Archive for October 25th, 2014

25/10/2014

‘US shale oil exploration led to low oil prices, market shakeup’

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT*, 24 October 2014 — Falling oil prices embarrass and make life difficult for countries that depend on oil exports, including Russia and Venezuela, and the US would enjoy making life difficult for them, economist Richard Wolff told RT.
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Anacortes Refinery (Tesoro), on the north end of March Point southeast of Anacortes, Washington

**Anacortes Refinery (Tesoro), on the north end of March Point southeast of Anacortes, Washington | Author: Walter Siegmund (talk) | Wikimedia Commons

RT: What’s behind the fall in oil prices?

Richard Wolff: A larger factor everybody understands at this sudden and historical time, in a matter of a very few years, is the sudden explosion of oil production inside the US, part of that fracking scandal across the US, about this unorthodox and dangerous ways of getting oil from shale.

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25/10/2014

Mobile Training Van Makes a Difference to Street Children in Thailand

Human Wrongs Watch

A bright colored van filled with educational materials and staffed by trained outreach workers is beginning to make a difference in the lives of street children in Pattaya, Thailand. The van – a mobile training unit donated by UNODC to the NGO Child Protection and Development Centre – provides support and basic school lessons that include sex education to street children living in slum areas of Pattaya, a popular tourist destination.*

Source: UNODC

The mobile training unit is also being used to educate parents and raise awareness of the dangers of families living on the streets.

“Street children are highly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation” said Margaret Akullo, UNODC Programme Coordinator in Thailand. “In three months, one van equipped with training materials and videos has helped close to a 1,000 children become more aware of the dangers of living in the street – and what they can do about it, and who can help them,” said Akullo.

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25/10/2014

More Respect, Less Criminalization for Migrant Workers, UN Human Rights Expert Urges

The lack of political will to stand up for migrant workers’ rights remains the greatest challenge to the protection of this “very vulnerable” group of human beings, an independent United Nations expert affirmed on 24 October 2014.

Migrant workers in India cook a meal. Photo: World Bank/Curt Carnemark | Source: UN News Centre

Speaking before the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which reviews the work accomplished by the UN’s independent human rights experts, Francisco Carrion Mena, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families (CMW), warned that some Member States “mistakenly consider border areas as exempt from human rights obligations.”*

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25/10/2014

The World Wastes Enough Food to Feed Two Billion People!

Human Wrongs Watch

The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations on 24 October 2014 said, as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.”

FAO, IFAD and WFP joint project “Mainstreaming food loss reduction initiatives for smallholders in food deficit areas” aims to improve food security and income generation through reduction of food losses in food grains and pulses value chains. Photo: FAO/Alessandra Benedetti

The new online program me, called the Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Loss Reduction, was jointly launched by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), with the goal of becoming “a global reference point” in the facilitation of information sharing between stakeholders such as public entities, civil society and the private sector.*

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