America’s War on Abortion

Sep 23, 2020

Despite the World Health Organization (WHO) releasing a statement earlier this year articulating that, “services related to reproductive health are considered to be part of essential services during the COVID-19 outbreak,” legislators in some US states have been making relentless efforts to...

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”
Sep 17, 2020

Africa Needs Its Own “New Deal”

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?
Jun 26, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Shape Our Society?

How Social Media Is Changing Our World
Jun 17, 2020

How Social Media Is Changing Our World

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Refugees Build Bridges Across Society

Jun 15, 2020

While celebrating the contribution of refugees, we must acknowledge the importance of all who are driven from their homelands not only by fear and terror, but also by desperate need. Human bridges and personal connections have been built by great movements across the globe as people escape war and...

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

COVID-19 Brings an Epidemic of “Othering”

Jun 11, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, health-care systems around the world are left strained. The outbreak continues to throttle the efficiency of many health-care sectors, pushing some to the brink. While deficiencies within public health systems are exposed, other viral enemies have come to the...

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Where Is Mohammed bin Salman Taking the Saudi Kingdom?

Jun 10, 2020

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is grappling with COVID-19, an unresolved war in Yemen and collapsed oil prices. At the same time, recurrent purges of opponents of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) are harming the country’s foreign investment climate. Within this context, the ambitious Vision...

Three Scenarios for a Post-Coronavirus World

Three Scenarios for a Post-Coronavirus World

As the COVID-19 crisis is gradually slowing down, the world is bracing itself for a very likely second wave of the pandemic. While the shortcomings of the global response and the preparedness of individual countries will be open for debate and analysis for a long time to come, attempting to...

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Trump’s Treatment of WHO Boss Is a Lesson for Africa

Jun 04, 2020

We may not like what President Donald Trump is saying about the World Health Organization (WHO), China and the world at large. In fact, we do not like it at all, but Trump has a point, and acknowledging it would empower us to address him in earnest, with honesty and efficiency. The world is led...

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

The Deadly Disorder Behind COVID-19 and Police Violence

Jun 03, 2020

It was 1963 when the governor of Alabama, George Wallace, proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever … the name of the greatest people that ever trod this earth,” referring to people with Western European ethnic ancestry. This and the ensuing pro-segregation...

Solving Africa’s Hunger Challenge

Solving Africa’s Hunger Challenge

Jun 01, 2020

With border closures, supply chain interruptions and loss of income due to lockdowns caused by COVID-19, the number of people facing acute hunger around the world is estimated to rise from 135 million to 265 million this year. This is particularly the case in sub-Saharan Africa, where before the...

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

Abuse in Lockdown: Gender Violence in the Philippines

May 20, 2020

On April 6, it was reported that the Commission on Human Rights was calling for stronger measures to tackle the increased rates of domestic violence incidents in the Philippines due to the lockdown measures that were implemented on March 16. The quarantine is worsening the problem of...

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

India’s Health-Care System Is in Shambles

May 18, 2020

India has an abysmally low percentage of people with access to decent health care. About 300 million Indian citizens live below the poverty line and, for them, medicine is prohibitively expensive. For decades, serious medical conditions have pushed families into poverty and destitution. From 2000...

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

COVID-19 Arrives in Refugee Camps

May 18, 2020

The news on May 14 that two Rohingya refugees have tested positive for the coronavirus in the densely-populated camps in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, is chilling for those who have been drawing attention to the vulnerability of refugees and other displaced people to the COVID-19 pandemic. It...

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