Archive for December 13th, 2015

13/12/2015

Brazil’s Amazon River Ports Give Rise to Dreams and Nightmares

Human Wrongs Watch

SANTARÉM, Brazil, 11 December 2015 (IPS) – River port terminals in the northern Brazilian city of Santarém are considered strategic by the government. But what some see as an opportunity for development is for others an irreversible change in what was previously a well-preserved part of the Amazon rainforest.

The U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill’s port terminal on the banks of the Tapajós River in the northern Brazilian city of Santarém, where large cargo vessels dwarf the traditional small fishing boats of the Amazon basin. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

The U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill’s port terminal on the banks of the Tapajós River in the northern Brazilian city of Santarém, where large cargo vessels dwarf the traditional small fishing boats of the Amazon basin. Credit: Fabiana Frayssinet/IPS

 

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13/12/2015

King Bibi

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

12 December 2015

BINYAMIN NETANYAHU is our prime minister for life.

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Uri Avnery

So it seems. So he evidently believes.

Not only believes. He acts accordingly.

To make sure, he has done the two necessary things: (a) eliminate every possible competitor, and (b) surround himself with male and female nincompoops, no one of whom could be considered by anyone a plausible successor.

Indeed, the idea that any of this lot could ever become prime minister sends shudders down our spines.

So we are stuck with him for life (at least). Time to face this prospect.

HE IS not the worst. No one ever is. For every bad leader, there is a worse one. (Except Adolf Hitler, perhaps.)

So let us look first at the positive sides of his rule. There are some. (Yes, indeed.)

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13/12/2015

COP21 Shows the End of Fossil Fuels Is Near, We Must Speed Its Coming

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kumi Naidoo*

12 December, 2015 (Greenpeace) – The wheel of climate action turns slowly, but in Paris it has turned. There’s much in this deal that frustrates and disappoints me, but it still puts the fossil fuel industry squarely on the wrong side of history.
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Greenpeace

Parts of this deal have been diluted and polluted by the people who despoil our planet, but it contains a new temperature limit of 1.5 degrees.

That single number, and the new goal of net zero emissions by the second half of this century, will cause consternation in the boardrooms of coal companies and the palaces of oil-exporting states and that is a very good thing. The transition away from fossil fuels is inevitable.

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13/12/2015

Women in US Lagging Behind in Human rights, UN Experts Report after ‘Myth-Shattering’ Visit

Human Wrongs Watch

While praising the current United States administration for its commitment to women’s equality, United Nations experts on 11 December 2015 warned that the extreme polarization of US politics is “profoundly” affecting the Government’s ability to guarantee women’s human rights, and even to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Marching in New York City for gender equality. Photo: UN Women/J Carrier

“The US, which is a leading State in formulating international human rights standards, is allowing its women to lag behind,” said the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice in a news release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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13/12/2015

Paris: We Need System Change!

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

12 December 2015 

WE NEED SYSTEM CHANGE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE! Civil society, excluded from the COP21 conference by the French government, carried banners with this slogan on the streets of Paris. They did so in defiance of tear-gas-using black-clad police.

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**Photo: Greenpeace’s activists and supporters participate in the Global Climate March, one day before the beginning of UNFCCC Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. November 29th 2015, Madrid. | Author: OsvaldoGago | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.| Wikimedia Commons

System change has been the motto for climate marches throughout the world. Our entire system is leading us towards disaster, and this includes both economic and governmental establishments.

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