26/05/2020

Italy Recommends Cuban Medical Brigade for Nobel Peace Prize

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Cuban doctors held over five thousand consultations in Italy and discharged 210 Covid-19 patients  after the severe outbreak in March.

Homage to Cuban doctors in Plaza Duomo, Crema, Italy. May 23rd, 2020.

Homage to Cuban doctors in Plaza Duomo, Crema, Italy. May 23rd, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/@BrunoRguezP

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25 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Italian authorities, ecclesiastic representatives, and social organizations acknowledged on May 23 Cuban efforts to face COVID accross the country.

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26/05/2020

Global Partnership Urges Stronger Preparation for Hot Weather during COVID-19

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26 May 2020 (WMO)*As the Northern hemisphere enters what is expected to be another record-breaking heat season, our network of health and climate experts have called for stronger preparation to keep people safe in hot weather without increasing the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

The ongoing pandemic amplifies the health risks of hot weather for many people, including those also at risk of COVID-19. Countries and communities therefore need to prepare now for a hot summer.

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26/05/2020

Will UN Chief and Senior Management Volunteer Pay Cuts in Crisis-Stricken World Body?

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UNITED NATIONS, May 20 2020 (IPS)* – As a spiraling financial crisis threatens to undermine the UN’s day-to-day operations worldwide, a proposal being kicked around, outside the empty corridors of the UN, has triggered the question: will senior officials, including the Secretary-General, the Deputy Secretary-General (DSG), Under-Secretaries-Generals (USGs), including 60 heads of UN agencies, Funds and Programs, and Assistant Secretaries-Generals (ASGs), volunteer to take salary cuts— even as a symbolic gesture?

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26/05/2020

Another Bank Bailout under Cover of a Virus

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By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Insolvent Wall Street banks have been quietly bailed out again. Banks made risk-free by the government should be public utilities.  

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When the Dodd Frank Act was passed in 2010, President Obama triumphantly declared, “No more bailouts!” But what the Act actually said was that the next time the banks failed, they would be subject to “bail ins” – the funds of their creditors, including their large depositors, would be tapped to cover their bad loans.

Then bail-ins were tried in Europe. The results were disastrous.

Many economists in the US and Europe argued that the next time the banks failed, they should be nationalized – taken over by the government as public utilities. But that opportunity was lost when, in September 2019 and again in March 2020, Wall Street banks were quietly bailed out from a liquidity crisis in the repo market that could otherwise have bankrupted them. Continue reading

26/05/2020

Hundreds of Fleeing Migrants Returned to War-Torn Libya

About 85 other migrants were arrested earlier by the Libyan coastguard, bringing to more than 1,000 the number of people who have attempted the crossing this month.

The IOM's estimated death toll among migrants who have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2014 surpassed 20,000.The IOM’s estimated death toll among migrants who have tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea since 2014 surpassed 20,000. | Photo: AFP

25 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Libya’s coastguard has intercepted hundreds of migrants in five boats attempting to cross the Mediterranean over the weekend, the United Nations migration agency (IOM) said Monday [25 May 2020].
25/05/2020

Crisis Hits Oil Industry and Energy Transition Alike

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MEXICO CITY, May 22 2020 (IPS)* – While it attempts to cushion the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the Latin American and Caribbean region also faces concerns about the future of the energy transition and state-owned oil companies. |En español

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25/05/2020

First Person: ‘I Am Nothing Without My Culture’

25 May 2020 (UN News)* — Michael Pili Pang, who is based in Honolulu, the capital of the US state of Hawaii is what is known as a kuma hula, or master teacher of the traditional dance. His interest in hula began at the age of seven and he opened his hālau or dance school over thirty years ago. He teaches what he describes as “multi-generational” classes.

He spoke to UN News as part of a photography project by the International Labour Organization ahead of the UN-backed International Arts Education Week which begins on 25 May.

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25/05/2020

Why We Need to Talk about Debt Cancellation for Global South Countries

Climate Emergency Action at Laguna de Aculeo in Chile © Martin Katz / Greenpeace
Climate Emergency Action at Laguna de Aculeo in Chile

Why we need to cancel debt payments…

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25/05/2020

‘At Least 80 Million Children Under One at Risk of Diseases Such as Diphtheria, Measles and Polio as COVID-19 Disrupts Routine Vaccination Efforts’

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22 May 2020 (WHO)*COVID 19 is disrupting life-saving immunization services around the world, putting millions of children – in rich and poor countries alike – at risk of diseases like diphtheria, measles and polio.

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This stark warning comes from the World Health Organization, UNICEF and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance ahead of the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, at which world leaders will come together to help maintain immunization programmes and mitigate the impact of the pandemic in lower-income countries.

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24/05/2020

Man as the Center of the World

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By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

24 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*One of the most questioning and innovative results of the Illuminism – eighteenth century – was to place man (the individual) as the center of the world. This antithesis to the absolute – God – represented by its supposed signifiers – the Church, the royalty – opened new perspectives for the human, being later developed in a movement, an ideology, a social and legal legacy: the French Revolution. From then on, the motto “freedom, equality, fraternity” became the fundamental summary that guides the trajectory of the Western man. 

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Man is then equal to his fellow man, nothing differentiates them: neither appearance nor origin or social position, and this equality reflects itself in the laws and possibilities of life.

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24/05/2020

Fourteen Days in Limbo: What Happens to Returning Migrant Workers During The COVID-19 Crisis

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By Monica Chiriac | IOM*

Thirty-four children were part of the group returning from Burkina Faso this May 1.

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Boubacar, 65, and his two sons, consider themselves to be excellent farmers, but Niger’s adverse weather and persistent droughts make it difficult to have a stable income from the land. In the off season, Nigeriens like Boubacar look for alternatives to make ends meet, and many choose to work in the goldmines in neighboring Burkina Faso.

“In my village, we don’t really know any profession other than agriculture,” says Boubacar.

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24/05/2020

Colombia: Indigenous Leaders Denounce Communities Displacement

About 1,300 people in the Choco have been forced to move due to clashes among armed groups.

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22 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Colombia’s social organizations Thursday denounced a massive displacement in El Choco department, amidst a possible COVID outbreak.

“We warn of the forced displacement of 1,300 people in Catru, Choco, due to clashes between illegal armed groups. We demand that attacks against Indigenous communities cease and we urge the authorities to protect the population of the territory,” Colombia’s Peace Process Support Mission to of the Organization of American States (MAPP/OEA) tweeted.

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24/05/2020

The Elite’s COVID-19 Coup: Fighting for Our Humanity, Our Liberty and Our Future

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

We are being utterly transformed. And the world is being utterly transformed around us.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

Ostensibly, this is to tackle a simple virus. In reality, it is to achieve an elite design at staggering cost to humanity and to life generally.

If you have not been carefully following what is taking place, let me highlight some recent developments and what we can do about them.

On 26 March 2020, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) granted Microsoft a world patent. Titled ‘1. WO2020060606 – Cryptocurrency System Using Body Activity Data’, this patent gives Microsoft (that is, Bill Gates) extraordinary power over our lives.

As Professor Vandana Shiva evocatively explains in her latest article, ‘My Earth Journey in defence of Biodiversity, Life and Freedom over 5 decades’, this development is ‘robbing us of our deep humanity’:

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23/05/2020

An Above-Normal 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Expected Because of a Number of Climate Factors and Warmer-Than-Average Sea Surface Temperatures

22 May 2020 (WMO)*An above-normal 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is expected because of a number of climate factors and warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures,  according to forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service.

The outlook predicts a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and only a 10% chance of a below-normal season. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

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23/05/2020

Ecuador’s Amazon: Waorani People File Lawsuit Against the State

“Oil pollutes our rivers and causes climate change, and now it is bringing more diseases to our territory,” Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo said.

Waorani leaders before Thursday's press conference, Shell, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon.

Waorani leaders before Thursday’s press conference, Shell, Pastaza, Ecuadorian Amazon. | Photo: Mitch Anderson / Amazon Frontlines

22 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — The Waorani indigenous community in Ecuador’s Amazon filed legal action against the state for failing to act and establish a concerted emergency response to fight the spread of the coronavirus within Indigenous communities, representatives of the first nation informed Thursday [21 May 2020] at a press conference.

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23/05/2020

More than 50 Million People Are Displaced within Their Own Country

(The Norwegian Refugee Council)* — Never before have so many people been displaced by conflict and violence as at the end of 2019. At the same time, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people displaced by disasters, compared with the previous year.
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A recent displaced family arrive at Abs Camp, northern Yemen, in March 2019. They are one of thousands of families forced to flee by the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Photo: Mohammed Awadh/NRC

A total of 8.5 million people were forced to flee within their own country by conflict and violence during 2019, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).

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23/05/2020

Internal Migration: A Literary/Historical View

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STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 22 2020 (IPS)* – It is easy to generalize about migration. Populist politicians often portray migrants as strangers and ”our” homeland as a stable entity, rooted in an old agricultural society. When they do so they tend to forget that most of us are in fact migrants who have left that traditional farming community far behind and if it was not we who did so, it was our ancestors.

Another form of generalization is to mirror the general in the personal, something that is done in novels and films. I believe that virtually every country on earth can present moving descriptions of people leaving the countryside for the city.

Reading a novel or watching movie describing this process may help us to realize that behind every migrant, international as well as internal, there is a unique human destiny.

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23/05/2020

Science Points to Causes of COVID-19

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22 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and humans. Many are relatively harmless – causing no more than a common cold. Others result in diseases that are new and unfamiliar, like the COVID-19 pandemic, and before that, outbreaks of diseases like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS (2002); Avian Influenza or bird flu (2004); H1N1 or Swine  Flu (2009); Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS (2012); Ebola (2014– 2015); Zika virus (2015–2016); and West Nile virus (2019).
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23/05/2020

Enhancing Food Diversity in the Midst of a Climate Crisis

22 May 2020 (FAO)*Throughout history 6 000 – 7 000 plant species have been cultivated for food. Yet today 40 percent of our daily calories come from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize.
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In Zimbabwe, introducing lost varieties of different crops and creating diversity has ensured more varied and nutritious diets. ©CTDT/ Tinashe Sithole

Humans depend on little more than 30 plant species, many of which are struggling in the face of today’s environmental changes.
22/05/2020

Urgent Action Is Needed to Safeguard the Biodiversity of World’s Forests amid Alarming Rates of Deforestation and Degradation

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22 May 2020, Rome/Nairobi (FAO and UNEP)*Urgent action is needed to safeguard the biodiversity of the world’s forests amid alarming rates of deforestation and degradation, according to the latest edition of The State of the World’s Forests released today [22 May 2020].

Photo: ©Ricky Martin/CIFORFishing in a forest lake at Gede Pangrango in Indonesia.

Published on the International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May), the report shows that the conservation of the world’s biodiversity is utterly dependent on the way in which we interact with and use the world’s forests.

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22/05/2020

Migrant Children Forcibly Returned from United States to Mexico and Central America Are Facing Danger and Discrimination Aggravated by COVID-19

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(UN News)* — Migrant children forcibly returned from the United States to Mexico and Central America are facing danger and discrimination aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

© UNICEF/Balam-ha Carrillo | A boy plays in a UNICEF-supported shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, where migrant children from Mexico and Central America are provided psychosocial support. (June 2019)
Returnees perceived to have the virus have been the target of violence and discrimination, while their reintegration is fraught with “major protection risks”, the agency reported on Thursday [21 May 2020].
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“For children on the move across the region, COVID-19 is making a bad situation even worse. Discrimination and attacks are now added to existing threats like gang violence that drove these children to leave in the first place”, said UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore.
22/05/2020

Coronavirus Threatens Indigenous Venezuelans Seeking Safety in Brazil

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By Victoria Hugueney in Brasília and Felipe Irnaldo in Manaus, Brazil*

COVID-19 has hit the Brazilian Amazon particularly hard, exposing highly vulnerable native people from Venezuela to the potentially deadly disease. |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

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Orlando Martínez had barely heard of COVID-19 when 26 members of his Warao ethnic group came down with tell-tale symptoms of the illness.

20 May 2020 (UNHCR)* — “At first they got a fever and couldn’t eat. Then, they got headaches and chest pains. Then, they started coughing and couldn’t walk,” recalled Orlando, a 43-year-old Warao community leader who fled hunger, violence and insecurity in Venezuela in 2017, along with some 18 other families from the indigenous group.

“They were very, very sick,” he said.

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22/05/2020

UN Migrants and Refugees Agencies Urge European States to Disembark Rescued Migrants and Refugees on Board the Captain Morgan Vessels

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Geneva, 21 May 2020 (IOM)* – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), are calling on Malta and other European States to speed efforts to bring some 160 rescued migrants and refugees, who remain at sea on board two Captain Morgan vessels, on to dry land and to safety.

mediterranean_sea_mohammed_muse_iomA separate group of 21 people, mostly families, women and children, were already evacuated and disembarked in Malta several days ago. It is important to disembark the remaining people as soon as possible, as they have been on board the vessel for some two weeks – the standard quarantine period for COVID-19 – without any clarity on disembarkation. It is unacceptable to leave people at sea longer than necessary, especially under difficult and unsuitable conditions.

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22/05/2020

Cyclone Amphan  – ‘We Didn’t Expect Devastation of Such a Scale’

HYDERBAD, India, May 21 2020 (IPS)* – Amid the social distancing measures posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, coastal communities in Bangladesh and India face a double threat as the record-breaking Cyclone Amphan made landfall yesterday (May 20).
22/05/2020

Cyclone Amphan’s Trail of Destruction in Bangladesh and India

21 May 2020 (UN News)* — UN humanitarians and partners are working hard to assist the people of Bangladesh and India suffering from the impact of Cyclone Amphan, which made landfall on Wednesday [20 May 2020], wreaking havoc, causing high tidal surges, flooding and embankments to collapse. 
WB State Inter Agency Group on Disaster Management. Cyclone Amphan made landfall in eastern India on Wednesday afternoon local time.
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“It is believed that around 10 million people in Bangladesh are impacted by the cyclone, with half a million families potentially having lost their homes”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters during a regular virtual briefing on Thursday, from New York.
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22/05/2020

My Earth Journey

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By Prof. Vandana Shiva | Jivad – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A message for International Day for Biological Diversity, 22 May 2020

We are Earth.
We are Biodiversity.
We are Jiva.
We are Conscious.
We are Alive.
We are Free.

We are members of one interconnected Earth Family : of sovereign, autonomous, self organised, interdependent, intelligent beings.

We are Biodiversity : interconnected to other beings through food and water, through breath and air, through life, and intelligence.

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21/05/2020

Biodiversity Loss Is a Loss for Humanity

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Tiger in Kanha National Park, India. The unrestricted exploitation of wildlife has led to the disappearance of many animal species at an alarming rate, destroying Earth’s biological diversity and upsetting the ecological balance. UN Photo/John Isaac
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Biological diversity resources are the pillars upon which we build civilizations. Fish provide 20 per cent of animal protein to about 3 billion people.
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Over 80 per cent of the human diet is provided by plants. As many as 80 per cent of people living in rural areas in developing countries rely on traditional plant‐based medicines for basic healthcare.
21/05/2020

Biodiversity: Our Solutions Are in Nature

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21 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — Biodiversity, or biological diversity, is the multitude of living things that make up life on Earth. It encompasses the 8 million or so species on the planet—from plants and animals to fungi and bacteria—and the ecosystems that house them such as oceans, forests, mountain environments and coral reefs.

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But, nature is in crisis. We are losing species at a rate 1,000 times greater than at any other time in recorded human history and one million species face extinction.

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21/05/2020

Why Does Cultural Diversity Matter? – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

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Many elements of intangible cultural heritage are being transformed in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic to support and reinforce public health measures. Traditional artists Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe Yupari and her mother Gaudencia Yupari in Peru, for example, have developed a prototype mask that contains traditional designs based on the heritage of the Ayacucho region. Illustration of hands (left): ©UNESCO Almaty. Photo (right): ©UNESCO/Venuca Evanan, Violeta Quispe and Gaudencia Yupari.
21/05/2020

Venezuela to Sue Bank of England for Theft of 31 Tons of Gold

20 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — Venezuela’s Representative to the United Nations Samuel Moncada Tuesday [19 May 2020] announced that his country will sue the Bank of England for stealing 31 tons of gold that this financial institution had in its custody. This lawsuit will be brought before a British court.

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“It is not the first time that the Bank of England has acted as a looting agent against the peoples. Now it violates contracts and swindles nations taking advantage of the pandemic. A crime against humanity. An alert to the world to never again trust these pirates of the century XXI!,” he stressed.
21/05/2020

Only Venezuelans Can Resolve Venezuela’s Deepening Crisis – UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peace-building Affairs

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(UN News)*  — Negotiations remain the only way to overcome the ongoing political deadlock in Venezuela, especially given the potentially far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday [20 May 2020].

© UNICEF/Alajandra Pocaterra | During the COVID-19 pandemic, food kits are delivered to prioritized communities in Venezuela.

“Venezuela is mired in a deepening protracted crisis that only Venezuelans can resolve,” said Rosemary A. DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

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21/05/2020

Indigenous Refugees Battle Coronavirus in Latin America

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s [19 May 2020] press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Brazil. COVID-19 protection for Venezuela's indigenous Warao refugeesVenezuelan indigenous Warao refugees and migrants are relocated to a safe space in Manaus, Brazil, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  © UNHCR/Felipe Irnaldo

19 May 2020 (UNHCR)* — As the Coronavirus pandemic spreads through Latin America, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is warning that many displaced indigenous communities are now dangerously exposed and at risk.

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21/05/2020

Mexico’s Development Banks Fuel the Fossil Energy Trade

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MEXICO CITY, May 20 2020 (IPS)* – Since 2012, Teresa Castellanos has fought the construction of a gas-fired power plant in Huexca, in the central Mexican state of Morelos, adjacent to the country’s capital. | En español

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Demonstrators demand clarification of the murder of land rights activist Samir Flores and the shutdown of a thermoelectric plant in the state of Morelos, in central Mexico, in a February 2019 protest on Mexico City’s emblematic Paseo Reforma. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS

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21/05/2020

Tropical Cyclone Amphan Intensified Rapidly in the Bay of Bengal to Become a “Super Cyclonic Storm”

20 May 2020 (WMO)* Tropical cyclone Amphan intensified rapidly in the Bay of Bengal to become a “Super Cyclonic Storm” – the equivalent of a strong Category 4/weak Category 5 on the Saffir Simpson scale. It weakened ahead of landfall on Wednesday 20 May as a very severe cyclonic storm (strong Category 2 equivalent), bringing dangerous winds, storm surge and flooding to coastal areas of West Bengal in India and Bangladesh.

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Amphan (pronounced Um-Pun) impacted densely populated areas, including the Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta)  at a time when restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic  is complicating disaster management – and making it more necessary than ever before.

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20/05/2020

Reading the Tea Leaves

The first ever International Tea Day, backed by the United Nations, takes place on 21 May. We take a look at the challenges facing the global tea industry, and how it can build back better after COVID-19 to support smallholder farmers and sustainability. 

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2020 (UN Environment)* — Tea, one of the oldest estate cash crops, can play a significant role in rural development, poverty reduction and food security.

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20/05/2020

Tea: a Love that Has Stood the Test of Time

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Celebrating the popular beverage important to farmers, development and culture

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19 May 2020 (FAO)* —  In a world of cultural differences, is there one thing that can bind everyone together? Well, we all need to eat. Drink too, in fact. Interestingly enough, the drink most often chosen around the world after water, is tea. It is loved by millions from India to England, Afghanistan to Algeria – each culture with its own tradition.
20/05/2020

Millions Evacuated in India, Bangladesh as Cyclone Amphan Nears

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The cyclone is one of the strongest storms of the year, with winds of up to 185 km/hr

View from the space of the powerful Cyclone Amphan at dusk. India, May, 2020.

View from the space of the powerful Cyclone Amphan at dusk. India, May, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @HuracanesCarib

19 May 2020 (teleSUR)* — India and Bangladesh were forced to evacuate more than 2 million people from risk areas as Cyclone Amphan advanced through these territories.
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“About 2.2 million people will be evacuated. We seek to avoid the deaths of citizens due to the dangerous meteorological phenomenon,” Bangladesh’s disasters vice minister, Enamur Rahman, told the press.

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20/05/2020

To Restore Forests, First Start With a Seed

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How did Rwanda manage to restore more than 800,000 hectares — almost half of its original pledge — in less than a decade?

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Emmanuel Nsabimana, a casual labourer at the National Tree Seed Centre, in Huye, in Rwanda’s Southern Province, has worked planting trees for over 40 years. He believes there has been considerable improvements in the seed quality from the centre since the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) became one of the contributors to its restoration. Credit: Emmanuel Hitimana/IPS

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20/05/2020

Post-Pandemic ‘Green Shift’ in Transport Could Create Up to 15 Million Jobs, Help Countries Move to Greener, Healthier Economies

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(UN News)* — Transforming the transport sector to be more environmentally-friendly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, could create up to 15 million new jobs worldwide and help countries move to greener, healthier economies, according to a UN-backed report published on Tuesday [19 May 2020].

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The study argues that recovery from the crisis cannot mean a return to “business as usual” for a sector that accounts for more than 60 million jobs globally.

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20/05/2020

Tropical Cyclone Amphan Threatens India and Bangladesh

Amphan (pronounced Um-Pun) is on track for densely populated areas at a time when restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic  is complicating disaster management – and making it more necessary than ever before.

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20/05/2020

Honey Bees Feel Sting of Viral Disease

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20 May 2020 (UN Environment)* — There’s nothing new in nature. Viruses have been around for as long as plants and animals, if not longer. Most viruses are benign to humans and other animals and in fact are essential for life. Some—as humans are finding out with COVID-19—have negative consequences.

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20/05/2020

‘We All Depend on the Survival of Bees’

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20 May 2020 (United Nations)* — Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

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Three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits, or seeds for use as human food depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators. ©FAO/Greg Beals

Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems.

Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land.

Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

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20/05/2020

‘Alarming’ Military Build-Up Underway in Libya, as COVID-19 Heightens Insecurity

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(UN News)* — The civil war in Libya is in danger of intensifying as foreign intervention grows and the spectre of the COVID-19 pandemic adds to a deepening sense of insecurity, the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) told the Security Council on Tuesday [19 May 2020].

OCHA/Giles Clarke | A detainee mother, with sleeping baby on her back, feeds her other child some bread inside the female room of a detention centre in Benghazi, Libya.

Stephanie Williams, who is also Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya, said on Tuesday that while the rest of the world adjusts to life with the novel coronavirus, Libyans have dealt with almost constant bombardment and frequent water and electricity outages during the holy month Ramadan.

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19/05/2020

Why on Earth Is the U.S. Bombing Somalia?

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By Danny Sjursen | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing—and covert raiding—campaign in Somalia amid a global coronavirus pandemic. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon has provided any explanation for the deadly escalation of a war that Congress hasn’t declared and the media rarely reports. At stake are many thousands of lives.

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19/05/2020

Seven Ways We Are Making Ourselves Sick (And How We Can Stop)

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Of all the issues exposed by this pandemic, perhaps the most poignant is the fact that having neglected the elements that surround us for much of the last century, we have inadvertently made our world a less healthy place to live.

Evidence indicates that our lifestyles and behaviours have affected our living environment; and consequently, undermined our health.

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19/05/2020

FAO Seeks $350 Million to Scale Up Hunger-Fighting, Livelihoods-Boosting Activities in Food Crisis Contexts Where COVID-19’s Impact Could Be ‘Devastating’ 

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More and more people struggle to have access to or enough food in fragile countries.

Photo: ©FAO/Sheam KaheelIn Syria, FAO continues supporting farmers to build vegetable nurseries.

ROME, 18 May 2020 (FAO)*  – The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is seeking $350 million to scale up hunger-fighting and livelihoods-boosting activities in food crisis contexts where COVID-19’s impact could be devastating.

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19/05/2020

Building a Cinematic Bond with Refugees, in a Time of Crisis

Juan Sarmiento | During one year the documentary followed the lives of Syrian student Ibrahim (left) and Iraqi physiotherapist Qutaiba (right).
Karim Aïnouz is the director of “Central Airport THF”, a documentary which describes the situation of asylum seekers sheltered in the former Tempelhof Airport, in Berlin, and is now available on streaming platforms.

Built in the 1920s, the airport of gigantic proportions was renovated in the 1930s by the Nazi regime. Decommissioned in 2008, it served as a shelter for asylum seekers between 2015 and 2019, and has since been transformed into a public park.

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