Archive for May 28th, 2015

28/05/2015

Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva*

28 May 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Biodiverse ecological agriculture in women’s hands is a solution not just to the malnutrition crisis, but also the climate crisis.

A worker weeding in a nursery in Back Kan, Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas

A worker weeding in a nursery in Back Kan, Viet Nam. Photo: FAO/Joan Manuel Baliellas

The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change. And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions.

Industrial agiculture is the biggest contributor to biodiversity erosion as well as to climate change.

According to the United Nations, 93% of all plant variety has disappeared over the last 80 years.20 May 2015 – The two great ecological challenges of our times are biodiversity erosion and climate change.

And both are interconnected, in their causes and their solutions.

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28/05/2015

On Violence: Suicide, Homicide–and Both

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

27 May 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Violence is to harm and hurt body, mind, spirit, even lethally, suicide, homicide, genocide (“cide”, from Latin “cadre”, falling). The focus here is on body violence, “sui” standing for Self, “homi” for Other. They do not exclude each other, they can be combined.

**The Kids off the Block memorial featuring hundreds of simple stone blocks, one for each child killed by violence in Roseland, Chicago | Author: Victorgrigas | Wikimedia Commons

**The Kids off the Block memorial featuring hundreds of simple stone blocks, one for each child killed by violence in Roseland, Chicago | Author: Victorgrigas | Wikimedia Commons

We have in mind US shootings-killings in recent decades, often at schools, spraying Others with bullets, in the end also Self, at his own hand or somebody else’s, with a gun.

The killing by somebody else may or may not have been expected, but exposure to such extreme risk makes intention likely. In short, homicide and suicide. Both-And.

Hitler sacrificed millions of Germans, and committed suicide.

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28/05/2015

Congo Logging Chaos Leaves People and Bonobos at the Sharp End

Human Wrongs Watch

By Raoul Monsembula*

27 May 2015 – “Chaos” and “chaotic” are frequently – perhaps even overly – used words. One dictionary definition is a “total lack of organisation or order”. That can be said certainly of the industrial logging sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Companies pay little heed to regulations, promises to forest communities go unfulfilled and government institutions show little or no will to hold them to account and protect the DRC’s vast natural heritage and resources.

But at the same time this chaos is organised and is ordered.  It is to a large extent engineered by officials and companies for their own benefit.

The institutions that should govern the forestry sector and enforce the law are not functioning effectively.

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