Archive for May 15th, 2019

15/05/2019

Privatization Solution Worse than Problem

Human Wrongs Watch

In order to make the case for privatizing state-owned enterprises, their real problems were often exaggerated in order to make the case for privatization from the 1980s.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 14 2019 (IPS)* – Privatization has not provided the miracle cure for the problems (especially inefficiencies) associated with the public sector.

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Jomo Kwame Sundaram

The public interest has rarely been well served by private interests taking over from the public sector. Growing concern over the mixed consequences of privatization has spawned research worldwide.

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Both Bretton Woods institutions have long been aware of the adverse impacts of privatization.

For example, IMF research acknowledged that privatization “can lead to job losses, wage cuts and higher prices for consumers”.

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15/05/2019

The Hellish Cycle

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

Indebted, exploited, hunt down, shamed at Home… The harsh reality of Southeast Asia’s migrants

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Photo from ILO.

Sorry for coming back to this issue, but its immense human dimension justifies this new attempt to report on another aspect, which is deliberately hidden, unwanted to be seen by the new wave of racist, xenophobe, far-right pseudo-politicians, which is now steadily growing in the biggest industrialised powers on Earth: United States and so far a full dozen of European countries. See what it is about:

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15/05/2019

Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Forest

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva – YES! Magazine*

We need to value nature’s biodiversity, clean water, and seeds. For this, nature is the best teacher.

Vandana Shiva at her biodiversity farm, Navdanya, which is also where the Earth University is located. Participants learn humans’ role and responsibility in Earth Democracy, and they work with seeds and soil as living things, in the context of the entire web of life. Photo by Suzanne Lee

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15/05/2019

Health Services Expand in Bangladesh Refugee Camps, But Monsoon Rains Bring New Threats  

Cox’s Bazar, 14 May 2019 (IOM)* – Dr. Samir Howlader remembers less than two years ago when most health services were delivered on foot or in rented ambulances to the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees streaming into Bangladesh from Myanmar. 

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A Rohingya refugee and her baby are treated at IOM’s clinic in Leda, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

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15/05/2019

180 Countries Adopt Decisions to Protect Human Health and Environment from Harmful Effects of Hazardous Chemicals and Waste, Including Plastic

Human Wrongs Watch

Geneva (UN Environment)* -– Decisions on plastic waste have been reached on 11 May 2019 in Geneva, as approximately 180 governments adopted a raft of decisions aimed at protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of hazardous chemicals and waste.

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15/05/2019

Biodiversity Loss: Urgent Need for Forest, Ocean Protection and Dietary Change

The global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services from the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) warned that 1 million species are at risk of extinction, more than at any time in human history.

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15/05/2019

Revisiting and Reclaiming Deglobalization

Human Wrongs Watch

By Focus on the Global South*

Nearly 20 years after “deglobalization” was introduced as an alternative paradigm by Focus on the Global South, one of its main authors looks back at its strengths and weaknesses and how its interaction with other alternative frameworks can be a mutually enriching exercise.

As an annex to the main paper, “Deglobalization Applied: A Post Neoliberal Paradigm for Myanmar” is reproduced here with the permission of the Transnational Institute.

The final chapter of the report Paradigm Trap: The development establishment’s embrace of Myanmar and how to break loose, it is an outline of a concrete application of the principles of deglobalization to a society that was searching for a way out of an exploitative economic system but was still not snared by the neoliberal project.

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15/05/2019

Myanmar: Conflict Resolution at ‘Total Standstill’, Military Commanders Must Answer for Crimes against Humanity

Human Wrongs Watch

Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday [14 May 2019], urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

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UNOCHA/Vincent Tremeau | The two children of Nomtaz Begum, 30, a refugee from Myanmar who is now in Bangladesh, were killed in front of her. (March 2018)
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