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chucknellisjr · 15 hours ago
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Marxists back Marxists, it's painfully obvious. ** Appeasement: Biden Cowers Before Murderous Latin Marxists Who've Killed Tens of Thousands
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news-queue · a day ago
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Saudi Arabia used “incentives and threats” as part of a lobbying campaign to shut down a UN investigation of human right violations committed by all sides in the Yemen conflict, according to sources with close knowledge of the matter.
The Saudi effort ultimately succeeded when the UN human rights council (HRC) voted in October against extending the independent war crimes investigation. The vote marked the first defeat of a resolution in the Geneva body’s 15-year history.
Speaking to the Guardian, political officials and diplomatic and activist sources with inside knowledge of the lobbying effort described a stealth campaign in which the Saudis appear to have influenced officials in order to guarantee defeat of the measure.
In one case, Riyadh is alleged to have warned Indonesia – the most populous Muslim country in the world – that it would create obstacles for Indonesians to travel to Mecca if officials did not vote against the 7 October resolution.
In another case, the African nation of Togo announced at the time of the vote that it would open a new embassy in Riyadh, and receive financial support from the kingdom to support anti-terrorism activities.
Both Indonesia and Togo had abstained from the Yemen resolution in 2020. This year, both voted against the measure.
The resolution was defeated by a simple majority of 21-18, with seven countries abstaining. In 2020, the resolution passed by a vote of 22-12, with 12 members abstaining.
“That kind of swing – from 12 no’s to 21 – does not just happen,” said one official.
John Fisher, the Geneva director of Human Rights Watch, said: “It was a very tight vote. We understand that Saudi Arabia and their coalition allies and Yemen were working at a high level for some time to persuade states in capitals through a mixture of threats and incentives, to back their bids to terminate the mandate of this international monitoring mechanism.”
He added: “The loss of the mandate is a huge blow for accountability in Yemen and for the credibility of the human rights council as a whole. For a mandate to have been defeated by a party to the conflict for no reason other than to evade scrutiny for international crimes is a travesty.”
Representatives from the Indonesian and Saudi embassies in Washington and the foreign ministry in Togo did not respond to a request for comment.
The HRC first voted to establish a team of experts who would investigate possible violations of humanitarian law and human rights in Yemen in 2017.
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chaotic-archaeologist · 2 months ago
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Has the world forgotten that we've already had this exact scandal with almost the exact same name???
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sassyabrahamlincoln · a year ago
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crazy how India can have the largest labor strike in world history and it doesn't even make the news in the US. it's almost like they don't want us to know we can demand better working conditions
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immortalink · 7 months ago
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reminds me of this post in here that explained the differences of the west and east's idea of revolution and how the usa especially has undermined a lot the ability of their people to unionize and fight oppressive structures through its mainstream media cuz it brainwashes them into putting the individual fight on the pedestal. the superhero's archetype.
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baby-peachx · 28 days ago
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even though she was in need of a LIFE SAVING ABORTION which she was eligible for under the law, they still put the “life” of a fetus over the life of the pregnant person.
how pro-life of you. really, bravo.
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politijohn · 5 months ago
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An Indian State Court just banned conversion therapy
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starcountr · a year ago
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Alright but can we talk about how Greece's far right neo-nazi party Golden Dawn, with over 400,000 voters was charged as a criminal organisation and was kicked out of parlement today?
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news-queue · 2 days ago
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New research into the fashion industry’s complex global supply chains shows that a number of large fashion brands are at risk of contributing to deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, based on their connections to tanneries and other companies involved in the production of leather and leather goods.
The report, released Monday, analyzed nearly 500,000 rows of customs data and found that brands such as Coach, LVMH, Prada, H&M, Zara, Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Teva, UGG and Fendi have multiple connections to an industry that props up Amazon deforestation.
More than 50 brands have multiple supply-chain links to the largest Brazilian leather exporter, JBS, which is known to engage in Amazon deforestation. JBS recently made a commitment to achieve zero deforestation across its global supply chain by 2035, something environmental groups have called insufficient.
The study was conducted by Stand.earth, a supply chain research firm. The findings are surprising, in part because a number of the brands surveyed have recently announced policies to untangle themselves from actors along the supply chain that contribute to deforestation.
“With a third of companies surveyed having some kind of policy in place, [you’d expect] that would have an impact on deforestation,” said Greg Higgs, one of the researchers involved in the report. “The rate of deforestation is increasing, so the policies have no material effect.”
The researchers hope to one day expand to other industries that rely heavily on leather, like the automotive sector.
In 2019 and 2020, Brazil faced criticism from world leaders for not doing more to protect the forest from raging wildfires. Deforestation in the critical ecosystem continues at an alarming rate. Research has shown that the cattle industry is the single largest driver of deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the fashion industry is animportant cog in the leather exportation machine.
In fact, projections show that in order to keep supplying consumers with wallets, handbags and shoes, the fashion industry must slaughter 430m cows annually by 2025.
Their analysis does not prove a direct link between each fashion brand and Amazon deforestation; instead, researchers found connections that increase the probability of any individual garment coming from cattle ranching in the Amazon, an industry described as the No 1 culprit of deforestation in the area.
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theotherjourney7 · a year ago
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“ Whenever a Trump supporter asks you to "name one time Trump was racist," feel free to link to this....
1973: The Nixon administration sued Trump for refusing to rent to black people.
1980s: Trump's casinos were accused of hiding the black staff when Trump visited.
1989: Trump took out a full-page ad, arguing for the death penalty for a group of black men (The 'Central Park Five'), effectively putting a bounty on their heads, and plaguing them with a lifetime of death threats. He was sued by the Justice Department for discrimination.
1991: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kinds of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day… I think that the [black] guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is.”
1992: Trump's casino was fined $200,000 for transferring black dealers off certain tables to appease racist patrons.
1993: Trump said Native American casinos shouldn’t be allowed because “they don’t look like Indians to me.”
2000: Trump ran a series of attack ads against Native American casinos alleging (with no proof) that they were guilty of crimes.
2004: Trump fired a black contestant from 'The Apprentice' for being over-educated.
2010: Trump argued in favor of segregating Muslims in Lower Manhattan.
2011: Birtherism. Trump alleged that Obama was Kenyan based on nothing but skin color. He never apologized nor renounced that claim.
2015 (1): Trump called Mexican immigrants "rapists" who are "bringing crime and drugs" to the U.S.
2015 (2): Trump called for "a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S."
2016 (1): Trump called for a Mexican judge to recuse himself based on nothing other than his race. Paul Ryan said this was “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”
2016 (2): Trump regularly retweeted material from white supremacists and neo-Nazis during his campaign.
2016 (3): Trump tweeted a picture alleging that Hillary was Jewish, or controlled by Jewish people.
2016 (4): The Trump campaign adopted Nixon's "Law and Order" rhetoric which was based in racial fearmongering.
2016 (5): Trump told black voters "What do you have to lose?"
2017 (1): Trump asked a reporter to set up a meeting with the black caucus simply because she was black.
2017 (2): "...some very fine people on both sides" said Trump of a violent Nazi rally.
2017 (3): Trump said people from Haiti "all have AIDS" and people from Nigeria would never “go back to their huts” after seeing America.
2018 (1): Trump called Haiti and African countries shitholes.
2018 (2): Trump referenced the trail of tears to mock Elizabeth Warren.
2019: Trump tweeted that four black and brown congresswomen should go back where they came from. Then attacked Elijah Cummings. Then Baltimore. Then Al Sharpton.
2020: Trump called black protesters "THUGS" just days after calling white protesters "very good people." Then he threatened to direct the military to shoot the black protestors in the street.”-Translate Trump
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violetsandshrikes · a year ago
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So as of July 9th, the Trump Administration has overturned environmental protection laws in Alaskan reserves, which includes allowing:
use bait including donuts and grease-soaked bread to draw in and kill brown bears;
use artificial lights to enter dens and kill black bears, including females and their cubs;
shoot caribou while they are swimming; and
trap and kill wolves and their pups during denning season
here’s one petition I’ve found about this, and I’ll be looking for more resources. Please circulate this so this information is well-known, because they’ve been sneakily messing with a LOT of environmental laws and practices
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baby-peachx · a month ago
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pro-lifers: if we outlaw abortion women won’t die.
on the contrary:
woman dies after being denied an abortion due to strict abortion restrictions even though the fetus was fatally ill.
y’all still proud of yourselves?
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doriantomybasil · 5 months ago
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you know what makes me absolutely fucking furious? that if something happens in the us people talk about it for months (which is, don’t get me wrong, great, we should talk about those issues) but if something happens anywhere else, people either don’t talk about it at all, or only talk about it for a few days, doesn’t matter how big a problem it is.
rn in hungary an unconstitutional anti-lgbt+ law, violating freedom of speech is being passed as we speak and nobody but hungarians are talking about this. but if it was happening in the us, this would be the biggest concern on social media, but because were a small country that nobody cares of, nobody is saying anything because they don’t care what happens here and this is making me so fucking angry, our lives are being made impossible here and people just don’t seem to care. i don’t want to leave my country, my home, but i’m gonna have to because i can’t live a happy life here. they won’t care that we are protesting against this law, they won’t change their minds only because of internal pressure, they don’t fucking care about us so please share these news, talk about it, raise awareness and attention because this is really important, this shouldn’t be allowed to happen
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nowthisnews · a year ago
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These New Zealanders performed a haka in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter protests in the U.S.
follow @nowthisnews for daily news videos & more
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dwagon-owo · 5 months ago
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“the eu is the global bastion of human rights” the eu didn’t lift a finger to stop this
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fireflowersims · 4 months ago
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Yo, Western Europe is experiencing some nasty flooding
So, as typical for tumblr there's not really any attention for this, but the last couple of days there's been some very very major flooding in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
I'm not talking tiny floods, I'm talking a 3-digit death toll, flooded towns, broken dykes, billions of euros in damages, mandatory evacuations. How? Heavy rain. There was about as much rain in a few hours as you'd normally have in like a months. The Ahr, Volme and Meuse/Maas and Geul and Roer rivers, just to name a few have burst their banks and flooded the surrounding areas.
So far Germany had been hit the hardest with landslides, ravaged towns and a 3-digit death toll. Belgium got away better but even there there are videos going around of rivers through towns, people on their roofs, awaiting evac. In the town of Maaseik (Belgium) there's only a flimsy brick wall and bags of sand holding back the water.
In both Belgium and Luxembourg there have been reports of unsafe drinking water.
Honestly, the Netherlands came away pretty lightly, but even then, the situation in the Limburg province has been declared an official disaster site by the government. Yesterday and the day before Valkenburg flooded and was unreachable for a while. A bridge even collapsed! Venlo and Roermond (two major cities) have been partially evacuated and Maastricht (province capitol) barely escaped the rising water, but barely.
Also, there's a hole in the dyke. I repeat, there's a hole in the dyke!
No seriously, I was just checking the news and it turns out that today one of the dykes in the province of Limburg (Meerssen to be exact) has broken. The surrounding towns are being evacuated right now.
This is crazy. This is the Netherlands we're talking about, best flood defenses in the world, for a flood to be able to puncture the dykes is a Major Feat and an indication this is some Heavy Shit.
Tbh, the river dykes haven't been built to the level of resilience of the sea dykes, but still.
Dating: July 16 2021, afternoon local time
Edit: here's a few liveblogs
NOS Liveblog [July 15] [July 16] (Netherlands) (Dutch)
Tagesschau Liveblog [July 15] [July 16] (German)
RTL Liveblog (Luxembourg) (English
VRT Liveblog [July 15] [July 16] (Belgium) (Dutch)
BBC Liveblog
Edit2: Switzerland is also affected, though I haven't read much about that (yet)
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