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[RED DEMOCRATICA] Report: Students, teachers targeted for attack in conflict areas


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February 28, 2014
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Report: Students, teachers targeted for attack in conflict areas
Schools, students and teachers are being targeted for attack in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, says a report from the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack. While most of the attacks are in conflict zones, some occur as the result of drug wars, the group says. "Many schools and universities are deliberately attacked because they are soft, easy targets, or to undermine government control -- a tactic of war," says Diya Nijhowne, GCPEA's director. The Guardian (London) (2/27), Inter Press Service (2/28), BBC (2/27)
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"The Secretary General is expected to release a long-awaited report on the Central African Republic that will likely recommend a broad UN Peacekeeping mission." UN Dispatch (2/28)
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"Measurable progress" made on Syria chemical-weapons issues
Syria is making progress in destroying production facilities for chemical weapons, the United Nations and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint mission told the UN Security Council on Thursday. Separately, the Syrian government said two failed attacks were made in January on convoys transporting chemical weapons for destruction, the joint mission says in its report. Reuters (2/27)
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Savings groups in Ghana help women make economic, social progress
The Asong-taaba Women's Group, a financial cooperative in northern Ghana, fosters financial independence for female farmers. The women pay in contributions weekly and can apply for loans, which help them fund other businesses during times of drought. The women are able to provide better lives for their families keep their children in school. Inter Press Service (2/28)
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Report: Spate of local climate laws bodes well for UN's climate treaty
Almost 500 laws have been passed by countries in the past 22 years to tackle climate change and developing countries have been leading the charge, says a report by the Global Legislators Organisation and the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. This activity bodes well for the United Nations climate treaty slated for 2015, but it's too early to predict the outcome, says UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Reuters (2/27)
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Ex-Ukrainian president lashes out at protesters
Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych today said threats on his life caused him to leave the country. Meanwhile, the current Ukrainian government is denouncing the takeover of two airports in Crimea by gunmen. Al Jazeera (2/28), Reuters (2/28)
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France's Hollande pledges to help restore CAR avoid partition
French President Francois Hollande visited the Central African Republic today, underscoring his country's support to bring peace to all CAR's people. France will be supplying 9,000 troops to assist CAR to "end the score settling, re-establish the government's authority, allow dialogue and avoid that the slightest attempt to partition Central African Republic," Hollande said. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (2/28), (2/28), Voice of America (2/28)
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