Archive for ‘Market Lords’

01/04/2020

Economic Sanctions Should Be Urgently Lifted to Prevent Hunger Crises in Countries Hit by COVID-19 – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the world exhibits new bonds of solidarity in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is a matter of “humanitarian and practical urgency to lift unilateral economic sanctions immediately,” to prevent hunger crises in pandemic-hit countries, a UN human rights expert, said on Tuesday [31 March 2020].  

WFP/Beyaz | The UN World Food Programme (WFP) and partners are working around the clock to provide food to displaced families in northwest Syria.

The continued imposition of such measures on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba and Zimbabwe in particular, severely undermines the fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food, Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, stressed.

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31/03/2020

Short-Term and Long-Term Futures

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

We See Clearly What Is Near to Us

There is a remarkable contrast in the way that governments around the world have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the way that they have responded to the climate emergency.

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John Scales Avery

The pandemic, which indeed represents an extremely grave danger to humanity, has produced a massive global response.

Borders have been closed, airlines have become virtually inoperative, industries, restaurants and entertainments have been closed, sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, people have been asked to stay at home and practice social distancing, and the everyday life of citizens around the world has been drastically changed.

By contrast, let us consider the threat that if immediate action is not taken to halt the extraction and use of fossil fuels, irreversible feedback loops will be initiated which will make catastrophic climate change inevitable despite human any human efforts to prevent it.

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31/03/2020

Outcry as Migrants in India Are Sprayed With Disinfectant

A video circulating on social media showing migrants sprayed with disinfectant to fight the spread of the coronavirus sparked outrage in India.

India imposed a three weeks lockdown, prompting thousands of workers to return to their villages after losing their jobs.India imposed a three weeks lockdown, prompting thousands of workers to return to their villages after losing their jobs. | Photo: EFE (Photo posted here from teleSUR’s article).

(teleSUR)* — Health workers in India caused outrage Monday [30 March 2020] on social media after spraying a group of migrant workers with chemical disinfectant, amid fears that a massive displacement of people from cities to the countryside could spread the novel coronavirus.

31/03/2020

Socialism at Its Finest after Fed’s Bazooka Fails

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

In what is being called the worst financial crisis since 1929, the US stock market has lost a third of its value in the space of a month, wiping out all of its gains of the last three years. When the Federal Reserve tried to ride to the rescue, it only succeeded in making matters worse. The government then pulled out all the stops. To our staunchly capitalist leaders, socialism is suddenly looking good.  

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Ellen Brown

The financial crisis began in late February, when the World Health Organization announced that it was time to prepare for a global pandemic.

The Russia-Saudi oil price war added fuel to the flames, causing all three Wall Street indices to fall more than 7 percent on March 9. It was called Black Monday, the worst drop since the Great Recession in 2008; but it would get worse.

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31/03/2020

$2.5 Trillion COVID-19 Rescue Package Needed for World’s Emerging Economies

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(UN News)*The economic fallout from COVID-19 is likely to get “much worse” before it gets better for some six billion people living in developing economies, the UN said on Monday[30 March 2020], in an appeal for a $2.5 trillion rescue package to boost their resilience to further hardship.

©UNICEF/Vincent Tremeau | Developing countries like Burkina Faso may need extra support from the international community as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to new analysis from UNCTAD, the UN trade and development body, commodity-rich exporting countries will face a $2 trillion to $3 trillion drop in investment from overseas in the next two years.
31/03/2020

COVID-19 Stoking Xenophobia, Hate and Exclusion, Minority Rights Expert Warns

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30 March 2020 (UN News)*Combatting the COVID-19 pandemic must also include stamping out what one independent human rights expert has called the “darker sides” of the disease: verbal and physical attacks against Chinese and other minority communities, and excluding them from access to healthcare.

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World Bank/Curt Carnemark | A woman wears a medical mask in China. (file photo)
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31/03/2020

Defending Humanity Against the Elite Coup

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

In a recent article I reported existing evidence on the way in which COVID-19 is being used to implement, but also divert attention from, initiatives being taken by the global elite to consolidate and expand its power in significant ways, and perhaps to make the final drive to take total control of global society. See ‘Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge’.

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Robert J. Burrowes,

Moreover, while global attention is focused on COVID-19, attention has been distracted from the many other ongoing crises – particularly including the vast range of threats that constitute an imminent danger to human existence: see ‘Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth’ – and no doubt other undesirable initiatives being carried out by the global elite outside our view.

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30/03/2020

Portugal Grants Citizens’ Rights to Migrants During Pandemic

“It is a duty of a society of solidarity in times of crisis to ensure that migrant citizens have access to health and social security,” the Minister of Internal Affairs said.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa's socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies.Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa’s socialist party returned the country to economic growth while reversing austerity policies. | Photo: EFE (Photo from teleSUR’s article).

29 March 2020 (teleSUR)* — The current socialist government in Portugal decided to grant citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers with pending residency applications from Monday until July 1 at least due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s authorities announced Saturday [28 March 2020].

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30/03/2020

Slums, Camps, Terrorism: Experts Worry about Coronavirus Hitting South Asia

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UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS)* – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population

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30/03/2020

A Battle Plan for Ensuring Global Food Supplies During the COVID-19 Crisis

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FAO’s Chief Economist maps the ways the world can mitigate shocks to agriculture and food systems (*).

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Photo: ©FAO/Ariel Sophia Bardi

Global food supply chains are complex and include these kale farmers in Uganda.
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