Archive for October, 2022

18/10/2022

Ukraine War: Climbing the Escalation Ladder to Oblivion

Human Wrongs Watch

By Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Richard Falk

Ever since the Ukraine War started on 24 Feb 2022, the NATO response, mainly articulated and materially implemented by the U.S., has been to pour vast quantities of oil on the flames of conflict, increasing the scale of violence, the magnitude of human suffering, and dangerously increasing the risk of a disastrous outcome.

Not only did Washington mobilize the world to denounce Russia’s ‘aggression,’ but supplied advanced weaponry in great quantities to the Ukrainians to resist the Russian attack, and did all it could at the UN and elsewhere to build a punitive coalition hostile to Russia but coupled this with a variety of sanctions and the demonization of Putin as a notorious war criminal unfit to govern.

This perspective of state propaganda was faithfully conveyed by a self-censoring Western media filter that graphically portrayed on a daily basis the horrors of the war experienced by the Ukrainian civilian population and a newly West-oriented enthusiasm for the ICC gathering as much evidence as possible of Russian war crimes.

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17/10/2022

Rural Women Work the Hardest, Produce the Most, Eat the Least

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MADRID, Oct 17 2022 (IPS)* – Make no mistake. Violence against women has been perpetuated, specially when it comes to those who have already been deprived of their basic human rights, as it is the case of rural women in over two-thirds of the world.
17/10/2022

Soaring Violence, Fuel Crisis and a Cholera Outbreak: Haiti in the Grip of a “Humanitarian Catastrophe”

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, 13 October 2022 (UNFPA)* – As protection, health-care and essential services break down, the violence and volatile political and economic crisis engulfing Haiti has rapidly deteriorated into what the UN has described as a humanitarian catastrophe

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Women carry containers of propane gas during a demonstration in Port-au-Prince. Protests and looting have rocked an already unstable situation since fuel price hikes were announced in early September, with three–quarters of hospitals reported to be closed and essential services dangerously undermined across the country. © RICHARD PIERRIN/AFP via Getty Images

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13/10/2022

Millions of Girls Abused in the Name of Fake, Toxic Masculinity

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MADRID, Oct 13 2022 (IPS)* – A common feature to religions – including the monotheistic ones – is that groups of males have self-proclaimed themselves as the source for interpreting the “Word of God,” shaping them, and spreading them among the peoples of good faith.
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Girls are primarily victims of sexual exploitation (72% of detected girl victims), while boys are mainly subjected to forced labour (66% of detected boy victims).

Consequently, any given “god” has been historically presented as a man. And some say that God created the first woman (Eve) from the rib of a man (Adam). According to this, women are just a “sub-product.”

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13/10/2022

Africa: Response to Climate Crisis Doesn’t Match ‘Magnitude of the Challenge’

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(UN News)* — African States are on the front line of the climate crisis, a senior UN official told the Security Council on Wednesday [], but far more action is needed to turn the tide on rising emissions, and reduce global warming.

A local man in Niger takes advantage of a food-and-cash for work programme in the village of Dan Kada, Maradi Region.
UN Photo/WFP/Phil Behan | A local man in Niger takes advantage of a food-and-cash for work programme in the village of Dan Kada, Maradi Region.

During a debate on strengthening the response to the impacts of climate change on peace and security in Africa, Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, said that “our response today does not match the magnitude of the challenge we are facing”.“

To support the African continent…we must act on multiple fronts”, she said, calling for “ambitious climate action”, and accelerated implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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11/10/2022

Reforming the United Nations

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

It is becoming increasingly clear that the concept of the absolutely sovereign nation-state is a dangerous anachronism in a world of thermonuclear weapons, instantaneous communication, and economic interdependence.

Probably our best hope for the future lies in developing the United Nations into a World Federation. The strengthened United Nations should have a legislature with the power to make laws that are binding on individuals, and the ability to arrest and try individual political leaders for violations of these laws.

The world federation should also have the power of taxation, and the military and legal powers necessary to guarantee the human rights of ethnic minorities within nations.

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10/10/2022

Africa, The Looted Continent

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Mineral supply chains are often linked to child abuse, human trafficking, forced labour and other human rights violations. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/IPS

Mineral supply chains are often linked to child abuse, human trafficking, forced labour and other human rights violations. Credit: Tommy Trenchard/IPS

With 500 million plus people living in extreme poverty, Africa has also been transformed in a sort of grave for half of the world’s victims of terror. The continent is also the land with the highest suicide rate on Earth. Why?

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10/10/2022

India: Surge in Summary Punishments of Muslims

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By Human Rights Watch*

Discriminatory Demolitions of Property, Public Flogging

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(New York) – The authorities in India are increasingly using summary and abusive punishments against Muslims deemed to have broken the law, Human Rights Watch said today [7 October 2022].

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10/10/2022

Brexit Britain Is All Alone in a Senseless Pursuit of Disaster Capitalism

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By Adam Ramsay | openDemocracy*

As other nations return to state-led investment, Truss and Kwarteng act to weaken our democracy, economy and rights.

UK prime minister and Chancellor Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng | PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

When Britain’s new chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng stood up on stage at the Conservative Party conference yesterday [3 October 2022], he was a lonely figure.

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05/10/2022

Who Sabotaged Nordstream 2?

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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I Agree with Jan Oberg

Dr. Jan Oberg, co-founder and leader of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, wrote a really excellent article on the question of who sabotaged Nordstream 2.

In it, he points out that Russia had no motive for sabotaging Nordstream 2. If the Russians had wanted to stop the flow of natural gas through the pipeline, they could have simply turned it off at the Russian end. Here is the link to Dr. Oberg’s fine article.

And here is a link to other articles making the same point.

Both Joe Biden and Victoria Nuland Said the US Was Going to Do It

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