Archive for December 15th, 2020

15/12/2020

People, Planet on ‘Collision Course’

Human Wrongs Watch

15 December 2020 (UN News)*Countries must redesign their development pathways to reduce pressures exerted on the environment and the natural world, or risk stalling humanity’s progress, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has cautioned.

UNICEF/Oliver Asselin | A girl carries a basket of fruits through a flooded street in Cotonou, a large port city in Benin.

While the coronavirus pandemic is the latest crisis facing the world, but unless humans “release their grip on nature”, it won’t be the last, the agency said in its latest edition of the Human Development Report, entitled The Next Frontier, released on Tuesday [15 December 2020].

“Humans wield more power over the planet than ever before. In the wake of COVID-19, record-breaking temperatures and spiraling inequality, it is time to use that power to redefine what we mean by progress, where our carbon and consumption footprints are no longer hidden,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.

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15/12/2020

Drop in Remittances -A Financial Lifeline for 800 Million People- Could Impact Financial Stability of Numerous Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

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UNITED NATIONS, Dec 9 2020 (IPS)* – On Dec. 2 Gabriel Arias, 42, left a Washington Heights, New York, money transfer agency after sending money home to the Dominican Republic. For the past eight years, every fortnight he would come to this branch at 171st street after getting paid from his construction job. But things are different this year and he worries about his family back home.

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A landmark United Nations report is calling on governments to declare remittance transfer an essential service. Photo by Christine Roy on Unsplash

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15/12/2020

Saudi Arabia: Migrants Held in Inhuman, Degrading Conditions

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Detained Migrants Allege Torture, Killing in Detention, Fears of Covid-19

15/12/2020

It’s 2020. What Would YOU Do?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The year is drawing to a close, memorable for its unrelenting spotlight on coronavirus.  Reflecting on the past 12 months, imagine what you would do if you were in a position of great power and influence.  Two scenarios are offered, each with different underlying goals.

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Marilyn Langlois

The Global Power Elite scenario is geared toward protecting the right of the super-rich to continue amassing ever more riches, and the One Earth Family scenario is aimed at ensuring every human being can live in dignity and harmony with the earth.  I’ll start this exercise; then it’s your turn.

Global Power Elite Scenario

The Global Power Elite[i] described by Peter Phillips include many of the world’s wealthiest and well-connected people in high finance, mega-corporations, information technology, intelligence agencies, public relations, media, academia and politics, in other words, the 0.01%. 

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15/12/2020

Migrants Earn Much Less than Locals, and the Gap Is Widening – International Labour Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

Migrants earn nearly 13 per cent less than national workers, an ILO study shows. In some countries, the gap is as much as 42 per cent.

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GENEVA, 14 December 2020 (ILO)* – Migrants earn nearly 13 per cent on average less than national workers in high-income countries, according to a new International Labour Organization (ILO) report.

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