20/08/2018

Orangutan Conservation’s Balancing Act

Human Wrongs Watch

International Orangutan Day on 19 August coincides with the start of the International Primatological Society Congress in Nairobi, Kenya, and is a much-needed reminder that orangutans’ survival hangs in the balance.

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Kabir Bakie | Photo from UN Environment

 

16 August 2018 (UN Environment)* — There are three species of orangutan in the world and they are only found on two islands in Southeast Asia – Sumatra and Borneo. All three species are critically endangered.

Last year saw the amazing discovery of a new species, the Tapanuli orangutan. This is the eighth great ape species known to exist on Earth.

However, the Tapanuli orangutan faces extinction, threatened by plans to build a huge hydroelectric power dam in Batang Toru, North Sumatra.

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20/08/2018

There Is Still Time to Save the Tiger

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By Subhasish Chakraborty*

19 August 2018 (Wall Street International)* — This is where things stood in 1994, when a Timemagazine cover shouted that the Tiger was “Doomed”, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbit warned –“There may not be another chance to save Tigers”.
The Tiger Conservation
The Tiger Conservation | Photo from Wall Street International

This new crisis galvanized the conservation community. It became clear that saving the tiger was not a battle to be won once and forever, but a continual process of holding old threats in check and preventing new ones from emerging as conditions change.

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19/08/2018

Taking Traceable Conflict-Free Gold from DR Congo to International Markets

16 August 2018 (UN Environment)*The eastern highlands of the Democratic Republic of the Congo make up the country’s highest and most rugged region. It is home to a series of mountains 80 to 560 km wide, extending from the Rwenzori Mountain in northeastern Congo through the Virunga volcanic ranges to the Mitumba Mountains.

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REUTERS/Kenny Katombe | Photo from UN Environment.

Eastern DR Congo is also home to an estimated 160,000 to 200,000 gold miners who work in about 1,000 artisanal mining sites. The Butuzi site, located in the Mitumba Mountains, is one of them. It occupies an area that was once dominated by an Afro-montane forest, now almost completely deforested.

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19/08/2018

Brazil: Dilma Leads Polls Ahead of Congressional Election

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DataTempo/CP2 conducted the survey poll for the senate race between August 8 and 11.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff leads the senatorial race in Minas Gerais, Brazil. | Photo: EFE | Photo from teleSUR.

18 August 2018 (teleSUR)* – If Brazil’s general elections were held today, former President Dilma Rousseff, now a senatorial candidate in the state of Minas Gerais, would win the race with 26.8 percent of the vote.

The prediction comes after a poll published by DataTempo/CP2  between August 8 and 11.

Rousseff’s nearest rival, journalist Carlos Viana of the Humanist Party of Solidarity, or PHS, is polling in second place with 11.2 percent of the vote.

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19/08/2018

Trump Wants Saudis, ‘Other Rich Countries’ to Pay as US Slashes Aid for Syria

Earlier, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that some 230 million dollars in US stabilization funds for Syria will be redirected “to support other key foreign policy priorities.”

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) presents U.S. President Donald Trump with the Collar of Abdulaziz Al Saud Medal at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017

© REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst ” Photo from Sputnik

19 August 2018 (Sputnik)* – In one of his latest tweets, President Donald Trump has announced that the United States has halted the “ridiculous” 230-million-dollar annual payment to Syria.

“Saudi Arabia and other rich countries in the Middle East will start making payments instead of the US,” Trump tweeted, signaling his readiness to develop the country’s military.

19/08/2018

Bayer Loses €16 Billon Market Value as Concerns Mount over Further Damages Claims

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By Claire Stam| EURACTIV.com*

A riverside view of Bayer chemical corporation in Leverkusen, Germany. [EPA-EFE/SASCHA STEINBACH] | Photo from EurActiv.

He attributes his condition to the company’s proprietary herbicide glyphosate he used

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19/08/2018

Disobedient Democracies on Europe’s Periphery: Why Are These Crucial for Rebuilding the Left?

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By Danijela Dolenec*

19/08/2018

A House Is Not Your Home

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alma Reyes*

The flow of the river is ceaseless and its water is never the same. The bubbles that float in the pools, now vanishing, now forming, are not of long duration. So in the world are man and his dwellings. — (Kamo no Chomei, Japanese poet and monk).

Kigumi Infinity by Atsushi Kitagawara, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015 © Shigeru Ohno
Kigumi Infinity by Atsushi Kitagawara, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015 © Shigeru Ohno | Photo from Wall Street International
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16 August 2018 (Wall Street International)* – “Why are Japanese homes so small?” and ”Why are buildings in Japan demolished after 30-35 years?” — are often the perplexing questions that come to mind after acquiring an adequate taste of Japanese urban life.
18/08/2018

Terrorists Potentially Target Millions in Makeshift Biological Weapons ‘Laboratories’ – UN Forum Told

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17 August 2018 – Rapid advances in gene editing and so-called “DIY biological laboratories” which could be used by extremists, threaten to derail efforts to prevent biological weapons from being used against civilians, the world’s only international forum on the issue has heard.

UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré | The United Nations Office at Geneva, where multilateral discussions on biological weapons have been taking place.

At meetings taking place at the United Nations in Geneva which ended on Thursday [16 August 2018], representatives from more than 100 Member States which have signed up to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) – together with civilian experts and academics – also discussed how they could ensure that science is used to positive ends, in line with the disarmament blueprint set out by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

18/08/2018

Israeli Army Opens Fire on Palestinian Protesters, Injures 270

Human Wrongs Watch

Some 20,000 people participated in Friday’s [17 August 2018] protests, which took place a few hundred meters from the Gaza border.

Medics said Israeli gunfire killed two men and wounded at least 270 other Palestinians, 40 of them with live bullets.

Medics said Israeli gunfire killed two men and wounded at least 270 other Palestinians, 40 of them with live bullets. | Photo: Reuters | Photo from teleSUR.

17 August 2018 (teleSUR)* –  Israeli forces opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters, killing at least two and injuring over 40, during a demonstration near the eastern Gaza Strip, the Gaza Health Ministry said Friday [17 August 2018].

Medics said Israeli gunfire killed two men and wounded at least 270 other Palestinians, 40 of them with live bullets.

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