Archive for August 19th, 2015

19/08/2015

The Need for a New Economic System – PART VII: The Global Food Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

20 August 2015

Optimum population in the long-term future

What is the optimum population of the world? It is certainly not the maximum number that can be squeezed onto the globe by eradicating every species of plant and animal that cannot be eaten. The optimum global population is one that can be supported in comfort, equality and dignity – and with respect for the environment.

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In 1848 (when there were just over one billion people in the world), John Stuart Mill described the optimal global population in the following words:

“The density of population necessary to enable mankind to obtain, in the greatest degree, all the advantages of cooperation and social intercourse, has, in the most populous countries, been attained. A population may be too crowded, although all be amply supplied with food and raiment…”

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19/08/2015

Israel Restarts Construction of Controversial ‘Separation’ Wall Near Bethlehem

Human Wrongs Watch

In spite of an April court ruling against any activity of the kind, the works on constructing the wall in the Cremisan valley, located near Bethlehem, started on Monday [17 August]. The construction is a section of a wall Israel started building in 2002 citing security concerns.

To clear and dig the ground for a wire fence and a cement wall, olive trees have already been rooted out with bulldozers.

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19/08/2015

UN Calls for an Immediate Halt to Israeli Demolitions in Palestinian Territories

Human Wrongs Watch

Senior United Nations officials on 18 August 2015 called for an immediate freeze on demolitions in the West Bank, after dozens of structures were demolished yesterday by Israeli authorities in Palestinian Bedouin refugee communities, near East Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities demolished this residential structure in the Palestinian community of Al Jiftlik Abu Al Ajaj in Area C of the Occupied West Bank in April 2015. Photo: OCHA (file)

“A total of 22 structures were demolished in four communities, displacing 78 Palestinians, including 49 children, the vast majority of whom are Palestine refugees,” said a joint statement issued today by the Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Robert Piper, and the Director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez.

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19/08/2015

#ShareHumanity Campaign Spotlights Humanitarian Crises around the Globe

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations relief arm launched a call for millions of people around the world to drastically change their social media feeds and share captivating tale of humanitarian heroism ahead of this year’s World Humanitarian Day.

World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2015

“We’re calling on the young and digitally-connected to help us push out these compelling stories and give a voice to the voiceless,” said Stephen O’Brien, the head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in a press release issued on 13 August 2015.

“Young people often ask me what they can do to help and I believe we have a shared responsibility to raise awareness and help to inspire humanity on these global issues.”

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19/08/2015

World Humanitarian Day: ‘Each One of Us Can Make a Difference’

Human Wrongs Watch

On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, the United Nations drew attention to the 100 million people affected by natural disasters, conflict, hunger and disease, whose needs are far outstripping the capacity to help them, but he is also reminding the international community that “each one of us can make a difference” and “create a more humane world.”

A UNICEF worker speaks to a child seeking temporary shelter at a vacant field next to Nepal’s army headquarters in Kathmandu following Nepal’s massive earthquake. Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2015-1007/Nybo

“On this Day we also celebrate our common humanity,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message on the Day, which is marked annually on 19 August.

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