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আমার কাঁধে হাত রেখেছিলেন হুমায়ুন কবির খোকন

বিপুল হাসান সময়টা ছিল বিগত শতকের শেষ বছর। বাংলামোটর জোহরা ম্যানশনের পর শাহবাগের পথে বহুতল ভবন ছিল একটাই, ওয়েলসো টাওয়ার। নিচতালায় ছিল দেশের প্রথম ট্যাবলয়েড দৈনিক মানবজমিনের অফিস। দারুণ কাটতি ছিল তখন পত্রিকাটার। হুমায়ুন কবির খোকনের সঙ্গে পরিচয় সেখানেই। Read More »

US COVID-19 Cases Top 1 Million, deaths above 57,000

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States topped the 1 million mark Tuesday even as several states began taking small steps to reopen for business. According to the count by Johns Hopkins University, 1 million is by far the largest for any country in the world, where the global number of cases exceeds 3 million. Read More »

Post-pandemic mental health epidemic

By Sonia Awale Apr 26 2020 (IPS) – The number of Nepalis suffering from mental health issues is increasing with the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, and the lack of treatment and counselling means the country may be facing an epidemic of psychosocial disorders. Read More »

WHO and China: A case of geo-political misdirection

By Hassanal Noor Rashid WHO IS AT FAULT? The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geopolitics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time ... Read More »

Covid-19 Aid Limits in Bangladesh Imperil Rohingya – HRW

Refugee Camp Restrictions Threaten ‘Critical Services’ Bangkok – The Bangladesh government’s new Covid-19 restrictions on access to aid put Rohingya refugees at greater risk, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. The lockdown measures cut humanitarian workers in refugee camps by 80 percent and put the refugees at severe risk of food and water shortages and disease outbreak. Bangladesh authorities should ensure ... Read More »

400 CSOs for fair benefit sharing of corona medical products

Geneva, 27 Apr (Kanaga Raja) – Nearly 400 civil society organizations (CSOs) and individuals have called for the operationalization of fair and equitable benefit sharing arising from the sharing of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) digital sequence information and samples as recognized by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and its Nagoya Protocol. Read More »

Covid-19 stimulus steps must save lives, livelihoods, nature

By Josef Settele, Sandra Díaz, Eduardo Brondizio and Peter Daszak Apr 27 2020 (IPS) – There is a single species that is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic – us. As with the climate and biodiversity crises, recent pandemics are a direct consequence of human activity – particularly our global financial and economic systems, based on a limited paradigm that prizes ... Read More »

‘Media houses are not above accountability’

ARTICLE 19 condemns the sackimg of journalists amid coronavirus crisis Dhaka, April 27 – ARTICLE 19 has strongly condemned the ‘retrenchment policy for journalists’ of some media houses, including the daily Alokito Bangladesh and Gazi TV (GTV), during the crisis caused by the coronavirus. Expressing deep concern over the illegal issuance of dismissal notices to media workers during the ongoing ... Read More »

Hajj cancellation wouldn’t be the first

Ken Chitwood, AP/UNB, April 27 – Saudi Arabia has urged Muslims to delay their plans for the hajj, amid speculation that the obligatory pilgrimage may be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus. Earlier this year, Saudi authorities halted travel to holy sites as part of the umrah, the “lesser pilgrimage” that takes place throughout the year. Read More »

Post-Pandemic Cities

By Patricia Viel MILAN – Our cities will not be the same after COVID-19. Nor should they be. In Italy, as elsewhere, the public-health crisis has put us on the defensive. Our hospitals have been inadequate. And our cities, having been planned to meet our needs at a particular moment that looks nothing like the present, have fueled contagion. Read More »

Will Global Governance Prove Itself?

By Carl Manlan and Henri-Michel Yéré LOMÉ/BASEL – COVID-19 poses the greatest threat yet to the systems of international integration instituted during the twentieth century. As with the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the lethality and contagiousness of the coronavirus has prompted a return to hard national borders and other barriers. Historically, the crises that have led to deeper integration have ... Read More »

Don’t Waste the Pandemic Response

By Bertrand Badré PARIS – The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the greatest global challenges in generations. Governments and monetary authorities are correctly using every policy lever at their disposal to prevent a grave public-health emergency from becoming an even deeper economic, political, and social crisis. But as we rush to mobilize, we also must start thinking about how we ... Read More »