Archive for May 29th, 2018

29/05/2018

Israel and Palestine: a Story of Modern Colonialism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Daniel Avelar and Bianca Ferrari*

Saint Mary’s Church, in the destroyed Palestinian village of Iqrit. Photo: Daniel Avelar

On a hilltop in northern Galilee, a small church stands alone surrounded by rubbles. It is the last remaining building of the Palestinian village of Iqrit, which was depopulated and destroyed following the foundation of the State of Israel on May 15, 1948.

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29/05/2018

Wildfires Are Out of Control – and They’re Affecting the Entire Planet

(Greenpeace)* — The Amur region in Russia is often reported as a region in flames, but this year is one of the worst. After a winter with very little snow, strong winds are spreading the fires even faster. Vast areas that used to be forests a few decades ago, are now burning wastelands.

Fires in Amur region, Russia © Maria Vasilieva / Greenpeace

Fires in Amur region, Russia © Maria Vasilieva / Greenpeace

Wildfires in Russia are treated as local emergencies — and Greenpeace volunteers are doing incredible work to respond, thanks to your support— but at this scale, what happens in Amur is affecting the entire planet.

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29/05/2018

Show ‘Spirit of Tripartism, Compromise, and Consensus’ to Tackle World of Work Challenges — ILO Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

International Labour Conference addresses a range of issues, including workplace violence, women at work, social dialogue, application of standards and development cooperation.

 

GENEVA, 28 May 2018 (ILO)* – The Director-General of the International Labour Organization, Guy Ryder, warned of ‘heightened tension in the world’ as he addressed the opening of the 107th session of the International Labour Conference (ILC).

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29/05/2018

Spain’s Former Central Banker: ‘De Guindos Led Us to Disaster’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jorge Valero| EURACTIV.com*

29 May 2018 — A former governor of the Bank of Spain told EURACTIV that Luis de Guindos has the right CV to become vice-president of the ECB, a post he will take up later this week. But the ex-minister’s “brutally wrong” decisions led the country to the “disaster” of the bailout, he added.

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**Photo: Span’s former Minister of Economy Luis de Guindos | World Economic Forum |   Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Miguel Ángel Fernández Ordóñez, a socialist politician who headed the Bank of Spain between 2006 and 2012, is keen to remind that the construction bubble was already fuelling when he took over as governor, a post he left before the end of his mandate because of disputes with de Guindos, who hails from the rival centre-right party, the Partido Popular (PP).

“He was brutally wrong the first six months, he led us to disaster,” he told EURACTIV in an interview. “The markets were closed to us. That never happened in the history of Spain, since 1959,” he remarked.

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