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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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Defeat Terrorism: Humanise the Earth on O2

There will always be people with extreme ideas. But for those extreme ideas to prosper, grow, and become wars, kidnappings, beheadings and torture they have to fall on fertile ground. That fertile ground is provided by the system in which we all live. By injustice. By inequality. By dehumanisation. By materialist emptiness. By individualism. By a lack of future. By fear. ISIS recruits amongst the disaffecte ...

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The Long Shadows of History

Human Wrongs WatchBy Johan Galtung*, 115 September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – As Carl Gustav Jung said, and the Chinese before him–the shadows are long and dark. Jumping does not help, they follow us. Thus, the USA is wrong in believing that they can get away with the misdeeds of the past, that people will forget; they are not historians.   Moreover, when done by the USA, deeds are not evil, at w ...

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TED lecture. Andrew Connolly: What’s the next window into our universe?

See the Video here Transcript So in 1781, an English composer, technologist and astronomer called William Herschel noticed an object on the sky that didn't quite move the way the rest of the stars did. And Herschel's recognition that something was different, that something wasn't quite right, was the discovery of a planet, the planet Uranus, a name that has entertained countless generations of children, but ...

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U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Analysis by Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 2014 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine. A sharply divided UNSC has watched the slaughter of Palestinians by Israel, the genocide and war c ...

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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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Japan May Receive Offensive Military Weapons from US amid Rising Tensions with China, N. Korea

  Human Wrongs Watch By RT*, 10 September 2014 – The United States could provide offensively geared weapons to the Japanese military within five years, Tokyo officials say. The discussions between the two countries come as Japan’s rivalry with China intensifies and alliances shift among Pacific powers. The talks with the US cover what Japan regards as a “strike capability,” and are still preliminary. A ...

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Nuclear — Despite Price Dip, Uranium Demand, Production Continue to Rise

  Human Wrongs Watch A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on 10 September 2014 found that demand for uranium, the raw material used to fuel nuclear power stations, will continue to rise, despite declining market prices since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan in March 2011 and lower electricity demand as a result of the global economic crisis. ...

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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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‘Germany unhappy with the way NATO summit has gone over Russia and Ukraine’

Human Wrongs Watch By Russia Today* (RT), 9 September 2014 – Germany does not want to see its money going into something that is going to be misused from its point of view, defense analyst Dr. Binoy Kampmark told RT.   The country is not going to comply with the NATO demand to increase military spending, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, said on Monday. NATO member-states agreed to spend a ...

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