18/07/2018

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, 17 July 2018  (Other News)*According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

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Roberto Savio

The latest survey carried out of 23,000 citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States shows an enormous level of disinformation.

In five of those countries, people believe that immigrants are three times higher than they actually are.

Italians believe they account for 30% of the population when the figure is actually 10%, an average which is lower than the media of the European Union.

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18/07/2018

‘Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products Creates a Shadowy Market that Destroys Health and Fuels Organized Crime’ – Treaty to Stop this Trade

Human Wrongs Watch

17 July 2018 — A United Nations-backed treaty aimed at stopping the illicit trading of tobacco products, is set to enter into force on 25 September, marking a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to protect public health and strike back against the criminal organizations profiting from such deals.  

Vigen Sargsyan/World Bank | State-of-the-art equipments installed at the customs houses in Armenia allow full customs control. Drivers crossing the border are not forced into hours of customs checks. | Photo from UN News Centre.
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18/07/2018

Countries Are Stepping Up to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance, But ‘Serious Gaps’ Remain, Require Urgent Action

Human Wrongs Watch

New York/Rome (FAO)* Countries are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but  serious gaps remain and require urgent action, according to a report released on 18 July 2018 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Photo: ©FAO/Ferenc Isza

A veterinarian checks blood samples. Growing numbers of countries are setting up systems to collect data on the use of antimicrobial agents in animals.

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18/07/2018

Number of Muslim-Americans Running for Public Office Hits Record High Since 9/11 – Report

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18/07/2018

Greasing the Wheels of Kenya’s Nascent Oil and Gas Sector

18 July, 2018 (UN Environment)* —  For anyone interested in unravelling the intricacies of mankind’s evolution, Kenya’s remote northern Turkana County remains a researcher’s paradise. For several decades, the region has been the scene of significant archaeological discoveries that have earned it the Cradle of Mankind moniker.
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Photo from UN Environment.

In 2012, Turkana gained further prominence after the Government of Kenya announced the discovery of commercially viable oil reserves at the Ngamia-1 well. The find was the culmination of exploration efforts that began in the 1950s when British Petroleum and Shell drilled several wells in the coastal Lamu Basin.

The discovery of substantial oil and gas reserves provides significant development opportunities for Kenya and other countries.

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18/07/2018

Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

What is the source of the 21st century tendency to authoritarianism? The central purpose of neoliberal re-regulation is to remove economic policy from control by representative democracy.

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“Adam Smith’s ahistoric view”: John Kay engraving, 1790. Wikicommons/ United States Library of Congress. Public domain.

18 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — It is difficult to find a major country in which democratic institutions are not under stress, in many cases under aggressive attack.

The United States has a profoundly anti-democratic regime.

In Europe long-standing authoritarian tendencies have enjoyed a quantum leap under the neoliberal austerity regime fostered by the German government under cover of the European Commission.

The draconian austerity measures that were imposed on Greek citizens represent an obvious and shocking example of the mainstream authoritarian trend in Europe. Authoritarian movements and political parties hold power in Austria, Italy, Poland and Hungary.

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18/07/2018

In West Africa and the Sahel, Signs of Democratic Progress… amid Continued ‘Devastating’ Violence – Special Representative

Human Wrongs Watch

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) on 17 July 2018 told the Security Council.

IOM/Jessica Mamo | Displaced persons at a food distribution site in Rann, Borno state, north-east Nigeria.
18/07/2018

Taking Stock of His “Vast” Legacy for Mankind, UN Marks 100 Years Since Mandela’s Birth with a Vow to Continue Struggle for Equality

Human Wrongs Watch

17 July 2018 — Taking stock of his “vast” legacy for mankind, the United Nations will mark 100 years since the birth of the late anti-Apartheid activist, Nelson Mandela.

UN Photo/P. Sudhakaran | Nelson Mandela, then Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall.
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18/07/2018

Small and Sustainable: “Tiny Houses” Could Be Solution to World’s Housing Problems

17 July 2018 – They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer.
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UN News/Matt Wells UN Environment (UNEP) and Yale University’s Ecological Living Module; a sustainable tiny house exhibited at UN Headquarters in New York.

Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a demonstration unit for the eco-friendly and affordable housing, debuted on the UN Plaza in New York this week.

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18/07/2018

Building the #ZeroHunger Generation: A Resources Portal for Teachers, Parents or Anyone Involved in Educational Activities

FAO* — Building the #ZeroHunger Generation is a resources portal for teachers, parents or anyone involved in educational activities.

The portal supports educators in preparing classes on important global issues at the core of FAO’s work.

#ZeroHunger is built on a respect for  food, for the people who produce it, for where it comes from and most importantly, for those who go without.

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