Archive for October 29th, 2015

29/10/2015

Heavy Rains Wash Away Homes and Hope for Western Sahara Refugees

25,000 refugees, trapped in Algeria for more than 40 years, have had their homes wholly or partially destroyed
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48-year-old Fatima Omar and her family have been made homeless by the floods (MEE / Mohamedsalem Werad)

TINDOUF, Algeria, 29 October 2015 (Middle East Eye) Heavy rains have been pounding much of North Africa and Middle East, bringing destruction in their wake and causing heavy flooding, but the torrential downpours have taken a particularly heavy toll on the vulnerable refugee community in Algeria’s Tindouf province.

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29/10/2015

Women Flee Central America and Mexico to Escape Surge in Deadly Gang Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

29 October 2015 – Women in Central America and Mexico are fleeing their countries in rising numbers to escape a surge in deadly, unchecked gang violence, fuelling a looming refugee crisis in the Americas that demands urgent and concerted action by the States of the region, the United Nations refugee agency is warning.

*Photo: Sulma Ortega and her family were victimized by the MS-13 drug cartel in Guatemala and granted asylum in Mexico. But they have received no help from the Mexican government to rebuild their lives there, and they are now looking to reach the US. Photo: Amy Stillman/IRIN

29/10/2015

Half of US Workers Make Less Than $30,000 Per Year

Human Wrongs Watch

By David Brown*

29 October 2015 (WSWS) – Figures released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration (SSA) show that the majority of workers in the United States earn an income that puts them at or near the poverty level for a small family.

Over half of US workers make less than $30,000 per year, and a staggering 40 percent of workers make less than $20,000 per year. The federal poverty line for a family of four is $24,250 and the line for a family of three is $20,090.

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29/10/2015

Focusing on the Human Impact: Humanitarian Community Meets in New York to Discuss Next Steps

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By Arielle Denis*

October 2015 (ICAN) – “It’s been great to put humanitarian disarmament advocacy work in perspective and relate it to real conflicts”, commented a participant at the end of the 4th Humanitarian Disarmament Campaigns Forum.

Source: ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Source: ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Almost one hundred NGO representatives attended the forum in the margins of the UNGA First Committee meeting in New York this weekend.

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29/10/2015

Corruption: Theory, Prognosis, Solutions?

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By Johan Galtung*

26 Oct 2015, L’Alfàs del Pi, Alicante, Spain (TRANSCEND Media Service) – Our focus is on transactions: I give something to you, you give something to me. The double flow of which lo social is made.

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**A world map of the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, which measures

**A world map of the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, which measures “the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians”. High numbers (blue) indicate less perception of corruption, whereas lower numbers (red) indicate higher perception of corruption. | Author: Ruben.2196 | Wikimedia Commons

We then limit the focus to economic transactions, of factors of production–resources, labor, capital, technology, administration–and products–goods, services.

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29/10/2015

Two-thirds of World’s Population Infected with Herpes

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28 October 2015 – More than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1, which in most cases causes “cold sores” around the mouth, according to the first global estimates of the infection by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Photo: WHO/Jim Holmes

The new estimates published today in the journal PLOS ONE also note that the herpes simplex virus type 1 is an important cause of genital herpes.

Herpes simplex virus is categorized into two types: herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

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29/10/2015

Brazil’s Expanded Climate Targets Frustrate Environmentalists

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RIO DE JANEIRO, October 2015 (IPS) – Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction programme, hailed as bold, has nevertheless left environmentalists frustrated at its lack of ambition in key aspects.
Grasslands replaced the Amazon rainforest in Brasil Novo, a municipality in the Xingú River basin, where the giant Belo Monte hydroelectric dam is being built. Low-productivity stock-raising, with just one or two animals per hectare, is the big factor in deforestation and soil degradation in the region, and the government’s goal is to recover just one-fourth of the area degraded by this activity. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

Grasslands replaced the Amazon rainforest in Brasil Novo, a municipality in the Xingú River basin, where the giant Belo Monte hydroelectric dam is being built. Low-productivity stock-raising, with just one or two animals per hectare, is the big factor in deforestation and soil degradation in the region, and the government’s goal is to recover just one-fourth of the area degraded by this activity. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

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