Archive for April, 2019

30/04/2019

‘One Belt, One Road, One Million’: Rail Chief Plans to Connect Europe to China

By 2018, over 280,000 containers had been registered. That year, the total number of registered TUs between China and Europe amounted to 370,000.   [EPA/BODO MARKS]

30/04/2019

The Short-Lived Life Expectancy of Autocratic Democracies

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Looking Backwards

In the Cold War Era there was a sharp polemical contrast drawn between the ‘liberal’ West and the rest of the world, which was regarded as either Communist or authoritarian, regardless of whether its constitution was framed in democratic language or not.

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Richard Falk

And liberal in the West was used to signify the primacy of the individual citizen as well as policies and practices reflecting an overall commitment to an economy centered in the private sector, although unevenly modified by various measures of social protection.

In the latter stages of the Cold War, the Western effort to hold the moral and political high ground in the ideological struggle emphasized freedom versus totalitarianism.

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30/04/2019

Making Harassment at Work History

April 29, 2019 (UN Women)*Across the globe, women workers rise each day to power our world. They build, create, and drive progress across all sectors. Yet for millions of women, workplaces are sites of insecurity, abuse and vulnerability.

Srey Sros has worked her way up to a supervisor and heads a section responsible for cutting hems for the garments made at the factory. Photo: UN Women/Charles Fox

Photo: UN Women/Charles Fox

 

For far too long, the working world has been dominated by unequal power dynamics that endanger the safety and security of women, but change is underway.

Survivors have leveraged the power of solidarity, collective action, and social media to spur the most significant global movement to end harassment.

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30/04/2019

US Takes Back Signature on Arms Trade Treaty

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 29 2019 (IPS)* The United States dropped a political bombshell when President Donald Trump announced his administration would withdraw from the historic Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which the former Obama administration signed in September 2013.

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“We are taking our signature back”, said Trump April 26, addressing a meeting of the National Rifle Association (NRA), one of the most powerful gun lobbies in the US.

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29/04/2019

The Dangers of Modern Magic

Human Wrongs Watch

29 April 2019 (UN Environment)*In the world before modern medicine it was up to the local shaman, monk or wise woman to treat injury and disease, often with remedies based on local medicinal plants.Lightning_revised

 

Today, many of these time-worn cures remain popular around the globe, but in some countries, traditional healers have extended their arsenal to include not only nature’s gifts, but the products of human industry, amongst them an oily liquid, clear to yellow in colour with neither smell nor taste, that often spills or leaks from electrical equipment.

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29/04/2019

UN Sounds Alarm on Drug-Resistant Infections; New Recommendations to Reduce ‘Staggering Number’ of Future Deaths

Human Wrongs Watch

Deaths caused by infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria will skyrocket over the next two decades, along with huge economic costs, without immediate, ambitious and coordinated action, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners warned on Monday [29 April 2019].

PAHO/WHO | Lab assistant growing culture viruses and bacteria in the “Infectious Room” of the Cancer Institute of Columbia.
According to a groundbreaking report, the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance warned that if no action is taken, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis.

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28/04/2019

Work to Make the World a Better Place: 5 Things You Need to Know about ‘Green Jobs’

Human Wrongs Watch

28 April 2019 — Imagine a world in which practically everyone works in jobs that are helping to transform the global economy, and bring about a world where business can thrive and the needs of the most vulnerable people are met. 

ILO/Marcel Crozet | Women in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia work in a greenhouse they built to increase the production capacity of vegetables they sell on the local market. (file 2015)
For the UN, these “green jobs,” play an important role in realising the vision of the future that practically all countries signed up to when they adopted the landmark Paris Agreement in December 2015, an international commitment to combat climate change, and significantly reduce human activity contributing to global warming. 
28/04/2019

With Coffee Ceremony and Midwives, Mums Get a Happy Start in Rural Ethiopia

Human Wrongs Watch

BASOLIBEN, Ethiopia, 27 April 2019 (UNFPA)*  – When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility.

28/04/2019

Erratic Weather Patterns in the Central American Dry Corridor Leave 1.4 Million People in Urgent Need of Food Assistance

Human Wrongs Watch

2.2 million people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua have lost their crops due to rainfall and drought; 1.4 million urgently need food assistance

Photo: ©FAO/...

FAO and WFP are requesting US$72 million from the international community to provide food assistance to more than 700,000 people in the Dry Corridor.
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Panama City (FAO)*  – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) on 25 April 2019 warned that prolonged droughts and heavy rain have destroyed more than half of the maize and bean crops of the subsistence farmers along the Central American Dry Corridor, leaving them without food reserves and affecting their food security.
28/04/2019

‘Brazil Governed by Lunatics’ Says Lula in 1st Post-Ruling Interview

Lula stressed that he sleeps with a clear conscience because he is innocent — he is sure that Mouro and Dallagnol can not do the same.

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Free Lula movement demonstration | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

26 April 2019 (teleSUR)* — The former President of Brazil Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Friday that the South American nation is governed by a “gang of lunatics,” in reference to the administration of Jair Bolsonaro, and stressed that the population does not deserve that kind of leadership.
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“We are going to make a general self-criticism in this country. It can’t be that (Brazil) is governed by that crazy gang that governs the country. It does not deserve that, and above all the people do not deserve that,” he emphasized.
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