Archive for January 25th, 2023

25/01/2023

How (Much) Are You Today?

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jan 25 2023 (IPS)* – Gone are those times when catastrophes were measured in terms of human suffering. Now, with an exception: Ukrainians victims of the Russian invasion, everything is calculated in just money.
 
Extreme wealth and extreme poverty have increased simultaneously for the first time in 25 years. The World Bank says we are likely seeing the biggest increase in global inequality and poverty since WW2

Billionaire wealth surged in 2022 with rapidly rising food and energy profits. The report shows that 95 food and energy corporations have more than doubled their profits in 2022. Credit: Clae

Following such a solid trend, major financial, business-oriented institutions, like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Central Bank, are now devoted to calculating if and how big the recession will be, ergo, how much money could be won or lost due, of course, to the Ukrainian proxy war.

They, likewise the establishment’s politicians and media, just talk about inflation, stagflation, economic (read financial) slowdown and commerce.

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25/01/2023

Empty Stomachs, Hard Times for Afghanistan’s Girls

Human Wrongs Watch

By Philippe Kropf

WFP’s school feeding programme has been a lifeline for many young Afghans, especially girls, who face shrinking opportunities growing up.
Afghanistan schoolgirl Hazra, 11, enjoys WFP's energy-packed biscuits and hopes to becomes a doctor when she grows up. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri
Afghanistan schoolgirl Hazra, 11, enjoys WFP’s energy-packed biscuits. She hopes to becomes a doctor when she grows up. Photo: WFP/Sadeq Naseri

Most school days, 11-year-old Hazra begins class in Chardahi village, in Afghanistan’s eastern Jalalabad province, on an empty stomach.

“Sometimes I have tea and some bread for breakfast, but most days I come to school without eating anything,” says the sixth-grade schoolgirl, who wears a white headscarf and long dark robe, like her fellow classmates.

“I am hungry,” she adds, “and it is difficult for me to concentrate on what the teacher says when I have eaten nothing.”

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25/01/2023

The Occident Is Now Militarising Itself to Death for a Second Time

Human Wrongs Watch

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

May Others Learn to Avoid That Fate

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The first Cold War played out between the East and the Western Occident and the East lost with the demise of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.

Both built – more or less faithfully – on Western mechanical thinking, one on Marx and other socialist/communist philosophers, the other on twisting moral philosopher Adam Smith into a God’s hand individualist utility market prophet and pair him with various types of liberal, parliamentary democracy thinking.

The Soviet and East European system had come to the end of its history, but what about the twin Occidental brother, the US-EU system? The latter had not only survived or ”won,” it had also forced the Soviet Union to spend an unsustainable proportion of its resources on the military.

And now the Second West is destined to follow suit.

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25/01/2023

Palestinian Refugees Face Hitting ‘Rock Bottom’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) appealed on Tuesday [] for $1.6 billion to fund core operations this year, as the people it helps face hitting “rock bottom”.

Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), briefs journalists at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
© UN Photo/Srdjan Slavkovic | Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), briefs journalists at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Head of UNRWA, Philippe Lazzarini, told journalists in Geneva that competing global crises, and skyrocketing levels of poverty and unemployment among Palestine refugees, have put immense strain on them – and the agency – which started the year some $70 million in arrears.

“On the one hand we are asked to deliver public-like services to one of the most under-privileged communities in the region. We obviously are a UN agency (and) abide by UN values, but in reality, we are funded like an NGO, meaning that we depend on voluntary funding from Member States.”

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