Archive for September 17th, 2014

17/09/2014

Of Blessing and Cursing

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with anthropologist and social scientist Ariel James*, by Baher Kamal

Science has advanced so much that we can split the atom, manipulate the genetic code, and produce synthetic cells. However, contemporary science has not fully understood how the brain works, and above all, how do work our senses of identity, consciousness and morality.

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**Image: Da Vinci Studies of Embryos | Photography Luc Viatour | Photography *own work http://www.lucnix.be | Credit: Luc Viatour / http://www.Lucnix.be | Wikimedia Commons

Currently there is a debate about the way in which the brain is responsible to organize our moral sentiments and value judgments.

Human Wrongs Watch interviewed Ariel James, anthropologist and a researcher in the field of moral cognition who is dedicated to investigating if we are moral beings by nature or just a byproduct of cultural learning. James is the author of the recent essay “The Meaning of Moral Faculty”(2014), which investigates how and why human beings have a strong sense for justice, cooperation and solidarity. 

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17/09/2014

Hurricanes, Quakes, Tornadoes Displace 22 Million People in 2013, Three Times More Than Wars

Human Wrongs Watch

By Russia Today* (RT) 17 September 2014 — Some 22 million people were displaced by natural disasters in 2013 – three times more than from conflicts and wars. Asia became the displacement ‘hotspot’, accounting for over 80 percent of those affected.
Aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Meulaboh, Sumatra, Indonesia | Source: United States Navy | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Aftermath of the 2004 tsunami. Meulaboh, Sumatra, Indonesia | Source: United States Navy | Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

Currently, twice as many people are displaced than there were in the 1970s, researchers stated.

The main cause behind the surge in numbers is the rapid urbanization, with the growth and concentration of urban populations, especially in “vulnerable countries.”

“This increasing trend will continue as more and more people live and work in hazard-prone areas. <…> More people today are exposed and vulnerable,” Jan Egeland said.

What’s more, this kind of displacement is “expected to be aggravated in the future by the impacts of climate change,” Egeland added.

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17/09/2014

'Say No to War and Media Propaganda', Mairead Corrigan Maguire , Nobel Peace Laureate

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mairead Corrigan Maguire*, Nobel Peace Laureate, September 2014, TRANSCEND Media Service — While US/UK/NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.

Mairead Maguire

Mairead Maguire

We are at a dangerous point in our history of the human family and it would be the greatest of tragedies for ourselves and our children if we simply allowed the war profiteers to take us into a third world war, resulting in the death of untold millions of people.

NATO’s decision in Wales in September, to create a new 4,000 strong rapid reaction force for initial deployment in the Baltic is a dangerous path for us all to be forced down, and could well lead to a third world war if not stopped.   What is needed now is cool heads and people of wisdom and not more guns, more weapons, more war.

NATO is the leadership which has been causing the ongoing wars from the present conflict in the Ukraine, to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and others.

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17/09/2014

Economic Growth Possible Even While Tackling Climate Change — Report

 Human Wrongs Watch

Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released on 16 September 2014 by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time.

By absorbing much of the added heat trapped by atmospheric greenhouse gases, the oceans are delaying some of the impacts of climate change. Photo: WMO/Olga Khoroshunova

“Yes, it is possible to have better growth and better climate. Yes, it is possible to create jobs and reduce poverty and at the same time reduce the carbon emissions that threaten our future. Yes, it is possible, but we need to make some fundamental changes and smart choices,” said former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón at a UN Headquarters press conference.*

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