Articles by Human Wrongs Watch

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Of the Mexican Joke and the Nuclear Top Guns
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2022

26 Sep 2022 – A Mexican joke goes: “I kill people for money. But you are my best friend, so I will kill you for nothing.” This seems to be the dominating thinking of the five permanent members of the so-called UN Security Council, which, according to their own definition, hold the “primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security.”

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Why Are Politicians Able to Read – and Understand – Some Texts and Not Others?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

20 Sep 2022 – Day after day, the world’s scientific community, based on solid investigations, elaborates dozens of studies identifying the causes of the existing emergencies facing humanity. They also prepare understandable summaries and conclusions and propose feasible solutions to the current crises and ways to prevent major future risks.

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Gender Equality Almost 300 Years Away at Current Rate of Progress
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

15 Sep 2022 – Millions of women don’t know what a salary is all about.

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Hundreds of Millions of Children Sentenced to Ignorance
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

7 Sep 2022 – More than two-thirds of 10-year-olds are unable to read and understand a simple text. This shocking finding should be enough to be alarmed about the horrifying fate of an entire generation. But there is much more.

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Afghanistan: A Hidden Trophy Worth more than a Trillion Dollars
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

6 Sep 2022 – How the Taliban’s regime has in just a few months erased with a stroke of a pen all the “great achievements” made over 20 years of US and allies’ massive military attacks on Afghanistan’s unarmed population. Has all this happened in just 12 months?

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A Tale of Spanish Neckties and Other Made-in-Europe Things
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

30 Aug 2022 – While the United States continue to rank top oil and weapons producers, the world’s citizens are, once more, to pay the price: skyrocketing energy and food prices, unprecedented inflation rates, economic slowdown and the risk of a great recession, just to mention some.

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‘And of Water We Made Every Living Thing’
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

22 Aug 2022 – This is how the Muslims’ Holy Book–the Quran–refers to the most precious element of life… Religions aside, also UNESCO underlines that “water is a unique and non-substitutable resource.” Now comes the question: is water finite or infinite?

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“The Worse, the Better” Doctrine and the Melting Ice
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

25 Aug 2022 – There is a prevailing doctrine among the right and far-right political parties that are still in the opposition and most likely to jump to power in those countries where they are not already ruling. It is the doctrine of “the worse things go, the better for us.”

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Of Aristotle, Orwell, and the Young Heirs
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2022

Today’s youth are an unpowered witnesses to numerous unprecedented crises, which they did not create but are expected to overcome… and hopefully leave a much less baleful inheritance.

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Hunger Factory: The Miracle of the Sudden Rise and Fall of Food Prices (Part 1)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

11 Aug 2022 – How come food prices declined all of a sudden over four consecutive months? The Ukraine war began around five months ago. So? The “miracle” explained.

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Hunger Factory: The Modern Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Part 2)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

12 Aug 2022 – While often too quickly attributing -quasi exclusively- the world unprecedented hunger tragedy to the current proxy war in Ukraine, other major causes remain hidden in plain sight. 

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Of the Far West, the ‘Good Cowboys’… and the ‘Bad Indians’
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

8 Aug 2022 – Rough men, ranchers, mercenary killers, saloons, cowboys, guns, gold fever, the ‘good sheriff’… and the ‘bad indians”. Add to this mix the deeply-rooted, widely dominating culture of the so-called “white supremacy.”

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Technology, Social Media Help Traffickers Hunt Their Victims, Enslave Them, Sell Their Organs
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

3 Aug 2022 – Human beings produce innumerable practical inventions while often making the worst use of them. How criminal groups heavily rely on digital platforms to trap and enslave their victims also for extracting and selling their organs.

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Of the Secret Leaks and the Baking Planet
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

29 Jul 2022 – Strangely enough, two major scientific findings, both announced in July, did not attribute the current dangerous world’s disasters to the proxy war unfolding in Ukraine.

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The World Was Already Broken–Shall Ukrainian Cereals Fix It Up?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

28 Jul 2022 – The world cheered the 22-July Turkey-brooked agreement between Russia and Ukraine to resume cereals and fertilisers exports from both countries. The Istanbul Agreement allows them to release their exports under UN and international supervision.

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Xenophobia in Mandiba’s Land: Too Black… Or Just Too Poor?
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

18 Jul  2022 – South Africa, the home land of the late giant fighter against Apartheid, racism and discrimination – Nelson Mandela “Mandiba”, is already ‘on the precipice of explosive xenophobic violence’ against migrants, refugees, asylum seekers – and even citizens perceived as outsiders.

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Hundreds of Millions of Human Workers Treated Worse than Robots
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

14 Jul 2022 – While big private business pours billions of dollars in producing automatic machines, barely no money has been invested in the human workers who are left unprotected, treated like cheap robots, or even worse.

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A World of 8 Billion, Yes, but only a Few Are Seen as Human Beings (Part 1)
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2022

7 Jul 2022 – Far-right Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, was quoted as saying to a small group of indigenous people that they “now look a bit more like humans.” 

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New World Records: More Weapons than Ever–and a Hunger Crisis like No Other
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

1 Jul 2022 – While the NATO Summit ended in Madrid on 30 June with net commitments to double spending on weapons and to increase by eight-fold the number of troops in Europe, the total of hungry people worldwide now marks an unprecedented record.

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Nuclear-Armed Powers Squander $156.000 per Minute on Their MAD Policy
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

24 Jun 2022 – They call it MAD: Mutual Assured Destruction. It is about the nuclear-armed powers’ doctrine of military strategy and national security policy. And they spent on their MAD policy more than 156.000 US dollars, every single minute, in just one year–2021.

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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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Is It Time to Bar Coup Leaders from the UN?
Thalif Deen | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Feb 2022

4 Feb 2022 – A rash of military coups in Africa has resurrected a long dormant question: should leaders who take power through armed insurrections be barred from addressing the United Nations—an institution which swears by, and promotes, multi-party democracy?

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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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Big Power Rivalries: The Thugs of Myanmar
José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jan 2022

21 Dec 2021 – ASEAN leaders should explore a joint strategy with China, India and the US. By working together on a conflict that does not directly affect the three powers’ strategic interests, ongoing high tensions between China and US could cool down, and pave the way for additional small building blocks of cooperation and partnership.

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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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The Spoils of War
Mary Kaldor | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

Andrew Cockburn, The Spoils of War: Power, Profit and the American War Machine (Verso) –
A chilling account of how corruption has become institutionalised at the heart of the U.S. war machine with consequences for us all.

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Satellite Mega-Constellations’ Mega-Threats
Miguel Coma | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

23 Jul 2021 – The Rise of Space Junk and the Fall of Reason – Above our heads, man-made satellites wage war against the stars. On Earth, a handful of CEOs plan to put hundreds of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit—in addition to the 5,000 satellites already launched. Altogether, these satellites will outnumber the stars visible to the naked eye tenfold.

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The Three Revolutions of the Chinese Communist Party
Walden Bello | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

The Communist Party of China led three revolutions of world-historic significance in its short 100-year-history: national liberation, the “Cultural Revolution,” and China’s rapid capitalist transformation. Reflecting on the meaning of the 100th anniversary on 1 Jul 2021 of one of the most important institutions of our time, the Chinese Communist Party, the first thing that entered my head was that the present does change the significance of the past.

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China: Key Player in a New World Game
Hazel Henderson | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

Today, our 21st Century global economy is no longer dominated by the USA, but is again a multi-polar world. According to The Economist, March 20, 2021, China now makes 22% of global manufactured exports and 15 of China’s tech firms are worth over $50 billion each. China is the world’s largest goods-trading partner of 64 countries versus 38 for the USA.

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Yemen: World’s Worst Humanitarian Disaster Triggered by Deadly Weapons from US and UK
Thalif Deen | IPS/Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

It is caused by air attacks on Yemeni civilians by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Rarely has the world denounced the primary arms merchants, US and UK, for the more than 100,000 killings since 2015 due mostly to air strikes on weddings, funerals, private homes, villages and schools. Over 130,000 have died from shortages of food and medical care.

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Nation-State Attacks
Fernando Velázquez | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

27 Jan 2021 — “You’ve been hacked. It was by a nation-state.” The latest example of this type of cyber attack involved U.S. federal agencies and high-profile companies that were breached via a compromised and weaponized version of a software update from a connected third party.

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The End of the Portuguese Dream?
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

29 Jan 2021 – According to certain foreign media, the results of the last election spelled the “end of the Portuguese dream”. Until now Portugal had been the only European country without significant far-right forces. Analysis of the Election’s Results in Portugal

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Big Pharma’s Finest Hour?
Nick Dearden | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

9 Jan 2021 – The roll-out of COVID vaccines gives much-needed hope. But without fundamental reform of the drug industry, inequality and mistrust will cost lives both nationally and globally.

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The Face of Things to Come
Walden Bello | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

7 Jan 2021 – The storming of Capitol shows America has entered the Weimar Era.

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The Second Cold War Is Coming
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE, 4 Jan 2021

31 Dec 2020 – The new Cold War will be between China and the West, but it will be quite different from the one with the Soviet Union. The USSR, a military giant with little industrial development, had the advantage of presenting itself as the champion of an international ideology. Today, China harbors no real international flag, and the West is besieged by internal contradictions.

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India’s Pandemic of Violence against Women
UN News | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

28 Dec 2020 – An increase in violence against women in India during the global COVID-19 outbreak has been described by the United Nations as a “shadow pandemic”.

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Child Labor
Tonni Aktar | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

19 Dec 2020 – Gray eyes, depressed faces and tender hands seek love in the heart of the earth. Poor children and street children understand what the urge for livelihood is, what hunger means. In developing countries like Bangladesh, the rate of child labor is very high. This number has also increased significantly in Covid-19.

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[Obscenity] World Bank Urges Governments to Guarantee Private Profits even if Investors Fail Contractual Agreements
Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury | IPS/Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

24 Nov 2020 – The World Bank has been leading other multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to press developing country governments to ‘de-risk’ infrastructure and other private, especially foreign investments. Governments have little choice but to accede to their private partners’ demands. Thus, WB guidance further undermines governments.

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Arms Race Continues Unabated with Astonishing Weapons
Nadia Batok | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

31 Oct 2020 – There are no signs of a halt to the arms race… on the contrary, production of the most terrifying and lethal weapons continues unabated with the most sophisticated nuclear and hypersonic weapons, cruise and ballistic missiles, supersonic fighter jets, unmanned air vehicles (drones), lasers, robots… all experimenting with hardware and software technologies and digital engineering.

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Can Private Finance Really Serve Humanity?
Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

14 Jul 2020 – The recent explosion of private finance has nursed the hope, dream or illusion that it can be mobilized for the public good, e.g., to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, associated with Agenda 2030. However, such hopes ignore how changes in financial investing have deeply transformed corporations, national economies and prospects for the world economy and social progress.

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Recent Advances in Artificial Intelligence Contribute to Nuclear Risk – SIPRI
Human Wrongs Watch | SIPRI - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

2 Jul 2020 – The authors warn that nuclear-armed states’ competition in military AI and premature adoption of AI in nuclear weapons and related capabilities could have a negative impact on strategic stability and increase the likelihood of nuclear weapon use.

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Requiem for Democracy – Brazil’s Darkest Hour
Boaventura De Sousa Santos | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

24 Jun 2020 -Once again, after so many other times, Brazil’s wealthy would rather run the risk of descending into dictatorship (if that’s not what they wanted to begin with) rather than have the lower classes express their aspiration to be included in the nation, which the wealthy have always conceived of as their own personal property.

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Child Labor – Facts and Figures
ILO-International Labour Organization | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jun 2020

11 Jun 2020 – The COVID-19 health pandemic and the resulting economic and labour market shock are having a huge impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, children are often the first to suffer. The crisis can push millions of vulnerable children into child labour.

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While the World Focuses on COVID-19, Indigenous Peoples in Myanmar Are Being Killed
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

28 Apr 2020 – As large parts of the world’s population are sitting at home in self- and authority-imposed isolation watching the development of the major public health crisis, governments in some countries are taking advantage of the situation and moving on with their repressive agendas cracking down on opposition groups, silencing human rights defenders and independent media, and subjecting entire ethnic groups to brutal military campaigns.

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Brazil: Bolsonaro Sabotages Anti-Covid-19 Efforts
Human Rights Watch | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

10 Apr 2020 – President Jair Bolsonaro is putting Brazilians in grave danger by urging them not to comply with social distancing and other measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 from state governments and his own Health Ministry, Human Rights Watch said today. He has also acted recklessly by disseminating misleading information about the pandemic.

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Ending the Unthinkable Injustice of Human Chaining
Emina Ćerimović and Kim Samuel | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

When Akanni’s mother died in early 2018, she stopped eating for three weeks. Her mood became unpredictable; she was often shouting or sulking angrily. Akanni’s father took her to a church in Nigeria and left her there. The evangelist chained her in a room, where she was left on a bare floor for three days straight with no food or water. She stayed there with a man who was going through a mental health crisis. The staff gave Akanni a pot to urinate and defecate in, right in front of the man.

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Supermassive Black Hole Causes Biggest Cosmic Explosion in Recorded History, Leaving Dent That Could Fit 15 Milky Way Galaxies
Human Wrongs Watch | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

28 Feb 2020 — The biggest cosmic explosion in recorded history was detected about 390 million light years from Earth in a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which made a dent in surrounding space that could fit 15 Milky Way galaxies inside.

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Turning Despair into Hope
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

30 Jan 2020 – Toward a new Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Human rights have ceased to be a conditionality in the context of international relations; individuals and peoples have, at best, been reduced to objects of human rights rhetoric. The global social division of fear and hope is so unequal that a number of phenomena that used to be unthinkable less than thirty years ago now strike us as being the ordinary features of a new normal.

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Brazil: Bolsonaro Leads 2019 Record for Attacks on the Press
teleSUR | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

17 Jan 2020 — The far-right former Capitan accounted for three out of five press attacks in 2019.

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Qatar: End of Abusive Exit Permits for Migrant Workers
Human Rights Watch | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

20 Jan 2020 — Qatar announced on Jan 16 that most migrant workers previously prevented from leaving the country without their employer’s permission will no longer need an exit permit, Human Rights Watch said today. But domestic workers will have to notify employers before leaving.

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The Freedom of Lula
Fernando Ayala | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

21 Dec 2019 – Political earthquake and great boost for the progressive space of the continent. Lula is a national and continental leader in Latin America. His release has made President Bolsonaro and his justice minister very nervous, who declared: “The majority of the congress can change the law or the Constitution”, referring to the fact that they could re-imprison the former president.

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The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner: Aung San Suu Kyi
Thalif Deen | IPS - Human Wrongs Watch, 16 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2017 crackdown.

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Asia-Pacific: Some Serious Security Challenges
José Ramos-Horta | Nobel Peace Laureate, Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 — This is not a hypothetical nightmare scenario. Extreme forms of corruption, impunity, abuse of power, scandalous social inequalities and offensive ostentation, food insecurity, severe malnutrition, hunger, diminishing agricultural lands and extreme water scarcity. Nations will go to war over fresh water and extreme water scarcity will kill hundreds of millions.

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Dangers and Questions of the Zuckerberg Era
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 — The Internet brought us from the Gutenberg Era to the Zuckerberg Era… Secret algorithms form profiles of each and every one of us…The Chinese government has already given every citizen a digital number, where all their ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviours converge… London town now has 627,000 surveillance cameras, one for every fourteen citizens; in Beijing it’s one for every seven…

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Record Number of Palestinian Homes Demolished: Rights Group
Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

25 Oct 2019 – The rights group added the demolitions left 238 Palestinians including 127 minors without a home. Israel claims demolishing the family homes of alleged militants deters violence, while the Palestinians see it as a form of collective punishment.

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Yi Jing – I Ching 易經 — The Book of Changes
Igor Micunovic | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

24 Oct 2019 — Ancient culture of China has made great contributions to world culture. Book of Changes is one of the most precious contributions of Chinese culture, which has exerted a great influence on Chinese philosophy, literature, historical study, as well as natural and social sciences.

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UN’s 75th Anniversary Shadowed by Right-Wing Nationalism, Widespread Authoritarianism and Budgetary Cuts
Thalif Deen | IPS - Human Wrongs Watch, 21 Oct 2019

17 Oct 2019 – Perhaps the most politically-significant event in 2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the United Nations amidst continued threats against multilateral institutions, rising right-wing nationalism, growing authoritarianism and widespread disinformation–in the shadow of one of UN’s worst financial crises. SG Guterres warned: “The situation remains dire; without immediate action, I can no longer guarantee the smooth functioning of the Organization.”

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Switching to Plant-Based Diet from Animal-Based Food
Robert Smith | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

Hunger in the world continues to grow, as do the number people are overweight. Suboptimal diets were responsible for more deaths than any other single cause, including smoking tobacco. In addition, switching to a primarily plant-based diet from a diet that includes unhealthy animal-based food (red meat and processed meat) is good for your health and for the environment.

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Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Roberto Savio | Other News - Human Wrongs Watch, 14 Oct 2019

13 Oct 2019 – Looking Back – The first World Social Forum in 2001 ushered in the new century with a bold affirmation: “Another world is possible.” That gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil, stood as an alternative and a challenge to the World Economic Forum, held at the same time in Davos, Switzerland. The WSF, by contrast, was created as an arena for the grassroots to gain a voice.

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Portugal as a Strategic Target
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 — A series of recent events has unveiled increasingly disturbing signs that far- right internationalism is turning Portugal into a strategic target. For the far right, it is the weak link through which it can carry out its attack on the European Union.

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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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What Now, Brazil?
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 — The words that come to mind the most are astonishment and perplexity. The Brazilian government has slipped into the abyss of absurdity, into an absolute trivialization of abuse and aggression. Not a day goes by that we are not bombarded with bits of news and comments that seem to come out of some ideological sewer overflowing with years or centuries of rancid decay, exuding the most pestilential stench as if it were the very perfume of novelty and candor.

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Privatization Increases Corruption
Jomo Kwame Sundaram | IPS/Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

23 Jul 2019 – International financial institutions (IFIs) have typically imposed wide-ranging policy reforms – called ‘conditionalities’ – in exchange for country governments to secure access to financial assistance. IFI policy conditionalities, such as the privatization of state-owned enterprises, can create new rentier opportunities, undermining government will and capacity to curb corruption.

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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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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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Multilateralism: A Testimony
Ambassador Idriss Jazairy and Roberto Savio| Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

For over 70 years, the UN system has been perceived as the guardian of peace and development in the world. However, multilateralism today is undeniably under strain. The effectiveness of global institutions and of global policymaking is questioned, and alliances are fraying.

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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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A World Party
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

19 Feb 2019 – I have decided that I can be more useful as a practitioner than as a theoretician in the cultured an interesting debate that Paul Raskin has opened on a world political party. But I still remember that during the debate on the New International Information Order in the seventies, the German chairman of the conference observed: “what Roberto had said works in practice. But the question is: would it work in theory”?

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Death of the Author
Alex Watson | Wall Street International - Human Wrongs Watch, 25 Feb 2019

19 Feb 2019 – On Valentine’s Day 2019, the Elon Musk-sponsored artificial intelligence lab OpenAI made a sensational announcement. It has created a groundbreaking AI system, entitled “GP2”, that is stunningly effective at generating prose news stories and fiction. So impressive were its results that the lab felt compelled to take the unusual step of not releasing it immediately, due to fears of malicious use.

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When the Vessel Is Sinking
Federico Mayor Zaragoza | Other News – Human Wrongs Watch, 11 Feb 2019

7 Feb 2019 — ‘Suddenly -said Leonardo Da Vinci- there are no poor and rich, no young and old, no white and black on board… only a bunch of passengers toiling, working together to survive, to avoid a shipwreck.’ This is the advice we should convey today through all media so that the “peoples” become aware of the situation humanity is facing for the first time in history.

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