Archive for December 26th, 2020

26/12/2020

The Planet’s Problem from Hell: Samantha Power

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

As head of USAID, Power will be in perfect position to wield foreign aid as a cudgel for beating foreign heads of state till they bow to US empire.

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Just when it seemed that Joe Biden’s coming administration couldn’t be more of a horror show, Axios reported  that he’s likely to appoint another monster from the deep, violent know-it-all Samantha Power, to head the US Agency for International Development (USAID). I rescheduled my piece on contact tracing’s potential to further empower the surveillance state for next year’s first Black Agenda Report and instead updated my 2015 piece “Samantha Power: Africa’s Problem from Hell.”

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26/12/2020

Biden’s Cabinet Selections: What’s at Stake?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Marc Pilisuk – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Many of the democratic voters who helped sweep Biden into office are concerned with what will happen during his tenure. The concerns break down into whether Biden who has long been a player in policies that have contributed to inequality, favored a corporate and banking sector and engaged in costly militarism will be significantly changed.

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It is possible that the Biden appointees, and Biden himself will recognize that the past accommodations to neoliberalism have failed in their goals of improving human well being.

It is possible also that they will recognize that widespread public belief in government ability to handle such problems leads many people open to the blaming and excesses of a Trump administration. Appealing as the stability of sane and experienced administration may be, if it fails to address the disillusionment that led to Trump, it will be short lived.

In examining several of Biden’s picks, it is important to view their past records as potential predictors of what they will do, but not as absolute indicators for times are different and some may change. They are easily rated on competence and experience. But how do they rate in the vision needed to transform a culture of death and despair to a culture of life?

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26/12/2020

Make #NotWasting Food a Personal Resolution

How you can avoid food waste no matter the holiday

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Food isn’t the only thing that is wasted when it goes uneaten. All of the resources, money and labour that go into making it are also lost. ©Nito/shutterstock.com

24 December 2020 (FAO)* — All over the world, holidays mean the return of certain specialties: Olivier salad for New Year’s in Russia, Red bean porridge for solstice in Korea, Haleem for Ramadan in India and the Middle East, Mince pies for Christmas in England, Pogača bread for Orthodox Easter, Banana cakes for Lunar New Year in Vietnam.

Whatever the holiday is and wherever in the world it is celebrated, there is usually a type of special food that goes along with it.

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26/12/2020

Indigenous Leaders Want Traditional Knowledge to Be Centrepiece of New Global Biodiversity Framework

Human Wrongs Watch

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Once omitted from biodiversity treaty negotiations, indigenous people now have a say in a landmark global framework expected to be signed by 190 countries

Kalinago-Dominica-IPS-1024x683Members of Dominica’s Kalinago community, the largest indigenous group in the Eastern Caribbean, on a tour with government officials at a recent event in the Kalinago Territory. Courtesy: Alison Kentish

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23 2020 (IPS)* – The picturesque Mahuat River in Dominica is one of 8 communities that make up the Kalinago Territory – a 3,700-acre area on the Caribbean island’s east coast that is home to the Kalinago people, the largest indigenous group in the Eastern Caribbean.

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