Archive for ‘Latin America & Caribbean’

27/03/2020

From the Field: Threatened Brazilian Activist Fights for Slavery Descendants’ Rights

UN Brazil/Joana Berwanger | Damião Braga is an activist and community leader.
Damião Braga is  a quilombola leader, a term which originally referred to enslaved African people and which is now used to describe the descendants of these populations.

Mr. Braga leads Pedra do Sal, one of the main urban quilombola communities, which has been fighting a long-standing judicial and administrative battle to obtain ownership of properties in central Rio, now owned by the State and claimed by the Catholic Church.

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26/03/2020

Meet the Angels

Human Wrongs Watch

By Cinzia Di Loreto*

In your inner life, the place of absolute peace that exists inside you

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Meet the Angels | Image from Wall Street International.
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23 March 2020 (Wall Street International)* — Where would you go if you wanted to meet an Angel? In a sacred place? In a wonderful natural environment? In the infinite space? Yes, all these places are perfect, and they allow you to meet the angelic energies, but there is one even better: your inner life, the place of absolute peace that exists inside you.

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26/03/2020

Linked Dangers to Civilization

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery

Many of the serious dangers that we face today can be addressed by reforming our economic systems

Reforming our economic systems
Reforming our economic systems | Image from Wall Street International.

25 March 2020 (Wall Street International)*   — I would like to announce the publication of a book, which discusses the most serious dangers which the world faces today. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link.

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26/03/2020

Virus Which Causes COVID-19 Threatens Great Ape Conservation

Human Wrongs Watch

Interview with Johannes Refisch, United Nations Great Apes Survival Partnership Programme, Manager and Coordinator

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Photo by: Pierre Aden/Visual Hunt

25 March 2020 (UN Environment)* — Both great ape research and tourism have allowed people to learn about chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans, and to observe them from a close proximity. Great ape tourism also serves as an important source of revenue for governments and communities, and a significant proportion of this income is reinvested in the protection of endangered species and their natural habitats.

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26/03/2020

‘We Urgently Need to Raise Our Voices against All Expressions of Racism and Instances of Racist Behaviour’ – Int’l Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — In his message for the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, observed on Wednesday [25 March 2020], the UN Secretary-General called for the dismantling of racist structures and institutions so that the world can move forward.

UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz | Details from ‘Ark of Return,’ the permanent memorial in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
25/03/2020

The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US

Human Wrongs Watch

By Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service*

“Two categories of propaganda must be distinguished. The first strives to create a permanent disposition in its objects and constantly needs to be reinforced. Its goal is to make the masses ‘available,’ by working spells upon them and exercising a kind of fascination.

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Edward Curtin

The second category involves the creation of a sort of temporary impulsiveness in its objects.  It operates by simple pressure and is often contradictory (since contradictory mass movement are sometimes necessary).”  – Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society

The French-Algerian writer Albert Camus’ great 1947 novel, The Plague, is a warning to us today, but a warning in disguise.

When he died sixty years ago at the young age of forty-six, he had already written The Stranger, The Fall, and The Plague, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

The outward story of The Plague revolves around a malignant disease that breaks out in a town that is quarantined when the authorities issue a state of emergency.

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25/03/2020

COVID-19: India Imposes a 21-Day Lockdown, in Line with WHO Guidance

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — India’s decision to impose a 21-day lockdown, which was announced on Tuesday [24 March 2020], comes after a call from the UN health agency, WHO, for the country to take “aggressive action”.

UN India | Normally bustling streets in cities across India were mostly deserted as the country observed the shutdown.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s order for the country’s 1.3 billion people to stay home, is an escalation of the 07:00 – 21:00 “Janata curfew” introduced on March 22, and it comes a day after the government grounded all domestic flights.
25/03/2020

Radical Missionaries in the Amazon Put Isolated Tribes at Risk

Covid-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus could wipe out any of Brazil’s indigenous isolated tribes.

Around 100 isolated groups live in Brazil’s Amazon with 16 of them in the same reserve in the Javari Valley. Around 100 isolated groups live in Brazil’s Amazon with 16 of them in the same reserve in the Javari Valley. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSUR’s article).

24 March 2020 (teleSUR)* —  Isolated tribes in the Brazilian Amazon are at high risk of contracting deadly diseases including the coronavirus because of missionaries who swore to convert all of them, a report from the Guardian published Monday revealed.

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25/03/2020

New WHO Recommendations to Prevent Tuberculosis Aim to Save Millions of Lives

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GENEVA, 24 March 2020 (WHO)* — New World Health Organization (WHO) guidance will help countries accelerate efforts to stop people with tuberculosis (TB) infection becoming sick with TB by giving them preventive treatment. 中文 |  Français  | Русский  | Español   |

A quarter of the world‘s population is estimated to be infected with TB bacteria. These people are neither sick nor contagious. However, they are at greater risk of developing TB disease, especially those with weakened immunity.

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25/03/2020

Amidst Pandemic, Now Is the Time for Action to Also Beat the World’s Deadliest Infectious Killer: Tuberculosis, Urges World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*As countries across the world grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN Health agency reminded everyone on Tuesday [24 March 2020], World Tuberculosis Day 2020, that TB remains the world’s most deadly infectious disease.

UNDP/Aurélia Rusekn|nA Somali refugee who was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2017 holds her chest x-ray in a camp in Djibouti where she lives with her family.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a quarter of the global population is estimated to be infected with TB bacteria.
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