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By:Baher Kamal, Egypt
Date: Sunday, 11 March 2012, 10:17 am

Human Wrongs Watch - Latest Articles

Dear Colleague, Friend,

Human Wrongs Watch latest articles, and some previous ones.

Thank you. Baher Kamal
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Of George Orwell and the Greek Haircut

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By Peter Schwarz – WSWS* - In his novel 1984, George Orwell coined the term “Newspeak” for an ideologically charged language that stands reality on its head. The word “haircut” as applied to the write-down of Greek government debt should be added to the vocabulary of Newspeak.
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The Year After the Great East Japan Earthquake

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Bangkok (IRIN*) – Japan is widely regarded as well-prepared for disasters, being used to frequent tsunamis, cyclones, earthquakes and volcanic activity, but a year after the calamitous events of 11 March 2011, the lessons from the multi-disaster still resonate.
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Yemen – No Home, No Hope for Entire Populations

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Yemen has been facing a new wave of internal displacement, with tens of thousands of civilians fleeing tribal clashes in the north and fresh fighting between Government troops and militants in the country’s south.
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‘Wall Street Speculators Continue to Rake in Billions’

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By Andre Damon – WSWS* – Three and a half years after the eruption of the financial crisis, the Wall Street speculators responsible for the crash continue to rake in billions of dollars while benefiting from ongoing government bailouts and a de facto amnesty for their crimes.
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“Don’t Bank on the Bomb”

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Geneva – A groundbreaking report by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) identifies more than 300 banks, pension funds, insurance companies and asset managers in 30 countries with substantial investments in nuclear arms producers.
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Egyptian Women Waiting to Reap the Fruits of the Revolution

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By Shahira Amin

Cairo – The women of Egypt were at the vanguard in the eighteen day January 2011 mass uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. But since then, they have been sidelined and pushed back into the shadows.
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No Justice in Bahrain

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Beirut – Bahrain has routinely convicted hundreds of opposition activists and others of politically motivated charges in unfair trials, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a new report. The government should void the convictions in trials before Bahrain’s military and civilian courts that fell far short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said.
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Libya – War Crimes Committed … Before NATO’s Eyes

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On 19 March last year, the UN Security Council decided to intervene militarily in Libya to protect unarmed, civilian citizens. The military intervention, which lasted more than seven months, consisted of continuos air surveillance, raids, reported ground actions and arms provision to the “insurgents” as part of such “protection” to the population of the oil-rich country.
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Middle East — France’s Fuzzy Face on Nuclear Abolition

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Analysis by Julio Godoy - IDN-InDepth News* - Paris – If you ask the French ministry for foreign affairs about the country’s position on a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, the spokesperson will surely refer you to the statements by the French ambassadors before the UN both in New York and Geneva, and will repeat that France supports the global application of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
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Libya – War Crimes Committed … Before NATO’s Eyes

Human Wrongs Watch

On 19 March last year, the UN Security Council decided to intervene militarily in Libya to protect unarmed, civilian citizens. The military intervention, which lasted more than seven months, consisted of continuos air surveillance, raids, reported ground actions and arms provision to the “insurgents” as part of such “protection” to the population of the oil-rich country.
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When a War Crime Is ٍReally a War Crime, … According to Mme. Clinton?

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By Bill Van Auken, WSWS* – Testifying before a Senate committee Tuesday [1 March], Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could be branded a “war criminal.”
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Millions of Urban Children at High Risk of Violence, Exploitation and Trafficking

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One billion children live in urban areas, a number that is growing rapidly. Yet disparities within cities reveal that many lack access to schools, health care and sanitation. These children are at “high risk of exploitation and trafficking, as well as becoming victims of violence.”
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Climate: Huge Mirrors in Space, Petrifying Carbon Dioxide, Algae Farms, Lots of White Paint!

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NAIROBI (IRIN)* - Huge mirrors in space, petrifying carbon dioxide, algae farms, and lots of white paint – these are some of the ideas being proposed to offset global warming amid fears that temperatures might rise by more than two degrees Celsius by the end of this century.
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Military Court Hears Evidence in Egyptian “Virginity Tests” Case

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By Shahira Amin*

Cairo — A Cairo military court on Sunday [26 Feb.] heard witness testimony in a case against a soldier who allegedly performed “virginity tests” on seven female protesters on 10 March 2011. 22-year-old Samira Ibrahim filed a lawsuit against the military doctor whom she accuses of conducting the tests on her and six other female detainees near Tahrir Square.
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Israel – “Thou Shalt Not Kill”… (Thyself)

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By Uri Avnery* – TRANSCEND – After the founding of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have created a state for my chosen people in my holy land. This merits a great reward. Tell me what you wish, and I will grant it.”

Ben-Gurion answered: “Almighty God, I wish that every person in Israel shall be wise, honest and a member of the Labor Party.”

“Dear me,” said God, “That is too much even for the Almighty. But I decree that every Israeli shall be two of the three.”