News in the Humanosphere: Another Dire Warning from Aden

Credit: ICRC

This Time from the Red Cross “The Red Cross warned of a “catastrophic” situation in Yemen’s main southern city Aden, as forces loyal to the president battled Iran-backed Shiite rebels in the streets…International Committee of the Red Cross spokeswoman Marie Claire Feghali said the humanitarian situation across Yemen was “very difficult… (with) naval, air and ground routes cut off.” The situation in Aden was “catastrophic to say the least”. “The war in Aden is on every street, in every corner… Many are unable to escape,” she said.(AFP http://yhoo.it/1y4sQmV)

Africa

Kenya has suspended the licences of 13 Somali remittance firms following the massacre at a Kenyan university last week, Somalia’s central bank governor said on Wednesday, and Kenyan media reported that dozens of bank accounts had been frozen. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1c8uhHc)

Police arrested five members of a pro-democracy group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday as they protested against the illegal detention of activists in the capital Kinshasa, group members said. (VOA http://bit.ly/1IJLmRX)

Rwanda said Wednesday that France’s declassification of documents relating to the 1994 genocide will shed light on unanswered questions over the mass killings, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1IJM0yL)

Kenyan university students marched in the capital on Tuesday to demand more security from the government after gunmen killed 148 people at a campus in the eastern town of Garissa last week. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1c8uhHg)

Kenya needs more help from its U.S. and European allies with intelligence and security measures to help prevent further massacres by Somali militants, Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1IJLZLq)

A judge from Burkina Faso has been appointed head of the Senegalese court due to try former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity, the African Union said. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1IJM95t)

Democratic Republic of Congo authorities said that a mass grave discovered in the capital Kinshasa contained mainly stillborn babies and foetuses, in a bid to quash rumours that the bodies of opposition supporters were buried there. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1c8vlen)

The head of the African Union has urged the United Nations to add human rights monitoring to the tasks of its peacekeeping mission in the disputed North African territory of Western Sahara. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1IJMZ20)

There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people facing displacement by the affluent and the powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists here say. (IPS http://bit.ly/1y4tH7k)

MENA

Iran is sending warships to the Gulf of Aden (Xinhua http://bit.ly/1Nbyz1c )

ISIS has released over 200 Yazidi captives who were mostly elderly and infirmed. (VOA http://bit.ly/1NbyevF)

A boat carrying emergency medical supplies for a hospital in Aden, where heavy fighting has killed scores of people, docked in the southern Yemeni port city on Wednesday, said MSF. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1y4tqRP)

Refugees from war-torn Yemen fleeing intense airstrikes are arriving in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, aid agencies said Wednesday, warning of a possible large influx ahead. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1y4tDo4)

Asia

Nepal has signed a string of international treaties that promise gender parity – but many of these pledges have remained confined to the paper on which they were written. (IPS http://bit.ly/1IJNqtk)

Three Chinese citizens are taking China’s Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting the approval of Monsanto’s popular weedkiller, Roundup, 27 years ago. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1IJN9Xk)

An Afghan soldier shot and killed a U.S. soldier and wounded several others Wednesday before being shot dead, the first so-called “insider attack” to target NATO troops since they ended their combat mission at the start of the year. (Houston Chronicle http://bit.ly/1Nbytqg)

The Americas

From Mexico to Brazil, leaders in Latin America have largely kept silent amid charges of human rights abuses in Venezuela and are unlikely to speak out against their neighbor at this week’s Summit of the Americas. (AP http://yhoo.it/1c8ulH2)

In a rare challenge to Cuba’s political system from within, two government opponents are on the ballot for upcoming elections, only to find that officials have altered their biographies to portray them as dangers to the revolution. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1c8ulqu)

California may require communities to pay for water according to how much they use and impose sanctions on those who do not conserve, in the state’s first-ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use because of ongoing drought, regulators said. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1IJM4yB)

A vast Art Deco residential building in Rio de Janeiro that Brazil’s one-time richest man was supposed to transform into a luxury hotel ahead of the 2016 Olympics has been invaded by squatters. (AP http://yhoo.it/1c8unii)

Fresh violence in Rio’s slums has led to growing doubts over the effectiveness of Brazil’s seven-year-old strategy of “pacifying” districts in thrall to gangs and drug traffickers. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1c8vePL)

Brazilian police and demonstrators clashed Tuesday in the capital Brasilia during a march opposing a congressional bill to increase outsourcing in the workplace. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1c8vi2d)

...and the rest

A team of economists, scientists and health experts working with The Gold Standard Foundation have developed a uniform way to calculate how much black carbon is released from cooking stoves that use different technologies or fuels. It’s a first and necessary step, they say, in accessing the tens of billions of dollars it will cost to provide cleaner cookers worldwide for some 2.8 billion people still using firewood, kerosene or sundried patties made of hand-packed cow dung. (AP http://yhoo.it/1IJN31P)

Rioting youths have clashed with Greek police in central Athens, damaging vehicles and property, following a demonstration by hundreds of anarchists seeking the abolition of a maximum security prison. (AP http://yhoo.it/1IJM2H2)

Opinion/Blogs

Could France Soon Face a Public Reckoning for its Role in the Rwandan Genocide? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1HRkCPf )

I’ve seen first-hand how palliative care in India is compromised by privatisation (Guardian http://bit.ly/1c8zU8r)

Dehumanising victims (Development Truths http://bit.ly/1c8GITE)

A Bit More on Country-Month Modeling (Dart Throwing Chimp http://bit.ly/1IJT0M7)

Women’s organisations fighting Ebola should be funded as a first-line defence (Guardian http://bit.ly/1IJNHMR)

How to get a job in development: the definitive (368 page) guide (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1c8FWWw)

More edutainment, please! (Wait..What? http://bit.ly/1c8G7B8)

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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.