Wednesday, July 31, 2013

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Security Council moves to stem violence in Darfur


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Security Council moves to stem violence in Darfur
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called for the end to violence in Sudan's Darfur region, urging peacekeepers to do more to protect civilians and supply humanitarian aid. The Security Council also extended the UN-African Union peacekeeping force's mandate in Darfur through Aug. 31, 2014. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (7/30), Sudan Tribune (7/30)
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"Whether they are ready or not, today Zimbabweans are going to the polls in what may be the most important election since the country's transition to majority rule in 1980. Not only will the election mark the final step laid out in the Global Political Agreement that created Zimbabwe's current Government of National Unity (GNU) following post-election violence in 2008, but it will also determine the country's relationship with the region, the West and the general international community." UN Dispatch (7/31)
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UNAMA: Afghan civilian casualties rise 23% as bombs proliferate
A United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report says that civilian deaths and injuries are up 23% in Afghanistan for the first six months of 2013 compared with the same period in 2012, with more women and children affected. Bombs are the single biggest killer, responsible for 53% more casualties than last year. Reuters (7/31), Voice of America (7/31), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (7/31)
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Polio is making a resurgence in Syria, could spread, EU official says
The Syrian civil war is causing a resurgence in polio cases, with few doctors left to give vaccinations. If refugees are carrying the virus, there's a likelihood of the disease spreading. "This is not only a danger for the Syrians ... it is a danger for Lebanon and Jordan and Turkey and Egypt and the rest of the world because the refugees will bring it out," says Kristalina Georgieva, EU commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. blog (7/30)
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Donors must make disability programs a requisite for funding
People with disabilities haven't been targeted by the Millennium Development Goals or in early planning post-2015 goals, but donors can change that by making appropriate programs for the disabled a requisite for funding, says Rosangela Berman-Bieler of UNICEF. "It's [about] influencing the development agenda to make sure that accessibility and inclusiveness are included," she argues. (free registration) (7/31)
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Bangladesh's "info ladies" connect rural villages with the world
Entrepreneurial "info ladies" are bringing Internet and Skype access to rural villages in Bangladesh, allowing residents to speak to family overseas and to access health care information. Fifty-six women have joined the pilot project organized by nonprofit group The Guardian (London)/Le Monde (7/30)
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Israeli-Palestinian peace talks yield target date to end conflict
Israeli and Palestinian representatives have agreed to spend the next nine months working on a "final status" to end conflict. "They are on the table with one simple goal: a view to ending the conflict, ending the claims," says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. BBC (7/30)
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Middle East Quartet praises resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. UN Radio (7/30)
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