News headlines in May 2021

  1. Motorcycle Diaries with a Twist

    - Inter Press Service

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    NEW DELHI, India, May 31 (IPS) - Four women, two motorbikes, 64 districts and a journey of a lifetime, this is the story of Dr. Sakia Haque from Bangladesh. In November 2016, Dr Haque co-founded “Travelettes of Bangladesh - Bhromon Konya,” a women's only group, with the motto of “empowering women through travelling.” This platform is not just an ordinary online travel group, but it is a platform of connection, sisterhood and networking of almost 60,000 girls and women in Bangladesh that empowers them by teaching them to raise their voices and encourages them to step out of their comfort zones and to “go see the world”.

  2. Is Sharing More than Water the Key to Transboundary Governance in the Meghna River Basin?

    - Inter Press Service

    DHAKA, May 31 (IPS) - Kajol Miah is a rice farmer from the Bangladesh side of the Meghna River Basin. And in towns on the Indian side of the river basin, Bangladeshi rice is in great demand.

  3. The COVID-19 pandemic motivates millions of tobacco users to quit, but they need support

    - UN News

    “Quitters are the real winners in the case of tobacco”, says the World Health Organization as part of a campaign to help smokers that have decided to quit during the COVID-19 pandemic, but lack the support to do so. A new chatbot and even an AI assistant are ready to aid them in their quitting journey.  

  4. Haiti: funding gap threatens the lives of nearly 86,000 children

    - UN News

    In Haiti, the number of severely malnourished under-fives could more than double this year, UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday. Some could die if they do not receive timely treatment.

  5. Latin Americas Challenge of Financing Energy Recovery

    - Inter Press Service

    MEXICO CITY, May 31 (IPS) - Hit by the pandemic's socioeconomic and health impacts, Latin America is facing the challenge of financing an economic recovery based on a sustainable energy sector and a transition to clean sources of energy.

  6. Slower Population Growth: The Goods and the Bads

    - Inter Press Service

    NEW YORK, May 31 (IPS) - Results from the 2020 population censuses in the United States and China recently made headlines. But rather than recognizing the social, economic and environmental benefits of slower rates of population growth for the U.S., China and the planet, much of the media stressed the downsides of slower growth and wrote about population collapsebaby bust and demographic decline.

  7. COVID danger has not passed, States must support pandemic treaty: Tedros

    - UN News

    UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged all countries on Monday to support a pandemic preparedness treaty, warning that it would be a “monumental error” to think the danger of COVID-19 has passed.

  8. The Killings in Gaza and Two Jewish Philosophers Hope for a Better World

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, May 31 (IPS) - In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.

    Friedrich NietzscheI hear about casualties and numbers, but cannot perceive the faces, the human beings behind them. A week ago, eleven days of havoc ended after at least 243 people, including more than 100 women and children, had been killed in the Gaza Strip and 12 people, including two children, in Israel. An open, gravely infected wound which continuous to bleed, causing never ending human suffering.

  9. Its Time to Reimagine Our Relationship with Nature

    - Inter Press Service

    AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, May 31 (IPS) - Our natural earth is dying. It is on the brink of collapse.

    Due to human impacts the planet is losing species – its biodiversity – at a rate so alarming it’s said to be comparable to the 5th mass extinction 65 million years ago, bringing the era of the dinosaurs to an end. Just 15% of the world’s forests remain intactand only 3% of the world’s oceans are free from human pressures.

  10. First Person: Learning a recipe for freedom in Nigeria

    - UN News

    When Nigerian Blessing Ojukwu became pregnant after she was raped, her family disowned her. She was forced to live with her abuser, who continued to attack her. Now, a UN-backed initiative is giving her, and others in similar situations, a chance to become financially independent, and start new lives. 

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