Monday , August 3rd , 2020  

Kashmir Now Hotspot of Illegal Riverbed Mining

Riverbed mining in Arin, which flows into the Jhelum river via Wular Lake in Kashmir. Courtesy: ThirdPole.net/Athar Parvaiz By Athar ParvaizAug 3 2020 – Going against its own orders, the government in the Indian Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered the fast-tracking of environmental clearances despite manifest evidence of illegal sand mining. A few months after the Jammu and Kashmir...

With Proper Investment in Youth, Kenya’s Potential for Progress Is Unlimited

Kenyan youth at the Kasarani stadium in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. PHOTO-Nation media By Ruth Kagia and Siddharth ChatterjeeNAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 3 2020 – Africa’s demographic boom has been hailed as its biggest promise for transforming the continent’s economic and social outcomes, but only if the right investments are made to prepare its youthful population for tomorrow’s world. Consider...

SDGs: Accelerating Action & Transformative Pathways through Nature-based Solutions

Unless we make bold changes in the way we produce our food and manage our land, we will not be able to cut emissions sufficiently and keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Credit: UNDP Afghanistan By Haoliang XuUNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 2020 – The theme of this year’s High-Level Political Forum, where governments reviewed progress on the Sustainable Development Goals was “Accelerated...

The COVID-19 Plastic Pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has unleashed a plastic pandemic, reversing the achievement of a decade of activism against single-use plastic worldwide, including Nepal. Credit: BIKRAM RAI By Sonia Awale and Ramesh KumarKATHMANDU, Aug 3 2020 – The coronavirus pandemic was a respite for nature everywhere. The air was cleaner, trekking trails were pristine, the summit of Mt Everest was deserted, and worldwide...

Why the African Free Trade Area Could be the Game-Changer for the Continent’s Economies

A bigger free trade area will not only boost intra-regional trade, it will also hasten the development of regional supply chains. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS. By External SourceAug 2 2020 – Most economists see structural transformation as one of the main routes to Africa’s sustainable development. What it means is changing the share of agriculture, manufacturing and services in an economy....

European Commission clears Alstom’s acquisition of Bombardier Transportation

MONTRÉAL, July 31, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) and Alstom welcome the European Commission's decision for conditional clearance of the proposed acquisition of Bombardier Transportation by Alstom. The Commission's approval for the transaction is conditional on certain proposed engagements that consist of: A transfer of Bombardier Transportation's contribution...

The Charter of the United Nations: Ideals for Shaping Our Reality

Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in the Great Lakes region. New York, 3 October 2019. Credit: UN Photo/Laura Jarriel By Nicolas de RivièreNEW YORK, Jul 31 2020 – “Reconciling the requirements of the ideal with the possibilities of the real”: this is how Georges Bidault, Minister for...

Modern Tools, Age-old Wisdom: on India-Sri Lanka Relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Credit: V.V. Krishnan, the Hindu By Prasad KariyawasamCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Jul 31 2020 – The unique India-Sri Lanka relationship, de jure, is between equals as sovereign nations. But it’s asymmetric in terms of geographic size, population, military and economic power, on the one hand, and social indicators and...

Southeast Asia Has a Chance to Build Back Better Post-Pandemic

A boat on Pasig River in the Philippines. The Philippines has the highest mortality rate from the coronavirus in Southeast Asia. Credit:Kara Santos/IPS By Samira SadequeUNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 2020 – Southeast Asia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been efficient, but some areas such as data privacy, measures to go back to normalcy after lockdown is lifted, and resources for migrant...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Joaquín RoyMIAMI, Jul 31 2020 – In the cinematic context of the death of the Italian and universal composer, Ennio Morricone, author of the background music of more than four hundred films, as an indirect tribute, Europe took a solid step. The European Union’s (EU) forceful ban on accepting travelers from the rest of the world has been decided simultaneously with a collective option:...