Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

22/02/2017

Trump Marks the End of a Cycle

Human Wrongs Watch

Rome, Feb 21 2017 (IPS)  –  Let us stop debating what newly-elected US President Trump is doing or might do and look at him in terms of historical importance. Put simply, Trump marks the end of an American cycle!

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Roberto Savio

Like it or not, for the last two centuries the entire planet has been living in an Anglophone-dominated world.

First there was Pax Britannica (from the beginning of the 19th century when Britain started building its colonial empire until the end of the Second World War, followed by the United States and Pax Americana with the building of the so-called West).

The United States emerged from the Second World War as the main winner and founder of what became the major international institutions – from the United Nations to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – with Europe reduced to the role of follower.

In fact, under the Marshall Plan, the United States became the force behind the post-war reconstruction of Europe. As winner, the main interest of the United States was to establish a ‘world order’ based on its values and acting as guarantor of the ‘order’.

20/02/2017

The Planned US Border Tax Would Most Likely Violate WTO Rules – Part 2

Human Wrongs Watch

PENANG, Feb 17 2017 (IPS) – As American lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare the ground for introducing a border adjustment tax, many controversial issues have emerged, including whether they go against the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS


20/02/2017

Trump and the Deep State

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

OSLO, 19 February 2017 – In his book, “The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government”, Mike Lofgren called attention to the fact that much of the real power in Washington is not controlled by the President and members of Congress, but is in the hands of multi-billion-dollar organizations that are not only huge, but also unelected and secret, for example the CIA, NSA and FBI.

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John Scales Avery

The enormous power of the deep state is undemocratic by definition, since its organizations operate without public knowledge or control.

Its power is not only undemocratic but also extremely threatening to the lives of Americans, and also to the lives of people throughout the world.

This serious threat comes from the fact that the deep state seems to be under the control of the military-industrial complex. It promotes aggressive policies that risk nuclear war.

Most people of good will in the United States and elsewhere oppose Donald Trump’s racism, bigotry and neo-fascism. It is a mistake, however, to attack his wish for better relations with Russia.

20/02/2017

The Corporate Disease Has a Cure – Capitalism and Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

By SAYDE TAWK*

Wall Street International* – The Corporation documentary directed by Mark Achbar ends with his statement saying “Why would they put me out there, when I am opposed to everything that they stand for, and I spend my time on their dime opposing what they believe in. That’s because they do not believe in anything, they put me out there because they know that there are millions of people, they wanna see my film or watch the TV show, so there’re gonna make money. I’ve been able to get my stuff out there because I’m driving my truck through this incredible flow in capitalism, the greed flow.”

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Capitalism and Democracy | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International
17/02/2017

Washington Rules Change, Again

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LAMPUR, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – Over the last four decades, the Washington Consensus, promoting economic liberalization, globalization and privatization, reversed four decades of an earlier period of active state intervention to accelerate and stabilize more inclusive economic growth, associated with Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Maynard Keynes.

South-south cooperation represents a progressive alternative to the Washington Consensus. Credit: IPS

South-south cooperation represents a progressive alternative to the Washington Consensus. Credit: IPS

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The US Wall Street Crash of 1929 led to the Great Depression, which in turn engendered two important policy responses in 1933 with lasting consequences for generations to come: US President Roosevelt’s New Deal and the 1933 Glass-Steagal Act.

16/02/2017

Corruption Brings Down an Empire: Odebrecht in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 16 2017 (IPS) – People in Brazil have been overwhelmed by the flood of news stories about the huge web of corruption woven by the country’s biggest construction company, Odebrecht, which is active in dozens of fields and countries.

The American Airlines Arena, a stadium and entertainment complex in Miami, Florida, is one of the many projects carried out by Odebrecht in the United States, where prosecutors have begun to produce figures reflecting the scope of the company’s corruption. Credit: Odebrecht

The American Airlines Arena, a stadium and entertainment complex in Miami, Florida, is one of the many projects carried out by Odebrecht in the United States, where prosecutors have begun to produce figures reflecting the scope of the company’s corruption. Credit: Odebrecht

16/02/2017

Worst Drought in Decades Drives Food Price Spike in East Africa

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Feb 15 2017 (IPS) – The most severe drought in decades, which has struck parts of Ethiopia and is exacerbated by a particularly strong El Niño effect, has led to successive failed harvests and widespread livestock deaths in some areas, and humanitarian needs have tripled since the beginning of 2015, the United Nations warns.
Farmers in the Horn of Africa need urgent support to recover from consecutive lost harvests and to keep their livestock healthy and productive. Photo: FAO/Simon Maina

Farmers in the Horn of Africa need urgent support to recover from consecutive lost harvests and to keep their livestock healthy and productive. Photo: FAO/Simon Maina

16/02/2017

World Dumps the Equivalent of One Garbage Truck of Plastic in Oceans, Every Minute

Human Wrongs Watch

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations on 15 February heard at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems.

Healthy oceans have a central role to play in solving one of the biggest problems of the 21st century – how to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Photo: FAO

15/02/2017

‘Send Us to the Moon’

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Mediterranean journeys in hope seeks to humanise the debates on migration and question the delineation of refugees from other migrants by taking ‘hope’, a basic pathway for survival in the context of human mobility, as our starting point. Our aim is to reposition human rights as legal and political priorities, and to open a space for treating human mobility as both a symptom and a feature of global and regional geopolitics | openDemocracy

“Some people say Mohammad, you’re crazy, you’re stupid,” said Mohammad, a refugee on the Greek island of Chios.  “But look: I am human. Yes, maybe it won’t change a thing. But I’m no animal. I do think about my future. I do and I try.”

For the last 40 days he has chosen to enact a peaceful protest outside the gates of Vial, an abandoned aluminium factory now serving as the EU’s ‘hotspot’ on the island. This is where the fates of hundreds of refugees like Mohammad are being decided by Greek and EU asylum officers.

14/02/2017

Mistrust Hindering Global Solutions, Says UN Secretary General

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 2017 (IPS) – The global lack of confidence and trust is undermining the ability to solve the world’s complex problems, said UN Secretary-General during an international conference.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Credit: UN Photo

The 5th Annual World Government Summit (WGS), hosted by Dubai from February 12-14, has brought together over 4000 participants from more than 130 countries.

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