Archive for June, 2011

30/06/2011

The Huge, Inhuman Power of The Real ‘War Lords’

By Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch

Politicians in rich countries use to cry to the sky and tear their hair out, warning against migrants and refugees’ alleged extraordinary threats and exceptional danger, while blaming them for all the troubles that their obedience to the “market lords” and the “war lords” has been causing.

For many Palestinians, it all started in 1948 | Wikimedia Commons

In this, politicians have a strong ally–the so-called mainstream media which are always ready to pick up the gauntlet, revelling in the dissemination of such alarm among citizens already depressed by the misdoings of their politicians.

Maistream media, however, randomly tell of the huge ammount of money that the military establisehments all over the world do spend. Did you know that you spend 236 dollars on the military power game?

30/06/2011

One’s Own Death As A Tool For Struggle

Human Wrongs Watch | Presenzza

By Pía Figueroa*

Credit: Equipo Base Newen

Many are those who throughout history have not found a way out the conflicts imposed by the conditions of social injustice, and have resorted to self-immolation as a form of denunciation and struggle. With their own suicide they seek to awaken in others a sense of solidarity with the powerless, to open the way for the collective modification of the conditions of oppression.

Santiago, 29/06/11 When many people attempt suicide – or represent it in a playful and dramatic way in the street – they are denouncing a system that continues to close the future of a whole generation.

29/06/2011

98% of All Hungry People Live In The Third World

Human Wrongs Watch

High food prices are here to stay, and their impact on the poor in developing countries who spend a high proportion of their income on food can be devastating”

Street Child, Bangladesh | Wikimedia Commons

Their number exceeds one billion and up to 98% of them live in developing countries.

They are the hungry people who have to add to their sufferance the very fact that food prices continue to increase, with no hope that they decline, and the so-called developed countries international continue to dump millions of tons of fresh food in the sea, blindly obeying the ‘market lords’ diktat.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) did need to say this, but it did: food prices are literally a matter of life and death, especially for the poorest of the poor, who already spend anywhere from 80% to 90% of their income on food.

27/06/2011

The Outliers And The Nuclear Bayonets The World Is Sitting On

Human Wrongs Watch | InDepthNews

By Jayantha Dhanapala*

‘Napoleon is said to have remarked: “Bayonets are wonderful! One can do anything with them except sit on them!”. Today’s bayonets are nuclear weapons; and we are actually sitting on them.’

WASHINGTON D.C. — One definition of an outlier, in the original field of statistics from where the term has come, is “one that appears to deviate markedly from other members of the sample in which it occurs.”

Jayantha Dhanapala

Thus, in a world where the global norm is membership of the Treaty for the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), nuclear weapon armed states outside the NPT have been referred to as the outliers.

24/06/2011

Can Nepal Feed Itself?

New method of rice cultivation doubles harvests with less water and less seeds. 

Credit: Rubeena Mahato

Human Wrongs Watch

By Rubeena Mahato, Kaiilali, Nepali Times*

It sounds too good to be true. Lalku Katharia, a farmer in Lalbojhi of Kailali has doubled his rice harvest from half the seeds he used last year. He did this  without even needing to flood his fields with scarce irrigation water.

23/06/2011

Watch The Sky–It May Rain Atomic Bombs

By Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch

There are no weather forecasts for that, so you must do it by yourself. Just watch the sky every time you can as it might rain atomic bombs. It is not about any fiction tall– a technical problem, a new virus or a hiker attack, could order drones (unmanned aircrafts) to empty their full-of-nuclear-weapons’ stomach on your head.

Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile | Wikimedia Commons

Here you are the story. Apparently not content with being the most powerful war machine on earth, the U.S. almighty military reportedly needs now an additional huge amount of money to “modernise” its weapons of mass destruction (WMD), specifically nuclear weapons.

According to fresh reports from Washington on mid June, the U.S military would be putting pressure on the Congress to allocate some 750 billion dollars overone decade for such purpose.

Out of this figure, this U.S. taxpayers money would be spent over on maintaining  the military nuclear arsenals (54 billions a year, 540 billion in ten years), and producing more ‘efficient’ nuclear weapons of mass destruction, new submarines and missiles… and new drones carrying atomic heads ready to kill any time by remote control. 

17/06/2011

‘Nuclear Banks, No Thanks!’

U.S. Three Mile Island nuclear power plant, scenario of 1979 nuclear accident | Wikimedia Commons

HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Nuclear power is not only the most controversial and dangerous form of energy generation, it is also one of the most expensive, Greenpeace International reports.

Until now, little was known about banks’ contributions to the nuclear sector. While most large commercial banks provide figures on their annual investments into renewable energy, they prefer to keep the billions of euros they pour into the nuclear industry secret.

15/06/2011

U.S. ‘Freedom’ For Iraq Devours The Lives Of 15 Million Children

Soldier and Iraqi Children | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

‘In the 1970s, Iraq was one of the best countries in the Middle East and North Africa to be a child, but due to decades of war and neglect, it has become one of the worst,says Kadhum Al-Sahir, UNICEF ambassador to Iraq.

Referring unofficially to the consequences of the US-led invasion and military occupation in 2003, called ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’, Al Shair said that  ‘Iraq’s children have endured incredible hardship over the last couple of decades, with hundreds of thousands suffering from the brutal effects of violence and inhumane deprivation.’

The UNICEF ambassador to Iraq mentioned some of the major issues facing Iraq’s 15 million children: 

12/06/2011

Who Is Afraid of 300 Or 400 Or 500 Million Miserables?

Darfur Refugees Camp in Chad | Wikipedia Commons

By Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch

There is a nation that does not appear on any map, has no name, no religion, and no borders nor laws. It is ruled by unidentified pundits and nobody recognises it.

Its peoples were not born in the same land; neither do they know each other. But they are all hard workers and they certainly enrich the first world, the second world, the third world,… and the international banking system.

11/06/2011

Save The Planet? Just Eat Cars, Drink Fuel!

By Baher Kamal | HUMAN WRONGS WATCH

Bus run on biodiesel - US Energy Depart.| Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Apparently every body is keen to save the planet Earth. But hardly a few ever think of changing lifestyle which is too heavily based on an over-consumption of energy and so many other things.

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