Archive for August 13th, 2021

13/08/2021

How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Prevent Environmental Crises

11 August 2021 (UNEP)* — Nemonte Nenquimo has spent years fending off miners, loggers and oil companies intent on developing the Amazon rainforest.

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Photo: UNEP / 09 Aug 2021

The leader of Ecuador’s indigenous Waorani people, she famously fronted a 2019 lawsuit that banned resource extraction on 500,000 acres of her ancestral lands — a court win that gave hope to indigenous communities around the world.

13/08/2021

Canada Is Waging an All-Front Legal War against Indigenous People

By Justin Podur | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Canada is developing a new image: one of burning churches, toppling statues, and mass graves. There are thousands more unmarked graves, thousands more Indigenous children killed at residential schools, remaining to be unearthed. There can be no denying that this is Canada, and it has to change.

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The Canadian Encyclopedia

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13/08/2021

Predicting the Future

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

H.G. Wells

The enormously prolific English writer, Herbert George Wells (1866-1946), who also wrote novels. short stories, history books, biology textbooks, utopias, and so on, has been called “The Shakespeare of Science Fiction”.

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John Scales Avery

During his writing career, he made a number of predictions about the future, many of which were astonishingly accurate.

He foresaw the advent of aircraft, tanks, space travel, nuclear weapons, satellite television and something resembling the World Wide Web.

George Orwell and Aldous Huxley

George Orwell’s famous dystopian book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, warned the world of the dangers of totalitarianism. In Orwell’s book, people are terrorized into submission. Orwell had Stalinist Russia in mind when he wrote the book, but sadly, it seems to describe the situation in a large number of countries today.

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13/08/2021

Spyware: Human Rights Experts Push for Moratorium on the Sale of Surveillance Technology

(UN News)* — A group of UN-appointed experts on 12 August 2021 called for a moratorium on the sale of surveillance technology, warning against the danger of allowing the sector to operate as “a human rights-free zone.” 

World Bank/Simone D. McCourtie | A person browsing through social media on their laptop computer (content blurred to protect privacy).
 
Their recommendation comes in the wake of the Pegasus spyware scandal targeting hundreds of journalists, activists and politicians.

 

13/08/2021

Youth Must Be Included in Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

(UN News)* — With 40 per cent of the global population under 25, the international community has a special responsibility to ensure young people can share their perspectives and concerns about existential threats to current and future generations, UN disarmament chief Izumi Nakamitsu on 12 August 2021 said.

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs | File photo of UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu (centre) meeting young people in Japan at an event focused on the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and the establishment of the UN
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Her comments came in a video message to a special session of the UN Conference on Disarmament, held in Geneva, to mark International Youth Day

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