Archive for June 3rd, 2019

03/06/2019

The World Has Lost Its Compass

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

3 June 2019 (Other News)*The terrible feeling I had on waking up and seeing the Italian voting results at the recent European elections was that my country was suddenly full of strangers.

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European national parliaments with representatives from right-wing populist parties in May 2019: Right-wing populists represented in the parliament Right-wing populists providing external support for government Right-wing populists involved in the government Right-wing populists appoint prime minister | Tobias101 | CC BY-SA 4.0

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03/06/2019

Watch Out: Your Money Is Being Used to Destroy the World!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

How governments spend taxpayers money to subsidise fossil fuels that cause deadly air pollution – A reminder to mark 5 June World Environment Day.

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Perhaps the most direct way to introduce this tough issue is what the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, stated just one week ahead of the 5 June World Environment Day, which focuses this year on air pollution, caused chiefly by the use of fossil fuels both in transport, industry and even household cooking, heating, etc.

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03/06/2019

Europe’s Vote and Italy’s Right-Wing Bloc

The space for a populist policy that denies the ‘right-left’ divide has shrunk, confirming that such a project is nothing but the preparation of a shift to the right.
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Salvini with League’s delegation at the Quirinal Palace in April 2018 | Presidenza della Repubblica
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29 May 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Flat tax, privileges to rich regions, restrictions on migrants, emphasis on “security”. This is Matteo Salvini’s agenda for the Italian government in the aftermath of the European elections.
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The ‘Lega’ (League), the party he leads, now running the country in coalition with the Five Star Movement, has won big on May 26 obtaining 34.3% of the votes; five years ago the Lega had 6.2%, and in last year’s political vote it reached 17%.
03/06/2019

Each Bank Holiday Saves at Least 100,000 Tonnes of Carbon Emissions

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dénes Csala, Lancaster University for The Conversation*

Monday May 27 was a public holiday in the UK, the fourth such “bank holiday” in the past six weeks. On each of these days, people made fewer commutes, they left their computers and machines switched off, and the country generally used less energy.*

Each bank holiday saves at least 100,000 tonnes of carbon emissions
Modern Times, about the dehumanisation of work (Image by United Artists • Public domain, Wikipedia)

In fact, my rough calculations below indicate that, depending on the season, each bank holiday could save more than 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

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03/06/2019

World Not Delivering Quality Maternal Health Care to Poorest Mothers – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

Millions of mothers at risk due to prohibitive health care costs, lack of access to services and skilled professionals, and child marriage

A health worker looks on as a new mother holds her baby to her chest, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
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NEW YORK/ VANCOUVER (UNICEF)* –  More than 5 million families across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean spend over 40 per cent of their non-food household expenses on maternal health services every year, UNICEF said today [3 June 2019] in a new analysis on maternal health.

Nearly two-thirds of these households, or around 3 million, are in Asia while approximately 1.9 million are in Africa.

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03/06/2019

US Lawmaker, ex-Soldier Duncan Hunter Admits Committing War Crimes in Iraq

“I was an artillery officer, and we fired hundreds of rounds into Fallujah, killed probably hundreds of civilians… Probably killed women and children.”

Republican representative Duncan Hunter admits to killing hundreds of civilians as an artillery officer during Iraq war.

Republican representative Duncan Hunter admits to killing hundreds of civilians as an artillery officer during Iraq war. | Photo: Reuters (Photo from teleSUR).

2 June 2019 (teleSUR)* — Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter from California proudly confessed to war crimes when he said his unit in Iraq raw “killed probably hundreds of civilians” during 2004 where he served as an artillery officer.

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