Archive for ‘Asia’

17/09/2014

Of Blessing and Cursing

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with anthropologist and social scientist Ariel James*, by Baher Kamal

Science has advanced so much that we can split the atom, manipulate the genetic code, and produce synthetic cells. However, contemporary science has not fully understood how the brain works, and above all, how do work our senses of identity, consciousness and morality.

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**Image: Da Vinci Studies of Embryos | Photography Luc Viatour | Photography *own work http://www.lucnix.be | Credit: Luc Viatour / http://www.Lucnix.be | Wikimedia Commons

Currently there is a debate about the way in which the brain is responsible to organize our moral sentiments and value judgments.

Human Wrongs Watch interviewed Ariel James, anthropologist and a researcher in the field of moral cognition who is dedicated to investigating if we are moral beings by nature or just a byproduct of cultural learning. James is the author of the recent essay “The Meaning of Moral Faculty”(2014), which investigates how and why human beings have a strong sense for justice, cooperation and solidarity. 

17/09/2014

Hurricanes, Quakes, Tornadoes Displace 22 Million People in 2013, Three Times More Than Wars

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today* (RT) 17 September 2014 – Some 22 million people were displaced by natural disasters in 2013 – three times more than from conflicts and wars. Asia became the displacement ‘hotspot’, accounting for over 80 percent of those affected.
Aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Meulaboh, Sumatra, Indonesia | Source: United States Navy | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Meulaboh, Sumatra, Indonesia | Source: United States Navy | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Currently, twice as many people are displaced than there were in the 1970s, researchers stated.

The main cause behind the surge in numbers is the rapid urbanization, with the growth and concentration of urban populations, especially in “vulnerable countries.”

“This increasing trend will continue as more and more people live and work in hazard-prone areas. <…> More people today are exposed and vulnerable,” Jan Egeland said.

What’s more, this kind of displacement is “expected to be aggravated in the future by the impacts of climate change,” Egeland added.

17/09/2014

‘Say No to War and Media Propaganda’, Mairead Corrigan Maguire , Nobel Peace Laureate

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service – While US/UK/NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war, resulting in the death of untold millions of people.

NATO’s decision in Wales in September, to create a new 4,000 strong rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the Baltic is a dangerous path for us all to be forced down, and could well lead to a third world war if not stopped.   What is needed now is cool heads and people of wisdom and not more guns, more weapons, more war.

NATO is the leadership which has been causing the ongoing wars from the present conflict in the Ukraine, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and others.

17/09/2014

Economic Growth Possible Even While Tackling Climate Change — Report

 Human Wrongs Watch

Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released on 16 September 2014 by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time.

By absorbing much of the added heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases, the oceans are delaying some of the impacts of climate change. Photo: WMO/Olga Khoroshunova

“Yes, it is possible to have better growth and better climate. Yes, it is possible to create jobs and reduce poverty and at the same time reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our future. Yes, it is possible, but we need to make some fundamental changes and smart choices,” said former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón at a UN Headquarters press conference.*

16/09/2014

The Long Shadows of History

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*, 115 September 2014 – TRANSCEND Media Service – As Carl Gustav Jung said, and the Chinese before him–the shadows are long and dark. Jumping does not help, they follow us. Thus, the USA is wrong in believing that they can get away with the misdeeds of the past, that people will forget; they are not historians.

Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung

Moreover, when done by the USA, deeds are not evil, at worst “tragic”, and not only for the victims but also for the perpetrators accused.

Take Ferguson, Mo. and the militarization of the US police.

The s-word “slavery” is whispered in the shadows (and shouted in books like Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams, Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom).

It was forced labor to put it mildly, with chains and whips.

And in the world No. 1 in prisoners, the USA, we find a disproportionate number of blacks for petty crimes on forced labor with chains–sold to employers; prisons even on the stock exchange.

Take the indigenous, the g-word “genocide” is whispered, and the e-word is shouted in G. C. Anderson Ethnic Cleansing and the Indian.

16/09/2014

World Hunger Falls, But Number of Undernourished Remains ‘Unacceptably High’ – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

More than 800 million people – or one in every nine on the planet – suffer from hunger, but a new joint UN agency report released on 16 September 2014stated that the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of undernourished people by 2015 is still within reach.

A worker weeding in a nursery in Back Kan, Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas

The State of Food Insecurity in the World report released in Rome by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP), confirmed a positive trend, which has seen the number of hungry people decline globally by more than 100 million over the last decade and by more than 200 million since 1990-92.*

“China alone has reduced the number of undernourished people by 138 million in this period, while the 10 countries that have achieved greatest success in reducing the total number of hungry people in proportion to their national population are: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Cuba, Georgia, Ghana, Kuwait, Saint Vincent and Grenadines, Thailand and Venezuela,” FAO said in a press release.

15/09/2014

Cooperatives Get Down to a Win-Win Business

Human Wrongs Watch

By ILO*, 15 September 2014 — Together, cooperative enterprises constitute a major part of the world’s economy. Latest research suggests that the largest 1,500 or so cooperative firms have a combined turnover of US$2.5 trillion. 
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Image: UN

Image: UN

 
And in the business world, cooperative enterprises are flexing their executive muscle. Perhaps the most significant example comes from Australia, where the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM) was formed in 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives.
BCCM brings together a wide range of cooperative businesses, ranging from grain handlers and dairy producers, to member-owned retailers and credit unions.
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15/09/2014

Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

 Human Wrongs Watch

Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse.

Photo: OCHA Myanmar. More than 100,000 Rohingya have been displaced

Photo: OCHA Myanmar. More than 100,000 Rohingya have been displaced

In this briefing, IRIN breaks down some of the questions about a group of people that has been called one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Who are the Rohingya?

Approximately 800,000 Rohingyas live in Myanmar. Tens of thousands have fled in recent decades to Malaysia, up to half a million to neighbouring Bangladesh, and an unknown number are scattered from Thailand, to India, to Saudi Arabia.

15/09/2014

Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kendra Ulrich*, 15 September, 2014 Greenpeace — Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year.

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry, and an inspiring lesson for people across the globe. The future can indeed be free of the threat of another Fukushima disaster.

One year ago today, the last commercial nuclear reactor operating in Japan was shutdown. It joined the other 47 nuclear reactors that had been idled for most of the period since the devastating Fukushima catastrophe in March 2011.

15/09/2014

Sharks, Manta Ray, Protected — International Trade, Regulated

Human Wrongs Watch

Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect.

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Photo: CITES

“Regulating international trade in these shark and manta ray species is critical to their survival and is a very tangible way of helping to protect the biodiversity of our oceans,” said John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in a press release.*

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