The News from International Protection ©


Week: October 24th- October 31st 2008


The weekly listing of important stories in the fields of peace, human rights, development, and humanitarian affairs.



Dear friend,


You find here fifteen issues you should know about:



1)      Suspected US missile strikes kill 27 in Pakistan


“Suspected U.S. missiles slammed into two villages Friday, killing 27 people including foreign fighters in the latest strikes inside Pakistan, intelligence officials said.”


Source: Associated Press/ Yahoo News



2)     Weary refugees try to reach home in eastern Congo


“Thousands of war-weary refugees set out on foot for their homes in eastern Congo on Friday, taking advantage of a cease-fire as American and U.N. envoys joined efforts there to find a political solution to the region's long-running rebellion.”

Source: Associated Press/Yahoo News



3) India suspects Islamists, separatists in Assam attack


“”Indian authorities suspect that Islamist groups in collusion with separatist militants carried out coordinated bomb blasts in the Assam state that killed 77 people and wounded more than 320.”

Source: Reuters



4)     Zimbabweans despair as politicians battle it out


“Zimbabweans are losing faith in a power-sharing deal and fear their once-prosperous country will collapse without a breakthrough in deadlocked talks..”

Source: Reuters



5)     Somalia’s Pirates Flourish in a Lawless Nation


“One particular line of work — piracy — seems to be benefiting quite openly from all this lawlessness and desperation.”

Source: The New York Times



6)     Iraqi Ministry Adopts Political Neutrality


“Iraq’s defense minister announced Thursday that all employees of the ministry, from the highest officials to the lowliest soldiers, would be required to remain politically neutral.”

Source: The New York Times



7)     UNHCR concerned for 50,000 displaced people in Congo after camps reportedly burned

“The UN refugee agency said Friday it has received disturbing reports that several camps for internally displaced people near the North Kivu town of Rutshuru, about 90 kilometres north of Goma in eastern DRC, have been forcibly emptied, looted and burned.”

Source: Alertnet



8)     Relief trickles in to Pakistan quake survivors


“Pakistani soldiers scrambled on Friday to get aid to tens of thousands of survivors in remote southwestern mountains where about 215 people were killed in an earthquake this week.”

Source: Alertnet



9)     MYANMAR: Cyclone orphans forced to work


“After losing his parents to the cyclone, Aung Myint Kyaw had no choice but to give up school to help support the cousin who looks after him.”

Source: Irin



10)   KENYA: Isolation wards vital in TB fight


“- Five months after a specialised facility for multi-drug resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients was established at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, the lack of isolation wards is raising concerns.”


Source: Irin



11)   DRC - Uganda: Facilities overwhelmed as refugees stream to border


“Food, water, health and sanitation facilities at several villages on the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border are overstretched as civilians continue to pour into Uganda, the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said on 31 October.”

Source:  Reliefweb / IRIN



12)   Colombia: Upping the body count


“Not that hard, when any body will do”

Source: The Economist



13)   Rudderless in Kabul


“The sense of strategy for both Iraq and Afghanistan is in danger of being lost in an ocean of tactical ideas and initiatives”

Source: The Guardian




14) Capital punishment is a crime

“The next (US) president should recall that every other western democracy deals with crime without the death penalty “


Source: The Guardian



15) Middle East: Border Raid

“After a U.S.-military hit on a Syrian village bordering Iraq, a Syrian official chalks it up to Washington politics.”

Source: Newsweek






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