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Posted by: 2ThaSun
« on: May 16, 2023, 05:48:22 pm »

Haiti's request for international assistance
The UN wants to send an international force... is that something the Haitian people want right now? For more on this let's bring in Ravina Shamdasani. She's the spokeswoman for UN Human Rights Office and joins us from Geneva
Posted by: 2ThaSun
« on: May 11, 2023, 09:12:36 pm »

UN adopts landmark resolution marking Palestinian 'Nakba Day'
This year on course to be the deadliest year yet for Palestinians in the West Bank

The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted its first resolution to commemorate Nakba Day, the “day of catastrophe”, when Palestinians were driven from their homes in 1948 following the foundation of Israel.

A total of 90 states voted in favour of the resolution while 30 were against, including the US, the UK, Germany and Canada. Forty-seven countries abstained.

Co-sponsored by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates amongst others, the resolution was adopted towards the end of a year in which Palestinian-Israeli violence has surged in the West Bank.

“Today, this General Assembly will finally acknowledge the historical injustice that befell the Palestinian people, adopting a resolution that decides to commemorate in this General Assembly Hall the 75th anniversary of the Nakba,” Palestinian UN envoy Riyad Mansour told the UN's 193 member countries.

“Our people deserve recognition of their plight, justice for the victims, reparation for their loss and fulfilment of their rights.”

The resolution, included in a series of other Palestinian motions, calls for the commemoration of the Nakba at the General Assembly Hall in 2023, and the dissemination of relevant archives and testimonies.
Each year on May 15, Palestinians remember the events leading up to the creation of Israel in 1948 that would claim hundreds of lives and affect many generations in the years that followed.

“Seventy five years ago, a very different General Assembly adopted a resolution partitioning Palestine without ever consulting the people of Palestine,” Mr Mansour said.

He said that, 75 years later, Israeli policies were still uprooting Palestinians, with seven million refugees part of the global diaspora.
Mr Mansour warned that the two-state solution had reached “the end of the road”.

“Either the international community summons the will to act decisively or it will let peace die passively,” he said.

He also called on the international community to pressure Israel and for the UN to grant the Palestinians a state, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Israel’s UN representative, Gilad Erdan, accused the body of spreading a “false” narrative about the Nakba, which he said the Palestinians caused by refusing to accept the partition plan.

“By supporting resolutions that single out, condemn and vilify Israel, you are telling the Palestinians that their path of incitement and terror-funding truly pays off,” Mr Erdan said.

Also addressing the body was Csaba Korosi, president of the 77th session of the General Assembly.

Mr Korosi implored the international community to help “break the vicious circle of hatred and violence” and shift the dynamics from disagreement to engagement.

“As said by Mahatma Gandhi, 'An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind,” he said. “Let us give young people a reason for hope.”

On Tuesday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for the occupation to end.

Mr Guterres blamed the conflict on occupation, settlements, home demolitions, evictions and closures of Gaza crossings.

He also underlined his commitment to a two-state solution.

“The United Nations’ position is clear — peace must advance, the occupation must end,” he said.

Tor Wennesland, the UN envoy to the Middle East, on Monday warned that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict was “reaching a boiling point”.

This year is on course to be the deadliest for Palestinians in the West Bank since the UN started tracking deaths in 2005.

The UN says that Palestinian refugees live mainly in territory occupied by Israel since 1967, including East Jerusalem, in neighbouring Arab states and in camps in the region.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: May 07, 2023, 09:44:57 pm »

As I keep warning, food aid will dry up soon:

GAZA (Reuters) - The World Food Programme (WFP) will suspend food aid to over 200,000 Palestinians from next month due to a "severe" shortage of funds, the group's senior official for the Palestinian territories said on Sunday.
Unless funding is received, WFP will be forced to suspend food and cash assistance entirely by August, he said.

Stop waiting for the food to be sent to you. You must migrate to where the food is being sent.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 13, 2023, 08:04:53 pm »

Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 11, 2023, 08:16:20 pm »

As I keep repeating, aid is virtually useless. Emigration is the solution. 3.5 million more refugees should migrate to the EU. It is literally that simple.
Posted by: guest78
« on: January 19, 2023, 02:39:37 am »

'Hateful Russophobic...': Putin govt's deadly deterrent to Ukraine at UN amid ferocious fusillade
Russia's Vladimir Putin administration issues a dangerous warning to Kyiv. Moscow warns it "won't tolerate Ukraine becoming a hateful Russophobic dictatorship." Scathing statements were made at a special session of the UN Security Council. This special session of the United Nations Security Council was initiated by Russia to discuss human rights in Ukraine. Russia has issued this deterrent amid an all-out operation in Ukraine. Non-stop artillery action is underway in Kharkiv region's Kupyansk. Watch this report for more.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: December 31, 2022, 09:17:51 pm »

They are saying it explicitly:

Is the UN paying attention? We do not need more resolutions against Israel, we need WMDs.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 25, 2022, 08:50:09 pm »

It will not:

The only thing that will help is accepting climate refugees. Any other apparent action is actually even worse than openly doing nothing, because at least if the victims know you are doing nothing, more might decide to emigrate sooner, but if the victims see you pretend to be doing something, more might decide to stay put to wait for 'help' that is useless in practice.
Posted by: guest78
« on: November 20, 2022, 02:35:23 am »

Historic compensation deal approved at COP27
Negotiators early Sunday approved a historic deal that would create a fund for compensating poor nations that are victims of extreme weather worsened by rich countries' carbon pollution, but an overall larger agreement still was up in the air because of a fight over emission reduction efforts. (Nov. 20)

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Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 10, 2022, 03:43:27 pm »

What I have been saying:

“Money doesn’t matter because we’re not going to have anywhere to live,” said Aniva Clarke, a 17-year old activist from Samoa. “And that’s probably the biggest issue that a lot of world leaders aren’t really focusing on.”
And there's little doubt about who young activists think needs to foot the bill in the fight against climate change: wealthy, industrialized nations that historically have emitted more greenhouse gases than poorer ones.

The only way for them to truly foot the bill is for them to accept climate refugees without limit.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 04, 2022, 12:31:35 pm »

Loss and damage: Who is responsible when climate change harms the world's poorest countries, and what does compensation look like?

Western civilization. Unrestricted relocation of climate refugees into Western countries.

You may be hearing the phrase “loss and damage” in the coming weeks as government leaders meet in Egypt for the 2022 U.N. Climate Change Conference.

It refers to the costs, both economic and physical, that developing countries are facing from climate change impacts. Many of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries have done little to cause climate change, yet they are experiencing extreme heat waves, floods and other climate-related disasters. They want wealthier nations – historically the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions – to pay for the harm.

A powerful example is Pakistan, where extreme rainfall on the heels of a glacier-melting heat wave flooded nearly one-third of the country in the summer of 2022.

The flooding turned Pakistan’s farm fields into miles-wide lakes that stranded communities for weeks. More than 1,700 people died, millions lost their homes and livelihoods, and more than 4 million acres of crops and orchards, as well as livestock, drowned or were damaged. This was followed by a surge in malaria cases as mosquitoes bred in the stagnant water.

Pakistan contributes only about 1% of the global greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change. But greenhouse gases don’t stay within national borders – emissions anywhere affect the global climate. A warming climate intensifies rainfall, and studies suggest climate change may have increased Pakistan’s rainfall intensity by as much as 50%.
With Egypt hosting this year’s U.N. climate conference, it’s not surprising that loss and damage will take center stage.

Countries in Africa have some of the lowest national greenhouse gas emissions, and yet the continent is home to many of the world’s most climate-vulnerable countries.
The conversation on loss and damage is inherently about equity. It evokes the question: Why should countries that have done little to cause global warming be responsible for the damage resulting from the emissions of wealthy countries?

They should not be.

That also makes it contentious. Negotiators know that the idea of payments for loss and damage has the potential to lead to further discussions about financial compensation for historical injustices, such as slavery in the United States or colonial exploitation by European powers.

All of this should be raised, except it should not be about financial compensation, but instead demographic compensation.

Two elements of developed countries’ reluctance to formalize a loss and damage mechanism involve how to determine which countries or communities are eligible for compensation and what the limitations of such a mechanism would be.

What would a threshold for loss and damage eligibility look like? Limiting countries or communities from receiving compensation for loss and damage based on their current emissions or gross domestic product could become a problematic and complicated process. Most experts recommend determining eligibility based on climate vulnerability, but this can also prove difficult.

Which is why it shouldn't be thought of in financial terms in the first place. Just let all climate refugees migrate without restriction and at no cost to themselves! At the same time, heavily limit births in the destination countries. The real resources (most obviously housing) freed up from the reduced birth rate can then be used by the climate refugees instead.

Over a decade ago, developed countries committed to provide US$100 billion per year to fund adaptation and mitigation in developing countries. But they have been slow to meet that commitment, and it does not cover the damages from the climate impacts the world is already seeing today.

What good is sending money to places that will eventually become uninhabitable anyway? As always, the correct answer is to move the people to where the money is, not the other way round.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: October 04, 2022, 04:19:10 pm »

Our message has reached the UN:

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world is in “a life-or-death struggle” for survival as “ climate chaos gallops ahead” and accused the world’s 20 wealthiest countries of failing to do enough to stop the planet from overheating.

The U.N. chief said emissions of global-warming greenhouse gases are at an all-time high and rising, and it’s time for “a quantum level compromise” between rich developed countries that emitted most of the heat-trapping gases and emerging economies that often feel its worst effects.

Of course they are still getting the solution wrong:

Guterres has amped up a push for climate’s version of asking polluters pay for what they’ve done, usually called “loss and damage,” and he said Monday that people need action now.

“Failure to act on loss and damage will lead to more loss of trust and more climate damage. This is a moral imperative that cannot be ignored.”

Money will not help when the lands themselves (where the money would be sent to) are becoming uninhabitable from global warming. The action we need is unconditional and unlimited acceptance of climate refugees.

Rich countries, especially the United States, have emitted far more than their share of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas, data shows. Poor nations like Pakistan and Cuba have been hurt far more than their share of global carbon emissions.

Loss and damage has been talked about for years, but richer nations have often balked at negotiating details about paying for past climate disasters, like Pakistan’s flooding this summer.

The issue is fundamental for the world's developing countries and Guterres is reminding rich nations “that they cannot try and brush it under the carpet ... G20 nations have to take responsibility for the great need their actions have caused,” said Mohamed Adow of Power Shift Africa, which tries to mobilize climate action in Africa.
Richer countries may find a way around the issue without paying for direct damage by paying poorer nations more to adapt to lessen future disasters, but even then developed nations will have to pay out money, not just make promises as they have in the past, he said.
Guterres’ remarks “highlight what small islands and least developed countries have been arguing for decades — that loss and damage is irrefutable and already disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable countries and communities,” said Adelle Thomas, a climate scientist from the Bahamas.

Let me simplify it for you. My neighbours have set fire to my house, and what I need is help climbing over from my roof to their roof before I burn to death. But what they are doing instead is throwing banknotes into the inferno, which being made of paper immediately catch fire also, adding fuel to the inferno in the process. This is what is happening right now on an enlarged scale.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: October 03, 2022, 01:59:47 pm »

What we already knew:

Switzerland has 'systemic' racism issues, UN experts say

GENEVA (Reuters) - Switzerland has a serious systemic problem with racism against people of African descent, according to a report presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday, giving a broad range of examples from police brutality to a children's game.

The U.N.-appointed working group noted positive measures taken by Switzerland but still voiced concerns about the prevalence of racial discrimination and highlighted several incidents following a visit to the country this year.

"The ubiquity and impunity of this misconduct indicates a serious systemic problem exists," it said.
its banks, traders and municipalities invested heavily and benefited from the transatlantic triangular trade, the report said.

It noted efforts to raise public awareness about aspects of Swiss history, such as a petition and debate around the removal of the statue of a banker whose fortune relied on exploitation of enslaved Africans, in the canton of Neuchatel.

However, others remained valorised such as Louis Agassiz, an advocate of scientific racism, who has an Alpine peak named after him.

Swiss playground games persist such as "Who is afraid of the Black man?", which have a racially discriminatory effect, the experts said.

The report also noted "shocking" police brutality, noting the deaths of several Black men in the Vaud canton.


In a meeting held with Fascist Italy's leader, Benito Mussolini, and foreign minister, Galeazzo Ciano, in June 1941, Hitler stated his opinion on Switzerland quite plainly:

    "Switzerland possesses the most disgusting and miserable people and political system. The Swiss are the mortal enemies of the new Germany."[2]
After the armistice with France, Hitler demanded to see plans for the invasion of Switzerland. Franz Halder, the head of the Oberkommando des Heeres (OKH), recalled: "I was constantly hearing of outbursts of Hitler's fury against Switzerland, which, given his mentality, might have led at any minute to military activities for the army."[18] Captain Otto-Wilhelm Kurt von Menges in OKH submitted a draft plan for the invasion. Generaloberst Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb's Heeresgruppe 'C (HGr. C), led by Generalleutnant Wilhelm List and the 12th Army would conduct the attack. Leeb himself personally reconnoitered the terrain, studying the most promising invasion routes and paths of least resistance.[19]

Posted by: Zhang Caizhi
« on: October 01, 2022, 10:48:50 am »

UN Security Council fails to adopt resolution 'condemning' referendums in 4 Ukrainian regions

The United Nations Security Council on Friday failed to adopt a draft resolution, which "condemns" the referendums held in four Ukrainian regions "under Russian control" from September 23 to 27.

Titled "Illegal So-Called Referenda in Ukraine," the draft resolution was prepared by Albania and the U.S. and was vetoed by Russia, one of the five permanent members of the council.

Of the 15-nation council, 10 nations, including the U.S., France and Britain, voted in favor of the draft, while China, Gabon, India and Brazil abstained from voting.

A ceremony was held on Friday for the signing of treaties to incorporate Donetsk, Lugansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson into the Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in the event, which took place in the Kremlin.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: September 24, 2022, 06:04:16 pm »

This is a good idea, at least:

Russia should lose its place on the UN Security Council due to its invasion of Ukraine, the Taoiseach has said.
And he was scathing of Russia's use of the veto to block a measure co-sponsored by Ireland and Niger to enhance UN efforts to combat insecurity caused by climate change. 113 other states supported the measure.

"113 countries - 113 of the members of this assembly - supported us in our efforts. One country - Russia - vetoed these efforts."
"Combined with the impact of climate change, and of conflict, severe drought and other extreme weather events, we face a crisis that needs urgent action."

Which country should replace Russia? From our perspective, only a country which does not recognize Israel should be considered. It should also be noted that all permanent members of the UN Security Council are nuclear-armed states. Of the countries which do not recognize Israel, only Pakistan and North Korea are nuclear-armed. I would give it to Pakistan.