Daily Global Issues Brief - April 29, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning everyone, here are my top 5 news on global issues: #Yemen #explosives #Eurozone #PuertoRico #Zika and #IvoryCoast - #GoodStoryFriday: After a failed 2002 coup, Ivory Coast plunged into violence and political instability followed by a decade of tensions, and flair ups of fighting. The UN established a peacekeeping mission and imposed sanctions. Ivory Coast has since grown – democratically and economically. Today, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to lift remaining sanctions and pull out the 6,000 UN peacekeepers and international police by next April. The UN mission will officially close in June 2017. A success story indeed and a #goodnewsFriday.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 28, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, here are my top 5 ‪news‬ on global issues: ‪‎climate change‬ around the ‪world‬, ‪#Syria‬, ‪#‎NorthKorea,‬ ‪#‎Nigeria‬ and ‪#‎Austria‬ - Lack of water and food for more than 60 million people worldwide – that is this El Niño’s legacy. The UN warns that “worse-case scenario” is likely if the $2.2 billion funding gap for aid isn’t met. Think the current migrant crisis is bad? We’ve seen nothing yet. - Syrian government perfected the “double-tap” tactic: bomb high-density civilian centers and then strike nearest hospitals/clinics leaving no emergency care. The war crime award goes to… - Nigeria and EU are discussing the replica of the EU-Turkey migrant deal where EU would provid

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 27, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning! Here are my top 5 news stories on global issues - Venezuela, Zanzibar (Tanzania), North Korea, South Sudan and the Philippines. - The mixture of severe drought, poor planning and mismanagement led to Venezuela’s energy crisis: rolling blackouts and a government administration that is now to work only Mondays and Tuesdays to save power. It is no surprise that the country is swept by protests and looting. -What will Kim Jong Un feature as his achievements at the upcoming party congress, 1st in almost 40 years? Most agree – a 5th nuclear test. - The situation in South Sudan continues to alarm the humanitarian community – growing displacement, violence and death. Meanwhile, the ai

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 26, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, my top 5 news on global issues today are from #UK #Philippines #Turkey #Crimea and #SaudiArabia - The outcry against UK’s vote to turn its back on 3,000 unaccompanied #Syrian #refugee #children ought to be deafening! The reasoning that taking in unaccompanied children would lead to more kids being sent alone is just pure false…in the meantime, it is estimated that 10,000 children disappeared upon arriving to Europe, likely stolen by criminal gangs. That is unacceptable - are we not for child protection anymore? - As Turkey accepts third wave of deported migrants, it vows to boost protections for Syrian and non-Syrian refugees – giving legal cover to deportations under the EU-Tu

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 25, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, here are my top 5 news on global issues from Afghanistan, China, Burundi, the Middle East and Austria - Following the deadly attacks in Kabul, President Ghani drops the idea of peace talks with the Taliban and urges Pakistan to do the same - a sign of a harsher stance against their neighbor notoriously known for its 'unofficial' support of the terrorist group - CHINA: foreign non-governmental organizations operating in China face ambiguity with a new law that gives Chinese police power to oversee their activities in the name of national security - AUSTRIA: another EU country elects right-wing party into power, bringing anti-immigration policies to the forefront of the national

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 22, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning & happy Earth Day! Today's top 5 news on global issues from China, Syria, Venezuela, Egypt and USA - CHINA nears the completion of its 1st floating nuclear power plant to supply electricity to the islands it claims in the South China Sea. Oh what could possibly go wrong with that...! - EGYPT authorities are "proactively" rounding up activists, journalists and lawyers ahead of planned demonstrations against President Sisi - Today's #GoodStoryFriday: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new measures to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the city's million-plus buildings 80% by 2050. Happy Earth Day!

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HELP SHAPE THEM! Case for evolving the “adapt globally, integrate locally” paradigm It was a familiar scene with yet another full-blown complex emergency at our doorsteps. The meeting participants anxiously took seats around the conference room table in the United Nations compound. An atmosphere of dignity, of importance, of profound expertise filled the room: Executive Directors, Special and Country Representatives, presidents of award-winning non-governmental organizations… one could not help but be sucked into the visual impressiveness. Men and women alike from all over the world with the highest of professional and educational pedigrees sharing their knowledge to help people in need. Thi

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 20, 2016 (headlines)

Good afternoon, here are my top 5 news on global issues for today - Iraq, Ecuador, Yemen, Kenya, and the United States. -KENYA: Sell the ivory & rhino horns to fund conservation efforts VS. burn them to discourage poaching. That is the annual question. Kenya is vehemently against ivory trade and therefore chooses the path of burning all endangered materials seized from poachers. What are your thoughts? -US: Ms. Harriet Tubman, a woman of profound merit, the leader of the Underground Railroad, an abolitionist herself born a slave, will be featured on the face of the $20 bill. She'll be the first African American on US paper currency & the first woman depicted on money in 100 years. She'll rep

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 19, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, here are my top 5 news on global issues - today from Israel, Iraq, Macedonia, Colombia and Afghanistan. IRAQ - with the newest decision to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq to assist Iraqi forces' mission to retake Mosul, the number of US troops now stands at 4,000. This support isn't all that clear cut, creating ripple effects in PM Abadi's bewildered government. COLOMBIA - The Colombian Government paused the spraying of illegal coca crops after the weed killer was globally declared carcinogenic by WHO, but less than a year later, it is now resuming its use in the most costly manner imaginable: manually! This technique requires countless manpower to apply the herb

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 18, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, today's top 5 news on global issues are from Syria, Ethiopia, Brazil, Georgia and Japan SYRIA: Assad's government retaking territory, Turkey fighting Kurdish rebels.. let he who is without sin in this fragile ceasefire cast the first stone...oh wait, stones aka bombs and bullets are cast unabated ETHIOPIA: What will South Sudanese government's response be when Ethiopian troops pursue the weekend's attackers into South Sudan? GEORGIA: Like a James Bond movie, Georgian authorities thwart the sale of radioactive material. State and non-state actors with nuclear bomb ambitions are growing despite the simple truth - no one wins by detonating a nuclear bomb.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 15, 2016 (headlines)

Today's DGI Brief of top 5 news on global issues from Guatemala, Egypt, Belgium, North Korea and a #GoodStoryFriday about the OIC. The 2-day summit of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul concluded today with leaders of the Islamic world pledging to work together to combat terrorism and most notably to overcome sectarian divide. King Salman of Saudi Arabia as well as Iranian President Rouhani were among the representatives - yes, pledges are just words until they turn into actions, but the fact that Islamic leaders are talking is commendable and hopeful. #GoodStoryFriday

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 14, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, today's DGI Brief of top 5 news on global issues are from Nigeria, Ukraine, Pakistan, Iraq and US/Philippines. NIGERIA: Today marks two years that 276 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram. The groups appalling tactics of using children, especially girls, as suicide bombers is creating a deep societal problems - mistrust, fear, shaming and shunning those children who are rescued. The interventions must go beyond #BringBackOurGirls... they must be #BringBackOurChildhood

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 13, 2016 (headlines)

Good morning, today's top 5 news on global issues are from Syria, France, Kashmir, Saudi Arabia and Macedonia. SYRIA: Parliamentary elections in Syria took place today, and while most of the world's governments (excluding Russia, obviously) declared it a sham, many Syrians felt a sense of empowerment, control and personal choice in these otherwise horrid times. KASHMIR: India has an opportunity - and a responsibility! - to meaningfully address the sexual and gender-based violence so entrenched in its culture - punish the perpetrators. In this case in its army ranks.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 12, 2016 (headlines)

Today's top 5 news on global issues are from Nigeria, Afghanistan, Brazil, the European Union and Libya. + Boko Haram's use of children as suicide bombers in Nigeria is on the rise, complicating return and reintegration efforts for the victims of abductions - what if any program initiatives in Nigeria help to welcome them back? Are they simply left to be shunned by their communities for fear and dishonor? + BRAZIL: The following article provides interesting analysis for Brazil's road ahead should President Rousseff be impeached. Even though the steps toward recovery of Brazilian politics and economy are simply, they won't at all be easy. http://americasquarterly.org/content/brazils-que-se-v

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 8, 2016 (video)

Daily Global Issues Brief – April 8, 2016 IRAQ: Residents of Fallujah are starving – ISIS controls, Iraqi military besieges LIBYA: Islamic State in Libya has doubled in the last year BANGLADESH: After brutal murder, US considers granting asylum to number of Bangladeshi bloggers TURKEY/ISRAEL: After 6 years, Turkey and Israel to resume diplomatic relations MYANMAR: Government begins releasing political prisoners Thank you for your support. Please, don't forget to subscribe.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 7, 2016 (video)

Daily Global Issues Brief – April 7, 2016 NIGERIA: Military opening rehabilitation camps for defected Boko Haram fighters IRAQ: The Pentagon considers new military outposts in Iraq GREECE: 24-hour public sector strike against social security reforms shuts down Greece DARFUR: 138,000 people displaced as conflict escalates; Sudanese government denies access to humanitarians KENYA: ICC says mistrial of Kenya’s Vice President for crimes against humanity due to intimidation of witnesses Thank you for your support. Please, don't forget to subscribe.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 6, 2016 (video)

Daily Global Issues Brief – April 6, 2016 SOUTH AFRICA: Parliament voted against the impeachment of President Zuma JAPAN: Court rejected appeal to shut down Japan’s operational nuclear reactors WORLD: At least 8.5% of the world’s population have diabetes, says WHO SYRIA: US accuses Syrian government of preventing humanitarian aid delivery BANGLADESH: 20 million Bangladeshis being poisoned by arsenic-laced groundwater, says HRW Thank you for your support. Please, don't forget to subscribe.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 5, 2016 (video)

Daily Global Issues Brief – April 5, 2016 PALAU: The Pacific island nation faces complete water outage due to extreme drought TURKEY: Cyber Attack -Personal information of 50 million Turks leaked by hackers WORLD: Global military spending rises to $1.7 trillion ICELAND: Prime Minister resigns over “Panama Leak” offshore holdings NORTH KOREA: China restricts trade with North Korea as Pyongyang advances nuclear ambitions Thank you for your support. Don't forget to subscribe.

Daily Global Issues Brief - April 4, 2016 (video)

Daily Global Issues Brief – April 4, 2016 YEMEN: President reshuffles cabinet, appoints new Vice President and Prime Minister PAKISTAN: Flash floods and mudslides kill over 63 people in northwestern Pakistan BURUNDI: UN Security Council requests UN Police deployment to monitor insecurity in Burundi BELGIUM: Brussels Airport partially resumes flights on Sunday GREECE: Greece begins migrant/refugee deportations under EU-Turkey deal Thank you for your support. Don't forget to subscribe.

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