Archive for April 29th, 2017

29/04/2017

Indigenous Women: The Frontline Protectors of the Environment

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 2017 (IPS) Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment.

The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

The Bhumia tribal community practices sustainable forestry: these women returning from the forest carry baskets of painstakingly gathered tree bark and dried cow dung for manure. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS

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29/04/2017

7 Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jackie Toops*

Wall Street International – “What should I write about?” I asked my four-year-old. I was on a deadline and battling a vicious case of writer’s block. Without a beat, he answered, “Snakes!”
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Writer’s Block  Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

As tempting as his suggestion was, snakes are my one natural enemy, so I thanked him for his suggestion yet politely declined. What do you do when inspiration won’t hit? You write about writer’s block, naturally. Here are productive tips to get you out of your funk and put those words onto paper.

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29/04/2017

The Israeli Macron

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*

29/04/2017

A DEEP sigh of relief, coming straight from the heart.

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Uri Avnery

When I was 10 years old, my family fled from Nazi Germany. We were fearful that the Gestapo was after us. When we approached the French border, our fear was acute. Then our train crossed the bridge that separated Germany from France, and we heaved a deep sigh of relief.

It was almost the same sigh. France has again sent a message of freedom.

Emmanuel Macron (Emmanuel is a Hebrew name, meaning “God is with us”) has won the first round, and there is a strong possibility that he will win the second round, too.

This is not just a French affair. It concerns all mankind.

FIRST OF all, it has broken a spell.

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29/04/2017

UN Rights, Troubled by Accelerated Executions in US with Expiring Drug

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations human rights office on 28 April 2017 expressed deep concern about the executions of four men in the United States state of Arkansas, which were reportedly done within the span of eight days to make use of an expiring lethal injection drug.

Opening of the biennial high-level panel discussion on the death penalty, organized as part of the Human Rights Council’s current session. 1 March 2017. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

Rushing executions can deny prisoners the opportunity to fully exercise their rights to appeal against their conviction and/or sentence, and can also lead to States’ shortening their clemency processes, thereby affecting prisoners’ rights,” a spokesperson for the of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Elizabeth Throssell told reporters in Geneva.

29/04/2017

20 Million People Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal* 

ROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS) – Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency’s chief on April 28 warned. “If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months.”
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A livestock owner in Yemen tends her goats. Livestock production fell by more than 35 per cent in 2016 compared to the pre-crisis period. Credit: FAO

Famine does not just kill people, it contributes to social instability and also perpetuates a cycle of poverty and aid dependency that endures for decades,” the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) the Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva added.

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29/04/2017

Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam

ROME, Apr 28 2017 (IPS)* – As part of efforts to move towards “climate-smart” agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.
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Farmers clear weeds from a trench, which retains water and prevents soil erosion during rains, as part of the FAO project to strengthen capacity of farms for climate change in Kiroka, Tanzania. Credit: FAO

The exchange took place at a special 26 April side-event during a session of the UN Food and Agriculture OrganizationFAO’s executive Council.

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