Conspicuous Silence as Ugandan President Wins Sixth Term against Bobi Wine

While the opposition leader Bobi Wine is under house arrest, analysts say Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni must make concessions to those who voted against him. Courtesy: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard By Jonathan IrumbaKAMPALA, Jan 18 2021 – Thirty-five years ago when President Yoweri Museveni talked, a majority of citizens listened. But now, as he approaches almost […]

‘Please save us’

Stuck in Bosnia amid rough winter, Bangladeshi migrant pleads for help By External SourceJan 18 2021 (IPS-Partners) Temperatures have plummeted way below zero in Bosnia, making life even more miserable for hundreds of migrants and refugees — including entire families with small children — sleeping rough while trying to reach Western Europe. After days of […]

Targeting Journalists Takes a Toll on ‘societies as a Whole’ – UN Chief

Stop killing journalists. Credit: UNESCO By External SourceJan 18 2021 (IPS-Partners) When journalists are targeted, “societies as a whole pay a price”, the UN chief said on November 2, 2020, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. “If we do not protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and make evidence-based decisions […]

We Need a Global Coordinated Effort to Secure Equal Access to Safe & Effective Vaccines

A healthcare worker at a testing facility collects samples for the coronavirus at Mimar Sinan State Hospital, Buyukcekmece district in Istanbul, Turkey. Credit: UNDP Turkey/Levent Kulu By Ilze Brands KehrisGENEVA, Jan 18 2021 – A year into the COVID-19 crisis, countries across the globe continue to face alarming levels of pressure on their health and […]

Tuberculosis Kills As Many People Each Year As COVID-19. It’s Time We Found a Better Vaccine

A TB patient at the Srinagar-based Chest Diseases Hospital in the Indian state of Kashmir. Credit: Athar Parvaiz/IPS By External SourceJan 15 2021 – In July 1921, a French infant became the first person to receive an experimental vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), after the mother had died from the disease. The vaccine, known as Bacille […]

Legally Speaking, Is Digital Money Really Money?

Can mobile money be categorized as digital money? IOM helped Mohammed Ahmed to set up a shop in Omduram market, near Khartoum, Sudan. The initiative involves the use of mobile money to buy goods. Credit: International Organization for Migration / Yasir Elbakri By Catalina Margulis and Arthur RossiWASHINGTON DC, Jan 15 2021 – Countries are […]

Advisors Propose New System To Regulate China’s Overseas Investments

A Chinese backed solar plant in Cafayate, northern Argentina. Such projects would be given the green light by regulators under new proposals for Chinese overseas investment Credit: Alamy/ChineseDialogue By Ma TianjieBEIJING, Jan 15 2021 – A government-backed coalition of international advisors to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has recommended that China apply more stringent […]

Twitter, Donald Trump, and Incitement to Violence

The @realDonaldTrump account on Twitter, the outgoing president of the United States’ preferred platform for communication, and which was permanently suspended by the company on January 8, as was the official account as president, @POTUS. Image: Twitter By Andrés CañizálezCARACAS, Jan 15 2021 – Over the last four years, United States President Donald Trump has […]

Dengue—an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru

International Year of Volunteers: A volunteer ombudsman in Peru helps a local woman with her problem, 2001. Credit: UN Photo By Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2021 – While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it has not been able to […]

Q&A: China Accused of Intimidating, Detaining Citizens Critical of COVID-19 Linked Abuses

Social distancing in a Macau Hospital waiting room. Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about human rights abuses being carried out under the guise of COVID-19 public health lockdowns in China. Photo by Macau Photo Agency on Unsplash By Alison KentishUNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 2021 – China must end its campaign against individuals seeking redress […]

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