May 22, 2022

Success! U.K. bans child marriage

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May 1, 2022 News Digest From “Miriam Karmali, Freedom United” OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS Forced marriage We did it! 254,000+ Freedom United voices successfully call on U.K. to ban child marriage  Success! This week, the U.K. passed the bill to ban child marriage in England and Wales. Previously, 16 and 17-year olds were able to get […]

Domestic workers in Lebanon camping outside embassy

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“Miriam Karmali, Freedom United” [email protected] January 23, 2022 News Digest OUR CAMPAIGN ISSUES IN THE NEWS Domestic slavery Kenyan migrant domestic workers stranded in LebanonOver the past few weeks a group of Kenyan migrant domestic workers in Lebanon have been camping outside their country’s embassy requesting support to return home. Many migrant domestic workers are stranded […]

IMF / Brazil, Inflation, and Lebanon

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The IMF has agreed with the Brazilian authorities to close the IMF Representation Office in Brasilia by June 30, 2022, when the term of the current IMF Representative expires a Fund spokesman announced in a press briefing Thursday (December 16) in Washington, D.C.  “The IMF agreed with the Brazilian authorities to close the IMF representative’s […]

IMF/India, Lebanon

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IMF / Resilience and Sustainability Trust, India, Lebanon The IMF announced today (Thursday, November 4) that the G20 welcomed the $650 billion Special Drawing Rights allocation from the IMF. This allocation was implemented over the summer and now the Fund is working on actionable options for its members with strong external positions to significantly magnify […]

Call on Lebanon to act now

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From Freedom United Migrant domestic workers’ lives in Lebanon are getting harder every day. They need action NOW. Lebanon is reeling from an accumulation of unrelenting disasters. A currency crisis, fuel and food shortages,[1] price hikes, electricity outages,[2] the aftermath of a devastating explosion in Beirut last year, and the continuation of a pandemic have plunged the country into a desperate […]

A Kenyan human rights worker and his journalist shadow

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By Adam Muro From CJR I FIRST MET FRANCIS AUMA, a rapid response officer for the Kenyan NGO Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI), in February in one of Kenya’s ubiquitous Java House cafés in Nyali, a few kilometers up the beach from Mombasa on the Indian Ocean coast. He was trailed by a skinny man […]

Doomsday seed vault to get fortified with influx of $13 million

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BY MARK KAUFMAN From Mashable The Svalbard Global Seed Vault — purposely isolated on a remote island some 800 miles from the North Pole — will be upgraded to make the concrete structure more resilient to the whims of weather and climate. The vault is now 10 years old, and the Norway government, which funds […]

Greece: Tax authorities to cross-check assets abroad

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By PROKOPIS HATZINIKOLAOU From ekathimerini.com The Independent Authority for Public Revenue has received detailed information on all the assets – real estate properties, deposits, investments – held by 100,000 Greek taxpayers in 10 other  European Union countries. The initiative concerns data forwarded to Greek tax authorities by their peers in countries such as the United […]

Lebanese PM Hariri resigns, saying he fears assassination plot

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From BBC Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned, saying in a televised broadcast he feared for his life, while also fiercely criticising Iran. Mr Hariri’s father, former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, was assassinated in 2005. Mr Hariri accused Iran of sowing “fear and destruction” in several countries, including Lebanon. He was named prime minister […]

Sydney plane plotters ‘planned to blow up an Etihad flight with a bomb hidden inside a BARBIE DOLL’

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By NIC WHITE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA From This Is Money The men accused of trying to blow up an Etihad flight out of Sydney planned to smuggle a bomb on board the jet inside a large Barbie doll, Lebanese officials claim. Lebanon’s interior minister Nouhad Machnouk told Saudi Arabian television that his country’s security […]