News in the Humanosphere: Mexico condemns Trump deportation drive

Latin American migrants ride on a train through Mexico toward the U.S. border. (Credit: Marc Silver)

Mexico’s lead negotiator with the Trump administration is slamming new rules that call for deporting people living illegally in the U.S. to Mexico, regardless of whether they are citizens of that country. “I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other,” Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday, according to Reuters. “We will not accept it, because there’s no reason why we should, and because it is not in the interests of Mexico,” he told reporters at Mexico’s foreign ministry in Mexico City…Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are due to arrive in Mexico Wednesday afternoon for talks between both nations on immigration and security.” (The Hill http://bit.ly/2lGRCbf)

UN agencies issue dire warning…Sounding the alarm on behalf of more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and north-east Nigeria facing devastating levels of food insecurity, Secretary-General António Guterres joined other top United Nations officials today calling for “strong and urgent” action from the international community to help the already-fragile countries avert catastrophe. “Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are already facing a tragedy; we must avoid it becoming a catastrophe,” said the Secretary-General, stressing: “This is preventable if the international community takes decisive action.”  (UN News Center http://bit.ly/2lGTFMk)

Top Stories

South Africa’s government still plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, Justice Minister Michael Masutha said on Wednesday, after a court ruled that it was unconstitutional to do so. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2kLQRhF)

Leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno and ex-banker Guillermo Lasso will contest an April runoff to become the new Ecuadorian president, according to electoral officials. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2kLU2Gs)

Russia is open for dialogue with the United States on safe zones in Syria but believes that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government, Moscow’s top diplomat said Wednesday. (AP https://yhoo.it/2kZcRkC)

Zimbabwe has deployed army medics to work at major public hospitals following a week-long strike by junior doctors who are demanding an increase in call allowances and a duty free car facility, a senior government official said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2lv3BX4)

Aid for South Sudan totalling £170m has been announced by the UK government and the EU following the declaration of the world’s first famine since 2011. (Guardian http://bit.ly/2luO2is)

Crop-destroying caterpillars known as armyworms have ravaged 63,000 hectares of maize in southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo since December, causing local maize prices to triple, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Wednesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/2lv4mjc)

Over the past two decades, Mongolia was hit by two extremely severe winters, which caused mass livestock mortality. The phenomenon of harsh winters causing mass livestock mortality is referred to as dzud in Mongolian language. For about one third of Mongolians, animals represent the primary source of nutrition and income. Many herders lost a substantial portion of their herd during dzud disasters, thus falling into situations of food insecurity and poverty. (UNICEF http://bit.ly/2kLSuvZ)

Opinion/Blogs

France is killing all its ducks. Here’s why. (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2lGTH75)

Here’s How US Allies Are Trying to Convince Trump To Take Climate Change Seriously (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/2lGUiFG)

Private sector engagement in complex emergencies: case studies from Yemen and southern Somalia (ODI http://bit.ly/2kLPOhT)

Indian Ocean Dipole? The obscure climate phenomenon driving drought in East Africa (IRIN http://bit.ly/2kZgkQc)

How to donate: South Sudan famine and Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria food crises (Guardian http://bit.ly/2kZ0FAm)

Humankind’s Ability to Feed Itself, Now in Jeopardy (IPS http://bit.ly/2kLQYtT)

Ecuador: The end of the ‘Citizens’ Revolution’? (DW http://bit.ly/2lv5kvI)

David Miliband: assault on UK foreign aid spend is populism at its worst (Guardian http://bit.ly/2kZB7mL)

Malaria: How Do You Eradicate an Infectious Disease With No Vaccine? (Big Think http://bit.ly/2kZJpe5)

What does Trump’s claim about migrant crime tell us about Sweden? (CSM https://yhoo.it/2kLR5FD)

Protests over Morales expose divisions among Bolivians (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/2lv7qM8)

How M&E data can hide development impact (Devex http://bit.ly/2lvi2KP)

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