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20/06/2022

Sexual Violence in Conflict ‘Terrorizes Populations, Destroys Lives and Fractures Communities’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Sexual violence has become a brutal tactic of warfare and repression that “terrorizes populations, destroys lives and fractures communities,” the UN chief said on Friday [17 June 2022].

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© UN Women/Khaled Arafat Ahmed | A women’s empowerment awareness session is held at a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.
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In his message for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, commemorated on Sunday, Secretary-General António Guterres also observed that perpetrators rarely face the consequences of their actions.
“It is the survivors who carry the burden of stigma and trauma throughout their lives, often doubly brutalized by harmful social norms and victim-blaming”.
19/06/2022

How the U.S. Government Is Controlled by Its Armaments Firms

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Unlike corporations that sell to consumers, Lockheed Martin and the other top contractors to the U.S. Government are highly if not totally dependent upon sales to governments, for their profits, especially sales to their own government, which they control — they control their home market, which is the U.S. Government, and they use it (their government) to sell to its allied governments (via the NATO and other U.S.-run weapons-marketing operations), all of which foreign governments constitute the export markets for their products and services.

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Eric Zuesse

These corporations effectively control the U.S. Government, and they control its weapons-marketers, such as NATO (in addition to, of course, the U.S. Government itself, which has the world’s largest sales-force peddling specifically U.S.-made weapons to foreign countries).

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19/06/2022

Women Journalists Threatened with Sexual Violence, Hate Speech

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 17 June 2022 (UNFPA)* – “I have gone to the police after receiving threats of violence,” Nistula Hebbar told UNFPA (UN Population Fund), describing the relentless onslaught of abuse she experiences online. As a politics reporter for The Hindu, her words and her reputation are her livelihood. But as a woman, the cost for doing this job is her safety.

For others, the cost is their careers, their health or even their lives.

Women journalists threatened with sexual violence, hate speech
Vijaita Singh says coordinated attacks against women journalists are common. She has experienced such violence herself. Image courtesy of Vijaita Singh.
19/06/2022

Nearly One Billion People Worldwide Suffer a Mental Disorder: WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* – Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from some form of mental disorder, according to latest UN data – a staggering figure that is even more worrying, if you consider that it includes around one in seven teenagers.

© WHO/Ploy Phutpheng | Migrants and refugees can be exposed to various stress factors which affect their mental health and well-being.

To make matters worse, in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of common conditions such as depression and anxiety, went up by more than 25 per cent, the UN health agency (WHO) said on Friday [17 June 2022].

18/06/2022

The Threat of a Large-Scale Famine

Human Wrongs Watch

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

Disasters Threaten Human Civilization

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John Scales Avery

Among the greatest dangers to human civilization are nuclear war and catastrophic climate change, dangers which also threaten the biosphere.

In addition to these two existential threats, humans also face the threat of an extremely large-scale famine, involving billions of people, rather than millions.

The beginning of this famine, which could involve much of the world’s population by 2050, can already be seen.

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18/06/2022

‘Surprise’ Early Heatwave in Europe, Harbinger of Things to Come

Human Wrongs Watch

17 June 2022 (UN News)*Sweltering conditions in Europe have come earlier than expected this year but the bad news is, they’re the shape of things to come. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the intense heatwave made its way from North Africa.

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WMO Video screen shot | An unusually early and exceptionally intense heatwave has set new temperature records in Europe, posing a major threat to people’s health, agriculture and the environment.
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The UN agency explained that an Atlantic low-pressure system between the Azores and Madeira is fuelling the warm front, pushing it towards western Europe.
18/06/2022

World Has ‘Gambled on Fossil Fuels and Lost’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The current global economic paradigm of infinite growth based on using up a finite amount of resources, such as fossil fuels, will only deliver a “permanent triple whammy of inflation, climate chaos and conflict”, the UN chief warned on Friday[17 June 2022].

© UNICEF/Frank Dejongh | A girl listens to a solar powered radio in a village in Chad.

António Guterres was addressing the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in Washington DC, convened by the United States top climate envoy, John Kerry, and hosted by President Joe Biden.

The meeting included countries representing 80 per cent of global GDP, population, and greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House.

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17/06/2022

Slave Markets Open 24/7: Refugee Babies, Boys, Girls, Women, Men…

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jun 17 2022 (IPS)* – In addition to slave selling and buying deals in public squares and garages in ‘liberated’ Libya, as already reported by IPS time ago, a widespread exploitation of men, women, and children has been carried out for years at refugee camps worldwide.

Two young victims of human trafficking, who were rescued from the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, are receiving support at a shelter in Malawi. Credit: UNODC

One of them is a Malawi refugee camp, where such inhumane practice has been reported by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malawian Police Service.

“I even witnessed a kind of Sunday market, where people come to buy children who were then exploited in situations of forced labour and prostitution,” on 11 June said UNODC’s Maxwell Matewere.

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15/06/2022

Despite Unspeakable Hardships, Migrants Keep One Billion People Alive

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jun 15 2022 (IPS)* – Here goes another fact: 230 million migrant workers are now a major life-saving source for up to one billion people starving in the world’s poorest communities, as well as a vital lifeline for the economy of their countries of origin.
Pakistani migrant workers on a construction site in Dubai. Credit: S. Irfan Ahmed/IPS

Pakistani migrant workers on a construction site in Dubai. Credit: S. Irfan Ahmed/IPS

Migrant workers’ remittances amount to over 6 billion US dollars a year, which is three times greater than the whole Global Official Development Assistance, now situated at around 180 billion US dollars.

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15/06/2022

The Food Shortage Solution in Your Own Backyard

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

While the global food systems we depend on come under increasing strain, there’s a solution to the growing crisis that most North Americans can find in their own backyards–or front lawns.

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[Neighborhood Gardens Trust]

A confluence of crises—lockdowns and business closures, mandates and worker shortages, supply chain disruptions and inflation, sanctions and war—have compounded to trigger food shortages; and we have been warned that they may last longer than the food stored in our pantries. What to do?

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