Archive for June, 2020

30/06/2020

Suicidal Empire

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Winston Churchill told the Peel Commission  in 1937:

“I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher-grade race, a more worldly-wise race… has come in and taken their place”.  

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30/06/2020

Warning – You May Be Having a Private Conversation with Satan

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

27 June 2020 (Wall Street International)*  —  When making an online purchase, any reputable website will require a secure HTTPS connection before requesting payment information and completing the transaction. This is the method used by browsers and websites to securely exchange sensitive data. Its underlying encryption uses digital certificates and strong encryption to create a secure tunnel between a web browser and a web server.

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HTTPS doesn’t mean a site is trustable
HTTPS doesn’t mean a site is trustable | Image from Wall Street International.
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29/06/2020

The Human Cost of Oil: How Indigenous and Ethnic Minorities Bear the Brunt of Disasters

28 June 2020 (Greenpeace International)* — Last month, Russia suffered one of the worst environmental disasters in its history when an oil spill at the Nornickel plant spewed thousands of tonnes of oil into land and water in Taimyr, Siberia, turning the Ambarnaya River red. It is possibly second in scale only to the 1994 Komi pipeline spill, which was by some estimates over eight times bigger in volume than the Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989.

oil spill at the Nornickel plant spewed thousands of tonnes of oil into land and water in Taimyr, Siberia, turning the Ambarnaya River red

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29/06/2020

Indigenous Farmers Harvest Water with Small Dams in Peru’s Andes Highlands

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AYACUCHO, Peru, Jun 29 2020 (IPS)* – A communally built small dam at almost 3,500 meters above sea level supplies water to small-scale farmer Cristina Azpur and her two young daughters in Peru’s Andes highlands, where they face water shortages exacerbated by climate change. | En español

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Local residents of Churia, a village of some 25 families at more than 3,100 meters above sea level in the highlands of the Peruvian department of Ayacucho, are building simple dikes to fill ponds with water to irrigate their crops, water their animals and consume at home. CREDIT: Courtesy of Huñuc Mayu

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29/06/2020

Time to Scale Up and Support Africa’s Great Green Wall

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FAO Director-General outlines the path to restore 100 million hectares from Dakar to Djibouti by 2030

Photo: ©Benedicte Kurzen/NOOR for FAOA tree nursery in Senegal.

Rome (FAO)*It is time for coordination and renewed support for the Great Green Wall, Africa’s landmark sustainable development programme, FAO Director-General QU Dongyu on 25 June 2020 stressed.

“We have to promote sustainable eco-economies. Restoration and associated livelihood benefits must be scaled up,” Qu said to heads of United Nations agencies and other multilateral entities at a round table on how to roll out a project that spans 8,000 kilometers and aims to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes by 2030.

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29/06/2020

UK Solidarity Campaign Calls for Nobel Peace Price for Cuban Doctors

Human Wrongs Watch

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Cuba has sent doctors and nurses to over 21 nations across the world including South Africa, Italy, Honduras, Cape Verde, Suriname, and across the Caribbean.

The Henry Reeve International Contingents, specialized in disaster situations and epidemics, are made up of doctors, nurses, and specialists.The Henry Reeve International Contingents, specialized in disaster situations and epidemics, are made up of doctors, nurses, and specialists. | Photo: CSC

29/06/2020

Supporting Nepal’s Migrants, as Overseas Work Dries Up

A project run by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, IFAD, which was already in place before the pandemic, developing enterprises in rural areas of Nepal, is now providing a range of services for migrants, forced to return home.
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These include repatriation for workers stranded overseas, matching job-seekers with available jobs within the country, helping them to find other income-generating activities, and providing technical and vocational training.

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29/06/2020

Violence, Corruption, and False Promises: Conservation and the Baka in Cameroon

  • Human Wrongs Watch

  • 28 June 2020 (IWGIA)* — Spending time with the Baka, as we have both done over several years, is a humbling experience. This group of over 40,000 spread between the forests of Cameroon, the Republic of Congo and Gabon, practice hunting and foraging as a traditional livelihood. Through their long history in the Congo Basin they have accumulated and passed on extensive ecological knowledge and sophisticated cultural mechanisms of egalitarianism, sharing and human-nature conviviality.
Despite (or because of) this rich cultural heritage, the Baka, and hunter-gatherers around the world, have consistently been forced into categories of ‘primitive’ and ‘uncultured’ by neighbouring agriculturalist communities, national governments and some international actors.
28/06/2020

Malthus Revisited

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The excessive weight that our total human population and economy have imposed on the global environment

Global environment
Global environment | Image from Wall Street International.

Our total human population and economy have imposed on the global environment an excessive weight.

Malthus’ Essay on the principle of population

27 June 2020 (Wall Street International)* — T.R. Malthus’ Essay on the principle of population, the first edition of which was published in 1798, was one of the first systematic studies of the problem of population in relation to resources. Earlier discussions of the problem had been published by Botero in Italy, Robert Wallace in England, and Benjamin Franklin in America.

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28/06/2020

You Can’t Understand the World without Learning about Empire

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sanjay Seth, Francisco Carballo, and David Martin*

As academics, we teach about empire, slavery and colonialism because without them, the world makes no sense.
The Rhodes Must Fall campaign in Oxford, UK – 9 Jun 2020 | SOPA Images/SIPA USA/PA Images

27 June 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Observing the protests against racism in the streets of the US, UK, Australia and elsewhere feels like watching not only a mass movement, but also a classroom, crackling with intellectual energy.

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