Wanted: 11 million professionals to save Africa from “disaster”

Six in ten Africans lack access to basic sanitation and on average there are only 1.7 medical professionals per 1,000 inhabitants – well below the minimum international standard   Africa needs 11 million more doctors, nurses and teachers by 2030 to prevent a “social and economic disaster” that could propel millions to migrate, the United […]

Why 1997 Asian Crisis Lessons Lost

Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service   Various different, and sometimes contradictory lessons have been drawn from the 1997-1998 East Asian crises. Rapid or V-shaped recoveries and renewed growth in most developing countries in the new century also served to postpone the urgency of far-reaching reforms. The crises’ complex ideological, political and policy implications have […]

Can multi-resistance to antibiotic be reversed?

IANS   Developing chemicals to slow down an enzyme that provides multi-resistance to antibiotics may be the key to reverse antibiotic resistance, results from twin-studies have suggested.   Resistance to antibiotics is becoming increasingly prevalent and threatens to undermine healthcare systems across the globe.   Beta-lactamases are enzymes produced by bacteria, that provide multi-resistance to […]

To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed

Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram Inter Press Service   As the United Nations’ Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) comes to an end, more self-congratulation is likely. Claims of victory in the war against poverty will be backed by recently released poverty estimates from the World Bank, entrusted by the UN system […]

A timely work on black money and tax havens

Meghna Mittal IANS Book Review: Black Money And Tax Havens; Author: R. Vaidyanathan; Publisher: Westland Publications; Pages: 184; Price: Rs 350   Black money and tax havens are the flavours of the day or months. So a book on the subject comes at the right time. Just how much black money is there in India? […]

Seven thousand people have your face, scientists reveal

Nury Vittachi IANS   A reader said she saw me in her city. “But I’ve never been there,” I said. “I just have a common face.”   This happens a lot. I once recognised myself on the other side of a crowded bar once before, realising that it was probably someone else. (It was late […]

Poor nations suffer most deaths, economic pain from wild weather

Laurie Goering Thomson Reuters Foundation   Fatalities and economic losses from severe weather are rising in many of the world’s poorest countries as climate change and a lack of disaster preparedness worsen threats, risk experts said.   Over the last 35 years, 60 percent of weather-related deaths globally were among people who earn $1,000 a […]

The Urbanisation of Malnutrition

The Urbanisation of Malnutrition

Manipadma Jena Inter Press Service   Poor shelter, lack of sanitation and hygiene in slums, and insufficient family and community support further compound the problems of the urban poor   Rapid urbanisation is increasingly shifting the impacts of malnutrition from rural to urban areas. One in three stunted under-five children out of 155 million across […]

Could cyberattacks knock out lights in the US? Not so easily

Associated Press   Hackers likely linked to the North Korean government targeted a U.S. electricity company late last month, according to a security firm that says it detected and stopped the attacks.   John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis for FireEye, said Wednesday that phishing emails were sent on Sept. 22 to executives at the […]

‘Millions of weavers vulnerable due to GST’

Mudita Girotra IANS Millions of India’s poor artisans and craftspeople, struggling to keep alive their traditional crafts and livelihoods, have been hit hard by the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that has pitted them in an unequal battle against machine-made products, says craft activist Laila Tyabji.   “The position of weavers is […]