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15/07/2019

A Call to Apply the TRANSCEND Method to the Middle East Conflict

Human Wrongs Watch

By Diane Perlman, PhD – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Before the UN Conference on a Nuclear Weapons [WMD] Free Zone in the Middle East

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Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom, c. 1834, oil on canvas – Lion with Lamb

In the spirit of TRANSCEND co-founder and friend Dieter Fischer, I’ll start with a joke. When Arafat and Rabin die they ask God, “When will there be peace in the Middle East?” God says, “Not in my lifetime.”

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15/07/2019

Let’s Invent the Future this Youth Skills Day!

15 July 2019 (UN Environment)*Today is Youth Skills Day. There are 1.2 billion young people aged 15 to 24 years in the world, accounting for 16 per cent of the global population.

Cover pic YOuth Skills Day

Photo from UN Environment.

Engaging young people in sustainable development efforts is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And, to averting the worst threats and challenges to sustainable development, including the impacts of climate change, unemployment, poverty, gender inequality, conflict and migration.

Whether acquired through formal education, on-the-job training or other means of learning new skills to prepare for the job market, young people often find a challenge in preparing for the world of work.

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15/07/2019

Transfer (Mis)Pricing, the Jewel in Every Multinational Enterprise’s Crown

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tanya Rawal-Jindia*

How developing countries lose $3 billion every day through an accounting trick that allows corporations to avoid paying tax.

Image: Kurtis Garbutt, CC by 2.0
10 July 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Amazon.com Inc. was brought to court by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 2017 for transfer pricing discrepancies. In 2005 and 2006, the multinational tech company had transferred $255 million in royalty payments to its tax haven in Luxembourg, but according to the IRS these royalty payments should have amounted to $3.5 billion. This transfer pricing adjustment would have increased Amazon’s federal tax payments by more than $1 billion.
15/07/2019

Am I a Girl or a Boy?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellyn Kaschak*

The difference between gender and transgender.

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Male and Female
Male and Female | Image from Wall Street International.

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(Wall Street International)*This conversation is not an easy one and I ask you all to bear with me as I open a subject that seems if not politically incorrect, at least forbidden in polite company…

Some of you may not have even heard it; others may have firm and serious opinions… It involves individual choice, once a basic American principle that has morphed into the extreme control over our lives of late stage capitalism.

For the sources of control of almost any fad or issue, just follow the money, if you are not doing so already.

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14/07/2019

Help Buy a Bike – and Change a Refugee’s Life

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Photo: Qhubeka

Bicycles are a lifeline for many refugees. Cheap, quick and efficient, they are a vital tool on the road to self-reliance.

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14/07/2019

Is Peaceful Research Possible? On the Methodology of Peace Research

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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  1. Introduction

The problem to be explored in this paper can be stated very briefly as follows: is peace research necessarily a peaceful activity? More precisely, is there a meaningful distinction between violent and nonviolent methodologies in peace research?

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14/07/2019

Reduce Once or Clean Forever?

To make beach cleanups effective we need to chase the brands that are polluting in the first place.
Plastic Pollution & Brand Audit Event in Greece. © Constantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

Greenpeace Greece displays a “sea of plastic” from a brand audit they conducted at a secluded beach in Evoia, Greece. © Constantinos Stathias / Greenpeace

(Greenpeace International)* While plastic pollution has won the public’s interest as one of the major threats we are facing, the responsibility of big companies that are addicted to single-use plastic has been kept largely as a side note.

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14/07/2019

How NGOs in Rich Countries Control Their Counterparts in Poor Countries… and Why They Refuse to Resolve It

Human Wrongs Watch

NAIROBI, Jul 12 2019 (IPS)* Many NGOs around the world are fighting inequality between the rich and the poor, between the policies that make rich countries richer, and poor countries poorer.

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14/07/2019

Half of Somaliland Children Not in School – UNICEF

Human Wrongs Watch

13 July 2019 — Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Education Cannot Wait, to launch a programme designed to help children affected by ongoing crises in the country.

IRIN/Mohamed Amin Jibril | Rampant unemployment in Somaliland has prompted thousands of young people to leave the territory every month. (Photo from UN News).

Drought, food insecurity, poverty and inequality are some of the challenges that hinder efforts to get more Somaliland children and youth in schools.

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14/07/2019

Rohingya Refugee Children in Cox’s Bazar at Risk from Flooding and Landslides – Education for over 60,000 Children Disrupted

Human Wrongs Watch

Education for over 60,000 children in camps and host community is disrupted because of damage to learning centres

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A boy stands in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh
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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/NEW YORK, 9 July 2019 (UNICEF)* – Thousands of children and families living in the Rohingya refugee camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar in south-eastern Bangladesh are at risk from flooding and landslides caused by heavy rainfall in the last few days.

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