by Pier Washpon

Children Among Civilian Dead in Latest US-Backed Saudi Coalition Airstrike in Yemen
July 19, 2017
Initial reports of the airstrike stated that 20 civilians were killed including women and children as they were fleeing violence. A UN official said the people of Yemen are subjected to “deprivation, disease and death as the world watches.”

Suicide Bomb Attack Kills At Least 26 in Pakistan
July 24, 2017
Many police and some civilians were killed and injured in a suicide bombing attack at the vegetable market on the outskirts of Lahore. Rana Sanaullah, the home minister, along with the U.N. Secretary- General Antonio Guterres, condemned the attacks. Lahore has faced many terror attacks in the recent years.

U.N. Says Australia Reneged on Pledge to Accept Some Refugees
July 24, 2017
Filippo Grandi, commissioner of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has accused the Australian government of not accepting refugees on the Australian Islands with close family ties to people on the mainland. The people would remain in detention centers on the islands, or transferred to Cambodia or the United States.

Israel removing metal detectors from al- Aqsa compound
July 24, 2017
Israel’s decision to remove the metal detectors at al-Aqsa Mosque does not fulfill the demands of the Muslim worshippers, as the detectors will be replaced with more advanced security cameras. Security was originally increased around the mosque after two Israeli guards were shot dead near the al-Asqa compound on July 14. “We condemn all Israeli measures that deprive the Palestinian people of their right to perform acts of worship and reject all obstacles that prevent worship, which is the right of all international conventions. We demand a return to the status quo before July 14,” stated Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah.

Indigenous Colombian Women Form National Council
July 24, 2017
Representatives of indigenous tribes in Colombia came together in Bogota to form National Council of Indigenous Women (Conmaic). Genith Quitiaquez, the spokeswoman of the group expressed that this organization will fight for culture, territory and autonomy by coming together in harmony and peace.

Joint UN-AU delegation to focus on women’s participation and leadership in electoral and peace processes during visit to DRC
July 24, 2017
The Executive Director of UN Women,  the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, the African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security, and the UN Deputy Chief will join at the Internally Displaced Persons camp in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. They will hear the concerns of the women’s organizations about the humanitarian, economic, and political issues.

Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Shoot & Kill About 1,000 People Every in U.S.
July 24, 2017
Phil Stinson, Criminologist and Associate Professor at the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green Ohio, is developing a database of police shootings nationwide. He has estimated that 900- 1,000 people are shot and killed every year by police officers. Only 83 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter since 2005, and only 30 have been convicted.

President Bachelet of Chile is the Last Woman Standing in the Americas
July 24, 2017
More than half of the population of South America was governed by women. Argentina, Brazil and Chile, were once an example of advancing gender equality in politics. Even though Bachelet’s term is coming to an end, a sociologist said that her presidency left an indelible mark and women are making gains in unions and student movements.  

Duerte asked to ‘open all avenues’ for peace
July 25, 2017
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged the President of the Philippines to continue peace talks with the New People’s Army, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. While the President said he would continue to fight the rebels, he would offer housing and money to those that surrendered.

US Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian ship
July 25, 2017
After the Iranian naval vessel came within 137 meters of the USS Thunderbolt and did not respond to radio calls, flares and warning sirens, the US ship used their weapons on board to send a signal. The warning shots come as tensions continue to rise between the US and Iran because of President Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric and threats to “tear up” the Iran agreement.