Archive for July 4th, 2020

04/07/2020

Battleground States

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“The time for manufacturing of weapons of war has passed as a viable industry for our nation, despite the way some of our political leadership clings to economies of the past.”
 — Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate in Maine

 

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Fincantieri Marine Group

On 25 June 2020 President Trump’s re-election efforts took him to the “battleground” state of Wisconsin, where he toured the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard. He railed against the Democrats as a scarier enemy than Russia or China.

He also celebrated Wisconsin’s win over domestic enemies like the state of Maine in securing a key shipbuilding project.

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04/07/2020

Youth Mobilize to Support Egypt’s Front-Line Health Workers

Human Wrongs Watch

CAIRO, Egypt (UNFPA)*“Every morning we meet with the intention of packing as many kits as we can, to be delivered to the health workers who are working hard to protect us,” 22-year-old Ammar told UNFPA.

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04/07/2020

Water and Climate Coalition Takes Shape

3 July 2020 (WMO)* — Climate change impacts are affecting water availability and are exacerbating the damages floods and drought cause worldwide. Climate related water action is a key for bringing us back on track to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure access to water and sanitation for all and to sustain a healthy environment.

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WMO hosted a virtual diplomatic briefing on 2 July on plans for a Water and Climate Coalition aimed at building momentum on water and climate action through implementing concrete activities at the national, regional and global levels.

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04/07/2020

Living amid Ruins, Afghans Get Help to Build Shelters

Afghanistan’s shortage of decent and affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges facing millions of displaced and returning refugees. A new project is offering some a solution.  |  Français   |  عربي

5efdd49c1Four-year-old Malali eats bread made by her grandmother, Sadar Bibi. The family returned to Afghanistan after 30 years living as refugees in Pakistan. © UNHCR/Farzana Wahidy

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3 July 2020 (UNHCR)* — Mohammad Daud and his family fled fighting and insecurity in their home area and came to Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan more than eight years ago. But until recently, they still lacked a secure roof over their heads.
04/07/2020

Bolsonaro Vetoes Mandatory Mask Use in Shops, Temples, Schools

As of Friday [3 July 2020] morning, Brazil had reported 1,508,991 COVID-19 cases and 62,304 deaths.

Crosses installed in tribute to the victims of COVID-19, Brasilia, Brazil, June 28.Crosses installed in tribute to the victims of COVID-19, Brasilia, Brazil, June 28. | Photo: EFE

(teleSUR)* —  Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro Friday [3 July 2020] passed a bill on the mandatory use of masks against COVID-19 but vetoed some provisions that required their use in places where people gather such as shops, religious temples, and schools.

The far-right politician, who has always downplayed the importance of physical isolation, argued that wearing masks in such cases “incurs a possible violation of residence” contrary to the Constitution.

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04/07/2020

Brazil: Indigenous Leaders Denounce COVID-19 Risk From Military

“We don’t want to be used as government’s propaganda,” Indigenous leader Parana Yanomami said.

Members of the Yanomami community arrive at a military brigade, Surucucu, Brazil, 2020.Members of the Yanomami community arrive at a military brigade, Surucucu, Brazil, 2020. | Photo: EFE

3 July 2020 (teleSUR)* — Indigenous leaders from the isolated Brazilian Yanomami community complained that a military mission sent to protect them from the coronavirus brought instead a risk of infection to their people through contact with journalists among other outsiders.

Federal prosecutors said they were investigating the visit for ignoring the wishes of Yanomami communities to remain isolated from society, violating rules of social distancing, and distributing chloroquine to Indigenous people.

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