Archive for April 17th, 2020

17/04/2020

Social Distancing in a Japanese Garden

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alma Reyes*

Nature beckons during a global pandemic

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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.      (Henry David Thoreau)

16 April 2020 (Wall Street International)* — At the time of this writing, the world is trying desperately, and in some levels, chaotically, fighting an incomprehensible contagion, the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

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17/04/2020

USA and France Dramatically Increase Major Arms Exports; Saudi Arabia Is Largest Arms Importer – SIPRI

Human Wrongs Watch

Stockholm, March 2020 (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute – SIPRI)* — International transfers of major arms during the five-year period 2015–19 increased by 5.5 per cent compared with 2010–14.

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According to new data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), the largest exporters of arms during the past five years were the United States, Russia, France, Germany and China. The new data shows that the flow of arms to the Middle East has increased, with Saudi Arabia clearly being the world’s largest importer.

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17/04/2020

As US Unemployment Hits a Staggering 22 Million, Will UN Layoffs Be Far Behind?

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 17 2020 (IPS)* – The deadly coronavirus COVID-19, which has shut down the UN secretariat in New York, along with 32 of its agencies globally, has forced over 37,500 UN staffers worldwide to work from their homes.

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Asked about a decision to re-open the Secretariat building after nearly a month-long hiatus, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: “I don’t know. I think, some experts have said, it’s the virus that will decide.”

Still, there are several other lingering questions which remain unanswered– specifically against the backdrop of a severe new cash crisis threatening the survival of the UN and aggravated by a global economic meltdown.

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17/04/2020

Refugees Offer Medical Experience to Help Tackle Coronavirus Crisis in France

Human Wrongs Watch

By Celine Schmitt and Rachel Jenkins in Paris

Doctors from Libya and Somalia are among refugee medics joining the battle to fight COVID-19 and save lives.  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Refugees use medical experience to help tackle COVID-19 crisis in FranceSomali medic Yasin translates documents for asylum seekers on lockdown in France.  © UNHCR/admin

14 April 2020 (UNHCR)* –The COVID-19 crisis has sparked an outpouring of solidarity from people around the world and that includes refugees, keen to help in the countries where they now live.

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17/04/2020

Can the Pandemic Sound the Alarm on Climate Change?

Image of heat wave in Seoul illustrating global warming
A view of a building in Seoul during a summer heat wave.

I am a professor of biology at the University of West Attica in Greece, and a volunteer at Greenpeace. Given the tremendous impact of this pandemic on people’s lives combined with the fact that many experts believe that global heating and other environmental disturbances could facilitate the development of more novel viruses such as COVID-19, I would like to explain how climate change relates to the transmission and spread of infectious diseases.

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