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The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth

The World’s Most Powerful People 2016, of 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth By David M. Ewalt (Forbes) — There are nearly 7.4 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 20 men and women make the world turn. Forbes’ annual ranking of the World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million […]

Churchill Starved 3 Million Indians to Death in the Man-Made Famine of 1943

The great hero of the Anglo-American world did his best to keep up with Stalin and Hitler Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War II is a book by a science journalist Madhusree Mukerjee. It tells of British policy in India in the Second World War and how it […]

Insecurity in Yemen threatens incoming refugees and migrants

Insecurity in Yemen threatens incoming refugees and migrants UNHCR launches campaign to highlight dangers to thousands of people – most from Ethiopia and Somalia – who continue head to Yemen despite the raging conflict. By: UNHCR staff SANA’A, Yemen (UNHCR) – Mention to someone the words “Yemen” and “refugees” and they will certainly have in mind […]

Middle East: Yemeni Ballistic Missile Strikes Saudi Capital

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – The Yemeni army made the announcement of their first ever attack on the city via a statement released by the official state Yemen news agency on Sunday. In the statement, they claimed that the missile had been launched at a Saudi military base located to the west of the capital in retaliation […]

Indian government to endorse universal basic income ‘as way forward’

Indian government to endorse universal basic income ‘as way forward’, says leading UBI advocate India’s Chief Economic Advisor has already confirmed country’s annual financial report will discuss free money . (Independent) — India is going to endorse a Universal Basic Income (UBI), according to a leading advocate of the system. The world’s largest democracy will […]

UN chief welcomes resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’

UN chief welcomes Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements as ‘significant step’ 23 December 2016 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the adoption of a Security Council resolution which states that the establishment of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, have “no legal validity,” constitute a “flagrant violation” under international law […]

Deaths of land rights defenders treble in a year as violence surges

Land Rights: On average nearly 16 farmers, indigenous people and land rights advocates were killed every month, says rights group By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The battle over land and resources turned bloodier in the past year with treble the number of land rights defenders killed, according to a human […]

New AIDS vaccine: ‘Final nail in coffin’ for disease?

A highly efficient vaccine would be a “game-changer”, but results of the new trials will take years, scientists say. AIDS Vaccine takes years to hit the market. (Aljazeera) — outh Africa has launched a major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the AIDS virus, which scientists hope could be the “final nail in the […]

China ‘overtakes U.S. as the the world’s largest economy’: IMF says economy is now worth £11 trillion as America falls into second place for the first time since 1872

Figures show the Chinese economy is worth £11trillion, the US £10.8trillion The IMF estimates China’s economy will be worth £16.7trillion in 2019 The US has been the global leader since it overtook Britain in 1872 By HUGO DUNCAN FOR THE DAILY MAIL (Daily Mail) — China has toppled America to become the biggest economy in […]

Afghan Taliban fighters press advance on Helmand capital

(Reuters) — Taliban fighters have advanced closer to Lashkar Gah, capital of the strategic southern province of Helmand, pushing into a farming district on the other side of the river from the town, officials said on Saturday. Though the Western-backed government in Kabul pushed the insurgents back with the aid of U.S. airstrikes in August, […]

Israel Is a Racist Country. Take It From Me, an Ethiopian Israeli

By Revital Iyov, Haaretz Contributor Formal equal rights aren’t enough. Equality must be seen on the ground, but on social media we still get ‘Go back to Ethiopia.’ (Haaretz) — “Israel is one of the most racist countries in the world,” said Tahunia Rubel, an Ethiopian-born Israeli model and actress. The remarks by Rubel, who […]

Turkish parliament debate ends in brawl

(The Australian) — Members of Turkey’s ruling AK Party and the pro-Kurdish opposition have traded kicks and punches, and thrown water at each other in parliament, halting talks about lifting parliamentarians’ immunity from prosecution. The law, championed by the ruling AKP, would strip members of parliament of their legal immunity. The Kurdish-rooted Peoples’ Democratic Party […]

Afghan soldiers desert as Taliban threaten key Helmand capital

By Nick Paton Walsh, CNN Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — Sometimes you know a war’s going badly when your enemy is right in front of you. About 3 miles outside the southern city of Lashkar Gah, Afghan soldiers can see a white flag. It’s not one of surrender — quite the opposite. The flag belongs to […]

The past must stay buried, he said. Then he was executed as a war criminal.

Washington Post | November 25, 2015 On Saturday, authorities in Bangladesh carried out the executions of two men convicted of war crimes. One of them was Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, a former leader of the country’s leading Islamist party, who was found guilty on five counts for his role in the slaughters that surrounded Bangladesh’s […]

The new game: American dominance is being challenged

(The Economist) — A CONTINENT separates the blood-soaked battlefields of Syria from the reefs and shoals that litter the South China Sea. In their different ways, however, both places are witnessing the most significant shift in great-power relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Syria, for the first time since the cold war, […]

China Send Fighter Jets To Syria, Joining Forces With Russia

China are deploying fighter jets to Syria to help boost Russia’s military intervention in their fight against ISIS.  (YourNewsWire) — China will be sending Shenyang J-15 warplanes in China’s first ever military involvement in the Middle East, and the first time a J-15 plans has been used in a war scenario. Aside from China, Mr. […]

Yemen: Iyyata Lammummaa Waajjira Tokkummaa Baqattoota Oromoo Yaman irraa

Miidiyan adda addaa yaman, Dubbi himaa mootummaa biyya Sa’udi Arabiya  guyyaa kamisaa 27/08/2015 maxxansaniin akka gareen Miliishaa Huutii baqattoota 3000 leenjisuun lola biyyattii keesa deemaa jiru irratti hirmaachisaa jiran gabaasuun baqattoota komataa jiru!! Sababii kanaan haalli baqattoota Oromoo Yaman Gaagama addaa keesa galee jira waan taheef, Waajjiri (TBHOY)  Iyyata Lammummaa Gara ummata Oromoo biyya ambbaa […]

Amnesty: All sides in Yemen may be guilty of war crimes

(Today’s Zaman) — A leading international rights group said Tuesday that all sides fighting in Yemen have left a “trail of civilian death and destruction” in the conflict, killing scores of innocent people in what could amount to war crimes. In its latest report on the fighting, Amnesty International accused both the Saudi-led coalition carrying out […]

Airstrikes Burn Planes at Yemen Airport; 30 refugees killed by missiles

(Yahoo News) — Airstrikes led by Saudi forces in Yemen destroyed airplanes at an airport in Sanaa, including a cargo jet being used to transport food and supplies into a remote part of the country. A Missile Kills 30 Somali Refugees In Yemen A missile killed more than 30 Somali refugees in a convoy. They were […]

Yemen’s people suffer from lack of food, power and medical aid as battles rage on

(The Guardian) — The country is plunging further into a humanitarian crisis while fighting between Houthi rebels and troops loyal to the president leaves many fearing for their lives. The war in Yemen has intensified in recent days, with the southern city of Aden rocked by some of the most ferocious street battles since the […]

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