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Healing China - Liberating Panda Bears in the People's Republic of China

ByMark O'Doherty

Giant pandas are no longer endangered in the wild, but they are still vulnerable with a population outside captivity of 1,800, Chinese officials have said after years of conservation efforts. The head of the environment ministry’s department of nature and ecology conservation, Cui Shuhong, said the reclassification was the result of “improved living conditions and China’s efforts in keeping their habitats integrated”. He said the announcement reflected China’s national efforts to preserve biodiversity in recent years. The decision by China’s own conservation authority comes five years after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) removed giant pandas from its endangered species list and classified them as vulnerable. This announcement was met with delight on social media. Related hashtags on Weibo have been read nearly 10m times. “Wonderful, wonderful news,” said one post. “It shows all the efforts have been paid off. Well done.” Another urged China’s conservationists to continue their work. “It’s a good start indeed, but there are still threats to these species. Do not relax.” Observers say the issue of conservation also ties into Beijing’s diplomacy in recent months. The foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, said that “the concept that lush mountains and clear water are worth their weight in gold and silver has taken root among the public in China. “We stand ready to work with all sides to strengthen international cooperation in ecological preservation and environmental management to jointly,” he said. Pandas, however, still face long-term threats. IUCN has said climate change could destroy more than 35% of their bamboo habitat in the next 80 years. Hence the people of China should work together with the International Community, to make sure that ALL Pandas in China are provided with fundamental freedoms and liberties - and that Pandas are finally freed from their captivities and constraints, so that they can be free and happy Pandas :) RESTORING PEACE AND HARMONY BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN: Both the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China, are independent and separate nations; who ought to respect each others national sovereignty and territorial borders - as stipulated by International Law. Hence it's imperative, that President Xi Jinping restores diplomacy and dialogue with Premier Su Tseng-chang - so that Peace and Harmony can be restored in Panda Country - so that all Pandas can be happy and free :)


Publication Date
Jul 9, 2021
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By (author): Mark O'Doherty




The Guardian: "Giant pandas no longer endangered in the wild, China announces" / Authorities reclassify animal as vulnerable with a population outside captivity of 1,800Healing India / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in India"India states considering two-child policy and incentives for sterilisation" / Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Gujarat have announced draft legislation which would see anyone with more than two children denied benefits and in some cases jobsCampaigners have warned that the policy disproportionately effects women, especially single mothers, and urged the government to focus on contraception and education means of population control.So in my opinion, repressive laws and social discrimination as a means of population control are not only unethical but also lack empirical evidence of impact - and are also a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).Hence the Indian government - and the International Community - should rather focus on contraception and education means of population control.Making devices of contraception available to all social classes - and goverment funding to encourage contraception - would certianly be a step in the right direction to improve population control in India.It should also be noted, that many nations with rapid population growth have low standards of living, whereas many nations with low rates of population growth have high standards of living.So it is very important that inequality, overpopulation and forced displacement are counteracted and prevented in the world - through population control focusing on education, birth control methods and responsible family planning.Also, a mind-set change is required how a reduction of population in society can be transformed into an asset; such as a greater harmony and social cohesion in society; due to less competition for living space, resources, jobs etcThis includes implementing a Basic Income Guarantee (BIG) around the world - so that people from all social classes can afford birth control and educate themselves how to implement responsible family planning.Another very important ethical aspect concerning the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), is that children are not asked whether they want to be born or not; they simply come into this world without being asked.Although many children are being born in good homes with loving parents, far more children have the misfortune of being born in an environment where they are not loved and/or are exposed to socio-economic deprivation.Therefore parents and society have to take extra special care that the necessary resources are available concerning children; to uphold the UNCRC.Healing Ireland / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Britain and IrelandThe Guardian: "UK plan for Troubles amnesty breaches international obligations – Irish minister" / Simon Coveney says plan would harm peace process and add ‘years of misery’ for familiesThe Guardian: "What is the Stakeknife scandal, and what happens next?" / More than 20 people including senior security force personnel and ex-IRA members may be considered for prosecutionAnger has continued to grow among victims’ groups and across the political spectrum after plans for a statute of limitations on prosecutions and for an end to inquests and civil cases relating to the Troubles were unveiled in parliament.So in place of criminal and civil prosecutions, I am advocating that a new independent body ought to be established, likened to South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission - to help families find the truth about what happened to their loved ones.Having lived myself in South Africa during that time, I can attest to the fact that South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission contributed indeed very much to heal the country - by furthering forgiveness, reconciliation and truth in the land.However, it should also be mentioned, that South Africa’s truth and reconciliation commission was established in conjunction with essential peaceful reforms in the country - with all parties concerned willling to evolve and reinvent themselves.In view of PM Boris Johnson’s lack of ability of restoring peace in Ireland, and his reluctance of adhering to the Northern Ireland protocol, a referendum on a united Ireland and a united Britain-Ireland ought to be implemented.I realise the UK government is rather resistant to change when it comes to matters concerning Ireland, but if they are really serious about furthering reconciliation and healing in Ireland, they will have to be willing to evolve and improve themselves.So I am not insisting on implementing a referendum in Ireland, but I think it would be wise for PM Boris Johnson and his people to seriously consider it - especially if they intend to further reconciliation and healing in the land.Healing Papua New Guinea / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Papua New Guinea"If we want Port Moresby to rise in the liveability rankings, start by protecting its women" / The 2020 murder of Jenelyn Kennedy rocked Papua New Guinea to its core. Many of us know what it’s like to be covered in bruises under our clothes"Two women tortured in latest sorcery-related attack in Papua New Guinea" / Police have condemned the brutal attack on the women accused of witchcraft in the capital of Port Moresby“People must change their mindset as we are living in a modern growing city. Police will ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”Papua New Guinea is often ranked as likely the worst place in the world for violence against women; studies indicating that two thirds of all women in Papua New Guinea will suffer abuse at the hands of a partner.Hence it is imperative to improve rule-of-law, human rights and gender equality in Papua New Guinea; so that peace and harmony can be manifested in this beautiful country.Aljazeera / "South Africa deploys more than 20,000 troops as death toll tops 100" / South Africa calls up army reserves to assist police in quelling deadly unrest following the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma.Healing Israel-PalestineThe Times of Israel: "As more US Jews call Israel apartheid state, organizations struggle to counter" / Mainstream groups say ‘deficient education’; liberal counterparts argue Israel’s faults being glossed over entirelySo it is very important that the future governance of the Bennett-Lapid government is fair and just; and that policies implemented are free from systemic injustices, so that equal rights and legal equality can finally be manifested in the land.Healing Afghanistan / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Afghanistan.The Guardian: "Afghanistan’s neighbours step up efforts to prevent civil war" / Rapid Taliban advances lead to meeting in Uzbekistan of over a dozen great leaders and foreign ministers"Afghans flee to eastern Turkey as Taliban takes control amid chaos" / Some pay smugglers to take them to Istanbul as withdrawal of US troops rekindles fears of civil warTherefore it is imperative that all those fine statesmen and diplomats - as well as military officials and intelligence officers - all pull together to protect the UDHR and the UNCRC in the region; and avert a civil war in Afghanistan!Healing Nigeria / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and media freedom in the Federal Republic of NigeriaThe Times of Israel: "Israeli filmmakers to spend second Shabbat in Nigerian jail" / Still without legal representation and not charged with any crime, trio receiving support from Chabad, embassiesSince the three Israeli filmmakers have not been charged by Nigerian authorities they ought to be released immediately - so that media freedom and fundamental human rights can be upheld in Nigeria!Healing the International Community / Upholding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and media freedom in the International CommunityThe Guardian: "Pegasus project: spyware leak suggests lawyers and activists at risk across globe" / Leaked records show dissidents and those who help them prominent among those under threat from NSO spyware“Press freedoms are vital, and any unlawful state interference or surveillance of journalists is unacceptable.”Therefore it is imperative that the Intelligence Community - such as the CIA, MI6, BND and DGSE - must make a greater effort to prevent unlawful spyware technology; so that media freedom and democracy can prevail in the world.RESTORING PEACE AND HARMONY BETWEEN CHINA AND TAIWAN:"Explainer | US-China-Taiwan: how will Joe Biden change the balance?" / President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (ROC) was among the first to tweet her congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.CNN: "Ex-CIA chief predicts Chinese President's next moves after Pelosi's Taiwan trip" / FRANCE 24: "China’s military threat to Taiwan is much more credible than it was 20 years ago". So it's imperative that diplomacy is restored between China and the US.VOA / REUTERS: "Taiwan Says It's Willing to Engage with China, Doesn't Want to Close Door" / Taiwan is willing to make Peace with China, but on an equal basis and without political preconditions, Premier Su Tseng-chang affirmed.Hence it's imperative, that the President of the People's Republic of China - President Xi Jinping - restores diplomacy and dialogue with the Premier of the Republic of China - Su Tseng-chang - so that Peace and Harmony can be restored in the region.

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