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19/03/2019

Impeachment Is Not Enough!

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hall Gardner*

18 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*  — In commenting on the new status of Chinese President Xi as president for life, President Trump quipped: “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll give that a shot someday.” (March 3, 2018). What Trump may have considered to be a joke could instead prove to be a lapsus révélateur. It is not absolutely certain that Trump was joking about becoming president for life.
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Mount Rushmore National Memorial | Photo from Wall Street International.
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19/03/2019

What Is ‘South-South Cooperation’ and Why Does It Matter?

18 March 2019 — This week in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, over one thousand people, including high level government delegations and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will gather for the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation, or BAPA+40.*

 

©FAO/Wang Jinbiao | Through the South-South Cooperation (SSC), training and technical guidance on rice production have been provided to farmers in Africa and now in Cote D’Ivoire they are celebrating a bumper harvest.
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18/03/2019

“Almost 20 Years Since the Adoption of Security Council’s Resolution on Women, Peace and Security, We Don’t Just Need to Be at the Peace Table. It’s Time to Redesign It”

Human Wrongs Watch

18 March 2019 (UN Women)*“Almost 20 years since the adoption of resolution 1325, we don’t just need to be at the peace table. It’s time to redesign the table,” said Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls, Chair of Board of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, speaking at a side event on 15 March at the 63rd session on the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Nasima Omari, representing the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, speaks at the side event  “The Road to 2020: Accelerating Action on Women, Peace and Security”. Photo:  UN Women/Ryan Brown

Nasima Omari, representing the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, speaks at the side event “The Road to 2020: Accelerating Action on Women, Peace and Security”. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

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18/03/2019

Judging U.S. War Crimes

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury.

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Kathy Kelly

Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months, and the U.S. courts could allow formation of future Grand Juries, potentially jailing her again.

Chelsea Manning has already paid an extraordinarily high price for educating the U.S. public about atrocities committed in the wars of choice the U.S. waged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Chelsea Manning was a U.S. Army soldier and former U.S. intelligence analyst.

She already testified, in court, how she downloaded and disseminated government documents revealing classified information she believed represented possible war crimes.

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18/03/2019

Failed Economics

 Deforestation for palm oil Indonesia © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

A recently cleared forest in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. © Ulet Ifansasti / Greenpeace

At the end of 2018, Credit Suisse published its updated report on global wealth. Forty-two-million millionaires and billionaires comprise the richest 0.5% of the world’s population. That translates to 0.8% of adults in the report, possessing 44.8% of the world’s economic wealth. A decade ago, researchers commonly reported that the wealthy 15% of humanity owned 85% of the resources.

Today, 6.2% (9.5% of adults) now claim 85% of the wealth. The rich got richer.

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18/03/2019

“You Are Stealing Our Future” – Thundering Youth Call on Power to Act Now

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment*

“You are stealing our future.”

When Swedish 16-year-old Greta Thunberg first spoke out, she was alone. On Friday, 15 March 2019, she was joined by thousands of young people around the world, as demonstrations gathered momentum in the Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and beyond.

They are speaking out and their voices are thundering: “Act now!”

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Photo from UN Environment.

As the largest climate strikes in history gather pace around the world, hundreds of thousands of youth are uniting in their mission to send a clear message to policymakers: let us into the discussion, now.

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17/03/2019

Packaging Accounts for More than a Quarter of Plastic Worldwide – Innovation Drives Industry Efforts to Reduce Waste

Human Wrongs Watch

15 March 2019 (UN Environment)*  — Plastic, as a material, has revolutionized the way we package food, distribute it and safely consume it. It is estimated that packaging accounts for more than a quarter of plastic worldwide, increasing the shelf life of many products and making food shopping more convenient for billions.

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Photo by Lawrence Hislop/GRID Arendal | Photo from UN Environment.

However, the world is waking up to the long-lasting impact that inappropriate management of plastic packaging is having on our environment, especially in our oceans.

Ways to address the plastic problem are now being discussed at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

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16/03/2019

The Fashion Industry Is Responsible for More Global Carbon Emissions than All International Flights and Maritime Shipping Combined

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment*

  • Launched today [14 March 2019] at the UN Environment Assembly, the UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion is seeking to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion.
  • The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

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NairobiThe UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion, launched today [14 March 2019] at the UN Environment Assembly, is seeking to halt the environmentally and socially destructive practices of fashion, and instead harness the industry as a driver for improving the world’s ecosystems.

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16/03/2019

How Much Would You Pay for Education? – In Lebanon the Cost Is Your Life

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sayde Tawk

13 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*With all the pretty things we can say about Lebanon, it becomes quite ugly when we attempt to allude to politics and the current economic situation. However, when a father gets to a point of burning himself alive in his daughters’ school burdened by the unbearable education fees, the ugliness slaps us hard on the face and lays bare a harsh reality that no longer can be tolerated. 

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Beirut | Photo from Wall Street International.

The death of George Zreik on the 8th of February 2019, subdued by the merciless administrative of academic institutions marks a shameful day for Lebanon and for its politicians and religious figures in particular.

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16/03/2019

Urgent Measures Needed to Close ‘Enormous’ Justice Gap for Women – New Global Report

Human Wrongs Watch

15 March 2019 (UN Women)*The High-level Group on Justice for Women (HLG), comprising of justice, human rights and gender experts from different parts of the world, launched a pathbreaking global report on Justice for Women on 13 March, at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

Jeni Klugman, author of the the Justice for Women Report, speaks at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard

Jeni Klugman, author of the the Justice for Women Report, speaks at a side event on the margins of the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Photo: UN Women/Amanda Voisard

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