Archive for ‘Market Lords’

25/02/2020

The Doctrine of Just War: Just That, War! (Or More War than Just)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service*

There is no scarcity of literature in this field, much of it permutations around the basic core of “I am of course against war, but – -”. So let it be clear from the outset that the present author is against war, there being no “but”.

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Johan Galtung

War as an institution to resolve conflict is an abomination, like slavery and colonialism as institutions. Occasional war, slavery and colonialism are probably hard to eliminate.

But the key word is institution, legitimized by social norms and mores.

A doctrine of just war is designed to do exactly that, offer a legitimation, for instance by seeing the evil of war as something that can be outweighed by possible positive consequences.

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25/02/2020

Biodiversity ‘Fundamental’ for Global Food Systems, at ‘Heart’ of Development – UN Food and Agriculture Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

24 February 2020 (UN News)* —  Because the production of everything we eat transforms the environment, the United Nations agriculture chief told a high-level UN meeting on biodiversity that careful discussions are needed to decide on the scale of acceptable transformations.

UNDP | Mayra Monge has dedicated much of her life to researching and planting native trees in the verdant biodiverse powerhouse of Costa Rica.
25/02/2020

COVID-19 Not Yet a Pandemic: World Health Organization’s Chief

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — While a sudden increase in new cases of COVID-19 is of concern, the spread of coronavirus is not yet a pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on 24 February 2020.

Man Yi | The movement of people in Shenzhen in China, is being strictly controlled during t the coronavirus outbreak.

“Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in Geneva.

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25/02/2020

UN Launches New Project to Address Link between Terrorism, Arms and Crime

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Cheap and easily accessible small arms are increasingly becoming the “weapon of choice” for many terrorist groups, the UN counter-terrorism chief told an event on Friday [21 February 2020] aimed to raise awareness of the nexus between terrorism, organized crime and illicit small arms trafficking.

UN Office of Counter-Terrorism | Director of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, Under Secretary-General Vladimir Voronkov presents the project “Preventing and combatting the illicit trafficking of small-arms and light weapons and their illicit supply to terrorists” – addressing the terrorism-arms-crime nexus.
24/02/2020

Peace in Afghanistan Will Be Victory for the Taliban, a Failure for the West

Human Wrongs Watch

By Paul Rogers*

The Taliban remain strong despite everything the US is throwing at them – but how serious is Trump about a peace deal?

20 February 2020 (openDemocracy)* — The US and the Taliban have agreed that they would like to hold a seven-day ceasefire. The chances of it actually happening varies by the day, and it’s not clear whether Donald Trump and those close to him do genuinely want a deal.

Beyond those hurdles, however, could a short-term ceasefire open into a lasting peace – one that brings stability while ensuring respect for human rights?

From the US perspective, the war is low profile but extraordinarily intense. The country’s armed forces are dropping many more bombs than a decade ago, when they had many more boots on the ground.

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24/02/2020

Choline – An Important Nutrient for Vegetarians and Vegans

By Robert Smith*

24 February 2020 (Wall Street International)*In previous articles, I discussed the importance of eating little or no meat (especially beef)1-3.

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Eggs are among the main food sources of choline | Image from Wall Street International.

Unfortunately, the food industry is a powerful force working against this idea. Clever marketing continues to increase the demand for mass-produced beef throughout the world.

So, it’s especially disappointing when news agencies publish headlines like this one: “Vegan and Plant-Based Diets Worsen Brain Health”4.

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24/02/2020

Nepal’s Baby Export

Human Wrongs Watch

KATHMANDU, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – A major discrepancy between Nepal government and foreign records of the number of Nepali children adopted in North America and Europe has exposed a trafficking ring that involves various child welfare agencies in Kathmandu.

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The Ministry of Women, Children and Senior Citizens has records of only 64 children from Nepal sent for adoption to ten western countries from 2010 to 2019. However, a list submitted to the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) by the US Department of State and the nine other countries reveals that 242 Nepali children were taken for adoption in those nine years.

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24/02/2020

Australia: Don’t Cozy Up to Myanmar’s Army

23/02/2020

Rise and Fall of Evo Morales

Human Wrongs Watch

By Fernando Ayala*

21 February  2020 — (Wall Street International)*

“The first time I traveled to Spain for a meeting, as a cocalero union leader, at the Madrid airport the police asked me to show the US$ 500 required to cover my expenses. I pointed out that in my life I had never seen that sum of money, that I had been invited and asked them to grant me one dollar for each year of the 500 that their ancestors have exploited us. They let me in. “

(Evo Morales)

Evo Morales
Evo Morales | Image from Wall Street International.

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23/02/2020

UN Accused of “Hypocrisy” Launching Equal Pay Day While Condoning Wage Discrimination

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2020 (IPS)* – The United Nations, which has long preached the irrefutable concept of income equality to the outside world, is now accused of condoning wage discrimination in its own backyard.

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The message from the UN Staff Coordinating Council in Geneva was brutally frank—“protesting the UN’s hypocrisy” for launching “International Equal Pay Day*” while failing to reverse an illegal pay cut that has left 3,000 staff being paid 5 per cent less than colleagues on the same grades.

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