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If you can’t take a joke, be the joke!

Sudhirendar Sharma I recall how scheming we were in our younger days to send gullible on a ‘fool’s errand’ to mark April 1, the most light-hearted day of the year when playing pranks and trying to get people to believe ridiculous things is universally accepted. From simple jokes to elaborate hoaxes, friends and relatives who consider themselves to be wise ... Read More »

Slums-Camps, Terrorism: Worry about virus Hitting South Asia

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Mar 30 2020 (IPS) – As coronavirus makes its way through different continents, countries, and communities around the world having claimed more than 23,000 lives, experts are ringing alarm bells about the implications of the disease as it hits South Asia, which hosts almost 2 billion of the world’s population. In South Asia, the number ... Read More »

Coronavirus & early lessons from China

By Helge Berger, Kenneth Kang, & Changyong Rhee, International Monetary Fund (IMF) WASHINGTON DC, Mar 27 2020 (IPS) – The coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China’s experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its ... Read More »

Covid-19 a universal catastrophe

Mohd Siddiqur Rahman. May I have your few minutes out of your valuable day to have glimpse over what is going on in my mind and emotion around COVID -19 pandemic that already affected 198 countries, and as of now of 26 march 20, killing over 21,191 and infecting over 368,644 and recovering about 109000 people. Read More »

Itna sannata kyon hai bhai?

Sudhirendar Sharma During these corona time when all of us are forced into locked seclusion I wonder how would anyone respond to Imam Saab’s innocent query itna sannata kyon hai bhai? Come on, don’t ask me what sense does it make to respond to an innocent query raised decades ago on screen, in blockbuster Sholay. The unprecedented sannata leaves the ... Read More »

Never Give up on Women’s Rights – Edna Ismail

By IPS International Desk NEW YORK, Mar 20 2020 (IPS) – For Dr Edna Adan Ismail maternal health and midwifery is deeply personal. In an interview with Women Deliver Young Leader Musu Bakoto Sawo, Ismail recalls her mother’s devasting experiences which impacted on her own life’s choices. Read More »

WikiLeaks’ latest about OPCW fake Douma Report blaming Syria

By Caitlin Johnstone 28 Dec. 2019 – This is getting really, really, really weird. WikiLeaks has published yet another set of leaked internal documents from within the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) adding even more material to the mountain of evidence that we’ve been lied to about an alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria last year ... Read More »

Food System Vision Prize Announces 79 Semifinalists

Danielle Nierenberg Last week, the Food System Vision Prize announced the 79 semifinalists who have been selected to move on to the refinement phase of the competition. These teams, chosen from more than 1,300 entrants representing 112 countries, are developing broad coalitions and forward-thinking plans to answer the Prize’s central question: “How might we envision regenerative and nourishing food futures ... Read More »

How World Bank arbitrators mugged Pakistan

By Jeffrey D. Sachs Thanks to the World Bank’s flawed and corrupt investment arbitration process, the rich are making a fortune at the expense of poor countries. The latest shakedown is a $5.9 billion award against Pakistan’s government in favor of two global mining companies for an illegal project that was never approved or carried out. Read More »

2020: Bangladesh celebrates three New Years

Sir Frank Peters 2020 will be a year full of fun, celebrations, and joyful activities. It will be written in the annals of history, as the year Bengalis celebrated not one, not two, but three New Years! Yes, three! It might even warrant a Guinness Book of Records certificate. Read More »

How have women’s legal rights evolved over the last 50 years?

Tea Trumbic Today, women have just three-quarters of the legal rights of men. In 1970, it was less than half. The Women, Business and the Law 2020 report presented results from our recent effort to document how laws have changed since 1970. This exceptional dataset has already facilitated ground-breaking research that shows that a country’s performance on the Women, Business ... Read More »

20 Food Justice Heroines to Celebrate This Int’l Women’s Day

Danielle Nierenberg This Sunday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. Since 1911, people around the world have observed International Women’s Day honour women’s advancements and highlight the barriers women still encounter. Today, women hold over half of agricultural science degrees globally, and 70 percent of Africa’s food is grown by women. Meanwhile, women around the world consistently face sexual harassment, ... Read More »

A perfect storm on the horizon

By Askiah Adam Russia is pushing back the Turkish Army in Idlib. As the Turks broke through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) defence the latter called for air assistance from Russia. The fighters came and victory was the SAA’s. With that all uncertainty is gone. Russia will keep its promise of maintaining the integrity of the Syrian state, even when ... Read More »

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis

North East India Ramsar Wetlands in Crisis: March 1, 2020SANDRP There are three Ramsar sites in eight states of north east India which includes Deepor Beel in Assam, Loktak lake in Manipur and Rudrasagar in Tripura. There are no Ramsar wetlands in remaining North East India states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalya, Sikkim. Here is an account of issues ... Read More »

The hidden military use of 5G technology

By Manlio Dinucci At the London Summit, the 29 member countries of NATO agreed to “guarantee the security of our communications, including 5G”. Why is this fifth generation of mobile data transmission so important for NATO? While the earlier technologies were perfected to create ever more advanced smartphones, 5G is designed not only to improve their performance, but mainly to ... Read More »

When will brutality end in Bangladesh learning places?

Sir Frank Peters If Almighty Allah is the greatest mentor/teacher ever known to mankind with superior wisdom way beyond the abilities of mastermind earthlings like Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking, why are people (school-teachers, imams and parents) ignoring his wisdom and good advice and beating the wrath of hell into his innocent children? Why did Justices Imman Ali and Sheikh ... Read More »

Biodiversity & Agriculture: Nature’s Matrix & Conservation

By Angus Wright, Ivette Perfecto and John Vandermeer OAKLAND, California, Feb 18 2020 (IPS) – When we were children, a long auto trip would require a stop every hour or so to clean the windshield of the insects that had been intercepted. Today’s windshields are spared this indignity—a convenience for motorists but a terrifying signpost of danger for the well ... Read More »

How Norway fuelled the electric vehicle revolution

Electric vehicles could be integral to the world improving its environmental performance. GlobalData’s power technology writer, JP Casey says: “Thanks to improvements in operational efficiency and reductions in the production of harmful pollutants compared to combustion engine-powered vehicles, hope has grown that replacing existing car models with newer, electric equivalents could lead to positive change in the world’s pollution levels. Read More »