Gulf nations, US signal progress to resolve Qatar crisis
Rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with neutral Oman and Kuwait, said Friday progress had been made towards resolving the Gulf crisis that has pitted a regional group of nations against Doha. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped Washington could broker a resolution but cautioned he was "out of the prediction business in terms of timing", signalling a breakthrough may not be imminent. Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, whose country is leading mediation efforts, said all sides had expressed keenness for a "final agreement" during recent "fruitful di...
Nations plan for vaccine as global virus cases top 65 million
Paris (AFP) - Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the Covid-19 crisis is over. "Vaccines do not equal zero Covid," WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan told a virtual news conference, adding that not everyone will be able to receive it early next year. Britain on Wednesday became the first Western country to approve a vaccine for ge...
‘A gross injustice to exclude poor nations from vaccine’
‘A gross injustice to exclude poor nations from vaccine’ MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte reiterated before the United Nations yesterday the Philippines’ call for universal access to safe and effective vaccines for COVID-19, calling the possible exclusion of poor countries from the race to secure vaccines a “gross injustice.” “If any country is excluded by the reason of poverty or strategic unimportance, this gross injustice will haunt the world for a long time. It will completely discredit the values upon which the United Nations was founded. We cannot let this happen, no one is safe u...
Duterte: ‘Gross injustice’ if low-income nations have no access to COVID-19 vaccine
Duterte: ‘Gross injustice’ if low-income nations have no access to COVID-19 vaccine Gaea Katreena Cabico (Philstar.com) – December 4, 2020 – 9:54am MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his call for universal access coronavirus vaccines, once available, as the Philippines scrambles to secure supplies of these critical products to help end one of Southeast Asia’s worst outbreaks. In his second appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, Duterte said it would be a “gross injustice” if low-income nations would be left behind in gaining access to safe and effective COVID-1...
Global virus toll passes 1.5 million as nations plan for vaccine
Paris (AFP) - The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million global coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions. But even as the latest positive news about a vaccine was announced, with the Moderna candidate showing it confers immunity for at least three months, several countries marked new Covid-19 records. Italy registered 993 deaths, topping its previous record of 969 earlier in the year when it was the first European country to be affected by the pandemic. Iran, the Middle...
Philippines dislodged from top 10 nations for women in workplace
Philippines dislodged from top 10 nations for women in workplaceMANILA, Philippines — The Philippines dropped out of top 10 in this year’s global ranking that examined women representation in work places, a direct result of the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women seen across the globe.Among 58 economies tracked by this year’s Index of Women Entrepreneurs, Manila ranked 16th, down from last year’s 9th spot. While the number of economies surveyed varied across the years, this also marked the Philippines lowest ranking since the first report in 2017.In previous years, Manila consiste...
Exemplary governance? Which countries should high-COVID nations follow?
By Ian InksterAs much of America, Europe and many anglophone nations face the welter of possible choices of action available to them as they enter what is understood to be a “second wave” of COVID-19, their media repeatedly mention a small group of nations that might best be copied—examples of good COVID governance.Two points at the outset. For some time now it has been unclear whether this new wave was a direct function of mutation among the many DNA of the virus itself, or mainly a man-made cycle following the ups and downs of civil societies’ adherence to the regulations. Are the spikes res...
Africa nations call for UN reforms to support Palestine
African diplomats yesterday called out the UN for its inaction on Palestine and its failure to end Israel's more than half-century occupation.According to the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service, South Africa's Deputy Minister of International Relations, Alvin Botes, said reforming the United Nations is paramount to achieving justice for the Palestinians."Africa has a responsibility to use these positions to work for Palestine," Botes stressed."While UN membership has expanded dramatically since 1945 from 51 to 193 nations, key decisions on the world's peace and security are the de-facto domain of...
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When BDS means boycotting Arabs – opinion
As Israel experiences a blossoming love affair with the Gulf states, some nations, even those with existing peace agreements with Israel such as Egypt, are bitterly resenting the mutually beneficial new connections. Sadly, that resentment has poisoned the general public in Egypt and other parts of the Arab world to the point where they’re attacking their own cultural icons for having associations with Israelis – not Israeli political figures, but Israeli artists and musicians.The harassment of cultural figures in anti-normalization efforts and the BDS movement is a desperate bullying tactic th...
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India, cajoled by US, seeks to pressure small nations
Ajit Doval Photo: AFPIndian National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval visited Colombo on Friday and Saturday to participate in the fourth NSA Level Meeting on Trilateral Maritime Security Cooperation hosted by Sri Lanka.However, Doval's visit was also to deepen India's cooperation with Sri Lanka. India sees China's coordination with Sri Lanka as somewhat breaking into India's sphere of influence. Furthermore, China-India ties have been gravely undermined because of their border tensions. In this context, India intends to exploit its advantages in geopolitics, culture and religion to rope in S...