Archive for October, 2020

29/10/2020

‘COVID-19 Has Brought into Sharp Focus the Importance of Close-Knit Communities’, Re-Shaped Urban Life around the World

UN-Habitat/Kirsten Milhahn | A residential building in Nairobi, Kenya. According to UN estimates, by 2050 about 68 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
29 October 2020 (UN News)* — Top UN officials have highlighted the “extraordinary” contributions of grassroots communities in towns and cities across the world in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, and urged that their unique efforts be built on, during recovery.
28/10/2020

No Country Should Be Forced to Choose between Paying Back Debts or Providing Health Care

Human Wrongs Watch

By OXFAM*

Over the past months, we’ve seen some of the richest countries in the world struggle with the effects of Covid-19 and the health and economic emergency it has brought in its wake. But at least they have the resources to cushion the blows, while poor countries face these huge threats with few resources.

Head nurse Sibongile, 29, assists Viola, 22 with her birthMany countries are burdened with massive amounts of debt owed to richer countries, private banks and multilateral institutions. This has constrained their governments from being able to free up resources to spend on public prevention and response. Photo: Aurelie Marrier D’Unienville/Oxfam
28/10/2020

2020: America’s Déjà Vu?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martha R. Bireda*

Will we as a nation remain submerged in the racism that characterized 1920 America?

Protester against racism
Protester against racism | Image from Wall Street International.

26 October 2020 (Wall Street International)*There are amazing and almost eerie parallels between where America finds itself in 2020 and where the nation was a century ago. In 1920, one hundred years ago, America was in the midst of a pandemic, racial conflict, and a contentious presidential election.

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28/10/2020

The Next President Should Protect Human Rights in the US and End Abuses

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

10 Key Issues that Demand the Administration’s Immediate Attention

27 October 2020 – Whoever wins the November 3 presidential election has an opportunity  – and a responsibility – to help the United States move forward by making human rights a priority in the next administration.

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28/10/2020

Yemeni Children Suffer Record Rates of Acute Malnutrition, Putting ‘Entire Generation’ at Risk 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Yemeni children are suffering acute malnutrition at unprecedented rates as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis grinds on and funding falls far short of what is needed to offset the effects of conflict and  economic collapse, UN agencies said in a statement on Tuesday [27 October 2020].

© WFP/Alaa Noman | A mother visits a health centre in Yemen to seek treatment for her youngest daughter (red hat) who is suffering from malnutrition.

New analysis from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), the global standard for gauging food insecurity, revealed that in some areas more than one in four children were acutely malnourished.

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27/10/2020

Using Traditional and Indigenous Food Resources to Combat Years of Successive Drought

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6105567087_c975a8347f_cSorghum and millet are helping farmers adapt to a warming climate that has seen the third successive year of drought and low rainfall across Zimbabwe. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS

27 October 2020 (IPS)* — As the coronavirus pandemic has led to decreased incomes and increased food prices across the southern African nation — it is estimated that more than 8 million Zimbabweans will need food aid until the next harvest season in March — Sibanda’s utilisation of traditional and indigenous food resources could provide a solution to food security here.

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27/10/2020

Artificial Intelligence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

The ultimate geopolitical game-changer: one AI to rule them all

Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence | Image from Wall Street International.

27 October 2020 (Wall Street International)*  —  The huge Covid-19 storm is undoubtedly still at its peak since it appeared at the beginning of 2020. The full economic, social and also technological effects are not totally visible yet (although we can enumerate some of them at least in the IT field such as the enforcement of remote distance learning/working, the huge expansion of streaming services, deep corona fakes, stronger phishing and malware campaigns, the new 5G network, etc..) but in any case, they will be tremendous.

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27/10/2020

Millions of Used Vehicles Exported from Europe, US and Japan to Developing World Are of Poor Quality, Contributing Significantly to Air Pollution …

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Nairobi, 26 October 2020 (UNEP)* — Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the United States and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, contributing significantly to air pollution and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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The report shows that between 2015 and 2018, 14 million used light-duty vehicles were exported worldwide. Some 80 per cent went to low- and middle-income countries, with more than half going to Africa.

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26/10/2020

Climate Change Increasingly Threatens Human Health, Food and Water Security and Socio-Economic Development in Africa

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Multi-agency report highlights the current and future state of the climate in Africa

26 October 2020 (WMO)*Increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security and socio-economic development in Africa, according to a new report devoted exclusively to the continent.

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26/10/2020

A Critical U.S. Election

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why the 2020 Election Is So Important

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John Scales Avery

Here is a quotation from Bernie Sanders:

Donald Trump is a pathological liar. According to documented reports he has told more than 20,000 lies and distortions since he has been president. This is, obviously, deeply disturbing behavior for anyone who is president of the United States.

But what is even more disturbing is that Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy. In other words, he does not intend to accept the results of the election if he loses and leave office voluntarily. This is not just a constitutional crisis. This is a threat to everything this country stands for.

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