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  1. Nothing to Learn from East Asia?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 (IPS) - Covid-19 infection and death rates in the Western world and many developing countries in Asia and Latin America have long overtaken East Asia since the second quarter of 2020. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering prevailing Western accounts of the Asian financial crises, there have been no serious efforts to draw policy lessons from East Asian contagion containment.

  2. Conspicuous Silence as Uganda President Wins Sixth Term against Bobi Wine

    KAMPALA, Jan 18 (IPS) - Thirty-five years ago when President Yoweri Museveni talked, majority of the citizens listened. But now, as he approaches almost four decades in power, his message is not resonating well — particularly with the country’s youth who constitute about 70 percent of the voting population in Uganda.

  3. We Need a Global Coordinated Effort to Secure Equal Access to Safe & Effective Vaccines

    GENEVA, Jan 18 (IPS) - Addressing an online event organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in conjunction with the Human Rights Council’s third inter-sessional meeting on Human Rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentA year into the COVID-19 crisis, countries across the globe continue to face alarming levels of pressure on their health and social services. Education and other essential rights, such as water and sanitation, have been severely compromised.

  4. Advisors Propose New System To Regulate Chinas Overseas Investments

    BEIJING, Jan 15 (IPS) - A government-backed coalition of international advisors to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has recommended that China apply more stringent environmental controls over its overseas investments. If adopted, this would be a major departure from China’s usual approach of deferring to host country rules, many of them inadequate, for regulating its overseas investments.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.

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