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Mideast Nuclear Weapons-Free Zone Remains in Limbo

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 11 2014 (IPS) - After four long years of protracted negotiations, a proposal for a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the strife-torn Middle East remains in limbo – and perhaps virtually dead. But United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a relentless advocate of nuclear disarmament, is determined to resurrect the proposal. “I remain fully committed to convening a con ...

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What Would Dr. King Do? As U.S. Moves to Bomb Syria, Tavis Smiley on MLK’s Antiwar Legacy

What would Dr. Martin Luther King do? As debate continues over U.S. plans to launch airstrikes in Syria, we look at the final year of King’s life when he became a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War, calling his government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." We speak to public TV and radio broadcaster Tavis Smiley, author of the new book, "Death of a King: The Real S ...

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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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Indiscriminate, Brutal Killings Children in Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch  The multiplication of crises affecting children since the beginning of 2014 is creating unprecedented challenges that overshadow progress to date to protect them from the impact of war, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on 8 September 2014. The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, said that she was appalled ...

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God Wills It!

  Human Wrongs Watch By Uri Avnery* 5 September 2014 FOR SIX decades my friends and I have warned our people: if we don’t make peace with the nationalist Arab forces, we shall be faced with Islamic Arab forces. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict will turn into a Jewish-Muslim conflict. The national war will become a religious war. Religious conflicts are irrational. Each side believes in an absolute trut ...

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QATAR: ACT NOW TO FIND KRISHNA AND GHIMIRE

QATAR: ACT NOW TO FIND KRISHNA AND GHIMIRE 42,112 Help us reach 50K CALL ON THE QATARI AUTHORITIES TO ENSURE THE SAFE RETURN OF KRISHNA AND GHIMIRE http://www.walkfree.org/missinginqatar/?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=missinginqatar&utm_content=Find-Krishna-Ghimire_EmailTarget_Launch_en_Prospect_Ex_05Sep14 ACT NOW “I am being followed by the police here. Looks like they wi ...

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Over 800,000 People Commit Suicide Every Year – Around One Person Every 40 Seconds

Human Wrongs Watch 4 September 2014 – More than 800,000 people commit suicide every year – around one person every 40 seconds – according to the United Nations health agency’s first global report on suicide prevention, which was published today. “This report is a call for action to address a large public health problem which has been shrouded in taboo for far too long,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-Gene ...

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Violence against Children Is Universal, Deeply Ingrained in Societies, Often Accepted as the Norm

Human Wrongs Watch Violence against children is universal – so prevalent and deeply ingrained in societies it is often unseen and accepted as the norm – according to new, unprecedented data presented by the United Nations on 4 September 2014. The report found that about two thirds of children worldwide between ages 2 and 14 (almost 1 billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a reg ...

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Islamic State builds a government in NE Syria

In an article titled: “In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government”, by Mariam Karouny writing for Reuters September 4, 2014, she reports, “In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultra-hardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life. “The group famous for its beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions provide ...

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The Truth about the Islamic State

Human Wrongs Watch By Dr. Chandra Muzaffar*, September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service — The Islamic State (IS) has been roundly condemned by everyone. It deserves to be. It deserves to be condemned because of its barbaric brutality and its harsh cruelty. It deserves to be condemned because of its collective massacres and its individual murders. It deserves to be condemned because of its oppression of Shias, ...

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