Archive for February 5th, 2019

05/02/2019

Indian Architect Turns to Bees and Terracotta to Design Innovative Cooling System

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4 February 2019 (UN Environment)*Monish Siripurapu’s air cooling system may be based on the design of a beehive but the Indian innovator’s inspiration did not come while he was striding through fields of flowers. He was actually in a stifling hot factory in New Delhi, where he was doing some design work.

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Photo by Monish Siripurapu/Ant Studio | Photo from UN Environment.
05/02/2019

This Video Will Change How You See Food

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5 February 2019 (FAO)*A third of all food produced is lost or wasted each year, but just a quarter of what we waste is enough to end world hunger.

Zero Hunger starts with you. Watch the video to find out more.

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05/02/2019

World’s Biggest Refugee Settlement Gets Biggest Ever Waste Facility

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This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic to whom quoted text may be attributed at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. |  Español   |  Français

The biggest-ever waste treatment plant in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.

The human waste treatment facility under construction at the refugee settlement near Kutupalong, Bangladesh.  © UNHCR/Firas Al-Khateeb

By the UN Refugee Agency (UNHR)* —  UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and Oxfam have together put into service this week in Cox’s Bazar the biggest human waste treatment facility ever built in a refugee settlement.

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05/02/2019

In a World of Corporate-Backed Politicians, Beware the Sounds of Sirens

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By Roy Eidelson – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self-defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control, and to lay the basis for more meaningful democracy.”  — Noam Chomsky, 1989 (Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in Democratic Societies)

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Odysseus is tempted by the swirling Sirens in Homer’s The Odyssey.

My copy of Homer’s The Odyssey, a remnant of high school Latin days, has been gathering dust on a shelf for decades now.

But I’ve been thinking more about the book in recent years, especially as my writing has increasingly turned to the psychology of propaganda.

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05/02/2019

Meanwhile, around the World

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By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Syria calls on our full attention, for a fresh look.  Looking at what? The “reality of Syria”, the “real Syria”, and then seeing what?

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Johan Galtung

The Germans make an apparently useful distinction between reality für mich, as I, ich, see it, and, an sich, reality in, by, for itself, reality as such.  Objective, not subjective.

A useful distinction; making us ponder, how different are they?

Apparently useful; how do we get to, at this an sich thing?

Old questions; maybe no new answers, but worth pondering.

To the West, Syria spells colonial history–by the West since 1916 more than by the Ottomans since 1516–and post-colonial history.  Why?

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05/02/2019

As Inequality Grows, the UN Fights for a Fairer World

4 February 2019 — The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the UN’s blueprint for a better and more sustainable future for all – calls for a reduction in inequality between and within countries. Nevertheless, global inequality is increasing. So what can be done?
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@ UNICEF/Sebastian Rich| Five-year-old Kiara makes a sale in a commuter train car in Buenos Aires, the capital. She has been working in the Subte, the city’s mass transit system, selling hairpins and other cheap goods, since she was three years old.
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Inequality is an “entrenched imbalance”

The question of inequality was raised several times by the UN in January: speaking at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, UN chief António Guterres pointed out that, while technological progress and globalization have led to “fantastic improvements” in many areas, they have also increased inequality and marginalized millions.

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05/02/2019

‘World Must Do More to Tackle ‘Shadowy’ Mercenary Activities Undermining Stability in Africa’

With mercenaries undermining global peace and security and weakening States’ capacities to protect their people, the UN Security Council on Monday [4 February 2019] shone its spotlight on their activities as a source of destabilization in Africa.

UN Photo/Evan Schneider | Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on mercenary activities as a source of insecurity and destabilization in Africa.
“From antiquity to the medieval era to the present-day, those who fight for financial reward or other material compensation have been a near constant on the battlefield”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Council, noting that the shadowy nature of mercenary activities has evolved over the years. 
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