Archive for June 15th, 2014

15/06/2014

Peace Movements’ Common Vision: The Abolition of Militarism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, TRANSCEND — Keynote address at Sarajevo Peace Event – 6 June, 2014 — We are all aware that this is the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo which led to the start of the First World War in l9l4.

It Shoots Further Than He Dreams by John F. Knott. War cartoon depicting the Kaiser shooting a canon labeled "Militarism." First published on March 26, 1918. | Source: http://www.archive.org/stream/warcartoons00knot#page/n55/mode/2up Author: John F. Knott | Wikimedia Commons

**It Shoots Further Than He Dreams by John F. Knott. War cartoon depicting the Kaiser shooting a canon labeled “Militarism.” Date: March 26, 1918. | Author: John F. Knott | Wikimedia Commons

What started here in Sarajevo was a century of two global wars, a Cold War, a century of immense, rapid explosion of death and destruction technology, all extremely costly, and extremely risky. A huge step in the history of war, but also a decisive turning point in the history of peace.

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15/06/2014

People Have Never Consumed So Much Fish As They Do Today

Human Wrongs Watch

People have never consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being as they do today, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 9 Jun 2014 reported*.

Fish market in Vietnam | FAO

Fish market in Vietnam | FAO

Did you know? 

  • Fish is one of the most-traded food commodities worldwide, worth almost US$130 billion in 2012 – a figure that will probably continue to increase.
  • World per capita apparent fish consumption increased from an average of 9.9 kg in the 1960s to 18.9 kg in 2010, with preliminary estimates for 2012 pointing towards further growth to 19.2 kg.

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15/06/2014

Elephant Poaching Across Africa ‘Alarmingly High’

Human Wrongs Watch

The level of elephant poaching across Africa remains alarmingly high, according to a new United Nations-backed report released on 13 June 2014, which also found an increase in the number of large seizures of ivory.*

Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling levels remain alarmingly high at over 20,000. More large ivory seizures in Africa than Asia for the first time. Photo: CITES

Elephant poaching and ivory smuggling levels remain alarmingly high at over 20,000. More large ivory seizures in Africa than Asia for the first time. Photo: CITES

“Africa’s elephants continue to face an immediate threat to their survival from high-levels of poaching for their ivory and with over 20,000 elephants illegally killed last year, the situation remains dire,” said John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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