18/08/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 20: George Orwell

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery* 

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 20: George Orwell. The others will follow successively.

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Figure 20.1: George Orwell (Wikipedia).

A lower-upper middle class family and education

Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), better known by his pen name George Orwell, was the great-grandson of Charles Blair, a wealthy country gentleman, and Lady Mary Fane, daughter of the Earl of Westmorland.

Over the generations that separated Eric Blair from his great-grandparents, some of the gentility remained but most of the wealth disappeared, and he described his family as being “lower-upper middle class”.

Eric Blair was born in British India where his father was working, but when he was one year old his mother took the family to England. Continue reading

18/08/2017

A Glimpse Within – We Are Nothing in a Vast Nothingness

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By Sayde Tawk*

13 August 2017 – Wall Street International — How more satisfying it is if we can achieve a nonverbal way of communication, mindreading that is truly efficient and not just in theory. Hence, we can communicate without having to explains things that language cannot convey. We can just directly understand the curves, the intricate details lurking in a vast ornamented mind.
A small part of a vaster world
A small part of a vaster world  | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

 

A mind that is a piece of art crafted with sophistication, details that you can never ever communicate through a language. It is something that you cannot describe, it is a network of ideas, of imagination, an ever-expanding limitless world.

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18/08/2017

Soy Changes Map of Brazil, Set to Become World’s Leading Producer

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By Mario Osava* 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 17 2017 (IPS) – “Our wealth lies in the climate, not in the land,” said Antonio Galván, president of the Rural Union of Sinop, a municipality created just 37 years ago, which has prospered due to the continued expansion of soy in Brazil.
The soybean harvest this year in Brazil will hit record levels and reaffirm that the country is about to displace the United States as the world’s top producer of soy. Credit: Embrapa

The soybean harvest this year in Brazil will hit record levels and reaffirm that the country is about to displace the United States as the world’s top producer of soy. Credit: Embrapa

Sinop, population 133,000, is the biggest city in northern Mato Grosso, a state in west- central Brazil which has experienced a major expansion of the agricultural frontier since the 1970s, and is currently the leading national producer of soy, accounting for 27 per cent of Brazil’s production. Continue reading

18/08/2017

Pregnant, Breastfeeding Women among Most at Risk in Yemen’s Cholera Outbreak

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17 August 2017 – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

At 22 May Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, Dr. Farea checks in on a pregnant woman with cholera. Photo: UNFPA/Yemen

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially those who are malnourished, are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women are at risk, requiring immediate care,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) recently said.

One of these women is Ibtisam, who contracted cholera when she was nine months pregnant.

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18/08/2017

South Sudan Refugees in Uganda Exceed One Million

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As the number of refugees from South Sudan in Uganda passes one million – the vast majority of whom are women and children – the United Nations refugee agency on 17 August 2017  reiterated its call for urgent additional support.

The Imvepi refugee camp in the Arua district, northern Uganda. Seen here are refugees waiting for additional profiling. They will then wait to be relocated to different zones within the camp. UN Photo/Mark Garten

“Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement to the press.

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18/08/2017

New EU Policy on Boat Rescues Will Cause More People to Drown – UN Rights Experts

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The European Union’s new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts on 17 August 2017 cautioned.

Migrants from the Mediterranean are rescued in the Channel of Sicily, Italy. Photo: IOM/Francesco Malavolta (file)

“The EU’s proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organizations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer.

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17/08/2017

Minamata Convention Curbing Mercury Use, Now Legally Binding

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ROME, Aug 16 2017 (IPS)* The Minamata Convention — a legally-binding landmark treaty, described as the first new environmental agreement in over a decade – entered into force August 16..

Minamata Convention - Informal gold mining is one of the main sources of mercury contamination. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.

Informal gold mining is one of the main sources of mercury contamination. An artisanal gold miner in El Corpus, Choluteca along the Pacific ocean in Honduras. Credit: Thelma Mejía/IPS.

The primary aim of the Convention is “to protect human health and the environment” from mercury releases, which are considered both environmental and health hazards, according to the United Nations.

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17/08/2017

Treaty Bans New Mercury Mines While Phasing-Out Existing Ones and Reducing Emissions, Use

Human Wrongs Watch

A ground-breaking global convention on mercury on 16 August 2017 went into effect, the United Nations environment wing said, protecting millions of children and infants from possible neurological and health damage.

Artisanal small scale mining is responsible for up to 35% of global emission of mercury into the environment. Photo: Global Environment Facility | Source: UN News Centre

17/08/2017

What Does “Climate-Smart Agriculture” Really Mean? New Tool Breaks It Down

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14 2017 (IPS) – A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products.

The base for a water catchment tank. Faced with severe droughts, many farmers in the Caribbean have found it necessary to set up catchment areas to harvest water whenever it rains. Credit: CDB

This comes as global attention is drawn to climate-smart agriculture as one of the approaches to mitigate or adapt to climate change. Continue reading

17/08/2017

Critical Voices in Critical Times: the Partition of India – Lessons Learned, an Interview with Rajmohan Gandhi

Gandhi with grandchildren Rajmohan and Tara. Delhi, circa March 1942. From the back cover of Rajmohan Gandhi’s, Why Gandhi Still Matters (Aleph, 2017)

 

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