Archive for December, 2017

31/12/2017

2018: Tomorrow We Rise

Human Wrongs Watch

By Bunny Mcdiarmid and Jennifer Morgan*

Greenpeace*What do you do when you’re confronted with the darkness of powerful, but single-minded and ignorant institutions which continue to destroy our planet with impunity?

You shine a light so strong it cuts through the grey clamour of that greedy power and reveals a single word:

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Greenpeace activists deploy a banner on a construction crane near the White House reading "RESIST" on President Trump's fifth day in office.The activists are calling for those who want to resist Trump's attacks on environmental, social, economic and educational justice to contribute to a better America.DATE:25 Jan, 2017

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28/12/2017

The British Bulldog – A Diminutive History of Heroic Marginality and Bigoted Belligerence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alex Watson*

28 December 2017 (Wall Street International) — “They thought we’d just roll over and have our tummies tickled and they’ve suddenly discovered that the British bulldog doesn’t behave like that.”[1] 

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A Question of Control  | Photo reposted here from Wall Street International 

So the prominent UK Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg summarized the deadlock between the British Government and the European Union in September 2017 in a comment that attracted the enthusiastic attention of the UK tabloid press and numerous Brexit bloggers and tweeters.

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28/12/2017

World Could See 1.8 Billion Tourists by 2030 

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27 December 2017 – By 2030, there could be 1.8 billion tourists – just over one in five persons in the world – travelling around the globe, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said.

This photograph, “East West Jubilation” by Rabin Chakrabarti, was a runner-up in UNWTO’s 2011 World Tourism Day photo contest| Source: UN News Centre

Speaking with UN News, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, highlighted the role of travel and tourism in impacting global developments and making the world a better place.

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28/12/2017

UN to Meet More Urgent Humanitarian Needs with Less Budget

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26 December 2017 – Concluding the main part of its 72nd session, the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday took a number of key actions, including approving a nearly $5.4 billion programme budget for the Organization for the biennium 2018-2019.

United Nations Headquarters in New York City. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, including political affairs, international justice and law, regional cooperation for development, human rights and humanitarian affairs, and public information.

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27/12/2017

The Criminal Dimension of Climate Change

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A Review of a New Book by P. Carter, E. Woodworth and J. Hansen

By Andrew Glikson*

27/12/2017

“We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet.”(Professor Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impacts).

“The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” Winston Churchill[1]

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27/12/2017

When Men Cannot Be Men

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By Martha R. Bireda*

26 December 2017 (Wall Street International) — The uproar surrounding professional athletes not standing for the National Anthem is a perfectly connived sham. This charade attempts to divert attention from the two main issues that the protest represents.
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Team Black Power | Photo reposted here from Wall Street International

First, the reason for the protest, police brutality, especially the killing of unarmed black men and boys, has been lost in the uproar caused by certain whites.

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27/12/2017

The Political  Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

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By Roberto Savio*

Rome, Dec (Other News) – On 20 December, Europe’s 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

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Roberto Savio

Therefore, I will bring a lot of data, history and facts, to make it concrete. Data and facts have good value: they focus any debate, while ideas do not.

So those who do not like facts, please stop reading here. You will escape a boring article, as probably all of mine are, because I am not looking to entertain, but to create awareness. If you stop reading, you will also lose a chance to know our sad destiny.

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26/12/2017

Three-Fourths of All People in Yemen in Need of Humanitarian Assistance — Vital That All Ports Kept Open

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With close to three-fourths of all people in Yemen in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations top relief official has underscored the need to keep all ports open to both aid and commercial vessels so that life-saving assistance reaches those in desperate need.

A settlement of internally displaced persons in Amran governorate, Yemen. (file) Photo: Giles Clarke for UNOCHA

“I remain deeply concerned about the ongoing crisis in Yemen, where more than 22 million people need humanitarian assistance – 8.4 million of whom are already on the edge of starvation,” on 24 December 2017 said Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, in a statement.

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26/12/2017

Suspected Cholera Cases in Yemen Surpass One Million — WHO

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The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has crossed one million, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on 22 December 2017 reported, urging greater efforts to tackle the outbreak and deal with the deteriorating health situation in the war-torn nation.

At the Al Sab’een Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen, a doctor checks on a girl suffering from cholera. Photo: UNICEF/UN066510/Fuad

“The epidemic is not yet over and more concerted efforts need to be deployed to ensure that it is controlled in the immediate term and prevented from reoccurring in the near future,” WHO spokesperson Tarik Jašarevic told a press briefing in Geneva.

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23/12/2017

Venezuela’s Oil Industry Is Falling Apart

Human Wrongs Watch

By Humberto Márquez*

CARACAS, Dec 19 2017 (IPS) Corruption in the Venezuelan state oil industry, denounced by the government itself, and with former ministers and senior managers behind bars, is the latest evidence that, in the country with the largest oil reserves on the planet, the industry on which the economy depends is falling apart.

The Paraguaná oil refinery complex in northwestern Venezuela, one of the world’s largest, can process a million barrels a day, and is working at just a third of its installed capacity. Credit: Pdvsa

The Paraguaná oil refinery complex in northwestern Venezuela, one of the world’s largest, can process a million barrels a day, and is working at just a third of its installed capacity. Credit: Pdvsa

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