Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

02/12/2020

The Tragic Human Cost of Modern Slavery 

Watch this short extract from the award-winning film ‘The Boss: Anatomy of a Crime’, produced and directed by 50 for Freedom supporter Sebastián Schindel and staring 50 for Freedom supporter Joaquin Furriel.

Learn more about this poignant movie by listening to the productor and director, Sebastián Schindel and to the lead actor, Joaquín Furriel.

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02/12/2020

‘This year’s global protests against systemic racism have brought renewed attention to a legacy of injustices all over the world whose roots lie in the dark history of colonialism and slavery’

Black and white image of a group of men walking through a hall in UN headquarters in New York.

But slavery is not simply a matter of history.

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02/12/2020

Slavery Is Not Merely a Historical Relic

A young child leans against a row of bricks laid to dry.

Hundreds of families with young children work and live in these brickyards near Islamabad – often under conditions of bonded labour. PHOTO:ILO / Marcel Crozet

2 December 2020 (United Nations)* — According to the  International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery. Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.

In addition, more than 150 million children are subject to child labour, accounting for almost one in ten children around the world.

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02/12/2020

Corrupt Science and Elite Power: Your Techno-Slavery Is Now Imminent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

Do you like to believe that scientists are studying the evidence – whether in relation to Covid-19 or anything else – and delivering high quality knowledge that can be used to guide public policymaking so that it might better serve the interests of ordinary people?

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Robert J. Burrowes

It is certainly a comforting idea, isn’t it?

After all, we have long been told that science is an ‘evidence-based approach’ to understanding particular phenomena and thus providing accurate guidance on how to proceed to achieve productive outcomes.

Unfortunately, this claim is just propaganda for the unwary.

In his 2005 study of the validity of published medical research, John P. A. Ioannidis, a professor of medicine who also studies scientific research itself, explained why ‘It can be proven that most claimed research findings are false.’ Most? False? Here is what Professor Ioannidis concluded but you can read his entire article, cited below.

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01/12/2020

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

1 December 2020 (WMO)*  — The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on 30 November with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States.
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This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the second-highest number of hurricanes on record.

2020 marked the fifth consecutive year with an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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01/12/2020

State of the Empire

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Briefing on the state of the empire, ending on a positive note.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh

First, the bad news: unemployment in Gaza now at 82%, economy of Palestinians de-developed by Israeli apartheid, Netanyahu visiting the Kleptocracy known as “Saudi Arabia”, weapon sales to human rights abusers accelerating, millions infected daily by the COVID19, rich got richer, poor got poorer, rich people get healthcare and the rest suffers and much more.

Things will get worse under Biden as is clear from the appointment of elite war mongering Zionists for key positions like his Chief of Staff, his Secretary of State or his Secretary of the Treasury (unfortunately few people will look into their background).

This bodes ill for the USA and the world. Not one single progressive was appointed to any key position in the Biden “team”. The change is merely to go back to plain vanilla US empire in its classic (less Trumpian) form.

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01/12/2020

Soils Should Have Rights Too

Human Wrongs Watch

A pioneer in soil research and Conservation Agriculture, Dr. Rattan Lal paved the way in one of FAO’s key areas of work

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Conservation Agriculture advocates leaving crop residues on fields, creating an organic cover that gives nutrients back to the soil. Lal believes that “people are a mirror image of the soil they live upon.” For us to be healthy, soils need to be healthy. ©Ohio State University/K. Chamberlain

1 December 2020 (FAO)* — Growing up on a small farm in India, Dr. Rattan Lal experienced much of the hardship faced by today’s smallholder farmers. His family didn’t have running water or electricity, but he explains, “We never missed it because that was the way everybody lived.”

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01/12/2020

Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service*

People in the United States continue to pretend that the despair and futility we’ve caused isn’t our fault.

Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer’s relatives. Everyone inside was killed. Today, word arrived of two bomb blasts in the marketplace city of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, killing at least fourteen people and wounding forty-five.

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01/12/2020

Q&A: Vote with Your Fork for a World Free from Hunger

Human Wrongs Watch

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Nov 30 2020 (IPS)* – A world free from hunger is possible but only if we change how we grow and eat food. And resetting the food system — including all aspects of production, processing, marketing, distribution and the consumption and nutrition of food — is key to securing a sustainable food future post COVID-19.

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01/12/2020

Trafficked Teenager Advocates for Women’s Rights in Central America

Human Wrongs Watch

1 December 2020 (UN News)* — A 19-year-old woman from Nicaragua in Central America has been telling the United Nations how she was traded as “currency” in a card game, and then trafficked and abused.

UN Costa Rica/ Danilo Mora | Lilith, a 19-year-old woman, and her son fled Nicaragua after being trafficked and sexually abused.
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Lilith, not her real name, who now has a three-year-old son, was able to flee to neighbouring Costa Rica, where she has dedicated her life to protecting and preventing violence and abuse against young women and girls.

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