Archive for November 11th, 2021

11/11/2021

Landmine Casualties ‘Exceptionally High’, Syria and Afghanistan Worst-Hit

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Global casualties from anti-personnel landmines were “exceptionally high” last year, with Syrians and Afghans worst-hit, a UN-backed civil society report said on Wednesday 10 November 2021.

ICBL/Gwenn Dubourthoumieu | A 33-year old landmine survivor tries on a new prosthesis at the fitting and rehabilitation centre in Kabalaye, Chad.
According to Landmine Monitor 2021, the number of victims rose by 20 per cent in 2020 compared with the previous 12 months, the result of “increased armed conflict and contamination” of land with improvised mines.

Victims in 50+ countries

In total, more than 7,000 people were killed or injured in 54 countries and areas, while Myanmar was the only State where it was confirmed that the weapons have been used in the last 16 months – as they have been since reporting began in 1999 – the Landmine Monitor said.

11/11/2021

‘Resolve Intolerable Belarus-Poland Border Migrant Crisis’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN Human Rights High Commissioner has urged Belarus and Poland to urgently resolve the burgeoning migrant crisis on their mutual border, where thousands of people have gathered in an attempt to enter the European Union (EU).

UN Photo/Laura Jarriel | United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet (file).

In a statement on Wednesday 10 November 2021, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet said she was appalled that large numbers of migrants and refugees continue to be left in a desperate situation in near-freezing temperatures.

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11/11/2021

Climate Change Increases Threats in South West Pacific

Glasgow, 10 November 2021 (WMO)* – Sea surface temperatures and ocean heat in parts of the South-West Pacific are increasing at more than three times the global average rate, with marine heatwaves bleaching once vibrant coral reefs and threatening vital ecosystems upon which the region depends.

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11/11/2021

‘West of The Nile and Around The Sudd’

Human Wrongs Watch

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THE HAGUE, The Netherlands, Nov 9 2021 (IPS)* – Tensions and hostilities persisted until early 2019, when the regime of Omar al-Bashir – to a large extent symbolized by oppressing minority groups in the Darfurs, Blue Nile state and South Kordofan – finally ended.

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The author on the road between Dilling and Kadugli, the capital of South Kordofan in February 1999.

Meanwhile, many inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains and other parts of South Kordofan, had escaped to South Sudan, which had become independent in 2011.

There, they found, however, a country with even more interethnic strains and assaults, resulting, in addition to the innumerable internally displaced persons, the flight of 2.3 million citizens to six countries in the region. An area characterized by perpetual political and ethnic tensions which often resulted in border crossings in opposite ways.

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11/11/2021

Conservation or Land Grab? The Financialization of Nature

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Just in time for the UN’s policy push for “30 x 30” – 30% of the earth to be “conserved” by 2030 – a new Wall Street asset class puts up for sale the processes underpinning all life.

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Ellen Brown

A month before the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (known as COP26) kicked off in Scotland, a new asset class was launched by the New York Stock Exchange that will “open up a new feeding ground for predatory Wall Street banks and financial institutions that will allow them to dominate not just the human economy, but the entire natural world.” So writes Whitney Webb in an article titled “Wall Street’s Takeover of Nature Advances with Launch of New Asset Class”:

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