Archive for June 19th, 2020

19/06/2020

The Police May Pull the Trigger, but It’s the System That Kills

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Fifty years ago this year, I published my first book, entitled Rebels in Eden – an exploration of mass political violence in America focusing on the uprisings that had by then incinerated substantial portions of the inner city communities of Los Angeles, New York, Newark, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington, as well as scores of smaller towns and cities.[i]

Richard Rubenstein, ICAR

Richard E. Rubenstein

Those riots were far more destructive than anything experienced in the protests following the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery by police and ex-police officers.

The sixties uprisings killed several hundred people (almost all Black civilians), injured more than 12,000, and caused billions of dollars in property damage.

What Hasn’t Changed

Rebels in Eden was reviewed in popular journals like TIME and Newsweek and was widely read, along with a small flood of similar publications. But, what difference did any of this make?

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19/06/2020

Bangladesh Coal Plants Threaten World’s Largest Mangrove Forest

19/06/2020

We Should Not Aim to Return to Normal

Human Wrongs Watch

BANGKOK, Thailand, Jun 18 2020 (IPS)* – The world before COVID-19 looks very attractive right now. In light of the disease, mass unemployment and social distancing, a return to pre-pandemic normality seems appealing. Yet we should remember what normal was.

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Credit: Marcin Jozwiak on Unsplash

Normal was obtaining 85 per cent of our energy fossil fuels and losing 7 million people a year to air pollution. Normal was careening toward a global temperature rise of over 3.5 C by the end of the century, with island nations facing obliteration. Normal was 1 in 8 species threatened with extinction, continued squeezing of wild spaces into smaller and smaller corners, and the rampant illegal trade in wildlife.

Normal contributed to causing this pandemic.

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19/06/2020

Climate Alarm After Unusual Record Heat Wave in Siberia

Human Wrongs Watch

Unusually high temperatures in Siberia region linked to wildfires, oil spill and moth swarms.

A map showing places warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May than the long-term average. A map showing places warmer (red) or cooler (blue) in May than the long-term average. | Photo: Nasa

(teleSUR)* — A prolonged heatwave in Siberia is “undoubtedly alarming,” climate scientists said Thursday [18 June 2020].

In May, surface temperatures in parts of Siberia were up to 10 degrees C above average, according to the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).

Martin Stendel, of the Danish Meteorological Institute, said the abnormal May temperatures seen in north-west Siberia would be likely to happen just once in 100,000 years without human-caused global heating.

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19/06/2020

Each Year, Half of World’s Children – around One Billion – Are Victims of Physical, Sexual or Psychological Violence as Countries Fail to Protect Them

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Each year, half of the world’s children – around one billion youngsters – are affected by physical, sexual or psychological violence because countries fail to follow established strategies to protect them, according to a new UN report issued Thursday [18 June 2020].

© UNICEF/Anush Babajanyan | A five-year-old girl plays in her family’s apartment in Kazakhstan, where UNICEF is working to eliminate domestic violence through home visits.

The Global Status Report on Preventing Violence Against Children 2020 – the first of its kind – charts progress in 155 countries against the “INSPIRE” framework, a set of seven strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children.

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