Extremely high water shortages: Quarter of world’s population suffers

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A quarter of the world’s population in 17 countries is facing “extremely high” levels of baseline water shortages, using over 80 percent of the local renewable supply, found updated Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas data compiled by the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The report named Qatar as the most water-stressed country.Read More »

IMF – WB – WTO – Scaremongering Threats on De-Globalization and Tariffs – The Return to Sovereign Nations

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Countercurrents | October 14, 2019

As key representatives of the three chief villains of international finance and trade, the IMF, World Bank (WB) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) met on the lush resort island of Bali, Indonesia, they warned the world of dire consequences in terms of reduced international investments and decline of economic growth as a result of the ever-widening trade wars initiated and instigated by the Trump Administration. They criticized protectionism that might draw countries into decline of prosperity. The IMF cuts its global economic growth forecast for the current year and for 2019.Read More »

Bernie Sanders Calls for Release of Brazil’s Ex-President Lula

teleSUR | June 12, 2019

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. March 9, 2019.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. March 9, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Senator Bernie Sanders: ‘Lula da Silva was imprisoned in a politicized prosecution that denied him a fair trial and due process.’

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be released from prison and his conviction annulled, said United States Senator Bernie Sanders Tuesday.

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How soybeans became China’s most powerful weapon in Trump’s trade war

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The Conversation | May 30, 2019

Soybeans may not seem all that useful in a war. Nonetheless they’ve become China’s most important weapon in its ever-worsening trade conflict with the U.S.

China, the world’s biggest buyer of the crop, has reportedly stoppedpurchasing any American soybeans in retaliation for the Trump administration raising tariffs on US$250 billion of Chinese goods. This is very bad news for U.S. farmers.Read More »

Five Amnesty bosses resign following a review of the organization’s “toxic” work culture

Countercurrents | May 29, 2019

Five members of Amnesty International’s leadership team are on their way out, following a damning report about what’s been described as the human-rights organization’s “toxic” culture.

Amnesty said the senior leadership team accepted responsibility and all seven had offered to resign.

Five of the seven senior leaders, based mainly in London and Geneva, are either have left or are in the process of leaving the organization.Read More »