Archive for July 25th, 2019

25/07/2019

Control – The Illusion of Individual Freedom

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

24 July 2019 (Wall Street International)*Our societies and our daily life are characterized by the exercise of control in everything that is done. Knowing laws, understanding protocols and their consequences creates capacity to deal with the system. Great allies are found in the digital world. Google is a wealth of information that allows reaching everything, one just needs to know how to type.

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The illusion of freedom
The illusion of freedom (Photo from Wall Street International).
25/07/2019

‘Deadly Environment’ Plus ‘Political and Social’ Obstacles Hinder Ebola Fight in DR Congo, UN Special Representative to Security

Human Wrongs Watch

The problems of eradicating Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are not only medical, but also linked “to a variety of political and social factors”, the head of the UN mission in the country told the Security Council on Wednesday [24 July 2019]*

© UNICEF/UN0229877/Naftalin | A psycho-social worker partnering with UNICEF holds the hands of eight-year-old twin brothers released from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Beni, North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
25/07/2019

The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

Human Wrongs Watch

The 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data and publication “Illuminating Inequalities” released on 11 July 2019 shed light on the number of people experiencing poverty at regional, national and subnational levels, and reveal inequalities across countries and among the poor themselves.*

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25/07/2019

There Are Already More obese than Hungry People,” FAO Chief at the Inauguration of the World Sustainable Urban Food Centre

Human Wrongs Watch

22 July 2019, Valencia (Spain)FAO‘s Director-General José Graziano da Silva urged cities around the world today to redouble their efforts to promote healthier and more sustainable urban diets and food systems to tackle the increasing levels of overweight and obesity.*

Photo from FAO.
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25/07/2019

Privatization Increases Corruption

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jul 23 2019 (IPS)* – International financial institutions (IFIs) have typically imposed wide-ranging policy reforms – called ‘conditionalities’ – in exchange for country governments to secure access to financial assistance.

While IFIs may demand anti-corruption policies, other IFI policy conditionalities, such as the privatization of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), can create new rentier opportunities, undermining government will and capacity to curb corruption.

IMF cure worse than disease?
Statistical analysis of International Monetary Fund (IMF) conditionalities on 141 developing countries from 1982 to 2014 has found that requiring privatization of SOEs has undermined anti-corruption efforts.

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25/07/2019

Switzerland Is the ‘Most Innovative Country’, Followed by Sweden, US, Netherlands and UK – World Intellectual Property Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

The World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO, named Switzerland as the world’s most innovative country on Wednesday [24 July 2019], during the launch of its latest Global Innovation Index, (GII) in the Indian capital New Delhi.

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