Archive for September 15th, 2014

15/09/2014

Cooperatives Get Down to a Win-Win Business

Human Wrongs Watch

By ILO*, 15 September 2014 — Together, cooperative enterprises constitute a major part of the world’s economy. Latest research suggests that the largest 1,500 or so cooperative firms have a combined turnover of US$2.5 trillion. 
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Image: UN

Image: UN

 
And in the business world, cooperative enterprises are flexing their executive muscle. Perhaps the most significant example comes from Australia, where the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM) was formed in 2012, the UN International Year of Cooperatives.
BCCM brings together a wide range of cooperative businesses, ranging from grain handlers and dairy producers, to member-owned retailers and credit unions.

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15/09/2014

Myanmar’s Muslim “Rohingya” — What’s in a Name?

 Human Wrongs Watch

Bangkok, 15 September 2014 (IRIN)* — Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse.

Photo: OCHA Myanmar. More than 100,000 Rohingya have been displaced

Photo: OCHA Myanmar. More than 100,000 Rohingya have been displaced

In this briefing, IRIN breaks down some of the questions about a group of people that has been called one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Who are the Rohingya?

Approximately 800,000 Rohingyas live in Myanmar. Tens of thousands have fled in recent decades to Malaysia, up to half a million to neighbouring Bangladesh, and an unknown number are scattered from Thailand, to India, to Saudi Arabia.

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15/09/2014

Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kendra Ulrich*, 15 September, 2014 Greenpeace — Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year.

Photo: Greenpeace

Photo: Greenpeace

Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry, and an inspiring lesson for people across the globe. The future can indeed be free of the threat of another Fukushima disaster.

One year ago today, the last commercial nuclear reactor operating in Japan was shutdown. It joined the other 47 nuclear reactors that had been idled for most of the period since the devastating Fukushima catastrophe in March 2011.

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15/09/2014

Sharks, Manta Ray, Protected — International Trade, Regulated

Human Wrongs Watch

Beginning Sunday 14 September, international trade in specimens of five shark species and all manta ray species, including their meat, gills and fins, will need to be accompanied by permits and certificates confirming that they have been harvested sustainably and legally, as new United Nations-backed trade protections go into effect.

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Photo: CITES

“Regulating international trade in these shark and manta ray species is critical to their survival and is a very tangible way of helping to protect the biodiversity of our oceans,” said John Scanlon, Secretary-General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), in a press release.*

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