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The hidden cost of jewelry

Human Rights in Supply Chains and the Responsibility of Jewelry Companies Jewelry and watches denote wealth and status, as well as artistry, beauty, and love. Gold and diamond jewelry in particular are frequently purchased as gifts for loved ones and for special occasions. Globally, about 90 million carats of rough diamonds and 1,600 tons of gold are mined for jewelry ... Read More »

Occupation and genocide disguised as “discovery”

By Jerome Duval “We have been told, and still are, that it was the pilgrims of the Mayflower that populated America. Had it been empty before?” Eduardo Galeano. “What was really discovered [in 1492] is what Spain really was, the reality of Western culture and that of the Church at that time. (…) They did not discover the other world, ... Read More »

Where our gold and diamonds come from

How many people know where their gold and diamond jewelry comes from?How many people consider the human cost of its production?Not many consumers ask these questions, and, shockingly, neither do many of the world’s leading jewelry brands.It’s a trend that Human Rights Watch (HRW) is trying to change with a new social media campaign, #BehindTheBling. Read More »

A new dawn for South Africa

By Mia Swart Doha, Qatar, Feb 22 (IPS) – In the post-Apartheid era, it is safe to say that Jacob Zuma has become the most reviled public figure in South Africa. Zuma was essentially discredited even before he became president in 2009 by his two essential weaknesses: his relationship with money and his lack of personal integrity. Read More »

Thai chef Nuttaput brings culinary experience to Amari Dhaka

Dhaka, February – If your Thai food cravings are acting up lately then Amari Dhaka is the place to visit. Last week Chef Nuttaput Phiwluang, an experienced Thai culinary pundit joined Amari Dhaka to enhance the already expansive Thai section. Nuttaput aka ‘Thai’, will add a variety of curries as well as traditional Thai items to the menu. Read More »

Pahela Falgun celebrated across Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 13 – The Jatiya Basanta Utsab Udjapan Parishad organised a cultural programme in Dhaka early Tuesday morning marking the srart of Pahela Falgun celebration. It was foillowed by a colourful procession, programmes of dance and songs which ended around 10am. Read More »

An effortless way to improve your memory

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients. By David Robson When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – ... Read More »

Unique healthcare initiative for journos in Assam

By Nava Thakuria Guwahati, Feb 12 – A unique weekly healthcare initiative has been taken up by a press club in northeast India, where practicing physicians are being invited to the club premises for preliminary free health screening and ensuing consultations. Various physical tests of weight, hypertension, blood sugar, hemoglobin, bone density, pulmonary function, thyroid level etc are often conducted ... Read More »

Falgun is back

Dhaka, Feb 12 – While the flower markets of the country are abuzz with supplies, people are all set to welcome the first day of Spring with the Bengali month of Falgun in a colorful way on Tuesaday. Read More »

Investcorp to fit out some Saudi gyms for women

Bahrain-based private equity firm Investcorp is turning some of the gyms it part owns in Saudi Arabia into women-only facilities in response to surging demand, its co-chief executive said. The move comes as the deeply conservative kingdom embarks on a transformation that encompasses giving women more freedoms, including being allowed to drive and attend sporting events. “Recently the regulations were ... Read More »

Wealth concentration continues to increase

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Sydney and Kuala Lumpur, Jan 23 (IPS) – As the ‘masters of the universe’ gather for their annual retreat at Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has just published its Inclusive Development Index (ID I) for the second time. After moderating from the 1920s until the 1970s, inequality has grown with a vengeance ... Read More »

Tourism should be regulated, before it is too late…

By Roberto Savio Rome, Jan 8 (IPS) – This year, we will have 3 million tourists each day wandering the world. This massive phenomenon is without precedent in human history and is happening (as usual), with only one consideration in mind: money. We should pause and take a look at its social, cultural and environmental impact and take remedial measures, ... Read More »

The political responsibility in the collapse of our planet

By Roberto Savio Rome, (IPS) – On 20 December, Europe’s 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, ... Read More »

New Year’s Eve party in Berlin to have ‘safe zone’ for women

Organisers of Berlin’s New Year’s Eve celebrations are to set up a “safe zone” for women for the first time. The new security measures planned for the Brandenburg Gate party come amid concerns about sexual assaults. A large number of assaults and robberies targeting women at Cologne’s New Year’s Eve celebrations two years ago horrified Germany. Read More »

Corporal punishment doesn’t work: Time for change

“We are saying that (corporal punishment) is a horrible thing that does not work” – Professor of Psychology Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., Child Psychiatry at Yale University Sir Frank Peters Seemingly, it’s hard for some school ‘teachers’ to imagine or appreciate that children have rights. Too often when the topic of human rights is raised, it’s interpreted to refer exclusively to ... Read More »

Dubai’s RTA trialling hydrogen-powered taxis

Dubai’s Roads and Transports Authority (RTA) is trialling the region’s first hydrogen-powered electric vehicles, according to the Dubai Media Office. The Toyota Mirai will be put to the test as part of Dubai’s taxi fleet, in collaboration with Al Futtaim Motors, making Dubai Taxi Corporation the first taxi operator in the Middle East to deploy a hydrogen fuel cell electric ... Read More »

Teenage pregnancy deters developent goals

A few years ago, someone shared a video with me that deeply impacted me. It was called “The Girl Effect”. In three minutes, the video demonstrates the fate of millions of girls and teenagers around the world. Years later, when I arrived in the Dominican Republic and studied its challenges in terms of human development, I remembered that video and ... Read More »

UN: “American Dream” rapidly becoming “American Illusion”

Geneva, 19 Dec (Kanaga Raja) – “The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the US now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries,” said Professor Philip Alston, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, at the end of a two-week fact-finding mission to California, Alabama, Georgia, West Virginia, ... Read More »