UN Votes for International Court of Justice to Examine Israeli Occupation

It was a vote Israel and the U.S. moved heaven and earth to stall, but that took place anyway, with timing that couldn’t have been more apt. On the evening of December 30, two days after a declaration by the incoming government of Benjamin Netanyahu that “the Jewish people have an exclusive and inalienable right to all parts of the Land of Israel,” including the illegally annexed Syrian Golan… Source Source / Read More: UN Votes for International Court of Justice to Examine Israeli Occupation

Saudi Arabia: Ethiopian migrants forcibly returned after detention in abhorrent conditions

Saudi authorities are forcibly returning hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian migrants after arbitrarily holding them in indefinite detention in inhuman and cruel conditions solely because they do not have valid residency documents, a situation exacerbated by Saudi’s abusive kafala system, Amnesty International said today. The organization is calling upon the Saudi authorities to investigate cases […] The post Saudi Arabia: Ethiopian migrants forcibly returned after detention in abhorrent conditions appeared first on Amnesty International.

Musk Pledged $6B to Solve World Hunger But Gave It to His Own Foundation Instead

Recently uncovered financial documents reveal that last year, as Elon Musk was taunting the United Nations over his choice to withhold $6 billion that he said he would donate to solve world hunger, the right-wing billionaire gave the money to a different source: his own foundation. Late last year, Musk donated roughly $5.7 billion worth of Tesla shares, as many wealthy people do through donor… Source Source / Read More: Musk Pledged $6B to Solve World Hunger But Gave It to His Own Foundation Instead

Report: US Only Paid 19 Percent of International Climate Funding Target in 2020

The U.S. has fallen tens of billions of dollars short of paying its agreed-upon “fair share” of climate funding targets, a new report finds as world leaders undergo climate talks at the COP27 conference in Egypt this month. According to a new analysis by Carbon Brief, the U.S. was supposed to be paying about $40 billion of the U.S.$100 billion that wealthy countries have pledged to pay each year for climate financing in developing countries by 2020. This figure is proportional to the amount of historical emissions emitted by each country; the U.S. is a top emitter of greenhouse gasses…

New UN Report Predicts Catastrophic Rise in Global Temperatures by 2100

A United Nations report published Wednesday ahead of November’s COP27 talks warns that planetary heating could reach a catastrophic 2.9°C by the end of the century without immediate action from the world’s largest polluters to dramatically rein in carbon emissions and transition away from fossil fuels. The analysis by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) examines the climate commitments of the 193 national parties to the Paris climate accord, which sets out to limit warming to 1.5°C above preindustrial levels — an amount of heating that would still have devastating impacts across the world, particularly in poor and…

Tens of Thousands of Afghan Women Refugees Risk Being Returned to Acute Danger

On a bare stretch of land near the National Press Club in Islamabad, Pakistan, a collection of tarps and tents serves as shelter for an untold number of Afghan refugee families. Afghans camped here say they have been waiting months to be registered as refugees, and for a chance at humanitarian parole or asylum in other countries. Islamabad’s winter temperatures sink to the upper 30s (Fahrenheit). When I visited in June, temperatures rose frequently to 110 degrees. In the middle of the encampment, a white sheet suspended between stakes features a painting of a disembodied hand reaching up from a…

Progressives Demand Congress Cut Military Support for War on Yemen

The United Nations’ goal was to raise more than $4.2 billion for the people of war-torn Yemen by March 15. But when that deadline rolled around, just $1.3 billion had come in. ​​“I am deeply disappointed,” said Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council. “The people of Yemen need the same level of support and solidarity that we’ve seen for the people of Ukraine. The crisis in Europe will dramatically impact Yemenis’ access to food and fuel, making an already dire situation even worse.” With Yemen importing more than 35% of its wheat from Russia and Ukraine,…