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Food aid to benefit 60,000 people in earthquake-hit PNG

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 12:04 pm | United Nations

UN food aid to benefit 60,000 people in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea 2 April 2018 More >>

Bahraini authorities must not detain activists

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 12:01 pm | Euro-Med Monitor

Euro-Med Monitor: Bahraini authorities must not detain activists on background of social media activity Geneva - The measures to be taken by the Bahraini authorities against social media users by imposing strict control over their accounts are deeply ... More >>

Partnerships should be based on solidarity and trust

Monday, 2 April 2018, 10:54 am | CNS

Partnerships should be based on solidarity and trust, and not on greed Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) Partnerships that are critically important to progress towards a better world where a just social order is a reality for everyone, must ... More >>

Call for NZ PM to Intervene in Nauruan Constitution Crisis

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 5:35 pm | National Justice Project

Calls for the New Zealand Prime Minister to Intervene in Nauruan Constitutional Crisis Adjunct Professor George Newhouse, the Principal Solicitor of the National Justice Project, has called on the NZ Prime Minister to intervene in the Constitutional ... More >>

Scandi Noir, Kim Wall and Murder

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 1:57 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Scandi Noir, Kim Wall and Murder Finland, a country noted for deep felt suicides executed during long dark winter months, has become the happiest nation on earth. This statistical superstition, contrived to feed a social-media diet free of substance ... More >>

PLO on Israel's massacre in Gaza

Sunday, 1 April 2018, 10:35 am | PLO

"We condemn Israel's brutal murder of 16 unarmed Palestinian protestors in Gaza yesterday, as well as the injury of around 1,700 Palestinians across the occupied Palestinian territory in protests marking the 42nd anniversary of Land Day and affirming ... More >>

Faking it and Fakery: Najib and Censorship

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 6:35 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Fake news has not merely become a business but a designation. It is a way of silencing dissent, and questioning accounts. For the authoritarian, this is not merely a delight, but a necessity. News accounts are deemed the stuff and dreams of the inventive, ... More >>

UN chief calls for probe into deadly clashes in Gaza

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 4:14 pm | United Nations

UN chief calls for probe into deadly clashes along Israel-Gaza border 30 March 2018 United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called for an independent and transparent investigation into clashes at the Gaza fence on Friday between Palestinians ... More >>

Qassim Solemani pledges to “Weed the Resistance!”

Saturday, 31 March 2018, 12:01 pm | Franklin Lamb

Since he became Tehran’s anointed leader of Syria in early 2012 with final say over Syria’s military and security agencies, Al Quds Force leader Qassim Solemani has been “Weeding the Resistance.” Soleimani’s “Resistance Weeding” is ... More >>

The New Decade on Water for Sustainable Development

Friday, 30 March 2018, 6:48 pm | UNESCO

The New Decade on Water for Sustainable Development: Nature for Water 30, MARCH 2018, BANGKOK – Rapid urbanization, population growth and climate change are threatening sustainable access to water resources and services in Asia-Pacific, according to ... More >>

Southeast Asian countries must scale-up efforts

Friday, 30 March 2018, 5:31 pm | UN ESCAP

Southeast Asian countries must scale-up efforts to maintain progress towards the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and UN 2030 Agenda Bangkok ( ESCAP News ) -- ASEAN countries will need to accelerate efforts to promote economic, social and environmental advancement ... More >>

New initiative to boost economic growth in Kiribati

Friday, 30 March 2018, 1:09 pm | UNDP

Tarawa, Kiribati – The Government of Kiribati through its Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives today signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on an initiative that will seek to foster income generation for ... More >>

Statement by UN Human Rights Office on Venezuela jail deaths

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:59 pm | UNHCHR

GENEVA (29 March 2018) – We are appalled at the horrific deaths of at least 68 people in Venezuela after a fire swept through a police station jail on Wednesday amid reported clashes between detainees and security forces. More >>

2018 Public Forum theme to be “Trade 2030”

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:53 pm | World Trade Organisation

The WTO’s 2018 Public Forum, to be held on 2-4 October, will discuss how technological developments are affecting trade and how to ensure that trade in 2030 will continue to help society address the major challenges facing the world. More >>

Former Brazilian President Lula’s convoy is attacked

Friday, 30 March 2018, 12:20 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 29 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine): On Tuesday, former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s election campaign busses were hit by gunfire in the state of Paranà during his campaign tour. The attack follows a week of hostility by fascist ... More >>

Julian Assange, Internet Access and Ecuador

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:48 pm | Binoy Kampmark

Being a netizen, to use that popular term of sociological derivation, can be a difficult business. It presumes digital engagement, often of the sharper sort. To become a fully-fledged member of such citizenry, however, presumes access, a degree of Internet ... More >>

Building The World's Largest Solar Project

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 4:42 pm |

Saudi Arabia wants to pour $200 billion into solar to build the world's largest solar project. More >>

Op-Ed: Papua New Guinea and APEC’s Digital Development

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1:49 pm | APEC

During the first APEC meetings in 2018 in Port Moresby, officials from around the Asia-Pacific expressed their sympathies for the victims of Papua New Guinea’s central highlands earthquake and desire for a rapid recovery. More >>

Migrants trapped in quagmire

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1:43 pm | CNS

Migrants trapped in quagmire: Neglected by their own country, mistreated by the host country Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) This pretty well sums up the pathetic situation in which many migrants find themselves today. And while immigration refers ... More >>

Privacy debate shows countries not ready for digital economy

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 1:17 pm | United Nations

Facebook privacy debate shows most countries not ready for digital economy – UN 28 March 2018 More >>

TPP-11 Senate inquiry welcomed by community organisations

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11:54 am | AFTINET

Dr Patricia Ranald, Convener of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, today welcomed the Senate decision yesterday for an inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to assess whether the rebadged Comprehensive ... More >>

Over a Quarter of Palestinian Syrians Displaced

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:44 am | Euro Med Monitor

New Euro-Med Report: Over a Quarter of Palestinian Syrians Displaced While Facing Recurrent Tragedies Outside Syria More >>

Unrealistic Demands on UN Peacekeeping Costing Lives

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:39 am | United Nations

As the United Nations continues to send peacekeepers to difficult or war-torn environments like Mali and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, those ‘blue helmets’ will need more and better coordinated support among the actors who authorize and deploy ... More >>

The Last ‘Peace Process’ Warrior: Abbas Hanging by a Thread

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:29 am | Ramzy Baroud

The 'deal of the century' is a farce. We suspected that, of course, but, upon his return from Washington, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu revealed in more detail why the long-anticipated plan of the administration of US President Donald ... More >>

Belarus: UN Calls for End to Rights Abuses & Repression

Thursday, 29 March 2018, 9:28 am | United Nations

GENEVA (28 March 2018) – A new wave of arbitrary arrests, the use of the death penalty and violations of media freedom in Belarus have prompted a UN expert to call on the authorities there to respect their human rights obligations and implement ... More >>

Building resilience to natural hazards

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 7:27 pm | UN ESCAP

Building resilience to natural hazards and investing in social protection systems critical to achieving 2030 Agenda in Asia-Pacific BANGKOK ( ESCAP News ) — Countries in Asia and the Pacific must build resilience to natural hazards and invest in social ... More >>

Diplomatic Madness: The Expulsion of Russian Diplomats

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 4:00 pm | Binoy Kampmark

How gloriously brave it seemed, some 23 nations coming together like a zombie collective to initiate a fairly ineffectual action in of itself: the expulsion of Russian diplomats or, as they preferred to term it, intelligence operatives. More >>

“Floating Budget Analysis” to boost Parliaments’ capacity

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 2:50 pm | UNDP

Honiara, Solomon Islands – Lessons from the budget analysis model applied by the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji has been replicated in the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands. The support during the 2018 budget process was facilitated ... More >>

Niger Urged to Adopt Strategy on Internal Displacement

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 10:05 am | United Nations

GENEVA/NIAMEY (27 March 2018) – A UN human rights expert has urged the Government of Niger to prioritise the adoption of a strategy to ensure the rights of internally displaced persons are respected following attacks by non-state armed groups in both ... More >>

"When Weapons Speak, Civilians Pay the Price"

Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 9:03 am | United Nations

"When Weapons Speak, Civilians Pay the Price," Says UN Aid Chief as Syria War Grinds on More >>

The Biggest Earth Hour Yet

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4:07 pm | WWF

Millions of people came together this weekend for the biggest Earth Hour in history. On Saturday night, people from a record 188 countries and territories participated, while close to 18,000 landmarks and monuments around the world switched off their ... More >>

Sexual harassment widespread in the Cook Islands hospitality

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 10:34 am | Auckland University of Technology

Sexual harassment by customers in the Cook Islands hospitality industry is a problem, according to a study conducted by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) lecturer and Cook Islander, Lisa Sadaraka. More >>

Israel’s Troubling Settlement Expansion

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 10:23 am | United Nations

At Security Council, UN Middle East Peace Envoy Reports on Israel’s Troubling Settlement Expansion More >>

Euro-Med Report on Situation of Syria’s Palestinian Refugees

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:33 am | Euro Med Monitor

Euro-Med Delivers Report to OHCHR Reviewing Situation of Syria’s Palestinian Refugees After 7 Years of Conflict More >>

Syria: You Want It Darker

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:31 am | Rene Wadlow

The last of the recording of song/poems of Leonard Cohen before his death is called "You Want it Darker", a reflection on what was once and no longer is. The title song has the repeated line "You want it darker, we kill the flame". ... More >>

UN Experts Alarmed by Killing of Rio Human Rights Defender

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 9:29 am | United Nations Human Rights Council

Brazil: UN Experts Alarmed by Killing of Rio Human Rights Defender Who Decried Military Intervention More >>

Britain pressures NZ to join anti-Russian sanctions

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 8:50 am | Socialist Equality Group

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Pre-emptive Triggers: John Bolton Joins Trump

Monday, 26 March 2018, 7:11 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It has given those in a permanent state of jitters greater reason to jump off the cliff to a certain fate, but John Bolton’s elevation to President Donald J. Trump’s inner circle is predictable and, patterns of employment permitting, brief. It is ... More >>

Aust: 23000 march for refugees nationally

Monday, 26 March 2018, 1:50 pm | Jane Salmon

Canberra Palm Sunday rally claimed a crowd of over 3000 with Sydney (4000) and Melbourne (10,000) attracting large groups. Nationally, with regional event figures combined, over 23,000 marched: Bendigo, Townsville and Whyalla among them. More >>

Social Media Campaign on Sustainable Tourism Development

Monday, 26 March 2018, 11:17 am | South Pacific Tourism Organisation

26 March 2018, Suva, Fiji - In an effort to raise awareness about sustainable tourism and its importance amongst its staff, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation recently concluded its ‘Be the Change’ challenge which was a three-month campaign targeting ... More >>

Inglorious Snitching: Lamo, Manning and Patriotism

Sunday, 25 March 2018, 4:44 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The hacking community, like poets, tend to be irritable tribesmen and women. Their modus operandi functions on the stab, the enthusiastic penetration of insecure computer systems and mockery. Their role is as much to instruct as it is to disrupt. More >>

USP Unveils Commemorative Monument for 50th Anniversary

Sunday, 25 March 2018, 4:38 pm | University Of South Pacific

The Monument is a combination of the wing float from Sunderland flying boat and Albatross, which is part of the No.5 Squadron insignia. More >>

She stood up to defeat TB

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:38 pm | CNS

She stood up to defeat TB Shobha Shukla, CNS (Citizen News Service) (CNS): The youngest of 3 sisters, Ingrid Schoeman grew up in Pretoria and later started working as a dietician in a government hospital in Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province of ... More >>

Death and Impunity: Iraq Fifteen Years After

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:31 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It might have made a bit more than a whimper had the US political scene not found itself in yet another paroxysm of the drama known as the Trump White House. Fifteen years before, governments aligning with the dogs of war decided, in defiance of millions ... More >>

PLO expresses appreciation for resolutions

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:28 pm | PLO

Dr. Ashrawi expresses appreciation for the “principled” members of the UNHRC for adopting resolutions reaffirming the rights of the Palestinian people More >>

ITUC Calls on UN to Abandon Unilateral Pay Cuts

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:25 pm | ITUC

Brussels, 23 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The ITUC has called on the United Nations to abandon unilateral pay cuts on UN staff, as well as other changes to employment conditions that would mean different pay rates for the same job and could lead to ... More >>

Arbitrary arrests a black spot on Morocco

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:24 pm | Euro Med Monitor

Euro-Med Monitor: Arbitrary arrests against demonstrators a black spot on Morocco's human rights record Geneva - The three-month-long repressive arrests by the Moroccan police of demonstrators and activists demanding an ‘economic alternative’ in ... More >>

China: Concern about health of jailed rights lawyer

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:15 pm | UNHCHR

China: UN experts concerned about health of jailed rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong GENEVA (23 March 2018) –UN human rights experts* are deeply concerned over the deteriorating health of Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer jailed in ... More >>

Implementing digital trade facilitation could cut trade cost

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 12:13 pm | UN ESCAP

Implementing digital trade facilitation could cut trade costs in Asia-Pacific by $673 billion annually, says UN report Bangkok ( ESCAP News ) -- According to the Digital Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific report launched today by the United ... More >>

WTO on trade tensions

Saturday, 24 March 2018, 11:20 am | World Trade Organisation

Statement by Director-General Azevêdo in relation to the Council on Trade in Goods Director-General Roberto Azevêdo today (23 March) issued the following statement in regards to the meeting of the WTO’s Council on Trade in Goods. More >>

TB down in past decade; universal health coverage key

Friday, 23 March 2018, 4:43 pm | WHO

TB down in past decade; universal health coverage key to faster progress MANILA, 23 MARCH 2018 – New estimates show a 14% reduction in the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region over the past ... More >>

Supporting Data Driven Progress towards SDGS In Pacific

Friday, 23 March 2018, 4:41 pm | Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Supporting Data Driven Progress towards SDGS In Pacific Agriculture And Fisheries Nadi, Fiji – Policy decisions relating to food security and sustainable agricultural development can now be made more effectively based on high quality, timely and relevant ... More >>

NBS and Digicel partner to offer remittance linked savings

Friday, 23 March 2018, 1:54 pm | Joint Press Release

Apia, Samoa – National Bank of Samoa (NBS) and Digicel Samoa are pleased to announce a partnership to develop the next generation of cost-effective and easy mobile banking and remittance services for Samoan customers. More >>

ITUC Backs ILO and UN Staff Strike Over Unilateral Pay Cuts

Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:56 am | ITUC

Brussels, 22 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine): Staff at the International Labour Organisation are taking strike action today in the latest of a series of walkouts by United Nations employees in protest at the unilateral imposition of significant pay cuts by the ... More >>

Israel-Hezbollah War Unlikely for the Foreseeable Future

Friday, 23 March 2018, 10:28 am | Franklin Lamb

Despite Claims to the Contrary, an Israel-Hezbollah War is Unlikely for the Foreseeable Future. Here’s Why. More >>

Inclusiveness of Older Persons in Georgia Must Be a Priority

Friday, 23 March 2018, 9:27 am | United Nations

TBILISI (22 March 2018) – An independent expert appointed by the United Nations has called on the Government of Georgia to “make it a top priority to ensure inclusiveness and equality of older persons”. More >>

The Global Elite is Insane Revisited

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 4:53 pm | Robert J. Burrowes

In 2014 I wrote an article titled ‘The Global Elite is Insane’ . I want to elaborate what I explained in the earlier article so that people have a clearer sense of what we are up against in our struggle to create a world of peace, justice and ecological ... More >>

We reaffirm support for jailed Palestinian Munther Amira

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 1:30 pm | ANZASW

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) wishes to reaffirm its support for our jailed Palestinian colleague, Munther Amira. More >>

Allegations on the use of chemical weapons on Syria

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 11:33 am | United Nations

The Secretary-General met on 20 March with the Director General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and reiterated his support for its work in investigating allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and his ... More >>

ITUC Calls on Korean President to Stop Samsung Vietnam Abuse

Thursday, 22 March 2018, 10:08 am | ITUC

Brussels, 21 March 2018 (ITUC OnLine): The International Trade Union Confederation has put threats against factory workers and labour activists in Samsung’s Vietnamese factories on top of the agenda for President Moon Jae-in during his visit to the ... More >>

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