Archive for ‘Africa’

09/12/2019

Feedback Loops

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why Climate Is an Emergency

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John Scales Avery

The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales.

In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately.

Fossil fuels must be left in the ground.

Forests must be saved from destruction by beef or palm oil production.

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09/12/2019

Corruption Thwarts Attempts to Build a Better World and ‘Must Be Fought by All, for All’

8 December 2019 (UN News)*As we enter a decade of ambitious action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), stepping up efforts to eradicate corruption and promote good governance is “essential…to deliver on our global pledge to leave no one behind”, the UN anti-crime chief has said.
09/12/2019

Inequality Threatening Human Development, New Global UN Report Warns

Human Wrongs Watch

9 December 2019 (UN News)* —  Despite global progress in tackling poverty, hunger and disease, a “new generation of inequalities” indicates that many societies are not working as they should, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) argues in its latest report released on Monday [9 December 2019]. 

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UNDP 2019 Human Development Report says business as usual will not solve new generation of inequalities.
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The 2019 Human Development Report (HDR) states that just as the gap in basic living standards is narrowing for millions of people, inequalities surrounding education, and around technology and climate change, have sparked demonstrations across the globe.
08/12/2019

Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

STOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 6 2019 (IPS)* While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex. They had apparently frozen to death within a refrigerator container with temperatures as low as -25C (-13F).

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This while tragedies occur almost daily on the Mediterranean Sea. On 26 November, a rescue vessel found a boat almost completely sunken. It had three dead bodies aboard. Fifty-five migrants were saved.

Three of them were in a critical condition, and one died after reaching Melilla in Spain, where the migrants were brought in.

Three children were among the survivors, though a further ten individuals were reported missing. Nowadays, such news items pass by almost imperceptibly.

Every day, thousands of unfortunate human beings are trafficked all over the world to suffer underpaid, hazardous work, or prostitution.

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08/12/2019

South Sudan: About One Million People Drastically Affected by Flash Floods. Thousands Displaced from Their Homes, Seeing Their Livelihoods Destroyed

Juba, 6 December 2019 (IOM)* – Nearly one million people have been drastically affected by flash floods following unprecedented rainfall in South Sudan.  Thousands have been displaced from their homes and seen their livelihoods destroyed; many towns are completely submerged. 

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IOM responds to communities affected by the floods in hard-hit Ulang in Jonglei region of South Sudan. IOM /Olam Amum

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08/12/2019

Measles: Fighting a Global Resurgence

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WHO/John Kisimir

Yet outbreaks in all regions and many countries – from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), to Samoa and Ukraine – as well as stagnant, inadequate immunization rates, threaten to derail these crucial gains.

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08/12/2019

More than 140,000 Die from Measles as Cases Surge Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

Infants and young children most at risk of fatal complications, health agencies warn

5 December 2019 (WHO)*Worldwide more than 140,000 people died from measles in 2018, according to new estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). These deaths occurred as measles cases surged globally, amidst devastating outbreaks in all regions.

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WHO/Daniel Hodgson

Most deaths were among children under 5 years of age. Babies and very young children are at greatest risk from measles infections, with potential complications including pneumonia and encephalitis (a swelling of the brain), as well as lifelong disability – permanent brain damage, blindness or hearing loss.
08/12/2019

Bolivia: Post-Coup Update

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service*

With every passing day, it becomes clearer that the military coup in Bolivia on November 10th was masterminded in Washington DC.

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Bolivian president Evo Morales who is now in exile in Mexico.(Photo: Sebastian Baryli)

This reality will create yet a new difficulty in relations between the U.S. regime and Mexico to its direct south, because the Mexican Government, under progressive President Lopez Obrador, took the courageous and very meaningful step of providing refuge to the U.S.-couped Bolivian President Evo Morales and therefore posed overtly a resistance to the U.S. dictatorship.

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07/12/2019

The Origin Of Language

Human Wrongs Watch

By Angelo Tartabini*

Verba et voces.

(Orazio)

3 December 2019 (Wall Street International)* — Since we have been Homo sapiens, the language has deeply transformed our way of seeing the world, but it has not cut those strong and substantial ties that link the human communication to that of other animals, in particular chimpanzees.
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Sign language (Image posted here from Wall Street International Magazine).

Such a unique way of communicating in our species, takes place, from an ontogenetic point of view, in a true and real cognitive revolution which happens in the child when he or she is about one and a half years old, when he or she discovers the other children are also intentional agents.

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06/12/2019

The Climate Bombs

Forest Fires in Central Kalimantan. © Jurnasyanto Sukarno / Greenpeace
Fires burn trees at a plantation area, in Palangkaraya city, Central Kalimantan. This year’s nearly 2,000 wildfires are burning across Indonesia. It is the worst year since 2015. Officials estimate that the fires have burned more than 800,000 acres. Greenpeace criticized the government for not taking action against the companies that set fires to clear land for agriculture purposes.

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