Archive for ‘War Lords’

25/07/2016

Indian Climate Activist Ponders the ‘Unthinkable’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dan Bloom*

TAIPEI, 25 July 2016 (IPS) – For acclaimed Indian novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh, the future of humankind as global warming impact events spread worldwide looks grim. So grim that the 60-year-old pamphleteer has titled his new book of three climate-related essays “The Great Derangement.”

Floods in Morigaon, India in 2014. Climate change is already leading to more frequent natural disasters. Credit: Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

Floods in Morigaon, India in 2014. Climate change is already leading to more frequent natural disasters. Credit: Credit: Priyanka Borpujari/IPS

The way we humans are dealing with, or not dealing with, climate change appears to be deranged. What will future generations in say, 2116 or 2216,  think of those of us in 2016?

Ghosh, a cosmopolitan, globe-trotting public intellectual, is worried. So worried that his hair has turned brilliantly white, while his eyes burn with a probing yet affable intensity.

23/07/2016

Over 26,000 People Flee South Sudan; Influx Sets Single-Day Record

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 26,500 South Sudanese, mostly women and children, have crossed into Uganda since fighting between rival forces erupted in and around the capital, Juba, on 7 July, the United Nations refugee agency on 22 July 2016 reported.

Refugees from South Sudan are transported from Elego town to the Numanzi Transit Center where meals and temporary accommodation are provided by UNHCR in Adjumani, northern Uganda. Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

Yesterday alone [21 July], an estimated 8,337 refugees crossed into Uganda, setting a single-day record since the influx began in 2016.

“Thousands of people continue to flee uncertainty and fighting in South Sudan,” a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Andreas Needham, told reporters in Geneva, adding that more than 90 per cent of those are women and children.

17/07/2016

Biodiversity, GMOs, Gene Drives and the Militarised Mind

Human Wrongs Watch

By Dr Vandana Shiva*

11 July 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service – A recent report from the National Academy of Science of The United States, titled Gene Drives on the Horizon : Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values”, warns:

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“One possible goal of release of a gene-drive modified organism is to cause the extinction of the target species or a drastic reduction in its abundance.”

Gene Drives have been called “mutagenic chain reactions”, and are to the biological world what chain reactions are to the nuclear world. The Guardian describes Gene Drives as the “gene bomb”.

Kevin Esvelt of MIT exclaims “a release anywhere is likely to be a release everywhere”, and asks “Do you really have the right to run an experiment where if you screw up, it affects the whole world?”

The NAS report cites the case of wiping out amaranth as an example of “potential benefit”. Yet, the “magical technology” of Gene Drives remains a Ghost, or the Department of Defence of the United States Government’s secret “weapon” to continue its War on Amaranthus Culturis.

17/07/2016

Displaced Youth: Selling Souls to Sex and Drugs

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, 15 July, 2016 (IPS) – Omar’s striking blue eyes and well-built physique are accentuated by his fashionable, tight-fitting apparel. At first glance, one would regard him as a carefree young man, blessed with the gifts of intellect and beauty. However, appearances can be deceptive. The traumas of war, displacement and isolation hang over Omar like an ominous shadow.
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From violence in refugee camps to the rise of Islamophobia, the gay Syrian community faces a multitude of challenges. Credit: IPS

From violence in refugee camps to the rise of Islamophobia, the gay Syrian community faces a multitude of challenges. Credit: IPS

17/07/2016

Refugee Crisis: Child Labour in Agriculture on the Rise in Lebanon

Human Wrongs Watch

‘Host to hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the war in neighboring Syria, Lebanon has witnessed a rise in child labour in recent years, largely in the hazardous agricultural sector.’

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Children enjoying a performance at the fair. Agriculture is one of the three most dangerous sectors in terms of occupational safety and health, regardless of the worker’s age. © Tabitha Ross / ILO

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BEQAA VALLEY, Lebanon 12 July 2016 (ILO News)* – The sun rises over the Anti-Lebanon mountain range that borders Syria. Kowsar Ibrahim, a 12-year-old refugee from Aleppo in Syria, is already at work pruning grape vines.
16/07/2016

South Sudan: Lives Uprooted, Families Torn Apart

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tim Irwin*

Recent violence in South Sudan has displaced some 65,000 people in and around Wau town. Among them are many children who became separated from their parents as their families fled. Reunification is the goal, but first carers must be found for these unaccompanied children. 

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© UNICEF South Sudan/2016/Irwin | Nedal, 15, and her two younger brothers are living with a foster family in a displacement site in Wau, South Sudan. They were separated from their parents when fighting broke out in the city on 24 June.
WAU, South Sudan, 6 July 2016 (UNICEF)* – When they heard the gunfire they knew they had to run. One fled alone, another with her brothers and another with his children and grandchildren.

16/07/2016

263 Million Children Now Out of school

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 15 July 2016 reported that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest rates of exclusion.

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Syrian refugee children playing in their informal settlement at Al Faida, in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: UNICEF/Vanda Kljajo

“Countries have promised to provide every child with a primary and secondary education by 2030. These new findings show the hard work ahead if we are to reach this goal,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

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“Our focus must be on inclusion from the earliest age and right through the learning cycle, on policies that address the barriers at every stage, with special attention to girls who still face the greatest disadvantage.”

16/07/2016

Syria, a ‘Gigantic, Devastated Graveyard’

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations human rights chief on 15 July 2016 urged the forces advancing on Aleppo and two other cities in Syria to not harm the hundreds of thousands of civilians surrounded by fighting between the Government forces and the opposition.

Destruction in Salah Ed Din neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria. Photo: OCHA/Josephine Guerrero

“The country is already a gigantic, devastated graveyard,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a statement issued by his office.

“The number of war crimes already committed surpasses the worst nightmares. But it is in the power of both attacking and defending forces – and their foreign backers – to minimize further civilian casualties and avoid further crimes and atrocities. They must do so.”

13/07/2016

The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’

Human Wrongs Watch

By Robert J. Burrowes*

Daylesford, Australia, 13 July 2016 – One of the many interesting details to be learned by understanding human psychology is how a person’s unconscious fear works in a myriad of ways to make them believe that they bear no responsibility for a particular problem.

A scared child shows fear in an uncertain environment. Credit: D Sharon Pruitt. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons

A scared child shows fear in an uncertain environment | AUTHOR: : D Sharon Pruitt. | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

12/07/2016

US Elections Cry Out for Reform!

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery*

11 July 2016

As many observers around the world have pointed out, the United States is no longer a true democracy. It is an oligarchy. The US government ignores the safety, wishes and needs of the majority of its citizens, and instead makes decisions which will bring profit to enormous corporations, or satisfy the wishes of powerful lobbies.

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Governmental secrecy occurs in many nations, but in the United States it has assumed huge proportions.

As Edward Snowden’s revelations have shown, the number of people with security clearance (i.e. the number involved in secret operations in the US) is now as large as the entire population of Norway.

Furthermore, trade deals. which threaten both the global environment and the jobs of millions of American citizens, have been negotiated in secret. If people have no knowledge of what their government is doing, how can they exert the control that the word democracy implies?

It is ironic that the United States justifies aggressive wars for regime change by saying that it is “bringing democracy” to various countries. In fact, its own government is not a democracy.

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