Archive for ‘Asia’

07/08/2022

Afghanistan: Economic Crisis Underlies Mass Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

By Human Rights Watch*

Governments, Taliban Need to Reach Urgent Agreement on Banking Issues

(Washington, DC) – Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis cannot be effectively addressed unless the United States and other governments ease restrictions on the country’s banking sector to facilitate legitimate economic activity and humanitarian aid, Human Rights Watch said on 4 Augusto 2022.

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07/08/2022

To End ‘Hell on Earth’ the US Must Free Afghanistan’s $7bn Reserves

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrés Arauz*

Biden must release Afghanistan’s foreign reserves to alleviate suffering, argues Ecuador’s ex-central bank director.

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It’s virtually impossible for Afghanistan’s central bank to fulfill its basic functions without access to its international reserves, argues Andrés Arauz | Ali Khara / Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo

(openDemocracy)* — “Hell on earth.” That’s how the World Food Programme’s executive director, David Beasley, describes the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Twenty million people – nearly half the country’s population – face acute hunger.

Reports of people selling their kidneys to buy food have become alarmingly common.

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03/08/2022

Technology, Social Media Help Traffickers Hunt Their Victims, Enslave Them, Sell Their Organs

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Aug 3 2022 (IPS)* – Human beings have proved to be capable of producing innumerable practical inventions while much too often making the worst use of them. Take the case, per example, of how criminal groups heavily rely on digital platforms to trap and enslave their victims also for extracting and selling their organs.
Venezuelan migrant Manuela Molina (not her real name) was promised a decent job in Trinidad, but minutes after her arrival she was forced into a van and taken to a secret location. Credit: IOM Port of Spain - Human Trafficking - Technology Helps Traffickers Hunt Their Victims, Enslave Them, Sell Their Organs

Venezuelan migrant Manuela Molina (not her real name) was promised a decent job in Trinidad, but minutes after her arrival she was forced into a van and taken to a secret location. Credit: IOM Port of Spai

Yes, technology now dominates most of human activities and, surprisingly enough, it is now presented as the perfect life-saving solution for the smallest and poorest households worldwide. Simply, it has replaced the precious human knowledge, which has been acquired over thousands of years.

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03/08/2022

Lessons from Vietnam for Ukraine

Human Wrongs Watch

By Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Rick Sterling

In April 1965, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) explained why he was escalating US involvement in Vietnam. With an Orwellian touch, LBJ titled the speech “Peace without Conquest”  as he announced the beginning of US air attacks on Vietnam.  He explained that,

“We must fight if we are to live in a world where every country can shape its own destiny and only in such a world will our own freedom be secure… we have made a national pledge to help South Vietnam defend its independence and I intend to keep that promise. To dishonor that pledge, to abandon the small and brave nation to its enemies and the terror must follow would be an unforgivable wrong.”

Johnson further explained,

“We are also there to strengthen world order… To leave Vietnam to its fate would shake the confidence of all these people in the value of an American commitment and in the value of America’s words.”

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03/08/2022

Horn of Africa Faces Most ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity in Decades – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday [2 August 2022] that the Greater Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises of the last 70 years.  

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich | A child of seven months is being examined for malnutrition due to the severe drought in Somalia.

More than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five acutely malnourished in the region.  

While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, WHO said that ensuring a strong health emergency response is needed to avert preventable disease and deaths. 

02/08/2022

EU’s Drone Is Another Threat to Migrants and Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Judith Sunderland and Lorenzo Pezzani*

Frontex Aerial Surveillance Facilitates Return to Abuse in Libya.

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Reconstruction of the July 30, 2021, interception facilitated by Frontex drone. In addition to the track of the Frontex drone, the map shows the track of Seabird (a Sea-Watch airplane) that witnessed the interception. It also shows the NGO vessel Sea Watch 3 in the vicinity. There is no vessel tracking data for the Libyan Coast Guard patrol boat Ras Jadir or the intercepted vessel. Map courtesy of Border Forensics.

1 August 2022 (Human Rights Watch)* — “We didn’t know it was the Libyans until the boat got close enough and we could see the flag. At that point we started to scream and cry. One man tried to jump into the sea and we had to stop him. We fought off as much as we could to not be taken back, but we couldn’t do anything about it,” Dawit told us.

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02/08/2022

The Afghan Debacle

Human Wrongs Watch

By William T. Hathaway – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Establishment journalists and politicians are despairingly asking: Why did we fail in our well-meaning efforts to help the Afghan people? What were our mistakes?

Wrong questions as they ignore the first mistake: creating the Taliban.

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William T. Hathaway

The USA’s attempts to dominate Afghanistan and its resources began 40 years ago when Jimmy Carter in one of his last acts as president approved a CIA plan to overthrow the Afghan government.

That government was no more dictatorial than others in the region, and it was implementing most of the humanitarian programs the USA later claimed it wanted to do: Women had equal rights and access to education, the country had freedom of religion and a well-functioning healthcare system.

The rural infrastructure was being improved, and the standard of living was increasing. But the government was communist, and that meant it had to go, no matter how many people had to die.

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02/08/2022

Neo-Colonial Currency Enables French Exploitation

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 2022 (IPS)* – Colonial-style currency board arrangements have enabled continuing imperialist exploitation decades after the end of formal colonial rule. Such neo-colonial monetary systems persist despite modest reforms.

In 2019, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused France of using currency arrangements to “exploit” its former African colonies, “impoverishing Africa” and causing refugees to “leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts”.

Anis Chowdhury

Neo-colonial CFA
As France ratified the Bretton Woods Agreement on 26 December 1945, it established the Colonies Françaises d’Afrique (CFA) franc zone, enabling France to update pre-war colonial monetary arrangements.

The ostensible intent of the ‘Franc of the French Colonies of Africa’ (FCFA) was to cushion France’s colonies from the drastic French franc (FF) devaluation required to peg its value to the US dollar, as agreed at Bretton Woods.

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01/08/2022

How Private Corporations Stole the Sea from the Commons

Human Wrongs Watch

By Guy Standing*

Overfishing, seabed mining, corporate greed: let’s take back control of our marine environment for the common good.

A protest by Ocean Rebellion against deep-sea mining, Rotterdam, February 2022 | Zuma Press Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

29 July 2022 (openDemocracy)* — For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure.

But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.

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01/08/2022

Equal in the Eyes of Bees

Human Wrongs Watch

(By FAO)* — “The turning point came when my husband and I participated in the FAO training together. That’s where my motivation to become a beekeeper came from,” says Fatoumata Kandé, a farmer and mother from the village of Sare Bidji in the Kolda region of southern Senegal.

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Mamadiang Mballo and Fatoumata Kandé both work as beekeepers and are finding new ways of working together after attending a gender-sensitive, FAO farmer field school training. ©FAO/ Yacine Cissé

“Beekeeping in Senegal has traditionally been considered a man’s job. The training helped me understand that I too can contribute and make a difference.”

As a member of the local cooperative, Coopérative Agroalimentaire de la Casamance – Miel (CAC/Miel), Fatoumata’s husband, 52-year-old Mamadiang Mballo, has practised beekeeping for over 15 years.

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