Archive for ‘Latin America & Caribbean’

07/12/2021

All Humans Are Born Equal in Rights? That’s Still Far from Being True

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 6 2021 (IPS) – ”All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These words are a sound introduction to the transcendental issue of human rights and equalities, as stated by the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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The Declaration proclaims the “inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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03/12/2021

A Green Paradox: Deforesting the Amazon for Wind Energy in the Global North

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By Francesc Badia I Dalmases*

A shift to wind energy is leaving a trail of destruction in Ecuador, with a brutal impact on Indigenous communities and fragile ecosystems | ESPAÑOL

An island on the Pastaza river seen from the community of Sharamentsa in the Ecuadorian Amazon | Francesc Badia i Dalmases
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1 December 2021 (openDemocracy)* — What has the destruction of balsa trees in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest got to do with the wind power industry in Europe?
03/12/2021

Indigenous Peoples’ Lands: Stolen Fair and Square

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By Mark P. Fancher | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday, in which exceptionalism and selective amnesia are celebrated. The sick fairy tale obscures the violent foundations of a settler colonial nation.

United American Indians of New England | Photo: Facebook

Tomorrow, in homes across the country, millions of people will cluster around dinner tables and say an obligatory prayer of thanks that they were born free and white in America. They will then stuff their faces with piles of bland food and wash it all down with too much beer and occasional shots of whiskey.

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03/12/2021

New Mechanism Needed to Deal with ‘Unprecedented’ Displacement in Mexico and Central America

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(UN News)* — Lack of opportunities, gangs, organized crime, the ravages of the pandemic and climate change, have triggered the displacement of nearly one million people in Mexico and Central America in recent years.

UNICEF/César Amador | Asylum seekers, including children, at the Matamoros camp awaiting their US immigration hearings in Mexico

To deal with the problem more effectively, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees called on Thursday [2 December 2021] for a new mechanism that could operate across the whole region, to deal with what is now an unprecedented displacement crisis.

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02/12/2021

Women and Girls at High Risk of Being Pushed into Modern Slavery

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(UN News)* — Women and children are at high risk of being pushed into contemporary forms of slavery, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday [1 December 2021].

In an alert to coincide with the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on 2 December, they warned that global challenges such as COVID-19, climate change and armed conflict have amplified existing vulnerabilities.
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According to figures released by UNICEF and ILO in June, almost 80 million children aged 5 to 17, are subjected to hazardous work which is classified as a contemporary form of slavery.
02/12/2021

Call It ‘Old’, ‘Contemporary’, ‘Modern’ or Whatever: It Is Slavery

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Dec 1 2021 (IPS)* – No matter what it is called — it is the abhorrent daily life of a billion enslaved humans.  The real number of “modern” slaves is understandably unknown. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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Teenage girls harvest tomatoes on a farm in the state of Sinaloa, in northern Mexico. Credit: Courtesy of Sinaloa Institute for Adult Education

Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking, it says.

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01/12/2021

The True Cost of Black Friday

Advertising Hack on Black Friday in Bogotá. © Nathalia Angarita / Greenpeace
On the eve of Black Friday, Greenpeace Colombia volunteers hacked advertisements with the message: “The best deal is to save the planet.” Greenpeace Colombia’s action was carried out within the framework of the Our New City campaign, which seeks to promote a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. © Nathalia Angarita / Greenpeace

Big brands sit back and wait for consumers to think they are making a smart decision just because the price is low, forgetting that the lower the discount, the lower price put on the planet. 

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01/12/2021

Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean Rose by 13.8 Million People in Just One Year

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A joint publication of FAO, IFAD, PAHO/WHO, WFP and UNICEF

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The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021 ©FAO

Santiago/Chile, 1 December 2021 (FAO)*  – Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30 percent increase in the number of people suffering hunger from 2019 to 2020, says a new UN report.

According to the Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2021, in just one year, and in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people living with hunger increased by 13.8 million, reaching a total of 59.7 million people.

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01/12/2021

Let’s Get Money Out of Politics

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By John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why COP26 Failed Future Generations

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In discussing the threat of catastrophic climate change, we need to be aware of the contrast between the short-term future and the long-term future.

Unless we take immediate and drastic action, we risk passing environmental tipping points, beyond which uncontrollable feedback loops will take over, making human efforts useless.

However, it is difficult to mobilize the political will needed for immediate and drastic action, because the worst effects of catastrophic climate change lie in the very distant future.

What will happen if we fail to act decisively and immediately on the issue of climate?

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30/11/2021

Destitute and Desperate Asylum Seekers and Migrants

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*Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

It was with deep sadness that on Wed 23 Nov 2021 the world watched in horror the news that 27 people had drowned in the English Channel when their flimsy dinghy overturned in the sea in an attempted crossing from Calais to Dover.

At least 27 migrants drowned crossing the English Channel from France. ABC

I am sorry and I ask the forgiveness of migrants and refugees who have been forced to flee their lands and seek a place of refuge in any country who would give them a place to lay their heads. I send my condolences to the families at the loss of their beloved ones in a cold watery tragedy far away from their homes.

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