By Aruna Dutt
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 2016 (IPS) – Wherever war reaches there is rape, and wherever rape is there is trauma, pain and terror” said Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict said here last week.
By Dawn Foster – The Nation
Scapegoating immigrants for economic suffering is easier than confronting the politicians that crafted austerity policy.
At 4:00 AM following the UK referendum on EU membership, Nigel Farage, the leader of the Eurosceptic UK Independence Party gave a tentative victory speech. Bullish and beaming, but couching his cheer in caveats that not all areas had declared results, flanked by jeering young men pogoing in suits, Farage announced that if the Leave campaign had won, “We will have done so without a single bullet being fired.”
By Teresa Tritch – The New York Times
It will come as little surprise that income inequality in the United States is greatest in New York and Connecticut. Those states are home base for Wall Street, where the income gains of the few have been amplified by outsized growth in the financial sector and protected by taxpayer-provided bailouts.
By Baher Kamal
ROME, Jun 23 2016 (IPS) – “Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable.”
The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.
Viewpoint by Marin Khor *
This article is based on the text of a speech at a panel discussion at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 15 June 2016.
GENEVA (IDN | South Centre) – The Declaration on the Right to Development, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1986 (as Document 41/128) is 30 years old. It is appropriate to celebrate this anniversary. For the right to development has had great resonance among people all over the world, including in developing and poor countries. Even the term itself “the right to development” carries a great sense and weight of meaning and of hope.
By Damien Sharkov – Newsweek
Selling arms and oil and unnerving the West will be on the agenda for Putin’s China visit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will be on his way to China on Friday, the Kremlin has announced, in what has become an almost routine visit in recent years.
The two have enjoyed a close relationship since Chinese President Xi Jinping made Putin the first foreign leader he visited after becoming president in 2013 and since then regular annual meetings between the two have usually also come with announcements of significant new economic and political joint deals. As Putin is due to meet his Chinese counterpart this week, here are the most likely talking points and possible announcements.
By Baher Kamal
ROME, Jun 2016 (IPS) – “Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers of suspicion are rising, snaking through and between our societies – and they are killers…”
My 60 years of experience tells me the pound will plummet, along with your living standards. The only winners will be speculators
David Cameron, along with the Treasury, the Bank of England, the International Monetary Fund and others have been attacked by the leave campaign for exaggerating the economic risks of Brexit. This criticism has been widely accepted by the British media and many financial analysts. As a result, British voters are now grossly underestimating the true costs of leaving.
By Baher Kamal
ROME, Jun 2016 (IPS) – Will the rapid–though silent escalation of political tensions between the European Union and Turkey, which has been taking a dangerous turn over the last few weeks, push Ankara to drop a “human bomb” on Europe by opening its borders for refugees to enter Greece and other EU countries?
Wolfgang Münchau – Financial Times
Many emerging countries have shunned Europe and chosen a finance-based US-style model of capitalism
If you live in Italy or Spain, it is easy to defend the EU. You can simply point to the many common policy areas, point out a small list of achievements and rest your case. Yes, there is a rise in Euroscepticism in these countries. But if they held a referendum on EU membership we would not doubt the outcome. The EU has become part of their political DNA.
By Roberto Savio*
ROME, Jun 2016 (IPS) – Allow me a rare personal anecdote. In 1965 I met Lord Hume, who had just left the post of Prime Minister and we had a mutual sympathy. Lord Hume invited me for lunch at the Chamber of Lords. Over an extremely delicious rump of Scottish lamb, I asked if I was allowed to ask a complex question. I explained that I had started my professional career as a Kremlinologist, which had served me well in following British foreign policy. One day London was looking to Europe as its compass, and another day, to Washington. All this on the basis of small signals, difficult to detect. Could his Lordship explain to me how to address this dualism?
By Phillip Kaeding
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 16 2016 (IPS) – When conflicts or natural disasters occur, migrants are often the “the first hurt and last saved”, Colin Rajah of the Global Coalition on Migration (GCM) said here Wednesday.
Analysis by Ramesh Jaura
BERLIN (IDN*) – While campaigners for a world free of nuclear weapons are confident that “a ban is coming”, the annual nuclear forces data launched by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on June 13 gives little hope for optimism.
Alexander Titov – Lecturer in Modern European History, Queen’s University Belfast
Richard Sakwa – Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent
The Conversation UK.
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.
By Hasan Ferdous*
Jun 16 2016 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) – When I first saw the news flash scrolling at the bottom of my TV screen, my first thought was, please God, not another Muslim!
With Donald Trump waging his own “jihad” against Muslims – all Muslims, including those who are American – I was hoping that the shooter was from another religion, any religion but Islam. My hope turned into a nightmare when the shooter was confirmed not only to be a Muslim, but someone who was born in New York and had gone to US schools. Omar Mateen was just a regular guy, it seems, who wore a bandana, loved taking selfies, dated a Pakistani woman, and even occasionally visited the same gay night club where he unleashed his vengeance. He may have been a closeted gay.
Robert J. Burrowes*
There is a long history of social critics and progressive thinkers offering critiques of human society.
Among those who are better known, Karl Marx offered a critique of capitalism, anarchists have critiqued the state, Mohandas K. Gandhi offered a critique of industrial society, Sigmund Freud and Herbert Marcuse offered critiques of civilization, and feminists have critiqued patriarchy. In addition, critiques of colonial/industrial society by indigenous people, critiques of white society by people of color, critiques of modern industrial society by environmentalists and cultural historians as well as critiques of technocratic society by a succession of scholars have been presented.
Federico Mayor Zaragoza*
From the beginning of time political leaders have followed the perverse adage “si vis pacem, para bellum”, that is, if you want peace, prepare for war. The absolute power of men has always been exercised from a position of imposition and dominance.
The New York Times
The Editorial Board
First, and unbearably, there are the dead. Forty-nine young men and women at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., doing what young men and women everywhere do on a Saturday night — singing, dancing, enjoying one another’s company.
By Asoka Bandarage
Global Research, June 2016
Climate change is a complex phenomenon involving unknown changes in planetary biophysical systems. However, there is now scientific consensus, that climate change is caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Fossil fuel combustion is considered the primary cause of carbon emissions and climate change worldwide. Scientists warn that unless we are able to bring down carbon emissions rapidly to below 350 ppm in this century, the effects on planetary life will be catastrophic. We are at 400 ppm (parts per million molecules) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and are adding 2 ppm of carbon dioxide every year. NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) reports that last month, April 2016, was the warmest month recorded and that 2016 is likely to be the hottest year ever, surpassing the previous annual record of 2015, by the largest historical margin.