Archive for ‘The Peoples’

23/01/2021

Martin Luther King: The Saint Honored by the Government That Shot Him in the Face … A “Forgotten” Extrajudicial Political Assassination [?]

Human Wrongs Watch

By Prof. Graeme MacQueen – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)
Stephen F. Somerstein/Getty Images

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983. I do not wish to trivialize this accomplishment: it took great persistence by civil society groups and it had to conquer serious opposition. Yet what it has established is an indigestible paradox in the nation’s list of saints and heroes.

Recall that the jury in the 1999 civil trial examining the assassination reached a startling conclusion on December 8, 1999: US government agencies had conspired successfully to kill Dr. King.

Mainstream media carried little about this trial and verdict in 1999 and they persist in ignoring it to this day.

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23/01/2021

The System Isn’t Broken, ‘Davos Man’ Built It This Way. So Let’s Change It

Coronavirus shows vulnerabilities of the existing economic models that have to be challenged and turned into new thinking. To keep us safe and resilient we have to put people and nature beyond monetary profits. © Max Zielinski / Greenpeace

Due to Covid, the World Economic Forum will be virtual this January – and its elite audience will only meet in person in May – in Singapore. A symbolic move showing how geopolitics are shifting, especially as many countries in Asia deal so much more competently with Covid-19 than Europe or North America.

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23/01/2021

Solar Power Charges Pandemic Recovery for Indigenous Farmers in Viet Nam

Human Wrongs Watch

22 January 2021 (UNEP)* — Overcoming adversity has long been the stock in trade of Do Thi Phuong, a 42-year-old mother of two living in a small village in Viet Nam’s lush Lao Cai province. As the primary breadwinner in her family of six, Phuong is accustomed to being a rock for her family in hard times. Years ago, landslides wiped out all but four out of 42 household rice fields in the village, yet Phuong managed to provide.

But COVID-19 has tested her resolve like nothing else.

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REUTERS/Carlos Barria / 22 Jan 2021

Phuong’s village has traditionally been home to indigenous groups that farm the land. Many in the community raise chicken and pigs – each household maintains between 1,000-5,000 chickens, from which they derive their primary income.

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23/01/2021

Tropical Cyclone Eloise Intensifying, Expected to Make Landfall on 23 January in Mozambique. ‘It Will Bring Hurricane-Force Winds, Heavy Rainfall and Risk of Coastal Flooding, Widespread Humanitarian Impacts

23/01/2021

Pandemic Will Not End for Anyone, ‘Until It Ends for Everyone’ 

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)*The COVID-19 pandemic “will not end for anyone, until it ends for everyone”, an independent UN human rights expert said on Friday [22 January 2021], advocating for an equitable and globally-coordinated vaccine distribution programme. 

© UNICEF/Ruhani Kaur | India has begun the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccination programme.
 

“The virus can still travel from the vastly unvaccinated massive population of the Global South to the Global North, including in its increasingly mutating forms”, Obiora Okafor, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and international solidarity, said in a statement

He explained that with mutations constantly evolving, only inoculating rich countries would likely “complicate or delay” the eradication of the virus. 

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22/01/2021

Xenophobia Threatens the Danish Welfare Model

Human Wrongs Watch

By Kristian Laubjerg*

With an intensive information campaign the Danes would learn to see themselves as members of a multi-cultural society

Denmark is still better known for H.C. Andersen, The Little Mermaid
Denmark is still better known for H.C. Andersen, The Little Mermaid | Image from Wall Street International.

Bernie Sanders points to Denmark

22 January 2021 | Wall Street International*Denmark is known as a country where social justice prevails and where everyone has secured a daily life without having to live in worry about tomorrow, even if sickness and unemployment knock on the door. I was born in Denmark, two generations ago, and couldn’t help but feeling a bit proud, when the Democratic candidate for the US presidency, Bernie Sanders, pointed to Denmark as a model to be emulated by the USA. What is it worth to be big and mighty, if it does not contribute to give better living conditions to people, asked Sanders.

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22/01/2021

UN Ozone Secretariat Launches ‘Reset Earth’: Animation Film & Mobile Game Bring Gen Z into Protecting Ozone Layer

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Nairobi, 22 January 2021 (UNEP)* – ‘Reset Earth’ is an innovative educational platform for adolescents about the fundamental role of the ozone layer in protecting the planet. The platform launches on World Education Day (January 24th) with an original animation film that explores options for collective positive action. The film’s plot continues in a challenging mobile game for Android and IOS (February 10th). The platform is initiated by United Nations Ozone Secretariat to sustain the protection of the ozone layer through the sensitization and engagement of Gen Z.

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New to ozone? Or perhaps you’re familiar and just want to learn more. The Ozone and You section is the place to start.

Ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) like CFCs, HFCs, HCFCs have been widely used throughout the 20th century, mostly for refrigeration, in air conditioners and aerosol sprays. ODSs threaten the earth’s upper atmosphere, drive up temperatures and account for close to 11 per cent of total warming emissions to date.

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22/01/2021

With a War-Mongering President Gone, Is the World Safe from Nuclear Brinkmanship?

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UNITED NATIONS, Jan 22 2021 (IPS)* – A war-mongering president, with his finger on the nuclear trigger— and who threatened to attack North Korea and Iran– was unceremoniously drummed out of office on January 20.

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Launching of “Reverse the Trend” and welcoming the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Credit: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

And two days later, the world rejoiced the historic entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – a landmark event greeted by peace activists and anti-nuclear campaigners worldwide.

But still there are two lingering questions: Does the TPNW, along with the inglorious departure of an irrational Donald Trump from the White House, make chances of a nuclear war only a remote possibility?

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22/01/2021

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Comes into Force

Human Wrongs Watch

22 January 2021 (UN News)*The first multilateral nuclear disarmament treaty in more than two decades, came into force just after midnight on Friday [22 January 2021], hailed by the UN Secretary-General as “an important step towards a world free of nuclear weapons”.

UN Photo/DB | The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, after the dropping of the atomic bomb, in Hiroshima, Japan. This site was later preserved as a monument.

António Guterres said that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) also represents a “strong demonstration of support for multilateral approaches to nuclear disarmament” overall.

In a video message and statement, the UN chief commended the States that have ratified the Treaty and welcomed the “instrumental role of civil society in advancing the TPNW’s negotiation and entry into force”.

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20/01/2021

COVID-19 and Worsening Inequalities Will Fuel Malnutrition for Billions in Asia and the Pacific, Warn FAO, UNICEF, WFP, and WHO

Human Wrongs Watch

Child and maternal diets particularly vulnerable

Photo: ©WFP/Mehedi RahmanThe report stresses how social protection systems and transfers can promote the affordability of healthy diets for the poor and most vulnerable.

20 January 2021, Bangkok/Rome – The economic impact of COVID-19 on the world’s most populous region is threatening to further undermine efforts to improve diets and nutrition of nearly two billion people in Asia and the Pacific who were already unable to afford healthy diets prior to the pandemic, says a new report published today [20 January 2021] by four specialized agencies of the United Nations.

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