Former Maldives President Asks India and US Intervention to Overcome New Crisis

Former Maldivian president in exile calls on India and the United States to intervene in a political crisis in his country.

Mohammed Nasheed issued a statement urging India to send a military-backed envoy to the small Indian island nation of small islands to liberate Justice Abdulla Saeed and court judge Ali Hameed from prison. Saeed and Hameed were arrested Tuesday morning when security forces stormed the Supreme Court building in the capital Male hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day emergency.

"President Yameen has illegally declared martial law and controlled the country. We must get rid of it from power, "Nasheed said in a statement. "We ask for a physical presence." He also asked Washington to impose a freeze on all financial transactions of Maldivian government officials.

Nasheed was elected president of the first multi-party election in Maldives in 2008, but he resigned in 2012 amid the military takeover took power. He lost against Yameen in the 2013 presidential election, and was later tried and convicted of terrorism charges in a trial condemned by human rights activists. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but later got sick last year to go to England where he got asylum. [lt]

North Korea, Vietnam Enter 10 Forgotten Countries in Humanitarian Crisis 2017

CARE International aid organization reports North Korea and Eritrea are on the list of 10 most unreported and forgotten countries in the humanitarian crisis of 2017. Other countries are Burundi, Sudan, Central African Republic, Republic Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Lake Chad Basin, Vietnam, and Peru.

The report highlights the fate of the tens of millions of people who are forced to suffer because the bad conditions they are experiencing are not reported and their needs are not met. Last year an estimated 220 million people in 37 countries were affected by the greatest humanitarian catastrophe in recent years.

CARE International Secretary-General Laurie Lee said the suffering of 70 million people in 10 countries experiencing an emergency and not reported was practically ignored. [19659003] "These ten crises have an impact on one-third of the 220 million people in need of humanitarian assistance by 2017. Yet only 2% of these emergencies are reported. All but three of the 10 countries reported to be in emergency by 2017 are in Africa. Africa is represented disproportionately on the list of 10 countries, "said Lee.

UN High Commissioner for Refugee Affairs Filippo Grandi said the humanitarian crisis is not limited to certain emergencies. He told VOA, ignoring them carries a lot of risk because the impact will be felt globally. He cited the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was the most worrying crisis.

"Let us not forget that some of its neighbors are in a difficult situation. Southern Sudan is bordered by Congo. Burundi borders the Congo. So this crisis is sometimes linked to each other, being a regional crisis, unstable and becoming more difficult to resolve at some stage, "said Grandi.

CARE International warned 2018 will be a bleak year for millions of people stricken conflict and natural disasters. Added, increasing media attention can help focus public support on humanitarian crises, largely ignored. [em/ii]

The Rohingya crisis is expected to continue until 2018

Winter has arrived for more than 650,000 Rohingya refugees escaping the brutal actions of Myanmar forces in the past four months.

Food supplies and shelters are gradually organized, but the waiting period (19659003) Fatima Noor a refugee said, "They gave us 10 or 12 kilograms of rice, but that's not enough It's given every month but I have not earned more than 10 kilograms of rice. "

The World Food Program has sent over 20,000 metric tons of rice to 185,000 households, but acknowledging the aid is not enough.

Shelly Thakral of WFP (World Food Program) actually want to target families, and more precisely the size of the family, so we will consider increasing the quota for families with emp at up to six family members, and those who are eight more will get twice as much. We need to answer the needs of those who tell us, 'we are hungry and do not have enough food.'

A recent camp survey from the human rights group Doctors Without Borders reported at least 6,700 Rohingyas killed in attacks in Myanmar.

Satellite images show 40 more villages suffered damage to buildings in November, bringing the total damage to 354 villages.

While the evidence is growing, the most experienced crisis workers say it is not surprising.

Aservatham from the NonViolent organization Peaceforce said, "After witnessing all these traumatic situations, seeing brothers and sisters, their fathers and mothers being killed in front of them and raped, it is not right that they return soon."

In December, the total number of refugees in the camps, the camp reached nearly 860,000, including those who fled before the most recent hard crackdown.

Refugees i like Muhamid Amar show no signs he is ready to return home soon

"We will not return to Myanmar unless we get our rights. If we go there, they will slash, kill and shoot us. So we will not be back, "Amar said.

The Myanmar government has long refused allegations of atrocities against Rohingyas, but it is unclear when or whether the Muslim minority could return, while the humanitarian crisis in the refugee camp will likely continue until 2018. [my/jm]

US Senator Warns of Constitutional Crisis When a Mueller Inquiry Is Halted

US Senator Mark Warner has spoken of what he calls "an increasing number of irresponsible and reckless appeals" calling for an end to Robert Mueller's special investigation of the relationship between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign team. Warner said the action "has the potential to trigger a constitutional crisis."

Warner, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday (20/21), in a Senate speech that fired a special investigator or "other officials involved in this investigation will only question the government's commitment to the truth, but also doubt our most basic legal concept. "

He expressed concern that criticism of the investigation" seems to continue to grow stronger and more "and presumably" coordinated "in recent weeks

"Any attempt by the president to remove Mueller's special investigator from office, or to grant pardons to important witnesses in an effort to protect them from accountability or to stop an investigation, would be a grave abuse of power," Warner asserted. 19659002] Earlier this year, the American intelligence community issued a report stating ba hwa Russia has intervened in the election, indicating the option to Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia denied interfering in American elections in 2016 and Trump denies the allegations.

Warner commented after weeks of rumors that the Trump Administration might try to dismiss Mueller from his investigation.

On Sunday (17/12) , President Donald Trump told reporters he did not consider firing Mueller, although his lawyer accused the special investigator of illegally collecting tens of thousands of emails from the Trump presidential transition team.

In his denial that Mueller's dismissal was being considered, President Trump repeated that " there is cooperation "with Rusi a. [sp/ii]

Time is an Important Factor of the Settlement of the Korean Peninsula Crisis

Jeffrey Feltman, deputy UN secretary-general on political issues, who visited North Korea this week, held a meeting with Foreign Minister Ri Yoing Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Mr. Myong Guk.

North Korean state media said as a result of the meeting both sides have agreed to communicate regularly.

The official North Korean news agency, KCNA, said Saturday the latest developments were the result of Feltman's last four-day visit to the isolated state.

A UN spokesman said the three diplomats "exchange views on the Korean peninsula and agree that the current situation is the most tense and dangerous problem of peace and security in today's world."

North Korea's state media said Feltman's visit "helps deepen understanding between North Korea and the UN Secretariat. "

Feltman's visit was held shortly after America and South Korea held the largest annual joint air force exercise in history.

The KCNA says Pyongyang considers the joint exercise part of the "US plan for a sudden nuclear deterrent attack" against North Korea.

Last November North Korea tested a ballistic missile new intercontinent that experts say is capable of reaching the United States. The new ICBM missile is one of several missile experiments conducted by Pyongyang, as well as several nuclear experiments, "in violation of international sanctions." [gp]