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18/09/2017

On International Day, Collective Action to Protect Ozone Layer Important and Needed

Human Wrongs Watch

16 September 2017 – Commemorating the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, senior United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres highlighted the contributions of the Montreal Protocol – an international environment agreement on the elimination of ozone depleting substances.

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The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades. Photo: UNEP

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“When scientists found that everyday products were destroying the fragile ozone layer, the world responded with the Montreal Protocol,” said Guterres in his message on the International Day.

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13/09/2017

The West–Where Are You Heading?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung*

11 September 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service – A world map shows the West is big, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean-Black Sea-Russian border; but not that big. 

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Johan Galtung

However, that is only Europe. Add Anglo-America, USA-Canada, from the Pacific to the Atlantic oceans, from the Arctic Ocean to Mexico. The West is huge, enormous.

It covers geographically the Northern Arctic and temperate zones.

It houses religiously the three Christianities, much of Judaism, but not Islam. Muslims and all others count as minorities, here and there.

It is the seat of another major faith, Enlightenment: humanism-liberalism-marxism-nationalism-statism-capitalism-regionalism.

It is the seat of the major IGOs, NGOs and TNCs in the world.

It identifies West as “developed”, and Rest as “developing”.

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26/08/2017

“No ‘Worse Place on Earth’ than Syria’s Raqqa”

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A senior United Nations aid official on 24 August 2017 urged the international community to do whatever is needed to allow citizens to flee from Raqqa, saying that right now, there is “no worse place on earth” than the de facto capital of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).

Displaced children and adults are seen after fleeing from ISIL-controlled areas in rural Raqqa, Syria, to Ain Issa, the main staging point for displaced families, some 50 Km north of Raqqa city. Photo: UNICEF/Soulaiman (file)

Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Special Adviser Jan Egeland said the five neighbourhoods held by ISIL in Raqqa are heavily shelled from the surrounding and encircling forces, and under constant air raids by the Coalition.

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22/08/2017

Meanwhile–Around the World

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By Johan Galtung*

21 August 2017 – TRANSCEND Media Service  – Much is happening.  And not happening.  Thus, there is no war in or over North Korea, with USA or anybody else. And there will not be one.

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NKs missiles are credible.  They are fired to show capability to hit US bases in and around Japan; lately this includes Guam and Hawaii.

Many missiles have been fired, and they have all landed in the water. Compare that to the high number of US “accidents” of various types.

However, capability is not intent. Neither to hit, nor to target permanently some party, X.  For that, independent proof is needed.

NKs level of invulnerability with the–19.000–caves is credible, to protect the people, and the arms.  Of course there will be still much to destroy, like the last time Pyongyang was carpet-bombed by USA.

But NK will survive.  Like it did last time. Like it or not.

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16/08/2017

Ancient Inventions – Travelling Back in Time Isn’t So Bad

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By Hildur Sif Thorarensen*

14 August 2017 – Wall Street International When thinking of the ancient world that is a part of our history, certain things tend to come to mind. We might think of a time with no electricity, no air travel and no microwave dinners.
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An Egyptian fresco
An Egyptian fresco | Image reproduced  from Wall Street International

 

We might imagine a Roman legion facing a charge of howling barbarians, intent on fighting off the imperial yoke. We may also close our eyes and transport ourselves in front of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to imagine that which is now lost to history.

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16/08/2017

‘Dramatic’ Rise in Central African Republic Violence Happening Out of Media Eyes – UNICEF

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The Central African Republic (CAR) has spiralled into violence and remains one of the worst countries in the world to be a child and “right now there are few eyes looking at them and few hands trying to help,” the United Nations children’s agency on 15 August 2017 said.

In Haute Kotto Prefecture, Central African Republic, IDPs in PK3 are trying to give to the site a life of its own. Some are selling wood or cassava flour and children have already organized their playgrounds. Photo: OCHA/Yaye N. Sene

“The past year, and especially the last quarter, has seen a dramatic increase in violence,” Donaig Le Du, spokesperson for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), told reporters at the regular press briefing in Geneva.

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04/08/2017

Major Arms Producers, Exporters (Members of UN Security Council) Now Move to “Thwart Terrorists’ Access to Weapons”

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The United Nations Security Council on 2 August 2017 unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons, particularly small arms and light weapons, the “destabilizing accumulation and misuse” of which the 15-member body said “continue to pose threats to international peace and security and cause significant loss of life.”

The UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

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01/08/2017

Why Not Mexican Immigrants? A History of Discrimination and Exclusion

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By Martha R. Bireda*

(Wall Street International)* — It should not be a mystery or come as a surprise to anyone with a faint knowledge of factual United States history as to why Mexicans and Mexican Americans are being targeted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and deported to Mexico. Unlike other immigrant groups, Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans are a racially stigmatized group in the U.S.

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Mexican Immigrants
Mexican Immigrants | Photo | reproduced  from Wall Street International

 

After the United States won the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceded more than half of Mexican land to the U.S. Mexican citizens living on the ceded land were to retain full property rights and be granted U.S. citizenship.

However, Mexican Americans became victims of stereotyping, discrimination and exclusion in the United States.

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01/08/2017

Spiralling Violations in Philippines Including Murder, Threats against Indigenous Peoples, Summary Execution of Children

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31 July 2017 – A group of United Nations experts has urged the Government of the Philippines to immediately address reported human rights violations, including murder, threats against indigenous peoples and the summary execution of children.

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Children play outside their home at a shelter in the Philippines. Photo: UNICEF/Joshua Estey

“Attacks are spiralling against many groups in society and we are making an urgent appeal for Government action,” said a joint statement issued by Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children.

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01/08/2017

Alcoholism Cannot Explain Russian Mortality Spike

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MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 25 2017 (IPS) – The steep upsurge in mortality and sudden fall in life expectancy in Russia in the early 1990s were the highest ever registered anywhere in recorded human history in the absence of catastrophes, such as wars, plague or famine. 

In Russia, the simultaneous increase in the total death rate, deaths due to external causes, and alcohol consumption were all driven by stress. Credit: Pavol Stracansky/IPS

The shock economic reforms in the former Soviet economies after 1991 precipitated this unprecedented increase in mortality, shortening life expectancy, especially among middle-aged males.

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