Monthly Archives: May 2015

Borders, Security & Separation
By admin May 31, 2015

  Since the treaty of Verdun in 843 there has been a call for visibly defined territories so that there can be clear control of one’s territory, and that of others. We believe that borders are a thing of the past and have come to accept the preconception that globalisation has eroded state power, barriers

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Crackdown on Protesters in Burundi; Burundian Refugees Hit by Cholera Epidemic
By admin May 29, 2015

After the crackdown on protesters killing at least 20 people, East African leaders have planned a meeting to discuss the political crisis in Burundi.  The protests originated last month due to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for a third term in office, which critics believe to be unconstitutional. Peace talks were boycotted by the president’s opponents

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A Humanitarian Pledge for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
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  Nuclear disarmament and Non-Proliferation is at a fundamental crossroads. Moving beyond rhetoric is essential in making headway when it comes to nuclear disarmament, on a global scale. The shift in the global rhetoric on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferations reflects, at best, significant progress in the re-thinking of the disarmament and non-proliferation framework.   Rethinking

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The State and Cost of Maternal Mortality
By admin May 27, 2015

  Reduced maternal mortality rates (MMR) have been celebrated around the world over the past 15 years. The MMR dropped by 45 percent from 1990 to 2013 when Millennium Development Goal 5 was pursued to meet its target to reduce the rate by three quarters by 2015. Despite the unmet target, the common efforts to

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Back to the Future: Affordable Water Technology as the Key to Meeting the post-2015 SDGs
By admin May 22, 2015

Science and technology have much to offer for development, and it is only by going back to the future, that we are able to advance this nexus with a view of meeting the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by 2030. The post-2015 SDGs have several water-oriented targets.SDG 6 proposes to: “ensure the availability and sustainable

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U.N. Appeals for More Time to Bring Aid to Areas of Conflict in Yemen
By admin May 21, 2015

           After the end of a five-day truce, the U.N. appealed for more time to bring aid to areas of a conflict zone in Yemen. According to the U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator, Johannes Van Der Klaauw, only half of the supplies were delivered before Saudi strikes resumed on Sunday, therefore he stated

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Commit to Meet Global Food Security and Nutrition Needs
By admin May 19, 2015

(Image source: the guardian)   The G20 Ministers of Agriculture meeting was held on 7-8 May 2015 in Istanbul to discuss global food security and nutrition issues. As the world population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050, food security has become a great concern for the G20 countries as well as developing countries.

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Colombia Halts Controversial Aerial Fumigations
By admin May 17, 2015

After two decades Colombia has announced that it will suspend controversial aerial fumigations of illegal coca plants, a key policy of Plan Colombia. This decision comes as several scientific reports increasingly suggest that the herbicide glyphosate is carcinogenic – cancerous to humans. This problem has also been highlighted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which

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An African-Asian Development Bank: Stronger than BRICS?
By admin May 15, 2015

  In the recent 60th commemoration of the Asia-African Summit: Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity in Jakarta, Indonesia; the idea of an African-Asian Development Bank was discussed. Such a move comes at a time where emerging players in the global arena are seeking to shift the balance of power away from the dominating

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Trans-Pacific Partnership- Pros and Cons
By admin May 14, 2015

In the United States, the Senate is voting to give President Obama fast-track authority to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. The twelve-nation trade pact would encompass 40 percent of the global economy and has been negotiated behind closed doors. This free trade agreement with Europe and Asia failed to pass on Tuesday due to

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European Union Proposes Refugee Quota for Member States
By admin May 13, 2015

A new proposal, within the European Union, aims for all members to share the burden of immigration by imposing an immigrant quota on the 28 countries in the union. This proposal is supported by Germany but resisted by the Conservative UK government, among others. It will be launched at the end of the month, by

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Humanitarian Situation in Yemen Going Through a Civil War
By admin May 12, 2015

Since March 2015, Yemen has been suffering from a civil war, where two factions assert their legitimacy in constitution of the government. According to Yemen Times, the ongoing civil war has engendered more than 400 deaths and 4,000 wounded people as of May 2nd. The city of Aden has been devastated; more than 100,000 people

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Bringing Awareness to the Issues People Affected by Albinism Face
By admin May 7, 2015

Over the past few weeks the United Nations has been highlighting stories of survivors targeted by hate crimes because of their albinism and, on this past Tuesday, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched a website aimed at disproving myths about albinism. Albinism is a very rare condition that affects approximately

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Save Lives: Clean Your Hands – INGOs Focus on Hand Hygiene to Improve Global Health
By admin May 5, 2015

On May 5th the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as, international partners and governments celebrate the Save Lives: Clean Your Hands campaign. The campaign was launched 10 years ago along with the WHO Clean is Safer Care programme, the campaign aims to encourage healthcare providers to practice

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Zimbabwe is in Need of Irrigation Investment for its Agriculture Industry
By admin May 1, 2015

After experiencing floods in December and January last year, Zimbabwe is now suffering from a dry spell. One of the most severe consequences was the crop failure declared by the government this March. It was the time that farmers should have been harvesting maize. However, in some parts of Zimbabwe affected by the drought the

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