The International Labour Organization (ILO) recently reported that over 12 million Malawians could become poor by 2030 if poverty reduction rates remain the same. This is despite Malawi’s slight improvement in GDP per capita since 2004, and the implementation of numerous measures to counter poverty, including increased government spendings on infrastructure and social welfare programs. Rather than reduce poverty and stimulate economic development, these policies have further impoverished the nation–half of its population earns below 687 Malawian Kwacha (less than one US dollar) per day.
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The ideological agenda of the World Health Organization (WHO) was on display this week, with WHO Director General Margaret Chan calling for tobacco companies to be driven “out of business”.
Speaking in Abu Dhabi, at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Chan stated explicitly her desire to eradicate the entire tobacco industry.
From Sky News Australia:
“It’s going to be a tough fight… (but) we should not give up until we make sure that the tobacco industry goes out of business,” she said.
Chan also gave an unequivocal statement about the efficacy of plain packaging legislation:
the train has already left the station. The evidence base is strong, empirical and comes from well-qualified, respected, and credible sources… We know that plain packaging works.
This statement on plain packaging is an extraordinary misreading of the available evidence. As an econometric analysis co-authored by the IPA’s Sinclair Davidson found:
there is no evidence that household expenditure on tobacco has changed following the introduction of plain packaging legislation.
Chan’s speech highlights exactly what is wrong with the priorities of the WHO.
Read the rest at FreedomWatch…
Young Voices Advocate Ajibola Adigun was published by The Nigerian Tribune writing about reducing global poverty.
Two years before the deadline on promises made at the Millennium Summit in New York, United States, 13 years ago, 2013 has been the best year in human history. According to the Millennium Development Goals report, the number of people living below the poverty line has been halved, global literacy is at an all time high, and the world recorded its highest economic output this year. Despite panic over the climate and the slow economic recovery, 2013 shows that concerted, coordinated efforts can make a difference. However, we must learn from these successes and apply the lessons to places which still have a long way to go.
Read the entire piece here.
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Young Voices Advocate Jessika Nilsson wrote about “Expedition Kony” for Gawker.
You want to hunt a human being? It will only cost you $25,000. With “Expedition Kony,” investigative journalist Robert Young Pelton has launched a concept that may just turn out to be a real game changer for the future of global security policy.
Read the rest here.
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Yesterday Antiwar.com published a column by Young Voices Associate Cathy Reisenwitz, New UN Report Highlights How US Drone Policy Violates International Law:
The US conducts, on average, one drone strike every four days. This is literally a matter of life and many, many deaths. In these matters transparency is absolutely essential. The United States absolutely must get our drone policy in line with these recommendations to ensure we are following existing international law.
Read the rest here.