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U.N.’s Islamic State Probe Unit Kicks into Gear

4 hours 25 minutes ago

A United Nations-backed probe into atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has frequently been criticised for making slow progress during its first two years of operations. Lately, that could be changing. The head of the team, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, told the U.N. Security Council this week that his investigators […]

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James Reinl

Facebook and Friends Threaten to Libralize the World

7 hours 29 minutes ago

On 17 June, a Facebook white paper proposed a new global digital currency it plans to launch in the first half of 2020. The Libra will be managed by a ‘not for profit’ Swiss-based Facebook-led consortium of ‘for profit corporations’, with Uber, eBay, Lyft, Mastercard and PayPal among its founding members. Mixed reaction The initiative […]

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Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Rwanda Prepares the Foundations for Climate-Resilient Cities

1 day 3 hours ago

How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It’s a complex question with […]

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Emmanuel Hitimana

Women Are Pivotal in the War on Terror

1 day 4 hours ago

On 10 July 2019 I was honored to moderate a meeting with women’s groups for the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Guterres, whose aim was to better diagnose the role of women in the prevention or instigation of violent extremism. The Secretary General remarked, “The women activists I met in Nairobi are among the many […]

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Ambassador Amina Mohamed

A Relentless Battle Against Poverty & Hunger in World’s Most Populous Region

1 day 4 hours ago

The world’s two most populous nations-– China and India—have been making steady progress in eradicating extreme poverty, but have fallen short in their attempts to eliminate extreme hunger, according to the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In an interview with IPS, Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive […]

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Thalif Deen

The Fight to End Violence Against Women in the Asia-Pacific Region

3 days 22 hours ago

Parliamentarians met in Laos last week to discuss violence against women and girls. The meeting was organized by the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) and hosted by the National Assembly of Laos. It was a chance to push parliamentarians to continue developing programs to protect women. For the Members of Parliament (MPs) who participated, […]

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Caley Pigliucci

International Green Court: A solution to achieving climate justice?

4 days 6 hours ago

(The Daily Star) – WE’RE running out of time on climate change. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report released in October 2018, revealed that there are only a dozen years left for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Reaching temperatures beyond that, even […]

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Sharaban Tahura Zaman

Prejudice and Discrimination, the Uncured Ills of Leprosy

4 days 15 hours ago

“The ambulance team refused to take my sick friend to the hospital because he had had Hanseniasis years before,” said Yohei Sasakawa, president of the Nippon Foundation, at one of the meetings held during his Jul. 1-10 visit to Brazil. His friend was completely cured and had no visible effects of the disease, but in […]

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Mario Osava

Avoiding the Mistakes of the Asian Green Revolution in Africa

5 days 1 hour ago

Research scientists are studying groundwater resources in three African countries in order to understand the renewability of the source and how people can use it sustainably towards a green revolution in Africa. “We don’t want to repeat some of the mistakes during the green revolution that has taken place in Asia, where people opted to […]

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Isaiah Esipisu

Community Action Is a Critical Weapon in the War on Terror

5 days 3 hours ago

During the egregious Dusit attack, Kenya demonstrated remarkable, resilience, solidarity and stood firm against the terrorists. Combined with a swift and highly efficient surgical response from the law enforcement agencies, Kenyans united together in empathy and all barriers came down in a collective show of humanity. It is well known that for a long time […]

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Siddharth Chatterjee

Drought, Disease and War Hit Global Agriculture, Says U.N.

5 days 6 hours ago

The United Nations has warned of drought, disease and war preventing farmers from producing enough food for millions of people across Africa and other regions, leading to the need for major aid operations. A report called the Crop Prospects and Food Situation by the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that shortages of grain and […]

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James Reinl

Today’s Menu: Pesticide Salad, Leaded Fish with Plastic, Chemical Fruit

5 days 15 hours ago

In case you were not aware or just do not remember: all you eat, drink, breathe, wear, take as a medicine, the cosmetics you use, the walls of your house, among others, is full of chemicals. And all is really ALL. For instance, in your bathroom, formaldehyde often sits in your shampoo, microbeads in your […]

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