Archive for February 24th, 2015

24/02/2015

The Assassination of Greece

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. James Petras*, TRANSCEND Media Service

The Greek government is currently locked in a life and death struggle with the elite which dominate the banks and political decision-making centers of the European Union. What are at stake are the livelihoods of 11 million Greek workers, employees and small business people and the viability of the European Union.

**Photo: Anti-austerity peotests - Author:  Philly boy92 : Wikimedia Commons

**Anti-austerity peotests – Author: Philly boy92 : Wikimedia Commons

If the ruling Syriza government capitulates to the demands of the EU bankers and agrees to continue the austerity programs, Greece will be condemned to decades of regression, destitution and colonial rule.

If Greece decides to resist, and is forced to exit the EU, it will need to repudiate its 270 billion Euro foreign debts, sending the international financial markets crashing and causing the EU to collapse.

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24/02/2015

Take action to Orange your day also on 25 February!

The UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as “Orange Day” – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls.*

Orange Day February 2015

UN Women Laos/Daniel Hodgson

Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.

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24/02/2015

World Health Organization Urges Global Switch to ‘Smart’ Syringes that Disable after Single Use

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on 23 February 2015 called for all countries to switch by 2020 to new ‘smart’ syringes that cannot be used more than once as an “absolutely critical” stop to protect millions of people from deadly infections acquired through unsafe injections.

Photo: PAHO/WHO

“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. This should be an urgent priority for all countries,” Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department, said in the announcement by the UN health agency.*

A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315,000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33,800 with HIV through an unsafe injection.

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24/02/2015

'2015 Pivotal for Finalizing Universal Climate Change Agreement'

Human Wrongs Watch

New York, 23 February 2015 – This year is pivotal for global action on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in New York, emphasizing that all the major advances of 2014 have set the stage for success in 2015.

Photo: UNEP

Photo: UNEP

“Our challenge now is clear: to finalize a meaningful, universal agreement on climate change,” Ban told Member States at a briefing on relevant progress as momentum builds towards a meeting to be held in Paris this December, when leaders are expected to reach a landmark treaty.

“Addressing climate change is essential for realizing sustainable development. If we fail to adequately address climate change, we will be unable to build a world that supports a life of dignity for all,” the Secretary-General warned.

Joining Ban at the briefing was President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, as well as the Permanent Representatives of Peru and France, who organized the gathering.

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