Archive for January 19th, 2015

19/01/2015

Richest 1% Will Own More than All the Rest by 2016

Human Wrongs Watch

The international agency, whose executive director Winnie Byanyima will co-chair the Davos event, warned that the explosion in inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty at a time when 1 in 9 people do not have enough to eat and more than a billion people still live on less than $1.25-a-day.
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Byanyima will use herposition at Davos to call for urgent action to stem this rising tide of inequality, starting with a crackdown on tax dodging by corporations, and to push for progress towards a global deal on climate change.
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Wealth: Having It All and Wanting More, a research paper published today by Oxfam, shows that the richest 1 percent have seen their share of global wealth increase from 44 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2014 and at this rate will be more than 50 percent in 2016. Members of this global elite had an average wealth of $2.7 million per adult in 2014.

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19/01/2015

How to Disconnect from a Source of Intense Irritation

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tony Robinson*

Pressenza, 19 January 2015 — The West is behaving with unspeakable physical violence against the Muslim world, just as the Western economic system is behaving with unspeakable economic violence against their own populations.  It is not a surprise that unspeakable physical violence by “terrorists” in Paris, London, New York, Madrid and other places is the result.  Nevertheless this violent response is ultimately pointless because it will not work.

(Image by Carolmooredc on wikimedia commons)  | Source: Pressenza

**Pro-nonviolence protesters at an anti-globalization protest | Author: Carolmooredc | Wikimedia Commons

Why is a nonviolent response so important? Well Gandhi and Luther King have shown us the power of active nonviolence in practice. They have shown how it is possible to bring down apparently unbreakable systems without throwing a single stone or hitting anyone else.

For Gandhi’s and Luther King’s supporters the first thing they learnt was how to control the responses they gave in front of violent stimuli.  They had to learn to control their anger and channel it elsewhere so that it could be effective.

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19/01/2015

'More than half of US public school students living in poverty'

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andre Damon*

19 January 2015 (WSWS) — For the first time in at least half a century, low-income children make up the majority of students enrolled in American public schools, according to a report by the Southern Education Foundation (SEF).

**United States Student Association Logo | Author: Cmichael.files | Wikimedia Commons

**United States Student Association Logo | Author: Cmichael.files | Wikimedia Commons

The percentage of public school students who are classified as low-income has risen steadily over the past quarter century, under both Democratic and Republican administrations.

In 1989, under 32 percent of public school students were classified as low-income, according to statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) cited by the report. This rose to 38 percent by 2000, 48 percent in 2011, and 51 percent in 2013.

These figures are the result of decades of deindustrialization, stagnating wages and cuts to antipoverty programs.

Since the 2008 financial crisis in particular, the US ruling class, with the Obama administration at its head, has waged an unrelenting assault on the social rights of working people, carrying out mass layoffs, driving down wages, and slashing social services during the recession and the “recovery.”

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19/01/2015

Viet Nam Launches Its 'Possible Dream': Zero Hunger by 2025

Human Wrongs Watch

Hanoi, Viet Nam, January 2015 – The National Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC), a major initiative to eradicate hunger in Viet Nam, was launched today by the Government of Viet Nam in collaboration with the United Nations, including FAO.

Photo: ©FAO/AFP/Hoang Dinh Nam

Vietnamese farmer harvesting longane fruits. Nhan My, Viet Nam. | Source: FAO

The launch, led by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dũng along with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Cao Duc Phat, and other leaders of line ministries symbolized the Government of Viet Nam’s commitment to achieving Zero Hunger by 2025.*

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19/01/2015

World Future Energy Summit: Shaping Tomorrow’s Smart Cities; Growing Clean-Energy Market in Middle East

Human Wrongs Watch

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 17-24 January 2015 — How the world’s smartest cities are re-imagining essential systems to solve the interlinked issues of water, energy and climate while also encouraging economic growth and resiliency will be discussed at next week’s World Future Energy Summit, the Middle East’s largest gathering of international leaders to drive viable solutions to address the world’s pressing energy challenges.

Source: World Future Energy Summit

Source: World Future Energy Summit

Hosted by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, WFES is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), January 17-24, a yearly platform to address the interconnected challenges of energy and water security, climate risk and sustainable development. Since its establishment, ADSW has helped reinforce Abu Dhabi’s position as an international energy hub – a true energy leader, promoting new and traditional sources of power.*

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