Archive for December 17th, 2018

17/12/2018

UN Calls for Funds to Ease ‘Deteriorating’ Humanitarian Situation in Gaza and West Bank

Human Wrongs Watch

The need for aid in the occupied Palestinian territory has increased, following a year that has seen a “serious deterioration in the humanitarian situation,” said Jamie McGoldrick, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the region, in a statement on 17 December 2018.

UNRWA/Taghrid Mohammad | Palestinian refugee residing at UNRWA ciollective shelter at Khan Dunoun Camp, Syria (2015).

McGoldrick’s comments were released as part of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for the occupied Palestinian territory, which calls for $350 million to assist 1.4 million people, the maximum number of people that the UN can, he said, realistically reach in the current “non-conducive political and resource climate.”

17/12/2018

The Foolishness of Anti-Globalism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service*

An anti-globalist wave is breaking out around the world. This is perhaps one of the most regressive and absurd things in the world today. There was certain anti-globalism, fruit of the protectionism of several countries, but it was not a threat to the general and irreversible process of globalization.

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Leonardo Boff

That wave was adopted for his political platform by Donald J. Trump who, according to Economics Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, is one of most stupid Presidents in North American history.

The same can be said of our recently elected President, the former captain Bolsonaro and his secretaries of State and of Education, deniers of this phenomenon, which only prejudiced and uninformed persons cannot see.

Why is this a senseless blunder? Because it contravenes the logic of an uncontrollable historical process. We have reached a new phase in the history of the Earth and Humanity.

So let’s see: thousands of years ago, human beings, who arose in Africa, (all of us are Africans) began to disperse throughout the vast world, beginning with Eurasia and ending in Oceania.

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17/12/2018

10,000 People Protest in Budapest Against Government ‘Slavery Law’

Human Wrongs Watch

Thousands of Hungarians take to the streets to protest a new labor law which allows employers to request between 250-400 overtime hours from workers annually.

10,000 People Protest in Budapest Against Government

10,000 People Protest in Budapest Against Government ‘Slave Law’ | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSur.

17 December 2018 (teleSur)* — On Sunday [17 December 2018], close to 10,000 people took to the streets of Budapest to protest the Hungarian government’s new labor law as well as the right-wing orientation of president Viktor Orban’s administration.

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17/12/2018

Socialism or Barbarism in Brazil, According to De Sousa Santos

Human Wrongs Watch

The crisis of the left around the world has opened up a vacuum for extreme right movements to gain traction and threaten our democracies. How does Boaventura de Sousa Santos make sense of this in Brazil? Español

Neofascism is on the rise around the world. Image from Pink Floyd concert. Wikimedia Commons.

17 December 2018 (openDemocracy)*The crisis of the left around the world has opened up a vacuum for extreme right movements to gain traction and threaten our democracies.

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17/12/2018

Institutional and Cultural Inertia

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Why do we not respond to the crises?

Today we are faced with multiple interrelated crises, for example the threat of catastrophic climate change or equally catastrophic thermonuclear war, and the threat of widespread famine. These threats to human existence and to the biosphere demand a prompt and rational response; but because of institutional and cultural inertia, we are failing to take the steps that are necessary to avoid disaster.

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John Scales Avery

Only Immediate Climate Action Can Save the Future

Immediate action to halt the extraction of fossil fuels and greatly reduce the emission of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses is needed to save the long-term future of human civilization and the biosphere.

At the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland, Sir David Attenborough said “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.

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