16/03/2017 — Apartheid, Protests and Genocide Compensations.

World News

Intergovernmental Organizations

UN appeals for nearly $170 million to aid pastoralists in northern Kenya. The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia accused Israel of imposing an “apartheid regime” on Palestinians.

Humanitarian Aid

Unions and NGOs gather in London to stand up for climate refugees.

People supporting Refugees of Climate Change (source Flickr).

The Disasters Emergency Commission is calling for funds to scale up the response to drought in east Africa and prevent “hunger on a massive scale”, while aid agencies warn that “countless lives are at stake”.

Africa

Libya unity government, rival factions agree ceasefire after Tripoli battle.

In January, traditional Namibian leaders filed a complaint against Germany with a US court demanding compensation for colonial-era genocide. The judge and the plaintiffs’ lawyers to meet today in New York.

Americas

Tens of thousands of people protested proposed government reforms to Brazil’s pension system and austerity.

Asia

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud signed deals of $65 billion with China, which has been Saudi Arabia’s largest trading partner since 2015.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (image adapted from Wikimedia Commons).

Europe

Letter bomb explodes at French IMF office.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s right-wing People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy won thirty-three seats in general elections Wednesday as populist Geert Wilders’s Party for Freedom came in second with twenty seats. A coalition government is expected to bring stricter rules on migrant rights.

Opinion Articles

Strangers in a Cruel Land — Matt Cameron, The Baffler. “Immigration policy,” President Kennedy wrote, “should be generous; it should be fair; it should be flexible. With such a policy we can turn to the world, and to our own past, with clean hands and a clear conscience.” LOL, JFK.”

Preventing a Free-for-All With Drone Strikes — The editorial board, The New York Times. “ Mr. Trump should heed the advice of national security experts who have urged the retention of strict standards for using force in non-battlefield areas (…). He has already seen how a badly executed mission can have disastrous results: the raid in Yemen in January that resulted in the deaths of a member of the Navy’s SEAL Team 6 and numerous civilians, including children.”

The Vatican is ‘all words, no action’ on addressing child sex abuse — Matthew Beel, PRI. “We haven’t seen any accountability really. You’ve seen one or two people maybe being allowed to resign, but even then, it’s all to avoid scandal. You don’t see people removed, and I’m talking about bishops.”

Why does WikiLeaks keep publishing U.S. state secrets? Private contractors — Tim Shorrock, Washington Post. “ So contractors have been responsible for at least five major security lapses in four years. Even if some of these leaks revealed government wrongdoing (as some of the Snowden and WikiLeaks documents clearly did), shouldn’t the companies be held responsible when secrets are disclosed?”

What to Watch

TRT World explains briefly some of the causes for this humanitarian crisis.
The Real News speak with South Centre Chief Economist Yilmaz Akyuz.
TRT World presents the forces in play in Libya’s oil field.

Curiosities

Humpback whales are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why —are they preparing to leave? So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

Donald Trump wants to shut off an orbiting space camera that monitors climate change — for him it’s fake data anyways…

The very young are trouncing every other generation on hours spent volunteering — wait a couple years more for VR and you’ll see…

Google tells army of ‘quality raters’ to flag Holocaust denial.


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