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‘Nothing's changed’: what happened next after UN poverty envoy's UK visit | Society | The Guardian
Young people were glad to be heard by Philip Alston but have seen little progress since and say politicians should listen more

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/11/ex-tory-mp-heidi-allen-regrets-backing-benefits-freeze - Ex-Tory MP Heidi Allen admits regret over backing benefits freeze Independent Group MP says ‘lack of knowledge’ led her to vote for policy in 2015
UN  UK  Austerity  envoy  poverty  child  Foodbank  Theresa  May  CON-servative  Conservative 
march 2019 by asterisk2a
US quits 'biased' UN human rights council - BBC News
The US has pulled out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, calling it a "cesspool of political bias".

The "hypocritical and self-serving" body "makes a mockery of human rights", said US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley.

Ms Haley last year accused the council of "chronic anti-Israel bias" and said the US was reviewing its membership.

Formed in 2006, the Geneva-based council has been criticised for allowing countries with questionable human rights records to be members.

But activists said the US move could hurt efforts to monitor and address human rights abuses around the world.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  UN  United  Nations  human  rights  Israel  Gaza 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
How Europe's far right fell in love with Australia's immigration policy | World news | The Guardian
Espersen has studied Australia’s Pacific solution in detail, so I pushed him: where would your Nauru be? “Morocco is a very good example of a country that would possibly do it for an amount of money,” he claims. And Danish staff could run the camps. “We would run the things ourselves and pay the Moroccan authority a fee. We would also make it possible for their local grocers or butchers to come and deliver goods … There will be excellent service, I can assure you.” In the Danish right’s offshore paradise, there would be education, too. Nobody will be “living in ratholes”, he promises. [...] As with Australia and its offshore centres, what happens in Libya stays in Libya while Europe washes its hands of responsibility. If the flow of migrants surges again during the next war or climate crisis, the clamour for offshoring will only grow louder. And if the Australian model is adopted more fully in Europe, then there will be no hope for legitimate refugees to claim asylum through legal channels, and more of them will seek illegal paths to Europe.
European  Union  refugee  war  crisis  Africa  Libya  Lybien  Auffanglager  human  rights  Germany  quota  btw17  AfD  Brexit  immigration  Australia  KZ  far-right  right-wing  alt-right  neoliberalism  corporate  totalitarianism  FDP  Austria  policy  capitalism  Exploitation  Foreign  Aid  Syria  Iraq  Afghanistan  Islamophobia  Turkey  Erdogan  Merkel  UN  Asylum  Asylbewerber  book  Klimakatastrophe  Climatecatastrophe  national  security  food 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Auswärtiges Amt: Bericht zu „KZ-ähnlichen Zuständen“ in libyschen Lagern bleibt geheim – netzpolitik.org
Im Januar veröffentlichte die Welt Zitate aus einem Drahtbericht der deutschen Botschaft in Niger zum Zustand von Flüchtlingslagern in Libyen. Die Diplomaten berichteten darin von „allerschwersten, systematischen Menschenrechtsverletzungen in Libyen“. Interviews mit Flüchtlingen sowie „authentische Handyfotos und -videos“ belegten nach Aussage von Botschaftsmitarbeitern „die KZ-ähnlichen Verhältnisse in den sogenannten Privatgefängnissen“.
Libyen  Libya  refugee  crisis  human  rights  European  Union  corruption  bribery  EU  Africa  Warlord  Syria  Iraq  Yemen  UN  Nigeria  Afghanistan 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Catalan crisis: Spanish court bars MPs' independence move - BBC News
Spain's Constitutional Court has suspended next Monday's session of the Catalan parliament, in a bid to pre-empt a possible push for independence.
The court said such a move would be "a breach of the constitution".
Earlier Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Catalonia's regional government against declaring independence after a disputed vote last Sunday.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont had indicated that he could make such a declaration at next week's session.
Catalonia  Spain  EU  European  Union  UN 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
(1487) Blaming Russia Goes Deeper Than Hillary Clinton & the Democrats - YouTube
keeping in a permanent state of alarmingness/ "permanent war footing" / readiness preparedness: China South Sea (China) w Japan as Allie. // vs Russia. // Middle East. // Kovalik's new book is "The Plot to Scapegoat Russia: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia." --- MANUFACTURING CONSENT - PERCEPTION MANAGEMENT HYPERNORMALISATION
USA  War  Military–industrial  complex  Russia  China  Japan  Middle  East  ISIS  Saudi  Arabia  Yemen  Iraq  Afghanistan  Putin  Syria  Ukraine  Libya  DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  BarackObama  book  conflict  humanity  Chomsky  Manufacturing  Consent  Hypernormalisation  NATO  Crimea  Perception  Management  foreignaffairs  foreign  affairs  North  Korea  policy  cyberwar  Cold  2.0  ColdWar  history  west  UN  cyberattack  Nuclear  Arms 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
Taliban on the rise again in Afghanistan
the endless war in Afghanistan. eu wants to repatriate 80k refugees in 2016.
civilian casualties //&! "We are at war." - https://youtu.be/Uj4nSsdJHTw - The President of Afghanistan, Ahshraf Ghani talks to the BBC about the migrant crisis and why there has been an exodus of people from his country. //&! Erste Asylzahlen 2016: Thomas de Maizière & Frank-Jürgen Weise - Komplette BPK vom 8. April 2016 - youtu.be/v0hCVJSxngc //&! youtu.be/AZzQT7dClaw?t=41m44s &! abcn.ws/1SmJlER
Afghanistan  Iraq  War  on  Terror  Taliban  ISIS  al-Qaeda  al-Qaida  islamic  extremism  islamic  radicalism  Fundamentalism  Fundamentalist  refugee  crisis  humanitarian  crisis  humanitarian  tragedy  refugee  Greece  Turkey  European  Union  Middle  East  USA  presidency  barackobama  suicide  bomb  Kabul  collateral  damage  civilian  casualties  Syria  Syrien  UN  United  Nations 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
COP21  climate  change  global  warming  United  Nations  UN  Politics  carbon  tax  fossil  fuel  Petroleum  Industry  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  vested  interest  interest  groups  revolving  door  Career  Politicians 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Flüchtlinge an der Grenze zur Türkei: "Sind wütend auf die ganze Welt" - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Tausende Syrer harren an der Grenze zur Türkei aus, seit Russland Aleppo bombardiert. Doch nur Krankenwagen mit Schwerverletzten dürfen passieren. Eine neue Mauer offenbart das Scheitern der Weltpolitik.
Syria  Syrien  Turkey  UN  UNHCR  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  NATO  Russia  USA  UK  France  Germany  European  Union  Jordan  Lebanon  Israel  refugee  crisis  civil  war  Assad  Aleppo  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  geopolitics  Hegemony  Japan 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN suspends Syria peace talks until end of February | World news | The Guardian
Mediator Staffan de Mistura says he will not ‘talk for the sake of talking’, citing opposition anger at Syrian government and Russian airstrikes //&! Wer ist verantwortlich für die Vertagung der Syrien-Gespräche? Frankreich und die USA beschuldigen nun auch Russland: Moskau behindere mit seinen Luftangriffen im Bürgerkriegsland die Suche nach politischen Lösungen. - bit.ly/1nOAVbT //&! Die Syrien-Gespräche sind unterbrochen - schuld ist laut Außenminister Steinmeier das Assad-Regime. Die Regierungstruppen rücken weiter auf die Stadt Aleppo vor. - bit.ly/20scodI //&!bbc.in/1KtsvR3 &! bbc.in/1NTdzGw Syria could have political solution &!
civil  war  Russia  Syrien  Syria  Assad  United  Nations  UN  ISIS  islamic  radicalism  islamic  extremism  Middle  East  Iran  Saudi  Arabia  Turkey  Israel  negotiation 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Die Syrien-Falle | Dokumentation von Hubert Seipel - YouTube
[ IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN will be viewed as foreplay, child's play, skirmish. This type of civil war wil last at least another 10 years (said GER military intel chief) ... maybe ... some say military solution impossible, says Kofi Annan ] Interview w Assad. - 2012/2013 - Turkey wants protection from Assads Scud missiles. 1 year before the exorbitant rise of ISIS mid 2014 into 2015. Russia likes to keep Addad regieme in Syria, now fighting ISIS and Free Syrian Army aka the rebel group/coalition ( bit.ly/1jGhVJx ) to help Assad. Turkey wants to get rid of Assad. UN resolution unlikely as Russia will veto everything west (no future for Assad) proposes. // https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_armed_groups_in_the_Syrian_Civil_War // that doesn't include Iraq forces; PKK, Pershmerga, Iraq Army, [yazidi, christians) - vs ISIS. //& Add Egypt and Lybia still unstable and no democracy since the Arab Spring. // Even Iran joins Russia propaganda that Turkey supports ISIS; Propaganda War.
civil  war  Syrien  Syria  Assad  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  barackobama  presidency  NATO  al-Nusra  Unesco  Middle  East  Free  Syrian  Army  Turkey  Russia  vladimirputin  Putin  history  propaganda  war  crime  human  tragedy  humanitarian  crisis  humanity  Iraq  Afghanistan  al-Qaida  Taliban  Hegemony  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia  Erdogan  diplomacy  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  refugee  crisis 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
China's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan - BBC News
China started deploying hundreds of troops to South Sudan earlier this year to bolster the UN peace mission in the country - the first ever Chinese infantry battalion to be sent on external peacekeeping operations.
Africa  AIIB  Hegemony  China  UN  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  Sudan  South  Sudan 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Journalist and Former Hostage - Nicolas Hénin by WSHardtalk
Jihad Academy: The Rise of Islamic State Hardcover (2015) by Nicolas Hénin // ISIS is a scam. // ISIS is the symptom. The west won't defeat ISIS if it doesn't take away the fuel that feeds it; authoritarianism, violence (oppression), sectarianism. // Bringing democracy to the world? (aka Iraq War) // Current environment (complex) best breeding ground for radicalisation. // West was not listing to the Syrian people after the revolution. //
ISIS  propaganda  Caliphate  extremism  radicalization  radicalisation  islamic  radicalism  State  Law  book  Middle  East  War  on  Terror  western  world  democracy  social  democracy  Arab  League  Iraq  War  Iraq  Afghanistan  Iran  Syrien  Syria  Assad  Sunni  Shia  PKK  Turkey  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  NATO  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  civil  history  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Aid  al-Qaida  Taliban  9/11 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Branson: Treating addicts with 'decency' saves them
Policy Making for Super Rich, 1%, vested interest and interest groups & Industry (capitalism) >> bit.ly/1eX3wC2 - [ First it was Big Sugar in USA that put Political pressure (will withdraw funding) on WHO to withdraw new & much low added sugar intake/nutritional guidance. Now this with the UN. Who are Policy Makers anyway? Are there any characters at these institutions? - bit.ly/1kmEDHJ & bit.ly/1GnMUoH & bit.ly/1cSYi7O & bit.ly/1MBJPy3 "Food Politics" & 1.usa.gov/1jyOCJQ ] // Richard Branson "somebody seems to have got to the UN, either a country or somebody worried about their job." The report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report allegedly said that there has been "millions of unnecessary arrests and that criminalising people for drugs is unnecessary and harmful." "They had basically come around to the realisation that treating people with decency is how you wean people off drugs". // UN denies Branson claim - bit.ly/1XeWLBp //&! bbc.in/1GP0EDC
UN  United  Nations  addiction  War  on  Drugs  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization  alcohol  abuse  drug  abuse  prison–industrial  complex  mandatory  minimum  sentences  substance  abuse  corruption  Politics  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Policy  Makers  democracy  nanny  state  vested  interest  interest  groups  bribery  corporate  scandal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  trust  distrust  trustagent  abuse  of  power  Play  character  Greed  white-collar  crime  morality  ethical  beliefs  ethics  bottom  up  USA  public  health  public  health  Big  Sugar  food  industry  capitalism  social  contract  political  theory  Super  Rich  1%  agriculture  industrial  agriculture  macroprudential  monetary  fiscal  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  corporate  state  corporate  media  Politics  manufactured  consent  Polarisation  propaganda  populism 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
MH17 Ukraine disaster: Dutch Safety Board blames missile - BBC News
Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 crashed as a result of a Russian-made Buk missile, the Dutch Safety Board says. [...] The report does not say who fired the missile, but says airspace over eastern Ukraine should have been closed. [...] A separate Dutch-led criminal investigation is under way. [...] Mr Joustra also said there had been sufficient reason to close off Ukrainian airspace but Ukraine did not do that - and on the day of the crash, 160 flights flew over the area in question. [...] The board does not have the authority to apportion blame, under the rules governing international crash investigations. But speaking to reporters after the news conference, Mr Joustra said pro-Russian rebels were in charge of the area from where the missile that hit MH17 had been fired. ... [ flying over war zone ] &! bit.ly/1PdSc90 // >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Court_of_Justice &! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Criminal_Court
MH17  collateral  damage  Ukraine  Ukrain  Crimea  Crimea  Crisis  war  crime  civil  war  Russia  NATO  United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  UN  vladimirputin  Putin  geplaenkel  accountability  corporate  scandal 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Paris climate summit: UN negotiations 'need redesign' - BBC News
[ only bottom up works ... till the tide is big enough. same with health and fitness (which in part has to be about looking good/fit). self-esteem. ] The UN climate negotiations are heading for failure and need a major redesign if they are to succeed, scientists say. The pledges that individual countries are offering ahead of the Paris climate summit in December are too entrenched in self interest instead of being focussed on a common goal. The researchers say the science of cooperation is being ignored. Instead, they say the negotiations should focus on a common commitment on the global price of carbon. This means countries would agree on a uniform charge for carbon pollution, a scheme that would encourage polluters to reduce their emissions. The comments from researchers at the University of Cambridge, UK, University of Maryland, US, and University of Cologne, in Germany, are published in the journal Nature. //&! bbc.in/1jYOUtz
United  Nations  UN  climate  change  bottom  up  consumer  choice  climate  crisis  global  warming  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  negotiation  national  interest  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  shared  economic  interest  Public  Good  zombie  consumer  selfish  gene  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  Career  Politicians  Kyoto  No  Representation  self-interest  self-improvement  self-actualization  awareness  perception  Great  Pacific  Garbage  Patch  recycling  hyperlocal  local  NHS  health  sick  population  nanny  state  intrinsic  motivation  health  policy  health  care  budget  health  care  spending  health  crisis  Autonomy  Mastery  Purpose  Self-esteem  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  emissions  carbon  tax  carbon  pricing  carbon  trading 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Russia's airstrikes buy them a seat at the table | MSNBC
Geostrategically, Putin has made a fool of Obama in Syria –Ian Ian Bremmer on MSNBC's Morning Joe // "Russia violent actor"? // Assad regiem didn't go away for +3 years, won't go now // Assad, Rebels, ISIS, ... PKK (Iraq),
Russia  UN  United  Nations  presidency  barackobama  vladimirputin  Putin  Syrien  Syria  Assad  Middle  East  Israel  Turkey  PKK  Iraq  War  Iraq  Afghanistan  geopolitics  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  Ukraine  Ukrain  sanctions  European  Union  UK  France  Germany  NATO  diplomacy  ISIS  refugee  crisis  Jordan 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Russia has started bombing Syria now - and what it hopes to achieve | World | News | The Independent
[ via truthdig ] Russia has also decided to move now following the failure of Mr Putin to reach any agreement with the US at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York where the threat of Isis has been high on the agenda. … [Russia’s] priority is to defeat Isis and then save the Assad regime in Damascus. Despite all the controversy over whether Assad should stay or go, the war would carry on in either case. This is very much a civil war with committed supporters on either side. In the short term Russia wants to stop Isis, and if possible defeat it – though this not likely to happen.
ISIS  Russia  Assad  UN  United  Nations  USA  Syrien  Syria  NATO  diplomacy  presidency  barackobama  Germany  UK  France  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  military–industrial  complex  military  intervention  geopolitics  foreign  affairs  foreign  relations  foreign  policy  Intelligence 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Afghan air strike: Kunduz MSF clinic workers killed - BBC News
western world (politicians and vast majority of public) is not comfortable with boots on the ground (since WMD's/Iraq War catastrophe). so it is in the name of war on terror, the drone strikes, with minimal intelligence, making it a hit and miss. = collateral damage. no wonder why uneducated illiterate people join radicalist and extremist movement (funded and stocked w weapons by Arab League through the backdoors) against the west and other religious minorities in the middle east and other governments that hold local power ... when the west drone strike/bombs their village and family to smithereens ... the west wth no accountability. no transparency. bordering war crime. bordering carpet bombing. // US military apologises for bombing - Afghan President's Office - bit.ly/1VufFa8 &! bit.ly/1VuIC5E &! MFS calls it a war crime - bit.ly/1j8hwQO &! bit.ly/1PXynQt Obama promises internal investigation.
Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Afghanistan  Taliban  USA  NATO  Middle  East  presidency  barackobama  history  War  on  Terror  ISIS  al-Qaida  UN  United  Nations  Security  Council  human  rights  crime  collateral  damage  United  Nations  Career  Politicians  accountability  Pakistan  Syrien  Syria  Iraq  War  Iraq  smoking  gun  smoke  mirror  Turkey  PKK  Sunni  Shia  Religion  extremism  islamic  radicalism  State  Arab  League  Saudi  Arabia 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK and Saudi Arabia 'in secret deal' over human rights council place | UK news | The Guardian
Britain conducted secret vote-trading deals with Saudi Arabia to ensure both states were elected to the UN human rights council (UNHRC), according to leaked diplomatic cables.
UN  United  Nations  human  rights  Career  Politicians  Politics  No  Representation  UNHRC  Saudi  Arabia  Arab  League  Middle  East 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
China pledges $2bn for developing world - BBC News
Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to establish a $2bn (£1.3bn) fund to assist developing countries and to significantly increase investment. Addressing a UN summit on development goals, Mr Xi said investment would reach $12bn over the next 15 years. He also said China would cancel debts to the world's least developed nations, including small island nations. Beijing, he added, would assist in 600 overseas projects in the next five years and offer more scholarships.
AIIB  China  BRIC  TPP  TTIP  TISA  USA  UN  infrastructure  investment  productive  investment  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  foreign  relations  Asia  Aid  Africa  global  trade  global  economy  globalization  globalisation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Russian vetoes are putting UN security council's legitimacy at risk, says US | World news | The Guardian
Exclusive: Warning over body’s failure to act on Syria and Ukraine comes on top of wider criticism of its structure and the permanent members’ veto rights --- &! bit.ly/1FgDo6m - Watch United Nations power brokers – including the Russian, UK and US representatives to the UN – discuss its failings and how to fix them
United  Nations  Security  Council  United  Nations  UN  human  rights 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What has the United Nations ever done for women? | World news | The Guardian
bit.ly/1L2mR6W - Two decades after Beijing declaration on gender equality, women’s economic opportunities and working rights still widely subject to restrictive legislation
gender  inequality  gender  pay  gap  FGM  Forced  Marriage  domestic  violence  United  Nations  UN 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Who are the 'left behind children' around the world? - BBC News
bbc.in/1JbKftS - What is the UN Convention on Rights of the Child? - Since 1990, children around the world have been promised rights which countries in the United Nations agreed to protect. This means that governments all around the world have promised that they will provide children with what they need to live a safe and happy life, and that children should have a say in the big decisions that affect them.
China  migration  economic  history  United  Nations  UN 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
AT&T has 'extraordinary, decades-long' relationship with NSA – report | US news | The Guardian
New York Times and ProPublica cite newly released NSA documents Telecoms giant assisted with ‘wiretapping United Nations headquarters’ << in ny, isn't that some kind of international territory? "The site of the UN Headquarters has extraterritoriality status. This affects some law enforcement where UN rules override the laws of New York City, but it does not give immunity to those who commit crimes there."
UN  United  Nations  United  Nations  Security  Council  NSA  Five  Eyes  national  interest  foreign  affairs  foreign  policy  barackobama  presidency  War  on  Terror  False  Flag  abuse  of  power  FISA  Court  FISAAA  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian  corporate  state  corporate  media  manufactured  consent  populism  propaganda 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Food production shocks 'will happen more often because of extreme weather' | Environment | The Guardian
Poorer countries will be hit most by falls in production for major crops but UK and and US will also be exposed to resulting instability, says taskforce [...] [ 5-7% of production shortfall of main staples ] Such a shortfall in production could leave people in developing countries in “an almost untenable position”, with the US and the UK “very much exposed” to the resulting instability and conflict, said co-author Rob Bailey, research director for energy, environment and resources at Chatham House. [...] “The food system is increasingly under pressure because demand is growing and our ability to supply it is much more constrained. On top of that we have climate change affecting where we can grow things. “If we are coping with demand increases by sustainable intensification but then suddenly we have a catastrophic year and lose a significant chunk of the world’s calories, everybody will feel it.” [ global and national security threat ] &! bbc.in/1IQl3ZS
instability  global  economy  global  trade  food  prices  food  poverty  food  security  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  unintended  consequences  unknown  unkown  WHO  food  industry  food  waste  inefficiencies  omnivore  Dairy  Meat  Developing  World  Frontier  Markets  UN  United  Nations  United  Nations  Council 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
UN officials 'shocked' by Detroit’s mass water shutoffs | Al Jazeera America
"“Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” U.N. officials de Albuquerque and Farha wrote in advance of their arrival." [...] for example, the agency spent $537 million that had been earmarked for repairs paying off interest-rate swaps to major banks." --- A United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation visited Detroit over the weekend, where thousands of city residents have been left without water because they can't afford to pay water bills (prices have skyrocketed to twice the national average). She was "shocked" by the way the shut off is "affecting the weakest, the poorest and the most vulnerable.” - via https://www.facebook.com/moyersandcompany/posts/888065581211454 & http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2014/6/detroit-public-watershutoffsunitednationsprivatization.html
poverty  working  poor  Detroit  living  wage  minimum  wage  living  standard  cost  of  living  water  supply  drinking  water  public  utility  Wasserprivatisierung  Privatisation  privatization  human  rights  humanity  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  profit  maximisation  Career  Politicians  USA  U.N.  UN  discrimination  post-racial  America  racisim  public  health  standard  of  living  Gini  coefficient  income  inequality  income  distribution  inequality  social  mobility  income  mobility  accountability  oversight  democracy  Democratic  Process  Services  governance  Political  interest-rate  swaps  GFC 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Turkey's Reluctance to Help Against ISIS Should Be a Red Flag | Ivan Eland
https://www.facebook.com/Michael.Brant.Shermer/posts/10152313683266386 - “One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar & taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of sharia" & https://www.facebook.com/naomi.wolf.author/posts/10152754085194476 "geopolitical events reveal multiple agendas, some apparently contradictory -- that it is rarely black hat/white hat as in the spokespeople's scripts to the press?"
Kobane  NATO  Uno  UN  ISIS  ISIL  Islamic  State  Kurds  Kurdish  Sharia  Law  Islamic  Law  radicalism  extremism  Turkey  geopolitics  foreign  affairs  domestic  affairs  Erdogan  Europe  Arab  League  agenda  G  Zero  USA  Russia 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
IS Islamischer Staat: Steinmeier in Saudi-Arabien - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die autoritären Herrscher verfolgen vor allem eigene Ziele.
Arab  League  ISIS  ISIL  Islamic  State  NATO  UN  Uno  Iran 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Monitor - Dschihadisten aus Deutschland: Terrorexport ins...
Klar: Viele Aussagen von Erhan A. sind nur schwer zu ertragen. Klar auch: Deutsche Sicherheitsbehörden sollten alles dafür tun, um Straftaten selbsternannter Dschihadisten aus Deutschland im In- und Ausland zu verhindern. Aber es geht nicht, dass wir Sicherheitsrisiken einfach über die Grenze schaffen, nach der Devise: Hauptsache weg! Wenn Ihr für eine Terror-Armee im Ausland morden wollt, dann verschwindet! Und es geht schon gar nicht, dass wir Errungenschaften des Rechtsstaats schleifen, nur weil ein paar hundert Durchgeknallte sich als Krieger im Namen einer Religion begreifen, die sie noch nicht einmal verstanden haben.
ISIS  Islamic  State  extremism  War  on  Terror  radicalism  radicalism  ISIL  Germany  domestic  affairs  foreign  policy  USA  NATO  UN  Angela  Merkel  Leadership 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Das tödliche Erbe der NATO | Panorama - die Reporter | NDR - YouTube
Lands strewn with UXOs. And NATO does not help one bit with organisation / enable Afghan gov to clear wide areas pro-actively. Currently they only know of areas to be cleaned, when people die, because of exploding UXOs. UN put's pressure on NATO, but NATO doesn't budge. The whole thing, % of UXO's/UXB's, during its missions and trainings, seems to be secret. Top secret. One to shield the withdrawal process of troops etc, ending ISAF presence in Afghanistan ( http://www.isaf.nato.int/ ) and on the other hand, shielding the military-industrial complex's % of UXO's/UXB's, the tax payers pays for, and people in Afghanistan pay for with their lives and constant fear. || Q can a freedom of information act reveal the % of UXO's/UXB's?
UN  NATO  Afghanistan  dud  ISAF  demining  Bundeswehr  military–industrial  complex  transparency  accountability  oversight  investigative  journalism  Freedom  of  Information  Act  unexploded  ordnance  UXO  UXB  landmine 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Türkei: Flüchtlinge aus Syrien | Weltbilder | NDR - YouTube
+!+!+!+ "1,5 Millionen syrische Flüchtlinge sind derzeit in der Türkei, jetzt hat Präsident Erdogan die internationale Gemeinschaft zu mehr Unterstützung aufgefordert. Die EU und die Vereinten Nationen müssten "mehr Mut" bei der Flüchtlingshilfe aufbringen." http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/syrien-fluechtlinge-erdogan-bittet-eu-und-uno-um-hilfe-a-993625.html
adoptarefugee.org  Syrien  Syria  ISIS  Islamic  State  Turkey  war  refugee  refugee  economic  refugee  Asylum  Europe  UN 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Iraq crisis: Obama to set out 'US offensive against IS'
US President Barack Obama is to set out his "game plan" against Islamic State militants in a speech on Wednesday. Mr Obama, who has been criticised for failing to outline a strategy, told NBC TV the US would degrade IS, shrink their territory and "defeat them". US jets bombed IS targets in western Iraq for the first time on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Arab League has vowed to take "all necessary measures" against IS, which has seized a huge amount of territory from Iraq and Syria. The League gave its backing to a Security Council resolution passed last month calling on member states to stem the flow of weapons and money to extremists in Iraq and Syria. BBC World Service Middle East editor Sebastian Usher says the Arab League's message will hearten Mr Obama, but the question now is whether its members will fully act on it, and act together rather than against each other. [...] Mr Obama went on: "On Wednesday, I'll make a speech and describe what our game plan's going to be going forward."
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - UK paying experts to build Islamic State war crimes case
[Steps to grant Military Intervention, on Ground] On Wednesday, President Barack Obama vowed to destroy the group after it released a video showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The group has carried out several more beheadings, including that of another US journalist, James Foley, and Kurdish fighters. Mr Obama's comments came as campaign group Human Rights Watch said it had uncovered new sites of Islamic State mass killings in the Iraqi city of Tikrit. The militants are believed to have murdered more than 500 Iraqi soldiers after taking over a large Iraqi army base in June. Building a case against IS
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
ISIS 'bigger threat than al-Qaeda', says Patrick Cockburn - Newsnight - YouTube
civil war in Syria gave ISIS movement the space (civil war as regional power vacuum) to fill in. Something that people can hang on to and be protected by - admits the carnage, the chaos, the uncertainty, the collateral damage, the deaths, the turmoil, .... something that is their sliver of hope. +++ The Islamic State is conquering cities in Syria and Iraq with disturbing frequency and tens of thousands of Christians and Yazidis are fleeing. The US has begun air strikes, but the Islamists are benefiting from instability in both countries. - http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/the-disturbing-advance-of-the-islamic-state-in-northern-iraq-a-985489.html
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
ISIS, the Yazidis, Kurdistan, and the Threat of Massacres in Iraq
http://www.reddit.com/r/TrueReddit/comments/2cse4r/as_the_world_focuses_on_gaza_a_genocide_may_take/ - "Prince Tahseen Said, “the world leader of the Yazidis,” has issued an appeal to Kurdish, Iraqi, Arab, and European leaders, as well as to Ban Ki-moon and Barack Obama. It reads: “I ask for aid and to lend a hand and help the people of Sinjar areas and its affiliates and villages and complexes which are home to the people of the Yazidi religion. I invite [you] to assume [your] humanitarian and nationalistic responsibilities towards them and help them in their plight and the difficult conditions in which they live today.” It’s hard to know what, if anything, is left of the humanitarian responsibilities of the international community. The age of intervention is over, killed in large part by the Iraq war. But justifiable skepticism about the use of military force seems also to have killed off the impulse to show solidarity with the helpless victims of atrocities in faraway places.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Civilian Death Toll in Ukraine reaches 800, over 2,000 wounded. These deaths "have gone virtually unnoticed by the outside world." : worldnews
+ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-28632287 An attack that killed 10 people at a UN-run Gaza school was a "moral outrage and a criminal act", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. It constituted a "gross violation of international law", Mr Ban said. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was appalled by the "disgraceful" shelling.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Global refugee figures highest since WW2, UN says
The number of people living as refugees from war or persecution exceeded 50 million in 2013, for the first time since World War Two, the UN says.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Interview with Former UN Peace Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi - SPIEGEL ONLINE
USA World Police no more. [...] ISIS - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. [...] SPIEGEL: What is your prediction for the future of Syria and the region? Brahimi: Unless there is a real, sustained effort to work out a political solution, there is a serious risk that the entire region will blow up. The conflict is not going to stay inside Syria. It will spill over into the region. It's already destabilizing Lebanon, there are 1.5 million refugees in the country; that represents one third of the population. If it were Germany, it would be the equivalent of 20 million. It is destabilizing because ISIS | SPIEGEL: the most radical and brutal armed opposition group, which seeks to establish a militant Islamic state | Brahimi: is active in both Syria and Iraq already, and Jordan is really struggling to continue resisting. Even Turkey! According to a senior Iraqi official, ISIS has carried out 100 operations in Syria and 1,000 operations in Iraq in just three months. | YT v=XDFi1lno1bs
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Pandoras Promise - YouTube
+ Q&A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiOlz4C5Alo + final remarks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DgBZZ9bVUo - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_Point_C_nuclear_power_station + http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaP9GuGK8r4 + Michael Moore & Robert Stone discuss Pandora's Promise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvJyvsKcfr0 + http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0832134/?ref_=tt_ov_dr + http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1992193/?ref_=nv_sr_1 + till 2050 at current growth projection, world needs 3 times more energy - this can not be achieved with energy efficiency (energy austerity), and conventional/current renewable - even at scale - as at the same time we close down coal, oil and gas power stations to reduce emissions to 'slow' climate change. only achievable if we include a honest holistic mix that include nuclear '4th generation generators' power. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljoerI8F9y0 + http://youtu.be/2tt6e_VA5gg + http://youtu.be/6pXiiQBknHM + Bill Gates http://youtu.be/_HxI3-DzPWU
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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