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Saudi-led Coalition's Food Blockade and Militarization are pushing millions of Yemeni in extreme hunger by the hour
The people of Yemen suffer man-made starvation. According to UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, 14 million people are now at risk of famine. Of a population of 29 million, more than 22 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, and nearly half of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition.
Red Sea ports, notably that of Hudaydah, have been subject to recurring blockades, searches, and restrictions by Saudi-led coalition forces. Hudaydah is by far the most important port in Yemen which prior to the war received 70-80% of imported food supplies.
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Over 800 protesters arrested in Sudan Crackdown

Protests broke out when the government raised the price of a small loaf of bread from one Sudanese pound to three (from two to six US cents).

Israeli Warplanes strikes Gaza Strip

Israeli warplanes made several air strikes on targets in the Gaza Strip overnight Monday. No injuries were reported but there was heavy damage to property.

Slavery Persists in Libya

Nine sugar farm workers were shot dead in a plantation in Sagay City, Negros Occidental province in central Philippines last month



Widodo Crackdown on West Papua for Trans Papua Highway

Indonesia -- "This December has seen a dangerous escalation of violence in West Papua, culminating in a major military operation in the remote Nduga region in the  highlands.  There are reports – vehemently denied by the Indonesian military- that some kind of explosive has been used against the civilian population."

Colombian Land Rights Activist Killed

Colombia -- Another Colombian rights activist was gunned down in her home for helping Afro-Colombian victims in the country’s long civil conflict. Mother of four Maritza Quiroz Leiva was gunned down by armed hitmen in her rural home in San Isidro in Colombia’s Caribbean region.

Bolsonaro grants Agri Lobby Power over IP Lands

Brazil -- New Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro issued an executive order on Wednesday making the Agriculture Ministry responsible for deciding on lands claimed by indigenous peoples, in a victory for agribusiness that will likely enrage environmentalists.

Cambodian Farmers and Rural Youth in Debt Bondage

Cambodia-- Saddled with debt from failed harvests, tens of thousands of farmers are turning to brick factories, where owners pay off debt in exchange for labor. The factories feed a surging construction sector, with high-rises cropping up around the capital Phnom Penh and beyond as money – much of it from China – pours into the country.
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