Archive for March 14th, 2017

14/03/2017

New Evidence Confirms Risk That Mideast May Become Uninhabitable

Human Wrongs Watch

 

ROME, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

The water table is falling in Egypt's desert oases, raising questions of sustainability. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

The water table is falling in Egypt’s desert oases, raising questions of sustainability. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

This sharp water scarcity simply not only affects the already precarious provision of drinking water for most of the region’s 22 countries, home to nearly 400 million inhabitants, but also the availability of water for agriculture and food production for a fast growing population.

The new facts are stark: per capita availability of fresh water in the region is now 10 times less than the world average. Moreover, higher temperatures may shorten growing seasons in the region by 18 days and reduce agricultural yields a further 27 per cent to 55 per cent less by the end of this century.

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14/03/2017

Suffering of Children in War-Torn Syria ‘Hits Rock Bottom’

The suffering of children in war-torn Syria “hit rock bottom” in 2016 with the highest number of grave violations against them since verification began in 2014, on March 13 underscored the United Nations children’s agency.
Displaced families from Reyadeh and 1070 neighbourhoods take shelter at a kindergarten in western Aleppo city. Conditions are still extremely basic. Credit: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

Displaced families from Reyadeh and 1070 neighbourhoods take shelter at a kindergarten in western Aleppo city. Conditions are still extremely basic. Credit: UNICEF/Khuder Al-Issa

According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), at least 652 children were killed last year – a 20 per cent increase ccompared to 2015 – 255 among them were killed in or near a school.

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14/03/2017

‘Yemen on Brink of Famine’ – UN

Human Wrongs Watch

13 March 2017 – Unless the international community provides additional resources and authorities in Yemen allow aid workers access to hungry people, families in some of the war-torn country’s most food insecure areas will die, warned the head of the United Nations emergency food programme.

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, during a visit to Yemen. Photo: WFP

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is in Aden and Sana’a on a three-day visit, met with families struggling to feed their children and visited nutrition centres and health facilities.

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14/03/2017

‘World Needs More Women Leaders and More Men Standing Up for Gender Equality’

Human Wrongs Watch 

With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 13 March 2017 said.
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UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening meeting of the sixty-first session of the Commission on Stats of Women (CSW). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

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14/03/2017

A Structural Theory of Ageing

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

13 March 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – Wikipedia has much to offer under “aging”. Highly recommended are the 10 points by the world’s oldest living man, 114, Walter Breuning.

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Johan Galtung

However, older persons, like me at 86, know their own aging best.

Less trouble with “oxidant stress” as a major cause, having used anti-oxidants based on blueberry skin–no chemicals–for decades. 20,000 blood stem cells renew my blood, but they are dying.  Problematic.

Rule no. 1: Keep mind and body active; maintain a good nutrition.

Obvious to counteract aging.  However, equally important:

Rule no. 2: Be open to the positive sides and advantages of aging.

Bertrand Russell’s “On Being 90” in the Observer dispenses with the disadvantages as obvious, in favor of his advantage: the overview.

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