Archive for ‘The Peoples’

16/12/2018

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach.

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**Global temperature anomalies for 2015 compared to the 1951–1980 baseline. 2015 was the warmest year in the NASA/NOAA temperature record, which starts in 1880. It has since been superseded by 2016 (NASA/NOAA; 20 January 2016).[

In the growing fog that envelops the planet and its inhabitants, looking at things from the point of view of a cockroach would probably give us a new perspective.

Also because the cockroach survived the atomic bomb in Nagasaki, it is 300 million years old, and it is distributed around the planet in over 4,000 species. All things that give it a great advantage over man.

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15/12/2018

UN Commission on Human Rights Investigates ‘Widespread, Systematic Sexual Violence’ across South Sudan

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Widespread and systematic sexual violence across South Sudan, just a few months after the country’s top two politicians signed a renewed commitment to peace, was at the top of the UN Commission on Human Rights in the country’s agenda on 14 December 2018, as members ended their first fact-finding mission.

OCHA/Jacob Zocherman | Mother and daughter in Unity State, South Sudan.
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The three-person team investigating rights violations in the world’s youngest country, which has been mired in bloody civil conflict since 2013, arrived on the ground shortly after more than 150 women and girls were reportedly sexually assaulted in the northern town of Bentiu.
15/12/2018

Preparing Africa for Ravages of Climate Change ‘Cannot Be an Afterthought’ – UN Climate Conference

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Africa is at a “tipping point” as global warming increases, and urgent action needs to be taken across the continent now, to mitigate risks and safeguard a decade of social and economic gains, according to a new report launched on 14 December 2018 by the United Nations Development Agency (UNDP) at the COP24 climate conference, in Katowice, Poland.

UNDP Chad/Jean Damascene Hakuzim | In the reforestation site of Merea, Chad, children are planting acacia seedlings for the future In the past 50 years, Lake Chad basin shrank from 25,000 square kilometers to 2,000square kilometers.
14/12/2018

UN Launches New Emergency Plan to Cover Urgent Needs of Millions of Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants

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A new plan to cover the urgent needs of millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, coordinated by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was launched in Geneva on 14 December 2018.

© UNHCR/Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo | Cucuta, border of Colombia with Venezuela. Thousands of refugees and migrants from Venezuela continue to enter Colombia daily, through the main regular entry point, crossing the Simon Bolivar International Bridge.
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The plan, the first of its kind in the Americas, is a strategy to deal with an estimate three million people, the largest exodus from a single country in the region, in recent years.

The vast majority of them have sought refuge in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The numbers leaving Venezuela have increased dramatically from 2017, and now, an average of 5,500 are crossing the border every day.

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14/12/2018

Placing Internally Displaced Persons on the Map in Ethiopia and Beyond

An internally displaced woman carries a baby on her back at the Airstrip Area Displacement Site in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Photo credit: IOM 2017 / Rikka Tupaz

“Ethiopia is one of the countries experiencing large numbers of internal displacement – 2.6 per cent of its population,” said Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of Ethiopia, during the 109th Session of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council in late November.

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14/12/2018

As Somalis Flee to Cities, Mogadishu Becomes Most Crowded City in Africa

11 December 2018 (Norwegian Refugee Council)*Conflict and natural disasters from 2017 – 2018 caused massive displacement to cities – says new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC).
Fatumo Abdullahi, 35, and her family live in a settlement for displaced families in Mogadishu’s Kaxda district. Fatumo and her family members were displaced from Bay region due to the drought. Photo: NRC/EU Christian Jepsen
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“Somali families are fleeing to Mogadishu seeking shelter, protection and aid. With nowhere else to go, they crowd into camps that are unhealthy and unsafe. This influx has made Mogadishu the most densely populated city in Africa, with more people arriving every day,” said Evelyn Aero, Regional Adviser for Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

2.6 million people are displaced within Somalia. Drought, competition for resources and poor living conditions has fuelled fighting in rural areas, and pushed people towards Mogadishu, says a new report from NRC’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

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14/12/2018

From Central America to Syria: the Conspiracy against Refugees

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Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Watching the ongoing debate between liberal and right-wing pundits on US mainstream media, one rarely gets the impression that Washington is responsible for the unfolding chaotic situation in Central America.

In fact, no other country is as accountable as the United States for the ongoing chaos and resulting refugee crisis. So why, despite the seemingly substantial ideological and political differences between right-wing Fox News and liberal CNN, are both media outlets working hard to safeguard their country’s dirty little secret?

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14/12/2018

COP24: Return of King Coal

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The Polish stand at COP24.

It takes just one breath of air to understand that coal is omnipresent in Katowice. The acidic smell from the combustion of coal in a neighbouring thermal power station can be noticed even in the temporary buildings Poland has packed around the conference centre.

Even the slogan of COP24, “Katowice is changing the climate!”, which is displayed on buses, has a sense of black humour to it. The city’s emissions, which are being multiplied by the arrival of 20,000 people for two weeks, are actually contributing to the acceleration of global warming.

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14/12/2018

Escalating Violence Uproots Farmers and Herders in Niger

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Forced to abandon their homes, farms and livestock, over 50,000 people have been displaced by insecurity in the border regions of west Niger. |  Español  |  Français  |  عربي

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More than 52,000 IDPs have been displaced in Niger in the regions bordering Mali since the beginning of 2018.

Farmer Al-Bashir Gamo Gamo was forced to flee his village in west Niger after an armed group killed five residents.  © UNHCR/Louise Donovan

TILLABERI, Niger, 13 December 2018 (UNHCR)* – When militants attacked his village in west Niger, Al-Bashir Gamo Gamo’s peaceful life spent tending to his livestock was over.

“They kidnapped five people from my village who were later found dead,” he says, explaining how armed groups threatened the village members with death if they did not leave within 12 hours.

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14/12/2018

Cleaning Up Couture: What’s in Your Jeans?

14 December 2018 (UN Environment)*Today you made a decision that could change the face of the planet. You decided what to wear.

When was the last time you looked in your wardrobe and couldn’t find anything suitable?

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Photo from UN Environment.

Screen stars on Netflix wear stunning but different couture in every episode. Celebrities boast cutting edge design, always pictured in a new outfit. Are you keeping up? Don’t worry. The latest news is that you don’t have to.

If you listen to Deputy Mayor of Paris—and Parisians would know—Antoinette Guhl, as stated in the report A New Textiles Economy: “Circular is the new black! We need a fashion industry based on three principles: clean, fair and good.”

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