Saturday, 6 August 2011

Africa: Growing Economic Powers Reinvigorate South-South Co-Operation

Filed under: Africa files,South Asia,Southeast Asia,Thailand — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:25 PDT
The benefits of south-south co-operation (developing countries sharing resources) are appearing in a fresh light. Emerging economies, notably China and India, are grabbing headlines as growing financial powers that are substantially increasing their investments in Africa and Asia. Justifiably so, as together the two countries account for one-fifth of the global economy and are projected to represent a full third of the world’s income by 2025.

UN chief urges Assad to end Syria crackdown

Filed under: Human Rights,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:12 PDT

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to “immediately end” the use of troops against civilian protesters.

In a telephone call to the Syrian leader, Mr Ban also said the use of mass arrests against protesters must be stopped, the UN said.

It was the first contact between the two men since April.


Is the Montevideo Convention Still Good Law?

Filed under: Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 19:11 PDT

This article by Steven Rosen about the legality of a Palestinian state and a short response by Josh Keating touch on this issue. In short, Rosen argues for some independent legal standard for determining statehood (and Palestine doesn’t meet it), such as the Montevideo Convention, while Keating basically argues that there are no such standards


World is learning: No nuclear is safe nuclear

Filed under: Disarmament,Peaceworkers in the news — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 18:25 PDT

Suddenly, old dangers become new again. As South African activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu says: “The nuclear power crisis in Japan’s Fukushima power plant has served as a dreadful reminder that events thought unlikely can and do happen. But it must not take another Hiroshima or Nagasaki … before (some leaders) finally wake up and recognize the urgent necessity of nuclear disarmament.”

Worldwide, many powerful movements are calling for the total abolition of nuclear weapons. But it would seem that nuclear catastrophes, through accident, miscalculation or terrorism, cannot be eliminated without recognizing that nuclear power reactors have a close connection to atomic weapons.

At noon on Saturday, Aug. 6, Project Ploughshares and Hamilton’s Mundialization Committee are reviving the tradition of holding a public observance at City Hall to commemorate the 1945 nuclear devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their citizens by the world’s first atomic bombs.


International Day of the World’s Indigenous People | 9 August

Filed under: Human Rights,Indigenous Peoples — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 11:10 PDT

The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).

In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade, from 2005 – 2015, with the theme of “A Decade for Action and Dignity.”


Israel to make payment for “Cast Lead” deaths

Filed under: Human Rights,International Law: War,Middle East — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:51 PDT

This week, Israel’s Defense Ministry agreed to make an extraordinary payment – an award of almost $150,000 to a Palestinian family in Gaza.

It is the first pay-out to any party claiming harm during the course of Operation Cast Lead – Israel’s three-week offensive in Gaza that began at the end of 2008, according to the Ministry and human rights organizations

The settlement was negotiated by the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) on behalf of the family of a mother and daughter killed by Israeli soldiers during Cast Lead. The payment is to be made to the family in return for their dropping the claim against the Israeli military.


The Truth About al Qaeda

Filed under: Middle East,South Asia — story spotted by Catherine Morris @ 09:48 PDT
New information discovered in Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan suggests that the United States has been vastly overstating al Qaeda’s power for a full decade. The group appears to have spent more time dodging drone strikes and complaining about money than trying to get an atomic bomb.

He came from the sea, and was born in the sand

Filed under: Africa files,children and youth,Humanitarian work,Middle East — administrator @ 09:09 PDT

His name is Daniel. He is tiny, but he is feisty. He has to be. Over the course of only a few weeks, he has experienced more upheavals than most people do in a lifetime. When he opens his eyes, he looks wise beyond his days.

The 15th of July marked the first month of his life. A month ago, he would have fitted into the palm of a hand. Now, it takes two hands to cradle him. He lives with his parents in a tent, at the Al Hayet Transit Camp near the Tunisian border with Libya which was established by the Tunisian Red Crescent and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). His grandparents watch over him anxiously, his young aunt – a medical student – warily monitors his progress, and his ‘big uncle’, all of ten-years-old, stands guard, ready to come to Daniel’s defence at a moment’s notice.
His parents merely smile at him, as the parents of newborns always do. For them, he is a miracle.

And indeed, he really is.


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