News headlines in July 2020

  1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    MIAMI, Jul 31 (IPS) - In the cinematic context of the death of the Italian and universal composer, Ennio Morricone, author of the background music of more than four hundred films, as an indirect tribute, Europe took a solid step.

  2. The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality

    NEW YORK, Jul 31 (IPS) - "Reconciling the requirements of the ideal with the possibilities of the real": this is how Georges Bidault, Minister for Foreign Affairs and head of the French delegation to the San Francisco Conference, summed up the objective pursued by the drafters of the Charter of the United Nations.

    On the still living ashes of the Second World War, the fathers of an Organization charged with developing friendly relations between nations, promoting human rights and economic and social progress were less utopian than visionary. They understood that the community of States should have a common constitution. It has been tested by conflict, crisis and upheaval, but its resilience and strength have shaped the very structure of contemporary international relations.

  3. Modern Tools, Age-old Wisdom: on India-Sri Lanka Relations

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jul 31 (IPS) - The unique India-Sri Lanka relationship, de jure, is between equals as sovereign nations. But it's asymmetric in terms of geographic size, population, military and economic power, on the one hand, and social indicators and geographical location, on the other. It is steeped in myth and legend, and influenced by religious, cultural and social affinities.

  4. Southeast Asia Has a Chance to Build Back Better Post-Pandemic

    Jul 31 (IPS) - Southeast Asia's response to the coronavirus pandemic has been efficient, but some areas such as data privacy, measures to go back to normalcy after lockdown is lifted, and resources for migrant or transient populations will need addressing. 

  5. Corporate Bailout or Cash Transfers for All, including Children?

    BEIRUT, Jul 31 (IPS) - The Covid-19 pandemic seems to have spared children from the direct health effects of the virus but the crisis has affected their social and economic rights directly and indirectly beyond what we could have foreseen. And there's no doubt that children who come from more vulnerable backgrounds will feel the long-term impact of the pandemic and the measures taken to prevent its spread the hardest.

  6. Google’s $10 billion Investment in India Should be Inclusive of Persons with Disabilities

    Jul 30 (IPS) - Over the next seven years, Google will invest a whopping $10 billion in India to improve technology, health and education, according to CEO Sundar Pichai. This is unprecedented and could be a game changer that could improve health, education and economic empowerment. 

  7. Sierra Leone - Why Everyone is Not Celebrating the New Media Law

    FREETOWN, Jul 30 (IPS) - Last week, Sierra Leone's parliament voted to repeal the country's 55-year-old libel law, which criminalised the publication of information that was deemed defamatory or seditious, and which had been used by successive governments to target and imprison media practitioners and silence dissenting views. But not everyone is convinced it was in the best interest of media freedom.

  8. Only Governments Can Prevent Covid-19 Recessions Becoming Depressions

    KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 30 (IPS) - Covid-19 threatens economic life the world over. The most urgent and important need is for governments, businesses and families to survive. Governments must revive economies and livelihoods to prevent Covid-19 recessions from becoming protracted depressions.

    The Covid-19 crisis is clearly a ‘black swan event', threatening both public health and livelihoods. Both the pandemic and containment efforts are not due to business operations and decisions, but nonetheless have compelling consequences for them.

  9. Last Mile Teachers

    KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 30 (IPS) - "It has gotten really tough for us," says James, a father in rural Liberia, of COVID-19 lockdown and school closures. "My son is trying but he is missing his friends and teachers. Children want to be in school."

  10. Food Security Threats: Now a Warning and Later May Be Too Late

    ROME, Jul 29 (IPS) - Mario Lubetkin is FAO Assistant Director-GeneralRecent world reports confirm that the goals set by the international community to end poverty and hunger, and create a more balanced, sustainable and fair world by 2030, are currently in danger. If effective and rapid global action is not taken, the goals will not be met and the results in just 10 years may be very negative for all of us.