News in the Humanosphere: U.S. moves one step closer to cutting U.N. funding

Sens. Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham introduced legislation yesterday that would prohibit the United States from funding any United Nations entity unless or until the Security Council rescinds last month’s resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion. The resolution would affect every U.N. specialized agency or affiliate, including (but not limited to) UNICEF, peacekeeping, the World Bank, the World Food Program the International Atomic Energy Agency and more. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2jIAcuJ)

Anglophones on strike… The strike by English-speaking professionals in Cameroon has taken another turn with the government shutting down an independent radio station. The station hosted a discussion of what the striking lawyers and teachers say is the overbearing use of French in the bilingual country. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ihj9zF)

Ban for president? Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived back home Thursday in South Korea amid mounting expectations that he will run for president. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ikEJ0Z)

Top Stories

Kurdish authorities have shut down a key charity that was supporting women and children from the Yazidi minority who survived Isis sexual slavery. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2j4T5Vj)

The cease-fire in the Syria war is holding for the most part but humanitarian aid is still not getting through to besieged areas where food is running out, the U.N. envoy said on Thursday. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2ih8rZO)

Venezuela intelligence agents detained an opposition activist and accused him of planning violence though his party said the arms were placed in his car to frame him as part of an ongoing wave of government repression. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ih8PYn)

Detection of a rare strain of polio in Pakistan’s southwestern Baluchistan province has alarmed authorities and prompted them to launch special immunization campaigns for children younger than 5. (VOA http://bit.ly/2ih8O6M)

Aid agencies including UNICEF are profiting from money meant to help those fleeing Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising and should leave the country, according to the governor of Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno state. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2ihdTvM)

Nepal fired the head of its earthquake reconstruction agency and named his predecessor to the job in a game of musical chairs that critics say is only making conditions worse for the survivors of the 2015 disaster. (Reuters https://yhoo.it/2ihiTRd)

The number of Nigerian women traveling by boat from Libya to Italy almost doubled last year, with the vast majority of new arrivals victims of sex trafficking and exploitation, according to the International Organization for Migration. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2ikBKpH)

 

Jordan says it needs $7.6 billion through 2019 to deal with the fallout from the six-year-old Syria crisis, including hosting 650,000 refugees. (AP https://yhoo.it/2j4WZOf)

Opinion/Blogs

The Framework Convention On Global Health: A Call For Leadership From The Global Health Trio. (Health Affairs http://bit.ly/2jBhv89)

Free Trade Agreements Promote Corporate Interests (IPS http://bit.ly/2ikomSc)

The Briton vying to become the world’s most powerful doctor (Guardian http://bit.ly/2ih6MmZ)

Election sees WHO’s future role in question (Devex http://bit.ly/2iLHYjf)

Why Doctors Without Borders Is Adding Food To Its Medical Bag (Goats and Soda http://n.pr/2ikM7K6)

Satire: The Pros And Cons Of Universal Basic Income (The Onion http://bit.ly/2iheZaG)

There Is a Cure for Fake News and Dangerous Leaders (Foreign Policy http://atfp.co/2j586X8)

Child victim or brutal warlord? ICC weighs the fate of Dominic Ongwen (The Conversation http://bit.ly/2ihuOyf)

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