International issues

Preparing for the next pandemic requires public health focused industrial policy

Every time that the world faces a major epidemic outbreak, we are reminded of how ill-prepared we are to effectively deal with the emergence of new infectious diseases. This is despite the fact that we know that another epidemic is…

Why the Internet Itself Is a Major Environmental Problem

If the internet were a country, it would be the sixth biggest user of electricity. By Robin Scher The paradox of combating climate change is that the extent of the emergency extends far beyond the actions taken by individuals to…

New global studies show health threats throughout the plastics supply chain

Health and environmental groups call for international action to control plastic chemicals and the scaling down of plastics production, to curb the growing crisis. 14 December 2021, Davao City & Quezon City, Philippines/ Gothenburg City, Sweden. Plastics pose significant threats to…

Recent US sanctions On China, Bangladesh and a few other countries

The US should look at the human rights situation in its territory first! by Jubeda Chowdhury The United States imposed sanctions on several companies and individuals in China, Myanmar, and North Korea on December 10, 2021, on ‘International Human Rights Day…

The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange

“Let us look at ourselves, if we have the courage, to see what is happening to us” – Jean-Paul Sartre Sartre’s words should echo in all our minds following the grotesque decision of Britain’s High Court to extradite Julian Assange…

2021: Afghanistan followed by Mexico, Pakistan, India emerge dangerous for journalists

Geneva/Guwahati, 9 December 2021: Afghanistan and Mexico are the most dangerous countries for media work this year, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said in its annual report in Geneva on Thursday in view of Human Rights Day. Since 1 January,…

Ten Contradictions That Plague Biden’s Democracy Summit

President Biden’s virtual Summit for Democracy on December 9-10 is part of a campaign to restore the United States’ standing in the world, which took such a beating under President Trump’s erratic foreign policies. Biden hopes to secure his place…

Russia-Africa Relations: “Geopolitical Arena with Many Players Operating”

As preparations are underway for the second Russia-Africa summit planned for 2022, African leaders, politicians, academic researchers and experts have been discussing several aspects of the current state of Russia-Africa relations. They, most often, compare it with a number of…

Why Poorer Nations Aren’t Falling for Green-Washed Imperialism

The world’s wealthiest countries make a big show of fighting climate change without offering poorer countries the finances to switch to renewable energy. By Prabir Purkayastha Fighting global warming is not just about providing a path to net-zero carbon emissions…

Why We Should Oppose the Democracy Summit

The exclusion of certain countries from the U.S. “democracy summit” is not a side issue. It is the very purpose of the summit. And excluded countries have not been excluded for failing to meet the standards of behavior of those…

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