Archive for January 7th, 2021

07/01/2021

The Face of Things to Come

Human Wrongs Watch

By Walden Bello*

The storming of Capitol shows America has entered the Weimar Era

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The storming of Capitol Hill | Image from Wall Street International.

7 January 2021 (Wall Street International)* — By mid-February 2021, American deaths from Covid-19 may well surpass the country’s 405,400 deaths during the Second World War.

By around mid-May, more Americans will have died from Covid-19 than during the Civil War, which killed 655,000, and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, when 675,000 are estimated to have perished.

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07/01/2021

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine a Potential Biological Weapon in Reverse?

Human Wrongs Watch

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Meanwhile,” the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the already dire humanitarian and socio-economic situation” Secretary-General António Guterres said at a meeting online last November, marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

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Patients arrive at a health centre in Gaza. Credit: UNRWA

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 7 2021 (IPS)* – If the coronavirus is not deemed a biological weapon, is the heavily-publicized Covid-19 vaccine in danger of being weaponized when over 159,000 Palestinians who have tested positive in Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) are being denied treatment during a deadly pandemic?

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) says Israel’s vaccine roll-out plan excludes the nearly 5 million Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Israeli military occupation.

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07/01/2021

2020: The Year That Was

‘Lockdown’ was declared by Collins Dictionary as the Word of the Year for 2020.

Looking back, the world will remember 2020 as the year that disrupted our present-day lives: most of us were locked up for months and doing everything from home, unable to see and be with friends and loved ones, when everyone wore masks, scrubbed our hands with soap or alcohol, and practiced social distancing. Many felt worried and anxious about the uncertainties that came with lockdown living. 

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Australia’s bushfires. © Kiran Ridley / Greenpeace

But amidst a raging pandemic, humanity was not spared from a much bigger threat. While some were feeling safe and secure in their homes, thousands of people were fighting for their survival against a raging climate.

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07/01/2021

Liberee’s Story: Genocide Survivor Now Works for World Food Programme as a Monitor Helping Burundian Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Livia Hengel*

As a child, she received emergency nutritional support from the World Food Programme where she is now a monitor helping Burundian refugees
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Liberee Kayumba’s traumatic experience during the genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda inspired her to make a difference in the lives of others. Photo: WFP/Jonathan Eng

Liberee Kayumba, a survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, has seen the horrors of war first-hand. She was only 12 years old when she lost her parents and brothers in the genocide – a trauma that was further compounded by the immediate risk of starvation.

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07/01/2021

Record-Breaking 2020 Ozone Hole Closes after an Exceptional Season Due to Occurring Meteorological Conditions, and the Continued Presence of Ozone Depleting Substances in the Atmosphere

Human Wrongs Watch

6 January 2021 (WMO)* —  The record-breaking 2020 Antarctic ozone hole finally closed at the end of December after an exceptional season due to naturally occurring meteorological conditions and the continued presence of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere.

The 2020 Antarctic ozone hole grew rapidly from mid-August and peaked at around 24.8 million square kilometres on 20 September 2020, spreading over most of the Antarctic continent.

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