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DGI Brief - June 20, 2016

Happy Monday to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Haiti #Bahrain #Turkey #China #Venezuela and #displacement around the #world

- As HAITI enters monsoon season, heavy rains & floods will increase risks – new cases are being registered daily while at least 10 towns are on red alert. Untreated water & poor sanitation are the means of disease transmission in a country where 42% do not have access to drinking water. You may recall the outbreak has been traced to UN peacekeepers and a compensation lawsuit by Haitian cholera victims against the United Nations is pending.

- The move by predominantly Sunni BAHRAIN deepens the sectarian rift within its border & the region. Iran & Lebanon’s Hezbollah immediately threatened ‘grave consequences’.

- TURKEY: where to start? These arrests are precisely one of EU’s criticisms & conditions of the EU-Turkey migrant deal – a broad definition of terrorism that stifles freedom of press, speech, expression… The 3 arrested simply showed solidarity of the newspaper that is being intimated & sued by authorities. At the same time, the report by Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the 11 refugees, shot & killed by Turkish guards at the border town of Jisr al-Shoughour, included 3 children. Dear EU, back to the drawing board, please.

- Since 2005, China loaned Venezuela $65 billion & sent an unofficial delegation to discuss the repayment with opposition in the event that current government of President Maduro collapses. Being proactive.

- WORLD: We are faced with the highest number of displaced people on the record. More than half of the world’s refugees come from Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia. I highly recommend new OCHA report on understanding the nexus between climate change & conflict from the humanitarian perspective. Without sounding like an alarmist, we haven’t seen anything yet.

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