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06.04.2021

Scientists invent home COVID-19 test using coffee machine capsules

Scientists invent home COVID-19 test using coffee machine capsules

Transitioning to home working had its challenges for us all, but when your job involves researching biological applications for nanotechnology, those trials are a little more complicated than juggling the household’s broadband usage. So barred from his lab, you might reasonably expect the research by organic chemist Vittorio Saggiomo, from… »

31.03.2021

Interview with Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

Interview with Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary

Sharan Burrow is the General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). During her time at the head of ITUC, she has helped to foster relations between trade unions and the peace movement – bringing together themes of peace, justice, conversion, and the need for a peace dividend. IPB… »

10.03.2021

Kashmiri human rights defenders continue to fight injustices amid growing repression

Kashmiri human rights defenders continue to fight injustices amid growing repression

Humanitarian work in one of the world’s most militarized zones has only gotten more difficult as India resorts to new levels of intimidation and hostility. Mehk Chakraborty In Indian-administered Kashmir, anything remotely anti-establishment has been consistently labeled as terrorism, a tactic used across… »

06.03.2021

France calls up 4,400 officers to enforce 6pm curfew in Paris amid rising Covid-19 infections and compliance concerns

France calls up 4,400 officers to enforce 6pm curfew in Paris amid rising Covid-19 infections and compliance concerns

The French authorities have vowed to increase their presence on the streets this weekend as France struggles to enforce a 6pm-6am curfew amid soaring Covid-19 infections across the country and in the capital. “If the police find groups of people in which respect for social distancing cannot be guaranteed, in… »

04.03.2021

Waste not, want not

Waste not, want not

Brendan Montague The Food Waste Index Report 2021 looks at food waste that occurs in retail outlets, restaurants and homes. A staggering 931 million tonnes of food – 17 percent of total food available to consumers in 2019 – went into the waste bins of households, retailers, restaurants and other food… »

03.03.2021

Denmark protects the homeless: Covid 19 vaccinations for people without shelter

Denmark protects the homeless: Covid 19 vaccinations for people without shelter

Homeless people are at particular risk for a Covid 19 infection. After all, staying home or washing your hands regularly isn’t so easy when you don’t have a roof over your head. That’s why Denmark is now prioritizing homeless people in the vaccination schedule. 200 of them received the… »

01.03.2021

International Women’s Day, 2021 To Lead is to Serve — A Pacific Woman’s Perspective

International Women’s Day, 2021 To Lead is to Serve — A Pacific Woman’s Perspective

By Leituala Kuiniselani Toelupe Tago-Elisara An often quoted indigenous reference in the Samoan language is, O le ala i le pule o le tautua, literally translated, “the pathway to leadership is through service” because to be able to lead is to be… »

23.02.2021

A Beacon of Hope from A Buddhist Leader in the Face of Crises

A Beacon of Hope from A Buddhist Leader in the Face of Crises

Like the United Nations, the global community-based Buddhist organisation Soka Gakkai International (SGI) is a beacon of hope to a world shrouded by dark clouds of unprecedented crises. An international association of the Soka Gakkai and an NGO in consultative status with UN ECOSOC, SGI has members in 192… »

22.02.2021

Bolsonaro May Well Emerge Unscathed from Brazil’s Disaster

Bolsonaro May Well Emerge Unscathed from Brazil’s Disaster

Viewpoint by Robert Muggah* It was once fashionable to describe Brazil as the country of the future. What a difference half a decade makes. In recent years, a democratically elected president was stripped of power and ultimately replaced by an authoritarian strongman. Today, Latin America’s largest country is suffering from… »

17.02.2021

Dutch court REINSTATES coronavirus curfew in break-neck reversal of earlier order to end ‘illegitimate’ policy

Dutch court REINSTATES coronavirus curfew in break-neck reversal of earlier order to end ‘illegitimate’ policy

A Dutch appeals court has revived the country’s Covid-19 curfew just moments before it came into effect, overturning a ruling handed down hours earlier ordering the government to lift the “illegitimate” measure immediately. A three-judge appellate panel granted an emergency injunction following a request from the Dutch government on Tuesday,… »

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