Archive for October 19th, 2017

19/10/2017

US Withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of Principles

Human Wrongs Watch

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage.

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UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Credit: UNESCO

“I work with a women’s cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop. The sewage water has gone into the electric wires, so I have no electricity. Everything in the shop is destroyed. The metal door [that was] installed to protect the settlers prevents the water from flowing out into the main drain. . . . This means we suffer every time it rains. They [the settlers] want us to move from here. This is why they make our life hard,” she cries.

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19/10/2017

Alert: A New Strain of Fungus Threatening World’s Bananas

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on 18 October that it is working with partners to help protect the world’s banana crops a new strain of fungus, known as Fusarium wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil.

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Banana traders awaiting customers at the local market in Tuleba, Tanzania. Photo: FAO

According to FAO, the “insidious” fungus poses major risks to global banana production and could cause vast commercial losses and even greater damage to the livelihoods of the 400 million people who rely on the world’s most traded fruit as a staple food or source of income.

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19/10/2017

Central African Republic: Growing Communal Tensions, Spreading Violence, Deteriorating Humanitarian Situation

Human Wrongs Watch

18 October 2017 – Speaking to the press at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will be travelling to the Central African Republic early next week to draw attention to the fragile situation in the country “that is often far from the media spotlight.”

 

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Humanitarian support reaches the town of Bria, the capital of Haute-Kotto prefecture in the Central African Republic. Photo: OCHA CAR

“Across the country, communal tensions are growing. Violence is spreading. And the humanitarian situation is deteriorating,” the Secretary-General said.

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19/10/2017

What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Oct 18 2017 (IPS) – The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) warned while announcing the World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13-19 November.

Cattle is by far the most susceptible livestock to Bovine TB (animal tuberculosis). Credit: FAO

The reason, according to WHO, is that most of the drugs currently in the clinical pipeline are modifications of existing classes of antibiotics and are only short-term solutions. See: The World Is Running Out of Much Needed New Antibiotics

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