Archive for ‘Middle East’

14/04/2021

Inclusion and Austerity in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ladislau Dowbor*

Why austerity is not working?

Current World Bank projections show up to 3.6 million people are expected to fall back into poverty this year in Brazil
Current World Bank projections show up to 3.6 million people are expected to fall back into poverty this year in Brazil | Image from Wall Street International.

11 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — Brazil is not a poor country. With a GDP of roughly 1.8 trillion dollars, and a population of 210 million, what we produce amounts to US$2,830 per month per four-member family.

In Brazil, living with the equivalent 15 thousand Real a month would be a dream for most families. In fact, a moderate reduction in inequality would be sufficient to make sure everyone has a dignified and comfortable life.

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11/04/2021

How Migrants in the Gulf Are Fighting Discrimination during the Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ashwin Kumar and Akhil C.S.*

Indian labourers have been denied pay, food and accommodation. Now, some are demanding their rights

Over two million Indians from the state of Kerala were working in the Gulf before the pandemic. | Iain Masterton / Alamy Stock Photo, all rights reserved.

8 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* — Like millions before him, Manoj migrated from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala to the Gulf in search of work in 2019. He found a job at a construction company in Bahrain that described itself as a “regional leader”. The pay, at 240 dinars (£577) a month, was far more than he could expect to find at home.

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11/04/2021

The Future Has Arrived

Human Wrongs Watch

It is definitely nothing that has come before

The future is now
The future is now | Image from Wall Street International.

11 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*All of us alive on the planet today are part of the most significant transition in centuries, whether we know it or not, whether it has touched us lightly or heavily and whether we choose to be or not. Not since the Industrial Revolution has such a total and radical social upheaval occurred.

As with most major cultural shifts, this one follows a technological innovation of which we are all aware and that is the invention of the Internet along with its ready accessibility on a handheld ubiquitous device.

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11/04/2021

Eating Healthy Before, During and After COVID-19

Human Wrongs Watch

6 healthy eating habits and FAO resources to help you out

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us refocus on the actions we can take to keep healthy. Maintaining a healthy diet, for example, plays a central role in our overall health and immune systems. ©FAO/Maxim Zmeyev

10 April 2021 (FAO)* — If there was ever a time that made us pay attention to our health, it has been this one of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year has also made that clear that not everything in the world of health is under our control. However, many of us are lucky enough to have a say in one important element and that is what we eat.

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10/04/2021

We Are What We Eat

Human Wrongs Watch

Transforming agri-food systems story series: Part 1 – Consumer behavior and collective demand

Shaping consumer behaviours and collective demand can help change markets. ©FAO/Pier Paolo Cito
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9 April 2021 (FAO)* — Jumla beans. Black, red and yellow spotted, cultivated by hand in one of the most remote districts of Nepal’s mountains.

Despite their great nutritional value and environmentally friendly production, jumla beans threaten to be replaced by other crops because mountain producers cannot make a decent income from them.

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10/04/2021

China: Key Player in a New World Game

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hazel Henderson*

The world’s rising powerhouse

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China, the largest economy measured in Purchasing Power Parity
China, the largest economy measured in Purchasing Power Parity | Image from Wall Street International.

9 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*In 1986 on returning for my first 3-week visit to China, I wrote an article, “China: Key Player in a New World Game” in The Futurist, December 1986. I had been invited by China’s State Council at the recommendation of my good friends, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, best-selling authors of Future Shock (1970), who both had, and still, have a big following in China.

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10/04/2021

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new report, published on 14 Mar 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article:

John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery

The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021.

We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System

A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short  distance into the future.

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10/04/2021

Low-Income Countries Have Received Just 0.2 Per Cent of All COVID-19 Shots Given

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The vast majority of COVID-19 vaccines administered have so far gone to wealthy nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) on 9 April 2021 reported.

© UNICEF/Jake Verzosa | Health workers receive the COVID-19 vaccine in San Juan City, Metro Manila.

Although more than 700 million vaccine doses have been administered globally, richer countries have received more than 87 per cent, and low-income countries just 0.2 per cent.

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09/04/2021

Killer Offer on Meat – And You Might Be Paying for It

The European Commission spent 32% of its €776.7 million five-year farm product promotion budget on advertising campaigns for meat and dairy.
The European Commission spent 32% of its €776.7 million five-year farm product promotion budget on advertising campaigns for meat and dairy. © Greenpeace

(Greenpeace International)* The meat and dairy industries in Europe have a problem. More and more people do not want their steaks, their minced meat and their chicken wings.

Slowly but surely meat consumption is decreasing, and the industry is desperate to find a way to reverse this trend.

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09/04/2021

The World Is “a Long Way Off” from Meeting the Goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The world is “a long way off” from meeting the goals of the landmark Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the President of the crucial upcoming UN climate conference, COP26, on 8 April 2021 said.

WMO/Boris Jordan | Wind farms, like this one in Belgium, are a key source of sustainable energy.

British politician Alok Sharma was speaking during a global discussion on the ‘green’ transition in sectors such as energy, transport and food systems, held as part of the 2021 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

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