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Customised, blended post-Covid-19 learning urgently needed

May 25 2020 (IPS) – Many well-meaning education benefactors and commentators in South Africa have expressed that in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic online self-guided learning could solve some of the current teaching problems and address the educational backlog. What learners need, the reasoning goes, is to get free internet access to educational support materials on offer online. 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 »

2020: Corona in an Age of Transition

By Junaid S. Ahmad It is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic will be front-page news for a good part of 2020. And for good reason, since its human toll and social dislocation has been devastating. Though not theorized in this way, this crisis can also be understood as yet another significant marker of our ‘Age of Transition.’ The world system ... Read More »

Assault on media freedom in Asia worsens during pandemic

By Josef Benedict KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 29 2020 (IPS) – May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day around the world. During this COVID-19 pandemic, a robust media environment is critical: access to life-saving information is key in the fight against the virus. As governments impose a range of restrictions in attempts to curb the pandemic, journalists help hold authorities ... Read More »

Post-pandemic mental health epidemic

By Sonia Awale Apr 26 2020 (IPS) – The number of Nepalis suffering from mental health issues is increasing with the prolonged COVID-19 lockdown, and the lack of treatment and counselling means the country may be facing an epidemic of psychosocial disorders. Read More »

WHO and China: A case of geo-political misdirection

By Hassanal Noor Rashid WHO IS AT FAULT? The Covid-19 pandemic has been a real roller-coaster ride as far as geopolitics is concerned. Through the chaos and the barrage of information and updates on the on-going pandemic, there are still those, especially among the political elite who have moved ahead of the pandemic management curve and have begun investing time ... Read More »

WIMN calls for new social compact in Covid-19 crisis

‘An inclusive, intersectional feminist approach is the only way out of the COVID crisis’ As the world roils with the human and economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, one thing is clear: this is no time for business as usual. Without bold action, the crisis will compound global injustices and inequalities, further marginalizing women, people of color, migrants, informal ... Read More »

How COVID-19 is affecting women’s sexual, reproductive health

By Samira Sadeque UNITED NATIONS, Apr 7 2020 (IPS) – A little over half of women across the globe are able to freely make choices about their sexual and reproductive health, according to a latest report based on data from 57 countries. However, as much of the world has gone into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, with countries implementing ... 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 »

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 »

Unbelievable sight of the Everest in a cloudy evening

Mostafa Kamal Majumder It was a partially cloudy afternoon at the Nepali resort of Nagarkot where I along with more than a dozen men associated with the Panos institute South Asia stayed for several nights doing a workshop. Sponsors were from Panos North East India. Tourists coming to this resort without fail try to have a glimpse of the Everest ... Read More »

Letter to Julian Assange from NoWar2019

By World BEYOND War, October 8, 2019 Letter to Julian Assange from NoWar2019 The fourth annual conference of World BEYOND War, which was held on October 4th and 5th in Limerick, Ireland, produced this letter, which is being delivered to Julian Assange. Read More »

U.S. and Australia — joined at the hip

By John Menadue Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants us to join with the U.S. in tackling the problems which Donald Trump created with Iran and presumably to soften us up to host missiles to protect the U.S. marines and port facilities in Darwin, writes John Menadue. Read More »

Thrill is worth a try, risk it

Sudhirendar Sharma It is only recently, after he turned 70, that he sought to do away with the impulsive act he defined as ‘thrill’, something that seems to have eluded the forthright government official. Having known him from his pre-retirement days, I used to wonder why he would avoid using the ‘red beacon’ on his official car. Read More »

US defunds UNFPA for the third year– on wrong assumptions

By Thalif Deen UN, Jul 17 2019 (IPS) – The Trump administration, in its continued hostility towards the United Nations– and as part of its policy aimed at undermining multilateral institutions and international commitments– has withheld its annual contributions to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – for the third consecutive year. The three- year annual cuts, which began in 2017, ... Read More »

Global convention on principles for building peace needed?

STOCKHOLM, May 17 2019 (IPS) – When the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) concluded a three-day forum on “Peace and Development” on May 16, the primary focus was the daunting challenges threatening global security, including growing military interventions, spreading humanitarian emergencies, forced migration, increasing civil wars, extreme weather conditions triggered by climate change and widespread poverty and conflict-related hunger. For ... Read More »

Inequality: From redistribution to predistribution & beyond?

by Liam Kennedy Soaring income inequality inevitably raises discussion of more progressive taxation. But a more fundamental focus on the ownership of capital is needed. ‘Taxes, taxes, taxes … All the rest is bullsh*t in my opinion.’ The now much-travelled line from the historian Rutger Bregman at Davos 2019 is a perfect encapsulation of the Zeitgeist: inequality is out of ... Read More »

Brexit blues and a country in meltdown after referendum

Surprise has turned to shock and utter confusion for many in the UK a week after the British voted to leave the EU. DW’s Birgit Maass lives in London and describes her case of the “Brexit blues.” This is the country where I have lived for the last 16 years, where I met my husband and where my children were ... Read More »

Jumatul Wida tomorrow

Jumatul Wida, the last Juma prayer during the holy month of Ramjan, will be observed across the country on Friday with due solemnity and religious fervour. Thousands of Muslim devotees will attend the Juma prayers at different mosques, seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of Bangladesh and unity of the Muslim Ummah. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported. Read More »

Banks to remain closed July 4

Bangladesh Bank and all other scheduled banks will remain closed on July 4 but those will remain open on July 16. Bangladesh Bank on Sunday took the decision, said its deputy spokesman Anwarul Islam. Earlier, the central bank took decision that all branches of banks will remain open on July 2-3 in industrial areas of Dhaka, Chittagong, Narayanganj, Gazipur and ... Read More »

Latin America’s revolution under attack

By Asad Ismi The Latin American revolution seemed unstoppable until recently.  From El Savador in the north to Argentina in the south, leftists elected since 1998 have implemented the greatest redistribution of wealth in the region’s history, providing millions of jobs, free medical care and education, land reform and public subsidies, thereby lifting tens of millions of people out of ... Read More »

Over 3 lakh posts vacant in public service: Minister

Public Administration Minister Syed Ashraful Islam on Thursday told Parliament that some 3.28 lakh posts are now vacant in the public service. According to the latest data collected in December 2015, the number of officials and employees in the ministries and other government agencies is 13.82 lakh, he said. Sangsad Bhaban, UNB News Agency Reported. Read More »

The life and death of peace activist Daniel Berrigan

By Rev. John Dear Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday. He died of natural causes at the Jesuit infirmary at Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx. I ... Read More »