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  1. Press Freedom Under COVID-19 Lockdown in Asian

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 05 (IPS) - Governments have made the media "a scapegoat" across Asia, targeting journalists who are simply reporting on the failures or shortcomings of their leadership during the coronavirus pandemic, press freedom experts have warned.

  2. High Volatility

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    BARCELONA, Jun 05 (IPS) - Six months after the outbreak, the new global scenario resulting from the impact of COVID-19 is gradually becoming much more defined. From the very beginning, we sensed that little good could result from a situation so surprising and unexpected. Now it is becoming increasingly clear that we are entering times of extreme volatility in the international sphere. Times of uncertainty and incandescence as we have not seen for years.

  3. Safeguarding Africa’s Food Security in the Age of COVID-19

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    Jun 05 (IPS) - Food security in sub-Saharan Africa is under threat. The ability of many Africans to access sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs has been disrupted by successive natural disasters and epidemics. Cyclones Idai and Kenneth, locust outbreaks in eastern Africa, and droughts in southern and eastern Africa are some examples. The COVID-19 pandemic is just the latest catastrophe to have swollen the ranks of 240 million people going hungry in the region. In some countries, over 70 percent of the population has problems accessing food.

  4. Philippines' Senior Citizens Vulnerabilities Increases Because of COVID-19 Lockdown

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    HYDERABAD, India, Jun 05 (IPS) - In the Philippines, May has long been a month of joy when farmers harvest their rice crop and celebrate the Pahiyas harvest festival. But this year, the mood was somber. The food production and supply system also affected, thanks to the coronavirus lockdown, and the economy frozen. As a result, millions of Filipinos, especially senior citizens, are now looking at an uncertain future.

  5. The Bible, Donald Trump and Plastic

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 05 (IPS) - Another episode of the spectacular show that could be called The Greatest Story Ever Told: The Saga of the Trump Presidencyscripted and acted by Trump himself, took place on 1st of June.

  6. Covid-19: Caring for Care Workers

    Friday, June 05, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 05 (IPS) - COVID-19 has brought the world to a halt. Nations, businesses, and schools have closed, and billions are confined to their homes. Yet millions of care workers step out daily to keep the lights on and support those in need.

  7. Migrant Women Exploited by Those They Trust

    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    NEW YORK, Jun 04 (IPS) - Maliha Masud (25), was promised an affluent life and opportunities for higher education. A bright student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she wanted to complete her studies and become someone her parents would be proud of. She was promised an opportunity to get her Master's degree from a good university in the United States but, two years later, was left battered and wounded at the doorstep of a shelter.

  8. Shedding Some Light at the End of the Covid-19 Tunnel: Plotting a Way Forward

    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jun 04 (IPS) - Lockdowns have been the main measures to ‘flatten the curve' of COVID-19 infections. But lockdowns typically incur huge economic costs, distributed unevenly in economies and societies. In fact, some governments acknowledged that they were choosing ‘life over economy'.

  9. The Struggle for Land and Food in the Locked-down Philippines

    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    ROME, Jun 04 (IPS) - Landless farmers who produce rice for the landlords of big "haciendas" can't get more than a little pocket money from their harsh work—not enough to provide diverse and healthy food for their families. Seasonal workers on sugar-cane plantations know that they can count on only six months of earnings. When summer arrives, those whose irrigation facilities have been destroyed by typhoons, or those who never had any, struggle while waiting for the rain.

  10. We Arabs Ask No Favors.....

    Thursday, June 04, 2020

    GENEVA, Jun 04 (IPS) - In these difficult times for the Palestinian people and for justice, the Government of Israel is proposing to add further to the turmoil by unilaterally absorbing large swathes of the Palestinian West Bank of the Jordan River. It might therefore be fitting to remind the world of the chronology of the events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel in May 1948.

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