Archive for February 7th, 2020

07/02/2020

Climate Crisis: Antarctic Continent Posts Record Temperature Reading of 18.3°C

Human Wrongs Watch

7 February 2020 (UN News)*Fresh fears of accelerating damage to the planet’s ice sheets and sea level rise have been fuelled by confirmation from the UN’s weather agency that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday [6 February 2020].

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe | Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica.

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07/02/2020

Who Will Defend the Defenseless?

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By Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Throughout Israel’s existence its various governments have regarded members of Israel’s Bedouin population as undesirable citizens: after initially expelling most of them from the country, the state concentrated those that remained in the Sayag area and after that in townships.

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Amos Gvirtz

In 1948, most of the Bedouin who lived in the Negev were deported in the “heat of the battle” during the War of Independence. Deportations continued until 1959.

After the establishment of the state, military rule was imposed on the Bedouin, as on all other Palestinian Israeli citizens.

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07/02/2020

Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

I would like to announce the publication of a book, which deals with the world’s failure to adequately address the existential danger of catastrophic climate change.

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John Scales Avery

The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although a considerable amount of new material has been added. It can be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link:

http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Climate-Change-Means-Lifestyle-Change-John-Scales-Avery.pdf

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07/02/2020

World’s Young Activists at War: First, Occupy Wall Street, Next Un-Occupy Palestine

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UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 2020 (IPS)* – The world’s young activists, numbering over 3.8 billion, are on the war path.

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Credit: Amnesty International

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The rising new socialist movements—which included “Black Lives Matter,” “Occupy Wall Street” “Un-Occupy Palestine” and “the #Me Too Movement” triggering women’s marches— were aimed at battling racism, institutionalized inequalities, political repression and sexual harassment.

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07/02/2020

Syria: ‘Massive Waves of Civilian Displacement and Loss of Civilian Life’ Must Stop Now’: UN Special Envoy

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*Air and ground strikes in the region of Idlib, northwest Syria, are causing “massive waves of civilian displacement and major loss of civilian life”, causing unacceptable human suffering which must stop now, Geir Pedersen, the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told the Security Council on Thursday [6 February 2020].

UNOCHA | Children pose outside a tent in a camp for displaced people in Idlib, northern Syria.
07/02/2020

Half of All Violent Deaths Involve Small Arms and Light Weapons

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One billion small arms in circulation worldwide

UN Photo/Ky Chung | A UN peacekeeper with firearms collected from militias in Côte d’Ivoire.

5 February 2020 (UN News)* — Nearly 50 per cent of all violent deaths between 2010 and 2015, more than 200,000 each year, involved small arms and light weapons, the Security Council was told on Tuesday [5 February 2020], during a briefing by UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu.

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