Re-Conversion of Hagia Sophia into a Mosque a Very Trumpian Move

As the Turkish President signed a decree last week converting the ancient Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a mosque, the UN cultural agency (UNESCO) said it “deeply regrets the decision” made “without prior discussion.” It also called on Turkey to abide by its “legal commitments and obligations” in accordance with its status as a museum, […]

How Senegal is Providing Reproductive Health Services to those Who can Least Afford it

Ndiabou Niang was able to get access to prenatal care after her town’s mayor decided to finance the health membership of nearly 300 women and children. Courtesy: Réseau Siggil Jigéen By Neena BhandariSYDNEY, Australia, Jul 14 2020 – Pregnant with her second child, 30-year-old Ndiabou Niang was enduring pelvic pain, but couldn’t afford to access […]

Can Private Finance Really Serve Humanity?

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jul 14 2020 – The recent explosion of private finance has nursed the hope, dream or illusion that it can be mobilized for the public good, e.g., to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, associated with Agenda 2030. However, such hopes ignore how changes in financial […]

UNESCO, UNHCR & EDUCATION CANNOT WAIT Call for the Inclusion of Refugees in the Post-Covid-19 Education Effort

Angelina Jolie with Syrian refugees. Credit: UNHCR / Laban Mattei By External SourceNEW YORK, Jul 14 2020 (IPS-Partners) We must not leave young refugees by the wayside, urged UNESCO, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Education Cannot Wait as they urged more support in favour of young refugees’ education […]

Toward a More Resilient Europe

By Poul M. ThomsenJul 13 2020 – Europe, like the rest of the world, faces an extended crisis. An element of social distancing—mandatory or voluntary—will be with us for as long as this pandemic persists. This, coupled with continued supply chain disruptions and other problems, is prolonging an already difficult situation. Based on updated IMF […]

Providing an Education in Favour of Senegal’s Girls

In Senegal, although gender parity has been achieved in favour of girls in primary education, the dropout rate at secondary school among female learners is high and few older girls remain at school and complete their education. Credit: Mikaila Issa/IPS By Mantoe PhakathiMBABANE, Jul 13 2020 – When Fatima* became pregnant in the middle of […]

Miracle or Mirage? Gangs and Plunging Violence in El Salvador

Leaders of the Mara Salvatrucha in the Ciudad Barrios prison in the eastern Salvadoran department of San Miguel, in 2012. Credit: Tomás Andréu/IPS By External SourceGUATEMALA CITY, Jul 13 2020 – After decades of harrowing gang crime, homicides have plunged in El Salvador on the watch of the new president, Nayib Bukele. Faced with the […]

The Fuzia Story: Empowering Women Through the Fusion of Cultures and Ideas

By Fairuz AhmedNEW YORK, Jul 13 2020 – A young and dynamic digital platform, named Fuzia, has attracted millions of women social media followers and 100,000 active global users with its eclectic mix of content. The platform showcases women’s talent and provides a support network. Riya Sinha, 19 has been an activist for women since […]

Ovid Therapeutics and Angelini Pharma Enter into Exclusive License Agreement to Develop, Manufacture and Commercialize OV101 for the Treatment of Angelman Syndrome in Europe

Angelini Pharma obtains exclusive development, manufacturing and commercialization rights to OV101 (gaboxadol) for the potential treatment of Angelman syndrome in the European Union and other countries in the European Economic Area (Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and Russia Ovid Therapeutics will receive an upfront payment of $20 million and additional payments of up to […]

India’s Fisheries: Past, Present, and Future

Securing the future of India’s fisheries both during COVID-19 and beyond, requires a deep dive into understanding their past, present, and possible future. | Picture courtesy: Arjun Swaminathan By Mahima JainiNEW DELHI, Jul 13 2020 – Fisheries and aquaculture are an important source of food production, nutritional security, employment, and income in India. The fisheries […]

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