Archive for October 7th, 2021


Cotton, a Fabric that Sustains over 100 Million Families Worldwide

Close-up of two hands picking cotton.

Picking cotton in a farmer field school in Mali where FAO developed a programme of pesticide risk reduction and sustainable production. PHOTO:©FAO/Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak

7 October 2021 (United Nations)* — Cotton is one of the most common fabrics in our wardrobes. It is comfortable, hypoallergenic, breathable and durable.

But cotton represents so much more than just a commodity. This natural fabric is a life-changing product worldwide that sustains 28.67 million growers and benefits over 100 million families across 75 countries in 5 continents.

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Rebooting Our Human Future

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hazel Henderson*

Adaptation is required to avoid threats to our life-support and even possible extinction

Humans are facing such a time of multiple changes at all levels
Humans are facing such a time of multiple changes at all levels | Image from Wall Street International Magazine.

5 October 2021 (Wall Street International)*Human evolution, as in all species on Earth, is driven by stress – as all are challenged by continually changing conditions and environments.

Like all species, we humans become habituated to our current situations and cultural norms. Our reactions to change range from outright denial to reluctant acceptance and attempts at adaptation.

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Book Review: ‘The Spoils of War’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mary Kaldor*

A chilling account of how corruption has become institutionalised at the heart of America’s war machine – with consequences for us all

Andrew Cockburn’s book offers a guide to understanding the irrationalities of the US war machine | Al Drago/Pool via CNP/AdMedia/Newscom/Alamy Live News

Andrew Cockburn, ‘The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine’(Verso)

(openDemocracy)* — Why is Joe Biden claiming that America’s ‘forever wars’, have ended? He withdrew 2,500 troops from Afghanistan and allowed the Taliban to take over the country, but the US continues to send drones to kill alleged terrorists in Afghanistan and in large parts of Africa and the Middle East.

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Half of Afghanistan’s under-Five Expected to Suffer Acute Malnutrition 

(UN News)* — An estimated 3.2 million Afghan children under five, are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition by the end of the year, UN agencies on 5 October 2021 warned, adding that without immediate treatment, at least a million are at risk of dying.

© UNICEF/Sayed Bidel | UNICEF officials visit a child friendly space at an IDP settlement in the outskirts of Herat city in Afghanistan.

Acute food insecurity is affecting 14 million people in Afghanistan who are without reliable access to water, food and basic health and nutrition services, following years of conflict and the economic crisis, which has been exacerbated following the Taliban takeover in August.

The alarm was sounded following a two-day visit to the city of Herat by Hervé Ludovic De Lys, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Afghanistan and Mary-Ellen McGroarty, World Food Programme’s (WFP) Afghanistan Representative and Country Director.

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