Archive for May 7th, 2018

07/05/2018

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

7 May 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service 

The violence pandemic continues, unabated, particularly in the USA.

We read about bad incidents in other big countries like China, India and Russia but not massive school and church massacres, about vans running on pavements killing and wounding whatever moves, shooting from windows high up on people walking peacefully. Only USA, today.

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Johan Galtung

There is also decline in US violence when the critical group of 18-25 years old males finds jobs. Hopefully not in the military.

What is this? So far, above the usual US suicide-homicide complex.

1. US violence cult at work? No doubt, but there are degrees, and it now seems to be directed at institutions, not only at individuals.

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07/05/2018

Largest-Ever Global Response to Cholera Targets 2 Million People in Africa

The largest cholera vaccination drive in history targeting two million people across Africa is underway, the United Nations announced on 7 May 2018, in response to a series of recent deadly outbreaks of the water-borne disease. 

Gavi Alliance/Duncan Graham-Rowe | The cholera vaccination campaign gets underway in Mtendera, Zambia | Source: UN.
“Oral cholera vaccines are a key weapon in our fight against cholera,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement, “but there are many other things we need to do to keep people safe.”
07/05/2018

Comedy Is Part of Feminist History—And We Need It More Than Ever

Human Wrongs Watch

By Maggie Hennefeld*

Feminism has always been mobilized and strengthened through collective joyful laughter.

Women’s march to denounce Donald Trump in Toronto, January 21 2017. Credit: Wikimedia/By booledozer. CC BY-SA 2.0.

6 May 2018 (openDemocracy)* — There is no fiercer political weapon than laughter. The controversy around Michelle Wolf’s brilliant, uncomfortable, and brutally honest roast at the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner is the latest in a long line of examples that reveal the threatening power of feminist jokes.

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07/05/2018

Changing the Afghan Landscape, One Tree at a Time

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment

4 May 2018 — For years, the valleys and mountain slopes of Chapqulak Qabrizaghak village in Afghanistan’s Bamyan Province stood bare and exposed, at the mercy of the forces of nature – floods, avalanches, strong winds, dust storms.

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Alec Knuerr/UN Environment

Today, rows of willow and poplar trees adorn the landscape – the fruits of an ongoing tree-planting initiative launched three years ago. This has been a welcome sight for the members of the local community.

The ecosystem restoration project was conceived as part of UN Environment’s Building Environmental Resilience in Afghanistan (BERA) programme, which includes components such as resilience and disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation as well as training, advocacy and outreach on environmental issues.

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07/05/2018

UN Food and Agriculture Agency Needs $8.3 Million to Help Rohingya Refugees and Host Populations -1.2 Million People-in Bangladesh

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 4 May 2018 (FAO)*– The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched an $8.3 million appeal to support Rohingya refugees and host populations – around 1.2 million people – in Bangladesh, as the onset of the cyclone season and monsoon rains is putting already vulnerable communities at even greater risk.

Photo: ©FAO/GMB Akash

Nur Bahar fled violence in Myanmar last year. She has been finding refuge in Cox’s Bazar with her children.

 

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