Archive for June 1st, 2016

01/06/2016

World No Tobacco Day – UN Urges Plain Packaging to Save Lives

Human Wrongs Watch

As the global community marks World No Tobacco Day, the United Nations is advocating for the use of plain packaging of tobacco products in an effort to save lives by reducing demand for such products, which kill nearly 6 million people every year.

Photo: WHO/S. Volkov

“Tobacco use is one of the largest causes of preventable non-communicable diseases, including cancers, heart and lung disease,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 31 May 2016 – said in his message on the Day, which is observed annually to highlight the health risks associated with tobacco use and to advocate for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.

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01/06/2016

The Idiocy of Things Requires an “Information Habeas Corpus”!

Human Wrongs Watch

ST. Augustine, Florida, 31 May 2016 (IPS) – Today we are saturated with media hype about the joys of information and communication technology (ICT). We will all be connected, all the time, by the Idiocy of Things (IoT ) devices and our social media, all converging in the cloud.

Hazel Henderson

Our lives will be monitored by smart sensors in homes with smart refrigerators, toasters, TVs, doorbells, alarm systems, garages, cars and electricity meters.

We are bombarded with ads showing us how all these smart devices will improve our lives and health, bringing ever greater convenience.

Driverless cars will be safer, allowing us to read, monitor our kids or enjoy the scenery.

All this ICT and automation is already a multi-billion dollar industry and its producers are salivating over its growth and profits. Individual privacy rights and security concerns seem to be an afterthought.

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01/06/2016

Islamophobia: Why Are So Many People So Frightened?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

Daylesford, Australia, 1 June 1 2016 — Islamophobia has become a significant factor driving politics in many Western countries.

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  Symbol against the construction of a Mosque. Credit: Albert Mestre. GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links. However, it is also evident among those same populations in relation to the refugee flow from the Middle East.

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