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Asia-Pacific ‘Better Poised to Respond to Natural Disasters’

  Human Wrongs Watch 30 October 2014 – Marking a milestone towards better disaster risk management in Asia and the Pacific, a United Nations-backed group of experts agreed this week on core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics.   The Expert Group on Disaster-related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific met for the first time from 27 to 29 October in Sendai, ...

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The exceptional case People of Amazon vs. Chevron-Texaco

Julio Prieto has been a lawyer for the plaintiffs against Chevron-Texaco for 10 years, or should we say, in this struggle of David against Goliath. In a conference at The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS). The Hague, on Oct 23 2014, he gave an overview on the legal case of an environmental crime of nearly 30 years, the struggle of the affected indigenous community for compensation and repair o ...

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Palestine: building a better future for humanity

 A three day conference in Annemasse France has just concluded. It was inspiring to talk with so many active people who are looking for ways to help and build a better future for humanity and also for fellow living things on this small planet. By Mazin Qumsiyeh, Professor and Director Palestine Museum of Natural History I focused on the project of the Palestine Museum of Natural History especially our plans ...

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‘US shale oil exploration led to low oil prices, market shakeup’

Human Wrongs Watch By RT*, 24 October 2014 — Falling oil prices embarrass and make life difficult for countries that depend on oil exports, including Russia and Venezuela, and the US would enjoy making life difficult for them, economist Richard Wolff told RT. RT: What’s behind the fall in oil prices? Richard Wolff: A larger factor everybody understands at this sudden and historical time, in a matter of a ve ...

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The World Wastes Enough Food to Feed Two Billion People!

Human Wrongs Watch The world wastes enough food to feed an estimated two billion people, the United Nations on 24 October 2014 said, as its three Rome-based food agencies announced the launch of a digital platform designed to take aim at the growing problem of “food loss.     The new online program me, called the Global Community of Practice (CoP) on Food Loss Reduction, was jointly launched by th ...

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Ecuador’s FM Patiño on Global Corporations: Transnational Misconduct Must End

Human Wrongs Watch By Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador (RT)*   Ricardo Patiño | Photo: Cancillería del Ecuador 25 October 2014 — Transnational corporations have abused their privileges leading to “an unprecedented level of social and environmental injustice,” said Ecuador’s FM Ricardo Patino in his article calling on all nations to hold such companies accountable for their actions ...

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Braving Dust Storms, Women Plant Seeds of Hope at World’s Largest Refugee Camp

  Human Wrongs Watch Turning dry lands into fertile fields, a livelihood project is helping Somali women refugees in Kenya make a living and prevent sexual and gender-based violence. By UN Women*, October 2014 — In the world’s largest refugee complex — the sprawling Dadaab settlement in Kenya’s North Eastern Province —  women listen attentively during a business management workshop held at a hospital i ...

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Ecuador’s FM Patiño on Global Corporations: Transnational Misconduct Must End

  Human Wrongs Watch By Ricardo Patiño, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador (RT)* Ricardo Patiño | Photo: Cancillería del Ecuador 25 October 2014 — Transnational corporations have abused their privileges leading to “an unprecedented level of social and environmental injustice,” said Ecuador’s FM Ricardo Patino in his article calling on all nations to hold such companies accountable for their actions ...

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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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“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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