Archive for February, 2017

28/02/2017

Peace between China and Japan

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

27 February 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – As Buddhist philosophy teaches, peace, like violence and conflict, is a relation; not an attribute of China or Japan. As Daoist philosophy teaches, in a holon like East Asia there are forces and counterforces, yin/yang, with yin and yang in both, &c.

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Johan Galtung

Negative peace would relate the two without violence or threats; positive peace would relate them with good things flowing.  Reality?

Past: the “Nanjing massacre”.

Present: threats between China and USA-Japan “collective self-defense” also for Senkaku-Diaoyu, de facto US occupation of Japan.

Future: no vision beyond balance of threats.

Hence, peace between China and Japan has to be created: visions of peaceful futures, solving present conflicts, conciling past trauma.  Peace does not flow from the past. But peace may flow from the future.

Geographically the two countries are close, yet very different.

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27/02/2017

These Women Cannot Celebrate Their Day

ROME, Feb 27 2017 (IPS) – This is a story that one would wish to never have to write—the story of hundreds of millions of life-givers whose production and productivity have systematically been ‘quantified’ in much detailed statistics, but whose abnegation, human suffering and denial of rights are subject to just words.

Belinda Mason, Silent Tears “Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.” Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General

Belinda Mason, Silent Tears “Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.” Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary-General

It is the story of those women who witness their children die while fleeing wars, or are kidnapped to sell their organs, or recruited as child soldiers.

It is the story of those women who fall prey to human traffickers and are sold as sexual slaves. (The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reports that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims.)

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27/02/2017

Huge Health Needs for World’s One Billion Migrants

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME/COLOMBO, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – With an estimated 1 billion migrants today –or one in every seven people– their health needs are huge. Nevertheless, health systems are struggling to adapt and consequently access to health services among migrant populations varies widely and is often inadequate.

Credit: IOM

Credit: IOM

This has been the key issue before senior public health officials from over 40 countries, who met on February 23 in Colombo, concluding that addressing the health needs of migrants reduces long-term health and social costs, enhances health security and contributes to social and economic development.

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27/02/2017

China and the Embarrassment of Western Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

openDemocracy* –  The trouble for democracy does not come from Beijing, or from globalisation, or from abroad, or, in Britain, from immigration or from Europe. It resides at home.

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**Xi Jinping in 2016 | Author: Narendra Modi | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. 

The Chinese regime has had a good 2016 because it was a bad year for democracy. Official Chinese media and various commentators have made fun of the Brexit referendum in Britain and the Trump victory in the United States as being what you get if you are careless enough to let the people decide.

The Brexit referendum in Britain and the Trump victory in the United States… what you get if you are careless enough to let the people decide.

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27/02/2017

Our oceans, Our Responsibility

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mike Fincken*

24 February, 2017 (Greenpeace)* – For some people the oceans may seem vast – to me they are my garden and my home. For the last three decades I have spent most of my life as a sailor and a captain. So you can imagine I feel a special tie to our blue planet. The many years at sea also mean I have witnessed how things have increasingly gone wrong for our oceans.

Philippine Purse Seine Fishing OperationDiver Joel Gonzaga of the the Philippine purse seiner 'Vergene' at work using only a single air compressor hose to the surface, in and around a skipjack tuna purse seine net, in the international waters of high seas pocket No1   © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace

Year by year, more and more fishing boats are out there, and they are getting bigger and bigger as well. There is so much over-fishing going on, so much poor management of fisheries and so much illegal fishing.

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26/02/2017

Netherlands to Host Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – The Netherlands announced that it will work with Japan and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and causing economic disruptions.

"Our survival depends on learning to live on a hotter planet with more extreme weather" - Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Environment deputy chief “ Credit: UNEP

“Our survival depends on learning to live on a hotter planet with more extreme weather” – Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Environment deputy chief | Credit: UNEP

The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation aims to bring together international partners, including leading knowledge institutes, businesses, NGOs, local and national governments, international organisations and financial institutions.

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26/02/2017

Antarctic Ice Lowest Ever – Asia at High Risk – Africa Drying Up

ROME, Feb 24 2017 (IPS) – For those who still deny the tangible impact of climate change, please note that the extended spell of high global temperatures is continuing; the Arctic is witnessing exceptional warmth with record low ice volumes–the lowest on record; global heat is putting Asia on higher risk than ever, and Africa is drying up.

Worldwide Extraction of Materials Triples in Four Decades, Intensifying Climate Change and Air Pollution. Credit: UNEP

Worldwide Extraction of Materials Triples in Four Decades, Intensifying Climate Change and Air Pollution. Credit: UNEP

Also please note that almost one half of all forests is now gone’ that groundwater sources are being rapidly depleted, and that biodiversity has been deeply eroded.

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26/02/2017

Action to Curb ‘Invisible Threat’ of Toxic Air Urgently Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

24 February 2017 – United Nations human rights experts are calling for strong, urgent action by States to ensure that people around the world can enjoy the human right to live in environments free from contamination.

Air pollution from an old coal-fired power plant in Kosovo. Photo: World Bank/Lundrim Aliu | Source: UN News Centre

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26/02/2017

366 Migrant Deaths on Mediterranean Crossing in First 53 Days of 2017 – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency 24 February 2017 said.

Migrants from the Mediterranean are rescued in the Channel of Sicily, Italy. Photo: IOM/Francesco Malavolta (file)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that 13,924 migrants entered Europe by sea through 22 February, sharply down from 105,427 a year earlier.

These data include the death toll reported this week from a boat with as many as 133 passengers on board that foundered off Az Zawiyah, near Tripoli on this past Sunday.

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23/02/2017

UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic

ROME, Feb 23 2017 (IPS) – The available data is enough for the United Nations to literally declare war on oceans plastic: more than 8 million tonnes of leaks into their waters each year – equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic every minute, wreaking havoc on marine wildlife, fisheries and tourism, and costing at least 8 billion dollars in damage to marine ecosystems.

The world's largest beach clean-up in history on Versova beach in Mumbai, India. Credit: UNEP

The world’s largest beach clean-up in history on Versova beach in Mumbai, India. Credit: UNEP

In fact, the Nairobi-based United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on February 23 launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: micro-plastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022.

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