Archive for April 4th, 2017

04/04/2017

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

3 April 2017 –  TRANSCEND Media Service – Starting with EU at 60, making small states (Luxembourg!) big by being members of something bigger, but making bigger, even imperial, states smaller by being “members”.

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Johan Galtung

The Netherlands is small: Wilders suffered a humiliating defeat.  But the UK is big with imperial past:  old, rural people voted Brexit out of EU anonymity, but into what?

Master in their own house? With problems with Ireland and the Celtic fringe–Scotland, Wales–even threatening UK survival?

Can Anglo-America, UK even more under USA, compensate for that? They may want back; the obvious EU strategy being to adjust to many Brexit points.

France is also big and imperial. But Le Pen-Front National will not defeat a majority seeing EU as a French creation (Monnet, Schuman) and the Communauté Française as carried by the mystique of the French language anyhow.  Frexit would make France smaller. France will stay.

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04/04/2017

Population Ageing and Decline ‘Key Focus’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations advisory body on issues related to population and development on 3 April 2017 kicked off its annual session, with a focus on changing population age structures and sustainable development.

A grandmother feeds her two year old granddaughter in Naubise, Dhading. Nepal Photo: Aisha Faquir/World Bank | SOURCE: UN News Centre

“Population ageing and population decline have now become key issues for a growing number of Member States,” Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo told the opening segment of the Commission on Population and Development’s fiftieth annual session, which will run at UN Headquarters through 7 April.

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