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Inequality, Stagnation and Instability ‒ the New Normal for Finance Capitalism — Global Issues

Inequality out in the open. Credit: A.D. McKenzie/IPS by Yilmaz Akyuz (geneva) Friday, January 24, 2020 Inter Press Service Yilmaz Akyüz is former Director, UNCTAD, and former Chief Economist, South Centre, Geneva GENEVA, Jan 24 (IPS) – The failure of large-scale bailout operations, historically low interest rates and rapid injection of liquidity to bring about […]

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‘Unprecedented Terrorist Violence’ in West Africa, Sahel Region — Global Issues

A girl runs outside a small community school in Korioume, Mali, where children lack basic equipment, including notepads and pens. Parts of the school have been attacked and in 2013 the village was a Jihadist stronghold. Credit: OCHA/Eve Sabbagh Opinionunited nations Thursday, January 09, 2020 Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Jan 09 (IPS) – The […]

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A Tribute to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed (1936 – 2019) — Global Issues

Opinion by Nayema Nusrat (new york) Monday, December 23, 2019 Inter Press Service NEW YORK, Dec 23 (IPS) – “When I think about Bangladesh, I think about everybody. Not everybody is enjoying Rabindranath and the great literature and culture that Bangladesh has. But I think everybody has got the right to have this experience”, deeply […]

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Industrial Energy Efficiency is a Climate Solution — Global Issues

Staff from MCI Santé Animale, one of the 18 companies that have participated in energy management training organized by UNIDO´s Industrial Energy Accelerator in partnership with the Moroccan government, at work, as the country moves to reduce its reliance on fossil fuel imports. Credit: UNIDO Opinion by Tareq Emtariah (vienna) Friday, December 13, 2019 Inter […]

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Mainstreaming Leprosy-affected People a Big Challenge in Bangladesh — Global Issues

Dr David Pahan, Country Director of Lepra Bangladesh. Credit: Rafiqul Islam / IPS by Rafiqul Islam (dhaka, bangladesh) Thursday, December 12, 2019 Inter Press Service DHAKA, Bangladesh, Dec 12 (IPS) – When Feroza Begum was first diagnosed with leprosy in 2006, it felt as though she had been struck by a thunderbolt due to the […]

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Why Is Growth Slowing in China? — Global Issues

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Vladimir Popov (berlin and kuala lumpur) Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Inter Press Service BERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 10 (IPS) – China’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 14%. Since then, its growth rate has declined by more than half to 6.6% in 2018. The five-year moving average growth rate […]

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The Changing Distribution of World Population — Global Issues

by Joseph Chamie (new york) Friday, December 06, 2019 Inter Press Service Joseph Chamie, a former director of the United Nations Population Division, is currently an independent consulting demographer NEW YORK, Dec 06 (IPS) – In addition to its unprecedented rapid rate of demographic growth during the past 75 years, world population’s distribution across the […]

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Gains and Losses of Irregular Migration — Global Issues

Opinion by Jan Lundius (stockholm / rome) Friday, December 06, 2019 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM / ROME, Dec 06 (IPS) – While opening a newspaper or watching a TV program we are every day made aware of the plights of irregular migrants. Some recent examples among many – on 24 October, 39 Chinese nationals were […]

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Volunteerism – An Antidote to a World in Flux — Global Issues

Naw Wan Gay, UN Volunteer providing service for refugees in Baan Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter Area, Thailand. (UNHCR, 2016) Opinion by Achim Steiner, Olivier Adam (united nations) Wednesday, December 04, 2019 Inter Press Service UNITED NATIONS, Dec 04 (IPS) – Olivier Adam is Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Achim Steiner is Administrator, […]

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Under Pressure. Can COP25 Deliver? — Global Issues

Climate change effects, such as extreme weather events, drive up environmental remediation costs. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS Opinion by Farhana Haque Rahman (rome) Monday, December 02, 2019 Inter Press Service ROME, Dec 02 (IPS) – Mass public pressure backed by the weight of scientific reports is starting to bring governments to their senses as the […]

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