Archive for December 2nd, 2011

02/12/2011

Unequal Under the Law

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with Israeli Historian Ilan Pappé

By Eric Ruder – International Socialist Organization 

For decades, Israel has waged war against Palestinians with the blessing of the world’s chief powers in Western Europe and North America. Though the issues involved and the names of the players changed over the years, little else seemed to–until recently.

Israeli war on Gaza. **Photo: International Solidarity Movement | Wikimedia Commons

First, there was the global revulsion at Israel’s barbaric assault on Gaza in late 2008-09, which spurred action on a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement launched by Palestinian civil society in 2005. Israeli officials have termed this growing movement a “delegitimization” campaign and pledged to counter it.

Then there was Israel’s murderous assault on a Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid to the besieged people of Gaza, again creating an outpouring of sympathy for Palestinians from people around the world.

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02/12/2011

No Water in Many Parts of the World in Only 40 Years

Human Wrongs Watch

Durban, South Africa (IRIN*) – In another 40 years, many parts of the world will have run out of water for farming, says a new authoritative analysis of the state of the world’s land and water resources.

Photo credit: UN

“It is now estimated that more than 40 percent of the world’s rural population lives in river basins that are physically water scarce,” said the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, which looked at land and water from a food security perspective.

That is a lot, considering 75 percent of the population in developing countries is poor, lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture for income and food.

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02/12/2011

UN to Rich Countries: Halt Austerity, Avoid Deep Recession

Human Wrongs Watch

New York –The world risks falling back into recession if developed countries embark prematurely on fiscal austerity measures, according to a UN report, which recommends additional stimulus measures as well as more forceful international coordination to stimulate job creation and investment.

Credit: UN

The report on global economic prospects, released on Dec, 1 by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), states that fiscal austerity measures implemented in developed countries and elsewhere in response to high levels of fiscal deficit and public debt are further weakening growth and job prospects.

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