11/07/2020

Beware the ‘Hunger’ to Access Indigenous Peoples’ Land and Resources for Post-COVID-19 Recovery

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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 9 2020 (IPS)* – When governments and states begin their recovery journey from the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, there might be a heightened threat to indigenous peoples, their land and resources.

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11/07/2020

Putting the Brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the Health and Rights of Women and Girls

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UNITED NATIONS, New York, 11 July 2020 (UNFPA)* Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 12 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. Health systems have been overwhelmed. Economies have been shuttered. And women and girls have been disproportionately affected, with sexual and reproductive health services being curtailed and gender-based violence on the rise.

11/07/2020

World Population Day: ‘No Time to Waste’ in Empowering Women

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone, everywhere, “but it does not affect everyone equally”, the UN chief said in his message for World Population Day, on 11 July 2020.

“It is deepening existing inequalities and vulnerabilities, particularly for women and girls”, said Secretary-General António Guterres. (*).

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“With many countries on lockdown and health systems struggling to cope, sexual and reproductive health services are being sidelined and gender-based violence is on the rise”.
11/07/2020

Lebanon ‘Fast Spiralling Out of Control’ Leaving Many Destitute and Facing Starvation, Warns UN Human Rights Chief

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(UN News)* — Sounding the alarm over the crippling impact of “growing economic shocks, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic” in Lebanon, the UN human rights chief called on Friday [10 July 2020] for a unified response by politicians and the people to overcome the worsening socio-economic crisis there.

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“Many have lost jobs, seen their life-savings evaporate before their eyes and lost their homes”, underscored High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urging the Government, political parties and the financial sector, to work together to protect the poorest and most defenceless. Continue reading
11/07/2020

Wildlife Trafficking Crime Threatening Environment and Human Health

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(UN News)* – The COVID-19 pandemic shows how wildlife crime is a threat not only to the environment but to human health, according to a new UN report issued on 10 July 2020.

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The World Wildlife Crime Report 2020 outlines how trafficking in some wild species, which are then butchered and sold illegally, can increase the transmission of diseases that spread from animals to humans.

Zoonotic diseases represent up to 75 per cent of all emerging infectious diseases and include the new coronavirus that caused the global pandemic.

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10/07/2020

Bangladesh: Move Rohingya from Dangerous Silt Island

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By Human Rights Watch*

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New York – Bangladesh authorities should immediately move over 300 Rohingya refugees, including at least 33 children, from the silt island of Bhasan Char to the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps to be with their families, Human Rights Watch said on 9 July 2020.

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10/07/2020

A New Report Looks at the Illegal Trade of Plants and Animals

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10 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — From rhino horns, to pangolin scales to rosewood, the world has seen increases and decreases in the illicit trade of plants and animals during the recent five-year period, according to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs a Crime.

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The World Wildlife Crime Report found that along with threatening endangered species, wildlife crimes and exploitation of nature can promote climate change as well as negatively impact public health because of zoonotic disease transmissions.

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10/07/2020

Global Acceleration Framework to Speed Up Water and Sanitation Access for All

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(UN News)* — A new mechanism launched on 9 July 2020 aims to speed up action so that people everywhere will have access to water and sanitation by the end of the decade, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

© UNICEF/Yareidy Perdomo | A woman and children use new handwashing facilities installed by UNICEF in Embratel, an informal urban settlement in Boa Vista, in northern Brazil.

The Global Acceleration Framework for SDG 6 addresses an issue which cuts across many areas of the UN’s work.

Developed by more than 30 UN entities and 40 international organizations, it outlines more efficient and coordinated support to countries to ensure global availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

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09/07/2020

Illegal Trade in Fake or Faulty COVID-19 Products Booming, New UN Research Reveals

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(UN News)* — A surge in demand for medical products to combat COVID-19 has led to a jump in the trafficking of substandard and faulty merchandise, according to new UN research published on 8 July 2020.

World Bank/Henitsoa Rafalia | Health workers in Madagascar test citizens for COVID-19.
“Health and lives are at risk with criminals exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to cash in on public anxiety and increased demand for PPE and medications”, said Ghada Waly, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Among its countless other impacts, the coronavirus has further highlighted the shortcomings in regulatory and legal frameworks aimed at preventing the manufacturing and selling of these products, points out the UNODC research brief, entitled “COVID-19-related Trafficking of Medical Products as a Threat to Public Health”.

09/07/2020

Refugees Deliver Mental Health Services to Locked Down Camps in Iraq

Trained community workers – many of them refugees themselves – are providing vital mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak in northern Iraq.

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8 July 2020 (UNHCR)* — Falak Selo knows what the sudden loss of home, country and loved ones can do to a person’s mental wellbeing. She was studying philosophy at the University of Damascus in 2013 when Syria’s civil war reached the area where her mother and sister were living. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

09/07/2020

Their Office in the Air: Helicopter Pilots Fighting Desert Locusts

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A day on the job with Miles Woodgate, a pilot conducting locust control operations in Somalia

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Miles Woodgate is part of the crew of helicopter pilots hired by FAO to spray the desert locusts in Somalia, helping to save people’s food and livelihood sources. ©FAO/Haji Dirir

8 July 2020 (FAO)* — The alarm went off a few minutes ago, before the morning call to prayer. It is now a quarter past five and still pitch-black outside. Miles Woodgate is eating breakfast and getting ready for the long day ahead fighting Desert Locusts.

This Englishman is one of the pilots conducting aerial spraying in the easternmost country of the Horn of Africa — the first time in 30 years that the security situation has allowed for this to happen in Somalia.

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09/07/2020

Rising Global Temperature Shows ‘Enormous Challenge’ of Meeting Climate Goal

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(UN News)* — Annual global temperature is likely to be at least 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels in each of the coming five years, putting globally agreed climate change targets in jeopardy, new data from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reveals.

UNICEF/Pirozzi | An 11-year-old boy finds relief from the summer heat by playing in a fountain in a historic part of the city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. (file)

The prediction is among the findings in the UN agency’s latest Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, released on 8 July 2020 in Geneva, which also shows that temperature could exceed 1.5°C in at least one year between now and 2024.

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09/07/2020

New Climate Predictions Assess Global Temperatures in Coming Five Years

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Geneva, 9 July 2020 (WMO)* – The annual mean global temperature is likely to be at least 1° Celsius above pre-industrial levels (1850-1900) in each of the coming five years (2020-2024) and there is a 20% chance that it will exceed 1.5°C in at least one year, according to new climate predictions issued by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The Global Annual to Decadal Climate Update, led by the United Kingdom’s Met Office, provides a climate outlook for the next five years, updated annually.

09/07/2020

June Sees More Global Heat, Especially in Arctic Siberia

8 July 2020 (WMO)* — June 2020 was just 0.01°C below the record-breaking temperatures of June 2019, with exceptional heat in Arctic Siberia, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S). Globally, temperatures last month were 0.53°C warmer than the average June from 1981-2010.

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Over Arctic Siberia, average temperatures reached as high as 10 °C above normal for June, fuelling severe wildfires. During both June and for the last 12 months, Siberia stands out as the region with the largest anomalies.

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08/07/2020

UN Chief Warns of Deadly Germs as Potential Bioterrorist Weapons

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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2020 (IPS)* – The coronavirus—which has claimed the lives of over 538,000 people and infected more than 11.6 million worldwide—has destabilized virtually every facet of human life ever since its outbreak in late December.

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08/07/2020

Illegal Mining Threatens the Amazon and Exposes Indigenous Peoples to COVID-19

The rampant spread of the coronavirus in Brazil has already taken the lives of more than 57 thousand people. Meanwhile, illegal miners are going further and further into Indigenous lands in the Amazon, threatening not only the forest, but also exposing Indigenous People to COVID-19.

Mining pushes through and devastates the Munduruku Indigenous Land in the Amazon. © Marcos Amend / Greenpeace
Mining pushes through and devastates the Munduruku Indigenous Land in the Amazon. © Marcos Amend / Greenpeace © Marcos Amend / Greenpeace

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08/07/2020

All You Need Is Love?

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By James Ballantyne*

A review of Rutger Bregman’s new book on human kindness.

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“Can we dare to think people are kind, and shape organisations around this view?”

7 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — That’s the question Rutger Bregman examines in his latest book Humankind, and it’s one that anyone involved in youth and community work like me wrestles with on a daily basis. But is Bregman’s optimistic analysis grounded in reality?

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08/07/2020

Racism and the Culture of War

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By David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service*

To succeed, the struggle against racism needs to be understood in the context of the struggle against the culture of war.

In my history of the culture of war, I quote Malcolm X at length:

“”Book after book showed me how the white man had brought upon the world’s black, brown, red, and yellow peoples every variety of the sufferings of exploitation. I saw how since the sixteenth century, the so-called “Christian trader” white man began to ply the seas in his lust for Asian and African empires, and plunder, and power… First, always “religiously,” he branded “heathen” and “pagan” labels upon ancient non-white cultures and civilizations. The stage thus set, he then turned upon his non-white victims his weapons of war.”

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08/07/2020

Donald Trump, Working Class Hero?

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 7 2020 (IPS)* – In his early February annual State of the Union address, US President Donald Trump typically hailed his own policies for increasing wages and jobs to achieve record low US unemployment. Directly appealing to labour for a second term, Trump claimed exclusive credit for the US “blue-collar boom”.

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During his previous two State of the Union speeches, Trump also directly appealed to blue-collar Americans who put him in the White House in November 2016.

As Trump claims manufacturing workers have been the main beneficiaries of his economic policies, including his trade and other policies, this seemed likely to dominate his re-election campaign.

In fact, US manufacturing growth had slowed to its lowest level in August 2019 when the purchasing managers’ index fell for the first time since September 2009. Despite his bombast, Trump has failed to reverse the continuing decline in manufacturing’s share of GDP. Continue reading

07/07/2020

Refugees Raise Voices to Push for Racial Justice

By Sarah Schafer in New York and Matthew Mpoke Bigg in London. With contributions from Kristy Siegfried in Oxford, UK, and Gabriella Reis in Brasília. | UNHCR*

The police brutality that sparked protests in the United States and beyond reminds some refugees of the bigotry they fled — and sometimes still encounter in places they now call home. Here are some of their voices.

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07/07/2020

Under Cover of the Pandemic, Stealth Land Grabs Are Ongoing in India

Human Wrongs Watch

By Christine Löw*

Indigenous women are on the front lines of resistance against forest evictions.

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6 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The outbreak of the coronavirus and the regulations that have been installed by governments worldwide to protect citizens, life and vulnerable groups effect everyone – but not every person or community in the same way.

It is not yet clear, if indigenous groups in India, often living in remote areas with lack of information and restricted access to health care are particularly threatened by Covid-19 or more resilient to its spreading if they devise innovative coping mechanisms (such as self-isolation and protective health measures).

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07/07/2020

How Monitoring Sewage Could Prevent a Return of the Coronavirus

7 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — In their efforts to stave off a second wave of COVID-19, scientists from around the world have turned to a new ally: sewage.

 

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In the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain, researchers are poring over samples of wastewater for signs of the coronavirus, which is believed to be shed in human feces.

Given that many people with the virus are asymptomatic and will not be tested for the disease, scientists say sewage could act like a COVID-19 early warning system.

Countries have long monitored sewage, which is laden with traces of the food people eat, the medicine they take, and the disinfectants they use. Wastewater monitoring has been used for decades to assess the success of vaccination campaigns against poliovirus, for example.

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07/07/2020

The Goan Village Women Helping Mitigate Plastic Pollution by Making Eco-friendly Sanitary Pads

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PILGAON/GOA, India, Jul 3 2020 (IPS)* – Jayashree Parwar has not traveled much outside of her village of Bicholim in the western coastal Indian state of Goa. But the homemaker-turned-social-entrepreneur has been reaching women in dozens of cities across the country with a hygiene product she makes at home along with women from her community.

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The Sakhi sanitary pad is completely natural, comprising pinewood fibre, non-woven cloth, and butter paper. lt composts in eight days. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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07/07/2020

New UN Report Outlines Ways to Curb Growing Spread of Animal-to-Human Diseases

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the battle against COVID-19 rages, the world can expect to see other diseases that pass from animals to humans emerge, according to a new UN report launched on 6 July 2020, which maintains that there is still time to head off potential zoonotic pandemics.

ILRI/Barbara Wieland | Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) work to control bird flu in Indonesia.

Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission identifies seven trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases, including a growing demand for animal protein, unsustainable farming practices and the global climate crisis.

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07/07/2020

Move Away from Outdated ‘Mad or Bad’ Approach to Mental Illness, Urges UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Physical and Mental Health

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress.

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While welcoming international recognition of mental health, Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, told the Human Rights Council on 6 July 2020 that “much more is still needed”.
06/07/2020

Chained

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

Discipline and dissatisfaction controlling daily life

Accepting rules and commitments that are only means and not ends in themselves makes the individual a link in the alienating chains
Accepting rules and commitments that are only means and not ends in themselves makes the individual a link in the alienating chains | Image from Wall Street International.

(Wall Street International)* — Accepting rules and commitments established in contexts that organize their validity corresponds to limits defining necessary functions. When these rules and commitments exist independently of the situations they regulate, when they exist to maintain other orders, they enslave and chain. Thus, being bound by commitments and rules makes the individual a link to alienating chains.

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06/07/2020

Italy: Sold to Big Pharma

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Dr. Antonietta  M. Gatti and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr | Children’s Health Defense – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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28 Jun 2020 – A letter to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. by Dr. Antonietta M. Gatti

Dear Robert,

I don’t know if you are completely aware of the Italian situation. Summarizing everything in a few words, Italy was sold to Big Pharma and has become a huge laboratory where experiments are carried out on the population: adults, children, old, healthy, sick people … it makes no difference, we are all guinea pigs.

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06/07/2020

The Next Wave – How to Beat Future Pandemics

6 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — A new report by UNEP and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) considers the root causes of the emergence and spread of COVID-19 and other zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases that originate in animals and are transferred to humans.

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The report offers a set of practical recommendations that can help policymakers prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks.

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06/07/2020

Ousmane Sembène: And The Part That Has No Part

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By Samir Gandesha*

“Today, in the West, but especially in North America, we see the intimate ties between fascism and an increasingly militarized police apparatus.”
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3 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Widely regarded as the first film made in Black Africa, Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) by Ousmane Sembène provides an immediate glimpse of post-colonial reality. Made in 1963 on Sembène’s return from the Gorkii Studios in Moscow, it portrays one day in the life of a cart driver in Dakar, Senegal. Its formal minimalism enables Borom Sarret to reveal several layers of complexity. Continue reading

06/07/2020

What Are the Russian Authorities Trying to Hide?

Environmental stories out of Russia have been in the news lately. First, there was one of the largest diesel spills in the Russian Arctic’s history. Then, there is the shocking heating of the Arctic which can be directly connected to climate change, which is driven by the burning of fossil fuels, like diesel. Now — once again, as is happening with increasing fury every year — there are wildfires raging across Siberia, another effect of climate change.

Samples Collected from Pyasina River Contaminated by Oil in the Russian Arctic. © Dmitry Sharomov / Greenpeace
Greenpeace Russia takes samples from the Pyasina River’s contaminated water. © Dmitry Sharomov / Greenpeace

Well, here’s a story that ties all these things together:

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05/07/2020

If This Is the Remote Worker of the Future, GET OUT of the House Now

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By Andrew Dickens*

05/07/2020

New Guide Equips Religious Leaders to Better Protect Rainforests

5 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — In December 2019, one alliance managed a landmark move in Peru – it brought together political, religious and indigenous leaders to sign a “Forest Pledge” to develop stronger national policy to protect the country’s Amazon forest.
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How did it get done? You might call it an act of God.

The events last December were convened by the Peruvian program of the Interfaith Rainforest Initiative (IRI) an international alliance launched in 2017 to mobilize religious leaders to defend rainforests, through collaboration with indigenous communities, local groups, and advocates for rainforest protection.

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05/07/2020

Meet BlackRock, the New Great Vampire Squid

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

BlackRock is a global financial giant with customers in 100 countries and its tentacles in major asset classes all over the world; and it now manages the spigots to trillions of bailout dollars from the Federal Reserve. The fate of a large portion of the country’s corporations has been put in the hands of a megalithic private entity with the private capitalist mandate to make as much money as possible for its owners and investors; and that is what it has proceeded to do.

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To most people, if they are familiar with it at all, BlackRock is an asset manager that helps pension funds and retirees manage their savings through “passive” investments that track the stock market.

But working behind the scenes, it is much more than that.

BlackRock has been called “the most powerful institution in the financial system,” “the most powerful company in the world” and the “secret power.”

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05/07/2020

Oh No! Mexico!

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By Bill Dahl*

As the world moves ahead, Mexico lurches backward

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5 July 2020 (Wall Street International)* – In June 2020, Mexico dropped out of the top 25 countries for foreign investment for the second time in over 20 years. For the second largest economy in Latin America, this is bad news.

What has precipitated this decline in confidence by the global investment community? This article explores the central reasons for this reality.

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05/07/2020

Is Swine Flu Going to Be the Next Pandemic?

The world has been worried about pandemic diseases for many years. Before COVID-19, attention was focused on influenza viruses as the most likely cause. A recent paper reminds us that the threat from flu remains very real. It reports that a swine flu virus is circulating in China that has the potential for pandemic spread in humans. This sounds highly alarming, but just how worried should we be?

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Main symptoms of swine flu in humans | Public Domain

There are millions of cases of flu each year, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths. These are caused by “seasonal” or type B influenza viruses.

There are also other types of flu viruses that are harboured by animals, notably the type A viruses of birds.

Thankfully, most of these infect humans poorly. But as they are different from the seasonal viruses, humans have no or little existing immunity to them.

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04/07/2020

Battleground States

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By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past.”
 — Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate in Maine

 

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On 25 June 2020 President Trump’s re-election efforts took him to the “battleground” state of Wisconsin, where he toured the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard. He railed against the Democrats as a scarier enemy than Russia or China.

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04/07/2020

Youth Mobilize to Support Egypt’s Front-Line Health Workers

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CAIRO, Egypt (UNFPA)*“Every morning we meet with the intention of packing as many kits as we can, to be delivered to the health workers who are working hard to protect us,” 22-year-old Ammar told UNFPA.

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04/07/2020

Water and Climate Coalition Takes Shape

3 July 2020 (WMO)* — Climate change impacts are affecting water availability and are exacerbating the damages floods and drought cause worldwide. Climate related water action is a key for bringing us back on track to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure access to water and sanitation for all and to sustain a healthy environment.

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WMO hosted a virtual diplomatic briefing on 2 July on plans for a Water and Climate Coalition aimed at building momentum on water and climate action through implementing concrete activities at the national, regional and global levels.

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04/07/2020

Living amid Ruins, Afghans Get Help to Build Shelters

Afghanistan’s shortage of decent and affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing millions of displaced and returning refugees. A new project is offering some a solution.  |  Français   |  عربي

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3 July 2020 (UNHCR)* — Mohammad Daud and his family fled fighting and insecurity in their home area and came to Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan more than eight years ago. But until recently, they still lacked a secure roof over their heads.
04/07/2020

Bolsonaro Vetoes Mandatory Mask Use in Shops, Temples, Schools

As of Friday [3 July 2020] morning, Brazil had reported 1,508,991 COVID-19 cases and 62,304 deaths.

Crosses installed in tribute to the victims of COVID-19, Brasilia, Brazil, June 28.Crosses installed in tribute to the victims of COVID-19, Brasilia, Brazil, June 28. | Photo: EFE

(teleSUR)* —  Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Friday [3 July 2020] passed a bill on the mandatory use of masks against COVID-19 but vetoed some provisions that required their use in places where people gather such as shops, religious temples, and schools.

The far-right politician, who has always downplayed the importance of physical isolation, argued that wearing masks in such cases “incurs a possible violation of residence” contrary to the Constitution.

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04/07/2020

Brazil: Indigenous Leaders Denounce COVID-19 Risk From Military

“We don’t want to be used as government’s propaganda,” Indigenous leader Parana Yanomami said.

Members of the Yanomami community arrive at a military brigade, Surucucu, Brazil, 2020.Members of the Yanomami community arrive at a military brigade, Surucucu, Brazil, 2020. | Photo: EFE

3 July 2020 (teleSUR)* — Indigenous leaders from the isolated Brazilian Yanomami community complained that a military mission sent to protect them from the coronavirus brought instead a risk of infection to their people through contact with journalists among other outsiders.

Federal prosecutors said they were investigating the visit for ignoring the wishes of Yanomami communities to remain isolated from society, violating rules of social distancing, and distributing chloroquine to Indigenous people.

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03/07/2020

Why Don’t We Take Climate Change Seriously? Racism Is the Answer

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sulaiman Ilyas-Jarrett*

If climate change directly affected white Westerners, action would have come quicker.

Climate activist Oladosu Adenike organising with schoolchildren in Abuja, Nigeria, 2019.
Climate activist Oladosu Adenike organising with schoolchildren in Abuja, Nigeria, 2019 | Oladosu Adenike (All rights reserved)

1 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — We have known about climate change for decades. As early as 1992 the threat was sufficiently obvious, and the science sufficiently clear, to justify a UN treaty on the topic. Yet we’ve only even begun to get our act together in the last five or so years. Why?

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03/07/2020

Economic Misery Engulfs Syrian Refugees and Their Hosts

By Walid Saleh and Warda Al-Jawahiry in Tripoli, Lebanon | UNHCR*

In Lebanon, the capacity of local community and Syrian refugees to provide mutual support is being stretched to breaking point by economic turmoil and the COVID-19 crisis. |Español   |  Français|  عربي

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Behind the counter of her small convenience store in a rundown neighbourhood of Tripoli, northern Lebanon, 35-year-old Kawkab Mustafa keeps a list of debts owed to her by customers she has allowed to buy goods on credit. In recent months, the list has grown so long she needs four separate notebooks to record all the entries.

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03/07/2020

The U.K. Denies Venezuela Access to Gold for Food and Medicines

On May 14, the Central Bank of Venezuela sued the Bank of England to obtain its gold bars.

The High Court in London, Britain, July 2, 2020.The High Court in London, Britain, July 2, 2020. | Photo: EFE

(teleSUR)* — The United Kingdom’s High Court Thursday [2 July 2020] decided that opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido can access 31 tons of Venezuelan gold held in the Bank of England, which prevents President Nicolas Maduro’s administration from using those resources to fight the pandemic.

The ruling about this monetary reserve valued at over US $ 1 billion occurs after months of disputes between Venezuela and the Bank of England, which denied the constitutionally constituted government access to its own resources

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03/07/2020

‘Let’s Cooperate and Invite Everyone to Fight for Climate Action’ – International Day of Cooperatives

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Climate change severely impacts people’s livelihoods around the world, especially the most disadvantaged groups such as small-scale farmers, women, youth, indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities, who have to cope with extreme natural disasters and degradation of natural resources.

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03/07/2020

Processed and Fried Foods Containing So-Called “Transfats” May Increase Ovarian Cancer Risk

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(UN News)* — A likely link between processed and fried foods containing so-called “transfats” and ovarian cancer has been identified by UN scientists, they said on Thursday [2 July 2020].

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued the announcement at the end of a study of nearly 1,500 patients suffering from the disease, which is the eighth most common cause of cancer death in women.

Previous, smaller studies have suggested a link between these industrially manufactured fatty foods and ovarian cancer, but the evidence has been “inconclusive” until now, said IARC’s Dr Inge Huybrechts.

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02/07/2020

Are We Going from San Francisco?

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 30 2020 (IPS)* – Seventy-five years ago, on 26 June 1945, before the Japanese surrender ending the Second World War, fifty nations gathered at San Francisco’s Opera House to sign the United Nations (UN) Charter.

UN Charter
Nations pledged “to practice tolerance and live together in peace …, and to ensure … that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples”.

They sought “to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, … and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to … promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”.

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02/07/2020

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Practices that Harm Girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York (UNFPA)*Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. And without urgent action, the situation is likely to worsen.
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