Archive for ‘The Peoples’

17/04/2019

On the Disconnect – Intelligence and Consciousness in the Brave New World

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pier Luigi Luisi* 

17 April 2019 (Wall Street International)*Today there is worldwide concern over ecological problems and climate change in particular. A systems-view of the world shows us that pollution and climate change mutually interact, thereby spawning further crises: the loss of biodiversity, the huge wealth gap between rich and poor that forces the dispossessed to migrate towards wealthier nations, and the destabilization of democracy. There is much to be concerned about, and the rage and anxiety felt by those most affected is exacerbated by the indifference of the majority of influential governments.
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The meteoric of artificial intelligence | Image from Wall Street International.

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17/04/2019

Reckoning with Failure in the War on Terror

Human Wrongs Watch

By Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency, as Max Blumenthal points out in his insightful book “The Management of Savagery: How America’s National Security State Fueled the Rise of Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Donald Trump,” was made possible not only by massive social inequality and concentration of wealth and political power in the hands of the oligarchic elites but by the national security state’s disastrous and prolonged military interventions overseas.

Mr. Fish / Truthdig

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17/04/2019

Greta Thunberg Urges MEPs to ‘Panic Like the House Is on Fire’

17/04/2019

‘Indigenous Peoples Lives and Their Rights Increasingly at Risk’

Human Wrongs Watch

COPENHAGEN, 16 April 2019 (International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA)*On 24 April 2019, at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, the International Work Group for indigenous AffairsIGWIA will release The Indigenous World 2019, an extensive, one-of-a-kind yearbook presenting a comprehensive, global overview of the developments indigenous peoples experience.

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Image from IWGIA.

The book documents an increasing trend towards the harassment and criminalisation of indigenous peoples and communities.

It also highlights the rising tensions between states and indigenous peoples, shrinking civil society space, loss of land rights and lack of access to justice for indigenous peoples to enjoy their rights.

“Indigenous peoples make up 5% of the world’s population, yet they represent 15% of the world’s poorest, and in 2017, half of the approximately 400 environmental and human rights defenders were killed.

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17/04/2019

10,000 People Separated by Conflict Reunited with Their Families in the UK

Human Wrongs Watch

London, 16 April 2019 (IOM)* Ten thousand people separated by conflict and persecution have been reunited with their families in the United Kingdom under a British Red Cross (BRC) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) family reunification programme.

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Khaled is reunited with his son at the airport under the IOM-British Red Cross Family Reunification programme. Photo: British Red Cross

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16/04/2019

Nicaragua Crisis: One Year In, More Than 60,000 Have Fled, Seeking Refuge

Human Wrongs Watch

Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, said on Tuesday [16 April 2019].

© UNHCR/Roberto Carlos Sanchez | Asylum-seekers from Nicaragua wait to file their applications at the immigration office in the capital of Costa Rica, San Jose (August 2018)
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Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, and others about the deteriorating situation in the Central American country, UNHCR said that families with young children are now taking extreme measures to cross the border.
16/04/2019

World Bank Dispossessing Rural Poor

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Apr 16 2019 (IPS)* The World Bank’s Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA) project, launched in 2013, has sought agricultural reforms favouring the corporate sector. EBA was initially established to support the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, initiated by the G8 to promote private agricultural development in Africa.

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The New Alliance has been touted as “a new model of partnership” for agricultural transformation in Africa.

The Bank has used the EBA to address the land issue in developing countries, particularly in Africa.

The effort is strongly supported by the US and UK governments as well as the Gates Foundation, all strong proponents of corporate agriculture.

Emulating the influential annual World Bank Doing Business report, the EBA scores countries on the ease of doing business in agriculture.

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16/04/2019

Manning, Assange and the Use of Solitary Confinement

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Chelsea Manning is, I understand, in solitary confinement, after her recent refusal to testify to a grand jury.  Julian Assange has for years been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London and for the past year has been prevented access to the internet and nearly all visitations, in what amounts to ‘near total isolation‘.

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Dr. Emanuel E. Garcia

I will not address what I believe to be the horrifically gross injustices of incarceration here, but will instead direct my focus on that extra twist of the knife.

It is not enough to have deprived these two individuals of their liberties. No: the all-powerful State must also inflict a torture upon them while they are incarcerated.

To say that insult has piled onto injury would itself be insulting because it is far more: it is heinous, despicable, cruel and totally unwarranted.

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16/04/2019

Defending Julian Assange; Defending the Truth

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 15 April 2019  — On 11 April 2019, WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange was dragged from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by UK police and arrested for breaching a bail condition. See ‘Arrest update – SW1’.

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Demonstration in support of Assange in front of Sydney Town Hall, 10 December 2010 | ElekhhOwn work | CC BY-SA 3.0

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16/04/2019

‘A Global Measles Crisis’ Is Well Underway – World Health Organization, UNICEF

Noting a 300 per cent surge in the number of measles cases during the first three months of this year, compared to the same period last year, two UN agency heads declared on Monday [15 April 2019] that we now stand “in the middle of a global measles crisis”.

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World Bank/Dominic Chavez | Nurse at Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, prepares to vaccinate children. | Photo from UN News.
“Cases have soared across the world, including in places where measles had previously been eliminated, like the United States”, asserted Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).
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