11/04/2021

How Migrants in the Gulf Are Fighting Discrimination during the Pandemic

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By Ashwin Kumar and Akhil C.S.*

Indian labourers have been denied pay, food and accommodation. Now, some are demanding their rights

Over two million Indians from the state of Kerala were working in the Gulf before the pandemic. | Iain Masterton / Alamy Stock Photo, all rights reserved.

8 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* — Like millions before him, Manoj migrated from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala to the Gulf in search of work in 2019. He found a job at a construction company in Bahrain that described itself as a “regional leader”. The pay, at 240 dinars (£577) a month, was far more than he could expect to find at home.

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11/04/2021

The Future Has Arrived

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It is definitely nothing that has come before

The future is now
The future is now | Image from Wall Street International.

11 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*All of us alive on the planet today are part of the most significant transition in centuries, whether we know it or not, whether it has touched us lightly or heavily and whether we choose to be or not. Not since the Industrial Revolution has such a total and radical social upheaval occurred.

As with most major cultural shifts, this one follows a technological innovation of which we are all aware and that is the invention of the Internet along with its ready accessibility on a handheld ubiquitous device.

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11/04/2021

Eating Healthy Before, During and After COVID-19

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6 healthy eating habits and FAO resources to help you out

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us refocus on the actions we can take to keep healthy. Maintaining a healthy diet, for example, plays a central role in our overall health and immune systems. ©FAO/Maxim Zmeyev

10 April 2021 (FAO)* — If there was ever a time that made us pay attention to our health, it has been this one of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year has also made that clear that not everything in the world of health is under our control. However, many of us are lucky enough to have a say in one important element and that is what we eat.

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10/04/2021

We Are What We Eat

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Transforming agri-food systems story series: Part 1 – Consumer behavior and collective demand

Shaping consumer behaviours and collective demand can help change markets. ©FAO/Pier Paolo Cito
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9 April 2021 (FAO)* — Jumla beans. Black, red and yellow spotted, cultivated by hand in one of the most remote districts of Nepal’s mountains.

Despite their great nutritional value and environmentally friendly production, jumla beans threaten to be replaced by other crops because mountain producers cannot make a decent income from them.

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10/04/2021

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

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By Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d’etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority.

Bolivia coup-appointed president Jeanine Anez. November 2019 VOA News -YouTube

But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population.

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10/04/2021

China: Key Player in a New World Game

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By Hazel Henderson*

The world’s rising powerhouse

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China, the largest economy measured in Purchasing Power Parity
China, the largest economy measured in Purchasing Power Parity | Image from Wall Street International.

9 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*In 1986 on returning for my first 3-week visit to China, I wrote an article, “China: Key Player in a New World Game” in The Futurist, December 1986. I had been invited by China’s State Council at the recommendation of my good friends, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, best-selling authors of Future Shock (1970), who both had, and still, have a big following in China.

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10/04/2021

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new report, published on 14 Mar 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article:

John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery

The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021.

We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System

A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short  distance into the future.

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10/04/2021

Low-Income Countries Have Received Just 0.2 Per Cent of All COVID-19 Shots Given

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(UN News)* — The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) on 9 April 2021 reported.

© UNICEF/Jake Verzosa | Health workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Juan City, Metro Manila.

Although more than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, richer countries have received more than 87 per cent, and low-income countries just 0.2 per cent.

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09/04/2021

Killer Offer on Meat – And You Might Be Paying for It

The European Commission spent 32% of its €776.7 million five-year farm product promotion budget on advertising campaigns for meat and dairy.
The European Commission spent 32% of its €776.7 million five-year farm product promotion budget on advertising campaigns for meat and dairy. © Greenpeace

(Greenpeace International)* The meat and dairy industries in Europe have a problem. More and more people do not want their steaks, their minced meat and their chicken wings.

Slowly but surely meat consumption is decreasing, and the industry is desperate to find a way to reverse this trend.

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09/04/2021

‘They Took Away My Biggest Gift in Life – My Family’

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By Juliana Ghazi in Pemba, Mozambique*

As thousands flee non-state armed groups attacks in northern Mozambique, urgent resources are needed to support them and the communities hosting them. Español   |  Français

Adelino Alberto and his family who fled an attack claimed by non-state armed groups on the town of Palma are seen at a transit centre in Pemba, Mozambique.
© REUTERS/Emidio Jozine

09/04/2021

Humanitarian Catastrophe in Northern Mozambique ‘Beyond Epic Proportions’ 

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(UN News)* — The UN and partners are “following with deep concern” new reports of violations against civilians in northern Mozambique, the UN Spokesperson on 8 April 2021 said.

© WFP/Grant Lee Neuenburg | A displaced woman in northern Mozambique receives food aid.

Citing reports of atrocities carried out by child soldiers, alleged beheadings during attacks by non-State armed groups, and clashes in the Cabo Delgado region, Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at the regular daily briefing that although verifying information was extremely difficult, “we are concerned about the situation of civilians who fled the violence and those who remain in Palma”.

The coastal town just south of the border with Tanzania, was reportedly overrun by militant extremists on 24 March, but three days ago, Mozambique’s military reported that it had regained control.

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09/04/2021

The World Is “a Long Way Off” from Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

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(UN News)* — The world is “a long way off” from meeting the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the President of the crucial upcoming UN climate conference, COP26, on 8 April 2021 said.

WMO/Boris Jordan | Wind farms, like this one in Belgium, are a key source of sustainable energy.

British politician Alok Sharma was speaking during a global discussion on the ‘green’ transition in sectors such as energy, transport and food systems, held as part of the 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

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09/04/2021

New Major Initiative to Help 30 Developing Countries Tackle Marine Litter Scourge

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ROME, 8 April 2021 (FAO)* – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has partnered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and 30 countries in a major initiative to tackle marine litter and clean up the world’s oceans.

Photo: ©FAO/Cristiano Minichiello

 

Fishing vessels in the port of Civitavecchia in Italy.

The GloLitter Partnerships Project is being implemented by FAO in partnership with the IMO, with initial funding from the Government of Norway through the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

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07/04/2021

Mexico Looks to the Heavens for a Solution to Its Water Crisis

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MEXICO CITY, Apr 5 2021 (IPS)* – In neighbourhoods like Tehuixtitla in southern Mexico City, rain brings joy, because it provides water for showering, washing dishes and clothes, and cooking, by means of rainwater harvesting systems (RHS).

Gabino Martínez cleans the “Tláloc”, the tank that filters dust from the rainwater collection system in his home in the Tehuixtitla neighborhood in the Xochimilco district in southern Mexico City. During the May to November rainy season local residents collect the water they use for washing, bathing and cooking, due to the lack of access to piped water. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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07/04/2021

The Vast Majority of Vaccine Doses Administered So Far, Have Been Confined to “a Few Wealthy Countries”

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(UN News)* — The COVID crisis “has revealed how unequal our societies are” said the UN chief in his message for World Health Day released on 5 April 2021.

© UNICEF/Seyba Keïta | Mali begins its vaccination programme against COVID-19 with Fanta Siby, Minister for Health, the first to be inoculated.

Highlighting the inequalities and injustices that have been apparent throughout the pandemic, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the day to be marked on Wednesday, that the vast majority of vaccine doses administered so far, have been confined to “a few wealthy countries” or those producing the shots cleared for distribution.

“Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 has been higher among people and communities that contend with poverty, unfavourable living and working conditions, discrimination and social exclusion”, said Mr. Guterres.

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07/04/2021

World Health Day: Five Calls for Urgent Action to Improve Health for All People

© UNICEF/Seyba Keïta | Mali begins its vaccination programme against COVID-19 with Fanta Siby, Minister for Health, the first to be inoculated.

Geneva, Switzerland, 7 April 2021 (WHO)* —  COVID-19 has unfairly impacted some people more harshly than others, exacerbating existing inequities in health and welfare within and between countries. For World Health Day, 7 April 2021, WHO is therefore issuing five calls for urgent action to improve health for all people.

Within countries, illness and death from COVID-19 have been higher among groups who face discrimination, poverty, social exclusion, and adverse daily living and working conditions – including humanitarian crises. The pandemic is estimated to have driven between 119 and 124 million more people into extreme poverty last year.

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07/04/2021

‘One Health’ Approach Critical to Tackle Health Inequality and Emerging Diseases

7 April 2021 (UNEP)* — Aside from the myriad new challenges it introduced, the wide and rapid spread of COVID-19 also revealed long-standing global health inequalities. And while the pandemic may be the most widely publicized example, it is hardly the only case in which those who are already vulnerable bear the brunt of the impact.

Moritz Thibaud/ABACA via Reuters / 06 Apr 2021

Recently, snake bite was re-declared as a neglected tropical diseaseAccording to the World Health Organization, about 5.4 million snake bites occur each year – even though most of their harmful consequences could be prevented by making safe and effective antivenoms more widely available and accessible.

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07/04/2021

‘Staggering’ Scale of Acute Hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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(UN News)* — Levels of hunger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are at a “staggering” record high, now affecting one-in-three people, UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday [6 April 2021]

© FAO/Junior D. Kannah | A farmer in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where 1 in 3 people suffer from acute hunger.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP), 27.3 million people face “acute” food insecurity – some seven million of whom are suffering “emergency” levels of acute hunger. 

This means that the central African country is home to the highest number of people in the world, who are in urgent need of food security assistance, according to the latest Integrated Phase Classification analysis

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06/04/2021

Biden’s Aggressive Foreign Policy

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What Joe Biden has done

Joe Biden foreign policy is essentially unchanged
Joe Biden foreign policy is essentially unchanged | Image from Wall Street International.

6 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — We should praise Joe Biden for the good decisions that he had made during his first few months in office. He has filled positions in his cabinet with and administration with an ethnically diverse and gender balanced group of people.

For example, we can think of his new Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, who is a Native American. We can also think of his choice of Kamala Harris as his running mate. These decisions are to be applauded.

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06/04/2021

Bill Gates & His Fake Solutions to Climate Change

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By Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In Bill Gates’ vision, technology seems fated to fix every single damage that has been inflicted on our planet and climate change has recently been added to the list. But this is the same mentality that has taken us to the devastating stage we currently find ourselves in, while the only thing improving exponentially is the profits of the corporations taking advantage by selling these very technologies.

It is necessary to step out of this technofix hysteria in order to reclaim a holistic vision based on real farmers, healthy and nutritious food, and on an agroecological model that does not impact on climate but, instead, helps to mitigate it. No fake burger can do that.

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06/04/2021

The UK’s Democratic Deficit is Escalating the Climate Crisis

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By Adam Ramsay*

In this long read, the direct cause of the current economic and environmental threats is shown to have been laid into the foundations of the state

England invests far less in wind turbines than Scotland | Karsten Würth, UnSplash

5 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* —  In late 2019, an organism on the edge of life appears to have made the journey from the body of a bat into the bloodstream of a human, and shut down the global economy. Whatever else we may have learned from the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, it has taught us that, before anything else, we are biological beings. Our lives and deaths are bound to the beings around us.

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06/04/2021

Disability Discrimination at the World Bank: Is It Immunity or Impunity?

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UNITED NATIONS, Apr 6 2021 (IPS)* – The 15,900-strong World Bank, which has funded over 12,000 development projects worldwide since 1947, is an international institution with a superlative reputation for its sustained efforts to end poverty in the developing world—with loans, interest-free credit and outright grants.

Credit World Bank

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06/04/2021

How Can We Vaccinate the World? Five Challenges Facing the UN-Backed COVAX Programme

5 April 2021 (UN News)*The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort is to be achieved?
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© UNICEF/Jose Vilca | Older adults are amongst the first Peruvians to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a vaccination site in Lima, Peru.
Vaccines are a key part of the solution to ending the COVID-19 pandemic and, since the early stages of the crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has argued that there needs to be a coordinated approach towards ensuring that everyone, not just people living in rich countries,  receives adequate protection from the virus, as it spread rapidly across the world.
05/04/2021

The World as It Is–And the World as It Could Be

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A New Freely Downloadable Book

I would like to announce the publication of a new book, in which I have tried to contrast the world that we experience today,  filled with  terrifying existential threats, such as catastrophic climate change, pandemics, all-destroying nuclear war, and the threat of large-scale famine, with the world that we would wish it to be.

Johan Scales Avery

The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/library/world3.pdf

The First Version Was Written in 1983

“THE WORLD AS IT IS AND THE WORLD AS IT COULD BE”, in its original form, dates from 1983, and it was the first article that I ever wrote about global problems. Continue reading

03/04/2021

A Tribute to Jane Goodall

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By Angelo Tartabini*

I was put in this world to do what I am doing

Jane Goodall, one of the most prestigious and well-known women around the world for her research
Jane Goodall, one of the most prestigious and well-known women around the world for her research | Image from Wall Street International.

3 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*In truth the full name of this great character is Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall. She was a skinny, pale, blond-haired girl. No one would have expected that such a slender and shy person would later emerge one of the most prestigious and well-known women around the world for her research and activities in the defense of nature and advocate of conservation.

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03/04/2021

“Wear Your Mask, Don’t Mask Your Feelings”

That call was echoed on the snowy streets of Ukraine, where massive blue masks on the main squares brought attention to the mental health aspect of the current crisis.

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03/04/2021

The Power of Options

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“We have to go deeper into the sea nowadays,” she recalls. “We go over where water reaches our head. We can spend as much as three hours in the water with sand getting into our eyes, mouth, ears. Oftentimes, I felt like I might drown.”

Despite the dangers, sand extraction produces an average monthly income of only US$110. Many women thus have to rely on their partners and families for housing and other basic needs.

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03/04/2021

Coral Reefs, Mangroves and Sea Grasses Are Crucial for Life above and below Water, Yet…

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New grants support conservation and restoration of marine habitats

Reuters / 25 Mar 2021

1 April 2021 (UNEP)* — Coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses are crucial for life above and below water. These aquatic habitats do everything from house fish, to store carbon to protect communities from storm surges.

But all three are under threat from a combination of climate change, coastal development and pollution.

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02/04/2021

Did You Know Nature Is One of Humanity’s Best Defences for Adapting to Climate Change?

New fund leverages nature to adapt to climate change

UNEP / Duncan Moore / 25 Mar 2021

(UNEP)* — Did you know nature is one of humanity’s best defences for adapting to climate change? A new funding opportunity is scaling up ecosystem-based adaptation across the world. The call for proposals is now open.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is launching in June this year. The goal is ambitious – to trigger a global movement for restoring the world’s ecosystems. This is not merely for nature’s sake, say experts. Mounting evidence shows that a global re-greening could help humanity adapt to climate change.

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02/04/2021

Will My Smartphone R.I.P.?

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By Miguel Coma*

1 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — The Internet is a material world, not just a virtual reality. Worldwide, we have 3.5 billion smartphones1. The Internet of Things (IoT) connects more objects to the Internet than human beings.

34 billion devices produce tons of non-recycled electronic waste
34 billion devices produce tons of non-recycled electronic waste | Image from Wall Street International.
We humans now use about 34 billion digital devices1—including desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, smart appliances, video game consoles, computers in cars, telecommunications network devices, and data center servers.
The telecom industry predicts we will have 50 billion IoT-connected objects2 within a few years.
02/04/2021

Why Climate Justice Is Impossible Without Racial Justice

The climate crisis is fueling inequality around the world and in particular racial injustice. For generations, inequality has exacerbated the impacts of the climate emergency for racial communities, and here is why:

Colonialism

“The excessive exploitation of natural resources would not have been possible without slavery, which allowed Western countries to accumulate significant wealth … This grabbing of wealth continued with colonisation, in Africa, South America, and Asia.

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Indigenous rights and environmental justice activist Chihiro Geuzebroek looks at what we mean by ‘environmental racism’ and how we can fight against it

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02/04/2021

Flipflopi Shows Value of Creating Circular Economy for Plastics

1 April 2021 (UNEP)* — For much of the last three weeks, the Flipflopi, a dhow made from recycled plastic, including a helping of old sandals, has been calling into ports across Lake Victoria. The crew of the 10-metre-long vessel is on a mission to raise awareness about a tide of plastic choking Africa’s biggest lake – and to demonstrate that trash can be turned into treasure.

UNEP / Stephanie Foote / 31 Mar 2021

“Flipflopi was built to show the world that it is possible to make valuable materials out of waste plastic,” said Ali Skanda, co-founder of the Flipflopi.

The boat’s voyage, which is supported by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), comes at a critical time for both Lake Victoria and Kenya, says Llorenç Milà I Canals, the head of UNEP’s Life Cycle Initiative.

A recent report by UNEP found that 27 per cent of plastic waste in Kenya is collected and, of that, only 7 per cent is recycled in the country.

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01/04/2021

Conserving Tigers, Elephants and Bison, One LPG Stove at a Time

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HYDERABAD, India, Apr 1 2021 (IPS)* – As the sun sets over the canopy of Albizia amara trees, a thin blanket of fog begins to descend over the forests of the Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, which lies roughly 150 km south of the Indian city of Bangalore.
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Two elephants cross a stream in Malai Mahadeshwara Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to a number of conservation projects run by various government agencies, non-government organisations and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the wildlife population is thriving again. The forest is now home to an estimated 500 elephants and several other big game animals, including bison and tigers. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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01/04/2021

Indonesia: UN Experts Denounce Mega Tourism Project that ‘Tramples on Human Rights’

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(UN News)* — UN rights experts, on 31 March 2021, raised alarm over forced evictions of locals and indigenous peoples, and threats against human rights defenders, to make way for a $3 billion tourism project on the Indonesian island of Lombok.

Unsplash/Atilla Taskiran | A $3 billion tourism project is set to go ahead on Lombok island in Indonesia.

In a joint statement led by Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, the experts highlighted expulsions of local communities and destruction of houses, fields, water sources, cultural and religious sites, as the Indonesian Government and the country’s Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) “groomed Mandalika to become a ‘New Bali’.”

“Credible sources have found that the local residents were subjected to threats and intimidations and forcibly evicted from their land without compensation. Despite these findings, the ITDC has not sought to pay compensation or settle the land disputes”, the experts said.

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01/04/2021

Many Countries Spending More on Debt Services than on Education, Health and Social Protection Combined

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(UN News)* — Around one in eight nations spends more on debt than on social services, according to a new report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) launched on Thursday [1 April 2021], calling for debt service relief and restructuring to enable countries to bounce back from the pandemic.

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© UNICEF/Ricardo Franco | Families affected by Cyclone Eloise queue for food at a relocation centre in Beira, Mozambique.
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31/03/2021

Vulnerable Communities ‘Disproportionately’ Bear the Brunt of Environmental Degradation Caused by Plastics Pollution

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Vulnerable communities disproportionately bear the brunt of environmental degradation caused by plastics pollution, and action is urgently needed to address the issue and restore access to human rights, health and well-being, according to a new UN report published on Tuesday [30 March 2021]

UNEP/Florian Fussstetter | Kenya has limited the use of single-use plastic.
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31/03/2021

Fifteen Times More Children Crossing the Panama Jungle towards the USA in the Last Four Years

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PANAMA CITY, 29 March 2021 (UNICEF)* The number of children migrating up north through the dangerous Darien rainforest between Colombia and Panama has increased more than fifteen-fold in the last four years, UNICEF reported today after a two-day field visit to the Darien border by Jean Gough, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Since 2017, the number of children crossing the Darien Gap has skyrocketed from 109 to 1,653 in 2020, with a peak of 3,956 in 2019. This is fifteen times more children migrating through the Panama jungle in the last four years.

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31/03/2021

Inequality: America’s Pre-Morbidity

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By Martha R. Bireda*

We must enter into a time of reflection

The pandemic has revealed the gross inequality in American culture and society
The pandemic has revealed the gross inequality in American culture and society | Image from Wall Street International.

30 March 2021 (Wall Street International)* — It has been a year since the Covid-19 virus interrupted and changed our lives forever. The virus attacked not only our bodies but every aspect of our lives, our livelihoods, our children’s care and education, our ability to gather, to even kiss our grandparents.

A virus attacks the bodies of those who are most vulnerable, who have the least strong and healthy immune systems, but most critically those with “pre-morbidity.”

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31/03/2021

Pandemic Deepens Hunger for Displaced People the World Over

By Jenny Barchfield*

With COVID-19 lockdowns depriving many of jobs and income, increasing numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers are going hungry.

Amid downtowns resulting from coronavirus restrictions, displaced people are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. © UNHCR/Kamrul Hasan

31/03/2021

COVID-19 Origins Report ‘Far from Conclusive’ – “We Have Not Yet Found the Source of the Virus,” World Health Organzation

(UN News)* — The report from a team of international scientists assembled by the World Health Organization (WHO) to examine how COVID-19 first spread to humans was published on Tuesday 30 March 2021, and was described by the UN health agency’s chief as a welcome start, but far from conclusive.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | A digital illustration of the coronavirus shows its crown-like appearance.

“This report is a very important beginning, but it is not the end”, said WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“We have not yet found the source of the virus, and we must continue to follow the science and leave no stone unturned as we do.”

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31/03/2021

UN Investigation Concludes French Military Airstrike Killed Mali Civilians

(UN News)*In a statement released on Tuesday [30 March 2021] the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) has concluded that a 3 January French military airstrike on the central Malian village of Bounty, hit a group largely made up of civilians, killing several of them.

MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier | A traditional Dogon village in central Mali. (file 2013)

The day after the attack, a MINUSMA fact-finding team, made up of 15 human rights officers, and supported by two UN forensics experts and two public information officers, was deployed to investigate the strike, and shed light on the allegations surrounding the deaths.

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30/03/2021

‘Abortion Pill Reversal’ Spreading in Europe, Backed by US Christian Right

By Tatev Hovhannisyan, Inge Snip, and Claire Provost*

New investigation shows how a US Christian right group is pushing an ‘unproven, unethical’ treatment to ‘reverse’ abortions
Illustration: Inge Snip

25 March 2021 (openDemocracy)* — “You are the first client I personally have worked with in Germany, but we have assisted many women all over Europe,” a US-based nurse told an openDemocracy undercover reporter, posing as a woman who had taken the first, but not the second, pill required to have a medical abortion.

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30/03/2021

‘Decisive Action’ Urgently Needed to Stave Off Debt Crisis in Developing Countries

(UN News)* — Though significant steps have been taken to prevent debt crises across the world sparked by the COVID-19 crisis, they have not been sufficient to restore economic stability in many developing countries, according to a policy brief issued by the UN Secretary-General on Monday 29 March 2021.

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UN News\Vibhu Mishra | Developing countries, in particular, have been hit hard by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured, here a daily wage earner during the COVID-19 lockdown in Kathmandu, Nepal.
30/03/2021

IMF, World Bank Must Urgently Help Finance Developing Countries

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 30 2021 (IPS)* – COVID-19 has set back the uneven progress of recent decades, directly causing more than two million deaths. The slowdown, due to the pandemic and policy responses, has pushed hundreds of millions more into poverty, hunger and worse, also deepening many inequalities.

Anis Chowdhury

Development setbacks
The outlook for developing countries is grim, with output losses of 5.7% in 2020. Compared to pre-pandemic trends, the expected 8.1% loss by end-2021 will be much worse than advanced countries dropping 4.7%.

COVID-19 has further set back progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As progress was largely ‘not on track’ even before the pandemic, developing countries will need much support to mitigate the new setbacks, let alone get back on track. Continue reading

30/03/2021

We Are Human, We Are Free—Building Worldwide Nonviolent Resistance to The Great Reset

By Anita McKone – TRANSCEND Media Service*

In late 2020 Robert J. Burrowes and myself were asked by some Melbourne activists protesting against the lockdowns and Covid vaccinations to help them develop more effective strategy.

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Anita McKone

Many of the protesters were new to activism, and those with an inclination towards following a nonviolent approach wanted education in this area.

In February, Robert and I ran two Introduction to Nonviolent Action workshops, and one Nonviolent Strategy weekend, and with the inspiration and input of this great group of participants, I have now put the basics of a worldwide nonviolent campaign strategy to defeat the Great Reset on a website. We have named this campaign We Are Human, We Are Free.

The website is designed as a resource that activists anywhere in the world can use to develop effective local nonviolent campaigns. Continue reading

30/03/2021

Syria’s Decade of ‘Death, Destruction, Displacement, Disease, Dread and Despair’

© UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa | Young boys collect water from UNICEF-supported a water point in east Aleppo City in Syria.

Mark Lowcock, who’s also the Humanitarian Affairs chief, said that after a decade of “death, destruction, displacement, disease, dread and despair”, Syrians “see no respite”.

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From the Heart: Thailand’s ‘Guardians of the Forest’ Speak Up, Vow Return to Their Ancestral Home

“We want Thai society to understand that our people have lived in the forest for countless generations. We are not intruders. We are guardians of the forest.” 

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Prasert Pukad, a representative of the indigenous Karen community gives an interview in Bangkok. © Songwut Jullanan/ Greenpeace

Such was the message that Prasert Pukad, Gip Tonnampetch and Phanomphon Wanakhunsiri gave during a protest at the Government House in Bangkok.

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