Archive for ‘Middle East’

26/10/2020

Climate Change Increasingly Threatens Human Health, Food and Water Security and Socio-Economic Development in Africa

Human Wrongs Watch

Multi-agency report highlights the current and future state of the climate in Africa

26 October 2020 (WMO)*Increasing temperatures and sea levels, changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather are threatening human health and safety, food and water security and socio-economic development in Africa, according to a new report devoted exclusively to the continent.

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26/10/2020

A Critical U.S. Election

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Why the 2020 Election Is So Important

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John Scales Avery

Here is a quotation from Bernie Sanders:

Donald Trump is a pathological liar. According to documented reports he has told more than 20,000 lies and distortions since he has been president. This is, obviously, deeply disturbing behavior for anyone who is president of the United States.

But what is even more disturbing is that Trump is now using his lies and misinformation to sow confusion and chaos in the election process and undermine American democracy. In other words, he does not intend to accept the results of the election if he loses and leave office voluntarily. This is not just a constitutional crisis. This is a threat to everything this country stands for.

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26/10/2020

Used Vehicles Get a Second Life in Africa – But at What Cost?

26 October 2020 (UNEP)* — Resting against its open boot, surrounded by fresh pumpkins, sweet potatoes and other vegetables, a smiling Mwangi, 34, explained how it has transformed his life. Thanks to this unlikely saviour, he is now a trader, shopkeeper and entrepreneur.

Rush hour traffic in Nairobi CBD, KenyaPhoto: UNEP/Duncan Moore / 26 Oct 2020

“I have changed to a career as a businessman. I use my car to sell foodstuffs. I go to the village, buy food and then I come here and sell it,” he said, gesturing around a market in Nairobi.

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26/10/2020

UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Set to Enter into Force in January

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25 October 2020 (UN News)* — In what leading campaigners are describing as “a new chapter for nuclear disarmament”, the ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will now come into force on 22 January, after Honduras became the 50th Member State to ratify on Saturday [25 October 2020].

US Government | An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952.
24/10/2020

Is the IMF Encouraging World Financial Leaders to Walk Blindly Towards More Austerity?

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NEW YORK and SUSSEX, Oct 16 2020 (IPS)* – This week the world’s Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors meet virtually at the 2020 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and decide on the fate of the world. | En español

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Isabel Ortiz

This year’s gathering is particularly important, given that the world is confronting an unprecedented crisis. Governments are struggling to finance emergency care and urgent socioeconomic support to cope with the COVID19 pandemic.

While these short-term expenditures are necessary, countries need more than intensive care units, respirators, tests and emergency support. Governments must continue to invest in long-term public health, universal social protection floors, employment-generating activities and other sustainable development goals.

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24/10/2020

Rice Is a Staple for More Than 3.5 Billion People – New Strains Could Address Climate Change

21 October 2020 (UNEP)* — Rice is a staple for more than 3.5 billion people, including most of the world’s poor. But it can be a problematic crop to farm. It requires massive amounts of water and the paddies in which it grows emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Photo_by_JIRCAS_LibraryPhoto by JIRCAS Library / 21 Oct 2020

24/10/2020

Anticipation of Judicial Inquisition of Humans by Extraterrestrials

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By Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Potential Consequence of Failure to Adhere to Universal Principles of Intelligent Life

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Anthony Judge

Introduction

In the midst of a global pandemic widely framed as a war, there is a strong case for recognizing both the civilian fatalities and those whose lives are at stake on a daily basis — in order to reduce the risk to greater numbers of humans.

Humans are called upon by authorities to take shelter in their homes to avoid any risk (Cowering for One’s Country in the War against Coronavirus, 2020).

It is therefore appropriate to honour those — effectively “on the front line” — who are dying in far greater numbers in the hope of ending the pandemic as soon as possible. As in conventional warfare, they have little choice in performing this duty, having been conscripted and trained to that end.

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23/10/2020

Discrimination in the Air

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ale-alvarez-ofgh5Idnpt8-unsplashUnsplash/Ale Alvarez / 21 Oct 2020

23/10/2020

‘Give us a seat at the table and we’ll change the world’

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By Sarah Schafer*

At the High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges, participants say those who are forcibly displaced are eager and qualified to help rebuild communities devastated by COVID-19.   |  Español   |  Français   |  عربي

Nhial Deng, a South Sudanese refugee living in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. He and his fellow panelists shared stories of resilience and discussed solutions to the world’s challenges with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. © UNHCR/Samuel Otieno

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23/10/2020

Mediterranean Basin Facing ‘Irreversible Environmental Damage’

Athens/Marseille, 21 October 2020 (UN Environment)*– Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Published on 21 October 2020, the State of the Environment and Development in the Mediterranean finds that, unless urgent and resolute action is taken to halt current trends, environmental degradation could have serious and lasting consequences for human health and livelihoods in the region.

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