Archive for July 21st, 2019

21/07/2019

Ménage à Trois – United States, China and Russia in a Dispute for World Supremacy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Ayala*

21 July 2019  (Wall Street International)*  – The rivalry between the great powers is best appreciated by examining them based on their respective power and in relation to how their political or moral actions are evaluated at the international level.

G20 Osaka Summit 2019
G20 Osaka Summit 2019 (Photo from Wall Street International).

What is considered good, ethical or morally acceptable may be so for some, but not necessarily for others, and this is influenced by diverse factors, including cultural ones, in the way of conceiving societies as well as the international order.
21/07/2019

Trade Negotiations and the Triple Trouble for Health and the NHS

Human Wrongs Watch

By Meri Koivusalo*

On Monday [22 July 2019], the British parliament will debate whether the NHS [UK’s National Haelth System] should be included in US trade talks. Here’s how to decode the reassuring words we’ll no doubt hear from government.

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Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, pictured in 2017. | Flickr/The White House, public domain license.

18 July 2019 (openDemocracy)*Boris Johnson promises if he becomes Prime Minister next week he’ll fly out at the earliest opportunity to seal a “trade deal” with the United States.

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21/07/2019

Heatwaves: Urgent Action Needed to Tackle Climate Change’s “Silent Killer”

New York (IFRC)*  – A new resource launched on 16 July 2019 in New York will help cities prepare for heatwaves – extreme weather events that are among the world’s deadliest types of natural hazard.

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Red Cross urges public to check on neighbours as Europe braces for heatwave ” Photo from IFRC.

Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, the President of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Francesco Rocca, said: “Heatwaves are one of the deadliest natural hazards facing humanity, and the threat they pose will only become more serious and more widespread as the climate crisis continues

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21/07/2019

Half of Venezuelans on the Move Face High Risks in Their Journey to Safety

Human Wrongs Watch

By Olga Sarrado Mur in Maicao, Colombia*

A UNHCR survey finds that half of Venezuelans who have fled are particularly vulnerable due to their age, health issues, or the choices they had to make to survive.  |  Español

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Domingo, 72, a former university librarian from Venezuela, stands outside a temporary shelter near Colombia’s northern La Guajira region. © UNHCR/Olga Sarrado Mur

Without power, her mother Carolina* could no longer play Adrianna the music or TV shows she had long relied on to soothe her.

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21/07/2019

‘Severe Drought Has Rendered over a Third of Rural Households in Zimbabwe – around 3.5 Million People – Dangerously Food Insecure’

Human Wrongs Watch

Severe drought has rendered more than a third of rural households in Zimbabwe – or around 3.5 million people – dangerously food insecure, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) on 19 July 2019 revealed.

WFP/Deborah Nguyen | The World Food Programme (WFP) speeds up food distributions in the cyclone-ravished city of Beira, Mozambique.

Citing the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee’s recently concluded Rural Livelihood Assessment, WFP Spokesperson Herve Verhoosel, said that the situation was likely to last from now until September with a further deterioration into December that will widen the impact to more than 4.7 million people.

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