Archive for ‘The Peoples’

19/11/2018

In India, Women boycott Weddings with Child Brides

Across five rural Indian states, thousands of women have joined Women Peer Groups, which are using everything from protests to pledging ceremonies as part of a UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women-supported violence-prevention programme for ethnic minority women.

Malti Tudu speaking about the women rights awareness to village women during a meeting at Simalbari village in Kishanganj Tehsil of Kishanganj district in Bihar, India. Photo: UN Women/Biju Boro

Malti Tudu speaking about the women rights awareness to village women during a meeting at Simalbari village in Kishanganj Tehsil of Kishanganj district in Bihar, India. Photo: UN Women/Biju Boro

14 November 2018 (UN Women)* — You could call 20-year-old Malti Tudu a wedding crasher. Only her goal is to stop the wedding from ever getting started.

At least when the bride-to-be is a child.

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19/11/2018

Yemenis in Free Fall One Year Since Blockade

Human Wrongs Watch

By the Norwegian Refugee Council*

5 November 2018 — One year since the Saudi-led Coalition imposed a blockade on sea, land and air routes in Yemen, millions more are edging closer to famine and fatal disease.
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A girl stands inside the Al Habbari informal settlement for displaced people in Sana’a. The settlement is on private land and receives a very small amount of support from its owner. Families living here lack basic services such as showers and latrines. Photo: Becky Bakr Abdulla/NRC, 30 August 2018

“The past 12 months have been a never-ending nightmare for Yemeni civilians. The parties to the conflict have consistently disavowed the laws of war and employed tactics that exacerbate suffering for civilian populations,” said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

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19/11/2018

“Butter Battle” Arms Race – The New Post-Cold War

Human Wrongs Watch

By Hall Gardner*

18 November 2018  (Wall Street International)*In January 1984, Dr. Seuss, one of the most popular authors of children’s books ever, who sold hundreds of millions of copies of his books, published The Butter Battle Book. It was a totally unexpected book from a children’s author―an overt political satire and protest against the nuclear arms race. Dr. Seuss considered it his best book, but one that ends pessimistically unlike most of his others.
The role of Donald Trump in the New Post-Cold War
The role of Donald Trump in the New Post-Cold War | Photo from Wall Street International

 

The Butter Battle bookis full of references to the US-Soviet Cold War, from the building of the Berlin Wall to the deployment of more and more kinds of “advanced” weaponry.

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19/11/2018

Treasures of Biodiversity – How Local Varieties Can Support Nutrition and Food Security, and Cope with Climate Change

Human Wrongs Watch

19 November 2018 (FAO)*Biodiversity may sound complicated, but it’s a fairly simple concept: the existence of many different types of plants and animals makes the world a healthier and more productive place. A mix of genetics, species and habitats allows Earth’s ecosystems to keep up with challenges like population growth and climate change. Biodiversity is important to us because it plays a crucial role in food and nutrition security, and subsequently in human health.

About three-quarters of the genetic diversity once found in agricultural crops has been lost over the last century. Preserving our agricultural biodiversity is vital for coping with a changing climate and securing our future of food. | Photo from FAO. 

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19/11/2018

E-Commerce Giants Under Fire for Retailing Hazardous Mercury-Based Cosmetics

Human Wrongs Watch

NEW YORK, Nov 16 2018 (IPS)* A coalition of over 50 civil society organizations (CSOs), from more than 20 countries, have urged two of the world’s largest multi-billion dollar E-commerce retailers – Amazon and eBay – to stop marketing “dangerous and illegal mercury-based skin lightening creams.”

The protest is part of a coordinated global campaign against a growing health hazard in the field of cosmetics.

So far, the groups have reached out to the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the United Nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) and INTERPOL, the Lyon-based international law enforcement agency whose mandate includes investigating the sale of illegal health products online.

Michael Bender, International Coordinator of the Zero Mercury Working Group, told IPS internet moguls must stop breaking the law with their toxic trade in illegal cosmetics.

“Amazon and eBay have the responsibility and resources to prevent exposing their customers to this dangerous neurotoxin,” he added.

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18/11/2018

More People Have Cell Phones than Toilets

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In crowded camps it is essential that people have proper sanitation facilities and good hygiene practices in order to prevent diseases. In order to address the needs, NRC is conducting the following activities in Mtendeli refugee camp in Tanzania: • Constructing family latrines • Providing basic hygiene items, such as soap • Conducting hygiene promotions on good hygiene practices • Providing drinking taps and latrines in schools Photo: Ingrid Prestetun/NRC

Almost 30 percent of the world do not have access to latrines. The lack of access deprives people of a good health, safety and dignity.

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18/11/2018

Sand Depletion

Sand Sculpture for Solar Paradise Project in Gran Canaria

Photo from Greenpeace International

We might wonder why there would ever be a sand shortage, since deserts cover more than a third of Earth’s land surface, but wind-formed desert sand is too fine for construction.

Highly valued river and lake sand contains the right-sized particles for landfill and strong concrete. Dubai, on the edge of the vast Arabian desert, imports sand from Australia. Qatar imports over $6 billion worth of sand annually.

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18/11/2018

Theresa May’s Brexit Deal Is Dead in the Water – Now What for Britain?

18/11/2018

US-Mexico Border: Migrants Between a Rock And Hard Place

A handful of Central American migrants take Mexican goverment job opportunities to escape U.S. hostility, their very presence receives rejection and xenophia.
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Mexico–United States barrierat the border of Tijuana, Mexicoand San Diego, USA. The crosses represent migrants who have died in crossing attempts. Some who are identified, some not. Surveillance tower in the background. | © Tomas Castelazo, www.tomascastelazo.com Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

18 November 2018 (teleSUR)* – Amongst the hundred of Central American Migrants denied passage to the United States, and currently stranded at the border border in Mexico, some are taking offers for work by their host government.

“If we had work, we would stay. This has been very tiring,” Orbelina Orellana told Reuters.

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17/11/2018

Dissecting International Concerns about Iran’s Missiles

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr Tytti Erästö*

While trying to save the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, some European leaders have stepped up pressure on Iran’s ballistic missile programme, simultaneously demanding talks and threatening sanctions. Iran—which sees ballistic missiles as crucial to the country’s defence—has responded by saying that its missile programme is non-negotiable.

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Dissecting international concerns about Iran’s missiles

The UN Security Council Adopts Resolution on Iran Nuclear Deal (Resolution 2231), taken on 20 July 2015. Photo: Flickr/UN Photo/Loey Felipe.
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