Archive for October 24th, 2016

24/10/2016

World Must Tackle the Biggest Killer of Whales – and It’s Not Whaling

Human Wrongs Watch

Portoroz, Slovenia, Oct 24 2016 (IPS) – Every two years, governments from across the globe gather to debate the fate of the world’s whales. And every two years, Japan, Norway and Iceland find themselves in the firing line for their refusal to end commercial whaling.
The grave dangers of fishing nets are underestimated. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS

The grave dangers of fishing nets are underestimated. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS

This week at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in Slovenia will be no different. But while the divisive debate on whaling rages, the IWC has the chance to unite behind efforts to tackle the most immediate 21st century threat to whales – bycatch.

It is scarcely believable but accidental entanglement in fishing gear – or bycatch – kills over 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) every year.

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24/10/2016

Prof. Johan Galtung (24 Oct 1930)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Antonio C. S. Rosa*

TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 October 2016 Johan Vincent Galtung, dr, dr hc mult, a professor of peace studies, was born in Oslo, Norway on the same day that the UN would come to existence 15 years later.

pic Johan black suit He is a mathematician–his first Ph.D.–, sociologist, political scientist and the founder of the academic disciplines of Peace and Conflict Studies.

He founded the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (1959), the world’s first academic research center focused on peace studies, as well as the influential Journal of Peace Research (1964).

He has helped found dozens of other peace centers around the world since.

He has served as a professor for peace studies at universities all over the world, including Columbia (New York), Oslo, Berlin, Belgrade, Paris, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Sichuan, Ritsumeikan (Japan), Princeton, Hawai’i, Tromsoe, Bern, Alicante (Spain), Islamic University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, and dozens of others on all continents. He has taught thousands of individuals and motivated them to dedicate their lives to the promotion of peace and the satisfaction of basic human needs.

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24/10/2016

Washington’s Game of Good Terrorists vs Bad Terrorists

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Wight*

22 October 2016 (RT) When you reach the stage of making a distinction between good terrorists and bad terrorists, not only are you defending the indefensible, you are engaged in the ugly business of sowing dragon’s teeth.
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Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war. | Author: Voice of America News: Scott Bobb reports from Aleppo, Syria |  public domain | Wikimedia Commons: “This file has been identified as being free of known restrictions under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights.”

Jahbat Al-Nusra, which recently changed its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, is a terrorist organization dripping in the blood of men, women, and children – people it has butchered across Syria over the past five years for the crime of praying to a different God than them, or else the same God in a different way.

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24/10/2016

Student Struggle in South Africa Gains Momentum

Human Wrongs Watch

By Desmond Latham*

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 21 2016 (IPS) – When #FeesMustFall began to trend on social media platforms in South Africa in October 2015, government shrugged it off as an example of isolated hotheads, while political pundits predicted the student campaign wouldn’t last.

Hundreds of #FeesMustFall protesters gather outside the Union Buildings, the seat of government in South Africa, to demand free education on Oct. 20, 2016. Credit: Denvor DeWee/IPS

Hundreds of #FeesMustFall protesters gather outside the Union Buildings, the seat of government in South Africa, to demand free education on Oct. 20, 2016. Credit: Denvor DeWee/IPS

But a year later and the protest movement has gained traction across the country, with all major tertiary institutions partly shut down or barely functioning, and civil society warning that the effect on various sectors of the economy will carry over to 2017.

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24/10/2016

Afghanistan- Now Fighting Over Water

The demand for water to support agricultural development in conflict-plagued Afghanistan often results in high-stakes water disputes, according to a new United Nations report released on 23 October 2016, which underscores the need for more effective and transparent means of resolving the differences.*

A view of Bamyan National Park in September 2016. Afghanistan is characterized by rugged mountains, with more than half of the land area above 2,000 metres. There are also lakes and rivers, with most new water supply coming from rain and snow melt. UN Photo/UNAMA

“As this report clearly outlines, the stakes involved in water disputes are high,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the country, Tadamichi Yamamoto, in a news release. 

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