SOCIAL WATCH E-NEWSLETTER - Issue 46 - July 22, 2011

Issue 46 - July 22, 2011

New Coordinating Committee of Social Watch

Members of the new Coordinating 
Committee of Social Watch.
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Leonor Briones, of Philippines, and Tanya Dawkins, of the United States, were elected as co-chairs of the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch on 16 July, after the network’s Global Assembly, held in Manila last week. The 15 members of this body were chosen in a gender balanced way and represent Latin America, Europe, Asia, Africa, North America and the Arab region.
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“An inefficient, socially unjust, environmentally damaging and politically unsustainable economic model"

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In its 5th Global Assembly held in Manila last week, Social Watch concluded that “the current growth-led economic model is economically inefficient, socially unjust, environmentally damaging and politically unsustainable”. Thus, it pledged to “challenge the prevailing economic paradigm based on GDP growth worldwide” and to further its contribution to “the development of alternative indicators”.
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US debt makes the alarm bells

Two rating agencies, Moody’s and Standard and Poor, warned they might downgrade United States debt from its AAA status if the political impasse over a possible default continues, wrote Martin Khor in his most recent column for The Star, one of the leading Malaysian newspapers. There are several reasons why the world, and especially the developing countries, should be alarmed at this situation.
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Social Watch criticises Czech benefit cuts, few women in politics

The Social Watch 2010 report released on Thursday in Prague criticised the Czech Republic for cutting welfare benefits and the planned government reforms that it says threaten low-income families who may fall into poverty, reported the Ceské Noviny newspaper
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Palestine: Tunisian watchers support Freedom Flotilla 2

The Tunisian League for Human Rights, focal point of Social Watch, condemned the attempts by the European Union and the United States to deny the humanitarian Freedom Flotilla 2 from sealing toward Gaza, reported the news portal
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Climate change is drying out eastern Africa

The last two rainy seasons did not materialize over a major portion of the Horn of Africa. All of Somalia, and large swaths of Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti and northern Uganda are now experiencing their worst drought in sixty years, warned Doreen Stabinsky, Professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Maine, United States.
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“Are the Indian police a law unto themselves?”

Most of the 70,000 complaints filed every year at the National Human Rights Commission of India “are against police”, said Dr. K. S.Subramanian, former policeman and author of the report “Social Watch India Perspective Series Vol.:3”, launched last week.
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