Asia

02.04.2020

Manufacturing the enemy. From trade war to the pandemic spat, the impossible cohabitation of China and the US

Manufacturing the enemy. From trade war to the pandemic spat, the impossible cohabitation of China and the US

By Carlos Eduardo Piña Throughout their history, the United States have built their identity as a great power around the figure of their external enemies. In a similar way to every social phenomenon, a referent, i.e. an opposing image, is needed in order to understand and assert one’s… »

24.03.2020

An Often Overlooked Region of India Is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

An Often Overlooked Region of India Is a Beacon to the World for Taking on the Coronavirus

By Vijay Prashad and Subin Dennis K.K. Shailaja is the health minister in the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala, the state in the southwest of India that has a population of 35 million people. On January 25, 2020, she convened a high-level meeting to discuss the outbreak of COVID-19… »

23.03.2020

Xi Calls for Building a Common Health Community for Humanity

Xi Calls for Building a Common Health Community for Humanity

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China is ready to work with France to enhance the central role of the United Nations and the World Health Organisation in improving global public health governance and building a common health community for humanity. Xi made these statements in a recent message of solidarity… »

22.03.2020

Women’s rights, traditional knowledge and biodiversity

Women’s rights, traditional knowledge and biodiversity

Women’s organising in Kyrgyzstan serves as an example of the inseparable linkages between gender, environmental and economic justice. The sheer scale of the challenges faced by our planet is difficult to comprehend, but there is now at least recognition of the fact that ecological and social crises must be tackled… »

15.03.2020

Social Development Network Advocates for Clearer Directives and Comprehensive Plan Involving the Poorest Sectors and Frontline Health Workers

Social Development Network Advocates for Clearer Directives and Comprehensive Plan Involving the Poorest Sectors and Frontline Health Workers

PMPI Press Release  Rather than be enlightened and feel safe, people have become more frustrated and confused, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s press conference last 12 March 2020 as indicated in many social media postings. The press conference was most awaited given the prior announcement by the… »

12.03.2020

‘Comfort women’ documentary generates worldwide interest—and a lawsuit against its director

‘Comfort women’ documentary generates worldwide interest—and a lawsuit against its director

‘Shusenjo’ focuses on the competing historical narratives about the issue A project by a graduate student intended to explore the issue of sex slavery organized by Japanese forces in Second World War has resulted in a documentary popular in Japan and beyond — and has also ignited a lawsuit, plus… »

07.03.2020

Nipponzan Myohoji: Peace Pagoda Inauguration in South India

Nipponzan Myohoji: Peace Pagoda Inauguration in South India

Palms together in Peace: It would be our great pleasure to hold a ceremony of peace and host many of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Muslims, adherents of other religions, and peace activists as guests. – Rev. Masao Ishitani Sensei, Veeriruppu Village, Sankarankovil, Tamil Nadu, South India “In the dramatic… »

04.03.2020

Convention on Women and Labour: Unseen Work, Unheard Stories

Convention on Women and Labour: Unseen Work, Unheard Stories

Bengaluru Senior Economist Jaya Mehta, Ex-Minister Motamma, well-known singer M.D.Pallavi and Navajeevana Mahila Sangha, senior member Mokshamma inaugurated the Convention on “Women and Labour – Unseen Work, Unheard Stories” with a plant watering ceremony. The Convention was organized by Gram Seva Sangh and CBPS (Centre for Budget and Policy Studies) and… »

16.02.2020

We are Chinese, not a virus

We are Chinese, not a virus

Because of the great paranoia that generated the Coronavirus coming from China, several episodes of racism and violence against Chinese citizens in different countries of the world are being unleashed. The horror generated by an unknown virus mixed with widespread sinophobia (anti-Chinese sentiment) generally affects the “almond-eyed” people who are… »

13.02.2020

2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration Highlights Dialogue Towards Harmony

2020 World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration Highlights Dialogue Towards Harmony

As reported by Genevieve Balance-Kupang In solidarity with the global celebration of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week, UniHarmony Partners Manila held a week-long series of activities in line with the theme of interreligious dialogue towards harmony. Established in 2012, UniHarmony Partners Manila was formed to implement the United Nations… »

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