26/02/2020

WATCH: Largest Oil Refinery on US West Coast Erupts in Flames

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The fire spat flames 100 feet into the air. © Twitter / FinoBoxing
There was reportedly an explosion at the refinery’s cooling tower before the fire broke out roughly 18 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Eyewitness footage from the scene shows the extent of the fire as it ripped through parts of the facility in the early morning hours of Wednesday.

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26/02/2020

Lucky Trump Looking Smug

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 2020 (IPS)* – Meeting the President of the Republic of Korea in September 2019, President Donald J Trump bragged that the “US economy is the envy of the world”. Trump reiterated such claims in his State of the Union address in early February, hailing his own policies with typical humility.

Trump touted US economic success at the Davos World Economic Forum in January as “nothing short of spectacular”, asserting “I’m proud to declare the United States is in the midst of an economic boom, the likes of which the world has never seen before.”

Facts hardly matter

To the contrary, US economic growth slowed after Trump started the ‘trade war’ with China, dropping from 3.5% in the second quarter of 2018 to 2.1% in the last quarter of 2019, much less than the 5.5% per annum peak in the second quarter of 2014 during the Obama presidency. Continue reading

26/02/2020

Belgium, on Its Way towards a Circular Economy

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25 February 2020 (UN Environment)* — “We know that we cannot continue to use resources as if they were unlimited. We must think about the recycling of materials, the decreasing of our resources use, and we must concretely support the valorisation of materials,” said Willy Borsus, Vice-President of the Belgian Walloon Region.

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Worldwide material consumption has expanded rapidly, as has material footprint per capita. In 1990, some 8.1 tonnes of natural resources were used to satisfy a person’s need, while in 2017, almost 12.2 tonnes of resources were extracted per person.

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26/02/2020

Three Financial Firms Could Change the Direction of the Climate Crisis – and Few People Have Any Idea

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26/02/2020

‘Along with Climate Shocks, Conflict and Acute Food Insecurity, East Africa Now Faces a Hunger Threat from Desert Locusts’

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More funding needed to combat locust swarms ‘unprecedented in modern times’

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(UN News)* — Along with climate shocks, conflict and acute food insecurity, the East Africa region now faces a hunger threat from desert locusts, top UN relief officials warned on Tuesday [25 February 2020], saying action now, will avert a major food crisis later.
25/02/2020

The Doctrine of Just War: Just That, War! (Or More War than Just)

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By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

There is no scarcity of literature in this field, much of it permutations around the basic core of “I am of course against war, but – -”. So let it be clear from the outset that the present author is against war, there being no “but”.

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Johan Galtung

War as an institution to resolve conflict is an abomination, like slavery and colonialism as institutions. Occasional war, slavery and colonialism are probably hard to eliminate.

But the key word is institution, legitimized by social norms and mores.

A doctrine of just war is designed to do exactly that, offer a legitimation, for instance by seeing the evil of war as something that can be outweighed by possible positive consequences. But all human activity carries in its wake something good and something bad, weighing one against the other we can justify anything, like justifying Hitler with the Autobahnen.

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25/02/2020

Biodiversity ‘Fundamental’ for Global Food Systems, at ‘Heart’ of Development – UN Food and Agriculture Chief

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24 February 2020 (UN News)* —  Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.

UNDP | Mayra Monge has dedicated much of her life to researching and planting native trees in the verdant biodiverse powerhouse of Costa Rica.
25/02/2020

COVID-19 Not Yet a Pandemic: World Health Organization’s Chief

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(UN News)* — While a sudden increase in new cases of COVID-19 is of concern, the spread of coronavirus is not yet a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on 24 February 2020.

Man Yi | The movement of people in Shenzhen in China, is being strictly controlled during t the coronavirus outbreak.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva.

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25/02/2020

UN Launches New Project to Address Link between Terrorism, Arms and Crime

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(UN News)* — Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday [21 February 2020] aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking.

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism | Director of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, Under Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov presents the project “Preventing and combatting the illicit trafficking of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists” – addressing the terrorism-arms-crime nexus.
24/02/2020

Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange

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Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service*

See: 1242 Signatures from 99 Countries as of 21 Feb 10:30 a.m. GMT
[TMS editor is #700 on the list]

Julian Assange, founder and publisher of WikiLeaks, is currently detained in Belmarsh high-security prison in the United Kingdom and faces extradition to the United States and criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act.

assange-300x169He risks up to 175 years imprisonment for his part in making public the leak of US military documents from Afghanistan and Iraq, and a trove of US State Department cables.

The ‘War Diaries’ provided evidence that the US Government misled the public about activities in Afghanistan and Iraq and committed war crimes.  WikiLeaks partnered with a wide range of media organizations worldwide that republished the War Diaries and embassy cables.

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24/02/2020

Peace in Afghanistan Will Be Victory for the Taliban, a Failure for the West

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By Paul Rogers*

The Taliban remain strong despite everything the US is throwing at them – but how serious is Trump about a peace deal?

20 February 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The US and the Taliban have agreed that they would like to hold a seven-day ceasefire. The chances of it actually happening varies by the day, and it’s not clear whether Donald Trump and those close to him do genuinely want a deal.

Beyond those hurdles, however, could a short-term ceasefire open into a lasting peace – one that brings stability while ensuring respect for human rights?

From the US perspective, the war is low profile but extraordinarily intense. The country’s armed forces are dropping many more bombs than a decade ago, when they had many more boots on the ground.

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24/02/2020

Choline – An Important Nutrient for Vegetarians and Vegans

By Robert Smith*

24 February 2020 (Wall Street International)*In previous articles, I discussed the importance of eating little or no meat (especially beef)1-3.

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Eggs are among the main food sources of choline | Image from Wall Street International.

Unfortunately, the food industry is a powerful force working against this idea. Clever marketing continues to increase the demand for mass-produced beef throughout the world.

So, it’s especially disappointing when news agencies publish headlines like this one: “Vegan and Plant-Based Diets Worsen Brain Health”4.

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24/02/2020

Nepal’s Baby Export

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KATHMANDU, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – A major discrepancy between Nepal government and foreign records of the number of Nepali children adopted in North America and Europe has exposed a trafficking ring that involves various child welfare agencies in Kathmandu.

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The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has records of only 64 children from Nepal sent for adoption to ten western countries from 2010 to 2019. However, a list submitted to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) by the US Department of State and the nine other countries reveals that 242 Nepali children were taken for adoption in those nine years.

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24/02/2020

Australia: Don’t Cozy Up to Myanmar’s Army

23/02/2020

Rise and Fall of Evo Morales

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By Fernando Ayala*

21 February  2020 — (Wall Street International)*

“The first time I traveled to Spain for a meeting, as a cocalero union leader, at the Madrid airport the police asked me to show the US$ 500 required to cover my expenses. I pointed out that in my life I had never seen that sum of money, that I had been invited and asked them to grant me one dollar for each year of the 500 that their ancestors have exploited us. They let me in. “

(Evo Morales)

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Evo Morales | Image from Wall Street International.

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23/02/2020

UN Accused of “Hypocrisy” Launching Equal Pay Day While Condoning Wage Discrimination

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – The United Nations, which has long preached the irrefutable concept of income equality to the outside world, is now accused of condoning wage discrimination in its own backyard.

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The message from the UN Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva was brutally frank—“protesting the UN’s hypocrisy” for launching “International Equal Pay Day*” while failing to reverse an illegal pay cut that has left 3,000 staff being paid 5 per cent less than colleagues on the same grades. Continue reading

23/02/2020

Ten New Migratory Species Protected Under Global Wildlife Agreement

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(UN News)*Asian elephants, jaguars and great Indian bustards were among 10 new species added to a global wildlife agreement on Saturday [22 February 2020].
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The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) concluded in Gandhinagar, India, with resolutions and decisions adopted to help conserve migratory species globally.

“With COP13, the important role of CMS in protecting nature around the world has been strongly embraced”, affirmed CMS Executive Secretary Amy.

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23/02/2020

Afghanistan: Civilian Casualties Exceed 10,000 for Sixth Straight Year

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22 February 2020 (UN News)* —  More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict.

UNAMA/Eric Kanalstein | Displaced women and children in Afghanistan’s northern Saripul province.

“Almost no civilian in Afghanistan has escaped being personally affected in some way by the ongoing violence,” Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA),  said  on Saturday [22 February 2020].

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23/02/2020

Hunger Threatens over Half of the Population in South Sudan

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Food security worsened significantly in areas hit by last year’s floods

Photo: ©FAO/Stefanie GlinskiAgong and her child from South Sudan, where some 6.5 million people are at risk of hunger.

JUBA (FAO)* – Some 6.5 million people in South Sudan – more than half of the population – could be in acute food insecurity at the height of this hunger season (May-July), three United Nations agencies on 20 February 2020 warned.

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21/02/2020

‘Deliberate Starvation’ Tactics Used in South Sudan Could Be a War Crime

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(UN News)*The people of South Sudan have been “deliberately starved” in different parts of the country for ethnic and political reasons, and sexual violence against women and men as a weapon of war is ongoing, UN investigators said on Thursday [20 February 2020]

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The three-member commission,appointed by the UN Human Rights Council,also said South Sudan’s political elites are ‘oblivious’ to the suffering of civilians.

They warned of intercommunal conflict and terrible rights violations “in large swathes of territory”, as a new deadline approaches the formation of a unity Government after years of conflict.

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21/02/2020

A Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework Aims at Reinforcing Efforts to Save World’s Ecosystem

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 20 2020 (IPS)* – The UN’s highly-touted socio-economic agenda, which lays out an ambitious global plan for “people, planet and prosperity”, has been dominated by “goals, targets and deadlines.”

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21/02/2020

An Indian Farming Biodiversity Success Story

18 February 2020 (UN Environment)*More than 90 per cent of rice is produced and consumed in Asia. Prior to the green revolution in the 1960s, India was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural disasters, adaptability to a range of conditions.

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Photo by RCDC

Today, much of this biodiversity is irretrievably lost, forced out by the quest for high-yield hybrids and varieties. Nevertheless, a significant number of traditional varieties of rice are still grown by small and marginal farmers across India, where they cater for local consumers’ quality preferences and market niches.

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21/02/2020

Simple Urine Test Could Improve Early Detection of Bladder Cancer – WHO Study

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20 February 2020 (UN News)*A new study conducted by researchers from the United Nations health agency revealed that bladder cancer mutations can be detected in urine up to 10 years before clinically diagnosing the disease.

© UNICEF/Karel Prinsloo | A nurse chats with a woman receiving chemotherapy in a hospital in Burera District, Rwanda.

The test is based on detecting mutations in the telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene – a crucial element for cancer genesis and progression – the most common mutations in bladder cancer, according to the report conducted by the UN World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and international partners.

The new evidence is detailed in an article published by The Lancet, which highlights the potential of early detection.

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21/02/2020

Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh – Alive, Struggling, Fighting and Uniting

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18 February 2020 (IWGIA)*  — The situation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh in many ways echoes the situation of other Indigenous Peoples in Asia: they face heavy militarization; they are stigmatized as anti-national for wanting to be included in decisions affecting their lives – such as industrial development taking place on their ancestral lands, lands which they depend on for their livelihood; and their lands are grabbed at the speed of light, and with their land goes a huge part of their identity. Indigenous women are targeted, and rape is used systematically as a weapon to suppress them. The misery seems to be unending. Yet they are still here; alive, struggling, fighting, uniting.

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20/02/2020

The International Organization for Migration Calls on World Community, Including EU, for Urgent Action to Find Alternatives to Disembarkation in Libya

Geneva (IOM)* – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 19 February 2-2o called on the international community including the European Union to find an alternative safe disembarkation mechanism for migrants rescued fleeing Libya by boat after roughly 200 migrants were returned to Tripoli, hours after the city’s main port was heavily shelled on Tuesday [18 February 2020].

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IOM Libya staff assist migrants at a disembarkation point in Tripoli. Photo credit: IOM 2020

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20/02/2020

“Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice” – World Day

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Two people in an extremely impoverished rural area in Brazil. ©J. Ripper/ILO

For the United Nations, the pursuit of social justice for all is at the core of our global mission to promote development and human dignity.

The adoption by the International Labour Organization of the Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization is just one recent example of the UN System’s commitment to social justice.

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20/02/2020

Raise Your Voice on Social Justice Day

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If the future is going to work for everyone, it will mean putting people and planet first. But how? Tell policymakers what you think!

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20 February 2020 (ILO)* — On Social Justice Day 2020  the ILO is asking you why the future of work should put people and planet first?
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The ILO believes the only way we are going to achieve social justice, tackle inequality, reduce poverty and address climate change, is if we put people and planet first.
20/02/2020

Malnutrition, Disease, Floods, Droughts and Displacement in Niger Put 3 Million People, Half of Them Children, in Need of Humanitarian Assistance – UNICEF

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(UN News)* — Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF on 19 February 2020 said, calling for increased attention to their plight.

©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau| Nearly three million people in Niger, of whom more than half are children, need humanitarian assistance.
Exacerbated by instability in the region that has led to an influx of thousands of refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons and migrants, simultaneous emergencies are stretching the capacities of humanitarian partners to respond.
20/02/2020

‘Not a Single Country’ Does Enough to Help Children Flourish: Health Experts

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19 February 2020 (UN News)* — The world’s survival depends on children being able to flourish, but no country is doing enough to give them a sustainable future, dozens of highly respected international health experts on 19 February 2020.

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich | Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old.

In a UN-backed report assessing the capacity of 180 countries to ensure that their youngsters can survive and thrive, the authors highlight numerous “immediate” threats to their health, environment and opportunities.

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19/02/2020

Unusual Weather and Climate Conditions, Including Heavy Rains, Contribute to a Serious Desert Locust Outbreak, Threatening Rural Food Security and Livelihoods across East Africa

March to May is the main cropping season for many countries in Eastern Africa (most of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, southern South Sudan, southern Ethiopia and southern Somalia).

The swarms of locusts, which have now spread to eight countries (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea), have been laying eggs along their migratory paths. The eggs are expected to hatch between March and April, posing serious risks to the upcoming cropping season.

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19/02/2020

World Failing to Provide Children with a Healthy Life and a Climate Fit for Their Future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

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New York / London / Geneva (WHO)*No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today [19 February 2020] by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world.

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19/02/2020

Animal Culture Linked to Conservation for the First Time

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Measures Proposed for the Sperm Whale and the Nut-Cracking Chimpanzee at UN Wildlife Conference

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Gandhinagar, 19 February 2020 (CMS)* – Animal culture, the learning of non-human species through socially transmitted behaviours, is being linked to conservation action for the first time at CMS COP13.
19/02/2020

Lives in Engineering

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By John Scales Avery*

17 February  2020 (Wall Street International)* — At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is an indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Almost all of the free energy that drives the human economy came originally from the sun’s radiation | Image from Wall Street International.
19/02/2020

As Planet Burns, One Million Species in World’s Eco-System in Danger of Extinction

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – When UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addressed the 193-member General Assembly last December, he focused on the smoldering climate crisis– pointing out that the last five years have been the hottest ever recorded.

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Ice caps are melting, he said, In Greenland alone, 179 billion tonnes of ice melted in July. Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections. Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago.

“Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected, putting some of our biggest and most economically important cities at risk.

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18/02/2020

Global Economy Still Slowing, Dangerously Vulnerable

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 18 2020 (IPS)* – In an annual ritual early in the year, most major economic organizations have released forecasts for the global economy in 2020. Incredibly, almost as a reminder of where financial power resides in this day and age, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its forecasts at the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting in Davos.

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Although the IMF revised its global economic growth prognosis slightly downwards from its October 2019 forecast, it still offers the most optimistic prospect of 3.3% growth in 2020.

The World Bank’s forecast of 2.5% – identical to the United Nations (UN) estimate – is the lowest, with the OECD’s at 2.9%.

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18/02/2020

Protecting Migratory Species in a Rapidly Changing World

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(UN News)* — Many animals – including birds, fish and mammals – migrate along set routes in search of food or breeding grounds. How best to protect them in a rapidly changing world is the focus of a major UN wildlife meeting which opened in Gandhinagar, India, on Monday [17 February 2020].

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies make their 3,000 mile journey from the United States and Canada to winter in several locations, including biosphere reserves, in Mexico.
18/02/2020

You, Come Home When I Am Big!

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The film was made by Ajit Samal who is a celebrated fine art painter has been making wildilfe films and documentaries for over 20 years.
18/02/2020

Major UN Meeting on Wildlife to Address Critical Threats to Migratory Species

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Gandhinagar (UN Environment)* – The Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP13) opened in Gandhinagar, India on 17 February 2020.

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The Conference kicks off ‘the super year’ for nature, which will include a UN Summit in September and culminate in the UN Biodiversity Conference at the end of 2020, when a new global biodiversity strategy for the next decade will be adopted – the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

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18/02/2020

Kicking the Habit

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Can Kill Us

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed.

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John Scales Avery

The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions that lead to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinction events during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

We all know that drug addicts can die from their addiction.

The world’s scientists are unanimous in telling us that unless we take immediate action to kick the habit, our addiction to fossil fuels will kill human society and much of the biosphere.

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18/02/2020

A Multi-Billion Dollar US Mideast Arms Market May Be in Jeopardy

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2020 (IPS)* – When President Saddam Hussein ran one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes in the militarily-volatile Middle East during 1979-2003, US newspapers routinely described him as “the strongman of Iraq” — as most journalists rightly view dictators worldwide.

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15/02/2020

Why Australia’s 2019-2020 Bushfire Season Was Not Normal, in Three Graphs

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14 February 2020 (UN Environment)* — Data from satellite sources assembled by the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) World Environment Situation Room confirms that the wildfires in Australia in the last two months of 2019 and the first six weeks of 2020 were far from normal.

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The Orroral Valley Fire viewed from Tuggeranong in southern Canberra |Nick-D | CC BY-SA 4.0

2019 was the second hottest year on record since 1880, and Australia recorded its warmest temperatures ever in December 2019.

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15/02/2020

Newly Licensed Vaccine, ‘Milestone in the Fight’ against Ebola in Africa – World Health Organization

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(UN News)* — Four countries in Africa have licensed an Ebola vaccine to “cement hard-fought progress” in keeping their people safe from the deadly disease, the UN health agency said on Friday [14 February 2020].

UN/Martine Perret | Victims of the Ebola virus disease have been buried at a cemetery in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

For the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Burundi, Ghana and Zambia, the vaccine licensing means that the manufacturer can stockpile and widely distribute it to those nations at risk of Ebola virus outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

And once licensed doses are available, use of the vaccine will not require clinical trial or other research protocols.

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15/02/2020

Database of Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements ‘Important Initial Step’ Towards Accountability: Human Rights Expert 

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UNRWA/Marwan Baghdadi | Beit Hadassah Settlement in H2 area in Hebron, West Bank.

Ninety-four of the businesses are domiciled in Israel and the rest are in six other countries.

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14/02/2020

Outside China, Coronavirus Transmission ‘Iceberg’ May Not Be as Big as Feared

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As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior UN health expert on Thursday [13 February 2020] said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the “iceberg” that had been feared.

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“We’re not seeing a dramatic increase in transmission outside China,” Dr. Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Health Emergencies Programme chief, said, while urging against making hasty assessments.
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14/02/2020

Amidst Protection Challenges, Eastern Route Outpaces Mediterranean for People Leaving Africa

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(UN News)* — A monthly average of 11,500 people traveling from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year made the so-called Eastern Route the busiest maritime migration path on earth, the UN migration agency said on Friday [14 February 2020].

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Most are unaware of the security situation in Yemen where they face serious protection concerns, including active fighting, or abuses such as kidnapping, torture for ransom, exploitation and trafficking.
13/02/2020

From the Front Lines of World War III

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By Ellyn Kaschak, Wall Street International*

Please return the favor of World War II and rescue freedom and democracy/

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Dear Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and even Germany,

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13/02/2020

Italy: Halt Abusive Migration Cooperation with Libya

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12/02/2020

EU Lawmakers Slam Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan

12/02/2020

Leftist European Lawmakers Demand Concrete Actions on Palestine

For the Leftist MEPs (Member of European Parliament), the so-called Middle East Peace Plan legitimizes Israel’s war crimes.

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11 February 2020 (teleSUR)* — Leftist MEPs on Tuesday demanded concrete actions from the European Union (EU) in favor of Palestine and the end of an association agreement with Israel, following the U.S. plan for the Middle East.

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