Archive for November 21st, 2011

21/11/2011

The Lies of Free Market Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vandana Shiva* – TRANSCEND

On May 15, 2011, young people occupied the squares of the cities in Spain. They called themselves Los Indignados – “the indignant”. I met them in Madrid where I was attending the meeting of the scientific committee that advises the Spanish prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

Wall Street Area. Image: Ibagli | Wikimedia Commons

Their declaration states: “Who are we? We are the people; we have come here freely as volunteers. Why are we here? We are here because we want a new society that gives more priority to life than to economic interest.”

In the US, the ongoing “Occupy movement” commonly cries: “We are the 99 per cent”. This people’s protest, inspired by the Arab Spring, is directed against the unequal distribution of wealth; the “99 per cent” here refers to “the difference in wealth between the top one per cent and all the remaining citizens”.

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21/11/2011

Sub-Saharan Africa – Safe Water, Sanitation Targets Are ‘Two Centuries Away’

Human Wrongs Watch

London (IRIN*) – It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector.

Photo credit: UN

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are being sidelined as governments concentrate on health and education, says the WaterAid report.

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