Archive for February 13th, 2019


‘New Tech’ Business Model Threatens Decent Work Conditions, Warns UN

Unemployment is down globally but workers’ conditions have not improved, the UN said on Wednesday [13 February 2019], warning that some businesses driven by new technology “threaten to undermine” hard-won social gains of recent decades.
© UNICEF/UN039294/Popov | Roma children and adults are working on the waste disposal site in Nadezhda neighborhood, in Bulgaria. These families lack job opportunities, a major theme of the ILO Trends in Global Employment Report, 2019.

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), most of the 3.3 billion people employed worldwide in 2018 did not enjoy adequate levels of economic security, and lacked sufficient material well-being as well as too few opportunities for advancement.

In total, 172 million people were jobless last year – one in 20 individuals of working age – ILO’s Trends in Global Employment 2019 report shows.

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‘Radio Is the Mass Medium Reaching the Widest Audience in the world. It Is Also Recognized as a Powerful Communication Tool and a Low Cost Medium’

“On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.” — UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Radio is the mass medium reaching the widest audience in the world. It is also recognized as a powerful communication tool and a low cost medium.

Radio is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable people: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level.

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World Radio Day: “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”

Human Wrongs Watch

By Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO*

For this World Radio Day, we celebrate the unique, far-reaching power of radio to broaden our horizons and build more harmonious societies.


Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO

Radio stations from major international networks to community broadcasters today remember the importance of radio in stimulating public debate, increasing civic engagement and inspiring mutual understanding, under the theme “Dialogue, Tolerance and Peace”.

Since its invention – over a hundred years ago – radio has sparked new conversations and broadcast new ideas into people’s homes, villages, universities, hospitals and workplaces.

To this day, dialogue across the airwaves can offer an antidote to the negativity that sometimes seem to predominate online, which is why UNESCO works across the world to improve the plurality and diversity of radio stations.

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The Venezuela Myth Keeping Us from Transforming Our Economy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is getting significant media attention these days, after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in an interview that it should “be a larger part of our conversation” when it comes to funding the “Green New Deal.” According to MMT, the government can spend what it needs without worrying about deficits.


Ellen Brown

MMT expert and Bernie Sanders adviser professor Stephanie Kelton says the government actually creates money when it spends.

The real limit on spending is not an artificially imposed debt ceiling but a lack of labor and materials to do the work, leading to generalized price inflation.

Only when that real ceiling is hit does the money need to be taxed back, but even then it’s not to fund government spending. Instead, it’s needed to shrink the money supply in an economy that has run out of resources to put the extra money to work.

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If It Isn’t Safe, It Isn’t Food

Keeping food safe is a complex process that starts on the farm and ends with the consumer. All stages of the food chain, from production, harvest and storage to preparation and consumption, must be considered.

‘More than One Billion 12 to 35-Year-Olds, Risk Irreversible Hearing Loss from Exposure to Loud Sounds Such as Music Played on Their Smartphone’

More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts said on Tuesday [12 February 2019], unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem.

© UNICEF/UN0264259/Haro | A young refugee from Eritrea, loves listening to songs in the headphones he found on his way to Niger. More than a billion risk irreversible hearing loss from playing music too loud on smartphones and other devices, WHO and the ITU have reported.

‘Urgent Need’ to Stop Mali Violence with ‘Effective Military Response’ – UN Human Rights Expert

The state of human rights and security across Mali is a “cause of grave concern,” the independent UN rights expert for the northwest African nation said in a statement on Tuesday [12 February 2019], in which he called for an “effective military response” to end the violence and protect the civilian population.


MINUSMA/Harandane Dicko | UNPOL patrol in the Menaka region in the far north-east of Mali. The region is experiencing increasing insecurity as a result of attacks by terrorist groups and armed bandits.
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