Archive for January 28th, 2018

28/01/2018

Unemployment, Decent Work Deficits to Remain High in 2018 – ILO

Human Wrongs Watch

While the global unemployment rate is stabilizing, unemployment and decent work deficits will stay at persistently high levels in many parts of the world.

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© Peder Sterll | Re-posted from ILO.

GENEVA/DAVOS (ILO)* – As the global economy recovers but with a growing labour force, global unemployment in 2018 is projected to remain at a similar level to last year’s, says a new report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

According to the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018 , the global unemployment rate has been stabilizing after a rise in 2016. It is expected to have reached 5.6 per cent in 2017, with the total number of unemployed exceeding 192 million persons.
28/01/2018

How Climate Change and Population Growth Threaten Egypt’s Ancient Treasures

22 January 2018 — In his 40-something years as an archaeological excavator on Luxor’s West Bank, Mustafa Al-Nubi has witnessed a flurry of changes.

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Pexels | Re-posted from UNEP

Tourist numbers have surged, fallen, and then slowly grown again. Local villages have exploded in size. Even the landscape has undergone a radical transformation, as Egyptologists slowly pick their way through the vast Theban Necropolis.

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28/01/2018

Sun-Drying Fish, the Somalian Way

January 2018 (FAO)*Somalia boasts the longest coastline of continental Africa.

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A woman, in a camp for displaced people in Bossaso, holds a dish made with sun-dried fish. ©FAO/Arete/Will Baxter

Yet, its fisheries industry is one of the least developed in the world; only about 1 percent of the county’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) derives from fishery.

Coastal communities are some of Somalia’s most food insecure people.

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28/01/2018

The Jumping Parliament

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

27 January 2018 

YEARS AGO, when I was a member of the Knesset, I decided to stage a demonstration in the plenum hall.

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Uri Avnery

I put on a T-shirt with the slogan “Peace is greater than Greater Israel”. In the middle of the debate I took my jacket off, displaying the slogan.

After a few minutes, an usher approached me and said politely: “The Speaker would like to see you in his office.”

The speaker was Yitzhak Shamir, a former commander of the Lehi terrorist underground.

He received me with a broad smile, asked me to be seated and said: “Uri, you have made your point. Now I ask you to take the t-shirt off and return to your seat!” Of course I did so.

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28/01/2018

‘We Need to Talk about How We Learn to Accept Our Own Oppression’

Human Wrongs Watch

Credit: Ammar Abu Bakr/TNI State of Power report 2018.

It should have been impossible for Donald Trump to become president of the United States.

Even those Republicans who thought he might have defended their political interests surely saw what a terrible idea it would be to have him in charge of anything, be it his Twitter account or the nuclear codes.

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28/01/2018

Venezuela: Economic Woes Worsening Malnutrition among Children – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

Amid growing food insecurity and rising malnutrition among children on the back of a protracted economic crisis in Venezuela, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 26 January 2018 called on all actors for rapid and coordinated assistance efforts to reach those most in need.

.Shoppers wait in line for five hours to buy a ration of bread from a small bakery in Cumaná, Venezuela. Photo: Meridith Kohut/IRIN | Reposted from UN News Centre

 “While precise figures are unavailable because of very limited official health or nutrition data, there are clear signs that the crisis is limiting children’s access to quality health services, medicines and food,” said the UN agency in a news release, underlining the severity of the situation.
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