Archive for ‘Latin America & Caribbean’

07/07/2020

How Monitoring Sewage Could Prevent a Return of the Coronavirus

7 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — In their efforts to stave off a second wave of COVID-19, scientists from around the world have turned to a new ally: sewage.

 

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In the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Spain, researchers are poring over samples of wastewater for signs of the coronavirus, which is believed to be shed in human feces.

Given that many people with the virus are asymptomatic and will not be tested for the disease, scientists say sewage could act like a COVID-19 early warning system.

Countries have long monitored sewage, which is laden with traces of the food people eat, the medicine they take, and the disinfectants they use. Wastewater monitoring has been used for decades to assess the success of vaccination campaigns against poliovirus, for example.

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07/07/2020

The Goan Village Women Helping Mitigate Plastic Pollution by Making Eco-friendly Sanitary Pads

Human Wrongs Watch

PILGAON/GOA, India, Jul 3 2020 (IPS)* – Jayashree Parwar has not traveled much outside of her village of Bicholim in the western coastal Indian state of Goa. But the homemaker-turned-social-entrepreneur has been reaching women in dozens of cities across the country with a hygiene product she makes at home along with women from her community.

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The Sakhi sanitary pad is completely natural, comprising pinewood fibre, non-woven cloth, and butter paper. lt composts in eight days. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS

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07/07/2020

New UN Report Outlines Ways to Curb Growing Spread of Animal-to-Human Diseases

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the battle against COVID-19 rages, the world can expect to see other diseases that pass from animals to humans emerge, according to a new UN report launched on 6 July 2020, which maintains that there is still time to head off potential zoonotic pandemics.

ILRI/Barbara Wieland | Researchers from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) work to control bird flu in Indonesia.

Preventing the Next Pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission identifies seven trends driving the increasing emergence of zoonotic diseases, including a growing demand for animal protein, unsustainable farming practices and the global climate crisis.

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07/07/2020

Move Away from Outdated ‘Mad or Bad’ Approach to Mental Illness, Urges UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Physical and Mental Health

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — States, civil society, psychiatric organizations and the World Health Organization (WHO) itself must change the way they address mental health challenges, a UN independent rights expert said, calling for a shift towards understanding the context behind mental distress.

WHO/P. Virot | Patients at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in Delhi, India.
While welcoming international recognition of mental health, Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to physical and mental health, told the Human Rights Council on 6 July 2020 that “much more is still needed”.
06/07/2020

Chained

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

Discipline and dissatisfaction controlling daily life

Accepting rules and commitments that are only means and not ends in themselves makes the individual a link in the alienating chains
Accepting rules and commitments that are only means and not ends in themselves makes the individual a link in the alienating chains | Image from Wall Street International.

(Wall Street International)* — Accepting rules and commitments established in contexts that organize their validity corresponds to limits defining necessary functions. When these rules and commitments exist independently of the situations they regulate, when they exist to maintain other orders, they enslave and chain. Thus, being bound by commitments and rules makes the individual a link to alienating chains.

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06/07/2020

Italy: Sold to Big Pharma

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Dr. Antonietta  M. Gatti and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr | Children’s Health Defense – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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28 Jun 2020 – A letter to Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. by Dr. Antonietta M. Gatti

Dear Robert,

I don’t know if you are completely aware of the Italian situation. Summarizing everything in a few words, Italy was sold to Big Pharma and has become a huge laboratory where experiments are carried out on the population: adults, children, old, healthy, sick people … it makes no difference, we are all guinea pigs.

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06/07/2020

The Next Wave – How to Beat Future Pandemics

6 July 2020 (UN Environment)* — A new report by UNEP and The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) considers the root causes of the emergence and spread of COVID-19 and other zoonoses. Zoonoses are diseases that originate in animals and are transferred to humans.

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The report offers a set of practical recommendations that can help policymakers prevent and respond to future disease outbreaks.

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06/07/2020

Ousmane Sembène: And The Part That Has No Part

Human Wrongs Watch

By Samir Gandesha*

“Today, in the West, but especially in North America, we see the intimate ties between fascism and an increasingly militarized police apparatus.”
Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) by Ousmane Sembène
Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) by Ousmane Sembène | Screenshot.

3 July 2020 (openDemocracy)* — Widely regarded as the first film made in Black Africa, Borom Sarret (The Wagoner) by Ousmane Sembène provides an immediate glimpse of post-colonial reality. Made in 1963 on Sembène’s return from the Gorkii Studios in Moscow, it portrays one day in the life of a cart driver in Dakar, Senegal. Its formal minimalism enables Borom Sarret to reveal several layers of complexity.

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06/07/2020

What Are the Russian Authorities Trying to Hide?

Environmental stories out of Russia have been in the news lately. First, there was one of the largest diesel spills in the Russian Arctic’s history. Then, there is the shocking heating of the Arctic which can be directly connected to climate change, which is driven by the burning of fossil fuels, like diesel. Now — once again, as is happening with increasing fury every year — there are wildfires raging across Siberia, another effect of climate change.

Samples Collected from Pyasina River Contaminated by Oil in the Russian Arctic. © Dmitry Sharomov / Greenpeace
Greenpeace Russia takes samples from the Pyasina River’s contaminated water. © Dmitry Sharomov / Greenpeace

Well, here’s a story that ties all these things together:

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05/07/2020

If This Is the Remote Worker of the Future, GET OUT of the House Now

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrew Dickens*

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