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  1. COMMENTARY: The Sinatra Doctrine Confronts a Global Consensus

    SEATTLE, Oct 23 (IPS) - By late September, the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States had claimed 200,000 lives. That's equivalent to a slightly higher toll than the 418,500 United States deaths in World War II, adjusted for relative population and duration.

  2. Child Protection: the Pandemic has Left the Most Vulnerable Children Invisible

    Oct 22 (IPS) - A right is an entitlement and it has three basic principles, without which rights cannot be enjoyed. The first principle is that of universality: A right has to be enjoyed by all citizens, including all children. There cannot be a distinction between a Dalit or an Adivasi child and a child who is better endowed.

  3. Enhanced Social Protection an Opportunity Asia Pacific Must Grasp

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Oct 20 (IPS) - In the fight against COVID-19, success has so far been defined by responses in Asia and the Pacific. Many countries in our region have been hailed as reference points in containing the virus. Yet if the region is to build back better, the success of immediate responses should not distract from the weaknesses COVID-19 has laid bare. Too many people in our region are left to fend for themselves in times of need. This pandemic was no exception. Comprehensive social protection systems could right this wrong. Building these systems must be central to our long-term recovery strategy.

  4. Education: Act Now, Don’t Wait for the Bill

    PARIS, Oct 20 (IPS) - School reopening doesn't mean that education is back on course. For a start, schools remain closed in over 50 countries, affecting more than 800 million students. The poorest ones may never make it back to school, driven by poverty into child labour or early marriage. Distance learning has been out of reach for one third of the 1.6 billion students affected worldwide by school closures. They may disengage altogether if school closures continue.

  5. Low-cost Technology can Have Life-changing Impacts for Rural Women

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - Access to technology which is relatively inexpensive to deploy can have a life-changing impact for rural women, social scientist Valentina Rotondi told IPS.

  6. What Developing Countries Can Teach Us About How To Respond To a Pandemic

    Oct 16 (IPS) - Nine months into the pandemic, Europe remains one of the regions worst affected by COVID-19. Ten of the 20 countries with the highest death count per million people are European. The other ten are in the Americas. This includes the US, which has the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the world.

  7. Is the IMF Encouraging World Financial Leaders to Walk Blindly Towards More Austerity?

    NEW YORK and SUSSEX, Oct 16 (IPS) - This week the world's Ministers of Finance and Central Bank Governors meet virtually at the 2020 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and decide on the fate of the world.

    This year's gathering is particularly important, given that the world is confronting an unprecedented crisis. Governments are struggling to finance emergency care and urgent socioeconomic support to cope with the COVID19 pandemic.

  8. High Tech, Low Labour?

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 15 (IPS) - In the glitzy Dolby Theater in Hollywood Heights, with stars dressed in hundred thousand-dollar garbs, Parasite—a film about inequality, class tension and the fault lines of capitalism—won big. I couldn't help but recall South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's earlier 2013 film, Snowpiercer.

  9. Disregarding Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    KATHMANDU, Nepal, Oct 15 (IPS) - The lack of consistency and a patchy approach undermines the Government of Nepal's credibility in fulfilling the rights of persons with disabilities. One step forward and several steps back.

  10. Train Faith Leaders to Tackle Africa’s Mental Health Needs

    BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct 14 (IPS) - The world is actually in the throes of two pandemics. The first is COVID-19. The second is the wave of stress and anxiety, depression and substance use it has unleashed around the world. Most mental health disorders are treatable.

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