Archive for May 8th, 2019

08/05/2019

Hunger Continues to Rise in the Near East and North Africa Where over 52 Million People Are Undernourished

Human Wrongs Watch

Conflicts and widening rural-urban gaps hamper the region’s efforts to end hunger by 2030

Photo: ©FAO/ Louai Beshara

A child collects eggs in Al-Ghizlaniyah near Damascus. In Syria, FAO assists vulnerable communities to increase their dietary diversity and improve food and nutrition security through backyard poultry production.

8 May 2019, Cairo/Rome (FAO)* Hunger in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA) continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, threatening the region’s efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Zero Hunger.

08/05/2019

The Most Expensive 529 Billion Dollars

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

The immense human cost over 260 million migrant workers do pay to rescue their families

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Filipinos fill out the necessary forms after arriving in Manila from Damascus, Syria. © IOM (Photo: Ray Leyesa) 

The World Bank (WB) on 8 April 2019 reported that migrants remittances to low- and middle-income countries reached a record high in 2018.

According to the WB study, officially recorded annual remittance flows to those countries reached 529 billion dollars last year, an increase of 9.6 percent over the previous record high of 483 billion dollars in 2017.

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08/05/2019

Neoliberal Reforms Strengthening Monopoly Power and Abuses

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, May 7 2019 (IPS)* Over the last four decades, growing concentration of market power in the hands of oligopolies, if not monopolies, has been greatly enabled by ostensibly neo-liberal reforms, worsening wealth concentration and gross inequalities in the world.

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The ‘counter-revolution’ against Keynesian and development economics four decades ago, which inspired the Washington Consensus, claimed to promote economic liberalization, including market competition, but strengthening property rights entitlements, especially for intellectual property, has been far more important.

Such oligopolistic and monopolistic trends have recently accelerated in much of the world, while already feeble anti-trust efforts have lagged far behind.

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08/05/2019

Meanwhile, Around the World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is much diversity.  Let us praise that mega aspect of our world as multipolar, passive but peaceful, coexistence of civilizations:

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Johan Galtung

Anglo-American; Latin American-Caribbean; Islamic; African pre-, post-colonial; European from Ireland to Russia Far East; West Asian Islamic; with Israel Jewish; Iran Persian; South Asian, SAARC, Hindu and Islamic with India; Southeast Asian, ASEAN, Buddhist, Christian, multi-cultural; Northeast Asian daoist-shinto with China and Japan; Asian-Pacific, multi-cultural, with Maoris, Aborigines, Polynesians, Micronesians, Melanesians from one rim to the other.

14 civilizations.  Others stop counting at 8, 10.  Around that.

What a wonderful, diverse, polyphonic world!  Not monophonic US or European all over, as they both have wanted and maybe still want.

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