Archive for January 27th, 2018

27/01/2018

‘We Don’t Just Need Electric Cars, We Need Fewer Cars’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard Casson*

25 January, 2018 (Greenpeace)* — Ever since the first production car rolled off the assembly line more than 100 years ago, our love affair with automobiles has grown and grown. In countries like the UK, France, Italy and Germany there are now around 5 vehicles for every 10 people. In the USA, Australia and New Zealand, the number is higher still. 

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Traffic jam in Beijing

But, after a century of the automobile playing a central part in our lives, we’re starting to see a shift toward alternative forms of transport. If this trend continues, the car’s domination of global transport could soon come to a spluttering end.

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27/01/2018

“The reason we have the mirror is that after everything that has happened to them, many women cannot bear to look at themselves”

Human Wrongs Watch

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 26 January 2018 (IOM)* “The reason we have the mirror is that after everything that has happened to them, many of the women cannot bear to look at themselves,” says Lufta Bokshi, a psychosocial support officer who is helping Rohingya women refugees in Bangladesh come to terms with life after fleeing deadly violence and rape in Myanmar.

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The UN Migration Agency (IOM) opens a new women’s safe space for Rohingya women in one of Cox’s Bazar’s refugee camps. Photo: Fiona Macgregor / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2018

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27/01/2018

Davos: Where Talk on ‘Inequality’ Is Cheap, But a Burger Platter Costs 59 Dollars

Human Wrongs Watch

By Neil Clark*

26 January 2018 (RT)*– The Swiss resort of Chateaux-d’Oex is known for its hot air balloons. The Swiss resort of Davos is known for hot air. Or at least for one week a year, when some of the world’s biggest windbags meet to discuss ‘significant’ issues.
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**Photo: A sports shop has turned into a temporary informal reception location “Caspian week”, WEF 2018 | Author: Anidaat | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

This year, the cool and trendy thing to express concern over at the World Economic Forum is ‘inequality.’ OK, ya?

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27/01/2018

Overcrowded Boat Capsizes off Yemen Coast, at Least 30 Drowned; UN Condemns Smugglers

Human Wrongs Watch

At least 30 refugees and migrants drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Aden, Yemen, the United Nations on 26 January 2018 reported, saying the overcrowded vessel was believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were trying to extort money from the passengers.

Somali refugees wait on Yemen’s Red Sea coast for transport to Aden. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed outrage and sadness over the incident, which occurred Tuesday [25 January 2018].

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27/01/2018

UN “Outraged” at Refugee and Migrant Drownings Off Coast of Yemen

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva, 26 January 2018– IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are outraged and saddened at the drownings of at least 30 refugees and migrants off the coast of Aden, Yemen earlier this week.
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Image from IOM

Survivors of the incident have reported to UN and partner staff that an over-crowded boat packed with at least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians departed 23 January from the Al Buraiqa coast in Aden in a boat headed across the Gulf of Aden towards Djibouti.

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