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  1. To Fund Grand Inga Using Green Hydrogen, Equity and Ethics Matter

    - Inter Press Service

    PARIS, Jun 18 (IPS) - Visions of Grand Ingaa proposed massive hydropower plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) powering much of Africa, have excited energy experts, investors, and governments for decades.  The announcements this week by the Australian companyFortescue Metals Groupand its chairmanbillionaire Andrew Forrestof their plans to develop Inga for green hydrogen exports brings this vision a little closer to reality. 

  2. Africa Can Be Self-Sufficient in Rice Production

    - Inter Press Service

    NAIROBI, Jun 18 (IPS) - Dr. Fadel Ndiame is AGRA’s Deputy PresidentEvery year, people in Sub-Saharan Africa consume 34 million tons of milled rice, of which 43 percent is imported. But the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly hampered supply chains, making it difficult for imported rice to reach the continent. Indeed, if immediate action is not taken, the supply shortfall will further strain the region’s food systems which are already impacted by the pandemic.

  3. The Energy Revolution Is Here: How to Be Part of It

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - The industrial revolution took 100 years. The digital revolution, two decades. The next global revolution, the energy revolution, has already begun. But how fairly and how fast it happens is the biggest challenge of our time.

  4. For People with Disabilities, COVID-19 Lays Bare the Weaknesses in Social Safety Nets

    - Inter Press Service

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - People with disabilities were particularly hard hit by the social and economic impacts of efforts to control COVID-19.

  5. Call for Political Belt-tightening to Prevent Drought Becoming the Next Pandemic

    - Inter Press Service

    BHUBANESWAR, India, Jun 17 (IPS) - June 17 is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. A new report shows that climate change, overuse and conversion for agriculture, cities and infrastructure, which also drive drought and desertification, have already degraded one fifth of the planet’s land area.

    “Drought is on the verge of becoming the next pandemic and there is no vaccine to cure it.”

  6. UN chief urges debt relief extension for middle-income countries

    - UN News

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    Innovative measures to address debt are required to help the world’s more than 100 middle-income countries expand their economies and exit the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly on Thursday. 

  7. Apocalypse Now? Christian Fundamentalists and COVID-19

    - Inter Press Service

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 17 (IPS) - Like most male Swedes of my age I had to enter obligatory military service for almost a year. In my barrack was a “born-again-Christian” who when he became angry shouted “Now you mock me, but when the Last Judgement has come I will sit in heaven and smile down at you while you burn in Hell!” Since then I have wondered about the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation. It was written by a frustrated Christian man who by the end of 100 CE by Roman authorities had been deported to an isolated island where he wrote a long letter to Christian congregations in Asia Minor.

    Getting hard to breathe
    hard to believe in anything
    at all, but fear.
    Peter Gabriel, Mother of Violence

  8. Will a British ICC Chief Prosecutor be Brave Enough to Investigate UK & its Allies?

    - Inter Press Service

    LONDON, Jun 17 (IPS) - As British barrister Karim Khan QC begins his term as ICC chief prosecutor, his first steps should be to proceed with investigations into alleged war crimes involving UK allies in Afghanistan and Palestine.

  9. Prison was Horrible but I Will Still do my Work as a Journalist - Jeffrey Moyo Upon Prison Release

    - Inter Press Service

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 16 (IPS) - International correspondent Jeffrey Moyo, who was a released from detention today after being arrested for breaching Zimbabwe’s Immigration Act by helping two foreign journalists work in the country, says press freedom is undermined when journalists cannot work undeterred.

  10. To Reverse Food Insecurity Build a Climate Resilient Agricultural Sector

    - Inter Press Service

    URBANA, Illinois, Jun 16 (IPS) - The number of people facing acute food insecurity has hit a five-year high, according to a recently released annual report by the Global Network Against Food Crises (GNAFC) - an international alliance of the United Nations, the European Union, governmental and non-governmental agencies working to tackle food crises. In addition, the report noted that 28 million people were one step away from starvation. This was attributed to conflict, economic shocks due to COVID-19 and climate change associated weather events.

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