The rise in plastic pollution during Covid-19 crisis

Scientists have been warning us about the impacts of plastic pollution for decades. By Farah Kabir and Anhara RabbaniOct 30 2020 (IPS-Partners) Ever since the pandemic began this year, countries across the globe have been striving to protect ...

20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325: Much Remains to Be Done

On October 31 2000, the Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 (2000) calling for participation of women in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts. Credit: United Nations By Ambassador Anwarul K. ChowdhuryNEW ...

Q&A: COVID-19 has Pushed Women Peacebuilders from Key Leadership Roles

Scenes from a rehearsal session with Colombia’s Cantadora Network, a network of singers using traditional Afro-Colombian music to preserve their culture and promote peace. According to the Global Network of Women Peacebuilder, funds are being ...

US Groups Linked to COVID Conspiracies Pour Millions of ‘Dark Money’ into Latin America

A satirical poster of President Jair Bolsonaro saying COVID-19 ‘is just a flu’ in Brazil, where US-linked groups have also denied the virus exists. | Cris Faga/NurPhoto/PA Images By Diana Cariboni and Isabella CotaMONTEVIDEO, Oct 30 ...

Crisis alla Turca II – From Currency Crisis to Debt Crisis?

Credi: Omid Armin, Unsplash By Yilmaz AkyüzGENEVA, Oct 29 2020 – The meltdown of the Turkish currency that began in 2018 has continued unabated with the decline reaching unprecedented proportions in recent days.  The causes of that ...

Nepal Needs to Bridge the Gap Between Legal Provisions Against Child Marriage and Social Norms

Credit: MONIKA DEUPALA. By Karuna OntaKATHMANDU, Oct 29 2020 – Mohan and Sarita (name changed) studied together in the same school from Grade 6 onwards. They were friends initially, but fell in love and wished to be together, though ...

Reclaiming Africa’s Early Post-independence History

Mausoleum of Kwame Nkrumah, First President of Ghana (Accra). Credit: Greg Neate, Flickr By Adebayo Olukoshi, Tetteh Hormeku-Ajei, Aishu Balaji and Anita NayarACCRA, Ghana, Oct 29 2020 – In 1965, Kwame Nkrumah described the paradox of ...

In the Face of a Pandemic, the World Turns to Trade

“International cooperation is the only tool to face the situation, threatened by nationalism, import substitution, protectionism and populist policies of several countries”. Credit: UNCTAD By Emilio GodoyMEXICO, Oct 29 2020 – ...

The Day After

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. Credit: Biden Campaign. By Joaquín RoyOct 29 2020 – For Europe, the region closest by culture and political tradition to the United States, the mood of ...

Escaping the ‘Era of Pandemics’: experts warn worse crises to come; offer options to reduce risk

By External SourceOct 29 2020 (IPS-Partners) Future pandemics will emerge more often, spread more rapidly, do more damage to the world economy and kill more people than COVID-19 unless there is a transformative change in the global approach ...