Archive for May 17th, 2019

17/05/2019

Do We Need a Global Convention of Common Principles for Building Peace?

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS)* When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger.

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Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson

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17/05/2019

Brazil’s Students Plan Another Massive Strike Against Bolsonaro

The far-right politician’s disqualification of protesters, who were branded as idiots and dolts, fueled a new cycle of unstoppable demonstrations, local observers anticipate.

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads

Brazilians protest against education-related budget cuts in Sao Paulo, Brazil May 15, 2019. The banner reads ‘Out Bolsonaro.’ | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

16 May 2019 (teleSUR)* — The Brazilian Union of High School Students (UBES), the National Union of Students (UNE) and the National Association of Graduate Students (ANPG) jointly called for Wednesday the Second Nationwide Strike in Defense of Education, which will be held on May 30.

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17/05/2019

Bolsonaro Denies Education Cuts, Says Smart Minority Are Using ‘Idiot’ Protesters

The country’s most prestigious and competitive federally funded universities, university hospitals, research grants and federally funded high schools are affected by the cuts.

The demonstrations mark the largest anti-government gathering since Bolsonaro took office.

The demonstrations mark the largest anti-government gathering since Bolsonaro took office. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

16 May 2019 (teleSUR)* — Brazilian president slams tens of thousands of students and teachers who, while protesting the government’s education cuts Wednesday night across Brazil, were met with resistance and subsequently teargassed by the police force.

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17/05/2019

India Advances Ground-Breaking Plan to Keep Planet and People Cool

Human Wrongs Watch

India’s new comprehensive Cooling Action Plan targets an increase in sustainable cooling for the good of its population, while helping to fight climate change

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Photo from UN Environment.

17 May 2019 (UN Environment)* — Four years after temperatures hit the high forties in India, claiming over 2,000 lives, parts of the country are again baking in intense, and deadly, heatwaves. Throughout April and into May, the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan have seen daily highs of 42°C.

As climate change increases, such temperatures are becoming the new normal. Combined with economic growth and urbanization, this brings a huge growth in cooling demand. The number of air conditioners in India is expected to rise from 15 million in 2011 to 240 million in 2030.

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17/05/2019

‘Climate Change and Disasters Are Driving More People to Move than Ever Before’

Geneva, 16 May 2019 (IOM)*   Climate change and disasters are driving more people to move than ever before, whether due to sudden onset disasters like the unprecedented cyclones that devastated Southern Africa earlier this year, or destructive long-term weather patterns causing drought. 

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Women displaced from drought in Ethiopia receive emergency shelter from IOM. The Organization supports more than 70 countries to prevent and mitigate disaster displacement. Photo: Rikka Tupaz

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17/05/2019

‘Starvation’ Now a Reality for Displaced Syrians Stranded in Camp Near Jordanian Border

Human Wrongs Watch

Starvation “is already starting” in a camp for displaced people in south-east Syria, a senior UN official said on Thursday [16 May 2019], while condemning ongoing airstrikes and retaliatory shelling in opposition-held territories in the north-west.

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WFP | Children in Syria’s Rukban camp (November 2018).
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