We Need Millennium Development RIGHTS, Not Just Goals

YES Magazine

Millennium Development Rights would transform the global struggle against poverty and provide accountability for governments, corporations, and others who deny those rights.

by Phyllis Bennis

President Obama’s speech at the UN’s summit on development acknowledged the “progress that has been made toward achieving certain Millennium Development Goals,” but cautioned that “we must also face the fact that progress towards other goals that were set has not come nearly fast enough. Not for the hundreds of thousands of women who lose their lives every year simply giving birth. Not for the millions of children who die from the agony of malnutrition. Not for the nearly one billion people who endure the misery of chronic hunger.” Continue reading We Need Millennium Development RIGHTS, Not Just Goals

DR Congo rapes ‘defy belief’, says UN


Village of Luvungi. 6 Sept 2010 – The UN’s human rights chief has said the “scale and viciousness” of mass rapes in DR Congo “defy belief”, as a report into the attack was released.  Navi Pillay said that, even for the region, the incident stood out because of the “extraordinarily cold-blooded and systematic way” it was carried out.  Some 300 people were raped by armed militia in the attack in August.The incident was made worse by “subsequent failings” by UN peacekeeping forces, says Ms Pillay. Continue reading DR Congo rapes ‘defy belief’, says UN

Eyes open in the Amazon

National Catholic Reporter

Facing deportation, British-born brother persists in work for Peru’s indigenous, environment.

By Barbara Fraser

Their urgent need temporarily eclipsed the threat hanging over McAuley,

IQUITOS, PERU — On a steamy Sunday afternoon, Br. Paul McAuley huddled in a thatched-roof shelter with a group of college students from remote indigenous communities. The promised government meal subsidy had not arrived, and the students were out of food. There had been no breakfast or lunch that day, and there was no money for dinner. Continue reading Eyes open in the Amazon

UN warned of major new food crisis at emergency meeting in Rome

The Guardian

Environmental disasters and speculative investors are to blame for volatile food commodities markets, says UN’s special adviser

The world could be on the brink of a major new food crisis caused by environmental disasters and rampant market speculators, the UN will be warned today at an emergency meeting on food price inflation.   The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) meeting in Rome today was called last month after a heatwave and wildfires in Russia led to a draconian wheat export ban and food riots broke out in Mozambique, killing 13 people. But UN experts will also hear that pension and hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds and large banks who speculate on commodity markets may also be responsible for inflation in food prices being seen across all continents. Continue reading UN warned of major new food crisis at emergency meeting in Rome

Machu Picchu train halted over water protests

THE Guardian

Authorities suspend tourist route to ancient ruins amid protests over irrigation scheme that could leave town without water

Rail authorities said the train, which is the only way to reach Machu Picchu besides an arduous trek, would be suspended as a precaution until the strike ended and tension eased. In an apparently separate event, a forest fire flared about eight miles from Machu Picchu. Violent clashes last week between police and protesters left one man dead and 44 injured. Protesters say the Majes-Siguas II irrigation project will leave the town of Espinar, 400 miles south of the capital Lima, without water. Continue reading Machu Picchu train halted over water protests