Archive for April 18th, 2022

18/04/2022

Coral Reefs’ Very Survival Is at Stake

Human Wrongs Watch

14 April 2022 (UN News)*The world’s best-known coral reefs could be extinct by the end of the century unless we do more to make them resilient to our warming oceans.

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Ocean Image Bank/Brook Peterson | Coral reefs harbour the highest biodiversity of any ecosystem globally.
That’s the stark message from UNESCO, which is behind an emergency bid to protect these natural marine wonders, 29 of which are on the agency’s protected World Heritage list.

Our oceans are getting warmer because of increasing global carbon dioxide emissions.

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18/04/2022

Drought Tightens Grip in Eastern Africa

13 April 2022 (WMO)*Eastern Africa is facing the very real prospect that the rains will fail for a fourth consecutive season, placing Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia into a drought of a length not experienced in the last 40 years. Humanitarian agencies have issued urgent appeals for support to prevent widespread famine.
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18/04/2022

Thousands of Indigenous People Call for an End to Amazon Destruction and Violence

– The collective voice of Indigenous Peoples in Brazil can be heard loudly and clearly: Stop the Amazon destruction and violence against the Guardians of the Forest!

March for Democracy - Free Land Camp 2022 - By Tuane Fernandes. © Tuane Fernandes / Greenpeace
© Tuane Fernandes / Greenpeace

The 18th Free Land Camp is underway in Brasilia, with thousands of Indigenous People coming together for 10 days of non-violent, mass demonstrations to denounce the ongoing violations of their rights and to foster solidarity across Brazilian society.

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18/04/2022

Einstein and Freud’s ‘Why War?’ Revisited: Why Anti-War Efforts Go Nowhere

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein exchanged letters, later published under the title ‘Why War?’ See ‘Why War? An exchange of letters between Freud and Einstein’.

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Robert J. Burrowes

However, whatever insight these two giants of an earlier era brought to our understanding of war, the reality is that a great deal has been learned since they corresponded.

Nevertheless, since the emergence of an identifiable, organized anti-war movement during World War I which has grown to include a diverse range of activists and organizations from across the political spectrum, as well as peace and conflict resolution scholars from various disciplines, there is little evidence that this movement, or any of the many organizations within it, has been learning from its failures by systematically undertaking or commissioning further research to understand the phenomenon of war more completely and then devising a strategy to end it based on that learning.

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