Finland and Sweden to formally submit NATO applications

Sweden and Finland will formally submit applications to join NATO today due to the threat from Moscow and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson says the two Nordic countries will go “hand in hand throughout the process”. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg affirms that the two nations will be received “with … Read more

No quick end for children trapped in tobacco production — Global Affairs

Children working on tobacco plantations in Chipangali District, in the Eastern Province of Zambia. Credit: Brenda Chitindi, British Medical Journal, 2015. Opinion by Judith Mackay, Leonce Dieudonne Leonce (hong kong / lome) Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Inter Press Service HONG KONG/LOME, May 17 (IPS) – Despite the World Day Against Child Labor launched in 2002 … Read more

When Saviors Are the Problem — Global Affairs

Opinion by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Anis Chowdhury (Sydney and Kuala Lumpur) Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Inter Press Service SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 (IPS) – Central bank policies have often worsened economic crises instead of solving them. By raising interest rates in response to inflation, they often exacerbate, rather than mitigate, business cycles and … Read more

Abortion case ‘brings pro-life Republicans’ to the polls

Democrats care about abortion rights but aren’t as motivated to go to the polls as the GOP’s pro-life wing, says former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. “It gets Republicans to the polls more than Democrats,” he told Sky News Australia. “There will be an impact, I think, albeit a very small one in … Read more

There is no climate transition without securing land rights: global problems

Opinion by Alexander Müller, Jes Weigelt (Sedan) Monday, May 16, 2022 Inter Press Service BERLIN, May 16 (IPS) – The landmark decision on land tenure by parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in 2019 offers a blueprint for the upcoming climate talks in Sharm El Sheikh in November. . The ongoing … Read more

Loud youth voices demand an end to child labor — Global Affairs

Lucky Agbavor, a former child laborer from Ghana, shared a personal testimony from his life at the 5th World Conference on the Elimination of Child Labor as a former child laborer. Credit: Cecilia Russell/IPS Children forced into child labor are robbed of their childhood with dire consequences at the 5th World Conference on the Elimination … Read more

Vladimir Putin wants to ‘give himself the legacy of restoring Russian glory’

Former British commander Richard Kemp says Vladimir Putin is not “crazy” or “clinically insane”, but rather the Russian president is acting with his “legacy” in mind. “I think he has a very different outlook on life than we do,” Colonel Kemp told Sky News Australia. “What he wants is to give himself the legacy of … Read more

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for COVID-19

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has tested positive for COVID-19. She says she started experiencing symptoms last night and tested strongly positive this morning. Ms Ardern had been in isolation since last Sunday when her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive. She says she’s “gutted” about being out of the office for the next seven … Read more