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Published on October 13th, 2014 | by admin

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Peace And Equality Weekly Report – Monday Oct 13th, 2014

Above pic: aljazeera

Ebola-hit Sierra Leone city crying for help: Scores of Ebola-infected patients have been seen suffering without medical attention in one of Sierra Leone’s largest cities, as officials report success in fighting the virus following a three-day lockdown. In the major mining hub of Makeni, Ebola is ripping through, with more than 100 cases reported in the past month alone. The city’s authorities have established three “holding centres” since the first cases were reported in August. Medical officials say that the hospitals are totally overwhelmed. “The situation is out of our control,” Dr Osman Mohamad Bah, director of Makeni Regional Hospital, told Al Jazeera on Monday. “We have seen more than 100-150 cases in the last four weeks.” Read more at aljazeera.com

Cyclone Hudhud – 24 Dead after India’s Andhra Pradesh and Odisha Clobbered By Fierce Storm (Video): A day after the deadly Cyclone Hudhud ravaged parts of India’s eastern coast and , residents are furiously scrambling to find supplies to stay alive, according to the Associated Press. Damaged stores in the busy port city of Visakhapatnam at prices far higher than normal, according to the Times of India. Basic necessities are being sold at twice or thrice the normal price as local store owners attempt to cash in on desperate citizens in a country where as many as 50,000 mud hut residences were destroyed by the storm, the Associated Press reports. Read more at weather.com

At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce: In a marked shift in tone likely to be discussed in parishes around the world, an assembly of Roman Catholic bishops convened by Pope Francis at the Vatican released a preliminary document on Monday calling for the church to welcome and accept gay people, unmarried couples and those who have divorced, as well as the children of these less traditional families. The bishops’ report, issued midway through a landmark two-week meeting, does not change church doctrine or teaching, and will now be subjected to fierce debate and revision at the assembly. But it is the first signal that the institutional church may follow the direction Francis has set in the first 18 months of his papacy, away from condemnation of unconventional family situations and toward understanding, openness and mercy. Read more at nytimes.com

UK MPs urge government to recognize Palestine: Parliament took the historic step tonight of voting unilaterally to back the recognition of Palestinian statehood. Voting by 274 to 12, a majority of 262, MPs on all sides urged the Government to “recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel” as part of a “contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution”. Support for the motion, while symbolic, marks a significant change in the political landscape, following the failure of successive peace negotiations and the bitter conflict in Gaza over the summer. Significantly Labour whipped its MPs to vote in favour of the resolution, raising the prospect that the party would defy Israel’s wishes and recognise Palestine as a state should it come to power at the next election. Read more at independent.co.uk

Donors Pledge $2.7 Billion for Gaza Reconstruction: At a conference in Cairo, international donors have pledged $5.4 billion in aid to Palestinians, about half of it dedicated to reconstruction in Gaza, which was devastated by this summer’s Israeli assault. Secretary of State John Kerry pledged $212 million in new U.S. aid. John Kerry: “Out of this conference must come not just money, but a renewed commitment from everybody to work for a peace that meets the aspirations of all — for Israelis, for Palestinians and for all the peoples of this region.” Read more at Democracynow.org

Social enterprise is an emerging force in Pakistan: The term social enterprise may be relatively new in Pakistan but it is gaining popularity in its areas of development. While it may be an unfamiliar concept for many engaged in local grassroots businesses they can nevertheless see the potential of engaging in ventures which have a social impact. According to the Opportunity Pakistan Report – produced by i-genius, an initiative supporting social entrepreneurs worldwide – despite the country’s social and political unrest, it offers opportunities for investment and innovation. “Countries experiencing transition are fertile places for new ideas to thrive”, said Shivang Patel, commission coordinator of i-genius. “Despite media attention in the west on all things bad in the region we found a country progressing through slow but significant positive reforms. There is considerable untapped potential for social businesses”. Read more at theguardian.com

UN snubs Pakistan, refuses to interfere in Jammu and Kashmir: The United Nations has once again ignored Pakistan’s renewed efforts to internationalise the Kashmir issue. In a clear snub to Pakistan, the United Nations refused to intervene and reiterated that India and Pakistan need to resolve all differences through dialogue to find a long-term solution to the dispute. Pakistan had sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and blamed India for the current escalations in violence along the disputed border which has resulted in casualties of civilians. The letter signed by Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on national security and foreign affairs, had sought the UN’s intervention to resolve the border tensions. He said that Pakistan believes the UN has an important role to play in promoting the objective of peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, including through his “good offices”. Read more at zeenews.india.com

Indian police inspector Shakti Devi wins UN’s international female peacekeeper award: An Indian police inspector has been named recipient of a prestigious international female peacekeeper award by the UN’s police division for her “exceptional achievements” in her duty with the UN mission in Afghanistan, including her efforts towards helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence. Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, currently deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has been awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014. Devi has been honoured for her “exceptional achievements” in leading the establishment of Women Police Councils in several parts of Afghanistan, the UN Police Division said in a communication to the Indian mission at the United Nations. Read more at dnaindia.com


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