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BY ROSHNI MAJUMDAR UNITED NATIONS: On 23rd August, just days before thousands of Rohingyas began fleeing their homes from Rakhine State, Aung San Suu Kyi’s recently appointed Rakhine Advisory Commission, established in 2016, submitted its final report. The engaging of an independent Commission, tasked with recommending newer ways of improving…

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BY BAHER KAMAL ROME: Exacerbated by climate-related shocks, increasing conflicts have been a key driver of severe food crisis and recently re-emerged famines, a major United Nations joint report has just revealed. Hunger and under nutrition are significantly worse where conflicts are prolonged and institutional capacities weak, on 15 September…

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ROME: Africa contributes only 4 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, while six of the 10 most affected countries by climate change are in Africa, warns a major agricultural research for development partnership, while stressing the urgent need to scale up climate-smart agriculture, improve forestry and transform the productivity of…

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BY DR. HANIF HASSAN AL QASSIM GENEVA, Switzerland: The war in Syria has now entered its 6th year and is becoming the world’s worst man-made disaster. The humanitarian calamity in Syria has affected millions of lives; more than half of Syria’s pre-war population has been forced to flee, including 6.3…

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(Continued from Thursday) BY JIM LOBE ONCE again, actual evidence for the regime’s fragility is not offered. Indeed, although Rey Takeyh (in his Washington Post piece) claims that the 2009 Green Revolt “forever delegitimized the system and severed the bonds between state and society,” he fails to note that May’s…

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BY JIM LOBE WASHINGTON: Iran hawks suddenly have a new mantra: the Islamic Republic is the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, and the Trump administration should work to hasten the regime’s impending collapse. It’s not clear why this comparison has surfaced so abruptly. Its proponents don’t cite any tangible…

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BY INGE KAUL BERLIN:When the finance ministers of the G7 countries proposed the G20 in the late 1990s, a good sense of realism prevailed. They recognized that addressing issues of global finance required the political support from—and involvement of—emerging market economies. This view proved prescient in seeking policy responses to…

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BY ANIS CHOWDHURY AND JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR: The G20 leaders meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7 and 8 comes almost a decade after the grouping’s elevation to meeting at the heads of state/government level. Previously, the G20 had been an informal forum of finance ministers…

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KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent: A leading climate change mitigation and adaptation activist and former climate negotiator in the Caribbean says that the United States could protect its economic and political interest by helping the region to go green. Further, James Fletcher, a former Minister of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology…

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JOHANNESBURG: Valuing water is more than simply assigning costs to a scare resource—it is an essential step for transforming water governance to meet the needs of a prosperous future. This was a recurring view from participants at the first regional discussion on water organized in South Africa as part of…

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