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Blaming rich countries for Omicron’s impasse

Big pharma and Northern leaders have left poor countries vulnerable to the most contagious variant of COVID yet. AAs the world prepares for the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, more than a few questions remain unanswered. To what extent will reduced immunity from vaccines make people vulnerable to serious illness? Could […]

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Corruption report doesn’t let ‘clean’ countries off the hook for enabling global financial secrecy

A worrying new normal for corruption has taken hold internationally, reports anti-corruption organization Transparency International in its annual index, while highlighting the role of facilitators in aiding corruption. The Corruption Perceptions Index finds that levels of corruption have stagnated in the majority of countries over the past 10 years. With accountability and transparency reduced amid […]

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Thailand News Today | Thailand opens its borders to all countries (terms and conditions apply)

From February 1, Thailand opens its borders tomorrow to all countries. Terms and conditions of application. Meanwhile, Pattaya’s walking street plans to open in time for a US military exercise, and a Thai tourist exposes Phuket’s notorious taxi fares. You watch Thailand News Today, bringing you the headlines in Thailand and beyond. And in our […]

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Ghana and four other ‘smaller’ African countries will grow faster than Nigeria’s in 2022 – IMF

The federal government projects the economy will grow by 4.2% in its recently signed 2022 budget However, the IMF estimates that it will actually grow 2.7% below the expected average of 3.8% for sub-Saharan countries despite the size of Nigeria’s economy. The IMF also went further by listing Ghana and four other African countries as […]

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Unilever to cut thousands of jobs in more than 100 countries: report

Consumer goods giant Unilever is expected to announce thousands of job cuts worldwide this week, the BBC has reported. Soap maker Marmite and Dove will cut positions in more than 100 countries, with cuts in the “small thousands” expected, according to the BBC report citing a source. It comes […]

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Taliban urges countries to ‘not punish’ Afghans, release aid in diplomatic talks

Taliban representatives and Western diplomats have begun their first formal talks behind closed doors, meeting in Norway to discuss Taliban demands amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing the country. The Associated Press reported that a Taliban demand would unfreeze nearly $10 billion that the United States and Western countries have frozen as Afghans face starvation. […]

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Sportswashing is associated with certain countries – why not Israel? | Cycling

In the summer of 2020, a group of five cyclists from Ramallah were out for a ride when they were stopped by a group of Israeli settlers. According to Reuters, upon discovering that the cyclists were Palestinian, the settlers began throwing stones at them. Four escaped to a nearby field. One of them, Samer Kurdi, […]

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‘England is one of the most nature-deprived countries on earth’: Tony Juniper’s call to end binary thinking

Video by Phil Clarke Hill Nature is in poor condition. England is small, land is scarce and there are no simple answers to meet competing demands. But by getting farmers, politicians, activists, gardeners and dog walkers working together, we can make a difference. That’s the message of Tony Juniper, longtime environmental activist and, since 2019, […]

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Sharaka organizes several tree planting events for peace in the countries of the Abraham Accords

(January 19, 2022, JNS thread) In honor of the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat (January 16-17) and to celebrate the commitment of the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Israel to tree planting, conservation and of the environment, Sharaka has partnered with several organizations to plant trees while raising awareness of the environment and the […]

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Rights groups urge countries to lobby China for human rights ahead of Olympics — Radio Free Asia

Rights groups and a former United Nations official have issued a final appeal to the international community to use the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to pressure China to improve its record in on human rights, amid widespread persecution of Uyghur Muslims, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and other groups. Thousands of athletes, officials and diplomats from […]

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NPA chief says NAC status, supply chain crisis and militant state legislatures are on list of concerns for 2022

In 2022, we continue to engage on issues with the Biden administration and Congress, awaiting court rulings that have broad impacts on the natural products industry, and struggling at the state level to block proposals that would restrict access to popular natural products. One thing is clear: we are facing challenges from all sides. Here’s […]

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From corruption to the ‘mark of the beast’ – why countries like Malawi are battling Covid | Madalitso Wills Kateta

In January 2021, Malawian rights activist Paul Msoma wrote that he was in Kamuzu Central Hospital, struggling to breathe. The hospital had oxygen cylinders but no flowmeters – the instrument needed to connect him to these. I wondered where the funds that had been released for the country’s response to Covid-19 were going. “My situation […]

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What Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction means for women’s rights in other countries

The conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell for sex trafficking resonates beyond the borders of the United States and the United Kingdom, where the high-profile figures linked to the case reside. Women’s rights activists in France, Iran and Turkey told ABC News that it raised hopes in many victims that they too could get justice. In particular, […]