Archive for July 2nd, 2017


We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter (5) William Godwin

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

John Scales Avery, author of this book: We Need Their Voices Today! has generously granted Human Wrongs Watch permission to publish it in a series of chapters. This is Chapter 5: William Godwin. The others will follow successively. 


Figure 6.1: William Godwin in a painting by James Northcote (Wikipedia).

Political Justice

In 1793 the English novelist and philosopher William Godwin published an enormously optimistic book, “Political Justice”.

As the eighteenth century neared its end, this book became the focus of hopes for political reform and the center of the debate on human progress.

Godwin was lifted briefly to enormous heights of fame and adulation, from which he plunged, a few years later, into relative obscurity.

In “Political Justice”, Godwin predicted a future society where scientific progress would liberate humans from material want.

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The Bizarre Case of Bashar

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avery*


CONAN DOYLE, the creator of the legendary Sherlock Holmes, would have titled his story about this incident “The Bizarre Case of Bashar al-Assad”.


Uri Avnery

And bizarre it is.

It concerns the evil deeds of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian dictator, who bombed his own people with Sarin, a nerve gas, causing gruesome deaths of the victims.

Like everybody else around the world, I heard about the foul deed a few hours after it happened. Like everybody else, I was shocked. And yet…

AND YET, I am a professional investigative journalist. For 40 years of my life I was the editor-in-chief of an investigative weekly magazine, which exposed nearly all of Israel’s major scandals during those years.

I have never lost a major libel suit, indeed I have rarely been sued at all. I am mentioning this not to boast, but to lend some authority to what I am going to say.

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Southeast Asia: From Miracle To Debacle

KUALA LUMPUR, Jun 29 2017 (IPS) – The World Bank and other influential international financial institutions and development agencies have been touting Southeast Asian (SEA) newly industrializing countries as models for emulation, especially by African developing countries seeking to accelerate their development transformations. But these recommendations are usually based on misleading analysis of their rapid growth and structural transformation.

For many, the "Southeast Asian" has turned out to be nothing more than a misleading illusion. Credit: IPS

For many, the “Southeast Asian” has turned out to be nothing more than a misleading illusion. Credit: IPS

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Top 300 Cooperatives Generate 2.5 Trillion Dollars in Annual Turnover, More than France’s GDP 

Human Wrongs Watch

Cooperatives help to build inclusive economies and societies, and can help to eliminate poverty and reach the other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the head of the United Nations labour agency on 1 July 2017 said, marking the International Day of Cooperatives.

Coffee Handlers at Cooperative Café Timor Sifting Coffee Beans. Photo: UN Photo/Martine Perret

“Let us draw on the strengths of cooperatives as we pool efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda and make sure that no one is left behind,” the Director General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Guy Ryder said, referencing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes the SDGs.

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