burning of fossil carbon – and its possible impact on climate.

    This was in 1973, all of forty-five years ago, when most of the interest in environmental problems was on the impact of pesticides, land dereliction, air and water pollution, and resource depletion. But things were moving: the publication of the seminal The Limits to Growth in 1971 did much to provide a global context, and this was augmented in June 1972 by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) in Stockholm, the first big UN meeting on the theme.

    By the end of the decade, climate change was entering the political agenda, at least in a small way, as new climate models were beginning to confirm early fears. The idea of global impacts was supported in 1983 by confirmation of the specific problem of CFC damage to the ozone layer. Since that threat was so substantial and immediate, and because CFCs could be replaced quite easily, the “ozone-hole” issue resulted in rapid action in the form of the Montreal protocol of 1987. That said, three decades on the problem is only just receding in severity.

    Climate change is singular in many ways. It is not down to one particular group of chemicals with limited if useful functions that can be readily replaced. Rather, it is concerned with a fundamental element in modern society: the combustion of fossil carbon (coal, oil, gas) as the primary energy source.

    The evidence for human-induced climate disruption gathered over several decades is now overwhelming. But there remains rigorous opposition from climate deniers, often supported by neoliberal wealth in many different guises. Underlying this stance is awareness that market forces are incapable of diminishing the risks from climate disruption – the huge tasks involved can only be met by strong intergovernmental action. But to the deniers and their neoliberal backers, this is ideologically unacceptable.

    That central problematic persists, but the times they are a' changing, as the direct evidence becomes ever more obvious. An early impact of climate change is a more energetic atmospheric-oceanic system leading to more severe weather events, an experience now visible for all to see. What were once 100-year severe weather events are now ten- or twenty-year events, with records being broken all the time (see "Floods, climate, and neglect: a reflection", 30 December 2015).

    Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the southern Philippines in November 2013 (and is known there as Yolanda), had the highest ever recorded speed at landfall, and in spite of plenty of warning killed 6,300 people. In a single month in 2017, central America and Caribbean islands were struck by three Category 5 hurricanes. In the middle two months of 2018, a unprecedented concentration of heatwaves has enveloped most of the northern hemisphere (see "A climate emergency", 10 January 2014).

    These represent not one “canary in the coal mine”, but multiple. Will this be recognised and contribute to a hugely accelerated global response? Don’t hold your breath, but do look around for positive developments. There are remarkable and accelerating innovations in the use of renewable-energy resources, where solar and wind power quite often comes in below grid parity with fossil carbon exploitation. In addition, perovskite-based and hybrid systems in solar-power use may now be coming of age. Some of these advances were discussed in a column published almost exactly two years ago (see "Climate science: revolution is here", 11 August 2016).

    It's also significant that the term “hothouse Earth” has suddenly caught on, and that the idea of runaway climate disruption is covered in the media in some depth – even by newspaper that have long been impregnable citadels of climate denial. The weekly Economist for many years provided copious space to climate sceptics, but its coverage has shifted markedly: the cover story of its latest, 4 August, edition is about the failure to respond to climate change.

    To put this in a wider context, political analysts of climate change have argued for some time that essential, radical moves towards zero-carbon economies will be implemented only after a transformation of political will – but in turn, that this will be triggered only after huge catastrophes, of at least an order of magnitude greater than the above recent examples. If they are right then the future really is bleak (see "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene", PNAS, 6 August 2018).

    It does not have to be that way: if the right decisions are made, the sequence can be reversed and terrible human suffering avoided (see "The global climate cliff", 18 July 2013). But renewal of political attitudes, plus sustained and determined campaigning, are essential. Just as with the respose to the ozone crisis, it can be stated with reasonable confidence that the necessary intergovernmental action will happen, and that it needs to be revolutionary in extent.

    In itself that is a genuine, positive change. So the issue now becomes: how soon?   

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    One of the most difficult concepts for Americans to accept is that there are human beings dedicated to coercive population control and genocide. Many readers will acknowledge that our government is helping to finance the Red Chinese program of forced abortion, forced sterilization, infanticide, and control of the numbers of live births.

    Most readers will accept the fact that our nation is helping to finance the United Nations' world-wide "family planning program," a form of population control. Most rational men and women, however, find it impossible to believe that such programs are really part of a "master plan" to kill off large segments of the world's population.

    I shall have to admit that I studied the politics of AIDS (HIV disease) for over a decade before I finally came to a horrifying conclusion. The real motivation behind efforts to block utilization of standard public health measures to control further spread of the HIV epidemic was "population control."

    Dr Cantwell: Man-made HIV/AIDS Was Government Eugenics Program

    That was not an easy concept for me to acknowledge, despite the fact that I had long recognized that the twentieth century has been the bloodiest hundred-year period in all recorded human history.


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    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 Conference in New Orleans this week,...
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    The United Nations has called for an independent investigation into the Saudi-led coalition airstrike on Yemen's Houthi rebels, who say it killed at least 50 people and wounded 77, many of them children. The rebels say one of the missiles struck a bus taking children back from a summer school picnic.  U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged an "independent and prompt investigation" of the airstrike. Mohammed Ali, a senior Houthi leader, said on Twitter that the Houthis welcomed Guterres call for the probe and are "ready to cooperate."  ​Turning point UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement Friday that the "horrific"attack "marks a low point" in Yemen's brutal war. "The question now is whether it will be a turning point -- the moment that must finally push the warring parties, U.N. Security Council and international community to do what is right for children and bring an end to this conflict."  "I so hope that all parties will engage constructively in the political process," said the U.N. special envoy to Yemen, adding "including consultations scheduled in Geneva in September."  Television pictures from a hospital showed blood-covered youngsters who seemed too stunned to even cry. Others writhed on the floor waiting for help. Condemnation "Grotesque, shameful, indignant," the head of the Norwegian Refugee Council Jan Egeland tweeted. "Blatant disregard for rules of war when a bus carrying innocent schoolchildren is fair game for attack." Save the Children said it "condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate, and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure." Doctors Without Borders decries that "civilians continue to pay the highest price" in Yemen while the regional director of the U.N. Children's Fund asked "does the world really need more innocent children's lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?" The United States backs the Saudi-led coalition targeting Iranian-supported Houthi rebels in Yemen.  "We trust when they say that they will investigate. We closely coordinate with them," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. ​Tit for tat strike Thursday's airstrike was carried out against a rebel-held area in Saada province, near the Saudi border. Missiles struck a market.  It was in response to a Houthi missile strike on Saudi territory Wednesday. Saudi defenses intercepted the missile, but fragments fell to the ground, killing one and wounding 11.  The coalition called Thursday's airstrike against the Houthis "a legitimate military operation...carried out in accordance with international humanitarian law." The Saudis have accused the Houthis of using children as human shields, a charge the rebels deny.  Iranian-backed Houthi rebels seized the Yemeni capital of Sana'a in 2014, sending the Western-supported government into exile in Saudi Arabia.  The Saudi-led coalition began its air and ground campaign to drive out the Houthis more than three years ago. Its airstrikes have obliterated entire civilian neighborhood, including schools and hospitals, and compounded the misery of what is one of the world's worst humanitarian disasters. Many Yemenis are in the brink of starvation. There are also severe shortages of fresh water and medicine. A cholera epidemic has killed thousands over the last two years.
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    At the event (Source: Internet)   Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Home Affairs, the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, and the United Nations in Vietnam held a workshop in Hanoi on August 10 with young people to discuss the draft revised Youth Law. Scheduled for consideration at the National […]
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    Billy Pizer, faculty fellow at Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, is a faculty sponsor for the the U.N. Climate Change Negotiation Practicum, a Bass Connections course that examines the negotiation of international climate change agreements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Applications for the course—offering a unique opportunity for Duke students to gain hands-on, applied experience learning about international climate policy and the negotiations process—are due August 15.


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    Zero-carbon economies must come. But need millions suffer first? A personal, global story.

    lead Typhoon Haiyan at peak intensity and approaching the Philippines on November 7, 2013. Wikicommons/NASA file. Some rights reserved.

    While working in tropical crop research in east Africa in the late 1960s I got interested in issues of resource conflict over food, energy, and strategic commodities. It was a bit of a change from my own science background in plant pathology, and one result was that I hoped in the future to work more in the field of environmental security. 

    Back in the UK in 1971, I was lucky to do this by getting a post at one of those newly designated and expanded urban technology colleges, the polytechnics. This was a period of relatively well-funded educational initiatives, included the pioneering Open University, that owed a lot to the Labour government of 1964-70.

    The group I joined at Huddersfield Polytechnic (now a university) was aiming to develop a new kind of interdisciplinary degree in what it termed “Human Ecology”. The programme combined ecology, economics, politics, and human health studies, and also brought in the expertise of geographers, architects, planners and others, working together in a manner then not too common even in the new “polys”. The Huddersfield degree was distinctive in another way: all students spent the whole of their third year in a placement in relevant employment, able to apply what they had learned and making them a lot more employable when they graduated.

    One of the courses I taught was on global ecosystem, or biosphere, studies. It included lectures on the various biogeochemical cycles (nitrogen, water, carbon, etc.) which underpin much of the workings of natural and human-affected processes. When moving office not long ago I came across some old lecture material. There was one set on The Carbon Cycle, which included notes on the steady increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere through the burning of fossil carbon – and its possible impact on climate.

    This was in 1973, all of forty-five years ago, when most of the interest in environmental problems was on the impact of pesticides, land dereliction, air and water pollution, and resource depletion. But things were moving: the publication of the seminal The Limits to Growth in 1971 did much to provide a global context, and this was augmented in June 1972 by the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) in Stockholm, the first big UN meeting on the theme.

    By the end of the decade, climate change was entering the political agenda, at least in a small way, as new climate models were beginning to confirm early fears. The idea of global impacts was supported in 1983 by confirmation of the specific problem of CFC damage to the ozone layer. Since that threat was so substantial and immediate, and because CFCs could be replaced quite easily, the “ozone-hole” issue resulted in rapid action in the form of the Montreal protocol of 1987. That said, three decades on the problem is only just receding in severity.

    Climate change is singular in many ways. It is not down to one particular group of chemicals with limited if useful functions that can be readily replaced. Rather, it is concerned with a fundamental element in modern society: the combustion of fossil carbon (coal, oil, gas) as the primary energy source.

    The evidence for human-induced climate disruption gathered over several decades is now overwhelming. But there remains rigorous opposition from climate deniers, often supported by neoliberal wealth in many different guises. Underlying this stance is awareness that market forces are incapable of diminishing the risks from climate disruption – the huge tasks involved can only be met by strong intergovernmental action. But to the deniers and their neoliberal backers, this is ideologically unacceptable.

    That central problematic persists, but the times they are a' changing, as the direct evidence becomes ever more obvious. An early impact of climate change is a more energetic atmospheric-oceanic system leading to more severe weather events, an experience now visible for all to see. What were once 100-year severe weather events are now ten- or twenty-year events, with records being broken all the time (see "Floods, climate, and neglect: a reflection", 30 December 2015).

    Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the southern Philippines in November 2013 (and is known there as Yolanda), had the highest ever recorded speed at landfall, and in spite of plenty of warning killed 6,300 people. In a single month in 2017, central America and Caribbean islands were struck by three Category 5 hurricanes. In the middle two months of 2018, a unprecedented concentration of heatwaves has enveloped most of the northern hemisphere (see "A climate emergency", 10 January 2014).

    These represent not one “canary in the coal mine”, but multiple. Will this be recognised and contribute to a hugely accelerated global response? Don’t hold your breath, but do look around for positive developments. There are remarkable and accelerating innovations in the use of renewable-energy resources, where solar and wind power quite often comes in below grid parity with fossil carbon exploitation. In addition, perovskite-based and hybrid systems in solar-power use may now be coming of age. Some of these advances were discussed in a column published almost exactly two years ago (see "Climate science: revolution is here", 11 August 2016).

    It's also significant that the term “hothouse Earth” has suddenly caught on, and that the idea of runaway climate disruption is covered in the media in some depth – even by newspaper that have long been impregnable citadels of climate denial. The weekly Economist for many years provided copious space to climate sceptics, but its coverage has shifted markedly: the cover story of its latest, 4 August, edition is about the failure to respond to climate change.

    To put this in a wider context, political analysts of climate change have argued for some time that essential, radical moves towards zero-carbon economies will be implemented only after a transformation of political will – but in turn, that this will be triggered only after huge catastrophes, of at least an order of magnitude greater than the above recent examples. If they are right then the future really is bleak (see "Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene", PNAS, 6 August 2018).

    It does not have to be that way: if the right decisions are made, the sequence can be reversed and terrible human suffering avoided (see "The global climate cliff", 18 July 2013). But renewal of political attitudes, plus sustained and determined campaigning, are essential. Just as with the respose to the ozone crisis, it can be stated with reasonable confidence that the necessary intergovernmental action will happen, and that it needs to be revolutionary in extent.

    In itself that is a genuine, positive change. So the issue now becomes: how soon?   

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              Weekly report on israel’s terrorism against Palestinians (02– 08 August 2018)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of 02-08 August, 2018.
    Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against Palestinian protestors in the Gaza Strip. 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed while another civilian succumbed to his pervious wounds. 99 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic, were wounded; 9 of them sustained serious wounds.
    Shooting:
    Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 19th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while another child succumbed to his previous wounds. Moreover, the Israeli forces wounded 99 civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic. Nine of those wounded sustained serious wounds. Another civilian was wounded during launching airstrikes.  In the West Bank, the Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including a journalist.

    In the Gaza Strip, on 03 August 2018, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians, including a child, while participating in the Return and Breaking Siege March. The first civilian was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered his chest and exited his back in eastern al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of the Gaza Strip. The second civilian was killed after being hit with a live bullet to his abdomen, east of al-Buriej Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The second civilian sustained serious wounds and his death was declared on the next day.

    In new crime of extra-judicial execution, on 08 August 2018, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another one while targeting a civilian car carrying them by an Israeli done in the northern Gaza Strip.

    In the same context, on 05 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Jihad Ahmed al-‘Aydi (17), from al-Zawaidah village, succumbing to his wounds during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of al-Buraij refugee camp on Friday, 30 March 2018, as he was hit with a live bullet to the head.

    During the reporting period, while using the excessive force against the peaceful protesters along the Gaza Strip borders, the Israeli forces wounded 99 Palestinian civilians, including 17 children, a woman and a paramedic. Nine of those wounded sustained serious wounds.

    Injuries in the Gaza Strip during this Week
    GovernorateInjuries
    TotalChildrenWomenJournalistsParamedicsCritical Injuries
    Northern Gaza Strip1560003
    Gaza City2900010
    Central Gaza Strip2680001
    Khan Younis1821003
    Rafah1110002
    Total99171019

    As part of targeting the border areas, on 03 August 2018, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a border control point belonging to Palestinian armed groups while thousands of civilians participating in the March of Return and Breaking Siege activities. The point is about 300 meters into the west of the border fence with Israel, adjacent to the Return encampment, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

    On 04 August 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at agricultural lands adjacent to border fence, east of al-Maghazi Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip.
    On 08 August 2018, Israeli forces opened fire at border area adjacent to the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City.
    On the same day, Israeli forces fired an artillery shell at a border control point belonging to Palestinian armed groups, east of Gaza City, and no casualties were reported.

    As part of the airstrikes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli warplanes targeted a number of Palestinian civilians by 2 separated airstrikes while they were present in eastern Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and in eastern al-Buriej Camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. No casualties were reported.  The Israeli forces claimed that those young men flew incendiary kites and fired incendiary balloons at settlements near the Gaza enclave.

    On 08 August 2018, Israeli warplanes and drones launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, in which they fired 37 missiles at least.

    As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, PCHR documented 7 shooting incidents at the fishermen, including 4 in the northern Gaza Strip, 2 in the centre of the Gaza Strip and 1 in the southern Gaza Strip.

    In the West Bank, Israeli forces wounded 6 civilians, including a journalist.
    Incursions:

    During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 61 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 15 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 38 Palestinians, including 5 children and a journalist, in the West Bank.  Meanwhile, 30 other civilians, including 9 children, a woman and a journalist, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested were Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a reporter at Turkish Channel, and Nader Bibars, a program director at Palestine T.V. . It should be noted that Ibrahim was arrested from his house in Rantees village, west of Ramallah, and Nader was also arrested from his house in Wad al-Jouz neighbourhood in the canter of occupied Jerusalem.


    Israeli Forces Continued their Measures to Create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem

    As part of demolishing houses and civilian facilities, on 05 August 2018, Bassam ‘Obaidat was forced to self-demolish his house in ‘Obaidat neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount, south of East Jerusalem, to implement the Israeli Municipality’s decision. Bassam 90-square -meter house was built many years ago and all his attempts to license his house failed with the Israeli municipality’s insistence to implement the demolition.

    On 07 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 apartments belonging to Nabeel al-Mohtaseb in Shu’fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. The roof was comprised of 2 apartments, each of them was built on an area of 100 square meter.

    In the same context, Israeli military vehicles levelled a number of roads in al-‘Issawyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to implement the “National Parks” settlement project, which they are seeking to build there.


    As part of Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

    As part of demolishing crimes, on 04 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled lands belonging to several Palestinian civilians between “Etzion” and “Alon Chivot” settlements, south of Bethlehem in favor of building a new settlement neighborhood. The lands belong to civilians, from Artas village, southwest of Bethlehem. The expansion works are part of the plan approved by the Israeli government to establish 1,700 settlement units in the area over the next five years.

    As part of settlers’ attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property, on 02 August 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, from “‘Ofra” settlement established on ‘Ein Yabroud village lands, east of Ramallah, punctured the tires of 10 civilians’ cars and wrote Hebrew slogans on the walls of the village.
    Crimes of Extrajudicial Execution:

    • In a new crime of extrajudicial executions, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip after targeting a civilian car driven by them. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 23:25 on Wednesday, 08 August 2018, an Israeli drone fired a missile at a civilian car that was driving on a street in ‘Amer housing project area, southwest of Beit Lahia village in the northern Gaza Strip, as the car was carrying 2 civilians. The missile fell near the car. As a result, ‘Ali Yusuf Mohammed ‘Ali al-Ghandour (34), from Beir al-Na’jah area in Jabalia, sustained shrapnel throughout his body, most of which were in the back. Moreover, another civilian (PCHR keeps his name) was hit with a shrapnel to the right shoulder. The wounded civilians were transferred via a civilian car to the Indonesian Hospital. At approximately 23:55 on the same day. Medical sources at the hospital announced the death of al-Ghandour while classified the other civilian’s injuriy as minor. The airstrike also caused severe damage to the targeted car. It should be noted that the 2 wounded persons are civilians and the targeted area did not witness any incidents.

    Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

    Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force for the 19th consecutive Friday against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The demonstrations were named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstrations were also in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. The demonstrations were as follows during the reporting period:

    Gaza Strip:

    • At approximately 16:00 on Friday 03 August 2018, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Malakah intersection, east of al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City in the 18th consecutive Friday titled “Our Martyrs Children.” The activities included raising flags, chanting national slogans, setting fire to tires and flying kites. Though the demonstrations were fully peaceful, Israeli forces stationed behind the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, Ahmed Yahiya ‘Atallah Yaghi (27), from al-Nasser neighborhood was killed after being hit with a live bullet that entered the chest and exited the back. Moreover, 29 civilians were wounded. Twenty seven of them were hit with live bullet and its shrapnel, one civilian was hit with a rubber bullet, and other civilian was hit with tear gas canister.

    • Around the same time, hundreds of civilians swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege, 400 meters away from the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip. Dozens of them approached the border fence, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the border fence. The Israeli forces fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the participants. The clashes continued until approximately 20:00 on the same day. As a result, 21 civilians, including 16 children, were wounded. Twenty of them were hit with live bullets and one civilian hit with tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were taken via ambulances belonging to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified 5 civilians’ injuries as serious and they were then transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The injuries of the other wounded civilians were classified between minor and moderate. At approximately 05:00 on Saturday, 04 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shuhada’a Hospital in Deir al-Balah announced the death of Mo’ath Ziyad Ibrahim al-Suri (15), from al-Nuseirat, succumbing to wounds he sustained in his participation in the abovementioned demonstration. Mo’ath was hit with a live bullet to the abdomen. He was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital and directly underwent a surgery. Mo’ath stayed then at the ICU until his death was announced.

    • Around the same time, thousands of civilians, including women and children swarmed to the Return encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis, to participate in the demonstrations established by the Supreme National Authority for “the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege”. They carried out popular and heritage activities, held a wedding for two bridegrooms, chanted national slogans and flew kites and balloons as hundreds of them, including women and children, approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and set fire. A number of them attempted to throw stones at Israeli forces. The Israeli snipers stationed behind sand barriers and hills along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, deliberately and selectively opened fire at participants, who were about 300 meters away from the main border fence and then fired tear gas canisters from military vehicles as a drone flew in the sky. The shooting continued until 20:00 on the evening. As a result, 21 civilians, including 3 children and a woman, were wounded. Sixteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and 5 others were hit with a tear gas canister. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. Moreover, dozens of  civilians suffered severe tear gas inhalation and seizures due to being hit with tear gas canisters. They were taken to the field hospital and then transferred to Nasser, Gaza European and Algerian Hospitals to receive medical treatment.

    • At approximately 16:30, hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia hundreds of Palestinian swarmed to the Return encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of Abu Safiyah Hill, northeast of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. The protestors raised Palestinian flags, chanted national slogans and set fire to tires. Dozens of them approached the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The Israeli forces deliberately and randomly fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until approximately 21:00 on the same day. As a result, 15 civilians, including 6 children, were wounded. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel  and on civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. The wounded civilians were transferred via ambulances belonging to PRCS, Medical Services, and the Ministry of Health to the Indonesian and al-‘Awda Hospitals. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious.

    • At approximately 17:00, hundreds of Palestinians swarmed to the Return encampment established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return, east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. A number of young men approached the border fence, flew kites, set fire to tires and threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind the border fence. The soldiers sporadically fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at the protestors. The clashes continued until approximately 19:00 on the same day. As a result, 11 civilians, including a child, were wounded. Ten of them were hit with live bullets and its shrapnel and one civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Those wounded civilians were taken to the field hospital in the Return encampment and then transferred to Abu Yusuf al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah and Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis. Doctors classified 2 civilians’ injuries as serious.

    • At approximately 16:00 Saturday, 04 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 23-year-old civilian was hit a liv bullet to the lower limbs. He was transferred via a PRCS  ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified his injury as moderate.

    • At approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 05 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until the evening of the same day. As a result, a 17-year-old child, a 15-year-old child and an 18-year old civilian, from al-Buraij refugee camp, were hit with live bullets to the lower limbs. They were transferred via a PRCS ambulance to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified their injuries as moderate while one of them was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

    • At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 06 August 2018, dozens of Palestinian children and young men gathered near the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, east of al-Buraij in the central Gaza Strip, to participate in the Return encampment. They threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers along the b order fence. The soldiers fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at them. The clashes continued until the evening of the same day. As a result, a young man, from al-Nuseirat, was hit with a live bullet to the lower limbs. He was transferred to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah. Doctors classified his injury as moderate.


     Child Succumbed to his Wounds:

    • At approximately 19:50 on Sunday, 05 August 2018, medical sources at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City announced the death of Ahmed Jihad Ahmed al-‘Aydi (17), from al-Zawidh village, succumbing to wounds he sustained during his participation in the Return demonstration, east of al-Buraij refugee camp on Friday, 30 March 2018, as he was hit with a live bullet to the head. Ahmed was admitted to many hospitals in the Gaza Strip and then transferred to Ramallah in the West Bank. He was in a state of clinical death since then until his death was announced.

    West Bank:

    • At approximately 13:40 on Friday, 03 August 2018, a group of Palestinian civilians moved from Kufor Qaddoum village, northeast of Qalqiliyah, to the eastern entrance to the village, which has been closed for 15 years. The protestors chanted national slogans demanding end of occupation, condemning the decisions to demolish Khan al-Ahmer Bedouin Community deport the inhabitants and condemning the Israeli forces’ crimes against Palestinian protestors along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip within “The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” activities. The protestors threw stones at Israeli soldiers stationed behind sand barriers. The Israeli soldiers fired live and rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 45-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet to the right hand. Moreover, many protestors suffered tear gas inhalation.
    House Demolitions and Notices:

    • On Sunday evening, 5 August 2018, Bassam Mahmoud ‘Obaidat was forced to self-demolish his house in ‘Obaidat neighborhood in al-Mukaber Mount, south of East Jerusalem, to implement the Israeli Municipality’s decision. Bassam Obaidat said that his 90-square -meter house was built many years ago and all his attempts to license his house failed with the Israeli municipality’s insistence to implement the demolition. He also pointed out that the Israeli Municipality imposed a financial fine on him due to building his house, so he was forced to self-demolish his house to avoid paying the demolition costs.
    It should be noted that ‘Obaidat neighborhood  was subjected to a collective punishment  by the Israeli Municipality, in which it distributed demolition notices to all residents in 2017,under pretexts that the land is owned by an Israeli companغwned by an Israeli companyetextunishment e was forced to self-demolish his house y. It should be noted that a judicial ruling was issued in this case in 1985 in favor of the neighborhood’s residents, but because the neighborhood is located near “Neve Tzion” settlement, in addition to the Israeli Municipality collusion, the case is continuously being raised in order to seize the civilians’ houses in favor of the settlement.

    • At approximately 09:00, on Tuesday, 7 August 2018, Israeli forces demolished 2 apartments belonging to Nabeel al-Mohtaseb in Shu’fat neighborhood, north of occupied East Jerusalem, under the pretext of non-licensing. Nabeel’s mother said that the Israeli forces moved into Shu’fat neighborhood and imposed a security cordon on the area. They started to demolish a roof of 2 apartments, each of them was built on an area of 100 square meter. She pointed out that the construction of the apartments took place 3 months ago and after finishing building them, the Israeli Municipality issued the self-demolition decision. The family self-demolished parts of the apartments, but was surprised with raiding the building and demolishing the apartments without a prior warning.

    • In the same context, on Tuesday afternoon, 7 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled a number of roads in al-‘Issawyia village, northeast of occupied East Jerusalem, as a prelude to implement the “National Parks” settlement project, which they are seeking to build there. According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli forces levelled roads in the eastern part of the village, leading to agricultural lands. Those agricultural lands are threatened of confiscating and levelling in favor of the settlement project mentioned above.

    Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

     Israeli forces’ attacks


    • On Saturday morning, 4 August 2018, Israeli forces levelled lands belonging to several Palestinian civilians between “Etzion” and “Alon Chivot” settlements, south of Bethlehem in favor of building a new settlement neighborhood. Hassan Braija, Representative of the Wall and Settlement Resistance Committee in Bethlehem, said that the Israeli forces levelled Palestinian lands belonging to civilians, from Artas village, southwest of Bethlehem, adjacent to “Alon Chivot” settlement in order to establish new settlement units. He also added that the expansion works are part of the plan approved by the Israeli government to establish 1,700 settlement units in the area over the next five years.

     Israeli settlers’ attacks

    • At approximately 05:00, on Thursday, 2 August 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, from “‘Ofra” settlement established on ‘Ein Yabroud village lands, east of Ramallah, punctured the tires of 10 civilians’ cars and wrote Hebrew slogans on the walls of the village. Ahmed Shehada (30), said that the Israeli settlers punctured his car tires, his brother’s car tires, Ibrahime Shehada (25), and 8 other cars belonging to the village residents.

    Recommendations to the International Community

    PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967.  PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005.  PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law.  Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.
    1. PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
    2. PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
    3. PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
    4. PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
    5. PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
    6. PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
    7. PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
    8. PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
    9. PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
    10. PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
    11. PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
    12. PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
    13. PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
    14. PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

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              U.N. Security Council urges credible inquiry into Yemen air strike      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations Security Council called for a credible and transparent investigation into a Saudi-led coalition air strike in Yemen that killed dozens of children, British U.N. Ambassador Karen Pierce said on Friday.

              Press Releases: Troika Statement on South Sudan Peace Talks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Media Note
    Office of the Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    August 10, 2018


    The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

    The members of the Troika (the United States, the United Kingdom, and Norway) support the engagement of the region in the recent Khartoum-based negotiations on outstanding governance and security issues. We acknowledge the role of Sudan in hosting these negotiations. Considerable challenges lie ahead, and we are concerned that the arrangements agreed to date are not realistic or sustainable. Given their past leadership failures, South Sudanese leaders will need to behave differently and demonstrate commitment to peace and good governance.

    Above all, we support the people of South Sudan’s aspirations to lead lives unburdened by fear, and to experience peace, pluralism, and prosperity. We remain steadfast that the best hope for sustainable peace is a process inclusive of ordinary men and women, civil society, religious leaders, ethnic minorities, and other excluded groups. We urge mediators to ensure the open and free participation of these groups and other participants in the negotiations, to ensure their interests are fully protected. Moreover, the process should culminate in free, fair, and credible elections, and allow for a peaceful transition in leadership in the most expeditious and responsible manner.

    During the next stage of the talks, parties must bring in a wider range of stakeholders, and develop clear plans for the transition period, including how resources will be used in a transparent and accountable way for the benefit of all South Sudanese. Critical questions remain, such as how security will be provided in Juba during the transition period and how meaningful checks will be placed on executive power.

    We call on the parties to develop clear and realistic governance and security timelines and plans for the transition period, and on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development member states and the AU to continue and intensify their involvement in the implementation phase of any agreement.

    We note that there has been some reduction in fighting, the most serious confidence-building measure of all. Sustained peace is a necessary condition for the legitimacy of a transitional arrangement. In furtherance of this, we call on our regional partners to uphold the United Nations Security Council arms embargo and on their financial institutions to ensure that the proceeds from corrupt and war-making activities do not flow through their jurisdictions. We now expect to see a change in the situation on the ground, beginning with a further significant reduction in violence, and all parties taking measures to allow full humanitarian access.


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              The Nicaraguan Crisis: How a Peaceful Protest Turned Into a National Revolt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Violence stemming from protests over the past four months has made Nicaragua, once the safest Central American country, now one of the most dangerous.  

    The U.S. on July 6 ordered non-emergency government personnel to leave the country, encouraging citizens to do the same.

    Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega accused the Organization of American States (OAS), which is now investigating the unrest, of taking "right-wing measures" against his government and of being directly supported by the U.S. Others have cast the blame back at Ortega.

    This has been the bloodiest protest in Nicaragua since the civil war ended in 1990 where close to 40,000 people were murdered. So far, 448 people have been killed, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

    Here’s what else to know:

    The protests
    Peaceful demonstrations began on April 12 when university students in Managua took the streets to protest the lack of response from the government to wildfires in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. The protest grew two days later when thousands joined the students against the government’s intention to cut pensions and social security, a policy that would greatly affect the elderly. Protesters and human rights activists claim people were beaten up by the opposition.

    During the first days, several people were killed including policemen and many unarmed students. Angel Gahona, a journalist who reported on police abuse and drug trafficking, was killed while livestreaming the protests.

    Although Ortega canceled the pensions policy a few days later, riots protesting violence and demanding the president’s resignation continued. Ortega, once a leftist icon, is now being compared to Anastacio Somoza, the right-wing dictator he fought against during the Sandinista Revolution. “Ortega y Somoza son la misma cosa” (Ortega and Somoza are the same thing) is the rallying cry.

    Since the protests began, the government, along with the Sandinista Youth, have been accused of murdering, torturing, jailing and kidnapping hundreds of opponents. While the protests have ceased due to the brutality, the country is in such state of emergency that it is causing Nicaraguans to flee. 

    Ortega has blamed protesters on gangs violently attacking one another. But the United Nations claimed Ortega’s government committed crimes against human rights, including killings, torture and freedom of expression.

    A few days ago, the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights closed its offices after receiving what it called “alarming threats.” The group, which has been reporting violence in the country for the past four months, said its workers have experienced death threats over the phone and other sorts of harassment. 

    Daniel Ortega
    Once known as “Comandante Daniel,” Daniel Ortega, 72, became first known for his role in the 1979 Sandinista Revolution, when Sandinistas overthrew the right-wing Somoza dynasty that ruled Nicaragua from 1936 to 1979. Since then, Ortega has climbed his way to power. He was elected president in 1984 and after losing elections in the 1990s was elected president again in 2006 following a divided vote. 

    When he took office in 2006, Mr. Ortega, once a Marxist, vowed to be open to foreign investment in the country and sought reconciliation with opponents to fight poverty. Today, he has power over the four branches of the government and is head of the police.

    His wife, vice-president Rosario Murillo, is known by many as "the power behind the throne." After appointing herself as "communications chief" and leading the role since 2006, she took office as vice-president in January 2017. Ortega was criticized by opponents for establishing an authoritarian dynasty. Murillo's daughter, Zoilamerica Narvaez Murillo, accused Ortega, her stepfather, of sexually harrasing her for many years since she was 11.  She tried to pursue legal action, however, Ortega has immunity as member of the Nicaraguan congress. Murillo denied the charges and claimed she was "embarrassed" her own daughter would claim such a thing. 

    Ortega and his wife are compared by many to the Somoza dynasty and are accused of being corrupt, repressive, authoritarian and brutal.

    Response
    Although Murillo and Ortega have blamed the violence on a “diabolic oppression” led by anti-Ortega right-wing groups, two weeks ago, 13 Latin American countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, called for immediate end to repression. Additionally, The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Organization of American States are further investigating the unrest. 

    In an interview with journalist Max Blumenthal Ortega said, "what weakens the OEA the most is their revengeful attitude from right-wing Latin governments that have taken over most of Latin America."

    On July 15, at least 10 were killed throughout the country, including two students trapped overnight inside a church while hiding from gunfire from pro-government supporters. Nicaragua’s Catholic Church had served as a mediator between the government and protesters. The church has since said it supports protesters due to the increasing violence and repression.

    The opposition, which includes mainly students, clergy, activists, rural workers and business people, has claimed they will keep fighting to remove Ortega from power and attain a true democracy. In a recent essay published en El País by Nicaraguan author Sergio Ramírez, he wrote: "It's difficult not to believe that in Nicaragua, history is repeating itself with astonishing, terrifying accuracy."

    The author stressed the importance of non-violent protest to make a real change: “If a transition from dictatorship to democracy can be achieved without civil war, we will avoid the risk-so often a reality- that from the country’s ruins a new tyrant will rise up to take the place of the tyrant who was violently overthrown.” 



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    Beijing and Moscow show willingness to cooperate after US request for UN sanctions committee to act against Russian bank and North Korean official

    China and Russia blocked a request from the United States to add a Russian bank to a United Nations sanctions blacklist along with a Moscow-based North Korean banker and two companies on Friday, in the latest move showing Beijing and Moscow are strengthening their political ties amid tensions with Washington.

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    United Nations security council calls for transparency over airstrike that left at least 29 children dead in rebel stronghold

    The UN security council has called for a credible and transparent investigation into the death of at least 29 children in a Saudi-led coalition attack on a bus in Yemen.

    The British ambassador, Karen Pierce, who holds the council presidency, told reporters following a closed-door meeting on Friday that “if any investigation that is held is not credible, the council will obviously want to review that”.

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    Saudi-led coalition announces probe into Yemen bus attackThe Saudi-led coalition on Friday announced a probe into an air strike on a bus that killed at least 29 children in Yemen where it is fighting Huthi rebels. "The leadership of the coalition has ordered the immediate opening of an investigation to assess the events, clarify their circumstances and announce the results as soon as possible," a senior coalition official said, quoted by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. The announcement came a day after the raid in the northern Yemeni rebel stronghold of Saada that also left at least 48 others wounded, stirring calls for an investigation from the United Nations and Washington.



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              50 People Killed And 77 Wounded, Including Children, In Yemen Air Satrikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    SANAA: An attack on a bus at a market in rebel-held northern Yemen killed at least 29 children Thursday, the Red Cross said, as the Saudi-led coalition faced a growing outcry over the strike.



    The coalition said it had carried out what it called “legitimate military action” in the area targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on southern Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

    But the International Committee of the Red Cross said the strike hit a bus filled with children at the Dahyan market in the Huthi stronghold of Saada.
    “A hospital supported by our team in Yemen received the bodies of 29 children under the age of 15 and 48 wounded, including 30 children,” the ICRC said on Twitter.
    A spokesman for the Red Cross in Sanaa told AFP the toll was not final as casualties from the attack were taken to several hospitals.
    The Huthis’ Al-Masirah TV, quoting the rebel health ministry, reported that 50 people were killed and 77 wounded, “mostly children”, though it was not possible to verify that toll.
    The Save the Children charity, quoting its staff, said that at the time of the attack the children were on a bus heading back to school “from a picnic when the driver stopped to get a drink”.
    A Yemeni child is transported to a hospita after being being wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada August 9, 2018. PHOTO: AFP
    A Yemeni child is transported to a hospita after being being wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels’ stronghold province of Saada August 9, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

    “Save the Children condemns this horrific attack and is calling for a full, immediate and independent investigation into this and other recent attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure,” it said.


    Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children’s Fund regional director in the Middle East and North Africa, said all the children on the bus were “reportedly under the age of 15”.
    “Does the world really need more innocent children’s lives to stop the cruel war on children in Yemen?”, he asked.
    Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said that “civilians continue to pay the highest price after three years of war in Yemen, thousands of them have been killed, injured or maimed.”
    Footage provided by the rebels’ Ansarullah Media Centre showed a number of wounded children lying two to a hospital bed, while in a separate shot medics tend to casualties in a crowded room.
    The coalition, which also includes the United Arab Emirates, intervened in 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government after the rebels drove it out of the capital Sanaa.
    Saudi Arabia shot down a missile fired by the Huthis on Wednesday, with debris killing a Yemeni man and wounding 11 others, the coalition said.
    The missile was fired from the rebel-held Yemeni province of Amran towards the Saudi city of Jizan, the coalition said.
    “The coalition will take all necessary measures against the terrorist, criminal acts of the Huthi militia, such as recruiting child soldiers, throwing them in battlefields and using them as tools,” coalition spokesperson Turki al-Maliki said after Thursday’s attack.
    The Huthis have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against Saudi Arabia, which Riyadh usually says it intercepts.
    Wednesday’s attack brings the tally to 165 rebel missiles launched since 2015, according to the coalition, which that year joined the Yemeni government’s fight against Huthi rebels.
    On August 2, attacks on a hospital and a fish market in the strategic rebel-held port city of Hodeida killed at least 55 civilians and wounded 170, according to the ICRC.
    The coalition denied responsibility for those attacks.
    Aid agency CARE International noted that Thursday’s air strike came a week after the Hodeida attacks
    “This latest air strike, only a week after the attacks on Hodeida city, demonstrates a continued disregard for human life and suffering,” said Johan Mooij, the agency’s country director in Yemen.
    “It is beyond cruel; innocent children’s lives have been lost.”
    The war in the impoverished country has left nearly 10,000 people dead and unleashed what the UN describes as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
    The United Nations envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, told the Security Council last week that “a political solution” to end the war in Yemen was “available” and that the warring sides would be invited to talks on September 6 in Geneva.
    UN-brokered negotiations on Yemen broke down in 2016 amid demands for a rebel withdrawal from key cities and power-sharing with the Saudi-backed government.

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              Astronaut Mark Kelly says Trump's plan to create a Space Force 'is a dumb idea'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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    • President Donald Trump's administration hopes to create a sixth division of the military called the Space Force.
    • Mark Kelly, a retired NASA astronaut, tweeted in June that it's "a dumb idea."
    • The US Air Force already has a Space Command and a space force.

    President Donald Trump and his administration are angling to create a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie.

    On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence set a deadline for its creation: "Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by the year 2020," Pence announced.

    Neither the White House nor the Pentagon can create a Space Force  without the approval of Congress, though Trump has pushed for the plan many times since becoming president.

    At a meeting of the National Space Council on June 16, Trump said, "we are going to have the Air Force, and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal."

    The idea is part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which became law in December and defines the force as "a separate military department responsible for the national security space activities." It asks the Defense Department to submit a final plan for its structure and functions by December 31.

    But retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly — a former Navy pilot, combat veteran, four-time space-flyer, and the identical twin brother of the former astronaut Scott Kelly — doesn't support the plan, and some members of Congress have also voiced their distaste for the idea.

    "This is a dumb idea. The Air Force does this already. That is their job," Mark Kelly tweeted in June, following Trump's remarks. "What's next, we move submarines to the 7th branch and call it the 'under-the-sea force?'"

    Kelly reiterated that point yesterday.

    "There is a threat out there but it's being handled by the US Air Force today," he said during an MSNBC interview, according to Reuters. "[It] doesn't make sense to build a whole other level of bureaucracy in an incredibly bureaucratic DoD."

    Why the US already has a Space Force

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    Kelly was referring to the Air Force Space Command, though the group has had different names over the years.

    Space Command is headquartered in Colorado, and its responsibilities include supporting military use of satellites, rocket launches, and cyberwarfare operations. The group also helps track the countless pieces of space junk and debris around Earth that pose a persistent threat to anything in orbit.

    Space Command is managed by US Strategic Command, one of 10 groups that direct major pieces of the Defense Department. Its responsibilities include oversight of the country's nuclear-weapons capabilities, which involves space because long-range, nuclear-tipped missiles fly through space.

    In July 2016, Space Command even announced the creation of a Space Mission Force, which military leadership said was akin to an expeditionary force.

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    This force was created in part to quickly respond to outer-space attacks from adversaries. The main countries of concern are Russia, which continues to publicize new weaponry, and China, which destroyed one of its own satellites in a 2007 test with a "kill vehicle" — essentially a giant bullet launched by missile.

    "Despite world interest in avoiding militarization of space, potential adversaries have identified the use of space as an advantage for US military forces, and are actively fielding systems to deny our use of space in a conflict," Gen. John E. Hyten, the commander of US Strategic Command, wrote in a white paper about the decision in 2016, when he led Space Command.

    The Trump administration wants to peel these space-related capabilities from the Air Force, however, and form a new division entirely.

    For and against a Space Force

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    Some members of Congress, especially those in the House of Representatives, appear warm to the idea.

    "As we get all these briefings about what adversaries are doing, our dependence on space, it's clear that we have to do better," Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Armed Services Committee, told reporters in early June, according to Space News. "Organizational changes don't fix all the problems. But on the other hand, they can sometimes help make sure space gets the kind of priority it should have, like cyber, as a domain of warfare."

    But others in Congress — and apparently some high-ranking military officials — have, like Kelly, questioned and pushed back on the idea of a Space Force.

    "The president told a US general to create a new Space Force as 6th branch of military today, which generals tell me they don't want," Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida tweeted on June 18. "Thankfully the president can't do it without Congress because now is NOT the time to rip the Air Force apart. Too many important missions at stake."

    Stationing or testing any weapons of mass destruction in space, including nuclear weapons, is banned by the United Nations' Outer Space Treaty of 1967. While peaceful use and exploration is permitted, smaller-scale weapons are not explicitly barred, and experts fear that militarizing space with them could stoke a costly new arms race.

    A war in space might also lead to something called a Kessler event. In this scenario, uncontrolled space debris could collide and create even more uncontrolled space debris, ultimately shutting off human access to space for decades, if not centuries.

    This story has been updated with new information. It was originally published on June 19, 2018. A previous version misidentified Rep. Thornberry's state.

    Ben Brimelow contributed reporting.

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              NYRR Open Run: Flushing Meadows Corona Park      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    Date: August 23, 2018

    Open Run is a community-based, volunteer-led running initiative bringing free weekly runs and walks to local neighborhood parks, across all five boroughs of NYC. All runs are directed by volunteers and are free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done.

    Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs: All are welcome!

    This program is in coordination with NYC Parks' Community Parks Initiative.

    Start time: 7:00 pm

    End time: 8:00 pm

    Contact phone: 212-360-3300

    Location: United Nations Ave South


              Upheaval in Somali Region Tests Ethiopian PM’s Ability to Unify      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Tension is still running high in Ethiopia’s Somali region after federal and regional forces engaged in clashes last week that killed at least 29 people, leading to the resignation of the regional president. A temporary successor has been named, and a semblance of normalcy has returned to Jijiga, the regional capital.  But the flare-up raises important legal and political questions about Ethiopia’s system of government, known as ethnic federalism, in which the country’s nine states are defined largely by ethnicity. And the aftermath will challenge Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s ability to turn inspiring rhetoric into real change for communities that have endured years of violence, according to experts on the region. Inevitable showdown Friction between the federal and Somali regional governments has been building since April, when Abiy became prime minister. His reformist vision for the country — which has already led to a historic reconciliation with longtime foe Eritrea — put him at odds with Somali Regional President Abdi Illey, who is known for ruling his territory with an iron fist. Attempts to negotiate a path forward faltered, according to Zecharias Zelalem, an Ethiopian journalist who writes for OPride.com, a news site focused on the neighboring Oromia region. Conflict erupted a week ago when Abdi ordered Liyu police, a special force under his command, into Dire Dawa, a federal city outside the Somali region’s jurisdiction. That was an “illegal act,” Safia Aidid, a researcher and expert on the region, told VOA. Federal forces responded by confronting the Liyu and entering Jijiga on August 4, leading to dozens of deaths and displacing hundreds of people, according to various media reports. Across the region, Abdi is deeply unpopular, but Somali region residents reacted negatively to the federal takeover of Jijiga.  There are also questions about whether the federal government’s actions were constitutional. Ongoing conflict The clash in Jijiga is just the latest incident of conflict in the region, where armed militant groups have for years instigated violence and attacked local populations. Unrest has been so severe that close to 1 million people in the region have been displaced from their homes since April, according to the United Nations. Much of the violence has played out along ethnic lines between Somali and Oromo people, although most residents simply want to live in peace. Following the confrontation in Jijiga, Ethiopian Defense Ministry spokesperson Mohamed Tesema said efforts are underway to restore peace in the region. “The main roads in Jijiga are seeing some movements now, and some of the shops on the roads are reopening,” he said. Federal forces have entered Degehabur, Kebri Dahar and other nearby cities and are working to calm situations across the Somali region, the spokesperson added. But residents in Jijiga told VOA that their lives have been upended by the conflict. “I can say that almost 95 percent of the people [in the city] are self-employed,” a husband and father of three told VOA’s Amharic service. “All of the people have lost their companies, and their money has been looted.” Other residents described dire living conditions. “The entire city is destroyed and there is nothing left,” another resident told VOA.   New tests Even as humanitarian concerns deepen, events unfolding in the Somali region may set precedents in other parts of the country. Experts question the constitutionality of both the federal and regional governments’ moves, and the long-term effects of this past week’s actions could redefine the power structure between the nine regions and the central government. “The meaning of the federal system and how the regions relate to the federal government has been called into question,” Aidid said. Since assuming office, Abiy has garnered accolades for his uplifting, inclusive rhetoric and his tangible strides toward democratization. His language of unity has resonated with many Ethiopians, and his efforts to forge regional peace may have far-reaching repercussions. But some of the country’s fissures run deep, and it’s important to look beyond symbolic language to substantive change, Aidid said. That includes addressing what’s led to inequity that has lasted for generations. “Marginalized groups like Somalis, whose relationship to Ethiopia, historically, has been one of exclusion,” must be considered, Aidid said, and there are questions about whether this group is really part of the new Ethiopia. Rebuilding trust and addressing issues affecting Somalis will be a critical task for the prime minister, Aidid added, particularly since he has not yet resolved the displacement happening in the region. New opportunities Abdi’s replacement is part of a new generation of leaders. Ahmed Abdi Mohamed is in his early 30s and was most recently the Somali region’s minister of finance. A well-educated member of the Ethiopian Somali People’s Democratic Party (ESPDP), Ahmed has also made inflammatory remarks on social media. But the new leader can chart a new path, despite his close ties to the existing power apparatus, according to Aidid. He’ll have opportunities to do things differently and will likely find an ally in Abiy if he chooses a path of reform. Ahmed will lead on an interim basis for two months, until the party has a chance to formally restructure. Both Oromos and Somalis have called on the federal government to rein in armed groups and restore law and order, underscoring the need for regional and federal authorities to work together to address the ongoing violence. Eskinder Firew contributed to this report.
              Cameroon's Boko Haram IDPs Clash With Hosts Over Resources      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The government of Cameroon is trying to negotiate an end to a crisis in the northern part of the country that triggered fighting between people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency and villagers who have hosted them for the past three years. But host communities say their resources have been stretched thin. An uneasy calm reigns in Wack, a village in the north, following last week's  clashes that left several people dead and 15 wounded, destroyed property, and killed cattle. Sixty-four-year old Jifbi Haman, leader of a community of internally displaced persons, said the conflict erupted when members of the host community beat their wives and chased them from farms they have occupied since 2015. He said their wives, already suffering the most from Boko Haram atrocities,  are still not finding peace in their host communities. He said they are exploited and sexually harassed because they are vulnerable. Among the wounded is 42-year old Seidou Habiba, who said she escaped from her village in July after her family was targeted three times by Boko Haram fighters. She was saved by Cameroon's military. Habiba said since war drove her from her northern village of Mozogo, she has not been able to find peace and she has no means of survival. She said  all that she is asking for is a means to raise domestic animals or a farm to grow crops. The village of Wack has received more than 700 internally displaced people since 2015 when fighting between Cameroon's military and Boko Haram spiked on the border with Nigeria. Governor of the region, Kildadi Taguieke Boukar, visited the area Thursday in hopes of resolving the conflict between villagers and the IDPs. He declared the conflict a provocation by IDPs who occupied more land than they were given by their hosts. He said the recent bloody conflict was sparked by the refusal of internally displaced persons to obey instructions from traditional rulers not to illegally occupy host community farms, cattle ranches and land reserves. Boukar said he has strongly instructed the IDPs to respect their hosts and for the host communities to learn to live in solidarity with the people displaced by Boko Haram. The United Nations said Boko Haram fighting has affected food security in parts of Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad and Niger — a major reason for the conflict between host communities and refugees. Cameroon's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said two million people in the country are at risk of food insecurity70 percent of them on its northern border with Nigeria. Raphael Bah is a Cameroon Red Cross official in the north. He said more funding is needed to assist host communities and refugees to prevent further conflict. He said the first and most important thing they have done for now to calm the conflict is providing 15,000 people with food aid. He said the second thing they will do to stop dependency on aid is to hand out planting seeds to host communities and IDPs to increase their production and to fight hunger and famine. Boko Haram has displaced nearly a quarter million Cameroonians through violence that began when the Nigerian Islamist group began using Cameroon for bases. Cameroon says is has only received one third of the $690 million in aid required this year to meet the needs of displaced people and host communities.
              FCC Commissioner O'Reilly's Appalling Op-Ed on the ITU      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

    The FCC Commissioner Michael O'Reilly's recently contributed opinion on the ITU in "The Hill" is beyond bizarre. It also sadly displays an appalling lack of knowledge of the organization and its history. I find it disturbing — as someone who held senior positions at both the FCC and the ITU and wrote the organization's history — how fundamentally ignorant an FCC Commissioner could be today of the global telecommunications ecosystem. Unfortunately, it seems symptomatic of the current Administration's anti-multilateral, alt-truth approaches.

    The International Telecommunication Union has existed pursuant to treaty instruments going back to 1850 when nations first met to interconnect their domestic electrical telegraph internets. The Geneva-based body is hardly "little known" — the only global intergovernmental telecommunications organization over the past 168 years. U.S. companies began participating a few decades after 1850 to connect the U.S. telegraph networks and after that the telephone networks. Around 1903 when radio internets became feasible, the U.S. government began participating. In 1920 the U.S. itself hosted the Washington Conference that led to the creation of the modern ITU. In 1947, the U.S. hosted the Atlantic City Conference that integrated all telecommunications under a single ITU intergovernmental umbrella — and associated it with the U.N. The ITU is not an "appendage of the United Nations," but an independent treaty-based organization recognized by the U.N. and instantiated by the U.S. in 1947.

    O'Reilly needs to take the equivalent of my former course in International Telecommunication Law at New York Law School before he goes further. He also needs to understand that it was the FCC itself who helped work with industry to lead the efforts in the ITU to integrate the global telephone network in the 1950s, and to turn the DARPA packet network technology into global services in the 1970s in ITU fora, and then turn internet datagram networks and applications into services in the 1980s during the Reagan Administration through still more ITU fora. The FCC even undertook the policy-making proceedings in the late 80s to produce the treaty instrument enabling deployment of internet technology globally to the public. The ITU's treaty instruments have also been ratified by the U.S. and every other country in the world.

    The ITU is not "trying to be the global regulator." It brings together sovereign nations so that they can harmonize their national regulatory regimes and provide global interoperable services. The treaty provisions and standards coordination enable O'Reilly to use his mobile phone and laptop overseas. And, as to spectrum policy for the future — the ITU is where the global spectrum management provisions for 5G are being developed. How about that for a "concrete idea"?

    The really appalling part of O'Reilly's rant, however, is his failure to know that the ITU has had women in elected leadership positions. Indeed, it was the Obama Administration who put forward the first woman of colour to an ITU leadership position in 2014. Furthermore, she is a highly regarded, experienced U.S. expert in spectrum management sitting as vice-chair on the key ITU body that oversees spectrum management provisions and disputes. Inexplicably, the Trump Administration a few weeks ago embarrassingly withdrew her nomination to remain in her position, and thereby, removing the U.S. from an ITU spectrum management leadership position that it created in 1947. A knowledgeable and concerned FCC Commissioner should have known this. The rest of the world certainly does.

    Disclaimer: The author is former FCC Senior International Policy Adviser, former ITU Chief of Telecommunication Regulations and Relations between Members, co-author of the reference book "ITU in A Changing World," former Adjunct Professor at New York Law School

    Written by Anthony Rutkowski, Principal, Netmagic Associates LLC


              Colombia to ask U.N. for special envoy to manage Venezuelan migrant crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Colombia will ask the United Nations to designate a special envoy to coordinate humanitarian aid for the hundreds of thousands of Venezuelan migrants flooding into countries around the region, the foreign minister said on Friday.

              Deadly Airstrike By Saudi-Led Coalition Hits School Bus In Yemen      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    Rachel Martin speaks with Lise Grande of the United Nations in Yemen about another terrible turn in the war in Yemen: an airstrike has killed dozens of children travelling on a bus.
              UN Security Council calls for probe into Saudi-led airstrike that hit Yemen school bus      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    The United Nations Security Council is calling for an investigation into Thursday's Saudi-led airstrike that hit a school bus in Yemen and killed dozens of children, many under the age of 10.

              Youth muaythai Forum at the ESCAP Hall United Nations Bangkok      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    After the successful 2018 SportAccord Convention in Bangkok, the city once again took centre stage to host the United Through Youth World Forum  – Bangkok also being the birthplace of the United Through Sports initiative. The build-up to the forum saw the seven day IFMA Youth World Championship with over 1,200 delegates from 82 countries […]
              International Court of Justice hear Chagos case: 3 September      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
    On the 3rd September the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will hear what is officially "a request for an advisory opinion" from on the "legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965."The case comes to the ICJ after a United Nations General Assembly vote last year referred the dispute between Mauritius and the UK to the Court.The case was brought to the UN by Mauritius, as part of an ongoing sovereignty dispute with the UK over the Chagos Islands. When