Archive for January 21st, 2020

21/01/2020

Greed Is Driving Us towards Disaster

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Greed Is the Most Deadly of Sins

Greed, in particular the greed of corporations and billionaire oligarchs, is driving human civilization and the biosphere towards disaster.

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21/01/2020

Nearly Half a Billion People Can’t Find Decent Work; Unemployment Set to Rise – International Labour Organization

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Around half a billion people work fewer paid hours than they would like, or are not getting enough access to paid work, shows a study published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Monday [20 January 2020], which also forecasts that unemployment will rise by about 2.5 million this year. (*).

ILO/Marcel Crozet | A construction worker builds a cylindrical metal structure in Yangon, Myanmar.
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21/01/2020

Tobacco Smokers Who Quit at Least Four Weeks Before Undergoing Surgery Have a Lower Risk of Complications – World Health Organization

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Tobacco smokers who quit at least four weeks before undergoing surgery not only have a lower risk of complications, but also show better results six months later than those who continue, the United Nations health agency  said on Monday [20 January 2020]. (*).

OCHA/Rawsht Twana | A man in Shaqlawa, Iraq, sits smoking, waiting for dawn.
21/01/2020

Latin America and Caribbean Region Deadliest for Journalists in 2019

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20 January 2020 (UN News)* —  Twenty-two journalists were reported killed in the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2019, making it the deadliest part of the world for the press, followed by 15 in Asia-Pacific, and 10 in Arab States.

UN Photo/Rick Bajornas | Journalists at the UN (file)

The figures come from the Observatory of Killed Journalists database, which is maintained by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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21/01/2020

United Nations’ Geneva Staff Battles UN Chief over Unequal Pay and Illegal Salary Cuts

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 20 2020 (IPS)* – As the United Nations commemorates its 75th anniversary this year, the financially-crippled Organization is also saddled with a rash of administrative problems, plus an ongoing cash crisis, perhaps one of the worst in history.

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Credit: United Nations

At a town hall meeting with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last month, UN staffers in Geneva, led by the Staff Coordinating Council (SCC), raised several issues, including the impact of the illegal pay cut on incomes, family life, and staff morale, and the growing number of obstacles to career development.

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