Archive for November 7th, 2014

07/11/2014

Gorbachev, the Man Who Changed the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Federico Mayor Zaragoza*, Other News 

Gorbachev in 1987 President of the Soviet Union

**Gorbachev in 1987 | President of the Soviet Union, 15 March 1990 – 25 December 1991| Wikimedia Commons

November 2014 — Twenty-five years ago the initial dismantling commenced at the Berlin Wall, that symbol of cold war, separation and confrontation for over twenty-eight years.

And with its fall, shortly thereafter, the immense Soviet empire was transformed practically overnight into a Commonwealth of Independent States, whose member countries began a long march toward achieving public liberties…

And all of this was accomplished without shedding even one drop of blood, thanks to Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the “magician of the unexpected”.

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07/11/2014

Migrant Workers in Lebanon – Playing for Equality

A cricket tournament highlights issues affecting migrant workers in Lebanon – and hits out at discrimination to bring communities together.

Migrant workers in Lebanon gathered for a day of cricket on the outskirts of Beirut | Source: ILO

Migrant workers in Lebanon gathered for a day of cricket on the outskirts of Beirut | Source: ILO

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Beirut, 6 November 2014 (ILO)* – Every Sunday in Lebanon, some of the country’s hundreds of thousands of non-Arab migrant workers emerge from an arduous week at work to enjoy their only day off.
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Amongst them is Fernando Sugath, a migrant worker from Sri Lanka. For several years, Sugath has been meeting fellow migrant workers at the weekend at a Beirut parking lot to play cricket, a sport that is highly popular in his home country but little known in Lebanon outside migrant communities.
07/11/2014

World Population Aged 60 or Older 'Will Jump from 800 Million Now to 2 Billion by 2050'

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN health agency on 6 November 2014 warned that as the world population aged 60 or older will jump from some 800 million to 2 billion in the next four decades, soaring levels of chronic illness and diminished wellbeing are poised to become a major global public health challenge.
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 [An old person posing in front of her house in Chagas, Mexico, where long-lasting impregnated curtains were installed in order to keep the house free of the triamatone bugs. Photo: WHO/TDR /Isaias Montilla] An old person posing in front of her house in Chagas, Mexico, where long-lasting impregnated curtains were installed in order to keep the house free of the triamatone bugs. Photo: WHO/TDR /Isaias Montilla

An old person posing in front of her house in Chagas, Mexico, where long-lasting impregnated curtains were installed in order to keep the house free of the triamatone bugs. Photo: WHO/TDR /Isaias Montilla

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“By 2020, for the first time in history, the number of people aged 60 years and older will outnumber children younger than 5 years,” the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said reporting its findings in a series on health and ageing in the medical journal The Lancet.

And “by 2050, the world’s population aged 60 years and older is expected to total 2 billion, up from 841 million today,” WHO said, noting that 80 percent of these older persons will be living in low-income and middle-income countries.

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07/11/2014

'The Most Basic of All Human Rights -Water- Is Central to Global Peace and Security'

Human Wrongs Watch

The most basic of all human rights -water- is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the Deputy Secretary-General on 6 November 2014 told participants to the World Water Summit held in London.*

In the Abu Shouk camp for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Darfur, a child gets a drink of water. Photo: UNAMID/Albert González Farran

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“Around today’s world, we see how a lack of access to water can fuel conflict and even threaten peace and stability,” Jan Eliasson pointed out as he delivered the keynote address on “Tackling the Global Water Challenges: What’s Next?,” to the Summit, which was organized by The Economist.

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