Archive for ‘Latin America & Caribbean’

12/11/2022

Global Food Imports Costs on Track to Reach All-Time High

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Food import costs globally are projected to reach nearly $2 trillion this year, or higher than previously expected, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report published on Friday []

Conflict, rapid population growth and a heavy reliance on food imports pose serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa.
FAO/Ami Vitale | Conflict, rapid population growth and a heavy reliance on food imports pose serious challenges for food security in the Near East and North Africa.

The new forecast of $1.94 trillion would represent an all-time high and a 10 per cent increase over the record level of 2021.
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However, the pace of increase is expected to slow down in response to higher food prices and the depreciation of currencies against the United States dollar, according to the latest Food Outlook report.

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11/11/2022

Market Lords, Much More than a War, Behind World’s Food Crisis

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MADRID, Nov 11 2022 (IPS)* – While grain exports continue to regularly flow to world’s markets since the July 2022 Turkey-brokered agreement between Russia and Ukraine to resume cereals and fertilisers shipments from both countries, food prices are still skyrocketing everywhere. How come?
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In each of the three global food crises studied, financial speculation has caused steep increases in prices, making food inaccessible to hundreds of millions of people. Credit: Bigstock

The handiest answer by establishment politicians and media is that it’s all about the Russian invasion of Ukraine last February.

Another argument they use is that it is Russia who interrupted its gas and oil exports, omitting the fact that it is West US-led sanctions that have drastically cut this flow to mostly European markets, causing a steady rise in energy costs, food transportation, etcetera.

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09/11/2022

Wisdom from the Jungle

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By Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service*

While we are inundated with reports of varying credibility about the war instigated by US/NATO against Russia being fought in Ukraine, evoking justifiable hand-wringing over needless loss of life, threat of nuclear Armageddon and ever-growing windfall profits to weapons makers, we would do well to pay closer attention to Haiti, ground zero for resistance against Western colonialism and exceptionalism.

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Demonstration in Ti Gwav, Haiti, against US occupation, Oct. 2022. (Photo by Haiti Information Project)

Barely a blip on the radar of mass media, we’re occasionally seeing brief reports of unrest in Haiti that belie the true scope and nature of the current uprising.

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08/11/2022

Like Racism and Sexism, ‘Povertyism’ Should Be Illegal: UN Human Rights Expert

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(UN News)* — Although the global cost-of-living crisis will be an obstacle to eradicating poverty by 2030, countries can still make significant progress towards this Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), UN-appointed human rights expert Olivier de Schutter has said. 

the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter during his visit to Lebanon from 1-12 Novemeber 2021.
Marwan Tahtah | the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Olivier De Schutter during his visit to Lebanon from 1-12 Novemeber 2021.

He believes the world also can move forward in stamping out negative attitudes towards the millions of people worldwide who are struggling just to get by.

“People are stereotyped and discriminated against purely because they are poor. This is frankly sickening and a stain on our society,” he told the General Assembly recently.

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07/11/2022

Nothing to Eat or Drink, Nowhere to Sleep

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Rapid Assistance Critical to Families’ Survival as They Face Displacement in Somalia.

Mogadishu, 28 October 2022 (IOM)* – As Somalia experiences its worst drought in four decades, more than 1.1 million people have already been forced to pack their belongings and move to other areas of the country to escape thirst and hunger. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and partners are reaching those newly displaced with essential support to help them make it through one of the toughest experiences of their lives.

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07/11/2022

Eight Warmest Years on Record Witness Upsurge in Climate Change Impacts

Sea level rise accelerates, European glacier melt shatters records, extreme weather causes devastation

Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt 6 November (WMO)* – The past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat.

Extreme heatwaves, drought and devastating flooding have affected millions and cost billions this year, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s provisional State of the Global Climate in 2022 report.

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05/11/2022

Sweden: Step Up efforts to Fight Systemic Racism, Urge UN Human Rights Experts 

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(UN News)* — Sweden should step up efforts to fight systemic racism and focus on strategies to restore trust between police and minority groups, said a UN Human Rights Council-appointed group of independent experts on advancing racial justice and equality, on Friday [].

Street traffic in Stockholm, Sweden.
Unsplash/Tamara Menzi | Street traffic in Stockholm, Sweden.

While visiting the country from 31 October to 4 November, the members of the International Expert Mechanism gathered information on the existing legislative and regulatory measures for tackling racial discrimination.

“The collection, publication and analysis of data disaggregated by race or ethnic origin in all aspects of life, especially regarding interactions with law enforcement and the criminal justice system, is an essential element for designing and assessing responses to systemic racism”, said Chair, Yvonne Mokgoro.

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04/11/2022

Revealed: Rich Countries ‘Miserably’ Fall Below Their Climate Promises, Further Indebt the Poor

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MADRID, Nov 4 2022 (IPS)* – Just a few days ahead of the UN Climate Conference (COP27) in Egypt (6-18 November), new revelations show how far rich, industrialised countries –those who contribute most to the growing catastrophes- have been lying over their real contributions to climate finance.
“To force poor countries to repay a loan to cope with a climate crisis they hardly caused is profoundly unfair. Instead of supporting countries that are facing worsening droughts, cyclones and flooding, rich countries are crippling their ability to cope with the next shock and deepening their poverty.” Credit: Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS.

“To force poor countries to repay a loan to cope with a climate crisis they hardly caused is profoundly unfair. Instead of supporting countries that are facing worsening droughts, cyclones and flooding, rich countries are crippling their ability to cope with the next shock and deepening their poverty.” Credit: Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS.

The True Value of Climate Finance Is a Third of What Developed Countries Report unveils that many rich countries are using “dishonest and misleading” accounting “to inflate” their climate finance contributions to developing countries – in 2020 by as much as 225%, according to investigations by Oxfam International.

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04/11/2022

The Bottomless Pit of War Spending

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By Manlio Dinucci | Global Research – TRANSCEND Media Service*

The European Union is giving Ukraine €5 billion in exceptional macrofinancial assistance. Another 9 billion has been provided by the EU-sponsored fundraising campaign. However, this is not enough to cover the budget hole; Zelenski is immediately asking for another 55 billion euros. The US and EU have already donated 100 billion euros in military supplies to Kiev.

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US Weapons to Ukraine – InfoBrics

Add to that billions more spent by the EU on training and arming Ukrainian forces, plus those spent for the same purpose by individual EU countries.

In the U.S., a bill is passing in the Senate that allows the Pentagon to purchase, without specific congressional authorization, huge quantities of weapons for Ukraine directly from the war industries-a colossal business for the military industrial complex, which will further increase its profits with NATO’s Ten-Year Plan to arm Ukraine by repurposing its war industry.

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04/11/2022

Border Walls Hurt the Weakest and Least to Blame in the Climate Crisis

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kristina Korte*

Fortified borders don’t stop migration – they just make inequality worse, just like climate change.

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A man swims in flood water, Sehwan, Pakistan, 6 September 2022 |Akhtar Soomro/Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo

2 November 2022 (openDemocracy)* — What do monsoons have to do with border walls?

Take a recent catastrophe: in June, Pakistan’s monsoon rains triggered devastating flooding that caused one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

More than a thousand people died and millions were displaced, many of them losing their homes and land. The cause? Climate change via warmer temperatures and Pakistan’s melting glaciers.

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