17/10/2018

The Importance of Alternative Media

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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John Scales Avery

The Superficiality of Today’s Television

Social critic Neil Postman contrasted the futures predicted in Nineteen Eighty-Fourand Brave New Worldin the foreword of his 1985 book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. He wrote:

What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egotism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.”

Neil Postman’s book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Or Public Discourse in an Age of Show Business(1985), had its origins at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where Postman was invited to join a panel discussing George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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17/10/2018

The Struggle over Natural Resources – ‘In Africa, 75 Per Cent of Wars Since 1990 Have Been Partially Funded by Resources Such as Diamonds and Valuable Minerals’

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Conflict diamonds and climate change: Cooperate, don’t compete over natural resources urges Guterres.

UNHCR/Colin Delfosse | Burundian refugees collect water at Lusenda camp, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The struggle over natural resources often lies at the heart of violent conflicts, fuelling strife in many parts of the world, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said on 16 October 2018, urging governments and everyone with a stake in valuable resources, to think hard about how they are managed and exploited.

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17/10/2018

Food Costs Should Cause ‘Shock and Outrage’ as Countries in Conflict See Spiralling Prices

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ROME, 16 October 2018 (World Food Programme)* – Fresh research by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), released to coincide with World Food Day, shows food becoming ever less affordable in countries in conflict or subject to political instability. In dozens more countries, persistently high food costs are putting the hope of a nutritious meal beyond the reach of millions.
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Food costs often remain intensely disproportionate in relation to income in many parts of the world. This is the case across much of Africa, as well as in parts of Asia and, to a lesser degree, of Latin America. Copyright: WFP/Gabriela Vivacqua

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17/10/2018

Congolese Migrants Expelled from Neighbouring Angola “Are Returning to a Desperate Situation” – UN Refugee Agency

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Congolese nationals forced back across the border to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), after being expelled from neighbouring Angola, “are returning to a desperate situation,” a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson said on 16 October 2018.

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© UNHCR/Pumla Rulashe | Congolese women and children arrive at a border point in Chissanda, Lunda Norte, Angola after fleeing militia attacks in Kasai Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2 May 2017.

Speaking at a media briefing in Geneva, the spokesperson said that the agency is concerned by a “fast-developing humanitarian situation in the Kasai region” of the DRC, where the situation is already fragile: around 200,000 people have arrived over the last two weeks.

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16/10/2018

Business ‘Dragging Its Feet’ on Human Rights Worldwide – UN Experts Report

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Too many businesses are putting profit above human rights and “ignoring” their obligations, while governments fail to “regulate and lead by example”, according to a United Nations human rights report, published on 16 October 2018.

© World Bank/Flickr | Factory workers in Accra, Ghana. 2015. | Photo from UN News.

In the report drawn up by a group of UN rights experts, companies are being urged to comply with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights , which provides a framework for how States and investors, should address shortcomings in board rooms and business practice at all levels.

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16/10/2018

Top UN Human Rights Official Urges Transparent Probe into Khashoggi Disappearance

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16 October 2018 – The top United Nations human rights official has called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to “reveal everything they know” about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferre | Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 

The Saudi journalist and critic of the Kingdom has not been seen since he visited his country’s consulate in Istanbul on the afternoon of 2 October, Michelle Bachelet said in a statement.

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16/10/2018

Young Rohingya Girls, Largest Group of Trafficking Victims in Camps – International Organization for Migration

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More than a year into the crisis in Cox’s Bazar, the number of Rohingya refugees has reached nearly one million, with young girls in Bangladesh refugee camps sold into forced labour accounting for the largest group of trafficking victims, reported the UN Migration Agency (IOM) on 16 October 2018.

© UNHCR/David Azia | Rohingya refugees make their way down a footpath during a heavy monsoon downpour in Kutupalong refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar district. 2018.

The agency says that families desperate to earn money are frequently sending their daughters to work in dangerous environments.

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16/10/2018

2018 State of Food and Agriculture: What You Didn’t Know about Migration – Test Your Knowledge!

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Choose the correct statement
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Migration is a modern phenomenon
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Migration has occurred throughout human history

Although international migration is today the subject of great concern and attention, migration has always been a part of the history of humankind and accompanies the evolution of societies. Between 1990 and 2015, the number of international migrants has increased from 153 million to 248 million.

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16/10/2018

‘Policies Should Not Stem Migration, But Maximize Its Potential and Minimize Negatives’

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New report analyses links between rural and international migration

Photo: ©FAO/Simon Maina

A forest-dependent mother walks through the brush with her child in Tanzania. The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 explores the links between agriculture, rural development and migration.

ROME, 15 October 2018 (FAO)* – A new report on migration launched today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization urges that policies should not stem or accelerate migration but maximize the contribution of rural migration to economic and social development while minimizing the costs.

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16/10/2018

Benefits of Rural Migration Effect Often Overlooked — New Report 

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Agricultural policies should work to maximize the contributions of rural migration to economic and social development, while minimizing the costs, says a major new report released on 15 October 2018 by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

©FAO/Tamiru Legesse | 03 May 2017, Kalu, Ethiopia – Members of ‘Selam Vegetable Growers Group” working on a vegetable garden. Local young people are vulnerable to distress migration and the horticulture enterprise assists them to create self-employment opportunity.

The agency’s annual report titled, The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 (SOFA), points to migration as a choice, its costs and benefits, and lays out the implications arising from important investment decisions surrounding rural development.

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