Sexual health and reproductive rights at a crossroad

The untimely death of Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), comes at a turbulent time for sexual and reproductive health and rights. The UNFPA’s mission is to deliver “a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled”. Last week, the USA rejected part of a UN resolution designed to help female victims of violence—particularly those in conflict zones, who are at increased risk of sexual assault and rape—because it included a statement that women should be given the option of a safe abortion. US representative Jason Mack told the UN Human Rights Council that President Donald Trump’s administration “does not recognise abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance”. It is one thing to contest the role of abortion in family planning, and another to deny that women are often unable to negotiate when or with whom they have sex or choose when and by whom they get pregnant.
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Beating Back Capitalism: Hambach Forest Occupation tell their story

 FOR five years people have occupied Hambach Forest, a 12,000-year-old forest located in western Germany between Cologne and Aachen. For five years people have built and defended tree houses in order to protect the trees they are living in. For five years diggers, cops and security guards have kept coming closer. Continue reading

British PM urges to halt Terrorism

BRITISH PM Theresa May urged rich nations to halt Isis recruitment yesterday — after revelations MI5 let the Manchester bomber slip through the net.

Ms May showed no hint of irony as she told a session on counter-terrorism at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Taormina, Sicily, that they must do more to ensure those travelling to Syria and Iraq to join Isis are brought to justice. Continue reading

आतंक: अनुत्तरित प्रश्न !

-शशी पौडेल,
संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिकाले वार अन टेरोर भनेर खाडी क्षेत्रमा युद्ध थाले यता साना वा ठुला आतंककारी हमला बिश्वका कुना कुनामा हुदै आइरहेका छन् । कहिले फ्रान्समा कहिले बेलायतमा, कहिले जर्मनीमा, कहिले बेलजियममा, कहिले अमेरिकामा कहिले कहाँ ? कही अंदा धुन्ध गाडी चलाएर त कहाँ अन्दा धुन्ध सामान ओसार पसार गर्ने ठुला गाडी मान्छेको भीड लागेको ठाँउमा गुडाएर, कही पेश्तोल ताकेर आदी आदी ।
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प्रसंग पत्रकारमाथि प्रहारः विश्वको एक दृश्टान्त

शशी पौडेल
उत्तरी हाम्बर्गमा एउटा बाह्रतले घर छ । त्यो घरको पाँचौं तल्लामा नर्द डचे रुण्डफुंक (उत्तर जर्मनी टेलिभिजन) को कार्यालय छ । पाँचौं तलामा पुगेपछि लिफ्टले एउटा अटोमेटिक आवाज दिन्छ  “यहाँबाट तपाइको स्वतन्त्रता छ” । लिफ्टबाट बाहिर निस्कनासाथ भित्त्तामा टाँसिएको एउटा ब्यानर देखिन्छ, त्यो ब्यानरमा लेखिएको छ “नराम्रा विषयवस्तुबाट नतर्साउनुस्” । Continue reading

पुटिन रोएको एक दृश्य

Vladimir Putinसर्व साधारण जनताको आँसुको मूल्य हुदैन । संसारमा करोडौं मानिस सत्ताधारीहरुले दिएको पिडाका कारण रोए, रोइरहेका छन्, लाखौं लिटर आँसु बगाए, बगाइरहेका छन् तर त्यसको मूल्य वा त्यसको लेखा जोखा भने कसैले गरेन । तर रसियन राष्ट्रपति ल्भादमिर पुटीन गत तीन सेप्टेम्बरका दिन रोएको दृश्य भने संसारभर देखाइयो । Continue reading