Archive for October 13th, 2017

13/10/2017

Not True that Hunger Doesn’t Discriminate — It Does

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Oct 13 2017 (IPS) In a world where only 8 individuals – all of them men—possess as much as half of all the planet’s wealth, and it will take women 170 years to be paid as men are*, inequality appears to be a key feature of the current economic model. Now a new study reveals that there is also a widening gap in hunger.
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In fact, the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI) states that despite years of progress, food security is still under threat. And that conflict and climate change are hitting the poorest people the hardest and effectively pitching parts of the world into “perpetual crisis.”

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13/10/2017

UN Member States and Experts Now Discuss Demographic, Economic Dimensions of Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations Member States began on 12 October in Geneva the sixth thematic session of discussions on the proposed Global Compact on Migration, during which delegates and experts will examine the issue of labour mobility of migrants.

Migrants in a migrant detention centre in Libya. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)/2017

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13/10/2017

Latin America and Caribbean Falling Off ‘Zero Hunger’ Path Towards 2030 – UN 

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12 October 2017 – The total number of persons that suffer from hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean has increased, reversing decades of progress, even as overweight and obesity emerged as a major problem in all countries in the region of the Americas, a United Nations-backed report shows.

Agriculture workers on a strawberry farm in Argentina. Photo: World Bank/Nahuel Berger. Source: UN News Centre

13/10/2017

Up to 100 Million Girls Unprotected Against Child Marriage

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 12 2017 (IPS) – Over 20,000 girls are married before the age of 18 every day around the world as countries continue to lack legal protections, according to a new study.

Rashmi Hamal is a local heroine who helped to save her friend from an early marriage. She campaigns actively against child marriages in the Far Western Region of Nepal. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPS

Rashmi Hamal is a local heroine who helped to save her friend from an early marriage. She campaigns actively against child marriages in the Far Western Region of Nepal. Credit: Naresh Newar/IPS

Concerned over the lack of progress, Save the Children and the World Bank teamed up to research child marriage laws around the world and found a dismal picture.

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13/10/2017

A Robot’s ‘Father’ Discusses Progress in Artificial Intelligence, Reveals a Future That’s Closer than You Think

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12 October 2017 – At 18 months-old, Sophia cannot walk, but she can understand speech and, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, participate in panel discussion and respond to questions using her artificial intelligence (AI).

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Sophia, a humanoid robot created by Hanson Robotics, participates in a meeting at UN Headquarters on “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change.” UN Photo/Manuel Elias

 

Sophia is a robot. A ‘social’ robot, according to her creator, the CEO of Hanson Robotics, David Hanson, which means that she was designed to form relationships.

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13/10/2017

US Withdrawal from UNESCO ‘Loss for Multilateralism’

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12 October 2017 – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced “profound regret” on Thursday over the United States’ decision to withdraw from the agency.

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Photo: UNESCO

“This is a loss to UNESCO. This is a loss to the United Nations family. This is a loss for multilateralism,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in a statement.

“Universality is critical to UNESCO’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” she added, noting that UNESCO would continue to build a more just, peaceful, equitable 21st century.

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13/10/2017

The Psychology of Mass Killers: What Causes It? How Can You Prevent It?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

In Las Vegas on 1 October 2017, it appears that one man (although it might have been more) killed 59 people and shot and injured another 241 (with almost 300 more injured while fleeing).

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Robert J. Burrowes

The incident got a lot of publicity, partly because the man managed to kill more people than most mass killers.

However, because the killer was a white American and had a Christian name, he was not immediately labeled a terrorist, even though his death toll considerably exceeded that achieved in many ‘terrorist attacks’, including those that occur in war zones (such as US drone murders of innocent people attending weddings).

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