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Economic Growth Possible Even While Tackling Climate Change — Report

Human Wrongs Watch Just one week before a major climate summit opens at the United Nations, a new report released on 16 September 2014 by a commission of global leaders argues that major structural and technological changes in the world economy are making it possible to achieve lower carbon emissions and economic growth at the same time. “Yes, it is possible to have better growth and better climate. Yes, it ...

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Cooperatives Get Down to a Win-Win Business

  Human Wrongs Watch By ILO*, 15 September 2014 — Together, cooperative enterprises constitute a major part of the world’s economy. Latest research suggests that the largest 1,500 or so cooperative firms have a combined turnover of US$2.5 trillion. And in the business world, cooperative enterprises are flexing their executive muscle. Perhaps the most significant example comes from Australia, where the  ...

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Happy Nuclear-Free Birthday to the People of Japan

  Human Wrongs Watch By Kendra Ulrich*, 15 September, 2014 Greenpeace — Every birthday is special – but today Japan is celebrating something unique. Japan has been nuclear-free for one year. Nuclear-free – a phrase that in its simplicity carries a devastating message for the worldwide nuclear industry, and an inspiring lesson for people across the globe. The future can indeed be free of the threat of a ...

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Ebola: a Disease Associated with Poverty

By Vivian Collazo Montano* Havana (Prensa Latina) More than six months ago in Guinea Conakry began an outbreak of Ebola, which quickly spread to other West African nations. Since then, 2,473 people got ill, 1,350 of them died because of it. In just two days, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 106 deaths, 95 of them in Liberia, where the situation is more serious and is considered vital to contain ...

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UN Officials Call for Renewed Global Commitment to Ending Nuclear Tests

Human Wrongs Watch United Nations officials on 10 September 2014 called for renewed commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear tests, noting that nearly 2,000 such tests have taken place since 1945. “Our collective aspiration for a world free of nuclear weapons must be reflected in a firm and formal commitment to ban nuclear tests,” Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Vice-President of the General Ass ...

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EU Commission wants to wipe out citizens’ involvement in TTIP and CETA

European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP rejected / Alliance announces resistance The Stop-TTIP Alliance, initiator of a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) against the TTIP and CETA international trade & investment agreements, today announced its opposition to the European Commission’s decision to block the ECI. “Now the battle really begins,” said Michael Efler, contact person of the ECI, which curr ...

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Nuclear — Despite Price Dip, Uranium Demand, Production Continue to Rise

  Human Wrongs Watch A new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published on 10 September 2014 found that demand for uranium, the raw material used to fuel nuclear power stations, will continue to rise, despite declining market prices since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident in Japan in March 2011 and lower electricity demand as a result of the global economic crisis. ...

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Vulture Funds: U.N. approval of resolution on debt restructuring

[Argentina's] Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman hailed the U.N. General Assembly approval of the resolution fostered by Argentina, to set up a new international legal framework for the restructure of sovereign debts. The United Nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of a legal framework that would help regulate the foreign sovereign debt restructuring. The result was 124 votes in favor, 11 against and 41 abst ...

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Over 100 Million People Still Unemployed in the G20 Economies, With 447 Million ‘Working Poor’ living on Less Than $2 a Day

Human Wrongs Watch Melbourne, 9 September 2014 – A large and persistent shortfall in the number and quality of the jobs being created in G20 countries is affecting prospects for re-igniting economic growth, according to a report entitled G20 labour markets: outlook, key challenges and policy responses, prepared by the ILO, the OECD and the World Bank Group for the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting ...

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CETA – Trojan horse for TTIP [EU-US "Free" Trade Agreement]

By Critical Thinking As Daily Pickings reported on Saturday, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is in trouble - in the UK a Mirror online poll showed 94% say NO to the trade agreement and protest against it is spreading throughout Europe and the US. A major stumbling block is the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism which will take disputes, between corporations and nati ...

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