Archive for December 26th, 2018

26/12/2018

Japan to Hunt Whales Again Despite Wide-Spread Rejection

Japan will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), an Inter-governmental organization that did not allow the Asian country to hunt whales commercially.

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A Japanese ship injuring a whale with its first harpoon attempt in the Southern Ocean.

A Japanese ship injuring a whale with its first harpoon attempt in the Southern Ocean. | Photo: EFE | Photo from teleSur.

26/12/2018

Climate Change: Fighting Drought in Somalia with Sand Dams

Human Wrongs Watch

25 December 2018 — The construction of sand dams which retain water above and below sand bars, is improving access to water supplies for people in Somalia as the country continues to weather periods of damaging drought.

UNDP Somalia/Said Isse | In Somalia’s Puntland, crops and livestock have died in areas where there is no water following three years of failed rains. (January 2017)
Parts of the Horn of Africa nation have not received rain for three consecutive years and, as a result, crops and livestock have perished.
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Many fear a repeat of the 2011 famine in which nearly 260,000 people died.

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26/12/2018

Austerity Is Stupid, and Why the Powerful Don’t Like to Admit It

We need a Progressive International whose narrative deeply penetrates this warped version of reality.

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The protests of 2010 were violent wheras the protests of 2011 have been peaceful for the most part. | Philly boy92  | CC BY-SA 3.0

23 December 2018 (openDemocracy)*The poet Fernando Pessoa taught us that no stupid idea can gain general acceptance unless some intelligence is mixed in with it. So how can it be that austerity appears to have been generally accepted?

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26/12/2018

Infinite Human Resources – Fulfilled Lives, Shattered Lives

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

24 December 2018 (Wall Street International)*Every human being has resources, that is, specific qualities that allow to establish realization of possibilities and satisfaction of needs. In this sense, resources are infinite and become synonymous with possibilities. It turns out that everything that exists is evidenced in contexts – in situations that structure limits and conditions -, consequently generating obstacles as much as releases.

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Human resources
Human resources | Photo from Wall Street International.
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26/12/2018

As American as Cherry Pie…

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

25 December 2018 (Wall Street International)*In government offices across the nation can be found an “Active Shooter Event Reference Guide.” This helpful pamphlet is courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The guide describes an active shooter as “an individual attempting to kill people in a confined or populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”

The spread of weapons in the United States
The spread of weapons in the United States | Photo from Wall Street International.
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Yes, it has come to the point where the entirety of American society must fear and protect itself from other Americans.
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That it has come to this is no surprise to those who know and understand U.S. history.
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