Archive for January 17th, 2019

17/01/2019

Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves that We are Not

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 17 January 2019 —  It is easy to identify the ongoing and endless violence being inflicted on life on Earth. This ranges from the vast multiplicity of assaults inflicted on our children and the biosphere to the endless wars and other military violence as well as the grotesque exploitation of many peoples living in Africa, Asia and Central/South America. But for a (very incomplete) list of 40 points see ‘Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019’.

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Robert J. Burrowes

However, despite the obvious fact that it is human beings who are inflicting all of this violence, it is virtually impossible to get people to pay attention to this simple and incontrovertible fact and to ask why, precisely, are human beings behaving in such violent and destructive ways? And can we effectively address this cause?

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17/01/2019

A New Spectre Is Haunting Europe

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 17 January 2019 (Other News)* After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009.

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Roberto Savio

In 2008, governments spent the astounding amount of 62 trillion dollars to save the financial system, and close to that amount in 2009 (see Britannica Book of the Year, 2017), According to a US Federal Reserve study, it cost each American 70,000 dollars.

Belatedly, economic institutions left macroeconomics, which were until then used to assess GNP growth and started to look at how growth was being redistributed.

And the IMF and the World Bank, (also because of the prodding of civil society studies, foremost those of Oxfam), concluded that there was a huge problem in the rise of inequality.

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17/01/2019

A Fresh Look and a Fresh Start for Survivors of Human Trafficking in Cambodia

Human Wrongs Watch

14 January 2019 (UN Women)*Three Cambodian women welcome their first customer of the day to have a seat in the salon chair. Chantrea* gently scrubs her hair, dries it, and styles the locks in long twists. When the next customer enters, Kunthea* provides a manicure, her steady hands painting each nail twice before a clear coat seals the color. Finally, Sokhanya* finishes the treatment with a bit of eye shadow and powder to the customer’s face.

A women gets her hair washed at a salon in the Siem Reap province. Photo: UN Women/Stephanie Simcox

A women gets her hair washed at a salon in the Siem Reap province. Photo: UN Women/Stephanie Simcox

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17/01/2019

Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019

By World Health Organization*

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.   

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WHO/Samuel Aranda | Photo from WHO.

To address these and other threats, 2019 sees the start of the World Health Organization’s new 5-year strategic plan – the 13th General Programme of Work.
17/01/2019

In the Sahel, Pastoralists Rely on Satellites to Search for Water

17 January 2019 (UN Environment)*In the Northern Malian region of Gao, Adoum looks at his phone. It’s time to go find greener pastures for his herd. He has a few spots in mind but needs to gather more information before embarking on the weeks-long journey.

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Photo by SNV | Photo from UN Environment.

In the Sahel, climate change has translated into more frequent, longer drought spells that threaten the resilience capacity of nomadic livestock pastoralists like Adoum. Freshwater points are scarce during the dry season and many animals are at risk of dying before reaching the next oasis.

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17/01/2019

Mali: ‘Dire’ Humanitarian Situation, ‘Grave’ Security Concerns Challenge Fragile Peace

Human Wrongs Watch

With over 800 schools forced to close due to insecurity, and 2.3 million vulnerable people in need of assistance this year, a top UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday [16 January 2019] that the humanitarian situation in Mali “remains dire”.

MINUSMA/Photo Marco Dormino | Bintou Keita, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, and Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding support, meet with the beneficiaries of UNWOMEN and UNFPA project supporting victims of sexual and gender-based violence at the Maison des femmes in Gao.
17/01/2019

Nearly 900 Reportedly Killed Following ‘s]Shocking’ Intercommunal Attacks in DR Congo

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) said on Wednesday [16 January 2019] that at least 890 villagers were reportedly killed in the western Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, following brutal inter-communal clashes.

© UNHCR/Ley Uwera | A site for Internally-displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Human rights reports suggest that the apparent massacre took place between 16 and 18 December in four villages in the Yumbi territory, Mai-Ndombe province, in what appear to have been clashes between the Banunu and Batende communities.

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