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31/03/2020

$2.5 Trillion COVID-19 Rescue Package Needed for World’s Emerging Economies

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to get “much worse” before it gets better for some six billion people living in developing economies, the UN said on Monday[30 March 2020], in an appeal for a $2.5 trillion rescue package to boost their resilience to further hardship.

©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Developing countries like Burkina Faso may need extra support from the international community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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According to new analysis from UNCTAD, the UN trade and development body, commodity-rich exporting countries will face a $2 trillion to $3 trillion drop in investment from overseas in the next two years.
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31/03/2020

COVID-19 Stoking Xenophobia, Hate and Exclusion, Minority Rights Expert Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

30 March 2020 (UN News)*Combatting the COVID-19 pandemic must also include stamping out what one independent human rights expert has called the “darker sides” of the disease: verbal and physical attacks against Chinese and other minority communities, and excluding them from access to healthcare.

World Bank/Curt Carnemark | A woman wears a medical mask in China. (file photo)

COVID-19 is not just a health issue; it can also be a virus that exacerbates xenophobia, hate and exclusion,” said Fernand de Varennes, the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, in a statement issued on Monday [30 March 2020]. He reported that politicians and groups are exploiting fears surrounding the disease to scapegoat certain communities, leading to a rise in violence against them.

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31/03/2020

Defending Humanity Against the Elite Coup

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

In a recent article I reported existing evidence on the way in which COVID-19 is being used to implement, but also divert attention from, initiatives being taken by the global elite to consolidate and expand its power in significant ways, and perhaps to make the final drive to take total control of global society. See ‘Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge’.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

Moreover, while global attention is focused on COVID-19, attention has been distracted from the many other ongoing crises – particularly including the vast range of threats that constitute an imminent danger to human existence: see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – and no doubt other undesirable initiatives being carried out by the global elite outside our view.

In addition, activism has been stymied as activists are either themselves distracted by COVID-19 or hindered by the measures (such as ‘social distancing’ and bans on public gatherings) introduced to supposedly deal with it.

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30/03/2020

Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic

“It is a duty of a society of solidarity in times of crisis to ensure that migrant citizens have access to health and social security,” the Minister of Internal Affairs said.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa's socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies. | Photo: EFE (Photo from teleSUR’s article).

29 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — The current socialist government in Portugal decided to grant citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency applications from Monday until July 1 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s authorities announced Saturday [28 March 2020].

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30/03/2020

Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS)* – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population

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The first case of coronavirus was found near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh.Over a million Rohingya refugees are now cramped in hilly terrains of Ukhiya in southeastern regions of Cox’s Bazar along Bangladesh border with Myanmar. Credit: ASM Suza Uddin/IPS

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30/03/2020

A Battle Plan for Ensuring Global Food Supplies During the COVID-19 Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

FAO’s Chief Economist maps the ways the world can mitigate shocks to agriculture and food systems (*).

Photo: ©FAO/Ariel Sophia Bardi

Global food supply chains are complex and include these kale farmers in Uganda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on a crisis footing, with unprecedented actions to restrict movements and plans for radical deployment of public funds to combat the threat posed by a novel coronavirus that knows no boundaries.
30/03/2020

First Person: False Promises in Mauritania

Women and girls face particular challenges as migrants, whatever their reason for leaving their country of origin. UN agencies are learning more about these difficulties, and how to address them.
© Sibylle Desjardins / IOM | Mouna went to a Gulf country with the help of a recruitment agency, she was lied to, and trafficked.
28 March 2020 (UN News)*Mauritania, where the job market has been tight in recent years, has seen many people fall prey to the patter of so-called hiring agents, who sell false promises of lucrative job opportunities abroad, and charge a hefty price for their services.

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30/03/2020

Syrian Refugees Aid Vulnerable Swiss amid COVID-19 Outbreak

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By Tim Gaynor and Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin – UNHCR- UN Refugee Agency*

As the elderly and unwell self-isolate, a network of Syrians provides a vital bridge to the outside world for Swiss in greatest need. Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Shadi Shhadeh holds up a flyer offering the support of Syrian refugees to shop for COVID-19 most vulnerable in Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland. © UNHCR/Elisabet Diaz Sanmartin

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30/03/2020

USA: Immediately Revoke COVID-19 Suspension of Environmental Protections

29/03/2020

Has the Crash Arrived?

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By David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The headlines provide abundant details about economic shutdowns in order to slow the spread of the COV-19 virus.

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Dr. David Adams

But behind the headlines, there is another story more important in the long run: the global economy is a house of cards based on speculation and military spending.

It seems likely that the house of cards will come crashing down as a result of the global economic shutdown.

The details of how this will come about in economic terms are difficult to predict since there are so many interacting factors.

But even more important is how this can play out in political repercussions and opportunities.

Will it provide us with the opportunity to make the transition from the culture of war to a culture of peace?In the novella that I wrote ten years ago, I foresaw a global economic crash in the year 2020, which opened the possibility for this radical transformation.

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