Archive for August 16th, 2017

16/08/2017

We Need Their Voices Today! Chapter 19: Bertha von Suttner

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 19: Bertha von Suttner. The others will follow successively.

 

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Figure 19.1: Bertha von Suttner (Wikipedia).

Early life and marriage

Baroness Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) was born in Prague as Countess Kinsky. She was the posthumous daughter of a Field Marshall, and during the first part of her life, she accepted the military traditions of her family.

Later she vigorously opposed militarism, and she became a leader of the peace movement.

It was her arguments that persuaded Alfred Nobel to establish the Nobel Peace Prize, and in 1905 she became the first woman to receive the prize.

After serving as Alfred Nobel’s secretary (and close friend) in Paris (1876), Bertha married Baron Arthur von Suttner.

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16/08/2017

Ancient Inventions – Travelling Back in Time Isn’t So Bad

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hildur Sif Thorarensen*

14 August 2017 – Wall Street International When thinking of the ancient world that is a part of our history, certain things tend to come to mind. We might think of a time with no electricity, no air travel and no microwave dinners.
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An Egyptian fresco
An Egyptian fresco | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

 

We might imagine a Roman legion facing a charge of howling barbarians, intent on fighting off the imperial yoke. We may also close our eyes and transport ourselves in front of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to imagine that which is now lost to history.

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16/08/2017

Puzzles of the Soul, Reincarnation and Karma

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr Ravi P Bhatia*

14 Aug 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service  – Most religions believe in the concept of soul or a spirit that resides in our bodies. It is also generally accepted that it is the soul that gives life to the body which it enters and then resides in. If the soul leaves the body, the person dies — in other words life is terminated. For this reason, life and soul are often considered synonymous.

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Dr Ravi P Bhatia

A few questions arise about these concepts.

The questions consist of what happens to the soul as it leaves its previous body? Another question that comes up is when — at what instant does the soul leave a body?

A further point — why does the soul leave the body of a person? Does it know that a body is old and weak and it is a good time to leave the body?

In this limited sense, this idea appears to make sense. It is as if we are standing in a building engulfed by fire. We quickly try to run away from there to safety.

But let us say the person is physically fit but either meets with a fatal accident or is fatally shot by a pistol or gun.

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16/08/2017

Population Aging: Hallmark of the 21st Century

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW YORK, Aug 15 2017 (IPS) – While rapid population growth may be the defining feature of the 20th century, with world population nearly quadrupling from 1.6 to 6.1 billion, the hallmark of the 21st century is likely to be population aging.

Population Aging: women sitting in front of an old age home in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India. Credit: K. S. Harikrishnan/IPS

Women sitting in front of an old age home in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India. Credit: K. S. Harikrishnan/IPS

 

The consequences of the population aging are reverberating across the globe. 

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16/08/2017

‘Dramatic’ Rise in Central African Republic Violence Happening Out of Media Eyes – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children’s agency on 15 August 2017 said.

In Haute Kotto Prefecture, Central African Republic, IDPs in PK3 are trying to give to the site a life of its own. Some are selling wood or cassava flour and children have already organized their playgrounds. Photo: OCHA/Yaye N. Sene

“The past year, and especially the last quarter, has seen a dramatic increase in violence,” Donaig Le Du, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

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16/08/2017

More Survivors and Remains of Deceased African Migrants Found on Yemen Beach 

Human Wrongs Watch

15 August 2017 – Over the past three days, the UN migration agency has found more survivors and victims’ remains from last week’s tragedy – when hundreds of migrants were forced from two boats into the sea off the coast of Yemen.

IOM staff assist Somali, Ethiopian migrants who were forced into the sea by smugglers. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

Last week, 280 migrants heading toward Gulf countries were removed from two boats off the coast of Yemen’s Shabwa Governorate. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) found, from the first incident on 9 August, the remains of 29 people – 12 Ethiopian men, 12 Ethiopian women and five Somali men.

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