News headlines in 2021

  1. Dengue—an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru

    NEW YORK, Jan 15 (IPS) - While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it has not been able to control—the mosquito-borne viral disease known as dengue.

  2. Tuberculosis Kills As Many People Each Year As COVID-19. It's Time We Found a Better Vaccine

    Jan 15 (IPS) - In July 1921, a French infant became the first person to receive an experimental vaccine against tuberculosis (TB), after the mother had died from the disease. The vaccine, known as Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), is the same one still used today.

  3. Legally Speaking, Is Digital Money Really Money?

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 15 (IPS) - Countries are moving fast toward creating digital currencies. Or, so we hear from various surveys showing an increasing number of central banks making substantial progress towards having an official digital currency.

  4. Q&A: China Accused of Intimidating, Detaining Citizens Critical of COVID-19 Linked Abuses

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - China must end its campaign against individuals seeking redress for COVID-19 linked abuses and the human rights lawyers and activists who help them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) with reports ranging from allegedly trapping them inside their homes, to chaining alleged lock-down violators to metal posts. 

  5. Americas Descent into Depths of Disastrous Trumpism

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan 14 (IPS) - Democracy is fragile. It is more fragile that the window panes of the Congress that were smashed by the mob unleashed by President Donald Trump. It is the ultimate symbol of the desecration of American democracy.

  6. Renewable Energy Transition Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

    BONN, Germany, Jan 13 (IPS) - 2021 is going to be critical, not only for curbing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but also for meeting the climate challenge.

    But as Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) was clear to point out, the climate challenge is essentially an energy challenge. And as large polluters continue to commit to targets of net zero emissions by 2050, the world could -- in theory -- potentially address the climate challenge.

  7. Can the World Tackle the Food Insecurity Crisis in 2021?

    Jan 13 (IPS) - The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity and disrupted food systems and food supply chains in developed and developing countries alike. In the United States, millions of Americans struggle to put food on the table. Around the world, according to the United Nations over 270 million are hungryand this is expected to continue to increase. 

  8. Africas Free Trade Area Opens for Business

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 (IPS) - African countries opened their markets on 1st January under the continental free trade agreement and duty-free trading of goods and services across borders is now underway despite the COVID-19 pandemic and other teething problems.

  9. For Heavily Indebted Small Islands, Resilience-Building is the Best Antidote

    GENEVA, Jan 12 (IPS) - In December 2020, Fiji was pounded by Pacific Cyclone Yasathe years’ second category 5 storm which destroyed hundreds of buildings and caused about $1.4 billion in damage to health facilities, homes, schools, agriculture and infrastructure.

  10. Facing their Failure to meet 2020 Biodiversity Targets, World Leaders Pledge Action & Funds

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (IPS) - French President Emmanuel Macron convened the 4th edition of the One Planet Summit for Biodiversity with a concession – that after a decade, the world has failed to take the action needed to stem global biodiversity loss. The Jan. 10 event, hosted virtually by France, the United Nations and the World Bank, focused on four areas for urgent action; protecting land and maritime species, promoting agroecology, mobilising finance for biodiversity and protecting tropical forests, species and human health.