Archive for March 12th, 2021

12/03/2021

Corrupting Democracy One Dollar at a Time

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Commodifying Democracy is a Costly Failure in America

Everyday I receive ten to twenty times more appeals for money to support this or that political campaign than I receive any kind of serious substantive statement of explanation or concern.

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Richard Falk

And because this storm has become so deadening, the language of most appeals is nearly always hysterical, wildly exaggerating good or bad marginal developments designed to create a sense of urgency on the part of recipients.

Not only can I not afford to respond to so many appeals, each insisting that the future of the republic is at stake, but the numbing effect is perhaps most disturbing, a kind of Gresham’s Law effect: bad ‘politics’ is driving out ‘good.’

Of course, these is an understandable issue at stake. The proto-fascist Republican, Trumpist side benefits from wealthy transactional donors who give vast sums with expectations of even vaster material gains, poses a challenge.

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12/03/2021

Secrets of the Herodotus Basin – Hidden Wealth of Egypt

Human Wrongs Watch

By Aleksandra Pećinar*

11 March 2021 (Wall Street International)* —The famous Greek historian Herodotus, “the Father of History”, had once characterized Egypt as “a gift of the Nile” due to the country’s dependence on the river.
But could he ever imagined that the triangle of unprecedented importance between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus, representing the current hotspot for energy developments, would be named after him and would become a contemporary gift to Egypt?
Herodotus had once characterized Egypt as "a gift of the Nile"
Herodotus had once characterized Egypt as “a gift of the Nile” | Image from Wall Street International.

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12/03/2021

Humanity’s Penchant to Waste Food Is Trashing the Planet

11 March 2021 (UNEP)* — The next time you pour expired milk down the drain or throw away wilted vegetables, consider how this waste could have been avoided. A new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) finds the world is in the grip of an epidemic of food wastage. In 2019, consumers tossed away nearly a billion tonnes of food or 17 per cent of all the fare they bought.

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That is deeply problematic in a world where 690 million people were undernourished in 2019, a number expected to rise sharply with COVID-19. It’s also bad for the planet. 8-10 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions come from producing food that is ultimately thrown away.

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12/03/2021

‘If You Don’t Feed People, You Feed Conflict’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Conflict drives hunger, and when that turns to famine, that then drives conflict, the UN chief told the Security Council on Thursday 11 March 2021, adding that “if you don’t feed people, you feed conflict”.

©UNICEF/Mohammed Huwais | Five years of conflict In Yemen has displaced 4 million people and left many facing death as widespread hunger stalks the nation.

“When a country or region is gripped by conflict and hunger, they become mutually reinforcing…[and] cannot be resolved separately”, Secretary-General António Guterres said via videoconference to the meeting which focused on how conflict and food security are interlinked.

And when hunger meets inequality, climate shocks, sectarian and ethnic tensions, together with grievances over resources, they then “spark and drive conflict”.

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12/03/2021

Endemic Violence against Women ‘Cannot Be Stopped with a Vaccine’ – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Over the past decade, violence against women has been “endemic in every country and culture”, according to a new study released by the UN health agency on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

UNICEF/Aleksey Filippov | A 15-year-old girl from conflict-affected eastern Ukraine calls helpline after her mother lost her job and her step-father began harassing her
Latest available data from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners revealed that violence against women remains “devastatingly pervasive and starts alarmingly young”.

Some 736 million women – that translates to a third of all women – have been subjected to physical or sexual violence across their lifetimes.

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