Tuesday, December 31, 2013

[RED DEMOCRATICA] South Sudan peace talks slated to start; cease-fire hasn't quelled fighting


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December 31, 2013
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South Sudan peace talks slated to start; cease-fire hasn't quelled fighting
Peace talks between the South Sudan government and rebel forces are set to begin today in Ethiopia and will be mediated by East African leaders. The two sides reported agreed to a cease-fire, but there were reports of fighting in the city of Bor. BBC (12/31), Reuters (12/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/31), Al Jazeera (12/31)
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@UNOCHA: In #CAR, insecurity has triggered new wave of displacement: 785k people are now living as IDPs, 370k in Bangui alone shar.es/9fnce
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UN Dispatch
"Journalists will soon be able to use drones to get real-time footage of dangerous events they might not be able to cover themselves, such as protests, warfare, or hostage situations." UN Dispatch (12/31)
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Women seek to ensure presence at Syrian peace talks
The United Nations has mandated the participation of women at peace consultations, and women's groups are pressing to be part of the upcoming Syrian peace talks, writes Dulcie Leimbach. UN Women, the U.K. and UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi are supporting women's inclusion in the talks. PassBlue (12/26)
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Health Development
Mental health crisis in Mideast compounded by social stigma
Unrest in Syria and Egypt is affecting the mental health of children and adults, writes Jamie Dettmer. The social stigma associated with mental illness is hampering medical professionals from assisting those affected. Voice of America (12/30)
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Human rights efforts make progress under shadow of conflict
Human rights advocates can be proud of the progress made during 2013, writes Ken Roth, as successes were seen in Africa, China and in bolstering the "responsibility to protect" principle. ForeignPolicy.com/Democracy Lab (12/30)
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Mobile phone cash-transfer program in Africa off to good start
A U.S.-based charity has established an unconditional cash-transfer system in Kenya and Uganda using mobile phones for distribution, writes Claire Provost. A study of the project showed that the money was generally spent on necessities. The Guardian (London)/Poverty Matters Blog (12/31)
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Peacekeeping and Security
DR Congo security forces kill 46 fighters to end attacks in capital
Multiple attacks in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, were quashed by DR Congo security forces, officials say. The assailants are reportedly supporters of religious leader Paul Joseph Mukungubila. Al Jazeera (12/30), Reuters (12/31)
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UN Security Council urges all parties in South Sudan to immediately cease hostilities UN Radio (12/31)
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