DGI Brief - June 30, 2016

Good morning, everyone. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #NorthAmerica #Afghanistan #Vietnam #India and global #humanitarian appeals - Currently, NORTH AMERICA gets only 37% of its energy from clean sources, despite Canada having a $3-bil surplus in electricity trade. The North American accord promises development of infrastructure to expand transmission lines across the continent. Presidents Obama, Pena Nieto & PM Trudeau – so called ‘Three Amigos summit” – also committed to ratifying the Paris Climate Agreement, and reduce greenhouse gases emissions including 40-45% cut in methane emissions from oil & gas industry. Fantastic step, that must immediately be followed by more. I k

DGI Brief - June 29, 2016

Happy Wednesday to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #stateofchildren #Turkey #EU #SouthSudan & the #Maldives - The State of the WORLD’s Children 2016 does also report on great progress made over the last decades, but we must work harder on solving our global issues because current trends are not encouraging. 750 million girls will be married off as child brides? Unacceptable! - TURKEY: Isn’t ISIS usually quick in claiming responsibility & spewing propaganda? Oh, beautiful Turkey, what’s happening to you? Even though it’s older, I highly recommend the following NYT op-ed on what happened to the “Turkish Model” http://nyti.ms/1QTpDcC - The 27 remaining EU leaders met w/o Brit

DGI Brief - June 28, 2016

Good morning, everyone. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Mexico #Brexit #Tanzania #Indonesia and #Yemen - MEXICO: Amnesty Int’l focused on female detainees – of 100 interviewed women, 72 reported sexual torture during arrest, 97 beaten or physically abused. Is the number 100 too low number to extrapolate system-wide conclusion? As a researcher I am cautious. As a woman, I say “absolutely not.” AI was prevented by Mexican authorities to interview more. The Attorney General’s Office did not comment. - BREXIT: it’d be tempting to throw up hands & let the ‘leave’ camp deal w/ the mess, but of course we can’t. Strong leadership is needed to steer the UK out as smoothly as possible.

DGI Brief - June 27, 2016

Happy Monday, all! Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Africa #Turkey #Jordan #USA and #Chile - According to UNICEF, at least 1 mil children suffer severe acute malnutrition & water shortages – affecting health facilities & schools, who struggle with water supply & sanitation. Malnourished children, overwhelmed healthcare system & poor sanitation are a recipe for disastrous disease outbreaks. Coping capacities of communities & governments are at risk by the scales of this crisis, potentially undoing decades of development in the region. While we provide aid, we must also seriously revamp our response system that is so very reactionary & not proactive. - The apologies between TURKE

DGI Brief - June 24, 2016

Happy Friday to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #UK #Nigeria #Turkey #SriLanka and a #GoodStoryFriday from #Syria - UK: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” (African proverb). I accept – with sadness – the decision of the Brits. They voted & made a choice. What concerns me is the enormous time & effort it will take on the part of the world governments & organizations to deal with Brexit & its consequences (EU, Scotland, Ireland etc.). Yet another distraction from truly pressing global issues that we need to be tackling together. - NIGERIA: The Bring Back Our Girls movement is concerned about Amina Ali Nkeki, her baby & mother who have not

DGI Brief - June 23, 2016

Good morning, everyone. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #DRCongo #LatinAmerica #USA #Kyrgyzstan and #aviation - DR CONGO: At least 1600 children were admitted to hospital w/ severe malaria, 95% of patients seeking care across the region were tested positive. But many areas have limited or no access to health clinics. The worrisome surge takes place only at the start of the peak malaria season – changing weather patterns (hotter, wetter) are causing a break in normal environmental & epidemiological equilibrium. The many ugly sides of global warming. - The outbreak across LATIN AMERICA of mosquito-borne & sexually transmitted Zika virus is linked to causing severe birth defects i

DGI Brief - June 22, 2016

Good morning, all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #NorthKorea #Colombia #Yemen #Zambia and #Sweden - In the spirit of ‘if at 1st you don’t succeed, dust yourself off & try again’ NORTH KOREA tested 5x before succeeding with 6th launch. The missile’s capacity is worrisome – 3,500km (2,180 miles) range would reach large parts of Asia & Pacific, including US military bases. Diplomats will have a rare opportunity to engage with North Korea at a 6-nation Forum in Beijing today. There won’t be any staggering commitments, but diplomacy is an exercise of patience & compromise. - The peace deal between COLOMBIA & FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) will be signed in Cuba this

DGI Brief - June 21, 2016

Good morning all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #China #Egypt #EU #PuertoRico and #world #activism - The numbers of CHINA’s meat consumption are staggering, but nowhere near the amount US & Australia eat (2x more). Eating a lot of meat contributes to obesity & diabetes. Additionally, 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from animal agriculture – livestock emit methane, while land clearing & fertilizers emit lots of carbon. The trend is that with economic development, the consumption of meat increases, something to really keep in mind in sustainable development. And what about the West? This year’s dietary guidelines encouraged less meat, but stopped short of any sign

DGI Brief - June 20, 2016

Happy Monday to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Haiti #Bahrain #Turkey #China #Venezuela and #displacement around the #world - As HAITI enters monsoon season, heavy rains & floods will increase risks – new cases are being registered daily while at least 10 towns are on red alert. Untreated water & poor sanitation are the means of disease transmission in a country where 42% do not have access to drinking water. You may recall the outbreak has been traced to UN peacekeepers and a compensation lawsuit by Haitian cholera victims against the United Nations is pending. - The move by predominantly Sunni BAHRAIN deepens the sectarian rift within its border & the region. Iran & Le

DGI Brief - June 17, 2016

Happy Friday to everyone! Today's top 5 global issues news are from #USA #Africa #EU #Pakistan and a #GoodStoryFriday from #India - USA: The officials voiced their disagreement in a leaked memo submitted through a dissent channel in the State Department, urging more robust military engagement to counter the Assad regime with its Russian support & move towards a transitional government. I’m proud & impressed that such dissent mechanism exists – that’s freedom. - AFRICA – The Mo Ibrahim Foundation committee, that awards the prize including $5 million over 10 years and annual $200,000 for life thereafter, couldn’t find a leader fitting criteria such as democratic election, serving of a mandated

DGI Brief - June 16, 2016

Good morning to all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are from #Poland #Israel #Ukraine #Iraq and #CentralAfricanRepublic - POLAND’s Environment Minister claims the logging in the Bialowieza Forest is coordinated w/ EU environmental authorities to fight the spread of bark beetle. Greenpeace & WWF disagree out of concern for biodiversity in this UNESCO world heritage site. If guilty, Poland could face severe fines. It won’t repair the damage, but can be a deterrent for other countries. - ISRAEL: Yaloon’s assessment sounds right, it is the core of politics throughout the world. It doesn’t mean that threats aren’t real, just that focusing on the enemy outside allows distraction from domestic

DGI Brief - June 15, 2016

Happy Wednesday! Today's top 5 news on global issues are about #Afghanistan #health #Russia #Syria and #Iran - NATO announced its allied forces will stay in all 4 sections of AFGHANISTAN until 2017, while committing $5 billion to Afghan security forces through 2020. This resulted in US Defense Secretary Carter saying US will review its troop reduction strategy (from 9,800 to 5,500). Given that White House expanded the use of US airstrikes & participation in combat earlier this month, Afghanistan will not be abandoned. I’m not a proponent of war, but our Afghan friends need help. - HEALTH: Good news for coffee drinkers, however more studies show possible link between esophageal cancer and dri

DGI Brief - June 14, 2016

Good morning. Today's top 5 news on global issues are from #Singapore #India #EU #Egypt and #Ethiopia #Eritrea - Due to drought in Malaysia, SINGAPORE’s water supplier, the island city-state achieved self-reliance through a mixture of desalination & water recycling projects as well as expanded catchment areas. #innovation #sustainability - INDIA’s increase in military imports & potential membership in NSG will undoubtedly drive Pakistan to build up more, which China sees as threat to its national interests. - Turkey is a dangerous bully & the EU is in a precarious situation – its approach to deal with the migration crisis sweeping across Europe only seems to play into the hands of other nati

DGI Brief - June 13, 2016

Happy Monday, all. Today's top 5 news on global issues from #Europe #Kenya #Bahrain #USA and #Brazil - KENYA: UNHCR is concerned that the time frame for refugees to repatriate to Somalia is too short – returning to a country w/ insecurity & lacking infrastructure will just displace people internally & that’s not a solution. - Mr. Rajab, the president of the BAHRAIN Center for Human Rights, helped to lead the country’s 2011 Arab Spring demonstrations & remains a vocal critic of the regime. He’s been jailed several times for his comments. His arrest came at a time of human rights conference in Geneva as a way for Bahrain to prevent people from travelling to the meeting. - US: Microsoft will pa

DGI Brief - June 10, 2016

Happy Friday to everyone. Today's top 5 news on global issues from #Syria #Afghanistan #Panama #SouthSudan and #GoodStoryFriday from #Iceland - SYRIA: the al-Hakim pediatric hospital was the only children’s care center in the area. Since 2011, rights groups documented 365 attacks on 259 medical facilities & deaths of 738 health care workers. 90% of those attacks were by Syrian government & its Russian allies. I feel so powerless, so furious… when will they stop? - AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan National Defense & Security Forces (ANDSF) do not have the capacity – training/equipment/will – to drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan, they can only attempt to somewhat hold the line. ANDSF’s operating bud

DGI Brief - June 9, 2016

Good morning, all. Today's top 5 news on global issues are about the #world #peace #Eritrea #Israel #Pakistan and the #Philippines WORLD peace has been deteriorating in the past decade – 25-yr highs in battle deaths from conflict, terrorism; 60-yr high in displacement. The gap btw least & most peaceful countries also widened. Learn more http://bit.ly/1tdEgn2 ERITREA’s forced conscription of young men & women into military service w/o an end was found to be at the top of list of committed & ongoing crimes of enslavement, imprisonment, disappearances, torture, rape & murder. Last year alone 47,000+ Eritreans applied for asylum in Europe, just a tip of the iceberg of mass exodus of especially y

DGI Brief - June 8, 2016

Happy Wednesday, all. Today's top 5 #news on global issues are from #Syria #USA #India #PapuaNewGuinea #Nigeria and the #EU: - SYRIA: Not a surprise position, just as it isn’t a surprise other parties won’t accept Assad’s declaration – to them it isn’t liberation. Sadly these hardline stances only extend the conflict. Can’t have peace w/o compromise. - If US & INDIA, the world’s 2nd & 3rd largest carbon emitters, put the Paris agreement to work this year, it will create a huge momentum. India is concerned about cost & financing, understandably, but the costs of not implementing the climate pact are…fatal. - IRAQ: ISIS shoots at Fallujah residents trying to flee, while militias backing Iraqi

DGI Brief - June 7, 2016

Good morning, world. Today's top 5 news on global issues are from #SaudiArabia #UnitedNations #Australia #Iraq #Haiti and #Burundi - SAUDI ARABIA/UN: The low of politics. - AUSTRALIA: Facebook & News Corp will stream the debate, aim is to reach more voters. - IRAQ: ISIS shoots Fallujah residents trying to flee, while Shia'a militias backing Iraqi forces detain those fleeing & interrogate w/ torture, a form of sectarian cleansing known to so many. - HAITI: All 54 candidates will be allowed to run, electoral commission puts in new measures to reduce fraud this time around. - BURUNDI: the crime of insulting the head of state is punishable by ½ to 5 yrs in prison and $32 fine. The students range

DGI Brief - June 6, 2016

Happy Monday, everyone. Today's top 5 news on global issues are from #Yemen #Nigeria #Afghanistan #Europe #NATO and #China - SAUDI ARABIA: Then please provide measurements that too can be independently verified. Oh what’s that silence? - NIGERIA: Due to conflict, displacement & food security, famine-like situation could occur w/o swift aid. Certainly couple millions can be allocated for aid from the recovered $9.1 billion? - AFGHANISTAN: Mines for the blue stones are heavily unregulated & are, after drugs, 2nd largest source of income for the Taliban. ISIS also battles for its share of the market. - EUROPE: 31,000 troops from Poland, US and other NATO countries participate while Russia decla

DGI Brief - June 3, 2016

Happy Friday all. Today's top 5 news on global issues: #Iraq #Israel #Palestine #foodinsecurity #Angola and #GoodStoryFriday from #Malaysia - IRAQ: No official #s are available, but reports from w/in Fallujah paint a gruesome picture. Some 50,000 civilians, including 20,000 children are in a desperate security & humanitarian situation. - ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN peace process revival – Arab states recognize Israel who in turn leaves occupied Palestinian territories… doing the same thing expecting different results is what?... - WORLD: Despite higher production, global food demands are still higher than available supply. The 37 countries currently in need of external food assistance are Afghanista

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