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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 

  6. TNCs Reviving TPP Frankenstein

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 12 (IPS) - The incoming Biden administration is under tremendous pressure to demonstrate better US economic management. Trade negotiations normally take years to conclude, if at all. Unsurprisingly, lobbyists are already urging the next US administration to quickly embrace and deliver a new version of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

  7. COVID-19 Pandemic Shapes the Future World People Want

    BONN, Germany, Jan 11 (IPS) - The peoples of the world are unanimous - access to basic services such as universal healthcare must become a priority going forward. So too should global solidarity, helping those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing the climate change emergency.

  8. Recovery: What Are We Talking About?

    MEXICO CITY, Jan 11 (IPS) - The new year has arrived, but the situation is worse than in the last months of 2020. The pandemic is still unleashed: the end of the year holidays, the official permissiveness, and the slowness of the distribution of vaccines seem to announce that the disease will continue to wreak havoc for several months in most of the world, particularly in America, Europe, and parts of Asia like India. It has therefore been required to redouble preventive measures: a new lockdown and the disruption of almost all economic and school activities. Therefore, the recovery looks still uncertain and distant.

  9. Tales of the 21st Century: Rohingyas Without home

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 08 (IPS) - Mohammad Rakibul Hasan is a Bangladeshi documentary photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker and visual artist who has been visiting the camps in Cox’s Bazaar to document the Rohingya refugee crisis.

  10. Shifting Conversations in Multifaceted Policymaking

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 07 (IPS) - As the people of Kiribati, Samoa and Tonga gear up as the first nations to welcome 2021, communities around the Asia-Pacific region and beyond look forward to bidding farewell to the most tumultuous year in recent decades.

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