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Warwick Academy held a concert to honour the memory of their alumna Rhondelle Tankard, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York City seventeen years ago. A spokesperson said, “The idea came from a school trip to New York where a group of Sixth Form students attended the United Nations International School Conference last […]

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          Nikki Haley warns of ‘dire’ consequences if Russia and Iran continue attacks on Idlib, Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley issued a warning to Russia and Iran today, saying that continued attacks on the last opposition stronghold in Idlib, Syria could result in “dire” consequences. From CNN:

During what was the second session on Idlib in four days, Haley told the council that “the world has seen a clear military escalation” this month by Russia and the Syrian regime, whose forces have conducted more than 100 airstrikes, using “barrel bombs, rockets and artillery” in an attempt to retake the last rebel holdout after more than seven years of war…

“If Assad, Russia and Iran continue down the path they are on, the consequences will be dire,” she said.

“I also want to reiterate what I said last week to the Assad regime and anyone else contemplating the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Haley added. “The United States followed through when we said that we would respond to the use of chemical weapons. We stand by this warning.”

Secretary of Defense James Mattis declined to say Tuesday whether the US would take military action against the Syrian regime should it use chemical weapons, but he did say Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has “been warned.”

There are said to be around 3 million people in Idlib, with a large percentage of them children. So the concern is that Assad and Russia are going to use the same strategy here they’ve used in other places in Syria, i.e. Russian airstrikes followed by a siege to cut off food and water and, possibly, the use of chemical weapons. Last week President Trump himself warned Russia and Iran not to “recklessly” attack Idlib Province.

But shortly after that tweet the airstrikes began:

And it’s not just the millions of people who could be impacted. A full-scale attack is likely to create another surge of refugees fleeing the country:

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted, Russia pledged to preserve Idlib as a “deescalation zone” and end the war through diplomacy. Yet it now appears poised to throw its planes behind an assault by the government of Bashar al-Assad, also backed by Iran, to capture the territory by force. Moscow cites the presence of an al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, which controls much of Idlib; Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says it is a “festering abscess” that must be “liquidated.” But the United Nations’ Syria envoy estimates there are only about 10,000 fighters in the extremist group. If they follow their usual modus operandi, the Assad, Iranian and Russian forces will fight them by systematically targeting the civilian population and infrastructure, including food markets, schools and hospitals.

The damage could spread far beyond Syria. A full-scale offensive could send hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming north toward Turkey, where some 3.5 million Syrians already are harbored.

Bottom line, there is a real potential for catastrophe here and Russia and Iran clearly don’t care so long as they can claim victory and prop up their puppet Asssad. If things escalate, and especially if there is another use of chemical weapons, it’s very likely the US will intervene with more than strong words. Here are Nikki Haley’s full remarks.

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          US seeks tougher UN action against peacekeepers’ failures      Cache   Translate Page      

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution to toughen U.N. action against peacekeepers that fail to protect civilians, including by sending them home and refusing to pay their governments. The United Nations, which deploys 96,000 peacekeepers in 14 missions from the Mideast and Africa to Haiti and […]
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African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) pledged to work together in an effort to neutralize threat posed by use of Improvised Explosive…
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          9/12/2018: INTERNATIONAL: Climate change is blamed as more people go hungry      Cache   Translate Page      

THE number of hungry people in the world is growing again, in large part due to climate change wreaking havoc on crop production in much of the developing world, the United Nations has said. Major UN agencies said in an annual report the number of...
          New Issue: Business and Human Rights Journal      Cache   Translate Page      
The latest issue of the Business and Human Rights Journal (Vol. 3, no. 2, July 2018) is out. Contents include:
  • Articles
    • Tori Loven Kirkebø & Malcolm Langford, The Commitment Curve: Global Regulation of Business and Human Rights
    • Valentina Azarova, Business and Human Rights in Occupied Territory: The UN Database of Business Active in Israel’s Settlements
    • Alejo José G Sison, Virtue Ethics and Natural Law Responses to Human Rights Quandaries in Business
    • Stephen Kim Park, Social Bonds for Sustainable Development: A Human Rights Perspective on Impact Investing
  • Developments in the Field
    • Daniel Iglesias Márquez & Maria Prandi, How the Business Debate Influenced (or not) the Conflict Between Catalonia and Spain
    • Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights during the Trump Era
    • Dan Bross, Fabrice Houdart, & Salil Tripathi, None of their Business? How the United Nations is Calling on Global Companies to Lead the Way on Human Rights of LGBTI people
    • Doug Cassel, The Third Session of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on a Business and Human Rights Treaty
    • Sanyu Awori, Felogene Anumo, Denisse Cordova Montes, & Layla Hughes, A Feminist Approach to the Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises
    • Michel Yoboué & Jonathan Kaufman, Inside the Dirty Fuels Campaign: Lessons for Business and Human Rights

          9/13/2018: WORLD: UN urges help for Idlib      Cache   Translate Page      

UNITED Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres (right) has appealed to Russia, Iran and Turkey to “spare no effort to find solutions that protect civilians” in Syria’s Idlib and says it is “absolutely essential” a full-scale battle is...
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Please sign this NEW and URGENT letter campaign to save Mohamed from deportation to torture. Minister Goodale has the power to stop this now, however CBSA is pushing through. 16 years is long enough. Please share, and if you are part of a union/local/group ask them to sign as well.  It only takes 1 minute!! Thanks

Mr. Harkat, a United Nations Convention refugee who has lived in Canada for 22 years, faces deportation to Algeria under a highly controversial security certificate. Security certificate hearings take place in secret, which means neither he nor his lawyers have ever been allowed to confront and cross-examine his accusers.

In 2002, under a problematic regime of security certificates that the Supreme Court unanimously ruled unconstitutional in 2007, Mr. Harkat was imprisoned in maximum security for 43 months. He spent years under house arrest, and was placed under some of the most severe bail conditions in Canadian history. All of this without ever having been charged with a crime. The original “evidence” against Mr. Harkat was destroyed by CSIS, and the allegations against him are based on the testimony of an informant who failed a lie detector test and was never cross-examined in court. 

The Harkats have also described how the conditions imposed on them and the harassment they have faced from Canada Border Services Agency agents amounts to “psychological torture.” This is unacceptable.

On October 26, 2017, Prime Minister Trudeau clearly stated: “Nobody ever deserves to be tortured. And when a Canadian government is either complicit in that or was not active enough in preventing it, there needs to be responsibility taken.”

Today, your government has an opportunity to live up to those words by taking action to end Mr. Harkat’s ordeal, and avoid implicating your government in his torture. I urge you to abide by both Canadian law as well as Canada’s international obligations under the UN Convention Against Torture (which outlaws deportation to torture under any circumstances, without exception) and to uphold Mohamed Harkat’s rights by immediately putting a stop to his deportation.

Both the UK and Ireland have recently seen cases of deportations to Algeria being stopped because of the risk of torture. There is no reason why Canada should not follow suit. 

Under the law, Minister Goodale has the power to allow Mr. Harkat to stay in Canada. 

 

 


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          South Sudan's President, Rebel Leader Sign Peace Deal      Cache   Translate Page      
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir signed a peace agreement with rebel factions in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday to end a civil war that has killed at least 50,000 people, displaced two million and held up the country's progress since it gained independence seven years ago. South Sudan plunged into warfare two years after independence from Sudan in 2011 when a political dispute between Kiir and then vice-president Riek Machar erupted into armed confrontation. A previous peace deal signed in 2015 fell apart a year later after clashes broke out between government forces and rebels. Machar, leader of the main rebel group the SPLM-IO, and other insurgent factions signed the new agreement with the Juba government after assurances that a power-sharing accord would be honored. The deal, mediated by Sudan, reinstates Machar to his former role as vice-president. The stability of South Sudan is also important for Sudan and other neighbouring countries, who fear a new flare up of the conflict could flood them with refugees. The civil war started in 2013, fuelled by personal and ethnic rivalries. The conflict has killed at least 50,000 people, many of them civilians, according to the United Nations. An estimated quarter of South Sudan's population of 12 million has been displaced and its economy, which heavily relies on crude oil production, ruined. The secession of South Sudan also hit Khartoum's economy hard, taking with it most of the region's oil reserves. Khartoum and Juba agreed in June to repair oil infrastructure facilities destroyed by the war within three months to boost production and said a joint force would be established to protect oilfields from attacks by rebels. The United States, Britain and Norway, known as the Troika which back peace efforts, welcomed the signing of the deal. “We hope discussions will remain open to those who are not yet convinced of the sustainability of this agreement,” they said in a statement. “We must seize this broader regional momentum to secure peace for the people of South Sudan.” Mahboub Maalim, executive secretary of the East African bloc IGAD, said the rivals had been at odds over security arrangements and governance but that the final version of the deal had addressed disagreements. “This is probably the best-negotiated proposal signed so far,” he told Reuters after it was signed at a meeting of IGAD leaders. Asked what a failure to implement the deal would entail, Maalim said: “We expect the South Sudanese sides to embrace the wind of change in the region.” The region has seen a series of stunning rapprochements over the past months, including a reconciliation between Ethiopia and Eritrea. IGAD had been expected to readmit Eritrea as a member on Wednesday, 11 years after Asmara walked out on the body in protest at Ethiopian forces entering Somalia. But that move was postponed for procedural reasons and was likely to take place in the bloc’s next gathering, officials said.
          The Real Reason for the ‘Anti-Semite’ Campaign Against Jeremy Corbyn      Cache   Translate Page      
Panic drives the smear attack against Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn whose background as a radical socialist, not his criticism of Israel and support for the Palestine, threatens the British establishment’s hold on power, argues Alexander Mercouris.
By Alexander Mercouris
in London
Special to Consortium News
<img class=”alignleft wp-image-27578″ src=”https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/alexander_mercouris-864x400_c-1-150×150.jpg” alt=”” width=”90″ height=”90″ />Any discussion of the current “anti-Semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party needs to start with an understanding that there is no “anti-semitism crisis” in the British Labour Party, or in Britain.
Anti-Semitism did once have a place in British society. By way of example, readers of Agatha Christie stories written before World War II will come across stock anti-Semitic representations of Jewish characters. As recently as the 1970s, I can remember what would today be considered Semitic stereotypes being commonly used to represent Jewish people in many of the unfunny comedy shows broadcast by British television in that period, including some the BBC broadcast.
Racist stereotyping of this sort was commonplace in Britain right up to the 1970s, and was certainly not exclusive to Jews, as Irish people, black people and people from the Indian subcontinent well recall. Some still persists today, but by and large racial stereotyping is socially unacceptable, except (worryingly) with respect to Russians.
By comparison with other European countries, anti-Semitism in Britain has, however, not been a major phenomenon in modern British society and recent British history. There has been no official persecution of Jews in Britain since they were allowed to resettle in England by Oliver Cromwell in the 1650s, while the attempt by Oswald Moseley’s British Union of Fascists to stir up political anti-Semitism in the 1930s provoked fierce resistance.
Jewish people now play a full and active role in British life, and this happens without notice or comment.
As for the formal institutions of Britain’s Jewish community, these form an integral part of British life. The chief rabbi has enjoyed a measure of recognition as the nominal leader of the British Jewish community from the British state ever since the 1870s.  Since the 1980s, by convention, the chief rabbi has been admitted to the British Parliament as a peer of the House of Lords, though the present chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, has not yet been so admitted. The British Jewish community’s major institution—the Board of Deputies of British Jews—has had a continuous existence since the 1760s.
Though there are anti-Semites in Britain as there are everywhere else, they are very much a minor and ugly fringe, and moreover a generally despised and disliked one, with no influence or traction in British politics or in British life.
Despite lurid claims to the contrary, actual cases of anti-Semitic violence and property damage in Britain are relatively few, and certainly appear to be less than other types of racial violence.
Indeed, Jewish people today are so much an integral part of British society and of British life that I for one question whether it is even accurate to speak of a distinct “Jewish establishment” among British Jews. Rather, it seems to me that it would be more accurate to say that there are some prominent British Jews and some prominent British Jewish institutions—such as the chief rabbi and the Board of Deputies of British Jews—which today form an integral part of the larger British establishment, whose general perspectives and interests they share.
Which brings me to the present “anti-Semitism” campaign against Jeremy Corbyn.
The Left-Wing, Anti-Imperialist Labour Tradition
The British Labour Party was formed in 1900 before World War I, and if there has been one political movement in Britain that has stood rock solid against all manifestations of anti-Semitism in British life (perhaps more than any other group), it is the British Labour Party, and first and foremost its left wing.
This is consistent with the traditional stance of the left wing of the British Labour Party, which can be broadly defined as anti-racist, anti-fascist, and, above all, anti-imperialist. The latter has been important in a country like Britain—historically the preeminent imperialist power—where imperialism was justified in racist terms. British left-wing anti-imperialists, who are mostly drawn from the working class (a fact which gave British anti-imperialism a strong class-conflict character) strongly were predisposed to be anti-racist.
Not surprisingly, British Labour left-wing anti-racism extended to staunch opposition to anti-Semitism, which is, of course, the reason why so many British Jews were drawn to the Labour Party in the first place.
The key point to understand about Corbyn is that it is from within this left-wing, anti-imperialist Labour tradition that he comes. His parents after all first met each other in the 1930s attending a rally in support of the Spanish Republic at the time of the Spanish Civil War. He has been loyal to the traditions of the Labour Party’s anti-imperialist left ever since he began his career in politics, as his long record of opposition to all the West’s interventionist wars shows. Needless to say, that includes strong and consistent anti-racism and the opposition to anti-Semitism which goes with it. Strikingly, Corbyn’s acceptance speech following his election as Labour leader included a declaration of support for refugees.
To insinuate that Corbyn is an anti-Semite—as is increasingly happening—and to insinuate that the left wing of the Labour Party to which he belongs is riddled with anti-Semitism and poses an “existential threat to British Jews” (as several of the British Jewish community’s newspapers have alleged) is more than just absurd. It stands reality on its head. Corbyn is not an anti-Semite. Anti-Semitism, on the contrary, is what he always has defined himself against, and to claim otherwise is dishonest and even surreal.
Corbyn’s well-known support for the Palestinian people’s struggle does not contradict his opposition to anti-Semitism. Rather, it is the product of his consistent anti-imperialism, making Corbyn’s support for the Palestinians and his opposition to anti-Semitism consistent.
All this is well understood by those who are conducting the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn within the Labour Party and outside it. Corbyn has been a fixture of British political life ever since he was first elected a member of Parliament in 1983. The British establishment—including those members of the British establishment who are Jewish—know him well, and they know well what his actual beliefs are. It is not credible that they believe him to be an anti-Semite, or that they think that the left wing of the British Labour Party, which supports him, is riddled with anti-Semitism.
The Push to Stop Corbyn
The essential mendacity of the whole anti-Semitism campaign and the true motives behind it is shown by the exceptionally narrow frame of reference in which it is being conducted. It is universally acknowledged that the allegations of anti-Semitism being made against Corbyn and some of his supporters stem from Corbyn’s longstanding support for the Palestinian people’s struggle and his equally longstanding criticisms of Israel’s response to that struggle. As’ad AbuKhalil has discussed this aspect of the affair for Consortium News with great thoroughness and detail.
It is worth pointing out, however, that the criticisms being made against Corbyn barely touch on the Palestinian question at all. Anyone looking at these criticisms for a discussion of the Palestinian issue, even one from a position sympathetic to Israel and hostile to the Palestinians, will fail to find it.
The Palestinian struggle, the plight of the Palestinian people, the whole history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and the current policies both of Israel and of the Western governments which support it, are barely mentioned. When Palestinians do get mentioned at all, it is purely as terrorists. The entire campaign is being conducted as if Corbyn and those who support him hate Zionism and Israel and therefore allJews.
It is, of course, impossible that those who are conducting the campaign against Corbyn are any more ignorant of the basic facts of the Palestinian struggle and of the Arab-Israeli conflict than they are ignorant of Corbyn’s actual beliefs. If they are not mentioning these facts, it is not because they are ignorant of them. It is because they choose not to mention them.
Corbyn’s background as a radical socialist makes him a threat to the British establishment’s power. (Chatham House / Wikimedia)
In other words, the campaign against Corbyn has very little to do with the situation in the Middle East. I say this, though I have no doubt that the Israeli embassy is playing an active role in the campaign, a fact which is apparently freely admitted within Israel itself, though not in Britain.
However, it is a mistake to see the campaign against Corbyn as principally Israeli inspired. If it were, I would expect those conducting it to say far more about the situation in the Middle East than they do. Nor, in my opinion, is the campaign exclusively or even primarily the work of British Jews. As it happens, the Jewish community in Britain is far from united behind the campaign, with many British Jews expressing doubts or even outright opposition to it.
Instead, the campaign should be seen for what it is: the latest in a long series of attacks by the British establishment against Corbyn, the one British politician who more than any other embodies the threat to the current status quo and to the British establishment’s hold on power.
These attacks have at various times sought to portray Corbyn as a Communist, a Russian agent, a terrorist sympathizer and a traitor. Adding a charge of anti-Semitism to this catalogue is an obvious further step, and given Corbyn’s well-known advocacy of Palestinian rights an easy one. The only surprise is that it has not happened before.
That the anti-Semitism campaign is the latest in a long series of establishment attacks on Corbyn, which extend all the way back to his election as Labour’s leader, is shown by the sheer breadth of the campaign. The parliamentary Labour Party, the entire Conservative Party and the media (including the BBC and the supposedly left-wing Guardian newspaper) have all embraced it. Certainly, it extends far beyond those members of Britain’s Jewish community who form part of the greater British establishment and who initially spearheaded it. As it happens, the great majority of British politicians and commentators who have joined in the campaign are non-Jews.
A New Political Dynamic
As for the campaign’s greater vehemence by comparison with earlier campaigns, that is the product of the changed political dynamic in Britain since the June 2017 general election.
Before that election, the British establishment did not take Corbyn seriously, since it assumed that the British electorate would reject him in any election which he fought. The horrifying realization following the June 2017 election that the opposite is the case has—not surprisingly—caused panic and has led to the establishment pulling out all the stops. That explains not just the greater vehemence of this campaign but why it has persisted for so long.
In other words, what is driving the campaign is not some overarching loyalty on the part of British Jews to Israel or a belief that Corbyn is an anti-Semite. Rather, it is British establishment panic. As Britain’s Conservative government disintegrates, Corbyn stands poised to become Britain’s next prime minister. That terrifying prospect—of a radical socialist in 10, Downing Street—is one which must be averted at all costs. That is the reason for the anti-Semitism campaign we have been witnessing, and thus all the other campaigns against Corbyn we have witnessed, of which there are certainly more to come.
While the causes of the anti-Semitism campaign are mainly domestic, there is a wide consensus among Corbyn’s supporters that he has not handled his response to the campaign well. The general opinion—that he has been far too accommodating to his critics—has been forcefully argued in Consortium News by Jonathan Cook.
Corbyn himself has conceded too much ground on anti-semitism. As a lifelong anti-racism campaigner, the accusations of anti-semitism have clearly pained him. He has tried to placate rather than defy the smearers. He has tried to maintain unity with people who have no interest in finding common ground with him.
And as he has lost all sense of how to respond in good faith to allegations made in bad faith, he has begun committing the cardinal sin of sounding and looking evasive – just as those who deployed the anti-semitism charge hoped. It was his honesty, plain-speaking and compassion that won him the leadership and the love of ordinary members. Unless he can regain the political and spiritual confidence that underpinned those qualities, he risks haemorrhaging support.
This widespread view that Corbyn has been accommodating to people who seek only his destruction has even produced some curious examples of drafts of “speeches” written for him by some of his sympathizers setting out the sort of things which they think he should say.
While I have considerable sympathy for this view, I think it is only fair to add that Corbyn happens to be one of the most polite and diffident personalities in British politics. The contrast with, say, Donald Trump in the United States, could not be greater. It is not in Corbyn’s nature to respond to his critics with the same forcefulness that they extend to him. While this makes Corbyn an indifferent orator and blunts his impact in debates in the House of Commons, his politeness and diffidence is an integral part of his appeal. To call on him to act differently is to call for a different man, with no guarantee that that man would command anything remotely approaching the level of support that Corbyn has.
Is the Campaign Working?
It is important to stress this point because as of the time of writing it is far from clear to me that—contrary to what Jonathan Cook fears—this latest campaign against Corbyn is succeeding.
The poll numbers barely have shifted, with Conservative and Labour both polling around 40 percent of the vote since the June 2017 general election, and most opinion polls put Labour ahead. Though the anti-Semitism campaign may have lost Labour some Jewish votes in places like the London district of Barnet, the generality of the British voters seem indifferent and unimpressed by the whole affair.
I suspect that the truth is that Corbyn has been around in British politics for so long that the British electorate long ago formed its view of him. Knowing Corbyn as well as they do—as well as the left-wing tradition from which he comes—the vast majority of British center-left voters who make up Corbyn’s electoral base find the whole idea that he is an anti-Semite just too fantastic to take seriously. Besides the fact that the anti-Semitism campaign is merely the latest in a series of campaigns against Corbyn launched from the moment he became Labour’s leader makes the true motives of his critics in the end altogether too obvious.
The Nuremberg trials, circa 1945-46. (National Archives)
Cook has expressed the fear that if the Labour Party adopts the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)—which it has hitherto resisted doing because of the way they limit criticism of Israel—that will make future criticism of Israel by Corbyn and by other members of the Labour Party all but impossible, and will open the way to a purge of Palestinian sympathizers within the Labour Party. [Editor’s note: The Labour Party altered its anti-Semitism definition on Sept. 4 at its National Executive Committee meeting and adopted the four additional working examples of anti-Semitism drafted by the IHRA.]
Similar concerns have been expressed by Norman Finkelstein, who sees the whole attempt to impose any sort of definition of anti-Semitism on the Labour Party as an attack on the party’s traditions and on free speech.
These concerns are far from groundless. On the contrary, there is no doubt that silencing criticism of Israel is very much a part of the agenda of some of the people behind the campaign, with the British establishment (not just its Jewish part) united in support of Israel in the same way as are the political establishments of all the other Western countries. Consider, for example, this extraordinary article by Andrew Feldmanin The Evening Standard, a newspaper edited by former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s friend and former Chancellor George Osborne, which contains this passage:
Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are the same thing. They are two sides of the same coin. Anti-Zionism is the belief that the state of Israel should not exist. That it should be dismantled. This is not the same as saying, quite legitimately, that you disagree with the policies of the current or any other Israeli government; or calling for the reversal of the settlement programme in the West Bank; or demanding a return to earlier borders and the creation of a two-state solution.
Some historical context is important here. Two thousand years ago, at the end of a long and bloody revolt, the Temple was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed far and wide, across the Roman Empire and beyond. They settled in many places. Some made them welcome for a time. Others less so. Jewish people lived in a constant state of trepidation. Periods of peace and prosperity punctuated by pogroms, inquisition and expulsion.
In Europe, the Holocaust was the crescendo of centuries of rumbling antipathy. Jews sought to escape the horror but the numbers who found refuge were pathetically small. Even the UK only accepted 70,000 Jewish refugees before the Second World War and 10,000 during it.
Quite simply, there was nowhere for them to go, so six million people perished out of a total global Jewish population of 17 million.
Finally, after this destruction, the world decided that enough was enough. The Jewish people needed their own place to go when things went wrong. And the ancient homeland was chosen. It was to be shared with the Palestinians on lines established by a United Nations resolution in 1948.
This was not the only work for the cartographers after the Second World War. The demise of empire, the calls for national determination and the need for pragmatic solutions brought about the creation of new states in Europe, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere in the Middle East. Lines were drawn on maps. Sometimes they respected geographical, religious and tribal boundaries; sometimes they did not. Everyone was doing the best they could to make sense of the cataclysmic events of the previous decades.
The State of Israel served its purpose. A national homeland for the Jewish people existing alongside the Jewish communities that continued to live around the world. And when things did not go well for some of those communities — in Russia, Iraq, Morocco and elsewhere — it was a place of sanctuary. It accepted refugees in huge numbers without question.
Note that the Palestinians are barely mentioned in the whole article, which claims that anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism and does so by linking anti-Zionism to the whole history of anti-Semitism in the West, culminating in the Nazis and the Holocaust.
Needless to say, though Feldman appears to admit that it is legitimate to criticize Israel, he makes no criticisms of Israel anywhere in his article. In practice, on the basis of his article, it is difficult to imagine what criticism of Israeli policy toward the Palestinians Feldman would not define as anti-Semitic.
Having said this, it is important to retain perspective. Even though the Labour Party changed its anti-Semitism definition, that will not end criticism of Israel within the Labour Party or in British society. Corbyn himself will not change his views, nor will other supporters of the Palestinian struggle within the Labour Party or in British society.
Ultimately, what is causing the growing criticism of Israel in Britain as elsewhere are Israeli policies, and attempts to silence criticism of those policies by conjuring up the specter of anti-Semitism or by resorting to purges and inquisitions that can only, in the end, threaten to provoke a backlash.
How the Anti-Corbyn Campaign Is Like Russia-gate
The anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain bears more than a passing resemblance to the Russia-gate scandal in the United States.
Controversial BBC graphic seeking to link Corbyn to Russia. (BBC)
In both countries, the establishment has been shocked by popular insurgencies on the right and left and the rise of a seeming outsider: Corbyn in Britain, and Trump (with far less cause) in the U.S. In both countries, this has provoked a shrill establishment campaign against the outsider. In both countries, the allegations which form the basis of the campaign—of anti-Semitism in the case of Corbyn, of being an agent of the Russians in the case of Trump—are to anyone with even a basic grasp of reality utterly fantastic. In neither country does the sheer absurdity of the allegations seem to matter for those who have invested in the campaign. Instead, the political class in both countries pretends to believe them, while the media has embraced them. A media effort has been made to link Corbyn to Russia too.
In both countries, interested outside powers are involved in the campaigns— Israel in the case of the anti-Semitism campaign against Corbyn in Britain, Britain and some other U.S. European allies in the Russia-gate scandal against Trump in the U.S. But the origins of both campaigns are domestic.
In both Britain and the U.S., the core electoral base of both Corbyn and Trump remains unmoved by the hysteria and the swirl of allegations, but in the meantime, real damage to the political system is being done. Both countries are unable to formulate rational foreign policies, whether with respect to the situation in the Middle East in the case of Britain, or with respect to relations with Russia in the case of the U.S.
Corbyn and the movement he leads have far deeper roots within British society than Trump does in the U.S. There has been a continuous tradition of political radicalism in Britain going back to the period of the French Revolution. Corbyn stands squarely within that tradition, a fact which is perhaps better understood in Britain than it is outside it. That tradition for the moment is rising in the case of younger Britains.
That, of course, is why, against all expectations, Corbyn, was elected leader of the Labour Party, and why, again contrary to all expectations, he increased the Labour’s share of the vote so dramatically in the June 2017 general election.
That is reason for the intensity of the campaign against him, but it also explains why he has been able to withstand it up to now. The shape of British politics in the future will be determined by whether or not he is able to continue  to do so.
Alexander Mercouris is a political commentator and editor of The Duran

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          9/13/2018: News: Payout for killer      Cache   Translate Page      
A convicted murderer has received a $10,000 government payout after he was held too long in solitary confinement at an Auckland prison. The United Nations Committee Against Torture ruled John Vogel’s rights were breached after he was confined to a cell...
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          US seeks tougher UN action against peacekeepers' failures      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Chairs Urge Commerce Secretary to Expand U.S. “Entity List” to Include Chinese Government and State Security Entities in Xinjiang       Cache   Translate Page      

September 12, 2018                                                           

(Washington D.C.)--U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and U.S. Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Chair and Cochair of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China respectively, released today a letter urging U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expand the U.S. Government’s “Entity List” (Supplement 4, Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations) to include Chinese government and state security entities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), as well as any businesses profiting from the expansion of the region’s surge in security spending.  The Chairs conclude that the “abuses occurring in the XUAR are contrary to the national security interests of the United States. U.S. companies should not be assisting in the expansion of China’s systems for surveillance, detection, and detention, or be complicit in what are gross violations of internationally recognized human rights occurring daily in the XUAR.”

The letter’s recommendations stem from testimony provided by independent experts and U.S. government witnesses at a CECC hearing entitled “Surveillance, Suppression, and Mass Detention: Xinjiang’s Human Rights Crisis” and is the second recent initiative of the Chairs to press for a robust U.S. response to the human rights situation in the XUAR.  The Chairs sent a bipartisan letter in August urging “Global Magnitsky” sanctions against senior Chinese government and Communist Party officials engaged in the repression of ethnic minorities in the XUAR.    

Text of Commerce letter below:

  September 12, 2018   The Honorable Wilbur Ross Secretary of Commerce U.S. Department of Commerce 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20230   Dear Secretary Ross:   Thank you for your response to our May 15, 2018 letter regarding controls on the sale by U.S. companies of surveillance and crime control technology for use by Chinese security forces and police.  Our concerns are particularly acute as they relate to the Chinese government’s pervasive surveillance and internment system targeting Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).   We appreciated the Department making Mr. Anthony Christino, Director of the Bureau of Industry and Security’s Foreign Policy Division, available to testify at a recent Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing focused on the grave and deteriorating human rights situation in the XUAR.     Joining Mr. Christino on the hearing’s government panel was Ambassador Kelley Currie, U.S. Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, who characterized the scope of the campaign against Uyghur Muslims as “truly breathtaking” and described how “over the past year, hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Uighur citizens of China—men, women and even children—have disappeared into state custody…”  Ambassador Currie focused specifically on the “highly intrusive, high-tech surveillance system in Xinjiang,” which includes:   “thousands of surveillance cameras, including in mosques; facial recognition software; obligatory content-monitoring apps on smartphones and GPS devices on cars; widespread new police outposts with tens of thousands of newly-hired police and even Party personnel embedded in people’s homes; and compulsory collection of vast biometric datasets on ethnic and religious minorities throughout the region, including DNA and blood samples, 3-D photos, iris scans, and voiceprints.”   The testimony of Ambassador Currie and other expert witnesses further underscored that the abuses occurring in the XUAR are contrary to the national security interests of the United States. U.S. companies should not be assisting in the expansion of China’s systems for surveillance, detection, and detention, or be complicit in what are gross violations of internationally recognized human rights occurring daily in the XUAR.   While we believe that longstanding export restrictions on the sale of crime control or detection instruments or equipment to the People’s Republic of China should prohibit all U.S. companies from aiding efforts to expand China’s high-tech surveillance and detention of ethnic minority populations in China, we urge you to also add Chinese government and state security entities in the XUAR, and any businesses profiting from the expansion of the region’s surge in security spending, to the U.S. Government’s “Entity List” (Supplement 4, Part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations).   During the course of his testimony, Mr. Christino said the Commerce Department, as a result of information provided by the CECC, was reviewing whether there is sufficient evidence to justify additional end-user restrictions for XUAR police and security forces, among others.  This was a welcomed acknowledgement.  Given the national integration of China’s state security apparatus, we believe there should also be a presumption of denial for any sale of technology or equipment that would make a direct and significant contribution to the police surveillance and detection system, including dual-use technology sold or resold to any elements of the Ministry of Public Security.  In response to a question at the hearing, Mr. Christino assured the Commissioners that the Commerce Department possesses sufficient authority, within the interagency process, to make such determinations.  Therefore, we respectfully request an update as to the status and anticipated timeline of this interagency process.   The U.S. government has clearly acknowledged the severity of the abuses in Xinjiang.  Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have both voiced public concern about these abuses and have specifically focused on the proliferation of “political reeducation” centers or camps throughout the region.  Our export policy must reflect this reality.     We look forward to your response.   Sincerely,     Senator Marco Rubio                                                              Chair        Representative Chris Smith Cochair
          Film Screening of “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers” with Discussion by Filmmaker, Stanzin Dorjai Gya      Cache   Translate Page      
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018. 07:30 PM.
Location: Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library

The Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergère des Glaces)

2015, Stanzin Dorjai and Christiane Mordelet

India/France, 74 min, (English subtitles) 

On a rock-strewn mountain in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, lives shepherdess Tsering. Her flock of 250 sheep and cashmere goats are her only companions, except for the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard; her only link to the outside world is a small transistor radio. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of a disappearing way of life – one marked by challenges and isolation, but also beauty and spiritual grace.

Bio: Stanzin Dorjai Gya

Stanzin Dorjai Gya hails from a remote village  in northwestern India sitting at 16,000 feet on the Tibetan Plateau. Like other children of Gya Village, Stanzin had a nomadic childhood, grazing yaks and sheep while also attending school. In 1995, while pursuing his 12th class at Leh’s Government Higher Secondary School, Stanzin was selected to attend the prestigious Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). This opportunity ignited his urge to excel in life. Stanzin is an internationally-acclaimed filmmaker who has directed and produced notable feature films and documentaries on regional, national and international issues.  “Jungwa: The Broken Balance,” a documentary based on the 2010 flash floods that devastated Leh, was selected for screening at the United Nations’ COP21 Paris Conference in 2015.  “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers,” an homage to his sister’s life, has won 20 awards, including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in 2016.


          California Gov. Jerry Brown Convenes Climate Summit to Keep U.S. on Track for Greenhouse Gas Goals      Cache   Translate Page      

California Gov. Jerry Brown is hosting a climate action conference starting Wednesday in hopes of tackling global warming, while the Trump administration continues to push U.S. environmental policy in the opposite direction.

The three-day Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco will bring together hundreds of scientists, political figures, and business leaders to discuss topics like reducing greenhouse gas. Guest speakers include former Vice President Al Gore and actor and environmental activist Harrison Ford.

“We’re running out of time,” Brown said on the summit website. “There’s been some backsliding since Paris and our summit… aims to increase the commitments that have already been made in Paris,” he wrote in reference to the Paris climate accord, the 2015 international agreement to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases among United Nations members.

The summit’s timing became especially relevant with the approach of Hurricane Florence, a Category 4 storm exacerbated by warming ocean temperatures. California experienced its own deadly effect of global warming with its record-breaking wildfire this summer.

Ever since Trump decided last year to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, Brown has been one of America’s leading figures in combatting climate change. Along with political and business leaders like Michael Bloomberg, Brown formed a coalition called We Are Still In to pursue the goals of the Paris accord in spite of the Trump administration’s resistance.

On Monday, Brown signed Senate Bill 100, a measure requiring California to get 100 percent of its electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind and solar by 2045. California currently derives 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower. Brown’s move got a full-throated endorsement from the state’s former Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Brown is also pushing for carbon neutrality by tackling the largest source of greenhouse gas emission—transportation. He aims to have 5 million electric cars on the road by 2030 (right now California has 369,000) and kill all production of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by 2035.

But will these efforts be enough?

The United States is falling behind its Paris accord pledge, the New York Times reported. Under Obama, the U.S. originally promised a 26-28 percent reduction from its 2005 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2025. At its current rate, the country will only get about halfway there, achieving a 12 to 20 percent decrease in that time frame.

To make matters worse, the federal government pursuing policies that would hasten, not slow, global warming.

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed to roll back the Obama-era methane limits. The new proposal will ease restrictions on methane emissions, giving energy companies 60 days instead of 30 to fix leaks of the greenhouse gas. Methane, which can leak during the extraction or transportation of natural gas, oil, or even coal, is a super pollutant more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet. The proposal will also allow companies to conduct leak inspections once a year rather than every six months.

Brown called the proposal “insane.” In a tweet this week he said, “It borders on criminality. It perhaps is the most obvious and dangerous and irresponsible action by Mr. Trump. And that’s saying quite a lot, because he has a whole list of them.”

Brown’s anger and the work of We Are Still In will likely earn positive coverage and perhaps inspire activists and business leaders. But the question is whether it will lead to swift enough action to counteract the federal government’s retrogressive policies.


          NewsWorks Tonight, September 12, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      

Negotiations are continuing to keep Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney from vetoing a bill to impose a 1% tax on construction. The United Nations provides a ray of hope for a Princeton graduate imprisoned for espionage in Iran. The money NOT going into local congressional races is just as important as the money that is. An unconventional candidate wins a Delaware primary. Howard Shapiro offers a review of his favorite Fringe Festival play. Performers from Juniper Productions take us into a scene from “Delivery,” one of their new “Cocktail Plays.”


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China is battling to contain the rapid spread of African swine fever among what is the world's largest pig herd, as the United Nations says 40,000 pigs have been culled since early August in an effort to stop the disease. Ed Giles reports.

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Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: The Trump administration announced that it was no longer going to give money to the United Nations program for Palestinian refugees. With that announcement came a major foreign policy shift. And now this week, the Trump administration has decided to close down the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C. Through that program, the U.N. runs schools, clinics and other basic services for what it says is the world's oldest and maybe the largest official U.N. refugee population. NPR's Daniel Estrin reports from a refugee camp in the West Bank. DANIEL ESTRIN, BYLINE: When Israel was founded 70 years ago, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled their homes or were driven out. They ended up in refugee camps. Some are in neighboring countries. I went to one of the camps in the West Bank - Jalazone camp. It's like a crowded slum. This is not what you might think of when you think of a refugee camp. You don't see
          Okonjo-Iweala got Nigeria out of debt, but we are now back there – Amina Mohammed      Cache   Translate Page      

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          Bolton makes a move      Cache   Translate Page      
Bolton makes a move

by digby



The president is very busy rage tweeting and watching Fox so I doubt this has anything to do with him. He could not care less about anything but his own future. It's a Bolton initiative:
The United States will threaten Monday to punish individuals who cooperate with the International Criminal Court in a potential investigation of U.S. wartime actions in Afghanistan, according to people familiar with the decision.

The Trump administration is also expected to announce that it is shutting down a Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington because Palestinians have sought to use the international court to prosecute U.S. ally Israel, those people said.

White House national security adviser John Bolton is expected to outline threats of sanctions and a ban on travel to the United States for people involved in the attempted prosecution of Americans before the international court in an address Monday.

Bolton is a longtime opponent of the court on grounds that it violates national sovereignty.

The speech, titled “Protecting American Constitutionalism and Sovereignty from International Threats,” is Bolton’s first formal address since joining the administration in April. It is sponsored by the Federalist Society, a conservative and libertarian policy group.

Palestinian officials on Monday vowed to fight what they called bullying tactics and “collective punishment” of the Palestinian people.
I guess he is one of the establishment "grown-ups" who are saving us from Trump?

Jeet Heer :
Trump’s war on the International Criminal Court is Bushism redux. 
The New York Times is reporting that National Security Advisor John Bolton is preparing to impose extensive sanctions on the International Criminal Court if it investigates alleged war crimes by American troops in Afghanistan. The newspaper acquired the text of a speech Bolton scheduled for Monday. 
“The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court,” Bolton plans to say. “We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the U.S. We will sanction their funds in the U.S. financial system, and, we will prosecute them in the U.S. criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists in an ICC investigation of Americans.” 
Bolton’s speech is combined with the Trump Administration’s decision to shutter the offices of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in Washington, a move related to the campaign against the ICC. The Palestinian group has lodged complaints with the ICC about actions of the Israeli government, ranging from the building of settlements to the deployment of sharpshooters against protesters from Gaza. 
Bolton has long been skeptical of the ICC and these actions can be seen as a ramped up return to policies pursued by the Bush administration in 2002-2003. As The New York Times notes, “The United States declined to join the court during Mr. Bush’s first term, when Mr. Bolton was an under secretary of state and later ambassador to the United Nations. After he left the Bush administration, the White House showed a little less resistance to the court’s work, even expressing support for its investigation of atrocities in Darfur.”
Sure, Trump is a dolt who can barely tie his shoes. But that doesn't mean the extremist wingnuts shouldn't ram through their agenda, amirite? 

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          One tweet away from Armageddon      Cache   Translate Page      
One tweet away from Armageddon

by digby




When a simpleton runs the world:

According to Woodward, the president is obsessed by the fact that the U.S. pays $3.5 billion a year to station troops in South Korea as a first line of defense against the North. "I don't know why they're there," he said at one meeting. "Let's bring them all home." At another meeting, Secretary of Defense James Mattis starkly why the U.S. has 28,000 troops in Korea: "We're doing this in order to prevent World War III."

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea." - President Trump at the United Nation, Sept. 19, 2017

The standoff with North Korea has been eased, for the moment, by the Singapore Summit, which brought together two leaders who had been trading nuclear threats and schoolyard insults.

Trump: "'Rocket Man' is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime."

The president later made that "Little Rocket Man" on Twitter, which he told Rob Porter "may be my best ever." When Porter asked if it might provoke Kim, according to Woodward, the president replied, "It's leader versus leader, man versus man, me versus Kim."

The most dangerous moment of the standoff, Woodward says, came when the president went to work on another tweet: "He drafts a tweet saying 'We are going to pull out dependents from South Korea ... Family members of the 28,000 people there.'"

That tweet was never sent, because of a back channel message from North Korea that it would regard a pullout of dependents as a sign the U.S. was preparing to attack. "At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as an attack is imminent,'" Woodward said.

I wonder how that happened, exactly?

I mean, does the president draft foreign policy tweets and have people look them over? How did it come to pass that he never sent it? Did someone rush in with the "back channel" news that it would start World War III? Maybe the book answers that question. I hope so because I think we are all under the impression that Trump runs his twitter feed as he sees fit, with some assists from his social media guys who send out the odd endorsement tweet or anodyne public announcement. If he actually drafts them and circulates them it would be nice to know what that process is.

Anyway, assuming this is true, it's scary as hell. Trump's obsession with what he calls "wasting money" is based upon his total ignorance about .... well, everything. He came up with one big idea --- that America is being screwed by other countries --- about 30 years ago and is too goddamned dumb to ever learn anything else.

Recall this:
According to Woodward, Trump at one point asked his military leaders why the United States couldn't just withdraw from the Korean Peninsula. They explained to him that it would mean we wouldn't know about North Korean missile launches for 15 minutes rather than learning about them almost instantly, within seven seconds. This is the flap that led Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to reportedly suggest Trump was intellectually and temperamentally akin to “a fifth- or sixth-grader."

What The Washington Post's story Tuesday didn't detail, though, is that this exchange didn't happen early in Trump's presidency; it came on Jan. 19, 2018 — almost exactly one full year into it. It came months after North Korea had threatened an attack on Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean. It also came a couple months after North Korea said it had developed a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could reach the continental United States.

What got Mattis's goat, according to the book, was that he felt like they'd had this exact conversation many times before, and Trump refused to either remember or process it. As Mattis explained the reasons for a U.S.-South Korean alliance, Trump repeatedly returned to the idea that the United States is running a trade deficit with South Korea — suggesting the alliance was hurting the American economy. Mattis tried to explain that having troops in South Korea was actually the most cost-effective — and effective, period — means of preventing World War III. Trump, who often seems to misunderstand what exactly a trade deficit means, wouldn't have it.

"But we're losing so much money in trade with South Korea and others,” Trump pushes back at one point, according to Woodward.

At another: “We're spending massive amounts for very rich countries who aren't burden-sharing."

And at another: “I think we could be so rich if we weren't so stupid. We're being played [as] suckers, especially NATO."

Trump would argue this was merely him “question[ing] everybody and everything,” but it didn't seem to come off that way to Mattis. According to Woodward's reporting, it seemed to be Trump asking the same dumb middle-school-esque questions for the millionth time. And it drew a curt rebuke from Mattis that took those in the room aback.

The president of the United States is a stupid, spoiled rich heir to a fortune who never, ever picks up a tab, who tips like a miser and treats anyone without money like a servant. We all know people like that. That's the vision he has for America. Only, in this case, he's going to end up getting us all killed.



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          Comment on WATCH Moment ‘teenage’ migrants chase after UK-bound vans in broad daylight in sleepy French village by SFTOBEY      Cache   Translate Page      
That is because you are correct. The so-called "refugee" invasion and the continued toleration of the INVASION of aliens (legal and illegal) - particularly from Third World countries - constitute the "shock troops" of the globalist, oligarch New World Ordure cabal. The plan: destroy whatever hegemony the nations of the West still retain. Destroy - with their “diversity” - their ability to be self-governing. Destroy their sovereignty. Cause as much strife, economic hardship, crime, mayhem and murder as possible. The brainwashed zombies of the Left are just the current "useful idiots" helping this to occur. When the situation gets bad enough the sheeple of the once-free nations of the West will beg their so-called "leaders" to "do something". Then the NWO cabal will come out with their "solution": WORLD GOVERNMENT. (Translated: enslavement of all who are not part of their cabal or the government drones that do their dirty work.) “The Decline and Fall of American Nationhood” http://canadafreepress.com/article/the-decline-and-fall-of-american-nationhood "Refugee Crisis: Using Chaos to build Power" https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22793-refugee-crisis-using-chaos-to-build-power "UN-'Together': Propaganda Bid Seeks to Flood West With Migrants" https://www.thenewamerican.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=25414:un-together-propaganda-bid-seeks-to-flood-west-with-migrants "New UN Chief to Europe: Ignore Voters. Open the Borders" http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/24744-new-un-chief-to-europe-ignore-voters-open-the-borders "EU Insider: US Must Take More Refugees - Get Rid of Sovereignty" http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/item/21730-insider-eu-u-s-must-take-more-refugees-get-rid-of-sovereignty "Soros and CFR Exploit Refugee Crisis for New World Order" http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22447-soros-and-cfr-exploit-refugee-crisis-for-new-world-order "Hungarian PM: Mass Migration A Plot To Destroy Christian West" http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/22853-hungarian-pm-mass-migration-a-plot-to-destroy-christian-west "Soros Hack Reveals Plot Behind Europe's Refugee Crisis, Media Funding and Manipulation" http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-16/soros-hack-reveals-plot-behind-europes-refugee-crisis-media-funding-and-manipulation Global Free Movement: UN Chief Calls Migration a ‘Right’ in a ‘World on the Move’ http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/12/20/un-director-general-calls-migration-right-world-move/ “New United Nations Boss Unveils Plan to Promote Global Mass Migration” http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018/01/12/new-united-nations-boss-plan-promote-global-mass-migration/
          Heads Of State Arrive For Kofi Annan's Burial      Cache   Translate Page      
Namibian President Hage Geingob, Wednesday, arrived ahead of the State Funeral and Burial Service of Kofi Atta Annan, the Seventh United Nations Secretary-General, on Thursday, September 13. His arrival was preceded by that of the Angolan Vice President, Bornito Sousa Baltazar Diogo. A number of heads of state have confirmed their participati ...
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Madam Ekua Donkor, the Founder and Leader of the Ghana Freedom Party, on Tuesday paid glowing tribute to the former United Nations Chief, Kofi Atta Annan, saying that, he brought fame and honour to Ghana, Africa and the black race in general. She said Kofi Annan being the first Blackman from sub-Saharan Africa to head the global body for two con ...
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Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, on Wednesday paid glowing tribute to the former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Atta Annan, saying, the world distinguished diplomat affected the world positively and his legacy would be continued. She downplayed concerns raised by a section o ...
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Some Ghanaians have expressed the wish for their children to grow and become 39;a Kofi Annan 39; to continue the good work of the former United Nations Secretary General being mourned the world-over. They say Kofi Annan, who many international personalities got to know about Ghana through him, was a best example for Ghanaian children to emula ...
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DULUTH, Minn. – About a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted every year according to the United Nations. The UMD Office of Sustainability is trying to cut down that waste on their campus. To build awareness, they had students scrape all their excess food into bins. Those bins were weighed to determine how much...
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President Emmerson Mnangagwa at his inauguration

On 30 July 2018, Zimbabweans went for the much-awaited harmonised elections after the removal of Robert Mugabe from power by the 18 November 2017 revolution. For the first time in the history of the country, there were 23 candidates for the presidential race and for the first time many people registered to vote especially the youths who constituted 60 percent of the registered voters.

The major contenders were Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF)’s Emmerson Mnangagwa (75) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa (40). Emmerson Mnangagwa of ZANU-PF was declared the presidential winner by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission with 50.8 percent of the vote and Nelson Chamisa 44.3 percent. Other smaller parties combined made up the remaining 4.9 percent.

This election saw Mnangagwa winning mostly in rural areas where more than 67 percent of the population stays according to 2012 census statistics. The reasons for his support is attributed mostly to the ZANU-PF redistributive policies to rural based farming and peasant communities in the countryside. They get free farming inputs for their subsistence farming from the government. Most of them are the major beneficiaries of the land revolution, which decongested them from arid, dry and disease infested reserve regions where they were forced to settle by the settler colonialists. Most of them suffered the brunt of the liberation struggle against colonial bondage and they gave sanctuary to the freedom fighters during the protracted struggle for Zimbabwe. Most of them have sentimental and emotional attachment to the former liberation movement.

Nelson Chamisa got most of his votes from cities and towns where most of the youths are jobless because of the mismanagement of the economy by the ousted Robert Mugabe regime and principally due to the impact of the economic sanctions by Western imperialism. There are almost no workers to talk about in Zimbabwe because of the massive closure of the industries. The effects of the draconian embargo are mostly felt in the cities and towns via capital flight, companies closure, high cost of living, poor and stagnant salaries, cash shortages in banks, poor service delivery, unemployment, lack of health care facilities and drugs and high cost of education.

For the parliamentary seats, ZANU-PF pocketed two-thirds majority of the 210 contested seats, meaning ZANU-PF won 144 seats and MDC Alliance 61. Mnangagwa’s narrow victory has been vehemently rejected by Nelson Chamisa and his party the MDC Alliance who filed a petition with the Zimbabwe Constitutional Court to nullify the results or to declare him the winner. Chamisa had earlier been quoted as saying that if “the verdict is not in his favour he is going to take to the streets”. On 24 August 2018, the Court gave their verdict and upheld Mnangagwa’s victory.

Just before the results were announced, the MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa had declared himself the winner and his supporters took to the streets to violently demonstrate smashing windows of ZANU-PF offices and setting fire on property and vehicles. In the process, six people were shot dead, as riot police were trying to contain the situation. These riots were triggered by the MDC Alliance leadership in order to cast aspersions on ZANU-PF, taint the whole electoral process and provide a rationale and grounds for the continued embargo by the Western governments against Zimbabwe. MDC Alliance got protests votes and the hungrier and poorer of our people; the more votes they get hence the demands for sanctions to stay. MDC Alliance leadership that has been globetrotting lobbying for sanctions just before the elections and even after they were held, have started concocting propaganda about the alleged violence and imaginary human rights abuses by the ruling elite.

United States President, Donald Trump signed into law the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Amendment Act (ZIDERA) of 2018, which is an amendment of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic recovery Act of 2001.This was done soon after the announcement of ZANU-PF victory. The United States of America wants to force and facilitate a government of national unity that is why they are renewing the sanctions game plan. The United States of America, via their Central Intelligence Agency, wants to effect a regime change in Zimbabwe.

Many people are misguided to think that if Zimbabwe complied with the so-called democratic and economic reforms, ZIDERA would be lifted. At the core of the law is a more controversial issue – land reform. In a recent meeting between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the new United States Ambassador Brian Nichols, the latter mentioned, “land tenure” as one of the areas on which the Americans want change. Land has been the fundamental issue, which necessitated the enactment of this punitive law.

A central demand of the updated ZIDERA is that Zimbabwe must enforce the rulings of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) tribunal on land reform. The SADC tribunal made several important rulings in favour of the white farmers, which the US senators behind the new amended ZIDERA now want enforced, as a precondition for re-engagement with the US.

As socialists, we are against agricultural counter-reforms serving the interest of the white settlers. The land belongs to the black poor peasants not to capitalists. We do not support compensation of white farmers, as a pre-condition to lift economic sanctions.

The Labour Member of Parliament from United Kingdom, Kate Hoey, an extremist from Britain who campaigned for the Zimbabwean sanctions before, is now calling for further isolation of Zimbabwe. It is time that the imposition of economic sanctions should be seen as a war crime against humanity since it involves the collective punishment of millions of innocent civilians who die and are reduced to living off scraps from the garbage dumps. They kill more people than bombs because they go on for years and their effect is cumulative.

As socialists, we demand the unconditional removal of the economic sanctions and we lobby the international working class and other progressives to escalate and amplify its global campaign to save Zimbabwe from the bully and tyranny of the United States of America.

We feel it is the duty of the international proletariat to assist the oppressed countries in their war against the imperialists. According to the Leon Trotsky Transitional Programme, the central issues of the colonial and semi colonial countries are agrarian revolution i.e. the elimination of the feudal legacy and national independence, i.e. the overthrow of the imperialist yoke. Both tasks are closely interconnected.

The elections were declared free and fair by non-governmental organisation, governments and multilateral bourgeoisie institutions that were invited to come and observe the elections including the African Union, SADC, the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa, the United Nations, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, China and the United States of America.

Mnangagwa has promised to renew the country by implementing neoliberal reforms and austerity programmes and other reforms aimed at the lifting of the punitive economic sanctions slapped on the country 20 years ago.

It is yet to be seen if the “Zimbabwe is open to business” mantra by President Mnangagwa is to benefit the poor and the working class because it looks like the major global powers are warming up to Mnangagwa’s administration. But to us socialists, opening up the country to global powers and the free world means opening up to rapacious exploitation of the natural resources for the benefit of white monopoly capital.

The 2018 elections in Zimbabwe were largely non beneficial to the poor and the working class in general. The ideas purported by the two protagonists in their election manifestos largely betray socialist ideas; it was a titanic battle of capitalists’ interests in form of neo-imperialism. Indigenous economic growth is better than foreign aid. We should be wary of being enticed by the West into believing that they are genuinely willing to assist us, they have permanent interests not permanent friends. ZANU-PF is orientated towards Chinese imperialism and the MDC Alliance leans towards United States and European Union imperialism.

We must fight for the poor, peasants and the working class taking over and controlling the means of production. As we mark the 78th anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination, the fight for Trotsky’s ideas remain as relevant as ever as we commemorate the life and ideas of this inspiring revolutionary, theoretician and leader.

More than ever it is necessary to have a strong independent international centre to help the vanguard of the working class worldwide to orientate independently.

 

*Mafa Kwanisai Mafa writes of Zimbabwean affairs.

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          Haley says Iran is 'feeling the pain' from Trump's revived sanctions: 'We are suffocating them'      Cache   Translate Page      
Iran is "feeling the pain" from the sweeping sanctions revived by President Trump in August, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, told Fox News exclusively in a wide-ranging interview on Wednesday.
          HC Wake-Up Call: Trump 9/11 Backlash, World Hunger Highest in Years, & Australian Newspaper Serena Williams Controversy      Cache   Translate Page      

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

Trump Faces Backlash for 9/11 Behavior

Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and President Trump spent the day saying and doing things that many found insensitive. The first incident occurred in early hours of Tuesday, when Twitter's trending topics were dominated by 9/11-related subjects due to many paying tribute to those who lost their lives. Trump, on the other hand, was tweeting about his disdain for the FBI and Justice Department. According to the president, two former FBI officials, Peter Strozok and Lisa Page (who were publicly revealed to be trading anti-Trump texts) tried to undermine his administration by launching what he called a "media leak strategy." 

North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Meadows was the first person to make this claim. The Washington Post reported that the claim is "debatable," and Strzok's attorney attributed any reference of the phrase in leaked texts from his client to "an effort to stem unauthorized disclosures of information." Trump called for action from both the DOJ and FBI, despite the fact that Strzok and Page have both left the bureau (Strzok was fired for the texts). In other tweets, Trump again condemned the FBI and DOJ, along with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, who he thinks colluded with the departments, foreign spies, and Russians. 

Later, a photo emerged of Trump arriving in Pennsylvania to attend a 9/11 memorial service — where he was pumping his fists. Twitter quickly called out what appeared to be an untimely celebratory move. 

Trump's past behavior in regards to 9/11 was also a talking point for many. Just hours after the terrorist attack, Trump called into a New Jersey news station to discuss what happened. He ended up talking about how his building at 40 Wall Street "actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually — before the World Trade Center — was the tallest."

He continued, "And then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest. And now it's the tallest." 

World Hunger is at Its Highest in Years

According to the United Nations' 2018 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report, which was released on Tuesday, the number of people suffering from hunger is at an eight-year high. In total, 821 million people — one in every nine — were malnourished in 2017. The number is significantly higher than 2016's figure, which CNN said could put at risk the UN's goal of eradicating hunger in the world by 2030. 

Though a variety of factors affect the number of hungry people around the world, the UN said climate change is playing a large role. "Hunger has been on the rise over the past three years, returning to levels from a decade ago," said the UN agencies responsible for hunger and health in a statement. "This reversal in progress sends a clear warning that more must be done and urgently if the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger is to be achieved by 2030."

Undernourishment and "severe" food insecurity have also increased in all parts of the world, except for in Europe and North America. The problem most prevalent in North America? Adult obesity. Global rates are on the rise, with more than 672 million obese. 

An Australian Newspaper is Doubling Down on Its Controversial Serena Williams Cartoon

Serena Williams stood up to an arguably sexist — or at the very least, unfair — umpire at last weekend's US Open, and Australian newspaper The Herald Sun responded by running a cartoon version of the tennis legend, which has since been labeled both racist and sexist. 

Among those who condemned the cartoon were J.K. Rowling and the National Association of Black Journalists. "The Sept. 10 cartoon not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams’ depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like," the group said in a statement. "The art of editorial cartooning is a visual dialogue on the issues of the day, yet this cartoon grossly inaccurately depicts two women of color at the US Open, one of the grandest stages of professional sports."

Mark Knight, the editorial cartoonist for the Sun, dismissed the criticism. Then, on Tuesday, another cartoon of Knight's turned up in the paper — this time on the front page. His original depiction of Williams was surrounded by additional cartoons and a huge headline that reads, "Welcome to PC World." 

"When I watched the U.S. Open, I was sitting there like everybody else, and I saw the world No. 1 tennis player have a huge hissy fit and spit the dummy,” Knight said. “That’s what the cartoon is about, her poor behavior on the court. Nothing to do with gender or racism at all."

He continued, "I think what’s happening here is people are just making stuff up. The cartoon was just about Serena on the day having a tantrum. That’s basically it."

The cover faced the same, if not more, criticism

What to look for...

A chocolate milkshake.


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As the nation pays her last respects to the memory of one of the greatest Ghanaian and African of all time, His Excellency Kofi Atta Annan - an iconic global statesman and international diplomat par excellence, the Minority Caucus in Parliament joins his family, Ghanaians home and abroad, the African people, the United Nations and the international community in bidding the former United Nations Secretary General farewell.
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Several dignitaries have so far paid their last respects to the late former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who is lying in state at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra.
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Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has described the late Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Kofi Annan, as an excellent arbitrator.
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Asantehence Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has paid glowing tribute to the late former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Busumuru Annan, describing him as a person who was a ready source of inspiration to many people.
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African Leaders have been admonished to emulate the exceptional leadership skills of former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, who discharged his duties in an exceptional way when he was alive.
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A Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Pius Enam Hadzide has explained that the decision to organise a closed-casket funeral ceremony for the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan is in line with the global icon's wishes to have a modest funeral.
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          400 investors with $32 trillion in assets step up climate action      Cache   Translate Page      

San Francisco, Sep 13 (IANS) The Investor Agenda launched here on Wednesday will support investors in accelerating and scaling-up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Its launch also demonstrates the significant momentum already evident, with 392 investors with $32 trillion in assets collectively under management, using The Investor Agenda to highlight climate action they are already taking and making new commitments.

Announced as part of PRI in Person and the Global Climate Action Summit, The Investor Agenda provides a way for investors to directly report actions they are taking, and scale-up their commitment to act, across four key focus areas: Investment, corporate engagement, investor disclosure, and policy advocacy.

Capturing new data, the Investor Agenda seeks over time to reflect the full breadth and scale of global investor-led action on climate change.

Bringing together and helping drive participation in a broad range of global investor initiatives, it also supports investors in taking greater action. This offers benefit to investors, in being able to better manage climate risks and capture low carbon opportunities as a result, while also scaling-up the investor-led contribution to achieving the goals of the Paris agreement.

Showcasing investor leadership on climate change will also be used as a way to inspire bolder commitment from investors and their peers, raising the bar and building on existing momentum.

"Investors are showing great leadership to promote climate action in multiple fronts. Their efforts to meet the shortfall in the financial resources required to deliver the Paris Agreement goals, and further building on engagement with high-emitting sectors are a valuable contribution," said Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in welcoming the launch.

The Investor Agenda has already received strong support from influential investors and climate figures alike.

"Progress is on the agenda of the investment community, and today's announcement is hugely important, but this is just the beginning of an extraordinary, economy-wide transformation to low-carbon that we must achieve within a generation," said Christiana Figueres, convener of Mission 2020.

The Investor Agenda calls on global investors to accelerate and scale up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris agreement.

(Vishal Gulati is in San Francisco at the invitation of the Climate Trends to cover the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS). He can be contacted at vishal.g@ians.in)

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          UN Confirms 33 Chemical Attacks, Constituting War Crimes, by Syrian Regime Since 2013      Cache   Translate Page      
FeaturedImage_2018-09-12_113811_YouTube_Idlib_ChlorineThe United Nations reported Wednesday that the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons against civilian targets, including three chlorine gas attacks on a rebel-held Damascus suburb and on Idlib province this year that constitute war crimes, The Jerusalem Post reported. The latest evidence brings to 39 the total number of chemical attacks […]
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On the eve of his first term as secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon was reminded by his predecessor, Kofi Annan, of the words of the first UN leader: “You are about to take over the most impossible job on earth.” Secretary Ban went on to serve ten years at the helm of the world body and preside over the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Accords. This week, The Asia Foundation presented Ban Ki-moon with the Chang-Lin Tien Distinguished Leadership Award in recognition of his leadership in international development. Accepting the honor before an audience of political leaders, philanthropists, diplomats, and heads of business in San Francisco on Tuesday, he summarized his approach: I believe that we all share a common destiny. We are all in this together. There’s not a single country or single individual, however powerful and however resourceful, that can do it alone. We all have to work together. We have to pool our wisdom and energy. So, ladies and gentlemen, let’s work together to make this world better. And I count on your leadership and global vision.  He also reflected, sometimes wryly, on his term as secretary-general. When I assumed my job as secretary-general in January 2007, I declared that my motto, my mission, would be to make this world better. After 10 years of service at the United Nations, whether I had made the world better or not, I’m leaving it to the judgement of the historians. We have much more to do. The annual award honors the legacy of the late Dr. Chang-Lin Tien, an immigrant from Asia who rose to become a prominent engineer, educator, and internationalist, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, and chair of The Asia Foundation’s board of trustees. Highlighting Dr. Tien’s legacy of internationalism, Secretary Ban spoke of the importance of collaboration and one of his most prominent efforts, helping negotiate the Paris climate agreement among numerous parties. As a former secretary-general, I do not carry any title, so I’m a free man now. Our world is changing. Multilateralism is under... Read more

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          Why does Trump give himself an A plus?      Cache   Translate Page      

The world is perplexed about why President Trump gives himself an A plus for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico last September 20, 2017. Click on the following link to read the latest on that: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-hurricane-florence-puerto-rico-maria-twitter-san-juan-mayor-latest-attack-carmen-yulin-cruz-a8534126.html

That is so, because the world is unaware that Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States Government (USG). That is something that is kept out of the news.

The annual United Nations’ (UN) hearing in June on Puerto Rico decolonization is not consistently broadcasted live, so that world could know the truth. The United States’ (US) press refuses to feature in its news that the USG is in violation of the UN’s Charter of 1945 that prohibits colonialism, and that the USG has repeatedly ignored the 37 UN resolutions asking it to immediately return Puerto Rico’s sovereignty to the Puerto Ricans. Click here for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otzBslJLbI0

Why are more Puerto Ricans out of Puerto Rico than in? Do you know that there are presently 5.4 million Puerto Ricans residing away from their national territory as opposed to 3.4 million of us that refuse to abandon our homeland?

This demonstrates that the laws that govern Puerto Rico are all against her. But, that is the way it is supposed to be in a colony. All of the laws are supposed to be, and they are, in favor of the empire!

Therefore, Puerto Ricans are forced to leave Puerto Rico. Therefore, Puerto Rico has always been bankrupt since 1898. Therefore, more soldiers are recruited to the US armed forces in Puerto Rico than in any of the 50 states of the Union. And therefore, that is why Trump says that he got an A plus for his handling of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Do you know that the USG classified Puerto Ricans as belonging to an inferior race in 1898, and that is why Puerto Rico was put in the category of the non-incorporated territory? Do you know that the US Supreme Court said that Puerto Rico belongs to but is not a part of the US, and that the USG could have colonies for as long as it wants to? Click here for more: https://www.facebook.com/Maxima940/videos/263204177654558/

Trump said that Puerto Rico is in a big ocean, and that that made it difficult for the USG to get there more quickly. However, 120 years ago, that same ocean didn’t keep the USG from invading Puerto Rico to make her its colony. Click here for more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPJd3RJI4oY

It is now perfectly understandable why Trump says that he got an A Plus. You needed to know that the USG’s goal is to get the Puerto Ricans out of Puerto Rico, so that the USG could have her for itself. And in that light, and in the fact that almost 3,000 died from Hurricane Maria, and that about 300,000 Puerto Ricans left their national territory, Trump makes his argument that he did an excellent job! It is possible do a great job for a bad thing.


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          Radio Free Asia: Chinese Political Refugee on Hunger Strike in Thai Immigration Detention Center      Cache   Translate Page      
Radio Free Asia
2018-09-12

A Chinese political refugee detained last month by police in Thailand has begun a hunger strike in an immigration detention center in the hope of staving off her forced repatriation.

Wu Yuhua, who is also known by her nickname Ai Wu, was detained by police in Bangkok alongside her husband Yang Chong on Aug. 29 and locked up in an immigration detention center.

"There is no way to resist; no dignity," Ai Wu said in a video statement smuggled out of the detention center. "That's why I have decided to go on hunger strike to protest my detention and the decisions by the police, I who am an innocent refugee."

The couple had been registered as genuine political refugees by the United Nations and were awaiting resettlement in a third country.

Yang Chong, husband of Chinese activist and political
refugee Ai Wu, stands shackled in a cell at an
immigration detention center in Bangkok, Thailand,
Sept. 11, 2018.
Photo courtesy of Thai refugees
Fellow Thailand-based refugee Yu Yanhua said Ai Wu had begun refusing food after the couple's third appeal was rejected by a court in Bangkok.

"She is in total despair and she is very angry, so she is going on a hunger strike in protest," Yu told RFA. "She isn't in good health, and she requested via her lawyer and an interpreter to be allowed to see a doctor appointed by the court, but in the end they didn't let her."

"I don't think she will be able to stand [being on hunger strike]," she said.

Meanwhile, the Thai authorities have changed conditions attached to bail arrangements for the couple on a number of occasions.

"They said it would cost 24,000 baht [U.S. $731] for one person and 48,000 baht [U.S. 1,461] for both of them to bail them out, but then there was also an issue with their address," Yu said.

"Then they wanted the U.N. to guarantee they wouldn't abscond, so I came here to the UN today, and they won't guarantee that Ai Wu and Yang Chong won't abscond," she said.

Wu also said efforts were under way to prevent the couple from being repatriated to China where they would likely face official reprisals for their activism.

Yang and Ai Wu were initially targeted by Chinese police after taking part in the press freedom protests in the southern city of Guangzhou in January 2013.

They fled the country in February 2015, and made their way to Thailand after Ai Wu started a support group for disappeared rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng.

Since then, they have been eking an existence without papers in the country's Pattaya region.

They were approved as political refugees by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok in 2017, but had yet to be accepted for resettlement in a third country amid a global tightening of national immigration policies.

The hand of the CCP

Another Thailand-based refugee Wang Xili said he believes Beijing is behind the couple's detention.

"I think we have seen the hand of the Chinese Communist Party in all of this," Wang said. "It is entirely possible that China doesn't want them to get out [of immigration detention]."

Wu and Yang were detained along with He Weiyi outside the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok, where they had intended to deliver a petition along with Duan Jinggang and other Chinese exiles.

Eyewitnesses said He Weiyi, a missionary with legal immigration status in Thailand, was released soon after, but Wu and Yang couldn't produce any legal documents proving their right to be in Thailand, and were taken to an immigration detention center.

In July, authorities in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing jailed two rights activists sent home from Thailand as they were awaiting resettlement as political refugees, prompting an international outcry.

Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei fled with their families to Thailand in 2015, and were granted refugee status by the UNHCR office in Bangkok.

But as they awaited resettlement in a third country, they were handed over to China by the Thai police, in a move that drew strong criticism from the U.N.

Dong and Jiang were both found guilty of "incitement to subvert state power" and "illegally crossing a national border" by a court in Chongqing.

Jiang received a six-and-a-half-year jail term, while Dong was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, their relatives said, citing phone calls with police and online reports.

Reported by Gao Feng for RFA's Mandarin Service and by Wong Lok-to for the Cantonese Service. Translated and edited by Luisetta Mudie.


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Please spare a thought for Venezuela. This, the 33rd largest country in the world and with about 34 million people, the largest proven reserves of oil, the cheapest price of gasoline in the world, and was in 1950 richer than Germany, has fallen on times so hard in this once Latin America's richest country that 75% of the population lost an average of 11 Kg (24 pounds) in weight in one year because of food scarcity. And you might ask: "Why should I care?"

Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America and shares land borders with Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. Officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the country was colonized by Spain in 1522 but gained full independence about 300 years later and 188 years ago, in 1830. Venezuela is a charter member of many important international organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), Mercosur (the South American trade bloc), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), to name a few.

Venezuela is the 10th largest exporter of oil in the world, and its economy is largely based on the petroleum sector, which accounted for over 50% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in 2015. Thanks to a huge government subsidy program, Venezuela has the cheapest gasoline in the world, costing $0.11 per gallon ($0.03 per litre) in 2014, even after a 6,200% increase!

Give Me Two!

Venezuela's history, although rocky, has had its glorious moments, including periods of political plurality, as well as oil-fueled economic booms that attracted immigrants from near and far (including Europe) into the country. Venezuela has also had dark moments of political turmoil, dictatorships, and economic gloom, because of various domestic and external factors.

Venezuela enjoyed both a relatively stable democracy, and significant economic growth between 1958 and the early 1980s. During this period, politics was dominated by two parties, and government revenues more than doubled after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war resulted in a huge rise in oil prices. Although the boom would soon turn to burst, it lasted long enough for Venezuelans to become known for the phrase "Ta barato, dame dos” ("It's cheap, give me two") as they bought up relatively cheap goods in their travels abroad.

In the early 1980s, the global oil glut brought down crude oil prices, and along with it, the Venezuelan economy. As a result, the country's foreign exchange reserves ran desperately low, as government debt mounted, and in desperation government devalued the currency by 100% on "Black Friday” (February 18, 1983). In addition, government announced an IMF-backed economic reform program which increased fuel, transport, and utilities prices, and lifted the price cap on some basic goods.

As a result, the country was plunged into economic and political crises, with deadly a wave of protests called the Caracazo riots in which an estimated 300 to 3,000 people died. The prevailing conditions also resulted in two unsuccessful coup attempts (in February and November, 1992), by leftist military officers, led by Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías to overthrow the government. Although Chavéz was imprisoned after the first coup attempt, he was pardoned in March 1994, thus enabling him to contest, and win, the 1998 presidential elections.

The Road to Hell

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. And if anything, Venezuela's current tragic plight proves the adage, given the innocuous and well-intentioned start of the Chavéz-led Bolivarian Revolution.

Following his victory in the 1998 elections, Chavéz embarked on a reform campaign some have termed "institutional engineering” in a bid to consolidate his power and break the 40-year hold the two leading political parties had on Venezuelan politics. Chavéz also implemented "democratic socialist" economic policies, including the redistribution of wealth, land reform, the creating creation of worker-owned cooperatives, and the attainment of food security and food sovereignty. To implement these policies, Chavéz created social programs called Bolivarian Missions and Communes, and 100,000 state-owned cooperatives.

Venezuela suffered an economic downturn in early 2002, and this, coupled with anger about Chavéz's war on the elites, and his alignment with Fidel Castro's Cuba led to an abortive coup against his government in April 2002. That same month, managers at the state petroleum company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), went on a two-month strike over Chavéz's nominations for new members of the company's board of directors. Chavéz had long denounced PDVSA (parent company of Citgo, a US energy company) for its association with the US and business elites. After the collapse of the strike, Chávez fired 18,000 PDVSA employees and replaced them with 100,000 of his supporters, aka Chavistas.

The failed PDVSA management strike enabled Chavéz to take control of the company's coffers to fund his social programs and support his political base. By 2011, some $500 million was siphoned from the PDVSA pension fund to finance government-backed financiers. Such lavish spending inflicted the Dutch Disease on the country, with its fiscal health wrecked, despite increasing exports of, and revenues from oil.

Chavéz's policies were initially helpful, but unsustainable because of the drain on the country's finances. While poverty rates decreased 48.6% in 1999 to 32.1% in 2013, Venezuela had the one of the highest literacy rates in the region, and malnutrition fell from 21% in 1998 to 6% in 2009, price controls led to shortages of goods. Similarly, currency controls, introduced to curb capital flight exacerbated matters by leading to a shortage of foreign exchange, a decline in the value of the Bolivar, and increasing inflation.

Although oil prices increased significantly later in 2002, bringing in huge revenues, Venezuela's economy began to collapse because of what someone called RIDDS: recession, inflation, declining foreign reserves, debt, and shortages. Thus, the huge increase in government spending during the 2012 campaign to re-elect Chavéz ballooned public debt and fiscal deficit. Similarly, the decision to replace trained PDVSA personnel with revolutionaries, and deprive the company of capital decreased oil production, despite increasing levels of proven reserves of oil.

Between 2007 and 2013, inflation grew an annual rate of 27.4% (at least five times the rate for Latin America), scarcity, (especially of food, medicines and essential goods) set in, and foreign reserves fell at an alarming rate of $38 million per day. In short, all indicators pointed to trouble ahead for Venezuela when Chavéz died in March 2013.

Enter Maduro

Following the death of Chavéz, his Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro Moros, became Interim President. Maduro went on to win the constitutionally-mandated presidential elections in April 2013, and was inaugurated as President on April 19, 2013. A former bus driver who did not complete his high school education, Maduro made up for his lack of the charisma that Chávez, his predecessor and mentor, had by being autocratic and continuing Chávez's populist programs.

Things got worse in a hurry. Annual inflation increased from 29.4% in April 2013 to 61.5% a year later. Hyperinflation (i.e. monthly inflation rate exceeds 50%) set in in 2016 when inflation reached an annual rate of 800%, and the economy contracted almost 19%. By September 2016, 15% of Venezuelans were eating discarded food they picked from dumpsites.

In 2017, inflation reached 4,000%, as Venezuelans lost average of 11 Kg (24 pounds) because of food shortages, and 90% of them lived in poverty. To make matters worse, the US government slapped sanctions on Maduro in a bid to prevent him from raising additional funds. Last month, Venezuela's annual inflation rate reached a staggering 200,000%, meaning that prices increase by that much since August 2017. In addition, corruption and crime increased, and people took to the streets to protest against the difficult conditions they were enduring.

President Maduro tried every trick in the book to arrest the country's slide into chaos by increasing the minimum wage four times between April 2014 and July 2015, changing the method of calculation of inflation, introducing a crypto currency, the Petro, as well as devaluing and re-denominating the currency by cutting five zeros from it. Nothing worked.

In exasperation, Venezuelans have been voting with their feet, with an estimated 1.6 million of them having fled their country since 2015, according to the UN agency for migration. The majority of these migrants are professionals and the middle class, thereby depriving the country of much-needed human capital. The mass emigration of Venezuelans has also strained neighboring countries (especially Colombia and Peru, which have taken in almost 1 million, and over 400,000 Venezuelans, respectively), and provided graphic images to a global audience. About two weeks ago, a Summit of 13 Latin American countries agreed to reduce restrictions on Venezuelan migrants, and appealed for more international aid to enable them deal with the inflow of Venezuelans, which Venezuela's president Maduro said was "normal."

Who Cares?

Venezuela's economic meltdown should be of concern to many, including those in the Internet infrastructure industry. With one chicken costing 14 million Bolivars (about $2.2), and banks out of cash, it is easy to imagine how difficult it would be to register or renew the registration of a domain name, or purchase a certificate of authority, not to mention buy hardware such as servers. Such challenges impact many people and issues such as online privacy and safety, as well as security, both within and outside Venezuela.

Venezuela should also be a cause for concern because it has been a major source of funding for developing countries, especially in development cooperation among developing countries in the global South (the so-called South-South cooperation). Between 2000 and 2011, Venezuela spent $7.6 billion (in 2009 USD) on development finance in other countries. In addition, Venezuela initiated the Petrocaribe alliance which provides oil at concessionary terms to its 17 member countries, many of them from CARICOM, the 15-member Caribbean economic community.

Despite the unimaginable difficulties faced by Venezuelans, they continue to make significant contributions to the maintenance of the global Internet infrastructure as well as the policy development processes that underpin it. The Venezuelan ccTLD, .VE is an important part of the Internet infrastructure, along with copies of the F and L root servers. Earlier this year, the .VE ccTLD was reported to have had an additional 48,000 domain names registered compared to a year earlier. This increase, however, is probably due to the high-handed methods of the Venezuelan government which banned the use of all non-.VE domains in the country.

In partnership with the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), and ICANN, Venezuela installed copies of the F- and L-root servers in 2006, and 2015, respectively, thereby helping increasing the resilience of the Internet infrastructure in the region. Venezuela's contribution to the global Internet infrastructure includes the ALBA-1 fiber cable which connects Venezuela, Cuba and Jamaica to the Internet. Other international sub-marine cable projects Venezuela is connected to include the Americas-1 South, the Americas-II, Arcos-1, the Atlantica-1/GlobeNet, and the PAC.

Besides hardware and hard cash, Venezuela also contributes to the global Internet by participating in ICANN, and other similar regional and international organizations. Venezuela has been a member of ICANN's Government Advisory Committee (GAC) since 2014, is a member of the CCNSO as well as ALAC, and its regional structure in Latin America and the Caribbean, LACRALO. Venezuelans also contribute to the work of Internet-related regional organizations such as LACNOG and LACNIC, work in the DNS industry, and have an Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter.

What Now?

In view of the difficult economic situation in Venezuela and the contribution of the country and its people to the global Internet, it is fair to contemplate what can and should be done to support them. Clearly, support from the international community should be coordinated, and tailored to the missions of various organizations or partner providing such support.

Venezuelans themselves should take the lead in the developing a support program or programs. In this regard, organizations such as ICANN and ISOC, along with international development partners (e.g. World Bank, and the ITU), should work with Venezuelans, as well as regional partners (e.g. LACNIC) to develop a support program to address current needs and plan for the recovery of the Venezuelan economy.

Although this might be easier said than done given that the US is hell-bent on regime change in Venezuela, the old adage that there's a way where there's a will applies. ICANN, for example, can help in a number of ways including travel support to enable Venezuelans attend the organization's meetings and providing them additional slots in ICANN'S Fellowship and Future Leaders programs.

ICANN can also support the Venezuelan Internet infrastructure and DNS industry players, including ISPs, registrars, the .VE ccTLD registry, and operators of root server copies. ICANN, ISOC, and the DNS industry outside Venezuela can hire Venezuelans who are or have been active in these communities but were forced to leave their country because of the difficult circumstances prevailing there.

No Condition is Permanent

Venezuela's present predicament is a good reason to recall the Nigerian proverb: No condition is permanent! As tough as things are, they will get better. Just as the United States, which once paid tributes to Barbary (aka Ottoman) corsairs based in Tripoli, Libya, can now choose when and how to lord over that country, Venezuela will one day rise from these ashes. This is a great time to leave a lasting legacy on the minds of Venezuelans, especially the younger generation, and all hands should be on deck to help them wade through their present difficulties. So, when next you get in the mood to sing What a Wonderful World, please spare a thought for Venezuela.

Written by Katim S. Touray, International Development Consultant, and ICT for development advocate


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Ninety-percent-disabled Indian professor GN Saibaba is dying a slow death in prison, accused of having ʹMaoist linksʹ.
by Pavan Malreddy & Ashok Kumbamu


Since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took the reigns of power in New Delhi in 2014, assaults on public intellectuals, humanists, rationalists and secular forces have reached a feverish pitch. By the time the BJP completed its fourth year in office, prominent public figures such as scholar Govind Pansare, academic MM Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh were murdered by ʹunidentified assailantsʹ.
As we write, Maharashtra Police made five fresh arrests of rights activists, including the veteran Telugu poet Varavara Rao, and raided the homes of journalists and scholars across India.
In June 2018 alone, five Dalit rights activists, including a lawyer and a professor were arrested for allegedly inciting violence against the very Dalit community (ʹuntouchableʹ castes) they represent. These arrests were made under the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which enables the prosecution of Indian citizens merely on the basis of their ideology and thoughts, not necessarily for any actual crimes they might have committed.
In addition to this legalised persecution, dozens of Muslims and Dalits were subject to live burnings and public lynching by the so-called ʹcow protectionʹ vigilante groups, most notably in the BJP-ruled states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Gujarat.
But perhaps the most astonishing case of all would be the arrest and life imprisonment of the wheelchair-bound professor, GN Saibaba, for his alleged connections with Maoist revolutionaries.
The 827-page verdict delivered by the Gadchiroli District and Sessions judge reads more like an extension of Franz Kafkaʹs epic novel, The Trial, riddled with senseless details about how five hard disks, 30 CDs and DVDs, and three pen drives recovered from Saibabaʹs home were labelled, stored and transported by various investigative authorities, with barely a legible sentence on the actual crime committed by the accused.
The only passage that holds some credible meaning is the judgeʹs own lack of faith in his judgment: ʹThe imprisonment for life is not a sufficient punishment to the accused, but the hands of court are closed with the mandate of Section 18 and 20 of UAPAʹ.
And the only crime committed by GN Saibaba is the possession of the above-mentioned ʹdigital devicesʹ, which consisted of some ʹMaoist literature and documentsʹ and, by association, were adequate enough to prove his ʹdigitalʹ links to the Maoist revolutionaries operating in the remote jungles of East and Central India.
Yet, on the basis of this ʹliteraryʹ evidence alone, the Sessions judge came to the unmistakable conclusion that Saibaba is a ʹmemberʹ of the Community Party of India (Maoist).
Not only do these charges have little or no factual basis, but they render themselves impossible to any logical or rational substance given that Maoists are banned revolutionaries who operate discretely and anonymously, often using aliases and longhand notes to communicate internally.
Not only do these charges have little or no factual basis, but they render themselves impossible to any logical or rational substance given that Maoists are banned revolutionaries who operate discretely and anonymously, often using aliases and longhand notes to communicate internally.
They rarely use mobile phones or other ʹdigital devicesʹ and it is highly doubtful that they have equipped themselves with a printing facility in the jungle to produce membership cards and go about distributing them like marketing vouchers.
A ʹmembershipʹ with such a closed organisation, especially for an outsider, is a highly subjective, self-pronounced association based on oneʹs political views and ideological proclivities. But even if we assume that Saibaba is a ʹmemberʹ of the Maoist party, as the Kerala High Court has reasserted in an erstwhile case in 2015, it is not a crime in itself, unless the activities of the ʹmemberʹ in question are unlawful.
The Supreme Court of India went even further to censure the law enforcement authorities for randomly arresting people for possessing Maoist material, issuing a directive that owning Maoist literature does not make one a Maoist, no more than owning a copy of Gandhiʹs autobiography makes one a Gandhian!
Be that as it may, if Saibabaʹs crime is worth life imprisonment in solitary confinement, then we need to go no further than the fraternity of Bollywood stars and Indian politicians to get a glimpse into the Janus-faced justice system in India.
Maya Kodnani, a cabinet minister of Gujarat in 2004, was convicted in 2012 for orchestrating the massacre of 97 Muslims, including 36 women and 35 children in Naroda Gam and Naroda Patiya in February 2002.
Ironically, Kodnani was the Minister for Women and Child Development at the time of these killings, and was seen by the witnesses at the crime scene distributing swords to the Hindu mobs. For the brutal killing of 97 people, some of whom were butchered, mutilated, and even burned alive, she received a generous 28 years of imprisonment by a lower court. In April 2018, the Gujarat high court overturned the sentence. Kodnani walks free.
Salman Khan, a popular Bollywood star, was acquitted in a 2002 hit-and-run case after the testimony of his bodyguard, who stated that the actor was driving under the influence of alcohol when his car rolled over five homeless men sleeping on the pavement, was mysteriously deemed unreliable in an appeal 13 years later.
Sanjay Dutt, another chest-thumping star, who was charged for the possession of illegal arms that were used in the Mumbai blasts in 1993 – killing some 300 civilians – received a mere five-year sentence, and was released on ʹgood behaviourʹ after serving only three and half years, excluding numerous paroles, special family visits and a month-long furlough to look after his ailing wife.
While these three cases were dragged on for years, Saibabaʹs case was wrapped up in a record time of three years. And luckily, these important personalities were not in possession of objects as lethal as ʹMaoist literatureʹ, but just swords, AK-56s, explosives, and SUVs that roll themselves over innocent bystanders.
But for a man whose sole crime was to own ʹdigital devicesʹ, even if he is 90 percent disabled, suffering from some nineteen other diagnosed illnesses, the same justice system shows little compassion to grant a bail.
Reiterating these concerns, the United Nations Human Rights Office of the Commissioner issued an unequivocal statement: ʹWe would like to remind India that any denial of reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities in detention is not only discriminatory but may well amount to ill-treatment or even tortureʹ.
Efforts to put Saibaba behind bars started in 2013 when the Maharashtra police approached the Aheri Judicial Magistrate to obtain a ʹsearch warrantʹ to see whether some ʹstolen propertyʹ from their state could be found in Saibabaʹs house in another state in New Delhi.
The alleged property theft had occurred some 760 miles away from where Saibaba lived. On September 12, 2013, 50 police personnel and intelligence officials raided Saibabaʹs house on the University of Delhi campus.
Under the pretext of recovering ʹstolen propertyʹ, they confiscated Saibabaʹs laptop, hard disks, pen drives, CDs and mobile phones. During his interrogation, Saibaba fully cooperated with the police authorities, even providing them passwords to all his personal electronic devices.
But little did the professor know that his research material, teaching notes and political writings would be used as evidence for his alleged links with the Maoists.
On May 9, 2014, when Saibaba was returning home from his office, policemen in civilian clothes obstructed his car just 200 metres away from his house and detained him.
Since then, the state agencies have launched a systemic media campaign against Saibaba, painting him as the face of the so-called ʹurban Maoistsʹ – an utterly senseless label given that there is no such thing as ʹrural Maoistsʹ, even if the latter appear to be the stateʹs preferred enemy, to say nothing of the ʹjungle Maoistsʹ, ʹslum Maoistsʹ or ʹsuburban Maoistsʹ.
If that is not enough, referring to the five Dalit Rights activists arrested on June 6, 2018, Indiaʹs Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came up with an even more creative label, ʹhalf-Maoistsʹ:
Willingly or otherwise, they become the over-ground face of the underground. They are a part of the democratic system. They masquerade as activist; they speak the language of democracy; they have captured the human rights movement in several parts of the country but always lend support to the Maoist cause.
If speaking the language of democracy or ʹcapturingʹ human rights movements automatically translates into lending support to the Maoist cause, then the authors of this opinion piece should be called ʹquarter-Maoistsʹ, ʹnon-resident Maoistsʹ, if not ʹcosmopolitan Maoistsʹ.
But such endless streaming of prefixes to Indian Maoism by the state-sponsored Indian media has all but a single-minded, foregone agenda: to cast out anyone who questions state atrocities against Adivasis (Indiaʹs tribal people) – be they academics, environmentalists or Dalit activists – as ʹurban Maoistsʹ.
Like the ʹpollutedʹ Dalits who were ostracised from the village proper to preserve the ʹpurityʹ of the Brahminical castes, Maoists have become the new untouchables of India, whose very ideological proximity to oneʹs pedestrian views or private thoughts is enough to label him/her as their card-carrying member.
In Chattisgarh alone, this ostracising campaign has reached such contagious proportions that when 10 tribal men, alleged sympathisers of Naxals – a vernacular term for Maoists – were killed by the state police in 2010, a bench of Supreme Court judges went on recordto say that: ʹFirst, you say that operations are conducted against Naxals, then Naxal sympathisers and then sympathisers of such sympathisers. What is all this?ʹ
GN Saibaba is a glaring victim of this systemic campaign to outcast Maoism from the civic and public spheres of debate, discussion and dissent. How else could we explain his incredible transformation from a child of illiterate peasants to a force so fearful and lethal that a small-scale army of ʹ2000 police persons, 100 vehicles, and 20 land-mining clearance machinesʹ was mobilised just to escort him from police station to court? What was his crime? What are the weapons of his choice?
The mineral wealth upon which some 20 million Adivasis have settled from time immemorial is the major bone of contention. Their capital worth, as speculated by the Indian corporate elite, is $1 trillion. The easiest way to acquire this treasure trove is by bulldozing the Adivasis.
GN Saibaba came into the media limelight in early 2010 when he began to speak against the notorious military offensive Operation Green Hunt launched by the Indian state in November 2009. Its aim was to crush the Maoists, but the prize of it would have been the 55,000 hectares of mineral-rich Adivasi land, known variedly in the paramilitaryʹs shorthand as ʹPakistanʹ or ʹRed Corridorʹ.
But it is not that GN Saibaba became an overnight sensation. He had a long history of championing issues of social justice and civil coalition movements. In 1997, he became the General Secretary of the All India Peopleʹs Resistance Forum. In 2004, he co-organised the Mumbai Resistance, which showcased alternative forms of civil society resistance to the World Social Forum.
But why was Saibaba drawn to issues of civil and social justice in the first place? Is it so inconceivable that someone born into a ʹbackward casteʹ family, who lost every inch of their three acres of farmland to the moneylenders, added with the burden of physical impairment, is drawn to the struggles and suffering of Dalits and Adivasis?
Is it so intolerable that Saibaba, a professor at a publicly funded university, chose to teach, speak and research on civil rights movements, tribal resistance and Maoist revolution?
Spare a thought for his colleagues at Delhi University, who risked their own careers to launch a sustained campaign against Saibabaʹs imprisonment, some of whom indeed became the targets of repeated harassment, various disciplinary actions and suspensions by the university administration. And the process of outcasting many members of Saibabaʹs Defence Committee as ʹurban Maoistsʹ is already under way.
Not because these members sympathise with Maoism, but simply because they sympathise with someone who is allegedly sympathetic to Maoist views. The Brahminical logic triumphs yet again: one becomes ʹpollutedʹ not only because one comes in direct contact with an ʹuntouchableʹ person, but also because one touches someone who has allegedly touched an ʹuntouchableʹ Dalit!
When the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen spoke in support of Binayak Sen – a physician and a civil rights activist, who is currently facing life imprisonment under the same sedition law which was used to silence Saibaba -, the Indian intellectuals in the West applauded his courage for questioning the shirking democratic values in India.
But the same intellectuals who offered the world various intellectual optics of postcolonial theory and subaltern studies, built on the histories and struggles of peasants, tribals and Dalits, have remained eerily silent about the persecution of a disabled public intellectual who literally crawled his way from a remote south Indian village to the elite educational institutions in India because he couldnʹt even afford a wheelchair.
The figure of Saibaba is indeed one of a crawling creature whose dignity is being incrementally stripped away by the prison authorities who refuse him access to a special-needs toilet, medical treatment and spousal visits and haul him in and out of police vehicles like a piece of baggage.
Saibaba now sits in Nagpur Central Jail, in the solitary confinement of the notorious Anda (egg-shaped) cell with 360-degree surveillance, disabled from below the waist, enabled by his only functioning hand, and doing what he knows best – putting his pen to work:
The closure of my voice within me exploded my crippled body from each of my organs. One after the other, my organs started bursting. The silence within me explodes into shooting pain. My vocal cords acquired lesion making my voice a thin and inaudible shrill. My heart broke with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. My brain has started having blackouts with a condition called syncope. My kidneys are silted with pebbles; gallbladder gathered stones and pancreas grew a tail of pain called pancreatitis. Nerve lines in my left shoulder broke under the conditions of my arrest, named as brachial plexopathy. More and more organs of silence replaced the original. I have been living with explosive and shooting pain day in and day out. I am living on the margins of life.
A 10 percent able body. A ʹhalf Maoistʹ. Full life sentence. A slow and screaming death, organ by organ.
(source: https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/indian-authorities-afraid-maoist-180830094344964.html)
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Protesters arrive at Bedouin village as Israeli demolition loomsThe structures are the work of dozens of Palestinian activists who have come to protest against Israel's plan to demolish Khan al-Ahmar and relocate its 180 residents - Bedouins who scrape a living by raising sheep and goats - to a site 12 km (7 miles) away. There is no other place for us to go." Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Britain have followed the European Union and the United Nations in urging Israel not to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, citing the serious impact on the community and prospects for peace. Palestinians say such documents are impossible to obtain.



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First spotted on the runways of Paris Fashion Week this past spring, it’s time now to catch a closer look at Balenciaga’s capsule collection alongside the World Food Programme -- a United Nations humanitarian organization aimed to tackle worldwide hunger. In joining forces with the honorable initiative, the high-end house looks to convey a message that extends far beyond sartorial excellence, choosing to assist WFP in its mission to suppress hunger by the year 2030. The collection itself is comprised of hoodies, T-shirts, a pullover, windbreaker, caps, belt bags, and a scarf, all of which features dual branding elements on the front with the phrase “Saving Lives Changing Lives” emblazoned on the back. From the period running from September 6 to February 1 of next year, the Demna Gvasalia-helmed label will donate 10 percent of the sale price of each branded item sold in all Balenciaga stores and online shop, as well as 10 percent of the suggested retail price via interested business partners carrying these products worldwide. To help kick off the venture, Balenciaga already gifted $250,000 USD to the World Food Programme to help out in its day-to-day operations of ending global famine. The collection is now available through the brand’s online shop. In case you missed it, here are this week's drops you don't want to miss out on.

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China tells U.N. rights chief to respect its  sovereignty after Xinjiang commentsChina on Tuesday called for U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to respect its sovereignty, after she urged it to allow monitors into the restive far western region of Xinjiang and expressed concern about the situation there. China has said Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tension between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and members of the ethnic Han Chinese majority. Last month, a United Nations rights panel said it had received credible reports that up to one million ethnic Uighurs may be held in extra-legal detention in Xinjiang, and called for them to be freed.



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The United States and the United Nations imposed sanctions Wednesday against Libyan militia leader Ibrahim Jadhran, whose forces attacked oil terminals in eastern Libya in June.
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Local authorities will carve out a larger role in fighting rising temperatures globally, as national governments have been slow to take action, said organizers of a climate change summit beginning on Wednesday (11 September) in San Francisco. About 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments, as well as industries and research institutions, will attend the Global Climate Action Summit, which was put together by Californian authorities and the United Nations.
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UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The Russian Permanent Mission to the United Nations decided to waive its objections to the UN report prepared by an independent group of experts on sanctions against North Korea, mission's press secretary Fedor Strzhizhovskiy told reporters.
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By Baruch Tenembaum (The writer is the founder of the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation) Kofi Annan was a soft-spoken and affable diplomat. He needs little introduction. Having started as a budget officer for the World Health Organization, a branch of the United Nations, he climbed up the organizational ladder until its ...
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At a watering hole in Orange, New Jersey, USA, someone asked recently, ldquo;Who again is the Secretary-General of the United Nations? rdquo; Silence. Someone offered lamely, ldquo;Kofi Annan. rdquo; Wrong The man had just passed. No one challenged him. That was a great tribute to Kofi Annan. The tenure of Ban Ki-Moon and the current run of A ...
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China is battling to contain the rapid spread of African swine fever among what is the world's largest pig herd, as the United Nations says 40,000 pigs have been culled since early August in an effort to stop the disease. - Reuters
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          Are Happy People Healthier?      Cache   Translate Page      

By Dr. Mercola

Being happy feels great, both mentally and physically, and it’s often said that happy people are physically healthier than their unhappy peers. However, there are a number of reasons why this could be. Happy people may be more likely to eat healthy, exercise and engage in stress-relieving activities, all of which will affect overall health, for instance.

Unhappy people may be more inclined to binge on junk food or alcohol or spend their leisure time sitting on the couch instead of being active, contributing to ill health on both mental and physical levels. What’s intriguing, though, is research showing that being happy may directly affect your health, even helping you to live longer — after controlling for lifestyle factors.

So, someone who’s typically happy and content may enjoy better physical health than someone on the other end of the happiness spectrum, even if both people eat the same diet, exercise the same and have similar sleeping habits. The question researchers are now looking into is, why?

Happy People Less Likely to Get Colds and Flu

Being exposed to a virus like the common cold or flu is not a guarantee that you’ll become sick. Instead, your immune system largely dictates whether or not the exposure actually makes you sick. It turns out that your “emotional style” also plays a role in your susceptibility to the common cold.

Researchers assessed more than 300 people for their emotional style, including how often they tended to experience positive emotions (happiness, pleasure, relaxation) and negative emotions (anxiety, hostility, depression).1 They were then exposed to one of two cold viruses, which was dripped directly into their nose.

For both viruses, people who were happier had a lower risk of developing a cold. Specifically, one-third of those with a negative emotional style (NES) came down with a cold, compared to 1 in 5 of those with a positive emotional style (PES). The researchers explained:2

“Although PES was associated with lower levels of endocrine hormones and better health practices, these differences could not account for different risks for illness … The tendency to experience positive emotions was associated with greater resistance to objectively verifiable colds. PES was also associated with reporting fewer unfounded symptoms and NES with reporting more.”

A separate study assessed nearly 200 volunteers for their emotional style and then exposed them to either a cold virus or a flu virus. Not only were the positive people less likely to become ill but they also reported fewer symptoms. “These results indicate that PES may play a more important role in health than previously thought,” the researchers noted.3

Emotional Well-Being May Help You Live Longer

Experiencing emotional well-being, positive mood, joy, happiness, vigor, energy and other measures of “positive affect,” along with positive dispositions like life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism and a sense of humor, is associated with increased survival in healthy people, including reduced cardiovascular mortality.4

Further, people with diseases, including renal failure and HIV, and positive psychological well-being also had reduced death rates, suggesting once again that happiness may indeed be protective over your physical health. As for why, researchers wrote in the Journal of Personality:5

“At the biological level, cortisol output has been consistently shown to be lower among individuals reporting positive affect, and favorable associations with heart rate, blood pressure, and inflammatory markers such as interleukin-6 have also been described.

Importantly, these relationships are independent of negative affect and depressed mood, suggesting that positive affect may have distinctive biological correlates that can benefit health.”

For example, a review of more than 200 studies found that positive psychological well-being is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, as well as lower blood pressure, normal body weight and healthier blood fat profiles.6 For those 60 and over, happiness is also linked with improved mobility and a lower risk of developing a disability over an eight-year period.7

Researchers at UCLA even showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses, which could further bolster your physical health and longevity.8

Prioritizing ‘Gross National Happiness’ Could Promote Global Health

The more that happiness and other measures of positive psychology become recognized as valid promotors of good health, the more it makes sense to promote happiness as part of public health policy. In industrialized countries like the U.S., however, there is a tendency to link happiness with material wealth, even though residents of the richest countries are not necessarily the happiest.

Measuring happiness on a more rounded scale is therefore necessary to gauge true emotional well-being, and adopting goals to increase these happiness measures worldwide could improve public health.

The idea of promoting populationwide happiness and well-being is not a novel one, as it’s already been implemented in Bhutan, where it’s prioritized even over economic development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Bulletin:9

“Bhutan was the first country in the world to pursue happiness as a state policy. The Bhutanese concept of happiness is deeper than the common meaning of happiness in industrialized countries.

The philosophy of gross national happiness has several dimensions: it is holistic, recognizing people’s spiritual, material, physical or social needs; it emphasizes balanced progress; it views happiness as a collective phenomenon; it is both ecologically sustainable, pursuing well-being for both current and future generations, and equitable, achieving a fair and reasonable distribution of well-being among people.”

WHO believes that turning gross national happiness into policy could have far-reaching implications for global health, and such trends seem to be increasing, including in Europe, where measuring people’s well-being over economic production has been suggested.

Further, WHO noted, “Following a resolution proposed by Bhutan, the United Nations convened a high level meeting at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for development outcomes that value and measure happiness and well-being.”10

Happiness Affects Everything From Your Endocrine System to Wound Healing

In a review of more than 20 literature reviews and 150 studies, researchers from the University of Utah have compiled many intriguing ways in which happiness or, as they call it, subjective well-being, influences human health. Among them:11

Cardiovascular system — Subjective well-being is linked to cardiovascular functioning, cardiovascular events and cardiovascular mortality.

Immune system — Positive emotions may influence immune activity via endocrine, behavioral and other factors.

Endocrine system — Subjective well-being may alter hormones. For instance, positive mood may lower levels of cortisol while negative mood may be associated with rising blood glucose levels, suggesting it may alter insulin levels.

“The endocrine changes are relevant to the cardiovascular and immune changes discussed above,” the researchers noted.

“Sympathetic altering hormones (catecholamines) and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal cortical axis hormones such as cortisol play a role in regulating these other systems, and may be an early step in SWB [subjective well-being] altering the healthinfluencing mechanisms.”12

Wound healing — Wounds may heal faster in people with greater subjective well-being, while patients may heal faster after surgery if they have greater life satisfaction. Meanwhile, married couples in conflict had wounds that healed more slowly than those in a supportive relationship.

Lead author Edward Diener, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah, told Time that there’s “almost no doubt” that happiness and health are connected, adding:13

“People are doing a lot of things to stay healthy; they’re jogging, riding their bikes, eating fruits and vegetables … We want to remind people that there’s one more thing you need to work on that can also have a big effect on your physical and emotional well-being … Learning to enjoy your work, being more grateful and having really positive relationships are important, too.”

Positive Attributes That Can Make You Healthier

The effects of mental well-being may be so strong when it comes to physical health that even children who have a more positive outlook may enjoy better health in adulthood, according to Harvard School of Public Health researcher Laura Kubzansky. Certain attributes in particular appear to be particularly beneficial for preventing or managing health conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and depression, including:14

  • Emotional vitality, which involves a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement
  • Optimism, or having the outlook that good things will happen (Kubzansky found optimistic people may cut their risk of coronary heart disease in half15)
  • Strong social support from friends and family
  • Strong self-regulation, including the ability to be resilient in stressful times, choose a healthy lifestyle and avoid risky behaviors

Kubzansky believes your go-to psychological state may be 40 to 50 percent genetic. In another study of nearly 1,000 pairs of adult twins, researchers at the University of Edinburgh also suggested that genes account for about 50 percent of the variation in people's levels of happiness.16

The underlying determinant was genetically caused personality traits, such as being sociable, active, stable, hardworking or conscientious. But while some people may be naturally happier than others, there’s still a lot of room for change, for better or worse, and it’s very possible to cultivate happiness.

How to Cultivate Happiness

You may be in the midst of an unhappy time in your life, in which it feels virtually impossible to “turn off” the sadness or anxiety. Keep in mind that everyone feels negative emotions sometimes, and it’s not always possible to change them with the flip of a switch.

That being said, it is possible to make small, steady changes that may ultimately help to cultivate more happiness in your life. Make a point to show gratitude, for instance, by starting a gratitude journal and reflecting each morning on what you’re thankful for.

Research showed that when study participants engaged in a gratitude intervention consisting of a gratitude diary and grateful reflection four times a week for three weeks it led to improvements in measures of depression, stress and happiness.17

Simple steps like writing thank-you notes and smiling and hugging others can also help you to get in touch with your sense of gratitude, as can the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). The video below shows you how to tap specifically for gratitude.

A mindfulness intervention, consisting of a mindfulness diary and mindfulness meditation, led to similar improvements),18 and this is another tenet of happiness as it helps you to live in the present moment, not focused on past regrets or future worries. Kubzansky, the Harvard researcher, uses playing the piano to help stay in the moment.

“When I’m playing piano,” she said in a news release, “I’m in the moment. I’m not worrying or thinking or trying to work out a problem. I’m just doing this thing that takes all my attention … Everyone needs to find a way to be in the moment, to find a restorative state that allows them to put down their burdens.”19

Happiness is also about identifying and having a sense of purpose. The term "eudaimonic well-being" originated with Aristotle and describes the form of happiness that comes from activities that bring you a greater sense of purpose, life meaning or self-actualization.

This could be your career or your family, or it could be gleaned from volunteering or learning a new skill. Ultimately, the more positive changes you can make to tend to your mental health — such as taking time for yourself each day, appreciating the simple pleasures in life and making connections with friends and family — the better your physical health will become.


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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis summoned the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences Wednesday to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse and protecting children, responding to the greatest crisis of his papacy with the realization that Vatican inaction on the growing global scandal now threatens his legacy.

Francis’ key cardinal advisers announced plans for the summit early next year the day before the pope meets with U.S. church leaders embroiled in their own credibility crisis from the latest accusations in the Catholic Church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal.

The meeting, scheduled for Feb. 21 to 24, would assemble more than 100 churchmen to represent every bishops’ conference. Its convening signals awareness at the highest levels of the Catholic Church that clergy sex abuse is a global problem, not restricted to some parts of the world or a few Western countries.

Victims’ advocates immediately dismissed the event as belated damage control, an action publicized hastily as allegations regarding Francis’ record of handling abuse cases – and accumulated outrage among rank-and-file Catholic faithful over covered-up crimes – jeopardize his papacy.

“There’s absolutely no reason to think any good will come of such a meeting,” given the church’s decades of failure to reform, David Clohessy, former director of the victims’ advocacy group SNAP, said.

“Criminal prosecutions, governmental investigations and journalistic exposes – stemming from brave victims and church whistleblowers – are the best way to protect kids, expose wrongdoers and end cover-ups,” Clohessy said.

The summit was announced as Francis still works to recover from his botched handling of the sex abuse scandal in the Chilean church, sparked earlier this year when he repeatedly discredited victims of a notorious Chilean predator priest.

Francis eventually admitted to “grave errors in judgment” and took steps to make amends, including securing offers of resignation from every active member of Chile’s bishops’ conference.

Even as actions to address Chile were underway, Francis’ papacy was jolted last month by accusations from a retired Vatican ambassador that Francis himself rehabilitated a top American cardinal accused of molesting and harassing adult seminarians.

The Vatican hasn’t responded to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s allegations against the pope and some two dozen other Vatican and U.S. officials, but has promised “clarifications” that could come after Francis’ meeting Thursday with the U.S. delegation.

The U.S. delegation will be headed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and includes Francis’ top adviser on the clergy abuse issue, Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

DiNardo has said he wants Francis to authorize a full Vatican investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was removed as cardinal in July following a credible accusation that he groped a teenager.

The Vatican has known since at least 2000 that McCarrick invited seminarians to his New Jersey beach house and into his bed, but was made a cardinal anyway.

DiNardo has also said Vigano’s accusations deserve answers.

Amid such turmoil, a gathering of the global church leadership to discuss a specific problem – in the tradition of church synods and councils – is a good idea, but should take place sooner than February, said Christopher Bellitto, a church historian at Kean University in New Jersey.

Francis, he said, “has enormous amounts of what (German theologian) Hans Kung has called ‘capital of credibility,’ but he’s losing it fast,” Bellitto said. “This is an excellent action, but I think it should happen quicker than six months from now.”

An open question in advance of the summit is whether the Vatican will issue a universal call for bishops and religious superiors to report suspected abuse to police; currently, it advises church leaders to report suspected abuse when it’s required under local laws.

In 2011, as part of Pope Benedict XVI’s attempts to take a tougher stand against sexual misconduct, the Vatican ordered the bishops’ conferences to develop written guidelines on preventing abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The guidelines were supposed to specify how bishops should tend to victims, punish offenders and keep pedophiles out of the priesthood.

While most conferences obliged, some have not. Vatican City itself has no such policy, even though the Holy See promised the United Nations five years ago it was developing a “safe environment program” to protect children inside the 110-acre Vatican City State.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a policy in 2002 that is regarded as the gold standard policy. It required accusations of abuse to be reported to police and the permanent removal from ministry of any priest found to have abused a minor.

But the U.S. plan has looked less like a model recently, given it exempted bishops like McCarrick. The McCarrick scandal and a Pennsylvania grand jury’s allegations that some 300 priests had abused more than 1,000 children since the 1940s have left the credibility of U.S. church leaders in tatters. The grand jury. The report found that a string of bishops in six dioceses covered up for the predators, including the current archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

The past of the Catholic Church is being dug up in other countries. German media reported Wednesday that a church-commissioned study detailed 3,677 abuse cases between 1946 and 2014. Every sixth case involved rape, more than half of the victims were 13-years-old or younger and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, Spiegel Online and Die Zeit said. The news outlets said the report was due to be released Sept. 25 and they obtained it in advance.

In their conclusions, the German researchers said there was evidence that some church files were manipulated or destroyed. Many cases were not brought to justice, and sometimes abuse suspects – primarily priests – were moved to other dioceses without new congregations being informed about the pastor’s past, they said.


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White Helmets caught filming new chemical attacks in Syria, Russian MoD says
The Hollywood-backed White Helmets have been caught filming at least 9 propaganda videos to use as “evidence” against the Syrian government, the Russian military claims.

The White Helmets have been staging rehearsals for an alleged chemical attack since September 9th.
Rt.com reports: A number of Middle Eastern TV channels and a regional affiliate of a US broadcaster “have shot nine videos, in Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province, of a staged chemical attack” that will be blamed on the Syrian government, the Russian Reconciliation Center In Syria said in a statement on Wednesday.
All videos show activists from the White Helmets group, which purportedly provides assistance to civilians, the statement claims.
The Russian military details that on September 11, the White Helmets and terrorists from Tahrir al-Sham (commonly known as Al-Qaeda in Syria) held a meeting following the filming process, in which they selected two out of nine videos for future transfer to the United Nations and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The remaining videos are to be used for propaganda on social media networks due to the poor quality, the military claims.
At the same time, since September 9, the White Helmets have been staging rehearsals of an alleged chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Russian officials say in the same statement, claiming that the rehearsals feature up to 30 civilians, including a dozen children aged 8-12.
Further claims by the Russian military indicate the White Helmets, along with the terrorists, are preparing an “actual use of poisonous chorine-based substances” on the people participating in the filming of the fake videos.
On-the-scene preparations of places for explosions of toxic substances is carried out by members of Hurras al-Din terrorist group (or the Guardians of Religion Organization, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda), the statement claims.
The militants have selected 22 children and their parents from several villages in the Aleppo governorate who will play parts in staging fake chemical weapon attacks.
Another group of children is comprised of orphans kidnapped from refugee camps, who are meant to be used for the footage of death scenes. It is currently kept in one of the buildings of the Ikab prison controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group.
Signs of activities to prepare staged chemical weapon attacks were reported in Kafir-Zait, the military claims, also naming two villages where toxic chemicals have been delivered to stage provocations.

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Soviet Antisemitism in a British Guise
Most of all, there was the Soviet practice of wheeling out “citizens of Jewish nationality” to denounce Zionism as a “racist” tool of “imperialism.” In March 1983, the Soviet news agency TASS even published a definition of Zionism drawn up by the state-run “Jewish Anti-Zionist Committee” that read as follows:

“In its essence, Zionism is a concentration of extreme nationalism, chauvinism, and racial intolerance, justification of territorial seizure and annexation, armed adventurism, a cult of political arbitrariness and impunity, demagogy and ideological sabotage, sordid maneuvers and perfidy.”

To my mind, the most obvious question here to Jeremy Corbyn, The Morning Star, and those of a similar pedigree, is this: Is there anything in this Soviet definition of Zionism that you disagree with? Make no mistake, the answer is critically important, because it is exactly this characterization of Zionism that grounded both the USSR’s domestic persecution of its Jewish community, and its international alignment with Arab regimes and terrorist groups.

If the answer is to disagree with this formulation — highly unlikely, given that Corbyn himself was present at dozens of left-wing political gatherings during the 1970s and ’80s where Soviet and Arab antisemitic literature was distributed — then it is a disingenuous one. Because when Corbyn and those in his camp speak and write about the triangle of Jews, Zionism, and Israel, these are the terms in which they think, and have always thought.

That is why Corbyn’s house journal uses terms like “embittered fifth column” to describe their leader’s Jewish opponents — also used by Valery Emelyanov, an official Soviet ideologue, in 1978 to describe the “internal danger” posed by Soviet Jews. It’s why they have no qualms about saying that Jewish leaders opposed to Corbyn have “tasted blood,” despite the associations with the antisemitic blood libel that such a metaphor unleashes; then again, Vladimir Begun, a particularly toxic Soviet antisemite, wrote with great enthusiasm of the “bloodthirstiness” that was inherent in “Zionist gangsterism.”

Given the number of occasions that Corbyn publicly defended the Soviet regime — “The Soviet Union makes far greater nursery provision than this country” (1984), “I do not believe that [the USSR] has ever intended to invade western Europe” (1990) — he was clearly well aware of Moscow’s stance on all the key international matters of the time, as well as its propaganda practices. That doesn’t make him a spy, but it does make him an ideological fellow-traveler. And as The Morning Star has demonstrated by defending Corbyn with an ugly rhetorical assault on British Jews, that Soviet-inspired journey rolls on.

Yisreal Medad: An Exercise in Deconstruction
Deconstruction is a literary term indicating "a critique of the relationship between text and meaning ".

I found this poem, "Everything in Our World Did Not Seem to Fit" by Naomi Shihab Nye here. It is an example of "new Palestinian poetry". Excuse me, "Arab Palestinian poetry". Ms. Nye's family roots are in Sinjil, just down the road from Shiloh where I live.

I realized that here poem is a literal work of deconstruction - of history, of Jewish national identity, of politics and of simple rational logic.

Let's deconstruct that literary work.

Once they started invading us.
Actually, the Arabs invaded Eretz-Yisrael in 638 CE. Moreover, despite the loss of political independence, Jews continued to reside in the Land of Israel, if in small numbers depending on the conditions and crcumstances of the various occupiers.

Taking our houses and trees, drawing lines, pushing us into tiny places.
Throughout the Zionist resettlement enterprise, almost all the land was purchased from its owners.

It wasn’t a bargain or deal or even a real war.
The Arab terror war against Jews in 1920, 1921, 1929, 1936-1939 and the 1947 war was real as were the fedyeen and the PLO's launching in 1964.
Interview with Colonel Richard Kemp
A United Nations report on recent violent clashes along the Israel-Gaza border hasn’t been written yet, but international terrorism expert Richard Kemp already knows it will condemn Israel for defending its borders against armed hordes.

Kemp, a retired British army officer who has watched, and fought against, terrorism around the world for 30 years, will tell an audience in Hamilton Thursday that’s the traditional response of a world community that doesn’t want to face up to terrorism.

In an interview ahead of his appearance, Kemp said the recent attacks on the Gaza border were just the latest phase of ongoing efforts by the terrorist group Hamas to smash the Jewish state.

It’s a campaign built around Hamas’ standard tactic of sprinkling its terrorists among civilians in the hope Israel’s response will result in civilian deaths that can, in turn, spark international outrage against the country.

“By creating a situation of violent disorder, breaking through the fence and attacking Israeli communities Hamas hope to provoke Israel in the hope that Israel’s reaction will result in many of (Hamas’) own people being killed,” he said.

Kemp said the tactic has worked to a degree – even fair-minded citizens around the world who understand a country’s right to defend itself are made uncomfortable by the sight of civilians being shot by Israeli soldiers.

“Even if people are against Israel, most sane people can understand that a country has to respond if it is attacked, if rockets are launched at it or attack tunnels are dug underneath it. Most people can accept that even if they don’t like it,” Kemp said.

“Even if they accept that they can’t understand how a civilized country like Israel can gun down people involved in peaceful demonstrations. We know they’re not peaceful demonstrations, but that is how it’s portrayed.”



New York Times Stumbles in a Strange Front-Page Antisemitism Story
A front-page New York Times news article appears under the headline “U.S. Revives Rutgers Bias Case In New Tack on Anti-Semitism.”

The Times article hypes what it describes as a “significant policy shift.” It claims that the federal education department and its assistant secretary, Kenneth Marcus, “put the weight of the federal government behind a definition of anti-Semitism that targets opponents of Zionism.”

It goes on to claim that the Education Department “adopted a hotly contested definition of anti-Semitism that included ‘denying the Jewish people the right to self-determination’ by, for example, ‘claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor’ and ‘applying double standards by requiring of’ Israel ‘a behavior not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation.'”

It’s extremely strange that The New York Times would all of a sudden describe this particular definition of anti-Semitism as “hotly contested.” The Times itself, as recently as this month, published two articles describing the exact same definition as “internationally accepted.”

On September 4, the Times published a Reuters dispatch: “LONDON — Britain’s opposition Labour Party adopted an internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism on Tuesday.” An Associated Press dispatch published by the Times the same day begins, “LONDON — Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday adopted an internationally recognized definition of anti-Semitism.” On July 26, a Times-written article from London also referred to the same definition as “internationally accepted.”

Got that? When the British Labour Party adopts the definition, the Times describes it, accurately, as “internationally accepted.” Yet when the US government tries to enforce the definition on an American college campus, then all of a sudden the Times describes the definition as “hotly contested.” In fact, the definition is internationally accepted everywhere except in The New York Times newsroom, or at least in that portion of it responsible for the Rutgers article.
Sightless in Bethlehem
“Israel made me hate it” has long been a common theme among Jewish critics of Israel. In fact, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman practically built his career out of it, winning a Pulitzer Prize for a book based on the claim that he was an uncritical supporter of Israel until he covered the 1982 Lebanon war, where he saw outrageous Israeli behavior that changed his mind.

That version of Friedman’s biography turned out to be a fabrication. In 1990, pro-Israel activists revealed that he actually had been a hostile critic of Israel all the way back to his days as a student at Brandeis University, in the early 1970s. He was the leader of a student group that publicly derided Israel’s Labor government for not negotiating with Yasir Arafat, and condemned the Jewish community for protesting against Arafat’s infamous speech at the United Nations.

But back in 1990, before there was an internet, it wasn’t hard for anyone to get away with misrepresenting his biography. The exposure of Friedman’s lies was buried, and he was soon promoted to the position of op-ed columnist for the Times, a perch from which he has bashed Israel on countless occasions.

Now it looks like a new generation is taking up where Friedman left off in the department of creative autobiographical writing. Case in point: Jacob Plitman, the 27 year-old editor of the far-left magazine Jewish Currents.

Recently, a major article in the New York Jewish Week featured Plitman, describing him as being at the center of an “emerging new Jewish left” that is more willing than its elders to criticize Israel. And how did Plitman get to be a critic of Israel? You guessed it—Israel made him hate it.

As a youngster, “his parents sent him to a Young Judea camp.” Plitman “soaked up its messaging on Israel and Zionism,” so much so that he decided to spend his gap year in Israel. And then came The Great Disillusionment.

“His rosy view of Zionism began to change,” the article reported, when Plitman “visited Bethlehem” (interesting choice for a Jewish tourist) “and came face to face with Palestinians for the first time. ‘The things that I saw there were more powerful than my ability to ignore them’,” Plitman told the Jewish Week. As a result, Plitman and his magazine now devote themselves to railing against “the occupation” and “the settlers.”

That’s his version. But I have my suspicions. Here’s why.


Israel among 'shameful' countries abusing human rights activists, according to U.N.
The United Nations on Wednesday listed Israel among 38 "shameful" countries, which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. Allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalisation, and public stigmatization campaigns targeting victims and human rights defenders were also included on the list.

Israel earned its spot on the list for it's ongoing legal battle against Human Rights Watch representative Omar Shakir, who's visa wasn't extended and who's deportation was ordered last May on the grounds of supporting the BDS movement. Interior minister Deri who ordered the deportation last May said he acted on the recommendation of the Strategic Affairs who had gathered information showing that Shakir “is an active and consistent supporter of boycotting Israel.”

Humans Right Watch challenged the decision and accused Israel of trying to silence criticism on its human right's record and that going after Shakir was an attempt to go after HRW as a whole.

Shakir remains in the country after the Jerusalem District Court backtracked on its original decision to go through with the deportation and the case remains under review.

The UN report did not highlight how it categorized the case against Shakir and why it would place Israel on the "shameful' list.
This Week in Julia Salazar She had a trust fund, her ancestors were Catholic elites, and she has a new version of her conversion story.
A state senate race that was once hailed as a test of the rising strength and power of insurgent socialists has devolved into a full-fledged New York City tabloid circus, featuring charges of lies, identify fraud, theft, and an affair with New York Mets legend Keith Hernandez.

And that was just last week.

Every time the life story of first-time state senate candidate Julia Salazar, 27, seems it can’t get any more convoluted, it does. First, questions were raised about her religious background and political affiliation, after it was revealed she grew up in a Christian family and was a registered Republican who led an anti-abortion group in college before running for office as a Jewish socialist. Then, her self-identification as an immigrant came under fire — she was born in Miami — and her own brother went to town on her claims that she is from a working-class background. Next came revelations of a complex legal dispute with Hernandez’s wife that had led to Salazar being arrested on identity-impersonation charges; she doggedly pursued a defamation countersuit that was ultimately settled in her favor. Amid that story, legal documents surfaced showing her lawyer pointing to “Ms. Salazar trust Account records showing in excess of $600,000” in assets in 2011 and therefore no incentive to steal from Hernandez’s wife.

Now the campaign has confirmed Salazar has had substantial assets held in trust for her. “Julia’s father, who played a very limited role in raising her after her parents’ divorce, was not able to work due to disability in the final years of his life, but on his death in 2009 he left a house and considerable retirement savings; those assets were put in a trust to be divided evenly between Julia and her brother,” campaign spokesman Michael Kinnucan said. “Julia does not have direct access to the trust; the trustee is a relative in Colombia.”

On September 13, Salazar will face off with incumbent Senator Martin Malavé Dilan; the primary winner is all but assured of victory in November.

Salazar’s bid, which has won endorsements from and/or appearances with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon, and Nina Turner of Bernie Sanders’s Our Revolution, has even drawn attention in her father’s homeland of Colombia, where a genealogist’s findings further undermine her early campaign claims of having come from a working-class mixed Jewish-Christian family and raise questions about how aware of her own Colombian heritage she has sought to be, despite her repeated statements identifying with it. Meanwhile, interviews with the candidate and with Jewish religious leaders show her story about converting to Reform Judaism could not have happened as she has described it to multiple reporters, because the person she now says guided her conversion process was not an ordained rabbi and also was, in any case, not affiliated with Columbia University the year she initially said she converted through the Columbia/Barnard Hillel.

According to Maria Emilia Naranjo Ramos, a genealogist with the Colombian Academy of Genealogy and Historic Academy of Córdoba, the Salazars have for generations been a prosperous family in Colombia that has played a prominent role in civic and political life. Far from being the daughter of struggling immigrants of mixed Jewish-Catholic religious heritage, which early news reports described her as based on her statements and those of her campaign, Julia Salazar is the scion of longtime Latin-American Catholic elites.
Citizens Union drops endorsement of Julia Salazar, citing 'not correct' information about her academic credentials
A good government group has withdrawn its backing of Julia Salazar for state Senate, saying the candidate provided information about her academic credentials that proved to be incorrect.

Citizens Union had previously issued its “preference” — the term the group uses rather than endorsement — for Salazar, whose campaign has been plagued in recent weeks by revelations about misrepresentations of her past religious and political beliefs and her immigration status.

“Citizens Union is hereby rescinding the preference it expressed for Julia Salazar in the Democratic Primary for New York State Senate District 18,” Randy Mastro, the chair of the group, said in a statement. “Salazar recently admitted that the information she originally provided to Citizens Union about her academic credentials was not correct, so Citizens Union has decided to express no preference in this race.”

A campaign spokesman called it an “error in her endorsement application.”

"Julia regrets that an error in her endorsement application led to Citizens Union rescinding its endorsement, but remains committed to working with Citizens Union and others opposed to Albany corruption if elected to take money out of politics and clean up Albany,” he said.

Gillum Aligns With Groups That Support Boycotts of Israel
Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has aligned himself with several prominent anti-Semitic organizations known for promoting boycotts of Jewish goods and individuals, fueling questions about how the Democratic candidate would handle issues of import to the state's large pro-Israel community.

Gillum, who is riding a progressive a wave of young Democrats highly critical of Israel, is running against Rep. Ron DeSantis (R., Fla.), a prominent Israel supporter. The Democrat has a history of working with several organizations promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, or BDS, an anti-Semitic movement that seeks to wage economic and political warfare on the Jewish state.

Gillum's open association with these organizations is raising questions in the pro-Israel community, particularly as U.S. states seek to slash ties with BDS organizations and prevent taxpayer funds from supporting these movements. While Gillum has committed to "push back against anti-Israel efforts, like BDS," he has not distanced himself from several organizations leading the charge.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has positioned himself firmly against the BDS movement and is the co-author of legislation that will protect American businesses from being pressured into backing Israel boycotts. The issue is likely to be raised with both candidates as the gubernatorial contest heats up in a state with many Jewish voters.

DeSantis said he is concerned and dismayed by Gillum's ties to radical anti-Israel groups.

"In all my years in Florida, I’ve never seen a candidate for state office who has been as anti-Israel as Andrew Gillum," DeSantis told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview. "He opposes our embassy in Jerusalem, he does not recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital, and he even criticizes Israel’s response against Hamas [militants] in May of 2018. His anti-Israel views are part and parcel of his overall far left wing, Democrat socialist agenda. He doesn’t share the values of the vast majority of people in Florida with his position."
Former ambassador to U.N. Prosor writes scathing piece against Corbyn
Prosor wrote that during his tenure as ambassador to the UK from 2007 to 2011, “the extreme-Left had started to dominate debate on Israel, not with rational, legitimate criticism but with irrational, racist hatred. I saw antisemitic poison, tropes of ‘Zionist control,’ being injected from the political fringes into the arteries of British public life. Demonstrations outside my embassy turned violent.”

Prosor said that Corbyn was neither the most charismatic or the smartest of the politicians who attended anti-Israel gatherings at the time, “but he was without doubt one of the most committed. As was his director of strategy, Seamus Milne.”

Corbyn,” according to Prosor, “can’t solve Labour’s antisemitism problem, because he embodies it.” He called the Labour Party leader an “equal opportunities terrorist sympathizer,” saying that whatever the terrorist group – be it the PLO, Hezbollah, or Hamas – they could count on Corbyn’s support as long as their target was Israelis or Jews.

“Corbyn didn’t invent the crank politics of conspiracy theory and Jew-hatred. But he has taken it from the fringe meetings of the far-Left and placed it on the front-benches of the House of Commons,” Prosor wrote.

He concluded: “This is not just an issue for the Labour Party, or for a British Jewish community feeling threatened and vulnerable. Corbyn is an embarrassment for Britain. Around the world, all who, as I do, love and admire Britain are watching and hoping that the British public, famed for their decency, tolerance and sense of fair play, stand together and say, enough is enough.”
Top Corbyn aide said working in parliament despite rejected security clearance
A top aide to UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was refused clearance required to work in parliament over security concerns but has worked there regularly anyway, entering with the help of other staff members, Huffington Post UK reported Wednesday.

Corbyn’s private secretary Iram Awan was hired in late 2017 but was denied clearance due to concerns by security services over her associates, the report said. There were no details on who those associates were or how they could compromise security.

Despite this, Awan has regularly been working in the Commons, the report said, with other Labour staffers routinely meeting her at the entrance and waving her in to security personnel, apparently as a supposed visitor. The report alleged that this behavior has been practiced for the past nine months.

“Visitor passes are for visitors only,” a parliament spokesperson told the news site. “They cannot be used to carry out work on the parliamentary estate. While we are unable to comment on specific cases, any alleged breach of the rules on passes will be investigated by the House authorities.”

The report said little is known of Awan, but noted that she has donated to Helping Households Under Great Stress, a group that seeks to “provide financial, emotional, and practical support and advice to Muslim households impacted by counter-terrorism, national security and extremism-related laws, policies and procedures in the UK and abroad.”
Another Top Corbyn Aide Working Without Security Clearance
Another top Corbyn adviser, Andrew Murray, has reportedly been working in the Labour Leader’s Commons office for eight months without the required security clearance. His application has been pending for over a year..

Andrew Murray was a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain until he joined Labour two years ago.

A quick glance at the parliamentary pass application form might explain why so many of Corbyn’s team have been having trouble. Question 30 asks if applicants have ever been associated with people or groups who have “intended to overthrow or undermine Parliamentary democracy by political, industrial, or violent means?” A number of Corbyn’s top team are probably going to need more than half a page to give full details on that one…
British MP of Palestinian Descent Condemns “anti-Semitic” Posters, as Labour Party Investigates Infiltration by Iran
A British Member of Parliament of Palestinian Arab descent has denounced the defacing of bus-stops in London with “Israel is a racist endeavour” posters as “blatantly anti-Semitic,” The Jewish Chronicle reported Thursday.

Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who represents Oxford West and Abingdon, told the BBC: “I’m a Palestinian… The fact that this has come from a group that purportedly is speaking for Palestinians, I take great offence at myself, because I think it is blatantly antisemitic.” She clarified that “there are extremes in the Israeli government… But to say that an entire country is racist is entirely wrong.”

Moran was responding to comments made by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, a close ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who stated that “It is not at all anti-Semitic to describe a state as racist.”

The posters were meant to mock the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism, which Labour reluctantly adopted in full last week with a caveat vowing “free speech” on Israel. The IHRA definition, which gives calling “a state of Israel… a racist endeavour” as an example of anti-Semitism.
Why Rachel Shabi's 'alliance of colour' will go nowhere
Our token Mizrahi Corbynista has been gracing the columns of the Guardian as a pundit commentating on local politics. But on the question of the antisemitism rampant in the far-left of the UK Labour party, a note of anguish has been creeping into our Shabi's writings.
Rachel Shabi

In response to a Labour centrist MP's charge that Labour is 'institutionally racist', her latest piece acknowledges that antisemitism is a real problem in Jeremy Corbyn's faction. What about anti-Zionism? Is there such a thing as antisemitic anti-Zionism? 'Zionism is both racist and anti-racist', she fence-sits unhelpfully, despite having written a book portraying Mizrahim as victims of Israel's Ashkenazi establishment.

She finds the view common among leftwing ideologues that Jews are 'white' allies of the Christian West to be wrong. "We are a racialised minority' she protests. She herself is a Mizrahi Jew of Iraqi origin.

Her answer is to start a Jewish-black-Asian-Muslim alliance that would relaunch Jews as 'people of colour'. This alliance is not based on shared Judeo-Christian values. 'If there is a historic sharing of values it is a Jewish-Muslim one,' she writes.
Corbyn in 2015 – let British jihadis travel to Syria
Jeremy Corbyn’s antisemitic record has been under scrutiny for several weeks now, and rightly so. But let’s not forget other issues which are important, starting with our own national security.

He should never be entrusted with the security of the United Kingdom. It would be seriously endangered.

Look back to early 2015. Islamic State was on the march. No wonder – its strength and confidence had been boosted by a big influx of foreign fighters from Europe. They included Britain’s very own “Jihadi John”, who began his beheading spree in 2014.

Those fighters were a top priority for Western intelligence services, in large part because there were fears they could return to the West deeply indoctrinated, highly trained, and ready to carry out devastating terrorist attacks.

Jeremy Corbyn was asked about this issue at the time. He didn’t sound very convinced.
UK's Corbyn stuns by blasting Hungarian PM for anti-Semitism
British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn accused Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban of "pandering to anti-Semitism" ahead of a vote in the European Parliament over whether to censure Hungary for breaching core EU values.

Corbyn, himself under fire for rampant anti-Semitism in his party and for his own anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments, stunned with a tweet on Tuesday that said, "Labour MEPs will vote to hold Viktor Orban's government in Hungary to account. The Conservatives must do the same, and [British Prime Minister] Theresa May should condemn his attacks on judicial and media independence, denial of refugee rights, and pandering to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."

Labour has been battling accusations of anti-Semitism for months, and Corbyn has previously apologized for what he has described as "pockets" of anti-Semitism in his party.

Former U.K. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has called Corbyn an anti-Semite and said comments revealed last week that Corbyn made about British Zionists five years ago were the most offensive by a senior U.K. politician in half a century.
Anti-Israel Satmar group forges UK rabbis’ pro-Corbyn letter
A hassidic group disseminated a letter in support of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has come under fire for supporting antisemites, in which the signatures of haredi leaders in the UK were forged.

The Jewish Community Council of North London tweeted overnight Tuesday to “confirm and clarify this letter is fake and bears no authority from any of the assigned names.”


The letter, purportedly from the leadership of London’s haredi umbrella organization, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, claims to have the support of the UOHC’s Principal Rabbinical Authority Ephraim Padwa, Senior Dayan (religious court judge) S. Friedman, and 27 others.
BREAKING: Leading UK Rabbis have released a letter to repudiate the false notion that British Jews are against @jeremycorbyn and/or the @UKLabour .
"We feel it's necessary to clarify that Jews have no connection with these irresponsible remarks!
— True Torah Jews (@TorahJews) September 9, 2018
US takes on anti-Israel BDS activities on university campuses
The U.S. Education Department's Office of Civil Rights has decided to adopt the international definition of anti-Semitism, which defines Judaism not only as a religion but also an ethnicity and includes holding Jews responsible for Israel's actions as a form of anti-Semitism, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday.

According to a letter written by Assistant Education Secretary for Civil Rights Kenneth L. Marcus to the Zionist Organization of America, anyone who acts "to deny the right of the Jewish people to self-determination, on the grounds that the State of Israel's existence is a racist endeavor" or applies double standards to Israel that it does not apply to any other democratic country will be deemed an anti-Semite.

The ZOA lauded what it called the "groundbreaking decision," saying, "This definition accurately addresses how anti-Semitism is expressed today; it recognizes that Jew-hatred can be camouflaged as anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism. The OCR is not only reassessing the evidence already in the record; the agency is also going to determine whether a hostile environment for Jewish students currently exists at Rutgers [University]."

Pro-Palestinian activists in the United States have warned the move will hinder pro-Palestinian efforts as any such activity will be deemed anti-Semitic.
Daphne Anson: Rogues with a Brogue
In Belfast on Tuesday, heavily outnumbering pro-Israel counter-protesters, dozens of raucous members of an outfit calling itself BDS Ireland (part of part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement along with Sinn Fein) yell their opposition to Northern Ireland's first friendly football match against Israel in Windsor Park. Over 5,000 Israel-haters signed a petition demanding the match's cancellation, but the match went ahead, the home team winning by 3 goals to nil.


Footballer James Rodríguez Caves In To Israel Haters After Being Subjected to Online Abuse
Colombian footballer James Rodríguez, considered one of the best players of his generation, was recently in Israel. And he wanted his almost 100 million (!) followers on social media to know just how amazing it is here. So he posted the following on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

The Israeli flag triggered the haters, resulting in the young footballer being subjected to a barrage of hate – which he clearly was not prepared for. Unfortunately, he caved in, and replaced the tweet and postings with the identical picture and wording, sans Israeli flag.

Interestingly enough, his next posting is still up, despite clearly identifying Israel and not “Palestine.”
Honest Reporting: Surf’s Up in Gaza: Riding the Anti-Israel Wave
In a long and somewhat labyrinthine article in The Independent, author and academic Andy Martin focuses on a documentary film about a Palestinian surfing club in Gaza.

Feeding the prejudices of The Independent’s readership, every activity in Gaza, even leisure, is turned into an opportunity to attack Israel and spread inaccuracies and falsehoods.

Martin makes it crystal-clear what he thinks about Israel:
Set aside the whole dubious history of Israel, the events of 1948 that the Palestinians refer to as the Nakba (or “Catastrophe”), the Six Day War, the occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the continued imperial expansion and slow-motion ethnic cleansing known euphemistically as “settlement”. Even set aside, most recently, the “Nation State” law that spells out, reiterates and reinforces a condition of apartheid. Do you want to know the final straw? They won’t allow surfboards into Gaza. They are obviously part of some sinister Hamas-inspired conspiracy. They may exhibit coded subversive messages on stickers applied to their decks, such as “Life’s a beach”, or “Surf’s Up, Dude”.

Are surfboards “illegal” in Gaza?

So let’s set aside the whole dubious references to “ethnic cleansing” and “apartheid” that Martin casually tosses into the water and deal with his allegations regarding surfboards. Are they really “illegal” in Gaza as the article and the headline suggest?
Merkel: ‘No excuse’ for far-right violence, attack on kosher restaurant
Chancellor Angela Merkel assured parliament Wednesday she takes seriously Germans’ concerns about crimes committed by migrants and pledged a strong response, but condemned recent demonstrations as “hateful,” saying there is “no excuse” for expressions of hate, Nazi sympathies or violence in response.

The comments come after the killing of a German man for which an Iraqi and a Syrian have been arrested prompted days of anti-migrant protests in the eastern German city of Chemnitz that at times turned violent.

Neo-Nazis were seen giving the stiff-armed Hitler salute in the largest demonstration, the day after the killing, which attracted some 6,000 people, and on the sidelines of the protest masked men threw stones and bottles at a kosher restaurant yelling “Jewish pig, get out of Germany.”

The day before, in spontaneous protests by hundreds immediately after the killing, several foreigners were attacked and injured in the streets.

Merkel assured lawmakers that her government was equally aware of its responsibility to take the wider concerns of the public seriously, and that it was working with “all resolution” on the issue.

“We are especially troubled by the severe crimes in which the alleged perpetrators were asylum-seekers,” she said. “This shocks us… (and) such crimes must be investigated, the perpetrators have to be taken to court and punished with the severity of the law.”
Pig guts thrown at office of Australian lawmaker whose wife is Jewish
The district office of an Australian member of Parliament whose wife is Jewish was targeted by racists who threw pig’s entrails at the front door.

The early Wednesday morning attack follows an earlier attack by the neo-Nazi group Antipodean Resistance on September 1 on another office belonging to the same MP, Labor lawmaker Mike Kelly, in which the group plastered swastika stickers on the door.

Mike Kelly’s wife is Jewish.

The attack involving the pig’s entrails took place in the New South Wales city of Queanbeyan, located just 10 miles from Australia’s capital Canberra. The swastika attack took place in the coastal town of Bega, 135 miles from Queanbeyan.

A former military attorney, Col. Mike Kelly joined the Australian military serving in Somalia, East Timor and Bosnia, and was among senior Australian military personnel who served in the Iraq War. In 1993, he was awarded the Chief of the General Staff Commendation.

“The series of attacks directed at my electorate offices are evidence of the need for constant vigilance and the confrontation of extremist groups in our country,” Kelly told JTA.

“If the perpetrators think that they will intimidate me into refraining from defending Israel or supporting our Jewish community they are deluded,” Kelly said. “Actions like this only spur me to greater efforts and commitment. I have faced much worse threats in my Army career and I will continue to fight racism and ignorance wherever I find it.”
Database helps Jewish families obtain properties' restitution in Poland
In the small park behind the only synagogue in this city to have survived World War II, Yoram Sztykgold looks around with a perplexed expression.

An 82-year-old retired architect, Sztykgold immigrated to Israel after surviving the Holocaust in Poland. He tries in vain to recognize something from what used to be his childhood home.

“It’s no use,” he says after a while. “To me this could be anywhere.”

Sztykgold’s unfamiliarity with the part of Grzybowska Street where he spent his earliest years is not due to any memory loss. Like most of Warsaw, his parents’ apartment building was completely bombed out during the war and leveled, along with the rest of the street. His former home is now a placid park that is a favorite hangout for mothers pushing baby carriages and pensioners his age.

The dramatic changes in Warsaw’s landscape have bedeviled efforts for decades to obtain restitution for privately owned properties like Sztykgold’s childhood home, making it difficult for survivors like him to identify assets that may have belonged to their families.

But for many restitution claimants in the capital, identifying assets will become easier thanks to a recent breakthrough with an unlikely source: the establishment of a first-of-its-kind searchable database. Users need only type in the name of their family to obtain a complete overview of all the assets they may claim under a new restitution drive in Warsaw.
Israel’s Ride Vision plans to make motorcycling safer
As the race heats up toward the launch of autonomous vehicles, state-of-the-art technologies like ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are being designed to prevent collisions. But motorcycles have been largely overlooked in the process.

According to a 2018 US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, fatalities in traffic crashes occur nearly 28 times more frequently for motorcycles than for passenger car occupants, and motorcycle drivers comprise 17 percent of all driver- and passenger-related fatalities. There were 5,286 fatal motorcycle crashes in 2016 in the US, a 5.1 percent increase from 2015, according to NHTSA.

Uri Lavi and Lior Cohen are avid motorcycle riders who want to bring computer safety smarts to two-wheelers. Their company Ride Vision just raised a $2.5 million seed round from YL Ventures for its patented CAT (Collision Aversion Technology) for motorcycles.

Lavi and Cohen previously worked together in Israel’s homeland security industry. Lavi went on to become CEO of PicScout and brought in Cohen to serve as VP of R&D.

PicScout developed a technology for identifying images on the web that may have been used or modified without permission and then notifying the copyright owners. The company was acquired in 2011 by Getty Images for $20 million.

Lavi and Cohen gained expertise in technologies such as artificial intelligence, neural networks, computer vision and threat detection that is relevant in their newest venture, though it is quite different.
’70s rock band America heading to Israel to ‘give everyone a night off’
When Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley of the soft rock band America finally arrive in Israel for their long-planned October 9 and 10 performances in Caesarea, they intend to not only entertain the crowds, but also to learn a little about the country.

“We’re all geared up to see stuff,” said Bunnell, who splits his time between homes in Wisconsin and Los Angeles, and has never been to Israel.

Bunnell, 66, and Beckley, 65, are two of the original members of the 1970s-era band, which has been performing continuously since it began as a high school cover band.

They had planned to perform in Israel in the summer of 2014, but canceled due to the conflict in Gaza.

Even now, said Bunnell, speaking from his lakeside home in Wisconsin, he doesn’t know that much about Israel and its political situation.

“Every place has their issues, and I have to profess, I’m not versed in Israel,” he said. “I obviously follow the news, but the region is new to me. It’s just a matter of us going in with our eyes wide open and enjoying it. Our job is to entertain people; we’ve always made that point.”
Kim Kardashian signs deal with Israeli eyewear company
World-famous supermodel and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will be heading back to Israel next year.

Israeli sunglasses company Carolina Lemke Berlin announced Wednesday that Kardashian West has signed a deal to join Bar Refaeli - the face of the brand - in an upcoming collaboration.

Supermodel and reality TV star Kim Kardashian West will be heading back to Israel next year.

Israeli sunglasses company Carolina Lemke Berlin announced Wednesday that Kardashian West has signed a deal to join Bar Refaeli – the face of the brand – in an upcoming collaboration.

The supermodel will fly to Israel in March “for a visit as part of our cooperation,” the company said. In addition to appearing in advertisements for the brand, Kardashian West will also design her own line of glasses for a limited-edition series sold by Carolina Lemke.

In a press release on Wednesday, the company said it selected Kardashian West, “the most famous woman in the United States, to be the face of the brand for at least two years, beginning in summer 2019.” The company said it will also be launching a website aimed at selling its products in the United States. Until now, the brand has been focused on Israel and Europe.
Afghan man sends gravely ill kids to heart center in Israel
Noorina is five years old and lives in Afghanistan. In July, her father brought her to Israel for lifesaving heart surgery arranged by Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), an Israeli medical charity based at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon.

When she is older, Noorina may be surprised to learn that an Afghan stranger willingly put himself and his family at risk to give her the gift of health.

Noorina was the fifth child from Afghanistan sent to SACH through the efforts of that same young Muslim father, who asked ISRAEL21c to call him Jangzapali, a pseudonym to hide his true identity.

“Jangzapali,” he explains, “means ‘victim of war.’”

Jangzapali is involved in all types of charity work and has built up an international social-media network over the past few years. Children needing urgent medical care are his top priority.

“Almost 10,000 [medical need] cases are registered with the Afghan Red Crescent. They are unable to do all cases, so through our broad network on social media, we arrange surgery for poor children in Afghanistan or India. For complicated cases they cannot handle, we work with Save a Child’s Heart,” he says.
Artist turns Kassam rockets into flowers and mezuzahs
Holding aloft a missile fragment, Gaza-area artist Yaron Bob explains to a Kann interviewer that not long ago the projectile had penetrated an Israeli car.

"The incredible Iron Dome is Israel's missile defense system. When rockets are fired into Israel, the Iron Dome shoots a missile to intercept the rocket, preventing destruction and the murder of innocent lives," says the description of one item on Bob's website.

"Bring Israel's heavenly protection into your home with this limited-edition Mezuzah made from an actual Iron Dome missile!"

"I cut it into rectangles, polish it, and craft the mezuzot. My mezuzot get grabbed up all over the world. They cost between $150-200."

Asked how much profit he can extract from a single Kassam missile, Bob makes a quick calculation and answers "About $2,000 per Kassam."

A tour of his storage area reveals a representative variety of the weapons constantly aimed at Israel's children: "Here are rockets that fell a month ago; this one's a 120mm, this one's a Grad. Wanna see a whole Grad?" he asks deferentially, and lifts one from the pile. "Made in China," he says. "This one here fell in Dimona."

The interviewer asks Bob,"How do you have all these types?" and Bob retorts, "How do they?"




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The White House is unable to extricate itself from the war in Syria. President Trump is hindered both by the self-proclaimed « stable state » (according to the anonymous op ed in the New York Times), which continues to pursue the Rumsfeld-Cebrowski strategy, and by the reactivated ambitions of his Israëli, French, British and Turkish allies. The logic of these interests could displace the war instead of resolving it.
Although the White House and Russia have agreed to end the proxy war fought by jihadists in Syria, peace is a long time coming. Why?

Why is there a war against Syria?

Contrary to the idea carefully sown by seven years of propaganda, the war against Syria is not a « revolution which went wrong ». It was decided by the Pentagon in September 2001, then prepared for many years, admittedly with a few difficulties.
A war in preparation for a decade
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The preparation of the war is explained in depth in Thierry Meyssan’s latest book. It is already available in French, Spanish, Russian and Turkish. It will be published in September in English, Arab and Italian.
A reminder of the main stages of the planning of the war:
- In September 2001, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld adopted the strategy of Admiral Arthur Cebrowski, which specified that the state structures of half of the world had to be destroyed. For those states whose economy is globalised, the United States would control the access to the natural resources of those regions not connected to the global economy. The Pentagon commenced its work by « remodelling » the « Greater Middle East » [1].
- On 12 December 2003, George Bush Jr. signed the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act. From that moment on, the President of the United States enjoyed the right to go to war with Syria without having to ask Congress for approval [2].
- The Lebanese civil war (1978-90) ended with the Taif Agreement. At the request of the Arab League, and with the approbation of the UN Security Council, the Syrian Arab Army came to the assistance of the Lebanese army in disarming the militias, then, acting as a Peace Force, stabilised the country. Thereafter, Israël accused Syria of having occupied Lebanon, which makes no sense at all. [3]
- In 2004, during the summit of the Arab League in Tunis, President Ben Ali attempted to push through a motion authorising the League to legitimise the use of force against member states who refused to respect the League’s brand new Human Rights Charter.
- In 2005, the CIA organised the Cedar revolution in Lebanon. By assassinating Sunni leader Rafic Hariri and blaming the Christian President of Lebanon and the Alaouite President of Syria, they hoped to trigger a Sunni uprising against the Syrian Peace Forces. With the Marines ready to disembark in Beïrut, Syria withdrew on its own initiative, and the tension was dissipated [4].
- In 2006, Dick Cheney tasked his daughter Liz with creating the « Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group ». They organised the Israeli attack against Hezbollah, thinking that they would be unable to resist for long. US Marines were then intended to disembark in Beïrut and continue their march of « liberation » on Damascus. However, the operation failed, and after 33 days of combat, Israël had to retreat [5].
- In 2008, Washington once again tried to create conflict with Lebanon as its flash point. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora decided to cut the internal communications of the Resistance and to interrupt air transport with Teheran. Within a few hours, Hezbollah had inverted the Western military system and replaced all of its infrastructures.
- In 2010, Washington adopted the strategy of « leading from behind ». The Obama administration handed the attacks on Libya and Syria to France and the United Kingdom respectively (Lancaster House agreements).
- In 2011, beginning of military operations in Syria.
It is therefore absurd to speak of the war against Syria as a spontaneous event sui generis [6].
Indirect war
The original feature of the war against Syria is that although it was declared by states (the « Friends of Syria »), it was in reality fought almost exclusively by non-state armies, the jihadists.
During the seven years of this war, more than 250,000 combatants arrived from overseas to fight against the Syrian Arab Republic. They were without doubt little more than cannon fodder, and insufficiently trained, but during the first four years of the conflict, these soldiers were better armed than the Syrian Arab Army. The most important arms traffic in History was organised in order to keep the jihadists supplied with war materials [7].
The Western powers had not used mercenaries on this scale since the European Renaissance [8].
It is therefore absurd to speak of a « revolution that went wrong ».
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A war supervised by allies who have their own objectives

By asking Israël to attack Lebanon on their behalf, then by handing over the wars on Libya and Syria to France and the United Kingdom, and finally by using the NATO installations in Turkey, the Pentagon allowed its plan to be confounded by its allies.
Just as in all wars, the leading country has to promise its obedient allies that they will be awarded a return on their investment. However, with the entry of Russia into the war, Western victory became impossible. Every one of the United States allies turned progressively back towards its own strategy in the region. With time, the war objectives of the allies gained the upper hand over those of the United States, who refused to invest as much as they should have done, militarily speaking.
Israël
Pursuing the colonial ideology of some of its founding fathers, Israël implemented a policy of division intended to split its larger neighbours into a collection of small countries which were to be ethnically or religiously homogeneous. It therefore supported – in vain – the division of Lebanon into two states, one Muslim and one Christian, or again the creation of a Kurdistan in Iraq, then later in Syria. We do not have the Israëli strategic documents, but retrospectively, the line followed by Tel-Aviv corresponds to the « Yinon plan » of 1982 [9] or that of the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies of 1996 [10].
The Israëli strategy stayed within the limits of the « remodelling of the Greater Middle East » designed by Rumsfeld and Cebrowski. However, it did not have anything like the same objective – the Pentagon wanted to control the access to the region’s riches by the developed countries, while Israël wanted to ensure that none of its neighbours could become strong enough to challenge it.
The United Kingdom and France
The United Kingdom and France fell back on their colonial policy, as it was defined at the moment of the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the division of the Middle East (the Sykes-Picot agreements).
The British used a replay of the « Great Arab Revolt of 1915 » that Lawrence of Arabia had set up against the Ottomans. At that time, they had promised freedom to all Arabs if they would throw off the shackles of the Ottoman Empire and place the Wahhabites in power, This time they promised freedom if they would overthrow all their national governments and replace them with the Muslim Brotherhood. But neither in 1915, when the British Empire replaced the Ottoman Empire, nor in 2011, did the Arabs find their liberty. That was the « Arab Spring » plan of 2011 [11].
The French were seeking to re-establish the mandate on Syria which had been handed to them by the League of Nations. This was explained by Picot’s great-nephew (as in the Sykes-Picot agreements), ex- President Giscard d’Estaing [12]. And that is what President Hollande demanded during his visit to the United Nations, in September 2015. Just as in 1921, when France stood for the ethnic separation of the Kurds from the Arabs, it therefore defended the creation of a Kurdistan, not on its historic territory in Turkey, but anywhere, so long as it was on Arab land in Syria.
Turkey
As for Turkey, it dreamed of realising the promise of its founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the « National Pact » (Misak-ı Millî) [13], adopted by the Ottoman Parliament on 12 February 1920. Its intention was to annex Northern Syria, including Aleppo, and also to eliminate the Christians, including the Catholics in Maaloula and the Armenians in Kessab.
Turkey entered into conflict with the other allies – with the Israëlis because they sought to annex Northern Syria rather than making it autonomous – with the British because they wanted to re-establish the Ottoman Caliphate – and with the French because they sought to create an independent Kurdistan in Syria. Above all, it entered into conflict with the United States themselves because they made no secret of wanting to destroy Syria after having dismantled it [14].

How to escape from this war?

After seven years of combat, the Syrian state is still standing. The Syrian Arab Republic and its allies, Russia, Iran and the Hezbollah, are victorious. The foreign armies (the jihadists) have suffered a crushing defeat, but not their commanders – the United States, Israël, the United Kingdom, France and Turkey.
Not only has the war re-awoken the ambitions of the beginning of the 20th century, but none of the protagonists who have not paid for their defeat in blood are ready to abandon the fight.
It may seem stupid to want to start over with a war which has already been lost by the jihadists. The presence of the Russian army makes impossible any direct confrontation. Far from being eliminated, the Syrian population is now battle-hardened, ready to suffer even more hardship, and is much better armed than before. Above all, it has given the situation some serious thought, and is less manipulable than it was in 2011. However, just as before, Western political rhetoric has once again taken up its refrain « Bachar must go ».
Logically, therefore, the conflict will have to start again on another battle-field. While in the past, Admiral Cebrowski had planned to take the next stage of the war to Central Asia and the South-East, his successors will first have to finish the job in the Greater Middle East. They are currently studying the possibility of relighting the fire in Iraq, as we see with the spectacular about-face of the Rohani administration and the riots in Bassorah.


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The Arabic-language al-Mayadeen TV channel quoted a well-informed source in Jisr al-Shughour as disclosing that the White Helmets are planning to transfer a large volume of poisonous materials to Qala al-Maziq and Kafr Naboudeh in Northern Hama as requested by their foreign backers.

It went on to say that the terrorists and the White Helmets are planning to make a ten-minute video of a fake chemical attack to send two copeis of the video to the United Nations, adding that a meeting which was to be held over the release of the video of the fake chemical attack has been postponed.

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.Job Title: TA Information Management Officer, (Nutrition), NO-B, 364 DaysJob Number: 515497Location: Maiduguri, BornoWork Type: Temporary AppointmentJob DescriptionHow can you make a difference?Under the guidance and supervision of Nutrition manager, the Information management officer (IMO) will be mainly responsible for the collection, analysis and sharing of nutrition program information, including technical support, capacity building, and coordination of information management activities at the field level.He/she will be based in Maiduguri with frequent travels to the field sites, where UNICEF has supported nutrition program.He/she will contribute in developing and implementing nutrition information system to monitor the progress and incorporate lessons within the nutrition program.The IMO will work closely with the UNICEF focal point in field office and with SMOH, state nutrition officer in strengthening the capacity of government system in the Borno and Yobe state for nutrition information management and its use for programming.He/she will support the efforts of state government for proper data management and its use for nutrition program design and monitoring progress.Main ResponsibilitiesThe main responsibilities of the IMO will include but not limited to the following:Compile, clean and analyse nutrition data including Community Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM), Vitamin A supplementation, Infant and Young Child Feeding Practice (IYCFP), Micronutrients etcPrepare and share the updated state data base, 5Ws and sitrep within the given timelinePrepare produce fact sheets and dash board on monthly and quarterly basisProduce interactive maps with latest information and update on regular basisAssess trends and measures outcomes relating to achievement of project targets to support evidence-based programming.Monitor and support the nutrition team in the ground and provide feedback based on data analysis to ensure consistency and accuracy of nutrition program dataReports presentations, in a statistical manner and analysis, should be precise, present the program data to the Nutrition sector information management technical working groups for validations.Represent UNICEF in different nutrition sector forum, as well as in the states where program is implementedBuild the capacity of the state counter parts and partners, to be able to undertake all stages data management and analysisPrepare briefs and presentations as and when needed for decision making and prioritization of nutrition interventions."Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive."End Product/Deliverables: (e.g. final report, article, document etc.)- give specific descriptions of end products and specific time/dates they are expected for contract running into several months.State data base and 5Ws are prepared regularly as per organization needsDash board and fact sheet are developed at least one in each quarterFeedback report is prepared based on data analysis and shared on monthly basisTo qualify as an advocate for every child you will have.

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From remarks by EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at a plenary session of the European Parliament on the threat of demolition of Khan al-Ahmar and other illegally constructed Bedouin villages:

...The European Union does not and will not give up on a negotiated two-state solution. We will continue our engagement on the ground in support of building a viable Palestinian state, in support of the essential work that UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East] is doing, and in support of projects that keep the perspective of a two-state solution alive. Several Member States are involved in the funding of Khan al-Ahmar, in particular, the Tyre school. Thanks to their engagement, hundreds of Palestinian children have been able to go to school and receive quality education.

Here are a couple of photos of the "tire school."



See the map of "Palestine" painted in the colors of the PLO flag on the school?

It doesn't look like this EU-funded school teaches the kids anything about a two-state solution. The "peace" that these kids are taught - symbolized by the doves - comes from driving out any Jews who want self-determination in the region.

How can Federica Mogherini self-righteously proclaim that the EU is solidly behind the two state solution when she admits that the EU proudly funds schools that teach generations of kids that Israel must be conquered?

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German SPD leader rejects Syria intervention without U.N. mandateBERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Wednesday her party would not agree to military intervention in Syria if the United Nations did not authorize the international community to take such action. "As long as this doesn't happen, we Social Democrats can't agree to a violent intervention in Syria," Andrea Nahles told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. ...



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Skripal and Syria... The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia
FINIAN CUNNINGHAM | 10.09.2018 | WORLD / EUROPE | FEATURED STORY

Skripal and Syria… The Imperative of Criminalizing Russia


There is a direct link between Britain’s sensational allegations against Russia in the Skripal affair and NATO’s losing covert war in Syria.
That’s not just the opinion of critical observers. Britain’s ambassador to the United Nations made the explicit link when she called an “emergency meeting” of the Security Council earlier this week.
The Security Council meeting was convened only hours after British counter-terrorism police released video images claiming to identify two Russian men, whom it said were responsible for the alleged poison assassination attempt on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in England earlier this year.
The council meeting also followed swiftly on the heels of British Prime Minister Theresa May telling her parliament that the culprits were Russian military intelligence officers acting on orders from the Kremlin. May did not give supporting evidence. It was bald assertion.
In this short clip, Britain’s envoy to the UN Karen Pierce tells reporters the rationale of the British government in convening the emergency session at the Security Council. The envoy reveals more than she intended.
She says that the United Kingdom and its allies would “continue to contest the Russian view of the world in which their state operatives can carry out these sorts of attacks [in England] and can encourage and support the Syrian authorities in their attacks on civilians.”
Pierce added: “So this is actually a continuum, if you like, of contesting that view of the world where you can act outside the norms of international rules and civilized behavior.”
Evidently, the British government is trying to criminalize both Russia and Syria at the same time, over the same alleged crime – unlawful use of chemical weapons.
That would account for why the British authorities have been unduly hasty in accusing the Russian state of culpability in the Skripal affair. By undermining and smearing Russia as a “pariah state”, it is then possible to stifle Russia’s crucial military support for Syria. This is especially urgent given the juncture in the Syria war where NATO-backed militants are staring at final defeat.
The US, Britain and France have all recently threatened to use military power against the Syrian government forces “if” the latter launch chemical weapons attacks. That of course is a cynical pretext for the NATO states to find a legal cover for aggression against Syria.
The allegations of “imminent” chemical weapon use by the Syrian government are also baseless since Damascus no longer possesses any such munitions, or indeed has any military need for such weapons.
What the Skripal affair is therefore trying to do is inculcate in the public mind that Russia has no scruples about using chemical weapons to kill people, which in turn reinforces the notion that Moscow’s Syrian ally also has no scruples about killing people with toxic materials.
The NATO claims of Syrian national forces using chemical weapons have been shown to be false. In recent days, Russian envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia demanded that the US present details of a Pentagon target list of chemical weapons sites in Syria. The US balked.
By contrast, there is a healthy skepticism among the Western public about official allegations against the Syrian government. Pink Floyd’s legendary singer-songwriter Roger Waters speaks for many when he recently called out the NATO-backed so-called rescue group, the White Helmets, as being implicated in orchestrating chemical attacks for propaganda purposes.
In order to overcome the propaganda problem of demonizing the Syrian government and giving itself a pretext for launching military strikes on Syria, the NATO powers therefore have to boost their flagging “false flag” narrative of chemical weapons responsibility.
By criminalizing Russia for allegedly using chemical weapons “on the streets of Britain”, it is a ploy to augment the dubious narrative criminalizing Syria.
Here is British envoy Pierce speaking again: “The reason the Security Council has not been able to act on CW [chemical weapon] use in Syria is because of Russia. There is a circularity here. Russia is the key to upholding the universal ban on CW use. And the world would be better if Russia would join us in making that ban absolutely watertight.”
Britain’s use of the word “circularity” is certainly apt – albeit for a completely different reason. The actual circular logic is to criminalize both Russia and Syria over chemical weapons. Russia, it is calculated, will then not have the authority to use its veto power at the Security Council in order to prevent the three NATO powers on the council from launching their much-desired military attack on Syria to salvage their losing covert war.
The reckless haste by which the British authorities are accusing Russia over the Skripal affair – a haste which makes a mockery of legal due process and diplomatic norms – can plausibly be explained by the urgency of the NATO powers to free up their military plans on Syria.
How can the release of video images allegedly of two Russian nationals in Britain be possibly attributed to the Kremlin? Two Russian men – if indeed that is genuine information – are supposed to be “compelling evidence” that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an assassination. It is a preposterous leap of imagination and a travesty of legal process, but it is revealing of an execrable British prejudice of Russophobia.
One possible theory in the Skripal affair is that the two alleged Russian men were members of organized crime. Reports emerged this week that former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal was working with Spanish state security services to crackdown on Russian underworld gangs. It is possible that the gangs uncovered Skripal’s meddling in their illicit business model, and simply sent a couple of heavies over to Britain to deal with him. But how such a hypothetical account can be twisted by the British authorities to be “proof” of Kremlin involvement is a telling question.
It is significant that the British authorities have flatly refused requests from the Russian side for information to identify the alleged Skripal hitmen. For example, British regulations require fingerprints to be submitted by all visitors to the country. Why have the British refused to give fingerprints to Russian authorities which could then lead to an identification and perhaps explanation of the two alleged suspects?
The British don’t want to know the truth, because their official narrative of criminalizing the Russian state is the imperative one. And that is because of the urgency for NATO to find a legal, political cover for its military aggression against Syria.

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Chilean salmon farms are looking to boost sales to China (image: Sam Beebe)

Following rapid expansion in neighbouring Chile, Argentina is looking to advance the installation of salmon farms despite the risks intensive production present to its unique and sensitive biodiversity.

The Southern Cone countries are responding to increased demand for salmon globally, with China as a booming new market. The Asian country doubled imports from Chile in the first half of this year, according to official figures.

“China is a very significant market and we are optimistic that it will continue to grow. Consumption is increasing and salmon is already a part of the Chinese diet”, says Arturo Clement, president of SalmonChile, an industry association, and he adds: “For many years, we have been waiting for this to happen”.

Argentina spawns salmon industry

With a close eye on this trend, Argentina has initiated feasibility studies to begin production in the Beagle Channel, a strait in the southernmost Tierra del Fuego region of South America.

The first step will be to evaluate potentially suitable sites for production, according to spokespersons from the Argentine Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Biodiversity experts and environmental groups see these studies as a mere formality that will be overshadowed by the interest in expanding production in Patagonia, which has lingered for years.

However, biodiversity experts and environmental groups see these studies as a mere formality that will be overshadowed by the interest in expanding production in Patagonia, which has lingered for years.

They also claim the introduction of salmon farms violates the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity, an international agreement signed by Argentina and Chile prohibiting the introduction of ‘exotic’ species.

“There is a good chance that the salmon farms will be set up. They have the capital and the interested investors. However, we are extremely concerned that moving forward with its development would cause irreversible damage to the environment”, says Alexandra Sapoznikow, coordinator of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence.

The introduction of salmon would impact invertebrate organisms unique to the region, such as cold water corals and sponges, experts say.

In Chile and Norway, the world’s leading salmon producers, fish live on a controlled diet based on soybean meal which, when excreted, changes the sea’s chemical composition.

“Each cage can house between 30,000 and 50,000 salmon which defecate all day and contaminate the seabed. The faeces decompose and produce nitrogen and oxygen, altering the quality of the water and leading to the flowering of toxic algae”, says Juan Carlos Cárdenas, director of Chilean NGO EcoOcéanos.

Furthermore, salmon often escape from cages, threatening native fish. “Salmon is not a native species and that brings problems. They are carnivorous, they devour other species in the area, and become predators,” says Estefanía González, oceans coordinator for Greenpeace Chile.

She adds: “Patagonia possesses unique geographical conditions and great environmental diversity. Intense industrial activity involving an exotic species is not compatible with this”.

Argentina and Chile would do well to learn from past experience. A century ago, they introduced trout to Patagonian rivers, primarily for recreational fishing.

Yet uncontrolled breeding meant numbers of the invasive species grew rapidly, leading to devastating impacts on local aquatic ecosystems.

Chile: regional salmon powerhouse

The majority of pink salmon eaten today in Latin America comes from Chilean farms. The country exports two main species: Salmon salar (better known as Atlantic salmon) and the Coho salmon (known as Pacific salmon).

Offical figures show that Chile currently exports 820.000 tons of salmon per year, worth some 4.7 billion dollars. The US, Japan, Brazil and Russia are the largest export destinations, with China growing in prominence having imported 24,000 tons in the first half of this year.

Chilean exports to China are expected to grow in tandem with China’s consumption of other seafood products. Today, China consumes 37% of the world’s seafood and aquatic products, a figure that is expected to exceed 50% within the next decade. 

Cages, for example, are surrounded by nets painted with heavy metals such as copper to prevent the adhesion of marine organisms. These substances are highly toxic and are also harmful to biodiversity.

But there is an inverse relationship with the quality of food imported. “Chile offers a cheaper and poorer quality salmon than Norway”, says Alex Muñoz, director for Latin America of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas initiative. 

“Sales to more demanding markets such as the US are falling, while exports to countries with weaker regulations are steadily growing”.

Other common practices used in salmon production worry environmental groups. Cages, for example, are surrounded by nets painted with heavy metals such as copper to prevent the adhesion of marine organisms. These substances are highly toxic and are also harmful to biodiversity.

Dyes are used to make the salmon meat pink since it is naturally white when produced industrially. Wild salmon, on the other hand, feed on shrimp and crabs, which gives it its particular colour.

Antibiotic consumption

Industrial salmon production can also pose health risks for consumers as a result of exposure to high levels of antibiotics, especially in Chile.

Oceana, an NGO, estimates that by weight, Chile uses almost 700 times more antibiotics than Norway to produce salmon.

While Chile produced 727.8 tons of salmon using 382.5 tons of antibiotics in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, Norway produced nearly twice as much salmon (over 1.233 tons) using just 523 kilos, or half a ton, of antibiotic substances.

According to the Chilean salmon association, salmon reaches consumers without antibiotics, which are used as growth promoters and not to prevent diseases.

They say producers must respect a grace period, during which time fish metabolise the chemical and expel it from the body. However, this does not always happen and antibiotics ingested through eating salmon can generate resistance to them.

For this reason, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have called on companies to use antibiotics responsibly.

“An exorbitant amount of antibiotics is used and there are no regulations controlling their use. The industry gives healthy salmon antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. In addition, there are problems with inspection and control, which should ensure that the grace period is being respected”, says Cárdenas. “The consumers do not know what they are eating”, he warns.

Large supermarket chains in the US and Canada have in recent years rejected imports of salmon from Chile because of their high levels of antibiotics and food safety concerns.

China introduced imports of Chilean salmon following a half-decade diplomatic conflict with Norway. Meanwhile, concern over food safety has become a hot topic in China, given new regulations enabling trout to be labelled and sold as salmon. 

But while Chile and Argentina look to capitalise on the growth in consumption amid looser regulations in China, other parts of the world are scaling back imports.

Large supermarket chains in the US and Canada have in recent years rejected imports of salmon from Chile because of their high levels of antibiotics and food safety concerns. Moreover, Washington State, in the US recently banned the installation of cultivation centres due their environmental impacts.

For Muñoz, ignoring these moves would be disaster: “Argentina’s Patagonia is one of the last wild and pristine ecosystems in the world.  The country would make a monumental mistake if salmon farming were to be developed.  It is an exotic and invasive species which generates an environmental problem that is difficult to solve”.

This article was previously published by Dialogo Chino and can be read here.

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          Another Coalition Strike On Yemen Civilian Bus Occurs The Same Day US Affirms It Stands By Saudis      Cache   Translate Page      

Just as the U.S. in typical fashion continues lecturing countries like Syria, Russia, and Iran over severe human rights violations, including allegations of everything from launching barrel bomb strikes on civilian areas in Idlib to chemical weapons attacks to sensational spy poisoning ops in the U.K., the Saudi-US coalition in Yemen has attacked another bus full of children and civilians in Yemen

On Wednesday multiple Yemeni journalists reporting from on the ground confirmed a new airstrike resulting in mass civilian casualties, this time a Saudi-US coalition strike scored a direct hit on a bus station in beseiged Hodeidah City.

The strike occurred the same day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced they've certified the legality of US assistance to the coalition in Yemen before Congress.

Aftermath of the reported Wednesday airstrike in Hodeidah, via Hussain Albukhaiti

And this further comes, as NPR reports, after a long litany of instances of the coalition "causing disproportionate civilian deaths in the Yemen conflict because of airstrikes that have hit markets, weddings and even a bus carrying children from summer camp." The Red Cross identified 40 children dead from that first major bus attack in Yemen's north on August 9th. 

Sanaa-based journalist Ahmad Algohbary reports of the new Wednesday attack:

Civilians were Killed & injured by Saudi led coalition airstrikes on bus station in Hodeidah City, Yemen. The warplanes are preventing the paramedics from getting into the attack scene.

Mainstream media has been slow to pick up the new report, however the graphic video of the aftermath of the horrific airstrike spread quickly on social media, and was quickly picked up by various journalists (warning: graphic content).

The video shows what appears to be a burning bus or large vehicle in the aftermath of an alleged airstrike, with casualties lying on the ground, some of them lifeless and beginning to be evacuated by first responders. 

Early unconfirmed reports counted upwards of 15 men, women, and children among the dead, with many more wounded. 

Beirut-based Al Masdar News reports, citing a local human rights group:

According to their report, at least 15 civilians were killed in the Kilo area of the Hodeidah Governorate after the Saudi Coalition heavily bombarded this part of the province.

This latest bombing the Saudi Coalition comes as the Gulf-backed forces resume their large-scale offensive inside the Hodeidah Governorate.

Also on Wednesday Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified the legality of US assistance to the coalition in Yemen.

Mattis, subsequent to Pompeo's announcement of Congressional approval, published a statement reaffirming the United States' commitment to partnering with the Saudis and UAE in their war on Yemen's Houthi rebels, seen by Washington as Iran's proxy.

Secretary Mattis' statement begins, "I endorse and fully support Secretary Pompeo's certification to the Congress that the governments of Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are making every effort to reduce the risk of civilian casualties and collateral damage to civilian infrastructure resulting from their military operations to end the civil war in Yemen".

A handful of Congressional leaders have sought to shut down US military action in Yemen.

Pompeo's certification allows the Pentagon to continue fueling coalition jets, and other areas of partnership such as intelligence sharing. 

The statements also come as the United Nations has declared the Yemen war the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.


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To meet China’s demand, Chile and Argentina are scaling up fish farming. This bodes ill for the Southern Cone's unique and sensitive biodiversity. Español

Chilean salmon farms are looking to boost sales to China (image: Sam Beebe)

Following rapid expansion in neighbouring Chile, Argentina is looking to advance the installation of salmon farms despite the risks intensive production present to its unique and sensitive biodiversity.

The Southern Cone countries are responding to increased demand for salmon globally, with China as a booming new market. The Asian country doubled imports from Chile in the first half of this year, according to official figures.

“China is a very significant market and we are optimistic that it will continue to grow. Consumption is increasing and salmon is already a part of the Chinese diet”, says Arturo Clement, president of SalmonChile, an industry association, and he adds: “For many years, we have been waiting for this to happen”.

Argentina spawns salmon industry

With a close eye on this trend, Argentina has initiated feasibility studies to begin production in the Beagle Channel, a strait in the southernmost Tierra del Fuego region of South America.

The first step will be to evaluate potentially suitable sites for production, according to spokespersons from the Argentine Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Biodiversity experts and environmental groups see these studies as a mere formality that will be overshadowed by the interest in expanding production in Patagonia, which has lingered for years.

However, biodiversity experts and environmental groups see these studies as a mere formality that will be overshadowed by the interest in expanding production in Patagonia, which has lingered for years.

They also claim the introduction of salmon farms violates the UN’s Convention on Biological Diversity, an international agreement signed by Argentina and Chile prohibiting the introduction of ‘exotic’ species.

“There is a good chance that the salmon farms will be set up. They have the capital and the interested investors. However, we are extremely concerned that moving forward with its development would cause irreversible damage to the environment”, says Alexandra Sapoznikow, coordinator of the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence.

The introduction of salmon would impact invertebrate organisms unique to the region, such as cold water corals and sponges, experts say.

In Chile and Norway, the world’s leading salmon producers, fish live on a controlled diet based on soybean meal which, when excreted, changes the sea’s chemical composition.

“Each cage can house between 30,000 and 50,000 salmon which defecate all day and contaminate the seabed. The faeces decompose and produce nitrogen and oxygen, altering the quality of the water and leading to the flowering of toxic algae”, says Juan Carlos Cárdenas, director of Chilean NGO EcoOcéanos.

Furthermore, salmon often escape from cages, threatening native fish. “Salmon is not a native species and that brings problems. They are carnivorous, they devour other species in the area, and become predators,” says Estefanía González, oceans coordinator for Greenpeace Chile.

She adds: “Patagonia possesses unique geographical conditions and great environmental diversity. Intense industrial activity involving an exotic species is not compatible with this”.

Argentina and Chile would do well to learn from past experience. A century ago, they introduced trout to Patagonian rivers, primarily for recreational fishing.

Yet uncontrolled breeding meant numbers of the invasive species grew rapidly, leading to devastating impacts on local aquatic ecosystems.

Chile: regional salmon powerhouse

The majority of pink salmon eaten today in Latin America comes from Chilean farms. The country exports two main species: Salmon salar (better known as Atlantic salmon) and the Coho salmon (known as Pacific salmon).

Offical figures show that Chile currently exports 820.000 tons of salmon per year, worth some 4.7 billion dollars. The US, Japan, Brazil and Russia are the largest export destinations, with China growing in prominence having imported 24,000 tons in the first half of this year.

Chilean exports to China are expected to grow in tandem with China’s consumption of other seafood products. Today, China consumes 37% of the world’s seafood and aquatic products, a figure that is expected to exceed 50% within the next decade. 

Cages, for example, are surrounded by nets painted with heavy metals such as copper to prevent the adhesion of marine organisms. These substances are highly toxic and are also harmful to biodiversity.

But there is an inverse relationship with the quality of food imported. “Chile offers a cheaper and poorer quality salmon than Norway”, says Alex Muñoz, director for Latin America of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas initiative. 

“Sales to more demanding markets such as the US are falling, while exports to countries with weaker regulations are steadily growing”.

Other common practices used in salmon production worry environmental groups. Cages, for example, are surrounded by nets painted with heavy metals such as copper to prevent the adhesion of marine organisms. These substances are highly toxic and are also harmful to biodiversity.

Dyes are used to make the salmon meat pink since it is naturally white when produced industrially. Wild salmon, on the other hand, feed on shrimp and crabs, which gives it its particular colour.

Antibiotic consumption

Industrial salmon production can also pose health risks for consumers as a result of exposure to high levels of antibiotics, especially in Chile.

Oceana, an NGO, estimates that by weight, Chile uses almost 700 times more antibiotics than Norway to produce salmon.

While Chile produced 727.8 tons of salmon using 382.5 tons of antibiotics in 2016, the latest year for which data is available, Norway produced nearly twice as much salmon (over 1.233 tons) using just 523 kilos, or half a ton, of antibiotic substances.

According to the Chilean salmon association, salmon reaches consumers without antibiotics, which are used as growth promoters and not to prevent diseases.

They say producers must respect a grace period, during which time fish metabolise the chemical and expel it from the body. However, this does not always happen and antibiotics ingested through eating salmon can generate resistance to them.

For this reason, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) have called on companies to use antibiotics responsibly.

“An exorbitant amount of antibiotics is used and there are no regulations controlling their use. The industry gives healthy salmon antibiotics to keep them from getting sick. In addition, there are problems with inspection and control, which should ensure that the grace period is being respected”, says Cárdenas. “The consumers do not know what they are eating”, he warns.

Large supermarket chains in the US and Canada have in recent years rejected imports of salmon from Chile because of their high levels of antibiotics and food safety concerns.

China introduced imports of Chilean salmon following a half-decade diplomatic conflict with Norway. Meanwhile, concern over food safety has become a hot topic in China, given new regulations enabling trout to be labelled and sold as salmon. 

But while Chile and Argentina look to capitalise on the growth in consumption amid looser regulations in China, other parts of the world are scaling back imports.

Large supermarket chains in the US and Canada have in recent years rejected imports of salmon from Chile because of their high levels of antibiotics and food safety concerns. Moreover, Washington State, in the US recently banned the installation of cultivation centres due their environmental impacts.

For Muñoz, ignoring these moves would be disaster: “Argentina’s Patagonia is one of the last wild and pristine ecosystems in the world.  The country would make a monumental mistake if salmon farming were to be developed.  It is an exotic and invasive species which generates an environmental problem that is difficult to solve”.

This article was previously published by Dialogo Chino and can be read here.

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Has the Emerging-Economy Crisis Cycle Ended?

José Antonio Ocampo

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BOGOTÁ – Crises are nothing new for emerging economies, which have repeated the same patterns again and again, with often-devastating results. But have those patterns finally been broken?

Emerging economies have experienced boom-bust cycles in external financing for decades. The boom phase generates current-account, fiscal, and private-sector deficits – outcomes that are compounded by increases in domestic financing. Eventually, however, high debt levels lead to a loss of confidence and sharp cuts in external financing – a so-called sudden stop – producing balance-of-payments, fiscal, and financial crises.

Then, contagion sets in, as increasingly risk-averse investors, particularly short-term investors from developed-country markets, begin to withdraw funds from other countries to cover losses they incurred in the economies where the crises originated. With that, the crises spill across borders, affecting whole regions or even the entire class of emerging economies.

That is what happened in Latin America in the 1980s, when Mexico’s moratorium on external debt servicing in August 1982 sparked a region-wide debt crisis. The same thing occurred in East Asia in the 1990s: the crisis began in Thailand in July 1997 with the collapse of the baht, and quickly spread to other East Asian countries. It became a broad-based emerging-economy crisis in August 1998, after Russia imposed a moratorium on payments by commercial banks to foreign creditors.

The 2008 crisis played out a bit differently. It began in the developed world, with the fall of the US investment bank Lehman Brothers that September, and initially spread to emerging economies. But, after just over a year, the bust became a boom, as expansionary monetary policies in the developed world drove yield-seeking investors toward emerging markets.

The question that is now being hotly debated is whether this financing boom planted the seeds of a new emerging-economy crisis. We may soon learn the answer. After all, as history shows, all it takes is for one country to break down. Today, that country could be Turkey.

Last week, the Turkish lira plummeted, triggering the depreciation of more currencies, especially those of South Africa and Argentina, though all floating Latin American currencies also faced depreciation, as did those of the Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and several East Asian countries, including China. Risk premia increased, and equity prices fell.

It is impossible to say for sure whether a new broad-based crisis is in the offing. After all, it would have been difficult to predict that the 1982 Mexican moratorium and the 1997 collapse of the baht would generate broad-based, protracted crises, or that the 2008 crisis would only briefly sweep up the emerging economies.

Nonetheless, there are reasons to think that old patterns may no longer apply. At its peak, during the week of August 8-15, the currencies of Argentina, South Africa, and Turkey depreciated by 8-14% against the US dollar. Yet the currencies of other emerging economies depreciated by no more than 4%.

This suggests that contagion is not taking hold as easily as it has in the past, and that broad-based sudden stops may be less likely. Even the most affected economies were able to limit the fallout of their currency collapses, with the Turkish authorities’ swift response to the lira collapse and the Argentinian central bank’s sharp interest-rate hikes having partly calmed markets.

This seems to reflect a new resilience to contagion that has formed over the last ten years or so. Emerging economies’ external financing was barely affected by the eurozone crisis, which peaked in 2011-2012, or the US Federal Reserve’s initial announcement, in 2013, that it would roll back its expansionary monetary policies. Even the commodity-price drop of 2014, which weakened the currencies of several commodity-exporting economies, brought no sudden stop in external financing. And the wave of capital flight from China in 2015 and early 2016 produced no broad-based effects.

This may be because investors are now taking a more nuanced approach to their analyses of country risk. Instead of painting all emerging economies with the same brush, they are accounting for each country’s economic fundamentals, domestic political stability, and relationships with others (for example, Turkey’s current diplomatic tensions with the United States).

So, judging by the limited contagion from the Turkish crisis, and from other recent episodes, it seems that old patterns may no longer obtain. But that does not mean that emerging economies are in the clear. On the contrary, they still have plenty to worry about, not least rising protectionist sentiment and trade tensions among major global powers. Smart policies, together with an improved global financial safety net from the International Monetary Fund, therefore remain of the utmost importance.


José Antonio Ocampo is a board member of Banco de la República, Colombia's central bank, professor at Columbia University, and Chair of the UN Economic and Social Council’s Committee for Development Policy. He was Minister of Finance of Colombia and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. He is the co-author (with Luis Bértola) of The Economic Development of Latin America since Independence.
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(NBC News) – As climate change brings rising temperatures, droughts, shifting patterns of precipitation, and longer growing seasons, plants and animals are evolving to keep pace.

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warmer climate means malaria, West Nile virus and other diseases long confined primarily to the tropics will spread into temperate zones. As a result, people living in the U.S. and other developed nations will be exposed to these illnesses, and our immune systems will be forced to evolve new defenses. That, in turn, could cause other, noninfectious diseases.

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These migrations will erode the geographic barriers that once separated human populations. In fact, this process is already underway. As of 2017, 258 million people were living in a country other than the one they were born in — an increase of 49 percent since 2000, according to a report from the United Nations. A World Bank report released in March predicts that climate change will cause 140 million people to migrate by 2050, with those now living in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America especially likely to migrate.

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L’attuale situazione umanitaria in Siria e in Iraq configura una crisi prolungata e complessa con un grave impatto sulle popolazioni civili locali e sui paesi limitrofi. Sette anni dopo l’inizio del conflitto in Siria, infatti, i dati delle Nazioni Unite restano allarmanti e dimostrano quanto ancora siano ingenti ed urgenti i bisogni delle persone colpite dalla crisi e quanto lavoro sia necessario nel quadro della risposta ad essa.
In Siria, più di 13 milioni di persone sono in stato di bisogno; vi sono 6,6 milioni di sfollati interni, mentre 5,6 milioni sono i rifugiati registrati nei paesi limitrofi, principalmente in Turchia, Libano e Giordania. In Iraq, 8,7 milioni di persone sono in stato di necessità, di cui più di 4 milioni di bambini. La presente indagine, alla sua terza edizione, copre 7 paesi – Siria, Iraq, Libano, Giordania, Turchia, Egitto e Cipro – e presenta dati relativi alla risposta alla crisi umanitaria delle istituzioni ecclesiali negli anni 2017-2018. I dati raccolti sono stati forniti da 84 istituzioni ecclesiali: 53 agenzie caritative d’ispirazione cattolica, 10 diocesi di Siria e Iraq e 21 istituti religiosi operanti in Siria, Iraq, Libano e Giordania. Essi fanno riferimento a fondi mobilitati, beneficiari raggiunti, settori d’intervento prioritari, difficoltà e problematiche riscontrate, orientamenti identificati per il prossimo futuro. Tra gli obiettivi principali dell’indagine vi è quello di ottenere un quadro complessivo unitario della risposta della rete ecclesiale alla crisi umanitaria siriana e irachena e di identificare linee comuni di riflessione e orientamenti condivisi di azione per il prossimo futuro.
Nell’indagine coesistono e si integrano due dimensioni del lavoro della Chiesa: il lavoro umanitario, svolto nei confronti di tutte le persone in stato di bisogno, in conformità con i principi e gli standard umanitari, e quello specifico di assistenza e supporto alle comunità cristiane locali colpite dalla crisi. Ciascuna istituzione, sulla base del proprio mandato e della propria missione, opera nel contesto di crisi secondo le proprie specificità e priorità d’intervento. Lo studio contiene quindi elementi di riflessione e orientamenti riguardanti entrambi gli aspetti. L’indagine, quindi, da un lato focalizza l’attenzione sui dati relativi all’anno 2017 e su quelli di previsione del 2018, dall’altro analizza le tendenze registrate dal 2014.
L’analisi mostra come il biennio 2017-2018 costituisca un periodo molto significativo per la risposta alla crisi. Con la sua evoluzione, infatti, cambiano e si evolvono anche i bisogni delle popolazioni e il lavoro degli attori umanitari e si rileva una sempre più marcata differenziazione tra i diversi paesi. Nonostante in Siria il conflitto continui in alcune zone del paese – dove si deve far ancora fronte a bisogni di prima necessità -, l’indagine mostra come per la prima volta ci si stia proiettando verso il futuro anche nelle attività di risposta alla crisi, con la fine della fase acuta dell’emergenza nella maggior parte delle aree d’intervento e il passaggio alla fase di early recovery. 2 In continuità con gli anni passati, due elementi caratterizzano l’azione della rete ecclesiale: la multisettorialità e la capillarità. L’azione della Chiesa è infatti distribuita su un’ampia varietà di settori d’intervento e molti programmi coprono più settori contemporaneamente. La capillarità può essere declinata con riferimento alla distribuzione geografica degli interventi – pur con i limiti imposti dalla sicurezza - e all’elevato numero di risorse umane impiegate.
A livello geografico, le azioni della rete ecclesiale hanno un’estensione territoriale molto vasta: in Siria si focalizzano principalmente nelle zone di Aleppo e Damasco, in Iraq nel nord del paese e nella piana di Ninive, in Libano e Giordania e Turchia rispettivamente a Beirut, Amman, Istanbul e nelle aree di confine con la Siria, dove si concentra il maggior numero di rifugiati. I dati raccolti testimoniano inoltre quanto la rete ecclesiale sia in grado di mobilitare un elevato numero di risorse umane impegnate nelle attività di risposta all’emergenza, in continua crescita di anno in anno: vi sono attualmente più di 5.800 professionisti e più di 8.300 volontari nei sette paesi, che si uniscono a sacerdoti e religiosi operanti in loco. DATI 2017 Secondo le informazioni raccolte, la rete ecclesiale nel 2017 ha allocato più di 286 milioni USD per la risposta alla crisi nei sette paesi e raggiunto all’incirca 4,6 milioni di beneficiari. Il dato è particolarmente significativo perché è il più elevato dal 2014 e testimonia come l’impegno della Chiesa non solo sia rimasto costante, ma si sia consolidato e rafforzato negli anni, adattandosi ai cambiamenti contestuali. Dai dati analizzati si rileva che, nel 2017, il 35% dei fondi (ca. 100 milioni USD) è stato destinato alla Siria, il 30% al Libano, il 17% all’Iraq e il 9% alla Giordania. Nell’anno 2017 i settori d’intervento prioritari risultano essere i seguenti: - Istruzione, con più di 73 milioni USD, di cui 45 milioni allocati in Libano; 
- Aiuto alimentare, con più di 54 milioni USD, fortemente influenzato dalle azioni in Siria, cui è stato destinato l’83% dei fondi di tale settore; 
- Sanità, con circa 30 milioni USD (11% dei fondi totali allocati), di cui il 38% destinato alla Siria. Seppure tali dati siano in continuità con quelli degli anni precedenti, lo studio rileva invece come comincino ad essere evidenti alcuni primi segnali di nuovi orientamenti: percentuali significative dell’aiuto, infatti, sono allocate alle azioni di livelihood (si intendono qui tutte quelle attività atte a fornire e rafforzare mezzi di sussistenza alle famiglie, attività generatrici di reddito, formazione professionale, creazione di opportunità lavorative), al sostegno per gli affitti e la riabilitazione delle case (soprattutto in Iraq), al supporto psicosociale e alla protezione legale (in particolare in Libano).
DATI 2018 (dati di previsione, aggiornati al mese di luglio) 
Il 2018 può essere definito come un anno di sostanziale cambiamento nella risposta alla crisi, parallelamente all’evoluzione del contesto politico in Siria e in Iraq. Diminuisce progressivamente una risposta di tipo puramente emergenziale, mentre si rafforza il lavoro su programmi di resilienza e early recovery, con uno sguardo ad azioni di maggiore impatto nel medio-lungo termine. In Siria vi sono ancora zone dove gli aiuti di prima necessità restano prioritari, ma in altre zone del paese, così come nel nord dell’Iraq e nei paesi limitrofi, l’attenzione si rivolge a come dare alle famiglie maggiore stabilità per riscostruirsi un futuro.
In Iraq diventa centrale il fenomeno dei ritorni volontari nella piana di Ninive, dove si concentrano gli aiuti della Chiesa nel paese. Secondo le informazioni raccolte, nel 2018 la rete ecclesiale ha mobilitato circa 230 milioni USD e raggiunto 3,9 milioni di beneficiari. Sebbene il dato sia inferiore a quello del 2017, va valutato come particolarmente significativo perché è un dato di previsione aggiornato al luglio 2018, che tuttavia già dimostra una tenuta dell’impegno della rete ecclesiale a fronte di una crisi prolungata. La Siria resta il paese in cui sono allocate il maggior numero di risorse (31%), ma con una distribuzione più omogenea rispetto al passato tra i vari paesi: il 25% dei fondi è destinato al Libano, il 22% all’Iraq e il 15% in Giordania. Va tuttavia rilevato come, rispetto al 2017, diminuiscano in valore assoluto i fondi destinati a Siria e Libano, restino pressoché stabili quelli allocati in Iraq e aumentino quelli destinati alla Giordania. L’analisi dei settori d’intervento prioritari mostra chiaramente i cambiamenti in atto, ancora a livello embrionale nel 2017:- L’istruzione resta il settore prioritario, con più di 46 milioni USD allocati, di cui il 50% in Libano; 
- La sanità cresce nel valore dei fondi allocati (18% del totale) e vede la Siria come il paese in cui sono destinati il 50% dei fondi di settore (in crescita rispetto agli anni precedenti): - Crescono i fondi allocati per le attività di livelihood (10% del totale), con programmi realizzati soprattutto in Libano (41%). Diminuiscono invece in modo significativo i fondi allocati per l’aiuto alimentare (31 milioni USD in meno rispetto al 2017, 7% del totale utilizzati in prevalenza in Siria) e per la fornitura di beni non alimentari (5% del totale, prevalentemente destinati a Siria e Iraq). 
PROBLEMATICHE IDENTIFICATE E PRIORITA’ D’INTERVENTO FUTURE
L’indagine mostra come, con il passare degli anni, problematiche e difficoltà vadano sempre più differenziandosi tra i diversi paesi. Tra le principali difficoltà identificate, in Siria resta prevalente la questione della sicurezza e dell’accesso in alcune aree del paese, legata all’instabilità della situazione socio-politica, che è tuttavia identificata come preoccupazione peculiare in tutti i paesi. I fondi limitati rispetto ai bisogni manifestati sono una problematica trasversale, seppure identificata come prevalente soprattutto nei paesi limitrofi a Siria e Iraq. Relativamente ai settori d’intervento, l’indagine mostra come, nonostante per la rete ecclesiale siano ambiti prioritari, istruzione e sanità restino anche quelli in cui i bisogni sono più ingenti. Per il settore del livelihood e della creazione si opportunità lavorative, vi è una preoccupazione condivisa di sempre maggiori bisogni non sufficientemente coperti. Una lettura trasversale indica inoltre l’importanza di rafforzare le azioni nei settori del supporto psicosociale e del peacebuilding. 
Coerentemente con questo quadro, l’orientamento relativo ai settori d’intervento in cui la rete ecclesiale intende focalizzare e rafforzare la propria azione nel prossimo futuro vedono tra le priorità trasversali l’istruzione e il livelihood. Operando un distinguo tra i diversi paesi, in Siria seguono la sanità e il supporto psicosociale, in Iraq il sostegno per alloggio e affitti e il peacebuilding, nei paesi limitrofi il supporto psicosociale e la sanità. 
DATI COMPLESSIVI 2014 – 2018 
 Secondo i dati raccolti, la rete ecclesiale dal 2014 ha mobilitato più di 1 miliardo USD per la risposta alla crisi, attingendo a fonti di finanziamento pubbliche (fondi governativi e delle istituzioni internazionali) e private (donazioni, fondazioni, fondi della Chiesa cattolica). A testimonianza dell’impegno rilevante della Chiesa in questa crisi complessa e di lunga durata e dell’attenzione ai suoi sviluppi, si nota un aumento pressoché costante dal 2014 al 2017 e una flessione nel dato di previsione del 2018, che tuttavia conferma un impegno notevole (la cifra resta superiore a 200 milioni USD). 
ELEMENTI DI RIFLESSIONE E ORIENTAMENTI PER IL FUTURO
Dall’indagine scaturiscono alcune riflessioni comuni e condivise e alcuni importanti orientamenti per il lavoro della rete ecclesiale nel prossimo futuro: - Istruzione, sanità e supporto psicosociale restano settori prioritari d’intervento, ma la sfida maggiore è rappresentata oggi dalla risposta a un sempre maggiore bisogno di stabilità per il futuro delle famiglie, attraverso programmi di sviluppo agricolo-economico, di rilancio del tessuto sociale ed economico, di formazione professionale, di avvio di attività lavorative;
- Il rafforzamento di capacità degli attori locali è un impegno importante della rete ecclesiale, che si è ampliato e consolidato negli anni. Esso resta un aspetto essenziale anche per il futuro, soprattutto in un momento in cui competenze e sistemi di gestione sul terreno sono chiamati ad adeguarsi ai cambiamenti in atto; 
- Nell’aiuto ai rifugiati nei paesi limitrofi alla Siria, è necessario prestare un’attenzione crescente alle comunità di accoglienza. Non possono essere sottovalutate le crescenti tensioni intercomunitarie ed è quanto mai importante continuare a lavorare sulla coesione sociale, su un accesso equo ai servizi pubblici, un sostegno alle persone più vulnerabili delle comunità ospitanti, un supporto adeguato alle infrastrutture dei paesi di accoglienza, in particolare nei settori sanitario ed educativo; 
- Il ritorno nelle comunità di origine è uno dei temi centrali della risposta alla crisi e uno degli ambiti prioritari su cui si focalizzerà l’azione della Chiesa nei prossimi anni. Attualmente il fenomeno riguarda prevalentemente l’Iraq e la piana di Ninive (dove la maggior parte di coloro che fanno ritorno sono famiglie cristiane), mentre è più limitato in Siria. Il lavoro che molti organismi stanno realizzando si focalizza sulla risposta ai bisogni più urgenti, tra cui il supporto per la riabilitazione delle case, ma non mancano iniziative importanti per attività di sostegno psicosociale e accompagnamento spirituale e pastorale.
A questo si uniscono i primi interventi di ricostruzione di strutture scolastiche, sanitarie e di siti religiosi. Importante in questo ambito è anche il lavoro di sensibilizzazione affinché siano garantite le condizioni di sicurezza e dignità per un ritorno nelle comunità di origine; - L’attenzione specifica ai bisogni delle comunità cristiane e al loro futuro nella regione mediorientale, così come ai loro bisogni materiali, spirituali e pastorali, costituisce un elemento peculiare per la Chiesa, sia a livello di azioni in loco che di sensibilizzazione a livello locale e internazionale; 
- La collaborazione ecumenica ed interreligiosa è un ulteriore elemento importante del lavoro della rete ecclesiale: nella maggior parte dei casi la collaborazione riguarda partner locali con cui vengono realizzati progetti a favore delle vittime della crisi, in un ampio ventaglio di attività; 
- Gli istituti religiosi (ordini, congregazioni, società di vita apostolica) hanno un ruolo centrale nella risposta alla crisi, sia per il servizio pastorale che svolgono, sia per il lavoro in settori specifici di competenza, quali la sanità, l’istruzione e il supporto psicosociale; - La protezione legale è un settore d’interesse e impegno specifico delle istituzioni ecclesiali: in Libano, ad esempio, è uno dei settori prioritari d’intervento, ma anche in Giordania, Turchia e Cipro l’assistenza e rappresentanza legale, l’accompagnamento dei rifugiati nelle procedure giuridico-amministrative, la tutela dei minori non accompagnati sono aspetti peculiari del lavoro della rete ecclesiale(non mancano iniziative di tutela giuridica delle persone più vulnerabili e privi dei mezzi necessari anche in Siria e in Iraq).
Un rilevante lavoro in questo senso viene svolto anche in Europa, dove le istituzioni ecclesiali costituiscono un costante punto di riferimento per migranti e richiedenti asilo, ma anche per istituzioni governative e della società civile. In questo quadro, vanno anche segnalate le iniziative di corridoi umanitari e sponsorship private per il supporto a famiglie con minori e malati; 
- La rete ecclesiale è fortemente impegnata anche in attività di advocacy, che si diversificano secondo gli obiettivi e il mandato di ogni istituzione: attività e iniziative di sensibilizzazione sui bisogni e i diritti dei rifugiati; attività di fundraising per raccogliere fondi in favore di progetti da realizzarsi in aree affette dalla crisi; attività di sensibilizzazione e denuncia sulla situazione dei cristiani in Siria, in Iraq e più in generale in Medio Oriente, spesso legate a iniziative concrete di supporto alle comunità cristiane; appelli per una pace sostenibile in Siria e nell’intera regione, per una soluzione pacifica e duratura del conflitto; 
 - Infine, comune e condiviso è l’appello affinché l’attenzione sulla crisi e sulla situazione delle popolazioni locali resti elevata e l’impegno per rispondere ai loro bisogni non venga meno.
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THE CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS RESPONSE TO THE IRAQI-SYRIAN HUMANITARIAN CRISI 2017/2018
The current humanitarian situation in Syria and Iraq is a protracted and complex crisis with a serious impact on local civilian populations and neighbouring countries. Seven years on from the start of the conflict in Syria, United Nations figures remain alarming and show how important and urgent the needs of the people affected by the crisis still are, and how much work is needed as part of the response to it. In Syria, more than 13 million people are in need; 6.6 million people are internally displaced, while 5.6 million are refugees registered in neighbouring countries, mainly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. In Iraq, 8.7 million people are in need, including more than 4 million children. This third edition of the survey covers seven countries - Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Cyprus - and presents data on the response of Catholic institutions to the humanitarian crisis in the period 2017-2018. The data collected were provided by 84 Catholic institutions: 53 Catholic-inspired charitable agencies, 10 dioceses in Syria and Iraq, and 21 religious institutes operating in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. The data refer to the funds mobilised, the beneficiaries reached, the priority sectors of intervention, the difficulties and problems encountered, and the guidelines identified for the near future. The main objectives of the survey include obtaining an overall uniform picture of the Church network's response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and Iraq, and identifying common lines of reflection and shared guidelines for action in the near future. Two dimensions of the Church's work coexist within and complement the survey: humanitarian work, carried out for all people in need, without any distinction, in compliance with humanitarian principles and standards, and the specific work of providing assistance and support to local Christian communities affected by the crisis. Each institution, on the basis of its mandate and mission, operates in a crisis context in accordance with its own specificities and intervention priorities. The study therefore contains elements for reflection and guidelines regarding both aspects. On the one hand, the survey focuses on data relating to 2017 and forecast data for 2018, and on the other, analyses the trends registered since 2014. The analysis shows how the two-year period 2017-2018 is highly significant for the response to the crisis. Indeed, with its evolution the needs of populations and the work of humanitarian actors have changed and evolved, and the differentiation between the various countries is increasingly marked. Although in Syria the conflict is continuing in some areas of the country - where basic needs still have to be met - the survey shows how for the first time we are looking towards the future, including in crisis response activities, with the end of the acute phase of the emergency in most sectors of intervention and a transition to the early recovery phase. In continuity with past years, two elements characterise the action of the Church network: multisectorality and comprehensiveness. The Church's action is spread across a wide variety of sectors of intervention and many programmes cover several sectors at the same time. The comprehensiveness may be analysed by referring to the geographical distribution of the interventions - albeit with the limitations imposed by security - and the large number of human resources employed. Geographically, the actions of the Church network cover vast swathes of territory. In Syria, the focus is mainly on the areas of Aleppo and Damascus, in Iraq on the north of the country and the Nineveh Plains, and in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey respectively in Beirut, Amman, Istanbul, and border areas with Syria where the largest numbers of refugees are concentrated. The data collected also bear witness to the extent to which the Church network is able to mobilise a large number of human resources involved in emergency response activities, which is constantly growing year by year. There are currently more than 5,800 professionals and more than 8,300 volunteers in the seven countries, who join forces with priests and religious working on the spot.
2017 DATA
According to the information gathered, in 2017 the Church network allocated more than 286 million USD to the response to the crisis in the seven countries and reached approximately 4.6 million beneficiaries. The figure is particularly significant because it is the highest since 2014 and bears witness to how the Church’s commitment has not only remained constant, but has also been consolidated and strengthened over the years, while adapting to contextual changes. The data analysed show that, in 2017, 35% of funds (approximately 100 million USD) was allocated to Syria, 30% to Lebanon, 17% to Iraq and 9% to Jordan. In 2017, the priority sectors of intervention were: - Education, with over 73 million USD, of which 45 million allocated in Lebanon; - Food aid, with more than 54 million USD, strongly influenced by operations in Syria, to which 83% of the funds in this sector were allocated; - Healthcare, with approximately 30 million USD (11% of total funds allocated), of which 38% allotted to Syria. Although these data are in continuity with those of previous years, the study notes that some early signs of new trends are beginning to emerge. Indeed, significant percentages of the aid are allocated to livelihoods actions (namely, all activities designed to provide and strengthen livelihoods for families, income-generating activities, vocational training, and creation of employment opportunities), to support for rentals and rehabilitation of houses (especially in Iraq), to psychosocial support and to legal protection (particularly in Lebanon).
2018 DATA (forecast data, updated to July)
2018 may be described as a year of substantial change in the response to the crisis, in parallel with the evolution of the political context in Syria and Iraq. A purely emergency type response is steadily decreasing, whilst work on resilience and early recovery programmes is expanding, with an eye kept on actions with greater impact in the medium to long term. In Syria, there are still areas where basic aid remains a priority, but in other parts of the country, as well as in northern Iraq and neighbouring countries, the focus is on how to give families greater stability to rebuild themselves in the future. In Iraq, voluntary returns in the Nineveh Plains, where the Church's aid is concentrated in the country, has become a central issue. According to the information gathered, in 2018 the Church network has mobilised around 230 million USD and reached 3.9 million beneficiaries. Although the figure is lower than the one in 2017, it should be deemed as particularly significant, because it shows that the Church network's commitment has held up in the face of a protracted crisis. Syria is still the country in which the largest amount of resources is allocated (31%), but with a more even distribution among the various countries than in the past: 25% are allocated to Lebanon, 22% to Iraq and 15% to Jordan. However, it should be noted that, compared to 2017, the funds allocated to Syria and Lebanon have decreased in absolute terms, those allocated to Iraq have remained more or less stable, and those allocated to Jordan have increased. An analysis of the priority sectors of intervention clearly shows the changes taking place, which were still at an embryonic stage in 2017: - Education is still the priority sector, with more than 46 million USD allocated, of which 50% in Lebanon; - Healthcare has grown in terms of the amount of funds allocated (18% of the total), with Syria accounting for 50% of the funds allocated to the sector (on the increase compared to previous years); - The funds allocated to livelihoods activities have increased (10% of the total), with programmes carried out mainly in Lebanon (41%). On the other hand, the funds allocated to food aid (31 million USD less than in 2017, with 7% of the total used mainly in Syria), and for the provision of non-food items (5% of the total, mainly for Syria and Iraq), have significantly decreased.
PROBLEMS IDENTIFIED AND FUTURE PRIORITY INTERVENTIONS
The survey shows how, with the passing years, problems and difficulties have become increasingly differentiated between the various countries. Among the main difficulties identified, in Syria the issue of security and access in some areas of the country is still predominant, linked to the instability of the socio-political situation, which is however identified as of particular concern in all countries. Limited funds with respect to the needs manifested is a cross-cutting issue, although it was identified as being prevalent above all in the countries bordering Syria and Iraq. With regard to the sectors of intervention, the survey shows that, even though they are priority areas for the Church network, education and healthcare are still the ones with the greatest needs. Regarding the livelihoods sector and the creation of employment opportunities, there is a shared concern about the growing needs that are insufficiently covered. A cross-cutting interpretation also shows the importance of strengthening actions in the psychosocial support and peacebuilding sectors. In line with this overview, the guidelines for the sectors of intervention on which the Church network intends to focus and strengthen its action in the near future include education and livelihoods among its cross-cutting priorities. Making a distinction between the various countries, in Syria, healthcare and psychosocial support continue, in Iraq, support for housing and rentals and peacebuilding, and in the neighbouring countries, psychosocial support and healthcare.
OVERALL DATA 2014 – 2018
According to the data collected, since 2014 the Church network has mobilised over 1 billion USD for the response to the crisis, drawing on sources of public (government funds and international institutions) and private funding (donations, foundations, Catholic Church funds). As evidence of the Church's significant commitment to this complex and long-running crisis and the attention paid to its developments, one may note an almost steady increase from 2014 to 2017 and a decrease in the 2018 forecast figure, which nevertheless confirms a substantial commitment (the figure is still above 200 million USD). The data for 2018 are still temporary, i.e. partial; an increase is therefore predicted.
ELEMENTS OF REFLECTION AND GUIDELINES FOR THE FUTURE The survey gave rise to some common and shared reflections, and some important guidelines for the Church network's work in the near future: - Education, healthcare and psychosocial support are still priority sectors of intervention, but today's major challenge is responding to an ever-growing need for stability for the future of families, via agricultural and economic development programmes, relaunching the social and economic fabric, vocational training and launching of work activities; - Building the capacities of local actors is an important commitment for the Church network, which has been expanded and consolidated over the years. This is still a vital aspect for the future, especially at a time when skills and management systems on the ground are called upon to adapt to the changes taking place; - In assisting refugees in Syria's neighbouring countries, increasing attention should be paid to host communities. The growing inter-communal tensions cannot be underestimated and it is more important than ever to continue working on social cohesion, fair access to public services, support for the most vulnerable people in the host communities, and adequate support for the host countries' infrastructure, particularly in the healthcare and education sectors; - Return to communities of origin is one of the central themes of the response to the crisis, and also one of the priority areas on which the Church's action will focus in the coming years. Currently the phenomenon mainly concerns Iraq and the Nineveh Plains (where the majority of those who return are Christian families), while it is more limited in Syria. The work that many organisations are doing is focused on responding to the most urgent needs, including support for the rehabilitation of homes, but there are also important initiatives for psychosocial support and spiritual and pastoral accompaniment activities. Combined with this are preliminary initiatives to rebuild schools, clinics and religious sites. It is also important to raise awareness in this area so that secure and dignified conditions for returns to communities of origin are guaranteed; - Specific attention to the needs of Christian communities and their future in the Middle East region, as well as their material, spiritual and pastoral needs, is a special element for the Church, at the level of actions on the spot as well as at the local and international level; - Ecumenical and interreligious collaboration is another important element of the Church network's work. In the majority of cases, cooperation concerns local partners with whom projects are implemented on behalf of the victims of the crisis, via a wide range of activities; - Religious institutes (orders, congregations, societies of apostolic life) play a central role in responding to the crisis, both for the pastoral service they provide, and for work in specific areas of expertise, such as healthcare, education and psychosocial support; - Legal protection is an area of specific interest and commitment for Church institutions. One of the priority sectors of intervention is in Lebanon, for example, but also in Jordan, Turkey and Cyprus legal assistance and representation, accompaniment of refugees in legal and administrative procedures and protection of unaccompanied minors are special aspects of the Church network's work (initiatives regarding legal protection of the most vulnerable and those without the necessary financial resources are not lacking in Syria and Iraq either). Important work in this regard is also carried out in Europe, where Church institutions are a constant reference point for migrants and asylum seekers, but also for government institutions and civil society. In this context, the humanitarian corridors and private sponsorship initiatives to support families with children and sick members should also be mentioned; - The Church network is also strongly committed to advocacy activities, which differ according to each institution's objectives and mandate: activities and initiatives to raise awareness of refugees' needs and rights; fundraising activities for projects to be implemented in areas affected by the crisis; activities to raise awareness and condemn the situation of Christians in Syria, Iraq and more generally in the Middle East, often linked to concrete initiatives to support Christian communities; and calls for a sustainable peace in Syria and throughout the region for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict; - Finally, the common and shared appeal for the level of attention to the crisis and the situation of local populations to remain high and for efforts to respond to their needs to be continued.

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The country's de facto leader acknowledged that the brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority — which the United Nations (UN) has cast as "genocide" — could have been "handled better", but insisted the two reporters had been treated fairly.

"They were not jailed because they were journalists" but because "the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act", she said.

Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were each imprisoned for seven years last week for breaching the country's hardline Official Secrets Act while reporting on atrocities committed during the military crackdown in Rakhine state.

Suu Kyi, once garlanded as a global rights champion, has come under intense pressure to use her moral force inside Myanmar to defend the pair.

Challenging critics of the verdict — including the UN, rights groups who once lionised her, and the United States Vice President Mike Pence — to "point out" where there has been a miscarriage of justice, Suu Kyi said the case upheld the rule of law.

"The case was held in open court... I don't think anybody has bothered to read the summary of the judge," she said during a discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF), adding the pair still had the right to appeal.

Army-led "clearance operations" that started last August drove 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, carrying with them widespread accounts of atrocities — rape, murder and arson — by Myanmar police and troops.

The ferocity of that crackdown has thrust Myanmar into a firestorm of criticism as Western goodwill evaporates towards a country ruled by a ruthless junta until 2015.

A UN fact-finding panel has called for Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing and several other top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said it has jurisdiction to open an investigation, even though Myanmar is not a member of the tribunal.

Suu Kyi, who has bristled at foreign criticism of her country, on Thursday softened her defence of the crackdown against "terrorists" from the Muslim minority.

"There are of course ways (in) which, in hindsight, the situation could have been handled better," she said.

##War on journalism

But she also appeared to turn responsibility onto neighbouring Bangladesh for failing to start the repatriation of the nearly one million-strong Rohingya refugee community to Myanmar.

Bangladesh "was not ready" to start repatriation of the Rohingya in January as agreed under a deal between the two countries, she said.

Yet, Myanmar does not want its Rohingya, denying them citizenship while the Buddhist-majority public falsely label them "Bengali" interlopers.

Rohingya refugees refuse to return to Myanmar without guarantees of safety, restitution for lost lands and citizenship.

The jailing of the Reuters reporters has sent a chill through Myanmar's nascent media scene.

The pair has denied the charges, insisting they were set up while exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in September last year.

This week, the UN rights office accused Myanmar of "waging a campaign against journalists".

It decried the use of the courts and the law by the "government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism".

EU chief urges Myanmar's authorities to free journalists

European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is urging Myanmar's authorities to free the Reuters ournalists.

Mogherini demanded on Thursday that "the prison sentences be reviewed and the two journalists be released immediately and unconditionally."

Mogherini said their reporting matched testimony that she had heard from Rohingya in Bangladesh.

She said observers saw this trial as a test for Myanmar democracy and that "it is pretty clear that the test has failed."


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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States is seeking Security Council approval for a resolution to toughen U.N. action against peacekeepers that fail to protect civilians, including by sending them home and refusing to pay their governments.

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As part of event marking two years of the appearance of poisonous sub-micron particulate matter, popularly called “Soot” in the atmosphere in Rivers State, residents of the state signed a 250-page petition to the United Nations (UN). The residents gathered at a summit organized in Port Harcourt, by Stop-the-Soot Campaign and We-the-People, two nongovernmental organizations […]

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 Israel’s Nation-State Law condemned by the TUC TUC DELEGATES in Manchester yesterday waved Palestinian flags as they voted unanimously for Emergency Motion 4, ‘Cuts to UNWRA and the Nation-State Law.’ This condemns the Knesset vote on 19th July and also the decision by US President Trump to cut the UN Works and Relief Agency aid budget by $300 million. The motion states: ‘Congress condemns the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) majority decision on 19 July 2018 to adopt the new “nation-state law”. ‘Congress shares the opposition expressed by a wide range of Israeli citizens, including Palestinians, to this law which institutionally discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel. ‘The passing of the law has led to demonstrations in Tel Aviv called by groups asserting that “we are all equal citizens – Arabs and Jews, women and men, Mizrahim, Ethiopians, those of us from the former USSR and members of the LGBTQ community”. ‘Opposition to the law has also been expressed by the distinguished conductor and activist Daniel Barenboim, a group of over 100 writers and artists, members of the Druze community and the Peace Now group. ‘Congress expresses its solidarity with all those seeking to oppose this law and calls on the General Council to make representations to the UK government and to the Israeli authorities. ‘Congress also condemns the 24 August 2018 decision by the Trump Administration to cut $300 million from the aid budget to the United Nations Works & Relief Agency (UNWRA) which is responsible for 5.4 million Palestinian refugees. https://wrp.org.uk/news/14663
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According to a new report released by the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) climate change is among the leading causes of rising global hunger. Pointing to extreme weather events, land degradation and desertification, water scarcity and rising sea levels, the authors of the report show how climate change already undermines global efforts to […]
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Former minister of environment and incumber deputy secretary general of the United Nations (UN) Amina Mohammed has expressed worry over Nigeria’s rising level of debt. Speaking at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Working Together Conversation with IMF boss Christine Lagarde, Mohammed said former minister of finance and co-ordinating minister of the economy Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala got debt relief for Nigeria […]

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The Republic of Equatorial Guinea Permanent Commission of Justice and Human Rights further strengthened human rights in the country with the review of the Proposed Law Regulating the Criminal Responsibility of Minors.

The Commission collected six chapters outlined by the Senate PDGE group to incorporate to the Proposed Law. The chapters address the definition of sanctions against the accused minor, the liability of insurers, as well as education and social reintegration.

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

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

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Kofi Annan was remembered Thursday at a memorial service in Accra, Ghana, with numerous tributes to the former United Nations secretary-general.
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Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech at the opening of The World Economic Forum (WEF) on ASEAN at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, Vietnam, 12 September 2018. Photo: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that two Reuters journalists jailed for investigating a massacre in Rakhine state were not convicted because they were journalists but because they broke the law.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were each imprisoned for seven years last week for breaching the country's hardline Official Secrets Act while reporting atrocities committed during the military crackdown in Rakhine.

The sentence prompted a storm of global outcry as an assault on freedom of speech, while erstwhile rights champion Suu Kyi came under intense pressure for failing to speak up for the pair.

She broke her silence on the issue on Thursday during a discussion at the World Economic Forum, robustly defending the court's decision to jail the duo.

"They were not jailed because they were journalists" but because "the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act", she said in her first direct comments on the issue.

Challenging critics of the verdict -- including the United Nations, rights groups who once lionised her and the US Vice President -- to "point out" where there has been a miscarriage of justice, Suu Kyi said the case upheld the rule of law.

"The case was held in open court... I don't think anybody has bothered to read the summary of the judge," she added.

Army-led "clearance operations" last August drove 700,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh, carrying with them widespread accounts of atrocities -- rape, murder and arson -- by Myanmar police and troops.

The Reuters reporters had denied the charges, insisting they were set up while exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in the village of Inn Din in September last year.

This week, the UN rights office accused Myanmar of "waging a campaign against journalists".

It decried "the instrumentalisation of the law and of the courts by the government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism".

Suu Kyi, who has so far bristled at foreign criticism of her country and defended the crackdown against "terrorists" from the Muslim minority, also addressed the army's handling of the crisis.

"There are of course ways (in) which, in hindsight, the situation could have been handled better," she said in rare comments on the crackdown.

Myanmar has come under intense diplomatic pressure in recent weeks, with the UN rights office singling out its powerful military chief for his role forcing the Rohingya from the country.

The stateless Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and widely reviled in the Buddhist-majority country.

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          [M&M3e] World Defenders: The Summit - Enhanced Edition      Cache   Translate Page      
[M&M3e] World Defenders: The Summit - Enhanced EditionPublisher: Fainting Goat Games

New edition - Now with amazing art from Storn Cook! Thanks to our kickstarter backers for making this edition possible. (You can still check out the original edition here)

From the vaults of Christopher McGlothlin (contributor or primnary author of many M&M supplements including Noir, Golden Age, Time of Crisis and many more) comes - World Defenders: The Summit -

On a globe covered by the superpowered, the United Nations maintains its own international team of extraordinary heroes to confront highlevel threats and dangers to the entire planet.

This team is ideal for a high-power, defend-the-entire-world campaign model, assembling heroes of diverse histories, origins, and abilities.

To best fit your needs, Gamemasters, we’ve kept the proper names to a minimum, allowing you to slot the specifics from your series into our generic references with as little fuss as possible.

Enjoy!

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          UN official proffers solution on land dispute      Cache   Translate Page      

A United Nation official and governorship aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket in Taraba State, Surveyor Aliyu Umar has proffered solutions for land dispute in the country. According to him, such dispute can only be solved through forming a committee comprising of local tribal, religious and community leaders. Umar, who has served as […]

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Like few today, former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, could “bring people together, put them at ease, and unite them towards a common goal”, said the current UN chief, António Guterres on Thursday, speaking at his predecessor’s funeral in Ghana.
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By Dr. Mercola

Being happy feels great, both mentally and physically, and it’s often said that happy people are physically healthier than their unhappy peers. However, there are a number of reasons why this could be. Happy people may be more likely to eat healthy, exercise and engage in stress-relieving activities, all of which will affect overall health, for instance.

Unhappy people may be more inclined to binge on junk food or alcohol or spend their leisure time sitting on the couch instead of being active, contributing to ill health on both mental and physical levels. What’s intriguing, though, is research showing that being happy may directly affect your health, even helping you to live longer — after controlling for lifestyle factors.

So, someone who’s typically happy and content may enjoy better physical health than someone on the other end of the happiness spectrum, even if both people eat the same diet, exercise the same and have similar sleeping habits. The question researchers are now looking into is, why?

Happy People Less Likely to Get Colds and Flu

Being exposed to a virus like the common cold or flu is not a guarantee that you’ll become sick. Instead, your immune system largely dictates whether or not the exposure actually makes you sick. It turns out that your “emotional style” also plays a role in your susceptibility to the common cold.

Researchers assessed more than 300 people for their emotional style, including how often they tended to experience positive emotions (happiness, pleasure, relaxation) and negative emotions (anxiety, hostility, depression).1 They were then exposed to one of two cold viruses, which was dripped directly into their nose.

For both viruses, people who were happier had a lower risk of developing a cold. Specifically, one-third of those with a negative emotional style (NES) came down with a cold, compared to 1 in 5 of those with a positive emotional style (PES). The researchers explained:2

“Although PES was associated with lower levels of endocrine hormones and better health practices, these differences could not account for different risks for illness … The tendency to experience positive emotions was associated with greater resistance to objectively verifiable colds. PES was also associated with reporting fewer unfounded symptoms and NES with reporting more.”

A separate study assessed nearly 200 volunteers for their emotional style and then exposed them to either a cold virus or a flu virus. Not only were the positive people less likely to become ill but they also reported fewer symptoms. “These results indicate that PES may play a more important role in health than previously thought,” the researchers noted.3

Emotional Well-Being May Help You Live Longer

Experiencing emotional well-being, positive mood, joy, happiness, vigor, energy and other measures of “positive affect,” along with positive dispositions like life satisfaction, hopefulness, optimism and a sense of humor, is associated with increased survival in healthy people, including reduced cardiovascular mortality.4

Further, people with diseases, including renal failure and HIV, and positive psychological well-being also had reduced death rates, suggesting once again that happiness may indeed be protective over your physical health. As for why, researchers wrote in the Journal of Personality:5

“At the biological level, cortisol output has been consistently shown to be lower among individuals reporting positive affect, and favorable associations with heart rate, blood pressure, and inflammatory markers such as interleukin-6 have also been described.

Importantly, these relationships are independent of negative affect and depressed mood, suggesting that positive affect may have distinctive biological correlates that can benefit health.”

For example, a review of more than 200 studies found that positive psychological well-being is linked with a lower risk of heart disease, as well as lower blood pressure, normal body weight and healthier blood fat profiles.6 For those 60 and over, happiness is also linked with improved mobility and a lower risk of developing a disability over an eight-year period.7

Researchers at UCLA even showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses, which could further bolster your physical health and longevity.8

Prioritizing ‘Gross National Happiness’ Could Promote Global Health

The more that happiness and other measures of positive psychology become recognized as valid promotors of good health, the more it makes sense to promote happiness as part of public health policy. In industrialized countries like the U.S., however, there is a tendency to link happiness with material wealth, even though residents of the richest countries are not necessarily the happiest.

Measuring happiness on a more rounded scale is therefore necessary to gauge true emotional well-being, and adopting goals to increase these happiness measures worldwide could improve public health.

The idea of promoting populationwide happiness and well-being is not a novel one, as it’s already been implemented in Bhutan, where it’s prioritized even over economic development. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) Bulletin:9

“Bhutan was the first country in the world to pursue happiness as a state policy. The Bhutanese concept of happiness is deeper than the common meaning of happiness in industrialized countries.

The philosophy of gross national happiness has several dimensions: it is holistic, recognizing people’s spiritual, material, physical or social needs; it emphasizes balanced progress; it views happiness as a collective phenomenon; it is both ecologically sustainable, pursuing well-being for both current and future generations, and equitable, achieving a fair and reasonable distribution of well-being among people.”

WHO believes that turning gross national happiness into policy could have far-reaching implications for global health, and such trends seem to be increasing, including in Europe, where measuring people’s well-being over economic production has been suggested.

Further, WHO noted, “Following a resolution proposed by Bhutan, the United Nations convened a high level meeting at which Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for development outcomes that value and measure happiness and well-being.”10

Happiness Affects Everything From Your Endocrine System to Wound Healing

In a review of more than 20 literature reviews and 150 studies, researchers from the University of Utah have compiled many intriguing ways in which happiness or, as they call it, subjective well-being, influences human health. Among them:11

Cardiovascular system — Subjective well-being is linked to cardiovascular functioning, cardiovascular events and cardiovascular mortality.

Immune system — Positive emotions may influence immune activity via endocrine, behavioral and other factors.

Endocrine system — Subjective well-being may alter hormones. For instance, positive mood may lower levels of cortisol while negative mood may be associated with rising blood glucose levels, suggesting it may alter insulin levels.

“The endocrine changes are relevant to the cardiovascular and immune changes discussed above,” the researchers noted.

“Sympathetic altering hormones (catecholamines) and hypothalamic pituitary adrenal cortical axis hormones such as cortisol play a role in regulating these other systems, and may be an early step in SWB [subjective well-being] altering the healthinfluencing mechanisms.”12

Wound healing — Wounds may heal faster in people with greater subjective well-being, while patients may heal faster after surgery if they have greater life satisfaction. Meanwhile, married couples in conflict had wounds that healed more slowly than those in a supportive relationship.

Lead author Edward Diener, professor of social psychology at the University of Utah, told Time that there’s “almost no doubt” that happiness and health are connected, adding:13

“People are doing a lot of things to stay healthy; they’re jogging, riding their bikes, eating fruits and vegetables … We want to remind people that there’s one more thing you need to work on that can also have a big effect on your physical and emotional well-being … Learning to enjoy your work, being more grateful and having really positive relationships are important, too.”

Positive Attributes That Can Make You Healthier

The effects of mental well-being may be so strong when it comes to physical health that even children who have a more positive outlook may enjoy better health in adulthood, according to Harvard School of Public Health researcher Laura Kubzansky. Certain attributes in particular appear to be particularly beneficial for preventing or managing health conditions like heart attack, stroke, diabetes and depression, including:14

  • Emotional vitality, which involves a sense of enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement
  • Optimism, or having the outlook that good things will happen (Kubzansky found optimistic people may cut their risk of coronary heart disease in half15)
  • Strong social support from friends and family
  • Strong self-regulation, including the ability to be resilient in stressful times, choose a healthy lifestyle and avoid risky behaviors

Kubzansky believes your go-to psychological state may be 40 to 50 percent genetic. In another study of nearly 1,000 pairs of adult twins, researchers at the University of Edinburgh also suggested that genes account for about 50 percent of the variation in people's levels of happiness.16

The underlying determinant was genetically caused personality traits, such as being sociable, active, stable, hardworking or conscientious. But while some people may be naturally happier than others, there’s still a lot of room for change, for better or worse, and it’s very possible to cultivate happiness.

How to Cultivate Happiness

You may be in the midst of an unhappy time in your life, in which it feels virtually impossible to “turn off” the sadness or anxiety. Keep in mind that everyone feels negative emotions sometimes, and it’s not always possible to change them with the flip of a switch.

That being said, it is possible to make small, steady changes that may ultimately help to cultivate more happiness in your life. Make a point to show gratitude, for instance, by starting a gratitude journal and reflecting each morning on what you’re thankful for.

Research showed that when study participants engaged in a gratitude intervention consisting of a gratitude diary and grateful reflection four times a week for three weeks it led to improvements in measures of depression, stress and happiness.17

Simple steps like writing thank-you notes and smiling and hugging others can also help you to get in touch with your sense of gratitude, as can the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). The video below shows you how to tap specifically for gratitude.

A mindfulness intervention, consisting of a mindfulness diary and mindfulness meditation, led to similar improvements),18 and this is another tenet of happiness as it helps you to live in the present moment, not focused on past regrets or future worries. Kubzansky, the Harvard researcher, uses playing the piano to help stay in the moment.

“When I’m playing piano,” she said in a news release, “I’m in the moment. I’m not worrying or thinking or trying to work out a problem. I’m just doing this thing that takes all my attention … Everyone needs to find a way to be in the moment, to find a restorative state that allows them to put down their burdens.”19

Happiness is also about identifying and having a sense of purpose. The term "eudaimonic well-being" originated with Aristotle and describes the form of happiness that comes from activities that bring you a greater sense of purpose, life meaning or self-actualization.

This could be your career or your family, or it could be gleaned from volunteering or learning a new skill. Ultimately, the more positive changes you can make to tend to your mental health — such as taking time for yourself each day, appreciating the simple pleasures in life and making connections with friends and family — the better your physical health will become.


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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi refused to criticize the military’s bloody campaign against Rohingya Muslims in her first public remarks on the issue since the publication of a United Nations report that said she bore some responsibility for the atrocities.
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A Saudi-led coalition resumed its assault on a Yemeni port city controlled by Iran-backed forces as United Nations-brokered peace talks stalled and the Trump administration rebuffed U.S. lawmakers’ efforts to cut American support for the three-year-old war.
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[M&M3e] World Defenders: The Summit - Enhanced EditionPublisher: Fainting Goat Games

New edition - Now with amazing art from Storn Cook! Thanks to our kickstarter backers for making this edition possible. (You can still check out the original edition here)

From the vaults of Christopher McGlothlin (contributor or primnary author of many M&M supplements including Noir, Golden Age, Time of Crisis and many more) comes - World Defenders: The Summit -

On a globe covered by the superpowered, the United Nations maintains its own international team of extraordinary heroes to confront highlevel threats and dangers to the entire planet.

This team is ideal for a high-power, defend-the-entire-world campaign model, assembling heroes of diverse histories, origins, and abilities.

To best fit your needs, Gamemasters, we’ve kept the proper names to a minimum, allowing you to slot the specifics from your series into our generic references with as little fuss as possible.

Enjoy!

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This book is a joint production of Ghost Show Press and Fainting Goat Games



Price: $5.99
          UN report on food security: One in every nine human beings goes hungry      Cache   Translate Page      
The number of hungry people in the world continues to grow, reaching 821 million in 2017, or one in every nine people, according to the report, “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018,” released Tuesday in Rome by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and other groups.[Read More...]
          UN treaty language threatens to ban all “climate-related geoengineering”      Cache   Translate Page      
Treaty language being written at a United Nations conference on biodiversity is so vague it threatens to bar almost all new development. Here is the language, via Science: 8 (w) Ensure, in line and consistent with decision IX/16 C, on ocean fertilisation and biodiversity and climate change, in the absence of science-based, global, transparent and effective control and regulatory mechanisms
          Programme Assistant, (Nairobi),Deadline: 20 September 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
CONSULTANT VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT                                                                                                                   Issued on: 13 September 2018 ORGANIZATIONAL LOCATION: Kenya DUTY STATION: Nairobi FUNCTIONAL TITLE: Programme Assistant DURATION: 6 Months CLOSING DATE: 20 September 2018 BACKGROUND The adoption of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in 2016 following the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development was a major milestone in […]
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Annual precipitation at Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, 1941–2016. The running mean is based on a time series with 21.1 percent missing values. The five-year moving mean includes the current year and previous four years. Graphic: Yellowstone Center for Resources

By Laura Zuckerman
10 September 2018

PINEDALE, Wyoming (Reuters) – Hotter, drier conditions have led to more severe wildfires in Yellowstone National Park, while growing numbers of visitors have harmed everything from prized hydrothermal features to its famed grizzly bears, the park said in a report on Monday.

Average temperatures in Yellowstone, which has been designated as both World Heritage and Biosphere Reserve sites by a United Nations panel, are exceeding historical norms even as climate change is blamed for a string of fires that have increased in size and which last longer, according to the study.

The 60-page The state of Yellowstone vital signs and select park resources, 2017 [pdf] report is one of just four compiled in the past decade. They are designed to track one of the largest, nearly intact temperate ecosystems in the world.

Yellowstone is celebrated for geothermal areas that contain about half the world’s active geysers, as well as forests, mountains, meadows, rivers and lakes considered a crucial sanctuary for the largest concentration of diverse wildlife in the Lower 48 states. The report shows it has seen warmer summers with less moisture and shorter winters in recent years.

At Mammoth Hot Springs in the northwest of the park, for example, the average annual daily minimum temperature has increased by 3.9 degrees Fahrenheit from 1941 to 2016 even as total annual precipitation has for the most part been below the long-term mean of 15.3 inches and snowpack has generally declined, scientists found.

Trumpeter swan nest attempts and cygnets fledged in Yellowstone National Park, 1986–2016. Graphic: Yellowstone Center for Resources

Researchers noted an increase in the size of wildfires that impact vegetation and degrade air quality and said the future holds more of the same.

“If climate trends continue along their current trajectory, fires within the park will continue to be larger (and) burn for longer durations,” according to the report. [more]

Yellowstone hit by global warming, increased visitation: report


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Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general and Nobel Peace Prize winner, is being laid to rest in Ghana. Thousands of Ghanaians and dignitaries from around the world gathered for the state funeral, says CNN. Presidents of Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia, Ethiopia, Niger and Zimbabwe were among the African leaders present. Thursday's ceremony marks the end of three days of mourning declared in Ghana. Annan was the first black man to lead the United Nations.
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Ecuadornews: Exchange experiences in the fight against fisheries crimes, integrate anti-corruption measures, encourage good governance measures and work on prevention with transparency. These were some of the observations made by Kristian Hölge, representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs a...
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ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, 12 September 2018 / PRN Africa / -- As the world bids farewell to global statesman and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, the African Development Bank joins a continent in mourning in paying tribute to this extraordinary son of Africa.
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Former UN secretary General Kofi Annan has been laid to rest in Accra Ghana in a state Funeral attended by Kenyan Leaders, African Leaders and international statesmen. The current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who was among the dignitaries in attendance, hailed Annan as an exceptional global leader who had  deep faith in the role of the United Nations as a force for good. Annan was the first black African to become the U.N. leader, serving as the seventh UN Secretary-General between 1997 and 2006. His casket has been laid at the Accra International Conference Center for two days, where members of the public and dignitaries paid their last respects. Kenyans will remember him as a Hero, after he mediated for peace during the 2007/2008 general election Violence. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and ANC party Leader Moses Wetangula were amongst more than 6000 morner’s inattendance. Annan died on 18th August in Berne, Switzerland at age 80.
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ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honored with a state funeral…
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ACCRA, Ghana – United in sorrow, world leaders and international dignitaries came to Ghana to pay their last respects to the late United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan who was honoured with a state funeral Thursday, as many lauded him as an exceptional man and leader. Annan died on Aug. 18 in Bern, Switzerland at age […]

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CircleID CircleID: Please spare a thought for Venezuela. This, the 33rd largest country in the world and with about 34 million people, the largest proven reserves of oil, the cheapest price of gasoline in the world, and was in 1950 richer than Germany, has fallen on times so hard in this once Latin America's richest country that 75% of the population lost an average of 11 Kg (24 pounds) in weight in one year because of food scarcity. And you might ask: "Why should I care?"

Venezuela is located on the northern coast of South America and shares land borders with Brazil, Colombia, Guyana, as well as Trinidad and Tobago. Officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the country was colonized by Spain in 1522 but gained full independence about 300 years later and 188 years ago, in 1830. Venezuela is a charter member of many important international organizations, including the United Nations (UN), the Organization of American States (OAS), Mercosur (the South American trade bloc), and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), to name a few.

Venezuela is the 10th largest exporter of oil in the world, and its economy is largely based on the petroleum sector, which accounted for over 50% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country in 2015. Thanks to a huge government subsidy program, Venezuela has the cheapest gasoline in the world, costing $0.11 per gallon ($0.03 per litre) in 2014, even after a 6,200% increase!

Give Me Two!

Venezuela's history, although rocky, has had its glorious moments, including periods of political plurality, as well as oil-fueled economic booms that attracted immigrants from near and far (including Europe) into the country. Venezuela has also had dark moments of political turmoil, dictatorships, and economic gloom, because of various domestic and external factors.

Venezuela enjoyed both a relatively stable democracy, and significant economic growth between 1958 and the early 1980s. During this period, politics was dominated by two parties, and government revenues more than doubled after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war resulted in a huge rise in oil prices. Although the boom would soon turn to burst, it lasted long enough for Venezuelans to become known for the phrase "Ta barato, dame dos” ("It's cheap, give me two") as they bought up relatively cheap goods in their travels abroad.

In the early 1980s, the global oil glut brought down crude oil prices, and along with it, the Venezuelan economy. As a result, the country's foreign exchange reserves ran desperately low, as government debt mounted, and in desperation government devalued the currency by 100% on "Black Friday” (February 18, 1983). In addition, government announced an IMF-backed economic reform program which increased fuel, transport, and utilities prices, and lifted the price cap on some basic goods.

As a result, the country was plunged into economic and political crises, with deadly a wave of protests called the Caracazo riots in which an estimated 300 to 3,000 people died. The prevailing conditions also resulted in two unsuccessful coup attempts (in February and November, 1992), by leftist military officers, led by Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías to overthrow the government. Although Chavéz was imprisoned after the first coup attempt, he was pardoned in March 1994, thus enabling him to contest, and win, the 1998 presidential elections.

The Road to Hell

The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. And if anything, Venezuela's current tragic plight proves the adage, given the innocuous and well-intentioned start of the Chavéz-led Bolivarian Revolution.

Following his victory in the 1998 elections, Chavéz embarked on a reform campaign some have termed "institutional engineering” in a bid to consolidate his power and break the 40-year hold the two leading political parties had on Venezuelan politics. Chavéz also implemented "democratic socialist" economic policies, including the redistribution of wealth, land reform, the creating creation of worker-owned cooperatives, and the attainment of food security and food sovereignty. To implement these policies, Chavéz created social programs called Bolivarian Missions and Communes, and 100,000 state-owned cooperatives.

Venezuela suffered an economic downturn in early 2002, and this, coupled with anger about Chavéz's war on the elites, and his alignment with Fidel Castro's Cuba led to an abortive coup against his government in April 2002. That same month, managers at the state petroleum company, Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), went on a two-month strike over Chavéz's nominations for new members of the company's board of directors. Chavéz had long denounced PDVSA (parent company of Citgo, a US energy company) for its association with the US and business elites. After the collapse of the strike, Chávez fired 18,000 PDVSA employees and replaced them with 100,000 of his supporters, aka Chavistas.

The failed PDVSA management strike enabled Chavéz to take control of the company's coffers to fund his social programs and support his political base. By 2011, some $500 million was siphoned from the PDVSA pension fund to finance government-backed financiers. Such lavish spending inflicted the Dutch Disease on the country, with its fiscal health wrecked, despite increasing exports of, and revenues from oil.

Chavéz's policies were initially helpful, but unsustainable because of the drain on the country's finances. While poverty rates decreased 48.6% in 1999 to 32.1% in 2013, Venezuela had the one of the highest literacy rates in the region, and malnutrition fell from 21% in 1998 to 6% in 2009, price controls led to shortages of goods. Similarly, currency controls, introduced to curb capital flight exacerbated matters by leading to a shortage of foreign exchange, a decline in the value of the Bolivar, and increasing inflation.

Although oil prices increased significantly later in 2002, bringing in huge revenues, Venezuela's economy began to collapse because of what someone called RIDDS: recession, inflation, declining foreign reserves, debt, and shortages. Thus, the huge increase in government spending during the 2012 campaign to re-elect Chavéz ballooned public debt and fiscal deficit. Similarly, the decision to replace trained PDVSA personnel with revolutionaries, and deprive the company of capital decreased oil production, despite increasing levels of proven reserves of oil.

Between 2007 and 2013, inflation grew an annual rate of 27.4% (at least five times the rate for Latin America), scarcity, (especially of food, medicines and essential goods) set in, and foreign reserves fell at an alarming rate of $38 million per day. In short, all indicators pointed to trouble ahead for Venezuela when Chavéz died in March 2013.

Enter Maduro

Following the death of Chavéz, his Vice President and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nicolás Maduro Moros, became Interim President. Maduro went on to win the constitutionally-mandated presidential elections in April 2013, and was inaugurated as President on April 19, 2013. A former bus driver who did not complete his high school education, Maduro made up for his lack of the charisma that Chávez, his predecessor and mentor, had by being autocratic and continuing Chávez's populist programs.

Things got worse in a hurry. Annual inflation increased from 29.4% in April 2013 to 61.5% a year later. Hyperinflation (i.e. monthly inflation rate exceeds 50%) set in in 2016 when inflation reached an annual rate of 800%, and the economy contracted almost 19%. By September 2016, 15% of Venezuelans were eating discarded food they picked from dumpsites.

In 2017, inflation reached 4,000%, as Venezuelans lost average of 11 Kg (24 pounds) because of food shortages, and 90% of them lived in poverty. To make matters worse, the US government slapped sanctions on Maduro in a bid to prevent him from raising additional funds. Last month, Venezuela's annual inflation rate reached a staggering 200,000%, meaning that prices increase by that much since August 2017. In addition, corruption and crime increased, and people took to the streets to protest against the difficult conditions they were enduring.

President Maduro tried every trick in the book to arrest the country's slide into chaos by increasing the minimum wage four times between April 2014 and July 2015, changing the method of calculation of inflation, introducing a crypto currency, the Petro, as well as devaluing and re-denominating the currency by cutting five zeros from it. Nothing worked.

In exasperation, Venezuelans have been voting with their feet, with an estimated 1.6 million of them having fled their country since 2015, according to the UN agency for migration. The majority of these migrants are professionals and the middle class, thereby depriving the country of much-needed human capital. The mass emigration of Venezuelans has also strained neighboring countries (especially Colombia and Peru, which have taken in almost 1 million, and over 400,000 Venezuelans, respectively), and provided graphic images to a global audience. About two weeks ago, a Summit of 13 Latin American countries agreed to reduce restrictions on Venezuelan migrants, and appealed for more international aid to enable them deal with the inflow of Venezuelans, which Venezuela's president Maduro said was "normal."

Who Cares?

Venezuela's economic meltdown should be of concern to many, including those in the Internet infrastructure industry. With one chicken costing 14 million Bolivars (about $2.2), and banks out of cash, it is easy to imagine how difficult it would be to register or renew the registration of a domain name, or purchase a certificate of authority, not to mention buy hardware such as servers. Such challenges impact many people and issues such as online privacy and safety, as well as security, both within and outside Venezuela.

Venezuela should also be a cause for concern because it has been a major source of funding for developing countries, especially in development cooperation among developing countries in the global South (the so-called South-South cooperation). Between 2000 and 2011, Venezuela spent $7.6 billion (in 2009 USD) on development finance in other countries. In addition, Venezuela initiated the Petrocaribe alliance which provides oil at concessionary terms to its 17 member countries, many of them from CARICOM, the 15-member Caribbean economic community.

Despite the unimaginable difficulties faced by Venezuelans, they continue to make significant contributions to the maintenance of the global Internet infrastructure as well as the policy development processes that underpin it. The Venezuelan ccTLD, .VE is an important part of the Internet infrastructure, along with copies of the F and L root servers. Earlier this year, the .VE ccTLD was reported to have had an additional 48,000 domain names registered compared to a year earlier. This increase, however, is probably due to the high-handed methods of the Venezuelan government which banned the use of all non-.VE domains in the country.

In partnership with the Latin America and Caribbean Network Information Centre (LACNIC), Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), and ICANN, Venezuela installed copies of the F- and L-root servers in 2006, and 2015, respectively, thereby helping increasing the resilience of the Internet infrastructure in the region. Venezuela's contribution to the global Internet infrastructure includes the ALBA-1 fiber cable which connects Venezuela, Cuba and Jamaica to the Internet. Other international sub-marine cable projects Venezuela is connected to include the Americas-1 South, the Americas-II, Arcos-1, the Atlantica-1/GlobeNet, and the PAC.

Besides hardware and hard cash, Venezuela also contributes to the global Internet by participating in ICANN, and other similar regional and international organizations. Venezuela has been a member of ICANN's Government Advisory Committee (GAC) since 2014, is a member of the CCNSO as well as ALAC, and its regional structure in Latin America and the Caribbean, LACRALO. Venezuelans also contribute to the work of Internet-related regional organizations such as LACNOG and LACNIC, work in the DNS industry, and have an Internet Society (ISOC) Chapter.

What Now?

In view of the difficult economic situation in Venezuela and the contribution of the country and its people to the global Internet, it is fair to contemplate what can and should be done to support them. Clearly, support from the international community should be coordinated, and tailored to the missions of various organizations or partner providing such support.

Venezuelans themselves should take the lead in the developing a support program or programs. In this regard, organizations such as ICANN and ISOC, along with international development partners (e.g. World Bank, and the ITU), should work with Venezuelans, as well as regional partners (e.g. LACNIC) to develop a support program to address current needs and plan for the recovery of the Venezuelan economy.

Although this might be easier said than done given that the US is hell-bent on regime change in Venezuela, the old adage that there's a way where there's a will applies. ICANN, for example, can help in a number of ways including travel support to enable Venezuelans attend the organization's meetings and providing them additional slots in ICANN'S Fellowship and Future Leaders programs.

ICANN can also support the Venezuelan Internet infrastructure and DNS industry players, including ISPs, registrars, the .VE ccTLD registry, and operators of root server copies. ICANN, ISOC, and the DNS industry outside Venezuela can hire Venezuelans who are or have been active in these communities but were forced to leave their country because of the difficult circumstances prevailing there.

No Condition is Permanent

Venezuela's present predicament is a good reason to recall the Nigerian proverb: No condition is permanent! As tough as things are, they will get better. Just as the United States, which once paid tributes to Barbary (aka Ottoman) corsairs based in Tripoli, Libya, can now choose when and how to lord over that country, Venezuela will one day rise from these ashes. This is a great time to leave a lasting legacy on the minds of Venezuelans, especially the younger generation, and all hands should be on deck to help them wade through their present difficulties. So, when next you get in the mood to sing What a Wonderful World, please spare a thought for Venezuela.
Written by Katim S. Touray, International Development Consultant, and ICT for development advocateFollow CircleID on TwitterMore under: ICANN, Internet Governance, Policy & Regulation, Regional Registries, Web

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New York: The Myanmar Government granted permission to the United Nations inspection teams to assess dozens villages and townships in the country's Rakhine State, that were home to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims last year.

A total of four teams from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and UN Development Program (UNDP) will spend two weeks in the northern state where the Rohingya Muslims were allegedly murdered and subjected to imprisonment and sexual violence at the hands of the Myanmar military, CNN reported.

However, the country's military, who is known as the Tatmadaw, has repeatedly denied the mounting allegations.

According to UN spokesman Aoife McDonnell, the Myanmar government has given the UN teams to assess 23 individual villages and three other village wards at the weekend, while, the Inspectors began their initial work on Wednesday.

In June, the UN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Myanmar in which the government agreed "to create the conditions for safe, voluntary and sustainable return while fostering social cohesion," Al Jazeera quoted McDonnell as saying.

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We must stop the relentless march of pests that attack cropsIn the space of two years, a tiny caterpillar species has taken a giant bite out of the African economy. Now prevalent in more than 40 countries, the voracious fall armyworm, which feeds on and destroys staple food crops such as maize and sorghum, is reported to have cost African farmers more than £10 billion. This voracious pest has reached India and, given, that it can travel up to 100 km in one night neighbouring countries should expect an invasion. This pest is unfortunately here to stay – fighting it will be a marathon, not a sprint. The first step to combating invasive pests and diseases is to recognise that they can travel across borders. The bacteria xylella fastidiosa, for example, has travelled from the United States to France, southern Italy and Spain, wreaking havoc on vineyards and olive groves. Visitors to these countries are being urged not to bring back flowers in their luggage for fear of inadvertently unleashing an outbreak in the UK. Local efforts alone will not stop the spread of invasive pests and diseases. There has to be effective regional and global coordination to track these invaders and quickly mobilise defences across countries, and even continents. An example of a successful international approach in tackling devastating diseases is the case of maize lethal necrosis (MLN), transmitted to plants by insects in Africa. The virus first appeared in Kenya in 2011, and was subsequently reported in various eastern African countries. In heavily infected areas, up 90 per cent of crops had to be destroyed. For a smallholder farmer, the ability to tackle a devastating pest or disease means a significant difference between profit or loss The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (known by its Spanish acronym CIMMYT) mounted a rapid response, first establishing an MLN screening facility in Naivasha, Kenya in 2013. We have screened more than 125,000 maize varieties over the last five years for MLN resistance and released 19 resistant varieties in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This, alongside other efforts, has undoubtedly helped to stop the disease in its tracks, with no further spread in the last four years to any other country in southern or west Africa. In 2011, CIMMYT predicted that a mysterious disease known as wheat blast could devastate South Asia. Sure enough, in 2016 the disease struck seven districts of Bangladesh, killing all crops in some areas. Over a billion people in Bangladesh rely on wheat as a staple crop, and the crop is grown on 13 million hectares of land. Conservative estimates put losses at between $180 and $350 million in South Asia. Key facts | Fall Army Worm Thanks to early action by CIMMYT and partners wheat blast-resistant varieties, fortified with zinc for added nutrition, were rolled out to farmers in record time. The strain known as BARI Gom 33 was tested for resistance to wheat blast in field trials in Bolivia and Bangladesh and in greenhouse tests by the USDA Agricultural Research Service laboratory at Fort Detrick, Maryland. For a smallholder farmer, the ability to tackle a devastating pest or disease means a significant difference between profit or loss; a good livelihood or a poor one. While it is unlikely major crops will be wiped out entirely such pests delay food production leading to a hike in food prices, shortages and unrest. The United Nations recently reported that more and more people around the world are going hungry: this highlights how we must work together to stop the relentless march of pests and diseases like the fall armyworm, maize lethal necrosis and wheat blast. Dr Boddupalli Maruthi Prasanna is director of CIMMYT’s global maize programme Newsletter promotion - global health security - end of article  Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security



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