Archive for April 9th, 2015

09/04/2015

Peace Journalism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dietrich Fischer*

8 April 2015, TRANSCEND Media Service – Johan Galtung** is often asked to define peace journalism. In the most concise way, he says, it is to ask two questions (in addition to the usual questions like how many bombs were dropped, how many buildings destroyed, who is winning, etc.): “What is the conflict about, and what could be the solutions?”

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***The Japanese Peace Bell and its en:pagoda at United Nations Headquarters, New York City.| Photograph credit: Dragonbite.| The original uploader was Rodsan18 at English Wikipedia | Wikimedia Commons

***The Japanese Peace Bell and its en:pagoda at United Nations Headquarters, New York City.| Photograph credit: Dragonbite.| The original uploader was Rodsan18 at English Wikipedia | Wikimedia Commons

If George W. Bush were asked, “What is the conflict with Iraq about?”, he would probably reply, “It is a struggle between good and evil.” “Would you like to expand on that?” “No.” “What is the solution?” “To crush evil!” “Would you like to expand on that?” “No.” If he were asked this twenty times, and quoted each time, he could not get away with it forever. Bush is being under-quoted.

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09/04/2015

How to Use Heat Energy Radiating from the Earth's Core To Produce Food

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome — Geothermal energy, the flow of heat energy radiating from the earth’s core, provides unique opportunities for cost efficient, sustainable food production and processing in developing countries, says a new report published by FAO on 7 April 2015.

For developing countries rich in geothermal activity, using the earth's heat offers new possibilities for agriculture  | FAO

For developing countries rich in geothermal activity, using the earth’s heat offers new possibilities for agriculture | FAO

In some developing economies, as much as half of all food produced is lost post-harvest – that’s due in part to a lack of affordable energy for food processing, according to “Uses of Geothermal Energy in Food and Agriculture”.

This makes the use of heat energy for drying foods, pasteurizing milk and sterilizing produce especially interesting for developing countries, where increased food processing can give a boost to food security.

Food drying can prolong the shelf life of nutritious foods like fish and vegetables and make them available year-round, including in times of drought.

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09/04/2015

Women’s Bodies, Who Do They Belong To?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Antonia Utrera*, Pressenza

7 April 2015 — Regarding the feminine as an object. Women’s bodies, who do they belong to?

Credit: UNICEF/SOKOL | Source: UN Women

Credit: UNICEF/SOKOL | Source: UN Women

According to Silvia Federici, feminist historian and activist, in the Europe of the middle ages women still exercised undisputed control over their bodies and giving birth.

It was with the advent of capitalism that new ways were introduced to supervise pregnancy and maternity and the crime of infanticide was established (when a baby was still born or died during birth, blame was attributed to the mother).

It’s from then on that women lost control of their bodies and reproduction. Employment became the main source of wealth, and in this light, control over the bodies of women acquired new meaning when they were seen as production machines for manpower.

Today these machines continue to be crucial for the accumulation of capital. The production of manpower continues to be controlled, with decisions made about how many workers are being produced and in what conditions.

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