Archive for June 5th, 2019

05/06/2019

A Third of Afghans Have Migrated or Been Displaced Since 2012 – International Organization for Migration

Kabul, 5 June 2019 (IOM)* – One in three Afghans has migrated or been displaced in the past six years, according to a new Displacement Tracking Matrix report published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Afghanistan. 

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Newly displaced families from Badghis arrive on the outskirts of Herat city. Photo: IOM

The Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a system that captures information on the movements and evolving needs of displaced populations, whether on site or en route. In the most recent round of data collection completed in December 2018, IOM covered 11,443 communities in 390 districts of all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

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05/06/2019

‘We Must Do More to Speed Up Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies’

Human Wrongs Watch

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 2019 (IPS)* Fossil fuels—oil, gas, coal and their derivatives—pollute the atmosphere and emit the greenhouse gases that are ramping up global heating to dangerous levels. But did you know that governments around the world are subsidizing this pollution?

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05/06/2019

Air Pollution, Responsible for Up to 1 in 5 Premature Deaths in 19 Western Balkan Cities

Human Wrongs Watch

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 June 2019 (World Environment Day)* Air pollution is directly responsible for up to one in five premature deaths in 19 Western Balkan cities, suggest preliminary results from a report led by UN Environment. 

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Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | Photo by Natalya Letunova/Unspalsh

05/06/2019

Glaciers Are Melting and Air Pollution Is the Cause

Human Wrongs Watch

4 June 2019 (UN Environment)*Deep inside the layers of ice sitting atop the Andes Mountains in Peru is evidence of the earliest human-caused air pollution. Within the core of the 1,200-year-old Quelccaya Ice Cap, scientists have found traces of lead and mercury, the chemicals used after the Spanish occupation, in the silver mines of Potosi, Bolivia.

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 Photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos/Unsplash

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05/06/2019

The Bankers’ “Power Revolution”: How the Government Got Shackled by Debt

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The U.S. federal debt has more than doubled since the 2008 financial crisis, shooting up from $9.4 trillion in mid-2008 to over $22 trillion in April 2019. The debt is never paid off. The government just keeps paying the interest on it, and interest rates are rising.

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In 2018, the Fed announced plans to raise rates by 2020 to “normal” levels — a fed funds target of 3.375 percent — and to sell about $1.5 trillion in federal securities at the rate of $50 billion monthly, further growing the mountain of federal debt on the market.

When the Fed holds government securities, it returns the interest to the government after deducting its costs; but the private buyers of these securities will be pocketing the interest, adding to the taxpayers’ bill.

In fact it is the interest, not the debt itself, that is the problem with a burgeoning federal debt.

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