Organized begging networks in Baghdad: Children are victims

Poverty and financial destitution are no longer the main causes of the spread of begging in the cities of Iraq. Instead, begging has turned into a profitable job which is not limited to the elderly or women. It has rather become dominated by children of all ages, who are spread in markets, traffic junctions, near worshiping places and hospitals, in a phenomenon the country has not witnessed before the 2003 US invasion.

Abu Fatima, a merchant in Baghdad, told The New Arab that “children beggars cannot be blamed because they are exploited by brokers and organized networks. This phenomenon has become a threat to drivers and passers-by after beggars turned into using manners that are not limited to asking for sympathy, but rather went beyond that and turned into threatening.”

He added: “The spread of these networks is raising everybody’s concerns. I am afraid of driving on the streets of Baghdad because of beggars and what they could possibly do if I refuse to help them. Some of them throw stones at cars, and others carry sharp objects like knives and blades.”

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Social researcher, Ruaa Al-Jubouri, says that “begging has turned into a job that everyone uses. While brokers earn millions through this job, children beggars get nothing but crumbs at the end of the day. Some of them have become drug and alcohol addicts and most of them have become street children exploited by organized networks.”

Jubouri explained to The New Arab that “there are several begging methods. There are those who ask for help under the pretext of having a child in the hospital in a severe situation. There are those who print leaflets or write on a piece of paper that they are displaced and in need of help to support their families. There are also women who stand near the checkpoints carrying babies they might have rent for begging purposes. In addition, there are those who sell chewing gum or handkerchiefs at intersections, or beg to wash your car.”

The researcher pointed to the beggars’ negative social impacts, especially that “most beggars are exploited by gangs and brokers who have relations that protect them from those who have religious or political powers.”

Read More: Iraqi PM vows to respond to attacks from Syria

In September, the spokesman for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ammar Moneim, said that the Council of Ministers’ vote on the bill against human trafficking and its submission to the House of Representatives to be legislated represents an important step towards reducing the phenomenon and its negative impact on society. This would contribute in reducing the phenomenon of begging in the streets and the exploitation of beggars by heartless people.

The spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Saad Maan, revealed in press statements that “there are those who supervise the work of beggars in Baghdad, guide them and provide them with protection from the security services.” He explained that “security services cannot prevent the begging phenomenon once for all due to the spread of poverty throughout the country. However, they constantly warn beggars of getting near security departments and institutions.”

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Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 11/09/2017 – Pop Higher on Hard Fork Suspension

Bitcoin Price Key Highlights Bitcoin price enjoyed additional volatility on news that the hard fork will be suspended. Price popped up to new highs at $7900 before quickly retreating. The ascending channel marked earlier is still intact, which means that bullish momentum is still present. Bitcoin price popped higher on reports that the network update … Continue reading Bitcoin Price Technical Analysis for 11/09/2017 – Pop Higher on Hard Fork Suspension

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Starbase Presale Shows the Massive Demand For Blockchain Integration

Though initial coin offerings, or ICO, have been around for several years, 2017 is the year where they really decided to take off. There has been tremendous growth in ICOs the past couple of years, with a large majority of it coming this year. Time will tell what will happen in 2018, but even if … Continue reading Starbase Presale Shows the Massive Demand For Blockchain Integration

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Starbase Presale Shows the Massive Demand For Blockchain Integration

Though initial coin offerings, or ICO, have been around for several years, 2017 is the year where they really decided to take off. There has been tremendous growth in ICOs the past couple of years, with a large majority of it coming this year. Time will tell what will happen in 2018, but even if the growth continues at a moderate pace, ICO investors are in for one wild ride.

As is expected, not everyone is a fan of ICOs. Some are quite critical of them. One of the reasons is because of scam ICOs. If a company raises money for a product that hasn’t been created, where’s the incentive to actually create the product? The cash flow is already there–why the need to go and develop it?

Another reason is the perceived inaccessibility of ICOs. Those who aren’t familiar with blockchain technology or even the concept of ICOs feel like they’re missing out. This isn’t to say that blockchain companies aren’t reaching out to potential investors, they are. But perhaps something needs to be done to kick ICOs into their top gear.

One idea floated by several companies is to create a blockchain platform that actually automates large parts of the initial coin offering process. These platforms, which run off of blockchain platforms themselves, provide the resources necessary for any company–blockchain based or not–to participate in an ICO.

One company that is pioneering this type of blockchain platform is Starbase. The sale can be accessed via their website. The demand for such a platform is substantial, as evidenced by the Starbase presale which was completed with great demand. Starbase’s own crowdsale begins on November 9th and runs until the 24th.

Blockchain Technology Paves the Way for ICO Integration

The genius of these platforms lies in their ability to create blockchain based infrastructures which easily integrate with a company’s products and business objectives. Those without any blockchain, coding, or software experience can fully participate in ICOs by running their crowdfunding through a designated blockchain infrastructure. The barriers to entry are removed, creating an easy experience where the technical aspects of the ICO are taken care of.

Additionally, these blockchain platforms provide companies with a way to find and hire short-term human capital. By creating a decentralized marketplace, companies can list projects or tasks that need to be completed before a product or service is launched. A company’s core teams can get immediate help for any quick jobs they need to be completed, while investors are given a way to participate in the growth of their investment.

Once a task or project is completed, hires are paid in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, but they may also choose to receive the coins of the platform they assisted with. From the beginning, these investors will have a deep interest in the success of the company. As an added benefit, companies can cut down on middleman costs and longer-term hiring costs by going to the open market for skill and labor.

The Benefits for Token Issuers and ICO Investors

In traditional financial markets, and to a certain extent, in ICO markets, investors are at odds with share (or coin) issuers. History has shown that some companies will issue shares, buy up the shares and engage in all sorts of false marketing, and then sell the shares once a peak is hit, raking in large profits but leaving unsuspecting investors reeling. This nefarious strategy, called the “pump and dump” scheme, has an entire SEC website devoted to it.

Blockchain platforms like those outlined above have the chance to radically transform the way initial offerings, coin or otherwise, are handled. For token issuers, a lot of the legwork is taken care of by integrating with pre-designed infrastructures. The processes for issuing tokens and collecting capital are already in place–this is a huge burden lifted off the shoulders of the issuing company. At the same time, because the process is predetermined, investors are protected from issuers manipulating the system.

Additionally, the platform’s infrastructure creates a transparent environment where the third party mediator is removed and investors can deal directly with issuers. This can yield long-lasting investor relationships, to the extent that investors can have an active role in developing and assisting the company with various short-term tasks.

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UN warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”

The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen said on Monday it had closed all air, land and sea ports to the Arabian Peninsula country to stem the flow of arms to the Houthis from Iran.

The move, which follows the interception of a missile fired towards the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday, is likely to worsen a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that according to the United Nations has pushed some seven million people to the brink of famine and left nearly 900,000 infected with cholera.

Lowcock, who visited Yemen late last month, briefed the UN Security Council behind closed doors at the request of Sweden.

Read More: Saudi-led forces close air, sea and land access to Yemen

“I have told the council that unless those measures are lifted … there will be a famine in Yemen,” he told reporters. “It will be the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims.”

He said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir earlier on Wednesday and called for an immediate resumption of humanitarian access.

Lowcock said the UN’s World Food Programme was feeding seven million people a month in Yemen. “What we need is a winding down of the blockade … so that we can save the lives of those people,” he said.

The UN Security Council expressed concern about the humanitarian situation, Italian UN Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, council president for November, said after Lowcock’s briefing.

“The members of the Security Council emphasized … the importance of keeping all Yemen’s ports and airports functioning, including Hodeidah port, as a critical lifeline for humanitarian support and other essential supplies,” Cardi said.

The United Nations and international aid organizations have long criticized the coalition for blocking aid access, especially to north Yemen, which is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement.

“Humanitarian access through the ports was inadequate even before the measures that were announced on the 6th November,” said Lowcock, adding that there had also been no UN flights allowed into Yemen since Monday.

Read More: Saudi deputy governor killed in helicopter crash near Yemen

The Saudi-led coalition has been targeting the Houthis since they seized parts of Yemen in 2015, including the capital Sanaa, forcing President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee.

Lowcock called for an immediate resumption of UN and other aid flights to Sanaa and Aden, assurances from the coalition that there would be no further disruptions to those flights, and immediate resumption of humanitarian and commercial port access.

He also called for the coalition to allow a WFP ship to be pre-positioned off Aden and assurances that there would be no further disruption to its functions and demanded that all vessels that have passed UN inspection be allowed to offload.

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UK House Price Balance Gains 1.0% In October – RICS

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Are Journalists An Enemy Of The American People?

As usual, it depends who you ask…

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Statista's Niall McCarthy notes that according to the Cato 2017 Free Speech and Tolerance Survey, 63 percent of Republicans agree with President Trump that journalists today "are an enemy of the American people".

During his presidency, Trump has taken to Twitter to call the national media "fake news" and in mid-February, he tweeted "The FAKE NEWS media is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people. SICK!"

Generally, 35 percent of Americans agree with Trump's view while nearly two-thirds disagree.

Unsurprisingly, the share of Democrats considering the media an enemy of the people is very low at just 11 percent.

Among Independents, it rises to 38 percent.

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*Australia Value Of Loans -2.1% On Month In September; Investment Lending -6.2%

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In purge crackdown, Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests, freezes royals’ accounts

Saudi Arabian authorities have carried out further arrests and frozen more bank accounts under an expanding anti-corruption crackdown that was announced last Saturday against the Kingdom’s political and business elite, Reuters reported, quoting official sources. Since the campaign kickoff, dozens of royal family members, officials and business executives have already been held in the purge. They face allegations of money laundering, bribery, extortion and exploiting public office for personal gain. According to the sources, the anti-corruption authorities have also frozen the bank accounts of Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef, one of the most senior members of the ruling Al Saud, and some of his immediate family members. Read More: Saudi corruption crackdown could raise $800bn Nayef, known as MbN, was ousted as […]The post In purge crackdown, Saudi Arabia makes fresh arrests, freezes royals’ accounts appeared first on aroundworld24.com.
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