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Sinking of Mediterranean Migrant Boat Amounts to ‘Mass Murder’ – UN Rights Chief

Human Wrongs Watch The UN’s top human rights official on 19 September 2014 urged Egypt and other North African and European States to help bring to justice the people smugglers who allegedly deliberately sank a boat causing the deaths of hundreds of refugees and migrants in last week’s “truly horrendous incident” in the Mediterranean.   “It is the duty of States to investigate such atrocious crimes, br ...

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Scotland – is that what you really want?

Like they say, be careful what you wish for as you might get it. Assuming the main purport of this move towards independence is not because Scotland sees itself as an oil-rich territory that need not share this benediction with anyone else on a fraternity basis, but only on a strictly business basis, then it’s good to ‘go independent’. Then, the good people of Scotland will have to work hard to make real al ...

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Grassroots campaigning turns Scottish independence vote into a cliffhanger

Every day, a stream of volunteers approaches the unofficial Yes Scotland office in Edinburgh. None of these people are political activists; they are members of the public who’ve stopped at the office to do their part for Yes Scotland, the campaign dedicated to making Scotland an independent country. As a middle-aged trio leave with boxes of pamphlets, a young couple walk in with their two children, offering ...

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Do you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons?

From the 6-7 December 2014, ICAN will host a Civil Society Forum in Vienna on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Despite the compelling call of the humanitarian initiative, nuclear weapons states continue to cling to their inhumane weapons. Governments will convene for the Third conference on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons on 8-9 December, shortly after the Civil Society Forum. Th ...

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UN votes for rules to stop vulture funds

Jubilee Debt Campaig The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to create new legal rules to stop financial speculators like vulture funds from undermining debt restructurings. The motion, passed by 124 votes to 11, has decided that the UN will create “a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes”. At present, there are no rules regarding how to restructure ...

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Brand new NHS Reinstatement Bill from Allyson Pollock gives hope to campaigners

OurNHS 1 September 2014 Leading NHS [National Health Service, UK] campaigners have come together to produce an NHS Reinstatement Bill which contains all the vital ingredients to stop and reverse NHS privatisation. And they want your views. Leading public health experts have launched a consultation on a new Bill that aims to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the Na ...

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EU Commission wants to wipe out citizens’ involvement in TTIP and CETA

European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP rejected / Alliance announces resistance The Stop-TTIP Alliance, initiator of a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against the TTIP and CETA international trade & investment agreements, today announced its opposition to the European Commission’s decision to block the ECI. “Now the battle really begins,” said Michael Efler, contact person of the ECI, which curr ...

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The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved

The Ukraine Crisis Remains Unresolved by Paul Craig Roberts* Some Western commentators interpret the cease fire in Ukraine obtained by President Putin as a victory for Russia. The reasoning is that the cease fire leaves Ukraine with disputed borders, which rules out Ukraine’s membership in NATO. But will the cease fire hold? The right-wing Kiev militias, whose members often wear nazi insignias, are not unde ...

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NATO Poised to Escalate Tensions over Ukraine

Analysis by John Feffer WASHINGTON, Sep 8 2014 (IPS) - The NATO summit that took place at the end of last week in Wales was supposed to celebrate the end of a long, draining war in Afghanistan. But with the presidential election still up in the air in Kabul, NATO couldn’t enjoy its “mission accomplished” moment. Instead, the assembled ministers took steps to accelerate two new conflicts, one on its borders ...

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UN Urges Prosecution to End Impunity for Drug Trafficking on High Seas

Human Wrongs Watch 9 September 2014 – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) hosted a special event on the rise of narcotics trafficking on maritime southern routes, particularly the Indian Ocean, advocating that drug traffickers caught in international waters be prosecuted. Opening the event, “Success of the Piracy Prosecution Model: A Blueprint to End Impunity at Sea,” UNODC Executive Direct ...

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