Wednesday , June 3rd , 2020  

The Music of Madagascar Is Real Star of New Film

By A. D. McKenziePARIS, Jun 2 2020 (IPS-Partners) The film Haingosoa had barely made it onto screens in France when the government ordered a lockdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Theatres, cinemas, museums and other cultural institutions had to shutter their doors, leaving the arts world scrambling to salvage numerous projects. A.D. McKenzie While the lockdown rules have now been eased, cinemas...

This Year of Living Dangerously

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR and SYDNEY, Jun 2 2020 – Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno delivered his annual Independence or National Day address on 17 August 1964 anticipating the forthcoming year as Tahun vivere pericoloso, the ‘year of living dangerously’. 2020 may well be the world’s turn, and not only due to the obvious Covid-19 threat to the world. Jomo...

Is the Fight for Human Rights & Racial Justice Overriding the Coronavirus Risk?

Black Lives Matter protest in London May 31. Credit: Tara Carey / Equality Now By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 2 2020 – The deadly coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the lives of over 372,000 people worldwide, has reinforced the concept of “social distancing” which bars any gathering of over 10 or 20 people – whether at a social event, a wedding, a political rally or even a funeral. In...

Beyond the Crisis

Now is the time to take advantage of this opportunity to build a better world   Kristalina Georgieva is managing director of the IMF By Kristalina GeorgievaWASHINGTON DC, Jun 2 2020 – Looking back to the start of 2020, the world has changed almost beyond recognition. To protect public health, the global economy was put into stasis. Shops closed, factories were mothballed, and people’s...

The Pandemic Underlines America’s Ingrained Racism

Black Lives Matter protest in London May 31. Credit: Tara Carey / Equality Now By Dr Alon Ben-MeirNEW YORK, Jun 2 2020 – The murder of George Floyd by a police officer in broad daylight came amid a high point in the continuing rampage of the coronavirus throughout the country, killing over 100,000 and infecting nearly 2 million while more than 45 million have lost their jobs. The death of...

As Minneapolis Burns, Trump’s Presidency is Sinking Deeper into Crisis. And yet, he may still be Re-elected

Sipa USA Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/Sip By External SourceMELBOURNE, Australia, Jun 2 2020 – Violence has erupted across several US cities after the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was shown on video gasping for breath as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck. The unrest poses serious challenges for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as each...

Bombardier Concludes Sale of the CRJ Series Regional Jet Program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

All amounts in this press release are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated. MONTREAL, June 01, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) confirmed today the closing of the previously announced sale of the CRJ Series aircraft program to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) (TOKYO:7011) for a cash consideration of approximately $550 million, subject to post–closing adjustments...

Two-thirds of Tropical Forests ‘Under Threat in Next Decade’

Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, Sabah, Borneo. Copyright: Dr. Lindsay F. Banin By Bruno de PierroSÃO PAULO, Brazil, Jun 1 2020 – Tropical forests can develop resistance to a warmer climate, but 71 per cent will come under threat in the next decade if global average temperatures reach two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study warns. Forest-dependent communities and the global...

The Consequential Effects of Covid-19 on the Climate Crisis

Credit: UNDP, Ghana By Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin OkyenheneACCRA Ghana, Jun 1 2020 – The tragedy of the coronavirus pandemic and its associated challenges have thrown our world into chaos, with the virus destroying lives and livelihoods in its path. The whole world is presently seized by the effects of the pandemic, but there is a silent crisis of equal measure that has long been ravaging...

COVID 19 – Conspiracy or Apocalypse? – Part I

By Daud Khan and Leila Yasmine KhanAMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 1 2020 – As the COVID-19 virus spread rapidly around the globe, so did various theories about what caused the pandemic. According to the standard scientific theory, the virus probably originated in bats and then crossed over to humans, probably via another intermediate host. It then spread rapidly across the globe, piggybacking on the international...