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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

If someone wants to know what is being done in the building, say, of Parliament, Congress, Presidential Palace? Phones of dozens of MPs, representatives, janitors, journalists vibrate: "Pikachu is close!!!" And happy citizens will grab their smartphones, activating cameras, microphones, GPS, gyroscopes... spinning in place, staring at the screen, sending the video through online waves... Bingo! The world had again changed, the world is different. Welcome to a new era.
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Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. And 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030. These are just some of the dramatic figures that UNICEF and other UN and international bodies released few weeks ahead of the World Humanitarian Day marked every year on August 19.
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19 Aug 2016 – Reporting that 650 children have been recruited into armed groups in South Sudan since January, the United Nations Children's Fund called today for an immediate end to recruitment and an unconditional release of all children by armed actors.
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18 Aug 2016 - The United Nations has admitted for the first time that its peacekeepers in Haiti played a role in the outbreak of the cholera epidemic in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake that sent the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation into a tailspin.

Does Henry Kissinger Have a Conscience?

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:01 am
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Posted by Antonio C.S. Rosa

Latest revelations show Kissinger as the ruthless, active co-conspirator of Latin American military regimes engaged in war crimes [Operation Condor]. In evidence that emerged from previous declassifications of documents, Kissinger was shown not only to have been aware of what the military was doing but to have actively encouraged it.
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Honduras has seen at least eight human rights activists killed in 2016, making it one the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders, the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights warned Friday [19 Aug].

Meanwhile, Around the World

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:01 am
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Auschwitz, 29 July: Pope Francis praying, asking God for the 'grace to cry' (INYT, 30-31 July) was very, very touching. And very, very different from the show Obama tried to put on in Hiroshima.

Individual and Human Rights

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:01 am
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Take a cue from the days when Jesus could say “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s.” In those days money belonged to sovereigns and sovereigns used their financial privileges to defray their expenses, mainly the expenses of waging wars. Now banks and other financial institutions have privileges that the sovereign people should have and should use to make social rights real rights.

Iran: Children at the Gallows

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:01 am
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12 Aug 2016 - Iran currently executes the highest number of juvenile offenders in the world. Rights groups have reported it executed at least 230 people since the beginning of 2016. At least 160 youths under the age of 18 currently await execution.
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Chemical corporations are trying to impose patents on all living organisms… They are trying to destroy our local food systems and replace them with industrial junk food by changing food and health safety as well as bio-safety, through ‘harmonisation’.

The Birthday

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:00 am
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16 Aug 2016 - Tomorrow I will turn 90 years old. I was born in a territory called Birán, in the eastern region of Cuba… Fidel Castro pens a column about the past, present and future on his 90th birthday.
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Electrocuted, whipped, beaten on his face, jumped on his back; the list of horrors is unending as his father fights to keep tears out of his voice. “My son was born in Japan you know, I wrote to the Japanese ambassador, if [sending him to Japan] is what it takes to keep him safe, I’ll give him up. Japan can take him as one of their own – the children here are in danger. All my son will know from this country is its dungeons. He’s seen more than what any 15-year-old should see.”
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In Memory of Sérgio Vieira de Mello (1948-2003) - 19 August was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bombing of the UN office building in Baghdad, Iraq in which Sérgio Vieira de Mello, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and at the time Special Representative of the UN Secretary General was killed along with 21 UN staff members. Over 200 UN employees were injured.
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A Terra manteve durante milhões de anos os ciclos de dias claros alternados com noites escuras, mas do século passado para cá isso vem se alterando drasticamente. E o que se sabe sobre os impactos da poluição luminosa na vida dos animais? Se cerca de 30% dos vertebrados e 60% dos invertebrados têm hábitos noturnos, já se infere, de início, que os impactos não devem ser poucos.
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I realize that truth and honesty are hard commodities to come by, but let’s momentarily see if we can stomach the reality the people of Yemen have had to endure as the global community chose to avert its gaze. Yes, a school was bombed and children were butchered. Yemen was violated and scarred beyond the tolerable and the comprehensible. What else is new? Yemen has died a thousand deaths already, and none have come to its rescue.
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"If true, it's revolutionary," said Jonathan Feng, professor of physics & astronomy. "For decades, we've known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter."
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16 Aug 2016 - Possibly Stolen NSA Spy Tools May Be Auctioned Off to Any Bidder Soon - Some of the most powerful espionage tools created by the National Security Agency’s elite group of hackers have been revealed in recent days, a development that could pose severe consequences for the spy agency’s operations.

Olympic Jews?

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:00 am
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20 Aug 2016 - The scene at Ben-Gurion airport this week was rather astonishing. More than a thousand young male fans came to welcome the two Israeli Judo fighters who had won a bronze medal each at the Olympic games in Rio. Yet judo is not a very popular sport in Israel. So Israeli crowds suddenly became judo fans (some called it "Jewdo"). People who did not go wild with enthusiasm were considered traitors.

Democracy Education and Peace

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:00 am
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Democracy Education and Peace, by Surya Nath Prasad and Suman Shukha (Eds) - Democracy and Peace-Interrelated but not interdependent: "Thus it may be safely, yet regretfully, assumed that Democracy does not exclude War and therefore bears no direct relationship to Peace. The reverse is equally true − Peace may reign without any consideration of democracy (cf Pax Romana)."

Angie (Music Video of the Week)

Monday, 22 August 2016 11:00 am
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A Classic of the Stones - One of the two official promo videos for the Rolling Stones' 1973 single "Angie". Composed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and produced by Jimmy Miller.

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