Issue No. 339/340 (2019)
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The Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance
global threat of antimicrobial resistance
resistance (AMR) is a major and serious problem. It represents possibly
the greatest global crisis in public health today, akin to climate change
as the top environmental problem.
By Martin Khor
UN report calls for urgent action to avert antimicrobial resistance
United Nations, international agencies and experts on 29 April released
a groundbreaking report demanding immediate, coordinated and ambitious
action to avert a potentially disastrous drug-resistance crisis.
governance to tackle antimicrobial resistance: The way forward
Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance was
convened by the UN Secretary-General in March 2017 to tackle the scourge
on a global scale.
By Haileyesus Getahun
and Hanan Balkhy
up against the AMR threat in Asia
challenges confronted by the region that faces the greatest impact from
the antimicrobial resistance crisis, and how it can deal with them,
were addressed by a recent workshop held in Penang, Malaysia.
AMR starts with the environment
containment in the waste and environment sector has largely been neglected.
By Amit Khurana and Rajeshwari
found in global rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels, study finds
of the world's most iconic rivers contain antibiotics in concentrations
that exceed safety standards, according to a global study testing hundreds
of rivers across six continents.
By Madison Dapcevich
crisis may have been pivotal in rise of drug-resistant superbug, study
research has shown that the linkages between the climate crisis and
antimicrobial resistance may be deeper and longer than thought.
By Jessica Corbett
true champion of the people and the environment
death in May of S M Mohamed Idris, the founder of the Third World Network,
has robbed civil society, both local and international, of one of its
By Martin Khor
well-being threatened by ‘unprecedented’ rate of biodiversity loss
destruction of biodiversity and ecosystem services has reached levels
that threaten our well-being at least as much as human-induced climate
change,’ says the chair of an expert panel on the subject.
By Mike Shanahan
hunger is on the rise
are many misconceptions as to the nature of the problem of poverty in
the midst of plenty and its resolution.
By Timothy A Wise
missed opportunity for meaningful agrarian change in South Africa
quell the simmering discontent that has built up in South Africa over
the structure of land ownership, an advisory panel on land reform was
set up under the aegis of the President.
By Marc Wegerif
tensions, policy uncertainty weakening global growth
global growth outlook has weakened amid unresolved trade tensions
and elevated international policy uncertainty, with growth projections
for 2019 downgraded across both developed and developing countries.
By Kanaga Raja
of Trump’s trade war is pure political theatre.
By Richard D Wolff
shadow banking crisis is intensifying
is currently facing a liquidity crisis as both commercial and shadow
banks have tightened their lending.
By Kavaljit Singh
IMF bailout in Argentina
is experiencing another recession, this time under right-wing president
Mauricio Macri, who has once again turned to the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) for help. Will this time be different?
By Alan Cibils
gold remains in the hands of multinational corporations
disproportionate focus on corruption of national leaders distracts
from the systemic theft of national wealth by multinational corporations.
By Celina della Croce
From global leader to US follower
the far-right Bolsonaro, Brazil is abandoning its regional leadership
to align with US interests in Latin America.
By Helder do Vale
might truly make right?
is no end to the turmoil in the Middle East and currently there are
at least three full-scale sieges going on in the region.
By Gary Sick
Notre Dames of Gaza: Our mosques and churches are also burning
Few paused to give thought to the pain experienced by the Palestinians
when their churches and mosques are almost routinely bombed and blown
up by the Israelis.
By Ramzy Baroud
heritage: Bilingual education in Guatemala
Guatemalan educational system continues teaching Indigenous children
only in Spanish, despite the large number of legal instruments that
support intercultural bilingual education.
By Diana Pastor
post-election challenges for Indonesia’s feminist movement
the increase in the number of women elected to the national legislature
in the recent Indonesian elections is to be welcomed, this can hardly
be celebrated as a triumph for feminism.
By Dyah Ayu Kartika
the wealth, not the misery
scepticism on the left, France’s Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) movement
has moved on from demands about petrol prices to a broader anti-capitalist
By Paul Cudenec
suppression of musical culture in Gaza
practice and presence of music in Gaza is limited, neglected and sometimes
not even welcomed.
By Salsabeel H Hamdan
Chih (1905-1993) was a Chinese poet, writer and translator. He
was also the director and then honorary director of the Institute
of Foreign Literature.
By Feng Chih
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