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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.”

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.

27/07/2015

The Need for a New Economic System – PART II: Entropy and Economics

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

Introduction

Part I (Limits to Growth) of this series of articles documented the world’s urgent need for a reformed economic system. Here are a few more links that underline the pressing need for change.

**Global energy potential. Comparison of renewable and conventional planetary energy reserves and sources. While renewables display their power potential in terawatts (TW) with the corresponding annual amount of energy, conventional sources display their total recoverable energy reserves in terawatt-years (TW-yr). | Author: Rfassbind | Wikimedia Commons

**Global energy potential. Comparison of renewable and conventional planetary energy reserves and sources. While renewables display their power potential in terawatts (TW) with the corresponding annual amount of energy, conventional sources display their total recoverable energy reserves in terawatt-years (TW-yr). | Author: Rfassbind | Wikimedia Commons

We urgently need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy if we are to avoid a tipping point after which human efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change will be futile because feedback loops will have taken over.

25/07/2015

The Need for a New Economic System – PART I : Limits to Growth

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

25 July 2015

Introduction: The need for reform

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed. The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic.

**Coalbrookdale by Night by Philip James de Loutherbourg, painted 1801. This shows Madeley Wood (or Bedlam) Furnaces, which belonged to the Coalbrookdale Company from 1776 to 1796. | Depicted place: Madeley Wood Furnaces, Coalbrookdale | Wikimedia Commons

**Coalbrookdale by Night by Philip James de Loutherbourg, painted 1801. This shows Madeley Wood (or Bedlam) Furnaces, which belonged to the Coalbrookdale Company from 1776 to 1796. | Depicted place: Madeley Wood Furnaces, Coalbrookdale | Wikimedia Commons

There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions which led to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinctions, during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

20/07/2015

Close Your Eyes and Imagine an Arctic Sanctuary

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sophie Allain*

This is a story about the frozen ocean at the top of our planet. It’s wild and untouched, and at the moment it’s owned by everyone and no-one. This is the Arctic high seas, the wild west of the high north, and our global commons.

Credit: Greenpeace/Alex Yallop

Credit: Greenpeace/Alex Yallop

But the sea ice is melting and soon the Arctic will be like other oceans for much of the year – open water exposed to exploitation and industry.

The resources that for thousands of years have been locked up by ice will soon become accessible, and the vultures are circling for the fish and oil.

20/07/2015

Why Social Protection Holds the Key to Fighting HungerSurce

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) highlights 5 positive impacts of social protection measures.*

Source: FAO

What happens when money is given directly to people living in dire conditions? Will children be better nourished? Will families be more productive or will they become dependent? Will economies grow stronger?

Today, some 70 percent of the world population, most of which live in rural areas, have no access to adequate social protection measures.

14/07/2015

Iran Talks Spur Lucrative US Defense Contracts in Middle East

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dmitry Babich*

13 July 2015 (RT)* The P5+1 has yet to clinch a deal with Iran on its nuclear program, but US arms suppliers are already using the talks as an excuse for massive rearmament of some of the most belligerent states in the Middle East. 

**Clockwise from top: Delta Force of Task Force 20 alongside troops of 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, at Uday Hussain and Qusay Hussein's hideout.; Iraqi insurgents in northern Iraq; an Iraqi insurgent firing a MANPADS; the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdos Square. | Author: Futuretrillionaire | Wikimedia Commons

**Clockwise from top: Delta Force of Task Force 20 alongside troops of 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, at Uday Hussain and Qusay Hussein’s hideout.; Iraqi insurgents in northern Iraq; an Iraqi insurgent firing a MANPADS; the toppling of the Saddam Hussein statue in Firdos Square. | Author: Futuretrillionaire | Wikimedia Commons

Saudi Arabia, which, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, spent $80 billion on weapons last year (more than the nuclear powers France or Britain), will most likely get 10 Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters from the United Technologies Corp. (USA).

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