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14/03/2017

New Evidence Confirms Risk That Mideast May Become Uninhabitable

Human Wrongs Watch

 

ROME, Mar 13 2017 (IPS) – New evidence is deepening scientific fears, advanced few years ago, that the Middle East and North Africa risk becoming uninhabitable in a few decades, as accessible fresh water has fallen by two-thirds over the past 40 years.

The water table is falling in Egypt's desert oases, raising questions of sustainability. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

The water table is falling in Egypt’s desert oases, raising questions of sustainability. Credit: Cam McGrath/IPS

This sharp water scarcity simply not only affects the already precarious provision of drinking water for most of the region’s 22 countries, home to nearly 400 million inhabitants, but also the availability of water for agriculture and food production for a fast growing population.

The new facts are stark: per capita availability of fresh water in the region is now 10 times less than the world average. Moreover, higher temperatures may shorten growing seasons in the region by 18 days and reduce agricultural yields a further 27 per cent to 55 per cent less by the end of this century.

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14/03/2017

‘Yemen on Brink of Famine’ – UN

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13 March 2017 – Unless the international community provides additional resources and authorities in Yemen allow aid workers access to hungry people, families in some of the war-torn country’s most food insecure areas will die, warned the head of the United Nations emergency food programme.

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, during a visit to Yemen. Photo: WFP

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), who is in Aden and Sana’a on a three-day visit, met with families struggling to feed their children and visited nutrition centres and health facilities.

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07/03/2017

‘World Must Act Fast, Scale Up Life-Saving Assistance in Drought-Hit Somalia’

Human Wrongs Watch

6 March 2017 – As a severe drought deepens in Somalia, the risk of famine is looming in the long-troubled country, with about half the population in need of some form of assistance, according to an assessment by United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners.

A group of women in Mogadishu, Somalia, after leaving Toro-Toro, 100 kilometres away, because of a lack of water and food. Photo: OCHA

The situation has become “significantly worse in the last six months,” explained Joseph Contreras, the spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

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03/03/2017

‘Financial Speculation Led to Unsustainable Global Housing Crisis’

Human Wrongs Watch

2 March 2017 – The world’s money markets have priced people out of cities, a United Nations independent expert has said, blaming financial markets and speculators for treating housing as a “place to park capital.”

High rises and hotel buildings in Punta Pacifica, Panama City, Panama. Photo: Gerardo Pesantez/World Bank | Source: UN News Centre

“Housing has lost its social function and is seen instead as a vehicle for wealth and asset growth. It has become a financial commodity, robbed of its connection to community, dignity and the idea of home,” said Leilani Farha, the Special Rapporteur on the right to housing.

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03/03/2017

Seven Scaring Facts About Widening Gender Gap

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 3 March 2017 (IPS)* – Women across the globe are facing new threats, which risk dismantling decades of hard-won rights and derailing the effort to end extreme poverty, an international confederation of civil society organisations has revealed ahead of International Women’s Day pm March 8.

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Rural women: a driving force against hunger, malnutrition and poverty | Photo: FAO

The renewal of the global gag rule restricting US funding for family planning services is the latest of a number of new threats that will have a huge effect on the world’s poorest women, OXFAM international on March 2 warned in its new report ‘An economy that works for women’.

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27/02/2017

Our oceans, Our Responsibility

Human Wrongs Watch

By Mike Fincken*

24 February, 2017 (Greenpeace)* – For some people the oceans may seem vast – to me they are my garden and my home. For the last three decades I have spent most of my life as a sailor and a captain. So you can imagine I feel a special tie to our blue planet. The many years at sea also mean I have witnessed how things have increasingly gone wrong for our oceans.

Philippine Purse Seine Fishing OperationDiver Joel Gonzaga of the the Philippine purse seiner 'Vergene' at work using only a single air compressor hose to the surface, in and around a skipjack tuna purse seine net, in the international waters of high seas pocket No1   © Alex Hofford / Greenpeace

Year by year, more and more fishing boats are out there, and they are getting bigger and bigger as well. There is so much over-fishing going on, so much poor management of fisheries and so much illegal fishing.

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26/02/2017

366 Migrant Deaths on Mediterranean Crossing in First 53 Days of 2017 – UN

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An estimated 366 migrants died at sea during their Mediterranean journey to Europe in the first 53 days of 2017, down from 425 of the comparable period of last year, the United Nations migration agency 24 February 2017 said.

Migrants from the Mediterranean are rescued in the Channel of Sicily, Italy. Photo: IOM/Francesco Malavolta (file)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has reported that 13,924 migrants entered Europe by sea through 22 February, sharply down from 105,427 a year earlier.

These data include the death toll reported this week from a boat with as many as 133 passengers on board that foundered off Az Zawiyah, near Tripoli on this past Sunday.

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20/02/2017

Governments Urged to Endorse Convention on Enforced Disappearance – UN 

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Marking the tenth anniversary of an historic treaty to keep people from suffering enforced disappearance or secret detentions, the United Nations on 17 February 2017 urged all Governments that have not done so to ratify it, as the world body honoured victims separated from their loved ones.

A wall of photos at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of infamous Security Prison S-21, documents the Khmer Rouge’s brutal treatment of detainees. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances on 20 December 2006, and it opened for signature the following February.

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20/02/2017

The Planned US Border Tax Would Most Likely Violate WTO Rules – Part 2

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PENANG, Feb 17 2017 (IPS) – As American lawmakers and the Trump administration prepare the ground for introducing a border adjustment tax, many controversial issues have emerged, including whether they go against the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS

The tax on US imports, without the same being applied to US-made products, discriminates against foreign products, and US exports being exempted from taxes is tantamount to being an export subsidy. How will this be taken at the WTO, the guardian of the multilateral trading system? Credit: Amantha Perera/IPS


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20/02/2017

The Corporate Disease Has a Cure – Capitalism and Democracy

Human Wrongs Watch

By SAYDE TAWK*

Wall Street International* – The Corporation documentary directed by Mark Achbar ends with his statement saying “Why would they put me out there, when I am opposed to everything that they stand for, and I spend my time on their dime opposing what they believe in. That’s because they do not believe in anything, they put me out there because they know that there are millions of people, they wanna see my film or watch the TV show, so there’re gonna make money. I’ve been able to get my stuff out there because I’m driving my truck through this incredible flow in capitalism, the greed flow.”

Capitalism and Democracy
Capitalism and Democracy | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International
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