Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

07/08/2022

To End ‘Hell on Earth’ the US Must Free Afghanistan’s $7bn Reserves

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andrés Arauz*

Biden must release Afghanistan’s foreign reserves to alleviate suffering, argues Ecuador’s ex-central bank director.

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It’s virtually impossible for Afghanistan’s central bank to fulfill its basic functions without access to its international reserves, argues Andrés Arauz | Ali Khara / Reuters / Alamy Stock Photo

(openDemocracy)* — “Hell on earth.” That’s how the World Food Programme’s executive director, David Beasley, describes the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Twenty million people – nearly half the country’s population – face acute hunger.

Reports of people selling their kidneys to buy food have become alarmingly common.

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03/08/2022

American West Faces Water and Power Shortages Due to Climate Crisis

UN News/Elizabeth Scaffidi | Lake Powell was created in 1964 by the construction of Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, United States.

Lake Mead and Lake Powell are currently at their lowest levels ever and are at risk of reaching “dead pool status”, meaning that the water in the dams would be so low it could no longer flow downstream and power hydroelectric power stations.

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03/08/2022

Horn of Africa Faces Most ‘Catastrophic’ Food Insecurity in Decades – World Health Organization

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday [2 August 2022] that the Greater Horn of Africa is experiencing one of the worst hunger crises of the last 70 years.  

© UNICEF/Sebastian Rich | A child of seven months is being examined for malnutrition due to the severe drought in Somalia.

More than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five acutely malnourished in the region.  

While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, WHO said that ensuring a strong health emergency response is needed to avert preventable disease and deaths. 

02/08/2022

EU’s Drone Is Another Threat to Migrants and Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Judith Sunderland and Lorenzo Pezzani*

Frontex Aerial Surveillance Facilitates Return to Abuse in Libya.

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Reconstruction of the July 30, 2021, interception facilitated by Frontex drone. In addition to the track of the Frontex drone, the map shows the track of Seabird (a Sea-Watch airplane) that witnessed the interception. It also shows the NGO vessel Sea Watch 3 in the vicinity. There is no vessel tracking data for the Libyan Coast Guard patrol boat Ras Jadir or the intercepted vessel. Map courtesy of Border Forensics.

1 August 2022 (Human Rights Watch)* — “We didn’t know it was the Libyans until the boat got close enough and we could see the flag. At that point we started to scream and cry. One man tried to jump into the sea and we had to stop him. We fought off as much as we could to not be taken back, but we couldn’t do anything about it,” Dawit told us.

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02/08/2022

Neo-Colonial Currency Enables French Exploitation

Human Wrongs Watch

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 2 2022 (IPS)* – Colonial-style currency board arrangements have enabled continuing imperialist exploitation decades after the end of formal colonial rule. Such neo-colonial monetary systems persist despite modest reforms.

In 2019, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused France of using currency arrangements to “exploit” its former African colonies, “impoverishing Africa” and causing refugees to “leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts”.

Anis Chowdhury

Neo-colonial CFA
As France ratified the Bretton Woods Agreement on 26 December 1945, it established the Colonies Françaises d’Afrique (CFA) franc zone, enabling France to update pre-war colonial monetary arrangements.

The ostensible intent of the ‘Franc of the French Colonies of Africa’ (FCFA) was to cushion France’s colonies from the drastic French franc (FF) devaluation required to peg its value to the US dollar, as agreed at Bretton Woods.

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01/08/2022

How Private Corporations Stole the Sea from the Commons

Human Wrongs Watch

By Guy Standing*

Overfishing, seabed mining, corporate greed: let’s take back control of our marine environment for the common good.

A protest by Ocean Rebellion against deep-sea mining, Rotterdam, February 2022 | Zuma Press Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

29 July 2022 (openDemocracy)* — For most of human history, the oceans have been seen as a global commons, the benefits and resources of which belong to us all in equal measure.

But our seas – and the marine environment as a whole – are being ravaged by exploitation for corporate profit. The result is a social, economic and ecological crisis that threatens the very life support system of the Earth.

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30/07/2022

Of the Secret Leaks and the Baking Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jul 29 2022 (IPS)* – Strangely enough, two major scientific findings, both announced in July, did not attribute the current dangerous world’s disasters to the proxy war unfolding in Ukraine.
The methane leaks are an open secret in the oil and gas industry and it is feeding the climate crisis, explains UNEP

Due to its structure, methane traps more heat in the atmosphere per molecule than carbon dioxide (CO2) making it 80 times more harmful than CO2 during the 20 years after it is released into the atmosphere.. Credit: Bigstock

One of them, launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), focuses on the dangers of what it calls: “secret methane leaks.” Methane is a colourless, odourless gas, responsible for more than 25% of the global warming the Earth is experiencing today.

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29/07/2022

“Don’t Get Trapped”: One Worker’s Warning about What Really Happens in the Fishing Industry

A fisher shares his story of forced labour in the high seas and how he’s taking action to help protect the rights of migrant workers in the fishing industry.

A fishing vessel at sea. © Abbie Trayler-Smith / Greenpeace

From 2019 to 2021, Pukaldi Saswanto did not touch land for 30 months whilst working on a fishing vessel. Originally from Bengkulu, a coastal province in Sumatra, Indonesia, Pukaldi had signed up with a recruitment agency to be a fisher based on a friend’s recommendation.

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29/07/2022

Heat Records Continue to Topple across the Globe as Concurrent Heatwaves Bake Multiple Countries

Human Wrongs Watch

29 July 2022 (UNEP)* — From the United States to Europe and China to Japan, extreme temperatures have soared for weeks, killing hundreds of people, sparking wildfires in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, and Greece and displacing thousands of residents, as many seek refuge in public cooling centers.

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Photo by Reuters

Close to 90 cities have issued heat alerts, including several Japanese cities that broke heat records dating as far back as 1875, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

Meanwhile, in the United States, more than 100 million people are under heat alerts as wildfires rage in California, leading President Joe Biden to consider declaring a climate emergency.

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28/07/2022

The World Was Already Broken. Shall Ukrainian Cereals Fix It Up?

Human Wrongs Watch

MADRID, Jul 28 2022 (IPS)* – A wide majority, including the United States, has cheered the 22 July Turkey-brooked agreement between Russia and Ukraine to resume cereals and fertilisers exports from both countries.

Credit: Bigstock

Such exports had been stopped since last February due to the ongoing proxy war in Ukraine, on the one hand, and the successive United States-led Western sanctions imposed on Russia.

The Istanbul agreement is set to allow both countries to release their cereals and fertilisers exports, under UN and international supervision.

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