Archive for October 23rd, 2017

23/10/2017

No Food, No Water, No Shelter: Two Days of Muck, Rain and Uncertainty

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23 October 2017 – International Organisation for Migration (IOM)* –  Nearly 7,000 Rohingya refugees were stranded on a strip of land between Myanmar and Bangladesh for two days last week

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Photo: Muse Mohammed/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Last week, the Government of Bangladesh moved near 7,000 Rohingya refugees, who had been stranded in “no man’s land” near the Anjuman Para border crossing point in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhia District, into more appropriate settlement areas. The Rohingya are fleeing violence, which broke out in Myanmar on 25 August. 

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23/10/2017

Protect the Remaining Animal Species on Earth – Their Future is Our Future

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Unless the international community integrates wildlife conservation with sustainable development, it will not be able to protect the remaining animal species on Earth, the head of a United Nations-backed environmental treaty on 23 October 2017 said at the opening of a wildlife conference in the Philippines.

A lion watches his territory in Kenya. Photo: UN/DPI Photo

“Development without a regard for the environment is not sustainable. Their future is our future,” said the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), Brandee Chambers, in a press conference on the opening day of the Twelfth Meeting of countries that have joined CMS.

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23/10/2017

West Eyes Recolonization of Africa by Endless War; Removing Gaddafi Was Just First Step

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By Dan Glazebrook*

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**M. al-Gaddafi at the 12th AU summit, February 2, 2009, Addis Abeba| U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse B. Awalt/ Released 

Earlier that day, Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte had been occupied by Western-backed militias, following a month-long battle during which NATO and its ‘rebel’ allies pounded the city’s hospitals and homes with artillery, cut off its water and electricity, and publicly proclaimed their desire to ‘starve [the city] into submission’.

The last defenders of the city, including Gaddafi, fled Sirte that morning, but their convoy was tracked and strafed by NATO jets, killing 95 people.

Gaddafi escaped the wreckage but was captured shortly afterward.

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23/10/2017

Missing Links for Peace, Civility, Social Well-Being

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By Antonio Carlos Silva Rosa*

23 October 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service

We will keep missing out if we insist on relying solely on our intellect, acquired knowledge, reason and intelligence; human potential encompasses much more.

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Antonio Carlos Silva Rosa, M.A. | Editor 

I am fascinated with the insights the evolution of science provides, particularly astronomy, cosmology, quantum physics and medicine. Medical research and technology opened the doors to the insides of our brains, considered by ourselves superior and in many ways as complex, dynamic, fascinating as the universe itself.

And scientists keep sending those ‘intelligent’ messages to outer space in hopes that other ‘intelligent’ beings will pick them up and beam back their replies to them-us to provide a human life-changing experience of a close encounter of some kind. They assume that beings ‘out there’ possess minds and intellects–lives like our own.

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23/10/2017

Cycles of Wealth in Brazil’s Amazon: Gold, Lumber, Cattle and Now, Energy

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PARANAITA, Brazil, Oct 21 2017 (IPS) – The burning down of the local forest, on Jun. 29, 1979, was the first step towards the creation of the city of Paranaita, in a municipality that is now trying to shed its reputation as a major deforester of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest and has named itself “the energy capital.”

Aerial view of the TelesPires Hydropower Plant, which has been operating since 2015.With an installed capacity of 1,820 MW, it is the biggest plant on the TelesPires River, which runs across the west-central state of MatoGrosso. Built in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, the reservoir is only 160 sq km in size and only displaced one family. Credit: Courtesy of CHTP

Aerial view of the TelesPires Hydropower Plant, which has been operating since 2015.With an installed capacity of 1,820 MW, it is the biggest plant on the TelesPires River, which runs across the west-central state of MatoGrosso. Built in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, the reservoir is only 160 sq km in size and only displaced one family. Credit: Courtesy of CHTP

 

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23/10/2017

Cities, Local Policies ‘Key to Eradicate Hunger, Eliminate Food Waste’

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20 October 2017 – Highlighting the potential of cities to address malnutrition, the head of the United Nations food security agency has called for innovative partnerships between urban centres and wide range of stakeholders to overcome the challenge of food waste and to ensure a healthy and nutritious diet for all.

High rises and hotel buildings in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama. Photo: World Bank/Gerardo Pesantez | Source: UN News Centre

Multiple forms of malnutrition – overweight, obesity or micronutrient deficiencies – threaten the health of millions of people around the world, José Graziano da Silva, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told a global meeting of mayors and representatives from more than 150 cities.

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