Archive for ‘War Lords’

21/11/2021

Like Locusts, Lobbyists Swarm COP26 in Glasgow

Human Wrongs Watch

By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Global warming causes global swarming. In 2018, Indian Ocean cyclones hit Oman and Yemen, creating conditions for an outbreak of desert locusts.

Swarms grew throughout 2019 and 2020, two of the hottest years on record. Swarms with 80 million insects have swept across Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, and, as of last week, Kenya, consuming enough staple crops that would otherwise feed 35,000 people, every day.

Scientists have linked the growth of locust plagues to climate change.

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21/11/2021

‘Bridge the Gap between Indigenous Youth and the World’

20 November 2021 (UN News)* — Nadya Zafira, an international relations student at Indonesia’s Gadjah Mada University, won a writing competition for her letter to UN chief António Guterres, in which she addressed the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how indigenous communities and youth are marginalized in global conversations on climate crisis.
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Unsplash/Atilla Taskiran | Lombok island, Indonesia.
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“In the past two years, my reality, yours, and many others, has changed dramatically. Not overnight, but rather, over a series of incremental global disruptions that began with the news of an unknown pneumonia outbreak. While all countries face the common threat of a deadly virus, clearly the pandemic has not proven to be “the great equalizer”, as deep-seated inequalities between the Global North and South shape each country’s path of survivability in this era of multidimensional crises, with some winning first, and others lagging behind.

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20/11/2021

‘The Brutal Death of a Child’s Dream’

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MADRID, Nov 19 2021 (IPS)* – Kailash Satyarthi,  an Indian social reformer and co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Malala Yousafzai, spoke in a recent international forum about the devastating impacts of child labour.

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Globally, nine million additional children are at risk of being pushed into child labour by the end of 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could rise to 46 million without access to critical social protection coverage. Credit: Stella Paul/IPS.

“Nothing is as brutal as the death of a child’s dream,” said Satyarthi, who campaigned against child labour in his homeland. “We should feel the moral responsibility that we have to fulfill the dreams of these children.”

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19/11/2021

Don’t Be Afraid to Be the Change, Fearless Youngsters Tell UN Youth Summit

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(UN News)* — Young entrepreneurs have been swapping inspiring stories at a UN-partnered youth summit on Thursday [18 November 2021] about how they’ve driven positive change for their communities and the environment – and how everyone can do the same.

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Magali Girardin | Pictured are five of the six young change-makers who were honoured at the 2021 Young Activists Summit held in Geneva.
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Speaking at the Youth Activists Summit in Geneva, six invitees included 22-year-old coral reef restorer, Titouan Bernicot and 15-year-old anti-cyberbullying app inventor, Gitanjali Rao.

Miss Rao, who is from the US and also TIME Magazine’s first Kid Of The Year, told the audience in the Swiss city and  online that her new smartphone app, which is called Kindly, was designed to make bullies reconsider sending or revising potentially hurtful messages online.

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19/11/2021

1 in 2 Humans Cannot Celebrate World Toilet Day – This Is Why

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A Dalit woman stands outside a dry toilet located in an upper caste villager’s home in Mainpuri, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Credit: Shai Venkatraman/IPS

This is the dramatic, hushed reality of 3.6 billion people who don’t have one that works properly.

“Who cares about toilets? The UN raises this question as the starting point of this 2021 Campaign for World Toilet Day, marked every year on 19 November.

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19/11/2021

Interview: On Brink of Humanitarian Crisis, There’s ‘No Childhood’ in Afghanistan

18 November 2021 (UN News)*For over 70 years, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has had a presence across Afghanistan – even as the Taliban secured power over the summer.
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© UNICEF/Siegfried Modola | Three siblings sit inside their home in an internally displaced camp on the outskirts of the western city of Herat, Afghanistan.
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UN News spoke with Samantha Mort, Chief of Communication, Advocacy and Civic Engagement at UNICEF Afghanistan, who assured that all offices remain open and warehouses full.
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Some 22.8 million people across the country are facing food insecurity, she explained, adding that they cannot access affordable or nutritious  food. 
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Of the 38 million people living in Afghanistan, some 14 million children are food insecure. 
17/11/2021

Military Pollution Is the Skeleton in the West’s Climate Closet

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By Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Leaders at the COP26 summit have no intention of tackling the growing environmental impacts caused by their ‘defence’ spending.

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World leaders gathered in Glasgow last week for the COP26 summit in a bid to demonstrate how they are belatedly getting to grips with the climate crisis.

Agreements to protect forests, cut carbon and methane emissions and promote green tech are all being hammered out in front of a watching world.

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17/11/2021

Ethiopia: Mass Arbitrary Arrests Target Tigrayans

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — Over the past week, mass arrests of people reportedly of Tigrayan origin have continued in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and elsewhere, the UN rights office said on Tuesday 16 November 2021.

© WFP/Leni Kinzli | Tens of thousands of Ethiopians have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region.

The alert from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) comes as the World Food Programme (WFP) described the aid situation for vulnerable people in Tigray as “hand-to-mouth”.

Citing reports, OHCHR said that at least 1,000 individuals are believed to have been detained by police officers in the last seven days, on suspicion of being linked to the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

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16/11/2021

Scary Drones

Human Wrongs Watch

By Nadia Batok*

What we don’t know about unmanned aerial vehicles

It is almost impossible to know what kind of data will be gathered by drones all over the world
It is almost impossible to know what kind of data will be gathered by drones all over the world | Image from Wall Street International.

16 November 2021 (Wall Street International)* — Are drones already conquering the world? Hi-tech is exponentially and rapidly changing our lives.

We are observing the rise of AI technology in all sectors of society. A large number of industries, including both the military and commercial sectors, governments and recreational users are all adopting the technology of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) — or drones.

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16/11/2021

Ethiopia: $40 Million (!) in Aid Relief for Victims ‘Living on a Knife-Edge’

Human Wrongs Watch

(UN News)* — As the humanitarian crisis grows in Ethiopia’s conflict-affected north, the UN announced on Monday 15 November 2021 that $40 million in funds have been made available to scale up emergency operations.

© WFP/Claire Nevill | A young child is screened for malnutrition at a food distribution site in Tigray, northern Ethiopia.
The UN’s top emergency relief official, Martin Griffiths, said that millions of people in northern Ethiopia are now “living on a knife-edge, as the humanitarian crisis is growing deeper and wider”.
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