Archive for October 1st, 2016

01/10/2016

Orwell 2016: Censorship in the Age of Social Media

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Banner instructing residents not to ‘like’ or ‘share’ non-mainstream views (that ‘insult the institution’, i.e. the monarchy) on social networks under direct threat of prison observed near Chit Lom, Bangkok, Thailand on 2014-06-30. The woman in the picture on the right is Chatwadee Amornpat, known as ‘London Rose’. | Author: Pratyeka | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. 

Where have our media taken us?

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01/10/2016

UN Resolution on Journalist Safety Passed, But Long Way to Go

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage*

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 30 2016 (IPS) – The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) advanced its commitment to the safety of journalists after adopting a groundbreaking resolution with measures for states to ensure journalist protection. But this is only the first step, many note.

Kashmiri journalists at a rare protest against a government clampdown on freedom of expression in 2012. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS

Kashmiri journalists at a rare protest against a government clampdown on freedom of expression in 2012. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS

 

Though the UNHRC has adopted resolutions on the safety of journalists in the past, some note that this year’s resolution is more comprehensive in protecting the rights of freedom of expression and the press.

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01/10/2016

Treaties against Human Trafficking Key to Fighting Scourge, Supporting Victims

Human Wrongs Watch

With current armed conflicts and humanitarian crises driving massive population movements – and not just in Europe, though the continent has been heavily challenged – an upcoming United Nations report will confirm the troubling fact that human trafficking generally follows the overall migratory flows, a senior UN anti-crime official on 29 September 2016 said, urging States to back the Trafficking in Persons Protocol and other international tools to address the evolving and complex situation.

At the Bandeu checkpoint in Nepal, inspectors and a police constable approach a bus to look for potential victims of child trafficking onboard. Photo: OCHA/Tilak Pokharel.

John Brandolino, Director of the Division for Treaty Affairs at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), spotlighted the importance of international treaties and agreements in tackling human trafficking in his address to a Headquarters event co-hosted with the European Union (EU) following up last week’s first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

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01/10/2016

The 3 Small Letters Destroying the Rainforest

Human Wrongs Watch

By India Thorogood*

27 September, 2016 (Greenpeace) Last year, Indonesian forest fires shocked the world. Some called them the worst environmental disaster of the 21st century. So why hasn’t that shock turned into actionand why are fires blazing across Indonesia again?

Aerial view of fires at the forest and palm oil plantation in peatland area of Pangkalan Terap, Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan regency, Riau.

Aerial view of fires at the forest and palm oil plantation in peatland area of Pangkalan Terap, Teluk Meranti, Pelalawan regency, Riau. | Greenpeace

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01/10/2016

Ukraine as the Border of NATO Expansion

Human Wrongs Watch

And – if you live in the West, in particular: Did we really have to end in this situation given Russia’s significant weakness over 25 years?


This article argues that the superior West could have played its cards differently and it’s time for self-critical soul-searching and just a little living yourself into the shoes of the other.


If peace rather than war is your true aim.

There was a beginning and a framework

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01/10/2016

21 September 2016: 10 Pointers

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

26 September 2016- TRANSCEND Media Service – Peace is not only a great idea, but something sacred, holy.

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Johan Galtung

The number of pointers to peace has to reflect this as a holy number, like 10 for the Ten Commandments.

But in Christianity 3 is also holy, for the Trinity.

And in Islam 1 stands for the only One God.

In Buddhism 4 stands for the Truths, and 8 for the Ways.

And we find 5 and 7 in many places.

So let us use them all, bestowing multiple sacredness on peace.  Starting with 1-3 for the most basic, adding two more for 4-5, two more for 6-7, with three concrete pointers for 8-10.  Here we go:

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