20 November 2014   Leave a comment

As the 24 November deadline for the Iranian nuclear negotiations near, there is a real question as to what will happen if an agreement is not reached.  There really is no alternative to continuing the  negotiations.  As Fred Kaplan points out in this essay, the Non-Proliferation Treaty assures the right of all signatories to peaceful nuclear energy.  So if the negotiations end, it is likely that Iran will continue to enrich Uranium on its own schedule.  There really is no reason to believe that Iran is deliberately delaying the negotiations to achieve this objective, since the evidence is that the damage from the sanctions against Iran are seriously harming the Iranian economy.  So all sides should agree to extend the deadline.

ChildFund International, a consortium of non-profit organizations dedicated to the protection of children globally, released a report on the status of children and the results were sobering.  In a statement on the report, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, said:

“Some 6.6 million children under 5 years of age died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes; when 168 million children aged 5 to 17 were engaged in child labor in 2012; when 11 percent of girls are married before they turn 15…”

These children ought to be protected by The Convention of the Rights of the Child, a convention that has been signed by 194 countries except for Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States.

In a trial in Egypt, a doctor and the father of a 13-year old girl who died from a female genital mutilation operation were acquitted of a crime.  The case was a landmark case in Egypt since such cases are very rarely brought to trial.  But the verdict delivered by a judge who failed to articulate his reasons in the case, is a setback for those who wish to strengthen the laws against the practice.   Although FGM was made illegal in Egypt in 2008, more than 90% of Egyptian women under 50 have been subjected to the practice.

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Posted November 21, 2014 by vferraro1971 in World Politics

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