Archive for ‘War Lords’

17/10/2019

UN’s 75th Anniversary Shadowed by Right-Wing Nationalism, Widespread Authoritarianism and Budgetary Cuts

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 2019 (IPS)* – When the six much-ballyhooed high-level UN meetings concluded late September, there were mixed feelings about the final outcomes.

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And civil society organizations (CSOs), who were mostly disappointed with the results, are now gearing themselves for two upcoming key climate summit meetings: COP25 in Santiago, Chile in December and COP26 in Glasgow, UK in late 2020, along with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Women’s Conference scheduled to take place in September 2020 in New York.

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17/10/2019

Trump’s Border Wall Is a Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Handout

Human Wrongs Watch

The militarisation of the US border has led to an increase in migrant deaths and a windfall for the security industry.

By Nick Buxton and Todd Miller*

15 October 2019 (openDemocracy)* — Donald Trump is a master of distraction, but he is also an illusionist and there are few illusions bigger than his favourite obsession – the US border wall. On 1 October the New York Times reported that Trump told aides he would like to electrify his proposed wall and add to it a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators.
US border patrol stands watch as barbed wire is added to a border wall, 2018.
17/10/2019

Holding Transnational Corporations Accountable for Human Rights Abuses

Human Wrongs Watch

GENEVA / LAGOS, Oct 16 2019 (IPS)* In Geneva this week, a treaty process is underway that promises to usher in a new era for human rights around the globe.

UN-huiman-rights_.jpgThe process—the intergovernmental working group on the binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights—could mean that for the first time, human rights would be prioritized above corporate profits.

But the future of the agreement and human rights writ large will depend on whether governments can agree on a strong text this week.

Communities and governments have long struggled to hold abusive corporations and industries accountable.

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17/10/2019

Ingredients for a New Life: How Cooking Helps Refugees and Migrants Blend In

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Conor Lennon/ UN News | Trainee chef Roberta Mbiua (2nd right) receives his instructions from culinary director Alexander Harris at Emma’s Torch Restaurant, Brooklyn.
17/10/2019

Obesity Rates Soar Due to Dramatic Global Diet Shift – UN Food Agency

Human Wrongs Watch

16 October 2019 — Eating food high in starch, sugar, fats and salt; combined with a sedentary lifestyle, is a recipe for soaring global obesity rates, even in countries where many still suffer from hunger. On World Food Day, which falls on Wednesday 16 October 2019], the UN’s food agency, FAO, is calling for action to make healthy, sustainable diets affordable and accessible for all.*

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Public Domain | Hamburger with Fries. WHO has released the REPLACE guidelines, to eliminate industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from food suplly.
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16/10/2019

No Place to Call Home for Pakistani Refugees

Human Wrongs Watch

By Enayatullah Azad*

15 October 2019 (The Norwegian Refugee Council)* Pakistani refugees in Afghanistan are facing a bleak future as international organisations withdraw from Gulan camp, in the south-east of the country. Funding for their assistance is now being omitted for plans for 2020. In this photo story, camp residents share their concerns and their hopes.
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In 2014, hundreds of thousands of Pakistani people fled their homes. Many settled in Gulan camp, in south-east Afghanistan. Here, men from North Waziristan wait in a queue for aid supplies in the camp distribution centre. Photo: Andrew Quilty/NRC

16/10/2019

Siberian Fires Having ‘Catastrophic Effects’ on Indigenous Peoples and Livelihoods

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15 August 2019 (IGWIA)*While much of the world has focused on the fires raging in the Amazon, the world’s largest forest–the Siberian Taiga in Russia–has been on fire for most of 2019.

Demonstration held in Krasnoyarsk on 22 Aug 2019. Signs read (left to right): Sign 1: “Summer 2019 – Evenkia is covered in smoke and on fire. Photos from Tura, Baikit, Vanavara settlements taken 9 August 2019, Indigenous Day”; Sign 2: “Investment projects are the destruction of the traditional environment of Evenkia — Ecocide. Photos from forest plots and the results of industrial logging by company Kraslessinvest”; Sign 3: “Baikit forest, 50km from Baikit, forest fires 2019 — Ecocide”. Photo: Nikita Kaplin

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16/10/2019

‘Alarmingly High’ Number of Children Malnourished Worldwide – UNICEF Report

Human Wrongs Watch

15 October 2019 (UN News)*Across the globe, at least one-in-three children under-five are malnourished and not developing properly, UNICEF revealed on Tuesday [15 October 2019], in its most comprehensive report on children, food and nutrition in 20 years. 

© UNICEF/Jacqueline Labrador | Rice porridge is served to children at an EU supported health outreach centre in Phongsaly Province, Lao PDR.

“An alarmingly high number of children are suffering the consequences of poor diets and a food system that is failing them,” the UN children’s agency (UNICEF) warned.

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16/10/2019

World Food Day: Our Actions Are Our Future – Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger World

Human Wrongs Watch

Achieving Zero Hunger is not only about addressing hunger, but also nourishing people, while nurturing the planet. This year, World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone. At the same time, it calls on everyone to start thinking about what we eat.*

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16 October 2019 (FAO)* — In recent decades, we have dramatically changed our diets and eating habits as a result of globalization, urbanization and income growth.
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We have moved from seasonal, mainly plant-based and fibre-rich dishes to diets that are high in refined starches, sugar, fats, salt, processed foods, meat and other animal-source products.
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15/10/2019

We Need Peace in the Middle East

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

We Need Solidarity to Face Future Stress

Stress can produce conflict. For example shortages of food or water can lead to regional wars. But wars only make original problems worse. Today the world is facing a number of severe problems, and solidarity will be needed to minimize the suffering with which we and future generations are threatened.

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John Scales Avery

The problems include shortages of fresh water, rising temperatures due to climate change, and food insecurity.

These problems are especially acute in the Middle East, a region that is already torn by bitter conflicts and wars.

In order to successfully minimize suffering, it is vital that peace be achieved in the Middle East. Let us look at some of the problems in detail:

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