by Pier Washpon

Saudi Bombing Kills Dozens, and US Complicit, as ‘Man-Made Crisis’ in Yemen Worsens
August 23, 2017
The US backed- Saudi led coalition attacked a hotel near Yemen’s capital where the death toll could be as high as 60 people. Over 10,000 civilians have been killed since the start this conflict, with millions more faced with looming famine and a cholera outbreak.

“I’m not afraid”: 500,000 march for peace in Barcelona
August 26, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of people marched for peace in Barcelona after the attacks of extremists killed 15 people. Shouting “I’m not afraid,” marchers were joined by King Felipe VI, the prime minister and other Spanish and Catalan officials.

North Korea launches missile over northern Japan
August 28, 2017
North Korea has test fired a missile over northern Japan three days after firing missiles into the Sea of Japan.  The Japanese military did not attempt to shoot down the missile, but President Shinzo Abe said he would do everything in his power to protect the public. North Korea’s actions are endangering peace and security within the Asia- Pacific region according to Abe, and he will work with the UN for assistance.

Texas set for protests over SB4 law and Trump threat to Dreamer protection
August 27, 2017
Immigrant rights activists are planning a march and concert following a rally on September 1st in response to the potential enactment of SB4, which would effectively outlaw sanctuary cities in Texas and harsh immigration laws President Trump plans to enact that would end programs that give protections to undocumented immigrants that arrived as children.

With Enormous Harvey Damage, Naomi Klein Warns Against ‘Disaster Capitalism’ Redux
August 28, 2017
Naomi Klein stressed that people should be discussing the causes and responses to natural disasters. “Now is exactly the time to talk about climate change, and all the other systemic injustices — from racial profiling to economic austerity — that turn disasters like Harvey into human catastrophes,” Klein writes. She has written about “disaster capitalism” in the wake of Hurricane Katrina where the crises was exploited for corporate gain.

UK calls for UN meeting on Myanmar violence
August 29, 2017
Growing concern of military killings of civilians has caused the UK to request an immediate meeting at the UN. Bangladesh is already a host to over 400,000 Rohingya refugees. Antonio Guterres urges Myanmar to allow humanitarian agencies to operate.

Alarming shortage of health care personnel in conflict-affected Nigeria
August 29, 2017
A retired nurse and midwife, Hauwa Lassa, has not stopped working to fill the needs of women and girls in Nigeria. She has been in the field for 35 years and has returned to because of the lack of personnel and also destroyed or badly damaged facilities. UNFPA estimates that 1.7 million affected women are of reproductive age and will need health services.

Venezuelan assembly demands probe and trial of ‘traitors’
August 29, 2017
The assembly passed a decree to investigate anyone they think supports the U.S. sanctions against the country. Financial sanctions include prohibiting American institutions from giving money to the government or the state oil company, and banning trade of two bonds the government issued to get around the isolation of Western financial markets.