Archive for May 13th, 2020

13/05/2020

The Post Pandemic Pandemic – Can We Survive One More?

Human Wrongs Watch

10 May 2020 (Wall Street International)*When the extreme contagion is over, when we have a vaccine or an effective treatment, when we can safely emerge from our individual cocoons, there will be another pandemic waiting for us. 
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COVID2 pandemic | Image from Wall Street International.

As with the rampant physical illness currently ravaging our individual and community health, this new pandemic will affect everyone in ways that can be more debilitating and longlasting than the physical danger of the virus.

And it is also contagious in many cases.

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13/05/2020

Covid-19 Fueling Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia Worldwide

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By Human Rights Watch*

13/05/2020

Trump Must Be Defeated!

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Trump Threatens the Future of Human Civilization

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John Scales Avery

There is so much wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to start.

He is a bully, braggart, narcissist, racist, misogynist, habitual liar, and tax evader, in addition to being demonstrably ignorant. He has contempt for both domestic and international law, as well as for the US Constitution.

However, it is Trump’s climate change denial, withdrawal from the Paris agreement, and sponsorship of fossil fuels that pose the greatest threats to the future of human society and the biosphere.

The general support of the Republican Party for the fossil fuel industry is the reason why Prof. Noam Chomsky has called the party “the most dangerous organization in history”.

Trump’s Climate Change Denial

In a recent article, climate expert Dr. Andrew Glickson wrote:

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13/05/2020

‘Passing the Buck’ Becomes Reckless ‘Conspiracy Blame Game’

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SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 2020 (IPS) – Although Wuhan local authorities undoubtedly ostracized local medical whistle-blowers, notably Dr Li Wenliang, who suspected a new virus was responsible for flu-like infections in Wuhan in late 2019, official responses were apparently not delayed, and possibly even expedited, as the novel character of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for Covid-19 infections, was not immediately self-evident.

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Street checkpoint in Wuhan, China. Credit: UNV

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13/05/2020

Five Things You Should Know about an Age-Old Pest: the Desert Locust

11 May 2020 (FAO)* — Desert Locust upsurges aren’t a new phenomenon. Locusts are one of the oldest migratory pests in the world and have wreaked havoc on crops across the globe for centuries. When huge swarms infest many countries and spread across several regions or continents, it becomes a plague. A plague of Desert Locusts, the most destructive locust species of all, can easily affect 20 percent of the Earth’s land, potentially damaging the livelihoods of one tenth of the world’s population and seriously affecting food security.

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So, what are the main things to know about Desert Locusts?

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13/05/2020

This Health Crisis Is “Quickly Becoming a Child Rights Crisis”; Without Urgent Action, a Further 6,000 Under-Fives Could Die… Each Day – UNICEF

© UNICEF/Frank Dejongh | Nurses are wearing masks and gloves to protect against the Coronavirus, in the health center of Port Bouet, a suburb of Abidjan, in the South of Côte d’Ivoire.
With a dramatic increase in the costs of supplies, shipment and care, the agency appeal is up from a $651.6 million request made in late March – reflecting the devastating socioeconomic consequences of the disease and families’ rising needs.
13/05/2020

Universal Basic Income the Right Prescription for Latin America and the Caribbean – New UN Report

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) unveiled on Tuesday [12 May 2020], proposes that governments ensure immediate temporary cash transfers to help millions of people struggling to meet basic needs, as the massive fallout from COVID-19 ripples across the region’s economies.

© FAO/Max Valencia | The Lo Valledor main wholesale market, in Chile, pictured during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive-Secretary Alecia Bárcena – launching the “The Social Challenge in Times of COVID-19” report, at a virtual press conference in Santiago, Chile – said these transfers should then be made permanent and extend to those who are at risk of being caught in the poverty trap. Such a step would pave the way towards a universal basic income, guaranteeing the basic right to survival, she said.

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