Archive for September, 2018

30/09/2018

Is There Life in Other Planets?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

24 September 2018 (Wall Street International)* – The cosmos is a depositary of great many mind blowing notions, be the dark energy, the dark matter, the notion of infinity, the billions of galaxies each with billions of stars, the big-bang narrative and the breath-taking space ship journeys…
Is there life in other planets?
Is there life in other planets? | Image from Wall Street International

The cosmos is a depositary of great many mind blowing notions, be the dark energy, the dark matter, the notion of infinity, the billions of galaxies each with billions of stars, the big-bang narrative and the breath-taking space ship journeys…

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30/09/2018

Gandhi’s Despair and the Struggle for Truth and Love

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

‘When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it – always.’ M.K. Gandhi

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Gandhi in 1942, the year he launched Quit India movement | Kanu Gandhigandhiserve.org | Public Domain

As we remember Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October, the Mahatma’s 149thbirthday and the International Day of Nonviolence, there is plenty of room for despair.

Never before has the Earth and its many inhabitants been under siege as they are now, more than 100 years after Gandhi started warning us of the predicament in which we are embroiled and presenting his strategy for addressing it before it spiraled out of control.

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30/09/2018

Outrageous Quotes That Prove Jair Bolsonaro Is a Threat to Brazil’s Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

Bolsonaro, who is leading Brazil’s presidential polls, has a long history of embracing torture and making violent comments against vulnerable groups.

Bolsonaro supporters carry a doll of "The Legend," as they call him.

Bolsonaro supporters carry a doll of “The Legend,” as they call him. | Photo: EFE | Posted from teleSur.

29 September 2018 (teleSUR)* — Jair Bolsonaro, the leading candidate in Brazil’s presidential race, has been criticized nationally and internationally for his sexist, homophobic, racist, and authoritarian comments.
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Most recently, a petition signed by 190,000 Brazilians warns about how Bolsonaro represents a “clear threat to our fundamental civilizational heritage.”

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30/09/2018

Killer Whales: Why More than Half World’s Orcas Are Threatened by Leftover Industrial Chemicals

More than half of the world’s killer whales are threatened by a group of toxic industrial chemicals that accumulate in their blubber and can be passed on from mother to calf. That’s according to a new study led by scientists in Denmark and published in the journal Science. Killer whale populations found in the most polluted seas around Japan, Brazil, the UK or in the northeast Pacific, the authors report, are “tending toward complete collapse”.

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**Dutch whalers near Spitsbergen, their most successful port | Artist: Abraham Storck, 1690 |  Stichting Rijksmuseum het Zuiderzeemuseum. 022296 | Public Domain

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30/09/2018

Concept of God in Ancient China

Human Wrongs Watch

By Igor Micunovic*

24 September 2018 (Wall Street International)* Religious practice in ancient China dates back over 7,000 years ago. Long before the Confucius, Lao Zi and the Buddha got accepted and developed philosophical and spiritual teachings, the people believed, developed and worshipped personifications of nature and concepts like “wealth” or “fortune” which eventually developed into a religion. Such thoughts and beliefs still influence religious practices today.

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Confucio | Image from Wall Street International.

Evidence suggests Chinese mythological symbolism from the 12th century BC carved in the Oracle bone scripts. Legend of creation were passing down for over a thousand years before was written in books such as Classic of Mountains and Seas 山海經 (4 BC – 2 BC).

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29/09/2018

South Sudan’s ‘Relentless Conflict’ Leaves almost 60 Per Cent Suffering Desperate Food Crisis

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“Relentless conflict” in South Sudan has now left more than six million people facing crisis levels of hunger, three UN agencies have said, amid ongoing efforts to deliver aid to the war-weary country.

UNICEF/Peter Martell | A World Food Programme (WFP) helicopter delivers much-needed supplies to people in Udier, South Sudan, 4 May 2018.

The warning follows the release of a report on 28 September 2018, indicating that it is only large-scale humanitarian assistance being provided in many areas of the country, that has prevented even more devastating hunger during the July and August lean season.

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29/09/2018

‘Regularly Threatened, Attacked and Killed, Journalists Are also Being Imprisoned in Record Numbers around the World’

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Regularly threatened, attacked and killed, journalists are also being imprisoned in record numbers around the world, an event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly highlighted on 28 September 2018.

UN Photo/Martine Perret | Young Timorese Reads Local Newspaper

These practices undermine not only the fundamental human rights of the reporters themselves, but also the public’s right to receive and impart information, rights experts warn.

The side event was organised by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a US-based non-governmental organisation promoting press freedom and advocating for the rights of journalists worldwide.

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29/09/2018

Leaders from Vulnerable Island States Turn Out in Force to Plead for Climate Action

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From the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific and Indian Oceans, leaders from island States most threatened by global warming took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday 28 September 2018, the fourth day of its annual general debate, to plead for increased aid to resolve a problem not of their making and call for reform of a financial quirk that punishes them for the progress they make.

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley of Barbados addresses the seventy-third session of the United Nations General Assembly.
29/09/2018

‘Pacific Islands on the Front Line of Climate Change’

The concerns of the Pacific Islands, on the front line of climate change, are at the heart of the United Nations work, said Secretary-General António Guterres on 28 September 2018, at a meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), an intergovernmental organization, which holds UN Observer status.

UNICEF/Sokhin | A 16-year-old child swims in the flooded area of Aberao village in Kiribati. The Pacific island is one of the countries worst affected by sea-level rise.
28/09/2018

Tackling the World’s Most Urgent Problem: Meat

Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat are joint winners of the Champions of the Earth Award, in the Science and Innovation category.   

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Beyond Meat | Photo from UN Environment

 

26 September 2018 (UN Environment)* – Since prehistoric times, humans have used animals as a rudimentary technology to transform plant biomass into highly valued, nutrient-dense foods, including meat and dairy products. These foods remain an important source of nutrition and one of the greatest sources of pleasure in the daily lives of billions of people around the world.

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