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Biden-Harris Administration Committed to Building Resilient Agricultural Supply Chains

Soil degradation: over one-third of the Corn Belt, the epicenter of American corn and soybean production, has lost its carbon-rich top soil.  Credit: Bigstock. Opinion by Esther Ngumbi (urbana, illinois) Friday, February 26, 2021 Inter Press Service URBANA, Illinois, Feb 26 (IPS) – The White House, under the Presidency of Joe Biden just released an Executive […]

Ending Inequality is Everyones Business

Opinion by Tlaleng Mofokeng (johannesburg, south africa) Thursday, February 25, 2021 Inter Press Service JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Feb 25 (IPS) – The UNAIDS 2020 Global AIDS Update gave us a clear indication why the world did not meet the Fast-Track targets by 2020. Inequality, perpetuated by structural oppression such as gender inequality; economic disparity; including human […]

Energy Crisis: Tribal Behavior or Quality Decisions Based on Conscious Trade-Offs?

The blackouts and shortages in Texas, paradoxically an energy hub, raise first of all empathy for those affected, as this situation brings to the fore in a vivid way something already well understood: the central role that energy plays. Credit: Bigstock. Opinion by Marta Jara (montevideo) Thursday, February 25, 2021 Inter Press Service MONTEVIDEO, Feb 25 […]

Lebanon: A Lion Pit for Journalism

Opinion by Cendrella Azar (beirut, lebanon) Thursday, February 25, 2021 Inter Press Service BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb 25 (IPS) – Our deadliest nightmare is back: Political assassinations in Lebanon is back with the horrific murder of Luqman Slim, a vocal critic of Hezbollah. Slim’s assassination is the first killing of a high-profile activist and outspoken journalist in […]

Drug Use is a Health Issue – We Need to Decriminalize

Simona Marinescu Opinion by Simona Marinescu (apia, samoa) Thursday, February 25, 2021 Inter Press Service APIA, Samoa, Feb 25 (IPS) – Vulnerable people need support, not stricter lawsEarlier this month, and in December 2020 the Government of Samoa conducted operations that resulted in the confiscation of a total of 1,400 grams of methamphetamine at the border, […]

Is the USA Fit to Rejoin the UN Human Rights Council?

National civic space ratings from the CIVICUS Monitor, which uses up-to-date information and indicators to assess the state of freedom of association, peaceful assembly and expression for all UN Member States. Credit: CIVICUS Monitor Opinion by Emily Standfield (toronto, canada) Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Inter Press Service Emily Standfield is CIVICUS Member and data volunteer. TORONTO, […]

Mexico to Ban Glyphosate, GM Corn Presidential Decree Comes Despite Intense Pressure from Industry, U.S. Authorities

Tractor caravan to Mexico City farmer protest demands “Mexico Free of Transgenics”. Credit: Enrique Perez S./ANEC Opinion by Timothy A. Wise (cambridge ma) Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Inter Press Service CAMBRIDGE MA, Feb 24 (IPS) – Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador quietly rocked the agribusiness world with his New Year’s Eve decree to phase out […]

Myanmar: Heroes and Villains

Opinion by Jan Lundius (stockholm / rome) Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 23 (IPS) – Myanmar’s State Counsellor was recently deposed and arrested along with other leaders of her ruling party – National League for Democracy (NLD). The Leader of Tatmadaw, the Military, Min Aung Hlaing, announced that elections in […]

Developing Countries Struggling To Cope With COVID-19

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (sydney and kuala lumpur) Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23 (IPS) – The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting most developing countries disproportionately, especially the United Nations’ least developed countries (LDCs) and the World Bank’s low-income countries (LICs). Years of implementing neoliberal […]

How Technology Can Promote Multilingualism & How it Cannot

At a 2018 joint meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Economic and Social Committee, a robot named Sophia had an interactive session with Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed. Credit: UN Photo/Manuel Elias Opinion by Ian Richards, Mohamed Chiraz Baly (geneva) Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Inter Press Service Ian Richards is a […]