01/08/2021

Coral Reefs Are Dying. Why?

By Paris John Mavrokefalos*

Coral reefs require a clean water environment to survive
Coral reefs are vulnerable to environmental changes
Coral reefs are vulnerable to environmental changes | Image from Wall Street International.

Coral reefs are one of the most striking maritime populations. Large underwater forums or structures consisting in principle of skeletal structures of colonial marine invertebrates.

But certain types of corals are flexible organisms that create some of the world’s most diversified ecosystems.

Intelligently resemble or mimic plants and trees and include species such as sea fans and the sea, but are vulnerable to environmental changes.

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01/08/2021

HUFUD Peace & Human Rights Award – Essay Competition

Human Wrongs Watch

By Alberto Portugheis | HUFUD – TRANSCEND Media Service*

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Submissions Deadline: 30 September 2021

The recipient of the £1000 HUFUD Peace Award will be announced on 30 November 2021.

True to its name, HUFUD-Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation’s message remains constant. We must achieve what we propose: to live in a NON-MILITARISED planet.

We are looking for bright and imaginative Peace Seekers to come up with innovative plans for the planet to be free of Armed Forces – that is, free of wars, politically concocted as well as those of a private initiative.

The plans would advise all governments how to end the Arms Industry, meaning the end of NATO, of the United Nations Security Council, and of all armies in the world.

The proposals should explain why the end of Militarism is the only possible way to prevent governments from abusing the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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01/08/2021

David Cameron Met Vaccines Minister Before Firm He Advises Won Health Contracts

Human Wrongs Watch

By Martin Williams*

Exclusive: Ex-PM met the vaccines minister to discuss genome sequencing – two months before the genome firm he advises won contracts worth £870,000

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David Cameron announces his resignation as Prime Minister in the wake of the UK vote on EU membership. | Tom Evans  |  OGL 3

30 July 2021 (openDemocracy)* — David Cameron met with the UK’s vaccine minister less than two months before a private health firm, which pays him for his advice, won £870,000-worth of public contracts.

The UK arm of Illumina Inc. was awarded two contracts relating to genome sequencing by Public Health England in late April.

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01/08/2021

Famine Relief Blocked by Bullets, Red tape and Lack of Funding – Acute Food Insecurity Reaches New Highs

Conflict, COVID-19, climate crisis likely to drive higher levels of acute food insecurity in 23 hunger hotspots – new report
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ROME (WFP)* – Efforts to fight a global surge in acute food insecurity are being stymied in several countries by fighting and blockades that cut off life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine, warn the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) in a new report issued on .

Bureaucratic obstacles as well as a lack of funding also hamper the two UN agencies’ efforts to provide emergency food assistance and enable farmers to plant at scale and at the right time.

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31/07/2021

Unchecked Spyware Industry Enables Abuses

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By Human Rights Watch*

Governments Should Halt Trade in Surveillance Technology

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(New York) – Recent reports that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware has been used for surveillance of dozens of journalists, human rights activists, and others demonstrate the urgent need for governments to suspend the trade in surveillance technology until rights-protecting regulatory frameworks are in place, Human Rights Watch on 30 July 2021 said.

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31/07/2021

Floods Bring New Misery for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Camps

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By Hannah Macdonald and Ehsanul Hoque in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh*

Thousands of people have been made homeless by flooding after monsoon rains inundated refugee sites in southern Bangladesh.   |  Español   |  Français

Bangladesh. Deadly floods and landslides hit Rohingya camps

Refugee volunteers are working day and night in heavy rain to rescue refugees stranded due to severe flooding in the camps. © UNHCR/BDRCS

30 July 2021  (UNHCR)* — Heavy monsoon rains had been falling incessantly for days when Meher Khatun, 60, noticed water starting to come into the bamboo and tarpaulin shelter she shares with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchild in a refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District.

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31/07/2021

When Branded as a Born Criminal: The Plight of India’s De-Notified Tribes

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NEW DELHI, India, Jul 30 2021 (IPS)* – Branded as being born ‘criminal’ 150 years ago under British colonial rule, De-Notified Tribes (DNTs) continue to bear the brunt of the various laws that stigmatised them since 1871.

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A girl from the Nat community performing – Credit: Department for Social Justice

Dakxin Chhara, the award-winning filmmaker and DNT activist, shared how the DNT community in India continues living an abysmal existence because of a centuries-old criminality stigma.

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31/07/2021

Sink or Swim: Can Island States Survive the Climate Crisis?

31 July 2021 (UN News)*Small island nations across the world are bearing the brunt of the climate crisis, and their problems have been accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected their economies, and their capacity to protect themselves from possible extinction. We take a look at some of the many challenges they face, and how they could be overcome.
© UNICEF/Vlad Sokhin | With most of its land only a few feet above sea level, Kiribati is seeing growing damage from storms and flooding.
Low emissions, but high exposure

The 38 member states and 22 associate members that the UN has designated as Small Island Developing States  or SIDS are caught in a cruel paradox: they are collectively responsible for less than one per cent of global carbon emissions, but they are suffering severely from the effects of climate change, to the extent that they could become uninhabitable.

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31/07/2021

Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan in the First Half of 2021 Reached Record Levels, with a Particularly Sharp Increase in Killings and Injuries since May

KABUL  – Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record levels, including a particularly sharp increase in killings and injuries since May when international military forces began their withdrawal and the fighting intensified following the Taliban’s offensive.

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In a new report issued on 26 July 2021, the United Nations warns that without a significant de-escalation in violence Afghanistan is on course for 2021 to witness the highest ever number of documented civilian casualties in a single year since UNAMA records began.
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31/07/2021

Six Months after Coup, Myanmar’s Political, Rights and Aid Crisis Is Worsening

30 July 2021 (UN News)* — It’s been six months since the military coup in Myanmar where there’s grave concern over the widening impact of the deepening political, human rights and humanitarian crisis affecting the country’s people.

Unsplash/Matteo Massimi | People praying in the grounds of a temple in Yangon, Myanmar, the country’s largest city.
 

Speaking to UN News, the organisation’s top aid official in Myanmar, Acting Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Ramanathan Balakrishnan, described how people have been severely impacted across the country since the junta’s power grab on 1 February.

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