Archive for January 25th, 2013

25/01/2013

Davos and the Bigger Picture

Human Wrongs Watch

By Salil Shetty, Secretary General Amnesty International* – As business and government leaders gather for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos this week the issue no-one should ignore is global inequality – including from a human rights perspective.

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**Professor Klaus Schwab opens the inaugural European Management Forum in Davos in 1971 | World Economic Forum

Countries like China, which have seen the highest economic growth, are seeing a spiralling disparity of wealth. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that in the wealthiest countries the average income of the richest 10 per cent of the population is nine times that of the poorest 10 per cent. That’s seven times higher than it was 25 years ago. Few countries buck the trend.

As millions of people confront rising costs and cuts in social spending, revelations about how the very rich plus large corporations have been able to protect their wealth, in good times and bad, have sparked protests and demands for legislative change.

But is it a human rights issue? I would argue yes.

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25/01/2013

RT Exclusive: ‘US Should Realize that World Has Changed’ – Venezuelan Vice-President

Human Wrongs Watch

Russia Today (RT)* Exclusive, 25 January, 2013

The US has lots of troubles dealing with other nations as they haven’t come to grips with the new global reality, Venezuelan Vice-President Nicolas Maduro told RT in an exclusive interview. He also spoke about the health of President Chavez.

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Speaking to RT Spanish host Eva Golinger in Caracas, Nicolas Maduro shared his views on the political and economic future of Venezuela and Latin America’s fight for independence.

Eva Golinger: We would like to ask you a question that’s on everybody’s mind: how is President Chavez doing? Do you have an update on his present condition? Will he be coming back to Venezuela soon?

Nicolas Мaduro: We’ve already said that President Chavez’s recuperation period is almost over. It has been a long and difficult process. The president was aware of the odds all the way, but his vigor and energy are simply amazing. The surgery was a very difficult.

President Chavez suffered internal bleeding, which was a very alarming sign. I should say that Comandante Fidel Castro and his team were with Chavez and his relatives the whole time. We are very grateful for that. For the concern on the part of Comandante Castro, Cuban President Raul Castro, and the doctors.

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25/01/2013

Severe Food Shortage In Former French Colony

Human Wrongs Watch

Bamako/Dakar, (IRIN*) – Many more northern Malians are likely to face severe food shortages in the coming days and weeks if markets remain blocked by border and road closures, and humanitarian access remains limited, warn food security agencies.

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Photo: Katarina Hoije/IRIN. Diabaly residents return home

The border with Algeria is officially closed as a result of the conflict that broke out on 11 January between Malian and French forces and Islamist groups that were occupying the north. As a result, the amount of food coming through has halved, according to the UN World Food Programme’s (WFP) Vulnerability and Analysis Mapping Unit.

Algeria supplies almost all markets in Kidal Region in northeastern Mali with rice, couscous, oil and milk – the staple diet of northern Malians. While some trucks can get through, traders are reluctant to travel because of strict border controls and fear of further aerial bombardment, says the WFP analysis.

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