Archive for ‘Others-USA-Europe-etc.’

25/03/2019

Gaza Children’s Mental Health Rapidly Deteriorating

More than two-thirds of children surveyed experiencing psychosocial distress.
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A study conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council found that 68 percent of schoolchildren in areas close to the Israeli perimeter fence have clear indications of psychosocial distress. Photo: Ahmed Mashharawi/NRC
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25 March 2019 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*Children living in the Gaza Strip have experienced unusually high rates of psychosocial distress because of the violent response to the Gaza protests and daily attacks they witness.

A study conducted by the Norwegian Refugee Council found that 68 percent of schoolchildren in areas close to the Israeli perimeter fence have clear indications of psychosocial distress. The majority said they were most severely affected by the sounds of nearby explosions and media images of conflict in Gaza.

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25/03/2019

Alienating Hedonism – Wishes and Bargains

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vera Felicidade de Almeida Campos*

24 March 2019 (Wall Street International)*Everything one wants or does not want is likely to be desired or rejected by the other. This is one of the contexts in which exchanges and relationships occur. The commercialization of goods and merchandise is always an exchange, usually made possible by money. The currency and the acquisition patterns allow the circulation of products and ideas in societies.

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The pleasure of tango | Image from Wall Street International

25/03/2019

A Review of 20 Years’ Air Pollution Control in Beijing

UN Environment* In 1998 Beijing began an intensified air pollution control program, and over the last 20 years the city has implemented a series of measures including energy infrastructure optimization, coal-fired pollution control, and vehicle emission controls.
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Image from UN Environment.

These efforts successfully reduced air pollution. In the five years from 2013 to 2017, fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) in Beijing fell by 35% and by 25% in surrounding regions.
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This report outlines how Beijing’s air quality management programme has evolved over the past quarter century and makes recommendations for near, medium, and long-term steps that Beijing can take to maintain its momentum toward clean air.

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25/03/2019

Europe Migration Data Portal Will Challenge Fake News With Facts

Geneva (IOM)* A focus on improved data will enable IOM to combat fake news and hate speech with solid facts and evidence, a UN meeting in Geneva heard today (22/3/2019).

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New European migration section on IOM’s Global Migration Portal Data under the microscope at the UN Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva. Image: IOM’s Global Migration Portal Data

A dedicated Europe section on the IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre website has just been launched, and it was presented on 22 March 2019 at a side event at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Regional Forum on Sustainable Development.

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25/03/2019

A Million March in London, Demand Second Referendum

Protester carry a banner ‘Put it to the People’ as people attend the ‘Put it to the People’ march in London, Britain, 23 March 2019. [Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA/EFE] | Image from EurActiv.

Organisers said about a million people opposed to Britain leaving the European Union joined what they called the “Put it to the People” march, descending on the capital by road and rail from across the country.

25/03/2019

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: How a Conspiracy of Silence Will Corrupt Britain’s Next Election

Human Wrongs Watch

By James CusickopenDemocracy*

Brexit chaos could trigger a general election at any moment. Whenever it happens, there will be dozens of MPs who get elected illegally. Here’s how.

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25/03/2019

The Art of Cupping Therapy

Human Wrongs Watch

By Igor Micunovic*

24 March 2019 (Wall Street International*The cupping therapy has been used in China for thousands of years. The cupping therapy in its primitive form using cattle horn was used primarily to withdraw pus and blood in the treatment of boils. Cupping was then used as an auxiliary method in traditional Chinese surgery, and in time developed into a special therapeutic method.

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Cupping therapy| Image from Wall Street International.
The earliest records of cupping in ancient China was found written in Bo Shu 帛书 ancient book written on silk. The texts were buried 186 BC in Ma wang dui 马王堆 tomb.

Through several thousand years of accumulated clinical experience, the clinical applications of cupping have become increasingly wide.

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24/03/2019

USA/Somalia: Shroud of Secrecy around Civilian Deaths Masks Possible War Crimes

  • Forensic investigation yields credible evidence 14 civilians were killed in just five strikes
  • More than 100 strikes by US drones and manned aircraft since early 2017
  • Strikes in Somalia tripled under Trump, outpacing Yemen and Libya combined

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The US government must carry out impartial, thorough investigations into credible evidence its rapidly escalating air strikes in Somalia have killed numerous civilians, Amnesty International said in a new report today [].

The Hidden US War in Somalia details how 14 civilians were killed and eight more injured in just five of the more than 100 strikes in the past two years.

These five incidents were carried out with Reaper drones and manned aircraft in Lower Shabelle, a region largely under Al-Shabaab control outside the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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24/03/2019

World Meteorological Day Celebrates the Sun, the Earth and the Weather

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World Meteorological Day on 23 March celebrates the anniversary of the convention establishing WMO in 1950 and showcases the essential contribution of the WMO community to the safety and wellbeing of society.

National Meteorological and Hydrological Services provide expertise and services both to harness the power of the Sun and to protect us from it.

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24/03/2019

“We Expect Respect” Say Migrants and Refugees

Bihac/Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, 21 March 2019 (UNFPA)*  –  “We still risk our lives,” said Hatidza*, a 26-year-old migrant transiting through Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Last time when we tried to pass the border, you could see the footsteps of wolves and bears. Some migrants and refugees were killed by bears. By now we have tried three times to pass the border unsuccessfully.”
Hatidza* (right) fled the threat of violence in their home country. She is receiving psychosocial support from a UNFPA-supported women's and girls' centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina. © UNFPA/Almir Budimlic
Hatidza* (right) fled the threat of violence in their home country. She is receiving psychosocial support from a UNFPA-supported women’s and girls’ centre in Bosnia and Herzegovina. © UNFPA/Almir Budimlic

Hatidza is a member of the Ahwazis minority group in Iran. She and her brother fled the country after their father was murdered and their family was threatened.

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