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COVID-19 Vaccines: How and When Will Lower-Income Countries Get Access?

The first two COVID-19 vaccines authorised in Europe and the United States – made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna – aren’t well-suited to lower-income countries. Availability is also a problem, since most of these vaccines have been purchased by ...

Afghanistan Threatened With Rising Violence Once Again

Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. Homes for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. January 2021. Credit: OCHA Afghanistan/Fariba Housaini By Magdalena KirchnerNEW DELHI, India, ...

A BASIC TRUTH: Facing an Existential Threat, Humanity Must Work Together

Scoping out development opportunities in frontier communities. UN Kenya Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee, Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, UN heads of missions, and other development partners in Kenya. Credit: Nicholas Wilson / UNDP By Siddharth ...

Jamaica Failing to Cope with Plastic Waste

A man walks by a storm drain piled high with plastic bottles and other garbage in Kingston, Jamaica. Credit: Kate Chappell By Kate ChappellKINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 20 2021 – For decades, every time it rains heavily in Jamaica, a daunting deluge ...

“In Zimbabwe there is Freedom of Speech, but no Freedom After the Speech”

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe has been particularly hazardous for investigative journalists in a country that makes regular appearances in global top rankings of corruption. Zimbabwe’s press freedom remains fragile. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS By ...

Welcome Recognition of Bangladeshi as First-Ever ‘Pollution’ Refugee

French court’s landmark decision is a new milestone in fighting environmental disasters By Kamal AhmedJan 19 2021 (IPS-Partners) The recent verdict by a French court stopping the deportation of an unnamed Bangladeshi on the grounds of deadly air ...

Imprisoned Saudi Activist and Other Rights Defenders Seek Justice in 2021

By Mandeep TiwanaNEW YORK, Jan 19 2021 – Two events generated significant interest and global solidarity in the final days of December 2020. A court in Saudi Arabia handed down a five years and eight months sentence to activist Loujain Al-Hathloul ...

Capitol Hill ‘Insurrection’

Secretary-General António Guterres and Donald Trump, at a UN briefing. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias By Asoka BandarageCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan 19 2021 – According to the mainstream narrative, President Trump’s incitement of his supporters during ...

Nothing to Learn from East Asia?

By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 2021 – Covid-19 infection and death rates in the Western world and many developing countries in Asia and Latin America have long overtaken East Asia since the second quarter of 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, ...

Punch Like A Muslim Woman: An Egyptian-Danish Boxer Breaking Many Stereotypes

Nadia Helmy Ahmed By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, Jan 18 2021 – As a Muslim woman born and brought up in Denmark, Nadia Helmy Ahmed broke many stereotypes when she started boxing at the age of 15. “Back then it was not common for girls to ...
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