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Wall Street Vultures Are Set to Get Rich From Water Scarcity

Nick Martin The New Republic
Image in solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock. For the first time California water futures will be traded on Wall Street. Utility companies and agribusiness will be the main purchasers of these water futures, while vulture capitalists rush to find increasingly scarce water for giant water users.

Israel’s Crimes Must Be Met With Arms Embargo

Maureen Clare Murphy The Electronic Intifada
Palestinian children sitting in the dark due to power outage The complicity of Western governments such as the US, UK and the European Union allows Israel’s “crimes against a captive civilian population” in Gaza to proceed with impunity.

COVID-19 Will Kill More People Worldwide Due to Water Shortages

José Luis Granados Ceja Truthout
people wearing masks at fire hyrant “The global struggle against the pandemic has little chance to succeed if personal hygiene, the main measure to prevent contagion, is unavailable to the 2.2 billion persons who have no access to safe water services.”
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