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From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Geneva, Aug 17 (AP/UNB) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind’s exploitation of the planet’s fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues including the trade in ivory and the demand for ... Read More »

Int’l Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples today

Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB)- Members of ethnic groups around the globe are observing the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Friday with the theme ‘Indigenous Languages’. On December 23, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided in its resolution 49/214 that the day shall be observed on August 9 every year. This year’s aim is to highlight the ... Read More »

Is civil society arguing itself out of political space?

By Felix Dodds New York, Jul 29 2019 (IPS) – As some of you will know I have a new book out Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear. (other contributors to the book were: Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen). Read More »

Tens of thousands take part in LGBT event in Berlin

Berlin, July 28 (AP/UNB) — Tens of thousands have been marching through Berlin in celebration of Christopher Street Day, one of Germany’s largest LGBT pride observances. Revelers from across the country and abroad were parading through Berlin on Saturday from chichi Kurfuerstendamm street in the west to the city’s landmark Brandenburg Gate. German news agency dpa reported that more than ... Read More »

Germany honors resisters who tried to assassinate Hitler

Berlin, Jul 19 (AP/UNB) —Germany is marking the 75th anniversary of the most famous plot to kill Adolf Hitler, honoring those who resisted the Nazis — who were stigmatized for decades as traitors — as pillars of the country’s modern democracy amid growing concerns about the resurgence of the far-right. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will speak Saturday at an annual ... Read More »

Kushtia rape victim forced to detail in public; video goes viral

Kushtia, July 7 – The video clip of a mentally-challenged teenage rape victim being harassed publicly by arbitrators in the name of settling the issue in Khoksa Upazila has gone viral, triggering public outcry. Although six days have elapsed since the arbitration, no action has been taken yet against the arbitrators. In the video clips, it was seen that the ... Read More »

Creating social legitimacy in the EU

by Christian Schweiger In our ‘Europe2025’ series, Christian Schweiger argues the EU will only survive long-term if it builds its future agenda on broad public support through open dialogue and innovative consultation. Throughout the past decade the European Union has been swept by a growing tide of Euroscepticism, which emerged in the wake of the triple banking, economic and sovereign-debt ... Read More »

Indigenous rights approach a remedy to climate change crisis

By Friday Phiri Jun 29, 2019 (IPS) – The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) was held in Bonn, Germany to rally behind a new approach to achieving a future that is more inclusive and sustainable than the present – through the establishment of secure and proper rights for all. On Jun. 22 and 23, experts, political leaders, NGOs and indigenous peoples ... Read More »

Create new world based on social feeling: Dr Yunus

Bangkok, June 28 (UNB) – Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus here on Friday shared his thoughts on “super happiness” encouraging his global audience to join hands for creating a new civilization based on “social feeling, sharing and caring” coming out from the existing greed-driven civilization. “Let’s transform the society, nation and the world,” he said expressing much hope about the ... Read More »

ILO’s Non-binding treaty to end harassment at workplace?

By Thalif Deen UN, Jun 26, 2019 (IPS) – Against the bbackdropof widespread charges of sexual abuse and harassment at workplaces– including the United Nations– the International Labour Conference (ILC) last week adopted a “Convention” and a set of “Recommendations” to protect workers and employees worldwide. According to the Geneva-based International Labour Organisation (ILO), whose broad policies are set by ... Read More »

MH 17: Charging Individuals based on flawed Investigation

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) and the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) share Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s skepticism about Russia’s culpability in the shooting down of MH17 on the 17th of July 2014. The Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) has not produced any solid evidence to show that the four suspects it has named are ... Read More »

A case for 5-day school week

Teaching is more than a ‘job’: no one should teach who is not passionate about teaching When you weigh it all up, the five-and-a-half-day school week just isn’t worth the trouble and inconvenience Why are heavy children’s schoolbooks not produced in two equal parts with Part 2 only carried to school after the completion of Part 1? Sir Frank Peters ... Read More »

Older and wiser?—when govts get it wrong on pensions reform

by Steve Coulter on 18th June 2019 Greater dependency ratios may imply pensions reform—but not that it be unfair. Europe is turning grey. By 2060 over a quarter of the EU’s population will be over 65. Ageing is accelerating as the baby-boom generation retires and average life-spans continue to increase. But while most of us are celebrating the fact that ... Read More »

BD budget: TIB slams option to whiten black money

Dhaka, Jun 14 (UNB) – The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) criticised the proposed budget for keeping windows to whiten black money, calling it “unconstitutional”. “Buying flats, land procurement and investing in economic zones and high-tech parks with black money is like legalising corruption for the next five years,” TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said in a statement on Friday. TIB noted ... Read More »

Social imbalances in the EU

by Sylvia Schmidt Despite the economic recovery of recent years, persistent social imbalances—such as those affecting women and young people—must be taken into account in the debate on Europe’s future. In the wake of the European Parliament elections, this autumn a new European Commission will start its mandate. As the political changing of the guard approaches, debates on the future ... Read More »

Holistic effort stressed to stop child labour

Concerted effort of all government and non-government entities has become an urgent need to prevent child labour for the greater interest of flourishing children’s physical and mental health. Many children especially coming from the poor and distressed families suffer from various physical and mental problems due to their engagement in risky labour. So, all the authorities concerned should come forward ... Read More »

Botswana decriminalises gay sex in landmark case

By Cara Anna | AP Johennesburg — Botswana became the latest country to decriminalize gay sex on Tuesday, a landmark case for Africa, as the High Court rejected laws punishing it with up to seven years in prison. Jubilant activists in the packed courtroom cheered the unanimous decision in the southern African nation that is seen as one of the continent’s most ... Read More »

Society: Financialisation destroys social solidarity

By Michael Lim Mah Hui and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Jun 4 2019 (IPS) – Finance has not stopped at dominating the real economy. The tentacles of finance have reached into significant, if not most parts of society. Gerald Davis characterises modern society, where finance is dominant, as a ‘portfolio society’, in which aspects of social life ... Read More »

Consumer Rights Protection official’s transfer halted

Dhaka, June 4 – A day after transferring him to the Road Transport and Highways Division, the government on Tuesday revoked the transfer of Deputy Director of the Directorate of National Consumer Rights Protection (DNCRP) Manzur Mohammad Shahriar, who led Monday’s drive against popular local brand Aarong. The Public Administration Ministry issued a notification cancelling the transfer order. Aarong’s Uttara ... Read More »

Exploitation and Acculturation

By Jan Lundius Stockholm / Rome, Jun 3 2019 (IPS) – There are several means to make profitable use of other human beings, an endeavour that tends to turn others into tools by depriving them of their roots and self-respect. This happened in concentration – and work camps, where individuals were reduced to mere numbers. Another form of objectification of ... Read More »

North Korea: The Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn’t

Reporters must be more responsible in separating fact from the fiction Fyodor Tertitskiy June 3rd, 2019 Short version – “not dead,” as Sherlock Holmes told John Watson at the beginning of the third season of the popular BBC series. And it seems that Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol is even luckier than the great detective: not only is he not dead, ... Read More »

The new face of activism: Youth

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 30 2019 (IPS) – Rather than waiting for adults to act, more young girls and boys are standing up and speaking out on the world’s pressing issues. In recent years, the international community has seen a rise in youth engagement from education activist Malala Yousafzai to climate change warrior Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. “More often than not, ... Read More »

Satkhira Press Club attacked; 10 journalists injured

Satkhira, May 30 (UNB) – At least 10 journalists were injured in an attack by criminals on the press club on Thursday noon. Press club President and freedom fighter Abu Ahmed, former president and district correspondent of channel I Abul Kalam Azad, Prothom Alo Staff Reporter Kalyan Banerjee, General Secretary and also district correspondent of Somoy TV Mamtaz Ahmed Bapi, ... Read More »

Educating girls about menstruation and menstrual hygiene

By Ida Horner Surrey, England, May 28 2019 (IPS) – The organisers of Menstrual Hygiene Day say that although there has been a lot of good work on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) either currently underway or already completed, we are a long way off from achieving an even playing field for girls and women worldwide. Menstruation stigma persists in some ... Read More »

Refugees in Europe’s crosshairs

by Valerio Alfonso Bruno and Waqar Rizvi A Europe of permanent electoral campaigning is one conducive to a permanent moral panic about refugees. Recently numerous reports have emerged of the mistreatment and abuse suffered by asylum-seekers and refugees, mostly from Afghanistan, in several EU member states, including Germany, Greece and Hungary (to name but a few). The United Nation high ... Read More »

What drives anti-migrant attitudes?

by Vera Messing and Bence Ságvári One might think anti-migrant sentiment would be strongest in those countries in Europe with most migrants and among those Europeans with the most contact with them. And one would be wrong. We are experiencing a tectonic shift in the growth of populism and xenophobic political and public discourse in Europe and its wider environment. ... Read More »