November 21, 2017

Category Archives: Current Issues

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IPS) – On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country’s Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believe that the United States had not.Read the full story, “Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief

Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 25 (IPS) – A Manual for Investigative Interviewing to abolish torture among detainees suspected of crime is in the pipeline, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said today.Read the full story, “Torturing Detainees Is Immoral and Ineffective, Says UN Human Rights Chief”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 26 (IPS) – The Trump administration’s promise to increase infrastructure spending should break the straightjacket the Republicans imposed on the Obama administration after capturing the US Congress in 2010. However, in proportionate terms, it falls far short of Roosevelt’s New Deal effort to revive the US economy in the 1930s.Read the full story, “More Public Spending, Not Tax Cuts, for Sustainable, Inclusive Growth”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico

Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Sep 26 (IPS) – For environmentalist Patricia Ruiz the only word that comes to mind is “devastating,” when describing the situation of mercury mining in her home state of Querétaro in central Mexico.Read the full story, “Mercury Mining Awaits International Control in Mexico”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?

Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?

ROME, Sep 27 (IPS) – Each year, the electronics industry generates up to 41 million tonnes of e-waste, but as the number of consumers rises, and the lifespan of devices shrinks in response to demand for the newest and best, that figure could reach 50 million tonnes this year, according to specialised studies.Read the full story, “Where Do 50 Million Tonnes a Year of Toxic E-Waste Go?”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks

Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks

PHILADELPHIA and NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (IPS) – The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 is unable to see the wood for the trees. Life and death questions are dealt with perfunctorily or simply overlooked. For example, it overlooks the rapid rise in the share of the old (60 years or more), and associated morbidities, especially sharply rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and disabilities. With rising age, numerous physiological changes occur and the risk of chronic diseases rises. The co-occurrence of chronic diseases and disability elevates the risk of mortality.Read the full story, “Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks”, on Continue Reading

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World

Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World

WALLINGFORD, CT, US, Sep 08 (IPS) – The worldwide impact cancer has is well known. It is the second leading cause of death globally, and according to the World Health Organization, was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in 2015. Globally, nearly 1 in 6 deaths are due to cancer and of those deaths approximately 70 percent occur in low and middle-income countries.Read the full story, “Deadly Asbestos Still Widely Used Around the World”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda

ROME, Sep 11 (IPS) – When officials and experts from all over the world started the first-ever environmental summit hosted by China, they were already aware that climate and weather-related disasters were already seriously beginning to set the international agenda – unprecedented floods in South Asia, strongest ever hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and catastrophic droughts striking the Horn of Africa, among the most impacting recent events.Read the full story, “Floods, Hurricanes, Droughts… When Climate Sets the Agenda”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune

Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sep 18 (IPS) – Forsaken and driven out by their home country Myanmar, tens of thousands of Rohingyas are struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people.Read the full story, “Rohingya: A Trail of Misfortune”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?

Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 20 (IPS) – After finally breaking silence with a much anticipated address on the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has disappointed the world as she refuses to acknowledge the plight of her country’s Rohingya community.Read the full story, “Aung San Suu Kyi: A Leader in Denial?”, on globalissues.org →Continue Reading

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