Archive for June, 2019

30/06/2019

Ten Ways to Survive on a Hot Planet

30/06/2019

What If. . . a Multiracial Class-Based Alliance Could Succeed?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

27 June 2019 (Wall Street International)* – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is an American hero whose non-violent philosophy and efforts related to civil rights challenged and changed the social foundation of America. Dr. King’s focus on economic equality was a new path for him. This was a path toward what Dr. King called “constructive democratic change.” It was Dr. King’s vision and intention to forge a multiracial coalition of poor people in America.

Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963, The civil rights march on Washington with a procession of African Americans carrying signs for equal rights and integrated schools
Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963, The civil rights march on Washington with a procession of African Americans carrying signs for equal rights and integrated schools. | Image from Wall Street International

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30/06/2019

Oil and Gas Sector can Bring Quick Climate Win by Tackling Methane Emissions

27 June 2019 (UN Environment)*As September’s UN Climate Action Summit fast approaches and the mercury rises across Europe and India, the pressure is on to find workable solutions that can quickly turn down the planet’s thermostat.

2015-07-06_Oil_Hero2x1.jpgThere is an obvious focus on cutting carbon dioxide emissions, the chief culprit for climate change, but there also lies a huge opportunity in reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

Methane is responsible for at least a quarter of global warming and is over 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide as a warming gas over a twenty-year timeframe.

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30/06/2019

Clearing the Road Ahead to Reach Zero Hunger in Asia and the Pacific

Human Wrongs Watch

FAO Conference side event explores obstacles such as urbanization, inequality, obesity and natural disasters.

Photo: ©Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos for FAO

A street scene in Nepal.

ROME, 25 June 2019 (FAO)*  – Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger has slowed in Asia and the Pacific, despite strong economic advances, and highlighting the need for concerted policy actions to tackle the increasingly complex nature of challenges ahead, representatives of FAO Member Countries heard during an event on the sidelines of the 41st Session of the FAO Conference.

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30/06/2019

Strawberries and Child Support; a Thai Partnership

28 June 2019 — Mother of three, Mhee Saesong, a strawberry farmer from Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand, has always struggled alongside her husband to provide for her family. She describes how, in the past, when her two older children became sick, she was unable to afford to take them to hospital.
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© UNICEF/Metee Thuentap | Three-month-old Monluck Saesong is among 128,000 children in Thailand who benefit from a UNICEF-promoted child support grant. (file 2016)

But that changed following the birth of her third child, Monluck, and the introduction of a nationwide child support grant worth just under US$20 per month. “I was so happy when I heard this news,” Mhee says. “Before, I didn’t have money to take my children to see doctors.”

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29/06/2019

Matrix Detox – Digital Disconnection as a Necessity

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

27 June 2019 (Wall Street International)* — Our inability to disconnect from the Internet and the social media overalls, can often leave us feeling so empty as to have forgotten what compels us; what drives us to engage with the world, which is certainly far beyond the bits.
Smartphones are never far away from our fingertips
Smartphones are never far away from our fingertips | Image from Wall Street International.

Transfixed by the digital-glow, we remain convinced we are somehow less than the woman with the perfect body and angel face, less than the man with the Ferrari and less than the successful employee with several awards and the big house in California.

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29/06/2019

Humanitarian Emergency at Unprecedented Level in Sahel

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Displaced women at one of the informal sites hosting displaced families in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. Photo: Hajer Naili/NRC

In the past year, around 1 million people had to flee their homes due to insecurity and violence. In Burkina Faso, Mali and western Niger displacement has increased five-fold, and the Lake Chad Basin is witnessing a new spike in displacement and attacks. Across the Sahel, 4.2 million people are uprooted.

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29/06/2019

On a Trek to Safety, Somalis Risk All in Libya

Human Wrongs Watch

By Louise Donovan in Niamey, Niger*

UNHCR seeks US$210 million to help refugees risking death, rape, arbitrary detention, forced labour and starvation as they travel towards the Mediterranean.|  Español   |  عربي

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Somali refugee Maryam* wrings her hands while recounting her terrifying experiences in Libya. © UNHCR/John Wendle

29/06/2019

“Unimaginable Horrors” in Libya’s Migrant Detention Centers

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 2019 (IPS)* For over 10,000 migrants fleeing to Libya from war and violence, their fate often comes down to the mercy of human traffickers or the dark unknown awaiting in detention centers.

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The northern shores of Libya – the largest departure point for African migrants hoping to reach Europe – is a hotbed for modern-day slavery. Captured on land, intercepted at sea, cuffed and injured by militias and human traffickers, migrants are sent to detention centers and exposed to every abuse possible.

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29/06/2019

100,000 Refugees Resettled from Lebanon Since Eruption of Syrian Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

Beirut, 28 June 2019 (IOM)*  – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) this month (June) noted its 100,000th resettlement of a refugee residing in Lebanon assisted in beginning a new life in a third country since fleeing the crisis in neighbouring Syria. This marks a significant milestone in IOM Lebanon’s resettlement efforts since the Syrian crisis first erupted in 2011. 

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Jasem, 24, and Jumana, 25, are starting the next phase of their life in France with their son and newborn twins. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

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