Yemen’s displaced struggle to survive on leaves, moldy bread crumbs

Yemen’s internally displaced have no meal times because there is no meal in the first place.

In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a malnourished boy sits on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen.

/HANI MOHAMMED, AP/ABS/AIWA! NO!/ Yemen — Yahia Hussein has already lost a 5-month-old son who wasted away and died as they fled their village in northern Yemen. Now living in a camp for the displaced, he is running out of ways to feed his other four children.

Jobless, he has no way to afford food, and he says he hasn’t received international aid for several months. His wife gives their children moldy bread crumbs mixed with water and salt. Some days she feeds them a paste made of boiled leaves from a vine called “halas.”

APTOPIX Yemen Displaced into Hunger Photo Essay

In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a man holds Halas before cooking for his children, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. The leaves are made into green paste and used to be a traditional side dish, but at times of extreme poverty, it becomes the main meal. HANI MOHAMMED / AP

“We left everything behind. We walked for hours on foot, carrying nothing, not even one rial/penny, no food or water,” he told The Associated Press at the camp in the northern province of Hajjah.

They are among millions of Yemenis who lost everything – homes, jobs, loved ones – in nearly four years of civil war. The conflict has pushed the country of 29 million people to the brink of famine. At least 8 million have no food other than what aid agencies provide.

Yemen Displaced into Hunger Photo Essay

In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. Malnutrition, cholera, and other epidemic diseases like diphtheria ravaged through the displaced and the impoverished communities.HANI MOHAMMED / AP

The figure is likely to rise to 11.5 million as more people become unable to afford food because the worsening economic crisis caused by the war, U.N. agencies warn. The currency is crumbling in value, sending prices soaring.

The humanitarian disaster has come as the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition since 2015 has waged a relentless campaign of airstrikes and imposed a blockade, aiming to uproot Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who took over northern and central Yemen. Both sides in the fight are accused of war crimes, but with weapons supplied by the U.S., Saudi Arabia is capable of much greater damage.

Besides airstrikes, northern Yemen has also seen heavy barrages back and forth across the border with Saudi Arabia as Saudi forces battle rebels.

Hussein and his family had to flee their border village of al-Shada because of non-stop strikes and shelling. As they fled, the 5-month-old died in his mother’s arms. Hussein is not sure if it was from dehydration or malnutrition.

For the past four months, they have lived in a shack made of sticks, blankets and plastic sheets in a camp in Aslam district near the city of Abs.

Yemen Displaced into Hunger Photo Essay

In this Oct. 1, 2018 photo, a man feeds his children Halas, a climbing vine of green leaves, in Aslam, Hajjah, Yemen. HANI MOHAMMED / AP

The 46-year-old Hussein once grew grapes and pomegranates and thrived off trade in markets across the border in Saudi Arabia. He lost his livelihood, sold all his goats but one and cut down on meals to one a day.

The numbers of displaced are only growing.

APTOPIX Yemen Displaced into Hunger Photo Essay

In this Oct. 1, 2018, photo, a severely malnourished boy rests on a hospital bed at the Aslam Health Center, Hajjah, Yemen. HANI MOHAMMED / AP

In August-September, 20,000 people fleeing the border town of Bani Hassan flowed into Abs, Doctors Without Borders reported. The aid organization, which operates in the main hospital in Abs, said it treated more than 300 people wounded the fighting.

A number of women and children in late stages of malnutrition or cholera or with complications from giving birth have died, the group said, without giving figures.

Doctors Without Borders said it is ready to deploy mobile medical teams around the area every day but has only received permission from Houthi authorities for seven days the past month.

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U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP gives incoherent, unhinged campaign rant — from the White House

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|Caroline Orr, Shareblue MEDIA|AIWA! NO!|In a presidential address that was anything but presidential, Trump on Thursday afternoon unleashed a fit of lies and anti-immigrant rage straight from the White House and onto the TV screens of millions of Americans.

The address, which was essentially a regurgitation of the same unhinged rhetoric he spews at campaign rallies, came just a day after Trump tweeted out an inflammatory video that was widely condemned as even worse than the notoriously racist Willie Horton campaign ad.

Trump kicked off the speech by stoking fears about the so-called “caravan” of asylum-seekers slowly making their way north from Central America, which has become his go-to talking point in the weeks leading up to midterms.

“Some people call it an invasion,” Trump said, referring to his own preferred terminology for the asylum-seekers.

“This isn’t an innocent group of people,” he continued, claiming without evidence that the migrants have “injured” and “attacked” scores of Mexican police officers and troops.

He then railed against our current immigration laws, blaming the so-called “crisis” on Democrats, despite the fact that Republicans control both chamber of Congress and the White House.

While the address was billed as a policy speech, Trump didn’t actually introduce any new policies as promised. Instead, he stuck by his usual script of incoherent ranting, apocalyptic fear-mongering, and unhinged conspiratorial rhetoric.

At one point, Trump floated a conspiracy theory about outside groups funding the so-called “caravan,” saying “there’s a lot of professionalism” involved in the journey. “There seems to be a lot of money passing,” he added.

That’s the same conspiracy theory that reportedly motivated the gunman who carried out the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in U.S. history just five days ago.

In a particularly dark moment of the speech, Trump hinted that he may allow U.S. troops to shoot at people trying to cross the border, absurdly claiming that getting hit with a rock is just as bad as getting shot.

As usual, the entire speech was meant to stoke fear, since appealing to voters’ primal emotions is all Trump knows how to do.

With midterms just days away, Trump is more desperate than ever. And since he has no accomplishments to brag about, he is now boxed into a corner, peddling a constant stream of anti-immigrant propaganda and yelling things about “open borders,” “caravans,” “catch and release,” and “bad guys.”

For someone who claims to have the “best words,” he sure can’t seem to find many new ones.

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Yemen Girl Who Turned World’s Eyes On Country’s Famine And Conflict Dies Aged 7

Amal Hussain, who died at age 7. “My heart is broken,” her mother said.CreditCreditTyler Hicks/The New York Times

|Declan Walsh, The New York Times|AIWA! NO!|CAIRO — A haunted look in the eyes of Amal Hussain, an emaciated 7-year-old lying silently on a hospital bed in northern Yemen, seemed to sum up the dire circumstances of her war-torn country.

A searing portrait of the starving girl published in The New York Times last week drew an impassioned response from readers. They expressed heartbreak. They offered money for her family. They wrote in to ask if she was getting better.

A Yemeni child stands outside the family house which was destroyed several months ago in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition at a slum in the capital Sanaa, on March 12, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
A Yemeni child stands outside the family house which was destroyed several months ago in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition at a slum in the capital Sanaa, on March 12, 2016. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

On Thursday, Amal’s family said she had died at a ragged refugee camp four miles from the hospital.

READ RELATED ARTICLE: THE TRAGEDY OF SAUDI ARABIA’S WAR: Amal Hussain, 7, is wasting away from hunger. The Saudi-led war in Yemen has pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

“My heart is broken,” said her mother, Mariam Ali, who wept during a phone interview. “Amal was always smiling. Now I’m worried for my other children.”

The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen

The Khashoggi killing has cast light on Saudi tactics in Yemen, where an economic war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation.

The grievous human cost of the Saudi-led war in Yemen has jumped to the top of the global agenda as the outcry over the killing of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi prompts Western leaders to re-examine their support for the war.

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British Labour and Cooperative Party’s Steve Reed OBE MP; People Power Is The Antidote To Populism

Steve Reed: People power is the antidote to populism

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|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|People feel alienated and remote from politics. A decade of austerity has ripped the heart out of communities with the loss of shared spaces like libraries, pubs, youth and community centres. People are angry because they’ve been unable to influence the changes sweeping away their sense of security, their sense of belonging, their sense of power over their own lives. They’re left instead with a profound sense of loss.

Whether you’re a former miner in South Wales whose children now work in insecure, low-paid jobs in call centres, or a black family in Croydon knowing that one in three young black people are unemployed right here in one of the richest cities in the world, you’re angry because you’ve come to feel there’s not much you can do about it. Putting a cross on a ballot paper once every five years then surrendering to political paternalism isn’t enough. In these circumstances, taking back control sounds good to you.

And taking back control is what people voted for in the EU referendum. But leaving the EU won’t solve the problem because being in the EU didn’t cause it. Our politics did, and so it must change. We’re not just facing a loss of trust in politics – we are facing a crisis of liberal democracy. Look around the world and we can no longer assume democracy will survive. Democracy, where every adult has a free vote, has barely existed for 100 years even in this country.

Even in democratic countries, we see voters moving to the extremes. In the US, Trump is a president like no other – disrespectful of minorities, the media, state institutions, even the law. In Europe we see the rise of right-wing populist governments in Hungary, Poland and Italy. In France, a neofascist won nearly a quarter of the vote in the first round of the presidential elections.

How do we save democracy from the rising tide of autocracy? It’s a question our co-operative councils are already tackling. Because instead of giving up on democracy, we must double down on it. Rebuild politics around people and put real power in people’s hands. That is what co-operative councils do. They help people take back control in immediate and meaningful ways.

We understand that people are more than units of production and consumption in a voracious economy that’s consuming our planet along with people’s lives. We understand the principles of citizenship, where people have individual rights but also owe duties to the rest of society in working for the common good. Public policy too often ignores the fact that people are not problems to be managed but fully rounded human beings nurtured by families, relationships, community, a sense of belonging, and they are given meaning by the work they do or the contribution they make.

For co-operative councils, the litmus test is simple: if a policy gives the people affected by it more control over their lives, we are heading in the right direction. This must be more than just giving people a voice. On its own, a voice isn’t enough – people also need the power to make their voice heard, because a voice without power is a cry in the dark.

Rochdale have mutualised their entire council housing stock so the people living in it have a bigger say over their own homes. Plymouth has set up a network of community energy co-operatives to generate energy sustainably and ensure the profits are ploughed back into the community. Croydon is developing a community land trust that gives local people control over development in their neighbourhood. Stevenage is pioneering community budgeting. In Lambeth, the council has set up Black Thrive, to give the black community greater oversight over mental health services. Newcastle has set up community-led work to tackle homelessness and financial exclusion. And co-operative councils measure social value, not just financial value, when taking decisions.

Our purpose is to give communities a real voice and the power to make it heard and to create change on their own terms. Rebuilding trust in politics by rebuilding politics around people and helping communities ‘take back control’.

This isn’t just a movement in local government any more. Our party nationally is starting to understand the need to put power back in the people’s hands too. Labour conference this year supported giving workers a proportion of shares in the company they work for, and backed the principle of community wealth-building. We’re starting to see the shape of 21st century socialism, and co-operative values are at the heart of it.

Co-operative councils are not just reinventing public services, they’re in the frontline of the fightback against extremist populism, finding new ways to make democracy real and relevant, showing how co-operative values are not just the treasures of our history but the way we build a better future.

Steve Reed is MP for Croydon North.

This is an amended version of Steve’s keynote speech at the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network annual conference in Croydon.

Zimbabwe Economic Crisis; Beer One Per Customer – Things Are Very,Very Bad

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New Hyperinflation Index (HHIZ) Puts Zimbabwe Inflation at 89.7 Sextillion Percent. Zimbabwe is the first country in the 21st century to hyperinflate. In February 2007, Zimbabwe’s inflation rate topped 50% per month, the minimum rate required to qualify as a hyperinflation (50% per month is equal to a 12,875% per year)
Zimbabwe is facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, with prices soaring, limits on bread purchases, and long queues for fuel.

Zimbabwe economic crisis – Photos show how bad it really is

This followed Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube’s decision to introduce a tax increase on money transfers last week to try and stabilise the government’s finances.

The announcement triggered a rise in basic-commodity prices, stoking fears of an inflationary spiral and leading to long queues forming at petrol stations.

Zimbabwe Inflation Rate  2009-2018 

The inflation rate in Zimbabwe rose to 4.83 percent year-on-year in August 2018 from 4.29 percent in the prior month. It was the highest inflation rate since December 2011, mainly as prices advanced faster for food & non-alcoholic beverages (7.5 percent vs 6.3 percent in July). On a monthly basis, consumer prices went up 0.40 percent, following a 0.98 percent increase in the previous month. Inflation Rate in Zimbabwe averaged 1.08 percent from 2009 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 5.30 percent in May of 2010 and a record low of -7.50 percent in December of 2009.Zimbabwe Inflation Rate

Zimbabwe Inflation Rate

In Zimbabwe, the inflation rate measures a broad rise or fall in prices that consumers pay for a standard basket of goods. This page provides the latest reported value for – Zimbabwe Inflation Rate – plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. Zimbabwe Inflation Rate – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on October of 2018.

Many shops, under pressure from the government, are restricting customers’ purchases to prevent hoarding.

Others have gone further: Yum! Brands Inc. temporarily shut some of its KFC outlets this week, saying it couldn’t find enough dollars to pay suppliers.

On Thursday, police arrested and beat two leaders of the country’s main trade union at protests over the increasing cost of living, the labor group said in a statement.

The country’s quasi-currency, known as bond notes (introduced two years ago and were meant to represent the value of one dollar), have plunged in value.

It now takes 4.3 of them to buy one U.S. dollar – the weakest exchange rate on record, according to the Zim Dollar Index. In early September, the rate was 1.75.

Some businesses have now stopped accepting bonds notes or electronic payments – which are even less valuable than the notes – altogether, and will only take hard cash.

Zimbabwe, having scrapped its own worthless Zimbabwe dollar to end 500 billion-percent inflation in 2009, accepts them and the US dollar, Euro and rand, among others, as legal tender.Image result for zimbabwe economic crisis

Photos tell the story

Many Zimbabweans have posted photos to social media to show how bad the situation has become in the country.

Toxic workplaces are feeding the impostor phenomenon – here’s why

Toxic workplaces; main source of self doubt, inadequacy and depression feeding the impostor phenomenon – here’s why

Impostor feelings include fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes-obsessive need for perfection, and an inability to accept praise. KieferPix / Shutterstock

Research suggests that around 70% of people will experience an illogical sense of being a phoney at work at some point in their careers. It’s called the impostor phenomenon (also known, erroneously, as a syndrome). These impostor feelings typically manifest as a fear of failure, fear of success, a sometimes obsessive need for perfection, and an inability to accept praise and achievement. The phenomenon is also characterised by a genuine belief that at some point you, as the “impostor”, are going to be found out for being a fake in your role.

The phenomenon has been researched for more than 40 years and recent research into women working in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), suggests that there is a much higher incidence of it in women in these non-traditional roles.

Despite being something that affects people at an individual level, the relationship between toxic workplaces and well-being is well established. It seems that the impostor phenomenon breeds from a mix of genuine personal doubt over work abilities and the collective experience of a toxic work culture.

Simply put, our modern workplaces are feeding a sense of inadequacy in the face of a track record of achievement and success of individuals. The “impostor’s” internal drive for perfection and their constant expectation of external criticism pushes them to underestimate their abilities, while striving to exhaustion for advancement to avoid perceived failure and exposure to criticism.

Where this meets an ever-increasing demand to do more with fewer resources and a barrage of evaluation in risk-averse workplaces, impostor tendencies will thrive.

An unhealthy marriage

Toxic workplaces are often characterised by an environment that diminishes or manages out the humanity of the place and its people, as well as promoting competition. A focus on profit, process and minimising resources is pronounced. Bullying is normalised and embedded in managerial and colleague behaviour, while leadership is inert and ineffectual against it.

In toxic workplaces, work is often seen as drudgery, the motivating elements sucked out of the environment. Unmoderated criticism and punitive measures stifle original thinking, thus reducing the intrinsic rewards of work, such as having an outlet for expressing one’s unique talents and creative thinking.

The unhealthy marriage between the impostor phenomenon and toxic work cultures is sustained at an individual level by the basic human need for safety and belonging. This interferes with “rational” decision making and supersedes the entrepreneurialism and risk taking that would challenge the status quo. This is detrimental to both a person and their employer who might otherwise benefit from new ideas.

While technology continues to transform the nature of work, organisations are lagging behind in how they manage people. Corporate performance management practices are often little more than thinly disguised carrot and stick approaches. Employees are goaded along by financial and status incentives that glorify overwork and toeing the line. Toxic workplaces force people to jump through endless hoops on the way to an elusive, future state of success and happiness. Intellectual honesty, unorthodox thinking and self-care, meanwhile, are penalised.

Overwork is glorified in too many organisations. Elnur/Shutterstock

Dysfunctional competition

A rampant competitiveness in certain workplaces often provides a breeding ground for anxiety, depression and self-degradation. The finance sector is especially prone to this. Here constant winning is the cultural norm, even though it’s just not possible to win all the time.

This breeds perfectionism, which also fuels people’s need to micromanage. Dysfunctional competition gets prioritised over collaboration. People who feel like they are impostors will often fail to delegate for fear that others won’t meet their own exacting standards and that this will reflect badly on them. As a result, they take on more than they can realistically manage.

The imbalance this produces between effort and rewards exacerbates the feeling of inadequacy and creates a negative feedback loop, which leads to mental exhaustion. And if both the person and the organisation implicitly fail to recognise the toxic combination of impostor tendencies and an unhealthy work culture, they both passively endorse this social contract.

Sadly, as the digital revolution progresses, it is becoming clearer that our contemporary workplaces are demanding productivity outcomes to match. But they are using antiquated managerial structures. Workplace processes – such as poorly constructed performance management, a lack of diversity in succession planning and limited understanding of inclusion initiatives beyond box ticking exercises – fuel the very behaviour and thought patterns that these workplace structures aim to manage out.

Addressing these toxic work cultures and organisational structures could create a less fertile ground for the impostor phenomenon. Healthier workplaces and more satisfied people are likely to deliver more positive and productive outcomes.

Kanye West To Meet With Donald Trump At The White House On Thursday: Report

Kanye West and President Trump discuss manufacturing jobs in Chicago and opportunities for ex-convicts Thursday

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Kanye West To Meet With Donald Trump At The White House On Thursday, ©Drew Angerer Getty Images

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|West is expected to meet Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday.

The rapper has faced criticism for his public support of the president and according to The New York Times they will meet in Washington DC on Thursday.

Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will also be present, the paper reports.

West is said to want to discuss the availability of job opportunities for former convicts as well as the number of manufacturing jobs in his home town of Chicago.

A representative for West confirmed to the Times that the meeting was set to take place.

His wife, the reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, visited the White House in May to meet with Mr Trump and Mr Kushner to discuss prison reform.

Similar to what his wife Kim Kardashian did a few months back, Kanye is going to have a meeting on the criminal justice system. Kanye is reportedly seeking job opportunities for former convicts, while criminal justice reform has reportedly been Kushner’s main focus recently. After that, Kanye also hopes to talk with Mr. Trump on how to increase the number of manufacturing jobs in the Chicago area, where Mr. West grew up and recently said he planned to return, according to the person briefed in the meeting. A representative for Kanye confirmed the meeting too, validating that this meeting is indeed expected to happen. Many people believe Trump is doing this just as a marketing play to the African-American community with midterm elections next month, making Kanye a puppet in all of this.

That meeting resulted in the president granting clemency in the case of convicted drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson, for whom Kardashian West had been a prominent supporter.

West, 41, has deleted his social media accounts following a string of controversial stunts including wearing a Make America Great Again cap during an appearance on Saturday Night Live.

West was also booed while making a pro-Trump speech when the cameras stopped rolling on the popular US show in September.

Trump has already met Kanye's Kim Kardashian - resulting in the president granting clemency in the case of convicted drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson

Trump has already met Kanye’s Kim Kardashian – resulting in the president granting clemency in the case of convicted drug dealer Alice Marie Johnson

The move led to Pete Davidson, Ariana Grande’s finance and SNL star, to publicly slam West.

During Saturday’s show, he said: “Kanye is a genius, but like a musical genius. Like Joey Chestnut is a hot dog-eating genius. But I don’t want to hear Joey Chestnut’s opinion on things that are not hot dog related.

“I know Kanye is saying, this is the real me. I’m off the meds. Take them! There’s no shame in the medicine game. I’m on them. There’s nothing wrong with taking them.

“If I ever got on a plane and the pilot said, ‘I just want all you to know, this is the real me flying’, I’d jump out. Being mentally-ill is not an excuse to act like a jackass.”