Archive for May 27th, 2018

27/05/2018

Climate Chaos, Who’s In?

Coal fired power station in Germany © Bernd Lauter / Greenpeace

Coal fired power station in Germany © Bernd Lauter / Greenpeace

To this date, insurance companies have invested more than $600 billionin fossil fuel companies. Imagine if they spent that on renewable energies instead?

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27/05/2018

Bees Could Benefit from New EU Rules on Three Insecticides

21 May 2018 (UN Environment)* — The European Union’s top court recently backed an almost complete EU-wide ban on the use of three insecticides, which studies have linked to declining bee populations.

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Chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta had gone to the European Court of Justice hoping to get the restrictions on neonicotinoids overturned.

The ban relates to the outdoor use of three neonicotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam – and is expected to come into force by the end of the year. It will prohibit outdoor use of the chemicals (they may still be used inside greenhouses).

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27/05/2018

Canal to Protect Bangladeshi Villagers, Rohingya Refugees from Monsoon Flooding

Human Wrongs Watch 

Cox’s Bazar, 22 May 2018 (IOM)* – A major canal dredging and renovation project is underway to protect local residents and refugees in southern Bangladesh from impending monsoon floods.
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Local labourers work on a section of the canal in Hakimpara. Photo: IOM 2018.

The project is one of several initiated by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to safeguard hundreds of thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar ahead of heavy monsoon rains and the cyclone season.

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27/05/2018

With Iran Sanctions Trump Made Europeans Look Like the Fools They Are

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Laughland*

21 May, 2018 (RT)* — The attacks by European leaders against US President Donald Trump are getting sharper by the day.

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27/05/2018

The Information Explosion

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

26 May 2018  (Wall Street International)  Human nature has two sides: It has a dark side, to which nationalism and militarism appeal; but our species also has a genius for cooperation, which we can see in the growth of culture.
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The Information Explosion | Photo from Wall Street International.

Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. It is built on the achievements of many ancient cultures.

China, Japan, India, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, the Islamic world, Christian Europe, and the Jewish intellectual traditions all have contributed. Potatoes, corn, squash, vanilla, chocolate, chilli peppers, and quinine are gifts from the American Indians.

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27/05/2018

The Day of Shame

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

19/05/2018

ON BLOODY MONDAY this week, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, I asked myself: what would I have done if I had been a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip?

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Uri Avnery

My answer was, without hesitation: I would have stood near the border fence and demonstrated, risking my life and limbs every minute.

How am I so sure?

Simple: I did the same when I was 15.

I was a member of the National Military Organization (the “Irgun”), an armed underground group labeled “terrorist”.

Palestine was at the time under British occupation (called “mandate”).

In May 1939, the British enacted a law limiting the right of Jews to acquire land. I received an order to be at a certain time at a certain spot near the sea shore of Tel Aviv in order to take part in a demonstration. I was to wait for a trumpet signal.

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27/05/2018

France: New Terrorism Laws May Undercut Human Rights and Freedoms — UN Rights Expert

Human Wrongs Watch

25 May 2018 — While commending efforts by the French government to combat terrorism, a United Nations rights expert has raised concerns about the effect recent counter-terrorism laws are having on fundamental human rights there, including freedom of movement, religion and association.

Fionnuala Ni Aolain, the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights said she was particularly concerned that tough new security laws passed last November, may disproportionately stigmatize and further marginalize Muslim citizens.

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