25/01/2022

‘Horror Scenes’ in Syria Camps

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Mark Cutts | The harsh winter continue to make life very difficult for displaced people in camps like this one in Idlib, Syria.

Speaking by videoconference to journalists in New York, Mark Cutts said humanitarians had seen “some real horror scenes” in the last few days, especially in the northwest, where he said the camps were “bad at the best of times”.

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25/01/2022

We Are Militarism’s Hostages

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Do our “Defense Departments” really defend us? Absolutely not! Their very title is a lie. The military-industrial complex sells itself by claiming to defend civilians. It justifies vast and crippling budgets by this claim; but it is a fraud.

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For the military-industrial complex, the only goal is money and power. Civilians like us are just hostages. We are expendable. We are pawns in the power game, the money game.

Nations possessing nuclear weapons threaten each other with “Mutually Assured Destruction”, which has the very appropriate acronym MAD. What does this mean? Does it mean that civilians are being protected?

Not at all. Instead they are threatened with complete destruction. Civilians here play the role of hostages in the power games of their leaders.

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25/01/2022

Up to 70% of Children in Developing Countries to Be Left Unable to Read?

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MADRID, Jan 24 2022 (IPS)* – “Unless we take action, the share of children leaving school in developing countries who are unable to read could increase from 53 to 70 percent.”
International Day of Education - Education is key to charting the course towards more justice and sustainability, but it is “failing millions of children, youth and adults, increasing their exposure to poverty, violence and exploitation,

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22/01/2022

Human Rights Violations and Culture of Impunity in South Asia

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New Delhi, Jan 21 2022 (IPS)* – As countries across South Asia continue to battle the deadly Covid-19 pandemic, causing serious public health and economic crisis, this region, which is home to almost 2 billion people, is also grappling with the erosion of democratic norms, growing authoritarianism, the crackdown on freedom of press, speech and dissent.

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22/01/2022

Global Temperatures: Costs Continued to Soar in 2021

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21 January 2022 (UNEP)* — Last week, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed that in 2021, the US experienced 20 major climate-related disaster events with damage costs exceeding 1 billion. In total, these events caused US$145 billion in damage and claimed at least 688 lives.

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22/01/2022

“We face a five-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries”

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(UN News)* — At a time when “the only certainty is more uncertainty”, countries must unite to forge a new, more hopeful and equal path, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Friday [21 January 2022], laying out his priorities for 2022..

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Secretary-General António Guterres briefs the UN General Assembly on his priorities for 2022.
22/01/2022

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Vietnamese Workers Trafficked to Serbia

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(UN News)* — Urgent action is required to assist and protect some 400 Vietnamese migrant workers who were allegedly trafficked to Serbia, experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council said on Friday [21 January 2022]

© UNSPLASH/Nikola Aleksic | A view on Belgrade, Serbia.

Eight companies, including Vietnamese labour recruitment agencies and Chinese construction firms registered in Serbia, have reportedly been implicated in serious human rights abuses, they said, citing information received.  

22/01/2022

Yemen: UN Mission Warns of ‘Devastating’ Loss of Life, as UN Chief Condemns Coalition Airstrikes

(UN News)* — The UN chief has condemned airstrikes launched early on Friday [21 January 2022] by the Saudi-led coalition battling Houthi rebels in Yemen, that struck a detention centre in the rebel-held city of Saada, which have left at least 60 dead, and more than hundred injured.

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UNICEF/Taha Almahbashi | A woman, carrying her child who suffers from severe malnutrition and health complications, walks to a health centre in Hudaydah governorate, Yemen.
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The Saudi-led coalition supporting the internationally recognized Government, has been fighting Houthi militants who control much of the country including the capital Sana’a, since 2015. Conflict escalated this week, following an attack on coalition partner, the United Arab Emirates by Houthi forces, on Monday.
20/01/2022

#Ethiopia #TigrayGenocide #ExcuseForRegimeChangeWar

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By Ann Garrison | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service*

While France steps up neocolonial aggression in its former North and West African colonies, the U.S. has set its sights on the elected government of Ethiopia in the geostrategic Horn of Africa. Ethiopia’s growing ties with China and Russia and the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Between Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea so threaten U.S. global hegemony that a U.S. “regime change” campaign is well underway.

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20/01/2022

Human Trafficking, Rape, Extortion Behind ‘Forced Conversions’, Say Experts

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KARACHI, Jan 19 2022 (IPS)* – Two years after Michelle, 15, was kidnapped, sold, forced to convert to Islam and married to a stranger, relatives still ostracise her.
19/01/2022

Asia-Pacific: Just 5% of the Region’s Population Owns 70% of Its Total Wealth

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MADRID, Jan 18 2022 (IPS)* – The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing growing inequality even while registering impressive economic growth and poverty reduction. Such sharp inequalities continue to be persistent in the region, with nearly 2 in 4 people still unable to afford a healthy diet.

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“The gains from socioeconomic development have favoured the wealthiest, with the wealthiest 5% of the population controlling close to 70% of total wealth in the region,” reports the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Continue reading

19/01/2022

Yemen: Violent Escalation, Alarming Number of Air and Drone Strikes against Civilians and Non-Military Targets

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(UN News)* — Escalating conflict in Yemen has seen an alarming number of air and drone strikes already this year, notably against civilians and non-military targets, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday [18 January 2022].

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© UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi | Children sit in front of a house damaged by an air strike, inside the old city of Sana’a, Yemen. (file)

“We are deeply concerned by the continuing escalation of the conflict in Yemen. Overnight, air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital, Sana’a, are reported to have left at least five civilians dead,” said OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani.

19/01/2022

UNRWA Seeks $1.6 Billion to Support Palestinian Refugees in 2022

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(UN News)* — The UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, on Tuesday [18 January 2022] appealed for $1.6 billion to support its lifesaving work this year amid acute regional crises and chronic funding shortfalls.

© UNRWA 2021/Mohamed Hinnawi | A young girl takes part in UNRWA’s Keeping Kids Cool summer activities in Gaza.

UNRWA provides services and programmes, including education, health and food assistance, to more than five million Palestinians across the Middle East.

The 2022 budget proposal includes additional emergency funding to address humanitarian needs arising from crises in Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, and Lebanon.

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19/01/2022

2021, One of the Seven Warmest Years on Record

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Geneva, 19 January 2022 (WMO)* – Although average global temperatures were temporarily cooled by the 2020-2022 La Niña events, 2021 was still one of the seven warmest years on record, according to six leading international datasets consolidated by the World Meteorological Organization.

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Global warming and other long-term climate change trends are expected to continue as a result of record levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The average global temperature in 2021 was about 1.11 (± 0.13) °C above the pre-industrial (1850-1900) levels. 2021 is the 7th consecutive year (2015-2021) where global temperature has been over 1°C above pre-industrial levels, according to all datasets compiled by WMO.

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18/01/2022

Hey, Hey, USA! How Many Bombs Did You Drop Today?

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By Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Pentagon has finally published its first Airpower Summary since President Biden took office nearly a year ago. These monthly reports have been published since 2007 to document the number of bombs and missiles dropped by U.S.-led air forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria since 2004. But President Trump stopped publishing them after February 2020, shrouding continued U.S. bombing in secrecy.

August 2020 U.S. drone strike in Kabul killed 10 Afghan civilians. Credit: Getty Images

Over the past 20 years, as documented in the table below, U.S. and allied air forces have dropped over 337,000 bombs and missiles on other countries. That is an average of 46 strikes per day for 20 years.

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18/01/2022

As the Pandemic Devastates the Poor, the World’s 10 Richest Have Multiplied their Wealth into Trillions

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 2022 (IPS)* – The numbers are unbelievably staggering: the world’s 10 richest men more than doubled their fortunes from $700 billion to $1.5 trillion —at a rate of $15,000 per second or $1.3 billion a day, according to a new study from Oxfam International.

In Malawi, some students have been going to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: UNICEF/Malumbo Simwaka

These phenomenal changes in fortunes took place during the first two years of a Covid-19 pandemic that has seen the incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall, and over 160 million more people forced into poverty—60 million more than the figures released by the World Bank in 2020.

“If these ten men were to lose 99.999 percent of their wealth tomorrow, they would still be richer than 99 percent of all the people on this planet,” said Oxfam International’s Executive Director Gabriela Bucher.

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18/01/2022

Ukraine: The West Has Paved the Road to War with Lies

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By Jan Oberg, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

While this is being written, tension builds up around the more comprehensive Ukraine conflict formation. If this blows up in real war – God forbid! – the main reason will be three serious lies disseminated by the NATO side.

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Lies are used in so-called security politics when some militarist project doesn’t make any (common) sense to intelligent people, when the real motives have to be covered up and war is being prepared or when the sociological cancer called the Military-Industrial-Media-Academic Complex, MIMAC, and the elites who run it, try to squeeze out even larger military expenditures from their taxpayers.

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15/01/2022

Elite Private Members’ Clubs Are at the Heart of Boris Johnson’s Government

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By Seth Thévoz*

Ministers’ use of exclusive clubs – like the ‘incredibly expensive’ one Truss held a taxpayer-funded lunch at – is a throwback to an earlier Toryism
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In Boris Johnson’s government, private clubs play an increasingly important role in political life | SOPA Images Limited/Alamy Live News

15 January 2022 (openDemocracy)* — Downing Street may be out of bounds for Boris Johnson to throw any new parties, but he still has other partying options. He was recently pictured at one of London’s most exclusive private members’ clubs, Oswald’s – which is owned by a Conservative Party donor.

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15/01/2022

Fully Ready to Kill, Shockingly Unprepared to Save Lives

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MADRID, Jan 14 2022 (IPS)* – While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020 nearly two trillion US dollars on weapons, the world is shockingly unprepared to save the lives of millions of unarmed, innocent civilian victims of wars… and other man-made catastrophes.

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The military spending data come from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which also reports that global nuclear arsenals grow as states continue to modernise, thus sharply increasing the dangers of an unimaginable number of victims of the most devastating death machinery.

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15/01/2022

Decade of Sahel Conflict Leaves 2.5 Million People Displaced

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(UN News)* — The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called on Friday [14 January 2022] for concerted international action to end armed conflict in Africa’s central Sahel region, which has forced more than 2.5 million people to flee their homes in the last decade.

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© UNHCR/Nana Kofi Acquah | An internally displaced woman prepares food for her family in Burkina Faso.

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Speaking to journalists in Geneva, the agency’s spokesperson, Boris Cheshirkov, informed that internal displacement has increased tenfold since 2013, going from 217,000 to a staggering 2.1 million by late last year.

The number of refugees in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger now stands at 410,000, and the majority comes from Mali, where major civil conflict erupted in 2012, leading to a failed coup and an on-going extremist insurgency.

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15/01/2022

UK Borders Bill Increases Risks of Discrimination, Human Rights Violations

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(UN News)* — A new bill being debated by lawmakers in the United Kingdom increases the risk of discrimination and “serious human rights violations” and breaches the country’s obligations under international law, five independent UN human rights experts on 14 January 2022 said.

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UNICEF/Geai | A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France, hoping to enter the United Kingdom. (file)
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If adopted, the Nationality and Borders Bill would “seriously undermine the protection of the human rights of trafficked persons, including children; increase risks of exploitation faced by all migrants and asylum seekers; and lead to serious human rights violations”, Siobhán Mullally, the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, said in a statement.
14/01/2022

Kenyan Domestic Workers’ Doomed Voyages to the Gulf

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Trafficked, kept prisoner in Saudi Arabia Wanjiku Njoki was lucky to escape unharmed. She has since found work serving tea for a government parastatal. Credit: Joyce Chimbi/IPS

And this fear is all too familiar for 28-year-old Wanjiku Njoki. The young woman’s whose search for greener pastures in the Gulf landed her in the hands of a physically, mentally, and verbally abusive employer.

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13/01/2022

Disparities in the Arab Region: Hunger Doubles, Indebtedness Triggers, Recovery Uneven

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MADRID, Jan 12 2022 (IPS)* – The panorama is bleak: hunger in the Arab region continues to rise, with more than 90% increase since 2000, while indebtedness is growing, and the economic recovery is tenuous and uneven.

Tents and makeshift shelters at an IDP camp in Yemen. Credit: UNICEF/Alessio Romenzi

The 2021 Near East and North Africa Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition shows that the number of hungry people in the region reached 69 million people in 2020, “triggered by protracted crises, social unrests and exposure to multiple shocks and stresses such as conflicts, poverty, inequality, climate change, scarce natural resources and the economic repercussions associated with the recent COVID-19 pandemic.”

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12/01/2022

‘Prompt, Independent, Impartial Investigations’ Needed in Kazakhstan: UN Human Rights

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(UN News)* — As the death toll from the recent unrest in Kazakhstan mounts to 164, the UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday [11 January 2022] requested “prompt, independent, impartial investigations” into the killings, and whether “unnecessary and disproportionate use of force was made by security forces”.

© Unsplash/Alexander Serzhantov | A view of Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Close to 10,000 people are now estimated to be held in detention following the riots.

“We understand that the Ministry of Interior has announced that some 9,900 people are in detention as of the 11th of January. Now, this is clearly a huge number,” said OHCHR spokesperson Liz Throssell, briefing reporters at the United Nations in Geneva (UNOG).

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12/01/2022

The Straw that Broke Kazakhstan’s Back

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Jan 12 2022 (IPS)* – The most violent protests of the past 30 years have erupted across Kazakhstan — exposing decades of inequality, injustice, and corruption. The protests of an unprecedented scale have rocked cities across Kazakhstan for days, as the population grew increasingly dissatisfied with the country’s leadership.

View of downtown Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. Credit: World Bank/Shynar Jetpissova

The government initially tried a carrot-and-stick approach to the unrest, but later was pushed to call a state of emergency and ultimately to request military help from former Soviet allies. Continue reading

12/01/2022

Libya: Hundreds Detained in Renewed Crackdown on Migrants and Refugees

10 January 2022 (NRC)* — The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are alarmed by the detention of more than 600 migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers in front of the former Community Day Centre in Tripoli early this morning.E4JkEeUXoAMuVnU
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The centre used to provide humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers before it was permanently closed in December.

Dax Roque, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Libya Country Director, said:

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11/01/2022

The Pentagon and CIA Have Shaped Thousands of Hollywood Movies into Super Effective Propaganda

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By David Swanson| World Beyond War – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Propaganda is most impactful when people don’t think it’s propaganda, and most decisive when it’s censorship you never knew happened. When we imagine that the U.S. military only occasionally and slightly influences U.S. movies, we are extremely badly deceived.

The actual impact is on thousands of movies made, and thousands of others never made. And television shows of every variety. Continue reading

11/01/2022

Afghanistan: United Nations Launches Largest Single Country Aid Appeal Ever

(UN News)* — The UN and partners launched a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday [11 January 2022], in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country, and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders.

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© UNHCR/Andrew McConnell | Displaced families collect water during a harsh winter in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion was needed for the Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan alone, “to pay direct” to health workers and others, not the de facto authorities.
11/01/2022

Preserve Right of Asylum, United Nations Refugee Agency Urges EU Council Presidencies

(UN News)* — Amid record global displacement, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Monday [10 January 2022] urged European countries to prioritize the better protection of people fleeing war, conflict and persecution.

© UNHCR/Kate Thompson-Gorry \ A 23-year-old Afghan refugee has stitched over 700 protective masks during the COVID-19 crisis to help support his new community in France.

UNHCR made the appeal in recommendations to France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), and the Czech Republic, which assumes the presidency in July.

11/01/2022

Rights Experts Condemn ‘Unrelenting Human Rights Violations’ at Guantánamo Bay

10 January 2022 (UN News)* — A group of independent human rights experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council has condemned the continued operation of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba as a site of “unparalleled notoriety” and “a stain on the US Government’s commitment to the rule of law”.
US Army/Kevin Cowan | Camp X-Ray was a part of Joint Task Force Guantanamo and has not been used since April 2002.
The detention camp, sited within a US naval base on the island, was set up in 2002 to house prisoners captured in Afghanistan, and at its peak housed some 780 people, most of whom were detained without trial.
09/01/2022

Population Ageing: An Inescapable Future

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Governments and the public need to recognize, understand and respond to the ageing of human populations in the 21st century, which is the inescapable demographic future of nations worldwide. Credit: Maricel Sequeira/IPS

PORTLAND, USA, Jan 5 2022 (IPS)* – The ageing of human populations is an inescapable demographic future. That evolving and universal future is increasingly challenging governments and the public, who are by and large ill prepared for that certain future.

Whereas the 20th century was one of record setting rapid population growth with world population nearly quadrupling, the 21st century is one of unprecedented population ageing with its economic, social and political consequences reverberating across countries worldwide.

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09/01/2022

20 Years of US Torture – and Counting

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By Human Rights Watch*

Global Costs of Unlawful Detention and Interrogation Post-9/11

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New York, 9 January 2022 – Twenty years after Guantánamo Bay detention operations commenced on January 11, 2002, a new report assesses the massive costs of US unlawful transfers, secret detention, and torture after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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07/01/2022

Too Harmful: The March of Salt and Plastics on World Soils

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MADRID, Jan 6 2022 (IPS)* – There are more under-reported consequences of human activities unmatching the rhythm of Mother Nature. Such is the case, among many others, of the growing salinisation and ‘plastification’ of the world’s soils.

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In fact, currently it is estimated that there are more than 833 million hectares of salt-affected soils around the globe (8.7% of the planet). This implies the loss of soil’s capacity to grow food and also increasing impacts on water and the ability to filter pollution.

Soil salinisation and sodification are major soil degradation processes threatening ecosystems and are recognised as being among the most important problems at a global level for agricultural production, food security and sustainability in arid and semi-arid regions, says the UN on occasion of the 2021 World Soil Day.

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07/01/2022

Global Food Prices Rose ‘Sharply’ during 2021 

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(UN News)* — The UN’s benchmark food and commodity prices index rose sharply on average through 2021, compared with the previous year, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAOinformed on Thursday [6 January 2022].

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© WFP/Fredrik Lerneryd | A rwandese farmer holds a handful of beans after the harvest.
The agency’s Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in international prices, averaged 125.7 points – a 28.1 per cent increase over 2020.

FAO Senior Economist Abdolreza Abbassian explained that, normally, high prices are expected to ease as production increases to match demand.

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07/01/2022

55 Journalists Killed in 2021, Impunity ‘Alarmingly Widespread’ – UNESCO

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(UN News)*— Fifty-five journalists and media professionals were killed last year, latest UN data showed on Thursday [6 January 2022], with nearly nine in 10 killings since 2006 still unresolved.

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©UNESCO/ Enos Teche | Journalists covering a terrorist attack in Kenya.
Impunity is “alarmingly widespread”, said the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Once again in 2021, far too many journalists paid the ultimate price to bring truth to light”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

05/01/2022

How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Warm the Planet?

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5 January 2022 (UNEP)* — Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – the atmospheric gases responsible for causing global warming and climatic changeare critical to understanding and addressing the climate crisis. Despite an initial dip in global GHG emissions due to COVID-19, the United Nations Environment Programme’s latest Emissions Gap Report (EGR) estimates that emissions rebounded to near-2019 levels in 2021.

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05/01/2022

Harsh Winter Fuels Ongoing Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

(UN News)* — UN humanitarians warned on Tuesday [4 January 2022] that a harsh winter in Afghanistan is aggravating already severe conditions faced by millions across the country.

© UNICEF/ Siegfred Modola | Smoke rises from the chimneys of houses in a camp for displaced people during a harsh winter in Afghanistan.
In the past 24 hours, heavy snowfall and rain have impacted a number of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“Further snow and low temperatures are forecast in the coming days”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists at the daily briefing for correspondents in New York.

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04/01/2022

A Crisis of Democracy in the US – What to Watch For in 2022

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By Chrissy Stroop*

The future is gloomy, with abortion rights threatened, rampant voter suppression and radical Republicans undermining democracy at every turn

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(openDemocracy)* — Sad to say, when it comes to political life and civil society in the United States, 2021 has not given proponents of democracy and human rights much to celebrate.

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04/01/2022

Record-Breaking Heat and Rainfall, Devastating Fires and Debilitating Drought Were among the Extreme Weather, Climate and Water Events of 2021

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04/01/2022

Humanity’s Massive Footprint on the Face of Nature

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

I would like to announce the publication of a new book which discusses the reasons for our human encroachment on the earth’s ecological systems, and the possible consequences if we do not take steps to correct the problem.

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The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge from the following link:

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Here are some of the problems that are discussed in the book:

The Threat of an Extremely Large-Scale Famine

There is a danger that by the middle of the present century, population growth, the end of the fossil fuel era, and the effect of climate change on agriculture will combine to produce an extremely large-scale famine, afflicting billions of people rather than millions.

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04/01/2022

Once Tossed and Abused, Human Trafficking Survivor Finds Solace

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Goa, India, Jan 3 2022 (IPS)* – For over two decades, Nina tossed around like a leaf in a storm. While a teenager, she was lured into the sex trade, and pimps kept a huge chunk of the money that she earned as a sex slave. Nina was often bruised. Once, she refused sex with a man who did not want to use a condom. He beat her so severely that she had found it difficult to breathe.
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Nina has found peace after being rescued from human traffickers and pimps in Goa, India. Credit: Mehru Jaffer/IPS
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02/01/2022

Waves of Haitians Risk Treacherous Sea Journey to Find Better Life

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“I was trying the reach the Turks and Caicos Islands, but my boat capsized at sea. If there were opportunities to start up my own business, I would stay in Haiti.” 

The story of Jacques* a 32-year-old father from Limonade on Haiti’s northern coast is perhaps typical of the increasing numbers of people who try to leave the Caribbean country in unofficial ways and without proper documentation.

02/01/2022

People of Myanmar Face ‘Unprecedented’ Crisis in 2022 

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(UN News)* — The people of Myanmar are facing an unprecedented political, socioeconomic, human rights and humanitarian crisis with needs escalating dramatically since the military takeover and a severe COVID-19 third wave.

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© UNICEF/Nyan Zay Htet | COVID and ongoing insecurity in Myanmar are pushing vulnerable people into poverty.

According to a UN Humanitarian Needs Overview published on Friday [31 December 2021] by OCHA, the turmoil is projected to have driven almost half the population into poverty heading into 2022, wiping out the impressive gains made since 2005.

01/01/2022

The New Green Wonder: A 100 Million Hectares Wall to Protect Africa

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By Baher Kamal

Once completed in 2030, it could well be considered the world’s eighth wonder, this time natural. It is the African-led Great Green Wall or the largest living structure on the planet – an 8,000 kilometres natural hit stretching across the entire width of the continent.

31/12/2021

Apologies from Human Wrongs Watch

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Human Wrongs Watch sincerely asks for your indulgence as its daily updates focus on the so many and so inhuman violations of the most basic rights everywhere in the world.

Unfortunately we could not do otherwise. Media generally report on an astonishingly reduced number of events that are either irrelevant to the principle of “All Human Beings Are Born Equal,” or to the basic, pressing needs of the most vulnerable.

And we do so to modestly attempt to call you attention towards the numerous unseen –or unwanted to be seen– news and views.

Human Wrongs Watch wishes for all a new year of peace, serenity, heath and care, much care for Mother Nature.

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31/12/2021

Grave Violations Surge for Children in Conflict  

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(UN News)* — Armed conflict, inter-communal violence and insecurity continued to take a devastating toll on thousands of children throughout 2021, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), warned on Friday [31 December 2021].

© UNICEF/Omar Sanadiki | A one-month-old baby shelters with her family in Adra after fleeing eastern Ghouta in Syria.

From Afghanistan to Yemen, and Syria to northern Ethiopia, UNICEF denounced grave violations against youngsters in both protracted and new conflicts.

‘Dreadful disregard’ 

Last week, four children were reportedly among the victims of an attack that killed at least 35 people – including two Save the Children staff – in Kayah state in eastern Myanmar.

31/12/2021

Sudan: Food Looted in Darfur, 730,000 People Left Without 

(UN News)* — The UN chief condemned on Wednesday [30 December 2021] the looting and attacks against United Nations facilities, equipment and supplies gifted to the Sudanese authorities for civilian in El Fasher, Darfur.

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Last Tuesday evening, a World Food Programme (WFPwarehouse located in the Borsa area of El Fasher town, the capital of North Darfur State, came under attack from unknown armed groups.
30/12/2021

Big Power Rivalries. The Thugs of Myanmar

Human Wrongs Watch

By José Ramos-Horta, former President of East Timor *

What China, US, India could do together

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China, India, US, ASEAN should forge a common initiative to resolve Myanmar crisis
China, India, US, ASEAN should forge a common initiative to resolve Myanmar crisis | Image from Wall Street International.

21 December 2021 (Wall Street International)*I feel that the US is set on a collision course with China and Russia. And it is unwise, unnecessary, extremely dangerous. But certainly, this is not an escalating tension engineered by President Biden.

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30/12/2021

Escalation in Yemen ‘Worst in Years’

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(UN News)* — The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, said on Tuesday [28 December 2021] that a recent military escalation in the country is “among the worst” in years and increasingly putting civilians in crosshairs. 

© UNOCHA/Giles Clarke | Soldiers drive at speed past two women begging in Lahj, Yemen.

According to his statement, airstrikes on Sana’a have resulted in the loss of civilian lives, and damage to noncombatant infrastructure and residential areas. 

A continued offensive on Ma’rib, where at least 35,000 people have been forced to flee since September, and unabated missile attacks on the governorate are causing civilian casualties, damage to civilian objects and mass displacement. 

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30/12/2021

Urgent Action Needed to Save Rohingya Refugees Distressed at Sea in Indonesia  

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN refugee agency called on Wednesday [29 December 2021] for the immediate, life-saving disembarkation of a group of Rohingya refugees in distress at sea off the coast of Indonesia. 

Ocean Image Bank/Erik Lukas | The coastline of Alor Island in Indonesia.

In a statement, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that it was “deeply concerned for the safety and lives of those onboard”. 

The boat was first sighted in the waters off Bireuen, a district in Aceh province, on Sunday. 

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