Archive for August 29th, 2017

29/08/2017

Can the World Come to Its Senses on Nuclear Weapons?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bunny McDiarmid*

29 August, 2017 (Greenpeace)*

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Looking back, one of the key moments that was to define both my professional and personal path was the moment I stepped onto the small atoll of Rongelap, in the Pacific Ocean.

It was 17 May 1985 and I was 24 years old.

At first glance, it appeared as if I had reached paradise; sandy beaches with coconut trees, water so crystal clear you could see the bottom, meters deep. And yet nothing was as it should be.

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29/08/2017

Forced Evictions, Rights Abuses of Maasai People in Tanzania Reported

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 28 2017 (IPS) – Indigenous Maasai people in Loliondo region,Tanzania have been facing new cases of forced evictions and human rights violations, a major international organisation supporting indigenous peoples’ struggle for human rights and self-determination warned.

A plume of smoke billowing from a burnt hut in Loliondo, Tanzania on16 August 2017. Photo: courtesy of IWGIA.

A plume of smoke billowing from a burnt hut in Loliondo, Tanzania on16 August 2017. Photo: courtesy of IWGIA.

“Forced and illegal evictions of Maasai pastoralists and serious human rights violations are right now happening in Tanzania,” the International Working Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) has alerted quoting “reliable information.”

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29/08/2017

Peace-Development-Environment: Integrated?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

28 August 2017  – TRANSCEND Media Service — These are the goals of the United Nations; the Hardanger Academy in little Jondal, Norway (population ca.1150) made them three foci. The problem arose: what do they have in common? Are they three aspects of the same thing? If so, what is that “thing”?

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Johan Galtung

Four ways of trying to answer have been identified and explored. Four because of four ways of approaching social reality, through:

  • actors, with intentions-capabilities-contexts, with their needs;
  • culture, defining the true-good-right-beautiful-sacred;
  • structure, the patterns of individual and collective interaction;
  • nature, evolving to higher complexity, with diversity and symbiosis.

All four have surface and deeper aspects.

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29/08/2017

Global Warming Puts Asia’s Vital Yields at High Risk

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Aug 28 2017 (IPS)* – While mainstream media have been widely reporting on the dramatic consequences of tropical storm Harvey in the United States, which has been characterised as the fiercest hurricane to hit this country in over a decade, global warming is expected to have a significant impact on “future yields of everything from rice to fish, particularly in countries situated closer to the equator,” the United Nations warned.

Displaced by the floods, a woman and her child walk along a road in southern Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/NShrestha

Displaced by the floods, a woman and her child walk along a road in southern Nepal. Photo: UNICEF Nepal/NShrestha

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