Archive for ‘Middle East’


Unless We Act Now, Millions of Children ‘Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change’

Human Wrongs Watch

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence, 160 million live in high drought severity areas. Of the 530 million children in the flood-prone zones, some 300 million live in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty – on less than $3.10 a day – UNICEF.


Source: UNICEF

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 November 2015 – More  than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the impacts of climate change, UNICEF said* in a report released ahead of the 21st United Nations climate change conference, known as COP21.

Of those living in high drought severity areas, 50 million are in countries where more than half the population lives in poverty.


Paris: A Sense of Proportions Is Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

24 November 2015

For more than a week after the terrorist attacks in Paris on 13 November, every television news program of any kind was completely dominated by non-stop day-and-night coverage of the “breaking news”.


**Paris Shootings – The day after | French police gathering evidence at the Bataclan theatre on 14 November | Source: Paris Shootings : The day after | Author: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène from Paris, France | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

The attacks, in which 130 people were killed and 80-99 seriously injured, were presented by our mass media with such a concentration of hysteria that they blotted out every other type of news from the public consciousness.


Corporate Imperialism – The Only Reason for GMOs

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva*

23 November 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service


Prof. Vandana Shiva

“Here’s what I’ll do as President. I’ll immediately implement Country of Origin Labeling because Americans should know where their food comes from. And we’ll let folks know whether their food has been genetically modified because Americans should know what they’re buying,” US President Barack Obama

President Obama’s campaign promise reassured the American people President Obama was on their side, looking out for their basic right to safe food.

As his second term comes closer to an end, President Obama’s promise to protect American people from the established and yet-unknown effects of genetically modified food, lies un-fulfilled.

What happened between the campaign trail and the taking of office? Did Obama change his mind on the importance of letting Americans know what they are eating?

The President’s and the First Family’s food is organic. He has not changed his mind but his window to fulfil his promise of 2007 is closing fast.


More Countries Want More Babies

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, November 2015 (IPS) – Concerned with the consequences of demographic decline and population aging, especially with respect to economic growth, national defense and pensions and health care for the elderly, a growing number of governments are seeking to raise birth rates.


Source: United Nations Population Division.

Whereas nearly 40 years ago 13 countries had policies to raise fertility, today the number has increased four-fold to 56, representing more than one-third of the world’s population.

The most recent and largest addition to this pronatalist group of countries, which includes Australia, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Spain and Turkey, is China.


“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities, settler-related violence, and demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures’

Human Wrongs Watch

Nearly 12 months after the launch of the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People with the aim of generating global engagement on ‘the Question of Palestine,’ security and hope in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, remain at a “very low point,” observed UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson on 23 November 2015.*


Israeli forces and a newly installed metal detector on the corner of Al Wad Street, in Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: Mya Guarnieri/IRIN

“We continue to witness illegal settlement activities and settler-related violence. Demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures have continued, including punitive demolitions…

“…Such policies and actions are directly contrary to the Government of Israel’s stated intention to pursue a two-State solution,” said Eliasson in his remarks to a special meeting of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People ahead of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, marked annually on 29 November.


16 Days to “Orange the World” – UNiTE to End Violence against Women

Human Wrongs Watch

24 November 2015 (UN Women)* – This year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November and the UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign’s 16 days call for action are focused on strategies to prevent violence against women and girls.
places around the world lit orange.

Source: UN Women

The Issue

A staggering one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime—a pandemic of global proportions.

Unlike an illness, however, perpetrators and even entire societies choose to commit violence—and can choose to stop.

Violence is not inevitable. It can be prevented.

But it’s not as straightforward as eradicating a virus. There is no vaccine, medication or cure. And there is no one single reason for why it happens.

As such, prevention strategies should be holistic, with multiple interventions undertaken in parallel in order to have long-lasting and permanent effects.


90% of Disasters Are Weather-related – UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

A new report issued on 23 November 2015 by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) shows that over the last twenty years, 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by 6,457 recorded floods, storms, heat waves, droughts and other weather-related events.


Recurring drought and rapid urbanization have brought about humanitarian challenges in Kenya | Source: UN

The report, entitled The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters finds that the five countries hit by the highest number of disasters are the United States, China, India, Philippines, and Indonesia.


Violence In and By Paris: Any Way Out?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 23 November 2015- TRANSCEND Media Service – The atrocity in Paris seems to trigger the word “terrorism” with a higher frequency than ever, in the media, from the politicians.


Johan Galtung

Doing so, they sign their intellectual capitulation: trust me, I am not going to try to understand anything.

Watching politicians on 56 US TV channels in Georgia there was not a single word analyzing why?; like underlying conflicts and traumas.

Nor conciliation and solution.

Only a description of what?, the horrible violence. And what to do: more violence, war.

With a question mark though: Will it work?

The whole Western world was living up to the old French saying  Cet animal est très méchant, quand on le bat, il se defend. (That animal is very vicious, when you beat it, it defends itself).


Book Review: Aurelio Peccei and Daisako Ikeda, “Before It Is Too Late”

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

23 November 2015

This book was published in 1984 in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. Far from being our of date, it is even more urgently relevant today than when it was published. It is a dialogue between two great men, Aurelio Peccei and Daisaku Ikeda. Their greatness is both moral and intellectual.


**Aurelio Peccei (1976) | Author: Koen Suyk / Anefo | Nationaal Archief | Wikimedia Commons

Aurelio Peccei (1908-1984) was the principal founder of the Club of Rome, an organization whose 1972 report, “Limits to Growth” first called to the world’s attention the impossibility of constantly-increasing economic growth on a finite planet.

The second author, Daisaku Ikeda (1928- ), is the founding President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a 12-million-strong lay Buddhist organization with members in 192 countries or regions.


***Daisaku Ikeda at Soka University, Tokyo, May 2010 | Author: Rukomii. | Wikipedia Commons

The Japanese words “Soka Gakkai” mean “Value-Creating Education”, and the members of SGI are strongly committed to working for peace, international understanding, and the complete abolition of nuclear weapons.


American Media: Islamic State’s Devoted Public Relations Team

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert Bridge*

21 November 2015 (RT) – With every new manifestation of global terrorism, Western media outlets are dutifully serving as the mouthpiece for Islamic State, promoting its mad message and crazed claims without ever scrutinizing the group’s dubious origins.

**Flowers and candles. People standing in a line to write condolences in front of French embassy in Moscow | 15 November 2015 | Author: Stolbovsky | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license | Wikimedia Commons

Ever since Russia opened its bombing campaign against Islamic State forces in Syria all hell has broken loose on the planet.

On Oct. 31, a Russian Airbus was brought down by an explosive device over the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224.

On Nov. 12, a bomb exploded in Beirut, Lebanon killing dozens.

On Friday the 13th Paris was hit by a string of terrorist attacks against public venues that left 129 dead and 352 wounded.


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