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15/11/2019

Malocchio

Human Wrongs Watch

By Donatella Polizzi*

It is not true, but I believe it!

14 November 2019 (Wall Street International)*“Ciao, how are you?” “So so, we keep going” is the answer. An Italian will never say “I am fine” or “Things are fantastic”. In Italy, people tend to be afraid of causing jealousy and envy so understate all success. According to a widespread belief, envy is at the base of “malocchio”, the evil eye, from the combination of “mal”, bad, and “occhio”, eye. The evil eye is a form of curse, transmitted through the gaze, hence the name, many cultures believe causes injury or bad luck to the person it is directed.

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15/11/2019

What’s in Your Bathroom? The Hidden Plastics in Your Beauty Products

12 November 2019 (UN Environment)*Go into any beauty store and you will see shelves full of products that promise to fix every problem with your appearance that you didn’t realize you had. Is your hair too oily or too dry? There’s a shampoo for that. Got flaky skin? Take this exfoliator. Is your skin discoloured? Use this colour-correcting foundation or check out this blusher.
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Photo by UNEP/ Viola Kup

Distracted by choices about which products to choose, consumers may not take time to consider the environmental impact of these products.

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15/11/2019

With More than Half the World Now at Risk from Mosquito-Transmitted Dengue Fever, UN Mosquito Sterilization Technology Set for Global Testing

Human Wrongs Watch

With more than half the world now at risk from mosquito-transmitted dengue fever, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN has taken the lead on a global effort to eradicate the disease – and many others – by measuring the impact of releasing millions of sterilized pests across several continents, it announced on Thursday [14 November 2019]. (*).

IAEA | The aedes aegypti mosquito transmits zika, in addition to dengue and chikungunya.
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15/11/2019

Under Threat for Resisting an Illegal Mine in India

Human Wrongs Watch

7 November  2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)*“We will surrender our lives but not our land, hills and forests,” says representatives of Datobeda village, Jharkhand, India

These are the words of representatives of Datobeda village, Jharkhand, India, who have been leading the resistance to a limestone mine on their ancestral land and today live in fear of arrest.

Surendranath Tudu, Pandu Sardar, Sonu Sardar and Netramohan Sardar have been falsely accused by the mining company of a number of crimes including kidnapping, assault and extortion.

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14/11/2019

Child Labour and Human Trafficking Remain Important Concerns in Global Supply Chains

Human Wrongs Watch

New information on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains is revealed in a report compiled by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – members of the Alliance 8.7 partnership on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. (*)

14/11/2019

We Need Biodiversity-Based Agriculture to Solve the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The Earth is living, and also creates life. Over 4 billion years the Earth has evolved a rich biodiversity — an abundance of different living organisms and ecosystems — that can meet all our needs and sustain life.Through biodiversity and the living functions of the biosphere, the Earth regulates temperature and climate, and has created the conditions for our species to evolve.

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14/11/2019

Revealed: Danger and Squalor for Cleaners Who Remove Human Waste by Hand

Human Wrongs Watch

The plight of sanitation workers in the developing world should be addressed urgently, the UN said on Thursday [14 November 2019], warning that their rights, health and dignity are at risk. *

WaterAid/ Basile Ouedraogo | A latrine emptier stands inside a pit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day next Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned.

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14/11/2019

Cascading Disasters Are Causing Extreme Weather to Pack an Even Bigger Punch

Human Wrongs Watch

12 November 2019 (UN Environment)*In November 2007, strong winds and heavy rain from Cyclone Sidr tore through the southern coast of Bangladesh. Soon, the coastal districts became a wasteland. Houses destroyed, tin shacks flattened and schools blown away. However, the destruction wrought by the deadly cyclone was only the beginning.

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As the aftermath saw water and sanitation infrastructures heavily damaged and human waste left untreated, an outbreak of waterborne diseases added to the struggle of the recovery effort.

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14/11/2019

‘Diabetes Leads Over Time to Serious Damage to the Heart, Blood Vessels, Eyes, Kidneys, and Nerves… And It Is One of the Main Causes of Death Worldwide’

14 November 2019 (WHO)*Diabetes is a chronic, metabolic disease characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (or blood sugar), which leads over time to serious damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
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The most common is type 2 diabetes, usually in adults, which occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin. In the past three decades the prevalence of type 2 diabetes has risen dramatically in countries of all income levels.
14/11/2019

World Health Organization Leads Bid for Cheaper Insulin, Expanding Access for Diabetics Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

Overly expensive insulin could be a thing of the past – and life-changing news – for millions of diabetics under a plan launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday [13 November 2019] to diversify production globally, just ahead of World Diabetes Day. *

WHO/A. Loke | A health worker checks a diabetic patient’s blood sugar levels.

Announcing the initiative in Geneva, the UN agency said that it had already had informal expressions of interest from pharmaceutical companies looking to produce insulin and have WHO assess whether it is safe for people to use.

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