STATE OF WORLD REFUGEES SERIES
Story and Picture from: UNHCR.org Dated: March 7 2014
Three Congolese women lead a group of refugees after their arrival at the Nyakabande Transit Centre in Uganda. Last year, 325 cases of sexual and gender-based violence were reported to UNHCR at the transit centre, with more than 300 of the assaults committed in the DRC.
NYAKABANDE, Uganda, March 7 (UNHCR) – Less than two years ago, 16-year-old Florence* was a secondary school student with ambition. That was a rare thing in the lawless and dangerous Masisi region where she and her family lived in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)…Read more
Picture and story from: BBC news Dated: March 10 2014
The rights group says at least 128 refugees have died at the besieged Yarmouk camp in Damascus as a result.
It says thousands of people still trapped there face a “catastrophic humanitarian crisis”.
Amnesty says families have been forced to forage for food in the streets – risking being killed by snipers.
There were reports of fresh fighting on the edge of the camp earlier this week…Read more
Investigators trying to find out what happened to a Malaysia Airlines jet that disappeared somewhere over the Gulf of Thailand on Saturday morning were examining the usual causes of plane crashes: mechanical failure, pilot error, bad weather. But the discovery that two of the passengers were carrying stolen passports also raised the unsettling possibility of foul play…Read more
From: Indian Express Dated: March 3 2014 By Tavleen Singh
Elections. And, once more a time to talk of ‘cabbages and kings’. As I watched the Chief Election Commissioner announce dates for polling last week, I found myself thinking how different the mood is this time. In 2009, when the Sonia-Manmohan government won a second term, it was, in my view, for two reasons. The first was that when the choice for prime minister became between the good doctor and the BJP’s man of steel, Dr Manmohan Singh looked much better…Read more
From: The Hindu Dated: March 7 2014 Editorial
Russia’s de facto annexation of the Crimea — which President Vladimir Putin says is a humanitarian intervention — has exposed ugly motives all round. On February 22, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, panicking over public protests calling for early elections and a return to the 2004 Constitution, abandoned his violent crackdown on the protesters and fled the capital, Kiev. The national parliament voted to remove him from office and impeach him; [...]Read more
Story from: Indian Express Dated: March 6 2014 By Shailaja Bajpai
On Tuesday morning, the TV anchor on Times Now was beside himself. Why, he wanted to know, was “VIP treatment” meted out to Sahara’s Subrata Roy, who, he told us every other sentence, had a “non-bailable warrant” against him? The Times Now reporter outside the Supreme Court, where Roy had arrived at lunch time, was unable to enlighten him…Read more
Story from: New Statesman, UK Dated: March 3 2014 By KREMLINRUSSIA
During the first stage of his presidency – between 2000 and 2007 – he was aided by skyrocketing natural resource prices. Putin concentrated control of all the largest companies in the hands of his clan, increased the state’s role in the economy, slashed political and economic freedoms and strengthened his personal power…Read more