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Taipei, March 12 (CNA) Taiwan authorities on Tuesday defended their efforts to counter illicit drugs following a report published by the United Nations that Taiwan-based crime syndicates play an indispensable role in methamphetamine production and trafficking in East and Southeast Asia.
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          Empty Planet (Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson)      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations estimates that the world could have around 11 billion inhabitants by the year 2100, an increase of over three billion from our current tally. In Empty Planet, authors Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson argue a much lower peak in population and predict a decline in the world’s population occurring sooner rather than later.

In a globetrotting book that takes readers from Africa to America to Asia to Atlantic Canada, the authors argue that those who reside in greater numbers in cities often yield fewer children compared to those who live in rural areas. Add to our increasing urbanization a better educated and more affluent world (two other factors that often yield fewer children per family), and the authors theorize that our world will likely not reach the aggressive population predictions that the UN has pegged for the coming decades.

According to Bricker and Ibbitson, such a scenario offers several distinct positives and risks for various parts of the world. The book breezily brushes through some potential impacts without delivering any distinct predictions, simply listing a few scenarios that could come to pass over the next hundred or so years in areas ranging from the climate to military to food.

The theory the authors put forth is certainly interesting and has factual backing. However, adding “what may happen if” scenarios without any substantive discussion or simply breezing through a few scenarios hurt what is a relatively interesting demographic book.

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Rome, March 13 (IANS/AKI) Italy's civil aviation authority is banning Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft from its airspace indefinitely from Tuesday night as a "precautionary" measure - a move already announced by eight other countries following the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash outside Addis Ababa.

"From 9 pm today (March 12), given the lack of certain information on the Ethiopian Airlines incident on Sunday that involved a Boing 737 Max 8 jet and the previous incident in October in Indonesia, as a precautionary measure, Enac has ordered the closure of Italian airspace to all commercial flights operating this type of aircraft," it said.

"This model of aircraft can no longer fly to and from national airports until further notice," Enac added.

The only Italian airline that uses the banned aircraft is Air Italy, which has three Boeing 737 Max 8 planes in its fleet, according to Enac.

Ethiopian Airlines are among 20 companies that have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft following Sunday's disaster in which all 157 passengers were killed.

Passengers from over 30 countries were on the doomed flight, including eight Italians.

Among the dead were 22 United Nations staff, many heading for an assembly of the UN Environment Programme in Nairobi.

The causes of the crash, which occurred six minutes after take-off, are not yet known.

A Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by Lion Air crashed into the sea in Indonesia in October 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta, killing all 189 people aboard the flight. A report on that disaster is pending.

The 737 Max 8 aircraft has only been in commercial use since 2017 and the planes involved in both crashes were just months old.

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from Humans Are Free: The United Nations has officially designated October 31st, 2011 as “7 Billion Day”. On that day, the United Nations estimates that the population of the Earth hit 7 billion for the very first time. But instead of celebrating what a milestone 7 billion people represents, the UNPF focused instead on using […]

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The Baha’i International Community addresses a statement to the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
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Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager who speaks truth to power, has been named "Women of the Year" by Expressen ("The Express"), one of two nationwide evening newspapers in Sweden. She has an interesting back story (perhaps required nowadays for this kind of celebrity), such as major depression starting when she was five, Asperger's and OCD. (She can also talk backwards.) From their interview of her (via Google's translation, which isn't perfect):
When I was five, I went into depression. I felt very bad, cried every rest of the toiletand [sic] went home and finally there was no point at all going to school because I would still have to go home. I also stopped talking and eating. One big reason I was depressed was that I was worried about the climate and the environment. I felt that there was no point in everything when the system was so wrong and I didn't see that I could do anything about it.
Wow, these are very unfair thoughts for any child to have, let alone a 5-year old. Aren't kids being scared unnecessarily? A while back I saw someone on Twitter write that his 9-year old was looking up his life expectancy, and in the process came across some climate catastrophism and started crying. This (false) "we have 12 years to stop climate change" stuff isn't helping.

She also said:
I really do not like attention and being at the center, but one must take that if that is what is required for the media to start reporting on the climate and people should get their eyes up. Then it's a shame to complain. I myself have put myself in this situation. 
I predict his girl is either going to become Secretary-General of the United Nations or a shark of a hedge fund manager.
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          Department Press Briefings : Department Press Briefing - March 12, 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Palladino
Deputy Spokesperson
Department Press Briefing
Washington, DC
March 12, 2019



Index for Today's Briefing
  • SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE ABRAMS/VENEZUELA
  • IRAN
  • VENEZUELA
  • ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS
  • IRAQ
  • ALGERIA
  • AFGHANISTAN
  • IRAN
  • SOUTH KOREA
  • ETHIOPIA
  • NORTH KOREA
  • INDIA/PAKISTAN/CHINA

    TRANSCRIPT:

    2:42 p.m. EDT

    MR PALLADINO: Good afternoon, everybody.

    QUESTION: Good afternoon.

    MR PALLADINO: Afternoon. At the top today, we are privileged to have with us our Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams. He’ll be – make a few remarks and be willing to take some questions. At the conclusion of the briefing, we also have some subject matter experts from our Bureau of Consular Affairs. If there are additional questions on matters pertaining to American citizens that you’d like to dive into a little bit, we’ll make them available as well.

    QUESTION: American citizens anywhere or in Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re talking – that’s for Venezuela we’re talking about today. Okay? Great. Mr. Abrams, thanks.

    QUESTION: Then you’re going to --

    MR PALLADINO: We have a normal briefing as well.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Happy to be here for my daily briefing. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: You are becoming quite a fixture up there.

    QUESTION: You’re setting a good example.

    MR ABRAMS: Oh.

    QUESTION: There may be an opening for a spokesman. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: I wouldn’t touch that with a 20-foot pole. (Laughter.)

    On January 23rd and January 24th, we announced and began a process of bringing back to the United States the great majority of Americans who work at the U.S. embassy in Caracas. The decision announced yesterday is, in a sense, a follow-on to that initial decision and is the product of the same considerations for the conditions in Caracas, which make it so difficult to continue keeping the embassy staffed there, and for the general situation in Caracas.

    If you think back, it’s only six weeks ago, but the situation in Caracas has deteriorated very considerably in that period and especially in the last few days since the blackouts began on Friday. So the Secretary made that decision.

    You may have seen the interviews he did this morning. I’ll just read one paragraph: “We made the decision yesterday that it just was prudent to get these folks back. The situation there is deteriorating. The Maduro regime’s horrific leadership over the last year[s] has just made life there so difficult, it began to make it more difficult for the United States to take the actions that it needed to do to support the Venezuelan people. So we concluded this was simply the right step to take,” and it “was the right time to take it.”

    I should say that this does not represent any change in U.S. policy toward Venezuela nor does it represent any reduction in the commitment we have to the people of Venezuela and to their struggle for democracy. You will see very soon a significant number of additional visa revocations. You will see in the coming days some very significant additional sanctions and the international group, of which we are a part – that includes most EU countries, the Lima Group, Canada, the U.S. – continues to do its work.

    Why don’t I stop there and we’ll take some questions.

    MR PALLADINO: We’ll start with Associated Press.

    QUESTION: Thanks. I’m curious to know what the Secretary meant by saying that the presence of – continued presence of any American diplomats in Caracas was a constraint on policy. He didn’t quite explain. What exactly did their presence constrain, number one?

    Number two, you talked about the blackouts and all this kind of thing, but presumably there are no family members there. It was very, very – only a handful of staffers still at the embassy. Presumably, they have generators, right?

    MR ABRAMS: Generators require fuel, the embassy requires water.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR ABRAMS: The embassy’s own situation also had a – let’s say a finite number of days.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. So can you explain what exactly the constraint was on – what kinds of policies were being constrained by the presence --

    MR ABRAMS: Well, I don’t --

    QUESTION: Especially because yesterday, the Secretary said that – when he was asked about support for – U.S. support for Juan Guaido, said that as long as our team is on the ground in Caracas, you’d continue to provide the same kinds of support that you do. Well, now that’s gone or very soon will be gone, so I don’t understand how these – those mesh.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we will – we will – obviously it makes it more difficult to meet with all Venezuelans when the – we – when the team is not on the ground. I’m kind of reluctant to sort of try to parse the Secretary’s words, but let me just say that in every decision we made – every decision, decisions on diplomatic activities, on visas, on sanctions – the safety of that staff was a key consideration. And that was something that weighed very heavily on our mind every day, literally every day. So I think that’s – I think that was what the Secretary was referring to, and I’ll just leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Okay, but when you said it doesn’t reflect a change in policy --

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    QUESTION: -- it means that it was not intended to be some kind of hint or harbinger of military intervention or some kind of use of force?

    MR ABRAMS: Nothing has changed. We continue to say, because it is true, all options are on the table.

    QUESTION: But?

    MR ABRAMS: But they did not change yesterday.

    MR PALLADINO: There we go. Let’s go Michelle, CNN.

    QUESTION: So just hours before this statement came out from the Secretary we heard from the Secretary on Venezuela and he made no mention of the need to get people out. In fact, he really didn’t talk about U.S. people at the embassy there. So what changed between the time we spoke to him and close to midnight when he put this out?

    MR ABRAMS: He made his final decision. We have been talking about this literally – literally – every day. I’ve only been here six weeks, but that was right after the decision to move most of the people from the embassy back to the United States. We have had daily phone calls, daily meetings about this question, been before the Secretary, and he made his decision.

    QUESTION: And then that line that Matt mentioned, “constraint on U.S. policy” – that reads like a threat. I mean, it’s obviously curious. So should Maduro see that line as a threat?

    MR ABRAMS: I can only repeat what the President has said: All options are always on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to AFP.

    QUESTION: Yes. Just to – thank you. Just to follow on on this constraint thing, is there a link between the decision of withdrawing all the diplomats and some actions you might want to take to make sure the aid, which is at the border, come inside Venezuela?

    MR ABRAMS: No.

    MR PALLADINO: Reuters.

    QUESTION: Hello, Mr. Abrams. Two questions. One is: Who do you leave the embassy to? Do you appoint a protective power? What happens to the embassy, how do you ensure, number one.

    MR ABRAMS: Right.

    QUESTION: Number two: We understand that the decision was made because the talks with the Venezuelans collapsed late yesterday and that that – this is according to the Venezuelans – that’s what led to this. Did you – did the U.S. get any kind of direct threat from Maduro’s government that something was going to happen?

    MR ABRAMS: On the first part, normally we would get a protecting power, and that is, I think, what we’ll do here, and we are in discussions now about that. What will happen to the embassy grounds, the embassy physically, let’s say, is something that we then discuss with the protecting power, with potential protecting powers. So we don’t have a final answer on that, and when we do we’ll announce it.

    On the regime, you know on --

    QUESTION: Are you in discussions with other countries to – as to who will be the protecting power?

    MR ABRAMS: Yes. We are in discussions.

    QUESTION: But it hasn’t been decided who?

    MR ABRAMS: Right. About – we are trying to decide on a protecting power. January 23rd, the Secretary said the United States does not recognize the Maduro regime as the government of Venezuela. Accordingly, the United States does not consider former President Nicolas Maduro to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata. So from our point of view, the regime cannot make a decision about whether we stay or go. And as a matter of fact, the National Assembly yesterday said we have the legal authority to stay, and they are the legitimate government of Venezuela. But the regime also cannot, in our view, provide security for the embassy, and the situation in Caracas is deteriorating. So our decision was made really fundamentally without regard to what the regime wants or thinks.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go with Los Angeles Times.

    QUESTION: Thank you. Just to follow on Lesley, so there were talks going on between the Venezuelans and you guys about creating an interest section or something like that and then the Venezuelans gave you 72 hours to leave. Is that not true?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we have had – as you know, we’ve talked about this before. I have – I had a couple of meetings with the de facto regime Foreign Minister Arreaza. And those meetings were essentially about exactly this. So this subject has been out there for a long time. But we made a decision at one point, and you talked about it here – I’ve certainly talked about it in public – that an interest section was really not appropriate. You do an interest section where there is no government that you consider legitimate. There is a legitimate government in Venezuela, from our point of view. Maybe that would have satisfied some demands of the regime, but it was not something that the Untied States was going to do. So that really was off the table.

    QUESTION: And 72 hours? The deadline?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, as I said, we do not believe the regime, on the one hand, has the ability to tell us when to leave, on the other hand, doesn’t have the ability to protect us if we stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, the Maduro government’s attorney general announced that Juan Guaido is going to be investigated for – on suspicion of sabotage in the blackout. Does the departure of the U.S. diplomats put him in a weaker position at all, at a time when he would seem to be under greater threat?

    MR ABRAMS: First, we’ve seen that as well, and it’s a threat against Interim President Guaido. They have made such threats before. They’ve talked about going after him on one basis or another, and we also know that the supreme court, the TSJ, has essentially been packed by the regime. So that’s a – that report is of real concern. I don’t think the regime is going to base its decision on that, on our presence or absence, any more than it made the decision on whether to arrest him upon his return on the basis of whether we were there or not there. I think it’s largely a matter of how they think the public, the Venezuelan public, will react.

    QUESTION: You have any warnings to the government or any message to them?

    MR ABRAMS: We have --

    QUESTION: Should they be contemplating arresting him on this?

    MR ABRAMS: I think – I hope they’re aware of the fact that there are 54 countries, some important countries, that consider Juan Guaido to be the legitimate interim president of Venezuela. And I think not only we but the other 53 will react immediately. There are a number of diplomatic and financial and economic steps that governments can take. We’ve taken many of them; other countries haven’t. I would think that the arrest, incarceration of Juan Guaido would lead a lot of countries to react very quickly.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to EFE.

    QUESTION: Thank you. I want to ask you a question about the possible scenario of the Maduro government collapses. The Spain’s foreign minister today said that the U.S. asked Spain to receive Venezuelan ministers loyal to Maduro in case the Venezuelan Government collapses. So I wanted to ask you if the U.S. has actually made this petition to Spain, and what were the terms in which these petitions were made?

    MR ABRAMS: This is an old discussion. When I was assistant secretary of state for Latin America, and there were a lot of military regimes, the question of what to do with dictators arose, and it was actually Felipe Gonzalez, who was prime minister at the time, who said maybe Spain can help by taking some of these people. We’ve had some conversations with Spain. I wouldn’t say we made a request, they made an answer. We have certainly had conversations. We’ve had them with a couple of other places too, because this question may arise, and we have talked about off-ramps and we have talked about wanting some of the regime officials to leave the country as part of a transition.

    So the question therefore obviously arises: well, where would they go? And they may prefer to go to Cuba or Russia, but there are other places, and so that is a conversation we’ll continue to have. Unfortunately, none of the people at the top of the regime have yet made that decision, the decision that they should make. And as we’ve said before, we are willing to help them out in those circumstances.

    QUESTION: Can I ask a follow-up of – on that? You mentioned that they’re – the U.S. Government with Spain and a couple other places. Which ones are these other --

    MR ABRAMS: I’m not going to say, because it has not been as public as it has in the case of Spain.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Times.

    QUESTION: Thanks for coming out to talk with us. Big picture question regarding all the – all of the options on the table. Can you discuss the military option for a minute? And specifically, has the administration asked the Pentagon to draw up such an option? And assuming that it has, are you satisfied with the option that the Pentagon has, which is headed by an interim defense secretary, provided at this point?

    QUESTION: He’s a legitimate interim defense secretary. (Laughter.)

    MR ABRAMS: The President has said all options are the table. They are. Further than that it would be foolish for me to go, and I’m not going to do it.

    MR PALLADINO: Bloomberg.

    QUESTION: Mr. Abrams, can you talk a little bit more about the finite resources that the embassy is facing? I mean, it seems to be a suggestion that they’re running out of fuel and water. What were the constraints on the embassy?

    MR ABRAMS: It’s a difficult situation for the embassy. It’s a difficult situation for Venezuelans, of course, far more. I don’t believe the embassy is at this point connected to any water system. So there’s a question of how would you get fresh water. Obviously, there are continuing blackouts on and off. So the question then is: How are your generators working, and do you have enough fuel? There’s also a question of communications. If there’s no electricity, there are no communications, which obviously speaks immediately to the safety of our people.

    So the deterioration of the general situation in Caracas doesn’t affect the embassy exactly as it effects Venezuelans, but it does affect the embassy.

    QUESTION: But were you – was there any concern that there was some new or imminent security threat that the embassy might be overrun, that the Maduro regime was unable or unwilling to provide or to guarantee security?

    MR ABRAMS: We do not think that the regime is really able to provide security, and I would note that in his most recent public statement, former President Maduro spoke about calling upon the colectivos to come forward. Now, that – that’s calling for armed gangs to take over the streets, and it is obviously going to be a great worry to Venezuelans, but we noted it.

    QUESTION: I’m sorry, was that part of the – was that the deciding factor?

    MR ABRAMS: That – actually, that statement by Maduro came today. So it was not part of the decision. But the background was – and as you know, they’ve been using colectivos more in Caracas, along the borders. Perhaps it is a sign of Maduro’s lack of confidence in his own security forces. But it is by definition a breakdown of law and order.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go Wall Street Journal.

    QUESTION: Thank you. You said that the decision to remove embassy personnel doesn’t represent a policy change by the United States, but you have acknowledged that it would make it more difficult to meet with Venezuelans, both the Maduro regime and the Guaido government. So functionally, how is the U.S. going to proceed without an embassy staff on the ground? Are you just – are you going to remove them to nearby countries? Are they coming back to the States? What is the plan?

    MR ABRAMS: Who to nearby countries? The Americans?

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR ABRAMS: The Americans will come back here to Washington, which is what the much larger group of Americans from the embassy in January did. I am very – I am one of the beneficiaries of this, because my team is made up in great part of people from Embassy Caracas, and the WHA team on Venezuela was also greatly enriched by their presence. Now, obviously people in the summer will go on to whatever forward assignments they had.

    We will – as I said, it’ll be harder, because we’re not going to be able to do the face-to-face meetings we were doing. Admittedly, we were not able to do a lot of face-to-face meetings because the embassy staff had become quite small. But it wasn’t – so it will be something that we’re going to have to try to accomplish outside of Venezuela or by telephone or by emails and other forms of communication.

    QUESTION: And are you able to give us even just rough estimates of the number of people we’re talking about?

    MR ABRAMS: No, we – I’m told we just – by the Diplomatic Security people we just don’t do that.

    MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Fox.

    QUESTION: At the top you said that significant sanctions would be coming in the coming days. Can you elaborate a little bit on that? Are they targeting financial institutions or country-specific? The Secretary said yesterday a handful of nations are providing aid and comfort to the Maduro regime.

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we did, you know, Friday sanction a Russian-Venezuelan bank, one that was basically 50/50 owned by Russian and Venezuelan state institutions. There will be more sanctions of financial institutions – I think I would leave it at that – and more visa revocations coming very soon.

    QUESTION: Like today?

    MR ABRAMS: Possible. Possible.

    QUESTION: How about Turkey?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no Turkey. Voice of America, please.

    QUESTION: Well, Turkey and Venezuela is actually a thing.

    QUESTION: Yes.

    MR PALLADINO: Turkey and Venezuela. Okay.

    QUESTION: Yes, that’s what I – that’s what I mean.

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead, Laurie. Okay, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you. To follow up on this question, Turkey’s support for – is prominent among those countries supporting the Maduro regime, including through the gold trade. What – do you have a comment on that and are you considering the possibility of secondary sanctions?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, those are two different questions. We – Turkey’s support for the Maduro regime obviously is completely contrary to U.S. policy and very unhelpful, and we will continue to take a look at the ways in which that support takes place, and in the context of sanctions by Treasury. Maybe I should leave it at that.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay, fair enough. Voice of America.

    QUESTION: Thank you. So a follow-up on Nick’s question. Is yesterday’s sanction against the bank based in Russia a secondary sanction? And is it the beginning of more sanctions against foreign financial institutions? That’s number one, and number two: Can you please give us a sense if there is any diplomatic effort to bring China on board? Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: The bank – the sanctions of Friday on the Russian-Venezuelan bank were not secondary sanctions. We have not done any secondary sanctions. The – we will continue to make efforts to bring China aboard. We have told – in various places have told the Chinese that we think if their concern is in essence getting their money back, they’ll never get it back from the bankrupt Maduro regime and from a basically destroyed Venezuelan economy. As the Secretary explained yesterday, the only way they’ll get it back is when Venezuela returns to prosperity, which it won’t do under Nicolas Maduro. Obviously they haven’t changed their policy yet, but we will continue to talk about that.

    QUESTION: Will they be subject to potential sanction?

    MR ABRAMS: Well, we have not done secondary sanctions. That’s always one of the options on the table.

    MR PALLADINO: Last one. Let’s – someone new. (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: Really?

    QUESTION: NTN24, Emiliana Molina, Mr. Abrams. So removing U.S. diplomats and bringing them back to D.C., is this perhaps a show of lack of confidence from the U.S. in Juan Guaido’s government to restore democracy, and what does this mean for his government? Some experts are saying that this looks bad for Guaido.

    MR ABRAMS: It certainly is not a display of any lack of confidence in him. The fact is that today the regime has the guns. The National Assembly and Interim President Guaido are trying, through exclusively peaceful means, to bring democracy back to Venezuela, and that is obviously something we and dozens of other countries support. It is a reflection of the deterioration that we see on the ground in Venezuela, and it is in essence a follow-up to the major part of the decision, which was made on January 24th, to take most of the embassy staff. It’s – we left a few people there, not many, but it’s really the same logic. Our support for Interim President Guaido is absolutely undiminished, and I think, more importantly, the support of the Venezuelan people for him is undiminished.

    MR PALLADINO: Perfect. All right.

    MR ABRAMS: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Mr. Abrams, thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    MR ABRAMS: Thank you. Should I say see you tomorrow?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah. No, no, no, no, no, no, no. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Or later this afternoon. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Robert, are some of these experts (inaudible)?

    MR PALLADINO: Some of our subject matter experts remain in the room, and so let’s get through some of our other issues today and then I’d be happy to make them available if you’ve got some specific questions that you’d like to ask on the subject of consular services in Venezuela, okay?

    QUESTION: You’re going to make them sit through the whole press briefing?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m going to apologize in advance. You are going to have to listen to some other things, it’s true, so all right. Thank you. All right.

    Let’s start with this: We are outraged to hear reports that the Iranian regime sentenced Iranian human rights defender and women’s rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. This sentence is beyond barbaric. Her alleged crime was advocating for Iranian women’s rights and for defending other Iranian women who were arrested by the regime for peacefully protesting the mandatory hijab law. Nasrin was sentenced in absentia without a fair trial by the notorious revolutionary court, which is led by Judge Moghiseh, an accused human rights violator.

    In addition, just this week, the regime cynically announced that as they enter the fifth decade of the Iranian Revolution, they would appoint Ebrahim Raisi, a man involved in mass summary executions of prisoners of conscience, as the head of the regime’s judiciary. The Iranian regime makes a mockery of the entire legal system in Iran, placing innocent people at the mercy of accused human rights violators. We condemn Nasrin’s sentence in the strongest possible terms and call on all of our partners and allies to speak out and demand the release of this courageous human rights defender and all those arbitrarily detained immediately. The Iranian people deserve a government that respects their legitimate demands and the human rights of all in Iran, not one that subjects them to prosecution in a justice system led by accused human rights violators.

    And we are pleased to have a group of teachers and students from Oakton, Virginia with us today. They’re in the back row. Welcome. They’re visiting the State Department as part of their history course and they are here to learn about American foreign policy. So welcome, we’re happy that you could join us, and – yeah, don’t ask questions. Perfect, all right. (Laughter.)

    Great. Questions?

    QUESTION: Yeah. Robert, I mean, this is going to be for the end. I would just like to know from the consular – roughly how many Americans or people, dual American citizens they estimate – I know that there’s no exact figure. You can never be exact, but like, is it tens of thousands, hundreds of – I mean, what’s the population? And how much of a difference is this going to be mean with – it was only a handful of people at the embassy in Caracas anyway, so there couldn’t – must have been very limited what they could do for people who needed assistance. So I mean, is – what’s the actual impact on that?

    And then more broadly on Venezuela, not for the CA people, although maybe: What is the – what’s the current standing of this debate over TPS or some other kind of – if that’s determined not to be applicable in this Venezuela situation, some other mechanism that would allow Venezuelans to stay in the U.S. beyond what Special Representative Abrams has spoken about, the 74,000 who are already in this asylum pipeline?

    MR PALLADINO: Regarding American citizens, I will defer on some of the more specifics on what we’re able to do to some of the folks that we have with us today, but we – I can say at the top that we will hold the Maduro regime directly responsible for the safety and welfare of United States citizens that are in Venezuela, and like our travel advisory says, we – U.S. citizens – U.S. citizens residing in or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela. That’s something we’ve said previously and something that we reiterate. We’re pursuing all possible possibilities to secure travel options for U.S. citizens, and we will be announcing additional information for foreign government partners in the days that follow. We continue to advise American citizens to avoid demonstrations and large gatherings and to monitor local media for updates.

    To repeat, the travel advisory in Venezuela remains the same, and that is Level Four, do not travel. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: TPS or some other --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any updates on that issue today. I don’t want to get ahead. It’s something that’s being looked at, I know, but I don’t have any information to --

    QUESTION: But what exactly is being looked at? Some alternate mechanism? Has it been – has it actually been decided at some – by – has it actually – has the administration actually decided that TPS in the case of Venezuela is not the right – is not the applicable vehicle or mechanism for --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any policy announcements to make on that. It’s just something – I don’t have any policy announcements to make.

    QUESTION: I have a follow-up just – I don’t know if I didn’t hear properly. Are you saying you’re pursuing all options as to get U.S. citizens out of Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: No, no. That’s something we do to help facilitate, not --

    QUESTION: To facilitate.

    MR PALLADINO: Yes, there’s no – yes.

    QUESTION: Okay.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay. Correct.

    Michelle.

    QUESTION: So with the situation deteriorating enough to now pull everybody out of the embassy, do you feel it necessary to put out additional information to all American citizens there, or do you feel like the “do not travel” sort of stands for itself?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we routinely look at our travel information, and given that circumstances are changing, I would not think it – I would think – I would expect that additional information would be updated and provided in short order. I don’t think it’s going to change from Travel Four, that said, okay – from Level Four.

    QUESTION: Yeah, the advice that you – the advice that you last gave to – that you strongly, whatever that exact wording is, urge them to --

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, “do not travel” was our – that’s our advice, okay?

    QUESTION: That’s – okay, that’s – but for those who are already there, I mean, the current language you said is, like, strongly suggest that they leave or something to that effect. Is that language from the alert going to be updated to, like, get out now?

    MR PALLADINO: That’s – I don’t want to preview what’s being done. It’s being looked at and reviewed, and in short order – safety of American citizens is one of the highest priorities of the State Department. It’s something that we are constantly reviewing, and as situations on the ground change, we review these things regularly and update them.

    Carol.

    QUESTION: Robert, after the American diplomats leave, will the local staff remain or will they – will they still be going into work and maybe protecting the property? And if not, will you be giving things like any remaining food and water that you have to them to take home, or can you tell me what --

    MR PALLADINO: I don’t have any additional information on that topic.

    (Inaudible.) Please, go ahead, Christina.

    QUESTION: Thanks. Can you give us – can you give us some guidance on when we might see the evacuation start? I’m hearing the end of the week. Does that sound about right? Is there an evacuation plan in the works? Can you give us, like, an update on where that is? Commercial? Are we going to send transports down?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re not going to get – the Secretary last night in his statement and tweet indicated this week, and we’re not going to get into details on when exactly or how exactly that will be transpiring.

    QUESTION: And just a follow-up, my colleagues asked a couple times but it wasn’t quite answered – Mr. Abrams didn’t quite answer the question when he was asked whether there had been some sort of new specific threat from the Maduro regime. He kept saying we don’t trust them to protect our diplomats, but can you say definitively, yes or no, if there had been some sort of new threat in the last couple hours that prompted this decision by the Secretary?

    MR PALLADINO: I have nothing beyond what Mr. Abrams said. I don’t.

    Please.

    QUESTION: Did you accept the premise of her first question, which was that this is an evacuation, or did you just not --

    MR PALLADINO: This is – no. This is – I did not. This is – we’re withdrawing U.S. personnel.

    QUESTION: Right, but do you consider it to be an evacuation?

    MR PALLADINO: No.

    QUESTION: Are you going in – is this Saigon ’75?

    MR PALLADINO: We’re withdrawing our personnel in an orderly fashion. The security of our people is paramount.

    Please. Said, please.

    QUESTION: Robert, thank you. Change topics. Okay.

    QUESTION: Could I just have one real quick question? Will the embassy be closed? Will that be the way to describe it? How would you describe --

    MR PALLADINO: I would not say it’s closed, no.

    QUESTION: How – when --

    MR PALLADINO: I would say – the legal status of the embassy – I would say we’re withdrawing from the embassy, but I believe closure is a matter of legality, and that’s not something that we have decided. So this is interim, I would say.

    QUESTION: One more on Venezuela?

    MR PALLADINO: Said, please go ahead.

    QUESTION: Yes, thank you. Changing topics, very quickly, Israel is set to deport the Human Rights Watch director for the West Bank because of a tweet, I guess. He’s a U.S. citizen. Are you aware of that? And what will you do to help him stay and conduct his job?

    MR PALLADINO: We are aware of those reports, and yes, the answer is --

    QUESTION: And what are you offering him? Aid? Help? Has he come – has he gone to the – not the consulate but the embassy?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not aware of anything like that, Said.

    QUESTION: Okay. All right. Let me move on to another --

    QUESTION: Well, wait a second. Let’s stay.

    MR PALLADINO: Sure.

    QUESTION: Just are you talking to the Israelis about this? Would you – or is it – is it that you come to the defense of American citizens any – in all countries except Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: That is not true. The United States has no greater --

    QUESTION: Okay. Well --

    MR PALLADINO: Let me finish – has no greater responsibility, priority than the safety of American citizens, the welfare of our citizens overseas. In this particular case, I’m not going to talk about specifics. But I can say, as a matter of general principle, we value freedom of expression, even in cases where we do not agree with the political views espoused, and I’ll stop there.

    QUESTION: Thank you.

    QUESTION: But did he --

    QUESTION: Okay, let me just follow-up --

    MR PALLADINO: Go ahead.

    QUESTION: -- on another issue on the Palestinian-Israeli issue. The government signed agreement, the Israeli Government, to build 23,000 housing units in occupied East Jerusalem. And also, there’s been such an uptick in settlements and so on. I know that you stick to your policy, but has there been – I mean, past administrations would issue concern from time to time, say, “We’re concerned about the acceleration of settlement building,” and so on. What is your position on this latest thing, since we haven’t heard anything from this administration on settlements?

    MR PALLADINO: The President has made his position on settlements clear. This is something we’ve talked about before. The Israeli Government has also made clear that its intent is to adopt a policy regarding settlement activity that takes into account the President’s concerns, that takes those into consideration. And that’s something that we welcome.

    QUESTION: And do you think that they have – I mean since this President’s been in office for the past two years, that they took his concern into consideration?

    MR PALLADINO: We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to take the President’s views into consideration, and I would just reiterate what the President has said repeatedly, that the administration is committed to pursuing a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie.

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    QUESTION: The Western press yesterday ran headlines like, “Iran’s Rouhani in Iraq for His Third Visit to Offset U.S. Sanctions.” Is it still your position that Iraq has to abide by the Iran sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: As far as sanctions go, as you know, a waiver was granted to Iraq to allow it to continue to pay for its electricity imports from Iran. And that has helped Iraq limit electricity shortages in the south since the re-imposition of sanctions that took place in November. And we’re going to continue to discuss Iran-related sanctions with our partners in Iraq to ensure continued compliance. And finally, any decisions related to those sanctions waivers, they’re at the discretion of the Secretary of State, and I would leave it there.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: And there are two issues in specific. One has to do with banking and reports that Iraq and Iran will establish a joint bank, which will allow Iran to circumvent sanctions. And the second has to do with a railroad from Iran to Basra, which would allow Iran to send military supplies to its proxies in Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. Is that compatible with your understanding of sanctions?

    MR PALLADINO: Laurie, I don’t have any information on these proposals that you’re identifying today, so I’m going to refrain from talking on them.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: (Off-mike.)

    MR PALLADINO: Yep. Let’s go --

    QUESTION: Could you give us your reaction, the U.S. reaction, on President Bouteflika of Algeria not to seek a fifth term but to stay – to postpone the election and to stay in power, at least until the end of the year and probably after that?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward based on dialogue that reflects the will of all Algerians and their aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous future.

    QUESTION: That’s all?

    MR PALLADINO: Well, we respect the rights of the Algerians to assemble and peacefully express their views, and we’re closely monitoring reports that Algeria’s elections have been postponed. We support the right of the Algerian people to vote in a free and fair election, as we do around the world.

    QUESTION: You think it’s a good thing that he’s not seeking a fifth term?

    MR PALLADINO: We support efforts in Algeria to chart a new path forward, and I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    MR PALLADINO: Please. Afghanistan.

    QUESTION: Ambassador Khalilzad tweeted a short while ago that they’re – the – the two parties agreed in – in draft to some sort of proposal on the U.S. withdrawal as well as the Taliban providing safe haven in Afghanistan to terror groups. Can you share any more details on what that draft looks like, whether it’s – there’s a timetable now on U.S. withdrawal?

    MR PALLADINO: I did see those tweets. Special Representative Khalilzad and a team representing agencies across the United States Government concluded today talks with the Taliban delegation in Doha, and that’s what he was tweeting about. These have been the most substantive talks with the Taliban to date. We’ve received reports back from Special Representative Khalilzad that they’ve had meaningful progress. The Taliban have agreed that peace will require both sides to fully address four core issues, and they are: counterterrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan dialogue, and a comprehensive ceasefire.

    In this round of talks, we were able to move to agreement in draft on the first two principles – counterterrorism assurances and troop withdrawal. And when that agreement, in draft, is finalized, the Taliban and an inclusive Afghan negotiating team that includes the Afghan Government and other Afghans will begin intra-Afghan negotiations of a political settlement and comprehensive ceasefire.

    And I’d also add that Special Representative Khalilzad will be returning to Washington. He’ll be consulting with Secretary Pompeo as well as the interagency and also partner countries in this process. Much work remains to be done. As Special Representative Khalilzad has said before, “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”

    QUESTION: So you can’t share any details then of what was agreed to in that draft?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into details on the results of the just concluded and ongoing talks.

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Robert?

    QUESTION: Second part of this though, as you said and as the ambassador tweeted, once this agreement in draft is finalized, then those intra-Afghan party talks will begin. Is that a commitment from the Taliban that they will engage, once this agreement is finalized, with the Afghan Government?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not going to be able to go into more details on the agreement itself, because they’re private conversations, and we want to give the parties time to work things out and to work out these issues in private. But intra-Afghan dialogue that includes the Afghan Government as well as the Taliban and other Afghans encourages – is something that we’re very much focused on and remains part of what we’re pursuing.

    QUESTION: Can I ask you, on a separate topic, your statement at the beginning on Iran and the sentencing of a women’s rights activist: Why didn’t you issue a similar statement when Saudi Arabia arrested women rights activists there, including a State Department International Women of Courage Award winner, Samar Badawi?

    MR PALLADINO: We’ve – I mean, this particular case really was barbaric. Many others have spoken out on this as well. Thirty-eight – this is a – basically, a lawyer representing women clients that’s been sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes. That kind of barbarism is something that must be called out.

    In regards to other countries, Secretary Pompeo – we’ve spoken about – we speak about human rights, frankly, when we engage – when we travel the world engaging partners, allies. We do this regularly. It’s something that we stand for. It’s something that we’ll continue to do.

    QUESTION: But why not do it from the podium in a similar fashion?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m not sure what specific case you’re referring to. We choose different ways to communicate our – to promote the value – human rights values. It’s something we’re going to continue to be outspoken about and we raise this regularly with all partners.

    Sure, Janne. Please, go ahead.

    QUESTION: Thank you very much, Robert. On South Korea, not North Korea this time.

    MR PALLADINO: Okay.

    QUESTION: Okay. The – reported by the South Korean Channel A News, the former unification minister of South Korea, Jeong Se-hyun, said that the United States National Security Advisor John Bolton is a very unlucky person. I think the insulting language about John Bolton is a (inaudible) about – against the American people. How do U.S. react diplomatically?

    MR PALLADINO: Yeah, I haven’t seen that report and I’m – I have no reaction. Okay.

    QUESTION: Because he blaming about Hanoi talks, so John Bolton made the decisions break down this U.S.-North Korea summit. Can you find that out?

    MR PALLADINO: I would just say that the lead negotiator for the United States of America is the President of the United States, and that’s the President’s decision.

    QUESTION: Robert --

    QUESTION: That’s President’s decision. Okay. Thank you.

    QUESTION: Can I ask about the Ethiopian Airlines crash? It’s my understanding that Ethiopia has a lot of control over the investigation, at least at this point. Is the State Department working with Ethiopian authorities to make sure U.S. investigators have access to black boxes?

    MR PALLADINO: In response to the Government of Ethiopia’s request, we have sent a team from the United States National Transportation Safety Board. That includes the Federal Aviation Administration personnel as well. And they’re assisting in the investigation to determine the cause of death. Officials from the United States are also coordinating with INTERPOL and Ethiopian authorities in support of efforts to identify the remains of victims. These are some of the steps that the United States Government is taking to assist, and we – again, we extend our deepest condolences to all those families and the friends of those that lost their lives on that tragic accident.

    QUESTION: On Syria, Robert --

    MR PALLADINO: Please, right there.

    QUESTION: Thank you. If we can move to North Korea. Given the UN panel of experts’ findings on North Korea and sanctions, is the administration concerned that North – that the sanctions regime is not being enforced?

    MR PALLADINO: We made progress in Hanoi at the summit, and although we did not reach an agreement with North Korea, we were able to exchange detailed positions and to narrow the gap on a number of issues. Also made clear the United States expects complete denuclearization before sanctions relief. So I’d say that in response to your question, the United States and the international community have a shared understanding of what final, fully verified denuclearization entails, as well as meaningful progress, what that will constitute, what that goal looks like. And we remain ready to move forward. And I’ll leave it at that.

    QUESTION: Can I just follow quickly? Does the administration believe that there should be more economic pressure applied on North Korea?

    MR PALLADINO: We remain ready to engage North Korea. We are looking – I’m sorry, what was your question again? Increased? So we – our policy’s been explained many times; the President explained that these sanctions are the world’s sanctions and that they will be maintained until denuclearization is achieved. And I’ll leave it at that for now.

    Let’s go – last question. Michel, please.

    QUESTION: Yeah. You tweeted on Syria and building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Can you make the statement on camera, please?

    MR PALLADINO: I’m sorry, can you say it one more time, Michel?

    QUESTION: On Syria. You tweeted on building a statue of Hafez Assad in Daraa. Do you remember?

    MR PALLADINO: When was this?

    QUESTION: Before noon today.

    MR PALLADINO: Before noon. Of course. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: (Laughter.) And what is your question? Help me establish --

    QUESTION: If you can make the statement on camera, please.

    MR PALLADINO: I need the tweet in front of me. (Laughter.)

    QUESTION: Okay. I will retweet it. You can --

    MR PALLADINO: All right, I’ll do it afterwards. If you want me to read the tweet, I’d be happy to do that. All right. All right.

    QUESTION: Quick question on Israel?

    MR PALLADINO: Shri, go ahead. Oh, I’m sorry, not Shri. Shri, go ahead. There’s your hand there.

    QUESTION: I wanted to know if you have an update on the exemption from Iran sanctions for India on oil purchases. It’s been six months since they were granted, and I think the foreign secretary is – Gokhale is scheduled to discuss them with his U.S. counterparts.

    And a second question: Is the U.S. concerned that China might block the UNSC 1267 listing request for Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar? Because Beijing made some comments yesterday that would suggest that China was potentially going to put a hold on it or block it.

    MR PALLADINO: As you point out, Foreign Secretary Gokhale is in town for high-level meetings this week at the State Department. He met with Secretary Pompeo yesterday. He’s got meetings at the White House, Department of Defense, as well as on Capitol Hill on a range of diplomatic and security issues.

    Regarding Masood Azhar, the United States and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations. And our views on Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known. JEM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JEM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

    Now, the United Nations sanctions committee, their deliberations are confidential, and as such we don’t comment on specific matters, but we’ll continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate.

    Regarding your specific question on China, I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal.

    And with that, we’ll end.

    QUESTION: The National Security Advisor John Bolton welcomed the foreign – Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi. Do you have any readout of that?

    MR PALLADINO: The national security advisor works at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and I’d have to refer you to the White House for a readout on his call, but thanks. I don’t have a readout for you.

    (The briefing was concluded at 3:38 p.m.)


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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday warned that there is a "pushback" on women's rights globally.

   "Around the world, there is a pushback on women's rights," the UN chief said while addressing the opening of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63), noting "that pushback is deep, pervasive and relentless."

   "We witness increased violence against women, especially human rights defenders and women running for political office," he added.

   "We see online harassment and abuse of women who speak out," said the UN chief, adding that "in some countries, homicide rates are going down - but murders of women are going up."

   "In others, we see a rollback of legal protection against domestic violence or even female genital mutilation," said Guterres.

   The UN chief noted that all people know women's participation makes peace agreements more durable, "but we still struggle to make sure women are included in negotiating teams."

   "Even governments that are vocal supporters of this agenda fail to back their words with action where it counts," he said.

   The secretary-general also condemned "terrible endemic sexual and gender-based violence" against women, adding that "nationalist, populist and even austerity agendas are tearing the social fabric - aggravating inequality, splintering communities, curtailing women's rights and cutting vital services."

   He called on the international community to "push back against the pushback" and fight for gender parity.

   Guterres said the UN has set a good example for the world as there are more women than men in the Senior Management Group of the organization, which he said is "a first in United Nations history."

   "When we exclude women, everyone pays the price," warned the secretary-general.

   "When we include women, the whole world wins," he stressed.

   CSW63 kicked off at UN headquarters in New York on Monday and will last until March 22. Its theme is: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

   Representatives of UN member states, UN entities, and the Economic and Social Council accredited non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world will attend the session.

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          Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 20 February – 6 March 2019 | Issue 4      Cache   Translate Page      
  Key Issues • Donors pledge US$2.62 billion for humanitarian response in 2019. • 2019 YHRP seeks $4.2 billion to deliver assistance to 21.4 million people in dire need. • Humanitarian partners are scaling up responses to escalated needs in Hajjah Governorate. • WFP accesses Red Sea Mills in Al Hudaydah City for the first time in six months. • Increased efforts to contain the spread of communicable diseases. Donors pledge US$2.6 billion for 2019 humanitarian response International donors at a high-level event convened by the United Nations and co-hosted by the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden in Geneva on 26 February, pledged US$2.62 billion for urgent and life-saving humanitarian aid to millions of people in Yemen in 2019. “[The] pledging conference can be considered a success,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said. “The donors have pledged 30 per cent more than last year to help address the dramatic humanitarian situation in Yemen: from US$2 billion in the pledging conference of 2018 to $2.6 billion in the pledging conference 2019”. Top donors were the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ($750 million), UAE ($750 million) UK ($261.44 million), Kuwait ($250 million) European Union (184.42 million) and Germany ($114.16 million). The pledges, when committed, will help pay for the implementation of the 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP). Partners operating in Yemen welcomed the support by donors at the conference, with international NGOs calling for unconditional access for Yemenis to humanitarian assistance and commercial imports in all parts of Yemen; a countrywide ceasefire, protection of humanitarian workers and an inclusive peace agreement. Partners estimate that as many as 6.5 million people are currently living in 83 hard-to-reach districts where humanitarian partners face medium or high access constraints. Out of the 83 hard-to-reach districts, 23 districts face high constraints and 60 districts face medium constraints. In 46 of these districts, access is mainly affected by conflict, including shifting frontlines especially in Al Bayda, Al Hudaydah, Sa’ada and Hajjah. “This year is going to be tough,” said Ms. Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “This is why humanitarian partners are going to do everything possible to help civilians in Yemen to survive violence, access food, and receive the nutrition, health, WASH, shelter, education and protection support they are entitled to under international humanitarian and human rights law. We are grateful to all of the donors who generously support this operation.” UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit https://www.unocha.org/.
          U.S. Army captain, brothers, a law student, international aid workers among the 157 killed in an Ethiopian Airlines crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Katelyn Parra Photography(NEW YORK) --  Making the world a "better place" was how heartbroken family members remembers loved once who were among the 157 people aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed just minutes after takeoff on Sunday morning.

No one survived the horrific crash that claimed the lives of a decorated U.S. Army captain, brothers on vacation, a law school student and dozens of international aid workers.

Thirty-five countries from all over the world lost citizens in the deadly incident — 32 Kenyans were the majority of lives lost.

At least eight U.S. citizens were among the victims. The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and the U.S. Department of State haven't released their identities, but ABC News has confirmed the names of four.

Antoine Lewis, 39, of Matteson, Illinois, was a U.S. Army captain stationed in Ottawa, Canada, who served in Afghanistan. He was on vacation in Ethiopia doing Christian missionary work, according to his parents. They said Lewis equally valued the country he fought for and the home of his ancestors.

"That’s what he died doing," his mother, Antoinette Lewis, told ABC Chicago station WLS-TV in a recent interview. "His passion was just to make a better world, make a better place, both here and our mother country."

Lewis leaves behind a wife and a 15-year-old son.

"I’m still in disbelief," his wife said in a statement obtained by ABC News. "I feel it's a dream [I'm still] awaiting his call to tell me he has safely touched down."

"Antoine was so loving," she added. "He was always interested in learning new things, forever on a journey becoming a better version of himself each day. He was so smart and just wanted to share his wealth of knowledge with those who’d listen."

Ike and Susan Riffel of Redding, California, lost their only children in the crash, Bennett and Melvin Riffel. The brothers were on vacation traveling to a few different countries as part of an adventure ahead of the birth of Melvin's first child, according to the family.

Melvin and his wife, Britney, were expecting a baby girl in May.

"We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the community," a spokesperson for the Riffel family told ABC Redding affiliate KRCR in a statement. "We ask for continued prayers."

IQAir, a Switzerland-based company that specializes in improving indoor air quality, confirmed that one of its employees, Matt Vecere, was aboard the doomed flight. Vecere grew up in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, and later moved to California.

"Matt was an amazing writer, an avid surfer, and a truly selfless person," IQAir said in a statement. "He was most at home helping others, as evidenced by his dedication to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010."

"We will miss his laugh, his wit, his sense of humor, but most of all, the kinship and friendship that he brought to everything he did," the company added.

Ethiopian Airlines identified the pilot of the ill-fated plane as Yared Mulugeta Gatechew, who had more than 8,000 flight hours. The co-pilot was Ahmed Nur Mohammod Nur, who had over 200 flight hours.

The United Nations said at least 21 of its employees were among those killed in Sunday's crash.

The staffers hailed from around the globe and worked for various U.N. agencies, which regularly made trips to Kenya by way of Ethiopia to visit Africa's United Nations Office headquarters, located in Nairobi. Many were traveling to attend a five-day assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The World Food Programme (WFP), the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, released the names of seven team members who died: Ekta Adhikari, 26, of Nepa; Maria Pilar Buzzetti, 30, of Italy; Virginia Chimenti, 26, of Italy; Harina Hafitz, 59, of Indonesia; Zhen-Zhen Huang, 46, of China; Michael Ryan, 39, of Ireland; and Djordje Vdovic, 53, of Serbia.

"As we mourn, let us reflect that each of these WFP colleagues were willing to travel and work far from their homes and loved ones to help make the world a better place to live," the WFP's Executive Director David Beasley said in a statement. "That was their calling, as it is for the rest of the WFP family."

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees named three colleagues who also died: Nadia Ali, 40, of Sudan; Jessica Hyba, 43, of Canada; and Jackson Musoni, 31, of Rwanda.

"We’ve been struck by sudden and terrible loss," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, said in a statement. "We are doing everything we can to help Nadia’s, Jessica’s and Jackson’s families at this most difficult and painful time."

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said it lost a program officer in the gender and safeguards unit, Victor Shangai Tsang, of Hong Kong, China.

"Victor took up this position with vigor and enthusiasm, striving to make our projects fully gender-sensitive," UNEP said in a statement. "His work defined him as an individual, and he, in turn, helped define our own work."

Victor leaves behind his pregnant wife and son.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations confirmed it lost fisheries officer Joanna Toole, who was "passionate about making the world a better place."

Another victim in Sunday's plane crash was Max Thabiso Edkins, a 35-year-old dual-national of Germany and South Africa. He worked as a communications officer for the World Bank's Connect4Climate program.

"We were devastated to learn that we lost a cherished colleague in the plane crash in Ethiopia," the World Bank Group's interim president, Kristalina Georgieva, said in a statement. "Max was deeply committed to the fight against climate change and brought tremendous creativity, energy and passion to his work. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and loved ones, and to those of the other victims of this tragedy."

Cedric Asiavugwa, a third-year law student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, was traveling to his native Kenya to attend the funeral of his fiance's mother, according to a press release from the school.

Born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya, Asiavugwa's work on social justice issues led him from his native country to Uganda, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, before coming to Georgetown University Law Center. The 32-year-old planned to return home to Kenya after graduating to continue serving refugees and other marginalized groups.

"With his passing, the Georgetown family has lost a stellar student, a great friend to many, and a dedicated champion for social justice across East Africa and the world," the law school said in a statement.

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          China, Ethiopia, Indonesia, European Union ground Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft after crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Ethiopian Airlines(LONDON) -- A growing list of airline carriers and aviation regulators around the world are grounding fleets of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in the wake of a crash of the same model that killed all 157 people on board.

A new Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines went down in clear weather on Sunday morning just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia's capital. The American-made jet was headed to Nairobi, Kenya.

A total of 149 passengers and 8 crew members were believed to be on board Flight 302, according to Ethiopian Airlines.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States said it's sending a team of four to assist in the probe. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it plans to join the NTSB in assisting Ethiopian authorities.

Ethiopian Airlines said two black boxes -- the digital flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder -- have been recovered from the wreckage in the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa.

Another 737 Max 8 crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff from Indonesia on Oct. 29, killing all 189 people on board.

Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier of the East African nation, decided to ground its remaining Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft "until further notice."

"Although we don't yet know the cause of the accident, we had to decide to ground the particular fleet as extra safety precaution," the state-owned airline said in a statement early Monday.

Airlines in other countries also have announced the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8 fleets, including Cayman Airways, the flag carrier airline of the Cayman Islands, South Africa-based airline Comair, Aeromexico, Mexico's flag carrier airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, Argentina's largest airline and flag carrier, Gol, Brazil's largest airline, Royal Air Maroc, Morocco's national carrier, South Korean airline Eastar Jet, Turkish Airlines, Turkey's national flag carrier airline, and Norwegian Air Shuttle, Norway's largest airline.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Tuesday suspended all flight operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 aircraft models from flying into or out of Europe, "as a precautionary measure," amid the ongoing investigation into Sunday's crash.

A number of nations had already issued restrictions on the embattled jetliner.

China's aviation regulator has ordered all Chinese airlines to suspend operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8, nearly 96 jets. Using those planes won't resume until "confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety," the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement Monday.

Indonesia has temporarily grounded its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet while aircraft inspections are carried out to ensure "flight-worthy conditions." The country's Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been supervising operations of the 737 Max 8 since the crash in October.

Singapore's aviation regulator has indefinitely banned all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying into and out of the country. The suspension affects five airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement Tuesday.

Australia has temporarily suspended operations of Boeing 737 Max planes to or from the country. While no Australian airlines operate these aircraft, two foreign airlines fly them to the country, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia said in a statement Tuesday.

Malaysia has also suspended operations of Boeing 737 Max 8 jets flying to or from the country "until further notice."

Oman's aviation regulator has indefinitely banned Boeing 737 Max aircraft from flying into and out of the nation.

The United Kingdom has ordered a suspension on any Boeing 737 Max 8 commercial passenger flights arriving, departing or overlying the country's airspace. The temporary ban is "a precautionary measure," the U.K. Civil Aviation Authoritiy said in a statement Tuesday.

The Irish Aviation Authority has temporarily suspended the entry and exit of all Boeing 737 Max aircraft from Ireland's airspace.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a "continued airworthiness notification to the international community" on Monday evening for Boeing 737 Max 8 operators, signaling confidence in the jetliner.

The Boeing Company said it currently "does not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators" of its 737 Max 8 model.

"We have engaged our customers and regulators on concerns they may have -- and would refer you to them to discuss their operations and decisions," a Boeing spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Monday morning. "Safety is our number one priority and we are taking every measure to fully understand all aspects of this accident, working closely with the investigating team and all regulatory authorities involved. The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators."

In a letter sent to employees later Monday, Boeing's president, chairman and CEO said "the Max family has completed hundreds of thousands of flights safely. We are confident in the safety of the 737 Max."

The Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer has supplied more than 370 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft to 47 airlines since the model entered service in May 2017. Seventy-two of them are currently flying in the United States, according to Boeing.

At least eight Americans were among those killed. The U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia said it is "working to determine their identities."

ABC News has confirmed with family members that Melvin and Bennett Riffel from Redding, California, Antoine Lewis from Matteson, Illinois, and Matt Vecere, a California resident originally from New Jersey, died in the plane crash.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at least 21 U.N. staff were aboard the doomed flight.

"Our colleagues were women and men -- junior professionals and seasoned officials — hailing from all corners of the globe and with a wide array of expertise," Guterres said Monday. "They all had one thing in common -- a spirit to serve the people of the world and to make it a better place for us all."

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed declared Monday a national day of mourning.

Boeing said it was "deeply saddened" by the crash.

"We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families and loved ones of the passengers and crew on board and stand ready to support the Ethiopian Airlines team," the company said in a statement Sunday. "A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board."

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          Syria Vows to “Attack Israel If It Does Not Leave the Golan Heights”      Cache   Translate Page      
(ZH) — In a surprising and provocative ultimatum, Syria has notified Israel through United Nations diplomatic channels that it is prepared to go to war if Israel does not leave the Golan Heights. Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad reportedly sent the message through the head of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), Christine Lund, this past week, according […]
          Time Line - Invading Iraq for Oil and Power      Cache   Translate Page      




Healing from Unjust War

They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 
During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 -Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 -Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 -Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 


As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq  by Dahr Jamail

          Time Line - Healing from Unjust War      Cache   Translate Page      



They wanted war and lied to have it – The Mother Jones Time Line

January 20, 2001  - George W. Bush is Inagurated as President of the United States. We now know he was not legally elected.
February 3, 2001 - National Security Council (NSC) directed NSC staff to cooperate fully with the Energy Task Force as it considered the “melding” of two seemingly unrelated areas of policy:

The review of operational policies towards rogue states,” such as Iraq, and “actions regarding the capture of new and existing oil and gas fields”.
It is confirmed that these oil companies attending the meeting.  Officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. From:  Washingtons Blog and Washington Post.

Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts  Part One – Judicial Watch
Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts Part Two –  Judicial Watch

CNN interviews former Treasury Secretary, Paul O'Neill, who says, "From the very beginning, there was a conviction that Saddam Hussein was a bad person and that he needed to go," O'Neill told CBS, according to excerpts released Saturday by the network. "For me, the notion of pre-emption, that the U.S. has the unilateral right to do whatever we decide to do, is a really huge leap."

September 11, 2001 – The World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon are hit, sending shock waves around the Globe.  The world reaches out to American in sympathy. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007

September 28, 2001 – Osama ben Laden catagorically denies having any part of the attack on NY and the Pentagon in an interview published in Ummat, a Pakistani daily published in Karachi on September 28, 2001. The interview was translated into English by the BBC World Monitoring Service and made public on September 29, 2001. 

During the interview ben Laden said, “I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States. As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children, and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children, and other people.  From: Global Research

Such a practice is forbidden ever in the course of a battle. It is the United States, which is perpetrating every maltreatment on women, children, and common people of other faiths, particularly the followers of Islam. All that is going on in Palestine for the last 11 months is sufficient to call the wrath of God upon the United States and Israel.”

October 7, 2001- The United States and a coalition force launch Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.   which, under Taliban control, had provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden while he and other al-Qaeda leaders plotted attacks against the Western world. President Bush declares a war on terrorism and vows to hold states responsible for harboring terrorist organizations.4


October 8, 2001 - The Office of Homeland Security, later to become the Department of Homeland Security, is established.

October 9, 2001 - Letters containing anthrax were sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. 1   Both senators had been attempting to slow the passage of the USA PATRIOT Act. Just seven days before the incident, Leahy accused the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the bill. 2   9/11 Research   

October 26, 2001 – Patriot Act - President Bush signs into law the USA Patriot Act, which greatly expands domestic law enforcement capacity to conduct surveillance and wiretaps, increases presidential powers during a terrorist attack and tightens federal oversight of financial activities. Concerns soon arise over restriction of civil liberties.

November 8, 2001 - The New York Times and the PBS program “Frontline” report that an Iraqi defector, an army general, claims that the Iraqi military trained Arab fighters to hijack airplanes. These claims could not be substantiated and one of the defectors is later exposed by Mother Jones to be using a false identity. 

December 3, 2001 – Bush denounces Saddam Hussein as evil.

December 5, 2001 - Interim government placed in Afghanistan

December 9, 2001 The city of Kandaharis surrendered by the Taliban.  Osama ben Laden is traced to the Tora Bora caves. Al-Qaeda leaders continue hiding in the mountains, 
April 4, 2002 - “I made up my mind that Saddam needs to go.” - Bush
April 18, 2002 - Democratically elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is removed from power in a military coup. The Bush Administration blames Chavez for his own downfall and recognizes the interim government of businessman Pedro Carmona. Officials from the Organization of American States tell the London Observer that the United States sanctioned the coup and that Carmona and his fellow plotters had been received at the White House by Bush's key Latin America policy maker. Carmona dissolves the Venezuelan congress and suspends the constitution. Governments across the Western Hemisphere condemn the coup. Chavez is reinstalled 48 hours later. Mother Jones Time Line

August 26, 2002 -  Dick Cheney publicly states, “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
September 16, 2002 - Iraq agrees unconditionally to the return of inspectors. CNN

September 19, 2002 - Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri delivers a letter to the United Nations from Saddam Hussein stating that Iraq has no chemical, nuclear or biological weapons. CNN

October 1, 2002 - The United Nations and Iraq agree on terms they say are consistent with existing U.N. resolutions. The United States threatens to veto unless a U.S. resolution is approved that would allow military action for non-compliance by Iraq. CNN


November 1, 2002 - High-level CIA operatives stationed in the Middle East gather in London for a secret meeting. They are told war is inevitable, and just a few months away, according to James Risen's book, "State of War." Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline

November 8, 2002 - The U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1441. CNN

November 9, 2002 – An ordinary American becomes aware of events which point to a conspiracy for invasion.  “Articles appeared from NBCNewsthrough Associated Press, in the Daily Mail, and Washington Post,  reporting offers from Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq before the invasion began either weeks before the date of the invasion or within days of the beginning of hostilities. This is followed by a demand issued by George Bush that Saddam and his sons leave within 48 hours before the scheduled invasion. A letter to this effect was issued from the White House and remains online today.
If Saddam was willing to leave and be paid to do so we should have let him or just left him alone.  One Billion dollars is much less than we are in the hole for today. 
War is expensive in every way imaginable. Paying Saddam to leave struck me as the better choice. Then no war would be necessary and we could return to focusing on our own country and the many problems confronting us. Then,  I trusted the good judgement of those in government to see this. 
Saddam Hussein would leave, being paid as he exited. But I also expected an announcement which never came. This was an investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton for entering into a dialog with Saddam the previous November and telling him no invasion was seriously planned. It was clear we were getting ready for war – why would the Clintons lie?
I saw the correspondence between Saddam and the Clintons only partially, but these included one or two of the ongoing emails between traveling from Sidney Blumenthal, to his son Max, and then to Uday Hussein. I was told by the person who had hacked Blumenthal's computer the previous summer that Saddam was negotiating through this backdoor so he could leave Iraq and be paid for doing so. The hacker was my daughter.  I found out when she forwarded me a draft chapter of the book Blumenthal was then writing.  I advised her to stop - but she felt justified because Blumenthal had done the same to her earlier.  To told her to stop sending me his correspondence and the draft chapters of Sidney's book, "Clinton's War."
As for Saddam, leaving sounded like his best option.  But why would the Clintons tell him no invasion was imminent? You could tell it was going to happen.
As soon as I had realized what was happening, that shocking day in November, 2002, I informed someone well known to me at the CIA expecting any necessary action would be taken. The Clintons with Blumenthal, I believed, were acting without the knowledge of the White House.
Now, it appeared I had been very mistaken in trusting anyone within the U.S. Government.
It now appears this unexpected breech in a confidential back door had revealed information already well known to the Bush Administration. The assurances delivered by the Clinton via the Blumenthals, father and son, were orchestrated to lull Saddam into believing a deal had been cut, apparently. The only problem was the existence of a few people who had blundered into the scene playing out. That would be myself, the hacker-daughter, and two other people we had trusted with the information.
Now, we know the Bushes and Clintons were friendly after the end of the Clinton Administration. Hillary was receiving generous donations from Bush's 'Associates,'   If Saddam thought they had the power to negotiate he probably had reasons for believing this was authorized.
The stories about Saddam leaving and being paid were cover to stall any statement by Saddam, inconvenient to the Bush Administration and overwhelm any possible action on his part before the invasion began.
This is why these four additional names are included.  If they helped Bush they are also guilty.” 

November 13, 2002 - Iraq delivers a letter to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, accepting the terms set forth in resolution 1441. CNN

November 27, 2002 - Inspections resume in Iraq. CNN

December 7, 2002 - Iraq submits a 12,000 page report on its WMD programs. CNN

January 16, 2003 - Inspectors discover 12 chemical warheads, 11 of them empty, at the Ukhaider ammunition storage area. CNN

January 20, 2003 - After two days of negotiation, Hans Blix, Mohamed ElBaradei, and Iraqi officials reach an agreement about Iraqi cooperation and concessions regarding the inspections. CNN

February 5, 2003 - Secretary of State Colin Powell briefs the U.N. Security Council on inspections. He presents evidence that the United States says proves Iraq has misled inspectors and hid proscribed weapons and equipment. CNN

February 14, 2003 - Blix and ElBaradei brief the U.N. Security Council. Blix reports that the inspectors have not yet found any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Blix also reports that Iraq is in violation of U.N. resolutions concerning its al Samoud 2 missile program. CNN

February 19, 2003 - Inspectors visit the Ibn al Haytham factory northwest of Baghdad and tag 32 al Samoud II missiles. CNN

February 27, 2003 - Iraq agrees to destroy the country's al Samoud II missile stock. However, the letter doesn't specify a date that the missile destruction will begin.

March 10, 2003 - It is revealed that Iraq possesses drone aircraft that could have been used to launch a chemical or biological attack against other countries. The plane has a wingspan of 24 feet five inches, which suggests that it could fly further than 150km/93 miles, which is the limit imposed by U.N. resolutions.

March 16, 2003 – Dick Cheney publicly states,  “And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”  Statement made just three days before the invasion.
March 18, 2003 - Inspectors withdraw from Iraq.

March 20, 2003 – Bush announces the start of a war against Iraq. Allied forces begin the campaign with strikes on military targets, including an attempt to kill Saddam Hussein.

April 9, 2003 - Saddam Hussein's rule collapses in a matter of hours as much of Baghdad comes under American control. Across much of the capital, Iraqis take to the streets to topple statues of Mr. Hussein, loot government ministries and interrogation centers, and give a cheering, often tearful welcome to advancing American troops. 

Published: Wednesday May 2, 2007
“According to NBC's chief Pentagon correspondent, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said that his "interest is to hit Saddam Hussein" just hours after the attacks on September 11, 2001, "even though all indications pointed at al-Qaida as the guilty party," a Rhode Island newspaper reports.
At the annual Business Expo at the Rhode Island Convention Center Tuesday, NBC's Jim Miklaszewski "advanced a theme garnering attention since former CIA director George J. Tenet made his public revelations last week," writes Tom Mooney for the Providence Journal.
"Some things are right on the mark, when he says the Bush administration appeared predisposed to attack Iraq," Miklaszewski says of Tenet's book At the Center of the Storm.”


Quote from Dick Cheney from RightWeb  - “During the lead up to the invasion of Iraq, for example, he said that there was “no doubt” that the Saddam Hussein regime had “weapons of mass destruction” and predicted that Iraqis would greet U.S. troops as “liberators.” In 2005, Cheney insisted that the Iraqi insurgency was in its final stages. Faced with criticism for his mistaken views, Cheney has been unrepentant, arguing in July 2014: “I look back on it now, [the invasion of Iraq] was absolutely the right thing to do.”[1]

Letter from Washington   February 16, 2004 Issue

What did the Vice-President do for Halliburton?
By Jane Mayer
The list of cronies and how they used war for their own benefit is frightening.  The asserted, self-serving meme that America is, according to daughter, Elizabeth Cheney, “We know that America is the exceptional nation, and that there is no substitute for American leadership around the world.”[4]  is a chilling reminder of the  constructed reality these people have built, which allows them to ignore the swimming pools of blood draining from their victims. 

As the Invasion forces from America left, for what proved to be a temporary hiatus, the oil companies who had signed on with Cheney before 9/11 remained to steal the natural resource of this devestated nation.  Aljezeera - Western oil firms remain as US exits Iraq

          In 1959 Dad took me to hear something he thought was important.      Cache   Translate Page      
He was right.  Dr. Arthur F. Pillsbury, my father, was a life-long Conservative who understood the problems we still face today with pollution, water, air and land.  Dad was named to the first EPA in 1969.

This is a transcription of this speech made for the convenience of readers and researchers. A copy of the text of this speech exists in the Senate Speech file of the John F. Kennedy Pre-Presidential Papers here at the John F. Kennedy Library.
No change in a fast-changing world presents a greater challenge 2– no problem in a world full of problems calls for greater leadership and vision – than the control of nuclear weapons, the utter destruction which would result from their use in war, and the radioactive pollution of our atmosphere by their continued testing in peace-time.
It is not a simple problem with simple answers. The experts disagree – the evidence is in conflict – the obstacles to an international solution are large and many. But the issue of nuclear tests and their effects is one which should be discussed in the coming months – not as a purely partisan matter, but as one of the great issues on the American scene.
It was well, therefore, that this issue was raised last Sunday in a constructive way by the Governor of New York. His statement contributed to the dialogue on this basic issue – it represented the position of a leading figure in the Republican Party – and he did not attempt to evade the question. So I commend Governor Rockefeller for stating his views, and I hope they will be considered and debated by interested citizens everywhere.
But I must also express my own emphatic disagreement with his statement, which called for this country to resume nuclear test explosions. Such a proposal, it seems to me, is unwise when it is suggested just prior to the reopening of negotiations with the British and Russians at Geneva on this very question. It is damaging to the American image abroad at a time when the Russians have unilaterally suspended their testing and the peoples of the world are fearful of continued fall-out.  And, while Mr. Rockefeller did suggest that the testing take place underground to prevent fall-out, he also – according to press reports – “discounted” the harmful effects of fall-out – which I am unwilling to do.
While many competent scientists agree that there has been no great harm done to mankind as a whole from the amount of radiation created by bomb tests so far, it is also true that there is no amount of radiation so small that it has no ill effects at all on anybody. There is actually no such thing as a minimum permissible dose. Perhaps we are talking about only a very small number of individual tragedies – the number of atomic age children with cancer, the new victims of leukemia, the damage to skin tissues here and reproductive systems there – perhaps these are too small to measure with statistics. But they nevertheless loom very large indeed in human and moral terms. Moreover, there is still much that we do not know – and too often in the past we have minimized these perils and shrugged aside these dangers, only to find that our estimates were faulty and the real dangers were worse than we knew.
Let us remember also that our resumption of tests would bring Russian resumption of tests – it would make negotiations even more strained – it would spur other nations seeking entry into the “atomic club”, with their own tests polluting the atmosphere – and, in short, it could precede the kind of long, feverish testing period which all scientists agree would threaten the very existence of man himself.  And, perhaps even more importantly the ability of other nations to test, develop and stockpile atomic weapons will alter drastically the whole balance of power, and put us all at the mercy of inadvertent, irresponsible or deliberate atomic attacks from many corners of the globe. This problem – called the nth country problem, because we do not know how many nations may soon possess these weapons – is at the real heart of the Geneva negotiations. For once China, or France, or Sweden, or half a dozen other nations successfully test an atomic bomb, then the security of both Russians and Americans is dangerously weakened.
The arguments advanced in favor of a test resumption are not unreasonable. The emphasis is on weapons development – the necessity to move ahead “in the advanced techniques of the use of nuclear material.” This reason is not to be dismissed lightly. Our basic posture in world affairs relies on technical military superiority. We need to develop small tactical nuclear weapons and so-called “clean” nuclear weapons, in order to deter their use or other forms of limited aggression by the enemy, and in order to facilitate a decision to respond in good conscience with atomic weapons when necessary. We need to increase the flexibility and range of weapons in our arsenal in order to increase the flexibility and range of diplomatic possibilities. This is not, I might add, justification for cutting back our ground forces and our ability to wage conventional warfare – but it is nevertheless important. Certainly the destruction rained upon us all by a small nuclear battle – and this our weapons development program is intended to deter – would be many times the damage caused by all the test fall-out in the future. But such a weapons development program cannot be suspended indefinitely in a free country without our scientists and technicians scattering to other positions in other laboratories.  In addition, France and other nations on the verge of becoming nuclear powers will resent a ban – and their goodwill is also important.
But it is even more important that we find a way out the present menacing military situation.  And let us remember that our present test suspension is implicitly conditional on a continued Russian test suspension. If we are not developing new weapons in the absence of tests, so, in all probability, will they. And the facts of the matter are that, generally speaking, we are ahead of the Russians in the development of atomic warheads of all sizes but behind in the development of delivery systems. Until this lag can be overcome, there is a lesser value for us in testing and developing further “techniques in the use of nuclear material.” In short, for both sides to resume atomic tests today might well turn out to be more of a disadvantage to the West militarily than a help. The Soviet Union – which apparently made great progress in it 1958 tests – is quite as likely as we in any new tests to score a break-through with some new means of destruction which will make all the more delicate the present balance of terror.
I would suggest, therefore, the following alternative position:
1. First, that the United State announce that it will continue its unilateral suspension of all nuclear tests as long as serious negotiations for a permanent ban with enforceable inspections are proceeding with tangibly demonstrated good faith, provided that the Russians do not meanwhile resume their own tests. The latest extension of our test suspension announcement expires on December 31 – and we cannot take the chance of continuing it indefinitely without an inspection system – or afford the cost of extending a temporary suspension so long that our scientists disperse and our laboratories break down. But neither can we afford to undercut negotiations close to success – to resume polluting the atmosphere while the Russians pose as moral leaders. As long as serious, good faith negotiations continue into the early month of 1960 – and are not prolonged indefinitely beyond that – we must continue our suspension beyond December 31.
2. Secondly, the United States must redouble its efforts to achieve a comprehensive and effective agreement to ban all nuclear tests under international control and inspection – and this means developing a single, clear-cut, well 2– defined, realistic inspection proposal of our own. We do not have this today. We have not made as concentrated and effort on techniques for preserving mankind as we have on techniques of destruction. Nor do we have a clear, concrete policy for the general arms control of disarmament program which must necessarily follow an agreement on testing if it is to be meaningful. But the whole international climate could benefit from this demonstration that East and West can reach significant, enforceable agreements. At least a part of the burdensome arms race would come to a halt. The danger of new nuclear powers emerging would be lessened. For the first time the Russians would have accepted effective international controls operating within their own territory. The hazards of health would be over. Such an agreement, in short even if not perfect – even, for example, if it looks to further modification regarding inspection systems for underground or outer-space tests – would nevertheless be worth far more effort than we are presently exerting. And it would be far more valuable than the military benefits to be gained from test resumption.
3. Third – if our best efforts do not succeed, the negotiations collapse, the Russians resume testing and it becomes necessary for our test to resume, even then they should be confined to underground and outer-space explosions, and to the testing of only certain small weapons in the upper atmosphere, in order to prevent a further increase in the fall-out menace – and in hope, moreover, that the Russians and others will be forced by world opinion to follow our example.
4. Fourth and finally, we must step up our studies of the impact of radioactive fall-out and how to control it, through the Public Health Service here at home and a special United Nations monitoring commission abroad. Let us not discover the precise point of danger after we have passed it. Let us not again reject these warnings peril as “catastrophic nonsense” (to quote Mr. Nixon), as they were rejected in 1956 when put forward by a great Democratic standard-bearer, Adlai E. Stevenson. There is every indication that had a test ban been accomplished then, it would have been far more useful, far more easily accomplished and far more beneficial to our national security than it would today, now that the missile gap had widened so far.
These four policy positions that I have stated are no magic solution – nor can they be achieved overnight without effort. The course which I am suggesting is full or risks. It will require more effort, more leadership, more moral courage than merely “running scared.” But the new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man. And if we can master this danger and meet this challenge, we will have earned the deep and lasting gratitude, not only of all men, but of all yet to be born – even to the farthest generation.

          3/12/2019: News | International: FEARS FOR THOUSANDS CAUGHT BETWEEN WARRING FACTIONS      Cache   Translate Page      
THOUSANDS of Yemeni civilians caught in fierce clashes between warring factions are trapped in a northern district, a United Nations report warned today. The number of displaced people in Hajjah has doubled in the past six months. Air strikes by the...
          Esteemed Professor Posted Prophetic Scripture Just Before His Death in Tragic Plane Crash      Cache   Translate Page      

"If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me - Psalm 139:9-10."

So reads a post by Pius Adesanmi the day before he died. The professor is smiling at the camera, holding his passport.

He was one of more than 150 victims who died in the Ethiopia Airlines crash over the weekend.

Adesanmi was a professor with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

"He worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students," said Pauline Rankin, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Carleton University. "He was a scholar and teacher of the highest caliber who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton."

Adesanmi posted several other faith-based posts on his Facebook, including a personal prophecy:

Adesanmi was awarded the Penguin Prize for African Writing in nonfiction in 2010 for a collection of essays titled, "You're Not a Country, Africa!"

Sunday's crash, minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa for a flight to Nairobi, inflicted a particularly heavy toll on the United Nations, which has large offices in both cities, according to Reuters. The 157 victims, including 149 passengers and eight crew members, came from more than 30 countries, the airline said.

Also among the dead were four Catholic Relief Services employees from Ethiopia. Sara Chalachew, Getnet Alemayehu, Sintayehu Aymeku and Mulusew Alemu were headed to Nairobi for training, their employer said.


          Will China Back India or Block the UN Bid to Ban Masood Azhar?      Cache   Translate Page      

On Wednesday, 13 March, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) could designate Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a UN-designated global terrorist if no member country opposes the proposal moved by the US, UK and France in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The Pakistan-based terror outfit claimed responsibility for the 14 February attack, […]

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          Taiwan defends anti-drug efforts in wake of U.N. report      Cache   Translate Page      
Taiwan authorities yesterday defended their efforts to counter illicit drugs following a report published by the United Nations that Taiwan-based crime syndicates play an indispensable role in methamphetamine production and trafficking in East and Southea
          UN family in Ethiopia pay their respects to personnel killed in Airline crash      Cache   Translate Page      
United Nations staff in Ethiopia gathered today at the UN Conference Centre for a minute of silence and a …
          Press Releases: Interview With Hal Jay and Brian Estridge of WBAP Morning News      Cache   Translate Page      
Interview
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Via Teleconference
March 12, 2019


QUESTION: Yes, and Secretary Mike Pompeo joins us (inaudible) Secretary of State, kind enough to carve out a couple of moments for us. He’s headed to Houston for a – to deliver a keynote to – at a big energy conference, Hal.

QUESTION: All right.

QUESTION: And we’ve got a lot to get into. Secretary, thanks for the time this morning. Let’s dive right into the news that came out this week that all of the sudden, the U.S. is the number one exporter of energy in the world, and this really strengthens our standing internationally, doesn’t it?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Well great, it’s thanks to be with you. And it does, that’s why I’m down here. I wanted to talk about what U.S. energy production does for American national security, how it keeps people from Dallas and San Antonio and Houston and all across Texas safer, lets us work more closely with our friends and puts real pressure on those who want to do harm to the United States. So this energy production really matters. I wanted to come down here and talk about how, as American’s most senior diplomat, we use that to advantage to keep America safe.

QUESTION: Yeah, is that leverage for you when it comes to negotiating around the world?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: There are very few countries I travel to – I was in the Philippines last week and Vietnam, I’ll be in Europe in a couple of days and the Middle East. Everywhere I go, energy is at the top of the list. Demand for energy is only growing, and those who can produce and provide it have an enormous advantage when it comes to security around the world.

QUESTION: Are we at the point now where America can say we don’t have to worry about other countries anymore, Middle East oil, anything like that, we’re – we are on our own?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So we’re getting close to where we’ll have true American energy dominance. It’s a global market; it’s a complicated market. But the more energy that we produce here in America, so the more we can do – and the Trump administration’s done a lot of this, reduce regulations, create opportunities for jobs and wealth creation in the energy industry in America – the safer Americans will be around the world as well.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us right now. That leverage that we talk about when it comes to energy doesn’t just play in the Middle East. Does it factor into the negotiations that are ongoing with North Korea at all?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: North Korea presents a special situation for sure, but nobody can escape the truth. The truth is to grow an economy you need energy. Their electrical infrastructure needs work. They need refined petroleum products. One of the ways that we’ve convinced North Korea to move towards denuclearization is to reduce the amount of energy that they can import, and those sanctions that the United Nations put in place alongside of us have made a material difference. It’s made it harder for the North Koreans to do the things they need to do, and I think that’s at least in part why Chairman Kim made the commitment to denuclearize, and we’re hopeful that even though we didn’t get as far as we would have liked when the President and I were in Hanoi last week, we still have a path forward there.

QUESTION: Is North Korea – are we paying too much attention to it? Is there – is there a real true threat?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: So the – any time you have a nation that has nuclear weapons and the capacity to either sell those weapons to those that would want to present risk to the United States or the capacity to use a missile system for delivery, there’s a threat to the United States. Nuclear weapons are unique and especially risky, as you all well know, so I think it’s important, important that we get this right, important that we take down that threat to the United States.

QUESTION: A different kind of threat in South America with Venezuela that I know has your attention as well.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: It does. Last night we made the decision that we would withdraw the last of our diplomats from Caracas, so they’ll all be coming home. The calamity, the chaos that is engulfing Venezuela today is a direct result of socialism, of the Maduro regime and the Cubans and the Russians all destroying a once proud economy. The United States, the neighboring regions in South America, Central America, they want to have a better life, democracy restored in Venezuela. And America is prepared to play its part, an important part I believe, in helping that happen.

QUESTION: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is with us. What keeps you up at night?

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Oh goodness. Lots of things to focus on in the world, but just like you all, right, you just keep focused, you set priorities. I work for a President that understands the incredible importance of American national security, and you get up each day, put your helmet on, and get to work.

QUESTION: Just so you’ll know, I voted for Donald Trump, so I’ll ask you this: Fill in the blank. I wish the President would stop --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I’m not going to answer that one for you this morning. (Laughter.)

QUESTION: How about this one then: I wish the President would start --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: (Laughter.) You’re not going to draw me into that.

QUESTION: Okay.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think --

QUESTION: That’s why --

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I think we’re getting it right most days.

QUESTION: That’s why I said I voted for him, and I didn’t mind asking those questions, so – well, thanks for playing along.

QUESTION: Yeah, and your timing is perfect. You’re there for the last week of the Houston radio – rodeo. The Kings of Leon are playing tonight. Enjoy the concert.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: I would love to get to that, and Susan and I – my wife – we’re from Kansas. We love rodeo too.

QUESTION: Yeah. Mike Pompeo --

QUESTION: There you go.

QUESTION: -- the Secretary of State, thanks for the time today.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. You all have a good day.

QUESTION: Yeah, you too.

QUESTION: And keep up the good work by the way, too.

QUESTION: Yeah.

QUESTION: Thanks for serving us.

SECRETATRY POMPEO: Thank you very much. Very nice, thank you.


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          Arabs-Muslims or White Europeans .. who are really racist ?!      Cache   Translate Page      

In April 2014, The British newspaper ‘The Independent’ have reported that Saudi Arabia has criticised Norway's human rights record during the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review, in which 14 States are scheduled to have their human rights records examined. Russia meanwhile called for Norway to clamp down on expressions of religious intolerance and and criticised the country’s child welfare system.

The Norwegian foreign minister commented on this criticism saying “It is a paradox that countries which do not support fundamental human rights have influence on the council, but that is the United Nations,”

Months later, The Egyptian government took an advantage of the civilians killing incidents which some American police officers was involved in to direct a sharp criticism toward what they consider as a clear human rights violations on the American soils. Meanwhile, the Egyptian police wrote on their Facebook official page giving a “tips” to the american police officers about how to handle the peaceful demonstrations without causing human lives loses, the thing which made some activists making fun of the Egyptian government’s contradictory behavior, as it have a bad reputation concerning human rights and that the police and army have killed hundreds of protesters and detainees as a result of an excessive use of violence and physical torture in the past few years !!


I always memorize this incidents and other similar situations when some Arabs and Muslims start accusing the west of practicing racism and discrimination against immigrants, because many of those who take the lead in this criticism do not care at all about discrimination, racism and all kinds of human rights violations, and some of them practice such violations and praising it without shaking single eyelid. but they forget about that and direct those accusations toward the west with what they are themselves doing as they are trying to throw dust in eyes..
The western world are always chased by its colonial history which was marred by an explicit racism practices and violations of human dignity in the countries which were occupied during the past centuries. and despite the fact that all of those crimes and violations became part of a history irrelevant to our current reality, and despite the fact that such practices were condemned, regretted and apologized for by the past colonizing countries, however, some young Europeans who had no connection at all with such violations away from that they read and heard about it inherited a guilt feeling from their ancestors; a feeling which being fed by the increase of the immigration from the post colonized countries to Europe, where some Europeans feel guilt combined with a moral responsibility for any actual or possible sufferings might those immigrants go through, and they got a painful feeling that those inherited guilt is impossible to be erased or forgotten. Their daily life and their dealings with others is a personification of this inherited guilt. I met with many of them whose sensitivity toward racism and discrimination touch even some things might not be noticeable by those who is most likely targeted with discrimination and racism!!

Last December, I went with a friend of mine who is french living in Berlin to watch “The magic flute” opera in Berlin opera house. That was my first time i watch this show in theater after i watched it many times on screens. The show started and ten minutes passed before my friend started expressing intense anger and resentment over the appearance of an actor on the stage with a face painted in black as he played one of the opera’s roles. My friend told me that he is not able to continue the show and that he will wait for me outside.

On our way back my friend start explaining to me why he was angry. he said that he can’t accept when a white actors painting their faces in black to characterize black people and he consider it racist and humiliating. He also claimed that the opera houses don’t accept black people to act on the stage. I asked him if he would feel better if this role was played by a real black man? He silenced a bit and he was apparently thinking before he answered refusing playing such role at all and saying that the text characterizing the black people with a stereotypical brutal and bloody roles and that's why he is opposing playing this role basically which means in his opinion that the opera houses should stop showing such classic works to avoid promoting racism or they can modify the script and cleaning it from all suspected racism that included.

This friend was not the only one who adopt such position, but some Europeans i know do not care much about some brutal violations against human rights practiced in the middle east and Africa and have something to do with traditions or religion as they care about an opera show, movie or a piece of literature contained a suspected racism, and sometimes they blame their own people accusing them with that they helped on the occurrence of such violations because that the colonization prevented those who is committing such violations from getting rid of such traditions and thoughts that justify it.

I don’t underestimate here any racist or discriminatory attitude no matter how small, and i think that all racism suspicions should be addressed and opposed before it grows up and become an acceptable reality and prevalent habits as its in the middle east. and i also believe that we shouldn’t tolerate or underestimate any kind of violation against human rights no matter how small it is and wherever it happened and i think that all of those things should be confronted strongly and firmly to guarantee that it will not be repeated in the future. and i also urge everybody who have been through a situation where his rights were violated and/or he have been discriminated against to stand strongly against it and not keep silent, and also those who witness such situations to take a strong actions against it who knows they might became a victims of similar situations one day.
Here comes an Important question about whether those who practice racism, discrimination and violations against human rights without shaking an eyelid are also entitled to accuse others of what they do ?! and if those accusations was based on a real grounds should we take it in consideration and react toward it seriously ?! should we react or give attention toward an allegation made by a terrorist who is for example supporting IS or Al-Qaeda and/or fought under their flags, brutally tortured and beheaded people, that he has been subjected to a violation of his human rights in jail, like if he was not allowed to leave his cell or to meet with his family or talking to them in phone or if he claimed that the police practiced racism and discrimination against him?!

As a result of a long bloody colonial history, the term “white man” has been associated with racism and brutality, even after those practices turned into just a words in books and exhibits in museums, the great grandparent’s shame is still chasing their descendants who are mostly abandoned this colonial patriarchal racist legacy and distanced themselves from it.
Ironically, Those who are supposed to be a historical victims for the white man’s brutal activities and now they are accusing Europeans all the time with racism, discrimination and violating the basic human rights in every occasion are not hesitating at the mean time of practicing racism and discrimination without fearing of being accused of it. It seems like racism and discrimination became an exclusive accusations goes only for the white people, while any other people no matter how cruel and barbaric their crimes and atrocities is, they have an eternal impunity protecting them from such accusations just because they used to be a spoiled historical victim for the white man who hold the eternal shame which he inherited to his grandsons and their offspring !!

After i moved to Norway as a political refugee, I started attending some lessons at Nygård skole organized by the Introduction center for refugees in Bergen as part of The Introduction program for refugees. One of those lessons was called in Norwegian “Tema måte” where there was a Norwegian person from an Iraqi origins leading it, talking in Norwegian while several translators sitting in the room and telling us what he say in our languages. Different topics was opened for discussion in this meeting which was held every Tuesday, and in the first meeting he talked to us about racism saying its widely scattered in Norway and the right wing had stopped organizing demonstration against immigration policies but he believe that they work now underground aiming to expel all the immigrants who came originally from Africa and middle east outside Norway and that we should stick to being part of this society and that he personally does not talk about his ethnic origin as he insists on being just Norwegian to stop anyone who dare to question his belonging to Norway. Then he opened a discussion with us about the manifestations of racism which probably encountered the people who are attending this meeting. Those manifestations according to what the students who was attending this class said was ranged between an uncomfortable eye contact with a person passing by in the street and reach its maximum with a Yemeni guy he said that he felt uncomfortable because he believe that Norwegians avoid sitting next to him in the bus marking that as its a clear racism and discriminatory attitude. The teacher reacted to what students told agreeing on that its a clear signs of the presence of blatant racism and discrimination against immigrants in the Norwegian society!!!
But this teacher who was showing us his concern towards what he sees as growing phenomena of racism and discrimination as he felt it in the Norwegian society and his fear of the rise of the far right wing, did not hesitate during another lesson to warn us of thinking of marrying Norwegian women , why ?!! because they are in his own words “ Very expensive” and “ cost a lot of money” . In another occasion he used the term “ buy a woman” as euphemism of “Marrying a woman”. In another lesson he was telling us a story about a Pakistani man who couldn’t “buy a woman” to marry her as he have no enough money so he found its relevant to buy a goat instead since the goat is much cheaper than a woman !! all that happened inside a program supposedly it made for integrating immigrants in The Norwegian society and that the Norwegian government spend a lot of money on it !! What a great integration results are expected from such program !!!
What which many Europeans who pay yet the price of their ancestor’s follies may not know that if we compared the suspicious racism - if any- has currently practiced toward immigrants with the racist practices committed by those with wheat skin color toward who have darker skin in the middle eastern countries they might start rethinking of their perceptions about themselves and the others.
In Saudi Arabia and all Arab Persian gulf states for example, people still using the word “Slave” (a’bd) in their daily conversations to refer to every individual with darker skin, the word “slave” replace the word “ dark skinned” or “ black” , so they say for example : My “Slave” friend John did this and that ….. , Or: I bought this phone the shop where the “Slave” John works ….., without feeling that they utter a racist expressions. such expression you could found it used naturally even by many people there who claim that they support human rights values and and oppose racism, but they couldn’t get rid of the racism hidden inside daily normal talks.
In Saudi Arabia also, the authorities launched a campaign in the fourth of November 2013 targeting the Ethiopian workers, arresting them claiming that they are violating the immigration laws. This campaign have been accompanied with waves of attacks and assaults launched by normal Saudi citizens armed with swords and choppers. They attacked the places where Ethiopian workers living with their families, beating them up and torturing them severely, recording that with their mobile cameras. Some workers died under torture, other killed after the police shot them in the streets. Some of the Saudi citizens who took part in this assaults proudly documented what they did with video recordings uploaded later on YouTube !!



And in Egypt where i was born and lived until the age of 27, the racism against black-skinned people is really clear and unmistakable for anyone’s eye or ear. Mothers for example get so angry if their sons or daughters thought about marrying a dark skin person, and most people agree on a certain beauty standards which according to it people with darker skin are considered ugly. The movies and dramas put Nubians, who is originally from southern Egypt and characterized by brown skin and local language in a stereotyped roles as servants and doormen.
and yet those who have darker skin color are not allowed to work as news readers or as presenters in the Egyptian state television.
In 2005, the Egyptian police killed 23 Sudanese refugees (according to some Sudanese activists the real number is 56) in the last days of the year while they was clearing a peaceful sit-in organized in front of the UNHCR headquarters in Cairo as those refugees was demanding being sent to a third country. The police broke up this peaceful sit-in after they got complaints from the residents of the surrounding area who claimed that they have been affected by the presence of those Sudanese people in their high classy neighbourhood saying that they “smell bad” and “having sex in the streets as animals”. After the police got involved and the sit in had cleared the sit-in which was resulted in killing of children, youth and old people of both sexes, those high classy residents expressed their satisfaction for what has happened.
(Sources:

In September 2007, i was spending my four years prison sentence on charges connected to my writings at Borg El-Arab Prison near Alexandria, when the prison received a large number of prisoners who came from different African countries, mostly from Sudan and Eritrea, have been arrested and sentenced to one year imprisonment by a military court on a charges of entering the country illegally through the southern borders with Sudan intending to travel to Israel.
The prison administration was treating them in an inappropriate way for human beings, they were housed in large numbers inside a number of cells which can barely fit half of them, and they wasn’t allowed to go out in the sun, the thing which made them start a mass hunger strike demanding a better treatment.
The prison administration was looking always down at them and when they decided to start their hunger strike the officers couldn’t understand how they could think about that and they thought there is something else stand behind their hunger strike decision. The officers was creating an a collective image about them; within this image’s frame they was not much more than a poor people escaped from their countries because there is famines over there with lack of food and drinkable water and that they are supposed to feel grateful to the prison administration as they are throwing them food like animals. In the end they found a solution for this dilemma when they accused me of inciting them on hunger strike just because i was talking to them in English which was apparently enough evidence to prove such a charge! and as result of that i have been punished and subjected to physical torture and spent 10 days in a solitary confinement cell deprived from having enough food and water more than half a loaf of bread with a small piece of cheese on it and a bottle of water for each day.

I often hear some stories told by immigrants in Europe tell about racism and discriminatory situations they have been through, most of those people came from Arab and Muslim countries, and of course i can’t show uncertainty toward such stories as its part of those people’s experiences which differ from person to another. But if i talked about my experience here as an immigrant in Europe with a Middle eastern physical features i can say its totally different. I can’t deny for sure that i have been exposed to some situations where i get through a suspicious discrimination when i was in poland, but it was too rare to be kept in mind for long. and after i came here to Norway i have never been through a suspicious discriminatory situation except one time when I was travelling to Slovenia last year and the man who work on KLM counter in Bergen Airport stopped me for long time claiming that Slovenia situated outside Schengen area and European union and I need a visa to travel there, which totally untrue! I showed him the list of Schengen countries on Wikipedia and that it includes Slovenia, but he insisted that Its not schengen as he tried to stop me for a while to make some phone calls perhaps to make sure that my traveling on board on this flight does not constitute a danger to the international peace and security, and i finally traveled!
With only one exception which i mentioned earlier, i didn’t feel any time that i am treated as outsider from the moment when i arrived to Bergen Airport coming from Krakow until the Moment i close this sentence with this full stop.
Finally i have to say that the racist and discriminatory practices are widely spread among Mideastern people much more than anyone can imagine, those practices targeting anyone who shows difference whether it was genetic or optional. But apparently that many people from there are unable to face themselves with their faults and crimes so they started searching like the bankrupt trader in their old notebooks for a someone pays the costs of their foolishness on behalf of them! that's why i urge my European friends to stop giving the accusations which Arabs and Muslims throw on them from their glassy houses any sort of attention that might give them a value they don’t worth to get.






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Over 250 are signing a petition calling on the United Nations and World Health Organization to create stronger guidelines over devices like AirPods and possible links to cancer.

Some experts believe that AirPods may be especially dangerous since the devices sit deep inside the ear canal where they emit radiation to fragile parts of the ear. The scientists also noted other possible health hazards, including an increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, and neurological disorders.

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Trump and the School of Roy

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Never back down, never say you’re sorry, never acknowledge any mistakes, if something goes wrong it’s somebody else’s fault, double down, triple down, throw anything back in the opposition’s face...


Daniel Dale of the Toronto Star wrote up one of Chris Hayes' favorite segments:

The prepared text of his State of the Union address in 2018, emailed to reporters by the White House in advance, had Trump lauding a Homeland Security agent named Celestino Martinez, who “goes by C.J.” Instead, Trump said, “He goes by D.J.”

Then he added: “And C.J. He said, ‘Call me either one.’ So we’ll call you C.J.”

Trump has repeatedly used “and” in this way — to suggest his erroneous initial word was just as valid as the correct word he has added afterward. He has spoken of a Border Patrol agent “on the Clintons’, and Chiltons’, ranch,” mocked a country that opposed the presence of U.S. “mishes, and missiles,” urged skeptics of his Israel policy to “open our hearts and minds to possible, and possibilities,” and boasted of beating election expectations “for the midtown, and midturn, year,” not quite getting to “midterm” on the second try.

He pulled the “and” trick three separate times in his September speech to the United Nations, as MSNBC’s Chris Hayes noted. In one of them, he said that “tolerance for human struggling, and human smuggling, and trafficking, is not humane.”

Gwenda Blair, author of a biography on Trump, said the president is a disciple of the “school of Roy.” One of Trump’s key mentors, the late ethics-challenged lawyer Roy Cohn, advocated endless brawling over any admission of fault.

“Never back down, never say you’re sorry, never acknowledge any mistakes, if something goes wrong it’s somebody else’s fault, double down, triple down, throw anything back in the opposition’s face,” Blair said. “It’s worked pretty well with a certain constituency.”

There might also be a famously large ego involved — and Trump’s oft-expressed worry about being laughed at. For Trump, Blair said, “saying you’re wrong for something small is as bad saying you’re wrong for something large. It’s admitting some kind of fallibility.”

At an Illinois rally in October, Trump said a large percentage of American steel jobs were “vanquished” before he took office, an inadvertent departure from his usual line about how they had “vanished.”

“You could say ‘vanquished’ and ‘vanished.’ It’s a combination of both,” he said.

Appearing in June on the Fox News show Fox and Friends, Trump was attempting to complain about the diversity visa lottery program when he mixed up his words.

“We have the lottery program. It’s called lotta visary,” he said.

“Diversity lottery program,” host Steve Doocy interjected.

Trump’s dismissive response: “Yeah, or lottery visa. OK? Whatever. They have 50 names. Every one of them has ‘lottery.’”

There was at least one time Trump confessed to a word error. Or, perhaps, a supposed word error.

Trump received furious criticism in July for saying, while appearing beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, that “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that interfered in the 2016 election.

His implausible explanation more than 24 hours later: “I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t.’ The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t — or why it wouldn’t — be Russia.’”

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said the next day that Trump’s willingness to admit such errors demonstrates his “credibility.”

“When he sees that he has misspoken,” she said, “he comes out and he says that.”

Except, of course, he does exactly the opposite. And that's when he isn't just lying outright, as he was with the Tim Apple gaffe and the "would-wouldn't" nonsense.

Most people make these sorts of mistake. (Not the would-wouldn't which he clearly meant to say the first time.) But because he is such a lying egomaniac, his automatic reaction is to pretend that he meant to say what is obviously a mistake.


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Like other observers, Human Rights Watch hoped that the people of Eritrea would benefit from the announcement last July that Eritrea and Ethiopia had agreed to end the “state of war” between the two countries, and the subsequent easing of tensions in the Horn of Africa. Unfortunately, there has been little evidence that oppression in Eritrea has subsided, other than that Eritreans now find it easier to leave the country. Tens of thousands have done so since the border opened in September.

The government has made no meaningful changes to its mandatory “national service” that conscripts young Eritreans for unlimited times – often more than a decade -- despite the decree that officially limits conscription to 18 months.  Conscripts continue to be used for commercial projects, as well as military and civil duties. Their pay remains inadequate and reports of abuses, including torture, persist.  This Council’s Commission of Inquiry labeled Eritrea’s national service “enslavement.”

With the end of the state of war, we hope the government will finally recognize that the excuse it has maintained since at least 1998 for these oppressive actions has no legitimacy, and we would ask the delegation: will it outline a timetable for demobilization of its conscripts, starting with the longest serving?

The Special Rapporteur for Eritrea, appointed last October, was requested by a unanimous resolution of this Council to develop benchmarks for progress on human rights. By seeking membership of this Council, Eritrea undertook a responsibility to cooperate with the Council’s mechanisms. Could the Special Rapporteur indicate whether the government has cooperated with your mandate? Could the delegation indicate whether you will allow the Special Rapporteur access and work with her to identify and implement needed reforms?

There is an opportunity here for Eritrea to finally move onto a different track, to engage on a path of fundamental rights reform. But there has not yet been any meaningful progress, and this is exactly the wrong time to relax Council scrutiny. We urge the Council to continue the mandate of the Special Rapporteur beyond the current term to help ensure that Eritrea starts adhering to international norms of human rights. And we urge the government of Eritrea to demonstrate a good faith commitment to do so. It can start by allowing the Special Rapporteur access and cooperating with her mandate.

 

 


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Your Excellency,

We write to seek your support in ensuring that the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC or Council) adopts a resolution at this 40th session to maintain scrutiny of Sri Lanka’s progress towards implementation of its commitments, including, at minimum, regular reporting to the Council and a time-bound plan, developed in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to implement its pledges.

In October 2015, the Council adopted resolution 30/1 by consensus in which Sri Lanka, through its co-sponsorship, committed to 25 key undertakings across a range of human rights issues. A core commitment was to set up four transitional justice mechanisms to promote “reconciliation, accountability and human rights” in the country. These included an accountability mechanism involving international judges, prosecutors, investigators, and defense lawyers; a truth and reconciliation mechanism; an office of missing persons; and an office for reparations.

While some positive steps have been taken by the government to date, both the current and former High Commissioners in their reports have expressed concern at the slow rate of progress.

The UN High Commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, noted in her September 2018 update that Sri Lanka has “moved too slowly towards meaningful implementation of the transitional justice agenda.” She reiterated concern at the “lack of sufficient progress, particularly towards truth seeking and accountability” during the recent intersessional dialogue with HRC members and observers on February 4, 2019, noting that this created “significant obstacles to reconciliation.”

Her predecessor, Zeid al Ra’ad Hussein, in his opening remarks to the Council on September 11, 2017, had called on the government to realize that its obligations are not a mere “box-ticking exercise to placate the Council but as an essential undertaking to address the rights of all its people.”

Yet, it appears that the Sri Lankan government continues with exactly that endeavor.

Thus far only the Office of Missing Persons has been set up, but progress was delayed. The commissioners were appointed only in February 2018 and making the office operational was marred with logistical difficulties. The commissioners have held both public and private consultations with the families of victims and are observing the ongoing excavation and exhumation of a mass grave in Mannar. However, in its interim report in September 2018, the  Office of Missing Persons called for “active cooperation” of various relevant state institutions, which has not been entirely forthcoming. Families of the forcibly disappeared are still awaiting answers.

While President Maithripala Sirisena said that all military-occupied civilian land in the predominantly ethnic Tamil north would be released by December 2018, progress has stalled, hindered in part by broad military claims of national security and the lack of a transparent process. Nor has the government fulfilled its pledge to repeal the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). While the cabinet has apparently adopted draft legislation to set up a National Truth Commission, it has yet to be made public for civil society consultations. Sri Lankan civil society groups have expressed reservations about the proposed Office for Reparations Bill, calling for a fully independent mechanism. 

There has been no discernible progress on establishing an accountability mechanism involving international judges, prosecutors, and investigators. Instead, Sri Lankan political leaders have repeatedly said that there will be no foreign judges, and that “war heroes” will be protected from prosecution. Importantly, a report issued by the government-appointed Consultation Task Force, which conducted extensive nationwide consultations on the transitional justice mechanisms, has not been given the attention it deserves. The Task Force report contains detailed recommendations, drawn from all affected communities including the security services, and provides an important blueprint for the way forward in addressing abuses by both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and government forces.

Numerous UN experts and special mandates have since 2015 highlighted the marginalization and misrepresentation faced by minority communities, as well as a trust-deficit between these communities and the government, due in significant part to a culture of impunity. This was exposed during the recent political and constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka that laid bare the volatility of the political environment and the imperative need for continued international engagement to support the government in protecting human rights and promoting reform, reconciliation and accountability.

The Human Rights Council has played a vital role in identifying the many steps needed to reconcile with the past, ensure justice and accountability, and implement necessary reforms. Its scrutiny has proved an important catalyst for the progress made to date.

At the upcoming HRC session, the High Commissioner will present a substantive report on the progress towards implementation of the resolution – and the many challenges remaining. It is crucial that the Council remain fully engaged with the process until the commitments Sri Lanka made to the HRC and its own people through its co-sponsorship of resolution 30/1 are met in full.

To maintain confidence in the process, states should engage meaningfully with the High Commissioner’s report, and ensure the Council adopts a resolution that, at minimum:

  • welcomes the High Commissioner’s report (once available) and calls on the government of Sri Lanka to implement its recommendations;
  • reaffirms resolution 30/1 and underlines the importance of the commitments therein being met in full;
  • maintains reporting by the High Commissioner on the status of Sri Lanka’s progress towards implementation of its commitments, with opportunities for regular interim reporting through oral updates and interactive dialogues;
  • expresses concern at the slow rate of progress and requests the government of Sri Lanka to collaborate with the OHCHR to develop a time-bound implementation plan for consideration by the Council in an interactive dialogue.

Given the insufficient progress to date, and rising frustrations that any accountability process seems stalled, a mere technical “rollover” resolution will be insufficient unless it includes provision for a clear timetable and framework for Sri Lanka to fulfill its commitments.

States should also make clear that stronger measures are needed to assist in monitoring, implementing and fulfilling these commitments, such as an OHCHR field presence, Special Procedure and evidence-gathering, justice and accountability mechanisms.

Anything less would fall substantially short of the expectations of victims and their families, and risk undermining faith in the process long before the promises of reconciliation, justice and reform have been translated into reality. Sri Lanka’s long-term peace and stability hinges upon the international community’s willingness to support the government in addressing the past so that it may look to the future. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Amnesty International

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Franciscans International

Human Rights Watch   

International Commission of Jurists

International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR)

International Service for Human Rights

Sri Lanka Advocacy


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Most people wouldn't consider the global refugee crisis a laughing matter, but American comic actor Ben Stiller says humor can help draw people's attention to it. Humor can help tell the stories of the more than 25 million refugees around the world, said the actor in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Tuesday. "I do think you can reach a lot more people that way," said Stiller, who recently returned from a visit with Syrian refugees in his role as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR). He has held the role since last year. "I don't want to get people depressed. I want people to see that these are human beings," he said. "Humor's an important part of it." People might shut out the refugee issue because it is overwhelming but humor can capture their attention, Stiller said. "I'm trying to find that," he said. "It's interesting to try to find humorous ways to tell the story." Stiller, 53, an actor, producer and director known for such films as "Zoolander," "Meet the Fockers" and "There's Something About Mary," visited Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photographs and videos from his trip, posted on Twitter, show him visiting students in an art class and playing soccer with refugee children. "The memories I take back from these trips are of laughing with the kids and families," Stiller said. "We're finding things in common and laughing about things that are funny, and humor is a part of life." Using humor to talk about refugees does pose a challenge, he added. "You don't want to in any way make it seem trivial or make fun of it." But a little humor can help in grim situations like those facing refugees, he said. "People I find have really wonderful resilient attitudes towards their experiences, and the ones who find the humor in it are able to find a way to survive." More than 5.6 million people have fled Syria since 2011, when civil war erupted, according to UNHCR. More than a million of them live in neighboring Lebanon, most in poverty. Stiller, a New York native, said he would like to see Americans be less fearful and more welcoming of refugees, more supportive of countries hosting refugees and open to more resettlement in the United States. He also has visited refugees in Jordan and in Guatemala with UNHCR. "I walk away feeling it is important to get the word out about what these people are going through," Stiller said.
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Liputan6.com, Jakarta - Kasus penyiraman air keras terhadap penyidik Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi (KPK) Novel Baswedan dibawa ke ranah internasional. Hal tersebut disampaikan oleh Community Engagement and Growth Manager di Amnesty International Indonesia, Ken Matahari.

Dia mengatakan, pada Februari 2019, isu penyerangan terhadap Novel disampaikan dalam sebuah forum Dewan Hak Asasi Manusia Perserikatan Bangsa-Bangsa (PBB). Ini Karena kasus tersebut tak kunjung terungkap, meski sudah lama berlalu.

"Amnesty International sudah membawa isu ini ke ranah internasional melalui meeting The 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)," ucap Ken, Rabu (13/3).

Selain dalam forum itu, kata Ken, Amnesty International juga menyampaikan larutnya masalah penanganan kasus hukum penyiraman air keras ini kepada perwakilan Indonesia di UNHRC di Jenewa, Swiss.

Dia menuturkan, penyampaian kasus itu untuk meningkatkan kegiatan monitoring dan tekanan dari dunia internasional terhadap penuntasan kasus Novel. Sebab, langkah ini bertujuan agar kasus Novel dapat diselidiki hingga tuntas.

Kasus Novel Baswedan menurutnya masuk dalam golongan individu yang berisiko mendapat kriminalisasi karena melakukan penegakan hukum. Oleh karena itu, pihaknya juga menyampaikan masalah Novel ke berbagai perwakilan Amnesty di luar negeri.

"Sehingga, jika ada eskalasi yang diperlukan, kami bisa memobilisasi teman-teman Amnesty untuk melakukan advokasi internasional," tutur Ken.

Simak berita Jawapos lainnya di sini.

Sudah 700 Hari

Untuk diketahui, kasus penyerangan Novel Baswedan terjadi pada 11 April 2017 silam. Novel disiram menggunakan air keras oleh dua orang yang tak dikenal saat hendak Salat Subuh di masjid dekat rumahnya, Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara.

Akibat kejadian tersebut, Novel mengalami luka cukup parah di bagian mata kirinya. Hari ke-700 setelah peristiwa tersebut, kasus penyerangan Novel memang masih belum menemui titik terang. Dalang di balik penyerangan masih juga belum terungkap.

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[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Nairobi -Global exploitation of natural resources - from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones - has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced.
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Bangui, Central African Republic, Mar 11, 2019 / 10:00 pm (CNA).- Despite last month’s peace agreement between the Central African Republic government and rebel factions, the country’s citizens, especially children, continue to face violence and famine.

"This is the most dangerous place in the world for children," Caryl Stern, the CEO of United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in the U.S. (UNICEF USA), told NBC News.

Ongoing battles between Muslim and Christian rebels have taken thousands of lives and displaced millions of people since 2013. The Political Accord for Peace and Reconciliation, signed in Kourham, Sudan, in February, is the eighth agreement to have occured.

Because of the violence between rebel groups, the country of over four million people has a shortage of necessities. According to UNICEF, 1.5 million children are at risk for starvation, 950,000 children are without access to safe water, and, in 2019, 38,000 children under the age of five will suffer severe acute malnutrition.

The children are not only threatened by a lack of food and water; they also face the risk of being recruited as child soldiers against their will.

According to NBC News, rebel groups control about 75 percent of the country, while the government has authority over the capital and other small sections. The country is dangerous for humanitarian groups; 396 attacks on aid workers took place last year.

David Brownstein, the U.S. chargé d'affaires in the Central African Republic, has expressed concern that the unstable nature of the country will give ISIS the opportunity to take hold of the area and promote further violence.  

"ISIS takes advantage of vacuums. Literal vacuums, security vacuums, governance vacuums, perceived moral vacuums," Brownstein said, according to NBC News.

In February, a peace agreement was reached after a lengthy dialogue between the government and 14 major rebel groups. The African Union and United Nations mediated the discussion. Countries such as Chad, Angola, Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, France, Britain, the U.S. and Russia were also involved.

Vatican News reported that, under the agreement, the armed groups promised to refrain from the destruction or occupation of public places and sacred spaces. The deal also required that arm groups not harm civilians or humanitarian workers.

Bishop Juan José Aguirre Muños of Bangassou said the agreement was reached under false pretenses - a means for rebel groups to gain more control of the resource rich land, according to Vida Nueva.

"Although they already have control of 80% of the mines of diamonds, gold, cobalt, mercury ... and of transhumance, they want more,” he said.

“It is a screen to hide everything from above and continue conquering the country and stealing raw materials,” he added.

 


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Japan has decided for the first time in years not to submit to the United Nations a joint resolution condemning North Korea's human rights abuses, given U.S. efforts to end North Korea's weapons program and other factors, Japan said on Wednesday.

          Extended & Reliable WI-FI at Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre      Cache   Translate Page      

Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre is a leading exhibition center in Ankara, Turkey, with top-level facilities and an expansive area of 80,000 m² that can be customized to fulfill the needs of all kinds of events. A notable event it hosted was the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’s Twelfth Session of the Conference of the Parties (UNCCD COP12), held from October 12-23, 2015.

Decision-makers and participants from 195 member states attended the COP12 to discuss climate change issues and their solutions. During the conference, Internet access was a primary demand for the guests. However, for Congresium, providing wireless coverage to service more than 3,000 concurrent users across the different areas of the vast premise was not an easy task.

Coverage and high user density were the most primary concerns, as there could not be any Wi-Fi dead spots. Also, given the high number of users and devices during the event, the APs needed to be well-managed with advanced features that prevented overloading. Furthermore, an end-to-end solution with a secure user authentication method was essential, as unauthorized access could potentially cause leaks of confidential information. Finally, segregated virtual networks for different usage scenarios were also required to add another layer of security. To address these challenges, Congresium turned to 4ipnet’s local partner, Ipeknet.

Ipeknet’s technical expertise convinced Congresium that a centralized AP and user management was essential for successful WLAN operation. Ipeknet proposed 4ipnet’s WHG711 wireless LAN controller (and an additional unit for high availability), EAP767 and EAP757 concurrent dual-band access points, and SW1008 unified access switches. Ipeknet completed the deployment in time, and also provided IT support during the conference.

Advanced AP management features on the WHG711 such as automatic AP discovery and provisioning, bulk AP configuration, and real-time status notifications simplified the deployment process. Users were also able to roam seamlessly between different APs without losing connectivity. Furthermore, load balancing prevented individual APs from being overly congested. With these functions, the Wi-Fi network was able to service thousands of simultaneous concurrent users, and the risk of potential downtime was reduced.

In addition to stable Wi-Fi connectivity, 4ipnet’s authentication solution also allowed the conference center to provide flexible and secure browser-based user authentication. After being authenticated on the network, each user could then be applied with schedule based QoS, firewall, and routing profile according to their role. As a result, network administrators were able to prevent individual users from consuming the entire network bandwidth, ensuring that all users would receive an acceptable connection quality. Detailed user-browsing history logs were also stored to meet local government requirements.

The COP12 was a success, and it was proudly observed that the 3000 clients connected to Wi-Fi without any problem. As a result, both Congresium and the UN authorities were very pleased with the performance and services provided by 4ipnet and Ipeknet.

Congresium International Convention & Exhibition Centre is a perfect example of how a public venue can successfully deploy a large-scale Wi-Fi network using 4ipnet’s solution. With high performance APs and comprehensive user and AP management features, the venue reaffirms its commitment to providing advanced facilities and services to business professionals worldwide.



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Best Drupal Themes To Use In 2019

Few things are as good for a business as a website that looks great and runs well. When you’ve established a strong digital presence and rank well on Google, then you’re set to chase and convert leads to your heart’s delight.

Before any of those gains materialize, however, there’s the tricky task of building that website.

If you’ve chosen to use the Drupal CMS, then congratulations: you’ve made the right choice. Drupal is agile, powerful, and home to a wide community of developers and entrepreneurs.

Moreover, Drupal makes it possible to choose themes: templates that do most of the legwork of designing a site so you need only worry about the parts that matter (ex. your lead magnets, SEO, and copy).

 

Since not all themes are created equal... we’ve compiled a rundown of the 7 best Drupal themes to use in 2019:

 

1. Progressive by NikaDevs

Best Drupal Theme: Progressive By NikaDevs

Progressive is a theme that offers great value for money.

Its creators have packaged it with over 200 interactive elements, meaning you’ll be sure to find a function that lets your site move and behave just the way you envisioned it. It comes with video hosting, unique slider effects, and visual features that are guaranteed to capture an audience’s attention.

Our favorite thing about the theme is the set of four homepages offered at entry. While other themes force you into a single aesthetic mode, Progressive offers its solutions without placing implicit restrictions on your design options.

Price: $59

Compatibility: Drupal 7 & 8

Best used for: Businesses of all shapes and sizes.

 

Case Study: Time Center

 

2. TheMAG by PinkDexo

Best Drupal Theme: TheMAG by PinkDexo

 

Today’s marketing is all about content that informs, entertains, or intrigues. It’s for this reason that TheMAG by PinkDexo ranks on our list of the best Drupal themes for 2019: it’s built to house content and house it well.

TheMAG is ideal for sites that want to rake in ad revenue, profit from content, or showcase products. It comes with a wide range of layout options and interactive elements, but it shines the most when used to present content in the style of a --you guessed it-- magazine.

We recommend taking a look at the theme before getting too excited. It’s a perfect fit for certain niches (blogging, journalism, entertainment) but other types of businesses would do best to continue reading through our list.

Price: $54

Compatibility: Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Thunder, & Drupal Commerce

Best used for: Media and Entertainment.  Businesses that lean on blogging activity.

 

 

3. Winnex by gavias

Best Drupal Theme: Winnex by gavias

 

Winnex perfects soft and professional design through its clean look and implicit geometry. It took the best lessons out of the adage, “less is more,” and used them to create an intuitive theme for professionals looking to market their services.

The theme gives users an easy time of site development thanks to its block-based, drag-and-drop interface, its support staff, and the numerous video tutorials they’ve produced.

Winnex gets all the basics right, but our favorite feature is how effortless it is to upload and display videos. After all, when it comes to pitching a service, it pays to set your site up with content that builds user trust.

Price: $48

Compatibility: Drupal 8

Best used for: Consultancy and other B2B services.

 

 

4. Porto by refaktor

Best Drupal Theme: Porto by refaktor

 

Part of a CMS’ job is to simplify the job of web design. In this regard, Porto is a theme that surpasses expectations. We’re hard-pressed to think of any other theme that can get so much done in so simple a way.

Porto features an unparalleled level of customization, with nearly endless options for page layout, header design, color mixing, and media hosting. This means that any business -- from consultants to home repair services, to e-commerce businesses -- can build their dream site using the theme.

Price: $59

Compatibility: Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, & Bootstrap 3.x

Best used for: E-Commerce. Businesses of all shapes and sizes.

 

 

5. Jango by NikaDevs

Best Drupal Theme: Jango by NikaDevs

 

NikaDevs is back on the list with another highly versatile theme. Like Progressive, Jango offers endless potential for web design. Unlike Progressive, however, Jango presents itself as a theme for more timeless web design.

You’ll see fewer colors and gimmicks in their marketing, which can work well to favor businesses that need a site that keeps things simple. As with all themes on this list, Jango is structured, responsive, and offers support for its users.

Jango is a straightforward Drupal theme in the sense that it performs as needed, with minimal flash and maximum impact.

Price: $59

Compatibility: Drupal 7, Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, & Bootstrap 3.x

Best used for: Any business that wants a simple and effective website.

 

 

6. OWL by gavias

Best Drupal Theme: OWL by gavias

 

Cafe and restaurant owners can breathe easy knowing there’s a Drupal theme specially designed for them. OWL is a quick and easy to use theme that knows the needs and demands of the food industry.

Our favorite feature of OWL is its capacity to host high resolution, Retina-ready images that food photographers are sure to appreciate. Coupled this with a simple interface and support for all kinds of modern programming tools (ex. Bootstrap, Custom CSS, SASS, etc.) and you have the perfect theme for restaurateurs.

Price: $48

Compatibility: Drupal 8, Bootstrap 3.x

Best used for: Hospitality. Restaurants and Cafes

 

Case Study: Makarem Hotels

 

7. Edmix by gavias

Best Drupal Theme: Edmix by gavias

 

Our final entry, and our third from developer gavias, is a theme that caters to educational sites and businesses that offer online courses or tutorials. Edmix appears to take the best design features from of popular sites like Coursera and Udemy, giving its users the ability to shine a spotlight on their courses and videos.

As is the standard for gavias themes, the interface is easy to use and comes with assistance in the form of their support team, and library of tutorial videos.

Price: $56

Compatibility: Drupal 8, Drupal Commerce, & Bootstrap 3.x

Best used for: Online universities, masterclass services, etc.

 

 

This list covers what we think to be the best Drupal themes for a business operating in 2019. As you’ll notice, the best themes are versatile, and they allow for a high degree of customization to let businesses present the best sides of themselves without sacrificing style.

If you’ve had luck with any of the themes above, or if you know of a theme that you feel deserves a place on the list, feel free to write to us or leave a comment below.

Likewise, if you need help using Drupal or deploying any of the themes we’ve listed, Varbase is a powerful website builder platform that empowers businesses to build fast, reliable, and search optimized websites in record time.

 


          From the Atlantic Ocean to United Nations: Lebalang's Remarkable Success Story       Cache   Translate Page      
Lebalang Molobele, pictured on the Clipper Race in 2013 with other members of the Rainbow Foundation.

We often tell stories of the positive impact that the Clipper Race has on the lives of Race Crew, and there are not many as inspiring as that of Lebalang Molobele.

When Lebalang, pictured third from right in the main banner image, was selected from over two hundred applicants to become part of an eight-person South African tag team who sailed on board the Invest Africa team in the Clipper 2013-14 Race, the realities of the challenge soon began to sink in for the then 22-year-old. Not only had she never left South Africa, set foot on a boat, or even seen the ocean before, but she was also scared of water.

However, fear was no barrier to Lebalang and the following year, she had successfully raced across the Atlantic Ocean and was left feeling empowered to channel her experiences in a life-changing way. Six years later, with a lot of hard work and perseverance, Lebalang has expressed gratitude to her Clipper Race mentor after securing a dream job at the World Health Organisation (WHO), a specialist agency of the United Nations.

Writing a letter to Rainbow Foundation founder Dirk van Daele, Lebalang shared: “It is often difficult to come up with words for the transition that happened in my life after participating in the Clipper Race, but I am going to attempt it in this note as I am full of gratitude and feel the need to share my experience.

“An amazing gradual transformation took place after the race, from understanding what it means to be human and the basic concept of sharing. These two fundamentally for me are everything as it takes a courageous person to share their space, emotions, most importantly the ability to develop humility while doing this.

“Education teaches you the rules, experience teaches you the exceptions...I therefore expect only the best from me because my experiences are unique.

“I always had a dream to become a change agent because society needs people who are willing to do extraordinary things in order to achieve remarkable impact...that is real impact.

“As I write to you today I work for the United Nations, which has been a dream and aspiration of mine for years ever since I was young. The journey has not been easy, I got pregnant and paused my studies and there were moments I wanted to give up but the resilience in me refused. Somehow I link my resilience and determination to what the Clipper Race afforded me which is a rare breed of life skills which equip an individual, young or older, to conquer and unleash their champion within."


Lebalang concludes: “I am grateful and humbled by the experience even years later, so to Dirk and all those who made my experiences possible, I am just eternally profound and thankful.”

Before the race, Lebalang was struggling to find a job whilst living in Soweto, the township brought to national attention by the violent protests in 1976. But after taking part in the Clipper Race, she re-enrolled at University of South Africa for her LLB Law degree, which she passed with distinction, and also became the Head Representative for future Rainbow Foundation participants. She is now a Programme Assistant at the United Nation’s World Health Organisation.

The Rainbow Foundation was initiated by Dirk van Daele who had participated in the Clipper Race himself in 2009-10 and saw a similar project make a profound difference for young people from deprived inner-city areas in Europe. For Dirk, the idea to take young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa and provide them with the opportunity to experience of the Clipper Race made sense. By learning to sail and becoming a trusted member of a team, they could build up their confidence and leadership abilities, and take these skills home to inspire their communities and hopefully pursue education and employment.

Dirk later developed two races under the Rainbow Foundation project name, into a wider concept named Dare To Lead. Sailing under the flag of teamwork, determination and leadership, Dare To Lead became a Team Partner in the last Clipper Race, aiming to inspire its diverse crew of racers. It sought to inspire its crew members to apply the life skills learnt during this ocean adventure to become catalysts for positive change in their personal lives, professional careers and social communities.

(Lebalang with two of her fellow Rainbow Foundation members ahead of the Clipper 2013-14 Race.

Commenting on Lebalang’s update, Dirk says: “I have felt enormous pride in seeing Lebalang achieving her dreams over the years. From the moment we first met in 2013, when she applied to do the Clipper Race, it was clear that Lebalang not only had a drive to succeed herself, but that she always wanted to help others to do the same, too.

“Lebalang’s journey has not been straight forward at times, but she is an inspiring example of someone who believed in her own potential, worked hard and never give up on her dreams. On behalf of all the Rainbow Foundation and Dare To Lead organisation, we wish her the very best in her new role at the United Nations, knowing she will now prove to be a highly inspirational leader to others to pursue a similar pathway in life.”

On what drove Lebalang to succeed, she explained: “I have seen my mother take care of other people’s children and look after people who suffer from AIDS and her strength and courage humbles me. Women of the African continent have achieved so much oppression but we will continue to fight because we are born with the will to do more than we are expected to achieve.

“The Clipper Race has given me the chance to do something I would never normally get to do. I got off that boat far braver and decided to start something for myself. If the work was there, I aimed to start a business of my own – you have to make things happen in life.

“Being part of the Rainbow Foundation Project made me want more for myself and those around me. I’m so proud to be a part of it and am profoundly grateful for all the opportunities I have benefited from as well as the support, words of wisdom and encouragement. What the foundation has done for me is something no one can take away, and it all started with me crossing the Atlantic Ocean.”

Read more about Dare To Lead here.


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PNN/ Jerusalem/ A partnership between United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and OFID (the OPEC Fund for International Development) has financed a total of 101,484 loans valued at US$ 141.3 million as of December 2018. The loans include 74,218 disbursed in the West Bank and 27,266 in …
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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Germany has taken the lead among European Union member states to back Washington’s regime-change agenda for Venezuela. Berlin’s hypocrisy and double-think is quite astounding.

Only a few weeks ago, German politicians and media were up in arms protesting to the Trump administration for interfering in Berlin’s internal affairs. There were even outraged complaints that Washington was seeking “regime change” against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

Those protests were sparked when Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, warned German companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia that they could be hit with American economic sanctions if they go ahead with the Baltic seabed project.

Earlier, Grenell provoked fury among Berlin’s political establishment when he openly gave his backing to opposition party Alternative for Germany. That led to consternation and denunciations of Washington’s perceived backing for regime change in Berlin. They were public calls for Grenell to be expelled over his apparent breach of diplomatic protocols.

Now, however, Germany is shamelessly kowtowing to an even more outrageous American regime-change plot against Venezuela.

Last week, the government of President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of German ambassador Daniel Kriener after he greeted the US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido on a high-profile occasion. Guaido had just returned from a tour of Latin American countries during which he had openly called for the overthrow of the Maduro government. Arguably a legal case could be made for the arrest of Guaido by the Venezuelan authorities on charges of sedition.

When Guaido returned to Venezuela on March 4 he was greeted at the airport by several foreign diplomats. Among the receiving dignitaries was Germany’s envoy Daniel Kriener.

The opposition figure had declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela on January 23 and was immediately recognized by Washington and several European Union states. The EU has so far not issued an official endorsement of Guaido over incumbent President Maduro. Italy’s objection blocked the EU from adopting a unanimous position.

Nevertheless, as the strongest economy in the 28-member bloc, Germany can be seen as de facto leader of the EU. Its position on Venezuela therefore gives virtual EU gravitas to the geopolitical maneuvering led by Washington towards the South American country.

What’s more, the explicit backing of Juan Guaido by Germany’s envoy was carried out on the “express order” of Foreign Minister Heiko Maasaccording to Deutsche Welle.

“It was my express wish and request that Ambassador Kriener turn out with representatives of other European nations and Latin American ones to meet acting President Guaido at the airport,” said Maas.

 “We had information that he was supposed to be arrested there. I believe that the presence of various ambassadors helped prevent such an arrest.”

It’s staggering to comprehend the double-think involved here.

Guaido was hardly known among the vast majority of Venezuelans until he catapulted on to the global stage by declaring himself “interim president”. That move was clearly executed in a concerted plan with the Trump White House. European governments and Western media have complacently adopted the White House line that Guaido is the legitimate leader while socialist President Maduro is a “usurper”.

That is in spite of the fact that Maduro was re-elected last year in free and fair elections by a huge majority of votes. Guaido’s rightwing, pro-business party boycotted the elections. Yet he is anointed by Washington, Berlin and some 50 other states as the legitimate leader.

Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba and most other members of the United Nations have refused to adopt Washington’s decree of recognizing Guaido. Those nations (comprising 75 per cent of the UN assembly) continue to recognize President Maduro as the sovereign authority. Indeed, Russia has been highly critical of Washington’s blatant interference for regime change in oil-rich Venezuela. Moscow has warned it will not tolerate US military intervention.

Russia’s envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia, at a Security Council session last month, excoriated the US for its gross violation of international law with regard to Venezuela. Moscow’s diplomat also directed a sharp rebuke at other nations “complicit” in Washington’s aggression, saying that one day “you will be next” for similar American subversion in their own affairs.

Germany’s hypocrisy and double-think is, to paraphrase that country’s national anthem, “über alles” (above all else).

German politicians, diplomats and media were apoplectic in their anger at perceived interference by the US ambassador in Berlin’s internal affairs. Yet the German political establishment has no qualms whatsoever about ganging up – only weeks later – with Washington to subvert the politics and constitution of Venezuela.

How can Germany be so utterly über servile to Washington and the latter’s brazen criminal aggression towards Venezuela?

It seems obvious that Berlin is trying to ingratiate itself with the Trump administration. But what for?

Trump has been pillorying Germany with allegations of “unfair trade” practices. In particular, Washington is recently stepping up its threats to slap punitive tariffs on German auto exports. Given that this is a key sector in the German export-driven economy, it may be gleaned that Berlin is keen to appease Trump. By backing his aggression towards Venezuela?

Perhaps this policy of appeasement is also motivated by Berlin’s concern to spare the Nord Stream 2 project from American sanctions. When NS2 is completed later this year, it is reckoned to double the capacity of natural gas consumption by Germany from Russia. That will be crucial for Germany’s economic growth.

Another factor is possible blackmail of Berlin by Washington. Recall the earth-shattering revelations made by American whistleblower Edward Snowden a few years back when he disclosed that US intelligence agencies were tapping the personal phone communications of Chancellor Merkel and other senior Berlin politicians. Recall, too, how the German state remarkably acquiesced over what should have been seen as a devastating infringement by Washington.

The weird lack of action by Berlin over that huge violation of its sovereignty by the Americans makes one wonder if the US spies uncovered a treasure trove of blackmail material on German politicians.

Berlin’s pathetic kowtowing to Washington’s interference in Venezuela begs an ulterior explanation. No self-respecting government could be so hypocritical and duplicitous.

Whatever Berlin may calculate to gain from its unscrupulous bending over for Washington, one thing seems clear, as Russian envoy Nebenzia warned: “One day you are next” for American hegemonic shafting.


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Vietnam is ramping up efforts to get its second level-2 field hospital ready for the United Nations’ peacekeeping activities in the near future.
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A World Health Origination and United Nations petition is warning against the use of AirPods, over fears concerning potentially hazardous radiation. As many as 250 scientists from over 40 countries have conveyed ‘serious concern’ over the radiation generated by wireless devices, defined as the non-ionizing electromagnetic field (EMF). The petition states: “Based upon peer-reviewed, published…Continue Reading ›
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Turkey and the United Nations are partnering to set up agricultural workshops in eight provinces for 800 people, mainly Syrian refugees, as part of a...


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Japan has decided for the first time in years not to submit to the United Nations a joint resolution condemning North Korea's human rights abuses, given U.S. efforts to end North Korea's weapons program and other factors, Japan said on Wednesday.

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United Nations recognized that Wikileaks founder was illegally detained in Britain called absurd China News Agency, London, February, 5 (reporter Zhou Zhaojun) United Nations arbitrary detention working group made a ruling 5 days, identified Wikileaks founder Assange was illegally detained. Assange called on the British and Swedish governments to implement the ruling on the same […]
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          Japan not to submit U.N. resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses      Cache   Translate Page      
Japan has decided for the first time in years not to submit to the United Nations a joint resolution condemning North Korea's human rights abuses, given U.S. efforts to end North Korea's weapons program and other factors, Japan said on Wednesday.

          Public transport woes in limelight at UN Womens Conference      Cache   Translate Page      
Press Release – FIRST Union FIRST Union Assistant General Secretary and International Transport Workers’ Federation Delegate Louisa Jones has addressed attendees at a forum for the United Nations at its 63rd Commission on the Status of Women. The event is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from the 11th to the […]
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International Womens Day RootsSteve Hochstadt: Even after feminists in the US began in the 1960s to use the day to protest their continued subordinate status and the United Nations declared International Women’s Day in 1975, equality was still far away.

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Santa Cruz CA (SPX) Mar 13, 2019
The world's nations are nowhere near to meeting the global Paris Agreement's goals on climate change of holding global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius compared to 19th-century averages, much less its more aspirational goal of holding temperatures to a 1.5C rise. The most recent Emissions Gap Report from the United Nations Environment Program notes "global greenhouse gas emission
          UN team devastated by deaths of 4 young environmentalists killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash      Cache   Translate Page      
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A group of four young Canadians hoping to change the world were among those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend, leaving a “gaping hole” in their United Nations team.


          Where Are The Landmines?      Cache   Translate Page      

Due to their indiscriminate and devastating effects, the long-lasting threat posed by their presence and the painstaking efforts required to remove them, anti-personnel landmines have rightfully been prohibited by the United Nations since 1997 - a treaty joined by over 150 countries.

Nevertheless, as Statista's Martin Armstrong notes, there is still an alarmingly large number of them contaminating countries across the world.

This infographic presents facts and figures from the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor, shedding light on the places landmines still threaten life, the countries with the largest stockpiles and the progress being made in the fight to clear the contaminated areas.

Infographic: Where are the Landmines? | Statista

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          Germany's Über Hypocrisy Over Venezuela      Cache   Translate Page      

Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Germany has taken the lead among European Union member states to back Washington’s regime-change agenda for Venezuela. Berlin’s hypocrisy and double-think is quite astounding.

Only a few weeks ago, German politicians and media were up in arms protesting to the Trump administration for interfering in Berlin’s internal affairs. There were even outraged complaints that Washington was seeking “regime change” against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

Those protests were sparked when Richard Grenell, the US ambassador to Germany, warned German companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline with Russia that they could be hit with American economic sanctions if they go ahead with the Baltic seabed project.

Earlier, Grenell provoked fury among Berlin’s political establishment when he openly gave his backing to opposition party Alternative for Germany. That led to consternation and denunciations of Washington’s perceived backing for regime change in Berlin. They were public calls for Grenell to be expelled over his apparent breach of diplomatic protocols.

Now, however, Germany is shamelessly kowtowing to an even more outrageous American regime-change plot against Venezuela.

Last week, the government of President Nicolas Maduro ordered the expulsion of German ambassador Daniel Kriener after he greeted the US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaido on a high-profile occasion. Guaido had just returned from a tour of Latin American countries during which he had openly called for the overthrow of the Maduro government. Arguably a legal case could be made for the arrest of Guaido by the Venezuelan authorities on charges of sedition.

When Guaido returned to Venezuela on March 4 he was greeted at the airport by several foreign diplomats. Among the receiving dignitaries was Germany’s envoy Daniel Kriener.

The opposition figure had declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela on January 23 and was immediately recognized by Washington and several European Union states. The EU has so far not issued an official endorsement of Guaido over incumbent President Maduro. Italy’s objection blocked the EU from adopting a unanimous position.

Nevertheless, as the strongest economy in the 28-member bloc, Germany can be seen as de facto leader of the EU. Its position on Venezuela therefore gives virtual EU gravitas to the geopolitical maneuvering led by Washington towards the South American country.

What’s more, the explicit backing of Juan Guaido by Germany’s envoy was carried out on the “express order” of Foreign Minister Heiko Maasaccording to Deutsche Welle.

“It was my express wish and request that Ambassador Kriener turn out with representatives of other European nations and Latin American ones to meet acting President Guaido at the airport,” said Maas.

 “We had information that he was supposed to be arrested there. I believe that the presence of various ambassadors helped prevent such an arrest.”

It’s staggering to comprehend the double-think involved here.

Guaido was hardly known among the vast majority of Venezuelans until he catapulted on to the global stage by declaring himself “interim president”. That move was clearly executed in a concerted plan with the Trump White House. European governments and Western media have complacently adopted the White House line that Guaido is the legitimate leader while socialist President Maduro is a “usurper”.

That is in spite of the fact that Maduro was re-elected last year in free and fair elections by a huge majority of votes. Guaido’s rightwing, pro-business party boycotted the elections. Yet he is anointed by Washington, Berlin and some 50 other states as the legitimate leader.

Russia, China, Turkey, Cuba and most other members of the United Nations have refused to adopt Washington’s decree of recognizing Guaido. Those nations (comprising 75 per cent of the UN assembly) continue to recognize President Maduro as the sovereign authority. Indeed, Russia has been highly critical of Washington’s blatant interference for regime change in oil-rich Venezuela. Moscow has warned it will not tolerate US military intervention.

Russia’s envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia, at a Security Council session last month, excoriated the US for its gross violation of international law with regard to Venezuela. Moscow’s diplomat also directed a sharp rebuke at other nations “complicit” in Washington’s aggression, saying that one day “you will be next” for similar American subversion in their own affairs.

Germany’s hypocrisy and double-think is, to paraphrase that country’s national anthem, “über alles” (above all else).

German politicians, diplomats and media were apoplectic in their anger at perceived interference by the US ambassador in Berlin’s internal affairs. Yet the German political establishment has no qualms whatsoever about ganging up – only weeks later – with Washington to subvert the politics and constitution of Venezuela.

How can Germany be so utterly über servile to Washington and the latter’s brazen criminal aggression towards Venezuela?

It seems obvious that Berlin is trying to ingratiate itself with the Trump administration. But what for?

Trump has been pillorying Germany with allegations of “unfair trade” practices. In particular, Washington is recently stepping up its threats to slap punitive tariffs on German auto exports. Given that this is a key sector in the German export-driven economy, it may be gleaned that Berlin is keen to appease Trump. By backing his aggression towards Venezuela?

Perhaps this policy of appeasement is also motivated by Berlin’s concern to spare the Nord Stream 2 project from American sanctions. When NS2 is completed later this year, it is reckoned to double the capacity of natural gas consumption by Germany from Russia. That will be crucial for Germany’s economic growth.

Another factor is possible blackmail of Berlin by Washington. Recall the earth-shattering revelations made by American whistleblower Edward Snowden a few years back when he disclosed that US intelligence agencies were tapping the personal phone communications of Chancellor Merkel and other senior Berlin politicians. Recall, too, how the German state remarkably acquiesced over what should have been seen as a devastating infringement by Washington.

The weird lack of action by Berlin over that huge violation of its sovereignty by the Americans makes one wonder if the US spies uncovered a treasure trove of blackmail material on German politicians.

Berlin’s pathetic kowtowing to Washington’s interference in Venezuela begs an ulterior explanation. No self-respecting government could be so hypocritical and duplicitous.

Whatever Berlin may calculate to gain from its unscrupulous bending over for Washington, one thing seems clear, as Russian envoy Nebenzia warned: “One day you are next” for American hegemonic shafting.


          North Korea evading US-led sanctions, UN report says      Cache   Translate Page      
North Korea is reportedly using sophisticated methods to defy international economic sanctions, according to United Nations experts. Those U.S.-led sanctions are designed to hamper North Korea’s nuclear program.
          Kuwait- UNRWA chief urges donors to maintain their level of contribution      Cache   Translate Page      
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) By Nawab Khan BRUSSELS, March 13 (KUNA) -- The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has a...
          If you’re a pop culture junkie, you should be using Amazon’s X-Ray feature      Cache   Translate Page      
Unless you're a super nerdy pop culture junkie who loves going down rabbit holes and consuming all the quirkiest, tiniest details of every movie and TV show you can find, most of the following probably will be news to you. Did you know, for example, that in Deadpool 2 after Deadpool gets his legs torn off by Juggernaut and he hangs out with Blind Al waiting for them to grow back, he's wearing the same shirt that Chunk wears in The Goonies? Josh Brolin, of course, was one of the stars in it -- and he didn't notice the shirt, according to Ryan Reynolds. Or how about this -- did you know that, in the Star Wars franchise, the word Wookiee was inspired by Bill Wookey, a friend of actor Terry McGovern? Terry played a robot cop in George Lucas' THX 1138, improvising the line "I think I ran over a Wookiee back there." These are some of the fun, random and interesting details that Amazon's X-Ray feature generates while you stream TV shows and movies via Amazon's Prime Video service. For the longest time, I didn't pay attention to the results that X-Ray was populating in the top left corner as I watched Amazon content on my mobile devices. But, admittedly, it does give you some pretty fascinating details that could help you go even deeper into the shows and movies you love, if you want. It provides everything from the names of actors and their film credits as they appear on screen, as well as the title of music that's playing and trivia about a particular scene. That Wookiee detail above, for instance, pops up at one point during Solo: A Star Wars Story. At one point while watching Avengers: Infinity War, X-Ray points out that the movie contains remnants from Stan Lee’s past cameos. Tony Stark uses the flip phone that Stan delivered to him in Captain America: Civil War, we're told, and Thor still sports the haircut that Stan gave him in Thor: Ragnarok Among X-Ray's other benefits is occasional exclusive bonus video content found only through X-Ray, which many people may not even be aware of as an X-Ray feature at all. Of course, you can also use X-Ray while reading books on a Kindle-supported device. Which is especially useful when reading something like George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones books, packed as they are with hundreds of characters that some readers may find it difficult to keep track of on their own. For my money, though, watching video content with this helpful feature is particularly interesting. And it's not all fun, light-hearted insights it brings you, either. At one point during the Amazon documentary Lorena executive produced by Jordan Peele, X-Ray notes that the presence of a gun in the house of a domestic violence situation increases the chances of homicide by 500%. During one of the episodes from the first season of Amazon's Jack Ryan series, we're told why Hanin’s planned escape to Europe from the shores of Turkey is a dangerous one. Per X-Ray, according to a 2017 report by the United Nations Refugee Agency, one in every 185 people who crossed the sea between Turkey and Greece from January through April 2017 died either by drowning or from hypothermia. It's certainly an informative, useful tool for learning a little bit more about the world -- both the fictional world of pop culture and the expansive real-life world around you, too.
          Biodiversity and sustainable development Internship [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 112794
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Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station : MONTREAL
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          External Relations Officer (Temporary) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 112948
Job Network : Public Information and Conference Management
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Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station : VIENNA
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Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/25/2019
          Evaluation and Inspection Officer (Temporary Job Opening) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 113019
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Management and Analysis
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/18/2019
          INTERN - Urban Planning and Research [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113287
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Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station : NAIROBI
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          INTERN - Project Assistant [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113294
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Department/Office : United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Duty Station : NAIROBI
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          INTERPRETER (SPANISH) (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-4
Job ID : 113295
Job Network : Public Information and Conference Management
Job Family : Language
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/18/2019
          UNICRI Intern, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113324
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Department/Office : United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute
Duty Station : THE HAGUE
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 4/11/2019
          SECURITY OFFICER       Cache   Translate Page      
Level : F-6
Job ID : 113376
Job Network : Internal Security and Safety
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Department/Office : United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia
Duty Station : MOGADISCIO
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER       Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 113447
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Human Rights Affairs
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station : BAMAKO
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 113489
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Environmental Affairs
Department/Office : United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station : KINSHASA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/25/2019
          Finance and Budget Officer [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : F-6
Job ID : 113538
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Finance
Department/Office : United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali
Duty Station : BAMAKO
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          Information Management Assistant       Cache   Translate Page      
Level : G-5
Job ID : 113552
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
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Department/Office : United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/12/2019
Deadline : 4/10/2019
          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
*Instructions to Apply: * *Only applications submitted via Survey Monkey Apply will be considered.* *Please submit your online application: *_*http://bit.do... $30,000 - $50,000 a year
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          Once Again, the UN has failed to Name Firms that Profit from Israel’s Illegal Settlements      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations postponed last week for the third time the publication of a blacklist of Israeli and international firms that profit directly from Israel’s illegal settlements in the occupied territories. The international body had come under enormous pressure to keep the database under wraps after lobbying behind the scenes from Israel, the United States […]
          Comment on Jihad Jew-hating Rep Ilhan Omar: Trump not human by Dennis Durkop      Cache   Translate Page      
Omar speaks the truth about Trump and even herself being animals! Recently passed into international law to protect their religious right only Muslim men are human beings; while Muslim females, children and unbelievers are lowly dirty animals with no rights. This was past into law because of the Islamic sharia by the 57 Islamic member states the world's largest criminal gang of the United Nations devout Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)! Here is the link to the full official English translation of the Arabic Islamic sharia fully supported by the OIC and the real reason vile evil oppressive barbaric pagan idol worshipping cult of Islam must be stopped at all costs or destroy the Earth as we know it: www.islamic-laws.com/download/Islaamic_Sharia_Law_sunni.pdf See also: www.politicalislam.com
          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          UN expert says Kim Jong Un demand shows sanctions work      Cache   Translate Page      

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The head of the U.N. panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea said Tuesday the fact that the only thing Kim Jong Un asked for at the Hanoi summit was to have sanctions lifted shows they are biting - despite his increasingly sophisticated efforts to evade the ...

          Warning of 'Existential Threat' to Humanity, UN Chief Says Climate Change Moving Faster      Cache   Translate Page      
Warning that "we face a direct existential threat" because "climate change is moving faster than we are," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, in a speech at the U.N.'s New York headquarters last September, demanded urgent action from world leaders to combat "the defining issue of our time."
          Several airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after deadly crash - CBS News      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Several airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 planes after deadly crash  CBS News
  2. E.U. Suspends Boeing 737 Max 8 Operations, but F.A.A. Stands Firm  The New York Times
  3. Boeing Crash Fallout Spreads as More 737 MAX Jets Are Idled  The Wall Street Journal
  4. Where Did Boeing Go Wrong?  Slate
  5. United Nations mourns 21 employees killed in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash  Los Angeles Times
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          Syrian refugee crisis approaches eight-year mark      Cache   Translate Page      
Lebanon (MNN) -- Friday marks the eighth year of the Syrian refugee crisis. What began as pro-democracy protests in March 2011 quickly evolved into a full-scale civil war. Today, there’s no end in sight. More from BBC News here. Why has the crisis dragged on for so long? “Everything in the Middle East is complex, but the Syrian War is really complex,” replies Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema. “For every question that’s asked about the Syrian refugee crisis there’s 20 answers, and every one of the answers is correct.” Is the Syrian refugee crisis a never-ending disaster, or an unprecedented opportunity? Atema chooses the latter. “We don’t have to wait for the war to be over with before we can start changing the face of the Middle East,” he explains.

“This is our opportunity to reach Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t understand why more people aren’t involved.”

Syrian refugee crisis: a summary

Syrian refugee crisis

(Photo credit Bengin Ahmad via Flickr)

While totals vary, an estimated 11- to 12-million people inside and outside of Syria need humanitarian aid. The Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon is deteriorating, and the number of people living on less than US $3.84 a day has risen from 30- to 70-percent. A majority of Syrians – more than 80-percent - live below the global poverty line. Over 85-percent have little or no access to clean water and healthcare. Children and young people make up about half of the Syrian refugee population. Syria – what remains of it, anyway – holds little prospect for those who return. Multiple bombings flattened entire villages. Only half of the country’s health facilities are still functioning. The ongoing war poses a continual threat to safety. “It’s really a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and the [Syrian] people are caught in the middle,” says Atema, referring to the conflict.

“I don’t think this thing will end anytime soon. I don’t see any country in the world having the ‘want to’ to help get in there and end [the Syrian war], never mind the funds to rebuild Syria.”

The silver lining

(Photo courtesy of Heart for Lebanon)

The future may look bleak, but the Syrian refugee crisis holds a silver lining. Every physical need gives Heart for Lebanon’s staff an opportunity to begin conversations with refugees. Those conversations turn into friendships, and friendships provide a platform for spiritual discussions. “It’s all about God’s compassion and love, His love for us,” says Atema. “When you show that to the refugees, they ask questions.” Authorities are taking note, too. Recently, at an informal weekly briefing, one United Nations leader said, “Out of all the NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Lebanon that are working with Syrian refugees, Heart for Lebanon is the only one that is consistently caring for the people and is willing to have conversations with them.” See how Heart for Lebanon helps Syrian refugees.

Next steps

Now that you know, what will you do? Prayer is an easy and effective place to start, but don’t stop there. First, pray for an end to conflict in Syria. Our God directs the affairs of men, and He can do what seems impossible. Pray Heart for Lebanon’s team will have strength and endurance as they help Syrian refugees. Pray the Gospel will reach those who need to hear it. Then, ask the Lord where He’d like you to direct His finances. If He leads you to support Heart for Lebanon’s work, you can donate here.

“We have all this information, we have all this data, we have all this proof that this is our opportunity, this is the need. But... God’s got to open the hearts of people to respond to it.”

    Header image courtesy of Heart for Lebanon.
          China using 'pay-day loan diplomacy' in the Pacific: US diplomat      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States and its regional allies have been battling China for greater influence in the Pacific - a region that has votes at international forums like the United Nations and controls vast swathes of a resource-rich ocean.
          Monsef urges United Nations delegates to join in an effort to curb online violence against women      Cache   Translate Page      
Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Minister of International Development Maryam Monsef, the MP for Peterborough-Kawartha, is in New York City this week for a United Nations conference. On Tuesday she issued a call to action to the United Nations at a meeting in New York City on Tuesday to curb online violence against women.

Peterborough-Kawartha MP worried about pushback against women’s movement on social media


          Engagement, Learning and Impact (ELI) Specialist - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
In line with the environmental and social standards, and importance of gender mainstreaming throughout the project, the ELI Specialist will employ innovative...
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          Programme Management Assistant - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse...
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          PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the...
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          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
*Instructions to Apply: * *Only applications submitted via Survey Monkey Apply will be considered.* *Please submit your online application: *_*http://bit.do... $30,000 - $50,000 a year
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          Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease: UN      Cache   Translate Page      
A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state.
          Head of Programmes at Interpeace      Cache   Translate Page      
Interpeace is an independent, international peacebuilding organization and a strategic partner of the United Nations. We were created by the United Nations in 1994. We became an independent organization in 2000 while maintaining a unique partnership with the UN. As a result, we operate either as an independent NGO or as a UN initiative.
          Comment on This week’s poll: “killer robots” and AI in warfare by Trevor      Cache   Translate Page      
Any ban would have to overcome two hurdles: jurisdiction and enforcement. The five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, UK and US) that are (arguably) the five countries most likely to <i>want</i> to deploy these weapons can unilaterally veto any resolution attempting to impose a ban ... Even assuming the UN could get a resolution passed, economic sanctions are relatively weak and the only really effective method of enforcement at a state level is the threat of military force, not to be entered into lightly given the offending country now has an army of 'killer robots'!
          IISD/ENB @ BBNJ IGC-2 | 25 Mar – 5 Apr 2019 | UNHQ, New York      Cache   Translate Page      
IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, will cover the 2nd Session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an International Legally Binding Instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), from 25 March to 5 April 2019, from UN Headquarters in New York
          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
Federica Mogherini (centre right), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, speaks with Jonathan R. Cohen (centre left), Acting Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, ahead of the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union.
          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
Federica Mogherini (right), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, speaks with Job Obiang Esono Mbengono (left), Deputy Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the UN, and Jerry Matthews Matjila (centre), Permanent Representative of the Republic of South Africa to the UN, ahead of the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union.
          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of March, chairs the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union.
          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
A wide view of the Security Council as Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, arrives to address the Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union.
          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
Federica Mogherini (third from right), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, poses for a photo with Joanna Wronecka, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the UN, ahead of the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union.
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Federica Mogherini (centre left), High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, greets François Delattre, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for the month of March, ahead of the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on European Union. At right is Elaine Marie French, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of United States to the UN, speaking with a delegate from the Permanent Mission of China to the UN.
          Security Council Meets on Cooperation between UN and EU      Cache   Translate Page      
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, addresses the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the United Nations and regional and subregional organizations in maintaining international peace and security, with a focus on the European Union.
          'Ecological foundations of society' are in peril, UN report warns      Cache   Translate Page      
Human activities are degrading the global environment at a pace that could endanger the "ecological foundations of society" and human health, according to a landmark United Nations report released Wednesday.

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LETTER DATED 1 MARCH 2019 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO THE UNITED NATIONS ADDRESSED TO THE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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          ‘No tomorrow’ for many unless consumption falls: UN      Cache   Translate Page      

Global exploitation of natural resources - from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones - has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced.

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          ‘Snail’s pace’ progress of women in politics calls for tougher measures, leaders say      Cache   Translate Page      

The number of women in the top echelons of world politics has crawled to an all-time high, but progress is so slow that more quotas and incentives are called for, female leaders said at the United Nations on Tuesday.

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          President Bhandari meets UN Secretary General Guterres      Cache   Translate Page      

President Bidhya Devi Bhandari met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the fringes of the UN Conference “Women in Power” at New York.

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          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Green Spaces participants will be provided with the opportunity to lead initiatives, apply their academic training to challenging issues, and share their... $30,000 - $50,000 a year
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          8482nd Security Council Meeting: Cooperation between EU Organizations      Cache   Translate Page      
European Union investing ‘as never before’ in cooperation with United Nations system, High Representative tells Security Council at 8482nd meeting.
          SOUTH SUDAN / WORKSHOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE      Cache   Translate Page      
Commanders from South Sudan’s army have come together at a workshop hosted by the United Nations Mission in South to develop a new Action Plan to eliminate Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) which has been endemic since the civil war broke out in 2013. UNMISS
          Daily News 13 / 03 / 2019      Cache   Translate Page      
European Commission - Daily News Daily News 13 / 03 / 2019 Brussels, 13 March 2019 Third Brussels Conference "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" – Day 2 The Brussels III Conference "Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region" (#SyriaConf2019), co-chaired with the United Nations, continues today...
          Japan not to submit UN resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses      Cache   Translate Page      
TOKYO: Japan has decided for the first time in years not to submit to the United Nations a joint resolution condemning North Korea's human rights abuses, given US efforts to end North Korea's weapons programme and other factors, Japan said on Wednesday (Mar 13). Japan and the European Union have ...
          Engagement, Learning and Impact (ELI) Specialist - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
In line with the environmental and social standards, and importance of gender mainstreaming throughout the project, the ELI Specialist will employ innovative...
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          Programme Management Assistant - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
Serves as focal point for coordination, monitoring and expedition of programme/project implementation activities, involving extensive liaison with a diverse...
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          PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Masood Azhar A Global Terrorist, Says US Ahead Of Security Council Meet      Cache   Translate Page      

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Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a global terrorist and not doing so is against regional stability and peace, the US said on Tuesday, a day ahead of the crucial meeting at UN Security Council on the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief.

Masood Azhar heads the Jaish-e-Mohammed or JeM, which had carried out many terror strikes in India and was also involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri. The Pak-based terror outfit had also claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF in Pulwama which claimed the lives of 40 personnel.

Three permanent members of the UNSC -- the United States, Britain and France -- have moved a resolution to designate Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.

Several previous attempts by these three countries inside the UN Security Council were blocked by China, the all-weather ally of Pakistan.

China, which is one of the five veto-powered members of the Security Council, so far has vetoed proposals to ban Masood Azhar, claiming lack of evidence to designate him as a global terrorist.

Amidst a mounting global outrage in the wake of the Pulwama attack that led to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan, US, Britain and France hope that Beijing would act wisely and would not oppose their move against Azhar.

On the eve of the crucial decision by the UN Security Council, the Trump Administration on Tuesday made it clear that there is enough evidence against Azhar to designate him as a global terrorist.

"Azhar is the founder and the leader of the JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at his daily news conference.

The JeM, he said, has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace.

The US and India work closely together on counterterrorism efforts, and that includes at the United Nations, he added, noting that their views on the Jaish-e-Mohammed and its founder are well known.

However, he refrained from making a direct comment on the deliberations inside the UN on this issue.

"The United Nations Sanctions Committee, their deliberations, are confidential, and as such we don't comment on specific matters, but we'll continue to work with the Sanctions Committee to ensure that the designation list is updated and accurate," Palladino said.

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"The United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal," Palladino said in response to a question on previous successful attempts by China to block the UN designation of Azhar.

 

Source: NDTV

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          Q&A: Important to Treat Anyone Suffering from Leprosy as an Equal Individual      Cache   Translate Page      
By Stella Paul     Alice Cruz is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy and their family members, says divorce on the grounds of leprosy, allowed by laws or not, is a prevailing reality. Credit: U.N. Photo / Jean-Marc Ferré MANILA, Mar 5 2019 (IPS) – … Continue reading Q&A: Important to Treat Anyone Suffering from Leprosy as an Equal Individual
          The 10 cities with the best quality of life in the world      Cache   Translate Page      

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  • Global consultancy Mercer ranked world cities by quality of life in its 2019 Quality of Living Ranking.
  • It looked at housing, education, public services and transport, natural environment and other factors.
  • The top 10 cities on the list are shown below.

Businesses around the world are waking up to the fact that attracting and retaining the best people is easier if they locate in places where employees can enjoy a superior quality of life.

Global consultancy Mercer analyzed more than 230 cities around the world, using criteria such as housing, education, public services and transport, natural environment, recreation, and political, and social environment to assemble its 2019 Quality of Living Ranking.

Here are the top 10 cities on its list:

10. Basel

Basel is Switzerland's third-largest city and the birthplace of tennis legend Roger Federer. Located on the Rhine, it's a hub for pharmaceutical companies such as Roche and Novartis, and boasts 40 museums.



9. Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland's second-largest city, sits at the southern tip of Lake Geneva and boasts views of the Alps and Jura mountains. It is home to multinational corporations including Rolex and Richemont, as well as international organizations such as the United Nations and Red Cross.



8. Copenhagen

Denmark's capital features sweeping gardens, grand palaces, and historic churches. Danske Bank, Maersk, Netto, and Pandora have headquarters there. 

 



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          Africa: UN Calls for Waste Clampdown At Key Summit      Cache   Translate Page      
[RFI] The United Nations has urged world leaders meeting in Nairobi for the body's fourth environment assembly to take concrete action to curb food and plastic waste, amid damning reports highlighting the world's reckless consumption.
          Creative Spins on Glass Recycling (Part Three)      Cache   Translate Page      

The final part of a three-part series this week examines the way one company uses wasted glass to address a long-time environmental issue of the architectural community.

A three-part series this week focuses on how some local governments and the waste industry are partnering to capture and reuse glass. Part three examines the way one company uses wasted glass to address a long-time environmental issue of the architectural community. Read part one here. Read part two here.

Portland cement has long been a staple to the architectural community, but every ton of this material produces a ton of carbon dioxide. New York City-based Urban Mining Northeast has found a way to lessen builders’ dependence on this environmental liability with a partial replacement material that performs at least as well as cement, while generating demand for recycled glass.

The company manufactures Pozzotive, a white pozzolan, which is a material made from post-consumer glass that can replace up to 40 percent of Portland cement in concrete. Pozzotive has gone into some high-profile building projects, including the United Nations Headquarters; New York City’s Second Avenue Subway; the New York Police Department Academy; naval buildings; several universities; ESPN headquarters; and City Point, the largest mixed-use development in New York City.

“We have demonstrated that, in varying levels of replacement, it enhances key performance attributes of concrete, both in block and poured-in-place applications. It provides more durability, pourability and resistance to freeze-thaw damage among areas, while reducing harmful CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions generated by producing Portland cement,” says Lou Grasso, inventor of Pozzotive, managing partner for Urban Mining Northeast and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP, meaning certified in green building practices).

Urban Mining sources glass from materials recovery facilities, bottle redemption programs and curbside pickup. Material undergoes a patented process to remove organic waste and other non-glass materials, and then it’s ground to a powder to be used in concrete block, pre-stressed concrete plank and precast concrete, among applications.

“In our pilot plant in New York, we process about 4,000 tons of waste glass each year. When we complete our first full-scale production facility in Connecticut later this year, we will have the capacity to process more than 100,000 tons of waste glass annually at this new plant alone,” says Grasso.

Westbrook Concrete Block Company, headquartered in Connecticut, supplies material to the architectural community at large, including airports, residential, government and commercial buildings, among projects.

The company adds Pozzotive in its concrete masonry units.

“By 2020, I plan to use Pozzotive in every unit I manufacture. I am substituting about 30 percent of Portland cement with it, so I’m saving 30 percent carbon emissions, and that’s huge for me. Also important is that it’s regionally sourced post-consumer glass, meaning I know where it comes from,” says John Orsina, vice president of Westbrook Concrete Block Company.

He has finite storage for powdered cement, so he installed a fifth cement silo just to accommodate Pozzotive.

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“It’s expensive to store, and the product itself costs me more, pound for pound, than Portland. But, for me, it’s worth it to do the right thing and be green. It makes sense for my business and hopefully will make sense to the design community, who are my customers,” says Orsina.

Glenwood Mason Supply sells Pozzotive in Brooklyn, N.Y., largely to projects that are pursing LEED certification.

Michael Toth, an account manager at Glenwood Mason and a LEED AP, helped Grasso develop a market for Pozzotive among engineers and architects with sustainability goals. 

“Some criteria for LEED certification include that materials be extracted, harvested and manufactured regionally. And a certain percentage of building materials must be recycled. Pozzotive contributes to these goals, among others. So, it makes it easier for us to give the LEED design community what they want, which is a better concrete product with sustainable attributes,” says Toth.

For now, Glenwood Mason is putting Pozzotive into two buildings and is working on specifying more.

The company’s goal is to increase the percentage of block it makes with Pozzotive, figuring that if it could incorporate it in 5 percent of its products, it could save thousands of tons of CO2 emissions at its New York City plant.  

Toth anticipates more demand, commenting that at least 20 percent of every major project in New York City wants recycled content, and contractors are usually targeting cement.

“Architects are telling us they want it in their buildings. And being that New York City is the busiest construction market in the U.S., it’s a great story for us to tell—that Glenwood is leading the way here by promoting this green product. Hopefully other markets will follow soon,” says Toth.

Plus, he says, “We know recycling glass is a problem, and concrete has been a good home for it. It’s a better alternative than landfilling it.”


          UN accelerating commitments to restoration of ecosystem in Africa: official      Cache   Translate Page      
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is accelerating commitments to restoring ecosystem in Africa, said an official on Tuesday."We are accelerating commitments for ecosystem restoration to improve resilience in the region," David Cooper, deputy executive secretary of CBD told reporters on the sidelines of the ongoing fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).
          Are global environmental policies and laws enough to deal with climate change?      Cache   Translate Page      
Today, policymakers, civil society, academics, and business converge in Nairobi, Kenya, for the opening of the Fourth United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA 4), the world's highest-level decision-making body on the environment. Held every two years, UNEA allows countries to set priorities for global environmental policies and to develop international environmental law.
          The 'ecological foundations of society' are in peril, UN warns      Cache   Translate Page      
Human activities are degrading the global environment at a pace that could endanger the "ecological foundations of society" and human health, according to a landmark United Nations report released Wednesday.

          Inconvenient Truths at China’s UN Rights Review      Cache   Translate Page      

Security Council members cast their votes in favor of the adoption of the agenda on human rights abuses in New York on December 10, 2015.

“Inconsistent with China’s national conditions, contradictory with Chinese laws, politically biased or untruthful.” In this manner China rejected dozens of recommendations from other governments during its Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

This process, which reviews all UN member states’ rights records every five years, will culminate for China on March 15, when the government explains which recommendations it will—and won’t—accept.

After forcibly disappearing its former vice minister of police, Meng Hongwei, during his tenure as head of Interpol in 2018, China rejected outright requests from other governments during its review to join an international treaty on disappearances, saying “further observation is needed.”  It similarly brushed aside dozens of calls to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which it signed in 1998, claiming that after two decades that “relevant conditions in China” might not be “in place.”

China claims to have accepted or is already implementing 284 of the 346 recommendations made by states. It asserts it is combating torture in detention, respecting the rights of detainees, protecting religious freedom for ethnic minorities, upholding citizens’ freedom of speech, including that of human rights defenders, and cooperating with UN human rights mechanisms.  In each case, recent Human Rights Watch research clearly shows otherwise.

China pushed back hardest against more than a dozen recommendations calling for urgent access by independent or UN observers to Xinjiang—the northwest region where roughly a million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained for “political education.”  It sought to dismiss the concerns raised with its long-discredited mantra: “China firmly opposes interference in its sovereignty and internal affairs under any pretext.”

Member states should understand that chilling statement with clarity: it’s a rejection of the Human Rights Council’s mandate, a confirmation of China’s bad faith in participating in such reviews, and, most urgently, an indication that Beijing will continue committing mass human rights violations in Xinjiang. It’s not too late for those governments to speak this week with a common voice on behalf of people under grave threat—the question is whether they will do so. 


          The President leaves for Kenya      Cache   Translate Page      
President Maithripala Sirisena left for Kenya to participate in the United Nations Environment Conference. The Environment Conference is being held in Nairobi in Kenya this time. Read More
          Russia urges US to work jointly on settling Venezuelan crisis      Cache   Translate Page      
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that all US sanctions imposed without the endorsement of the United Nations Security Council are illegitimate
          US urges China to not block Masood listing      Cache   Translate Page      

[USA], Mar 13 (ANI): The United States has urged China to not block Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar's listing as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council meeting to be held today over Azhar's designation. 

At the behest of Pakistan, China has previously stonewalled efforts to designate the Pakistan-based terror outfit's chief as a global terrorist at the UNSC by putting technical holds.

Following the ghastly Pulwama terror attack carried out by the JeM, three of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the US, the UK and France – have initiated renewed efforts to get Azhar proscribed. China, on the other hand, has not outrightly supported the move until now.

"..., I would say that the United States and China share a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace and that a failure to designate Azhar would run counter to this goal," Robert Palladino, the US Department of State's Deputy Spokesperson stated on Tuesday (local time).

"JeM is a United Nations-designated terrorist group. Azhar is the founder and the leader of JeM, and he meets the criteria for designation by the United Nations. JEM has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability and peace," Palladino said at a media briefing.

40 CRPF personnel lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on February 14 when a JeM terrorist targetted their convoy.

Tensions have been high between India and Pakistan ever since, with India undertaking an anti-terror strike on a major JeM camp in Pakistan's Balakot in the aftermath.

The international community has supported India's fight against terror, with the United States bluntly telling Pakistan to stop providing support and a safe haven to terrorists and terror outfits following the attack.

Pakistan's military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, on the other hand, has denied the presence of JeM in their country - a claim which has been widely ridiculed.

"It is regrettable Pakistan continues to deny JeM involvement in Pulwama attack. Is Pakistan defending Jaish and being its spokesperson? Till today Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish. Terrorist camps in Pakistan are in the public domain...All members of UNSC are aware of JeM camps in Pakistan and the presence of Masood Azhar in the country. We request all UNSC members to designate Masood Azhar under the UNSC sanction list. We have been repeatedly demanding Pakistan to take action against terror camps in their territory and area under its control,” India had earlier said while slamming Pakistan. (ANI)


          Pakistan criticised at UNHRC for its duplicity on Kashmir      Cache   Translate Page      

[Switzerland], March 13 (ANI): Kashmiri political activists and intellectuals have strongly criticised Pakistan for its duplicity on Kashmir during the 40th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) here on Tuesday.

Junaid Qureshi, a Kashmiri and director of the European Foundation of South Asian Studies (EFSAS) lambasted Pakistan for becoming a broker to China. He said, “Firstly, Pakistan invaded Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. Since then, it has been an Occupier - And now, it is a broker, as it is negotiating the sale of Gilgit Baltistan to Beijing”.

In collaboration with China, Pakistan’s attempts to change the status of Gilgit Baltistan have increased exponentially, as the region is vital for the construction of the illegal China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

He added, “The Pakistani Supreme Court, in its verdict of 17 January 2019, rightly acknowledged that Gilgit Baltistan is a disputed territory and its status cannot be changed. However, the said disputed status of this integral part of Jammu and Kashmir, strangely enough, did not prevent the same Supreme Court from extending its own jurisdiction over the region."

“Pakistan has forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir while it continues fomenting terrorism and keeps deceiving the world by manifesting itself as a self-styled protector of the rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir for over seven decades,” said Qureshi.

Junaid added, "The people of Jammu and Kashmir fear that Pakistan’s sheer cunningness and utter hypocrisy will keep prevailing at the expense of my generation and coming generations. Unless the UN intervenes and proves us wrong."

Activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) also highlighted the issue of gross human rights violations and the mushrooming of terror camps in the region.

Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, the chairman of United Kashmir Peoples National Party told the UNHRC that Pakistan has been using their land as launching pad to orchestrate terror activities and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in the region.

He said, “We are very much concerned about the growing menace of terrorism from Pakistan and its implications on regional and international peace.”

Kashmiri also raised other issues concerning the people of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.

“Pakistan has violated international law as well as United Nations resolutions and created an unfair consolidation in its peripheries. They have constructed many dams in the disputed territories beyond its mandate and deprived millions of Pakistan of basic needs, the diversion of Neelam, Jhelum rivers have created drastic environmental effects in life and livelihood of the people as well as on natural habitat of the region under its illegal control”, Kashmiri told the UNHRC.

Pakistan seizes every opportunity to harass the people from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, especially those who are now living in Europe and other parts of the world.

Jamil Maqsood, a political activist from PoK, who now lives in Brussels, told the UNHRC about Islamabad's deliberate attempts to restrict him from travelling back home by blocking his Pakistani passport.

Jamil said, “Pakistani authorities have restricted my travel back home in so-called Azad Kashmir by blocking my Pakistani passport, since 30th of October 2017 and an online request for the renewal of the said document has not been responded since 9th January 2019 respectively”.

He further stated that Pakistani authorities have been using these tactics to press the voices at such prestigious forums.

"I, request to the Council to take serious heed to human rights violation in so-called Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. I’m not the only victim of such Pakistani policies in recent years. However, I request to the Council to formulate a mechanism of issuing UN travel documents to the people of Pakistani peripheries, so they could permanently get rid of the repugnant attitude of the Pakistani state," he asserted. (ANI)


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          SARC is taking his place in Brussels III conference on supporting Syria      Cache   Translate Page      

Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region Conference was kicked off in Brussels on March 12, 2019. The three-day conference brought together more than 1000 participants among them the humanitarian partners of the International Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the United Nations and the International Non-government Organization. Eng. Khaled Erksoussi, Secretary General of SARC, attended the conference and gave a speech in which he unveiled his concern is about volunteers and workers protection especially that SARC has lost 65 staff and volunteers in the line of humanitarian duty, not to mention others who have been kidnapped… Read More »

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           Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths       Cache   Translate Page      
A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to man-made pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said.
          Expert urges UN's remedies on lead poisoning victims      Cache   Translate Page      

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) - A human rights expert has urged the United Nations to take "immediate action" to provide justice and remedies to displaced minority communities in Kosovo who were sheltered on lead-contaminated wasteland.

Baskut Tuncak, a U.N.-appointed expert on the human rights implications of toxic substances, said on Wednesday ...

          Mar 13, 2019: Study Abroad Interest Meeting: Winter 2020 Colombia CHEM/PHYS at Brown Lab      Cache   Translate Page      

Study physics and chemistry in Bogotá, Villa de Leyva, and San Andres, Colombia! Bogotá is the cosmopolitan capital city of Colombia, known as a center of art, science and culture in South America, and is referred to as the Athens of South America because of its rich historic and cultural heritage. Bogotá is one of the oldest cities in the Americas and is surrounded by several pre-conquest archeological sites. Bogotá is home to over 8 million people, and its human development index is considered very high (0.965) by the United Nations. San Andres is a small Caribbean island, designated as a UNESCO biosphere site. Students will enjoy getting to know their fellow Colombian students who will enroll in the same courses, while enjoying the unique attractions of a nearly 500 year old city, including the Museo del Oro (Gold museum) and the oldest astronomical observatory in the western hemisphere.

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          INTERN - Central Support Services [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          INTERN - Digital Communication [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          FINANCE AND BUDGET OFFICER       Cache   Translate Page      
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          FINANCE AND BUDGET ASSISTANT       Cache   Translate Page      
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          Associate Programme Management Officer [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
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Job ID : 113543
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          INTERN - TRANSLATION (Chinese) - 2 INTERNSHIPS [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Condolences to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres      Cache   Translate Page      
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has expressed condolences to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the tragic loss of UN workers in a plane crash.
          Peace Strategy Aims to Tackle Internal Displacements in Ethiopia      Cache   Translate Page      

Last week, the newly established Ministry of Peace collaborated with United Nations (UN) agencies to launch a national process for the development of an inclusive [...]

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          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
Green Spaces participants will be provided with the opportunity to lead initiatives, apply their academic training to challenging issues, and share their... $30,000 - $50,000 a year
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          The Hip New Teen Trend is Leading the Climate Movement to Save the World      Cache   Translate Page      

It’s a bright and chilly Friday and 13-year-old Alexandria Villasenor has been sitting in 40-degree cold for two and a half hours. The seventh-grader has come to the United Nations in Manhattan every Friday for 11 weeks, including during the polar vortex that hit the city a month ago, to protest climate inaction, a vigil that has earned her an enormous amount of attention.


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 Peyi Soyinka-Airewele, Professor and Chairperson, Politics Department, has been invited to participate in a panel event at the United Nations headquarters in New York, alongside three other Panelists: 

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REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

1. The Local Government Unit Maconacon, Isabela, through the 2018 GENERAL FUND of the Municipal Agriculturist Office amounting one hundred Thousand pesos only(100,000 .00) being the Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) to payments under the contract for the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES N received in excess of the ABC shall be automatically rejected a bid opening.

2. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela now REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES. The description of an eligible bidder is contained in the Bidding Documents, particularly, in Section II. Instructions to Bidders.

3. Bidding will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion as specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act.

Bidding is restricted to Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships, partnerships, or organizations with at least sixty percent (60%) interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, and to citizens or organizations of a country the laws or regulations of which grant similar rights or privileges to Filipino citizens, pursuant to RA 5183 and subject to Commonwealth Act 138.

4. Interested bidders may obtain further information from LGU Maconacon, Isabela BAC and inspect the Bidding Documents at the address given below during 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M..

A complete set of Bidding Documents may be purchased by interested Bidders from March 11-15, 2019 8:000 AM to 5:00 PM from the address below and upon payment of a nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents in the amount of Five hundred Pesos (P500.00) only.

5. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela will hold a Pre-Bid Conference on March 13, 2019 9am at the LGU Municipal Hall Building, LGU Compound which shall be open to all interested parties.

6. Bids must be delivered to the address below on or before March 15, 2019 8:30am All Bids must be accompanied by a bid security in any of the acceptable forms and in the amount stated in ITB Clause 18.1.

7. Bid opening shall be on March 15, 2019 9 am at LGU Municipal Hall, LGU Compound. Bids will be opened in the presence of the Bidders representatives who choose to attend at the address below. Late bids shall not be accepted.

8. The LGU Maconacon, Isabela reserves the right to accept or reject any bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected bidder or bidders.

9. For further information, please refer to:


RICARDO M. MORA JR.
HEAD-BAC SECRETARIAT
09185736556
Email ad: ricardo_morajr@yahoo.com


DIANA D. IGNACIO
Chairperson
Bids and Awards Committee









A. General
1. Scope of Bid
1.1. The procuring entity named in the BDS (hereinafter referred to as the Procuring Entity) wishes to receive bids for the REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

as described in Section VII. Technical Specifications (hereinafter referred to as the Goods).
1.2. The name, identification, and number of lots specific to this bidding are provided in the BDS. The contracting strategy and basis of evaluation of lots is described in ITB Clause 28.
2. Source of Funds
The Procuring Entity has a budget or has applied for or received funds from the Funding Source named in the BDS, and in the amount indicated in the BDS. It intends to apply part of the funds received for the Project, as defined in the BDS, to cover eligible payments under the contract.
3. Corrupt, Fraudulent, Collusive, and Coercive Practices
3.1. The Procuring Entity as well as the bidders and suppliers shall observe the highest standard of ethics during the procurement and execution of the contract. In pursuance of this policy, the Procuring Entity:
(a) defines, for purposes of this provision, the terms set forth below as follows:
(i) corrupt practice means behavior on the part of officials in the public or private sectors by which they improperly and unlawfully enrich themselves, others, or induce others to do so, by misusing the position in which they are placed, and includes the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of anything of value to influence the action of any such official in the procurement process or in contract execution; entering, on behalf of the government, into any contract or transaction manifestly and grossly disadvantageous to the same, whether or not the public officer profited or will profit thereby, and similar acts as provided in RA 3019.
(ii) fraudulent practice means a misrepresentation of facts in order to influence a procurement process or the execution of a contract to the detriment of the Procuring Entity, and includes collusive practices among Bidders (prior to or after bid submission) designed to establish bid prices at artificial, non-competitive levels and to deprive the Procuring Entity of the benefits of free and open competition.
(iii) collusive practices means a scheme or arrangement between two or more Bidders, with or without the knowledge of the Procuring Entity, designed to establish bid prices at artificial, non-competitive levels.
(iv) coercive practices means harming or threatening to harm, directly or indirectly, persons, or their property to influence their participation in a procurement process, or affect the execution of a contract;
(v) obstructive practice is
(aa) deliberately destroying, falsifying, altering or concealing of evidence material to an administrative proceedings or investigation or making false statements to investigators in order to materially impede an administrative proceedings or investigation of the Procuring Entity or any foreign government/foreign or international financing institution into allegations of a corrupt, fraudulent, coercive or collusive practice; and/or threatening, harassing or intimidating any party to prevent it from disclosing its knowledge of matters relevant to the administrative proceedings or investigation or from pursuing such proceedings or investigation; or

(bb) acts intended to materially impede the exercise of the inspection and audit rights of the Procuring Entity or any foreign government/foreign or international financing institution herein.
(b) will reject a proposal for award if it determines that the Bidder recommended for award has engaged in any of the practices mentioned in this Clause for purposes of competing for the contract.
3.2. Further, the Procuring Entity will seek to impose the maximum civil, administrative, and/or criminal penalties available under applicable laws on individuals and organizations deemed to be involved in any of the practices mentioned in ITB Clause (a).
3.3. Furthermore, the Funding Source and the Procuring Entity reserve the right to inspect and audit records and accounts of a bidder or supplier in the bidding for and performance of a contract themselves or through independent auditors as reflected in the GCC Clause 2.1.
4. Conflict of Interest
4.1. All Bidders found to have conflicting interests shall be disqualified to participate in the procurement at hand, without prejudice to the imposition of appropriate administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions. A Bidder may be considered to have conflicting interests with another Bidder in any of the events described in paragraphs (a) through (c) below and a general conflict of interest in any of the circumstances set out in paragraphs (d) through (f) below:
(a) A Bidder has controlling shareholders in common with another Bidder;
(b) A Bidder receives or has received any direct or indirect subsidy from any other Bidder;
(c) A Bidder has the same legal representative as that of another Bidder for purposes of this bid;
(d) A Bidder has a relationship, directly or through third parties, that puts them in a position to have access to information about or influence on the bid of another Bidder or influence the decisions of the Procuring Entity regarding this bidding process. This will include a firm or an organization who lends, or temporarily seconds, its personnel to firms or organizations which are engaged in consulting services for the preparation related to procurement for or implementation of the project if the personnel would be involved in any capacity on the same project;
(e) A Bidder submits more than one bid in this bidding process. However, this does not limit the participation of subcontractors in more than one bid; or
(f) A Bidder who participated as a consultant in the preparation of the design or technical specifications of the Goods and related services that are the subject of the bid.
4.2. In accordance with Section 47 of the IRR of RA 9184, all Bidding Documents shall be accompanied by a sworn affidavit of the Bidder that it is not related to the Head of the Procuring Entity, members of the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC), members of the Technical Working Group (TWG), members of the BAC Secretariat, the head of the Project Management Office (PMO) or the end-user unit, and the project consultants, by consanguinity or affinity up to the third civil degree. On the part of the Bidder, this Clause shall apply to the following persons:
(a) If the Bidder is an individual or a sole proprietorship, to the Bidder himself;
(b) If the Bidder is a partnership, to all its officers and members;
(c) If the Bidder is a corporation, to all its officers, directors, and controlling stockholders; and
(d) If the Bidder is a joint venture (JV), the provisions of items (a), (b), or (c) of this Clause shall correspondingly apply to each of the members of the said JV, as may be appropriate.
Relationship of the nature described above or failure to comply with this Clause will result in the automatic disqualification of a Bidder.
5. Eligible Bidders
5.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the following persons shall be eligible to participate in this bidding:
(a) Duly licensed Filipino citizens/sole proprietorships;
(b) Partnerships duly organized under the laws of the Philippines and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines;
(c) Corporations duly organized under the laws of the Philippines, and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the outstanding capital stock belongs to citizens of the Philippines;
(d) Cooperatives duly organized under the laws of the Philippines, and of which at least sixty percent (60%) of the interest belongs to citizens of the Philippines; and
(e) Persons/entities forming themselves into a JV, i.e., a group of two (2) or more persons/entities that intend to be jointly and severally responsible or liable for a particular contract: Provided, however, that Filipino ownership or interest of the joint venture concerned shall be at least sixty percent (60%).
5.2. Foreign bidders may be eligible to participate when any of the following circumstances exist, as specified in the BDS:
(a) When a Treaty or International or Executive Agreement as provided in Section 4 of the RA 9184 and its IRR allow foreign bidders to participate;
(b) Citizens, corporations, or associations of a country, included in the list issued by the GPPB, the laws or regulations of which grant reciprocal rights or privileges to citizens, corporations, or associations of the Philippines;
(c) When the Goods sought to be procured are not available from local suppliers; or
(d) When there is a need to prevent situations that defeat competition or restrain trade.
5.3. Government corporate entities may be eligible to participate only if they can establish that they (a) are legally and financially autonomous, (b) operate under commercial law, and (c) are not dependent agencies of the GOP or the Procuring Entity.
5.4. Unless otherwise provided in the BDS, the Bidder must have completed at least one contract similar to the Project the value of which, adjusted to current prices using the National Statistics Office consumer price index, must be at least equivalent to a percentage of the ABC stated in the BDS.
For this purpose, contracts similar to the Project shall be those described in the BDS, and completed within the relevant period stated in the Invitation to Bid and ITB Clause 12.1(a)(iii).
5.5. Unless otherwise provided in the BDS, the Bidder must submit a computation of its Net Financial Contracting Capacity (NFCC) or a commitment from a Universal or Commercial Bank to extend a credit line in its favor if awarded the contract for this Project (CLC).
The NFCC, computed using the following formula, must be at least equal to the ABC to be bid:
NFCC = [(Current assets minus current liabilities) (K)] minus the value of all outstanding or uncompleted portions of the projects under ongoing contracts, including awarded contracts yet to be started coinciding with the contract for this Project.

Where:

K = 10 for a contract duration of one year or less, 15 for a contract duration of more than one year up to two years, and 20 for a contract duration of more than two years.

The CLC must be at least equal to ten percent (10%) of the ABC for this Project. If issued by a foreign bank, it shall be confirmed or authenticated by a Universal or Commercial Bank. In the case of local government units (LGUs), the Bidder may also submit CLC from other banks certified by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as authorized to issue such financial instrument.
6. Bidders Responsibilities
6.1. The Bidder or its duly authorized representative shall submit a sworn statement in the form prescribed in Section VIII. Bidding Forms as required in ITB Clause 12.1(b)(i).
6.2. The Bidder is responsible for the following:
(a) Having taken steps to carefully examine all of the Bidding Documents;
(b) Having acknowledged all conditions, local or otherwise, affecting the implementation of the contract;
(c) Having made an estimate of the facilities available and needed for the contract to be bid, if any; and
(d) Having complied with its responsibility to inquire or secure Supplemental/Bid Bulletin(s) as provided under ITB Clause 10.3.
(e) Ensuring that it is not blacklisted or barred from bidding by the GOP or any of its agencies, offices, corporations, or LGUs, including foreign government/foreign or international financing institution whose blacklisting rules have been recognized by the GPPB;

(f) Ensuring that each of the documents submitted in satisfaction of the bidding requirements is an authentic copy of the original, complete, and all statements and information provided therein are true and correct;

(g) Authorizing the Head of the Procuring Entity or its duly authorized representative/s to verify all the documents submitted;

(h) Ensuring that the signatory is the duly authorized representative of the Bidder, and granted full power and authority to do, execute and perform any and all acts necessary and/or to represent the Bidder in the bidding, with the duly notarized Secretarys Certificate attesting to such fact, if the Bidder is a corporation, partnership, cooperative, or joint venture;

(i) Complying with the disclosure provision under Section 47 of RA 9184 in relation to other provisions of RA 3019; and

(j) Complying with existing labor laws and standards, in the case of procurement of services.

Failure to observe any of the above responsibilities shall be at the risk of the Bidder concerned.

6.3. The Bidder is expected to examine all instructions, forms, terms, and specifications in the Bidding Documents. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, failure to furnish all information or documentation required in the Bidding Documents shall result in the rejection of the bid and the disqualification of the Bidder.
6.4. It shall be the sole responsibility of the Bidder to determine and to satisfy itself by such means as it considers necessary or desirable as to all matters pertaining to the contract to be bid, including: (a) the location and the nature of this Project; (b) climatic conditions; (c) transportation facilities; and (d) other factors that may affect the cost, duration, and execution or implementation of this Project.
6.5. The Procuring Entity shall not assume any responsibility regarding erroneous interpretations or conclusions by the prospective or eligible bidder out of the data furnished by the procuring entity.
6.6. The Bidder shall bear all costs associated with the preparation and submission of his bid, and the Procuring Entity will in no case be responsible or liable for those costs, regardless of the conduct or outcome of the bidding process.
6.7. Before submitting their bids, the Bidder is deemed to have become familiar with all existing laws, decrees, ordinances, acts and regulations of the Philippines which may affect this Project in any way.
6.8. The Bidder should note that the Procuring Entity will accept bids only from those that have paid the nonrefundable fee for the Bidding Documents at the office indicated in the Invitation to Bid.
7. Origin of Goods
Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, there is no restriction on the origin of goods other than those prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, subject to ITB Clause 27.1.
8. Subcontracts
8.1. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, the Bidder may subcontract portions of the Goods to an extent as may be approved by the Procuring Entity and stated in the BDS. However, subcontracting of any portion shall not relieve the Bidder from any liability or obligation that may arise from the contract for this Project.
8.2. Subcontractors must comply with the eligibility criteria and the documentary requirements specified in the BDS. In the event that any subcontractor is found by the Procuring Entity to be ineligible, the subcontracting of such portion of the Goods shall be disallowed.
8.3. The Bidder may identify the subcontractor to whom a portion of the Goods will be subcontracted at any stage of the bidding process or during contract implementation. If the Bidder opts to disclose the name of the subcontractor during bid submission, the Bidder shall include the required documents as part of the technical component of its bid.
B. Contents of Bidding Documents
9. Pre-Bid Conference
9.1. (a) If so specified in the BDS, a pre-bid conference shall be held at the venue and on the date indicated therein, to clarify and address the Bidders questions on the technical and financial components of this Project.
(b) The pre-bid conference shall be held at least twelve (12) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids. If the Procuring Entity determines that, by reason of the method, nature, or complexity of the contract to be bid, or when international participation will be more advantageous to the GOP, a longer period for the preparation of bids is necessary, the pre-bid conference shall be held at least thirty (30) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids, as specified in the BDS.
9.2. Bidders are encouraged to attend the pre-bid conference to ensure that they fully understand the Procuring Entitys requirements. Non-attendance of the Bidder will in no way prejudice its bid; however, the Bidder is expected to know the changes and/or amendments to the Bidding Documents discussed during the pre-bid conference.
9.3. Any statement made at the pre-bid conference shall not modify the terms of the Bidding Documents unless such statement is specifically identified in writing as an amendment thereto and issued as a Supplemental/Bid Bulletin.
10. Clarification and Amendment of Bidding Documents
10.1. Bidders who have purchased the Bidding Documents may request for clarifications on any part of the Bidding Documents for an interpretation. Such a request must be in writing and submitted to the Procuring Entity at the address indicated in the BDS at least ten (10) calendar days before the deadline set for the submission and receipt of bids.
10.2. Supplemental/Bid Bulletins may be issued upon the Procuring Entitys initiative for purposes of clarifying or modifying any provision of the Bidding Documents not later than seven (7) calendar days before the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids. Any modification to the Bidding Documents shall be identified as an amendment.
10.3. Any Supplemental/Bid Bulletin issued by the BAC shall also be posted on the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) and the website of the Procuring Entity concerned, if available. It shall be the responsibility of all Bidders who secure the Bidding Documents to inquire and secure Supplemental/Bid Bulletins that may be issued by the BAC. However, Bidders who have submitted bids before the issuance of the Supplemental/Bid Bulletin must be informed and allowed to modify or withdraw their bids in accordance with ITB Clause 23.
C. Preparation of Bids
11. Language of Bid
The bid, as well as all correspondence and documents relating to the bid exchanged by the Bidder and the Procuring Entity, shall be written in English. Supporting documents and printed literature furnished by the Bidder may be in another language provided they are accompanied by an accurate translation in English certified by the appropriate embassy or consulate in the Philippines, in which case the English translation shall govern for purposes of interpretation of the bid.
12. Documents Comprising the Bid: Eligibility and Technical Components
12.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the first envelope shall contain the following eligibility and technical documents:
(a) Eligibility Documents
Class A Documents:
(i) Registration certificate from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for sole proprietorship, or Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) for cooperatives, or any proof of such registration as stated in the BDS;
(ii) Mayors permit issued by the city or municipality where the principal place of business of the prospective bidder is located;
(iii) Statement of all its ongoing and completed government and private contracts within the period stated in the BDS, including contracts awarded but not yet started, if any. The statement shall include, for each contract, the following:
(iii.1) name of the contract;
(iii.2) date of the contract;
(iii.3) kinds of Goods;
(iii.4) amount of contract and value of outstanding contracts;
(iii.5) date of delivery; and
(iii.6) end users acceptance or official receipt(s) issued for the contract, if completed.
(iv) Audited financial statements, stamped received by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) or its duly accredited and authorized institutions, for the preceding calendar year, which should not be earlier than two (2) years from bid submission;
(v) NFCC computation or CLC in accordance with ITB Clause 5.5; and
Class B Document:
(vi) If applicable, the JVA in case the joint venture is already in existence, or duly notarized statements from all the potential joint venture partners stating that they will enter into and abide by the provisions of the JVA in the instance that the bid is successful.
(b) Technical Documents
(i) Bid security in accordance with ITB Clause 18. If the Bidder opts to submit the bid security in the form of:
(i.1) a bank draft/guarantee or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by a foreign bank, it shall be accompanied by a confirmation from a Universal or Commercial Bank; or
(i.2) a surety bond, it shall be accompanied by a certification by the Insurance Commission that the surety or insurance company is authorized to issue such instruments;
(ii) Conformity with technical specifications, as enumerated and specified in Sections VI and VII of the Bidding Documents; and
(iii) Sworn statement in accordance with Section 25.2(a)(iv) of the IRR of RA 9184 and using the form prescribed in Section VIII. Bidding Forms.
13. Documents Comprising the Bid: Financial Component
13.1. Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the financial component of the bid shall contain the following:
(a) Financial Bid Form, which includes bid prices and the bill of quantities and the applicable Price Schedules, in accordance with ITB Clauses 15.1 and 15.4;
(b) If the Bidder claims preference as a Domestic Bidder or Domestic Entity, a certification from the DTI, SEC, or CDA issued in accordance with ITB Clause 27; and
(c) Any other document required in the BDS.
13.2. (a) Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, all bids that exceed the ABC shall not be accepted.
(b) Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, for foreign-funded procurement, a ceiling may be applied to bid prices provided the following conditions are met:
(i) Bidding Documents are obtainable free of charge on a freely accessible website. If payment of Bidding Documents is required by the procuring entity, payment could be made upon the submission of bids.
(ii) The procuring entity has procedures in place to ensure that the ABC is based on recent estimates made by the responsible unit of the procuring entity and that the estimates reflect the quality, supervision and risk and inflationary factors, as well as prevailing market prices, associated with the types of works or goods to be procured.
(iii) The procuring entity has trained cost estimators on estimating prices and analyzing bid variances.
(iv) The procuring entity has established a system to monitor and report bid prices relative to ABC and engineers/procuring entitys estimate.
(v) The procuring entity has established a system to monitor and report bid prices relative to ABC and procuring entitys estimate. The procuring entity has established a monitoring and evaluation system for contract implementation to provide a feedback on actual total costs of goods and works.
14. Alternative Bids
Alternative Bids shall be rejected. For this purpose, alternative bid is an offer made by a Bidder in addition or as a substitute to its original bid which may be included as part of its original bid or submitted separately therewith for purposes of bidding. A bid with options is considered an alternative bid regardless of whether said bid proposal is contained in a single envelope or submitted in two (2) or more separate bid envelopes.
15. Bid Prices
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15.2. The Bidder shall fill in rates and prices for all items of the Goods described in the Bill of Quantities. Bids not addressing or providing all of the required items in the Bidding Documents including, where applicable, Bill of Quantities, shall be considered non-responsive and, thus, automatically disqualified. In this regard, where a required item is provided, but no price is indicated, the same shall be considered as non-responsive, but specifying a "0" (zero) for the said item would mean that it is being offered for free to the Government.
15.3. The terms Ex Works (EXW), Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF), Cost and Insurance Paid to (CIP), Delivered Duty Paid (DDP), and other trade terms used to describe the obligations of the parties, shall be governed by the rules prescribed in the current edition of the International Commercial Terms (INCOTERMS) published by the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris.
15.4. Prices indicated on the Price Schedule shall be entered separately in the following manner:
(a) For Goods offered from within the Procuring Entitys country:
(i) The price of the Goods quoted EXW (ex works, ex factory, ex warehouse, ex showroom, or off-the-shelf, as applicable), including all customs duties and sales and other taxes already paid or payable:
(i.1) on the components and raw material used in the manufacture or assembly of Goods quoted ex works or ex factory; or
(i.2) on the previously imported Goods of foreign origin quoted ex warehouse, ex showroom, or off-the-shelf and any Procuring Entity country sales and other taxes which will be payable on the Goods if the contract is awarded.
(ii) The price for inland transportation, insurance, and other local costs incidental to delivery of the Goods to their final destination.
(iii) The price of other (incidental) services, if any, listed in the BDS.
(b) For Goods offered from abroad:
(i) Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the price of the Goods shall be quoted DDP with the place of destination in the Philippines as specified in the BDS. In quoting the price, the Bidder shall be free to use transportation through carriers registered in any eligible country. Similarly, the Bidder may obtain insurance services from any eligible source country.
(ii) The price of other (incidental) services, if any, listed in the BDS.
15.5. Prices quoted by the Bidder shall be fixed during the Bidders performance of the contract and not subject to variation or price escalation on any account, unless otherwise specified in the BDS. A bid submitted with an adjustable price quotation shall be treated as non-responsive and shall be rejected, pursuant to ITB Clause 24.
15.6. All bid prices shall be considered as fixed prices, and therefore not subject to price escalation during contract implementation, except under extraordinary circumstances as indicated in the BDS and specified in the GCC and its corresponding SCC provision.
16. Bid Currencies
16.1. Prices shall be quoted in the following currencies:
(a) For Goods that the Bidder will supply from within the Philippines, the prices shall be quoted in Philippine Pesos.
(b) For Goods that the Bidder will supply from outside the Philippines, the prices may be quoted in the currency(ies) stated in the BDS. However, for purposes of bid evaluation, bids denominated in foreign currencies shall be converted to Philippine currency based on the exchange rate as published in the BSP reference rate bulletin on the day of the bid opening.
16.2. If so allowed in accordance with ITB Clause 16.1, the Procuring Entity for purposes of bid evaluation and comparing the bid prices will convert the amounts in various currencies in which the bid price is expressed to Philippine Pesos at the foregoing exchange rates.
16.3. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, payment of the contract price shall be made in Philippine Pesos.
17. Bid Validity
17.1. Bids shall remain valid for the period specified in the BDS which shall not exceed one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the date of the opening of bids.
17.2. In exceptional circumstances, prior to the expiration of the Bid validity period, the Procuring Entity may request Bidders to extend the period of validity of their bids. The request and the responses shall be made in writing. The bid security described in ITB Clause 18 should also be extended corresponding to the extension of the bid validity period at the least. A Bidder may refuse the request without forfeiting its bid security, but his bid shall no longer be considered for further evaluation and award. A Bidder granting the request shall not be required or permitted to modify its bid.
18. Bid Security
18.1. The bid security, issued in favor of the Procuring Entity, in the amount stated in the BDS shall be equal to the percentage of the ABC in accordance with the following schedule:

Form of Bid Security Amount of Bid Security
(Equal to Percentage of the ABC)
(a) Cash or cashiers/managers check issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank. Two percent (2%)
(b) Bank draft/guarantee or irrevocable letter of credit issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank: Provided, however, that it shall be confirmed or authenticated by a Universal or Commercial Bank, if issued by a foreign bank.
(c) Surety bond callable upon demand issued by a surety or insurance company duly certified by the Insurance Commission as authorized to issue such security. Five percent (5%)
(d) Any combination of the foregoing. Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security

For biddings conducted by LGUs, the Bidder may also submit bid securities in the form of cashiers/managers check, bank draft/guarantee, or irrevocable letter of credit from other banks certified by the BSP as authorized to issue such financial statement.
18.2. The bid security should be valid for the period specified in the BDS. Any bid not accompanied by an acceptable bid security shall be rejected by the Procuring Entity as non-responsive.
18.3. No bid securities shall be returned to bidders after the opening of bids and before contract signing, except to those that failed or declared as post-disqualified, upon submission of a written waiver of their right to file a motion for reconsideration and/or protest. Without prejudice on its forfeiture, bid securities shall be returned only after the bidder with the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid has signed the contract and furnished the performance security, but in no case later than the expiration of the bid security validity period indicated in ITB Clause 18.2.
18.4. Upon signing and execution of the contract pursuant to ITB Clause 31.1, and the posting of the performance security pursuant to ITB Clause 33, the successful Bidders bid security will be discharged, but in no case later than the bid security validity period as indicated in the ITB Clause 18.2.
18.5. The bid security may be forfeited:
(a) if a Bidder:
(i) withdraws its bid during the period of bid validity specified in ITB Clause 17;
(ii) does not accept the correction of errors pursuant to ITB Clause 28.3(b);
(iii) fails to submit the requirements within the prescribed period or a finding against their veracity as stated in ITB Clause 29.2;
(iv) submission of eligibility requirements containing false information or falsified documents;
(v) submission of bids that contain false information or falsified documents, or the concealment of such information in the bids in order to influence the outcome of eligibility screening or any other stage of the public bidding;
(vi) allowing the use of ones name, or using the name of another for purposes of public bidding;
(vii) withdrawal of a bid, or refusal to accept an award, or enter into contract with the Government without justifiable cause, after the Bidder had been adjudged as having submitted the Lowest Calculated and Responsive Bid;
(viii) refusal or failure to post the required performance security within the prescribed time;
(ix) refusal to clarify or validate in writing its bid during post-qualification within a period of seven (7) calendar days from receipt of the request for clarification;
(x) any documented attempt by a bidder to unduly influence the outcome of the bidding in his favor;
(xi) failure of the potential joint venture partners to enter into the joint venture after the bid is declared successful; or
(xii) all other acts that tend to defeat the purpose of the competitive bidding, such as habitually withdrawing from bidding, submitting late Bids or patently insufficient bid, for at least three (3) times within a year, except for valid reasons.
(b) if the successful Bidder:
(i) fails to sign the contract in accordance with ITB Clause 31.1; or
(ii) fails to furnish performance security in accordance with ITB Clause 33.
19. Format and Signing of Bids
19.1. Bidders shall submit their bids through their duly authorized representative using the appropriate forms provided in Section VIII. Bidding Forms on or before the deadline specified in the ITB Clauses 21 in two (2) separate sealed bid envelopes, and which shall be submitted simultaneously. The first shall contain the technical component of the bid, including the eligibility requirements under ITB Clause 12.1, and the second shall contain the financial component of the bid.
19.2. Forms as mentioned in ITB Clause 19.1 must be completed without any alterations to their format, and no substitute form shall be accepted. All blank spaces shall be filled in with the information requested.
19.3. The Bidder shall prepare and submit an original (Certified true copy of the original copy is acceptable) of the first and second envelopes as described in ITB Clauses 12 and 13. In the event of any discrepancy between the original and the copies, the original shall prevail.
19.4. The bid, except for unamended printed literature, shall be signed, and each and every page thereof shall be initialed, by the duly authorized representative/s of the Bidder.
19.5. Any interlineations, erasures, or overwriting shall be valid only if they are signed or initialed by the duly authorized representative/s of the Bidder.
20. Sealing and Marking of Bids
20.1. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, Bidders shall enclose their original ( Certiied true copy of the original copy is acceptable) eligibility and technical documents described in ITB Clause 12 in one sealed envelope marked ORIGINAL - TECHNICAL COMPONENT, and the original (Cerified true copy of the original copy is acceptable) of their financial component in another sealed envelope marked ORIGINAL - FINANCIAL COMPONENT, sealing them all in an outer envelope marked ORIGINAL BID.
20.2. Each copy of the first and second envelopes shall be similarly sealed duly marking the inner envelopes as COPY NO. ___ - TECHNICAL COMPONENT and COPY NO. ___ FINANCIAL COMPONENT and the outer envelope as COPY NO. ___, respectively. These envelopes containing the original and the copies shall then be enclosed in one single envelope.
20.3. The original (Certified true copy) and the number of copies of the Bid as indicated in the BDS shall be typed or written in indelible ink and shall be signed by the bidder or its duly authorized representative/s.
20.4. All envelopes shall:
(a) contain the name of the contract to be bid in capital letters;
(b) bear the name and address of the Bidder in capital letters;
(c) be addressed to the Procuring Entitys BAC in accordance with ITB Clause 1.1;
(d) bear the specific identification of this bidding process indicated in the ITB Clause __; and
(e) bear a warning DO NOT OPEN BEFORE the date and time for the opening of bids, in accordance with ITB Clause 21.
20.5. If bids are not sealed and marked as required, the Procuring Entity will assume no responsibility for the misplacement or premature opening of the bid.
D. Submission and Opening of Bids
21. Deadline for Submission of Bids
Bids must be received by the Procuring Entitys BAC at the address and on or before the date and time indicated in the BDS.
22. Late Bids
Any bid submitted after the deadline for submission and receipt of bids prescribed by the Procuring Entity, pursuant to ITB Clause 21, shall be declared Late and shall not be accepted by the Procuring Entity.
23. Modification and Withdrawal of Bids
23.1. The Bidder may modify its bid after it has been submitted; provided that the modification is received by the Procuring Entity prior to the deadline prescribed for submission and receipt of bids. The Bidder shall not be allowed to retrieve its original bid, but shall be allowed to submit another bid equally sealed, properly identified, linked to its original bid marked as TECHNICAL MODIFICATION or FINANCIAL MODIFICATION and stamped received by the BAC. Bid modifications received after the applicable deadline shall not be considered and shall be returned to the Bidder unopened.
23.2. A Bidder may, through a Letter of Withdrawal, withdraw its bid after it has been submitted, for valid and justifiable reason; provided that the Letter of Withdrawal is received by the Procuring Entity prior to the deadline prescribed for submission and receipt of bids.
23.3. Bids requested to be withdrawn in accordance with ITB Clause 23.1 shall be returned unopened to the Bidders. A Bidder may also express its intention not to participate in the bidding through a letter which should reach and be stamped by the BAC before the deadline for submission and receipt of bids. A Bidder that withdraws its bid shall not be permitted to submit another bid, directly or indirectly, for the same contract.
23.4. No bid may be modified after the deadline for submission of bids. No bid may be withdrawn in the interval between the deadline for submission of bids and the expiration of the period of bid validity specified by the Bidder on the Financial Bid Form. Withdrawal of a bid during this interval shall result in the forfeiture of the Bidders bid security, pursuant to ITB Clause 18.5, and the imposition of administrative, civil and criminal sanctions as prescribed by RA 9184 and its IRR.
24. Opening and Preliminary Examination of Bids
24.1. The BAC shall open the first bid envelopes of Bidders in public as specified in the BDS to determine each Bidders compliance with the documents prescribed in ITB Clause 12. For this purpose, the BAC shall check the submitted documents of each bidder against a checklist of required documents to ascertain if they are all present, using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion. If a bidder submits the required document, it shall be rated passed for that particular requirement. In this regard, bids that fail to include any requirement or are incomplete or patently insufficient shall be considered as failed. Otherwise, the BAC shall rate the said first bid envelope as passed.
24.2. Immediately after determining compliance with the requirements in the first envelope, the BAC shall forthwith open the second bid envelope of each remaining eligible bidder whose first bid envelope was rated passed. The second envelope of each complying bidder shall be opened within the same day. In case one or more of the requirements in the second envelope of a particular bid is missing, incomplete or patently insufficient, and/or if the submitted total bid price exceeds the ABC unless otherwise provided in ITB Clause 13.2, the BAC shall rate the bid concerned as failed. Only bids that are determined to contain all the bid requirements for both components shall be rated passed and shall immediately be considered for evaluation and comparison.
24.3. Letters of withdrawal shall be read out and recorded during bid opening, and the envelope containing the corresponding withdrawn bid shall be returned to the Bidder unopened. If the withdrawing Bidders representative is in attendance, the original bid and all copies thereof shall be returned to the representative during the bid opening. If the representative is not in attendance, the bid shall be returned unopened by registered mail. The Bidder may withdraw its bid prior to the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids, provided that the corresponding Letter of Withdrawal contains a valid authorization requesting for such withdrawal, subject to appropriate administrative sanctions.
24.4. If a Bidder has previously secured a certification from the Procuring Entity to the effect that it has previously submitted the above-enumerated Class A Documents, the said certification may be submitted in lieu of the requirements enumerated in ITB Clause 12.1(a), items (i) to (v).
24.5. In the case of an eligible foreign Bidder as described in ITB Clause 5, the Class A Documents described in ITB Clause 12.1(a) may be substituted with the appropriate equivalent documents, if any, issued by the country of the foreign Bidder concerned.
24.6. Each partner of a joint venture agreement shall likewise submit the requirements in ITB Clauses 12.1(a)(i) and 12.1(a)(ii). Submission of documents required under ITB Clauses 12.1(a)(iii) to 12.1(a)(v) by any of the joint venture partners constitutes compliance.
24.7. A Bidder determined as failed has three (3) calendar days upon written notice or, if present at the time of bid opening, upon verbal notification, within which to file a request or motion for reconsideration with the BAC: Provided, however, that the motion for reconsideration shall not be granted if it is established that the finding of failure is due to the fault of the Bidder concerned: Provided, further, that the BAC shall decide on the request for reconsideration within seven (7) calendar days from receipt thereof. If a failed Bidder signifies his intent to file a motion for reconsideration, the BAC shall keep the bid envelopes of the said failed Bidder unopened and/or duly sealed until such time that the motion for reconsideration or protest has been resolved.
24.8. The Procuring Entity shall prepare the minutes of the proceedings of the bid opening that shall include, as a minimum: (a) names of Bidders, their bid price, bid security, findings of preliminary examination; and (b) attendance sheet. The BAC members shall sign the abstract of bids as read.
E. Evaluation and Comparison of Bids
25. Process to be Confidential
25.1. Members of the BAC, including its staff and personnel, as well as its Secretariat and TWG, are prohibited from making or accepting any kind of communication with any bidder regarding the evaluation of their bids until the issuance of the Notice of Award, unless otherwise allowed in the BDS or in the case of ITB Clause 26.
25.2. Any effort by a bidder to influence the Procuring Entity in the Procuring Entitys decision in respect of bid evaluation, bid comparison or contract award will result in the rejection of the Bidders bid.
26. Clarification of Bids
To assist in the evaluation, comparison, and post-qualification of the bids, the Procuring Entity may ask in writing any Bidder for a clarification of its bid. All responses to requests for clarification shall be in writing. Any clarification submitted by a Bidder in respect to its bid and that is not in response to a request by the Procuring Entity shall not be considered.
27. Domestic Preference
27.1. Unless otherwise stated in the BDS, the Procuring Entity will grant a margin of preference for the purpose of comparison of bids in accordance with the following:
(a) The preference shall be applied when (i) the lowest Foreign Bid is lower than the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Bidder, or (ii) the lowest bid offered by a non-Philippine national is lower than the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Entity.
(b) For evaluation purposes, the lowest Foreign Bid or the bid offered by a non-Philippine national shall be increased by fifteen percent (15%).
(c) In the event that (i) the lowest bid offered by a Domestic Entity does not exceed the lowest Foreign Bid as increased, or (ii) the lowest bid offered by a non-Philippine national as increased, then the Procuring Entity shall award the contract to the Domestic Bidder/Entity at the amount of the lowest Foreign Bid or the bid offered by a non-Philippine national, as the case may be.
(d) If the Domestic Entity/Bidder refuses to accept the award of contract at the amount of the Foreign Bid or bid offered by a non-Philippine national within two (2) calendar days from receipt of written advice from the BAC, the Procuring Entity shall award to the bidder offering the Foreign Bid or the non-Philippine national, as the case may be, subject to post-qualification and submission of all the documentary requirements under these Bidding Documents.
27.2. A Bidder may be granted preference as a Domestic Entity subject to the certification from the DTI (in case of sole proprietorships), SEC (in case of partnerships and corporations), or CDA (in case of cooperatives) that the (a) sole proprietor is a citizen of the Philippines or the partnership, corporation, cooperative, or association is duly organized under the laws of the Philippines with at least seventy five percent (75%) of its interest or outstanding capital stock belonging to citizens of the Philippines, (b) habitually established in business and habitually engaged in the manufacture or sale of the merchandise covered by his bid, and (c) the business has been in existence for at least five (5) consecutive years prior to the advertisement and/or posting of the Invitation to Bid for this Project.
27.3. A Bidder may be granted preference as a Domestic Bidder subject to the certification from the DTI that the Bidder is offering unmanufactured articles, materials or supplies of the growth or production of the Philippines, or manufactured articles, materials, or supplies manufactured or to be manufactured in the Philippines substantially from articles, materials, or supplies of the growth, production, or manufacture, as the case may be, of the Philippines.
28. Detailed Evaluation and Comparison of Bids
28.1. The Procuring Entity will undertake the detailed evaluation and comparison of bids which have passed the opening and preliminary examination of bids, pursuant to ITB Clause 24, in order to determine the Lowest Calculated Bid.
28.2. The Lowest Calculated Bid shall be determined in two steps:
(a) The detailed evaluation of the financial component of the bids, to establish the correct calculated prices of the bids; and
(b) The ranking of the total bid prices as so calculated from the lowest to the highest. The bid with the lowest price shall be identified as the Lowest Calculated Bid.
28.3. The Procuring Entity's BAC shall immediately conduct a detailed evaluation of all bids rated passed, using non-discretionary pass/fail criteria. Unless otherwise specified in the BDS, the BAC shall consider the following in the evaluation of bids:
(a) Completeness of the bid. Unless the ITB specifically allows partial bids, bids not addressing or providing all of the required items in the Schedule of Requirements including, where applicable, bill of quantities, shall be considered non-responsive and, thus, automatically disqualified. In this regard, where a required item is provided, but no price is indicated, the same shall be considered as non-responsive, but specifying a "0" (zero) for the said item would mean that it is being offered for free to the Procuring Entity; and
(b) Arithmetical corrections. Consider computational errors and omissions to enable proper comparison of all eligible bids. It may also consider bid modifications, if allowed in the BDS. Any adjustment shall be calculated in monetary terms to determine the calculated prices.
28.4. Based on the detailed evaluation of bids, those that comply with the above-mentioned requirements shall be ranked in the ascending order of their total calculated bid prices, as evaluated and corrected for computational errors, discounts and other modifications, to identify the Lowest Calculated Bid. Total calculated bid prices, as evaluated and corrected for computational errors, discounts and other modifications, which exceed the ABC shall not be considered.
28.5. Unless otherwise indicated in the BDS, the Procuring Entitys evaluation of bids shall only be based on the bid price quoted in the Financial Bid Form.
28.6. Bids shall be evaluated on an equal footing to ensure fair competition. For this purpose, all bidders shall be required to include in their bids the cost of all taxes, such as, but not limited to, value added tax (VAT), income tax, local taxes, and other fiscal levies and duties which shall be itemized in the bid form and reflected in the detailed estimates. Such bids, including said taxes, shall be the basis for bid evaluation and comparison.
29. Post-Qualification
29.1. The Procuring Entity shall determine to its satisfaction whether the Bidder that is evaluated as having submitted the Lowest Calculated Bid (LCB) complies with and is responsive to all the requirements and conditions specified in ITB Clauses 5, 12, and 13.
29.2. Within a non-extendible period of three (3) calendar days from receipt by the bidder of the notice from the BAC that it submitted the LCB, the Bidder shall submit the following documentary requirements:
(a) Tax clearance per Executive Order 398, Series of 2005;
(b) Latest income and business tax returns in the form specified in the BDS;
(c) Certificate of PhilGEPS Registration; and
(d) Other appropriate licenses and permits required by law and stated in the BDS.
Failure of the Bidder declared as Lowest Calculated Bid to duly submit the requirements under this Clause or a finding against the veracity of such shall be ground for forfeiture of the bid security and disqualification of the Bidder for award.

29.3. The determination shall be based upon an examination of the documentary evidence of the Bidders qualifications submitted pursuant to ITB Clauses 12 and 13, as well as other information as the Procuring Entity deems necessary and appropriate, using a non-discretionary pass/fail criterion.
29.4. If the BAC determines that the Bidder with the Lowest Calculated Bid passes all the criteria for post-qualification, it shall declare the said bid as the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid, and recommend to the Head of the Procuring Entity the award of contract to the said Bidder at its submitted price or its calculated bid price, whichever is lower.
29.5. A negative determination shall result in rejection of the Bidders Bid, in which event the Procuring Entity shall proceed to the next Lowest Calculated Bid to make a similar determination of that Bidders capabilities to perform satisfactorily. If the second Bidder, however, fails the post qualification, the procedure for post qualification shall be repeated for the Bidder with the next Lowest Calculated Bid, and so on until the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid is determined for contract award.
29.6. Within a period not exceeding seven (7) calendar days from the date of receipt of the recommendation of the BAC, the Head of the Procuring Entity shall approve or disapprove the said recommendation. In the case of GOCCs and GFIs, the period provided herein shall be fifteen (15) calendar days.
30. Reservation Clause
30.1. Notwithstanding the eligibility or post-qualification of a bidder, the Procuring Entity concerned reserves the right to review its qualifications at any stage of the procurement process if it has reasonable grounds to believe that a misrepresentation has been made by the said bidder, or that there has been a change in the Bidders capability to undertake the project from the time it submitted its eligibility requirements. Should such review uncover any misrepresentation made in the eligibility and bidding requirements, statements or documents, or any changes in the situation of the Bidder which will affect its capability to undertake the project so that it fails the preset eligibility or bid evaluation criteria, the Procuring Entity shall consider the said Bidder as ineligible and shall disqualify it from submitting a bid or from obtaining an award or contract.
30.2. Based on the following grounds, the Procuring Entity reserves the right to reject any and all bids, declare a Failure of Bidding at any time prior to the contract award, or not to award the contract, without thereby incurring any liability, and make no assurance that a contract shall be entered into as a result of the bidding:
(a) If there is prima facie evidence of collusion between appropriate public officers or employees of the Procuring Entity, or between the BAC and any of the bidders, or if the collusion is between or among the bidders themselves, or between a bidder and a third party, including any act which restricts, suppresses or nullifies or tends to restrict, suppress or nullify competition;
(b) If the Procuring Entitys BAC is found to have failed in following the prescribed bidding procedures; or
(c) For any justifiable and reasonable ground where the award of the contract will not redound to the benefit of the GOP as follows:
(i) If the physical and economic conditions have significantly changed so as to render the project no longer economically, financially or technically feasible as determined by the head of the procuring entity;
(ii) If the project is no longer necessary as determined by the head of the procuring entity; and
(iii) If the source of funds for the project has been withheld or reduced through no fault of the Procuring Entity.
30.3. In addition, the Procuring Entity may likewise declare a failure of bidding when:
(a) No bids are received;
(b) All prospective bidders are declared ineligible;
(c) All bids fail to comply with all the bid requirements or fail post-qualification; or
(d) The bidder with the Lowest Calculated Responsive Bid (LCRB) refuses, without justifiable cause to accept the award of contract, and no award is made.
F. Award of Contract
31. Contract Award
31.1. Subject to ITB Clause 29, the Procuring Entity shall award the contract to the Bidder whose bid has been determined to be the LCRB.
31.2. Prior to the expiration of the period of bid validity, the Procuring Entity shall notify the successful Bidder in writing that its bid has been accepted, through a Notice of Award received personally or sent by registered mail or electronically, receipt of which must be confirmed in writing within two (2) days by the Bidder with the LCRB and submitted personally or sent by registered mail or electronically to the Procuring Entity.
31.3. Notwithstanding the issuance of the Notice of Award, award of contract shall be subject to the following conditions:
(a) Submission of the valid JVA, if applicable, within ten (10) calendar days from receipt by the Bidder of the notice from the BAC that the Bidder has the LCRB;
(b) Posting of the performance security in accordance with ITB Clause 33;
(c) Signing of the contract as provided in ITB Clause 31.1; and
(d) Approval by higher authority, if required.
31.4. At the time of contract award, the Procuring Entity shall not increase or decrease the quantity of goods originally specified in Section VI. Schedule of Requirements.
32. Signing of the Contract
32.1. At the same time as the Procuring Entity notifies the successful Bidder that its bid has been accepted, the Procuring Entity shall send the Contract Form to the Bidder, which contract has been provided in the Bidding Documents, incorporating therein all agreements between the parties.
32.2. Within ten (10) calendar days from receipt of the Notice of Award, the successful Bidder shall post the required performance security and sign and date the contract and return it to the Procuring Entity.
32.3. The Procuring Entity shall enter into contract with the successful Bidder within the same ten (10) calendar day period provided that all the documentary requirements are complied with.
32.4. The following documents shall form part of the contract:
(a) Contract Agreement;
(b) Bidding Documents;
(c) Winning bidders bid, including the Technical and Financial Proposals, and all other documents/statements submitted;
(d) Performance Security;
(e) Credit line in accordance with ITB Clause 5.5, if applicable;
(f) Notice of Award of Contract; and
(g) Other contract documents that may be required by existing laws and/or specified in the BDS.
33. Performance Security
33.1. To guarantee the faithful performance by the winning Bidder of its obligations under the contract, it shall post a performance security within a maximum period of ten (10) calendar days from the receipt of the Notice of Award from the Procuring Entity and in no case later than the signing of the contract.
33.2. The performance security shall be denominated in Philippine Pesos and posted in favor of the Procuring Entity in an amount equal to the percentage of the total contract price in accordance with the following schedule:
Form of Performance Security Amount of Performance Security
(Equal to Percentage of the Total Contract Price)
(a) Cash or cashiers/managers check issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank. Five percent (5%)
(b) Bank draft/guarantee or irrevocable letter of credit issued by a Universal or Commercial Bank: Provided, however, that it shall be confirmed or authenticated by a Universal or Commercial Bank, if issued by a foreign bank.
(c) Surety bond callable upon demand issued by a surety or insurance company duly certified by the Insurance Commission as authorized to issue such security; and/or Thirty percent (30%)
(d) Any combination of the foregoing. Proportionate to share of form with respect to total amount of security

33.3. Failure of the successful Bidder to comply with the above-mentioned requirement shall constitute sufficient ground for the annulment of the award and forfeiture of the bid security, in which event the Procuring Entity shall initiate and complete the post qualification of the second Lowest Calculated Bid. The procedure shall be repeated until the LCRB is identified and selected for contract award. However if no Bidder passed post-qualification, the BAC shall declare the bidding a failure and conduct a re-bidding with re-advertisement.
34. Notice to Proceed
34.1. Within three (3) calendar days from the date of approval of the contract by the appropriate government approving authority, the Procuring Entity shall issue its Notice to Proceed to the Bidder.
34.2. The date of the Bidders receipt of the Notice to Proceed will be regarded as the effective date of the contract, unless otherwise specified in the BDS



III. Bid Data Sheet
ITB Clause

1.1
The PROCURING ENTITY is the LGU Maconacon, Isabela
1.2 The lot(s) and reference is/are: MC-1592019

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION FOR SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF 2 UNITS PAYAO W/ COMPLETE ACCESSORIES

2
The Funding Source is:
The Government of the Philippines (GOP) through the General Fund 2019 EDF in the amount of 100,000.00
5.1
No further instructions.
5.2
None of the circumstances mentioned in the ITB Clause exists in this Project. Foreign bidders, except those falling under ITB Clause 5.2(b), may not participate in this Project.
5.4
No further instructions.
5.5
If NFCC shall be one of the eligibility documents, the basis of its computation shall be the FY 2017 audited Financial Statement.
6.1 No further instructions.
6.3 No further instructions.
8.1
Subcontracting is not allowed.
8.2
Not applicable.
9.1
The Procuring Entity will hold a pre-bid conference for this Project on March 13, 2019 9 AM- at LGU Municipal Hall Building, LGU Compound.
10.1

The Procuring Entitys name/address is:

DIANA D. IGNACIO
BAC Chairperson
LGU, Maconacon, Isabela

Thru: BAC Secretariat
Lgu Maconacon, Isabela
LGU Municipal Hall Building
LGU Compound

Email Add: ricardo_morajr@yahoo.com

12.1 12.1(a)(i)
No further instructions.
SEC or DTI or CDA Registration, whichever is applicable.
No other acceptable proof of registration is recognized.
12.1(a)(ii) It shall refer to the 2018 Mayors Permit. In case the same cannot be provided by the bidder, the valid 2017 permit together with the proof/s of renewal and payment of 2018 permit, duly Certified True Copy by the authorized signatory who signed the Omnibus Sworn Statement shall be submitted.
12.1(a)(iii)
The statement of all on going and completed government and private contracts shall include all such contracts within five (5) years prior to the deadline for the submission and receipt of bids.
12.1(a)(iv) It shall refer to the FY 2017 Audited Financial Statement
13.1
No additional Requirements.
13.2
The ABC is P 100,000.00 Any bid with a financial component exceeding this amount shall not be accepted.

15.5
Bid Prices shall be fixed. Adjustable price proposals shall be treated as non-responsive and shall be rejected.
15.6
No further instructions.
16.1 16.1(b)
The Bid prices for Goods supplied from outside of the Philippines shall be quoted in Philippine Pesos.
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uinea-Bissau was once part of the kingdom of Gabu, as well as part of the Mali Empire. Parts of this kingdom persisted until the 18th century, while a few others were under some rule by the Portuguese Empire since the 16th century. In the 19th century, it was colonized as Portuguese Guinea. Upon independence, declared in 1973 and recognised in 1974, the name of its capital, Bissau, was added to the country's name to prevent confusion with Guinea (formerly French Guinea). Guinea-Bissau has a history of political instability since independence, and no elected president has successfully served a full five-year term. Only 14% of the population speaks noncreolized Portuguese, established as both the official and national language. Portuguese exists in creole continuum with Crioulo, a Portuguese creole spoken by half the population (44%) and an even larger number speaks it as second tongue. The remainder speak a variety of native African languages. There are diverse religions in Guinea-Bissau with no one religion having a majority. The CIA World Factbook (2018) states there are about 40% Muslims, 22% Christians, 15% Animists and 18% unspecified or other. The country's per-capita gross domestic product is one of the lowest in the world. The sovereign state of Guinea-Bissau is a member of the United Nations, African Union, Economic Community of West African States, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, Community of Portuguese Language Countries, La Francophonie and the South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, and was a member of the now-defuugh the rivers and coast of this area were among the first places colonized by the Portuguese, who set up trading posts in the 16th century, they did not explore the interior until the 19th century. The local African rulers in Guinea, some of whom prospered greatly from the slave trade, controlled the inland trade and did not allow the Europeans into the interior. They kept them in the fortified coastal settlements where the trading took place. African communities that fought back against slave traders also distrusted European adventurers and would-be settlers. The Portuguese in Guinea were largely restricted to the ports of Bissau and Cacheu. A small number of European settlers established isolated farms along Bissau's inland rivers. For a brief period in the 1790s, the British tried to establish a rival foothold on an offshore island, at Bolama. But by the 19th century the Portuguese were sufficiently secure in Bissau to regard the neighbouring coastline as their own special territory, also up north in part of pres



 
          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
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          'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN      Cache   Translate Page      
Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources – 92-billion tonnes in 2017 – accounts for half of the world's planet-heating greenhouse-gas emissions and over 90% of the world's biodiversity loss, the Global Resources Outlook 2019 found.
          Maduro Says to Request Assistance of Russia, China to Investigate Blackout      Cache   Translate Page      
CARACAS (Sputnik) - Venezuela will request assistance from China, Cuba, Iran and Russia as well as the United Nations to investigate the recent attack on the country's power grids which left the country's vast territories without electricity for several days, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.
          Public transport woes in limelight at UN Womens Conference      Cache   Translate Page      
Press Release – FIRST Union FIRST Union Assistant General Secretary and International Transport Workers Federation Delegate Louisa Jones has addressed attendees at a forum for the United Nations at its 63rd Commission on the Status of Women. The event is taking place at the United …FIRST Union Assistant General Secretary and International Transport Workers’ Federation […]
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          Field Security Associate - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Islamabad      Cache   Translate Page      
Prior experience with the UN system or an international NGO is desirable. Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Chief Security Adviser (CSA), the...
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          Asistente Técnico/a en Desarrollo Rural (SB3-PEG1) (R-2019-264) - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Cartago, Valle del Cauca      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Apple Airpods May Produce Cancer Risks, According to Scientists      Cache   Translate Page      

According to a group of 250 scientists, Apple AirPods and similar wireless headphones may produce cancer risks due to the legal limits of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio waves within the products. A biochemistry professor at the University of Colorado states that wireless headphones could cause high levels of radiation to the user because they're so closely worn to the ear canal. "My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation," says Philips. "Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans," according to the expert. As such, he alongside the group of experts have signed a petition to the United Nations and World Health Organisation expressing "serious concern" about the risks and a strengthening of the pre-existing guidelines. Other studies linking mobile devices and cancer have been debunked, however, another professor within the field (from the University of Pennsylvania) also states that the arguments have no credibility. Apple has yet to make a statement. In other tech news, Twitter has updated its camera to look more like Instagram.

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          'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN      Cache   Translate Page      
Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources – 92-billion tonnes in 2017 – accounts for half of the world's planet-heating greenhouse-gas emissions and over 90% of the world's biodiversity loss, the Global Resources Outlook 2019 found.
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          INTERN - DRUG CONTROL & CRIME PREVENTION [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 111703
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station : LA PAZ
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          INTERN - ADMINISTRATION [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 111705
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station : LA PAZ
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          CHIEF OF SECTION, INVESTIGATIONS [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-5
Job ID : 113138
Job Network : Management and Administration
Job Family : Investigation
Department/Office : United Nations Organisation Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Duty Station : GOMA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer       Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 113139
Job Network : Economic, Social and Development
Job Family : Drug Control and Crime Prevention
Department/Office : United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station : VIENNA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 4/26/2019
          Information Management Assistant       Cache   Translate Page      
Level : G-6
Job ID : 113266
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
Job Family : Information Management Systems and Technology
Department/Office : United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 4/11/2019
          Programme Support - Biodiversity and Climate Change [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113351
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station : MONTREAL
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/27/2019
          UNCTAD INTERNSHIP - Office of the Secretary-General [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113443
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 4/11/2019
          INTERN - ENVIRONMENT AFFAIRS (6 Posts) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113446
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Environment Programme
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/27/2019
          ELECTORAL OFFICER [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-4
Job ID : 113458
Job Network : Political, Peace and Humanitarian
Job Family : Electoral Affairs
Department/Office : SRSG for West Africa/United Nations Office in West Africa
Duty Station : DAKAR
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/19/2019
          INTERN - TRANSLATION (Russian) (several internships) [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : I-1
Job ID : 113589
Job Network :
Job Family : Internship
Department/Office : United Nations Office at Geneva
Duty Station : GENEVA
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 4/12/2019
          Information Systems Officer [Temporary]      Cache   Translate Page      
Level : P-3
Job ID : 113614
Job Network : Information and Telecommunication Technology
Job Family : Information Management Systems and Technology
Department/Office : United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund
Duty Station : NEW YORK
Staffing Exercise : N/A
Posted Date : 3/13/2019
Deadline : 3/26/2019
          Illustration Celebrating Modernist Architecture of Oscar Niemeyer      Cache   Translate Page      
Illustration Celebrating Modernist Architecture of Oscar Niemeyer
Illustration Celebrating Modernist Architecture of Oscar Niemeyer
abduzeedoMar 13, 2019

Levente Szabo shared a beautiful illustration project celebrating the great Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. With a set of colorful and super stylish illustrations Levent captured the modernist work of Oscar with extreme accuracy.

Oscar Niemeyer was a Brazilian architect, considered to be one of the key figures in the development of modern architecture. He was best known for his design of civic buildings for Brasília, a planned city that became Brazil's capital in 1960, as well as his collaboration with other architects on the headquarters of the United Nations in New York.

His exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of reinforced concrete was highly influential in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

"Humanity needs dreams to endure misery, even if just for an instant."
— Oscar Niemeyer

This project is dedicated to his architectural work.

Illustration


          Kenya Youth Employment Strategy Development Consultancy      Cache   Translate Page      
Tenders are invited for Kenya Youth Employment Strategy Development Consultancy. About Mercy Corps Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Background: Mercy Corps is a leading implementer of employment programmes in Kenya and across the globe supporting vulnerable beneficiaries, in particular youth, to access new or enhanced employment opportunities. These programs aim to emphasize a market systems development (MSD) approach that considers how the entire labor market supports or constrains access and opportunity for job seekers- who are our key beneficiaries- in order to inform interventions that address constraints and strengthen labor markets. Those interventions range from skills building for job seekers (addressing supply-side issues), to job creation through creation of formal wage employment opportunities and support to informal entrepreneurs (demand-side), to interventions focused on job-matching and linkages (intermediation). We recognize that there are multiple opportunities/challenges to implementing these programs in Kenya, which include: - Dynamic donor landscape focused on the youth employment challenge including interest from bilateral donors as well as corporate and foundation donors. - Competitive environment with many NGOs and private sector actors with compelling strategies competing for donor resources. - Multiple Mercy Corps initiatives including traditional donor-supported programs, social venture support to high-potential entrepreneurs, and innovative hybrid programs, some of which overlap on both partners and beneficiaries. - Cross-cutting nature of youth employment programming, with virtually all of our livelihoods programs in the region including activities related to youth employment. These include agriculture programs that consider on- and off-farm jobs, programs that support last-mile product access that include developing distribution networks, or refugee integration programs that have context-specific skills building and employment activities. Underlying all of this work is the growing importance and influence of technology in strengthening labor markets. We are seeing increasing opportunities to use technology to enable stronger labor markets (i.e. webbased job matching platforms), to drive new kinds of self-employment (informal gig work), and to support tech jobs (i.e. programming and freelancing). This exploding dynamic is especially impactful in Nairobi and other large cities and is disrupting traditional roles and functions within labor markets. Given this context, we have identified the need for immediate support to respond and position Mercy Corps to take advantage of upcoming business development opportunities, and facilitate better regional positioning and coordination around programs that focus on or incorporate activities to promote youth employment. These documents are contained within this tender package: ✓ Invitation to Tender ✓ General Conditions for Tender ✓ Criteria and Submittals ✓ Price Offer Sheet ✓ Supplier Information Form ✓ Scope of Work/Technical Specifications/BoQ ✓ Sample Contract 2. General Conditions for Tender Mercy Corps invites proposals for the goods, services and/or works described and summarized in these documents, and in accordance with procedures, conditions and contract terms presented herein. Mercy Corps reserves the right to vary the quantity of work/materials specified in the Tender Package without any changes in unit price or other terms and conditions and to accept or reject any, all, or part of submitted offers. 2.1 Mercy Corps’ Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Statement Mercy Corps strictly prohibits: ● Any form of bribe or kickback in relation to its activities This prohibition includes any request from any Mercy Corps employee, consultant or agent for anything of value from any company or individual in exchange for the employee, consultant or agents taking or not taking any action related to the award of a contract or the contract once awarded. It also applies to any offer from any company or individual to provide anything of value to any Mercy Corps employee, consultant or agent in exchange for that person taking or not taking any action related to the award of the contract or the contract. ● Conflicts of interests in the awarding or management of contracts If a company is owned by, whether directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, any Mercy Corps employee or any person who is related to a Mercy Corps employee, the company must ensure that it and the employee disclose the relationship as part of or prior to submitting the offer. ● The sharing or obtaining of confidential information Mercy Corps prohibits its employees from sharing, and any offerors from obtaining, confidential information related to this solicitation, including information regarding Mercy Corps’ price estimates, competing offerors or competing offers, etc. Any information provided to one offeror must be provided to all other offerors. ● Collusion between/among offerors Mercy Corps requires fair and open competition for this solicitation. No two (or more) companies submitting proposals can be owned or controlled by the same individual(s). Companies submitting offers cannot share prices or other offer information or take any other action intended to pre-determine which company will win the solicitation and what price will be paid. Violations of these prohibitions, along with all evidence of such violations, should be reported to: integrityhotline@mercycorps.org Mercy Corps will investigate allegations fully and will take appropriate action. Any company, or individual that participates in any of the above prohibited conduct, will have its actions reported to the appropriate authorities, will be investigated fully, will have its offer rejected and/or contract terminated, and will not be eligible for future contracts with Mercy Corps. Employees participating in such conduct will have his/her employment terminated. Violations will also be reported to Mercy Corps’ donors, who may also choose to investigate and debar or suspend companies and their owners from receiving any contract that is funded in part by the donor, whether the contract is with Mercy Corps or any other entity. 2.2 Tender Basis: ● All offers shall be made in accordance with these instructions, and all documents requested should be furnished, including any required (but not limited to) supplier-specific information, technical specifications, drawings, bill of quantities, and/or delivery schedule. If any requested document is not furnished, a reason should be given for its omission in an exception sheet. ● No respondent should add, omit or change any item, term or condition herein. ● If suppliers have any additional requests and conditions, these shall be stipulated in an exception sheet. ● Each offeror may make one response only. ● Each offer shall be valid for the period of [180 days] from its date of submission. ● All offers should indicate whether they include taxes, compulsory payments, levies and/or duties, including VAT, if applicable. ● Suppliers should ensure that financial offers are devoid of calculation errors. If errors are identified during the evaluation process, the unit price will prevail. If there is ambiguity on the unit price, the Selection Committee may decide to disqualify the offer. ● Any requests for clarifications regarding the project that are not addressed in written documents must be presented to Mercy Corps in writing. The answer to any question raised in writing by any offeror will be issued to that offeror. In some cases Mercy Corps may choose to issue clarifications to all offerors. It is a condition of this tender that no clarification shall be deemed to supersede, contradict, add to or detract from the conditions hereof, unless made in writing as an Addendum to Tender and signed by Mercy Corps or its designated representative. ● This Tender does not obligate Mercy Corps to execute a contract nor does it commit Mercy Corps to pay any costs incurred in the preparation and submission of proposals. Furthermore, Mercy Corps reserves the right to reject any and all proposals, if such action is considered to be in the best interest of Mercy Corps. 2.3 Supplier Eligibility Suppliers may not apply, and will be rejected as ineligible, if they : ● Are not registered companies ● Are bankrupt or in the process of going bankrupt ● Have been convicted of illegal/corrupt activities, and/or unprofessional conduct ● Have been guilty of grave professional misconduct ● Have not fulfilled obligations related to payment of social security and taxes ● Are guilty of serious misinterpretation in supplying information ● Are in violation of the policies outlined in Mercy Corps Anti Bribery or Anti Corruption Statement ● Supplier (or supplier’s principals) are on any list of sanctioned parties issued by; or are presently excluded or disqualified from participation in this transaction by: the United States Government or United Nations by the United States Government, the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United Nations, other national governments, or public international organizations.Additional eligibility criteria, if applicable, are stated in section 3.2 of this tender package.
          Development of an integrated and comprehensive agroforestry policy      Cache   Translate Page      
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has invited for "Development of an integrated and comprehensive agroforestry policy" Deadline: 08.04.2019 Please check the URL for detail.
          Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery      Cache   Translate Page      
On February 19-20, 2019 the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) co-sponsored the Code 8.7: Using Computation Science and AI to End Modern Slavery with the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, The Alan Turing Institute, Tech Against Trafficking, University of Nottingham Rights Lab, and Arizona State University Global Security Initiative. Code 8.7 brought together computer science researchers and technologists with policy researchers, law enforcement officials, and activists involved in the fight against human trafficking. Code 8.7 was named after Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. With Target 8.7, 193 countries agreed to take immediate and effective measures to end forced labor, modern slavery, and human trafficking by 2030, and the worst forms of child […]
          Blueprint for an Earth jurisprudence economy: A speech presented at the UN General Assembly      Cache   Translate Page      
Julia Francisco Martinez, widow of Indigenous activist Francisco Martinez Marquez who was killed in January 2015 after months of death threats. Photograph: Giles Clarke/Global Witness by Leah Temper This speech was presented at the United Nations General Assembly on 23 April, 2018, as part of the Eighth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony […]
          At CSW63, Social Entrepreneurship for Women’s Economic Empowerment      Cache   Translate Page      
NEW YORK, MARCH 12– Italy’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Mariangela Zappia, gave opening remarks in a side-event on social entrepreneurship as an agent for Women’s economic empowerment. The event was organized by Italy, Greece, Albania, and UN WOMEN as part of the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women […]
          High Representative’s Remarks at the International Federation BPW of Spain Side Event      Cache   Translate Page      

© United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) | unaoc.org

Partnering up with women’s organizations in the public and the private sector is critical to forge our coalition and partnership system. I truly believe it is essential for women to be recognized and valued as active agents, team leaders and main actors in prevention of conflicts.

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          Millions could die prematurely without 'unprecedented' action to clean air and water, report warns      Cache   Translate Page      

The United Nations released its sixth Global Environment Outlook report on Wednesday. Its main message, delivered across 740 pages, is straightforward: Human action is degrading the Earth and its ecosystems, and conditions will worsen if people do not take "unprecedented action" to try to reverse...


          Green Summer Jobs for Students - United Nations Association Canada - Whitehorse, YT      Cache   Translate Page      
*Instructions to Apply: * *Only applications submitted via Survey Monkey Apply will be considered.* *Please submit your online application: *_*http://bit.do... $30,000 - $50,000 a year
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          Conservatives question politics behind veterans job placement contract      Cache   Translate Page      
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A relatively unknown Ontario company with no national offices won a $10.3 million contract to help veterans find jobs in the civilian world. An opposition MP (and former veterans minister) is questioning how that happened, and what Agilec has accomplished since it was hired.


          Lloyd Axworthy to lead Canada's election observation mission to Ukraine      Cache   Translate Page      
Cda Rohingya 20171123

Former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy will lead Canada’s election observation mission to Ukraine as concerns mount that Russia may interfere in the country’s democratic process, CBC News has learned.


          CLIMATE: U.N. calls for 'urgent action at an unprecedented scale'      Cache   Translate Page      
The world must either move environmental protection to the top of its agenda now or suffer dire consequences, according to a United Nations report issued today.
          Asistente Técnico/a en Desarrollo Rural (SB3-PEG1) (R-2019-264) - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Cartago, Valle del Cauca      Cache   Translate Page      
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          UN must provide redress for minorities placed in toxic Kosovo camps, says rights expert      Cache   Translate Page      
An independent rights expert appointed by the Human Rights Council has called on the United Nations to “provide justice and remedies” to displaced people who suffered lead poisoning after being housed in UN camps on toxic wasteland in Kosovo.
          Meet the High School Students Behind Boise's Upcoming Youth Climate Strike      Cache   Translate Page      
The Youth Climate Strike will take place in Boise on Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-noon on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse. At 16 and 18 years old, respectively, Boise high school students Liam Neupert and Elise Malterre have already put more thought into their environmental impact than many adults. Neupert, a junior at the local student-directed high school One Stone, sticks to a vegan diet, carries his own reusable silverware and tries to grocery shop without plastic, all with an eye toward his carbon footprint. Malterre, a senior at the same school, has traveled worldwide and participated in Model United Nations conferences to study environmental health. They're both working toward a greener future, but they said looming over these positive changes is a global problem: climate change. And it's an issue that isn't getting much traction at the Idaho Statehouse. "We were just at the informational hearing about climate change in Idaho the other day, and it's overwhelmingly frustrating to listen to our legislators asking questions about climate change," said Malterre. "Like, someone asked if climate change meant that the planet was warming or cooling after we'd watched a time-lapse [video] about the planet warming, like over 100 years turning completely orange. And then that question was asked a few minutes later." To raise awareness for those issues and incite movement on environmental issues at a governmental level, Neupert spearheaded the organization of a Boise Youth Climate Strike that will take place on the Idaho Statehouse steps Friday, March 15, from 10 a.m.-noon. The strike is part of a global movement under the umbrella of Fridays for Future, an initiative started by 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg. Beginning in August 2018, Thunberg has camped out in front of the Swedish parliament every Friday and will continue to do so, the Fridays for Future website reads, "until the Swedish policies provided a safe pathway well under [2 degrees Celsius], i.e. in line with the Paris agreement." Students all over the world have followed suit, including Neupert, Malterre and their friends, who have made the pilgrimage to the Idaho Statehouse steps with cardboard signs every Friday for the last three weeks. Fridays for Future has declared a Global Climate Strike for Future on March 15, making Neupert and Matlerre's strike one of 1,325 gatherings in 98 countries as of last night, according to a tweet from Thunberg. The March 15 strike in Boise, which Neupert organized in just a few weeks with help from a national Youth Climate Strike organization, will include six student speakers (Malterre…
          Somalia: Secretary-General Appoints Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon Special Envoy for Horn of Africa      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: UN Secretary-General
Country: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan

SG/A/1864-BIO/5191

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga of Gabon as his Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga brings with him extensive experience with the United Nations, having served most recently as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). In 2015, he served as Coordinator of the United Nations Headquarters response to the Boko Haram Crisis, prior to which he was Head of the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB) and System-wide Senior Coordinator on Burundi (2012-2014).

Between 2007 and 2012, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was the Director of the Office of the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Previously, he served as Special Adviser to the President of the sixtieth and sixty-first sessions of the United Nations General Assembly (2005‑2007), as well as Chef de Cabinet to the President of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly (2004‑2005). From 1998 to 2004, he held a variety of political and managerial positions at the Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna and New York.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was the acting Secretary to the United Nations Standing Advisory Committee for Security Questions in Central Africa. He also served as First Counsellor for Disarmament and Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Gabon to the United Nations in New York.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga holds a post‑graduate degree in political science from Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne University and a master’s degree in sociology from l’Université Omar Bongo in Libreville, Gabon.

Born in 1960, he is married and has three children.

* This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1624-BIO/4804-PKO/554 7 January 2016.

For information media. Not an official record.


          Somalia: Japan contributes to Explosive Hazard Management in Somalia      Cache   Translate Page      
Source: Government of Japan, UN Mine Action Service
Country: Japan, Somalia

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

The Embassy of Japan to Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya

United Nations Mine Action Service, Somalia Programme
Mogadishu, Somalia

Mogadishu, 11 March 2019 - Explosive hazards continue to have a detrimental impact on peacebuilding and state building in Somalia. Over the past years, extremist groups have used improvised explosive devices (IED) as their preferred weapon against the Federal Government of Somalia and the African Union Mission to Somalia. In addition to the IED threat, indirect fire, explosive remnants of war (ERW), and mines left behind from the civil war continue to endanger the lives of the civilian population.

The Government of Japan has renewed its commitment to promote human security and stability in Somalia by contributing USD one million to the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Assistance in Mine Action. This important contribution will enable the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) to reduce the threat posed by explosive hazards and support the establishing of a safe, secure and peaceful Somalia. Over the past five years, Japan contributed USD 7.3 million to mine action in Somalia.

The generous contribution from the People of Japan will strengthen humanitarian mine action by supporting risk education programmes and by providing additional training to the Somali Police Force to clear and manage explosive devices.

According to a spokesperson at the Embassy of Japan in Kenya, “Japan has supported the Somali people through mine action activities in partnership with UNMAS. This assistance demonstrates our strong and faithful commitment to contribute to the social stabilization and security of Somalia”.

“We are very grateful to the People of Japan for their on-going support to our work in Somalia”, explained Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, the UNMAS Programme Manager in the country. “UNMAS appreciates Japan’s continuous commitment to support humanitarian mine action in Somalia. The contribution will certainly help reduce the explosive hazard threat in the country”.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Qurat-ul-Ain Sadozai, UNMAS Programme Manager, Mogadishu, QuratulAinS@unops.org

Mr. Kurt Chesko, UNMAS Donor Relations Officer, New York, chesko@un.org

The Embassy of Japan to Kenya, Nairobi, jinfocul@nb.mofa.go.jp


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Ethiopian Airlines Crash Aftermath: Black Box Recovered
Africa News

The United Nations has described Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passnger plane as catastrophic, after it suffered one of its biggest losses.

Michael Moller, director-general of the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, told a minute of silence, where some 150 personnel gathered:

“It is one of the biggest catastrophes we have had in years”.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in a statement on Sunday night, gave a preliminary toll of 19 people from at least five U.N. and affiliated agencies, including the IOM, among 157 victims.

Black box recovered

Investigators in Ethiopia have recovered the black box of the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Ethiopian state television on Monday said the black box recovered is the cockpit voice recorder.

The digital flight digital recorder has also since been recovered, according to a statement from the airline.

Te Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people on board, raising questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October last year.

Other Airlines ‘monitoring’ situation

Indonesia said it would monitor its airlines operating the 737 MAX 8, which include Lion Air and Garuda Indonesia but did not mention any plan to ground them.

Garuda Chief Executive Ari Ashkhara said the national carrier was operating its one 737 MAX 8 with extra inspection procedures on the airspeed and altitude, flight control and stall management systems. Lion Air declined to comment.

Singapore Airlines Ltd, whose regional arm SilkAir operates the 737 MAX 8, said it was monitoring the situation closely, but its planes would operate as scheduled.

South Korea is conducting an emergency inspection on Eastar Jet’s two 737 MAX 8 jets, a transport ministry official said. The airline could not be reached immediately for comment.

Ethiopia suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleets

On Monday, Ethiopian Airlines, Cayman Airways and China’s aviation regulator all grounded their fleets of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, following Sunday’s plane crash.

In a statement posted on its official social media accounts, Ethiopian Airlines said it was grounding the 737-8 fleet until further notice, as an “extra safety precaution” even though it did not know the cause of Sunday’s crash.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said all Chinese airlines had to suspend their use of the 737 MAX 8 by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT).

The CAAC said it would notify airlines as to when they could resume flying the jets after contacting Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure flight safety.

“Given that two accidents both involved newly delivered Boeing 737-8 planes and happened during take-off phase, they have some degree of similarity,” the CAAC said, adding that the order was in line with its principle of zero-tolerance on safety hazards.

Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash was the second of the 737 MAX 8, the latest version of Boeing’s workhorse narrowbody jet that first entered service in 2017.

In October, a 737 MAX 8 operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air crashed 13 minutes after take-off from Jakarta on a domestic flight, killing all 189 passengers and crew on board.

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U.S. Airstrikes Kill Hundreds in Somalia as Shadowy Conflict Ramps Up
By Eric Schmitt and Charlie Savage
New York Times
March 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — The American military has escalated a battle against the Shabab, an extremist group affiliated with Al Qaeda, in Somalia even as President Trump seeks to scale back operations against similar Islamist insurgencies elsewhere in the world, from Syria and Afghanistan to West Africa.

A surge in American airstrikes over the last four months of 2018 pushed the annual death toll of suspected Shabab fighters in Somalia to the third record high in three years. Last year, the strikes killed 326 people in 47 disclosed attacks, Defense Department data show.

And so far this year, the intensity is on a pace to eclipse the 2018 record. During January and February, the United States Africa Command reported killing 225 people in 24 strikes in Somalia. Double-digit death tolls are becoming routine, including a bloody five-day stretch in late February in which the military disclosed that it had killed 35, 20 and 26 people in three separate attacks.

Africa Command maintains that its death toll includes only Shabab militants, even though the extremist group claims regularly that civilians are also killed. The Times could not independently verify the number of civilians killed. The rise in airstrikes has also exacerbated a humanitarian crisis in the country, according to United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations working in the region, as civilians are displaced by conflict and extreme weather.

“People need to pay attention to the fact that there is this massive war going on,” said Brittany Brown, who worked on Somalia policy at the National Security Council in the Obama and Trump administrations and is now the chief of staff of the International Crisis Group, a nonprofit organization focused on deadly conflicts.

The war in Somalia appears to be “on autopilot,” she added, and one that is drawing the United States significantly deeper into an armed conflict without much public debate.

U.S. Airstrikes on the Rise in Somalia

The United States has escalated its airstrike campaign against Qaeda-backed Shabab militants in Somalia during the Trump administration.

Somalia, a country that occupies a key strategic location in the Horn of Africa, has faced civil war, droughts and an influx of Islamist extremists over the years. The growing United States military engagement stands in stark contrast to the near-abandonment not long after the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993, which left 18 Americans and hundreds of militia fighters dead.

The intensifying bombing campaign undercuts the Trump administration’s intended pivot to confront threats from great powers like China and Russia, and away from long counterinsurgency and counterterrorism campaigns that have been the Pentagon’s focus since 2001.

Analysts suggested that the increase in American strikes may also reflect an unspoken effort by American commanders to inflict as much punishment on the Shabab while they can.

“Many of our commanders probably see a renewed urgency to degrade the enemy quickly and forcefully,” said Luke Hartig, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council during the Obama administration.

Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, the head of Africa Command, said planned cutbacks elsewhere would not affect what the military is doing in Somalia.

“We’ll maintain our capability and capacity there,” General Waldhauser told the House Armed Services Committee last Thursday. Africa Command is scaling back American forces nearly everywhere else on the continent in a move that poses a particular threat for West Africa, which is grappling with a range of extremist groups.

The Shabab formally pledged its allegiance to Al Qaeda in 2012. But long before that, it fought Western-backed governments in Mogadishu as the group sought to impose its extremist interpretation of Islam across Somalia. In defending the fragile government, the United States has largely relied on proxy forces, including about 20,000 African Union peacekeepers from Uganda, Kenya and other East African nations.

The United States estimates that the Shabab has about 5,000 to 7,000 fighters in Somalia, but the group’s ranks are fluid. A State Department official, citing interviews from Shabab deserters, said that the number of hard-core ideologues may be as few as 500.

There are also now roughly 500 American troops in Somalia. Most are Special Operations forces stationed at a small number of bases spread across the country. Their missions include training and advising Somali army and counterterrorism troops and conducting kill-or-capture raids of their own.

The Shabab has proved resilient against the American airstrikes, and continues to carry out regular bombings in East Africa.

A range of current and former American officials said no seismic strategic shift explains the increased airstrikes and higher body count; the mission remains providing security so the fledgling Somali government will have time and space to develop its own effective military and security services.

But they noted a range of contributing factors for the rise in tempo and lethality of the military campaign.

Taking a page from counterinsurgency tactics developed in Afghanistan, American forces have helped Somali soldiers build several outposts across Somalia, about 20 percent of which is still controlled by the Shabab. One is named for Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Conrad, of Chandler, Ariz., who was killed in a mortar attack last year while he helped to build it.

The Shabab views the outposts “as an irritant, and masses to go after it,” Maj. Gen. Gregg Olson, the Africa Command’s director of operations, said in an interview.

In turn, that has put attacking Shabab fighters in the cross hairs of American airstrikes to defend the Somali forces.

Several officials said intelligence operations — including aerial surveillance, electronic intercepts and informant networks — have improved over the past year.

American troops with the secretive Joint Special Operations Command have built up informant networks that lead to raids and strikes, after which they collect cellphones, laptops and documents to generate information for more.

The drawdown of American military operations elsewhere in the world — including in Syria and, to a lesser immediate extent, Afghanistan — also has most likely freed up more drones and other gunships for use over Somalia, several former United States officials said.

“We were geared up for counterterrorism efforts in Somalia, and now there are more resources to do it, so we’re doing more of it,” suggested Stephen Schwartz, who served as the United States ambassador to Somalia from 2016 to 2017, although he cautioned that he had no current insider knowledge.

“It could be there is some well-thought-out strategy behind all of this,” Mr. Schwartz added, “but I really doubt it.”

The loosening of Obama-era constraints on using force in Somalia, as approved by President Trump in 2017, has also contributed.

Shortly after taking office, Mr. Trump declared Somalia to be an “area of active hostilities” subject to war-zone rules. That freed the United States military to carry out offensive operations whenever Shabab militants presented themselves — including against foot soldiers without special skills or roles.

Mr. Trump also delegated authority to commanders to carry out strikes without high-level interagency vetting. But Africa Command was initially slow to embrace it, waiting months before it carried out its first strike in 2017 under the new rules.

Now, however, it has opened the throttle, according to military data compiled by Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, who has tracked counterterrorism airstrikes for more than a decade on his Long War Journal.

Many of the recent airstrikes have targeted large groups of suspected fighters, killing more than 10 people in a single fierce swoop. Africa Command has disclosed strikes and estimated death tolls in a series of terse news releases, earning scant attention from Congress or the news media.

Along with the European Union and the United Nations, the United States also has continued to invest in so-called soft power assistance to Somalia, providing humanitarian aid such as food to drought victims, and development programs on education and training.

Officials cited signs of recent incremental progress in efforts to help the Somali government build a functional national army. And in December, the United States re-established a permanent diplomatic presence in Somalia for the first time since 1991. The current United States ambassador to Somalia, Donald Yamamoto, lives in Mogadishu, although the mission consists of a windowless bunker at the well-guarded airport.

There is good reason for caution. In 2013, Shabab militants carried out a deadly attack at the Westgate mall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. In January, they attacked a luxury hotel and office complex in Nairobi, killing 21 people. And in late February, the Shabab claimed a double bombing and the siege of a hotel in Mogadishu that killed at least 25 people.

General Olson said the military would continue to go after the Shabab as long as that is its mission.

“We go after the network when the network presents itself, whether a single node or a concentration,” he said. “We’ve developed intelligence and are sussing out the relationship between the leadership and those being led; between those being led and those being trained or recruited or massed for an attack.”

“We understand the network better than we have in years past,” General Olson said.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff contributed reporting.

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Dozens of Countries Mourn Those Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash
SUNDAY MARCH 10 2019
Kenya Daily Nation

Family and friends in Nairobi mourn their loved ones who were involved in a plane crash in Ethiopia. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
The crash, which occurred shortly after the plane departed for Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least 150 people.

The dead included at least 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine Ethiopians; eight each from the United States, China and Italy; and seven each from France and Britain, the airline said.

World leaders and citizens from more than 30 countries mourned the loss of those aboard an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed on Sunday flying out of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital.

The crash, which occurred shortly after the plane departed for Nairobi, Kenya, killed at least 150 people. The dead included at least 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; nine Ethiopians; eight each from the United States, China and Italy; and seven each from France and Britain, the airline said.

DISRAUGHT

At the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, distraught family members and friends made their way to an emergency centre set up by the authorities at a nearby hotel.

Condolences poured in from around the world as details about those aboard gradually came to light.

The executive director of the World Food Program, a United Nations organization, said in a tweet that staff members from the group were among the dead. Aid workers from at least one other United Nations agency, Catholic Relief Services and other organizations were also aboard the plane.

A chief executive who oversaw the Tamarind Group, a company that operates restaurants and hospitality establishments in Kenya, was also among those killed, according to a Facebook post by the Tamarind Tree Hotel. The hotel announced the death of the chief executive, Jonathan Seex, with “immense shock and grief.”

Chinese news websites said that the eight Chinese killed included tourists and businesspeople.

VICTIMS LIST

One was Zhou Yuan, a worker for the China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, which sells electronics, communications and security technology for civilian and military needs, The Beijing News reported, citing an official for the corporation.

A Nairobi-based staff member with the United Nations Environment Program and an employee of Aviation Industry Corporation of China were also among the dead, according to a list of victims provided by the Chinese embassy in Kenya, The Global Times reported.

The Russian Embassy confirmed the death of three Russian citizens: Yekaterina Polyakova, Aleksandr Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov.

Anton Hrnko, a member of the Slovakian parliament, said on Facebook that his wife, Blanka; his son Martin; and his daughter Michala died in the crash.

United Nations officials were trying to confirm whether some of the passengers were heading to Nairobi for the United Nations Environment Assembly, described as the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment. The event, scheduled to start on Monday, convenes representatives from United Nations member states to solve environmental problems.

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Ethiopian Airlines Crash Kills 157, Spreads Global Grief
'Where are you, my son?': Ethiopian Airlines crash kills 157 people from 35 countries.

March 10, 2019, at 9:01 p.m.
Associated Press

Members of the Ethiopian community take part in a special prayer for the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash, at the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church of Canada Saint Mary Cathedral in Toronto, on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, including 18 Canadians. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press via AP) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BY ELIAS MESERET AND YIDNEK KIRUBEL

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — An Ethiopian Airlines jet faltered and crashed Sunday shortly after takeoff from the country's capital, carving a gash in the earth and spreading global grief to 35 countries that had someone among the 157 people who were killed.

There was no immediate indication why the plane went down in clear weather while on a flight to Nairobi, the capital of neighboring Kenya. The crash was strikingly similar to that of a Lion Air jet that plunged into the sea off Indonesia minutes after takeoff last year, killing 189 people. Both accidents involved the Boeing 737 Max 8.

The crash shattered more than two years of relative calm in African skies, where travel had long been chaotic. It also was a serious blow to state-owned Ethiopian Airlines, which has expanded to become the continent's largest and best-managed carrier and turned Addis Ababa into the gateway to Africa.

"Ethiopian Airlines is one of the safest airlines in the world. At this stage we cannot rule out anything," CEO Tewolde Gebremariam told reporters. He visited the crash site, standing in the gaping crater flecked with debris.

Black body bags were spread out nearby while Red Cross and other workers looked for remains. As the sun set, the airline's chief operating officer said the plane's flight data recorder had not yet been found.

Around the world, families were gripped by grief. At the Addis Ababa airport, a woman called a mobile number in vain. "Where are you, my son?" she said, in tears. Others cried as they approached the terminal.

Henom Esayas, whose sister's Nigerian husband was killed, told The Associated Press they were startled when a stranger picked up their frantic calls to his mobile phone, told them he had found it in the debris and promptly switched it off.

Shocked leaders of the United Nations, the U.N. refugee agency and the World Food Program announced that colleagues had been on the plane. The U.N. migration agency estimated some 19 U.N.-affiliated employees were killed. Both Addis Ababa and Nairobi are major hubs for humanitarian workers, and many people were on their way to a large U.N. environmental conference set to begin Monday in Nairobi.

The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa's two largest economic powers. Sunburned travelers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport's waiting areas, along with businessmen from China, Gulf nations and elsewhere.

A list of the dead released by Ethiopian Airlines included passengers from China, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Israel, India and Somalia. Kenya lost 32 citizens. Canada, 18. Several countries including the United States lost four or more people.

Ethiopian officials declared Monday a day of mourning.

At the Nairobi airport, hopes quickly dimmed for loved ones. "I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it," said Agnes Muilu, who had come to pick up her brother.

The crash is likely to renew questions about the 737 Max , the newest version of Boeing's popular single-aisle airliner, which was first introduced in 1967 and has become the world's most common passenger jet.

Indonesian investigators have not determined a cause for the October crash, but days after the accident Boeing sent a notice to airlines that faulty information from a sensor could cause the plane to automatically point the nose down.

The Lion Air cockpit data recorder showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last four flights, though the airline initially said problems had been fixed.

Safety experts cautioned against drawing too many comparisons between the two crashes until more is known about Sunday's disaster.

The Ethiopian Airlines CEO "stated there were no defects prior to the flight, so it is hard to see any parallels with the Lion Air crash yet," said Harro Ranter, founder of the Aviation Safety Network, which compiles information about accidents worldwide.

The Ethiopian plane was new, delivered to the airline in November. The Boeing 737 Max 8 was one of 30 meant for the airline, Boeing said in July. The jet's last maintenance was on Feb. 4, and it had flown just 1,200 hours.

The plane crashed six minutes after departure , plowing into the ground at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) outside Addis Ababa, at 8:44 a.m.

The jet showed unstable vertical speed after takeoff, air traffic monitor Flightradar 24 said. The senior Ethiopian pilot, who joined the airline in 2010, sent out a distress call and was given clearance to return to the airport, the airline's CEO told reporters.

In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration said it would join the National Transportation Safety Board in assisting Ethiopian authorities with the crash investigation. Boeing planned to send a technical team to Ethiopia.


The last deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger flight was in 2010, when a plane went down minutes after takeoff from Beirut, killing all 90 people on board.

African air travel has improved in recent years, with the International Air Transport Association in November noting "two years free of any fatalities on any aircraft type."

Sunday's crash comes as the country's reformist young prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has vowed to open up the airline and other sectors to foreign investment in a major transformation of the state-centered economy.

Speaking at the inauguration in January of a new passenger terminal in Addis Ababa to triple capacity, the prime minister challenged the airline to build a new "Airport City" terminal in Bishoftu — where Sunday's crash occurred.
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Yidnek reported from Bishoftu, Ethiopia.

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Government Officials, Doctors Among Ethiopian Crash Victims
The crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa shattered families and communities

In this image taken from video, rescuers search through wreckage at the scene of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff at Hejere near Bishoftu, or Debre Zeit, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia Sunday, March 10, 2019. The Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Ethiopia's capital on Sunday morning, killing all 157 on board, authorities said, as grieving families rushed to airports in Addis Ababa and the destination, Nairobi. (AP Photo/Yidnek Kirubel)

Associated Press
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia

Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born Canadian college professor, author and satirist. They were all among the 157 people from 35 countries who died Sunday morning when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi, Kenya. Here are some of their stories.

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Kenya: 32 victims

— Hussein Swaleh, the former secretary general of the Football Kenya Federation, was named as being among the dead by Sofapaka Football Club.

He was due to return home on the flight after working as the match commissioner in an African Champions League game in Egypt on Friday.

— Cedric Asiavugwa, a law student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., was on his way to Nairobi after the death of his fiancee's mother, the university said in a statement.

Asiavugwa, who was in his third year at the law school, was born and raised in Mombasa, Kenya. Before he came to Georgetown, he worked with groups helping refugees in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, the university said.

At Georgetown, Asiavugwa studied international business and economic law.

The university said Asiavugwa's family and friends "remembered him as a kind, compassionate and gentle soul, known for his beautifully warm and infectious smile."

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Canada: 18 victims

—Pius Adesanmi, a Nigerian professor with Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, was on his way to a meeting of the African Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council in Nairobi, John O. Oba, Nigeria's representative to the panel, told The Associated Press.

The author of "Naija No Dey Carry Last," a collection of satirical essays, Adesanmi had degrees from Ilorin and Ibadan universities in Nigeria, and the University of British Columbia. He was director of Carleton's Institute of African Studies, according to the university's website. He was also a former assistant professor of comparative literature at Pennsylvania State University.

"Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship and his sudden loss is a tragedy," said Benoit-Antoine Bacon, Carleton's president and vice chancellor.

Adesanmi was the winner of the inaugural Penguin Prize for African non-fiction writing in 2010.

Mitchell Dick, a Carleton student who is finishing up a communications honors degree, said he took a first- and second-year African literature course with Adesanmi.

Adesanmi was "extremely nice and approachable," and stood out for his passion for the subject matter, Dick said.

—Mohamed Hassan Ali confirmed that he had lost his sister and niece.

Ali said his sister, Amina Ibrahim Odowaa, and her five-year-old daughter, Safiya, were on board the jet that went down six minutes after it took off from the Addis Ababa airport on the way to Nairobi, Kenya.

"(She was) a very nice person, very outgoing, very friendly. Had a lot of friends," he said of his sister, who lived in Edmonton and was travelling to Kenya to visit with relatives.

Amina Ibrahim Odowaa and her daughter Sofia Faisal Abdulkadir

The 33-year-old Edmonton woman and her five year-old daughter were travelling to Kenya to visit with relatives.

A family friend said Odowaa has lived in Edmonton since 2006.

— Derick Lwugi, an accountant with the City of Calgary, was also among the victims, his wife, Gladys Kivia, said. He leaves behind three children, aged 17, 19 and 20, Kivia said.

The couple had been in Calgary for 12 years, and Lwugi had been headed to Kenya to visit both of their parents.

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Ethiopia: 9 victims

— The aid group Save the Children said an Ethiopian colleague died in the crash.

Tamirat Mulu Demessie had been a child protection in emergencies technical adviser and "worked tirelessly to ensure that vulnerable children are safe during humanitarian crises," the group said in a statement.

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China: 8 victims

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Italy: 8 victims

—Paolo Dieci, one of the founders of the International Committee for the Development of Peoples, was among the dead, the group said on its website.

"The world of international cooperation has lost one of its most brilliant advocates and Italian civil society has lost a precious point of reference," wrote the group, which partners with UNICEF in northern Africa.

UNICEF Italia sent a tweet of condolences over Dieci's death, noting that CISP, the group's Italian acronym, was a partner in Kenya, Libya and Algeria.

—Sebastiano Tusa, the Sicilian regional assessor to the Italian Culture Ministry, was en route to Nairobi when the plane crashed, according to Sicilian regional President Nello Musemeci. In a statement reported by the ANSA news agency, Musemeci said he received confirmation from the foreign ministry, which confirmed the news to The Associated Press.

In a tweet, Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte said it was a day of pain for everyone. He said: "We are united with the relatives of the victims and offer them our heartfelt thoughts."

Tusa was also a noted underwater archaeologist.

—The World Food Program confirmed that two of the Italian victims worked for the Rome-based U.N. agency.

A WFP spokeswoman identified the victims as Virginia Chimenti and Maria Pilar Buzzetti.

—Three other Italians worked for the Bergamo-based humanitarian agency, Africa Tremila: Carlo Spini, his wife, Gabriella Viggiani and the treasurer, Matteo Ravasio.

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United States: 8 victims

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France: 7 victims

—A group representing members of the African diaspora in Europe is mourning the loss of its co-chairperson and "foremost brother," Karim Saafi.

A French Tunisian, Saafi, 38, was on an official mission representing the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe, the group announced on its Facebook page.

"Karim's smile, his charming and generous personality, eternal positivity, and his noble contribution to Youth employment, diaspora engagement and Africa's socio-economic development will never be forgotten," the post read. "Brother Karim, we'll keep you in our prayers."

Saafi left behind a fiancée.

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UK: 7 victims

— Joanna Toole, a 36-year-old from Exmouth, Devon, was heading to Nairobi to attend the United Nations Environment Assembly when she was killed.

Father Adrian described her as a "very soft and loving" woman whose "work was not a job — it was her vocation".

"Everybody was very proud of her and the work she did. We're still in a state of shock. Joanna was genuinely one of those people who you never heard a bad word about," he told the DevonLive website.

He also said she used to keep homing pigeons and pet rats and travelled to the remote Faroe Islands to prevent whaling.

Manuel Barange, the director of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations fisheries and aquaculture department, tweeted saying he was "profoundly sad and lost for words" over the death of the "wonderful human being".

— Joseph Waithaka, a 55-year-old who lived in Hull for a decade before moving back to his native Kenya, also died in the crash, his son told the Hull Daily Mail.

Ben Kuria, who lives in London, said his father had worked for the Probation Service, adding: "He helped so many people in Hull who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law."

Waithaka had dual Kenyan and British citizenship, the BBC reported.

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Egypt: 6 victims

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Germany: 5 victims

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India: 4 victims

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Slovakia: 4 victims

—A lawmaker of Slovak Parliament said his wife, daughter and son were killed in the crash. Anton Hrnko, a legislator for the ultra-nationalist Slovak National Party, said he was "in deep grief" over the deaths of his wife, Blanka, son, Martin, and daughter, Michala. Their ages were not immediately available.

Martin Hrnko was working for the Bubo travel agency. The agency said he was traveling for his vacation in Kenya.

President Andrej Kiska offered his condolences to Hrnko.

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Austria: 3 victims

—Austrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter Guschelbauer confirmed that three Austrian doctors in their early 30s were on board the flight. The men were on their way to Zanzibar, he said, but he could not confirm the purpose of their trip.

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Russia: 3 victims

—The Russian Embassy in Ethiopia said that airline authorities had identified its deceased nationals as Yekaterina Polyakova, Alexander Polyakov and Sergei Vyalikov.

News reports identify the first two as husband and wife. State news agency RIA-Novosibirsk cites a consular official in Nairobi as saying all three were tourists.

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Sweden: 3 victims

— Hospitality company Tamarind Group announced "with immense shock and grief" that its chief executive Jonathan Seex was among the fatalities.

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Israel: 2 victims

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Morocco: 2 victims

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Poland: 2 victims

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Spain: 2 victims

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Belgium: 1 victim

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Djibouti: 1 victim

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Indonesia: 1 victim

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Ireland: 1 victim

— Irishman Michael Ryan was among the seven dead from the United Nations' World Food Programme, a humanitarian organization distributing billions of rations every year to those in need.

The Rome-based aid worker and engineer known as Mick was formerly from Lahinch in County Clare in Ireland's west and was believed to be married with two children.

His projects have included creating safe ground for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and assessing the damage to rural roads in Nepal that were blocked by landslides.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar said: "Michael was doing life-changing work in Africa with the World Food Programme."

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Mozambique: 1 victim

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Nepal: 1 victim

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Nigeria: 1 victim

—The Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it received the news of retired Ambassador Abiodun Oluremi Bashu's death "with great shock and prayed that the Almighty God grant his family and the nation, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss."

Bashu was born in Ibadan in 1951 and joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1976. He had served in different capacities both at Headquarters and Foreign Missions such as Vienna, Austria, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and Tehran, Iran. He also served as secretary to the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

At the time of his death, Bashu was on contract with the United Nations Economic Commission of Africa.

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Norway: 1 victim

—The Red Cross of Norway confirmed that Karoline Aadland, a finance officer, was among those on the flight.

Aadland, 28, was originally from Bergen, Norway. The Red Cross said she was traveling to Nairobi for a meeting.

Aadland's Linkedin page says she had done humanitarian and environmental work. The page says her work and studies had taken her to France, Kenya, South Africa and Malawi.

"People who know me describe me as a resourceful, dedicated and kindhearted person," she wrote on Linkedin.

The Red Cross says in a news release that it "offers support to the closest family, and to employees who want it," the organization said in a news release.

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Rwanda: 1 victim

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Saudi Arabia: 1 victim

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Serbia: 1 victim

Serbia's foreign ministry confirmed that one of its nationals was aboard the plane. The ministry gave no further details, but local media identified the man as 54-year-old Djordje Vdovic.

The Vecernje Novosti daily reported that he worked at the World Food Program.

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Somalia: 1 victim

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Sudan: 1 victim

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Togo: 1 victim

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Uganda: 1 victim

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Yemen: 1 victim

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U.N. passport: 1 victim

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Malawi: UN Urges Peaceful, Credible Elections in May
 07 MAR, 2019 - 20:03

BLANTYRE. – The United Nations  (UN) has called for peaceful and credible elections in Malawi as the country is preparing for the May 21 Tripartite Elections that will decide the democratic future of the country.

The call was made by UN Emergency Relief coordinator and Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock when he met President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe at the weekend.

“This is an election year for Malawi. I believe Malawi will remain a model in conducting free, fair and peaceful elections in this African region. Elections are always contested but that should be done in a peaceful manner,” said Lowcok.

“Malawi is among the first countries in Africa to manage peaceful transition of power from one ruling government to another after elections, so it is our expectation that this will continue.”

Lowcock asked authorities to ensure a level playing field and to create an environment conducive to the holding of  free, fair and credible elections.

He said UN is supporting the election process through the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).

Malawi watershed elections  will see about 6.8 million registered voters electing the country’s President, 193 legislators and 462 ward councillors.

In his remarks, President Mutharika hailed the UN for its continued support to Malawi’s humanitarian sector.

– Nyasa Times

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Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution, which took off with the election of President Hugo Chávez in December 1998, frequently and even quite recently received praise for its social gains from the United Nations, international humanitarian organizations and economists. This aspect of the

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Vaticano
Donne e agricoltura. Sentinelle di pace
L'Osservatore Romano
Pubblichiamo un ampio stralcio dell’intervento dell’Osservatore Permanente della Santa Sede presso la Fao, l’Ifad e il Pam pronunciato in occasione del convegno «Ponti non muri. Donne tra vita e lavoro» (Roma, 13 marzo).
(Fernando Chica Arellano) Preparando l’intervento mi venivano in mente le parole conclusive del Messaggio di san Paolo VI alle donne, scritto in occasione della chiusura del concilio Vaticano II: «Donne di tutto l’universo, cristiane o non credenti, a cui è affidata la vita in questo momento così grave della storia, spetta a voi salvare la pace del mondo!».
Quale meraviglioso valore profetico hanno queste parole, di grande validità anche per i nostri tempi, che offrono alle donne un compito così alto, bello e gravoso. Sono le donne, infatti, pienamente capaci di quella tenerezza sulla quale tanto insiste Papa Francesco, a poter gettare dei ponti per la costruzione della pace. Diceva, infatti, l’attuale Pontefice durante l’omelia della Santa Messa celebrata in San Pietro il 1° gennaio scorso, Giornata Mondiale della Pace: «Un mondo che guarda al futuro senza sguardo materno è miope. Aumenterà pure i profitti, ma non saprà più vedere negli uomini dei figli. Ci saranno guadagni, ma non saranno per tutti. Abiteremo la stessa casa, ma non da fratelli. La famiglia umana si fonda sulle madri».
In particolare, guardiamo oggi a quelle donne, a quelle madri che lavorano nelle aree di campagna. Esse svolgono un ruolo cruciale nell’economia rurale, specialmente nei Paesi in via di sviluppo: sono essenziali per la conservazione e il miglioramento dei mezzi di sussistenza, per il rafforzamento delle comunità, per il raggiungimento della sicurezza alimentare e nutrizionale e per la lotta alla povertà. Non sono solamente beneficiarie, ma vere e proprie protagoniste dello sviluppo delle loro famiglie e delle società in cui vivono e hanno perciò un ruolo chiave nel raggiungimento degli Obiettivi dell’Agenda di Sviluppo 2030. Costituiscono globalmente oltre un quarto della popolazione mondiale. In particolare, se prendiamo in considerazione alcune delle zone più povere del mondo, quali l’Africa Sub-Sahariana o l’Asia Meridionale, è interessante notare come l’agricoltura in queste regioni dia lavoro al 60-70 per cento delle donne. In generale, secondo dati recenti, nel corso degli ultimi decenni, l’impegno delle donne in agricoltura sembra essere addirittura aumentato. Si pensi, al riguardo, ai contesti nei quali gli attuali fenomeni di emigrazione coinvolgono soprattutto gli uomini: da ciò consegue un aumento di responsabilità della donna sia in termini di carico di lavoro che di potere decisionale. C’è addirittura chi ha parlato di una “femminilizzazione” dell’agricoltura, fenomeno che riguarda molti Paesi in via di sviluppo, ma che tuttavia non ha un valore universale in quanto in molte società l’emigrazione femminile è prevalente rispetto all’emigrazione maschile.
Il diritto internazionale riconosce l’importanza delle donne rurali. Penso all’articolo 14 della Convenzione sull’eliminazione di tutte le forme di discriminazione nei confronti delle donne, che costituisce l’unica disposizione in un trattato a tutela dei diritti umani contenente uno specifico riferimento alle donne rurali. Essa prevede, in particolare, che gli Stati Parte tengano conto «dei problemi particolari che sono propri alle donne delle zone rurali e del ruolo importante che queste donne hanno per la sopravvivenza economica della loro famiglia» e che prendano «ogni misura adeguata per eliminare la discriminazione nei confronti delle donne delle zone rurali, al fine di assicurare, su base di parità tra uomo e donna la loro partecipazione allo sviluppo rurale ed ai suoi benefici». Penso, poi, ad alcune iniziative recenti che sono state attuate nel Sistema delle Nazioni Unite. Ad esempio, l’istituzione, nel 2007, della Giornata Mondiale delle Donne Rurali, che si celebra il 15 ottobre di ogni anno o la creazione, nel luglio 2010, di UN Women (The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality). Ma tutto ciò non basta. Occorre fare di più. In molti Paesi, i diritti delle donne rurali sono spesso violati e i loro bisogni non vengono tenuti in considerazione. Le leggi, le politiche e le strategie di investimento spesso non fanno alcun riferimento a loro e, qualora siano presenti misure loro favorevoli, non sono attuate.
Frequentemente, inoltre, le donne rurali, lavorando nelle imprese familiari, non percepiscono alcuna retribuzione, mentre altre volte sono sottopagate e rimangono prive di protezione sociale. Colpisce inoltre che, nonostante costituiscano il 43 per cento della forza lavoro, risultino avere meno del 20 per cento della proprietà dei latifondi. Esiste cioè una grave questione concernente la proprietà fondiaria e l’accesso alla terra da parte delle donne, che rischia di escluderle dai programmi agricoli e dall’accesso al credito, aspetti essenziali per un utilizzo effettivo della terra.
Le donne rurali possono diventare inoltre vittime di trafficanti in quanto, private dell’accesso all’educazione e dei servizi sanitari, si ritrovano spesso marginalizzate e isolate a causa di povertà, disoccupazione e mancanza di infrastrutture rurali.
Le lavoratrici nelle aree rurali diventano cioè vittime di quella “cultura dello scarto” che Papa Francesco ha sapientemente individuato come uno degli aspetti più drammatici e allo stesso tempo centrali dell’epoca odierna. Esse, per riprendere le parole del Pontefice nell’esortazione apostolica Evangelii gaudium, non sono solamente sfruttate, ma trattate come rifiuti e avanzi. Serve, invece «porre attenzione all’occupazione femminile. Molte donne avvertono il bisogno di essere meglio riconosciute nei loro diritti, nel valore dei compiti che esse svolgono abitualmente nei diversi settori della vita sociale e professionale, nelle loro aspirazioni in seno alla famiglia e alla società. Alcune di loro sono affaticate e quasi schiacciate dalla mole degli impegni e dei compiti, senza trovare sufficiente comprensione e aiuto. Bisogna fare in modo che la donna non sia, per esigenze economiche, costretta a un lavoro troppo duro e a un orario troppo pesante, che si aggiungono a tutte le sue responsabilità di conduttrice della casa e di educatrice dei figli. Ma soprattutto bisogna considerare che gli impegni della donna, a tutti i livelli della vita familiare, costituiscono anche un contributo impareggiabile alla vita e all’avvenire della società».
Tuttavia, affinché sia riconosciuto il contributo delle donne rurali «alla vita e all’avvenire della società» e, in sintesi, al bene comune, si rende necessario che le leggi, le politiche e le istituzioni nazionali, i modelli culturali e la mentalità religiosa promuovano e tutelino gli eguali diritti delle donne e il loro accesso alla terra, alle risorse, ai mezzi di sussistenza, ai mercati e al credito. Ed è interessante notare che quando alle donne viene assicurato, ad esempio, l’accesso alla terra, si verificano numerosi effetti positivi: aumenta la qualità delle loro condizioni di vita, migliorano la salute e l’educazione, viene loro garantito l’accesso al credito e sono maggiormente tutelate da situazioni di violenza.
In altre parole, l’accesso alla terra della donna diventa essenziale per la realizzazione di altri diritti umani, come il diritto alla vita, alla salute, all’alimentazione, al lavoro, all’educazione, all’identità culturale e alla partecipazione alla vita sociale e politica. Ecco perché il diritto delle donne alla terra e quello alle risorse naturali possono essere qualificati come diritti umani fondamentali.
Per rafforzare la posizione delle donne rurali, occorre allora riaffermare come la fondamentale uguaglianza tra l’uomo e la donna, e pertanto l’eguaglianza dei loro diritti fondamentali, sia radicata nella dignità inviolabile della persona umana.
Va fronteggiata e sconfitta quella mentalità maschilista di cui parla anche Papa Francesco e che conduce ad atti di violenza contro la donna, che la trasformano in oggetto di maltrattamento, di tratta e di lucro.
Bisogna stare tuttavia attenti perché l’uguaglianza dei diritti fondamentali dell’uomo e della donna non conduca in alcun modo a un’inibizione del riconoscimento della distinzione tra di loro. Questa distinzione infatti evidenzia l’unicità delle loro differenze e la necessità di una mutua complementarità tra di essi.

L'Osservatore Romano, 13-14 marzo 2019

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UN committee abandoned its usual diplomatic language to express "disappointment" and "surprise" at UK government’s "marked shortcomings".

The UK’s failure to comply with its international legal obligations in allowing the public to bring legal cases to protect the environment has been criticised in a damning United Nations report.

ClientEarth lawyers are calling on the UK to take its international legal obligations seriously after the UN’s committee that enforces the Aarhus Convention delivered a harsh reprimand to the UK government.

The UK has been in breach of the Aarhus Convention, an international agreement that gives the public certain rights with regard to the environment since it came into force eight years ago. This has made it harder for people to bring cases over pollution and endangered biodiversity – with prohibitive costs being a major factor.

The committee’s latest progress report stated that the government was failing to engage with the process, noting that much of the UK’s response had been copied “often word for word” from previous reports, and contains incorrect or one-line answers. All of this “significantly hampers” the committee’s ability to assess the UK’s progress.

ClientEarth Global Programmes Counsel Karla Hill said: “It’s deeply concerning that the UK continues to fail in its international responsibilities by allowing prohibitive costs to deter people from bringing environmental cases over issues like dirty air, polluting factories or endangered wildlife.

“The environment cannot protect itself and those that choose to take legal action should not have to worry about risking their financial security for standing up for the common good.

“This stinging rebuke from the United Nations shows that the UK must take seriously its international legal obligations to enable people to rely on the legal system to protect our shared environment.”

Lawyers noted the committee abandoned its usually diplomatic language, expressing its “disappointment” and “surprise” with the government’s “marked shortcomings”.

* Read the Committee's progress report on the UK here

* ClientEarth works to protect the environment through advocacy, litigation and science https://www.clientearth.org/

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The Japanese government is deliberately misleading human rights bodies and experts over the ongoing nuclear crisis in areas of Fukushima, according to a new investigation by Greenpeace Japan.

The Japanese government is deliberately misleading United Nations human rights bodies and experts over the ongoing nuclear crisis in areas of Fukushima, according to a new investigation by Greenpeace Japan.

The report, On the Frontline of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Workers and Children, reveals high levels of radiation in both exclusion zones and open areas still exist even after huge decontamination efforts, and documents the extent of the government’s violation of international human rights conventions and guidelines, in particular those for workers and children.

“In areas where some of these decontamination workers are operating, the radiation levels would be considered an emergency if they were inside a nuclear facility”, said Shaun Burnie, Senior Nuclear Specialist of Greenpeace Germany. “These workers have received almost no training in radiation protection, are poorly paid, exposed to high radiation, and risk losing their jobs if they speak out. UN human rights Special Rapporteurs are absolutely right to warn the Japanese government over these risks and violations.” 

The main findings of the Greenpeace Japan investigation include:

  • Radiation levels in the exclusion zone and lifted evacuation areas of Namie and Iitate are a significant risk for the public including children. Levels range from five to over 100 times higher than the internationally recommended maximum and will remain so for many decades and into next century.
  • In the exclusion zone in Obori in Namie, average radiation levels were 4.0 Sv per hour. These levels are so high that if a worker would operate there for eight hours per day during a full year, they could receive a dose equivalent to more than a hundred chest X-rays.
  • At a forest across the street from a kindergarten and school in Namie town where evacuation orders have been lifted, the average radiation level was 1.8 Sv per hour. All 1,584 points measured exceeded the Japanese government’s long-term decontamination target of 0.23 Sv per hour. In 28 per cent of this area, the children’s annual dose could be 10-20 times higher than the internationally recommended maximum.
  • Worker exploitation is widespread, including recruitment from the disadvantaged  and homeless, no effective training in radiation protection, falsification of identification and health certificates, and unreliable official records.

A former decontamination worker Mr. Minoru Ikeda who is featured in the Greenpeace Japan report says his experience made him feel like they were treated inhumanely.

“One person compared it to slavery. As someone who has been there at the scene, I want to let the world know what is happening. I want to call on the Japanese government to respect the health of workers and stop sending people to do these dangerous jobs, and also to provide proper support for the workers,” says Mr. Ikeda.

The report comes one month after the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a damning series of recommendations to the Japanese government which, if implemented, would terminate current policies in Fukushima, including a halt to lifting evacuation orders, full compensation to evacuees, and the full application of all relevant human rights obligations to evacuees and workers.

“In its reporting to the United Nations, the Japanese government deliberately misrepresents the scale, complexity, and radiation risks in areas of Fukushima, the working practice and conditions for workers, and its disregard for children’s health and wellbeing. This reality should shame the government to radically change its failing policies”, said Kazue Suzuki, Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Japan.

“At the root of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and resulting human rights violations is the dangerous energy policy of the Japanese government. What the majority of Japanese people are demanding is a transition to renewable energy. Yet, the government is seeking to restart nuclear reactors and at the same time dramatically increase the number of coal power plants, which leads to extreme climate change”, Suzuki added.

Testimony has been given at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on the violation of children rights due to the Fukushima nuclear disaster and Japanese government policies.

* Read On the Frontline of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident: Workers and Children here

* Greenpeace International https://www.greenpeace.org/international/

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Number of people arriving from remaining Isis enclave has overwhelmed Syrian refugee camps, says Unicef

Up to 3,000 children born into Islamic State families are being housed in camps inside northeastern Syria, the United Nations’ children agency Unicef estimates, with many younger than six years old and living in “extremely dire conditions”.

The figure is sharply higher than earlier assessments and has swelled with the arrival in one camp, al-Hawl, of up to 30,000 people from the last Isis enclave. The numbers of newcomers have overwhelmed camp officials, who are struggling to keep accurate records and provide food and shelter.

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President Donald Trump has announced an immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes in the wake of a worldwide boycott of the model following two fatal crashes within five months.

“All of those planes are grounded effectively immediately,” Trump said at a press conference on Wednesday. “Boeing is an incredible company. They are working very, very hard right now and hopefully, they’ll come up with an answer, but until they do, all planes are grounded.”

Boeing, responding to Trump’s announcement, said it “continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max” but had recommended the ban to the Federal Aviation Administration “out of an abundance of caution.”

“We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy safety enhancements and help ensure this does not happen again,” the company said.  

Trump’s announcement came just hours after Canadian Transportation Minister Marc Garneau made a similar announcement following Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people, including 18 Canadians.

Just five months earlier, a Lion Air crash in Indonesia, involving the same model of plane, killed 187 people.

The U.S. was one of the last countries to ban the aircraft. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg assured Trump about the plane’s safety in a phone call Tuesday. The FAA also said it had found no reason to ground the planes.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Garneau said Canada’s decision to ground the planes came after aviation experts reviewed new satellite tracking data that found similar vertical fluctuations by both the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air planes just before they crashed. He cited possible issues with the model’s autopilot.

President Donald Trump has announced an immediate grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 planes following two fatal crashes within five months.

In the October crash involving the Lion Air flight in Indonesia, Garneau said the plane’s software appeared to go haywire and force the plane’s nose to tilt downward after erroneously receiving data that it was too high following takeoff. The pilot attempted to stop the software and correct the plane, but ultimately, “the pilot lost that fight with the software.”

Garneau said the Ethiopian Airlines plane’s automatic system similarly kicked in and forced the jet’s nose down after determining that it was too high after takeoff.

“There are, and I hasten to say, not conclusive, but there are similarities that exceed a certain threshold in our minds with respect to the possible cause of what happened in Ethiopia,” Garneau said. “This is not conclusive, but it is something that points possibly in that direction, and at this point, we feel that that threshold has been crossed and that is why we are taking these measures.” 

On Tuesday, airline pilots on at least two U.S. flights also said an automated system on their Boeing 737 Max planes seemed to cause their planes to tilt down suddenly. In both instances, this loss of control occurred after the pilots engaged the autopilot. They said they regained control of the plane after turning the system off.

Garneau stressed that Canada is banning the model out of caution.

“We don’t know why the Ethiopian aircraft behaved the way it did and we don’t even know what happened precisely with it, and that’s what we want to get to the bottom of,” he said. “But I would repeat once again: This is not the proof that [it] is the same root problem.”

As Reuters reported on Tuesday, Trump has deep ties with Boeing, having personally negotiated with Muilenburg about the cost of a future Air Force One. Trump has used Boeing products and locations for major announcements during his presidency. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan worked at Boeing for 31 years.

Nikki Haley, Trump’s former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, has also been nominated to join Boeing’s board of directors at its annual shareholders meeting on April 29. 

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


          Age distribution, trends, and forecasts of under-5 mortality in 31 sub-Saharan African countries: A modeling study.      Cache   Translate Page      
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Age distribution, trends, and forecasts of under-5 mortality in 31 sub-Saharan African countries: A modeling study.

PLoS Med. 2019 Mar;16(3):e1002757

Authors: Mejía-Guevara I, Zuo W, Bendavid E, Li N, Tuljapurkar S

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Despite the sharp decline in global under-5 deaths since 1990, uneven progress has been achieved across and within countries. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for child mortality were met only by a few countries. Valid concerns exist as to whether the region would meet new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for under-5 mortality. We therefore examine further sources of variation by assessing age patterns, trends, and forecasts of mortality rates.
METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data came from 106 nationally representative Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) with full birth histories from 31 SSA countries from 1990 to 2017 (a total of 524 country-years of data). We assessed the distribution of age at death through the following new demographic analyses. First, we used a direct method and full birth histories to estimate under-5 mortality rates (U5MRs) on a monthly basis. Second, we smoothed raw estimates of death rates by age and time by using a two-dimensional P-Spline approach. Third, a variant of the Lee-Carter (LC) model, designed for populations with limited data, was used to fit and forecast age profiles of mortality. We used mortality estimates from the United Nations Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN IGME) to adjust, validate, and minimize the risk of bias in survival, truncation, and recall in mortality estimation. Our mortality model revealed substantive declines of death rates at every age in most countries but with notable differences in the age patterns over time. U5MRs declined from 3.3% (annual rate of reduction [ARR] 0.1%) in Lesotho to 76.4% (ARR 5.2%) in Malawi, and the pace of decline was faster on average (ARR 3.2%) than that observed for infant (IMRs) (ARR 2.7%) and neonatal (NMRs) (ARR 2.0%) mortality rates. We predict that 5 countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda) are on track to achieve the under-5 sustainable development target by 2030 (25 deaths per 1,000 live births), but only Rwanda and Tanzania would meet both the neonatal (12 deaths per 1,000 live births) and under-5 targets simultaneously. Our predicted NMRs and U5MRs were in line with those estimated by the UN IGME by 2030 and 2050 (they overlapped in 27/31 countries for NMRs and 22 for U5MRs) and by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) by 2030 (26/31 and 23/31, respectively). This study has a number of limitations, including poor data quality issues that reflected bias in the report of births and deaths, preventing reliable estimates and predictions from a few countries.
CONCLUSIONS: To our knowledge, this study is the first to combine full birth histories and mortality estimates from external reliable sources to model age patterns of under-5 mortality across time in SSA. We demonstrate that countries with a rapid pace of mortality reduction (ARR ≥ 3.2%) across ages would be more likely to achieve the SDG mortality targets. However, the lower pace of neonatal mortality reduction would prevent most countries from achieving those targets: 2 countries would reach them by 2030, 13 between 2030 and 2050, and 13 after 2050.

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An Israeli organization has minted a coin emblazoned with the face of Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's former ambassador to the United Nations, to commemorate her defense of Israel in the world body. The Sanhedrin, a Jewish organization that dreams of restoring the Jewish Temple, where ancient temples once stood in Jerusalem's Old City, is one of three religious groups behind the Haley coin. “She supported Israel and she told the truth ... that all the United Nations, all its agenda, is to destroy Israel,” Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the group, said Wednesday. “She acted in a manner that represented biblical tenets,” he added.  Weiss said that Haley's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Human Rights Council and her criticism of what Israel and the U.S. say is an anti-Israel bias at the U.N. earned her the recognition. His group's coin features Haley's face set against the United Nations building with a Jewish menorah on the front, and a stylized rendition of the Jewish Temple on the back. The collector's item costs $65 for silver and $90 for gold, plus shipping, according to its website .  Haley, a devout Christian who helped strengthen ties between Israel and the American evangelical community, has attracted the adoration of Israel's religious and nationalist right wing.  Haley became known at the U.N. for her hard line against Iran and her derision of the Human Rights Council. She often chided the council for focusing singularly on Israeli abuses and neglecting poor records of other states — a stance lauded and echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  In her last pro-Israel gesture after announcing her surprise resignation last fall, she proposed a resolution condemning the Hamas militant group for violence against Israel.  Haley also championed President Trump's decision to cut all U.S. funding to Palestinian refugees and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Trump, a hero to the Sanhedrin group for that very reason, is the face of the group's other coin, first minted last year. The token depicts Trump alongside the Persian King Cyrus. Weiss said he has sold 20,000 of the Trump coins so far.   The Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, celebrated by Israel, prompted the Palestinians to sever ties with Washington. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war, as the capital of their future state. Proceeds from the biblical coins, the website says, will go toward preparations for establishing the third Jewish Temple — an aspiration with explosive political implications. The hilltop spot that housed the biblical Temples is revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest spot in Judaism. Today it is considered the third-holiest site in Islam, home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. The competing claims to the compound serve as a frequent flashpoint of violence.
          North Korea Evades Sanctions With Elaborate Smuggling Strategy      Cache   Translate Page      
North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program remains in tact while the country continues to defy United Nations resolutions with significantly increased illegal ship-to-ship oil and coal transfers, a UN Panel of Experts wrote in an annual report published this week. “These violations render the latest United Nations sanctions ineffective by flouting the caps on the import of petroleum products and crude oil by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as well as the coal ban, imposed in 2017 by the Security Council in response…
          Press Releases: Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices      Cache   Translate Page      
Special Briefing
Michael G. Kozak
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
Washington, DC
March 13, 2019


AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Good morning. I thought I might say a few words about how the report is prepared just so that we have that background, and then I’d be happy to take questions.

As the Secretary mentioned, the report has been a legislative requirement on the Executive Branch going back to the late 1970s. The origins of this were that Congress, in making decisions on security assistance, initially, said we’ve – we find ourselves giving security assistance to countries that sometimes have pretty unsavory records, and we would like to know what the factual situation is before we make those judgments. So they imposed on the Executive the requirement that each year we prepare a report. Initially it was on the situation of human rights in countries that were recipients of security assistance, but then in later years Congress broadened that out so we now do reports on every country that is a member-state of the UN, and as the Secretary mentioned, some territories as well – for example, Hong Kong, while part of China, has a distinct system so we do a separate report on it.

The way the reports are done, there are instructions that are prepared each year during the summer and go out to our embassies abroad. What – they change sometimes a bit year to year when we find that things weren’t too clear in a previous year or something, and we will rectify them, but they’ve been pretty consistently the same over the years.

And what those instructions seek to do is basically ask a series of questions: Were there reports of extrajudicial killings in the country of your assignment or not? Were there credible reports of torture or not? If so, how much type of thing. So we’re asking exactly the same questions for every country. There is not one set of questions for the United Kingdom and a different set for North Korea or something. It’s exactly the same questionnaire.

What differs amongst the reports is the answers, and our people in the field strive to gather facts. One thing the Secretary has been very strong on as we went through the editing process this year is let’s keep it to the facts, ma’am, and not draw conclusions but try to always get back to what are the facts we know about this and can we repeat those and let the facts speak for themselves.

So that’s the way it’s done. In process terms, the report is prepared at the embassy or consulate with a couple of exceptions. Where we don’t have an embassy or consulate, like North Korea or Iran, it gets prepared in the regional bureau here by the desk officers. But in all the rest of the cases, it’s done by the human rights officer at post, it’s reviewed up the chain in the embassy, the first draft gets sent in to Washington. Then we have a staff of editors in DRL who go through and are comparing what we’re seeing there to other reporting on the subject. We look at international human rights organizations and what they’re saying. And this is often just to test our people. You can go back and say, well, you said this but we see that Amnesty International says that; what is the explanation for the discrepancy? And we try to sharpen the focus in that way.

Eventually we make edits. It goes back out to the embassy again for a second go-around of review and editing. And then they send their final version in, we do a final edit on it, and then if there are any discrepancies we work those out with the regional assistant secretary concerned and get the final version done.

So that’s the process for every country in the world. Again, it’s – there’s not a different process for friends and foes. It’s all the same. And what we’re trying to do is to just get as clear and as factual a report as we possibly can.

One final comment on that is obviously, we can’t document every abuse that’s occurred in a place because sometimes, unfortunately, they’re so widespread that you just wouldn’t have enough pages to write them. So what we try to do is have a description of the trend in that country and then give an example. So if it says there were credible reports of torture, we try to quantify that a bit – was it one isolated incident or was it widespread and systematic – but then we’ll give an example. But it’s just that, an example. The fact that some other case isn’t mentioned in the report doesn’t mean it was less important. It’s just that we’re using one as an illustration of the behavior that unfortunately is sometimes replicated en masse.

With that, I think I’ll stop and go to your questions.

MR PALLADINO: Want to do questions? You have any questions?

QUESTION: Yeah.

QUESTION: Yes.

MR PALLADINO: Start with Bloomberg.

QUESTION: Mr. Ambassador, I’m wondering what signal you think it sends that in the preamble to the report, the Secretary just says flat-out that the administration’s policy is to engage with other countries regardless of their human rights record?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah. And that has been the policy and often is a – I mean, what we’re saying there is we will engage. Sometimes we’re engaging for the purpose of trying to get them to change their human rights practices, sometimes it’s because we’re trying to get them to stop threatening their neighbors. But I think the reason that that’s in the preface is to make it clear that our engaging with them does not mean we are approving of or accepting of their behavior. We’re saying we’re engaging with them despite their behavior sometimes and trying to use our engagement to make improvements in that. So that’s the sense, I think, that he was conveying there.

MR PALLADINO: Associated Press.

QUESTION: Thanks. Last year in this report, there was a little bit of a kerfuffle over whether or not the Palestinian Territories or the West Bank would be called occupied, and Golan. And the Golan was, in last year’s report, referred to as Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, but this year it says Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Does that signal any kind of a change in the administration’s position as it relates to the Golan?

And then the second thing is that: Are governments asked to respond to the – what’s identified in these reports? Do you accept foreign governments’ comments on what this is? And I say this again in relation to Israel because it makes a point of – and it’s the only, that I can find, one where it says we have sought input from the Government of Israel on this. Are any other countries given the same opportunity?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah. In sequence, on the descriptor of what kind of territory in Israel as we tried to shift last year – and this, by the way, is not a human rights issue. It’s a legal status issue and so the decisions on that get made by the regional bureau, by the Legal Adviser’s Office, and we follow their lead. But I think the – what they were trying to signal there is our – what we’re trying to do is report on the human rights situation in those territories, and so you’re trying to – you’re just trying to find a way of describing the place that you’re reporting on.

And “occupied territory” has a legal meaning to it. I think what they tried to do was shift more to just a geographic description. So we said Israel, Golan, West Bank, Gaza, Jerusalem, and it’s a complicated report because there are sometimes multiple authorities who have authority over people in particular parts of that territory. So it’s a very complicated one to write, but the – my understanding from the policy bureaus on this is that there’s no change in our outlook or our policy vis-a-vis the territories and the need for a negotiated settlement there.

On the --

QUESTION: Input.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: -- reference to the input, that is something that we – and I think it’s back in the annex – that we do try. We don’t ask the governments to comment on a draft of the report. The report isn’t shown – I mean, you – Congress sees it the morning of, you guys see it an hour or two later than Congress and you have a jump on the rest of the world in that respect. But during the year, if our embassies are doing their job, they’re out trying to gather data on human rights, they’re taking up concerns that they see and so on, so they are getting input from the government. And in a lot of cases where you’re looking at things where you want data or there’s an allegation that this was an extrajudicial killing, you go to the government of concern and say, okay, and what’s your story on this and they’ll say no, it was a shooting in self-defense by the police or something. If there’s a dispute like that, then we try to report it.

Now, in the case of the Israel report, I think it was felt that because of the different sources of information we get and that sometimes each of them will accuse the other of being biased, that we just made it explicit in that report. But it’s explicit in the reports overall, so the practice isn’t any different. The form is a little bit different.

QUESTION: A quick clarification on this point, sir, if I may. If I --

MR PALLADINO: Let’s call on folks, Said. Okay? Now we’re going to call on folks.

QUESTION: Oh, sorry. Can I – just because – okay.

MR PALLADINO: I’m going to call on you. Said, go ahead.

QUESTION: Sure, thank you. Thank you very much.

MR PALLADINO: You’re welcome.

QUESTION: I’m sorry for the interruption. I just wanted to follow on Matt. Very quickly so we can understand, you no longer consider the West Bank to be occupied in these reports?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: No. I said that our policy on the status of the territories had not changed. That is my understanding of our current thing. We just – we decided not to use the term in the reports because it’s not a human rights term and it was distracting.

QUESTION: And on Gaza – and on the violence on the Gaza fence, you’re citing the Israeli Defense Force, the settlers, and so on. Did you talk to anyone in Gaza about this? Did you gather information or do you have any mechanism to gather information on what’s going on in Gaza?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: We talked to nongovernmental organizations; we talked to the Palestinian Authority. We don’t talk to Hamas, I must say, so we don’t try to reflect their point of view. We rely on media. There is – we basically try to vacuum it. It’s the same kind of job you all do as reporters. We’re trying to look at all credible or potentially credible sources of information, suck them in, match them against each other, and see if – if there’s a consistent story there, great, and if there’s a divergence, we try to explain the divergence. We don’t try to judge that one version is accurate and the other one isn’t. We’re using – essentially applying the same standards to different sources of information.

MR PALLADINO: Let’s go to Washington Post.

QUESTION: In the section on Saudi Arabia, you describe the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but there is no mention in that section on – in the Khashoggi section on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who many believe may have directed the killing. And so I wanted to – even though he’s mentioned in passing later on in a separate section, in corruption, he’s not mentioned in the Khashoggi section. So I wanted to ask you why that – why you didn’t mention him and if you think you were pulling any punches.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Well, I think, with respect to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the U.S. has been very clear. This was a horrendous, horrific act that the people responsible, regardless of their level, should be held to account, should be brought to justice. The – as a result of diplomatic contacts, the Saudi Government, I think as is reflected in the report – the king has said that that is their policy, to bring – to do a proper investigation and bring to account those who are responsible for the killing. That investigation is still underway. We can all have our suspicions or our speculation as to where it may lead, but our effort has been to have where it comes out be fact-driven rather than opinion-driven. But we also are committed to getting all the facts, and we – we’re going to hold the Government of Saudi Arabia to its promise that they will do a thorough investigation and find all the facts.

I think as the report reflects, they have begun an investigation. They’ve indicted some people. They have more people under suspicion, under investigation, but it’s not a complete, by any means, investigation at this point. So we’re – we’re sort of in the middle of that movie, and hopefully as it plays out we’ll get a clearer set of facts as to who was and who was not responsible, and act accordingly.

Where we have had strong factual information, videotapes or others, we have – or statements by the governments concerned, we’ve already taken measures in terms of imposing visa restrictions and sanctions on some of the people that are prime suspects in the case. But that doesn’t mean there are not others, it just means the investigation and the facts haven’t taken us there yet.

MR PALLADINO: Press Trust of India.

QUESTION: Thank you. I wanted to you about your – what is your assessment about human rights situation in China, where hundreds and thousands of people of religious minorities have been put behind bars?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah, I think as the Secretary just mentioned, it’s in a – they’re in a league of their own. I mean, for me, you haven’t seen things like this since the 1930s of rounding up – I mean, in our – some estimations are in the millions of people – and then putting them into camps and trying – and torturing them, abusing them, and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion and so on from their DNA. It’s just remarkably awful.

We have tried to – over the year we’ve been trying to push this information out, trying to gain wider international attention to the problem. I would say we’ve had maybe some success in that respect in that initially the Chinese Government was denying that there were any camps or that anything was going on. Now they’re saying, well, there are camps, but they’re some kind of labor training camps and that it’s all very voluntary and so on. That does not match the facts that we and others are seeing, but at least I think we’re starting to make them realize that there’s a lot of international scrutiny on this and none of it is good from their standpoint. It’s really – it’s one of the most serious human rights problems in the world today.

MR PALLADINO: CBS.

QUESTION: Thank you. You said earlier when – during the editing process, the Secretary said to you, let’s just keep this to the facts, and you talked about how it’s written, and then it goes up, and of course like anything we do as well it gets – it goes through an editing process. So to Carol’s question, I’m curious if at any point during this process there was a version of the Saudi section that included some evaluation or mention of the culpability of the crown prince in the Khashoggi killing.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: No. Well, I won’t go into – I don’t want to get into that for every report, but we have not – and not only in the report, but I think in any other format – tried to draw our own conclusions as to who was and who wasn’t responsible. We – there are two governments that have jurisdiction, criminal jurisdiction over the case: the Turkish Government and the Saudi Government. And we are pushing for a genuine, transparent, thorough, factual investigation. And until we see that, trying to speculate about how might or might not have been involved is just not productive. So that’s where we’ve been.

MR PALLADINO: The New York Times.

QUESTION: Thanks, everyone, for doing this. One more question on the Saudis, and then one additional one. In the Saudi case, clearly the United States has gained a good deal of intelligence information that you’ve read about in the Times, Post, elsewhere that suggest what the evidentiary base is for their conclusion that with medium to high confidence that the crown prince was directly involved. I’m wondering if you have made sure that that information has been shared with the Saudi investigators to make it a little bit more difficult for Saudi Arabia to brush aside the complicity of the crown prince in this.

And then I just wanted to ask you about North Korea, because in previous reports you had referred to “egregious” human rights violations. I missed that word here, but maybe you replaced it with something else.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: On the last first. I think the way – the format we’ve been using the last year or two in the summary up front is that where – we try to say for each country significant human – or “human rights issues included.” And then what basically we’re trying to do, we have a template there. If it’s torture or if it’s extrajudicial killing and some other – criminal libel, some other serious things, they go in that section. There are other human rights violations that we don’t put in there, because every country you can come up with a ton of them. But we’re trying to say let’s – in the executive summary, let’s try to hit the worst forms and see if those were present or not in the country.

Where “egregious” has come in is there are happily some countries where none of those things are present, so we say there were no reports of egregious human rights violations. But I don’t know that we’ve said – that we’ve characterized North Korea as – I mean, implicitly it is egregious because it has a litany of all the different things that they do that are fitting into that paragraph. And then you asked about --

QUESTION: On the intelligence information. Have you shared --

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah, and I just don’t know what our law enforcement people have done with their counterparts in the other countries. So I’d have to refer you to --

QUESTION: Has that data been shared with you in the preparation of this report? In other words, did you receive the CIA assessment in either classified or unclassified form that would –

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: I’m not going to go into intelligence.

QUESTION: Okay, so what we should report is the State Department is not saying whether or not it reviewed the intelligence report about – that came to the conclusion that the crown prince --

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: We – when we do these reports – let me generalize this – when we do these reports, we seek all relevant sources of information, including U.S. intelligence information. And --

QUESTION: And you will not say whether in the Saudi case --

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: But I’m not going to say what that was in any particular case because I can’t comment on intelligence.

QUESTION: I didn’t ask you what it was. I was asking you if you received it in the Saudi case.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: I’m not going to even say with respect to particular countries, whether it’s Saudi or anybody else. So it’s not a – I mean, I’m not giving you an answer about Saudi; I’m giving you a general answer that I’m not going to say this, but I can say that we – I mean, we routinely review intelligence information as part of our daily job when we’re doing the reports. We look at classified reporting, State Department reporting. We look at classified reporting from other agencies, because that’s part of the panoply of information that we try to boil down and come up with a coherent report.

MR PALLADINO: Al Hurra. Michel.

QUESTION: If you need to rank the countries, who are the worst countries and who are the best?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: That’s something we don’t do. I know this is – some of our legislative frameworks require us to put people in tiers and that kind of thing. I think one of the strengths of the Human Rights Report over the years is we don’t do that. So people aren’t – there’s no incentive to shade your reporting to try to avoid being in one tier or to be ranked in some way or another. We just try to report the facts on each country as best we can assess them and let the reader draw the conclusion.

Now when I was just mentioning that executive summary paragraph, one of the reasons that we have tried to get it more into a template format there is so that the reader can look at that. And I think if you go through the reports, if you see a country that says there were no reports of egregious human rights violations, that’s probably in the pretty good category even though when you read the body there may be some issues, but at least they’re not these really serious ones. But then if you look at another one, and they’ve got extrajudicial killing, they’ve got torture, they’ve got rape as a weapon of war, killing journalists, closing down independent media – bang, bang, bang, all of those things, you’d say, well, that probably fits in the worst category or pretty close to it. But we try to make it so that the reader can draw that conclusion, but we don’t draw those conclusions ourselves.

MR PALLADINO: Let’s go CNN.

QUESTION: Thank you. Going off of that, Mr. Ambassador, in the Iran section you say that their human rights record remained extremely poor. That seems to be editorializing much more than in other instances where you just lay out the human rights violations. Why that use of kind of editorial language? And a second quick question: Why not comment on reproductive rights again in this report?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Okay, on the – that actually, we – may be a holdover from past things. We used to have “remained extremely poor,” and I think we’ve tried to get away from that, and frankly I don’t know why we missed it in that case.

QUESTION: So it has nothing to do with the fact that Iran seems to be the boogeyman of this administration?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah, well, it’s a true statement. I mean, it has not changed, but we try not to generally put that characterization in anymore. There was a time that we did 20 years ago and we don’t do it anymore.

On reproductive rights, actually, I thought I might get asked about that, so I came this year with – let me walk through this just so we all have the same background and terminology. Last year, I had to ad-lib it and do it from memory, but I went back and got my quotes. The term “reproductive rights” comes from the 1994 Cairo Declaration on Population and Development that was then reaffirmed in the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. So that’s where this term comes from. These were outcome documents of two big conferences that were consensus-driven. In other words, the outcomes document needed the consensus of all of the states that were present, which include the Vatican, for example.

So in trying to form that consensus – the head of our delegation in Cairo was then Vice President Gore, and in a speech at the National Press Club right before the conference, he said, “The United States would never assert that a woman’s right to choose an abortion should be internationally guaranteed. We believe that decisions about the extent to which abortion is acceptable should be the province of each government.” And he further said that the same principle should apply to contraceptives. Nations have the right to make them legal, but the United Nations is not seeking to establish a basic right to their availability. And then at the conference himself – he said, “Let’s take a false issue off the table. The United States does not seek to establish a new international right to abortion. We do not believe abortion should be encouraged as a method of family planning. We also believe that policy making in this matter should be the province of each government.”

So that’s what the U.S. position was going in. The text of the Cairo Declaration says, “Women who have unwanted pregnancies should have access to reliable information and compassionate counseling. Any measures or changes related to abortion within the health system can only be determined at the national or local level, according to national legislative process. In circumstances where abortion is not against the law, such abortion should be safe.”

Now, so that’s the international – the background on where that term comes from in international practice. The term “reproductive rights” was first introduced into the Human Rights Report’s instructions, not in the report itself, in 2009. And that instruction read, “Reproductive Rights: this includes the basic right of couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, and to have the information and means to do so free from discrimination, coercion, and violence.” So that was what we were being asked to report on. There was no mention of abortion.

In the 2011 report, subheadings were included in the section on women, because they were – the section was long, so we put subheadings in – and reproductive rights was one of them, covering the information that I just mentioned. In 2016, the instructions expanded and did include a mention of abortion, but only in this context. Emergency health – we’re supposed to report on emergency health care, including services for management and – of complications arising from abortion regardless of whether abortion is legally permitted.

So the upshot here is the United States did not seek and did not obtain international consensus that there is a human right to abortion. When the term was used in the Human Rights Report context, it was not defined as including any right to abortion, and that was the position of the United States Government under successive administrations, including the previous administration, that there was no internationally recognized right to abortion. Instead, the position has always been it’s up to each sovereign state to make a policy decision on whether to allow or prohibit abortion or have restrictions on it, and that was the position enunciated by Vice President Gore and it remains the position to this day.

The reason we stopped using the term in the reports was that some advocates had begun to claim that, notwithstanding the history I’ve just given you, that the term “reproductive rights” did include the right to abortion. And so rather than using a term that now has two completely divergent meanings to it, we decided to go back and use the U.S. statutory standard that we report on coercive population practices such as forced and coerced abortion and involuntary sterilization. So that is why we got away from using that term. It’s just become a term that people are ascribing their own meanings to and we don’t like to --

QUESTION: But is there any evaluation of access to kind of women’s health practices in your evaluation of human rights?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah, in – on that, we did for some years carry things like maternal mortality rate, availability of contraceptive information, and so on. And at one time that probably was very useful because you couldn’t access it other ways, but we figured out – I mean, what we said in the instructions was go look at these websites that – there’s one group that is sponsored by USAID; it’s called demographic health – I’ve forgotten the name. It’s DHS, but it doesn’t mean Department of Homeland Security. And then there’s a World Health Organization website. So rather than trying to summarize what was in those, we’ve just put those – links to those data sets into the annex of the report so people can look it up on their own.

And by the way, we’ve done the same thing on other sections. We used to summarize in the Human Rights Report what the contents of the International Religious Freedom Report were. We would summarize the Trafficking In Persons Report. Now, thanks to the wonders of Vice President Gore’s internet, we are able to just put hyperlinks in so people can go find those things on their own, and that’s --

QUESTION: That’s an interesting reference because – (laughter) – you held him up to be the standard-bearer of what the U.S. position is on abortion, now you --

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: All right.

MR PALLADINO: (Inaudible.) Let’s go – red tie right there, (inaudible).

QUESTION: Yeah. I would like to have a review about the situation in Latin America, especially Venezuela, and also I would like to have this opportunity to talk about Venezuela. One of the biggest challenges are to get the humanitarian aid into the country. What if Nicolas Maduro approved that U.S. aid can go into the country? What would be the U.S. response about that? Thank you.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah. Well, I think that has – and I would refer you – I think my friend, Special Representative Abrams, was here yesterday commenting on all of this. But our position has been that they should let the aid into the country. What we have not been willing to do is to turn aid over to the Maduro government because we’ve seen what happens with the so-called CLAP program they have that’s supposed to feed people. By most estimates, 70 percent of the funding of that gets stolen by officials in the government, so it’s not an efficient way, and it only goes to people that they favor politically.

QUESTION: (Inaudible) Venezuela human rights?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Human rights situation in Venezuela is terrible. I think it’s well documented in this report, and of course it’s only – this report goes through the end of last year, and it’s gotten only worse since then. So – but I think I’ll leave – we had a very good briefing on this yesterday, so I’ll leave you to – refer you back to that.

MR PALLADINO: ABC.

QUESTION: In the report, on the section on Myanmar, it mentions the vast majority of such abuses continued with impunity. Would you agree that that could be perhaps in part because the United States still has not designated the violence against the Rohingya as a genocide, and because the sanctions against Myanmar have been limited to two military units and only a handful of senior officers?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Yeah, look, the sanctions that had been on Burma previously were taken off because of the election of the Aung San Suu Kyi government and so on. So you don’t want to go back and penalize the elected civilian government for the behavior of the military. So I think what we tried to do this time was to be a little more targeted in the sanctions, but it’s not limited to that. You’re correct, there’s five generals that have had financial sanctions put on them, two divisions of the Burmese army – I think it’s the 33rd and 99th, if I recall correctly – who make a specialty of the kinds of atrocities that were being committed in Rakhine State.

But in addition to that, we have revoked the visas of large quantities of people. We cut off what little bit of mil-mil cooperation was beginning to occur. There – this has had really serious consequences for the relationship and we’re not done yet. We’re not satisfied with their response. I mean, yes, at this point the active phase of the atrocities are at least in a lull, but they’re still – there are a lot of Rohingya – 700,000 or so are left in Burma. So we’re trying to navigate how do we get humanitarian relief to them, to the people who had to flee, and how do we persuade the government to let people come back in a voluntary way where they would be safe. Right now you’ve got the same commanders in place, and I think people rightly conclude they wouldn’t be safe from another assault like what they got. But we keep working the problem.

I think what you’ve seen, too, is we have been one of the ones to put major effort into exposing the problem. We did a study that our bureau financed that did a very good job of polling people in a scientific method in the refugee camps and figuring out just what had happened to them and what were the trends and practices there. But we’ve also been very supportive of the effort, for example, the UN made, the independent fact-finding mission that they had there, and I think what we’ve said is our conclusions and theirs coincide very much.

So this business of making a designation, it’s a messaging management tool. It’s not a – it has no legal effect. And what we were trying – I mean, the usual reason you say something like that is you’re trying to call attention to it. Our feeling is we’ve called plenty of attention. What we’re trying to do now is to get people to take action and put more pressure on. We’re very heartened by the fact that there is a movement stirring within Burma right now to go back in and relook at the constitution and hopefully downgrade the political power of the military and upgrade that of the civilian elected government. Because in the end, it’s going to be that that’s going to make a change on the ground, is you’ve got to get where they – where the military doesn’t feel that it has complete charter to be able to rampage around and do whatever it wants, and it needs to be accountable civilian political leaders who have control over it.

So that’s where our policy is aiming. That’s what we’re trying to achieve, and we’ve mentioned some of the tools we’re using.

MR PALLADINO: Final question. Right back there, please.

QUESTION: On North Korea. Is North Korea making progress as they engaged in talks with the United States?

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: No. We haven’t noticed any progress on human rights, so we keep – that’s why we’re calling out their practices and we keep pushing on this. I mean, what we have done over the years is – I think the U.S. has been in the forefront of trying to expose what North Korea is doing and bring international attention to it. Also trying to help those who are trying to get information back into North Korea so that people there start to realize what the standard in the rest of the world is and how the rest of the world views their country. But it’s still one of the worst human rights situations in the world. It has not improved, and that’s going to be part of our effort for some time to come, I’m afraid, is how do you try to convince a regime like that to change its behavior.

MR PALLADINO: Great. Ambassador Kozak, thank you very much for being with us today.

AMBASSADOR KOZAK: Okay, thank you.


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Office of the Spokesperson
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March 13, 2019


Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Kirsten D. Madison will lead the U.S. delegation to the High-Level Segment of the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), March 14-15, in Vienna, Austria. At the CND, the United States will seek increased national action to control the illicit synthetic drugs that are fueling the ongoing U.S. opioid crisis, building on President Trump’s Call to Action on the World Drug Problem, which was launched at last year’s United Nations General Assembly.

The United States will also take advantage of the high-level international platform of the CND to showcase innovative national approaches for dismantling illicit supply chains of synthetic drugs and supporting health-centered approaches to reduce demand for these deadly drugs.

The U.S. delegation will include representatives of the Department of Justice, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration, and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Following the High-Level Segment of the CND, Assistant Secretary Madison will travel to Pristina, Kosovo to meet with Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, officials from the Kosovo Police, the Ministry of Justice, the Kosovo Correctional Service, and members of civil society to advance U.S.-supported justice and law enforcement sector reform in Kosovo. She will also give remarks at an equipment donation ceremony that will significantly enhance the law enforcement capacity of the Kosovo Forensics Agency.

The State Department, through INL, combats drug trafficking, transnational crime, and corruption worldwide by helping governments and civil society build strong, stable, and fair societies overseas that counter the transnational crime and instability that threatens Americans’ security.

To receive updates on the CND and Assistant Secretary Madison’s visit, follow the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs on Twitter @StateINL and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StateINL.


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          Press Releases: U.S.-Hosted Event on Protecting Fundamental Freedoms in Xinjiang, China      Cache   Translate Page      
Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 13, 2019


On March 13, the United States co-hosted an event with Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to raise awareness regarding ongoing and egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang, where more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups have been detained since April 2017. The United States strongly encouraged the UN and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to make these abuses a priority.

Government officials, expert panelists, and survivor testimony highlighted the magnitude and severity of the violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Xinjiang. Participants also considered next steps the international community could take in addressing the situation in Xinjiang.

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          U.N. Report Says Massacres In Congo Might Constitute Crimes Against Humanity      Cache   Translate Page      
Murder, rape and torture — those are just some of the abuses United Nations investigators say were committed during massacres that occurred in December in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and they may amount to crimes against humanity. "The report details the horrors documented, such as a 2-year-old reportedly thrown into a septic tank, and a woman reportedly brutally raped after her 3-year-old child was decapitated and her husband killed," Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, told journalists on Tuesday in Geneva. The investigators found that at least 535 men, women and children were killed and more than 100 others were injured in intercommunal violence in western Congo, according to their report , which published this month. But those numbers are likely an underestimate, Shamdasani said. "The number of casualties is believed to be much higher, as the bodies of some who died are believed to have been thrown in the Congo
          UN report on Israel's massacre of Gaza protesters makes horrific reading      Cache   Translate Page      
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council have released a powerful report, on the Gaza 'Great Return March' demonstrations, stating that they have grounds to believe Israel committed International War Crimes against demonstrators during "large-scale civilian protests". The 22-page document has been condemned by the Israeli government, as there is talk of Israel being brought to the International Court of Justice and tried for war crimes and violations of International Law against demonstrations that "were civilian in nature". The commission conducted 325 interviews and meetings with victims, witnesses, government officials and members of civil society, from all sides, and gathered more than 8,000 documents, including affidavits, medical reports, open source reports, social media content, written submissions and expert legal opinions, video and drone footage, and photographs." Here are the most important points concluded in the report:
          Governor General of Canada to visit New York City      Cache   Translate Page      

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will travel to New York City, from March 15 to 16, 2019.

During the visit, the Governor General will meet with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres. This meeting will be a chance for Her Excellency to acknowledge the important work of the United Nations in responding to today’s most pressing global challenges.


          Identifying ecosystem service hotspots for targeting land degradation neutrality investments in south-eastern Africa      Cache   Translate Page      
Identifying ecosystem service hotspots for targeting land degradation neutrality investments in south-eastern Africa Willemen, L; Crossman, ND; Quatrini, S; Egoh, Benis N; Kalaba, FK Land degradation response actions need motivated stakeholders and investments to improve land management. In this study we present methods to prioritise locations for degradation mitigation investments based on stakeholder preferences for ecosystem services. We combine participatory and spatial modelling approaches and apply these for Zambia, South Africa, and Tanzania to: i) prioritise ecosystem services in each country; ii) to map the supply of these ecosystem services in each country, and; iii) prioritise areas important for investment for the continuous delivery of these ecosystem services based on their vulnerability to land degradation. We interviewed 31 stakeholders from governmental and non-governmental organizations to select the most important ecosystem services per county. Stakeholders were also asked to indicate on national maps the hotspots of these ecosystem services and locations with a high degradation risk. We then assessed the supply of the stakeholder-selected ecosystem services and land degradation risk using GIS-based spatial models. We found that for each country the spatial extent and magnitude of ecosystem services supply and land degradation based on GIS data coincides with stakeholder knowledge in some locations. In the context of supporting national level policy to achieve land degradation neutrality as proposed by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification we argue that the correct representation, the level of acceptance, and use of modelled outputs to support decisions will be greater when model outputs are corroborated by stakeholder knowledge. Ecosystem services that are identified as “important” by diverse stakeholder groups have a broader level of awareness and could therefore drive motivations, commitments, and actions towards improved land management, contributing to land degradation neutrality. Copyright 2017 Elsevier. Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the abstract of the full text item. For access to the full text item, kindly consult the publisher's website.
          U.N. Report Says Massacres In Congo Might Constitute Crimes Against Humanity      Cache   Translate Page      
A United Nations investigation finds at least 535 men, women and children were killed in December amid a conflict between the Banunu and Batende communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
          [윤희영의 News English] 매일 두 차례 북한에 전화하는 사람      Cache   Translate Page      
최소한 하루에 두 번(at least twice a day) 북한에 전화를 거는 남자가 있다. 유엔군사령부 군사정전위원회(United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission) 소속 대니얼 가닛〈사진〉 뉴질랜드 공군 대위. 그의 주요 일과(primary daily task)는 매일 핫라인을 통해 북한에 전화 확인을 하고(conduct phone checks), 메시지를 전하거나 전달받는(pass on or receive messages) 것이다.그는 남북한 사이 중무장 국경에서 근무한다(se...
          Baloch protesters demand UN to act against Pakistan for human rights violations      Cache   Translate Page      

[Switzerland], March 13 (ANI) The Baloch political activists on Wednesday organised a protest in front of the United Nations office here demanding urgent intervention to stop atrocities on Balochistan by the Pakistan Army.

Held under the aegis of the Baloch Voice Association, the demonstrations highlighted the crimes committed by the Pakistani security agencies and blamed them for kidnapping and brutally killing Baloch political activists.

Head of Baloch Voice Association, Munir Mengal said, “We intend to get the attention of the United Nations and its rapporteur about the human rights abuses in Pakistan. Unfortunately, the people in Balochistan are facing military operations, they are facing enforced disappearances, our identity is under threat, our land is occupied”.

He added, “So, we are requesting from this organization that they have to play a role with respect to helping those people who are facing military operation from the state bodies from a country which is a member state of UN. So this has a big responsibility to play a role to at least ask its member state to stop those military operations and its an obligation to help those people who are asking for their right to self-determination”.  

Another protester, Naela Quadri Baloch, President of World Baloch Women’s Forum, said that the atrocities on the Balochs have intensified since after the launch of multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

“Stop CPEC - because it is a death sentence for Baloch people and we are demanding from United Nations that they should materialize their treaties and their conventions which are to protect the people from genocide and from torture that Baloch people are going through and they should meterialise their treaties for the rights of indigenous people like from where they are constructing CPEC, the people are deprived of going to fish for the drinking water the resources are control by Chinese companies and our kids are dying of thrust and hunger,” Naela said.

“So, we are demanding here that the UN should intervene and send a monitoring mission to Balochistan to find what is going on there. There are mass graves and they should do DNA of our people who are missing,” she added.

A large number of people from Balochistan are missing, who are allegedly languishing in torture cells. Many of them are believed to have been killed by security agencies.

For several months, the victim families continue to hold protests outside the Quetta Press Club, but the authorities fail to listen to their woes. (ANI)


          Architecture dean emeritus Geddes receives United Nations CSU Lifetime Achievement Award      Cache   Translate Page      
Robert Geddes, former dean of Princeton’s School of Architecture, is being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Inaugural Awards Gala for the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization (CSU). The awards gala is March 20 in New York City. CSU is a New York based non-for-profit organization, accredited by the UN Economic and Social Council.
          21 UN staff among victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash      Cache   Translate Page      
The ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday was packed with humanitarian workers and international experts, many of whom were bound for a major United Nations environmental summit in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
          United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) SEED Low Carbon Awards 2019 for Developing Countries      Cache   Translate Page      

SEED is looking for the most promising, innovative and locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises making significant contributions to mitigating and/or adapting to climate change.  Application Deadline: 2nd April 2019, 23:59 Central European Time (CET). Eligible Countries: The 2019 SEED Low Carbon Awards are available for enterprises in Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, and […]

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          Prize-winning author, 21 U.N. workers among dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash      Cache   Translate Page      

Prize-winning author, 21 U.N. workers among dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash(Corrects flight number to ET 302 in first paragraph of this March 11 story.) NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prize-winning author, a soccer official and a team of humanitarian workers were among those who perished in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302, government officials and employers said on Monday. Sunday's crash, minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa for a flight to Nairobi, inflicted a particularly heavy toll on the United Nations, which has large offices in both cities. At least 21 staff members were on board, said Stephane Dujarric, a U.N. spokesman.



          Korean War Memorials - Veterans Plaza Korean Memorial - Longview, TX      Cache   Translate Page      
Marker Text Front:

THE KOREAN WAR1950-1953"The forgotten war"

World War II divided Korea at the 38th parallel, into a Communist northern half and Democratic southern half. The Korean War began when the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded non-Communist South Korea in 1950.

The United States intervened as part of a United Nations International Peace Keeping Force. In November, 1950, thousands of U.S. troops, mostly Marines, struggled to survive the coldest winter in over 100 years at the Chosin reservoir. The faced an overwhelming opposition of more than 120,000 Chinese troops.

By late 1952 the United States and the U.N. forces were making significant advances and General Douglas McCarthur planned on pushing into North Korea to the war. President Harry Truman refused to let McCarthur cross the 38th parallel into North Korea, fearing it would spark a nuclear war between the United States, China and Russia.

Instead, in 1953 a peace treaty was signed at Panmunjom that ened the Korean War, returning Korea to a divided status essentially the same as before the war.

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KOREATHE FORGOTTEN WARREMEMBERED(Map of Korea)FREEDOM IS NOT FREE



          Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations - Miami Herald      Cache   Translate Page      
Do wireless headphones really increase cancer risk? 250 doctors warn United Nations  Miami Herald

250 doctors have signed an updated appeal for greater consumer protection against non-ionizing electromagnetic field exposure, which happens when people ...

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          U.N. Report Says Massacres In Congo Might Constitute Crimes Against Humanity      Cache   Translate Page      
A United Nations investigation finds at least 535 men, women and children were killed in December amid a conflict between the Banunu and Batende communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
          Media Advisory - Governor General to Meet with the United Nations Secretary-General in New York      Cache   Translate Page      
OTTAWA, March 13, 2019 /CNW/ - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will meet with António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, at the United Nations Secretariat, in New York, in the United States of America, on March 15, 2019, at 3:30 p.m.
          Chemical Industry Contributes $5.7 Trillion to Global GDP and Supports 120 Million Jobs, New Report Shows      Cache   Translate Page      

In conjunction with the beginning of the  Fourth United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4), today the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) released an analysis of the chemical industry's contributions to the global economy:  The Global Chemical Industry: Catalyzing Growth and Addressing Our World's Sustainability Challenges.  According to the report, the chemical industry touches nearly every good-producing sector, making an estimated $5.7 trillion contribution to worl...

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          Plastic pollution is one of the major health threats to the world      Cache   Translate Page      
The 700-page report, the Sixth Global Environment Outlook [GEO] compiled by 250 scientists from 250 nations was unveiled at the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
          Security Council members report no progress on Yemen deal      Cache   Translate Page      

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Security Council members said envoy Martin Griffiths reported no progress Wednesday in getting the warring parties in Yemen to withdraw their forces from the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports as called for in an agreement they signed in December.

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          Israeli group honors Nikki Haley with coin      Cache   Translate Page      

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli organization has minted a coin emblazoned with the face of Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's former ambassador to the United Nations, to commemorate her defense of Israel in the world body.

The Sanhedrin, a Jewish organization that dreams of restoring the Jewish Temple, where ancient ...

          China prevents UN blacklisting of leader behind Kashmir attack      Cache   Translate Page      
UNITED NATIONS: China prevented a United Nations Security Council committee on Wednesday (Mar 13) from blacklisting the head of Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which said it attacked an Indian paramilitary convoy in disputed Kashmir. The Feb 14 attack that killed at least 40 ...
          Corporation Underground Army has joined alliance United Nations.      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Engagement, Learning and Impact (ELI) Specialist - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Programme Management Assistant - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
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          PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICER - United Nations - Pretoria, Gauteng      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Asistente Técnico/a en Desarrollo Rural (SB3-PEG1) (R-2019-264) - ActiveUnited Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Cartago, Valle del Cauca      Cache   Translate Page      
Construye redes informales interna y externamente y las considera parte del proceso de construcción de valor....
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          Don’t stigmatize about 5m children born during ‘ISIS caliphate’, UN warns      Cache   Translate Page      
Children raised in the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” should not be treated as terrorists, the United Nations’ Children Fund warned on Monday. The agency’s Middle East director said the fate of children whose jihadist families recently fled IS’s last bastion in northeastern Syria should not be ignored. “The message that these children are not wanted […]
          Filter - Dark Grey for White (Enamel Based, 30ml)      Cache   Translate Page      
Filter - Dark Grey for White (Enamel Based, 30ml)In 2002 Mig Jimenez created for first time the FILTERS, based in his technique developed in 1998. These products become very popular around the world and now after many years AMMO decided to release them again with a new look and re-formulated. The most genuine Mig's product now under AMMO label.

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          Filter - Grey for White (Enamel Based, 30ml)      Cache   Translate Page      
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          China using ‘payday loan diplomacy’ in the Pacific, claims new US ambassador to Australia      Cache   Translate Page      
China is using “payday loan diplomacy” to exert influence in the Pacific, the new US ambassador to Australia said on Wednesday, in comments that threaten to inflame regional tensions.The United States and its regional allies have been battling China for greater influence in the Pacific – a region that has votes at international forums like the United Nations and controls vast swathes of a resource-rich ocean.The geopolitical competition has seen both sides increase foreign aid to the region in…
          NGOs Urge the EU to Press China on Human Rights      Cache   Translate Page      

To:

Ministers for Foreign Affairs of all EU member states
Donald Tusk, President of the European Council
Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs / Vice-President of the European Commission

March 13, 2019

Re: The EU, China, and Human Rights

Your Excellencies,

We write regarding the ongoing discussions among European Union (EU) member states about EU-China relations, and ahead of the forthcoming series of EU-China dialogues, culminating in the EU-China Summit to be held in Brussels on April 9. At a moment when China poses threats to human rights domestically and internationally, it is essential that the EU take action to defend international human rights norms and institutions.

Since last year’s Summit, President Xi’s government continues its assault on human rights across China. Credible estimates suggest that more than one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained across Xinjiang, simply on the basis of their identity, and outside of any legal process. Outside the camps, Xinjiang authorities surveil and control every aspect of life, imposing severe restrictions on their freedom of religion, and on the rights to freedoms of expression, association, and movement. In Tibet, authorities have intensified political education and imposed restrictions on informal community groups.

Across the country, lawyers, journalists, perceived critics, and human rights defenders continue to endure arbitrary detention, imprisonment, and enforced disappearance. Legal reform has not simply stalled but reversed, erasing many of the last two decades’ gains with respect to placing constraints on state power. Beijing has invested heavily in rapid expansion of a high-tech surveillance state, giving it ever-greater control over society.  Chinese authorities tightened control in advance of the 60th “Tibetan National Uprising Day” on March 10, including closing the Tibet Autonomous Region for two months to foreign tourists.

Chinese leaders’ turn against the universality of human rights is also increasingly visible through China’s foreign policy. In a chilling indication of its longer-term agenda to weaken key human rights institutions, in March 2018, China succeeded in advancing a resolution at the Human Rights Council, focusing on its vision for “win-win cooperation,” while omitting any role for independent civil society, any mention of accountability, and other core parts of the Council’s mandate.

Beyond its own borders, Beijing has pressed other governments, including several EU member states, to forcibly return asylum seekers to China. It has also stepped up harassment of diaspora communities worldwide. Not only does Beijing continue to arbitrarily detain EU citizens, including Gui Minhai, but it is now also prosecuting two Canadian citizens on charges of stealing state secrets – one of the most serious charges under Chinese law – in apparent retaliation against Ottawa over a diplomatic dispute. Throughout the year, China pressed ahead with its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which lacks mechanisms for due diligence, consultation with affected communities, or labor rights, including in EU member states.

It is clear that the Chinese government poses a threat to human rights around the world, and to the EU as a critical institutional defender of human rights. The tough negotiations the EU and its member states have ahead of every session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, or in relation to any human rights statement that concerns China, are ongoing indications of this difficulty. Perhaps more emblematic is the fact that as we approach the 30th anniversary of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square bloodshed, Beijing has provided no accountability for the killings, enforced disappearances, or imprisonment of Tiananmen activists, but rather continued persecution of the memory and speech about the crackdown.

In order to affirm the EU’s foundational principle of promoting human rights, to continue to press for positive change in China, and to send an unambiguous message to Chinese leaders through this upcoming series of meetings, we urge you to:

  • Along the lines of the EU’s statement to the High Level Segment of the Human Rights Council, press China to allow meaningful access to Xinjiang for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other UN representatives;
  • Publicly and privately press before, during, and after the Summit to secure the release of Gui Minhai, Huang Qi, Wang Quanzhang, Guligeina Tashimaimaiti, Ilham Tohti, Tashi Wangchuk, and Lee Ming-che.
  • Consistent with its response to an inadequate bilateral human rights dialogue in Beijing in July 2018, the EEAS should again promptly publish a frank assessment of the forthcoming human rights dialogue. Until such time as the Chinese government engages in the dialogue in good faith, the EEAS should continue to consider a “shadow” dialogue with independent Chinese civil society. Acknowledge that, despite commendable efforts by the EEAS, the EU-China human rights dialogue has failed to produce tangible results, and that the dialogue should complement, not substitute, higher-level talks on human rights with Chinese authorities;
  • Identify specific human rights issues the Chinese government needs to address as a strategic priority for the EU and its member states, starting with the closure of “political education” camps in Xinjiang, abolition of the death penalty, and an end to the persecution of human rights defenders;
  • Insist on the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), 21 years on from China’s signature of the Covenant; and
  • Commit to publicly marking the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in June 2019, and the anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s death in July 2019.

In the coming weeks, the EU and its member states have multiple occasions to prioritize these urgent human rights concerns at preparatory meetings and at the Summit. Each missed opportunity to articulate specific human rights improvements is a message to China’s leadership – and people across China and the world – that those concerns remain subordinated to other issues.

Thank you for your consideration of these important matters. We look forward to discussing these issues at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Amnesty International
China Aid
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Frontline Defenders
Gesellschaft für bedrohte Völker
International Campaign for Tibet
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
International Service for Human Rights
International Tibet Network
Human Rights in China
Human Rights Watch
Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organization
World Uyghur Congress

 

 


          Brief of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the case O.L.B.D., petitioner, v. William P. Barr, Attorney General, respondent      Cache   Translate Page      
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By James M. Dorsey

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Recent Chinese pressure on Myanmar to approve a controversial dam project and the arrest in recent days in Kazakhstan of a human rights activist suggest that China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its interests is forcing governments to choose between heeding increasingly anti-Chinese public sentiment and pleasing Beijing to ensure continued political and economic support.

Apparent Chinese disregard of public opinion, whether as a matter of policy or because of haphazard insensitivity, is compounded by the powering of anti-Chinese sentiment in several countries as a result of commercial terms of China-funded Belt and Road projects that favour the use of Chinese rather than local labour and materials.

The Chinese approach risks anti-Chinese sentiment meshed with social and economic discontent exploding into popular protests that could prove destabilizing. It potentially could complicate Chinese efforts to ensure that the Muslim world continues to refrain from criticizing China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang.