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ECUADORIANS BEGIN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS BEFORE THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AGAINST THE CEO OF CHEVRON

Press Release Ecuadorians affected by environmental contamination left behind by Chevron in Ecuador, filed today a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking criminal conviction for the CEO of Chevron, for crimes against humanity committed against the people of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The letter, which is equivalent to a complaint, was given to Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the said court. ...

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The Total Revolution

By Godi Gutierrez A revolution that doesn't have the human being as its main focus and concern, and is not totalizing in scope is just another lost opportunity. All these so-called revolutions are merely historical anecdotes, and are just postponing the real one. They are good - in and of themselves - but we cannot believe that they will transform the world. It is like donating money or volunteering to feed ...

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“Renewable Energy Can Enhance Japanese Energy Security”

Renewables can lower fuel imports, improve trade balance and address environmental imperatives, new report shows Tokyo, Japan, 24 October: Speaking in Tokyo on Friday, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director-General Adnan Z. Amin highlighted the benefits of renewable energy, citing reduced fuel import cost, economic growth and job creation impacts in Japan and countries around the world. “A s ...

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Three books, three authors in Andina Simón Bolivar University, Ecuador

Photo report by Walker Vizcarra A moving experience took place in the presentation of books by three authors: Tony Robinson, Dario Ergas and Pía Figueroa.  The books were presented by three young readers and the presentations were accompanied by music and theatrical readings that created a very intimate, poetic and heart-felt atmosphere. The event ended with a local drink, "canelazo" that allowed time for i ...

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#YouthPolicyMatters: Stepping Up Global Debate on Youth Policies

  Human Wrongs Watch 23 October 2014 (UNESCO) — From 28 to 30 October 2014, the first Global Forum on Youth Policies is organized with the aim of advancing the debate on youth policy development and its full and effective implementation at all levels. Hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan, by the Ministry of Youth and Sport of Azerbaijan, the Forum is co-convened by the Office of UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Y ...

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Mediterranean, North Atlantic Preparing for UN-backed Tsunami Warning System Test

  Human Wrongs Watch Some 20 nations with coastlines on the North Atlantic, and Mediterranean and Black Seas are set to participate in a United Nations-supervised tsunami warning exercise to improve their ability to respond to an alert and enhance regional coordination in the event of a disaster. A view of the destruction caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 in Point Pedro, a small fi ...

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Right to Online Privacy at Risk as Governments Engage in Mass Surveillance – Counter-terrorism Expert

  Human Wrongs Watch States must be transparent about the nature of their electronic mass surveillance programmes, an independent United Nations counter-terrorism expert said on 23 October 2014 as he warned about the impact such measures might have on individuals’ right to privacy.   “States need to squarely confront the fact that mass surveillance programmes effectively do away with the right to ...

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The Growing Menace of Desertification to World’s Agriculture, Eco-systems

  Human Wrongs Watch The growing menace of desertification poses a distinct threat to the world’s agriculture and eco-systems, the United Nations agriculture agency on 22 October 2014 warned, as it announced a new initiative aimed at curbing the spread of land degradation and building resilience to climate change.   Recent successes show that problems related to desertification and land degradatio ...

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Primary Emphasis Must Be to Halt Spread of Ebola in West Africa — UN

Human Wrongs Watch As the international community mobilizes on all fronts to combat the unfolding Ebola outbreak, the primary emphasis must continue to be on stopping the transmission of the virus within Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the three hardest-hit countries, United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) experts on 23 October 2014 said. Source: UNICEF, WHO Reporting on the outcome of the third m ...

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Europe Is Positioning Itself Outside World Arena

Human Wrongs Watch By Roberto Savio* Rome, 22 October 2014 — The new European Commission looks more like an experiment in balancing opposite forces than an institution that is run by some kind of governance. It will probably end up being paralysed by internal conflicts, which is the last thing it needs.     During the Commission presided over by José Manuel Barroso (2004-2014), Europe has become m ...

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