Archive for May 1st, 2018

01/05/2018

Single-Use Plastic Has Reached the World’s Deepest Ocean Trench

Plastic pollution is emerging as one of the most serious threats to ocean ecosystems.

World leaders, scientists and communities recognize the urgent need for action, but the impacts of plastic pollution are not well understood.

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01/05/2018

Lebanon’s Politicians Insist Syrian Refugees Return Home Now! But to What?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Franklin Lamb*

30 April 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service* — “Uridu an aouda ela bayti fi Sourya!” (“I want to return home to Syria!”).

 

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01/05/2018

Why the ‘Good’ Refugee Is a Bad Idea

Human Wrongs Watch

By Nimmi Kurian*

An opaque process of separating the ‘good’ Rohingya refugees from the ‘bad’ ones has begun under conditions where only seven and a half thousand out of one million people have national verification cards.

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**PhotoExtracted from another file: Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State (8280610831).jpg| Author: Foreign and Commonwealth Office | Source: Flickr| Licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0 (OGL). | Wikimedia Commons

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30 April 2018 (openDemocracy)* — There is something surreal about the photo-op of a smiling Rohingya refugee family heading back to conflict-torn Myanmar.

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01/05/2018

Robert Fisk Puts to Test the Free-Press Myth in Douma [Syria]

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jonathan Cook*

30 April 2018  (TRANSCEND Media Service)* — Here’s how a free press, one owned by a handful of corporations, uses its freedom. It simply tells you what it is good for its business interests, or more generally for the political and business environment it operates in. It’s not interested in truth or airing all sides, or even necessarily basic facts.

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**PhotoThe ruins of the 2018 American-led bombing of Damascus and Homs | Author: Fathi Nizam | Tasnim News Agency | Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

The only restraint preventing the corporate media from outright lying to promote its material interests is the fear of being found out, of readers starting to suspect that they are not being told the whole truth.

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01/05/2018

On International Day, Jazz Beat Heard around the World with Message for Freedom – UNESCO

Human Wrongs Watch

Jazz speaks to people from all linguistic, political and economic backgrounds, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 30 April 2018 said, praising the art form for its ability to promote peace, diversity, and respect for human dignity.

UN Photo/JC McIlwaine | Multiple Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Herbie Hancock, performs at the inaugural International Jazz Day Concert at UN Headquarters. (2012)
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Observed annually on 30 April, the International Day honours the enduring legacy of this musical genre and its power to bring people together.
01/05/2018

In Bonn, Nations Begin Drafting Climate Action ‘Operating Manual’ to Implement the Paris Agreement

Human Wrongs Watch

The latest round of United Nations climate change negotiations began on 30 April 2018 in Bonn, Germany to further develop the “operating manual” for implementing the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to keep temperature rises this century, well below 2 degrees Celsius.

UNEP GRID Arendal/Lawrence Hislop | Climate change and sea level rise are shaping the Seychelles Islands in spectacular and dramatic ways.
“We are witnessing the severe impacts of climate change throughout the world,” said the Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa, at a press conference.
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