DGI Brief - Aug 31, 2016

Happy Wednesday all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Egypt #Brazil #UK #Myanmar and #Cuba #USA - EGYPT’s Parliament amended laws against female genital mutilation (FGM) from a misdemeanor to a felony, punishable up to 15 years if the child dies during the procedure & up to 7 years for performing FGM. This is a powerful accomplishment, however change will be slow to come in this highly conservative nation where this practice is prevalent & public discussion of sexual topics is a social taboo. Estimated 90% of Egyptian women have undergone some form of FGM. The new amendments do contain a flaw whereby FGM is banned “unless permitted by a specialized doctor”. - BRAZIL’s first female

DGI Brief - Aug 30, 2016

Good Tuesday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #globalwarming #Somalia #EU #USA and #Venezuela - WORLD: Global warming is happening at a pace ‘unprecedented in 1000 years’, according to top NASA scientists. According to their calculations, maintaining temperatures below the 1.5C benchmark agreed upon by world leaders at the Paris Climate Agreement is unachievable without “significant & very rapid cuts in carbon dioxide emissions or coordinated geo-engineering.” Currently we have not yet even begun making the carbon emissions cuts required to keep global warming below 2C. Every month since October 2015 has been the warmest month on record! If we continue our way, sea levels w

DGI Brief - Aug 29, 2016

Good Monday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #EU #USA, #Africa #Singapore #Afghanistan and #Japan - The minister of Europe’s biggest economy & Germany’s Vice-Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said on Sunday that the EU-USA Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations have failed over a lack of progress on any of the major sections of the agreement – not one item out of the 27 TTIP chapters was agreed on in 14 rounds of talks. Officially, neither side has commented. Officially, both sides insist the TTIP is in their best interest, despite very loud murmurs on the EU side about the unfairness of the deal for Europe. Washington & Brussels had hoped to finalize t

DGI Brief - Aug 26, 2016

Happy Friday, all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Syria #Indonesia & #Singapore #France #Pakistan and a #GoodStoryFriday about #USA - SYRIA: the town of Daraya, less than 2 miles from the capital Damascus , one of the bastions of the Syrian uprising was under government’s siege since 2012. Starved & bombed mercilessly, the residents finally couldn’t bear the situation after the last remaining hospital was destroyed last week. The truce deal allows for rebels to flee to the city of Idlib while an estimated 8,000 civilians are evacuated into government-controlled areas. A big boost for president Assad’s regime. The UN was not consulted. - INDONESIA continues its fight against the

DGI Brief - Aug 25, 2016

Good morning all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Colombia #Burundi #Afghanistan #Iraq and #SouthKorea - Congratulations COLOMBIA! After 4 years of intense negotiations & compromise, the government & representatives from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) officially signed a peace agreement to end the 52-yr-long brutal conflict that left over 220,000 dead & displaced millions. The conditions include demobilization of 7000 FARC fighters, reparations to victims, transitional justice system, development programs in Colombia’s rural sector, fight against drugs & human trafficking & wider political participation. President Santos also officially declared a cease-fire ag

DGI Brief - Aug 24, 2016

Good Wednesday morning to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #NorthKorea #Venezuela #Syria #Iraq and #Kenya - NORTH KOREA successfully launched a ballistic missile from its submarine today that flew the longest distance for such a weapon achieved by North Korea, about 500km/300 miles. This means all of South Korea & parts of Japan are within striking distance, a threat that prompted an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council. What can persuade North Korea to de-escalate? - VENEZUELA’s opposition works hard to recall President Maduro in a democratic, legal way. For this they are organizing & petitioning – phase 1 included getting signatures from 1% of voters & for phase 2 (a

DGI Brief - Aug 23, 2016

Good morning to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Europe #CentralAmerica #Syria #SouthSudan and #privacy - EU: France & Germany are the driving force behind proposed Europe-wide regulations to make encrypted app makers, such as Telegram, to cooperate & allow governments access to encrypted messages in suspected terrorism. The idea is to allow investigators to monitor encrypted communications with similar tools like wiretapping phones, however no concrete solutions have been proposed. The lawmakers are not advocating a ban of encrypted services. The issue will be further discussed at the next EU summit in September. - CENTRAL AMERICA: Trying to escape horrible gang violence & d

DGI Brief - Aug 22, 2016

Good Monday, to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about the #USA #Iran #Nigeria the #Arctic and #Libya: - USA: The toll of days of extraordinary rain on Louisiana residents is heavy. Please donate to the American Red Cross if you can. Despite federal government making disaster relief funding available within hours, the state needs help as recovery will be long. In related & just as somber news, the National Parks Service (NPS) is losing the fight with climate change in preserving the 412 national parks & monuments. Temperatures have risen by cca. 2.4F irreversibly affecting (& killing off) precious ecosystems & species, all of the Glacier national park’s glaciers will disappear compl

DGI Brief - Aug 19, 2016

Happy Friday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Syria #Yemen #UK #Russia and a #GoodStoryFriday about #recycling - SYRIA: Let’s be clear – Kurdish forces have proved to be the most effective fighters against ISIS, both in Syria where they are known as YPG (People’s Protection Units) & as Peshmerga in Iraq. They are a trusted US ally in both countries. They are a concern for Turkey & Iran who have large Kurdish populations & fear their self-determination. They have not been targeted by Syrian regime before. So what is the true message now that the Syrian government began dropping bombs on them? It certainly can’t be “let’s beat ISIS together”. Is it for Assad regime to first

DGI Brief - Aug 18, 2016

Good Thursday, everyone. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #SouthSudan #Haiti #Europe #Syria and #India - Is SOUTH SUDAN’s peaceful future doomed? Rebel leader Riek Machar was replaced as first vice president after last month’s violent clashes because he fled the country claiming an assassination attempt. The UN confirmed he was in neighboring Congo. Machar insists on remaining in exile until a regional peacekeeping force is deployed to Juba. UN Security Council approved such a force, 4,000-soldiers strong, but South Sudan has not yet accepted it citing sovereignty concerns. Must the birth of a democracy always be this bloody? - HAITI: Experts all around have confirmed that the dead

DGI Brief - Aug 17, 2016

Happy Wednesday all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Cuba #Turkey #Philippines #Zimbabwe and #Libya - Despite a new chapter in CUBA’s history & an explosion in tourism, Cuba is faced with economic stagnation – this year so far only saw a growth of 1%. Coupled with cuts in subsidized oil from Venezuela (due to Venezuela’s economic crisis), Cuba may have to reduce its electricity consumption by 6%, mainly in its state sector. New economic guidelines filled with fresh ideas would be great, unfortunately the 274 rules include few major changes – centrally planned economy is still the law of the land, property & wealth concentration is still prohibited, internet service will still be

DGI Brief - Aug 16, 2016

Happy Tuesday to everyone. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Africa #China #Syria #Afghanistan and the #UnitedNations - AFRICA: Considered one of the largest yellow fever outbreaks in decades, the mosquito-borne disease has killed over 400 people in Angola & Congo. This is where the vaccination campaign begins this week targeting over 14 million people. Despite WHO sending 18 million vaccines to Africa, about 40 million are needed to contain the outbreak. Agencies warn that this outbreak could soon spread globally. So get your vaccines now, if you can. - CHINA launched the Micius quantum satellite – named after pioneer Chinese scientist & inventor of 1st pinhole camera – to advance

DGI Brief - Aug 15, 2016

Happy Monday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Yemen #Malaysia #Iraq #Venezuela and #Turkey- #EU - The closure of YEMEN’s airspace was intended for 72 hours on Aug 8, & here we are with airports still closed a week later. Agencies are officially calling to reopen the capitol Sana’a airport & allow humanitarian flights to resume. Over half the population, or 14 mil Yemenis, are in urgent need of food aid & 1 in 3 children suffer from acute malnutrition. Additionally, the closure is preventing regular movement of people & goods, further destroying the already vulnerable economy & livelihoods, deepening the desperation & creating dependence on aid. Why the closure? So that the

DGI Brief - Aug 12, 2016

Happy Friday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about global #health #Russia #Ukraine #SouthChinaSea #Venezuela #Colombia and a #GoodStoryFriday about the power and potential of our #nextgeneration - Monitoring the many violent conflicts around the WORLD, we are seeing the vicious re-emergence of easily preventable childhood diseases - from confirmed measles outbreaks in Syria to 5-yr undetected circulation of polio in areas of Nigeria terrorized by Boko Haram. The inability of healthcare systems on the frontlines of conflict to vaccinate children and the lack of access of humanitarian organizations to help is creating another global risk – public health. We have the science & tool

DGI Brief - Aug 11, 2016

Good morning to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Syria #Australia #Egypt #Uruguay and the #Philippines - SYRIA: July has been the worst month since the 2011 start of the conflict for medical workers w/ at least 43 attacks on medical facilities. War crime. Airstrikes intensify, taking out critical infrastructure like water pumping stations, leaving thousands up to millions without safe drinking water. Syrian military accused of chlorine gas attack on rebel areas of Aleppo, officials respond “Syrian army would never use chemical weapons”. Right. UN continues to plead that a daily 3-hour ceasefire is simply not enough to get needed aid into Aleppo – at least 48hrs each week nece

DGI Brief - Aug 10, 2016

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Syria, #religousfreedom, #SouthChinaSea, #Brazil and #Libya - SYRIA: Due to intensified fighting, the electricity transmission station that powered water pumping to eastern & western Aleppo was damaged, alternative power lines were taken out less than 24hrs later & the security situation is making repairs impossible. Without running – and treated – water, & upcoming heat wave, 2 million residents face catastrophic situation including waterborne diseases from lack of safe drinking water. Meanwhile, Russia announced daily 3-hour cease fire to allow humanitarian aid delivery, but it is unclear whether rebels fighting the Rus

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DGI Brief - Aug 9, 2016

Good morning, all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #India #Yemen #EU #Bangladesh and #SouthSudan - INDIA: Since the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander, Indian-controlled KASHMIR has been in turmoil with an intense daily crackdown on protesters defying curfews & security lockdowns, with over 55 civilians dead & thousands arrested for calling for independence or merging with Pakistan. Indian forces have been firing live ammunition at protesters, which is precisely the type of power afforded to the military under India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, aka “Iron Lady of Manipur” has protested for 16 years by holding a hunger

DGI Brief - Aug 8, 2016

Happy Monday to all. Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Syria #USA #Gaza #Japan and #Nigeria - SYRIA: The battle for Aleppo is strategically & symbolically important – the 2nd biggest city, an economic hub, a cultural & civil activism center. After anti-government rebel forces, united to mount stronger opposition to Assad, broke the siege in key areas over the weekend, thousands of Iran-backed militants from Lebanon & Iraq began streaming as reinforcements to Assad. If Aleppo falls (to the Assad regime), the civil war may be considered lost by the rebels. If Aleppo stands… well can it? Doubtful that the government would concede. The weekend’s events remind us just how much of Syria’

DGI Brief - Aug 5, 2016

Happy Friday all! Today's top 5 global issues news are about #Iran #Germany #Zimbabwe #UnitedNations and a #GoodStoryFriday about #Olympics2016 - IRAN: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, together with other human rights groups, expressed “serious doubts about the fairness of the trials, respect for due process & other rights of the accused” after 20 people were convicted & executed this week. All were Sunnis from Iran’s Kurdish minority, identified as Kurdish Islamic extremists by the government. Hmm. - GERMANY: It isn’t the lowest favorability rating this year – in February, only 46% of the respondents were satisfied with Angela Merkel’s leadership performance - but there is a stead

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