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Modern slavery in Asia Pacific fuelled by poverty, migration

By Neena Bhandari SYDNEY, Australia, May 15 2020 (IPS) – Aged 17, Moe Turaga was saddled with the responsibility of providing for his mother and young siblings when a family member approached him with the promise of a job and education in Australia. Dreaming of a bright future for himself and his family, he seized the opportunity and left the ... Read More »

COVID-19 blows away myth of First & Third World competence

JOHANNESBURG, May 15 2020 (IPS) – One of the planet’s – and Africa’s – deepest prejudices are being demolished by the way countries handle COVID-19. For as long as any of us remember, everyone “knew” that “First World” countries – in effect, Western Europe and North America – were much better at providing their citizens with a good life than ... Read More »

Coronavirus concerns complicate Philippines typhoon recovery

As Typhoon Vongfong slammed the Philippines on Thursday, tens of thousands of people fled to cramped shelters, raising fears that without proper safety precautions in place, evacuation centres could become a hotbed of coronavirus infection, the UN emergency humanitarian relief agency (OCHA) said on Friday. After making landfall on the eastern island of Samar, the eye of the Category 3 ... Read More »

Bureaucratic-Politico Archetypal: Case of Bangladesh

By Dr. Sinha MA Sayeed This day and age here in Bangladesh has grown and developed a sort of State-of-the-art Rule christened with the state-of-the-art defense from the very womb of ongoing parliamentary model for running the country and this archetypal (model) may precisely be wrapped up as “Bureaucratic-Politico archetypal”. Concurrent moving of State-of-the-art Rule and The state-of-the-art defense denotes ... Read More »

ভারতে করোনা সংক্রমণ নিয়ে মুসলমানদের উপর দোষ চাপানোর নিন্দা

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই ভারতে করোনা সংক্রমণ ছড়ানো নিয়ে মুসলমানদের উপর দোষ চাপানোই এবং করোনা আক্রান্ত মুসলমানদের চিকিৎসা সেবা না দেয়ার ঘটনায় গভীর উদ্বেগ ও ক্ষোভ প্রকাশ করেছেন। Read More »

Healthy Oceans: Keeping Asia and the Pacific Afloat

By Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana BANGKOK, Thailand, May 13 2020 (IPS) – Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas. Our namesake bears a nod ... Read More »

Stay home? Wash hands? But 1.8b homeless; 3.0b sans water

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, May 14 2020 (IPS) – The relentless battle against the devastating coronavirus pandemic has been underlined by several widespread advisories from health experts – Stay home. Wash your hands. Wear mask. Keep social distance. But the UK-based WaterAid and UN Habitat in Nairobi point out the paradox in at least two of the warnings: a ... Read More »

Ex-Ministers condemn Bolsonaro’s ‘lunatic’ foreign policy

Geneva, 14 May (Chakravarthi Raghavan) – In an unprecedented move, all living former foreign ministers of Brazil have joined hands to strongly condemn the “lunatic” foreign policy of President Jair Bolsonaro, accusing it of subordinating national independence to the policies of the United States, “whose explicit political strategy is to promote its own self-interest above all other considerations.” Read More »

Can graft risks be mitigated not hindering Covid-19 response

Ed Olowo-Okere As governments respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, the need for speed can lead to short-circuiting the normal procedures designed to control corruption risks. The circumstances of the pandemic can make traditional oversight even more challenging. Moreover, the nature of an emergency response itself can open new avenues for corruption. At its worst, corruption could lead to unnecessary ... Read More »

Dangerous phase of coronavirus calls for more humane caring

Mostafa Kamal Majumder The coronavirus situation in Bangladesh is now at a very devastating stage. With limited testing facilities, more than one thousand new cases of infection are being found daily. The figures now speak for themselves. On Thursday the identification of 1,041 new patients was announced and the total cases rose to 18,863. With 14 more deaths, the tally ... Read More »

Global coronavirus death toll nears 300,000

Dhaka, May 14 – The global death toll is inching towards 300,000, as the number of globally confirmed coronavirus cases near 4.5 million. On Thursday morning, the global death toll stood at 298,165, according to data compiled by Worldometer. Confirmed coronavirus cases were 4428,236 at this time. Read More »

Covid-19: C’wealth Health Ministers convene virtually 14 May

By William Ellis TORONTO, May 13 2020 (IPS) – The Coronovirus pandemic has been an unforgiving test of advanced economies. Health systems in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, and the UK have been put under immense pressure, with shortages of doctors, ventilators, personal protective equipment and the capacity to test for the virus. Their economies have been battered and ... Read More »

Housing is both a prevention & cure for Covid-19

By Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Leilani Farha NAIROBI, Kenya, May 13 2020 (IPS) – Public health officials are calling the “stay home” policy the sacrifice of our generation. To flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections, this call of duty is now emblazoned on t-shirts, in street art and a celebrity hashtag. Read More »

ত্রাণ চোরদের বিরুদ্ধে কঠোর ব্যবস্থা নিতে ব্যর্থ হয়েছে সরকার

ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই বলেছেন, করোনা মহামারী ব্যবস্থাপনায় সরকারের চরম ব্যর্থতা ফুটে উঠেছে। চিকিৎসা সরঞ্জামের অভাব এবং সুচিকিৎসার অভাবে মানুষ প্রতিনিয়িত মারা যাচ্ছে। Read More »

Complete exit from lockdown not possible, Modi tells CMs

PM says a lockdown will continue in some form or the other even after May 17 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said at a videoconference with Chief Ministers that a lockdown would continue in some form or the other even after May 17, but that the State governments should send in their plans for ramping up economic activity ... Read More »

ইসলামী ঐক্যজোটের চেয়ারম্যান মাওলানা নেজামী আর নেই

ইসলামী ঐক্যজোটের চেয়ারম্যান মাওলানা আবদুল লতিফ নেজামী ইন্তেকাল করেছেন (ইন্নালিল্লাহি ওয়া ইন্না ইলাইহি রাজিউন)। সোমবার (১১ মে) রাত আটটার পর রাজধানীর ইসলামী ব্যাংক সেন্ট্রাল হাসপাতালে তিনি মারা যান বলে জানিয়েছেন দলটির ছাত্র সংগঠন ছাত্র খেলাফতের সভাপতি মাওলানা খোরশেদ আলম। Read More »