Rene Wadlow

POISON SMOKE OVER MOSUL

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It is not clear that the retreating Islamic State (ISIS) troops from Qayyarah, a town just a few miles south of Mosul had time to read the fine print of the 1977 Environmental Modification Convention (ENMOD) or the Protocol of the 1977 Geneva Convention which prohibits the use of methods intended “to cause widespread, long-term, and severe damage to the natural environment.”  

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Ending Marginalization and Exclusion

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17 October was set by the United Nations General Assembly in resolution 47/196 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.  October 17 was chosen as the anniversary of a 17 October 1987 meeting in front of the Trocadero in Paris near where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948.  The 1987 meeting was called as a reminder that the victims of extreme poverty, hunger and violence do not enjoy the rights that are set out in the Universal Declaration.

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Lanza Del Vasto, Nonviolence and Enduring Suspicion

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There is today in France but also in other European countries a persistent fear of terrorist attacks, especially attacks carried out by Muslims or people from the wider Middle East. There have been spectacular terrorist attacks which have led to the French government proclaiming a « state of emergency » and increasing the visibility of armed military and police in public places – railway stations, airports, in front of schools etc.

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