Archive for December 29th, 2020


Madmen and Economists

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Anyone who believes in indefinite growth in anything physical, on a physically finite planet, is either mad or an economist.”
— Kenneth E. Boulding (1910-1993)

Why Are Economists Addicted to Growth?


John Scales Avery

Economists (with a few notable exceptions) have long behaved as though growth were synonymous with economic health.

If the gross national product of a country increases steadily by 4 percent per year, most economists express approval and say that the economy is healthy. If the economy could be made to grow still faster (they maintain), it would be still healthier. If the growth rate should fall, economic illness would be diagnosed.

However, it is obvious that on a finite Earth, neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely.

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The Virus That Shut Down the World: The Plight of Refugees and Migrants

© UNICEF/Canaj Magnum Photos | A 33-year-old man from Afghanistan, pictured with his family on the Greek island of Lesvos, is hoping to be relocated to Germany.
29 December 2020 (UN News)*In part four of our review of the global impact of COVID-19, UN News considers the new challenges faced by refugees and migrants during 2020; from a heightened risk of catching the COVID-19 virus in crowded camps, to being stranded due to travel restrictions, and becoming the targets of criminal gangs.

India’s Pandemic of Violence against Women

28 December 2020 (UN News)*An increase in violence against women in India during the global COVID-19 outbreak has been described by the United Nations as a “shadow pandemic”.
UNDP | UN officials say that gender-based violence is a “shadow pandemic,” hidden beneath COVID-19.

Many women, who have been forced to stay at home due to lockdown measures, have been cut off from support services and have suffered at the hands of abusive partners.

In Assam, in tea-growing country in the northeast of India, women are now getting help from groups supported by the UN.

Read More e here about how women are empowering themselves to confront gender-based violence.
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