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Human Wrongs Watch
By:Baher Kamal, Egypt
Date: Thursday, 26 April 2012, 12:58 pm

Dear Colleague and Friends,

Human Wrongs Watch latest articles, and some previous ones. Please feel free to re-publish any of them--just kindly sourcing and linking to Human Wrongs Watch.

Thank you. Baher Kamal
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War Machines – There Are Two Bullets per Person

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace* - What would you do with $1,738 billion (US dollars)? If you were told you had to spend it this year on making people safer, what would you spend it on? $1, 738bn is how much was spent on the world’s military last year, according to estimates by the Stockholm International Peace Institute (SIPRI).
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It's Revolution Again in Egypt

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By Shahira Amin*, Cairo, 23 April - Tens of thousands of protesters returned to Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a massive demonstration Friday [April 20] demanding that the ruling military generals immediately hand over power to a civilian government. The protesters also called for former regime members to be barred from running in next month’s presidential elections.
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More War Drums in the Middle East – Now Syria and Iran?

Human Wrongs Watch

New war drums now resound in the Middle East. UN Security Council decided on April 21 to deploy 300 unarmed observers to Syria to monitor a cease-fire agreement between President Bashar al-Assad and anti-regime groups.

The Western-led Friends of Syria front met on April 19 in Paris. And NATO met in Brussels on April 18 with Syria on the table of discussions. In few days, NATO heads of state will gather in Chicago. Meanwhile, U.S. and Israeli military machines are heating up for a potential attack on Iran. Does U.S. President Barack Obama need a war in this electoral year?
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A U.S. Military Command to Grab Africa’s Natural and Mineral Resources

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By Robert Lacville – TRANSCEND* - In 2008, George W. Bush authorized the creation of AFRICOM, the Pentagon’s African Command. Why?
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Kenya – Gold Fever Creates Harsh Working Conditions, Few Local Benefits

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By Brian Dabbs, Lolgorien, Kenya, Think Africa Press - Kenya’s gold mining industry creates harsh working conditions, environmental degradation and few local benefits.
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Karem, the Iraqi Refugee Who Teaches Art to Other Refugees

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By Leo Dobbs, Choucha Transit Centre, Tunisia (UNHCR)* – Mohammed Karem wants to become a roving art teacher for refugees around the world. “I would like to travel with UNHCR or any other organization,” he says.
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Alarming Reports of Extreme Sexual Violence against Malian Women, Girls

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A senior UN official has strongly condemned the reported acts of sexual violence committed against Malian women and girls amid renewed fighting. Allegations include “abductions, public rapes and subjecting women and girls to acts of sexual violence in front of family members.”
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Does Any One Care About 15 Millions Human Beings Starving in Sahel?

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Geneva-The world, in particular rich industrialized countries, is apparently unwilling to save the lives of 15 million human beings affected by the drought and conflict-related crisis in the Sahel region, with about 1.5 million are children who face the prospect of severe acute malnutrition.
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“A Prayer by Indians”

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A poem by S. P. Udayakumar*, TRANSCEND - S P Udayakumar has been leading nonviolent, peaceful protests by thousands of villagers around Koodankulam in South India, asking for transparency and re-thinking of the commissioning of a nuclear power plant that poses risk to thousands of poor, unprivileged villagers who live around the site.
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New Israel Plans To Grab More Palestinian Lands

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By Jean Shaoul, WSWS* – Recently released documents show that Israel’s Civil Administration, part of the Defence Ministry, has long earmarked up to 10 percent of the West Bank for new settlements or the expansion of existing ones. This is in contravention of international law, which bans the construction of towns and villages by the occupying power on territory captured in war.
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God, What a Future!

Human Wrongs Watch

In 2050, world energy demand will be 80% higher; urban air pollution is set to become the top environmental cause of mortality worldwide; global biodiversity is projected to decline by a further 10%; global water demand will increase by some 55%, and 2.3 billion more people than today –over 40% of the global population – will be living in river basins under severe water stress.
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Urban Population in 2050: 1.2 Billion in Africa, 3.3 Billion in Asia

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New York – Africa’s urban population will increase from 414 million to over 1.2 billion by 2050 while that of Asia will soar from 1.9 billion to 3.3 billion. Both regions together will account for 86 per cent of all increase in the world’s urban population according to a new report.
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Media Blackout of Nonviolent Protest at Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant

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By Antonio C. S. Rosa* , TRANSCEND The non- violent struggle by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) to stop construction of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in India is proving to be a best kept secret as not a word is said or written by the corporate, alternative, Internet or traditional western media to date. Why is that?
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Child Labour Returns to Europe

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By Stefan Steinberg (WSWS*) - The latest figures released by the official European Union statistics agency Eurostat reveal that unemployment across the euro zone rose for the 10th consecutive month and topped 17 million, or 10.8 per cent of the workforce, in February.
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2.4 Million Victims of Human Trafficking At Any Given Time Across the Globe

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New York – At any given time across the globe, some 2.4 million people are victims of human trafficking, a crime that generates $32 billion annually, rivalling the profits reaped by the illicit trade in arms and drugs. Every year, thousands of people fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad, with women comprise two thirds of trafficking victims.
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