Human Rights Group Calls Conditions in Gaza ‘Unlivable’ for One Million Children

by Julia Conley – “We shouldn’t have to be demanding such a basic service as electricity for the children of Gaza. A couple of hours of power a day is just not acceptable in 2017.” Save the Children called on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, reporting that one million children there are coping with “unlivable” conditions, as schools and households struggle to function with limited basic services and the constant threat of conflict. While the United Nations warned in 2012 that the Gaza Strip would become unlivable by 2020 if Israel’s blockade was not lifted, the humanitarian group finds that the area has already descended into uninhabitable conditions. The U.N. has reported similar findings, with its top humanitarian official in Gaza, Robert Piper, saying last week, “for most of us that unlivability point has already been passed. And yet somehow the Gazans soldier on.” Following the seizure of the...

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Shocking Report: The One Percent’s Greed Is Literally Killing Our Children

By ELISABETH PARKER, Addicting Info – As pundits express shock and dismay over unrest in cities across the U.S., a shocking new report sheds a whole new light on income inequality and its effects on child poverty. As the world’s one percent uses its vast wealth, power and influence to take more for itself, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and more of us become poor. Over half the world’s population now live in urban areas, and — since cities are expensive — this trend may be making the problem even worse. Save the Children‘s 2015 annual report finds that income inequality and child poverty rates in urban areas around the world are so high that the lowest income children are at least twice as likely to die before the age of five than their wealthy peers. Child poverty kills. According to Save the Children’s Urban Child Survival Gap Scorecard, child poverty doesn’t just put the poorest...

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Uproar as Tony Blair Given ‘Global Legacy’ Award From Renowned Charity

‘We consider this award inappropriate and a betrayal to Save the Children’s founding principles and values,’ charge Save the Children staff by Sarah Lazare – International charity Save the Children is facing uproar, including from internal staff, for granting the “global legacy award” to former UK Prime Minister and Iraq War architect Tony Blair. The award was given to Blair by the U.S. arm of the organization at a gala in New York City last week. Save the Children, which claims “protecting children from harm” as a key mission, lauded Blair for his alleged role heading anti-poverty initiatives at the 2005 Group of Eight summit in Scotland and for his “continued commitment to Africa.” The move unleashed a torrent of criticism, including a petition, with over 90,000 signatures so far, calling on Save the Children to revoke the award on the basis that Blair is seen by many as “the cause...

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