Archive for January 29th, 2016

29/01/2016

More than 6 Billion People Live in Countries with a Serious Corruption Problem

27 January 2016  – More than 6 billion people live in countries with a serious corruption problem.
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© AM Ahad | Source: Transparency International

This nine-year-old girl is one of them.

She lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh – one of 114 countries that scores below 50 out of 100 in our 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, indicating serious levels of public sector corruption.

Instead of going to school, she spends her days sorting bottles at a recycling factory.

Officially child labour is illegal in Bangladesh. Unofficially a bribe paid to the right official can mean exceptions are made.

Like all exploitation, child labour remains a sad reality in environments where citizens are trapped in poverty and corrupt officials can be paid off.

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29/01/2016

Dispossessed in the Name of ‘Security’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

29 January 2016

A new book, edited by Nick Buxton and Ben Hayes, both involved with The Transnational Institute, brings together a thoughtful collection of scholars, journalists and activists to explain the pre-eminence of the military and corporations in shaping the global response to the climate catastrophe as an ‘opportunity’. See ‘The Secure and the Dispossessed: How the Military and Corporations are Shaping a Climate-Changed World‘. Do you think that this catastrophe is an ‘opportunity’?

indexIn a series of chapters both in the book and online, we are thoughtfully guided through a deeper understanding of how, for the security/military-industrial complex, ‘climate change is just the latest in a long line of threats constructed in such a way as to consolidate its grip on power and public finance.’

For corporations, the risk posed by climate change is an opportunity for profit as they promise us ‘food security’, ‘water security’, ‘energy security’ … even if it is at the expense of equity and justice and has ‘disastrous implications for the security of human lives and dignity’.

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