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The social disinvestment state unleashed

After a very long and rather Kafkaesque election night in Hungary, FIDESZ secured a victory for a third term of governing with a two-thirds majority. After eight years in government, the vote for the radical right in fact increased, with both Fidesz (49% of votes) and Jobbik (a far–right party with 19% of the votes) gaining more votes than four ... Read More »

Hardship awaits internally displaced Iraqis

With upcoming elections in May, the Iraqi government is urging Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to return home. After the defeat of ISIS in December 2017, an increase in security and number of returnees to their region of origin is expected; however, many IDPs see no way to leave the camps just yet. Read More »

How food democracy can transform food systems for the better

The failings of the current industrialised food systems run by corporate giants are clear. Yet, these industrial food systems are locked in place, with current and future trajectories already defined by past choices made in the interest of export-led agriculture, and that primarily benefit the largest agrifood corporations controlling global supply chains. Meanwhile, the needs of small-scale farmers, producing food ... Read More »

Another debt crisis for poor countries?

By Masood Ahmed Washington DC, Apr 18 (IPS) – When the world’s finance ministers and central bank governors assemble in Washington later this month for their semi-annual IMF meeting, they will no doubt set aside time for yet another discussion of the lingering debt problems in the Eurozone or how impaired bank debt could impact financial stability in China. Read More »

Keeping power in check: Media Justice and rule of law

Rarely has the press been as powerful as it is today. Thanks to the advent of social media, the use of which has grown exponentially, the combination of the formal press, newspapers, television and radio is now strengthened, and itself even kept in check by social media. Jo and Joanne citizen have found a voice, not infrequently with the power ... Read More »

Complete failure of the Brexis project

The Brexit project is already a complete failure. That statement may seem odd, as we are less than one year away from leaving the EU. But what happens in March 2019 if all goes to plan? We leave the EU, but remain in the Single Market (SM) and Customs Union (CU). It is not Brexit means Brexit, but Brexit in ... Read More »

Striking Syria: The real reasons

By Chandra Muzaffar The United States government has once again shamelessly violated international law. There was no legal or moral justification for launching more than a 100 missile strikes against so-called chemical weapons’ sites in Syria on the 14th of April 2018. Unlike the last strike targeting a single airfield in April 2017 which was also in retaliation for President ... Read More »

Whose passion is played : Mamun Rahman

Mamun Rahman is one of the more popular television actors of this generation. With a hectic schedule dedicated to both modeling and acting, Mamun gives more of time to acting compared to anything else, which has helped him towards his stardom. He has been able to create his identity in the industry with his undertone, natural acting. Read More »

Plastic pollution is killing the planet – Take it seriously

This is installment 1 of an Earth Day series: “Houston, we have a problem” In a series of emails from Worldwatch this month, learn why plastic waste is so deadly and how you can do your part in your life and your community to take action. Creating a sustainable world for future generations requires that we commit to managing deadly ... Read More »

UN cracks down on peacekeeping forces for HR

The United Nations, whose peacekeepers have come under increased scrutiny because of widespread charges of sexual abuse and human rights violations, claims it is now committed to ensuring that all personnel serving with the UN meet the “highest standards of conduct, competence and integrity, including respect for and commitment to human rights.” Read More »

On the hunt for the photo that could change our future

Dear Mostafa, This photo above was taken as I perched on the edge of a Zodiac boat while on an expedition to Antarctica last month. While I tried to absorb the scale and beauty of these icebergs, it was also a visible reminder of how the Earth’s last pristine continent is warming more rapidly than anywhere else on earth. Read More »

Why some cancers are ‘born to be bad’

By James Gallagher Health and science correspondent, BBC News A groundbreaking study has uncovered why some patients’ cancers are more deadly than others, despite appearing identical. Francis Crick Institute scientists developed a way of analysing cancer’s history to predict its future. Read More »

Martin Luther King Jr was a radical. Don’t change his legacy

If King were alive today, his words would threaten most of those who now sing his praises By Cornel West The major threat of Martin Luther King Jr to us is a spiritual and moral one. King’s courageous and compassionate example shatters the dominant neoliberal soul-craft of smartness, money and bombs. His grand fight against poverty, militarism, materialism and racism ... Read More »

Old is gold: A tale of olive trees

Monowara Begum Moni from Stuttgart, Germany As usual the Stuttgart Fair was held from 5-8 April 2018. A part of this fair was “Garden Show”. It was an appropriate fair at the beginning of Spring. In summer The Europeans like to make Grill/Barbecue. Most of them like Mediterranean foods, sausage among the popular items. Of course, the preparation begins earlier. Read More »

Palestinians denied the right to development: Untad

Geneva, 5 Apr (Kanaga Raja) – A number of practices by Israel with regard to the Occupied Palestinian Territory have imposed economic costs on the Palestinian people, either by obstructing their economic activity or impeding economic advancement and development, a new study by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) says. Read More »

Safety nets saved one-third very poor from extreme poverty

The State of Social Safety Nets 2018: Safety nets protect vulnerable households from impacts of economic shocks, natural disasters, and other crises • An estimated 36 percent of the very poor escaped extreme poverty because of social safety nets, providing clear evidence that social safety net programs are making a substantial impact in the global fight against poverty. Read More »

How corruption impedes universal health coverage

Sania Nishtar Islamabad – Half of the planet cannot access essential health services. For many people, paying to see a doctor, obtaining medications, seeking family-planning advice, or even getting immunized against common illnesses is a choice between staying healthy and slipping into poverty. And, more than ever, the health-care options that poor people do have are being degraded by a ... Read More »

Sustaining progress in transition countries

Cihan Sultanoğlu New York – In the World Bank’s most recent “Doing Business” report, half of the Eastern European and Central Asian countries included in the global ranking were among the top 50. As a measure of economic maturity, the report confirms what many in the international development community have long known: the region is ascendant. Read More »

Saudi activist behind bars for social media work

Long Jail Terms for Peaceful Critics on Spurious Charges Beirut – The prominent Saudi human rights activist Fahad al-Fahad has served two years in prison since his April 2016 arrest and subsequent conviction on charges tied solely to his peaceful social media activity, Human Rights Watch said today. He is one of more than 20 prominent Saudi activists serving long ... Read More »