Archive for ‘Asia’

07/08/2020

Cities – Where the Fight for a Green Recovery Will Be Won or Lost

6 August 2020 (UN Environment)* — Cities are home to 55 per cent of the world’s population, all jammed together cheek-by-jowl. Little wonder, then, that cities are being hit hardest by COVID-19: an estimated 90 per cent of all reported cases have occurred in urban areas.

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But the same concentration of people also makes cities the places where the battle for a green recovery from COVID-19 – which is essential to reduce future pandemic risks and fight climate change – can be won.

Cities are breeding grounds for ideas and the places where many new techniques to reduce climate change, pollution, resource use and biodiversity loss are taking shape.

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05/08/2020

Fade to Black – Dark Hackers at a Glance

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Velázquez*

(Wall Street International)*  — Throughout my career I have always thought that offensive security is awesome. That’s why I personally liked the term hacker, gray hat, black hat, etc. a lot because it highlights a lot of aspects in one single term. This is not necessarily an opinion everybody shares.

Being prepared and ready to engage in offensive security with the highest possible gurus, expertise, passion and dedication are the main things to achieve success in it, along with a breaker mentality to dig out the most hidden detail in a system.

Also, many people believe the principles for offensive thinking cannot be learned, you should have already certain abilities or talents such as:

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05/08/2020

A Shoulder to Lean on for Female Farmers in South Sudan

Human Wrongs Watch

How a women’s farming group in Rumbek created an incredible community

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The members of the group are doing so well they are looking to expand and establish an official bank account. ©FAO/Andreea Campeanu

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(FAO)*– “In the Dinka language, there is a saying: men eat first, then women, then children. But here we, as women, we eat beside the men.”
05/08/2020

The Crash of the American Empire

Human Wrongs Watch

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

The American empire is crashing. What will it be like. Let us look at recent precedents.

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The last empire to crash was the Soviet empire 30 years ago. At the time it was led by Mikhail Gorbachev, a man of peace and harmony, its population was not seriously divided or heavily armed, and the army stayed in their barracks.

As a result, there was very little physical violence when the empire collapsed, although in the ensuing years there was great economic suffering because of the devaluation of the ruble (by a factor of almost 10,000) and in subsequent years, there were armed conflicts with the Ukraine and Georgia.

In the end, the oligarchs (Russian mafia, etc.) and the secret police (Putin had been head of the KGB) consolidated their power.

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05/08/2020

Convention on Worst Forms of Child Labour Receives Universal Ratification

Human Wrongs Watch

4 August 2020 (UN News)* — All 187 countries that are members of the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) have now ratified a convention to protect children from the worst forms of child labour, including slavery, prostitution and trafficking.

FAO/Franco Mattioli | In Nepal, a young girl transports agricultural goods along a 65 km mountain path. When children engage in work that is not appropriate for their age, this is child labour.
Formally known as Convention No. 182, the treaty, adopted two decades ago, achieved universal ratification on Tuesday [4 August 2020], making it the most rapidly ratified Convention in the UN agency’s 101-year history.
02/08/2020

Breastfeeding ‘For a Healthier Planet’

1 August 2020 (UN News)*World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling – a critical component of breastfeeding support.

UNICEF/Jan Zammit | A mother and her new born baby at the National Health Center for Mother and Child, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. (4 September 2015)

The UN has long advocated the benefits of breastfeeding, which delivers health, nutritional and emotional benefits to both children and mothers. It also helps foster a sustainable food system.

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02/08/2020

UN Refugee Agency Warns of Increased COVID-19-related Trafficking Risks for Refugees, Displaced and Stateless

Tunisia. Refugees and asylum-seekers find safety at shelter in ZarzisSudanese asylum-seeker Mahamoud, 33, photographed near the Zeitoun shelter in Zarsis, Tunisia, in December 2019. He used smugglers to enter Libya, where he was captured by militias and sold several times. © UNHCR/John Wessels

02/08/2020

No End in Sight to COVID Crisis, and Its Impact Will Last for ‘Decades to Come’

Human Wrongs Watch

1 August 2020 (UN News)*Expressing “appreciation for WHO and partners’ COVID-19 pandemic response efforts”, the emergency committee convened by the UN health agency’s chief, made it clear that there is not yet an end in sight to the public health crisis that has so far infected more than 17 million and killed over 650,000 people.

UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking | A healthcare worker checks the temperature of a patient at a hospital in Nonthaburi Province, Thailand.
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The committee convened by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, under the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR), held its fourth meeting on 31 July.
02/08/2020

US Leaders Should Combat Anti-Asian Racism, Xenophobia

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In this screenshot, a man helps a shop owner pick up a display stand after a group of teenagers vandalize the store in Chinatown San Francisco on March 16, 2020.   © 2020 CrimesAgainstAsians/Facebook

The reporting center, STOP AAPI HATE, received more than 2,373 self-reported incidents of racism, hate speech, discrimination, and physical attacks against Asians and Asian Americans from March to July 2020.

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01/08/2020

The North Sea’s Choice: Revolution or Destruction?

But we need to leave that behind.
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Oil rig ‘Ninian’ in the Brent Oil Field. © Karsten Smid / Greenpeace

The consequences of the fossil fuels operations in the North Sea are devastating:

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