Thursday , January 21st , 2021  

COVID-19 Vaccines: How and When Will Lower-Income Countries Get Access?

The first two COVID-19 vaccines authorised in Europe and the United States – made by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna – aren’t well-suited to lower-income countries. Availability is also a problem, since most of these vaccines have been purchased by high-income countries. Credit: United Nations. By External SourceJan 20 2021 – COVID-19 vaccination programmes are gathering pace in high-income...

Afghanistan Threatened With Rising Violence Once Again

Humanitarians seek $1.3 billion to help millions in war-weary Afghanistan. Homes for internally displaced persons (IDP) in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan. January 2021. Credit: OCHA Afghanistan/Fariba Housaini By Magdalena KirchnerNEW DELHI, India, Jan 20 2021 – When the Doha talks were launched in September, the Afghan people’s hopes for an end of war and violence were high. So far,...

“In Zimbabwe there is Freedom of Speech, but no Freedom After the Speech”

Working as a journalist in Zimbabwe has been particularly hazardous for investigative journalists in a country that makes regular appearances in global top rankings of corruption. Zimbabwe’s press freedom remains fragile. Credit: Jeffrey Moyo/IPS By Ignatius BandaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jan 19 2021 – A long-running gag says “in Zimbabwe there is freedom of speech, but no freedom after the...

Welcome Recognition of Bangladeshi as First-Ever ‘Pollution’ Refugee

French court’s landmark decision is a new milestone in fighting environmental disasters By Kamal AhmedJan 19 2021 (IPS-Partners) The recent verdict by a French court stopping the deportation of an unnamed Bangladeshi on the grounds of deadly air pollution in Dhaka has raised eyebrows among many of us. In some of our newspapers and portals, an undertone of ridicule and aspersion against the assumed...

Imprisoned Saudi Activist and Other Rights Defenders Seek Justice in 2021

By Mandeep TiwanaNEW YORK, Jan 19 2021 – Two events generated significant interest and global solidarity in the final days of December 2020. A court in Saudi Arabia handed down a five years and eight months sentence to activist Loujain Al-Hathloul for publicly supporting women’s right to drive. Nicholas Opiyo, Ugandan human rights lawyer and defender of persecuted members of the LGBTQI community...

Capitol Hill ‘Insurrection’

Secretary-General António Guterres and Donald Trump, at a UN briefing. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias By Asoka BandarageCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jan 19 2021 – According to the mainstream narrative, President Trump’s incitement of his supporters during the certification of Joe Biden’s electoral victory led to the ‘insurrection’ at the US Capitol on January 6, resulting in the banning of Trump’s...

Nothing to Learn from East Asia?

By Jomo Kwame SundaramKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 19 2021 – 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...

Punch Like A Muslim Woman: An Egyptian-Danish Boxer Breaking Many Stereotypes

Nadia Helmy Ahmed By Sania FarooquiNEW DELHI, India, Jan 18 2021 – As a Muslim woman born and brought up in Denmark, Nadia Helmy Ahmed broke many stereotypes when she started boxing at the age of 15. “Back then it was not common for girls to take up elite boxing, let alone common for Muslim girls, I used to be the only girl in my gym, along with ten others boys,” said Nadia to IPS News. Elite...

UPDATE** Conspicuous Silence as Ugandan President Wins Sixth Term against Bobi Wine

While the opposition leader Bobi Wine is under house arrest, analysts say Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni must make concessions to those who voted against him. Courtesy: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard By Jonathan IrumbaKAMPALA, Jan 18 2021 – Thirty-five years ago when President Yoweri Museveni talked, a majority of citizens listened. But now, as he approaches almost four decades in power, his message...

Conspicuous Silence as Ugandan President Wins Sixth Term against Bobi Wine

While the opposition leader Bobi Wine is under house arrest, analysts say Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni must make concessions to those who voted against him. Courtesy: UN Photo/Amanda Voisard By Jonathan IrumbaKAMPALA, Jan 18 2021 – Thirty-five years ago when President Yoweri Museveni talked, a majority of citizens listened. But now, as he approaches almost four decades in power, his message...