Articles by Baher Kamal

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Despite Unspeakable Hardships, Migrants Keep One Billion People Alive
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

15 Jun 2022 – Here goes another fact: 230 million migrant workers are now a major life-saving source for up to one billion people starving in the world’s poorest communities, as well as a vital lifeline for the economy of their countries of origin.

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The Great Fish Robbery
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

6 Jun 2022 – Now it comes to another ‘crime’ being stealthy committed as a consequence of the unrelenting obsession for making more and more money. It is about the illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, a practice that threatens marine biodiversity, livelihoods, exacerbates poverty, and augments food insecurity.

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What If a Patient Unplugged the Oxygen Tube That Keeps Her or Him Alive?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

7 Jun 2022 – Imagine a patient connected to a vital oxygen device to keep him or her breathing, thus alive. Then, imagine what would happen if this patient unplugged it. This is exactly what humans have been doing with the source of at least 50% of the whole Planet’s oxygen: the oceans. The ocean […]

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The Richest 1% Pollute More than the Poorest 50%
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

As an introduction to the World Environment Day on 5 June, this report deals with how the excesses of the world’s population, mostly in the wealthiest countries, are causing so much harm to Planet Earth.

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Five More Planets Earth Urgently Needed
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

3 Jun 2022 – If everyone were to consume resources at the rate at which people in the United States, Canada and Luxembourg do, at least five Earths would be needed. But there is a problem… There is one Earth.

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Upset with the Opulence of the Rich? But the World’s Children Are Paying the Bill
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

30 May 2022 – The excesses committed by rich people can be deadly–and in fact they are. Be it about food, energy or overall waste, such excesses have been depleting the world’s natural resources and pushing both current and future generations towards the edge of a predictable abyss.

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The Risk of Turning Planet Earth into a Giant Desert
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

24 May 2022 – The message is clear: three-quarters of the world’s population will be affected by drought by 2050. Does it sound too far in time? Well, your kids might be among the billions of humans living on a desertified planet.

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‘By Deliberately Ignoring Risk, the World Is Bankrolling Its Own Destruction’
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

20 May 2022 – It is often said that a pessimistic person is an optimistic but well-informed person.

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Inequality Tightens Its Grip on the Most Vulnerable
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

13 May 2022 – Please do not say you were not aware that the world produces enough food to feed all human beings on Earth, while nearly double the combined European Union’s population go to bed hungry… every single night.

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The Suicidal War on Nature Continues Unabated – International Mother Earth Day
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

20 Apr 2022 – The gloomy picture is drawn from indisputable scientific conclusions and should be already known by everybody, in particular by decision-makers, whether they are politicians… or rather not. 

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Europe Sweeps Away More Refugees, Asylum Seekers – Part I: UK, Greece
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

21 Apr 2022 – In what looks pretty much like an ‘operation clean sweep’ aiming at getting rid of more and more migrants, refugees and asylum seekers by shipping them far away, the process of ‘externalisation’ of millions of victims of wars, poverty, climate crisis and political persecution, is now growing fast.

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Europe Sweeps Away More Refugees, Asylum Seekers – Part II: Hungary, Poland
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

22 Apr 2022 – This article will deal with how Hungary has been criminalising organisations that provide humanitarian assistance to migrants, and how Poland ‘arbitrarily’ detains thousands of asylum seekers.

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The Cost of War: 23 Million Afghans Suffer Acute Hunger, 95% Don’t Eat Enough Food
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

24 Mar 2022 – Following 20 long years (2001-2021) of brutal war on Afghanistan by the US-led military coalition, 23 million Afghans now face severe and acute hunger, economic bankruptcy, healthcare system collapse, unbearable family indebtedness, and devastating humanitarian crisis.

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South Sudan: Oil Underground, Blood on the Surface
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

29 Mar 2022 – While politicians and media have been viewing the ongoing armed conflict in South Sudan as a “civil war” between ethnic groups, there are some facts that should be considered. One of them is that this country is rich in oil.

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War on Syria: Eleven Years of Carnage
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

22 Mar 2022 – “Hundreds of thousands have been killed, more than half of the pre-war population has been displaced. More than 100,000 are missing or forcibly disappeared. Syria’s cities and infrastructure have been destroyed. The poverty rate is 90 percent; 14.6 million people depend on humanitarian aid.”

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Asia-Pacific: Just 5% of the Region’s Population Owns 70% of Its Total Wealth
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jan 2022

18 Jan 2022 – The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing growing inequality even while registering impressive economic growth and poverty reduction. Such sharp inequalities continue to be persistent in the region, with nearly 2 in 4 people still unable to afford a healthy diet.

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Fully Ready to Kill, Shockingly Unprepared to Save Lives
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

14 Jan 2022 – While absolutely ready to kill, with the biggest military powers spending in 2020 nearly two trillion US dollars on weapons, the world is shockingly unprepared to save the lives of millions of unarmed, innocent civilian victims of wars… and other man-made catastrophes.

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What Would Europe, the US, Do with One Billion Climate Refugees?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

20 Dec 2021 – A bit of fiction. Or maybe not. If things keep going the way they are, the result will be that such a massive flux would create instability and tensions, impact the global markets, cause record prices of fossil fuels, food and everything else, and the bankruptcy of big private financial corporations…

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Severe Water Stress, Absolute Scarcity for 2 to 4 Billion Humans by 2025
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

23 Dec 2021 – Up to four billion people–over half the population of the planet–are already facing severe water stress for at least one month of the year, while half a billion suffer from permanent water stress.

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‘Colourless’ vs ‘Coloured’
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

25 Dec 2021 – In short: is it just a matter of ‘colourless’ versus ‘people of colour’? Or is it also a question of ‘full-pockets’ versus ‘empty-pockets’? By the way: aren’t all humans… African-descent?

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All Humans Are Born Equal in Rights? That’s Still Far from Being True
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

6 Dec 2021 – 6 Dec 2021 – “All Human, All Equal” is the slogan for the 2021 Human Rights Day, marked 10 December. The introduction to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights;” it proclaims the “inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”

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Call It ‘Old’, ‘Contemporary’, ‘Modern’ or Whatever: It Is Slavery
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Dec 2021

1 Dec 2021 – No matter what it is called — it is the abhorrent daily life of a billion enslaved humans.  The real number of “modern” slaves is understandably unknown. The International Labour Organisation estimates that more than 40 million people worldwide are victims of modern slavery.

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1 in 2 Humans Cannot Celebrate World Toilet Day – This Is Why
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

18 Nov 2021 – Did you know that half of the world’s population do not have toilets? And that, globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with feces? And that every day, over 700 children under five die from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation and poor hygiene?

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Antibiotics? Handle with Care
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

11 Nov 2021 – Antibiotics, like other antimicrobials, have become a threat to health rather than healing it. Why? Because their misuse and overuse have created such a strong resistance that they no longer respond to medicines…

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Disarmament Week? But Hundreds of Nukes Can Be Launched within Minutes
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

25 Oct 2021 – Hadn’t it been so worrisome, it would be ironic to hear that humanity is to mark  the  World Disarmament Week (Oct 24 to 30, 2021) barely six months after learning that the world’s biggest military powers had spent last year some 2,000,000,000,000 US dollars on killing machines.

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Any End to This Suicidal War? (I)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

28 Oct 2021 – The Destruction of the Web of Life – Can yet another dispendious world gathering find a way to halt the ongoing suicidal war on Nature, which is leading to the destruction of all sources of life?

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Any End to This Suicidal War? (II)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Nov 2021

29 Oct 2021 – More Lethal Gases and Fewer, Weaker Sinks – Another Year Another Record! The emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, the land and sea temperatures are higher than ever since there are records, and the ecosystems could fail their role as vital sinks absorbing carbon dioxide and as a buffer against larger temperature increases.

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Grabbed
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

22 Oct 2021 – Imagine that the land your family has worked for generations is suddenly stripped away from you, purchased by wealthy companies or governments to produce food, bio-fuels or simply as a profitable investment for far away people. Land grabbing is the purchase or lease of large tracts of fertile land by public or private entities. It involves millions of hectares, equivalent to an area as big as Spain, and it continues to spread relentlessly.

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Dear Wonderful Kids (& Co.)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

4 Aug 2019 – It looks like a funny tale. But it is much more than just that—it is about nothing less than your health. Please read this (and ask your grown-ups to explain and… behave themselves).

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150,000,000 More Child-Mothers?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

So far, 650 million women alive today were married as children.

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Today’s Menu: Pesticide Salad, Leaded Fish with Plastic, and Intoxicated Fruit
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 8 Jul 2019

The amazing impact of a 10 trillion dollars-worth chemical industry.

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The Implacable Desertification of Planet Earth
Baher Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch, 24 Jun 2019

17 Jun 2019 – Yet another under-reported human-made disaster: the relentless desertification of Planet Earth that may make uninhabitable some regions like the Middle East, endanger food security, aggravate climate crisis, and force more and more millions of people to flee.

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The Hellish Cycle
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Indebted, exploited, hunted down, shamed at home… the harsh reality of Southeast Asia’s migrants. The immense human dimension justifies this new attempt to report on an aspect that is deliberately hidden, unwanted to be seen by the new wave of pseudo-politicians in the United States and so far a full dozen of European countries. See what it is about.

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Long Life to Their Majesties, the Bees!
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

20 May 2019 – Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least in their World Day! And always remember that they are working to ensure your food, your health and, by the way, alleviate the huge suffering that homo sapiens is causing to Mother Nature!

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The Most Expensive 529 Billion Dollars
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

8 May 2019 – The immense human cost over 260 million migrant workers do pay to rescue their families. Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. According to the International Labour Organization, forced labour alone (one component of human trafficking) generates an estimated 150 billion dollars in profits per annum.

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All What Your Jeans Can (and Do) Hide!
Baher Kamal - Wall Street International Magazine, 8 Apr 2019

1 Apr 2019 – Let’s start with the case of innocent blue jeans: it takes around 7,500 litres (some 2,000 gallons) of water to make just one single pair! Know what this means? It is equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts that emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.

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Born Complete, Don’t Mutilate Them!
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

30 March 2019 — While male circumcision is spread mainly among Muslim and Jews communities, and it is apparently accepted by some medical spheres, more than 200 million child-girls have already fallen prey to a dangerous practice, which is carried out in the name of traditions or even religions: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

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Lost in Globalisation – A Chaotic Tale of a Process Now Being Dismantled (Apparently)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

28 Feb 2019 — Do not panic! This is not about telling you how bank accounts and pension funds have been used to finance the production of nuclear bombs (they call it ‘investment’). Nor it is about the four dozens of major and minor wars that the so-called “traditional weapons,” which are being manufactured and exported by civilised, democratic countries, continue to systematically fuel.

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The Water Factor
Baher Kamal – Wall Street Int’l Magazine, 26 Mar 2018

22 Mar 2018 – A new alarm has been now sounded, this time on the occasion of the World Water Day marked today. – Climate Change and Water Crisis: More Poverty, Conflicts and Migration

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No Health But Bombs!
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 19 Mar 2018

14 Mar 2018 – The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)–2017 Nobel Peace Laureate–along with other civil society organisations, has been relentlessly alerting against what private banks and pension funds have done with your money: financing the production of nukes. At least 1 in 2 of our “Planet-mates” human beings does not know what basic health services are all about.

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Daughters of a Lesser God
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 12 Mar 2018

7 Mar 2018 – Indigenous Women Raped for Land Grabbing – While women worldwide have organised massive demonstrations to claim for their due legitimate rights on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, tens of thousands of women and girls are “silenced” victims of sexual violations and all kinds of abuses without being protagonists in the news.

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Ghost Fishing?
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 5 Mar 2018

640.000 Tonnes of Fishing Gear Dumped in Oceans Every Year

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The Polar Boom: Corporations Flock to Melting Arctic for Oil and Trade Routes
Baher Kamal | Toward Freedom – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

16 Feb2018 — As the global demand for fossil fuels rises and the Arctic sea ice continues to melt, multinational corporations and governments are deepening efforts to expand oil exploration and trade routes in the region. While corporations see a profit, environmentalists see a crisis.

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Tax Justice Network Reveals the Ranking of Corrupt Countries: Switzerland, US ‘The Most Corrupt’
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 12 Feb 2018

9 Feb 2018 – A new study by Tax Justice Network has revealed that Switzerland is the world’s most-corrupt country, with a high secrecy score of 76. The US ranks second, while several European countries hold high positions in the list, ahead of many poor, developing nations.

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Are the Miserable of the Earth Aware of Davos? The Nation of Millions of Jobless Youth (Part 1)
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 29 Jan 2018

25 Jan 2018 – This is not about spoiling your day—not at all. Some unavoidable, pressing questions, however, impose themselves while the world’s business pundits meet (23-26 January 2018) in the icy resort of Davos in Switzerland, pronouncing thousands of ‘politically correct’ words about inequality, gender and the future of the youth.

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Are the Miserable of the Earth Aware of Davos? Heinous Inequalities (Part 2)
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 29 Jan 2018

26 Jan 2018 – The richest are accumulating wealth at such an astonishing rate that the world could see its first trillionaire in just 25 years. To put this figure in perspective – you would need to spend 1 million dollars every day for 2738 years to spend 1 trillion dollars, the report alerted.

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To Bee or Not to Bee… Again!
Baher Kamal – Wall Street International Magazine, 15 Jan 2018

10 Jan 2018 – At Risk, over 20,000 Species of Bees in Charge of Pollination – Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production… however, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk.

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Trump-Mideast: Much More than a ‘Kiss of Death’ to Palestinians
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 11 Dec 2017

7 Dec 2017 – US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital does not represent only a ‘kiss of death’ to the two-State solution, but also a strong blow in the face of 57 Muslim countries, let alone igniting fire in this easily inflammable region, providing more false arguments to criminal terrorist groups to escalate their brutal attacks, in addition to taking a step further in Washington’s new conflict with Iran and the ‘restructuring’ of the Middle East.

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South-South Cooperation Key to a New Multilateralism
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 11 Dec 2017

4 Dec 2017 – South-South and triangular cooperation can contribute to a new multilateralism and drive the revitalisation of the global partnership for sustainable development… Solutions and strategies created in the South are delivering lasting results around the world.

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Six ‘Signature Solutions’ – New Development Plan for a New Era
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 4 Dec 2017

30 Nov 2017 – ‘The new challenges that have emerged show the need to adapt the actions necessary to face them’–is the key rationale behind the 21 century development plan, which identifies six “signature solutions”: poverty, governance, energy access, gender equality, resilience and environmental sustainability.

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Good to Know (Perhaps) That Food Is Being ‘Nuclearised’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 20 Nov 2017

16 Nov 2017 – It might sound strange, very strange, but the news is that scientists and experts have been assuring, over and again, that using nuclear applications in agriculture –and thus in food production—are giving a major boost to food security. So how does this work?

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Climate Change Summit a Step Further, Yes… But Where To?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 Nov 2017

6 Nov 2017 – The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn is the next step for governments to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The central aim should definitely be to prevent the growing everyday human dramas such as the loss of food security and means of survival, the forced need to abandon their homes and families to face death and brutality at the hands of smugglers and human traffickers, to be exploited as “modern” slaves, and to prevent the world’s seas and oceans from being home to more plastic than fish.

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Nations without Nationality – An ‘Unseen’ Stark Reality
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 Nov 2017

10 Nov 2017 – Here’s another ‘unseen’ stark reality—that of millions of people around the world who are deprived of their identity, living without nationality. Their total number is by definition unknown and their only ‘sin” is that they belong to an ethnic, religious or linguistic minority in the country where they have often lived for generations.

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What Do You Really Eat When You Order a Steak, Fish or Chicken Filet?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 Oct 2017

18 Oct 2017 – The world is running out of antibiotics to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, the World Health Organization warned. This was not the first time UN agencies have sounded the alarm about the misuse and abuse of antibiotics both in humans and animals.

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How to Eradicate Rural Poverty, End Urban Malnutrition – A New Approach
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 16 Oct 2017

9 Oct 2017 – Population growth, increasing urbanisation, modern technologies, and climate change are transforming the world at a fast pace. But what direction are these transformations headed in? “Unless economic growth is made more inclusive, the global goals of ending poverty and achieving zero hunger by 2030 will not be reached,” warned FAO head Graziano da Silva.

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Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 2 Oct 2017

27 Sep 2017 – Each year, the electronics industry generates 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as the lifespan of devices shrinks in response to demand , that figure could reach 50 million tonnes this year. A staggering 60-90 per cent of that –worth nearly 19 billion dollars– is illegally traded or dumped, often with the involvement of transnational criminal gangs.

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Alert: Nature, on the Verge of Bankruptcy
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 25 Sep 2017

12 Sep 2017 – Pressures on global land resources are now greater than ever, as a rapidly increasing population coupled with rising levels of consumption is placing ever-larger demands on the world’s land-based natural capital, warns a new United Nations report.

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Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 18 Sep 2017

11 Sep 2017 – When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.

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Climate Migrants Might Reach One Billion by 2050
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 28 Aug 2017

21 Aug 2017 – Currently, forecasts vary from 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050, moving either within their countries or across borders, on a permanent or temporary basis, with 200 million being the most widely cited estimate, according to a 2015 study carried out by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University.

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Millions of Women and Children for Sale for Sex, Slavery, Organs…
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 7 Aug 2017

28 Jul 2017 – It is happening now. Millions of humans are forced to flee armed conflicts, climate change, inequalities, and extreme poverty. They fall easy prey to traffickers lurking anyone who can be subjected to sexual exploitation, forced labour and even sell their skin and organs.

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Climate Change-Poverty-Migration: The New, Inhuman ‘Bermuda Triangle’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 10 Jul 2017

7 Jul 2017 – World organisations, experts and scientists have been repeating it to satiety: climate change poses a major risk to the poorest rural populations in developing countries, dangerously threatening their lives and livelihoods and thus forcing them to migrate.

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The ‘Water-Employment-Migration’ Explosive Nexus
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 5 Jun 2017

30 May 2017 – Water–everybody talks about it, warns against its growing scarcity, excessive waste, the impact of climate change, the frequent severe droughts and so on. Now, a global action network with over 3,000 partner organisations in 183 countries comes to unveil the dangerous nexus between water, employment and migration, in particular in the Mediterranean region.

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A Grisly Tale of Children Falling Easy Prey to Ruthless Smugglers
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 29 May 2017

22 May 2017 – Among a raft of alarming statistics, a new UN report has just found that children account for around 28 per cent of trafficking victims globally. And that Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and the Caribbean have the highest share of children among detected trafficking victims, at the rates of 64 and 62 per cent, respectively.

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Cholera Outbreak in War-Torn Yemen Spreading at ‘Unprecedented’ Speed
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2017

As war-torn Yemen grapples with heavy rains, a collapsed healthcare system and crippled economy, a resurgent cholera outbreak has spread with “unprecedented” speed and taken medical professionals by surprise, the World Health Organization warned on 19 May 2017.

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Agony of Mother Earth: The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests (I)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 22 May 2017

The world’s forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world’s largest tropical forest – the Amazon – increased 29 per cent from last year’s numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in Africa are threatened by oil, gas and mineral exploration and exploitation.

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Agony of Mother Earth: World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel (II)
Baher Kamal – Other News, 22 May 2017

Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for every million kilos of beef exported from South America.

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African Migrants Bought and Sold Openly in ‘Slave Markets’ in Libya
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 15 May 2017

9 May 2017 – Hundreds of migrants along North African migration routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned that these reports “can be added to a long list of outrages” in the country. The International Criminal Court is now considering investigating.

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Middle East, Engulfed by a ‘Perfect Storm’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 1 May 2017

21 Apr 2017 -Reporting to the UN Security Council on the “dire situation across the Middle East region, marked by the largest refugee crisis since the Second World War, fractured societies, proliferation of non-State actors and unbelievable human suffering,” Nickolay Mladenov, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, reiterated the need for a surge in diplomacy for peace to ease the suffering of innocent civilians.

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Indigenous Peoples – Best Allies or Worst Enemies?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 1 May 2017

25 Apr 2017 – It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world’s war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a “tsunami” of imprisonments in Australia…. The Rome meeting of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus coincided with the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples.

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Yemen, World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 24 Apr 2017

19 Apr 2017 – With 18.8 million people –nearly 7 in 10 inhabitants– in need of humanitarian aid, including 10.3 million requiring immediate assistance, Yemen is now the largest single-nation humanitarian crisis in the world, the UN informs. According to OCHA, over 17 million people are currently “food insecure,” of whom 6.8 million are “severely food insecure” and require immediate food assistance, and two million acutely malnourished children. The Yemeni population amounts to 27.4 million inhabitants.

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African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States: One Billion People to Speak to Europe with One Voice
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 17 Apr 2017

14 Apr 2017 – Seventy-nine countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, which are home to around one billion people, will speak with one voice as they prepare to negotiate a major partnership agreement with the European Union (500 million inhabitants) in May.

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Humanity and Social Justice, a Must for the Future of Work – Ryder
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 17 Apr 2017

10 Apr 2017 – “The future of work must be inspired by considerations of humanity, of social justice and peace. If it is not, we are going to a dark place, we are going to a dangerous place,” said the head of the leading world body specialised on labour issues.

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Slaves
Baher Kamal |Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were victims of transatlantic slave trade. Slavery is far from being a chapter of the past—it still there, with estimated 21 million victims of forced labour and extreme exploitation around the world–nearly the combined population of Scandinavian countries.

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Don’t Understand Clouds? But You Should!
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 27 Mar 2017

Today scientists understand that clouds play a vital role in regulating the Earth’s energy balance, climate and weather, says the UN World Meteorological Organization.

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No Water, No Life – Don’t Waste It!
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 27 Mar 2017

This story is part of IPS coverage of World Water Day, observed on March 22. “Water is finite. It has to serve the need of more and more people and we only have one ecosystem from which to draw our water,” says the UN-Water’s Chair Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization.

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UN Farms to Create One Million Days of Work for Mideast Migrants
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 20 Mar 2017

15 Mar 2017 – The problem is rather complex and often not recognised: in one of the major regions of both origin and destination for migrants and refugees — the Near East and North of Africa, 10 per cent of rural communities is made up of forcibly displaced persons, while more than 25 per cent of the young rural people plan to emigrate.

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UN Declares War on Ocean Plastic
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 27 Feb 2017

According to estimates, at the rate we are dumping items such as plastic bottles, bags and cups after a single use, by 2050 oceans will carry more plastic than fish and an estimated 99 per cent of seabirds will have ingested plastic. Microplastics in oceans outnumber stars in our galaxy by 500 times.

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Indigenous Peoples Lands Guard 80 Per Cent of World’s Biodiversity
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 20 Feb 2017

9 Feb 2017 – They are more than 370 million self-identified peoples in some 70 countries around the world. In Latin America alone there are over 400 groups, each with a distinct language and culture, though the biggest concentration is in Asia and the Pacific– with an estimated 70 per cent. And their traditional lands guard over 80 per cent of the planet’s biodiversity.

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A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 13 Feb 2017

The Geneva Centre for the Advancement of Human Rights and Global Dialogue will launch a new initiative during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council: a panel discussion around the theme “Islam and Christianity, The Great Convergence: Working jointly towards equal citizenship.”

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Want to Prevent Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer? Get Moving… Now!
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 6 Feb 2017

2 Feb 2017 – Tired, lazy, bored, laying down long hours watching TV or seated checking your email? Wrong. And dangerous: not enough exercise contributes to cancer, diabetes, depression and other non-communicable diseases.

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Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth in the Pockets of These Eight Men
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 Jan 2017

Article I of a three-part series focuses on the alarmingly deepening inequality. Part II deals with the staggering impact of inequality on women, and Part III with the future and quality of jobs.

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Inequality (II): “It Will Take 170 Years for Women to Be Paid as Men Are”
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 Jan 2017

Article II of this three-part series on inequality, focuses on the impact of discrimination on women. Part III will tackle the issue of the future and quality of jobs. Part I has dealt with the alarming deepening inequality worldwide.

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Inequality (III): Less Employment… And More ‘Junk’ Jobs
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 23 Jan 2017

Article III of of this three-part series on inequality tackles the issue of the future and quality of jobs. Part II focused on the impact of inequality on women. Part I dealt with the alarming deepening inequality worldwide.

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Trump, the Banks and the Bomb
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 9 Jan 2017

7 Jan 2017 – When pro-nuclear disarmament organisations last October cheered the UN decision to start in 2017 negotiations on a global treaty banning these weapons, they did not expect that the US would elect Donald Trump. Much less that he would rush to advocate for increasing the US nuclear power.

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Children of the ‘Others’, Sons of Minor Gods
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 5 Dec 2016

In December 1946, “faced with the reality of millions of children suffering daily deprivation after World War II,” the General Assembly created the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Seventy years later, as Europe copes with a refugee crisis not seen since it was founded, the organisation remains an ever-present advocate for children’s rights.

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Battle of the Desert: UNCCD ‘s Louise Baker on the Silk Road (III)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 28 Nov 2016

23 Nov 2016 – Marking this year’s World Day to Combat Desertification last June, the United Nations announced the launch of a China-United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification to curb desertification along the Silk Road.

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Battle of the Desert: To Fight or to Flee? (I)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 21 Nov 2016

“As the effects of climate change undermine livelihoods, inter-ethnic clashes are breaking out within and across states and fragile states are turning to militarisation to control the situation.” UNCCD

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Battle of the Desert: A ‘Great Green Wall for Africa’ (II)
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 21 Nov 2016

Desertification, land degradation, drought, climate change, food insecurity, poverty, loss of biodiversity, forced migration and conflicts, are some of the key challenges facing Africa—a giant continent home to 1,2 billion people living in 54 countries.

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Trump – The Symptom
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 14 Nov 2016

11 Nov 2016 – The electoral victory of U.S. Republican Donald Trump — many have said — is an alarming signal that heralds new, difficult times. Maybe. Anyway, this victory could –and should-be seen as a symptom not as a disease. Such disease consists of a widespread malaise, the feeling of frustration and even oppression that the majority of citizens shelter in their hearts and minds worldwide.

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Toxic Air – The ‘Invisible Killer’ That Stifles 300 Million Children
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 14 Nov 2016

Children Breathe Faster, Take in More Air than Adults – UNICEF further stressed that children are more susceptible than adults to both indoor and outdoor air pollution as their lungs, brains and immune systems are still developing and their respiratory tracks are more permeable.

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Dying to Get to Europe
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 14 Nov 2016

They are not just data or numbers for statistical calculations. They are desperate human beings fleeing wars, violence, abuse, slavery and death. They hear and believe the bombastic speeches about democracy and human rights and watch the many images of welfare and good life in Europe.

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World to Cut Gas Emissions by 25 Percent More than Paris Agreement
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 7 Nov 2016

4 Nov 2016 – On the eve of the entry into force of the Paris Agreement today, the United Nations sounded new climate alarm, urging the world to ‘dramatically’ step up its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions by some 25 per cent more.

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Climate Doomsday – Another Step Closer
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 31 Oct 2016

Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has surged again to new records in 2016… and will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. The warning comes from the United Nations weather agency–the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and further confirms the alarm of climate experts and world specialised organisations.

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Low Food Prices: Good for Your Pocket, Bad for Small Farmers
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 17 Oct 2016

10 Oct 2016 – What would be your reaction if you were told that food prices are steadily declining worldwide? Good, very good news, you may say. But do the 600 million small, family farmers, those who produce up to 80 per cent of food in some regions, think the same way? Definitely not at all.

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What Happens When a Small Farmer Migrates?
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 17 Oct 2016

With 2 in 3 people estimated to be living in towns and cities by the year 2030, an old “equation” jumps rapidly to mind: each time a small farmer migrates to an urban area, equals to one food producer less, and one food consumer more.

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Take a Deep Breath? But 9 in 10 People Worldwide Live with Excessive Air Pollution!
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 10 Oct 2016

29 Sep 2016 – The warning is sharp and the facts, alarming: 92 per cent of the world’s population lives in places where levels exceed recommended limits. And 6.5 million people die annually from air pollution: UN WHO.

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‘The Earth Is Not Flat; It Is Urban’
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 10 Oct 2016

4 Oct 2016 – When the United Nations elaborated its latest report on the impact of what it calls “the dramatic shift towards urban life,” it tried to draw a balanced portrait of both the opportunities and the challenges of the fact that 1 in 2 world inhabitant already lives in urban areas and what this implies.

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One Humanity? Millions of Children Tortured, Smuggled, Abused, Enslaved
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 22 Aug 2016

Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. And 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030. These are just some of the dramatic figures that UNICEF and other UN and international bodies released few weeks ahead of the World Humanitarian Day marked every year on August 19.

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African Farmers Can Feed the World, If Only…
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 22 Aug 2016

Can African farmers feed the world?. Apparently the answer is “yes.” Bold as it may sound, this statement is based on specific facts.

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War on Climate Terror (I): Deserts Bury Two Thirds of African Lands
Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS, 15 Aug 2016

9 Aug 2016 – Two-thirds of the African continent is already desert or dry-lands. But while this vast extension of the second largest continent on Earth after Asia is “vital” for agriculture and food production, nearly three-fourths of it is estimated to be degraded to varying degrees.

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