Archive for July 20th, 2022

20/07/2022

In Ukraine, a Proxy War on the Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

*Aaron Maté | Substack – TRANSCEND Media Service

As the Ukraine crisis causes global havoc, US officials won’t negotiate with Russia to end the fighting — and are even willing to “countenance” mounting hunger as a result.

(Marine Corps Cpl. Jailine Alicea-Santiago / media.defense.gov)

15 Jul 2022 – In 2015, one year after a US-backed coup ushered in a US-friendly, far-right-dominated government in Kiev, University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer issued a stark warning. “The West is leading Ukraine down the primrose path,” he said. “And the end result is that Ukraine is going to get wrecked.”

read more »

20/07/2022

Unprecedented Threats Against “Right to Protest” on the Rise World-wide

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 20 2022 (IPS)* – The French writer and philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778), once famously remarked: “I disagree with what you have to say, but I will defend unto death, your right to utter them.”
.

Scene from the racial justice—Black Lives Matter — protests in Washington, DC following the death of a Black man named George Floyd during a violent police encounter in Minnesota, USA. Credit: Amnesty International, Alli Jarrar

But that political axiom hardly applies to multiple governments in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America—including Greece, UK, Thailand, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Chile, France, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cyprus – where the right to protest, along with freedom of speech, are increasingly in jeopardy.

read more »

20/07/2022

Billions of People Are Facing the Greatest Cost of Living Crisis in a Generation

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Billions of people are facing the greatest cost of living crisis in a generation due to rising food and energy prices amid rapid inflation and increasing debt, leaving the most vulnerable consumers in a dire situation, said the UN trade and development body, UNCTAD on Tuesday [19 July 2022].

FAO/Sebastian Liste | A female farmer stands in front of seed bags stored in a warehouse in a agri-business centre in Sierra Leone.

UNCTAD’s analysis shows that a 10 per cent increase in food prices will trigger a five per cent decrease in the incomes of the poorest families, roughly equivalent to the amount those families would normally spend on healthcare.

As consumers try to reduce their spending, they will pay a high price if they buy cheaper, but unsafe products. The United States reports 43,000 deaths and 40 million injuries per year associated with consumer products, with yearly costs of over $3,000 per capita.

read more »

%d bloggers like this: