Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

10/02/2016

Norwegian Energy Minister: We Will Drill until Gas Reserves Run Out

Human Wrongs Watch

EurActiv.com by James Crisp*

8 February 2016 – Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EurActiv in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Tord Lien  [OED/Scanpix] | Source: EurActiv

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He also discussed Norway’s successful renewables sector, climate change, and trade – but was less forthcoming on what a post-Brexit UK could learn from his non-EU country.

Tord Lien is Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy. Norway is a major supplier of natural gas to the EU, which views it as a bridge fuel towards a low-carbon future and an important part of its efforts to bolster the bloc’s energy security.

10/02/2016

Violence Is a Preventable Disease

Human Wrongs Watch

Nobel Peace Laureate*

BELFAST, 9 February 2016 (IPS) – The World Health Organization has said that ‘Violence is a preventable disease’ and people are not born violent, rather we all live in cultures of violence. This can be changed through nonviolent peacemaking and the persuit of ‘just peace’ and nurturing of cultures of peace.

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Mairead Maguire, a peace activist from Northern Ireland is a 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate

In Northern Ireland for over thirty years we faced violence from all sides, as we lived in a deep ethnic/political conflict.

This violence only ended when everyone acknowledged that militarism and paramilitarism could not solve our human problems, and only through unconditional, all inclusive dialogue and negotiations could we reach a political agreement based on nonviolence, forgiveness, compromise and cooperation.

We spoke ‘to our enemies’ and made peace with them, because we recognized that without peace nothing is possible, and with peace, everything is possible.

We also began to tackle the root causes of our violence, by painstakingly making policy changes.

09/02/2016

“Alarming” Food Security and Malnutrition in Somalia – Report

Human Wrongs Watch

According to a new United Nations food security and nutrition assessment, the situation in Somalia is alarming and could get worse, especially in parts of Puntland and Somaliland, which have been hard hit by drought exacerbated by El Niño.

A mother cradles her malnourished and dehydrated baby at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu 2011. UN Photo/Stuart Price (file)

“We are deeply concerned that the proportion of severely food insecure people remains alarmingly high, especially people who are unable to meet their daily food needs. Some 3.7 million people will be acutely food insecure through mid-2016. With severe drought conditions intensifying in Puntland and Somaliland, many more people risk relapsing into crisis,” on 8 February 2016 said Peter de Clercq, the Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia, in a press release.

07/02/2016

‘Migration and Multilateralism Will Be Hallmarks of 2016’

Human Wrongs Watch

The world is facing a political, economic, moral and social crisis as governments and communities struggle to provide effective solutions for the unprecedented numbers of people fleeing war, instability or persecution, the top United Nations migration official on 5 February 2016 said, calling for deceive multilateral action to tackle “the global issues lurking behind today’s vast movement of people.”

Local volunteer groups help provide hot meals for the increasing numbers of refugees and migrants arriving in Calais, France. Photo: UNHCR/ V. Cochetel

The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, said today in Geneva that 2016 “is the year of migration and multilateralism,” and that series of comprehensive initiatives is needed to drive home – and effectively address – the global nature of the issue.

07/02/2016

What We’ve Learned from Fifty Years of Saudi Arms Deals

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Flickr/airwolfhound, CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source: openDemocracy

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In December 1965, the government of Saudi Arabia signed a ‘Letter of Intent’, confirming its desire to buy arms from UK companies as part of the Saudi Arabian Air Defence Scheme.

The letter paved the way for the purchase of “Forty Lightning fighter jets and twenty-five Jet Provost training aircraft from BAC [the British Aircraft Corporation]; nine radar stations from Associated Electrical Industries (AEI) and training, logistics and other support services from Airwork.”

07/02/2016

After 20 Years, Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Still in Political Limbo

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, 5 December 2016 (IPS) – After nine years in office, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will step down in December perhaps without achieving one of his more ambitious and elusive political goals: ensuring the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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(Image by The Official CTBTO Photostream – flickr.com) | Source: Pressenza

“This year marks 20 years since it has been open for signature,” he said last week, pointing out that the recent nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – the fourth since 2006 — was “deeply destabilizing for regional security and seriously undermines international non-proliferation efforts.”

07/02/2016

National Security or National Paranoia? How Europe Is Policing Itself into Despotism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Catherine Shakdam*

6 February 2016 (RT) – A former beacon of human rights and civil liberties, Europe has become its own worst enemy, as governments exploit and engineer fears to expand their control and oversight. In this descent towards national paranoia France is leading the pack.
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© UNHCR/F.Scoppa | A young boy lights a fire outside his tent in the Grande Synthe Jungle. | UNHCR concerned about conditions in Calais and Dunkerque

Ever since terror rose its demonic face, world democracies have lived under a semi-permanent state of alert awaiting the proverbial clash of civilization, politicians, officials, and at times intellectuals, warned would inevitably take place should heads of states fail to legislate against the elusive evil of radicalization.

07/02/2016

The Urgent Need for Complete Abolition of Nuclear Weapons

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By John Scales Avery*

On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 in the morning, an atomic bomb was exploded in the air over the city of Hiroshima in an already-defeated Japan. The force of the explosion was equivalent to twenty thousand tons of T.N.T.. Out of a city of two hundred and fifty thousand people, almost one hundred thousand were killed by the bomb; and another hundred thousand were hurt.

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No more Hiroshimas, no more Nagasakis. On 11:02 on 9 August 1945, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Nearly everything around it was incinerated by a wall of heat up | Source: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons-ICAN

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In some places, near the center of the city, people were completely vaporized, so that only their shadows on the pavement marked the places where they had been.

Many people who were not killed by the blast or by burns from the explosion, were trapped under the wreckage of their houses. Unable to move, they were burned to death in the fire which followed.

02/02/2016

Meanwhile Around the World: Problems-Remedies

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By Johan Galtung*

 Jondal-Hardanger-Norway, 1 February 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service

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Johan Galtung

Let us have a look, and see what can be done.

[1]     Economies. NYSE is falling; China is consuming, with problems; the West blames China, not itself, for all.

The truth is over-reliance on one commodity, oil-gas, hitting vulnerable economies doubly.

Steep fall in price: $120-130 to $30-20, close to 1973 from $1 to $10.

Steep fall in demand for that globally toxic product; a sign of rationality (but, the other globally toxic product, derivatives for speculation?)

The currencies of oil-producers tumble. stocks fall; in Norway to the tune of half the state budget in three weeks (Finansavisen 21Jan 2016).

And over-reliance on trade with vulnerable economies.

Remedies: To become less vulnerable, through [1] more self-reliance nationally and locally, indeed for basic needs like food, [2] fully-fledged economies with primary-secondary-tertiary-quaternary (care for people and nature) sectors. Simple, sustainable rules.

02/02/2016

Nuclear Weapons and Nuclearism: Abolish or Be Abolished

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jan Oberg – Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research*

1 February 2016

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Jan Oberg

The nuclear age is an age of terror

Nuclear weapons are the ultimate weapons of terror. You can’t use them without killing millions of innocent people.

Targetting innocent people, people who are not part of a conflict, is a central defining characteristics of terrorism.

That’s why the world’s governments decades ago decided to work for general and complete disarmament – i.e. for nuclear abolition – in the spirit too of Alfred Nobel.

As a matter of fact, the first UN General Assembly resolution of January 24, 1946 established a Security Council tasked with achieving ‘the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other weapons adaptable to mass destruction.’ 

70 years ago!!

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