Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

18/07/2018

Free Markets and the Decline of Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

What is the source of the 21st century tendency to authoritarianism? The central purpose of neoliberal re-regulation is to remove economic policy from control by representative democracy.

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“Adam Smith’s ahistoric view”: John Kay engraving, 1790. Wikicommons/ United States Library of Congress. Public domain.

18 July 2018 (openDemocracy)* — It is difficult to find a major country in which democratic institutions are not under stress, in many cases under aggressive attack.

The United States has a profoundly anti-democratic regime.

In Europe long-standing authoritarian tendencies have enjoyed a quantum leap under the neoliberal austerity regime fostered by the German government under cover of the European Commission.

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18/07/2018

In West Africa and the Sahel, Signs of Democratic Progress… amid Continued ‘Devastating’ Violence – Special Representative

Human Wrongs Watch

There have been “positive developments” when it comes to democratization across the vast West Africa and Sahel region, but that has been “competing with the volatile security situation” particularly around areas where terrorist groups are active such as the Lake Chad Basin, the head of the UN Office for the region (UNOWAS) on 17 July 2018 told the Security Council.

IOM/Jessica Mamo | Displaced persons at a food distribution site in Rann, Borno state, north-east Nigeria.
18/07/2018

Immigration: Many Myths and Little Reality

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, 17 July 2018  (Other News)*According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

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Roberto Savio

The latest survey carried out of 23,000 citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States shows an enormous level of disinformation.

In five of those countries, people believe that immigrants are three times higher than they actually are.

Italians believe they account for 30% of the population when the figure is actually 10%, an average which is lower than the media of the European Union.

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18/07/2018

Building the #ZeroHunger Generation: A Resources Portal for Teachers, Parents or Anyone Involved in Educational Activities

FAO* — Building the #ZeroHunger Generation is a resources portal for teachers, parents or anyone involved in educational activities.

The portal supports educators in preparing classes on important global issues at the core of FAO’s work.

#ZeroHunger is built on a respect for  food, for the people who produce it, for where it comes from and most importantly, for those who go without.

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17/07/2018

Make NATO Civilian and Civilised (Part 2)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 Jul 2018

This is the second of two articles about the coming end of NATO as we know it and what can be done. The first you find here. It may be good to have at least browsed that one before you read on here.

See Oberg’s pictures of the destruction of that place of human civilisation – and the hope of the liberated people – HERE.

The Banality of Militarism

11 Jul 2018 – In the field of science, business and culture, new ideas, innovative methods, doing new things and doing old things in new ways are activities usually rewarded and admired. That keeps these fields vibrant, alive and interesting to others too.

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17/07/2018

NATO’s Crisis and the Transatlantic Conflict (Part 1)

Human Wrongs Watch

By Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 July 2018

10 Jul 2018 – On the occasion of the NATO Summit in Brussels and the Putin-Trump meeting in Helsinki. This analysis comes in two parts – one critical and one constructive: This one on “NATO’s crisis and the Transatlantic conflict” and the second on “Make NATO civilian and civilised.”

The follow-up second part of this analysis can be found here.

My apologies for writing a bit long, it isn’t comme il faut nowadays. But I happen to be a researcher who believes in knowledge, background and intellectual arguments in fields such as defence, security and peace – in other words, belonging to a race threatened by extinction in the era of fake and marketing.

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17/07/2018

America Bombs, Europe Gets the Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Eric Zuesse | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service*

16 Jul 2018 – The US Government (with France and a few other US allies) bombs Libya, Syria, etc.; and the US regime refuses to accept any of the resulting refugees — the burdens from which are now breaking the EU, and the EU is sinking in economic competition against America’s international corporations.

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A B-1B Lancer drops cluster munitions. The B-1B uses radar and inertial navigation equipment enabling aircrews to globally navigate, update mission profiles and target coordinates in-flight, and precision bomb without the need for ground-based navigation aids. (U.S. Air Force photo) | Source: strategic-culture.org

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17/07/2018

‘From Higher Morbidity and Mortality Rates to Reduced Economic Growth, the Impact of Sand and Dust Storms Can Be Major’ – High-Level Panel

Human Wrongs Watch

From higher morbidity and mortality rates to reduced economic growth, the impact of sand and dust storms can be major, especially for lower-income nations and vulnerable communities. However, with stronger collaboration and improved information-sharing, much of the risk could be managed and mitigated, a UN meeting heard on 16 July 2018.

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UN Photo/Marco Dormino | Children run from an approaching sand storm in Gao, Mali.

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17/07/2018

‘Shift Textile Production from Fossil Fuel-Based Synthetic Fibers to Renewable, Biodegradable Textiles, Made from Wood’ – UN ‘Forests for Fashion’ Initiative

Human Wrongs Watch

The fashion industry is valued upward of 2.5 trillion dollars, and employs some 75 million people globally – so it makes good sense to shift textile production from fossil fuel-based synthetic fibers to renewable, biodegradable textiles, made from wood, according to a new United Nations initiative that aims to make forests literally more fashionable.

 

UN News/Fatima E. Mendez | UN agencies-backed “Forests for Fashion” exhibit
16/07/2018

Oslo: A Peace Proposal or a “Time Out” Till the “Full Victory” of Israel?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Walid Salem – TRANSCEND Media Service — 16 July 2018

A Brief Theoretical Framework

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Dr. Walid Salem

7 Jul 2018 – 25 years after, looking back to The Declaration of Principles (Oslo Agreement) of 1993 should deal with its results rather than to be about the intentions of the leaders at that time.

Three approaches of analysis might be mentioned:

  • First: Some will take an actor- based perspective on evaluating Oslo by focusing on the brevity and the sincere intentions of Arafat and Rabin who signed the Agreement.

The space allowed for this article do not allow for a thorough investigation of this approach

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