Author: mohamed-ainullah

Threat of four famines

Oxfam is warning an unprecedented four famines could be declared in 2017, in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, due to a catastrophic failure by the global community to uphold its obligations to the most vulnerable of people. Oxfam is calling on donors, including the Australian Government, to take immediate action to help up to 20 million people now at risk of starvation. In Somalia, 2.9 million people face acute food security ‘crisis’ and ‘emergency’ levels. This could tip into famine if the April-June rains fail, their ability to buy food declines and people do not receive humanitarian support. In Nigeria, over 5 million people are in food crisis, and this is projected to reach 5.7 million by June 2017. There is a strong likelihood that at least 400,000 people could already be experiencing famine-like conditions and that this could rise to up to 800,000 over the course of 2017 if humanitarian assistance cannot be delivered. In South Sudan, 100,000 people are facing starvation now and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine in Unity State. In Yemen, over 7 million people are just one step away from famine, and an extra 10 million people are severely hungry. This is largest hunger emergency in the world. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is reporting that wheat stocks for the country will...

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Intimidation at Indian Universities by nationalists

Intimidation at Indian Universities by nationalists

On Monday 27 February Students in Delhi protested at the city’s police headquarters after attacks at Delhi University campus carried out by nationalist student group ABVP, an affiliate of the far-right Hindu organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), that is inked to Prime Minister Modi’s BJP party Amnesty International India said there was a “growing threat to freedom of expression on Indian university campuses”. “Universities are supposed to be safe spaces for debate and discussion. But the events at Ramjas College are a shameful reminder of how intimidation and threats continue to restrict free speech on university campuses,” Aakar Patel,...

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Bernardi and Christensen support Q Society

Two of the ruling coalition backbenchers Senator Cory Bernardi and MP George Christensen will be attending fundraising dinners for anti-Islam group, Q Society to be held on 9 February in Sydney and 10 February in Melbourne. Other guests to attend include “Angry” Anderson, cartoonist Larry Pickering and writer Gabrielle Lord. The events will raise money for the Q Society to fight a defamation case brought against the organisation and two of its members by Mohammed El-Mouelhy, the head of the Halal Certification Authority. The Q Society has been actively opposing building of mosque and continues to actively engage in vilification of Islam and demonisation of...

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Bishop resists call to move embassy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has dismissed a call by Tony Abbott to move the Australian Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and cut development aid to Palestinian Authority. The head of the Palestinian delegation in Australia, Izzat Abdulhadi, has warned of “severe” consequences for Australia if it moved its embassy to occupied Jerusalem. Bishop had earlier backed Israel rather than New Zealand and US over UN resolution on illegal Israeli settlements in occupied...

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Shivaji statue to beat Taj Mahal

On Christmas eve, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid down the foundation stone of the 192m Shivaji statue, on a reclaimed island four km off the coast of Mumbai. Funded by tax payers the highly controversial project will cost $720 million and will be completed by 2019. The project has been heavily criticised that this money can better be spent on education and health rather than the statue off a Hindu warrior who fought the Muslim Mughals who built the Taj Mahal. The ruling Hindu nationalist party BJP has been accused of further creating a wedge between Muslim and...

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