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Is Burma’s Anti-Muslim Violence Led by “Buddhist Neo-Nazis”?

Human Wrongs Watch By Ray Downs*, Vice –TRANSCEND Media Service — When most Westerners think of Buddhism, they think of smiling men with potbellies and inspirational quotes from Phil Jackson. “Buddhist neo-Nazi” sounds like a contradiction in terms. But in Burma, vicious anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise, and Buddhist extremists are responsible for attacking Muslims and burning down their houses an ...

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International Overdose Awareness Day — 180,000 Drug Related Deaths… Each Year

  Human Wrongs Watch 31 August 2014 — According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) World Drug Report 2014, there are approximately 180,000 drug related deaths each year, most of them due to preventable overdoses. Opioid overdose makes up the largest category, affecting mainly young people: 13 per cent of overdose deaths reported in Europe occur among those aged under 25 years. Additionally, in ...

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Lebanon — Milk for Health and… Wealth

Georgette comes home and sets the table. She brings out a large variety of cheeses and cold drinks, all labelled with the name of the company she owns. Her husband, Pascal, has invited neighbors to join them at the dinner table and taste the foods from their own production. However, this has not always been the case.* In the wake of the widespread devastation caused by the 2006 war, the Lebanese dairy indus ...

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World Day of ‘Desaparecidos’ — Over 43,000 Cases the Majority Dating Back Decades

30 August 2014 – Stressing that the enforced disappearance of individuals by States constitutes an unacceptable violation of human rights, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that the time has come for the end to this “abhorrent” practice. “Enforced disappearance is a practice that cannot be tolerated in the twenty-first century,” Ban said in a message to mark the International Day of the Victims of ...

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World Health Organization Identifies Countries at Risk for Spread of Ebola Human Wrongs Watch

Human Wrongs Watch 29 August 2014 – The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has identified six countries at risk for spread of the Ebola virus disease, adding that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place. “The following countries share land borders or major transportation connections with the affected countries and are therefore at ri ...

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The War for Nothing

Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery 30 August 2014 AFTER 50 DAYS, the war is over. Hallelujah. On the Israeli side: 71 dead, among them 66 soldiers, 1 child. On the Palestinian side: 2,143 dead, 577 of them children, 263 women, 102 elderly. 11,230 injured. 10,800 buildings destroyed. 8,000 partially destroyed. About 40,000 damaged homes. Among the damaged buildings: 277 schools, 10 hospitals, 70 mosques, 2 chu ...

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Half of all Syrians Forced to Abandon their Homes, Flee for their Lives

29 August 2014 – Three million Syrians will have registered as refugees outside of their country today, the UN refugee agency reported, amid accounts of increasingly horrifying conditions inside their homeland – cities where populations are surrounded, people are going hungry and civilians are being targeted or indiscriminately killed.   A news release issued by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ...

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NO to subversive eletist TTIP

Tomorrow there are 610 events planned across the UK, from Wells to Aberdeen, central London to Orkney, Northern Ireland to Cornwall. 9,305 members of 38 Degrees are turning out to sound the alarm about TTIP - the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership  also known as the Transatlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). 38 Degrees sent out a missive saying… “If this dangerous trade deal isn’t fixed or scrapped, ...

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International Day against Nuclear Tests

Today (29 Aug) is the International Day against Nuclear Testing, a UN-initiated day to work against nuclear testing and to commemorate those whose lives have been damaged over the years by the nuclear tests carried out by the US, Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, and most recently the DPRK. The day was initiated by a unanimous resolution in the UN General Assembly, in December 2009, sponsored ...

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UN Climate Summit 2014 — Change Is In The Air!

New York, 27 August 2014 — Climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies, the UN ...

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