Archive for November 27th, 2019

27/11/2019

After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vijay Prashad | Peoples Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation’s massive reserves of this crucial mineral.

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27/11/2019

Asia-Pacific – Some Serious Security Challenges

By José Ramos-Horta*

25 November 2019 (Wall Street International)*This is not a hypothetical nightmare scenario. Extreme forms of corruption, impunity, abuse of power, scandalous social inequalities and offensive ostentation, food insecurity, severe malnutrition, hunger, diminishing agricultural lands and extreme water scarcity. Nations will go to war over fresh water and extreme water scarcity will kill hundreds of millions.

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Fresh water | Image from Wall Street International.
27/11/2019

Three Ways to Give Green

Human Wrongs Watch

27 November 2019 (UN Environment)*Depending on where you live, end of the year holidays may be a time to be with family and friends. These traditions often include gift giving.

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From bringing flowers and chocolates to buying gifts for children, family, friends and co-workers, why not think about the environment too when you consider gifts this year?

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27/11/2019

Monsanto Is Not Gandhi: Crimes against Nature and Society Are Not “Satyagraha”

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By Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service*

After a series of 7 public hearings on Bt Brinjal, on February 9 2010, the then minister of state for Environment of the Govt of India announced an indefinite moratorium on introducing Bt brinjal—the first genetically modified food crop that would have been introduced for mass production in India.

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Prof. Vandana Shiva

In June 2019, Monsanto lobbyists announced that farmers will illegally plant Bt Brinjal as a “Satyagraha”.

This is outright criminal action. As Kishore Tiwari, Chair of the Maharashtra Govt commission on agrarian distress has clearly stated, farmers acting on behest of Monsanto are criminals and will be treated as such.

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27/11/2019

US Pardons for Accused War Criminals, Contrary to International Law: UN Human Rights Office

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By UN News*A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the United Nations human rights wing said on Tuesday [19 November 2019].

UN Photo | Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
27/11/2019

More Austerity for Developing Countries: It’s Bad News, and It’s Avoidable

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As the West questions damaging austerity policies, it is becoming the new normal for the rest of the world, risking achievement of sustainable development goals.

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WASHINGTON DC and LONDON, Nov 25 2019 (IPS)*– After years of austerity, a number of Eurozone countries are now considering expansionary fiscal policies. And in the UK, government spending is set to return to levels last seen in the 1970s. But austerity abounds elsewhere in the world, including in some of the poorest countries.

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27/11/2019

Facing the Dark Past – A True History of America

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

26 November 2019 (Wall Street International)*The young German guide’s eyes beamed and a broad smile covered his face as he described how the student movement in West Germany during the 1960s forced the German people to face their past. Students inspired by protests in the United States, protested against what they considered to be the “perpetrator generation”.

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Auswitchtz | Image from Wall Street international.

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