30/07/2015

These Are the Videos the Tuna Industry Doesn’t Want You to See

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Hocevar* 

30 July 2015 – This week, Greenpeace USA released five new video testimonials from Pacific tuna fishermen detailing the horrible conditions they’ve worked under. The interviews – conducted in a South Pacific port earlier this year – reveal incidents of abuse, inadequate or nonexistent pay, food and sleep deprivation and even murder.

Greenpeace

Greenpeace

As investigation after investigation after investigation continue to expose the poor state of the fishing industry, it’s becoming clearer than ever that consumers can’t trust the seafood they are feeding their families.

In the case of these particular fisherman, the horrific human rights abuses at sea are directly connected to the tuna industry, confirming that tuna companies have major work to do in order to clean up their supply chains and win back the trust of their customers.

Watch these stories of abuse at sea

Trigger warning: these videos contain descriptions of violence that may be disturbing to some viewers.

Fishermen are often subject to bullying or intimidation for speaking up, meaning the harrowing stories captured below are hard to come by.

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30/07/2015

‘Power Loss, Aviation Disruption, Radiation’: UK Warns Solar Storms Could Wreak Havoc

Human Wrongs Watch

29 July 2015 (RT)* – The UK government has warned of potentially damaging effects of coronal mass ejections, solar flares and other severe space weather, in a new report published by the Cabinet Office.
**Image: Artist's impression of "the oldest star of our Galaxy": HE 1523-0901 | About 13.2 billion years old | Author: ESO, European Southern Observatory | Wikimedia Commons

**Image: Artist’s impression of “the oldest star of our Galaxy”: HE 1523-0901 | About 13.2 billion years old | Author: ESO, European Southern Observatory | Wikimedia Commons

“Solar activity can produce x-rays, high-energy particles and coronal mass ejections of plasma. Where such activity is directed towards Earth there is the potential to cause wide-ranging impacts. These include power loss, aviation disruption, communication loss, and disturbance to (or loss of) satellite systems,” says the report, called Space Weather Preparedness Strategy.

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30/07/2015

Same Planet, 8.5 Billion Inhabitants by 2030, 9.7 Billion by 2050, 11 Billion by …

Human Wrongs Watch

The world’s population is projected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030, 9.7 billion by 2050 and exceed 11 billion in 2100, with India expected to surpass China as the most populous around seven years from now and Nigeria overtaking the United States to become the world’s third largest country around 35 years from now, according to a new United Nations report released on 29 July 2015.

© Wim Bouden/UNDP Peru

© Wim Bouden/UNDP Peru

Moreover, the report reveals that during the 2015-2050 period, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated in nine countries: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the United States, Indonesia and Uganda.

Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, whose department produced the 2015 Revision of World Population Prospects, the 24th round of official UN population estimates and projections, noted that understanding the demographic changes that are likely to unfold over the coming years “is key to the design and implementation of the new development agenda.”

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29/07/2015

Tiger Day Is about More than Just Saving Tigers

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shuk-Wah Chung*

29 July 2015 — The lion may be the king of the jungle, but it’s the tiger that holds mystique and charisma. From the Chinese zodiac, to Buddhism, and even Rocky Balboa (cue trumpets), the largest of the cat species has been a symbol of strength and power throughout history and across cultures.

Greenpeace

Greenpeace

But unfortunately, the survival of these majestic beasts is in danger.

Today, there are only 3,200 tigers living in the wild globally; and very recently it was announced that there are only 100 tigers left in Bangladesh’s largest mangrove forest. Continue reading

29/07/2015

Morocco: The Forgotten Frontline of the Migrant Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

Morocco has become a choke point for sub-Saharan African migrants aiming to reach Europe, pinched by the Moroccan and Spanish governments working together to halt the flow across the Mediterranean. In this multimedia special, IRIN talks to the migrants determined to cross, playing cat-and-mouse with the authorities, and explores Morocco’s role as outsourced “Gendarme” for Europe.
Source: IRIN

Source: IRIN

By Obinna Anyadike*

29 Juy 2015 (IRIN)* – It’s late afternoon on the forested slopes of Mount Selouane. In single file or knots of friends, young West African men are trudging down the hillside to the dusty, dishevelled outskirts of the Moroccan village of Shadia.

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29/07/2015

Human Trafficking – Labour Migration: The Dark Side of the Coin

Human Wrongs Watch

A new International Labour Organization (ILO) study exposes the pitfalls of labour migration for women domestic workers both within India and abroad and provides policy-makers and service providers with deeper insight into the nature of forced labour and trafficking in the region.

© B. Patel / ILO

© B. Patel / ILO

New Delhi, 29 July 2015 –  (ILO)* – Jameela, a 50-year old Indian woman, needed money to support her family. She didn’t think she would find much, if any, funds close to home.

She got in touch with an agent who arranged for her to leave Mallapuram, Kerala in southwest India to work abroad.

Upon leaving India, she, like many female labour migrants, had only a very minimal understanding of the working conditions at her destination. It didn’t turn out as she had hoped.

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29/07/2015

The Nuclear Age in Six Movements

By International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons*

27 July 2015 – This beautifully animated short film traces the history of the nuclear age, from the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb to the present efforts to achieve a treaty banning all nuclear weapons.

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Poignant and uplifting, it is both an educational resource and a work of art. It is dedicated to all hibakusha everywhere.

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29/07/2015

IS: Neither Islamic nor State, But Is It a Caliphate?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mamoon Alabbasi*

27 July 2015, Middle East Eye – Observers argue that IS is neither Islamic nor a state, but what legacy would it have as a ‘caliphate’ compared to some of its predecessors?

An Islamic astronomical instrument (from the book cover of ‘The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization,’ written by Jonathan Lyons) | Source: Middle East Eye

Militants who named their group the Islamic State (IS), after capturing territory in Iraq and Syria, have had their brand challenged on two fronts: they are seen as neither Islamic nor a state.

Mainstream Islamic scholars have lashed out at the militant group’s use of religious terminology, seeking to refute its claims to faith by contrasting them to traditional practices of the Prophet Mohamed as well as placing theological references in historical context.

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29/07/2015

‘Libya is McDonalds for US’: How Gaddafi’s ‘Pro-democracy’ Son Stood Up against the West

Human Wrongs Watch

29 July 2015 (RT)* – Once hailed by the West as a ‘proponent of change,’ the son of Libya’s slain leader Muammar Gaddafi has been sentenced to death by the self-proclaimed government in Tripoli. RT looks back at Saif Gaddafi’s life and interviews.

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was sentenced to capital punishment in absentia on Tuesday along with several other members of the country’s former government.

The trial, which lasted just two days, was conducted in Tripoli by an unrecognized Islamist government that came to power after forcing the rival government out of the Libyan capital.

A militia group from the town of Zintan is currently holding Saif and it’s unclear if the group will agree to give him up in order for the death sentence to be carried out.

Despite never having occupied any official positions in the Libyan government, Saif was the second most recognized person in the country and persistently denied claims that he was his father’s most likely successor.

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29/07/2015

Revolting World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

There is much that is revolting about the current world and Andre Vltchek, Christopher Black and Peter Koenig are well placed to document it, which they have done in their new book The World Order and Revolution! Essays from the Resistance‘.

 Andre Vltchek

Andre Vltchek

Using a combination of political, legal and economic analyses, Vltchek, Black and Koenig carefully strip away the façade that the corporate media presents to us, and which the imperial elite wants us to believe, so that we can see some of the ugly, underlying truth about our world.

Investigative journalist, philosopher and film-maker Andre Vltchek, international criminal lawyer Christopher Black and geopolitical analyst and former World Bank economist Peter Koenig each bring many years of deep engagement resisting the US-European empire to provide unusual insight into the depth of its depravity.

But if you still believe that politics involves principles, the law is about justice, economics is concerned with the equitable distribution of resources and the military is about defence, then I recommend you avoid reading this book.

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