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20/05/2022

‘By Deliberately Ignoring Risk, the World Is Bankrolling Its Own Destruction’

Human Wrongs Watch

“The good news is that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, so we have the power to substantially reduce the threats posed to humanity, and especially the most vulnerable among us” Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

“The good news is that human decisions are the largest contributors to disaster risk, so we have the power to substantially reduce the threats posed to humanity, and especially the most vulnerable among us” Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

Others, instead, may think that such human ingenuity will once more address the symptoms rather than the causes provoking them. Thus, they would be right to want to be informed and aware of the root causes of such disasters in order to push for eradicating them.

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20/05/2022

FIFA: Pay for Harm to Qatar’s Migrant Workers

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Global Coalition Calls for Financial Remedy for Deaths, Wage Theft.

London, 18 May 2022 – Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers in Qatar have not received financial compensation or any other adequate remedy for serious labor abuses suffered while building and servicing infrastructure for the FIFA World Cup, which begins in November 2022, Human Rights Watch on 18 May 2022 said.

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19/05/2022

How Media Reports of ‘Clashes’ Mislead Americans about Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

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An aerial photo shoes police wielding batons hitting men carrying a coffin an waving Palestinian flags.
When does a ‘clash’ become an ‘assault’? AP Photo/Maya Levin

Yet those who skimmed the headlines of initial reports from several U.S. media outlets may have been left with a different impression of what happened.

“Israeli Police Clash with Mourners at Funeral Procession,” read the headline of MSNBC’s online report. The Wall Street Journal had a similar headline on its story: “Israeli Forces, Palestinians Clash in West Bank before Funeral of Journalist.”

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19/05/2022

Amount of Gas Burnt by Oil Business, Enough to Power the Whole Sub-Sahara or Two Thirds of Europe

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, May 18 2022 (IPS)* – While the attention of mostly Western media and politicians is quasi exclusively hoarded up by the proxy war in Ukraine and its consequences on the energy sector, the world’s big oil business continues to burn Planet Earth with its underreported though highly polluting, wasteful practice of gas flaring.
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Global gas flaring increased to 144 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2021 from 142 bcm in 2020. It is estimated that each cubic metre of associated gas flared results in about 2.8 kilograms of CO2-equivalent emissions. Credit: public domain

Global gas flaring increased to 144 billion cubic metres (bcm) in 2021 from 142 bcm in 2020. It is estimated that each cubic metre of associated gas flared results in about 2.8 kilograms of CO2-equivalent emissions. Credit: public domain

This is anything but a minor issue: in fact, as much as 144 billion cubic metres of gas was flared at upstream oil and gas facilities in just one year-2021. Such an amount caused the emission of 400 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, according to the World Bank.

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18/05/2022

Tears and Hope from the Last Few Days

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A world renowned journalist Shireen AbuAqleh was intentionally murdered by an Israeli sniper in Jenin. Millions of tears were shed for her including ours at the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (palestinenature.org). We planted ten trees in her honor. The constellation of events and circumstances and her background actually were so amazing that it provided a huge dose of sadness but also a big ray of hope for us.

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Jenin, where she was murdered, is a center of heroic resistance to occupation (resistance not supported by any government, international or even Palestinian).

She was a journalist and wearing protective blue journalist vest and helmet. Thus she mobilized the media. She was beloved by every Palestinian home for her coverage of their daily miseries inflected by foreign occupiers for decades.

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18/05/2022

Child Labour: No Quick End to Children Trapped in Tobacco Production

Human Wrongs Watch

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Children working on tobacco farms in Chipangali District in Eastern Province of Zambia. Credit: Brenda Chitindi

 “Most major tobacco producing countries use child labour in tobacco growing. Almost no cigarette can be guaranteed to be free from child labour.”British Medical Journal, 2015.

HONG KONG / LOME, May 17 2022 (IPS)* – Despite World Day Against Child Labour launched in 2002 by the International Labour Organization (ILO), little has changed over the past two decades for the millions of children who remain trapped.

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18/05/2022

Severe Malnutrition or Wasting, ‘Excruciatingly Painful’ Threat to Child Survival

(UN News)* — Severe malnutrition, also known as severe wasting, is one of the top threats to child survival, yet perhaps one of the least known or understood, according to a report issued on Tuesday [17 May 2022] by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

© UNICEF/Bullen Chol \ A 6-month-old, malnourished boy in South Sudan receives milk through a feeding tube.

Severe Wasting: An overlooked child survival emergency, details that around one in five deaths among children under age five, can be attributed to severe wasting.

Triggered by a lack of nutritious food and repeated bouts of disease – such as diarrhoea, measles and malaria – it compromises a child’s immunity.

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18/05/2022

Syrian Refugees in Iraq Risk Losing Access to Basic Food Supplies

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(UN News)* — Syrian families living in refugee camps in Iraq are facing new and alarming levels of food insecurity, according to figures released by the World Food Programme (WFP) and UN refugee agency, UNHCR, on Tuesday [17 May 2022].

UNICEF/Khuzaie | A three-year-old boy sits on a box of winter clothing that his family has received from a distribution at Kawergosk Syrian Refugee Camp in Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
 
Money is running out to help families with basic day to day items, while amidst harsh economic conditions, refugees from the decade long conflict across Syria are often “drowning” in debt, they have no way or repaying, according to a news release from the UN agencies.

Iraq hosts nearly 260,000 Syrian refugees, the vast majority of whom are based in the Kurdistan Region.

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18/05/2022

When Saviours Are the Problem

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 2022 (IPS)* – Central bank policies have often worsened economic crises instead of resolving them. By raising interest rates in response to inflation, they often exacerbate, rather than mitigate business cycles and inflation.

Neither gods nor maestros
US Federal Reserve Bank chair Jerome Powell has admitted: “Whether we can execute a soft landing or not, it may actually depend on factors that we don’t control.” He conceded, “What we can control is demand, we can’t really affect supply with our policies. And supply is a big part of the story here”.

Anis Chowdhury

Hence, decisionmakers must consider more appropriate policy tools. Rejecting ‘one size fits all’ formulas, including simply raising interest rates, anti-inflationary measures should be designed as appropriate. Instead of squelching demand by raising interest rates, supply could be enhanced.

Thus, Milton Friedman – whom many central bankers still worship – blamed the 1930s’ Great Depression on the US Fed. Instead of providing liquidity support to businesses struggling with short-term cash-flow problems, it squeezed credit, crushing economic activity.

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17/05/2022

‘We Cannot Rest’ until Child Labour Is Eliminated

Human Wrongs Watch

16 May 2022 (UN News)* — Countries taking part in the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour this week in South Africa, are being urged to do more to end child labour by 2025.

© UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne | A child carries bundles of sticks along the road in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The strong call for urgent action at the conference taking place in Durban, aims to combat an uptick in the numbers of children being forced into work. Latest figures indicate that 160 million children  – almost one in ten worldwide – are still being affected.

Furthermore, numbers are on the rise, with the pandemic threating to reverse years of progress, as child labour becomes a bigger scourge in particular among the vulnerable five to 11-year-old age group.

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