Archive for ‘Market Lords’

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

28/07/2015

Israel Sees Nazism in Mirror it Mistakes for Window

Human Wrongs Watch

By David Swanson* 

27 July 2015 – Israel is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.

Jewish settlers attacking Palestinian lady. Palestine. Photo from Middle East Monitor.

Jewish settlers attacking Palestinian lady as Israeli soldiers look passively. Palestine. Photo from Middle East Monitor. | davidswanson.org| TRANSCEND Media Service

Meanwhile, Mike Huckabee declares that making peace with Iran amounts to marching Israelis “to the door of the oven.”

Guess which of the two stories will get more coverage!

A crime of over 70 years ago, part of a war that in my unscientific estimate forms the single most common theme of U.S. historical fiction — whether print or film — is more important news in the view of U.S. editors than is a crime of right now.

27/07/2015

Radically New Context for Water and Food Security – Report

Human Wrongs Watch

16 July 2015, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)* – Water resources are scarce in relation to a booming demand, and their availability varies significantly. Global warming means changes in precipitation patterns with prolonged periods of extremes. Droughts that last for years represent society’s new normal.

Food Waste

Source: SIWI

Together with continuous demographic change and shifts in food habits, a radically new context for water and food security and human dignity has evolved. Unexpected and unwanted paradoxes have to be recognized and managed.

We live in a richer, fatter world. Supported by official statistics and results from frontline research, the report Water, Food Security and Human Dignity shows that the increase in global food supply was about 30 per cent higher than population growth during recent decades.

Undernourishment has been reduced drastically. On the other hand, overweight and obesity increased far more rapidly as compared to the reduction of undernourishment.

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