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02.12.2020

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The ‘Extremely Active’ 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Officially Ended, with a ‘Record-Breaking’ 30 Named Tropical Storms…

The extremely active 2020 Atlantic hurricane season officially ended on 30 November with a record-breaking 30 named tropical storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes. There were 12 landfalling storms in the continental United States. This is the most storms on record, surpassing the 28 from 2005, and the… »

30.11.2020

Call to Join Civil Society Advisory Body for the Principles for Responsible Banking

Call to Join Civil Society Advisory Body for the Principles for Responsible Banking

27 November 2020 (UNEP)* — The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) has issued a public call to civil society institutions around the world to declare their interest in joining the Civil Society Advisory Body until 15 December 2020. The body – which is designed to ensure that the Principles for… »

29.11.2020

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

Four Days in Occupied Western Sahara — A Rare Look Inside Africa’s Last Colony as Ceasefire Ends

In this special rebroadcast of a Democracy Now! exclusive documentary, we break the media blockade and go to occupied Western Sahara in the northwest of Africa to document the decades-long Sahrawi struggle for freedom and Morocco’s violent crackdown. Morocco has occupied the territory since 1975 in defiance of the United… »

29.11.2020

Putin talks Global Stability and Coronavirus Vaccine with Ambassadors

Putin talks Global Stability and Coronavirus Vaccine with Ambassadors

By Kester Kenn Klomegah While addressing newly arrived Ambassadors accredited to the Russian Federation from different foreign countries including Rwanda, Gambia and Central African Republic, President Vladimir stressed the importance of coordinating global efforts to ensure stability and halt the spread of coronavirus pandemic around the world. Despite the well-known… »

29.11.2020

CODEPINK Calls on World Leaders, Including Joe Biden, to Condemn the Assassination of Iranian Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

CODEPINK Calls on World Leaders, Including Joe Biden, to Condemn the Assassination of Iranian Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

CODEPINK calls on world leaders, including U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, to condemn the illegal execution of Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in the city of Absard outside of Tehran, Iran by a bombing attack followed by a gunfight. Intelligence officials have reported that the assassination was… »

28.11.2020

Epistemic Violence against Indigenous Peoples

Epistemic Violence against Indigenous Peoples

By Silvel Elías – IWGIA Injustice regarding the validity of ancestral knowledge has been one of the many racist practices established by the colony. For five centuries, a systematic attack has persisted, in a bid to bring an end to the creation, conservation and transmission of the knowledge of native… »

24.11.2020

UNICEF Planning ‘Mammoth Operation’ to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines

UNICEF Planning ‘Mammoth Operation’ to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines

UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 logistics partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the UN agency said on Monday [23 November 2020]. Etleva… »

23.11.2020

Thinking Out of the Box on Climate Change Needed for Timely Solutions to Emerge

Thinking Out of the Box  on Climate Change Needed for Timely Solutions to Emerge

By Bharat Dogra Climate change provides the  strangest example of a problem which is very widely and increasingly recognized by the best available scientific opinion to be a huge and definite danger to basic life nurturing conditions of our planet, and yet, in the decades after this became convincingly established,… »

23.11.2020

Vaccine Access Advocates Cautiously Optimistic As G20 Summit Ends With Pledge to ‘Spare No Effort’ to Ensure Widespread Distribution

Vaccine Access Advocates Cautiously Optimistic As G20 Summit Ends With Pledge to ‘Spare No Effort’ to Ensure Widespread Distribution

“This is not a ‘do-good’ exercise. It is the only way to stop the pandemic dead in its tracks. Solidarity is indeed survival.” By Julia Conley World leaders expressed cautious optimism about widespread coronavirus vaccine access as the virtual G20 summit wrapped up with a final statement from the world’s… »

18.11.2020

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

Massive project on African DNA sets out to close the knowledge gap on mental illness

In July 2009, a woman brought her husband to the hospital where our colleagues work in western Kenya. She reported that for several years he had been behaving abnormally, sleeping poorly, hearing voices that no one else could hear, and believing that people were talking about him and plotting to… »

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