Archive for ‘Mother Earth’

18/08/2019

Abstraction and the Economy — Small Is Beautiful

Human Wrongs Watch

By Shantena Augusto Sabbadini*

August 2019 (Wall Street International)*  — What can we learn from the present ecological, economic, social crisis? I believe we need to revise some deep assumptions which are constitutive of our Western culture and through the process of globalization have become part of our world culture. We need to think in a new way, a new way that actually recovers (on a new level) a very old way.
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The circulation of money on the globe is estimated at four trillion dollars a day
The circulation of money on the globe is estimated at four trillion dollars a day | Image from Wall Street International.
18/08/2019

On the ‘Sacrifice’ Necessary for Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

By Julia Steinberger*

The word sacrifice is bandied about by both sides of the debate on climate action. Shall we unpack this loaded shuttlecock?
The Sacrifice of Isaac by Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin. | Image: LACMA, CC0

You who build these altars now
To sacrifice these children,
You must not do it anymore.
-Leonard Cohen

15 August 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Raising the spectre of sacrifice is the all the vogue in current climate denier and delayer circles: it is representative of our current moment in time.

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17/08/2019

Think Farmers Can’t Grow Food in Situations of Crisis or Disaster? Think Again

Human Wrongs Watch

16 August 2019 (FAO)*Many people equate FAO to a knowledge centre or technical agency, the provider of statistics and world reports on issues such as food insecurity, biodiversity and deforestation. 

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©FAO/Soliman Ahmed

So it can come as a surprise when they learn that when conflict, extreme weather events, natural disasters, plants pests, animal diseases or other threats devastate livelihoods and push people into hunger, FAO is on the ground to help — from the earliest days of the response.

By providing seeds, fishing gear, animal vaccines or other assets, FAO works to rebuild livelihoods and local food systems to support the self-reliance of those affected and boost their resilience against future threats.

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17/08/2019

Environmental Protection Moves ‘Closer to the People’ Through New Human Rights Agreement

Human Wrongs Watch

The UN environment agency and human rights office (OHCHR) signed a landmark new agreement on Friday [16 August 2019] aimed at better protecting vulnerable human and environmental rights defenders and their families, while increasing protection for people and the places where they live, across the world. 

UN Colombia | A wide range of human rights activists have been targeted in Colombia, especially those living in rural areas.Human and environmental rights campaigners are one focus of a new UNEP/OHCHR agreement signed 16 August, 2019.
17/08/2019

Meet Antonio C. S. Rosa: Pioneer in Peace Journalism

Human Wrongs Watch

By Sebastian Eck | Galtung Institut – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Peace Journalism, a New Paradigm for Journalists Covering Conflict Situations: Meet the man behind TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE-TMS

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16/08/2019

Neoliberalism Has Met Its Match in China

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service*

When the Federal Reserve cut interest rates on July 31st for the first time in more than a decade, commentators were asking why.

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Ellen Brown

According to official data, the economy was rebounding, unemployment was below 4%, and GDP growth was above 3%. If anything, by the Fed’s own reasoning, it should have been raising rates.

The explanation of market pundits was that we’re in a trade war and a currency war.

Other central banks were cutting their rates and the Fed had to follow suit, in order to prevent the dollar from becoming overvalued relative to other currencies.

The theory is that a cheaper dollar will make American products more attractive on foreign markets, helping our manufacturing and labor bases.

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16/08/2019

Terrorism Survivors: Forced to Farm, Fish, Fight, ‘They Slaughtered Three of My Friends’

UN News/Daniel Dickinson | 25-year old Kedra Abakar was abducted from his home on the the island of Ngomiron Doumou in Lake Chad by extremists from the Boko Haram terrorist group. (9 February 2019)

In 2015, the island of Ngomiron Doumou in Lake Chad was attacked by armed extremists who said they belonged to the outlawed Boko Haram group. The island is home to some 5,750 people.

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16/08/2019

‘Saving Children Stranded on the Mediterranean Must Be Prioritized over Politics’

Human Wrongs Watch

GENEVA, 15 August 2019 (UNICEF)*“It is unconscionable that once again politics have been prioritized over saving the lives of children who are stranded on the Mediterranean Sea.

Gambian boys walk past a graveyard of ships used by Libyan Smugglers to transport migrants and refugees to Italy, at port next to a government Hot Spot – a reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily, on May 17, 2016. In the past boats were captured and sent to these grave yards, but due to the high numbers, today they are burned at sea by the coast guard.
UNICEF/UN020020/Gilbertson VII Photo | FILE Photo: Gambian boys walk past a graveyard of ships used by Libyan Smugglers to transport migrants and refugees to Italy, at port next to a government Hot Spot – a reception center that doubles as a lodging station for unaccompanied minors in Pozzallo, Sicily, on May 17, 2016. In the past boats were captured and sent to these grave yards, but due to the high numbers, today they are burned at sea by the coast guard.
16/08/2019

UN Refugee Agency Urges Europe to Allow 507 Rescued Passengers to Disembark – Many Are Reportedly Survivors of Appalling Abuses in Libya

5d5283ab3Nearly 600 people have died or gone missing on the Central Mediterranean in 2019.  © UNHCR/Markel Redondo

Many are reportedly survivors of appalling abuses in Libya and are from refugee-producing countries. They are in need of humanitarian assistance and some have already expressed an intention to seek international protection.

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16/08/2019

Ethiopians Abused on Gulf Migration Route – Trafficking, Exploitation, Torture, Abusive Prison Conditions

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