I CARE - Germany: Anti-migrant party turns further right - News - Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe: 23/4/2017- German police enforced tight security at the annual conference of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party as its members rejected a “mainstream” policy platform and instead embraced calls to combat the growth of the Muslim population. The party congress was wrapped up today with delegates choosing a new team for the September general election, after sidelining its most prominent personality. With the city centre of Cologne in lockdown yesterday, tens of thousands of protesters tried to stop the event, but more than 4,000 police officers ensured that delegates were able to enter the conference hotel. Two chief candidates were chosen this afternoon - 76-year-old Alexander Gauland, a hardline defector from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU, and Alice Weidel, 38, an openly lesbian former investment banker - after Frauke Petry, the leader, had her vision for the future of the party turned down last night.
Already more than 1,000 migrants killed or missing in the Mediterranean in 2017 | Oxfam International: “The people who try to reach Europe are often desperate in their search for a life in safety and dignity for themselves and their families. For many, risking their lives in unseaworthy boats is the only option to escape violence, disasters and poverty.
“So far, EU member states have relied on shutting down their borders. But this does not stop people from looking for safety, dignity and a better life. On the contrary, the lack of safe and regular routes to reach Europe pushes many to rely on smugglers and increases the suffering of people.
“EU member states must expand safe and regular alternatives for people in need, so they are not forced to risk their lives in search of safety and dignity.”
China: Govt bans 'overly religious' Muslim names in Xinjiang - report: [asiancorrespondent.com] The ban, according to sources in southern Xinjiang who detailed a list of banned names in 2015, told RFA the new ruling has been enforced region-wide.
An unnamed official from a police station in Urumi, the regional capital, confirmed “overly religious” names have been banned. Babies with banned names, the official said, would not be allowed to be registered under the government system for healthcare and education, known as the “hukou” system.
“You’re not allowed to give names with a strong religious flavor, such as Jihad or names like that,” the official was quoted as saying. “The most important thing here is the connotations of the name … [it mustn’t have] connotations of holy war or of splittism [Xinjiang independence].”
Armenian Genocide Film “The Promise” Is a Painful Reminder of Today’s Refugee Crisis: [muftah.org] For Esrailian, the great-grandson of Armenian genocide survivors, “The Promise” is much larger than a Hollywood film – it is a deeply personal fulfillment of a dream to break through the silence and denial surrounding the Armenian Genocide, begin the process of recognition and healing, and connect that story of struggle and survival to the ongoing tragedies taking place today:
US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula - World Socialist Web Site: Tens of millions people, including 17 million Yemenis, 7 million Nigerians, 3 million Somalis and 1 million South Sudanese, are in imminent danger of dying from lack of adequate nutrition, according to United Nations (UN) estimates. Countries impacted by famine and food shortages include South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
In Somalia, where the Trump administration announced the deployment of regular US ground troops for the first time since 1994, the price of a 20-liter can of water increased from 4 to 40 cents during the past few weeks alone. Somalia is experiencing record rates of child malnutrition and faces the die off of 75 percent of its livestock, according to Save the Children.
The Yemen war, waged by the United States and Saudi Arabia since April 2015, has transformed one of the most ancient societies in the world into the ground-zero of world famine. Some 20 million Yemenis are now on the verge of starvation. The naval blockade of Yemen’s ports, enforced by American and Saudi ships, is strangling the flow of goods into a country that depends on imports for 90 percent of its food supply. The US-Saudi bombing campaign has relentlessly targeted Yemen’s social infrastructure, completely paralyzing its economy and turning 80 percent of its population into paupers. The approval by Trump of a Navy SEALs raid into Yemen, as his first official military action, has signaled his intention to expand direct US participation in the war.