Archive for September 28th, 2022

28/09/2022

Go and Tell the Hungry that Their Food Is Being Thrown in the Garbage

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Sep 28 2022 (IPS)* – These are facts, not guesses: about 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted and lost… every single year, the equivalent of one ton per each of the one billion hungry people, many of them are those who produced the food.
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Controlling the loss and waste of food is a crucial factor in reaching the goal of eradicating hunger in the world. Credit: FAO

The findings have been reported by the World Bank, whose recent study: What a Waste 2.0 also informs that the number of wasted calories “could fill hunger gaps in the developing world.”

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28/09/2022

Exclusive: Weapons Firms Install 50 Staff inside the [UK] Ministry of Defence

Human Wrongs Watch

By Lucas Amin*

BAE among arms firms paying Ministry of Defence staff’s salaries while winning lucrative contracts.

Nine officials at the Ministry of Defence are paid by the UK’s biggest arms firm. | Russell Hart / Alamy Stock Photo.

27 September 2022 (openDemocracy)* — More than 50 paid employees of global arms companies are working inside the UK’s Ministry of Defence, openDemocracy can reveal, sparking questions about conflicts of interest and national security.

They include nine staffers on long-term secondment from the UK’s biggest weapons manufacturer, BAE Systems, some of whom have been embedded inside the department for years.

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28/09/2022

UN Chief Calls for an End to ‘Nuclear Blackmail’ and Risk of ‘Humanitarian Armageddon’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — In an era of “nuclear blackmail”, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Monday [26 September 2022] urged countries to step back from the threat of potential global catastrophe and recommit to peace.

UN/Ingrid Kasper | The “Good Defeats Evil” sculpture, located at UN Headquarters in New York, depicts an allegorical St. George slaying a double-headed dragon – symbolic of a nuclear war vanquished by historic treaties between the Soviet Union and United States.

The UN chief was speaking at an event to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, held as the annual debate in the General Assembly Hall draws to a close.

“Nuclear weapons are the most destructive power ever created. They offer no security — just carnage and chaos. Their elimination would be the greatest gift we could bestow on future generations,” he said.

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