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All rural workers deserve social protection coverage: New ILO report

UN Women/Rena Effendi
ILO’s report “Decent work deficits among rural workers” reveals that women are disproportionately engaged in informal work across all sectors.
Social protection for rural workers “remains a dream”, according to a report launched in Geneva on Thursday by the Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), part of the UN’s International Labour Organization (ILO).

This is of particular concern for those in precarious work conditions, including informal, casual, temporary and subcontracted workers and day labourers who form the large majority of workers on agricultural plantations, laid out in the study: Decent work deficits among rural workers.

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“Weeping is the first act of resistance”

On Monday night, over a hundred people gathered in Washington, DC to mourn the 16 children who were killed by Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip over the weekend. These are their names:

Alaa Qaddoum, 5
Mohammad Hassouna, 13
Momen Al-Nayrab, 5
Ahmad Al-Nayrab, 11
Hazem Salem, 9
Ahmed Al-Farram, 16
Haneen Abu Qaida, 10
Jamil Najm al-Deen Naijm, 4
Jamil Ihab Najim, 13
Hamed Najim, 16
Mohammad Naijm, 16
Mohammad Al-Nabahin, 12
Dalia Al-Nabahin, 13
Ahmed Al-Nabahin, 9
Nazmi Abu Karsh, 16
Fatma Obaid, 15

The event was held at The Museum of the Palestinian People, a non-profit which seeks to share Palestinian history, heritage, and arts. The museum’s curator, Ahmed Mansour, spoke to the crowd.

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The Taliban or a Failed State?

By Medea Benjamin

Aug. 15 marks the one-year anniversary of the return to Taliban rule in Afghanistan. It has been a disastrous year for the Afghan people. The Taliban rulers have reneged on their promises to respect women’s rights: They have barred secondary-school girls from public schools, dismissed women from many government jobs, forbade them from traveling alone and ordered women to dress in clothing that covers everything but their faces.

The Taliban have also gone back on their promise to create a government inclusive of minority groups. They promised to grant amnesty to those who worked with the former government, but then killed or disappeared hundreds of former government officials and members of the Afghan security forces. And they promised not to harbor terrorists, but al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was living in a “safe house” in a toney neighborhood of Kabul until he was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

But if you think the Taliban are bad, and I do, just think of what will happen if the country devolves into another civil war. Let’s face it, there are no democratic forces waiting in the wings to take over. If the U.S. doesn’t want Afghanistan to plunge into a state of chaos, it better take measures, including working with the Taliban, to revive the economy.

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UN Nuclear Review: A Prime Time to Stop the New Arms Race

The real solution to the threat of nuclear war is in plain sight, but still the powerful weapons makers and war profiteers refuse to yield.

By Marcy Winograd and Medea Benjamin

In the run-up to August’s United Nation’s 10th Annual Review of the landmark Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a review undertaken every five years, Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s State Department issued a surprising reaffirmation of the U.S. commitment to this treaty and the “ultimate goal of a world without nuclear weapons.”

The NPT, designed to “further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament,” entered into force in 1970 and was extended indefinitely in 1995. It has now been signed by 191 nations, including the U.S. and Russia.

If only Blinken’s verbal support for the NPT was U.S. policy, as opposed to wishful thinking or trickery.

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Biden Should Remove Cuba from the Infamous State Sponsors of Terrorism List

By Medea Benjamin and Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

As the Cuban government celebrates the July 26 Day of the National Rebellion–a public holiday commemorating the 1953 attack on the Moncada Barracks that is considered the precursor to the 1959 revolution–U.S. groups are calling on the Biden administration to stop its cruel sanctions that are creating such hardship for the Cuban people. In particular, they are pushing President Biden to take Cuba off the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Being on this list subjects Cuba to a series of devastating international financial restrictions. It is illegal for U.S. banks to process transactions to Cuba, but U.S. sanctions also have an unlawful extraterritorial reach.  Fearful of getting in the crosshairs of U.S. regulations, most Western banks have also stopped processing transactions involving Cuba or have implemented new layers of compliance. This has hampered everything from imports to humanitarian aid to development assistance, and has sparked a new European campaign to challenge their banks’ compliance with U.S. sanctions.

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