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          Organic Lamb Market Driven by the Shift of Diets & Food Consumption Patterns Towards Livestock Products - TMR      Cache   Translate Page      

Organic Lamb Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2017 - 2025

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/09/2019 -- Lamb, which are procured or obtained by raising sheep from organic farms, are grass fed and are fed no chemical or any kind of additives during its processing is called organic lamb. Organic lamb are available in two type i.e. raw lambs and processed lambs. There are many certifications associated with organic lamb products which supervise the quality of product time to time and it varies in different regions around the globe. Some of the certifications are Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association (IOFGA), U.S Department of agriculture (USDA), Australian Organic Standard, Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA).

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Organic lamb Market can be segmented into Product Type, End User, and Distribution Channel.

On the basis of Product Type, Organic Lamb Market can be segmented into raw lamb and processed lamb. The processed lamb can be further segmented into Carcasses, Forequarter, Rack, Loin, Breast, Leg Cut, Dried Lamb, Ground Lamb, Mixed Cuts and Lamb Mince.

On the basis of end users, Organic Lamb Market can be segmented into Households, Food Industry, Food services (HORECA) and commercial. The food industry can be further sub segmented into Bakery, Snack, Soup, Ready-to-eat foods as well as animal food. Among these segments, food industry and households are anticipated to be the forefront users of organic lamb products.

On the basis of distribution channel, Organic Lamb Market can be segmented into direct and indirect segments. The indirect segment can be further sub segmented into Modern trade, Convenience store, Specialty store, E-Retailers, and others. Among these channels, volume sales for specialty store and modern trade are higher which could be attributed to easy accessibility for the consumers. Moreover, the consumers' perception of obtaining fresh meat plays a critical role in gaining higher volume sales in such type of stores.

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On the basis of geography the Organic Lamb Market is segment into five different regions as North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific including Japan and Middle East & Africa. According to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), there are several countries which produce lamb products in large scale. Those countries are: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Mainland China, the former Sudan and Turkey. Hence for obvious reasons, Europe and Asia Pacific regions have higher share in the organic lamb market in terms of volume and value sales. Moreover, in countries like United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, there are many organic farms and ranches where sheep breeding is being carried out in large scale. Organic lamb market can seize the opportunity in MEA region because of the rising meat consumption rate that the region has been witnessing in the recent past.

The world food economy is being increasingly driven by the shift of diets and food consumption patterns towards livestock products. According to FAO, in developing countries consumption of meat products has been growing at 5-6 percent per annum. Changing lifestyle and rise in per capita income are the two main critical factors which help drive demand for these products. On the other hand developed countries like North America, United Kingdom, and Australia, the demand for lamb products has been accelerating y-o-y. Moreover, consumers are now being health conscious and value sales for organic products have always been in positive figures and growing at a faster rate y-o-y. Hence rise in demand for meat and organic products will play a pivotal role in driving the demand for organic lamb products.

Some of the global key players in Organic lamb market are as follows: Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat Co. Pty Ltd, Irish Country Meats, Thomas Food International, Sunshine Coast Organic Meats, Good Earth Farms, LLC, Tulip Ltd, The Lamb Company North America, Niman Ranch, Strauss Brands Incorporated, Pitney Farm Shop, Mallow Farm & Cottage, Colin & Sally's Organic Lamb & Beef, Hollyburton Pick's Organic Farm, Elliott Agriculture Pty Ltd, Swillington Organic Farm Ltd and MAeRJAMAA LIHATOeOeSTUS OUe.

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Spirits of 17864

Written and © By: Matthew Cutter
The War of Independence is won...but the herculean effort to build a more perfect union has only started. This isn't history—this is Pulp History in the post-Revolutionary Era! Nefarious Illuminati agents hatch plots in smoky Boston taprooms. Fallen gods of the Northmen stalk Ohio's howling wilderness. Risen ghosts abound. Against them, the Sons of Liberty wield diplomacy as well as muskets, but they also dabble in Scientifick Philosophy and even magick! A handful have the blood of the old gods in their veins. So load your flintlock and gather your flats, sharps, and sundry supplies: the battle for liberty has just begun!

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A family of explorers joins a United Nations expedition to explore a mysterious "Event" at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. What they find there will change the world forever. This Saturday morning cartoon-inspired setting features strange and enhanced sea creatures, insidious rival corporations, and the growing urgency of the Event itself and the inexplicable force behind it!

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Written and © By: Cheyenne Wright
It's been 11 years since America lost the Robot War and ceded everything west of the Mississippi to the automatons. Now a fresh young scientist with a government contract and a load of new experimental devices is outfitting a voluntary expeditionary force to cross the ol' Miss and head deep into No Man's Land.
Tesla Rangers is a high-octane action adventure pitting cowboys with lightning guns against cast-iron killer robots in a battle for the Wired West.

The Lost City of Astla

Written and © By: BJ Hensley
As Astla's resources dwindled, the ancient "elves" fled to a massive city-ship in the stars, hoping to wait out the barbaric and destructive People who overran it. But now the Astlatians have begun to suffer from a terrible wasting disease, and the only cure may be a return to their homelands. Some urge war, some peace. As they debate, small bands return to the surface to scout, raid, and learn from those who remain in the barren wastes.

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          Uzbekistan: Temporary Appointment, Child Protection Officer, (NO-2), Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Open to Uzbekistan nationals only)      Cache   Translate Page      
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Uzbekistan
Closing date: 24 Feb 2019

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

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

And we never give up.

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

Job organizational context: Child Protection is a key component of Uzbekistan Country Programme. The Child Protection Officer will take a significant role to help realize the objectives of this component of the Country Program. The Officer reports to the Child Protection Specialist who is at Level 3.

Purpose for the job: The Child Protection Officer puts a focus on effective long-term planning of the social work and social service workforce development within the outcome of the child protection programme. The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process by application of theoretical and technical skills in social work academic education and in-service short-term capacity building programme while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the overall Child Protection Program within the Country Program.

Funding Source: The Global Thematic Fund will be used to cover the cost of a Temporary Appointment of Child Protection Officer, NO-2 level to coordinate and implement activities on social work and social service workforce for a full period of 2019-2020.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  • Support to programme development and planning
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation
  • Networking and partnership building
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
  • Support to programme development and planning

  • Conduct and update the situation analysis for the development, design and management of child protection related programmes/projects. Research and report on development trends and data for use in programme development, management, monitoring, evaluation and delivery of results.
  • Contribute to the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning through research, analysis and reporting of child protection and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.
  • Provide technical and operational support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing and administering a variety of technical, programme, operational, and administrative transactions, preparing related materials and documentations, and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support programme planning, results-based planning and monitoring and evaluating of results.
  • Prepare required programme documentations, materials and data to facilitate the programme review and approval process.
  • Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to discuss implementation issues, provide solutions, recommendations and/or to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level interventions and/or decisions. Keep records of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
  • Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programmes/projects, and to report on required action/interventions at the higher level of programme management.
  • Monitor and report on the use of sectoral programme resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verifying compliance with approved allocations, organizational rules, regulations, procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues and findings to ensure timely resolution by management and stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
  • Prepare regular and mandated sectoral programme/project reports for management, donors and partners to keep them informed of programme progress.
  • Technical and operational support to programme implementation

  • Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys and exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support. Take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
  • Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices in child protection, to support programme implementation.
  • Networking and partnership building

  • Build and sustain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate programme implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection.
  • Participate in inter-agency meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programmes/projects, and to integrate and harmonize UNICEFэs position and strategies with UNDAF development and planning processes.
  • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
  • Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programmes.
  • Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
  • Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
  • Research and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
  • Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients and stakeholders.
  • Impact of Results

    The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Child Protection Officer to programme preparation, planning and implementation, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results in social work and social service workforce strengthening as a strategic and sustainable approach to ensuring better outcomes for children. Success in child protection programmes and projects in turn contributes to maintaining and enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide programme services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

    Education:

    A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social work, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or another relevant social science field.

    Education or training in resource-based management is considered as an asset.

    Experience:

    A minimum of two years of professional experience in social development planning and management in social work-related areas is required.

    Relevant experience in programme development in child protection related areas in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.

    Experience in developing and implementing social work education programme for child protection front-line workers.

    Language Requirements:

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              【みんな生きている】横田めぐみさん[同級生の会・拉致問題担当大臣面会]/FNN      Cache   Translate Page      

    -その命、見捨てますか?-
    《インチキ遺骨ではなくて、拉致被害者を返せ!横田めぐみさん救出へ署名提出 早紀江さん菅長官と面会》

    北朝鮮による拉致被害者、横田めぐみさんの母・早紀江さんたちが菅 義偉官房長官兼拉致問題担当大臣と面会し、6,600人を超える署名を手渡しました。
    同級生の会のメンバーは、横田早紀江さんとともに、6,600人以上の署名を菅官房長官に手渡しました。
    同級生は、

    「これ以上、めぐみさんの両親が苦しんでいる姿を見るのがつらい。一刻も早く帰ってほしい」

    と訴えました。

    ■横田めぐみさんのご家族のメッセージ
    http://www.rachi.go.jp/jp/message/movie_2.html
    ■横田めぐみさんのご家族のメッセージ(英語版)
    http://www.rachi.go.jp/en/shisei/keihatsu/videomessage_2en.html
    ■「めぐみへの誓い-奪還-」PV
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6cZyGknNi8
    ■「めぐみへの誓い-奪還-」(英語版)
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=share&v=VEQdbP3JlVo
    ■アニメ「めぐみ」
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGYACTRGjI
    ■政府拉致問題HP
    http://www.rachi.go.jp/
    ■警察庁HP
    http://www.npa.go.jp/
    ■警視庁HP
    http://www.keishicho.metro.tokyo.jp
    ■救う会全国協議会HP
    http://www.sukuukai.jp/
    ■特定失踪者問題調査会HP
    http://www.chosa-kai.jp/
    ■北朝鮮帰国者の生命と人権を守る会HP
    http://hrnk.trycomp.net/
    ■No Fence北朝鮮の強制収容所をなくすアクションの会HP
    http://www.nofence.jp/
    ■北朝鮮人権人道ネットワークfacebook
    http://www.facebook.com/nknet2015
    ■実録!絵で見る北朝鮮「教化所」拷問の実態「THE FACT」
    https://youtu.be/QBJcDDGwdFo
    ■VOA拉致問題動画
    https://youtu.be/o2i_u8y8GJM
    ■国連の北朝鮮人権調査委員会は2014年2月、北朝鮮帰還事業や拉致問題を含む北朝鮮政府による人権侵害を「人道に対する罪」と認定する最終報告書を発表しました。
    <原文>
    『Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea』
    https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx
    <日本語訳>
    『北朝鮮における人権に関する国連調査委員会(COI)最終報告書』
    https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/fp/hr_ha/page18_000274.html
    ■加藤 健ブログ「天を回せ!ロビー活動で挑む」
    http://kenkato.blog.jp/
    ■ベナTVHP
    http://www.benamu.org
    ■ベナTVブログ
    http://blog.naver.com/benamu1004
    ■ベナTVFacebook
    http://www.facebook.com/bnatv1004
    ■北朝鮮を離れて自由へ★イ・エラン★のブログ
    http://blog.goo.ne.jp/aeran2000
    ■姜哲煥(カン・チョルファン)さん動画
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8wXjTN2W8E&feature=youtu.be
    ■脱北者トーク番組動画
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJZWxe9P-L8&feature=youtu.be
    ■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[前編](日本語訳付き)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCPxzwHK8fQ&feature=youtu.be
    ■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画[後編](日本語訳付き)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bq4sYy6d6EA&feature=youtu.be
    ■脱北者・金柱聖さんの動画(3)
    https://youtu.be/pMC2G7akiiM
    ■ベナTV(日本語版)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YHLDtOoJOo
    ■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeCTTaSgwx4&feature=youtu.be
    ■ベナTV(日本語版)動画
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WZoh00PGV8
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(1)
    https://youtu.be/USkALHXYyfI
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(2)
    https://youtu.be/W9yxZD9sjuM
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(3)
    https://youtu.be/Mv2kbq4hamU
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(4)
    https://youtu.be/xpocs10Hx0E
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(5)
    https://youtu.be/SYT--pNiFqc
    ■ベナ救出団:日本語(6)
    https://youtu.be/p1MN3RHXQBc



    ◆昭和52(1977)年11月15日
    少女拉致容疑事案
    被害者:横田めぐみさん(Megumi Yokota)
    (拉致被害時13歳)
    ※This person was Abduction by North Korea
    新潟市において下校途中に失踪。
    平成16年11月に開催された第3回実務者協議において、北朝鮮側はめぐみさんが1994(平成6)年4月に死亡したとし「遺骨」を提出したが、めぐみさんの「遺骨」とされた骨の一部からは同人のものとは異なるDNAが検出されたとの鑑定結果を得た。
    平成18年4月には日本政府の実施したDNA検査により、横田めぐみさんの夫が昭和53年に韓国より拉致された当時高校生の韓国人拉致被害者・金英男(キム・ヨンナム)氏である可能性が高いことが判明した。

    ※「白い翼でも黒い翼でも、赤い翼でも青い翼でも、何でも結構なんで、帰って来られる翼をめぐみに与えてほしい」
    (横田早紀江さん。拉致被害者・横田めぐみさんの母)
    ※「正義は必ず勝つ、と私は信じていますので、あとしばらくお力をお貸しください」
    (横田哲也さん。拉致被害者・横田めぐみさんの弟)
    ■新潟県警HP
    http://www.police.pref.niigata.jp/
    ■神奈川県警HP
    http://www.police.pref.kanagawa.jp/
    ■あさがおの会HP
    http://www.asagaonokai.jp
    ■ブルーリボンの祈り会/スイス日本語福音キリスト教会HP
    https://www.jegschweiz.com/%E3%83%96%E3%83%AB%E3%83%BC%E3%83%AA%E3%83%9C%E3%83%B3%E3%81%AE%E7%A5%88%E3%82%8A%E4%BC%9A/
    ■アニメ「めぐみ」
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGYACTRGjI

    [November 15, 1977: Young girl abducted]

    Abductee: Megumi Yokota (13, female, Niigata Prefecture)
    Disappeared on her way home from school in Niigata City.
    During the third round of Japan-North Korea Working-Level Consultations in November 2004, North Korea claimed that Megumi Yokota died in April 1994 and handed over what it claimed were her remains. DNA analysis, however, indicates that some of the bones from these remains belong in fact to a different person or persons.
    Additional DNA analysis conducted in April 2006 by the GoJ indicated a high probability that Kim Young-Nam, a Korean citizen abducted from the Republic of Korea in 1978 when he was a high-school student, was married to Ms. Yokota.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    《特定失踪者・関谷俊子さんについて》
    ◆氏名:関谷 俊子
    (せきやとしこ)
    (Toshiko Sekiya)
    ◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
    ◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年5月19日
    ◆性別:女性
    ◆当時の年齢:17歳
    ◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市徳氏
    ◆当時の身分:薬品会社勤務。定時制高校在学中
    ◆身長:160cm
    ◆体重:50kgくらい
    ◆血液型:A型またはO型
    ◆特徴:
    1)痩せ型
    2)ソフトボールをやっていて、実業団に入るのを勧められた
    3)スポーツは得意
    ◆失踪場所:千葉市内

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

    《特定失踪者・遠山常子さんについて》
    ◆氏名:遠山 常子
    (とおやまつねこ)
    (Tsuneko To'yama)
    ◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
    ◆生年月日:昭和32(1957)年6月22日
    ◆性別:女性
    ◆当時の年齢:17歳
    ◆当時の住所:千葉県市原市田淵
    ◆当時の身分:県立高校学生(夜間部)
    ◆当時の勤務先:千葉市内のスーパーマーケット
    ◆身長:158cm~160cmくらい
    ◆血液型:B型
    ◆特徴:
    1)中肉中背で、関谷俊子さんより背がやや低い2)ポッチャリしていた
    3)左右どちらかは不明だが眉の上にホクロの切除痕有り
    ◆失踪場所:千葉市内

    【失踪状況】
    幼馴染の同級生・関谷俊子さんとその親類の峰島英雄さんと千葉市内の飲食店で飲食後、峰島さんが「車で二人を家まで送ってくる」と店の従業員に言い残して出たまま3人一緒に行方不明となった。
    店は峰島さんの兄が店長で妹が従業員。
    峰島さんの乗っていた車も発見されていない。
    ■千葉県警HP
    http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
    ■救う会千葉HP
    http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

    《特定失踪者・峰島英雄さんについて》
    ◆氏名:峰島 英雄
    (みねしまひでお)
    (Hideo Mineshima)
    ◆失踪年月日:昭和49(1974)年7月11日
    ◆生年月日:昭和27(1952)年9月2日
    ◆性別:男
    ◆当時の年齢:21歳
    ◆当時の住所:千葉市(稲毛区)轟町
    ◆当時の身分:千葉市内の電話工事会社社員(下請け)
    ◆身長:170cm
    ◆血液型:B型またはO型
    ◆特徴:
    1)ガッチリした体型
    2)少し空手を習っていた
    3)飲酒・喫煙をする
    4)軽装
    ◆失踪場所:千葉市内

    【失踪状況】
    当日夜、遠山常子さんと、幼馴染の友人女性である関谷俊子さん、ならびに関谷俊子さんの親戚である峰島英雄さんの3人は、英雄さんの兄が店長を務め妹が勤務する千葉市内の飲食店で食事をした。
    数時間店に滞在。英雄さんが「二人を車で家に送ってくる。おなかも空いたので、戻ってくるからおにぎりを作っておいてくれ」と言って店を出たが戻って来なかった。
    その後三人からの連絡は一切無し。
    車(赤いマーク2)も発見されていない。
    失踪の当日は、関谷俊子さんの引越しの日だった。
    失踪以降、何ら手がかりとなるものは無かった。
    ■千葉県警HP
    http://www.police.pref.chiba.jp/
    ■救う会千葉HP
    http://sukuukaichiba.web.fc2.com/

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

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

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



    【SEA OF MERCY】
    The book named “Sea of Mercy”
    13-year- old junior high school student Takeshi Terakoshi was abducted in May 1963.
    He went fishing with his two uncle, Shoji and Soto-o Terakoshi. The fishingboat named Kiyomaru left for the fishing ground nearby Noto island, Ishikawa prefecture.
    Kiyomaru encountered North Korean spy vessel. Spies were afraid of detection.
    Soto-o and Takeshi were abducted and carried to Chong-jin city. Shoji was considered to be killed at the site.
    Families, fellow fishermen and coast guard searched the area, but they could find only Kiyomaru and Takeshi’s school uniform.
    They thought 3 persons were in disress and died. Funeral service was held.24 Years were passed.
    In 1987, Soto-o’s sister received the letter from Soto-o and surprised.
    Soto-o wrote “Takeshi and I am living in Gusong, North Korea”.
    Takeshi’s father and mother visited to North Korea in1988 and met with Soto-o and Takeshi.
    But they couldn’t say how they carried to North Korea because NK officials watched them.
    North Korea made the story of their shipwreck accident and lifesaving.
    Since then, Takeshi’s parents visited to him a lot of times but Takeshi and his family members cannot say that Takeshi and his uncles were abducted.
    In 1997, Megumi Yokota case was appeared in the media and the national congress. Terakoshi’s case was also observed as an abduction case. But “he” denied that he was abducted and praised North Korea and the Kim family.
    In December 2001, Pyongyang publishing company published a book named “Sea of Mercy”.
    The author is Kim Myong-ho, Takeshi’s Korean name.
    In that book, Takeshi wrote that they are not the abduction victims but happily living in North Korea after they ware saved. Moreover “he" denied other abduction case such as Megumi Yokota and Yaeko Taguchi in this book.
    Nine months later, Kim Jong-il admitted and appologized for the abduction activities.
    But North Korea still denies Terakoshi’s case as abduction and Takeshi and his family cannot say he was abduction victim because Takeshi himself is a hostage.
    “Sea of Mercy”, the title is a symbol of North Korean regime.
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    Written and and copy; By: Matthew Cutter
    The War of Independence is won...but the herculean effort to build a more perfect union has only started. This isn't history and mdash;this is Pulp History in the post-Revolutionary Era! Nefarious Illuminati agents hatch plots in smoky Boston taprooms. Fallen gods of the Northmen stalk Ohio's howling wilderness. Risen ghosts abound. Against them, the Sons of Liberty wield diplomacy as well as muskets, but they also dabble in Scientifick Philosophy and even magick! A handful have the blood of the old gods in their veins. So load your flintlock and gather your flats, sharps, and sundry supplies: the battle for liberty has just begun!

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    Written and and copy; By: Cheyenne Wright
    It's been 11 years since America lost the Robot War and ceded everything west of the Mississippi to the automatons. Now a fresh young scientist with a government contract and a load of new experimental devices is outfitting a voluntary expeditionary force to cross the ol' Miss and head deep into No Man's Land.
    Tesla Rangers is a high-octane action adventure pitting cowboys with lightning guns against cast-iron killer robots in a battle for the Wired West.

    The Lost City of Astla

    Written and and copy; By: BJ Hensley
    As Astla's resources dwindled, the ancient "elves" fled to a massive city-ship in the stars, hoping to wait out the barbaric and destructive People who overran it. But now the Astlatians have begun to suffer from a terrible wasting disease, and the only cure may be a return to their homelands. Some urge war, some peace. As they debate, small bands return to the surface to scout, raid, and learn from those who remain in the barren wastes.

    !


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    In this file photo, Julius Maada Bio, president of Sierra Leone, speaks at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Sept. 27, 2018. Amid growing outrage over the rape of a 5-year-old girl, the president of Sierra Leone declared sexual violence a national emergency, vowing that sex with minors would be punishable by life in prison.

    “Some of our families practice a culture of silence and indifference toward sexual violence, leaving victims even more traumatized,” President Bio said.


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    Actress Sally Fraser who appeared on television and in numerous films died in Harrison, Idaho on January 13, 2019. She became best known for appearing in low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s. Born in Williston, North Dakota on December 12, 1932, Fraser moved to Southern California with her family after spending a few years in Minneapolis. She was spotted after singing on a local TV show and was encouraged to take drama lessons and eventually gained experience in stage plays. On television she appeared opposite Tyler MacDuff in the episode "The Saga of Clement O'Toole" of the western series, Annie Oakley. She also appeared on Guy Madison's series, The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. She was in the 1954 TV presentation of A Christmas Carol starring Fredric March, in the role of "Belle, sweetheart of Scrooge's youth, and as the Spirit of Christmas Past."

    On May 27, 1954, Fraser was part of the Anderson family in a pilot for the television version of Father Knows Best. The pilot was broadcast as an episode of Ford Television Theatre. Fraser played the older daughter but (as with all others in the family except Robert Young) was not cast as part of the regular series.

    In 1955, Fraser (along with Jil Jarmyn) completed two pilot episodes of Behind the Scenes (not to be confused with a latter Public Broadcasting Service series of the same name), a series about the "adventures of two girls trying for movie careers in Hollywood."

    Fraser eventually became typecast in low budget 1950s sci-fi films. She played a wife possessed by aliens in the Roger Corman film “It Conquered the World” (1956), the sister of the titular monster in “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958), and a mother protecting her baby in “Earth vs. the Spider” (1958). She was briefly onscreen as the United Nations receptionist who introduces Cary Grant's character to Philip Ober's Lester Townsend in Hitchcock's “North by Northwest” also appeared in “Giant from the Unknown” (1958).

    She continued to work on television and the stage into the 1960s until she decided to retire to raise her family. Fraser moved to Harrison, Idaho in the 1980s and lived on a ranch with her husband Allan Johnson.


    FRASER, Sally
    Born: 12/12/1932, Williston, North Dakota, U.S.A.
    Died: 1/13/2019, Harrison, Idaho, U.S.A.

    Sally Fraser’s westerns – actress:
    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1952 (Nancy Latham)
    The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1955 (Martha)
    The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1955 (Deborah  Talbot, Torrey Palmer)
    The Adventures of Champion (TV) – 1956 (Beth Collier)
    Anne Oakley (TV) – 1956 (Susan Meriwether, Nancy Cooper)
    Cheyenne (TV) – 1956 (Virginia Stagge)
    Red Ryder (TV) – 1956 (Kathy Wayne)
    Broken Arrow (TV) – 1957 (Faith Peterson)
    The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957 (Grace Coulter)
    The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Lucy)
    Trackdown (TV) – 1958 (Lucy Franklin)
    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1959 (Pauline, Cora Watrous)
    The Texan (TV) – 1959 (Martha Maitland, Laura Whipple)

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    Spirits of 17864

    Written and and copy; By: Matthew Cutter
    The War of Independence is won...but the herculean effort to build a more perfect union has only started. This isn't history and mdash;this is Pulp History in the post-Revolutionary Era! Nefarious Illuminati agents hatch plots in smoky Boston taprooms. Fallen gods of the Northmen stalk Ohio's howling wilderness. Risen ghosts abound. Against them, the Sons of Liberty wield diplomacy as well as muskets, but they also dabble in Scientifick Philosophy and even magick! A handful have the blood of the old gods in their veins. So load your flintlock and gather your flats, sharps, and sundry supplies: the battle for liberty has just begun!

    Abyssal
    Written and and copy; By: Shane Lacy Hensley
    A family of explorers joins a United Nations expedition to explore a mysterious "Event" at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. What they find there will change the world forever. This Saturday morning cartoon-inspired setting features strange and enhanced sea creatures, insidious rival corporations, and the growing urgency of the Event itself and the inexplicable force behind it!

    Tesla Rangers

    Written and and copy; By: Cheyenne Wright
    It's been 11 years since America lost the Robot War and ceded everything west of the Mississippi to the automatons. Now a fresh young scientist with a government contract and a load of new experimental devices is outfitting a voluntary expeditionary force to cross the ol' Miss and head deep into No Man's Land.
    Tesla Rangers is a high-octane action adventure pitting cowboys with lightning guns against cast-iron killer robots in a battle for the Wired West.

    The Lost City of Astla

    Written and and copy; By: BJ Hensley
    As Astla's resources dwindled, the ancient "elves" fled to a massive city-ship in the stars, hoping to wait out the barbaric and destructive People who overran it. But now the Astlatians have begun to suffer from a terrible wasting disease, and the only cure may be a return to their homelands. Some urge war, some peace. As they debate, small bands return to the surface to scout, raid, and learn from those who remain in the barren wastes.

    !


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    The May Government’s recognition of the American lackey, Juan Guaidó, as ‘interim president’ of Venezuela is the latest episode in what some British politicians still shamefully call the “special relationship” with the USA. The weakness of the British Government makes this meaningless gesture, which was given in the hope of future reward from the Trump administration, pointless. But crawling to the Americans comes as second nature to those sections of the ruling class who believe that their global interests are best preserved through the might of US imperialism.
    Though the Trump administration has widened existing divisions within America’s ruling circles over immigration and minority rights, the entire American ruling class wants to establish US hegemony over the world. What divides them is how to achieve it.
    Democrat leaders still believe in the ‘new world order’ although they now prefer to call it ‘globalisation’. Trump, on the other hand, represents circles who want to cut back US military expenditure in Europe and north-east Asia so that they can concentrate on controlling the global energy market by taking over the entire Middle East and restoring US imperialism’s hegemony over south and central America. This is why they’re itching to get their greedy hands on Venezuela's vast oil reserves, the biggest in the world.
    When it suits them American, British and Franco-German imperialists will bang the drum of “human rights”. So reading from the American script the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, says that: “The people of Venezuela have suffered enough. It is time for a new start, with free and fair elections in accordance with international democratic standards. The oppression of the illegitimate, kleptocratic Maduro regime must end. Those who continue to violate the human rights of ordinary Venezuelans under an illegitimate regime will be called to account. The Venezuelan people deserve a better future.”
    The usual lies. But few are taken in these days. Attempts to build another “international coalition” to justify American military intervention and “regime change” have failed at the United Nations and the Organisation of American States. Ten members of the European Union have refused to endorse Juan Guaidó’s empty claim and Turkey has broken ranks with NATO to back the elected Maduro government that is also supported by Russia, People’s China, India, Cuba and Democratic Korea, as well as most of the Third World.
    Those in favour of imperialist aggression are the most aggressive and greedy sections of the capitalist and landowning class. They looted and enslaved Africa and Asia in the 19th century, killing millions on their way. They are the people who sent millions to their deaths in two world wars to preserve and increase their fortunes.
    They started the Korean War and the American interventions in Indo-China during the Cold War. These are the people who brought death and destruction in the name of “regime change” in Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. They are the ones behind the sectarian gunmen who tried the same in Syria.
    They are the kind who live the life of Roman Emperors in their grand houses whilst workers slave in their factories for pennies and die broken and destitute in the slums of the great cities of the imperialist heartlands. Now they want to push the clock back in Venezuela.
    The governance of Venezuela is a matter for the Venezuelan people alone to determine. They’re going to fight to defend their revolution, We must stand by them and the legitimate government of the Bolivarian republic.



              Mặc Lâm - Một Trịnh Xuân Thanh thứ hai?      Cache   Translate Page      

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    Những ngày này cộng đồng mạng bàn tán nhiều về sự mất tích cuả nhà báo, blogger Trương Duy Nhất với nhiều giả thiết căn cứ trên những thông tin từ nhiều phía. Tuy nhiên câu hỏi ai bắt Trương Duy Nhất và tại sao lại bắt anh là câu hỏi lửng lơ không ai có thể giải mã được ít nhất là trong lúc này.

    Blogger Trương Duy Nhất thời điểm ra tòa tại Đà Nẵng, 4 tháng Ba, 2014.

    Trương Duy Nhất vắng bóng tại Việt Nam hơn 1 tháng về trước, nhiều người tin rằng trong thời gian đó anh đã bí mật chạy sang Campuchia bằng con đường bất hợp pháp và ít lâu sau anh tiếp tục theo đường dây đưa người sang Thái Lan, bắt đầu cho cuộc chạy đua với an ninh Việt Nam để cuối cùng anh gõ cửa Cao ủy Liên Hiệp Quốc về người tị nạn (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR) chính thức nộp đơn xin tỵ nạn chính trị. Nhiều nguồn tại Thái Lan xác nhận trong đó có cả sự xác nhận của UNHCR về lá đơn của anh nộp tại đây.

    Và vào chiều tối ngày 26 tháng 1 năm 2019 trong khi đến Future Park, thuộc quận Rangsit ngoại ô Bangkok anh biến mất không để lại chút tăm tích nào.

    Cảnh sát Hoàng gia Thái Lan được thông báo về vụ việc và họ nói không hay biết gì về sự mất tích của anh. Từ đó, người ta lần tới một giả thiết khác: Có lẽ lực lượng an ninh Việt Nam đã theo dõi Trương Duy Nhất từ khi anh bắt đầu rời Việt Nam và bắt anh tại Thái Lan, nơi người Việt sinh sống bất hợp pháp khá nhiều, rồi sau đó mang anh về Việt Nam.

    Câu hỏi đặt ra, lý do gì làm cho Trương Duy Nhất trở thành một phạm nhân mang trọng tội đến nỗi phải trốn tránh sang đất Thái và tại sao an ninh Việt Nam bắt anh mà không phải là cảnh sát Thái Lan?

    Nhiều người cho rằng Trương Duy Nhất dính líu đến vụ án Vũ Nhôm, vì anh từng làm việc cho báo Đại Đoàn kết và có thời gian đại diện chính thức tại Đà Nẵng, trong khi báo này chuyển nhượng Văn phòng đại diện ở miền Trung, mà tờ báo xin mua theo diện công sản nhà nước vào năm 2004, cho Công ty Xây dựng 79 của Vũ “nhôm” vào năm 2011 để Vũ biến nơi đây thành nhà riêng của mình, trong thời gian này Trương Duy Nhất có chấm mút gì tới Vũ Nhôm hay không vẫn lại nằm trong giả thiết khiến anh phải bỏ trốn.

    Nhưng nhìn kỹ lại chi tiết này thì Trương Duy Nhất không phải là một chuyên gia về móc nối cho Vũ Nhôm khuynh đảo đất đai tại Đà Nẵng mặc dù trong thời gian Nguyễn Bá Thanh còn hét ra lửa tại đây thì Trương Duy Nhất là người có thể quàng vai bá cổ “anh Thanh” với tính cách nhà báo thân thiết cho tới khi Nhất bỏ bút không làm báo nữa mà về nhà viết Blog.

    Nếu Trương Duy Nhất chịu làm ăn với Vũ nhôm thì anh không buông bút và chịu 2 năm tù về tội “Lợi dung các quyền tự do dân chủ xâm phạm lợi ích của Nhà nước, quyền, lợi ích hợp pháp của tổ chức, công dân”. Bởi lý do dễ hiểu khi đã viết bài chống lại chế độ thì anh không thể làm ăn phi pháp núp bóng người của chế độ mà anh đang phản biện mạnh mẽ như trang “Một góc nhìn khác” của blogger Trương Duy Nhất.

    Vậy anh còn giữ bí mật nào khác đối với Thủ tướng Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, là đồng hương của anh và anh cũng từng phê phán ông này cật lực sau khi mãn hạn tù về sinh sống tại Đà Nẵng? Giả thiết này cũng không đứng vững vì Trương Duy Nhất không phải là một “ngôi sao” trong làng báo chí Việt Nam để có trong tay những câu chuyện thâm cung bí sử, hay bí mật cá nhân của tứ trụ triểu đình. Sau hai năm tù tội, thật khó thể cho rằng anh nắm được bí mật của bất cứ ai trong những chiếc ghế cao nhất nước, vì làm sao anh tiếp cận được với những nhân vật sau lưng hậu trường để có được những thông tin mà một nhá báo thường thường không thể nào nắm được?

    Vậy thì một lần nữa: Ai bắt Trương Duy Nhất và tại sao?

    Lần theo dấu vết của câu chuyện từ khi anh trình báo xin tỵ nạn với UNHCR cho tới khi mất tích anh đã xuất hiện nhiều lần tại một khách sạn ở ngoại ô Bangkok với giấy tờ tùy thân không hợp lệ vì anh không dùng hộ chiếu Việt Nam để vào Thái Lan. Một người Việt đang sống ở Thái đã giúp anh đăng ký khách sạn và vì vậy cảnh sát Thái không thể có dữ liệu về sự xuất hiện của anh ngoại trừ chính người giúp anh lên tiếng. Tuy nhiên không ai dám lên tiếng việc này nếu không muốn vào nhà giam của Thái.

    Trương Duy Nhất trước khi mất tích đã gọi vài cuộc gọi cho người thân, bạn bè tại Thái nhưng do sử dụng điện thoại không an toàn anh bị nghe lén và đã có người gọi cho anh một cách lơ lửng như thăm dò sự nghi ngờ của họ. Trương Duy Nhất đã cho người quen biết về hiện tượng này trước khi anh bị bắt.

    Đặc vụ Việt Nam rất giỏi về tiếp cận con mồi thông qua tay chân, cảm tình viên và ngay cả sự vô tình của nhân viên nước sở tại. Vụ án Trịnh Xuân Thanh trước đây so với việc bắt giữ Trương Duy Nhất phức tạp hơn nhiều, tuy nhiên nó cùng chung một bản chất nếu thực sự do Tình báo Việt Nam chủ mưu. Nếu Trịnh Xuân Thanh là chìa khóa mở chiếc tủ sắt bằng chứng phạm tội của đường dây tham nhũng thì Trương Duy Nhất không là gì so với đệ tử ruột của Nguyễn Tấn Dũng là Đinh La Thăng. Nếu Việt Nam dám một lần nữa lập lại vết xe cay đắng Trịnh Xuân Thanh thì chắc chắn Trương Duy Nhất phải có bí mật gì ghê gớm lắm đáng để người ta hy sinh “khủng hoảng ngoại giao” một lần nữa.

    Nhưng cũng không ngoại trừ giả thiết rằng Việt Nam đánh giá Thái Lan thấp hơn Đức nhiều vì chế độ của Thủ tướng Prayuth Chan-ocha tuy được tiếng là một thể chế dân chủ nhưng vấn đề đối phó với thành phần đối kháng không thua gì Việt Nam. Từ hiện thực này Việt Nam có quyền nghĩ rằng Thái sẽ dễ dàng phớt lờ cho hành động bắt người trên đất nước của mình, nếu có cũng không đáng ngại như phản ứng quá mạnh mẽ của chính phủ Đức.

    Nhưng dù sao, giả thiết vẫn là giả thiết cho tới khi truyền thông quốc tế khui ra sự thật. Chỉ mong rằng nhà báo, blogger Trương Duy Nhất không dính sâu vào bí mật thâm cung bí sử, nếu dính tới Vũ Nhôm thì may ra anh còn thấy ánh sáng bên trong song sắt nhà tù, bằng ngược lại người ta sẽ không từ bỏ một hành động nào để trừng phạt anh, hoặc bịt miệng anh trước khi bí mật ấy bị phơi bày.


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    LETTER DATED 31 JANUARY 2019 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF TURKEY TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL
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    NOTE VERBALE FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE CHAIR OF THE COMMITTEE: NIR
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              Provision Of Generator Set Maintenance      Cache   Translate Page      
    Iom Mission in Ethiopia Invites Specialized Companies to Indicate Their Interest to Participate in Bidding for Provision of Generator Set Maintenance for Iom Ethiopia Bids opening date: No Specific Opening Day IOM is a leading United Nation (UN) agency in the field of migration and works closely with Governmental, Intergovernmental, and Non- Governmental Partners. Now, IOM Mission in Ethiopia invites specialized companies to indicate their interest to participate in bidding for provision of Generator Set Maintenance for IOM Ethiopia. Company may express their interest to participate bidding for all or any of projects listed below in accordance with their expertise and presenting the following minimum pre-qualifications: Company profile and valid government licenses/legal documents. For more detail you may request the bidding document by email to Indawati, Procurement and Logistics Unit IOM Addis Ababa at indawati@iom.int cc. SLOADDISABABAPROCUREMENT@iom.int from 4-7 February 2019. Pre-proposal conference and site visit will be held on Friday, 8 February 2019 at IOM SLO Addis Ababa Office, Conference room 9th Floor from 09.30 AM until finished. Only Service provider that have expressed their interest in this bidding and received the bid documents that are allowed to join the pre-proposal conference and submit the bid. Proposal must reach the address below the latest on Friday, 14 February 2019, 17.00 hours (local time): IOM ADDIS ABABA Attn: Indawati, Procurement & Logistics Unit Yemez Building, 8h Floor Kirkos Sub-City, Kebele 17/18, Behind Zequala Complex (near UNECA) Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Website: http://www.iomethiopia.org/
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    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - Russia has prepared its own draft United Nations Security Council resolution in support of Venezuela, a diplomatic source told Sputnik.
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    The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) is pleased to launch the Call for Applications for the 2019 edition of the Young Peacebuilders in Middle East and North Africa programme.  Application Deadline: 23rd February 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York). Eligible Countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Israel, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi […]
              Cadbury Partners UNHCR To Support IDPs      Cache   Translate Page      

    Cadbury Nigeria Plc yesterday announced a donation of Bournvita, a non-alcoholic beverage, to some internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Nigeria, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). In a statement, the company’s corporate and government affairs director for West Africa, Mr. Bala Yesufu said Cadbury was moved to make the donation […]

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              IISD/ENB+ @ GEO-6 | 21-24 Jan 2019 | Nairobi, KE      Cache   Translate Page      
    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, produced a summary report from the Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which met from 21 to 24 January 2018, from the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya
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    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), from 21 to 24 January 2018, from the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya
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    On Wednesday, 23 January 2019, IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, produced a daily report from the Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which will meet from 21 to 24 January 2018, from the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya
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    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, is covering the Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), from 21 to 24 January 2018, from the Headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya
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    IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, produced a curtain raiser from the Negotiation of the Summary for Policy Makers of the 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6), which will meet from 21 to 24 January 2018, from the headquarters of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in Nairobi, Kenya
              US seeks UN draft resolution calling for Venezuela elections      Cache   Translate Page      
    The United States has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for international aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal.
              NYRR Open Run: Flushing Meadows Corona Park      Cache   Translate Page      

    Date: June 6, 2019

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

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

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

    Start time: 7:00 pm

    End time: 8:00 pm

    Contact phone: (212) 360-3300

    Location: United Nations Ave South


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    Don961 » February 9th, 2019

    Parliamentary Planning: The government sent 40 laws to parliament for approval


    It revealed that the Planning Commission and the follow - up to the parliamentary government program to send the government about forty law to the House of Representatives issued during the next legislative term.

    Member of the Committee MP Raed Fahmi explained that the most prominent laws are the Federal Law Council and retirement and traffic and other laws affecting the citizen as well as legislation that contribute to strengthen the performance of the government.

    He pointed out that the next legislative term will see the passing of a number of outstanding laws in cooperation with the executive branch in order to support the implementation of the government program. link

    Samson » February 9th, 2019

    Economist offers a way to maintain the strength of the local currency


    9th February, 2019

    The economic expert, Baqir Kazim, Saturday, presented an effective way to maintain the strength of the local process.

    "It is necessary to maintain the balance of the monetary mass in circulation by withdrawing the Iraqi dinar surplus from the need of the domestic market and the stability of the exchange rate," Kazim told Mawazine News. "The importance of providing foreign currency liquidity needed for traders and businessmen to meet the needs Iraqi market".

    He added that "the Central Bank of Iraq represents a part of the system of economic solution to the value of the Iraqi dinar and not the whole solution, especially as he was the only contender in the economic arena has achieved monetary achievements in the context of the duty of monetary and his quest to reduce the value of the Iraqi dinar exchange rate against the US dollar in the market Local ".

    "The stability of the value of the currency can not be studied in isolation from the facts of economic reality and its basic components," he said.

    He stressed that "the most important elements of the value of the currency based on four pillars of the basic and is like a square building, which is based on four pillars or pillars of leverage, represented by monetary and financial policies and development policy, in addition to political skills, ie political stability, social and security and administrative capabilities in the management of the country and the employment policies and wealth Material and human ".

    "In economics, they are called policies, which must be integrated and harmonized as a single package in their growth and development so that these policies contribute to the pace of their coherence in raising and enhancing the value of the currency (purchasing power),"Kazem said. LINK

    Don961 » February 9th, 2019

    Thank you Economist Kazim ... keep building this strong structure by following the blueprint laid out for you ... do not deviate from the plan.. nor use cheap material .. nor take shortcuts that may weaken its integrity .... to build a prosperous present and future for all to enjoy ...

    Sunkissed » February 9th, 2019

    I'm sure everyone realizes how PREGNANT this article is with ASSURANCE of all of the interpretations that we had about every article and intel to date!!!!!!

    This could very well even be considered THE ANNOUNCEMENT to RAISE THE VALUE of the Dinar... bring SMALLS into circulation.. and a mechanism to maintain a proper note count in circulation (which is probably, depositing 000 notes into their bank accounts, using ATMs and M/C cards, rather than cash -- all already in place tasked and set to GO!!!).

    Needing foreign CURRENCY LIQUIDITY ----- THAT right there is telling us that the Dinar will be FULLY CONVERTIBLE... that is exactly what foreign liquidity IS!!

    The wording "to reduce the value of the currency" could throw people off, because they may not understand that to reduce the "value" in-country/locally, is actually increasing the value for the Iraqi Citizens... and us internationally.

    At the end of the article they revisit the value in a summary statement to make sure everyone understands: "RAISING AND ENHANCING THE VALUE OF THE CURRENCY ([which is the] PURCHASING POWER"

    ~ Sunkissed

    Don961 » February 9th, 2019

    Will Iraq be able to uncover the truth of the loss of $ 12 billion in the Bremer era?


    2/9/2019 5:58:29 AM

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq can submit a request to the United Nations to intervene in the recovery of $ 12 billion lost in the era of former US civil administrator Paul Bremer, the legal expert said.

    Al-Tamimi said in an interview with Al-Masalla on Saturday, February 9, 2019, that "the dealings of the international judiciary need proofs of evidence, especially in financial files that need documents and receipts and people who testify to it."

    Paul Bremer, an American diplomat appointed by former US President George W. Bush, was appointed US administration chief in Iraq on May 6, 2003, instead of retired general Jay Garner.

    And demanded Iraqi political parties to work for the recovery of 12 billion dollars, lost in the era of US civil administrator in Iraq, former Paul Bremer after 2003, according to the Guardian.

    "In case of Iraq, the evidence can bring the file to the United Nations because the American presence in Bremer was under a UN Security Council resolution and the United Nations is responsible and monitoring the decision," al-Tamimi said.

    Al-Tamimi said that "if Iraq has the evidence and documents to be submitted to the United Nations through the representative of Baghdad in the United Nations and requests intervention to recover money."

    Tamimi said: There is an international agreement issued in 2005 that requires the return of money smuggled by money laundering.

    And monitored the "obelisk" movement in the House of Representatives to investigate the report of the British newspaper, on the responsibility of Bremer in the loss of 12 billion dollars of Iraqi funds.

    Iraqi public opinion is concerned with the issue of the recovery of Iraqi funds and deposits in foreign countries, such as Jordan, which still maintains financial deposits for Saddam Hussein's regime.

    The newspaper said in a report published that the United States transferred about $ 12 billion in the form of packages worth $ 100 US to Iraq, and then distributed without control over the expenditure.

    According to sources of money and legal experts, the government of Iraq must verify the authenticity of the newspaper, and if this is true, Washington should be asked to recover the money. link

    Samson » February 9th, 2019

    Vietnam's supporting industries strive to be best in ASEAN


    5th February, 2019

    Việt Nam has only 21 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in global value chains

    Vietnamese enterprises have the potential to participate in regional and global production value chains on par with the leading countries in ASEAN, because Việt Nam has been a top priority choice of multinational corporations.

    However, in order to realise this goal, in addition to their own efforts, businesses also need the support of the State.

    In the draft plan for sustainable development of Vietnamese private enterprises, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) aims to raise the rate of enterprises participating in regional and global production networks and value chains, equal to the leading countries in ASEAN 4 by 2030.

    In fact, it is not easy to achieve this target. Statistics from the MPI show that Việt Nam has only 21 per cent of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) participating in global value chains, while this figure in Thailand is over 30 per cent and Malaysia is 46 per cent. Therefore, in order to improve rankings in ASEAN, it is certain that Vietnamese enterprises must "go faster".

    However, that does not mean that businesses need to be afraid because Việt Nam has a number of opportunities. Evaluating the opportunities for Vietnamese enterprises to participate more deeply in the global value chain, Minister of Industry and Trade Trần Tuấn Anh said that the recent change in global value chains has placed Việt Nam in a more important production base. Full Post Here: LINK

    Vietnam : Prime Minister approves plan to implement CPTPP

    30th January, 2019

    Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has approved a plan to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

    He required ministries, ministerial-level and governmental agencies, and People’s Committees of centrally-run cities and provinces increase the dissemination of information about the CPTPP and participating countries among the public, particularly groups likely to be affected by the deal such as farmers, fishing communities, cooperatives, and businesses, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

    The PM asked for focus to be placed on training officials from State management agencies in fields related to commitments under the CPTPP – such as investment, services, customs, government procurement, trade protection, intellectual property, agriculture, forestry and fishery, labour, and the environment – so that they clearly and precisely understand the specific content in order to implement the deal fully and effectively.

    He made the order that information on CPTPP and other FTAs that Việt Nam has joined be made available for domestic firms; along with forecasts about import-export markets, technical requirements, and regulations on goods trade management of participating countries. Full Post here: LINK

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    “Some of our families practice a culture of silence and indifference toward sexual violence, leaving victims even more traumatized,” President Bio said.


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    US seeks UN draft resolution calling for Venezuela electionsThe United States has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for international aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal. While no date has yet been set for a vote on the American draft, and negotiations are ongoing, Russia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro's regime, diplomats said.



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    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Saturday that a slew of peaceful elections and truces in Africa were signs of a wind of hope on the continent. He was speaking on the sidelines of an African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, where heads of state from 55 member nations will meet from Sunday. This is a mom ...
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Three people have been killed and another 10 suffered injuries after a helicopter belonging to the Ethiopian military crashed on Saturday while travelling from the Sudanese city of Kadugli to the disputed Abyei area, as part of the United Nations' peacekeeping mission, the UN Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) said.
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    Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks at the “Africa Leadership Meeting – Investing in Health Outcomes” held at a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. The meeting, which took place ahead of the 32nd African Union Summit, was “to launch a new initiative designed to help deliver increased, sustained and […]

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    Временные силы ООН по обеспечению безопасности в районе Абьей (United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, UNISFA) сообщили, что в субботу днем потерпел крушение вертолет Ми-8 ВВС Эфиопии. Он направлялся из суданского города Кадугли в приграничный район Абьей, на борту находились 23 человека. В результате крушения погибли три человека. Еще 10 получили ранения, трое из них находятся в критическом состоянии, их доставили в больницу в Кадугли. Причина крушения пока не установлена. Исполняющий обязанности главы миссии генерал-майор Гебре Адхана Волдезгу сообщил, что начато расследование инцидента. «Мы глубоко опечалены тем, что произошло. Мы выражаем соболезнования семьям погибших в авиакатастрофе»,— приводятся его слова в сообщении UNISFA в Facebook.
              02/09 Links: Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel; Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition; Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes      Cache   Translate Page      
    From Ian:

    Bret Stephens: The Progressive Assault on Israel
    To say, as progressives sometimes do, that Jews are “colonizers” in Israel is anti-Semitic because it advances the lie that there is no ancestral or historic Jewish tie to the land. To claim that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, when manifestly it is not, is anti-Semitic because it’s an attempt to Nazify the Jewish state. To insist that the only state in the world that has forfeited the moral right to exist just happens to be the Jewish state is anti-Semitic, too: Are Israel’s purported crimes really worse than those of, say, Zimbabwe or China, whose rights to exist are never called into question?

    But the most toxic assumption is that Jews, whether in Israel or the U.S., can never really be thought of as victims or even as a minority because they are white, wealthy, powerful and “privileged.” This relies on a simplistic concept of power that collapses on a moment’s inspection.

    Jews in Germany were economically and even politically powerful in the 1920s. And then they were in Buchenwald. Israel appears powerful vis-à-vis the Palestinians, but considerably less so in the context of a broader Middle East saturated with genocidal anti-Semitism. American Jews are comparatively wealthy. But wealth without political power, as Hannah Arendt understood, is a recipe for hatred. The Jews of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh are almost surely “privileged” according to various socio-economic measures. But privilege didn’t save the congregants of the Tree of Life synagogue last year.

    Nor can the racial politics of the United States or any other country be projected onto the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as some have desperately sought to do. Nearly half of all Jewish Israelis have Middle Eastern roots; some, in fact, are black. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolent resistance; Yasir Arafat practiced terrorism. The civil rights movement was about getting America to live up its founding ideals; anti-Zionism is about destroying Israel’s founding ideals.

    As for the oft-cited apartheid analogy, black South Africans did not have a place in the old regime’s Parliament, as Israeli Arabs have in the Knesset; nor were they admitted to white universities, as Israeli Arabs are to Israeli universities. Israel can do more to advance the rights of its Arab citizens (just as the United States, France, Britain and other countries can for their own minorities). And Israel can also do more to ease the lives of Palestinians who are not citizens. But the comparison of Israel to apartheid South Africa is unfair to the former and an insult to the victims of the latter. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
    Khaled Abu Toameh: Why Palestinians Oppose an Anti-Iran Coalition
    Osama Qawassmeh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah faction, also lashed out at Iran:

    "Iran has not provided anything for the Palestinian people. It is shameful that some think that the economic crisis in Iran is because of its support for the Palestinians. We never heard that Iran helped build a school or hospital or university or any other developmental project."

    Iran's support for Hamas and Islamic Jihad, he explained, does not mean that it supports the Palestinian people. "This is a huge misconception and mistake," he said.

    In addition, Abbas loyalists have accused Iran of supporting Hamas's violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. One official claimed that the Hamas terrorists who staged a coup against the Palestinian Authority back then had received military training in Iran and "some Arab countries."

    Another sign that the Arab countries have turned their backs on the Palestinians was provided by the recent convening of Arab foreign ministers in Jordan to build a consensus among Arab states on regional security issues. The Palestinians were not invited.

    The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank city of Ramallah should ask itself why is everyone disparaging the Palestinian cause," said Palestinian political analyst Fayez Abu Shamaleh. "Why is the Palestinian cause no longer at the center of the attention of Arabs and Jews? Even the candidates running in the Israeli election have ignored the Palestinian issue."

    The Palestinian fears do not seem unjustified. Several Arab countries appear completely fed up with the Palestinians, particularly the continued bickering between Fatah and Hamas. Egypt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other Arab countries have tried in the past decade to help the two rival parties resolve their differences, to no avail. Egyptian intelligence officials have devoted years trying to convince Hamas and Fatah to work together for the benefit of the Palestinians.

    Instead of doing so, however, Palestinian leaders are preoccupied with blocking Arab participation in a conference that could see the creation of a coalition against Iran -- the same country that Abbas and his loyalists hold responsible for the ongoing divisions among the Palestinians. Might it be possible that the Arab countries are finally rousing themselves from their long slumber and beginning to seek better lives for themselves and their neighbors?
    Michael Lumish: "Palestinians" and BDS
    Note the use of "Palestinian" in quotes by the creator of the image below.

    The reason for this is because he understands that the Arabs who live in the Land of Israel -- which is to say, the land of the Jewish people -- only came into recognizable existence around the time that Paul McCartney was writing "Yesterday."

    The people who we call "Palestinians" come from throughout the entire Arab world and that world is a world of conquest by Arabs against non-Arabs. This is not a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact.

    It is a matter of known historical knowledge.

    Were Israel to be the twenty-third Arab-Muslim state, rather than the lone, sole Jewish state, it would be hailed as the most enlightened country throughout the Middle East. It is only hated by Arabs and their western-left allies because it is the single Jewish state.

    Thus, many of us who favor the ongoing well-being of the Jewish people in an entirely hostile world often put the word "Palestinian" in quotes.



    Bernie Sanders Has His Own Ben Rhodes
    A master's degree in creative writing, followed by a stint writing reports and speeches for an ex-congressman heading a think tank, is generally considered inadequate experience to then serve as the president's deputy national security adviser. Yet that is the path that Ben Rhodes walked to become who writer David Samuels once described as "the single most influential voice shaping American foreign policy," aside from Barack Obama. Perhaps it is because of that unconventional route that Rhodes developed visceral contempt for the foreign-policy establishment, which he called "the Blob" and whose ideas he sought to buck—primarily because of the chaotic landscape in the Middle East and, relatedly, an obsessive disgust with the Iraq War.

    As Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is expected to announce a 2020 presidential run, makes foreign policy one of his principal focuses, in part to counter critics who considered him ignorant of international issues during the 2016 campaign, he has acquired his own Ben Rhodes. Weeks after Donald Trump was elected president, Sanders hired Matt Duss as his foreign-policy adviser. It is no coincidence that, since then, Sanders has been more vocal about foreign affairs, articulating a progressive vision for America's role in the world.

    Duss also shares Rhodes's deep contempt for the so-called Blob, as Klion's title suggests. Most notably, while working at the Center for American Progress, or CAP, from 2008 to 2014, Duss waged a campaign against the pro-Israel community in Washington. He called out the Washington Free Beacon among other media outlets and organizations that were critical of his misleading and outrageous claims about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    That brings us to the policy positions that Duss and Rhodes share: disgust with the Iraq War, support for the Iran nuclear deal and an American tilt toward the Islamic Republic, deep hostility toward Israel—in Duss's case bordering on anti-Semitism because of his fallacious demonization of the Jewish state—and Saudi Arabia, and a general aversion to deploying American soldiers abroad, among others.

    "Rhodes … is the most obvious example of the kind of role that Duss might be expected to play in a Sanders administration," Klion writes.

    But as far to the left as Rhodes is, Duss is further out there, a true believer who drank every drop of the progressive Kool Aid. Duss "does identify as a man of the left," Klion notes, "a strong social democrat perfectly at home with Sanders's political program."
    GOP leader promises ‘action’ against Democrats accused of anti-Semitism
    The Republican leader in the US House of Representatives said he would take action against two Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel if the Democratic majority did not do so.

    “If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

    McCarthy noted that he had recently taken action to isolate Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa, who has long associated with white supremacists. The precipitating event for McCarthy was when King wondered in an interview why terms like “white supremacy” were stigmatized.

    Statements by freshmen Democrats Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were equal to King’s and “more so,” McCarthy said. He did not say what action he might initiate against them.

    It’s not clear what statements McCarthy particularly found offensive, but both lawmakers embrace the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel, and both have been accused of tweets that cross the line to anti-Semitism: Tlaib in January when she appeared to accuse senators of dual loyalty for advancing a bill that would protect states penalizing commercial Israel boycotts; and Omar in 2012 when she said Israel was “hypnotizing” the world. Omar has in recent days apologized multiple times for that tweet.
    The Spin Room Panel: Israeli Votes on the Palestinian Topic
    THE SPIN ROOM | What are the Israeli elections about? For years, they've been mostly about security and the Palestinian conflict. How can Israel solve it? Former Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy debate. (h/t Elder of Lobby)


    Palestinians Reject Invitation to Attend US Mideast Meeting in Poland
    Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week, a senior American official said on Friday, but top Palestinian officials said they would not attend.

    The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event.

    Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the US to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians, saying these had undermined efforts to reach a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict.

    “As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the US official said.

    Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, “will discuss the administration’s efforts to advance peace between Israel and the Palestinians and also take questions from the audience,” the official noted.

    “We would very much welcome the Palestinian Authority’s perspectives during the discussion, but I do want to emphasize this is not a negotiation but a discussion, and we look forward to fostering a constructive conversation in Warsaw,” he added.

    Chief PA negotiator Saeb Erekat quickly rejected the invitation, writing on Twitter: “Regarding statements that we have been invited, we can say that only today there was some contact from the Polish side.

    “Our position remains clear: We are not going to attend this conference and reiterate that we have not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”
    Palestinian Authority calls on Arabs to boycott U.S. conference in Warsaw
    PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat said in response to the US invitation that the Warsaw conference “is an attempt at bypassing the Arab Peace Initiative and destroying the Palestinian national project.” Erekat said the Palestinians will not attend the conference and have “not mandated anyone to talk on behalf of Palestine.”

    Another PA official, Hussein al-Sheikh, also rejected the invitation, and said the PLO was the only party mandated to represent or talk on behalf of the Palestinians. Fatah spokesman Osama Qawassmeh warned that any Palestinian or Arab who accepts Trump’s “deal of the century” would be accused of betraying Jerusalem and Islamic and Christian holy sites. He too emphasized that the PLO was the only party which has the authority to speak on behalf of the Palestinians.

    The PA, which has been boycotting the Trump administration since December 2017, has expressed fear that the Warsaw conference’s main goal would be to promote normalization between Israel and some Arab countries.

    In the past two weeks, several PA officials have called on the Arab countries to boycott the upcoming conference and to remain committed to the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative, which calls for normalizing ties between Israel and the Arab countries only after a full Israeli withdrawal to the pre-1967 lines.

    Qawassmeh warned on Saturday that any Arab leader who meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Warsaw conference would be “stabbing Jerusalem and our Palestinian people.” The Palestinians, he added, are opposed to any form of normalization “with the Israeli occupation entity because that would be a free gift to Tel Aviv.”
    Foreign Ministry said to see little chance of breakthrough in Israeli-Saudi ties
    Saudi Arabia will not normalize ties with Israel or support the Trump administration’s peace plan without significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, according to a classified Foreign Ministry document reported by Israeli television Friday.

    Israel in recent years has worked to improve ties with Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which, despite having no diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, share a common foe in Iran.

    Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will not establish ties with Jerusalem in the absence of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said improved relations with the Arab world could better the chances of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

    Citing an unnamed Foreign Ministry official familiar with the document, Channel 13 news reported that the memo, drawn up in mid-December, contradicts Netanyahu’s position, arguing the chances of such an “inside-out” formula resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict were remote.
    Palestinians Approach UN Seeking ‘Top Billing’ in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (satire)
    A delegation representing the Palestinian Authority has appeared before UN leadership requesting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict to be renamed. As PA representative Mahmoud Said told the UN, “For too long, we’ve been told that we don’t deserve top billing in this conflict. For too long, our children have grown up in a world where they are billed second to the Zionists. Don’t they deserve to live in a world where their biggest problem is the ‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?’”

    According to Said, the request has less to do with the Palestinian or Israeli contributions to the decades-old conflict, and more with the self esteem of the Palestinian people. “Our children are already told they are second-class citizens, why should they also be branded as coming second in the name of the struggle with Israel when we’re equal shareholders?”

    Israel has also sent a delegation to the UN with the expressed goal of retaining top billing. “We’ve worked hard to establish ourselves as the leading name in this ongoing war. We won’t sit idly by and let the Palestinians use bureaucratic trickery to ruin all that we’ve worked for,” commented Israeli Government representative Avigdor Benrimon. “‘Palestinian-Israeli Conflict’ just doesn’t have the same ring to it, why should anyone care about a conflict without a snappy name? The Balochistan Conflict has been going on as long as ours, but no one’s ever heard of them. You know why? The name is terrible. They should fire whatever PR person thought of it.”
    Praising Hezbollah, Russian envoy claims US could spark new Israel-Lebanon war
    Russia’s ambassador in Beirut said US policies toward Iran could set off a fresh war between Israel and Lebanon, while championing the country’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group.

    Though he said renewed fighting between the sides remained uncertain, Alexander Zasypkin accused the United States of inciting “new conflicts” that he said could draw in countries and actors throughout the Middle East.

    “As for a conflict between Israel and Lebanon, nothing can be predicted with certainty because the region is at a crossroads. Peoples are demanding the settlement of existing crises, the return to a peaceful life, the development of cooperation,” Zasypkin told the state-owned Sputnik news agency in an interview published Saturday.

    “A negative alternative to this is the incitement of new conflicts by the Americans, which could involve many countries as well as ethnic and religious forces,” he added.

    Zaspykin also claimed the US stance toward Iran and Hezbollah was further destabilizing the region.
    Suspect in the murder of Ori Ansbacher arrested near Ramallah
    IDF and police forces have arrested a Palestinian suspected in committing the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, according to the police spokesperson's unit.

    The suspect was been arrested near Ramallah, and was reported to be living in Hebron.

    "The joint investigation of the Israel Police and the General Security Service led the Border Police unit of the Border Police, the Shin Bet security forces and the IDF to carry out operations in Ramallah, in the framework of which a suspect was arrested in the murder of Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem," the Border Police spokesperson said in a released statement.

    "From the moment that the body of Ori Ansbacher, 19, was found in the Ein Yael area of ​​Jerusalem, a joint investigation team of the Israel Police and the General Security Service to work together to locate every piece of information and evidence that could lead to the identity of the suspect."

    "The suspect was arrested in Ramallah, and the suspect, a resident of Hebron, was interrogated by the GSS. There is a gag order on every detail of the investigation, except for what is written in this notice," the statement concluded. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
    Police: Forensics at scene led to Palestinian suspect in murder of Israeli teen
    Israeli police investigating the brutal murder of Israeli teen Ori Ansbacher in Jerusalem said on Saturday that forensic evidence unearthed at the scene of the crime led forces to the arrest of a Palestinian suspect Friday night.

    Ansbacher, 19, was found dead in the woods at Ein Yael in south Jerusalem late Thursday, with what police said were “signs of violence,” after she was reported missing earlier in the day.

    Israeli security forces arrested the Palestinian suspect in Ramallah late Friday for the murder of Ansbacher, who Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said was killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted as saying had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

    Police said the forensic evidence at the scene tied the suspect to the murder “without question” and that there would be no need for a confession, according to a Channel 13 report Saturday. The arrest of the suspect was “very quiet,” the police added.

    Ansbacher’s family was notified of the arrest over the course of Saturday.

    The suspect, a Palestinian resident of Hebron, was taken for questioning by the Shin Bet security services after a raid in the West Bank’s Ramallah/el-Bireh area on Friday night.

    According to PA news outlet Wafa, IDF troops searched two residential buildings and the Jamal Abdel-Nasser Mosque, where a 30-year-old employee was arrested. The report said the Israeli troops confiscated security camera footage from the neighborhood, as well as from the mosque.

    The raid sparked clashes with some local residents, who hurled rocks at the troops. The Palestinian Red Crescent said two Palestinians were treated for light injuries at hospitals in Ramallah.
    Danon to UNSC President: Condemn PA's terror in light of Ansbacher's death
    "Condemn the barbaric murder and act firmly against the PA's culture of terror" Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon demanded of the UN Security Council President on Friday.

    Following the brutal murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher, whose body was found in Ein Yael in Jerusalem on Thursday, Danon called for an urgent meeting with Anatolio Ndong Mba, the Equatorial Guinea ambassador to the United Nations, currently serving as the president of the Security Council, and demanded that the Council publicly condemn the terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

    "The Security Council's silence will not help in this fight against terrorism, and will only allow the waves of hatred to grow unchecked," said Danon, adding that "while this silence continues, the PA maintains its policy of paying salaries for terrorists and educating its youth with incitement, and a 19-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Israel.

    "The Security Council has the responsibility and moral duty to make a clear condemnation of this barbaric murder and to act firmly against the culture of terror in the Palestinian Authority, the very culture that undermines stability in the region and destroys innocent lives," Danon concluded.
    Police urge public to stop spreading ‘horrific’ rumors about Jerusalem murder
    Police on Friday urged the public to stop spreading “horrific” and baseless rumors on social media surrounding the murder of a teenager whose body was discovered on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

    Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found dead Thursday with what police said were “signs of violence” after she was reported missing earlier in the day. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Ansbacher had been killed with “shocking brutality,” and police sources were quoted saying she had been stabbed multiple times in the upper torso.

    “Since the murder that took place yesterday, there have been different publications and reports, especially on social media, regarding the circumstances of the case, including horrific descriptions that are irresponsible,” police said in a rare statement.

    “We are clarifying that these publications are baseless and hurt the honor of the victim and her family while misleading the public,” police added.

    Police stressed they were doing everything in their power to track the perpetrator(s).

    “We call on the public not to spread false rumors or disinformation from unauthorized sources,” police said.
    IDF Troops Face Off Against 8,000 Palestinian Rioters in Latest Gaza Border Unrest
    IDF troops faced off against around 8,000 Palestinian rioters on the Israel-Gaza Strip border on Friday, as weekly Hamas-orchestrated unrest continued.

    According to Palestinian health officials, two rioters died in the latest clashes.

    The Israeli military said it had opened fire in response to explosives and rocks hurled at the border fence.

    More than 220 Gazans have been killed in border violence since last March.

    Last July, an IDF soldier was shot dead by a sniper on the frontier with the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.

    An Israeli military spokesperson said soldiers on Friday used riot dispersal equipment and opened fired “in accordance with standard operating procedures.”

    The IDF tweeted about Friday’s events, “What prevented 8,000 violent rioters in Gaza from infiltrating into Israel? Some barbed wire & brave IDF soldiers. As rioters threw grenades + explosives into Israel today, our troops stood guard, ensuring innocent Israelis living minutes away stayed safe.”


    Hezbollah terror chief chides Israelis for not recycling, in mock ad campaign
    An Israeli recycling company has chosen an unlikely star for its environmental ad campaign, Hezbollah terror group chief Hassan Nasrallah.

    The terror leader’s face appeared on a towering billboard on the Ayalon Highway in Tel Aviv Wednesday and in a video put out by the ELA Recycling Corporation, encouraging Israelis to recycle plastic bottles.

    In the ad, an animated Nasrallah says “I don’t recycle bottles,” with text stating that he has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years, and asking Israelis, “What’s your excuse?”

    In the mock video, Nasrallah is speaking Arabic, accompanied by Hebrew subtitles. He introduces himself as a “Youtuber” and public figure.

    “Let’s talk for a second about our shared future, Israel. I haven’t recycled in 12 years, but what about you? What am I investing in tunnels for?” he says.

    “If only I could leave [my bunker] to recycle bottles,” he laments.

    The ELA Recycling Corporation is a nonprofit promoting recycling in Israel.


    BDS's binding ties with terrorists
    The ugly face of the anti-Israel BDS movement just got uglier. Or, to put it another way, a study of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement removed its mask to reveal some very nasty characters.

    According to an 80-page report published this week by the Strategic Affairs Ministry, there are more than 100 different connections linking terrorists groups to organizations that promote anti-Israel boycotts, including “the employment of 30 current and ‘retired’ terror operatives.”

    The report sports the catchy title “Terrorists in Suits,” and, as I suspected, beyond BDS’s useful idiots – Roger Waters and his ilk – lies an even darker layer of BDS-ers who are terrorists all dressed up. Connecting the dots, you can trace a line from “terrorists in suits” to terrorists in suicide vests. The lines crisscross through organizations professing to deal in human rights, spreading across continents.

    This goes way beyond attempts to shoot down Tel Aviv as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is about shooting down Israel, period.

    As Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan put it: “Terrorist groups and the anti-Israel boycott campaign have united in their goal of wiping Israel off the map. Terrorist groups view boycotts as a complementary tactic to terror attacks.”

    The report shows how Hamas and the PFLP (the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine) have ties to at least 13 anti-Israel NGOs. This includes 20 members now occupying senior positions in NGOs who have previously sat in jail, some for murder. The report “shows how boycott organizations and terrorist designated organizations raise finances together, share the same personnel, and showcases that contrary to popular belief, these officials have not abandoned their support for terrorism, but instead, continue to maintain organizational, financial and active ties with terrorist groups.”

    Follow the money trail and you’ll find the BDS organizations have received millions of euros in funding from European countries and philanthropic foundations, in addition to funds raised through crowdfunding, banks and other means.

    Search for the femme fatale and you’ll find Leila Khaled, one of the stars of the study.
    BBC World Affairs editor misleads on women’s rights in Iran
    In contrast, here is an excerpt from an article by the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson which appeared in the ‘features’ section of BBC News website’s Middle East page on February 1st under the title “The plane journey that set Iran’s revolution in motion”.

    “Today, Iran is a lot more easy-going than most outsiders imagine.

    The rules about women’s dress are sometimes enforced harshly, but the Islamic Republic has never clamped down on women’s rights in the way you see routinely in Saudi Arabia.

    Iranian women run businesses, own property, drive cars and play an important part in politics.

    The present government is probably more liberal than any other since the revolution.”


    The World Economic Forum publishes an annual ‘Global Gender Gap Report’ which ranks countries in terms of women’s economic participation, educational attainment, health, and political empowerment. The 2018 report put Iran in slot 142 out of 149, with Saudi Arabia one place higher. Despite Simpson’s claim that “Iranian women…play an important part in politics”, the WEF’s sub-index on political empowerment ranks Iran 141 out of 149. Saudi Arabia is ranked 127th.
    BBC ignores developments in story it reported in 2014
    BBC audiences have not seen any follow-up reporting on that story despite the fact that following a 2015 change in government policy, 1,300 Falash Mura immigrated to Israel in 2017. In October 2018 the Israeli cabinet authorised a plan to bring a further 1,000 members of the community to Israel and the first group arrived this week.

    “The first 83 immigrants from Ethiopia, out of a total of some 1,000 approved last year for entry into Israel, arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday night after waiting in Gondar for an average of 15 years.

    In October, the government approved for immigration 1,000 members of the Falash Mura community in Ethiopia who have children currently living in Israel. […]

    The immigrants were welcomed by Jewish Agency Chairman Isaac Herzog and Aliyah and Integration Minister Yoav Galant, as well as by several well-wishers, including a delegation from the Jewish Federation of Chicago.”


    The BBC has to date not found those developments in the story it reported in 2014 worth covering.
    Texas museum stands by ownership of painting; Jewish family claims it’s looted
    A Houston museum said Friday it “stands by its ownership” of a painting on loan to an exhibition in Germany which is being claimed as Nazi-looted art.

    Henri Edmond Cross’ “Regatta in Venice” was loaned by Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts for a show on the French artist at the Barberini Museum in Potsdam, just outside Berlin. Heirs of Jewish French collector Gaston Levy say it was stolen from their family by the Nazis and have filed a legal request for its return.

    The Texas museum said it made a legal filing in Potsdam on Thursday. It said in a statement that “based on the facts of the provenance research, the museum stands by its ownership of ‘Regatta in Venice.'”

    It said in its filing that no proof has been presented that the plaintiffs are Levy’s rightful heirs, and that Levy didn’t claim compensation for the piece in 1956 when he filed claims for other pieces in his collection, among them other pieces by Cross.

    A lawyer for the heirs, Christoph Partsch, said last week that the painting was confiscated by the Nazis in 1940. He said his clients had found out only now about the existence of the missing painting and were demanding its return. He said the family lives in Europe, but didn’t want to further identify them.
    21 iconic Israeli movies that you must watch
    A melting pot of many different peoples, Israeli culture can be hard to grasp fully through anything but movies.

    From classics films that paint a picture of what life was like for Jewish immigrants in the 1950s and ’60s, to portraits of communities often left out of the mainstream, movies let you immerse yourself in Israeli life, if only for a short while.

    This list has it all: film series immortalized in Israeli pop culture; cult comedies; wartime movies; films about religious Jews, Soviet immigrants, and Bedouin tribes; and Israeli films that have received international acclaim.

    Watch and enjoy as you learn a little bit more about the complicated society that is Israel. We’ve included websites where you can find the movie with English subtitles.
    Spray painting a pro-Israeli message with Artists 4 Israel
    Graffiti artists are disgusted by the antisemitic and racist graffiti springing up across college and university campuses in the United States, and have formed a rapid response team to combat the problem through art.

    Despite the recent surge in BDS efforts, Artists 4 Israel (A4I) has grown exponentially over the last 10 years showing that Israel’s support of the arts and free speech is recognized and having a significant impact. Artists 4 Israel now represents more than 8,000 artists from 26 different countries who are united to overcome bigotry against Israel, the Jews or any other persecuted group. The recent rash of scrawled hate speech and depictions of swastikas is particularly upsetting to urban artists.

    “Hate has no place in graffiti and I refuse to let anyone disrespect my chosen art form for such terrible purposes” says Shayne Tuthill, an artist who joined A4I on a mission painting memorials to slain IDF soldiers in Israel. Shayne and others under the coordination of Artists 4 Israel have offered to reclaim the name of street art and defend against the bigots and vandals.

    Swastikas and other hateful symbols have been found most recently on the American Federation of Teachers building. This follows incidents at Columbia University, Duke University, Goucher, Cornell, Pomona, UC Davis and far too many other colleges and universities.

    Graffiti and street art can and should unite people and beautify communities. Since its inception, Artists 4 Israel has found that to be a core value of most graffiti artists. Originally focusing only on advocacy initiatives in New York City, it was the artists themselves who suggested traveling to Israel to paint over the bomb shelters in Sderot. There, artists from around the world gathered to heroically dodge rockets and defy a war to create murals across the city. When finished, bomb shelters, those distressing reminders of danger, were transformed into an outdoor art gallery that soothed the populace and has become a tourist site that lasts to this day. The artists received the Key to the City of Sderot for their efforts as well as thousands of hugs, kisses and heartfelt thanks from the local community.
    How a curious love triangle spurred UK’s cabinet to pass the Balfour Declaration
    There was only one Jewish member among the British Cabinet when it debated Chaim Weizmann’s request that it back the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine during the summer and autumn of 1917.

    But Edwin Montagu, who was born 140 years ago this month, was not, as might have been expected, the strongest advocate of what soon became known as the Balfour Declaration. Actually, he was its most bitter adversary.

    He railed against the “mischievous political creed” of Zionism, attacked the very notion that Jews were a nation, and ridiculed the idea that, in such a state, Jews “drawn from all quarters of the globe” would even be capable of communicating with one another.

    In an angry memo to his fellow Cabinet members in August 1917 he went so far as to declare that the proposal before the government would be “anti-Semitic in result [and] will prove a rallying ground for anti-Semites in every country in the world.”

    As the historian Jonathan Schneer wrote: “Ironically, a Jew represented the greatest remaining obstacle to Cabinet acceptance of the Balfour Declaration.”

    Inadvertently, however, Montagu would play a possibly critical part in the realization of the Zionists’ dreams. That role had nothing to do with high politics or great principles. Rather, it resulted from the fallout of a bizarre love affair involving Montagu’s political mentor, prime minister Henry Herbert Asquith, and his future wife, Venetia Stanley.



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              Die Zukunft des Radios ist digital – klingt gut!      Cache   Translate Page      

    München, 08. Februar 2019 – Am 13. Februar ist der Welttag des Radios. Er erinnert an die Gründung des United Nations Radio 1946 und feiert das beliebte Medium, das fast 100 Jahre nach seiner Einführung noch immer 95% der deutschsprachigen […]

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              House of Science breaking down scientist stereotype in Tauranga primary schools      Cache   Translate Page      
    If you ask a class of primary school children to draw a picture of a scientist, often they will draw a man in a white lab coat.But, on the eve of the United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science on February 11,...
              Tourism generates jobs but leads to congestion and higher prices: survey      Cache   Translate Page      

    Australians believe tourism generates wealth and jobs but also causes overcrowding in cities and higher prices, according to a United Nations survey.
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    The Second WHO Africa Health Forum
    The Government of Cabo Verde and the World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa will host The Second WHO Africa Health Forum on the theme : Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Health Security in Africa : The Africa We Want to See. The Forum will take place in Praia, Cabo Verde from 26 to 28 March 2019.

    The WHO Africa Health Forum organizing team calls on partners to let us know what they have been doing concerning the Call to Action from The First WHO Africa Health Forum – Putting People First : The Road to Universal Health Coverage in Africa.

    Why attend

    Strategic partnerships, effective engagement and coordinated joint action will ultimately result in properly addressing the urgent and ever–changing health needs of people living on the African continent. The Forum is a unique opportunity to strengthen collaboration between WHO and its stakeholders on the African health agenda. It will facilitate engagement with all partners to kickstart new partnerships for improving the health of Africans across the region.

    Who will participate?

    As well as the WHO AFRO traditional stakeholders, the Forum will host new regional and global health players. The focus on educating and engaging the youth is of particular importance. Participants will include African leaders, ministers of health and finance, United Nations agencies, intergovernmental agencies, academics, civil society, philanthropic foundations, the private sector and youth organizations.

    Distributed by APO Group on behalf of WHO Regional Office for Africa.WHO Regional Office for Africa

               Trump's Utopian Idea       Cache   Translate Page      
    by N.S.Venkataraman

    U S President Trump’s determined anti migrant pronouncements and his declared aim to construct border wall with Mexico to prevent the migrants from Mexico illegally entering US has been much criticized by the pledged critics of Trump, the so called human rights activists and the Democratic party. Even in Trump’s Republican party, not many have come forward to openly support Trump’s approach and have remained largely silent.


    However, it appears that many American citizens would appreciate the broad tenet of Trump’s views on the matter, though significant segment of them may not agree that Trump should take forward his approach to extreme level by creating an anti migrant phobia.

    Across the world, there have been considerable concern in different countries about the migration of foreign citizens legally or illegally , on the pretext of pursuing higher studies and employment and then permanently settling down . Such concern is justified , since such migration inevitably affect the demographic structure of the countries , cause social tension and disturb the traditional cultural practices. Any unrestricted or illegal migration inevitably lead to sectarian violence.

    In recent years, West Europe has become the victim of the liberal policy of a few governments , particularly German government, towards the migrants and refugees, interpreting that the migrant / refugee issue is a humanitarian problem and civilized society cannot afford to be brutal in violently or forcibly preventing the entry of refugee / migrants from different countries, particularly from the war torn regions and those with oppressive regimes.

    Europe is already paying the price for such liberal migrant policy and the problem is likely to become more tense and acute in the coming years , as the migrants with different educational and skill level and religious beliefs would stay on permanently. European governments have woken up to it’s mistakes and have taken some preventive steps now to stop the migrant flow. However, it appears to be too late now , as significant number of migrants / refugees have already entered and would multiply themselves in the course of time. Certainly, they are unlikely to go back. It is said that domination of people belonging to different overseas religions has become too evident in UK and racial tension in Germany is disturbing the peace and harmony.

    Canada is another country which is adopting liberal migrant policy without clarity and long term strategies. Canada is a large and under populated country and it’s population growth is not matching the needs of the future. Canadian government appears to think that it is of imperative importance that Canada should have more people. Then, the question is that not all entering Canada from other countries are skilled and have adequate education and many of them are refugees. Racial conflicts and murders have been taking place in Canada in recent time, which was known to be a peaceful region earlier.

    The Rohingya crisis when thousands of refugees from Myanmar entered Bangladesh and are determined to stay there and lack of policy and clarity in dealing with the Rohingya crisis is all too evident. Bangladesh government with it’s weak economy is facing the brunt of the problem and United Nations Organisation have been supporting the Rohingya refugees without taking a holistic view of the issues.

    Given such conditions, there is lot of sense in Trump’s anti migrant policy. It is well known that thousands of Mexicans have entered US in the past illegally and are staying there permanently , with most of them doing menial jobs in households .U S citizens have not objected to this in any visible manner so far, since the migrants provide them cheap labour. But, the consequences of such liberal view on illegal Mexicans in US could cause serious tension and social unrest in US before long.

    In spite of it’s technological and industrial progress and advanced economy, US still remains as a divided country with blacks and whites not reconciling themselves to each other and the differences are obvious to be ignored. Large influx of illegal Mexicans in US will only contribute to intensify the racial tensions in USA in future. Many citizens in US seem to realize this but are disturbingly silent.

    Trump’s anti migrant policy is bound to be appreciated by those in US who take a long term view of social stability of the country.

    However, the question is whether constructing a huge border wall with Mexico of distance 3145 kilometres at enormous cost of 5.7 billion US$ is the ideal way of sorting out the Mexican migrant issue . Protecting the lengthy wall and keeping the migrants at bay can be a formidable exercise , inspite of the technological and infrastructure advancement in US

    Many believe that constructing a border wall with Mexico is an Utopian idea and is unlikely to be realized. It is very well known that migrants and refugees around the world are determined people who will do their level best to overcome the obstacles and a mere wall will not be an obstacle for them.

    Obviously, the next US President who may share Trump’s anti migrant sentiments will have to think of more feasible options for checking the flow of illegal migrants from Mexico. . Perhaps, the time has come in US to launch a soft and non violent anti migrant campaign amongst the US citizens to create conditions where the illegal migrants would not be entertained by the peopl

              Green Jobs For Students/Youth Follow Link to Apply (https://bit.ly/2LfuKbL) - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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    Davos 2019 - Climate Leadership



    Published on Feb 9, 2019

    According to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world has 12 years left to prevent catastrophic global warming. How can the world's major economies use their combined market power to speed up climate-friendly development?

    On the Forum Agenda:
    - Designing efficient carbon mechanisms and incentive schemes
    - Creating climate-friendly tax and subsidy regimes
    - Sharing financial risks to mobilize private climate finance

    Speaker:
    - Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Chief Executive Officer, United Nations.
    - Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), Vienna.
    - Ma Jun, Chairman, China Green Finance Committee, People's Republic of China.
    - Christian Mumenthaler, Group Chief Executive Officer, Swiss Re Group, Switzerland; Young Global Leader.
    - Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.
    - Feike Sybesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM, Netherlands.

    Moderated by:
    - Andy Serwer, Editor-in-Chief, Yahoo Finance, USA.






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    Davos 2019 - A New Deal for Nature



    Published on Feb 9, 2019


    Globally, nature provides services worth around $125 trillion a year. Yet, the world is set to witness a two-thirds decline in wildlife populations over the half-century from 1970 to 2020. With time running out on international agreements, how can business and government come together to deliver on targets for climate, oceans and conservation?

    On the Forum Agenda:
    - Leveraging green financial products to mitigate environmental risks
    - Harnessing technology for resource management
    - Advancing a systemic policies for environmental challenges

    Speakers:
    - Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica.
    - Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer, Yara International, Norway.
    - Cristiana Pasca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal.
    - Feike Sybesma, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM, Netherlands.
    - Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the Ocean, New York.

    Closing Remarks by:
    - Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs of the People's Republic of China.

    Moderated by:
    - Thomas L. Friedman, Columnist, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, USA.

    http://www.weforum.org/




              Chinese Orchestra Performs at UN to Celebrate Lunar New Year      Cache   Translate Page      
    (MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese orchestra on Friday evening entertained diplomats and overseas Chinese at the UN General Assembly hall in celebratio...
              U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria      Cache   Translate Page      
    U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria

    U.S.-backed Fighters Launch Final Push to Defeat IS in Syria

     

    Voice of America

     

    U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Saturday that they had begun an assault against Islamic State to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria.

    Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, "#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists' control. ... Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon."

    "The battle is very fierce," Bali told The Associated Press. He did not say how long the SDF expected the battle to continue.

    The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area that includes Baghuz and is near the Iraqi border.

     

    SDF officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated there were about 3,000 battle-hardened IS jihadists, mostly foreigners, in the region. The observatory also estimated several hundred civilians remained in the area as well.

    Bali told the French news agency the SDF has "special units whose job it is to direct civilians to corridors they can cross" to safety.

    More than 23,000 Syrian civilians and foreign nationals fled eastern Syria this past week as the SDF, which includes Kurdish YPG militia fighters, prepared to move on IS in Deir el-Zour governorate, according to local officials and activists.

    The displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate, in northeast Syria.

    The administrator of the camp, Nabil Hassan, told VOA that many of the women and children from the new wave of displacement this week were foreign nationals and family members of IS.

     

    SDF began an operation in September to rid Deir el-Zour of IS militants. The U.S.-backed fighters' advance has been slowed by fierce fighting from the IS militants.

    The civil war that has engulfed Syria began with Arab Spring protests in 2011. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 Syrians have died since fighting began in 2011. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and about 5 million have sought refuge outside the country, with Turkey hosting nearly 3.5 million of them, according to the Brookings Institution.

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              Green Jobs For Students/Youth Follow Link to Apply (https://bit.ly/2LfuKbL) - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
    Green Spaces participants will undertake 8 to 16-week placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations...
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              Jordan- UNICEF calls for ending violence against Palestinian children      Cache   Translate Page      
    (MENAFN - Jordan News Agency) Amman, Feb.9, (Petra) -- The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), on Saturday, called for ending the targeting of childre...
              Diet Talk      Cache   Translate Page      
    Spurred in part, first by a report from the United Nations Environment Programme and then by some of the stated goals of the “Green New Deal”, I wanted to point out that a lot of problematic things are being said about diet. I’m going to present my reactions in bullet form: Some human beings are, […]
              US Asks UN to Press Venezuela to Allow Aid, New Election      Cache   Translate Page      
    The United States has presented a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council calling for international aid deliveries and a presidential vote in Venezuela, triggering a Russian counter-proposal. While no date has yet been set for a vote on the American draft, and negotiations are ongoing, Russia is likely to use its veto power to block it as part of its support of Nicolas Maduro’s regime, diplomats said. The text, a copy of which was obtained Saturday by AFP, expresses “full support for the National Assembly as the only democratically elected institution in Venezuela.” The legislative body’s chairman, Juan Guaido, has declared himself interim president of Venezuela, challenging Maduro’s rule. Deep US concern The draft resolution stresses “deep concern with the violence and excessive use of force by Venezuelan security forces against unarmed, peaceful protesters.” It also “calls for the immediate start of a political process leading to free, fair and credible presidential elections, with international electoral observation, in line with Venezuela’s constitution.” The text also requests that U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres “utilize his good offices” to obtain such elections. It also “stresses the need to prevent further deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Venezuela and to facilitate access and delivery of assistance to all in need in the entirety of the territory of Venezuela.” ​Russia offers alternative On Friday, Moscow proposed an alternative resolution to the American one, diplomats said. It expresses “concern over the threats to use force against the territorial integrity and political independence of ... Venezuela,” according to a draft seen by AFP. The draft also criticizes “attempts to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of ... Venezuela.” Calling for a “peaceful” resolution of the stalemate in Venezuela, it “supports all initiatives aimed at reaching a political solution amongst Venezuelans to the current situation ... through a genuine and inclusive process of national dialogue.” However, a diplomat told AFP that if put to a vote, the Russian text would fail to obtain the minimum of nine votes to pass without another veto-wielding country blocking it. Humanitarian aid sent by the United States recently arrived in the Colombian city of Cucuta at the border with Venezuela, but Maduro has refused to let in the shipments. Guaido said Friday he was ready to take any necessary measures, including authorizing a U.S. military intervention, to force Maduro from power and alleviate the humanitarian crisis.
              Nigeria’s presidential election is a choice between dictator and Kleptocrat – Bloomberg Businessweek      Cache   Translate Page      


    What’s a Nigerian citizen to do when there’s a presidential election coming up and the two leading candidates are a former dictator who’s presided over four years of lackluster growth and an alleged kleptocrat of international repute?

    This is the choice facing Africa’s largest oil producer, and by some measures its largest economy, in the Feb. 16 vote. Although the field is crowded, incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, faces his strongest challenge from Atiku Abubakar, 72, who served as vice president from 1999 to 2007 and has tried and failed several times already to secure the top job.

    Buhari, who led Nigeria briefly in the 1980s as a dictator, came back to power four years ago via the ballot box. After military rule ended in 1999, he contested several elections unsuccessfully before finally becoming the first opposition figure to win the presidency. (He describes himself as a “converted democrat.”) Voters and pundits alike were optimistic that he could diversify the oil-dependent economy, tackle graft, and end Boko Haram’s deadly insurgency. While the stern former general has succeeded in stamping out some of the corruption that’s long blighted Nigeria, critics say he’s been selective, mostly targeting his political opponents. They also say he’s failed on other issues, nicknaming him “Baba Go-Slow” in reference to his age and sluggish response to crises.


    Nigeria’s economy is still smaller on a per capita basis than it was in 2014, when it was hammered by the crash in crude prices. Unemployment has surged to a record 23 percent from 6.4 percent at the end of 2014. The stock market has been the world’s worst performer since Buhari came to office, falling more than 50 percent in dollar terms. Boko Haram militants, some affiliated with Islamic State, continue to wreak havoc in the northeast. Other parts of the country have been roiled by a conflict between farmers and herders that’s led to thousands of deaths.

    Abubakar, widely known as Atiku, is a father of 26 who has business interests ranging from oil and gas services to food manufacturing. He’s pledged to loosen the state’s grip on the economy, end the naira’s peg to the dollar, and privatize companies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., which dominates the local energy industry. But for all his market-friendly talk—he admires the late Conservative U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Many Nigerians think he used his past positions in government to enrich himself.

    “It’s like a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea,” says Andrew Niagwan, 36, a teacher in the central city of Jos who doesn’t know if he’ll vote. “Buhari’s got good intentions, but he doesn’t seem very capable. Our living standards have dropped in recent years. As for Atiku, Nigerians are wary because of all the allegations surrounding him.”

    A U.S. Senate report in 2010 concluded that Abubakar and one of his wives had wired $40 million of “suspect funds” into American accounts and said that his business dealings “raise a host of questions about the nature and source” of his wealth. Although he has denied the claims and has never been indicted at home or abroad, Abubakar hasn’t been able to shake the perception of impropriety. In January he met with lawmakers in Washington after having been banned from the country for more than a decade under a State Department edict against politicians linked to foreign corruption, according to former U.S. officials. (A spokesperson for Abubakar’s campaign denies he’d been banned from the U.S., and the State Department declined to comment on the visit.)

    Investors expect Nigerian assets to rise if Abubakar wins. “As much as Buhari has done in terms of tackling corruption, under his guidance the economy has been quite stagnant,” says Christopher Dielmann, an economist at Exotix Capital in London. “The perception is that, under Atiku, a degree of corruption could return to the country, but that might bring with it higher economic growth.”

    Still, any bounce could be short-lived. Abubakar may not risk the political fallout from trying to sell state assets or, as he’s also promised, removing a cap that keeps Nigeria’s gasoline prices among the cheapest in the world.

    “I’m doubtful there’d be any great change with the economy, no matter who gets elected,” says John Campbell, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria who’s now a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. That’s a major problem, he says, as the United Nations projects Nigeria’s population will double, to 410 million, by 2050. “How on Earth can you grow an economy fast enough to accommodate those numbers?”

    New York-based risk consultant Eurasia Group, which included Nigeria on its list of the top 10 global risks for 2019, predicts Buhari will be re-elected. But even if steadier oil prices mean the worst is over, it won’t be an easy four years. “The country might just muddle through for now,” says Amaka Anku, head of Africa at Eurasia. The next election, in 2023, could be an inflection point, she says. “There’s a real chance that a reformist government emerges then.”

    BOTTOM LINE – No matter who wins Nigeria’s presidential election, the economy is unlikely to improve, setting up the nation for a humanitarian catastrophe in the coming decades.


              Enough is Enough: Announcing March 18th Rally in Geneva to Protest UN Assault on Israel      Cache   Translate Page      

    Rally Against Anti-Israel Bias at the UN Monday, March 18, 12:30 pm Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Enough is enough.   Co-Sponsors: UN Watch, Stand With Us, Association Suisse-Israël (& many more coming soon) On March 18, 2019, the U.N. Human Rights Council will launch an unprecedented assault on Israel and their own founding principles: • The UNHRC will release the report of their Commission of Inquiry into Israel’s “large-scale assault” on “civilian” Palestinian protesters at the Gaza border. • The UNHRC will release a report on their Blacklist of companies who do business over the Green Line, a thinly veiled form of anti-Israel BDS. • The UNHRC will release another five reports singling out Israel — the only democracy in the Middle East — and yet none on gross abuses committed by China, Turkey, Cuba, and other of the world’s worst regimes. Enough is enough. It’s time for us to stand up and cry out against the injustice of the U.N.’s relentless bias and demonization of the Jewish nation, against the betrayal of their own founding values. On March 18th, we need you to stand up and be counted. Join us in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 12:30 pm, at the Place des Nations facing the UN Human Rights Council. It’s time for the United Nations — and the world — to hear your voice. ___________ The rally will feature prominent speakers, including: Col. Richard Kemp Former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, author, speaker Dr. Einat Wilf Author, intellectual, former Member …

    The post Enough is Enough: Announcing March 18th Rally in Geneva to Protest UN Assault on Israel appeared first on UN Watch.


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              Green Jobs For Students/Youth Follow Link to Apply (https://bit.ly/2LfuKbL) - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
    Green Spaces is the United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada) innovative employment programme designed to provide talented students (aged 15-30) with...
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              Qatar informs UN of airspace violation by Bahrain aircraft      Cache   Translate Page      
    (MENAFN - Gulf Times) Qatar has informed the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General about a violation of Qatari airspace by a Bahrain Air Force aircraft on De...
              Travesty as Thailand Moves to Send Refugee Footballer to Bahrain      Cache   Translate Page      

    © 2019 Human Rights Watch

    On Monday the football world was shocked by the appearance at a Bangkok court of refugee player Hakeem al-Araibi, brought in leg shackles and barefoot to face extradition to Bahrain, a country where he says he was tortured and fears for his life.

    Al-Araibi is a former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who was detained and tortured following the 2011 Arab Spring protests in that country. He fled the country and made it to Australia, where he was granted refugee status and joined the professional team Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne.

    Thai authorities took him into custody on November 27 when he arrived in Thailand with his wife for their honeymoon on a “Red Notice” filed by Bahrain seeking his deportation. But Thailand could and should have released him and allowed him to return to Australia when it became clear that the request by Bahrain  violated Interpol rules. 

    Take Action: #SaveHakeem

    Take Action: #SaveHakeem

    If Hakeem is deported back to Bahrain, he could face imprisonment and even torture. Please join our call and urge Thai authorities to uphold Hakeem’s refugee status and allow him to return to Australia.

    In December, al-Araibi spoke with me from his detention center cell in Thailand, before he was moved to a jail for criminals, where his jailers took away his phone.

    “Bahrain is a state that has no human rights,” he said.  “My life is in danger.”

    Those words need to be heeded now. 

    Al-Araibi told me he understood that Bahrain’s ruling royal family was after him for speaking out about the torture of athletes there. But he was bewildered about how he could possibly have been arrested when Australia had already recognized his refugee status and granted him asylum through its long and rigorous procedure.  And he was frightened.  His arrest has interrupted not just his honeymoon in Thailand—but possibly his whole life. 

    The Bahraini government’s interest in obtaining al-Araibi’s extradition is not about any crime committed in Bahrain—it is naked political persecution.   As a refugee he shouldn’t be returned to Bahrain is clear.  That should be the end of the story.

    Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne have both demanded that al-Araibi, as a recognized refugee in Australia, be returned to his wife and professional team in Melbourne.

    Thailand’s prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, should call a halt to this process. He can at any time confirm Australia’s determination that Hakeem is a refugee and send him straight home to Australia, and he should.

    If Gen. Prayut doesn’t act immediately, governments, the United Nations refugee agency, concerned citizens, and athletes and FIFA should pressure Prayut to do the right thing. 

    Bahraini Hakeem al-Araibi, center, leaves the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

    © 2019 AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit

    In the last month FIFA and International Olympic Committee leaders have called in public for al-Araibi’s  release, and FIFA took the important step of sending its head of sustainability and human rights, Federico Addiechi, from the House of Football in Zurich to a steamy Bangkok criminal courtroom for the extradition hearing.  That was the right thing to do. 

    FIFA has recently made numerous reforms to uphold human rights, and also has important leverage to bring to bear on governments so that al-Araibi won’t be forcibly returned to Bahrain.  

    With Thailand’s decision to deny bail and jail al-Araibi until the next court appearance on April 22, FIFA must do more, starting at the top.  FIFA President Gianni Infantino—whose voice has not yet been heard on al-Arabi’s case—should speak out on his behalf. FIFA should deploy the full force of its soft power in the case, including pointing out that returning a refugee to the real risk of harm or persecution violates international law and FIFA’s own Human Rights Policy.  

    FIFA’s Vice President is Sheikh Salman al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling family.  Al-Araibi has accused Sheikh Salman of failing to stop the persecution and torture of Bahraini athletes who joined the country’s 2011 protests.  But Sheikh Salman as FIFA’s vice president, has a responsibility to speak out to stop the extradition process, and if he is concerned about his future in Asian football, he will.

    “FIFA should protect me and all players,” al-Arabi told me.  “I want to tell President Infantino that he has the power to save my life—and I am asking him to help.”

    FIFA’s human rights policies will ring hollow indeed if Bahrain succeeds in extraditing a player whose only “crime” was to expose torture of his fellow athletes by a ruling family that includes FIFA Vice President Sheikh Salman.

    No one should be distracted by the legal process in Thailand.  There is one simple solution to his case.    All international efforts must now go to getting General Prayut to act to end this travesty in Thailand. 

    Hakeem’s final words to me were:   "In case I don't make it to Australia, please continue to speak and shed light."


              Losing climate change race a 'disaster for Africa,' UN says - CityNews Calgary      Cache   Translate Page      
    Losing climate change race a 'disaster for Africa,' UN says  CityNews Calgary

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The United Nations chief says the world is losing the race with climate change and “this can be a disaster for Africa” and beyond.


              Pakistani community in Sweden calls for end to Indian forces oppression in Kashmir      Cache   Translate Page      
    World increasingly concerned about sufferings of Kashmiris Observer Report Islamabad Kashmir issue is getting global attention with every passing day and there are calls from the United Nations and other world bodies to end sufferings of the poor Kashmiri people who are being subjected to state terrorism by 700,000 Indian troops occupying the region. This […]
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    A traffic accident involving a United Nations armored vehicle killed four people and injured nine in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, according to police and the UN.
              Advocating for More Effective Responses to the HIV/AIDS Crisis       Cache   Translate Page      
    Guest: Stephen Lewis
    Host: Cathleen Margolin, PhD
    Healthcare professionals are deeply concerned about HIV/AIDS and the problems presented across the world by the disease. Our voices often carry some influence with those leaders in policy and politics who possess the power to do more for the afflicted and to take preventive steps for those at risk, but our intentions must be strong and clear. What specific messages should we be sending to our world leaders and the powers that be? How can we do more to make known our views? Host Dr. Cathleen Margolin investigates these questions on advocacy and more with Stephen Lewis, co-director of AIDS-Free World, a former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and a former deputy executive director of UNICEF.
              The Dogged Pursuit of an AIDS-Free World       Cache   Translate Page      
    Guest: Stephen Lewis
    Host: Cathleen Margolin, PhD
    A passionate belief in the power of advocacy fuels AIDS-Free World, an organization working to maintain accountability among those responsible for addressing the challenges of this most devastating disease. Host Dr. Cathleen Margolin speaks with the co-director of AIDS-Free World, Mr. Stephen Lewis, who also is a former United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and a former deputy executive director of UNICEF.
              News24.com | Losing climate change race a 'disaster for Africa,' UN says      Cache   Translate Page      
    The United Nations chief says the world is losing the race with climate change and "this can be a disaster for Africa" and beyond.
              Nikki Haley Experienced Official With Future in Politics - Russia's UN Envoy      Cache   Translate Page      
    NEW YORK (Sputnik) - Nikki Haley who served as US Ambassador to the United Nations is a young and experienced politician with a future in the industry, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia told reporters on the occasion of the Russian Diplomat Day, celebrated on February 10.
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    ·         VNTB - Từ thông điệp liên bang đến thực trạng tự chuyển biến XHCN trong tương lai?(VNTB) - Nguyễn Hiền VNTB - Vào sáng ngày 6/2 (mùng 2 Tết Việt Nam), Tổng thống Mỹ - Donald Trump đã có bài phát biểu quan trọng thường niên – Thông điệp Liên bang (State of the Union). Ông nhắc lại sự kiện 6/6/1944 khi quân nhân Mỹ "đổ bộ" vào Châu Âu để cứu nền văn minh khỏi sự chuyên chế; về chiến thắng của chúng ta đối với chủ nghĩa cộng sản; sự rúng động trước những lời kêu gọi mới về việc áp dụng chủ nghĩa xã hội ở nước ta.
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    ·         2019 này Trung Quốc có “giận cá chém thớt”? (RFABLOG) - Chuỗi sự kiện “ba trong một” sắp diễn ra ở Việt Nam sau Tết: cấp cao Trump—Kim Jong-un, cấp cao Trump—Tập Cận Bình và một tiếp xúc nào đấy giữa phái bộ Mỹ với lãnh đạo Hà Nội cuối tháng Hai này liệu có góp phần giúp cho Việt Nam đẩy lùi được nguy cơ một cuộc chiến kiểu như 17/2 cách đây bốn mươi năm? Cho đến nay, câu trả lời vẫn đang ở phía trước.
    ·         Xã hội bất an thì mê tín nhiều hơn (RFA) - Trước đây thành phần cúng bái, cầu khấn, đi chùa, xem bói thường là những người già và phụ nữ… Bây giờ nhiều người trẻ cũng tham gia vào việc cầu xin, cầu may.
    ·         Philippines muốn tuyên bố ‘Ngày Chiến Thắng’ 12 tháng 7 ở Biển Đông (RFA) - Thượng nghị sĩ Leila De Lima của Phillipines đã đệ trình một dự luật đến chính phủ Manila nhằm tuyên bố ngày 12/7 hàng năm là ‘Ngày Chiến Thắng Biển Tây Phillipines’ để đánh dấu sự kiện Tòa Trọng tài Thường trực Quốc tế PCA bác bỏ yêu sách của Trung Quốc tại Biển Đông.
    ·         Trung Quốc điều tàu chiến đến gần đảo Thị Tứ (RFA) - Trung Quốc bị cáo buộc cho điều lực lượng gần cả trăm tàu đến khu vực đảo Thị Tứ thuộc Trường Sa nhằm ngăn Philippines thực hiện công tác xây dựng ở đó.
    ·         BOT: miếng mồi béo bở khó nhả! (RFA) - Vụ việc Trạm thu phí BOT Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh - Long Thành – Dầu Dây ở Đồng Nai bị cướp hơn 2 tỷ đồng vào sáng mùng 3 Tết Kỷ Hợi làm lộ ra khoản thu phí cao khiến công luận bàn tán.
    ·         Vì sao bờ sông Cửu Long sạt lở, nuốt nhà? (BBC) - Việc xây đập thủy điện ở thượng nguồn và tình trạng khai thác cát quá mức khiến vùng đất gần cửa biển đang chìm xuống 2cm mỗi năm.
    ·         Việt Nam nay mới nhận ra tầm quan trọng của giáo dục dạy nghề (RFA) - Giáo dục Việt Nam hiện nay đang có những bước chuyển biến thay đổi dần ngược lại từ tỷ lệ 70% vào đại học và 30% học nghề. Giới quan sát cho rằng Việt Nam đang dần nhận ra tầm quan trọng của công tác dạy nghề hơn tấm bằng đại học danh giá.
    ·         Tầm quan trọng của vũ khí Nga đối với Việt Nam (RFA) - Việc Mỹ cung cấp vũ khí cho Việt Nam sau khi lệnh cấm vận vũ khí đối với Việt Nam được Tổng thống Obama dỡ bỏ, có nhiều những chi tiết kỹ thuật chứ không đơn giản.
    ·         Ý kiến nói Tây Sơn 'giải phóng nông dân' chỉ là huyền thoại (BBC) - Đọc lại tư liệu của sử gia George Dutton về huyền thoại 'giải phóng nông dân' của phong trào Tây Sơn.
    ·         Ngày Tết, nghĩ về một nhà báo vừa bị “mất tích”! (RFABLOG) - Song Chi - Những ngày giáp Tết, tin tức về nhà báo Trương Duy Nhất bị mất tích sau khi tới Cao ủy Liên Hiệp Quốc về người tị nạn (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, viết tắt UNHCR) tại Bangkok xin tị nạn chính trị, khiến nhiều người bàng hoàng. Thông tin anh bị bắt cũng đã kịp thời xuất hiện trên một số báo, đài nước ngoài, cả trên trang web của Tổ chức Phóng viên Không Biên giới.
    ·         Thái Lan điều tra vụ blogger Trương Duy Nhất mất tích (RFI) - Chính quyền Thái Lan, ngày 07/02/2019 cho biết sẽ điều tra về vụ nhà báo Việt Nam Trương Duy Nhất, một nhà báo và blogger bất đồng chính kiến, bị tình nghi là đã mất tích ở Bangkok khi đến thủ đô Thái Lan nộp đơn xin tị nạn với Liên Hiệp Quốc.
    ·         Một Trịnh Xuân Thanh thứ hai? (VOA) - Chỉ mong rằng nhà báo, blogger Trương Duy Nhất không dính sâu vào bí mật thâm cung bí sử, nếu dính tới Vũ Nhôm thì may ra anh còn thấy ánh sáng bên trong song sắt nhà tù, bằng ngược lại người ta sẽ...
    ·         Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam: Trọng được gì? (VOA) - Nhưng vẫn chưa phải hết. Cuộc gặp Trump - Kim tại Việt Nam sẽ mang lại ‘uy tín Việt Nam không ngừng nâng cao trên trường quốc tế’ theo cách tuyên truyền một chiều chẳng bao giờ biết liêm sỉ của Hà Nội, nhất là trong bối cảnh ‘vụ ‘bắt cóc Trịnh Xuân Thanh’...
    ·         Mỹ cám ơn ‘bạn thân’ Việt Nam về cuộc gặp với Chủ tịch Kim (VOA) - Phó Phát ngôn viên Bộ Ngoại giao Mỹ Robert Palladino hôm 7/2 ca ngợi Việt Nam khi thông tin thêm về cuộc gặp diễn ra vào cuối tháng này giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và Chủ tịch Triều Tiên Kim Jong Un.
    ·         Về quê ăn tết “không nói chuyện chính trị” (RFABLOG) - NGUYỄN TƯỜNG THỤY - Nhiều từ liên quan đến chữ ăn chẳng còn mấy ý nghĩa nhưng vẫn được sử dụng đến bây giờ, có lẽ do người Việt ta đã trải qua nhiều thời kỳ đói kém nên việc ăn là quan trọng nhất. Bây giờ nó không phải là ăn tết mà là đón xuân vì cái sự ăn nó không quan trọng nữa.
    ·         Việt-Nga khai thác mỏ dầu mới tại Biển Đông (VOA) - Một liên doanh Việt-Nga bắt đầu sản xuất dầu thô tại một địa điểm mới ở Biển Đông. Dự án này hy vọng sẽ mang lại hơn 1 tỉ đô la cho Hà Nội trước năm 2032, theo Nikkei Asian Review.
    ·         27 tấn cá trèn nhập từ VN bán trên thị trường Mỹ bị thu hồi (VOA) - Công ty Maxfield Seafood đang thu hồi hơn 55,000 pound cá trèn nhập từ Việt Nam vì sản phẩm chưa được xuất trình để tái kiểm định nhập khẩu vào Mỹ, theo một thông báo của Cục An toàn Thực phẩm thuộc Bộ Nông nghiệp Hoa Kỳ (FSIS).
    ·         Mỹ thu hồi cá nhập khẩu từ Việt Nam do không qua kiểm định (RFA) - 27 tấn cá da trơn trèn kết (còn có tên gọi khác là cá trèn răng) từ Việt Nam xuất khẩu sang Mỹ vừa bị tịch thu, do không qua khâu kiểm dịch ở cửa khẩu biên giới.
    ·         135 người chết vì tai nạn giao thông ở VN trong 7 ngày Tết (VOA) - Thông báo hôm 8/2 của Ủy ban An toàn giao thông Quốc gia Việt Nam nói trong 7 ngày nghỉ Tết Nguyên đán Kỷ Hợi 2019 cả nước xảy ra 214 vụ tai nạn giao thông, làm chết 135 người, bị thương 189 người.
    ·         Ba người Việt thiệt mạng trong vụ cháy nhà kho ở Đài Loan (VOA) - Một vụ hỏa hoạn xảy ra tại nhà kho của công ty Kerry TJ Logistics ở Đài Loan hôm Thứ Tư vừa rồi đã giết chết 3 lao động Việt Nam. Một người khác đang trong tình trạng nguy kịch.
    ·         Nhu cầu lao động ngành điện tử dự kiến tăng mạnh năm 2019 (RFA) - Thực tế nhiều công ty sản xuất hàng điện tử tiêu dùng được dự kiến sẽ chuyển từ Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam trong năm 2019, sẽ có thể khiến nhu cầu lao động tại Việt Nam trong thời gian tới tăng mạnh.
    ·         Xếp hạng FIFA: Việt Nam tiếp tục dẫn đầu bóng đá Đông Nam Á (RFA) - Bóng đá Việt Nam tiếp tục giữ vị trí số 1 Đông Nam Á trong bảng xếp hạng của Liên đoàn bóng đá Thế giới (FIFA) vừa công bố vào ngày 7 tháng 2 năm 2019.
    ·         Voi rừng giẫm đạp làm một người chết ở Hà Tĩnh (VOA) - Hôm 7/2, ông Trần Thanh Lâm, 52 tuổi, một nông dân ở huyện Hương Sơn, Hà Tĩnh, nghi bị voi rừng giẫm đạp cho đến chết khi ông lên núi Khe Mốc cách nhà khoảng 2 km tìm con bò đi lạc.
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    ·         Chứng khoán Châu Á giảm khi TT Trump nói chưa có kế hoạch gặp ông Tập (RFA) - Chứng khoán châu Á sụt giảm ngay sau khi Tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump cho biết không có kế hoạch gặp Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình trước khi thỏa thuận tạm dừng áp thuế quan mới kết thúc vào đầu tháng 3/2019.
    ·         Donald Trump bác khả năng gặp Tập Cận Bình trước tháng Ba (RFI) - Sau nhiều ngày có tin đồn, tổng thống Mỹ Donald Trump hôm qua 07/02/2019 khẳng định với giới báo chí là "không" có khả năng gặp lãnh đạo Trung Quốc trước ngày 01/03, thời hạn chót để ký kết thỏa thuận thương mại tránh việc Mỹ áp thuế quan cao hơn đối với hàng hóa Trung Quốc.
    ·         Đức không muốn gạt tập đoàn Hoa Vi khỏi mạng 5G (RFI) - Chính phủ Đức không muốn gạt bỏ các thiết bị viễn thông của tập đoàn Trung Quốc Hoa Vi khi triển khai mạng điện thoại di động 5G. Nhật báo kinh tế Handelsblatt của Đức ngày 07/02/2019 dẫn các nguồn tin chính phủ tiết lộ như trên.
    ·         Úc xóa tư cách định cư của tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc (BBC) - Dù đã bỏ hàng tỷ Úc kim vào Úc, tỷ phú TQ Hoàng Hướng Mặc vẫn bị Úc xoá thường trú nhân, cấm không cho nhập cảnh.
    ·         Tỷ phú Trung Quốc bị tước quyền cư trú: ‘Quyết định của Úc chỉ dựa trên đồn đoán’(VOA) - Tỷ phú Hoàng Hướng Mặc đã không thể quay trở lại Úc sau khi chính phủ nước này từ chối đơn xin nhập tịch và thu hồi visa của ông trong lúc ông đang ở nước ngoài
    ·         Diên Hy Công Lược: Vì sao TQ quay lưng lại với phim cổ trang ăn khách nhất? (BBC) - Diên Hy Công Lược được stream 15 tỷ lần, rồi đột nhiên nhà nước TQ nói phim có ảnh hưởng xấu tới công chúng.
    ·         Hòa bình cho bán đảo Triều Tiên sẽ đến từ chiến trường xưa Việt Nam ? (RFI) - Nhật báo La Croix hôm nay 08/02/2019 nhận định « Thượng đỉnh Trump-Kim tại Việt Nam, cả một biểu tượng ». Việt Nam về mặt lịch sử, ý thức hệ và ngoại giao là một thỏa hiệp tuyệt vời đối với Bắc Triều Tiên và Hoa Kỳ.
    ·         Đặc phái viên Mỹ trở lại Hàn Quốc sau chuyến thăm Triều Tiên (VOA) - Đặc phái viên hàng đầu của Mỹ về vấn đề Triều Tiên đã quay trở lại Hàn Quốc hôm 8/2 sau ba ngày hội đàm tại Bình Nhưỡng
    ·         Thái Lan : Chị gái nhà Vua và lãnh đạo tập đoàn quân sự tranh cử thủ tướng (RFI) - Ngày 08/02/2019, công chúa Ubolratana, chị cả của nhà vua Thái Lan bất ngờ thông báo sẽ ra ứng cử chức thủ tướng Thái Lan sau cuộc bầu cử Quốc Hội vào tháng 3 tới dưới màu cờ của đảng Thai Raksa Chart, thân với các cựu thủ tướng Thaksin và Yingluck Shinawatra bị lật đổ hiện đang sống lưu vong.
    ·         Vua Thái không tán thành cho chị ruột ra tranh cử (BBC) - Nhà Vua Thái Lan ra thông báo chính thức bác việc chị gái ra tranh cử Thủ tướng ở nước này.
    ·         Philippines: Dịch sởi bùng phát, dân lo ngại biến chứng vaccine (BBC) - Người dân Philippines miễn cưỡng cho con đi tiêm chủng tại các trung tâm y tế sau khi xảy ra các vụ biến chứng vaccine.
    ·         Phe Cộng hòa muốn Tổng thống Đài Loan tới Quốc hội Mỹ (VOA) - Trong bối cảnh căng thẳng quan hệ giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc, một nhóm các thượng nghị sĩ Hoa Kỳ đã đề nghị Chủ tịch Hạ viện, bà Nancy Pelosi, mời Tổng thống Đài Loan Thái Anh Văn tới phát biểu tại cuộc họp lưỡng viện của Quốc hội Mỹ.
    ·         Phi công Đài Loan đình công ngay dịp Tết, gây hỗn loạn sân bay (VOA) - Các phi công của hãng hàng không Đài Loan China Airlines đã đình công vào ngày 8/2 giữa thời điểm khách đi du lịch đông đúc vào dịp Tết Nguyên đán, dẫn đến ít nhất 18 chuyến bay buộc phải hủy bỏ
    ·         Hoa Kỳ hủy visa quan chức còn Venezuela chặn xe viện trợ Mỹ (BBC) - Hoa Kỳ nói sẽ hủy visa của quan chức chính quyền Maduro trong lúc có tin đoàn xe cứu trợ của Mỹ bị Venezuela chặn ở biên giới.
    ·         Công ty dầu lửa Citgo, « mỏ vàng » ở Bắc Mỹ của Venezuela (RFI) - Trong cuộc chiến tranh giành quyền lực hiện nay tại Venezuela, giữa tổng thống Nicolas Maduro và tổng thống tự phong Juan Guaido, bên cạnh việc phải có sự ủng hộ cần thiết của quân đội, nguồn thu từ dầu lửa cũng là một yếu tố có vai trò gần như quyết định với tâm điểm là Citgo có trụ sở ở Houston, Hoa Kỳ.
    ·         Hầu hết khách hàng mua dầu Venezuela đã dừng hợp đồng năm ngoái (VOA) - Ngoại trừ Rosneft, tất cả các khách hàng Nga mua dầu của Venezuela, đã bắt đầu đình chỉ hoặc thanh lý hợp đồng trong khoảng từ giữa đến cuối năm 2018
    ·         Thêm Rumani ủng hộ ông Guaido làm tổng thống lâm thời Venezuela (VOA) - Tổng thống Rumani tuyên bố hôm 8/2 rằng nước ông vừa chính thức công nhận lãnh đạo phe đối lập Juan Guaido là tổng thống lâm thời hợp pháp của Venezuela
    ·         Nhà đầu tư ở Cuba lo ngại tác động từ Venezuela (VOA) - Một số nhà đầu tư nước ngoài ở Cuba đang gấp rút tìm cách bảo vệ các quyền lợi của mình, trong khi những người khác lo ngại các nguy cơ có thể xảy ra, trong bối cảnh chính quyền của Tổng thống Trump tăng cường gây áp lực lên Venezuela và Cuba, theo Reuters.
    ·         Brexit : Bruxelles thảo luận tiếp với Luân Đôn, nhưng không đàm phán lại (RFI) - Ủy Ban Châu Âu ngày 07/02/2019 chấp thuận tiếp tục các cuộc thảo luận với chính phủ nước Anh để tìm lối thoát cho cuộc khủng hoảng Brexit, nhưng nhấn mạnh sẽ không đàm phán lại.
    ·         Báo chí Ý náo động bởi quan hệ Roma – Paris căng thẳng (RFI) - Ngày 07/02/2019, Pháp bất ngờ triệu hồi đại sứ tại Ý về nước sau một loạt các tuyên bố được Paris đánh giá là « quá khích » của các quan chức chính phủ Ý.
    ·         Nga ‘sẵn sàng thảo luận’ với Hà Lan về chuyến bay MH17 bị bắn hạ (VOA) - MH17 đã bị bắn hạ trên lãnh thổ do phe ly khai thân Nga ở miền đông Ukraine nắm giữ, giết chết toàn bộ 298 người trên máy bay, khoảng hai phần ba trong số đó là người Hà Lan
    ·         Hoa Kỳ nhắm rút quân ra khỏi Syria vào tháng 4 (VOA) - Hoa Kỳ đang chuẩn bị rút binh sĩ ra khỏi Syria vào cuối tháng 4, và một phần đáng kể trong số này sẽ được rút ra vào giữa tháng 3
    ·         Iran: 'Mỹ chết đi!' nhắm vào ông Trump, không phải dân Mỹ (VOA) - Lãnh đạo tối cao của Iran nói khẩu hiệu “Mỹ chết đi!” nhắm vào Tổng thống Donald Trump và các lãnh đạo Hoa Kỳ, chứ không phải người dân Mỹ
    ·         Du học sinh tới Mỹ giảm hai năm liên tiếp (VOA) - Thị trường quốc tế của lĩnh vực giáo dục hậu đại học tại Mỹ giảm sút.
    ·         Sự bất lợi của các ngôi nhà nhỏ (BBC) - Những ngôi nhà nhỏ trông thật kỳ diệu, nhưng có một mặt khuất không xuất hiện trên quảng cáo tiếp thị.







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    GuestTune in to find out what Kryon and Lee Carrol have to say about the swine flu, our economic situation, what's ahead, and the best ways we can move forward from here. Lee Carroll has channeled Kryon, the Earth's magnetic master, to the United Nations six times. Learn what messages of hope he brings to you now.
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    Unobstructed panoramic views of the city that include the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings as well as the World Trade Center from the fifteen windows facing South and West! That describes just 1 room. All the remaining rooms also have fabulous unobstructed views facing South with the closest building blocks away. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to create an amazing 2140+ sq.ft. 4 beds / 4 bathrooms apartment by combining a 1372 sq. feet 2 beds/two bathrooms (D line) with a South facing 768 sq-ft (C line) 1 beds/two bathrooms with a balcony. Currently there is a doorway between apartments temporarily closed in the back of a closet. A set of collapsible doors create a bedroom from the living area in the C line apartment which also has been modified to give the living room access to the balcony.

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    United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that a slew of peaceful elections and truces in Africa were signs of a "wind of hope" on the continent.
              UN Peacekeeper Discovers Sex Trafficking Inside the UN With Ties to the U.S. State Department      Cache   Translate Page      
    I want to turn your attention to a lecture given by a former Nebraska policewoman, Kathryn Bolkovac, who has also served as a U.N. peacekeeper.

    In the lecture, she discusses her experience with human trafficking. What makes her so interesting is that she was with the International Police Task Force which was arranged by DynCorp Aerospace. She was actually assigned to the office that investigates sex trafficking, which is how she learned what she did.

    What she discovered was horrific. For example, when she arrived in Bosnia, she was shocked to discover military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution, with ties to the United Nations as well as the U.S. State Department. [...]

    Bolkovac’s disclosures have been a precursor to some recent ones, like, for example, US-based NGO Code Blue received 14 internal UN reports detailing how numerous UN peacekeepers were accused of sexual misconduct. They involved some very serious allegations, which were mishandled and “botched”  by the UN.


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              Current Affairs for NIACL AO Main Exam: 10th February      Cache   Translate Page      
    Dear Aspirants,

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    Current Affairs for NIACL AO Main 2018-19:

    The General Awareness Section of Banking Exams covers numerous sections in it like Banking Awareness, Static GK, and Current Affairs. Most of the questions in GA appear from Current Affairs section. So it becomes important for you all to cover this particular section with sincerity and seriousness. The questions on Static and Banking Awareness are related to the countries, events or anything that has been in news for a while. Knowledge of current news also helps you deal with the PI (Personal Interview) more efficiently so you do not give a mumble jumble answer to the interviewee's simple questions. Here is a quiz on Current Affairs to let you assess your Current Affairs Knowledge.

    Q1. India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training how many Bangladesh Civil Servants at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) over the next 6 years? 
    (a) 1500
    (b) 1600
    (c) 1800
    (d) 2000
    (e) 2200

    S1. Ans.(c)
    Sol. India and Bangladesh have signed an MOU for training 1800 Bangladesh Civil Servants at the National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) an institute under the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances (DAR&PG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Govt. of India, over the next 6 years.

    Q2. In a bid to recognize the outstanding performance and to promote a healthy competition by States/UTs, Urban Local Bodies, Beneficiaries and Housing Finance Corporations (under CLSS), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has instituted an award under the Mission. Name the award. 
    (a) PMAY (H) awards for Renovation and Innovation
    (b) PMAY (U) awards for Implementation and Innovation
    (c) PMAY (R) awards for Accomplishment and Innovation
    (d) Both (a) and (b)
    (e) None of the given options is true

    S2. Ans.(b)
    Sol. In a bid to recognize the outstanding performance and to promote a healthy competition by States/UTs, Urban Local Bodies, Beneficiaries and Housing Finance Corporations (under CLSS), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has instituted the ‘PMAY (U) awards for Implementation and Innovation’ under the Mission.

    Q3. The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS) will be hosted by which of the following country? 
    (a) South Africa
    (b) Barcelona
    (c) New Zealand
    (d) India
    (e) Brazil

    S3. Ans.(d)
    Sol. The 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the conservation of migratory species of wild animals (CMS), an environmental treaty under the aegis of United Nations Environment Programme, is going to be hosted by India during 15th to 22nd February 2020 at Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

    Q4. Name the Oscar-nominated British actor who passed away recently after a short illness aged 82. 
    (a) Albert Finney
    (b) Jacob Marley
    (c) Frankenstein Roba
    (d) Robert Macao
    (e) Inherista Decora

    S4. Ans.(a)
    Sol. Oscar-nominated British actor Albert Finney passed away peacefully after a short illness. He aged 82. He was a five-time Oscar nominee who began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company before making his mark in film.

    Q5. To which among the following region, Jammu & Kashmir Government had granted a Divisional Status? 
    (a) Srinagar Region
    (b) Anantnag Region
    (c) Ladakh Region
    (d) Baramulla Region
    (e) Leh Region

    S5. Ans.(c)

    Sol. While exercising powers conferred in Section 5 of Land Revenue Act, the State Government of Jammu and Kashmir issued a notification of creation of Ladakh as 3rd Division in the state.

    Q6. Who is the present Governor of Jammu and Kashmir? 
    (a) Kesri Nath Tripathi
    (b) Satya Pal Malik
    (c) NN Vohra
    (d) BD Mishra
    (e) VP Singh Badnor

    S6. Ans.(b)
    Sol. Satya Pal Malik is the present Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

    Q7. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) announced that it has signed a pact with which of the following government Agency to promote foreign investments in the country and Indian investments abroad? 
    (a) Exchange India
    (b) Make in India
    (c) Product India
    (d) Invest India
    (e) Direct India

    S7. Ans.(d)
    Sol. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) announced that it has signed a pact with Invest India to promote foreign investments in the country and Indian investments abroad. Invest India is a government agency that promotes and facilitates investment in the country.

    Q8. Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in _________. 
    (a) New Delhi
    (b) Mumbai
    (c) Guwahati
    (d) Gandhinagar
    (e) Ajmer

    S8. Ans.(b)

    Sol. Union Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani launched the India Size project in Mumbai. A first-of-its-kind project in the history of the country, India Size aims to arrive at a standard Indian Size for the ready-to-wear clothing industry, on the lines of the standardized sizes available in countries such as the USA and the UK.

    Q9. Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons inaugurated the 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit at Hotel Taj Vivanta in _________.
    (a) Leh
    (b) Gandhinagar
    (c) Guwahati
    (d) Bengaluru
    (e) Kochi
    S9. Ans.(c)

    Sol. Union Minister of State for Tourism KJ Alphons and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurated the 2nd ASEAN-India Youth Summit at Hotel Taj Vivanta in Guwahati.

    Q10. The Reserve Bank of India raised the limit of collateral-free agricultural loans to Rs. 1.6 lakh from the current __________ with a view to help small and marginal farmers. 
    (a) Rs. 1.5 lakh
    (b) Rs. 1.0 lakh
    (c) Rs. 1.3 lakh
    (d) Rs. 1.4 lakh
    (e) Rs. 1.2 lakh

    S10. Ans.(b)
    Sol. The Reserve Bank of India raised the limit of collateral-free agricultural loans to Rs. 1.6 lakh from the current Rs. 1 lakh with a view to help small and marginal farmers. The central bank also decided to set up an internal working group (IWG) to review agricultural credit and arrive at a workable policy solution.


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    Dhaka, Feb 10 (IANS) The Foreign Minister of Bangladesh on Sunday said prolonged Rohingya crisis would encourage formation of pockets of radicalism, which could destabilise the South Asian region.

    Speaking at a seminar on "Bangladesh and Human Rights" in Dhaka, A.K. Abdul Momen said Rohingya refugees needed to be sent home at the earliest, with safety and security, Efe news agency reported.

    "My fear is, if this (Rohingya) problem lingers for a longer time, it may encourage pockets of radicalism and create problems of uncertainty and instability not only for Myanmar and Bangladesh but for the entire region," Momen said.

    "Rohingya must go back to their homes, earliest the better. The global leadership must come forward to resolve the crisis at its root, not in Bangladesh," he said.

    Momen, a former Bangladesh permanent representative in the United Nations, became the Foreign Minister after a new government took charge in January.

    "Had Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina not sheltered the Rohingyas, it would have ended up in the gravest and worst genocide since World War II," said Momen.

    "Our Prime Minister, by allowing (in) the persecuted people of the Rakhine province of Myanmar, has saved the face of global leaders from ignominy and disgrace," he said.

    Rohingyas are ethnic Muslim minority concentrated in Rakhine State, and whom the Myanmar government refuses to recognise as citizens and allow basic rights.

    More than 738,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, since the beginning of the crisis on August 25, 2017, following a wave of persecution and violence in Myanmar that the UN described as an attempt at "ethnic cleansing".

    The majority of Rohingyas -- more than 620,000 people -- live in just one area: Kutupalong, the largest refugee settlement anywhere in the world.

    "They need to be repatriated with safety and security at the earliest. Their exodus was created by Myanmar and it is their responsibility to solve it," said the Minister.

    The first phase of Rohingyas' voluntary repatriation to Myanmar was due to begin in November last year, as per an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar on November 23, 2017.

    However, it could not take off because none of the refugees volunteered to go home amid security concerns in Myanmar.

    --IANS

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              Aviation Pollution Must Be Capped      Cache   Translate Page      

    global leaders met in Paris and pledged to cut climate pollution in order to keep global temperature increases well below 2°C while striving to limit that increase to 1.5°C.

    But international aviation was not mentioned in that agreement and it should have been given that the aviation industry is a top-ten global carbon polluter.

    The United Nations body charged with regulating aviation emissions, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is deciding whether to cap global aviation emissions. We must do everything we can to make sure US representatives to ICAO know a global emissions cap is absolutely something the American people believe in. If global emissions from airplanes remain unchecked, the industry's CO2 emissions are expected to triple by 2050.

    Please secure a strong international agreement to reduce airline emissions.

    When the US and other nations met in Paris in December 2015, nearly 200 governments pledged to cut carbon pollution within their borders and protect vulnerable communities already in harm's way. While the agreement achieved a great deal, it didn't decide how to limit the climate pollution spewing from of airplanes flying between different countries.

    To meet the ambitious goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, we need every nation and sector of the economy to do its fair share and cut emissions--including aviation.

    When ICAO needs to adopt an environmentally credible global agreement that adheres to the provisions in the International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation's Checklist for an Effective Plan to Cut Aviation Global Warming Pollution. Most importantly, the agreement must:

    1. Initially cap net total carbon emissions from international civil aviation at 2020 levels;

    2. Only allow airlines to claim credit for high-quality emissions reduction units and truly low-carbon sustainable biofuels;

    3. Launch a process to review the emissions cap, so that over time, international aviation can ratchet its emissions down in line with the Paris targets of limiting the increase in global temperatures to 1.5-degrees Celsius.

    As your constituent and someone who cares deeply about the health of our planet, I urge you to support the landmark climate agreement reached in Paris by demonstrating strong climate leadership in ICAO.


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    The UN Security Council meets to discuss the situation in Venezuela in New York [File: Carlo Allegri/Reuters] The United States has presented a draft resolution on Venezuela to the United Nations Security Council, triggering a Russian counterproposal. The US draft resolution calls for international aid deliveries and presidential elections in Venezuela while stressing “deep concern […]

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              TRƯƠNG DUY NHẤT : NHỮNG NGÀY Ở THÁI LAN TRƯỚC KHI 'MẤT TÍCH' (Tina Hà Giang - BBC)       Cache   Translate Page      



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    10 tháng 2 2019

    Hơn hai tuần trôi qua kể từ khi có tin blogger Trương Duy Nhất ở Đà Nẵng có khả năng "mất tích" sau khi tới Thái Lan.

    Hôm 9/2, từ Canada, cô Trương Thục Đoan, con gái ông Nhất cho BBC biết:
    "Cuộc gọi cuối cùng của ba và con là 9h tối ngày thứ Sáu, 25/1 theo giờ Bangkok. Lúc ba điện con thì ba đang ở trong phòng khách sạn. Nhưng lần cuối ba online trước khi con không liên lạc được là 5h39 chiều ngày thứ Bảy, 26/1 theo giờ Bangkok. Con check giờ online cuối cùng của ba trên facebook, facebook có tính năng đó nên con mới biết, vì cuộc gọi cuối cùng của con và ba là vào ngày 25."

    Khách sạn nơi ông Trương Duy Nhất ở trước khi "mất tích"

    Trước áp lực của nhiều tổ chức quốc tế, chính phủ Thái Lan hôm thứ Năm tuần qua chính thức thông báo sẽ mở cuộc điều tra về sự có mặt của ông tại đây cũng như điều gì đã xảy ra với ông.
    Trong khi đó, mạng internet vẫn lan truyền nhiều tin tức mâu thuẫn nhau về nghi vấn ông Nhất bị cho là "mất tích" thậm chí bị "bắt cóc" tại Bangkok.

    Có đến Cao Uỷ UNHCR xin tị nạn
    BBC được biết qua một nhà hoạt động ở Thái Lan (tạm gọi là ông A), người giúp đỡ ông Trương Duy Nhất trong thời gian ông ở Thái Lan, rằng ông đưa ông Nhất đến cơ quan UNHCR hôm 25/1 để nộp đơn xin tỵ nạn.

    Trước đó, hôm 30/1, một nhà đấu tranh khác cho BBC biết đã được một nguồn tin đáng tin cậy có thẩm quyền xác định là ông Nhất đã đến đây.
    Tuy thế, theo nhà hoạt động này thì ông Nhất "chưa ghi danh".

    "Việc làm hồ sơ tị nạn với UNHCR có nhiều bước. Bước đầu tiên là xin lấy hẹn ghi danh. Để làm việc này, người muốn mở hồ sơ điền một mẫu đơn ngắn, ghi rõ tên tuổi, công dân nước nào, và để lại số phôn. Sau đó UNHCR mới gọi phôn cho hẹn để họ quay trở lại làm đơn ghi danh, rồi từ đó mới lập hồ sơ. Trong trường hợp của blogger Trương Duy Nhất khi họ gọi lại thì không gọi được nữa."

    Có tin nói ông Trương Duy Nhất 'trốn sang Thái Lan'. FACEBOOK TRƯƠNG DUY NHẤT

    Chạy khỏi nơi trú ngụ
    Hôm 9/2, tại một khách sạn nhỏ bé ở ngoại ô Bangkok người ta xác định ngay với phóng viên BBC là "người có hình giống ông Trương Duy Nhất có ở đây 6 ngày".
    Nhưng trước những câu hỏi tỉ mỉ hơn, người chủ nói ông không làm việc ở đó thường xuyên, và gọi một người phụ nữ dọn phòng đứng tuổi ra nói chuyện.
    Qua lời dịch của một đồng nghiệp thuộc BBC Thái, bà nói:
    "Ổng có ở đây. Tôi nhớ rõ vì ông là người ngoại quốc duy nhất, không nói được tiếng Thái."

    "Ông bất chợt mang đồ rời đi vào một sáng, cuối tuần, tôi không nhớ rõ ngày nào, chỉ biết hôm đó rất đông, và ông đi bằng taxi, " một người phục vụ nói với BBC Thái.

    Trung tâm thương mại được cho là nơi ông Nhất "bị bắt giữ"

    Theo tìm hiểu, chủ hotel rất e ngại lôi kéo sự chú ý đến cơ sở làm ăn của mình, nói khách sạn của ông quá nhỏ "không có hệ thống ghi danh, nên không thể cung cấp thêm chi tiết." Và mặc dù "có camera, nhưng bộ nhớ nhỏ nên mỗi tuần tự xóa đi và thu dữ kiện mới lên."

    Ông A, người giúp ông Trương Duy Nhất mướn khách sạn nói:
    "Anh Trương Duy Nhất vào đến đất Thái đêm 19 rạng sáng ngày 20/1. Em đón anh ấy ở tiệm Starbuck tại Future Park Mall, rồi đưa anh ngay đến khách sạn đó vì nó tiện việc đi lại. Em đặt phòng ba đêm. Sau đó anh Nhất tự lo sáng sáng trả tiền 500 baht để ở thêm. Giấy tờ rất đơn giản không có gì. Một bà Thái làm việc ở đấy lấy phôn chụp passport anh Nhất, nhận tiền, thế là xong."

    Một ngày trước khi mất tích, ông Trương Duy Nhất than phiền với ông A là "cảm thấy bất an quá" vì sau khi đến văn phòng UNHCR về, không hiểu tại sao ông liên tục nhận được những cú phôn lạ, của đàn ông lẫn phụ nữ, cả người Việt lẫn người Thái. Hai người bàn nhau là sẽ phải đi mua thẻ điện thoại mới.

    Ông A kể:
    "Thứ Bảy 26/1, lúc 17:20 anh Nhất gọi em qua Whatsapp, nói anh đang ngồi ở một quán cà phê trên lầu ba của Future Park Mall."
    ''Anh Nhất lúc đó rất lo. Anh kể có ít nhất là ba cú điện thoại gọi cho anh sáng hôm đó. Cú gọi cuối cùng, anh Nhất nói là của một người đàn ông nói "anh nên bỏ số điện thoại đó đi, và đi khỏi khách sạn đó đi" nên anh Nhất lúc đó sợ quá vội vã rời khỏi khách sạn. Rồi anh Nhất nhờ em giúp tìm người giúp đỡ."

    Ông A cho biết sau khi cúp phôn, ông gọi cho ông B, một người bạn để nhờ bạn giúp đỡ ông Nhất.
    Tối hôm 9/2, ông B xác nhận với BBC rằng ông có cuộc điện đàm này với ông A vào hôm 26/1.
    Ngay sau đó, không còn ai liên lạc được với blogger Trương Duy Nhất.

    Nơi trú ẩn không còn an toàn?
    Cho đến hôm 10/02 vẫn ai chưa được biết đích xác blogger Trương Duy Nhất đang ở đâu và chuyện gì đã xảy ra cho ông.
    Đài Á Châu Tự Do hôm thứ Sáu đưa tin Hoa Kỳ hoan nghênh tin chính phủ Thái Lan sẽ điều tra việc Trương Duy Nhất bị mất tích.
    Trong một tuyên bố ngày 8/2, Bộ Ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ cho biết họ hoan nghênh cuộc điều tra của chính phủ Thái Lan về vụ mất tích của ông Nhất, thêm vào đó, "chúng tôi đang theo dõi chặt chẽ tình hình", đài Á Châu Tự Do viết.

    "Tự do báo chí là căn bản của sự minh bạch và sự có trách nhiệm của chính quyền. Các nhà báo thường gặp những nguy cơ lớn khi làm công việc của họ, và nhiệm vụ của các chính phủ và công dân trên toàn thế giới là phải lên tiếng bảo vệ họ," một phát ngôn viên của Bộ Ngoại giao Hoa Kỳ được trích lời nói.

    Trong vòng hai năm qua, giới bất đồng chính kiến Việt Nam thường chạy qua nước láng giềng như Thái Lan để tìm nơi ẩn náu.
    Nhưng dường như Thái Lan dần dà không còn là nơi trú ẩn an toàn cho họ.

    Trong thông cáo báo chí gửi đi hôm 6/2, tổ chức Uỷ ban Bảo vệ Ký giả (CPJ), viết:
    "Thái Lan trước đây được xem là nơi trú ẩn an toàn trong khu vực cho các nhà báo và nhà bất đồng chính kiến, nhưng tình hình đã xấu đi sau gần năm năm cai trị của quân đội Thái Lan, với các trường hợp bất đồng chính kiến bị bắt cóc bởi các đặc vụ nước ngoài hoặc bị chính quyền Thái Lan bắt giữ và trục xuất về nước phải đối mặt với sự trả thù khắc nghiệt."

    Thái Lan là nước không tham gia Hội nghị Quốc tế về người Tị nạn, không cấp quy chế tị nạn cho những người đến đây nương náu như một số các quốc gia khác. Người muốn tị nạn phải ghi danh với Cao Uỷ Tỵ nạn Liên Hiệp Quốc (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees - UNHCR), phải chờ khoảng 3 tháng để được phỏng vấn, sau đó chờ 3 đến 6 tháng nữa mới có quyết định.

    Thêm vào đó, tại nước này, dù đã được UNHCR cấp quy chế tỵ nạn họ vẫn bị xem là những kẻ cư ngụ bất hợp pháp, không nhận được sự giúp đỡ bất kỳ nào từ UNHCR, phải vừa tự tìm cách mưu sinh vừa tránh bị càn quét.
    Chính phủ Thái Lan ban hành một Luật Lao Động mới vào tháng 04/2018, qua đó người lao động bất hợp pháp có thể bị phạt tới 3.000 Mỹ kim và bị tù 5 năm.

    Blogger Trương Duy Nhất là trường hợp người bất đồng chính kiến bị 'mất tích' thứ năm trong năm nay tại Thái Lan hay những nước quanh vùng.

    Bên trong trung tâm thương mại Future Park

    Vài ngày trước, Thái Lan loan báo sẽ điều tra việc ông Trương Duy Nhất dường như mất tích trong lúc có cáo buộc về khả năng ông bị bắt cóc ở Bangkok.
    Người đứng đầu cơ quan di trú Thái Lan Surachate Hakparn nói với Reuters rằng không có hồ sơ chính thức về việc ông Nhất đã nhập cảnh Thái Lan.
    Tuy vậy, văn phòng di trú Thái Lan đang xem xét có phải ông Nhất đã nhập cảnh Thái Lan bất hợp pháp và xem chuyện gì đã xảy ra với ông.
    "Tôi đã ra lệnh điều tra vụ này," ông Surachate nói với Reuters ngày 7/2.

    'Đã có mặt ở Bangkok'
    Tổ chức nhân quyền Ân xá Quốc tế tuần này nói họ đã xác nhận tin ông Nhất bị những người vô danh bắt giữ tại một trung tâm thương mại, Future Park, ở Bangkok ngày 26/1.
    Ân xá Quốc tế nói họ xác nhận tin này với "các nguồn độc lập giấu tên".
    Ân xá Quốc tế đã kêu gọi Việt Nam và Thái Lan cung cấp thông tin về vụ việc.

    Ông Phil Robertson, từ tổ chức nhân quyền Human Rights Watch, thì nói ông Nhất đến Thái Lan "chỉ vì một nguyên nhân".
    "Là để xin tị nạn, và ai đó không muốn ông ta làm thế, vì vậy chính phủ Thái nên mở ngay điều tra."
    UNHCR - Cao ủy Liên Hiệp Quốc về người tị nạn - tại Thái Lan từ chối bình luận.

    Từng ở tù
    Blogger Trương Duy Nhất, chủ nhân của trang blog "Một góc nhìn khác", từng bị tù 2 năm tại Việt Nam.
    Ông bị bắt hôm 26/5/2013 tại nhà riêng ở Đà Nẵng.
    Phiên tòa ở Đà Nẵng năm 2014 kết tội ông "Lợi dụng các quyền tự do dân chủ xâm phạm lợi ích của Nhà nước, quyền, lợi ích hợp pháp của tổ chức, công dân."
    Cáo trạng nói ông Nhất có các bài viết "không đúng sự thật, tuyên truyền, xuyên tạc đường lối, chính sách của Đảng".
    Ông ra tù hôm 26/5/2015.






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              Response to child abuse long overdue      Cache   Translate Page      

    In the wake of the death of a 10-year-old girl in Noda, Chiba Prefecture last month allegedly due to abuse by her parents, the government held a meeting of relevant Cabinet ministers to adopt a set of emergency measures to crack down on child abuse. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered efforts to confirm the safety of children in all suspected abuse cases within a month. He reportedly urged the relevant parties to place the children under protective custody without hesitation if their parents reject intervention by child welfare authorities, calling such a response a sign that abuse is likely taking place.
    Such actions are indeed long overdue and should have been enforced much sooner. As in many other cases of child abuse that resulted in the victims’ deaths, the authorities that responded to the case of Mia Kurihara, including the local child welfare center and the board of education, underestimated the danger the girl was in despite their strong suspicion that she was suffering violence at the hands of her father.

    The child welfare center placed Mia under protective custody in late 2017 after she told her school that she was being beaten by her father at home, and then placed her in the care of a relative. When the father later protested the move in a meeting with officials of the welfare center and demanded that his daughter be returned home, he produced a letter — which he said was written by the girl — saying that she had been lying about the father’s violence and that she wanted to go home. Officials of the center said they suspected that the girl had been ordered by the father to write the letter — as was later found out to be the case — but they decided to send the girl back to her parents’ home anyway. After the girl’s death, the officials noted that the very fact that the father had the girl write such a letter “should have been considered a form of abuse.”
    The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, in its latest review of the Japanese government’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, expressed concerns about “the high level of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation of children” in this country and urged Tokyo to “prioritize the elimination of all forms of violence against children” such as by introducing an effective reporting mechanisms for victims and rigorous criminal prosecution of child abusers. The convention, which Japan ratified in 1994, requires states to take measures to protect children from abuse.
    In an earlier review of Japan’s response to the problem of child abuse, the U.N. committee reportedly pointed out that the concept of parental rights under the Civil Code may be placing too much emphasis on the custodial rights of parents and leading them to control children in the family, thereby creating a breeding ground for violence and other forms of abuse of children .
    As is the case with many other parents accused of abusing their children, Mia’s father is quoted as insisting to the police that he had only meant to “discipline” his daughter. Officials of both the child welfare center and the local board of education, in meetings with the victim’s father, eventually caved in to the father’s overbearing attitude and accepted his demands — and abandoned their chance to protect the girl. In many other cases of fatal child abuse, officials responsible for the children’s welfare are said to have hesitated to take strong action to stop the suspected abuse because they wanted to avoid trouble or confrontation with the parents. That kind of approach to the problem must change.
    In response to the high-profile case of fatal abuse of a 5-year-old girl in Tokyo last year, the government decided to increase the number of child welfare officers, trained experts stationed at child welfare centers across the country to provide counseling, guidance and support for children and parents, by 2,000 by 2020. In the wake of the latest case, the government said it would front-load the measure, deploying roughly 1,000 of the new officers in fiscal 2019.
    The number of suspected cases of child abuse referred by police to child welfare centers in 2018 surged by 22 percent from the previous year to top 80,000 — an increase of 2.8 times over the past five years. The number of child welfare officers has been increased from 1,230 in 1999 to 3,250 in 2017, but the number of child abuse cases handled by child welfare centers has expanded by 10 times over the period. It makes sense to boost their numbers so that they can respond more adequately to the problem of child abuse. At the same time, the officials responsible for the welfare of children need to sort out their priorities in their efforts to stop child abuse.

              My top 5 for inspiring our future women in science      Cache   Translate Page      
    Today, the 11th of February, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. As a female scientist myself, this particular United Nation’s day of acknowledgement is very close to home, but there are many reasons why this day is important for us all. You see, even though it is estimated that Australian workers […]
              2/10/2019: COMMENT & FEATURES: Education is the crucial antidote to hatred      Cache   Translate Page      

    January 28, 2019 marked the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance week at the United Nations. Speakers at the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, “Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights,” all agreed the lessons of the Holocaust...
              Three killed in Ethiopian military MI-8 helicopter crash inside United Nations compound      Cache   Translate Page      
    Ethiopian Military Helicopter crashed in Abyei, Sudan and three people on board are killed, says a report by DW Amharic today. Eight others are said to be in critical condition. The helicopter crashed in Abyei where Ethiopia had a successful peacekeeping mission, as claimed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. 23 passengers were on board of UNO 379P Ethiopian Military Helicopter when it crashed in the premises of UNISFA, according to DW Amharic report. The report added that the MI-8 helicopter was carrying Ethiopian soldiers transferred from Kadugli to Abyei, the region's provisional security force is cited as saying. Cause of the accident is not established yet and Head of United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei, General Gebre Adhana Woldezgu, is cited as saying that it is under investigation.
              Green Jobs For Students/Youth Follow Link to Apply (https://bit.ly/2LfuKbL) - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
    Contributing to Canada’s commitments on climate and environment through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Sustainable...
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              Savage Worlds Adventure Edition: MiniSettings      Cache   Translate Page      
    Savage Worlds Adventure Edition: MiniSettingsPublisher: Pinnacle Entertainment

    This is the book that comes with the print version of the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition Game Master's Screen. It features FOUR incredible settings complete with background, new rules, and Savage Tales! Here's what's inside:

    Spirits of 17864

    Written and and copy; By: Matthew Cutter
    The War of Independence is won...but the herculean effort to build a more perfect union has only started. This isn't history and mdash;this is Pulp History in the post-Revolutionary Era! Nefarious Illuminati agents hatch plots in smoky Boston taprooms. Fallen gods of the Northmen stalk Ohio's howling wilderness. Risen ghosts abound. Against them, the Sons of Liberty wield diplomacy as well as muskets, but they also dabble in Scientifick Philosophy and even magick! A handful have the blood of the old gods in their veins. So load your flintlock and gather your flats, sharps, and sundry supplies: the battle for liberty has just begun!

    Abyssal
    Written and and copy; By: Shane Lacy Hensley
    A family of explorers joins a United Nations expedition to explore a mysterious "Event" at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. What they find there will change the world forever. This Saturday morning cartoon-inspired setting features strange and enhanced sea creatures, insidious rival corporations, and the growing urgency of the Event itself and the inexplicable force behind it!

    Tesla Rangers

    Written and and copy; By: Cheyenne Wright
    It's been 11 years since America lost the Robot War and ceded everything west of the Mississippi to the automatons. Now a fresh young scientist with a government contract and a load of new experimental devices is outfitting a voluntary expeditionary force to cross the ol' Miss and head deep into No Man's Land.
    Tesla Rangers is a high-octane action adventure pitting cowboys with lightning guns against cast-iron killer robots in a battle for the Wired West.

    The Lost City of Astla

    Written and and copy; By: BJ Hensley
    As Astla's resources dwindled, the ancient "elves" fled to a massive city-ship in the stars, hoping to wait out the barbaric and destructive People who overran it. But now the Astlatians have begun to suffer from a terrible wasting disease, and the only cure may be a return to their homelands. Some urge war, some peace. As they debate, small bands return to the surface to scout, raid, and learn from those who remain in the barren wastes.

    !


              Weekly Update # 10       Cache   Translate Page      

    This week has been all about sports, food, and music. 

    SPORTS

    Burn Soriano and Laurence Canavan's Cage Gladiators x Hitman MMA, the premier Philippine local MMA promotion, successfully held their second fight card, Friday Fight Night 2 before a jam-packed Pop Up Katipunan with flyweight Joevincent "Good Boy" So edging Franz "Romance" Galvez in a split decision win in the three-round headliner.

    "Being the winner of this event is a very huge opportunity for me. Cage Gladiators and Hitman MMA treat the fighters well. I attempted a submission and did not give him any time to recover. You got to give it to Franz. I tried to finish him for a submission. I wanted to take him via my submission game but he is a tougher wrestler. Hopefully, if we have a rematch I wrestle him out," said So.
    Cage Gladiators/Hitman MMA was started by CEO and Founder Anthony Canavan, an ex-Irish Ranger 2nd Regiment Cobra Coy Division, an undefeated military kickboxing champion, bare-knuckle fighter, strongman fighter, and Professional Tactics and Weapons Consultant for SPD, as a means to assist underprivileged and disadvantaged Filipino fighters.
    Danny Kingad Sees ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix As Pathway To Another Title Shot
    After punching himself a ticket to the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, Danny “The King” Kingad is now looking to test himself against some of the best in the division. Kingad formally put his name in the tournament after beating Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada in convincing fashion at ONE: HERO’S ASCENT this past January. One of the youngest warriors in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix, the 23-year-old Baguio City native knows that it is the perfect platform to get back to ONE World Title contention. "I’m very excited to showcase my talent against the best in my division. My hard work paid off, but this is just the beginning,” Kingad said. “Expect me to double my efforts and to train harder now that I’m already part of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix.” It will be a stacked Grand Prix with longtime pound-for-pound king Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson bannering the tournament, alongside some of the best flyweights in the organization.

    Philam 7’s Football League kicks off new season

    The third season of the 7s Football League, founded by former Azkal Anton del Rosario was unveiled at the McKinley Hill Stadium today starting off with the games for the youth level.

    The youth teams lined up as the program commenced, with del Rosario leading the athletes’ oath to mark the kick-off of the first four games to be played.


    It is the first time that the league organized a youth division - with 4 teams playing at the pitch at the same time. The big clubs that are playing at the Philippine Premiere League; Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya-Iloilo FC sent their youth teams to participate in the league. FC Loyola-Youth, Socceroos and Bohemians Sporting Club were also among the teams that are participating at the youth level.

    Different food stalls like Café France, Delimondo and Bagwings were installed outside the Stadium for the fans, players, and staffs who would like food options other than the free Jollibee meals and Gatorade that were given away.

    ZEBAZTIAN KADESTAM TO DEFEND THE ONE WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE 

    Yangon, Myanmar: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced the main event of ONE: REIGN OF VALOR, which is set for the Thuwunna Indoor Stadium on Friday, 8 March. 

    Reigning ONE Welterweight World Champion Zebaztian “The Bandit” Kadestam of Sweden will make the first defense of his World Title against Georgiy “Knight” Kichigin of Kazakhstan.

    Ticket information for ONE: REIGN OF VALOR is available at www.onefc.com.


    Kadestam captured the vacant ONE Welterweight World Championship with a stunning fifth-round knockout of previously unbeaten American Tyler McGuire last November. “The Bandit” took the welterweight throne by showcasing his dynamic striking skills, and now he looks to make his first ONE World Title defense against the veteran Kichigin.

    Kichigin is a grappling specialist who hails from Almaty, Kazakhstan. He has amassed a stellar 20-5 professional mixed martial arts record, of which 16 victories have come by submission. “Knight” is currently riding an impressive 14-bout win streak, having not lost a match since November 2014. Now, he makes his way to ONE Championship to challenge for the ONE Welterweight World Title.

    Team Lakay’s Gina Iniong Aims For Decisive Finish In Bangkok

    By now, Gina “Conviction” Iniong knows it is not wise to leave her fate in the hands of the judges.
    After seeing her former World Champion teammates Joshua “The Passion” Pacio and Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio drop their belts via close decisions last month, the Filipina vows to win every bout moving forward with ‘conviction.’

    She will have the chance to do that when she takes on Jihin “Shadow Cat" Radzuan on the undercard of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, which takes place at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 February


    "They can expect an aggressive and determined Gina Iniong," she stated.

    "Anything can happen in a fight. All I can say is I don't want the fight to go to the judges' scorecards."

    Iniong, a six-time Philippine Wushu Champion, was regarded as one of the fastest rising stars in ONE Championship's talent-rich atomweight division.

    Nadine Lustre on why Jollibee Tuna Pie is her favorite snack

    Actress-singer-director-beauty and fashion maven Nadine Lustre shows off her amazing personality in the latest digital ads for the best-selling Jollibee Tuna Pie. A commercial depicting contrasting yet complementary traits—sporty and feminine for Nadine, and crispy and creamy for Jollibee Tuna Pie will start airing this month, to coincide with the return of the limited-time offer snack earlier this February.


    “Tuna Pie has been a favorite snack treat for many Pinoys because of its unique combination of textures and flavors,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Category. “It’s crispy and creamy at the same time, traits that seem like complete opposites but actually make for a joyful experience with every bite.”

    Love Christ, Live Committed and Lead Change at first-ever Jesus Global Youth Day

    Coinciding with the United Nations International Youth Day, Christian youth from all over the world are coming together this August in an exciting three-day conference to initiate change through the message of the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ.


    Jesus Global Youth Day (JGYD), which will run from August 8 to 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila, is the first-ever simultaneous youth gathering aimed at providing youth from all around the globe a life-changing opportunity to hear and discover together God’s heart and calling for them. The event will be packed with different conferences, plenary talks and trainings conducted by world renowned speakers on various topics like leadership, evangelism & missions, worship, discipleship and campus ministry. Worship concerts will be held every evening led by celebrated Christian bands and artists.

    Pastors can look forward to the Global Pastors Congress on the Next Generation, which will be happening on the first day, while youth leaders can join the Global Youth Leader Congress on the second day.

    Discover your fortune in love, wealth, and more this February in BGC


    Hugs are the universal language of love, be it between couples, family members, or even friends. This Valentine’s, give the gift of hugs (and get one in return!) at the larger-than-life bears installation made of a thousand red roses to be put up at 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street beginning February 9. Take a selfie showing your best hug and post it on Instagram with the hashtags #BGCHUGS and #ILOVEBHS. BGC will pick a weekly winner who will get a dinner date for two at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse One Bonifacio High Street and Bonifacio High Street Cinema tickets.

    Celebrate love and local music with a free concert at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater. Let the Elements Music Camp Artists together with Ben & Ben, Leanne & Naara, Reese Lansangan, Kat Agarrado, and more serenade you on February 16 starting at 6PM. There will be 100 VIP front seats with Meet & Greet passes to be given away in exchange for single or accumulated purchase receipts worth P2,500 obtained from February 1-16, 2019 at any Bonifacio High Street, One Parkade, and Two Parkade, Central Square (Marketplace by Rustan’s is not included), and One Bonifacio High Street establishment.
    For complete details on events and promotions, visit the official Facebook pages facebook.com/bonifacioglobalcityph/ and facebook.com/BoniHighStreet. 

              Consumer Counsel Elin Katz - Conservation Law Foundation - Heart Month Survival Guide Pt. 2      Cache   Translate Page      
    This week host John Voket and the award-winning For the People touts the growing chorus of consumers and state officials who believe the time has come to eliminate third-party electric suppliers and better protect consumers – including our most vulnerable – from deceitful marketing. Then we're going to zero in on the latest United Nations International Panel on Climate Change Report with the Conservation Law Foundation, and learn how global warming impacts us here in Connecticut, and how we can help further reduce carbon emissions. And we bring you our next 'Heart Month Survival Guide' segment talking with a naturopathic physician about holistic and alternative ways we can all help make our hearts a little healthier, not just during Heart Month this February, but 365 days a year.
              150 Years of the Periodic Table      Cache   Translate Page      

    2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the creation of the periodic table, and it has been declared the International Year of the Periodic by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    The post 150 Years of the Periodic Table appeared first on OUPblog.

            

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              Semey District Heating Project      Cache   Translate Page      

    Semey District Heating Project

    Procurement ref:

    9326-GPN-43123

    Location:

    Kazakhstan

    Business sector:

    Municipal and environmental infrastructure

    Project number:

    43123

    Funding source:

    EBRD, CTF

    Contract type:

    Project goods, works and services

    Notice type:

    General Procurement notices

    Issue date:

    21 Jan 2019

    Closing date:

    21 Jan 2020   at  23:59   Local time

    General Procurement notice

    This is an update of the General Procurement Notice ref 7638-GPN-43123 for this project published on the EBRD website on 22 January 2017.

    State Communal Enterprise TeploKommunEnergo (the “Client”) intends using the proceeds of a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the “Bank”) and Clean Technology Fund (“CTF”) for Semey District Heating project to support priority investments to improve district heating services in the City of Semey.

    The proposed project, which has a total estimated cost of USD 17.2 million, will require the procurement of the following goods and works and services:

    • Reconstruction of distribution district heating networks;
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    • Hydraulic modelling software;
    • Project Implementation Support;
    • Corporate Development Support.

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    Interested suppliers, contractors and consultants should contact:

    Ms. Tusupova I.T, Head of project implementation group
    (Chief Accountant - Head of Financial Management)

    111, Auezov Avenue, East-Kazakhstan Oblast, Semey City,

    071409, Kazakhstan

    Tel: +7 7222 34 57 77

    Email: gkp_tke@mail.ru


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    eTendering User Guide

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    Dear Sir/Madam,

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Proposal to the RFP for the  Provision of services for conducting environmental studies for industrial facilities identified by LEPAP and preparing specific sector guidelines - Reference: LBN/CO/RFP/6/19 - Event ID: 0000003312

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    Please note:

    1- It is strongly recommended to create your username with two parts, your first name and last name separated by “.”, similar to the one shown above.

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              Anti-government protests in Haiti continue for a third day      Cache   Translate Page      
    Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince in the third straight day of protests against the government of President Jovenel Moise. They are demanding that the President step down, accusing him of failing to tackle corruption, a weakening economy, falling currency and soaring inflation. Protesters in the Petionville neighbourhood blocked the road to Mr Moise's house and stoned his property. Protests were also reported in other cities - and some pre-Carnival street parties have been cancelled. At least two people have been killed and 14 police officers injured. Adding to the already high tensions in the capital, at least four people were killed and nine injured in a traffic accident involving an armoured vehicle belonging to the United Nations stabilisation mission. Moise has called for talks with the opposition but his appeal has so far been ignored.
              Extreme Weather Hit 60 Million People Worldwide In 2018: Report      Cache   Translate Page      
    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 24 (APP): With some 60 million people affected by extreme weather in 2018 worldwide, according to a new study, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Thursday called for better management of the problem. The study cited by the agency, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), showed […]
              ISIS, Obama's decisions, and Foreign Policy      Cache   Translate Page      
    GuestJeffrey Sayegh, former United Nations Officer joins us for two segments to discuss the terroist group "ISIS", the United States involvement, Obama's decisions and your calls at 855 - 712 - YNTS
              Former United Nation Human Rights Officer, Jeffrey Sayegh talks Winter Olympics.      Cache   Translate Page      
    GuestOur guest Jeffrey Sayegh, former United Nation Human Rights Officer will be discussing fear and terror threats surrounding the Winter Olympics and any tension between Russia and the United States. Plus your calls at 347 - 426 - 3933. Tweet us at andrewtweetgio.
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              In Memoriam: Bradnee Chambers, 1966-2019      Cache   Translate Page      
    The staff of the World Heritage Centre would like to express its sadness after learning that Dr. Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), passed away on 23 January 2019 after a short illness. This is a tragic loss for CMS, all biodiversity related Conventions and the United Nations. Bradnee became Executive Secretary of CMS in 2013 and led the Convention through the Conferences of the Parties in Quito in 2014 ...
              Data Collectors' Uniform & Ppes (M&E)      Cache   Translate Page      
    General Procurement Notice for Data Collectors' Uniform & PPEs (M&E). The Government of Liberia has received grant funding of US$256,726,000.00 (Two Hundred Fifty-Six Million Seven Hundred Twenty-Six Thousand US Dollars) from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the United States Government to enable the Government of Liberia to implement this program and achieve the objectives of the MCC Grant (Compact), and it intends to apply parts of the proceeds of the funds to payments for Contracts for Goods, Works and Services. This General Procurement Notice is made based on MCA-Liberia’s: Procurement Plan Amendment 2 for the period July 2018 to June 2019 Contracts for Goods, Works and Services financed under the Program will be implemented according to the principles, rules and procedures set out in the MCC PPG which can be found on the MCC website at https://www.mcc.gov/resources/doc/program-procurement-guidelines. The procurement is open to all bidders/consultants from eligible source countries as defined in the MCC PPG. Specific Procurement Notices (SPN) for contracts to be tendered under the competitive bidding procedures and for consultant contracts will be announced, as they become available, on the MCA website at http://mca.gov.lr, United Nations Development Business (UNDB) Online website at http://www.devbusiness.com/), Development Gateway Market (dgMarket) website at http://mcc.dgmarket.com/), in local newspapers, and other media outlets as appropriate. Interested eligible suppliers, contractors and consultants who wish to be included on the mailing list to receive a copy of advertisements, or those requiring additional information, should contact: Millennium Challenge Account Liberia Attention: Procurement Agent 2nd Floor, F & F Building 63 United Nations Drive Mamba Point, Coconut Plantation Monrovia, Liberia Email: MCALiberiaPA@cardno.com with a copy to: slewionj@mca.gov.lr
              US-Backed Syrian Forces in Assault to Oust Last of IS Group      Cache   Translate Page      
    U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces were engaged in heavy clashes against Islamic State as they sought to clear the last enclave the militant group controls in eastern Syria. Mustafa Bali, an SDF spokesman, tweeted Saturday, "#SDF started to move on to the last village remaining under jihadists’ control. ... Village of Baghuz, which is the only remaining #ISIS pocket, will be cleared soon." "There are heavy clashes at the moment. We have launched an assault and the fighters are advancing," an SDF field commander told AFP Sunday. The SDF, backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, is fighting IS in a 4-square-kilometer area that includes Baghuz and is near the Iraqi border. SDF officials and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights estimated there were about 3,000 battle-hardened IS jihadists, mostly foreigners, in the region. The observatory also estimated several hundred civilians remained in the area as well. More than 23,000 Syrian civilians and foreign nationals fled eastern Syria this past week as the SDF, which includes Kurdish YPG militia fighters, prepared to move on IS in Deir el-Zour governorate, according to local officials and activists. The displaced residents, mostly women and children, have been placed in the Kurdish al-Hol camp in al-Hasakah governorate, in northeast Syria. The administrator of the camp, Nabil Hassan, told VOA that many of the women and children from the new wave of displacement this week were foreign nationals and family members of IS. SDF began an operation in September to rid Deir el-Zour of IS militants. The U.S.-backed fighters' advance has been slowed by fierce fighting from the IS militants. The civil war that has engulfed Syria began with Arab Spring protests in 2011. The United Nations estimates more than 400,000 Syrians have died since fighting began in 2011. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced internally and about 5 million have sought refuge outside the country, with Turkey hosting nearly 3.5 million of them, according to the Brookings Institution. Rikar Hussein contributed to this report.
              Ten Most Powerful Military Weapons That Had To Be Banned      Cache   Translate Page      

    These weapons were so powerful throughout history that the united nations HAD to do something about them! There are actually rules of war. If this sounds crazy to you, you're not alone. Most people think that everything goes when countries go to war, but this is far from the case. There are international laws that govern war just like they govern other departments, although, to be fair, it's harder to put rules in in special cases like these.
              Ten Most Powerful Military Weapons That Had To Be Banned      Cache   Translate Page      

    These weapons were so powerful throughout history that the united nations HAD to do something about them! There are actually rules of war. If this sounds crazy to you, you're not alone. Most people think that everything goes when countries go to war, but this is far from the case. There are international laws that govern war just like they govern other departments, although, to be fair, it's harder to put rules in in special cases like these.
              World Government Summit Commences as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Green Agenda      Cache   Translate Page      
    By Daniel Taylor The annual World Government Summit is set to begin tomorrow in Dubai, pushing the United Nations 2030 agenda to world leaders. The...
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              South Africa to assume African Union's chairship in 2020      Cache   Translate Page      

    [Ethiopia], Feb 10 (ANI): South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will be taking over as the Chair of the African Union (AU) in 2020 after Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi completes his term.

    The announcement was made on Sunday during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU which is underway here. El-Sisi took charge from Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Sunday, during the opening of the summit.

    "Rwandan President HE @PaulKagame handed over the AU Chairmanship to President Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Ordinary Session of Assembly of the African Union. South Africa assumes the AU chairship in 2020. #AUSummit #BetterAfricaBetterWorld," the official Twitter account of South Africa's Presidency tweeted on Sunday.

    The Chairperson of the AU is the ceremonial head of the bloc, who is elected for the term of one-year. The chair rotates among the five geographic regions of the African Union.

    Meanwhile, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres put forth the UN's resolve towards the promotion of peace at the session. "There is a wind of hope blowing over Africa. The United Nations is committed to continuing to promote a diplomatic wave for peace. The 'Silencing Arms in Africa by 2020' initiative is an excellent example of the African Union's efforts in this area," he tweeted in French.

    Ethiopia's last Emperor, Haile Selassie I's, life-sized statue was unveiled at the premises of the AU's headquarters during the session as well. He is deemed to be the founder of the African Union's predecessor, the Organization of African Union.

    The theme of this year's session is "Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa." The two-day AU session is being held in Ethiopia's Adis Ababa on February 10 and 11 this year and has representatives from member-nations in attendance. (ANI)


              Libia, la Srebrenica del Mediterraneo. E l’Occidente lo capirà troppo tardi.      Cache   Translate Page      
    Corriere della Sera
    Un rapporto Onu documenta torture, stupri, schiavi. Come in Bosnia, preferiamo non vedere

    Un ragazzo, scappato dal mattatoio somalo e passato per un lager di Kufra, l’ha spiegata con quella sintesi che si raggiunge solo attraverso il dolore : «Che tu sia un rifugiato o un migrante, in Libia sei sempre spaventato. Devi dormire con un occhio aperto. Vieni venduto da un trafficante all’altro». Poche parole da merce umana, così efficaci da finire in cima a un capitolo del dossier, il quinto, «Viaggio dall’inferno». Quel dossier tutt’altro che inedito, 61 terribili pagine redatte lo scorso dicembre, grava da un mese e mezzo sulle coscienze dell’Occidente. E, come tutte le colpe che appaiono senza redenzione, tende a essere rimosso.

    Si chiama Desperate and dangerous: report on the human situation of migrants and refugees in Lybia, ed è firmato da due organismi dell’Onu: l’Alto commissariato per i diritti umani (Unhcr) e la Missione di supporto in Libia (Unsmil). 

    Consta di 1.300 interviste di prima mano raccolte tra gennaio 2017 e agosto 2018 nelle visite di 11 centri di detenzione: non tutti e certo nemmeno i peggiori. 

    Cade due anni dopo un analogo rapporto (dicembre 2016) in cui l’Onu dava l’allarme su una situazione umanitaria totalmente fuori controllo. Ora scopriamo che in questo periodo le «autorità libiche si sono dimostrate incapaci o del tutto refrattarie a mettere fine alle violenze e agli abusi contro migranti e rifugiati».

    Quelle 61 pagine contengono in sé un paradosso: perché l’Onu, svelando gli orrori libici, confessa una inanità nel contrastarli che potrebbe infine diventare vergogna, in una sorta di Srebrenica mediterranea dove massacrata non è una singola nazionalità per la sua appartenenza religiosa (allora, i bosniaci musulmani) ma un’intera categoria umana: i fuggiaschi dell’Africa.

    Omicidi, fosse comuni nel deserto, stupri seriali e di gruppo su donne anche incinte o su mamme che allattano, bambini massacrati davanti ai genitori, ragazzi seviziati a morte in collegamento video coi parenti che devono pagarne la liberazione, schiavismo, lavori forzati, celle da centinaia di posti senza una latrina, denutrizione, bruciature con ferri roventi, cavi elettrici ai genitali, unghie strappate. 

    Il paragone con Srebrenica non appare poi forzato. Si muore di fame e di setticemia. Si resta in detenzione senza motivo e all’infinito: una legge coniata da Gheddafi fa considerare schiavi i migranti illegali, i governanti fantoccio di adesso non l’hanno mai cambiata.

    Cosa più importante, l’Onu ha «credibili informazioni» sulla complicità di «ufficiali dello Stato… gruppi formalmente integrati nelle istituzioni, rappresentanti del ministero degli Interni e della Difesa, nel traffico di migranti e rifugiati. Questi personaggi dello Stato si arricchiscono attraverso lo sfruttamento e le estorsioni a danno di rifugiati e migranti».

    Cade il velo sulla menzogna della Libia come «porto sicuro» dove plausibilmente ricondurre i migranti respinti in mare. Unhcr e Unsmil hanno registrato 53.285 richiedenti asilo fermi in Libia quattro mesi fa, ma sostengono che il numero sia enormemente più alto data l’estrema difficoltà per le Nazioni Unite ad assolvere sul posto al proprio mandato. A gennaio il segretario generale Antonio Guterres ha inviato al Consiglio di sicurezza una relazione di 15 pagine (acquisita dalla Corte penale internazionale dell’Aja) in cui spiega che lì i migranti sono quasi 700 mila (10% donne, 9% bambini) ma in mano alle «autorità» è solo una minoranza, di tutti gli altri non si sa quasi nulla, sono in centri di detenzione inaccessibili, gestiti da gruppi armati.

    Nel rapporto Unhcr-Unsmil si sostiene anche che «nonostante la diminuzione degli arrivi in Italia nel 2018, il viaggio è diventato più pericoloso, con oltre 1.200 migranti morti nei primi otto mesi dell’anno scorso durante la traversata». La guardia costiera libica (che ha preso il controllo di 94 miglia nautiche di Sars) è descritta come una compagnia di pirati in base a decine di testimonianze che parlano di uso delle armi, collisioni in mare coi boat people, vere aggressioni.

    Sulla terraferma, Bani Whalid, Sabha, Kufra, Buraq al Shati, Shwerif, Sabratah non sono, secondo l’Onu, centri di raccolta ma sostanzialmente campi di sterminio gestiti da kapò di cui si conoscono persino i nomi e i nomignoli, famigerati tra le loro vittime: Moussa e Mahmoud Diab, Mohamed Karongo, Gateau, Mohamed Whiskey, Rambu… 

    Le aste degli schiavi furono documentate dalla Cnn in uno sconvolgente servizio nel novembre 2017. Le prigioni «alternative» sono hangar o cantine da 700 o 800 anime stese le une sulle altre, donne e uomini in totale promiscuità: niente acqua né luce. «A Shwerif ti sparano in una gamba e ti lasciano dissanguare se non paghi… Per spingerci a pagare hanno picchiato mio figlio di 5 anni con una spranga sulla testa», narra un profugo del Darfur. I miliziani camminano sul ventre di donne incinte. Una tra mille racconta: «Vengo dall’Eritrea, sono entrata il Libia a gennaio 2017, sono stata rapita tre volte e portata ad Al Shatti, Bani Walid e al-Khoms. Lì eravamo 200 in una stanza. Non potevamo respirare né allungare le gambe. Ogni notte sono stata violentata da almeno sei uomini, alcuni libici, altri africani, per cinque mesi. Mia madre ha dovuto vendere la casa e impegnare tutto per pagare i 5.000 dollari che questi volevano. Ora sono incinta di uno degli stupratori».

    Nulla di tutto ciò è, in assoluto, una rivelazione. Anche se il catalogo degli orrori è così vasto da stordirci. A questi orrori dobbiamo l’enorme (per quanto provvisorio) beneficio di non avere sulle nostre coste, in qualche settimana, fiumi di disperati detenuti lì senza ragione e senza scadenza. Ma certi benefici possono dannare. Se l’Onu non è una di fabbrica di fake news (e ci sarà chi lo afferma, ne siamo sicuri) la Libia è uno stato canaglia o, meglio, una federazione di bande criminali. Certo, la realpolitik ci consiglia di voltarci altrove o, addirittura, di spalleggiare una delle bande in lotta. Ma i fantasmi di Bosnia hanno accompagnato la mala coscienza dell’Occidente per due decenni. Davvero dobbiamo considerare la Libia come un buco nero, come suggeriscono pragmatici strateghi? E quanto a lungo ci potrà proteggere la realpolitik? Al posto di guardia Onu di Srebrenica, un graffitaro cambiò la scritta «United Nations» in «United Nothing». Se la storia insegna qualcosa, è che chi non combatte gli assassini, alla fine, ne è complice.

    Goffredo Buccini

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              KENYAN PEOPLES' FOR RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION      Cache   Translate Page      

    BACKGROUND TO THE PETITION FOR SELF DETERMINATION Fifty-four years after independence, Kenya has consistently been ruled by only two communities yet Kenya is a country of about 44 tribes. This has seen rampant discrimination against other communities in terms of basic human rights including distribution of National resources. Successive Kenyan Governments have perpetuated a culture of impunity through rigged elections that denies Kenyan's from other tribes the ability to self-determine and even grow economically. In the wake of a rigged 2017 election and the subsequent killings and fact ethnic cleansing taking place in the country, it is time we charted our own course as a people who believe in change. THE PETITION: We the people of Western Kenya (Luo, Luhya, Tesos, Kisii, Kuria), Eastern Kenya (Kamba), Coastal Kenya (Swahili, Mijikendas, Pokomos, Giriamas, Taitas, Tavetas, Boni, Ewana, Segenju, Orma, Munyoyoya and Badala) Rift Valley (Turkana, Pokot, Samburu, Maasai, El Molo, and Iichamus), Northern Kenya (Somali, Borana, Rendile and Dasanaach) as well as Kenyans from other interested Communities guided by Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (as adopted in 1981 in Nairobi, Kenya, and entered into force in 1986), we the people of the above stated communities in Kenya intends to file a complaint with the African Commission on Human and Peoples Right, in Banjul,

    The Gambia to grant us our human rights of self-determination of forming our own state; as provided for in Article 20 (1) and 20 (2) bellow: Article 20 (1) ''All people shall have the right to existence.

    They shall have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination. They shall FREELY determine their POLITICAL STATUS and shall pursue their ECONOMIC and SOCIAL development according to the policy they have freely chosen.'' Article 20 (2) '' Colonized or OPPRESSED peoples shall have the right to free themselves from the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognized by the International Community.'' This petition also relies on the authority of the United Nation's (UN) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (adopted in 1966, and entered into force in 1979). It is further reinforced by article 1 (1) of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, (1976). However, in order to allow us to file an agent action/communication with the said African Commission on Human and Peoples Right, Please sigh here bellow.

    Update #3about a year ago
    The first debt incurred by the Republic of Kenya was a loan given by Her Majesty the Queen of England (Britain) to the government of Kenya headed by Johnston Kamau wa Ngengi (Mzee Jomo Kenyatta) as the First Prime Minister and James Gichuru as the Finance Minister to buy land from white settlers on the basis of willing-buyer willing-seller policy.

    To your surprise the money was used by Kenyatta family to chase others away from there lands. SO LET KENYATTA FAMILY PAY THOSE DEBT

    Update #2about a year ago
    The birth of "The People's Republic" where Leaders govern in accordance with the interests of the vast majority of the people and also inclusive to the minority interest.
    Self-Determination is now. #NoMovingOn

    Update #1about a year ago
    You can fool some people some time, but you can't fool all the people all the time. We've come of age, and self-determination will do. Lets compete as sister states, but not as loyal citizens who only pay taxes to enrich a few people.


              Ten Most Powerful Military Weapons That Had To Be Banned      Cache   Translate Page      

    These weapons were so powerful throughout history that the united nations HAD to do something about them! There are actually rules of war. If this sounds crazy to you, you're not alone. Most people think that everything goes when countries go to war, but this is far from the case. There are international laws that govern war just like they govern other departments, although, to be fair, it's harder to put rules in in special cases like these.
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              Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipment      Cache   Translate Page      

    Conjoined twins die in Yemen due to lack of medical equipmentConjoined twin boys born under blockade in Yemen nearly three weeks ago died on Saturday after attempts to secure a potentially life-saving evacuation failed.  In a statement carried by the Houthi-run Saba news, the health ministry said the twins’ deaths reflected the humanitarian situation Yemen's children are facing as a result of the war. The boys’ plight and the flurry of international media it generated has cast the politics of Yemen’s war and their human cost into stark relief. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelkarim were born in Houthi-controlled Sanaa, at a hospital so woefully underequipped after years of bombardment and blockade by the Saudi-led coalition that doctors could perform an MRI. The twins’ doctors had begged for them to be evacuated to a hospital equipped to give them life-saving treatment.  "They need to travel immediately. They will not be able to survive in Yemen under the social, political and economic circumstances in this country,” said Dr Faisal al-Balbali, the head of the neonatal unit at al-Thawra hospital in Sanaa. But Yemen’s airspace is controlled by the Saudi-led coalition and, following Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia, no civilian flights have taken off from Sanaa since 2015. The only flights permitted in and out are those operated by the United Nations. Despite offers from a Saudi organisation, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Works, to provide the needed medical care, no way around the blockade was found. Yemen’s nearly four-year war has seen the country brought to the brink of starvation, its infrastructure destroyed, as Iran-backed Houthi rebels battle the Saudi-led coalition which aims to restore the government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who was ousted by the Houthis in 2014. UN-led peace talks re-started in December 2018 and aim to implement a ceasefire and military withdrawal in Red Sea port city Hodeidah, and to reopen Sanaa airport.



              Guterres: UN Wants to Bring Venezuelan Opposing Sides for 'Serious Negotiations'      Cache   Translate Page      
    ADDIS ABABA (Sputnik) - The United Nations is willing to bring Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido together for "serious negotiations" at their request, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said during a press conference at the 32nd African Union summit on 10 February.
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              Earth Institute Director Jeffrey Sachs on Health Economics and the Fight Against Poverty       Cache   Translate Page      
    This week, Mark and Margaret speak with Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, having held the same position under former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and is co-founder and Chief Strategist of the Millennium Promise Alliance. Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries.
              Bd NGOs Network for Radio, Com in UN SDG Media Compact      Cache   Translate Page      
    Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is among more than 39 media organizations from across the world that have come together to form a Global SDG Media Compact aimed at advancing awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). United Nations the SDG Media Compact aimed to scale up engagement on the Goals [...]
              2/10/2019: FRONT PAGE: HEZBOLLAH IN UN SIGHTS OVER SYRIA CONFLICT      Cache   Translate Page      
    The United Nations Security Council has taken aim at Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and its role in Syria, issuing a warning for all Lebanese parties to disassociate themselves from any external conflicts. The statement appeared to be directed at...
              Three killed in UN helicopter crash in disputed region      Cache   Translate Page      
    An Ethiopian military helicopter crashed inside a United Nations compound in the disputed Abyei region between Sudan and South Sudan, killing three crew...
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              Human Rights Officer [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
    Level : P-3
    Job ID : 111413
    Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
    Job Family : Human Rights Affairs
    Department/Office : United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
    Duty Station : KABUL
    Staffing Exercise : N/A
    Posted Date : 2/10/2019
    Deadline : 2/24/2019
              Special Assistant, Political Affairs Officer (Recruit from Roster)       Cache   Translate Page      
    Level : P-4
    Job ID : 111561
    Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
    Job Family : Political Affairs
    Department/Office : United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
    Duty Station : KABUL
    Staffing Exercise : N/A
    Posted Date : 2/10/2019
    Deadline : 2/24/2019
              HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
    Level : F-6
    Job ID : 111709
    Job Network : Management and Administration
    Job Family : Human Resources
    Department/Office : United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
    Duty Station : KUWAIT
    Staffing Exercise : N/A
    Posted Date : 2/10/2019
    Deadline : 2/23/2019
              Job loss fears as UN refugees body is restructured - The East African      Cache   Translate Page      
    Job loss fears as UN refugees body is restructured  The East African

    The restructuring of the global operations of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is raising fears of job losses, especially at the regional level, as ...


              Western Media Fall In Lockstep For Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt      Cache   Translate Page      

    Authored by Adam Johnson via Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting,

    The Trump administration’s now completely overt effort to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had a very successful public relations effort this week, as major Western media outlets uniformly echoed its simplistic, pre-packaged claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid:

    All of the above articles - and scores more like it - repeated the same script: Maduro was blocking aid from the US “out of refusal to relinquish power,” preferring to starve “his own people” rather than feed them. It’s a simple case of good and evil—of a tyrannical, paranoid dictator not letting in aid to feed a starving population.

    Except three pieces of key context are missing. Context that, when presented to a neutral observer, would severely undermine the cartoonish narrative being advanced by US media.

    1. Both the Red Cross and UN warned the US not to engage in this aid PR stunt.

    2. The bridge in question is a visual metaphor contrived by the Trump administration of little practical relevance.

    3. The person in charge of US operations in Venezuela has a history of using aid as a cover to deliver weapons to right-wing mercenaries.

    (1) Not only has the international aid community not asked for the “aid,” earlier this week, both the International Red Cross and United Nations warned the US to explicitly not engage in these types of PR stunts. As Washington Post contributor Vincent Bevins pointed out, the transparent cynicism of these efforts was preemptively warned about by the groups actually charged with keeping starving people fed:

    Red Cross Warns US About Risks of Sending Aid to Venezuela (PBS NewsHour, 2/1/19):

    The International Committee of the Red Cross has warned the United States about the risks of delivering humanitarian aid to Venezuela without the approval of security forces loyal to President Nicolas Maduro.

    ***

    UN Warns Against Politicizing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela(Reuters, 2/6/19):

    UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations warned on Wednesday against using aid as a pawn in Venezuela after the United States sent food and medicine to the country’s border and accused President Nicolas Maduro of blocking its delivery with trucks and shipping containers.

    Indeed, as Bevins also noted, the Red Cross has long been working with local authorities inside Venezuela to deliver relief, and just last week doubled its budget to do so. We have ample evidence the Maduro government is more than willing to work with international aid when it’s offered in good faith, not when it’s a thinly veiled mechanism to spur civil war and contrive PR victories for those seeking to overthrow the government. It’s not just Maduro—as the Western media are presenting it—who opposes the US aid convoy; it’s the UN and Red Cross. Why do none of the above reports note this rather key piece of information, instead giving the reader the impression it’s only the stance of a sadistic, power-hungry madman?

    NPR (2/8/19)

    (2) Despite dozens of media outlets giving the impression (and sometimes explicitly saying) that the Venezuelan government shut down an otherwise functioning pathway into the country, the bridge in question hasn’t been open for years.

    It’s true the Venezuelan government appears to have placed an oil tanker and cargo containers on the bridge to prevent incursion from the Colombian side, but the other barriers, as writer and software developer Jason Emery noted, have been in place since at least 2016. According to La Opinion (2/5/16), after its initial construction in 2015, the bridge has never been open to traffic. How can Maduro, as the BBC suggested, “reopen” a bridge that was never open?

    The reality is BBC and other Western media were just going along with the narrative pushed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, not bothering to check if their primary visual narrative was based on a bad faith, context-free PR stunt.

    This point is a relatively superficial one, but in a long term PR battle to win over Western liberals for further military escalation, the superficial matters a lot. Rubio and the Trump administration cooked up a gimmicky visual metaphor, and almost every outlet uncritically passed it along, often making factually inaccurate assumptions along the way—assumptions the Trump State Department and CIA coordinating the effort knew very well they would make.

    (3) The Venezuelan government has an entirely rational reason to suspect the US would use humanitarian aid as a cover to smuggle in weapons to foment armed conflict: The person running quarterback for Trump on the current Venezuela operation, Elliot Abrams, literally did just that 30 years ago.

    From the first two paragraphs (emphasis added) of a 1987 AP/New York Times article on Elliott Abrams, “Abrams Denies Wrongdoing in Shipping Arms to Contras” (8/17/87—h/t Kevin Gosztola):

    Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams has defended his role in authorizing the shipment of weapons on a humanitarian aid flight to Nicaraguan rebels, saying the operation was ”strictly by the book.”

    Mr. Abrams spoke at a news conference Saturday in response to statements by Robert Duemling, former head of the State Department’s Nicaraguan humanitarian assistance office, who said he had twice ordered planes to shuttle weapons for the Contras on aid planes at Mr. Abrams’ direction in early 1986.

    It’s literally the same person. It’s not that Maduro is vaguely paranoid the US, in general, would dust off its 1980s’ Contra-backing Cold War playbook, or some unspecified assumption about a higher-up or two at State. It’s literally the exact same person in charge of the operation who we know—with 100 percent certainty, because he admitted to it—has a history of using aid convoys as a cover to smuggle in arms to right-wing militias.

    It’s all playing out right now, in real time. The same actors, the same tricks, the same patently disingenuous concern for the starving poor. And the US media is stripping it of all this essential context, presenting these radical regime-change operators as bleeding heart humanitarians.

    The same US media outlets that have expressly fundraised and run ad campaigns on their image as anti-Trump truth-tellers have mysteriously taken at face value everything the Trump White House and its neoconservative allies have said in their campaign to overthrow the government of Venezuela. The self-aggrandizing “factchecking” brigade that emerged to confront the Trump administration is suddenly nonexistent as it rolls out a transparent, cynical PR strategy to delegitimize a Latin American government it’s trying to overthrow.


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    This week's list of articles, news items, opinion pieces and videos that I see as a must if you are looking for a roundup that should be of interest to The Left Chapter readers.



    This list covers the week of February 3 - 10.

    In addition to a general overview of news and opinion, this week's installment for the third week in a row begins with a large section devoted to the ongoing attempts of the United States with its lackeys in Canada and Europe to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela and install a regime beholden to imperialism and global capital.

    There is also a section of photos and articles related to the 1,000,000 person strong Left Front rally in India that, of course, got virtually no mainstream media coverage.

    1) What the mainstream media doesn’t tell you about Venezuela

    Yves Engler 

    The corporate media is wholeheartedly behind the federal government’s push for regime change in Venezuela. The propaganda is thick and, as per usual, it is as much about what they don’t, as what they do, report. Here are some important developments that have largely been ignored by Canada’s dominant media:

    2) The Article Facebook Doesn’t Want You to Share: Venezuela Is Not Alone

    The Red Phoenix 

    The following article from the Cuban newspaper Granma is being censored by Facebook, and is not shareable on the platform with the original link. We present it here.

    "Democracy" in Action...the "free press" is welcome as long as it tows the government line:



    3) Trump Admin Pressured Spain Gov't to Support US-Backed Coup in Venezuela: Report

    Telesur 

    “The US diplomat made two demands: for Spain to immediately recognize Guaidó as the legitimate president, and to cut off all dialogue with Maduro,” El Pais reported.

    4) Evo Morales Visits Venezuela, Rejects 'Empire's Coup' Against Maduro

    Telesur 

    Evo arrived in Venezuela from New York where he had participated in the launch of the International Year of Indigenous Languages in the United Nations.



    5) Twitter Erupts After 2,000 Pro-Venezuelan Accounts Are Deleted


    Venezuela Analysis 

    A total of 1,196 social media accounts based in Venezuela have been closed accused of “influencing domestic audiences.”

    6) Nepal Communist Party against foreign interference in Venezuela

    The Kathmandu Post 

    The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has said that there should not be any external interference in the internal affairs of any country, expressing its concerns over the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.

    On 23 January, 2019, Juan Guaidó declared himself President of Venezuela. He was immediately recognized as such by the US. This is a coup, now backed not just by the US, but by Canada and Europe. The US is attempting to destroy the Bolivarian revolution and the gains made for the Venezuelan working class, in order to subject Venezuela to merciless exploitation.



    7) Canada: The Empire’s Shadowy Cousin



    Fernando Arce, The Media Co-Op

    The decision from Global Affairs Canada to recognize an unelected, unconstitutionally self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela came “within minutes” of Juan Guaido’s  declaration on Jan. 23, the CBC reports. A mere two weeks after the inauguration of democratically-elected Nicolas Maduro, Guaido, a little-known politician heading Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly declared himself president until another election is held. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland issued a statement shortly thereafter fully supporting Guaido and demanding the ouster of Maduro.

    8) Peaceful Pro- and Anti-Government Marches of Similar Size Take Over Caracas

    The Real News Network

    TRNN Correspondent Dimitri Lascaris reports from the ground in Caracas about Saturday’s pro- and anti-government marches, highlighting their peacefulness and equal size.

    9) Regime Change Canadian Style for Venezuela

    The Real News Netwrok

    The Lima Group met in Ottawa and signed the Ottawa Declaration to oust President Maduro from power in Venezuela. 13 conservative Latin American governments, plus Canada, officially recognized Juan Guaido as the transitional President of Venezuela and accepted Venezuela’s membership to the Lima Group. Yves Engler, Dimitri Lascaris, and Greg Wilpert discuss the outcome.



    10) British military presence near Venezuela ‘extremely concerning

    Phil Miller, The Morning Star

    BRITAIN’S navy and marines are conducting military exercises close to Venezuela, the Morning Star has discovered.



    11) The truth on Venezuela is being systematically silenced

    The Morning Star

    JOURNALISTS are barred from the Lima Group’s press conferences on Venezuela just days after Twitter confirmed it had deleted thousands of social media users’ accounts in the country for attempting to “influence domestic audiences.”

    12) NICOLÁS MADURO: AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES

    Popular Resistance via Facebook

    If I know anything, it is about peoples, such as you, I am a man of the people. I was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Caracas. I forged myself in the heat of popular and union struggles in a Venezuela submerged in exclusion and inequality. I am not a tycoon, I am a worker of reason and heart, today I have the great privilege of presiding over the new Venezuela, rooted in a model of inclusive development and social equality, which was forged by Commander Hugo Chávez since 1998 inspired by the Bolivarian legacy.

    13) CUPW Condemns Canada for Supporting US-Backed Coup in Venezuela

    CUPW

    CUPW condemns the Government of Canada’s decision to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, over the elected president Nicolas Maduro.

    14) ELN interview: Colombian Marxist guerrillas 'will fight' US troops if they invade Venezuela

    Mathew Charles, The Telegraph 

    A feared hard Left guerrilla group operating in the mountains that border Venezuela and Colombia has vowed to respond to any military intervention by the US to topple Nicolas Maduro.

    15) Venezuela says plane from Miami delivered weapons for use by enemies of Maduro

    Tim Johnson, McClatchy

    Venezuelan authorities say a U.S.-owned air freight company delivered a crate of assault weapons earlier this week to the international airport in Valencia to be used in “terrorist actions” against the embattled government of Nicolás Maduro.

    16) Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn’t Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On

    Roger Harris, COHA

    Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela. Mr. Guaidó, a man of impeccable illegitimacy, was exposed by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal as “a product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers.” Argentinian sociologist Marco Teruggi described Guaidó in the same article as “a character that has been created for this circumstance” of regime change. Here, his constitutional credentials to be interim president of Venezuela are deconstructed.

    17) Corporate Canada behind slow motion coup attempt in Venezuela

    Yves Engler

    It’s convenient but incorrect to simply blame the USA for Ottawa’s nefarious role in the slow motion attempted coup currently underway in Venezuela.

    18) Bloody Canada: Cheerleading the Lima Group’s Plot to Overthrow the Government of Venezuela

    Maria Paez Victor, Counterpunch 

    Canada has become the cheerleader of the Lima Group, an ad-hoc, self-appointed busybody group formed specifically to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela.

    19) ‘Progressive’ Trudeau government attacks Venezuela

    John Clarke, Counterfire 

    With neoliberalism's sights set on Venezuela, John Clarke examines the imperialism of a superficially progressive Canada.

    See also: Where Does the NDP Stand on Venezuela?



    20) Venezuela's Guaido won't rule out authorizing US intervention

    France 24

    Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting leader Juan Guaido refused to rule out Friday the possibility of authorizing a US intervention to help force President Nicolas Maduro from power and alleviate a humanitarian crisis.



    21) US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost US$350 Billion: Report

    Telesur

    The Economic Debates Unit of the Latin American Geopolitical Strategic Center (CELAG) released a report on "the economic consequences of the boycott against Venezuela," on Friday, in which it is proved that the "international financial blockade to Venezuela since 2013 is the main responsible for the economic crisis."



    22) ‘It smells dirty’: scandals loom over Bolsonaro after first month in office

     Tom Phillips and Anna Jean Kaiser, The Guardian

    Far-right Brazilian president plagued by scandal and disaster – not that the bolsonaristas mind.

    23) Disaster Capitalism in Brazil: Mining Greed Produces a Horrific Death Toll

    Vijay Prashad, Common Dreams

    On January 25, 2019, a dam burst in the town of Brumadinho, north of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dam was built by the iron-ore company Vale to store residue after the iron ore had been extracted. Once the dam began to crumble, it did not take long for its 13 million cubic meters of iron waste to sweep down onto the workers and into their town.

    24) Newly leaked documents show PC health-care changes 'done deal', NDP says

    Chris Glover · CBC News 

    Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath revealed new documents on Monday she says show the province had already signed off on leaked health-care legislation the Progressive Conservatives dismissed as "just a draft" last week.




    25) As West Bank Violence Surges, Israel Is Silent on Attacks by Jews

    Isabel Kershner, The New York Times

    A gang of a dozen or so armed Jewish settlers descended from a hilltop outpost to the Palestinian village below and opened fire, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers arrived, and instead of stopping the settlers, the witnesses said, they either stood by or clashed with the villagers.

    26) Liam Neeson’s interview shows that for some, black people are still not fully human

    Gary Younge, The Guardian 

    When an actor admits to looking for a black man to murder, racism is not some historical problem. We are still fair game


    Million Person March Against Modi, The Left Front, Kolkata, India:



    27) A million Communists rally in India pledging to oust Modi

    Ben Cowles, People's World

    One million people gathered in Kolkata’s largest public park Sunday pledging to oust Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing BJP party from West Bengal in the upcoming elections.





    28) Million-strong ‘People’s Brigade’ in India pledges to oust right wing forces



    People's Dispatch

    A huge rally was held in the city of Kolkata, India, with the call of overthrowing the governments of Narendra Modi in the center and Mamata Banerjee in the State of West Bengal.

    29) Man nicknamed ‘Dr. No’ because he denied so many refugees, rehired to decide asylum claims

    Brian Hill and Andrew Russell, Global News

    A former refugee judge who once wrote that most refugees are liars was recently rehired by Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to decide asylum claims, Global News has learned.

    For more information about "Dr. NO" see this Facebook post by the Toronto Association for Peace and Solidarity: https://www.facebook.com/torontopeace/posts/289762221710444?__tn__=C-R

    30) Universal basic income – the fad is over

    Ellen Clifford, The Morning Star 

    The lived experience of disabled people is the final nail in the coffin of the once-trendy concept of univeral basic income.

    31) It could soon be a lot easier for landlords to evict tenants in Toronto

    Lauren O'Neil, Blog TO

    Doug Ford's government has a plan in the works to boost Ontario's painfully limited supply of affordable rental housing units—and it may very well hinge on helping landlords evict their current tenants.

    32) New socialist party offers alternative for left-leaning Dems

    Jerome M. Segal, The Baltimore Sun

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning primary victory over Congressman Joe Crowley in New York suggested a pronounced shift of the Democratic Party toward Socialism. But progressive voters should consider another model other than the left-leaning Democrat: a new socialist party.

    33) Obituary: Remembering Canadian activist David Vasey

    Rabble

    Environmental activist and anti-fascist David Vasey passed away on January 27. He was 40 years old.

    34) Former NDP MP Paul Dewar dies at 56

    CTV News

    Paul Dewar, the former NDP member of Parliament who represented Ottawa in the House of Commons for nearly a decade, has died.

    35) Trudeau denies he pressured justice minister to drop prosecution of SNC-Lavalin


    Jim Bronskill And Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press 

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has denied a potentially incendiary allegation that his office told former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.

    36) Viktor Orbán has crossed all the red lines. And no one’s stopped him

    Dóra Diseri, The Guardian 

    Despite weeks of protest in Hungary, it’s clear now the PM can rely on support within the EU to shield him from criticism.

    37) The ‘Peacekeeper’ Vigilante Website and Freedom of Speech in Ukraine

    Halyna Mokrushyna, Counterpunch 

    The 2013-2014 pro-European Union protest movement in Ukraine known as the ‘Euromaidan’ is officially celebrated in Ukraine and is largely recognized in the West as a pro-democratic, peaceful, popular revolution against the ‘corrupt autocratic regime’ (according to the mainstream Western and Ukrainian media) of president Victor Yanukovych. Ukrainians should now breathe more freely, live better and enjoy the rule of law and freedom of speech. And yet today, under the supposedly democratic, post-Euromaidan government, there is much less freedom in Ukraine and much more political violence.

    38) 'We still miss him, still love him': Colten Boushie's family keeps pressing for reforms

     Jason Warick, CBC News

    Debbie Baptiste is still wearing her grey "Justice for Colten" T-shirt.

    39) ‘We’re not bluffing’: Ontario First Nation urges Trudeau, O’Regan to witness housing crisis

    Maham Abedi and Andrew Russell, Global News

    Cat Lake First Nation in northwestern Ontario is facing a housing crisis that’s leaving children sick — and officials are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to see it for himself.

    40) Vaccinations jump 500% in antivax hotspot amid measles outbreak

    Beth Mole, ars technica 

    Demand for measles vaccines leapt 500 percent last month in Clark County, Washington—a hotbed for anti-vaccine sentiment that has now become the epicenter of a ferocious measles outbreak.

    41) Is Spain’s Left-Wing Party Podemos Cracking Up?

    Sebastiaan Faber and Bécquer Seguín, The Nation 

    Early in the morning on January 17, Pablo Iglesias, the 40-year-old leader of Podemos, Spain’s second-largest party on the left, received an unexpected phone call from his old friend Íñigo Errejón, 35. Iglesias was at home, on parental leave to take care of his infant twins. Errejón called to tell him that he had changed his mind about the upcoming regional elections, which will be held in May and will coincide with municipal elections and elections to the European Parliament.

    42) Nehanda Abiodun, 68, Black Revolutionary Who Fled to Cuba, Dies

    Daniel E. Slotnik, The New York Times

    Nehanda Abiodun, a radical black nationalist who was charged in the deadly botched robbery of a Brink’s armored truck in 1981 and then spent decades as a fugitive in Cuba, a hero to would-be revolutionaries and a criminal to many others, died on Jan. 30 at her home in Havana. She was 68.

    Gamer Samantha Schwemm Shows How Others Treat Her Online for Being A Woman



    43) After Dissent in Louisiana Abortion Case, Warnings That 'Kavanaugh Has Declared War on Roe v. Wade'


    Jake Johnson, Common Dreams

    While relieved that the Supreme Court temporarily blocked state's anti-abortion law, NARAL says "it's a sobering reminder that our rights hang by a dangerously thin thread."

    44) Sudbury Soldiers of Odin Member Justin Smith is People’s Party of Canada Candidate For Huron-Bruce

    Anti-Racist Sudbury 

    We were doing one of our regular check-ins with the Sudbury Soldiers of Odin recently when we noticed that one of the guys has moved on to the realm of slightly more respectable racism. We know Justin Smith from 2017 when, for some reason, after a petition campaign by Sudbury Against Fascism to stop them from volunteering at a local soup kitchen, he took over the leadership of the local chapter from the former president David MacKinnon.

    45) Monday Strike For Denver Teachers

    Telesur 

    After negotiations for better pay, and improved working conditions came to a stalemate Saturday night, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association announced they'd be on-strike beginning Monday.

    Members of the official "resistance" join in rousing chants of USA on the floor of the Imperial Congress much to Emperor Trump's great approval during the State of the Empire address:




    See also: Venezuela Imperialist Coup Attempt -- The Week in News, Opinion and Videos January 27 - February 3
              Harsh Turkish condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim wall of silence      Cache   Translate Page      


    By James M. Dorsey

    A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud,Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneInand Tumblr 

    In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs and close what it termed “concentration camps” in which up to one million people are believed to be imprisoned.

    Calling the crackdown an “embarrassment to humanity,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the death of detained Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit had prompted the ministry to issue its statement.

    Known as the Rooster of Xinjiang, Mr. Heyit symbolized the Uighurs’ cultural links to the Turkic world, according to Adrian Zenz, a European School of Culture and Theology researcher who has done pioneering work on the crackdown.

    Turkish media asserted that Mr. Heyit, who was serving an eight-year prison sentence, had been tortured to death.  

    Mr. Aksoy said Turkey was calling on other countries and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take steps to end the “humanitarian tragedy” in Xinjiang.

    The Chinese embassy in Ankara rejected the statement as a “violation of the facts,”insisting that China was fighting seperatism, extremism and terrorism, not seeking to “eliminate” the Uighurs’ ethnic, religious or cultural identity.

    Mr. Aksoy’s statement contrastèd starkly with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s declaration six months earlier that China was Turkey’s economic partner of the future. At the time, Turkey had just secured a US$3.6 billion loan for its energy and telecommunications sector from the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).

    The Turkish statement constitutes the first major crack in the Muslim wall of silence that has enabled the Chinese crackdown, the most frontal assault on Islam in recent memory. The statement’s significance goes beyond developments in Xinjiang.

    Like with Muslim condemnation of US President Donald J. Trump’s decision last year to recognize Jerusalemas the capital of Israel, Turkey appears to be wanting to be seen as a spokesman of the Muslim world in its one-upmanship with Saudi Arabia and to a lesser degree Iran.

    While neither the kingdom or Iran are likely to follow Turkey’s example any time soon, the statement raises the stakes and puts other contenders for leadership on the defensive.

    The bulk of the Muslim world has remained conspicuously silent with only Malaysian leaders willing to speak out and set an example by last year rejecting Chinese demands that a group of Uighur asylum seekers be extradited to China. Malaysia instead allowed the group to go to Turkey.

    The Turkish statement came days after four Islamist members of the Kuwaiti parliament organized the Arab world’s first public protest against the crackdown.

    By contrast, Pakistani officials backed off initial criticism and protests in countries like Bangladesh and India have been at best sporadic.


    Rejecting a call on the government to condemn the crackdown by the Indonesian Ulema Council, the country’s top clerical body, Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla insisted that the government would not interfere in the internal affairs of others.

    The council was one of the first, if not the first, major Muslim religious body to speak out on the issues of the Uighurs. Its non-active chairman and spiriitual leader of Nahdlaltul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization, Ma’ruf Amin, is running as President Joko Widodo’s vice-presidential candidate in elections in April.

    The Turkish statement could have its most immediate impact in Central Asia, which like Turkey has close ethnic and cultural ties to Xinjiang, and is struggling to balance relations with China with the need to be seen to be standing up for the rights of its citizens and ethnic kin.

    In Kazakhstan, Turkey’s newly found assertiveness towards China could make it more difficult for the government to return to China Sayragul Sautbay,a Chinese national of ethnic Kazakh descent and a former re-education camp employee who fled illegally to Kazakhstan to join her husband and child.

    Ms. Sautbay, who stood trial in Kazakhstan last year for illegal entry, is the only camp instructor to have worked in a reeducation camp in Xinjiang teaching inmates Mandarin and Communist Party propaganda and spoken publicly about it.

    She has twice been refused asylum in Kazakhstan and is appealing the decision. China is believed to be demanding that she be handed back to the Xinjiang authorities.

    Similarly, Turkey’s statement could impact the fate of Qalymbek Shahman, a Chinese businessman of Kazakh descent, who is being held at the airport in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent after being denied entry into Kazakhstan.

    "I was born in Emin county in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to a farming family. I wanted to go to Kazakhstan, because China's human rights record was making life intolerable. I would have my ID checked every 50 to 100 meters when I was in Xinjiang, This made me extremely anxious, and I couldn't stand it anymore," Mr. Shahman said in a video clip sent to Radio Free Asia from Tashkent airport.

    A guide for foreign businessmen, Mr. Shahman said he was put out of business by the continued checks that raised questions in the minds of his clients and persuaded local businessmen not to work with him.

    Said Mr. Zenz, the Xinjiang scholar, commenting on the significance of the Turkish statement: “A major outcry among the Muslim world was a key missing piece in the global Xinjiang row. In my view, it seems that China’s actions in Xinjiang are finally crossing a red line among the world’s Muslim communities, at least in Turkey, but quite possibly elsewhere.”

    Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title and a co-authored volume, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa as well as Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africaand recently published China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom


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