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A global economy in unchartered waters

by John Evans on 3rd June 2020 Governments must learn from the financial crisis if they are not to repeat the errors of the recovery from it. Economic commentators have cautioned against drawing parallels between the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and that of the financial crisis of 2008-09 and the ensuing great recession. Read More »

A global economy in unchartered waters

by John Evans on 3rd June 2020 Governments must learn from the financial crisis if they are not to repeat the errors of the recovery from it. Economic commentators have cautioned against drawing parallels between the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and that of the financial crisis of 2008-09 and the ensuing great recession. Read More »

Nakba: A Call For Justice In Palestine

By Jafar M Ramini May 15th was the 72nd anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) and counting. I say ‘and counting’ because the theft of our land, the occupation, the siege on Gaza, the disposition of our people, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine and replacement of the Palestinian nation with Jews with dual nationality from around the world continues more ... Read More »

WHO: Leaders call COVID-19 vaccines a “global public good”

Geneva, 19 May (TWN) – Several world leaders, speaking at the opening of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday, referred to future COVID-19 vaccines as a “global public good”, but the resolution on the COVID-19 response that was adopted on Tuesday failed to reflect this vital concept. The 73rd WHA is taking place as a virtual meeting on ... Read More »

Need for a new architecture on international public finance

Coventry, United Kingdom, 6 May (Celine Tan) – The COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the systemic failures of the international framework for development cooperation and international public finance. Based on an outdated, post-war system that is premised on charity, not solidarity, the current architecture of public finance aggravates power asymmetries and socioeconomic and geopolitical inequalities and is inadequate for dealing with ... Read More »

A Joint Pledge of Defeating the COVID-19 Pandemic

Ranjan Roy, PhD. The world has been facing a quintessential global health challenge – Coronavirus (COVID-19). The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it the third and greatest economic, financial, and social shock of the 21st Century, after 9/11 and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. This pandemic is causing large-scale loss of life and severe human suffering. Read More »

A rights-based, holistic approach against Covid-19

by Selin Sayek Böke on 14th April 2020 @selinsayekboke Human rights, including social and economic rights, may seem to some a luxury during a crisis. But that is when they are needed most. We are going through dire times. A public-health crisis with significant social and economic effects is happening in front of us. The coronavirus has been spreading worldwide ... Read More »

A great equaliser

by Branko Milanovic @BrankoMilan Branko Milanovic writes that the coronavirus is reminding some of the world’s privileged what it is like to experience its daily stigmas. Read More »

Be ready for a smooth ride

Sudhirendar Sharma In recent times mention of ubiquitous traffic jams often kick-start most civic conversations, and sadly end-up at just that. Lest you missed out, the inconclusive deliberations leave a trail of repetitive accusations on urban planners and traffic regulators. Crowding of roads by paddle and e-rickshaws receive abusive treatment during such civic exchanges which curiously veer towards a discussion ... Read More »

Reflections for a New Year

By Roberto Savio Rome, Jan 3 2020 (IPS) – In a world shaken by so many problems, it is difficult to look at 2020 and not make some kind of holistic analysis. While enormous progress has been made on many fronts, it is clear that the tide has turned, and we are now entering – or have already entered – ... Read More »

A new hope for US climate action

By Jules Kortenhorst and Andrew Steer Boulder, Colorado – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) took place in Madrid was supposed to prepare the ground for more ambitious national climate commitments. Nowhere was this more important than in the country where national leadership on climate change is least likely: the United States. Read More »

Is tech a new frontier for sustainability?

By Bertrand Badré and Philippe Heim Paris – Discussions about “sustainability” usually center on a company’s environmental and social commitments, and for understandable reasons. But the financial sector in particular should consider two other, less obvious, dimensions of sustainability. Regulatory sustainability is essential for addressing the systemic risk that the financial sector poses to our societies. In addition, the emerging ... Read More »

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

By Farhana Haque Rahman ROME, Dec 16 2019 (IPS) – By any measure, this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating the loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people. Read More »

2019: A Year in Review

By IPS World Desk Dec 16 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all. Hopefully, it will also be remembered for the fightback manifested in the spread of mass protests and civic movements against governments and industries failing to respond. Read More »

A fair Brexit

by Philippe van Parijs on 16th December 2019 @pvpbrussels For the free-market Tory right, Brexit is a means towards a beggar-my-neighbour buccaneering adventure—not ‘future relations’ to which the EU27 can agree. Read More »

A girl found dead in the capital might be a rape victim

Dhaka, Dec 6 – A girl, found dead on Wednesday night in a lane on the Circular Road in Malibagh area of Dhaka might have been raped before being killed, said a forensic doctor after an autopsy on Friday. Sohel Mahmud, head of the Dhaka Medical College Forensic Medicine Department, told reporters that her hands, legs, waist and spinal cord ... Read More »

Collision for ignoring signal: Double tragedy for a family

Five days after husband’s death, wife killed in Brahmanbaria train collision Dhaka, Nov 13 – The grief-stricken family of Muslim Mia, who died while working at a shipbreaking yard in Sitakunda upazila five days ago, was returning to their residence here by a train after his funeral in his native district of Moulvibazar. But little did they know that this ... Read More »