Archive for July 14th, 2022

14/07/2022

Hundreds of Millions of Human Workers Treated Worse than Robots

Human Wrongs Watch

Teenage girls harvest tomatoes on a farm in the state of Sinaloa, in northern Mexico. Credit: Courtesy of Instituto Sinaloense para la Educación de los Adultos (Sinaloa Institute for Adult Education)

For example, of all domestic workers worldwide -overwhelmingly women- up to 94% lack access to the full range of protections, covering medical care, sickness, unemployment, old age, employment injury, family, maternity, invalidity and survivors’ benefits.

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14/07/2022

Why NATO Is Outdated, Dangerous and Deserves to Be Abolished

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jan Oberg, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Jan Oberg

Let’s look at NATO’s reaction to Russia’s ill-considered and international law-violating military action in Ukraine.

From a conflict-analytical point of view, it is reasonable to say that Russia is responsible for the war but that NATO with it reckless expansion against all promises given to Russia and a series of expert warnings is responsible for the underlying conflict.

It can safely be concluded that the Western/NATO response has moved beyond the proportionality principle, beyond rationality and a realistic image of the world and its own role in it:

NATO leaders express limitless hatred of everything Russia; historically hard and time-unlimited economic sanctions have been imposed – using the illegal method of collective punishment;  weapons for an estimated US$ 60-100 billion will be pumped into Ukraine to defeat Russia there.

NATO has added US$ 350 billion in military expenditures since the US-instigated regime change in Kiev in 2014 and, since then, prepared Ukraine for a role in NATO. The 2% goals is now a floor, not a ceiling.

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14/07/2022

The Conservatives broke the UK Economy – and Don’t Know How to Fix It

Human Wrongs Watch

By Laurie Macfarlane*

12 years of Tory rule have devastated the UK economy. But none of the leadership candidates want to change course.

The Conservative Party is set to elect a new leader | Composite by James Battershill/openDemocracy/Alamy stock photo

12 July 2022 (openDemocracy)* — The campaign to replace Boris Johnson as UK prime minister kicked into full gear this week. First out of the blocks was former chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is currently the bookies’ favourite to win the race.

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14/07/2022

Mystery Child Hepatitis Outbreak Passes 1,000 Recorded Cases

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(UN News)* — In addition to tackling COVID and the monkeypox outbreak, the UN health agency has also been keeping a close eye on the puzzling spread of hepatitis in previously healthy children, which has left dozens needing lifesaving liver transplants.

© UNICEF/Cesar Poveda | Vaccines, including Hepatitis B, are administered during a mass vaccination day in Venezuela.

According to a new update on Wednesday [13 July 2022] from the World Health Organization (WHO), 35 countries in five regions of the world have now reported more than 1,010 probable cases of unexplained severe acute hepatitis, or liver inflammation, in youngsters, since the outbreak was first detected on 5 April.

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14/07/2022

As Virus Spreads ‘Freely’ COVID-19 ‘Nowhere Near Over’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Rising COVID-19 cases are not only putting further pressure on already stretched health systems and workers but also triggering an “increasing trend of deaths”, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at the regular weekly press briefing on Tuesday [12 July 2022].

Unsplash/Yoav Aziz | An uptick in COVID-19 cases in New York prompts people on a busy street to don protective masks.
 

He reported that the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 last Friday concluded that “the virus remains a Public Health Emergency of International Concern”.

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