Archive for ‘War Lords’

16/04/2021

US Resuming Arms Sales to UAE is Disastrous

Human Wrongs Watch

By Afrah Nasser | Human Rights Watch*

Biden’s U-Turn on Pledge Heightens Risks to Civilians in Yemen, LibyaSouthern Transitional Council forces backed by the United Arab Emirates prepare to storm the presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen on August 9, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo

16/04/2021

3 Things You May Not Know about Famine — And How to Prevent It

Human Wrongs Watch

By Livia Hengel*

Dispelling myths around the starvation and disease that could kill 34 million people

FLASHBACK: A WFP helicopter arrives in Thonyor Payam, Leer County, as famine is declared in South Sudan in 2017. Photo: WFP/George Fominyen

14 April 2021 (WFP)* — A staggering 34 million people in 20 countries are teetering on the brink of famine, with immediate action needed to avert huge loss of life. In Yemen and South Sudan 155,000 people are already suffering famine or famine-like conditions, with conflict, insecurity and resulting displacement putting people at imminent risk of starvation.

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15/04/2021

UN’s Most Powerful Political Body Remains Paralyzed Battling a New Cold War

Human Wrongs Watch

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 14 2021 (IPS)* – A new Cold War – this time, between the US and China —is threatening to paralyze the UN’s most powerful body, even as military conflicts and civil wars are sweeping across the world, mostly in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

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The UN Security Council is now the battleground for a new Cold War between the US and China. Credit: United Nations

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15/04/2021

US Urged to Align Anti-Terrorism Programme with International Law

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — A so-called “Rewards for Justice” programme in the United States is violating the human rights of some of the individuals it targets, independent UN human rights experts on 14 April 2021 said.

©Sarah Scaffidi | The United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC.
Operated by the US State Department, the anti-terrorism programme offers money for information on people outside the country, who the Government has designated as being associated with terrorism, although they have not been charged with any crimes.

It also offers financial incentives to foreigners who claim to have terrorist ties, if they cooperate with US authorities.

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15/04/2021

Hundreds of Millions of Women Living Lives ‘Governed by Others’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Almost half of women in some 57 countries do not have the power to make choices over their healthcare, contraception, or sex lives, a new United Nations report launched on Wednesday [14 April 2021], has revealed.

UNICEF/Richard Humphries | According to a 2021 UNFPA report, nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, placing them at higher risk of risk of gender-based violence and harmful practices such as early marriage.

According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)’s State of World Population report, the lack of bodily autonomy may have worsened during the coronavirus pandemic, placing record numbers of women and girls at risk of gender-based violence and harmful practices such as early marriage.

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14/04/2021

Inclusion and Austerity in Brazil

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ladislau Dowbor*

Why austerity is not working?

Current World Bank projections show up to 3.6 million people are expected to fall back into poverty this year in Brazil
Current World Bank projections show up to 3.6 million people are expected to fall back into poverty this year in Brazil | Image from Wall Street International.

11 April 2021 (Wall Street International)* — Brazil is not a poor country. With a GDP of roughly 1.8 trillion dollars, and a population of 210 million, what we produce amounts to US$2,830 per month per four-member family.

In Brazil, living with the equivalent 15 thousand Real a month would be a dream for most families. In fact, a moderate reduction in inequality would be sufficient to make sure everyone has a dignified and comfortable life.

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11/04/2021

How Migrants in the Gulf Are Fighting Discrimination during the Pandemic

Human Wrongs Watch

By Ashwin Kumar and Akhil C.S.*

Indian labourers have been denied pay, food and accommodation. Now, some are demanding their rights

Over two million Indians from the state of Kerala were working in the Gulf before the pandemic. | Iain Masterton / Alamy Stock Photo, all rights reserved.

8 April 2021 (openDemocracy)* — Like millions before him, Manoj migrated from the southwestern Indian state of Kerala to the Gulf in search of work in 2019. He found a job at a construction company in Bahrain that described itself as a “regional leader”. The pay, at 240 dinars (£577) a month, was far more than he could expect to find at home.

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11/04/2021

The Future Has Arrived

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It is definitely nothing that has come before

The future is now
The future is now | Image from Wall Street International.

11 April 2021 (Wall Street International)*All of us alive on the planet today are part of the most significant transition in centuries, whether we know it or not, whether it has touched us lightly or heavily and whether we choose to be or not. Not since the Industrial Revolution has such a total and radical social upheaval occurred.

As with most major cultural shifts, this one follows a technological innovation of which we are all aware and that is the invention of the Internet along with its ready accessibility on a handheld ubiquitous device.

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10/04/2021

Despite U.S. Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding a Way to Stay Independent

Human Wrongs Watch

By Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d’etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority.

Bolivia coup-appointed president Jeanine Anez. November 2019 VOA News -YouTube

But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population.

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10/04/2021

Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A new report, published on 14 Mar 2021 in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ journal Ambio, points out that humanity is hurtling towards destruction unless we have the collective wisdom to change course quickly. Here is a link to the article:

John Scales Avery

John Scales Avery

The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021.

We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System

A steady-state economic system is necessary because neither population growth nor economic growth can continue indefinitely on a finite earth. No one can maintain that exponential industrial growth is sustainable in the long run except by refusing to look more than a short  distance into the future.

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