Archive for November 10th, 2015

10/11/2015

Refugee Crisis – Diverting Funds From Civil Society Is a Bad Idea

Human Wrongs Watch

JOHANNESBURG, 10 November 2015 (IPS) – Europe is in the throes of a refugee crisis and it’s not difficult to see that it does not quite know how to respond to it. By mid-October more than 600,000 people had reached Europe by sea.

© UNHCR/I.Szabó | Influx of refugees from FYR Macedonia to Serbia includes exhausted mothers with children resting in any kind of shade they can spot.

© UNHCR/I.Szabó | Influx of refugees from FYR Macedonia to Serbia includes exhausted mothers with children resting in any kind of shade they can spot.

The International Organisation for Migration estimates that more than 3,100 people have died or are missing this year alone as they try to make their way to Europe.

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10/11/2015

School Meals Bolster Family Farming in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

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ITABORAÍ, Brazil, 9 November 2015 (IPS) – “That law should have existed since the end of slavery, which threw slaves into the street without offering them adequate conditions for working and producing, turning them into semi-slaves,” said Brazilian farmer Idevan Correa.
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Children between the ages of five and seven eating lunch in the João Baptista Cáffaro School cafetería in the impoverished Engenho Velho neighbourhood in the city of Itaboraí, 45 km from Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

Children between the ages of five and seven eating lunch in the João Baptista Cáffaro School cafetería in the impoverished Engenho Velho neighbourhood in the city of Itaboraí, 45 km from Rio de Janeiro. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS

The law he was referring to, which was passed in 2009, requires that at least 30 percent of the funds that municipal governments receive from the National Fund for the Development of Education go towards the purchase of food produced by local family farmers.

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10/11/2015

Southern Africa: 11 Million Children at Risk from Hunger, Disease and Lack of Water as a Result of El Niño

NEW YORK/GENEVA – An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in eastern and southern Africa as a result of a strengthening El Niño, which is also causing droughts and floods in parts of Asia, the Pacific and Latin America, UNICEF warned on 10 November 2015.

© UNICEF/NYHQ2015-0512/Sokhin | A child and an elderly man stand on the roof of a building damaged when Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in March 2015.

The consequences could ripple through generations unless affected communities receive support amid crop failures and lack of access to drinking water that are leaving children malnourished and at risk of killer diseases, UNICEF said in report called A Wake Up Call: El Niño’s Impact on Children.   

Besides the immediate risks of death and injury, El Niño can lead to significant increases in diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, diarrhea and cholera – which are major killers of children.

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10/11/2015

2016, Int’l Year of Pulses: Celebrating Benefits of Legumes – from Pinto Beans to Black-eyed Peas

Human Wrongs Watch

Under the slogan ‘nutritious seeds for a sustainable future,’ the United Nations, led by its Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on 10 November 2015 launched the 2016 International Year of Pulses to raise awareness about the protein power and health benefits of all kinds of dried beans and peas, boost their production and trade, and encourage new and smarter uses throughout the food chain.

Pulses are an affordable alternative to more expensive animal-based protein, which makes them ideal for enhancing diets in poorer parts of the world. Photo: FAO/Giuseppe Bizzarri

“Pulses are important food crops for the food security of large proportions of populations, particularly in Latin America, Africa and Asia, where pulses are part of traditional diets and often grown by small farmers,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, in a news release.

“They have been an essential part of the human diet for centuries,” he added, “Yet, their nutritional value is not generally recognized and is frequently under-appreciated.”

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10/11/2015

Carter Should Know the World Is Not a Cowboy Movie

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Wight*

9 November 2015 (RT)* – US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter claims Russia and China are challenging something he describes as the “international order.” What he really means is that Russia and China refuse to bend the knee to US domination and hegemony.
**Painting of a Vaquero in action roping cattle during 1830s Spanish California.| Source: The Old West-

**Painting of a Vaquero in action roping cattle during 1830s Spanish California.| Source: The Old West- “The Cowboys” | Author: Time Life Books | public domain | Wikimedia Commons

History weaves a continual story of the rise of empires and their subsequent fall, under pressure of growing resistance to their writ by peoples and countries held in their grip.

This is simply because regardless of language, culture or religion the need to be respected, free, independent, and to live with dignity is universal and unquenchable, and as such long recognized as human rights.

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10/11/2015

‘Worse Than We Thought’: TPP A Total Corporate Power Grab Nightmare

Text released today confirms the TPP rolls back past public interest reforms to the U.S. trade model while expanding problematic provisions demanded by the hundreds of official U.S. corporate trade advisers who had a hand in the negotiations while citizens were left in the dark. (Image: File w/overlay) | Source: CommonDreams

“Worse than anything we could’ve imagined.”

“An act of climate denial.”

“Giveaway to big agribusiness.”

“A death warrant for the open Internet.”

“Worst nightmare.”

“A disaster.”

As expert analysis of the long-shrouded, newly publicized TransPacific Partnership (TPP) final text continued to roll out on Thursday, consensus formed around one fundamental assessment of the 12-nation pact: It’s worse than we thought.

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10/11/2015

Text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership

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SPECIAL FEATURE, 9 November 2015 – New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade – TRANSCEND Media Service

The text of the Agreement was released by TPP Parties on 5 November 2015 and can be accessed by chapter below. The text will continue to undergo legal review and will be translated into French and Spanish language versions prior to signature.

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**A summit with leaders of the member states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP). Pictured, from left, are Naoto Kan (Japan), Nguyễn Minh Triết (Vietnam), Julia Gillard (Australia), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Barack Obama (United States), John Key (New Zealand), Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Alan García (Peru), and Muhyiddin Yassin (Malaysia). Six of these leaders represent countries that are currently negotiating to join the group. | Author: Gobierno de Chile | Wikimedia Commons

**A summit with leaders of the member states of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPP). Pictured, from left, are Naoto Kan (Japan), Nguyễn Minh Triết (Vietnam), Julia Gillard (Australia), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Lee Hsien Loong (Singapore), Barack Obama (United States), John Key (New Zealand), Hassanal Bolkiah (Brunei), Alan García (Peru), and Muhyiddin Yassin (Malaysia). Six of these leaders represent countries that are currently negotiating to join the group. | Author: Gobierno de Chile | Wikimedia Commons

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10/11/2015

Migration Will Be Win-win for World, Finds World Bank Report

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6 November 2015 – There is a clear win-win situation for the world, in both the medium and longer term, for more migration to happen, Philip Schellekens told EurActiv in an exclusive interview on the day the World Bank published its Global Monitoring Report 2015-16.
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Philip Schellekens [Georgi Gotev] | EurActiv

Philip Schellekens is Lead Economist with the World Bank Group.

He spoke to EurActiv’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev

The Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016 was published today (6 November). It is titled “Development Goals and Era of Demographic Change” and you are its lead author. Can you perhaps explain how such a massive report of almost 300 pages has been written, what are the sources, do you follow any sort of instructions on the policy side, is someone telling you which angle to take?

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10/11/2015

How Cooperatives Can Provide Decent Work for Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

On 8-10 November 2015, an international conference in Turkey will discuss, among other issues, ways in which cooperatives can help the growing number of refugees and migrants in today’s world. ILO News spoke with Simel Esim, head of the ILO’s Cooperatives Unit.*

© Evan Schneider / UN 2015

© Evan Schneider / UN 2015

The number of refugees has reached record levels around the globe. What role can cooperatives play in helping refugees cope with this situation?

The latest UNHCR figures show a dramatic rise in the number of refugees around the world, reaching 13 million in 2014, with half of them in Asia.

This number does not include the 5 million Palestinians who have been refugees over many decades in the Middle East. Today, Turkey alone is estimated to host more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees.

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10/11/2015

A Coral Reef Destroyed for a Military Base? No Way!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kazue Komatsubara*
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10 November 2015 – Two military airstrips are no mean feat to build. They are massive pieces of military infrastructure, from which expensive, machines take off at great, deafening, speed. And that’s exactly what’s about to happen on the island of Okinawa.
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Aerial view over the exclusion zone off Camp Schwab - US navy base near Oura Bay.

Greenpeace

Thousands of tonnes of landfill will be poured over Oura Bay – home to the very rare Japanese Dugong, which has become a symbol of struggle against the might of the central Japanese government.

No one know how many of these ‘cows of the sea’ remain, perhaps just a handful, or perhaps 50.

But what we do know is that their numbers are dangerously small.

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