Archive for ‘Migrants and Refugees’

18/02/2020

Kicking the Habit

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuels Can Kill Us

The Industrial Revolution marked the start of a massive human use of fossil fuels. The stored energy from several hundred million years of plant growth began to be used at roughly a million times the rate at which it had been formed.

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John Scales Avery

The effect on human society was like that of a narcotic. There was a euphoric (and totally unsustainable) surge of growth of both population and industrial production.

Meanwhile, the carbon released by the burning of fossil fuels began to duplicate the conditions that lead to the 5 geologically-observed mass extinction events during each of which more than half of all living species disappeared forever.

We all know that drug addicts can die from their addiction.

The world’s scientists are unanimous in telling us that unless we take immediate action to kick the habit, our addiction to fossil fuels will kill human society and much of the biosphere.

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18/02/2020

A Multi-Billion Dollar US Mideast Arms Market May Be in Jeopardy

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 17 2020 (IPS)* – When President Saddam Hussein ran one of the world’s most authoritarian regimes in the militarily-volatile Middle East during 1979-2003, US newspapers routinely described him as “the strongman of Iraq” — as most journalists rightly view dictators worldwide.

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Credit: Iraqi News

But one of his political aides, described as “Saddam’s right-hand man” (what if Saddam was left-handed?), took issue with a visiting US journalist when he rather hilariously challenged the description.

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15/02/2020

Database of Businesses Linked to Israeli Settlements ‘Important Initial Step’ Towards Accountability: Human Rights Expert 

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UNRWA/Marwan Baghdadi | Beit Hadassah Settlement in H2 area in Hebron, West Bank.

Ninety-four of the businesses are domiciled in Israel and the rest are in six other countries.

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14/02/2020

Amidst Protection Challenges, Eastern Route Outpaces Mediterranean for People Leaving Africa

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(UN News)* — A monthly average of 11,500 people traveling from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year made the so-called Eastern Route the busiest maritime migration path on earth, the UN migration agency said on Friday [14 February 2020].

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Most are unaware of the security situation in Yemen where they face serious protection concerns, including active fighting, or abuses such as kidnapping, torture for ransom, exploitation and trafficking.
13/02/2020

From the Front Lines of World War III

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellyn Kaschak, Wall Street International*

Please return the favor of World War II and rescue freedom and democracy/

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Dear Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and even Germany,

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13/02/2020

Italy: Halt Abusive Migration Cooperation with Libya

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By Human Rights Watch*

12/02/2020

EU Lawmakers Slam Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan

12/02/2020

Leftist European Lawmakers Demand Concrete Actions on Palestine

For the Leftist MEPs (Member of European Parliament), the so-called Middle East Peace Plan legitimizes Israel’s war crimes.

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11 February 2020 (teleSUR)* — Leftist MEPs on Tuesday demanded concrete actions from the European Union (EU) in favor of Palestine and the end of an association agreement with Israel, following the U.S. plan for the Middle East.

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12/02/2020

Trump, Racism, and Fascism – More than Just Personality Disorders

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service*

After the supposedly post-racial presidency of Barack Obama, what passes for the liberal punditry discovered racism had arisen in the homeland. They never felt so good feeling bad about racism, denouncing what they identified as its primal cause – Mr. Trump, who was sullying that “shining example” of the United States of America.

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Roger Harris

Obscured were those historical antecedents of this “exceptional” republic, founded on the expropriation of indigenous land and extermination of its inhabitants and built in part by African slave labor.

Peculiar Institution of US Racism

Trump has been reprehensible in pandering to white racism. But the Republicans have no monopoly on this franchise. We should remember the legacy of Jim Crow and Dixiecrat Democrats in high office including six US senators and two Supreme Court justices who were members of the Ku Klux Klan.

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10/02/2020

Dare to Invent the Future: Apply to Be a UN Young Champion of the Earth

Human Wrongs Watch

  • United Nations Environment Programme launches 2020 Young Champions of the Earth prize
  • Competition open to environmental entrepreneurs between 18 and 30 years of age
  • UNEP accepting applications from 10 February to 10 April 2020

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