Archive for June 9th, 2019

09/06/2019

After Neoliberalism

Human Wrongs Watch

Joseph E. Stiglitz | Nobel Laureate Economic Sciences – TRANSCEND Media Service*

For the past 40 years, the United States and other advanced economies have been pursuing a free-market agenda of low taxes, deregulation, and cuts to social programs. There can no longer be any doubt that this approach has failed spectacularly; the only question is what will – and should – come next.

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What kind of economic system is most conducive to human wellbeing? That question has come to define the current era, because, after 40 years of neoliberalism in the United States and other advanced economies, we know what doesn’t work.

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09/06/2019

Only 6% of Children in Africa Live in Areas Where Air Pollution Is Reliably Measured at the Ground-Level

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More reliable ground-level measurements are required to combat this silent killer of children, particularly in Africa where the problem is growing and gravely under-studied.

On 24 October 2016 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, children pass in front of a flame fed by waste and rubber materials in order to make Kanda, a type of smoked meat, at an abattoir. The workers at the slaughterhouse use cow bones, rubber tires, electric wires, aluminum cans and other waste to sustain the flames, making the fumes very dangerous to inhale.
UNICEF/UN037170/Bindra | On 24 October 2016 in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, Nigeria, children pass in front of a flame fed by waste and rubber materials in order to make Kanda, a type of smoked meat, at an abattoir. The workers at the slaughterhouse use cow bones, rubber tires, electric wires, aluminum cans and other waste to sustain the flames, making the fumes very dangerous to inhale.

NEW YORK, 5 June 2019 (UNICEF)*Only 6 per cent of children in Africa live in areas where air pollution is reliably measured at ground-level, leaving half a billion children across the continent living in areas with no reliable means of measuring air quality, according to a new UNICEF report released on World Environment Day.

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09/06/2019

France: Police Harassing, Intimidating and Even Using Violence against People Helping Refugees

09/06/2019

China at 70

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By Mushahid Hussain*

5 June 2019 (Wall Street International)*As China gets ready to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, announced by Chairman Mao on October 1, 1949, at the historic Tien An Men Gate in Beijing, it is instructive to recall the key turning point in this journey to New China.
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Beijing | Image from Wall Street International.

This was the decision for Reform and Opening Up taken after due deliberations by the 3rd Plenum of the 11th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China under the leadership of the visionary statesman, Deng Xiaoping, in November 1978.

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09/06/2019

Rohingya Refugees Fret for Their Children’s Futures

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By Caroline Gluck and Iffath Yeasmine in Kutupalong refugee settlement, Bangladesh

UNHCR is promoting more learning opportunities and higher teaching standards for thousands of young Rohingya refugees.

5c9cdc164.jpgThe Sunflower temporary learning centre in Kutupalong Extension Camp 4 in south-east Bangladesh.© UNHCR/Roger Arnold

6 June 2019 (UNHCR)*When Abu Sayed, father of six, thinks about the future of his children, he breaks down and weeps.

“My life is almost gone. If they cannot have an education, they will be ignorant,” he says, sitting in his family’s bamboo shelter in the vast Kutupalong refugee settlement, the largest in the world.

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09/06/2019

Promoting Gender Equality a ‘Crucial Contribution in Effort to Restore, Protect Our Planet’s Oceans’

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Women are engaged in all aspects of interaction with our ocean, yet their voices are often missing at the decision-making level, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said on World Oceans Day [8 June 2019] emphasizing that “we must ensure diversity and gender inclusiveness at all levels” to set a balanced course for humanity and foster innovative solutions for the ocean.

Arne Hoel/World Bank | Oceans and seas are home to vast biodiversity. A woman in Entebbe, is photographed on the shores of Lake Victoria, Uganda.

“We need to empower each and every citizen to take care of the ocean and enable all women to play transformative and ambitious roles in understanding, exploring, protecting and sustainably managing our ocean”, said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, pointing out that this year’s “special edition” of World Oceans Day links the themes of gender equality and ocean preservation.

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09/06/2019

Murals Help Heal Wounds of Bloody Conflict in Guatemala

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8 June 2019 — “The villagers knew that the military kidnapped [indigenous] people and brought them here and tortured them. While alive, they were forced to dig their own graves. Some would be buried in the ground, here, still half alive.” The chilling words of Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez, a member of an indigenous group in Guatemala.

UN Women/Ryan Brown | Detail from the mural at the Center for the Historical Memory of Women in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. (April 2018)
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The horrific picture she paints was the reality experienced by many Guatemalans during the 36-year-long armed conflict between the military and guerilla groups which killed at least 200,000 people in the Central American country, beginning in the early 1960s.
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