Archive for March 27th, 2019


25 Steps to End Millions of Deaths from “the New Tobacco”

27 March 2019 (UN Environment)*Air pollution isn’t a new problem. We’ve been worried about smog for centuries, from the infamous “pea souper” smogs of 19th century London to the hazes that regularly engulf cities from Beijing to Delhi in the present day. What is new, however, is the awareness of exactly how bad it is for our health.


Photo from UN Environment.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution-related diseases claim seven million lives each year. But bad air doesn’t just kill.

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The First Amendment and Black Codes – Will African Americans Ever Be Able to Choose Their Own Heroes?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

26 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees its citizens freedom of expression and to right to peaceably assemble. This amendment adopted into the Bill of Rights in 1791. .

Martin Luther King Jr
Martin Luther King Jr | Photo from Wall Street International.

Tenants ‘Forced Out Their Homes’ by Global Investment Firms – UN Human Rights Experts

Human Wrongs Watch

UN human rights experts have condemned the ‘egregious’ business practices of global private equity and investment firms which, they say, have transformed the global housing landscape by raising rents and forcing some tenants out of their homes.

UN News/Ana Carmo | Manhattan, New York.

10 Million Yemenis ‘One Step Away from Famine’, World Food Programme Calls for ‘Unhindered Access’ to Frontline Regions

Human Wrongs Watch

26 March 2019 — With Yemen now in its fifth year of conflict between pro-Government forces and Houthi rebels, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) is calling for “unhindered access” to the most desperate areas in the frontline regions “to prevent the food security situation deteriorating”.

WFP/Annabel Symington | The World Food Programme (WFP) is providing food assistance for those most urgently in need of support in what has emerged as one of the world’s worst hunger crises, 2019.

‘Provocative Actions and Inflammatory Rhetoric’ Destabilizing Middle East, Warns Top UN Official

Human Wrongs Watch

Against a backdrop of rising tensions in Israel and Palestine, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East, painted a bleak picture once again in the Security Council on Tuesday [26 March 2019], cataloguing further terrorist acts, attacks against civilians, reprisals against demonstrators, unlawful demolitions and settlement expansions, and a funding crisis which could have dramatic consequences for the stability of an already volatile region.*

OCHA/Muthana El Najjar | Destruction after the targeting of a residential multistory building in Gaza city, November 2018.
“I am saddened by the persistent violence that continues to result in the tragic loss of Palestinian and Israeli lives”, said Nickolay Mladenov.
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