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How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalise drugs | Martin Drewry

Prohibition makes our world a more dangerous place, trapping people in povertyI have spoken out on many issues during my career, but there is one that leaders in poorer countries passionately lobby me to campaign on: the prohibition of drugs.The “war on drugs” is harming the most vulnerable and criminalising poverty. It is not a war on drugs – despite decades of prohibition, drug production and consumption is on the increase globally – it is a war on the poor. Prohibition damages people and the ...
Tags: Drugs, India, Americas, Society, World news, Global development, Brazil, Drugs trade, Martin Drewry


Hopefuls pay out thousands of rupees to chase Gurkha glory in Nepal | Pete Pattisson

Training academies – and unscrupulous agents – are cashing in on young men preparing for this month’s feared ‘doko race’ to secure a lucrative British army jobLong before the sun rises above the towering Himalayan peaks that overlook Pokhara in central Nepal, scores of young men gather in the dark on the edge of the town to train for the race of a lifetime.At the starter’s signal, they charge off, first heaving a 25kg sack of sand into a “doko” wicker basket on their backs, and then starting a g...
Tags: World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Pokhara, Pete Pattisson


‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile

Despite appalling conditions in Lebanese camps, most refugees say it is unsafe to go homeIn knee-deep snow and biting cold, 10-year-old Saleh Qarqour had almost finished shovelling a path to the tent that had been his family’s home for the past six years. Elders and children huddled around a heater inside. Chimney smoke wafted from the town of Arsal in the valley below.Over the ridge behind them was the Syrian frontier, from which the Qarqour family and nearly everyone else in this Lebanese bord...
Tags: World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Global development, Chimney, Lebanon, Arsal, Saleh Qarqour, Qarqour


'People will end up dying': Trump's cuts devastate clinics in Zambia | Rebecca Ratcliffe

Teen pregnancies are soaring and HIV care has stalled in rural communities hit by ‘global gag’ funding cutsIt is under-fives week at Zambia’s Nyangwena health centre and, outside in the morning sunshine, women are taking turns to weigh their babies. A noisy toddler wriggles as his mum places him into the harness of a set of scales. Measurements are taken and, afterwards, ice lollies handed out to children.Reaching families in the surrounding rural communities is a major challenge for staff at th...
Tags: Africa, World news, Global development, Zambia, Trump, Global Health, Reproductive rights (developing countries, Global gag rule, Rebecca Ratcliffe, Nyangwena


10 reasons to be optimistic in 2019

Even the optimists among us would have to admit 2018 was a challenging year. The fractured world that became the focus of our 2018 Annual Meeting a year ago came under further pressure from populist rhetoric and rising nationalist agendas. At the same time, the urgent need for coordinated global action in areas such as climate change, inequality and the impact of automation on jobs became more intense.It might be easy, then, to take a dim view of our world's prospects in 2019. But the new year b...
Tags: Money, Indonesia, Economics, Sustainability, Eu, Davos, Innovation, Global development, West Africa, Argentina, World Health Organization, World Bank, Geneva, Human Genome Project, Zurich, Rwanda


Revealed: Spice Girls T-shirts made in factory paying staff 35p an hour

Workers producing tops sold to raise money for Comic Relief receive far below a living wage‘Inhuman conditions’: life in factory making Spice Girls T-shirtsSpice Girls T-shirts sold to raise money for Comic Relief’s “gender justice” campaign were made at a factory in Bangladesh where women earn the equivalent of 35p an hour during shifts in which they claim to be verbally abused and harassed, a Guardian investigation has found.The charity tops, bearing the message “#IWannaBeASpiceGirl”, were pro...
Tags: Music, Women, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Global development, Spice Girls, Bangladesh, Inequality, Comic Relief, Spice Girls T, Spice Girls T shirtsSpice Girls T


'Inhuman conditions': life in factory making Spice Girls T-shirts

Staff at Bangladesh plant tell of fainting and abuse while sewing charity tops designed by groupRevealed: Spice Girls T-shirts made in factory paying staff 35p an hourSalma has never even heard of the Spice Girls. Her life, hunched over a sewing machine for up to 16 hours a day, is a world away from the luxuries enjoyed by the millionaire pop band.But while neither knows it, Salma and the Spice Girls are connected. The factory where she has worked for more than five years, off a narrow, winding ...
Tags: Women, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Spice Girls, Bangladesh, Inequality, Comic Relief, Dhaka, Salma, Spice Girls T


Women raped by Korean soldiers during Vietnam war still awaiting apology

Campaign group urges recognition for women affected by sexual violence of Korean troops and the children born as a resultTran Thi Ngai was 24 and alone at home in her village in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province when a South Korean soldier forced his way into the house and raped her.“He pulled me inside the room, closed the door and raped me repeatedly. He had a gun on his body and I was terrified,” said Tran, now almost 80, and still waiting for South Korea to acknowledge sexual violence by its soldie...
Tags: South Korea, Politics, World news, Asia Pacific, Global development, Vietnam, William Hague, Jack Straw, Tran, Phu Yen, Sexual Violence, Thi Ngai


Senior WHO official accused of using Ebola cash to pay for girlfriend's flight

World Health Organization launches inquiry after claims of ‘legendary’ corruption, including racism and sexismClaims that a senior employee at the World Health Organization misused Ebola funds to fly his girlfriend to west Africa are among a tide of allegations under investigation by the agency.An internal inquiry has been launched by the WHO following a series of anonymous whistleblower emails that alleged widespread racism, sexism and misspending. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Who, World Health Organization, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sexual Harassment, Global Health


Ebola cases in Congo expected to double amid fears outbreak could cross borders

With health system at breaking point, uncertainty over how virus is being transmitted prompt fears it could range beyond DRCThe number of Ebola cases recorded each day in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is expected to more than double, with concern mounting that uncertainty over how the virus is being transmitted could result in it spreading to neighbouring countries.On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated its warning that there is a very high risk of the outbreak spread...
Tags: Ebola, Africa, World news, Global development, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Health Organization WHO, Drc, Uganda Rwanda, Global Health


'Change in people's hearts': Sudan at a crossroads as Bashir protests rumble on

With the country in crisis and public discontent mounting, the endgame may finally be nearing for Omar al-BashirSurrounded by brown hills close to the Ethiopian border, the town of El-Gadarif is an unremarkable place. A centre for the trade in sorghum and sesame, it is dominated by its huge Russian-built grain silos.Four weeks ago, however, the eastern Sudanese town was thrust into the spotlight when it became a centre for protests against the regime of President Omar al-Bashir.
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sudan, Bashir, Omar al BashirSurrounded, El Gadarif


'Change in people's hearts': anti-Bashir protests put Sudan at a crossroads

With the country in crisis and public discontent mounting, is the endgame nearing for Omar al-Bashir?Surrounded by brown hills close to the Ethiopian border, the town of El-Gadarif is an unremarkable place. A centre for the trade in sorghum and sesame, it is dominated by its huge Russian-built grain silos.Four weeks ago, however, the eastern Sudanese town was thrust into the spotlight when it became a centre for protests against the regime of President Omar al-Bashir.
Tags: Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Sudan, Bashir, El Gadarif


Populist leaders face mounting resistance, say global rights experts

Opposition to authoritarian rule reflects increased concern of voters and institutions, Human Rights Watch claimsFrom Europe to Yemen and Myanmar to the US, authoritarian and populist leaders face an increasingly powerful human rights pushback, according to an influential annual survey of global rights.Despite mounting pessimism around rights abuses and attacks on democracy by populists on both the far left and far right, the “big news” of the past year was the growing trend to confront abuses b...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, China, US, World news, US news, Hungary, Global development, Myanmar, Venezuela, Yemen, Human Rights Watch Continue


Oxfam failed to address sexual misconduct and bullying, finds review

Independent commission says charity lacked robust safeguarding policies and was inconsistent in dealing with complaintsA damning interim review has highlighted Oxfam’s failure to tackle an environment at the charity that allowed sexual misconduct and bullying to go unchecked.The , produced by an independent commission, warned that no uniform system exists for dealing with complaints and said there are “drastic inconsistencies” in the way safeguarding issues are handled across the 90-plus countr...
Tags: Society, UK News, World news, Charities, Global development, Oxfam, Oxfam International


Egyptian universities reinstate students expelled for hugging

Mansoura and Al-Azhar universities backtrack after video of celebratory embrace goes viralTwo students expelled from university in Egypt for the “immoral act” of hugging in celebration of their engagement have been reinstated after a viral video of their embrace drew widespread public sympathy.The universities of Al-Azhar and Mansoura initially told both students they would be thrown out after footage emerged showing the male student kneeling and proposing to the teenage woman before presenting ...
Tags: Human Rights, Education, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Global development, Al Azhar, Global Education, Mansoura, Mansoura University


Sexual abuse of boys often overlooked by state laws, global study warns

Stronger support urged for young men affected by abuse as researchers find existing measures tailored towards girls Sexual abuse of boys is “barely addressed” by the laws in many countries, according to a global study that warns of a lack of support for young male survivors.The study, which examined child rape laws in 40 countries, found that just under half of jurisdictions lacked legal protections for boys. In many cases, laws were specific to girls and did not recognise boys as victims. Conti...
Tags: Gender, Law, World news, Global development, Sexual Violence


Tanzanians with albinism embrace a life beyond stigma and superstition | Lucy Lamble

In a country where myths about albinism can have deadly consequences, an organisation set up to battle discrimination is having a profound impactPaschal Merumba has suffered prejudice from the very day he was born.His mother refused to breastfeed her “cursed” baby, the second child in the family born with albinism; the first had already died of neglect. Merumba was thought to have contaminated the community. He was made to eat apart and sleep on the floor. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Culture, Art and design, Global development, Tanzania, Lucy Lamble, Merumba


Displaced Syrian infants dying from lack of healthcare, UN says

Poor shelter and cold weather have also contributed to at least 15 deaths, agency saysAt least 15 children have died in Syria because of a lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions for displaced people amid freezing temperatures, the UN has said, warning that more deaths are likely to follow.Eight babies in the Rukban camp on the Jordanian border had died from hypothermia in the last month, a statement from the UN children’s fund said on Tuesday. A further seven children, mostly unde...
Tags: Islamic State, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Migration And Development, Hajin


'One fish at a time': Indonesia lands remarkable victory

Tuna fishery gains first MSC gold standard after nation’s huge push to boost stocks, protect livelihoods and ban foreign vessels Indonesia, the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, has pulled out all the stops in recent years to transform the health of an industry blighted by depleted stocks and illegal poaching.Measures by the government – which have even included the bombing of foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters – have helped fish stocks more than double in the last five ye...
Tags: Asia, Business, Indonesia, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, Global development, Fishing Industry


'Climate of panic': bombings in Brazil reveal growing power of gangs | Jo Griffin

Wave of attacks in Ceará state exposes how poverty, lack of policies for young people and creaking prison system add up to perfect stormAntonio Carlos da Silva was returning home to the Lagoa Redonda district of Fortaleza when two armed men drove past in a black car, ordering businesses to shut and residents to go inside and turn off the lights. Da Silva spent the next day indoors with no drinking water as a wave of unrest engulfed the north-eastern Brazilian city.“There’s a climate of panic and...
Tags: Americas, World news, Global development, Governance, Brazil, Da Silva, Ceara, Fortaleza, Jair Bolsonaro, Jo Griffin, Carlos da Silva, Lagoa Redonda


Destroy ‘period huts’ or forget state support: Nepal moves to end practice

After the custom of consigning menstruating women to outdoor sheds claimed three more lives, a new system of penalties offers hope of changeChhaupadi, the practice of banishing girls and women to a hut or shed when they have their periods, is common in Dilu Bhandari’s village in Nepal.But two months ago Bhandari, a 26-year-old mother of four, watched as her husband destroyed the tiny hut in which she had previously been sent to live once a month. The family had been told by local authorities tha...
Tags: Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Menstruation, Bhandari, Dilu Bhandari


The Indian village where child sexual exploitation is the norm

Poverty and caste discrimination mean that children in Sagar Gram are being groomed by their own families for abuseMany families in India still mourn the birth of a girl. But when Leena was born, people celebrated.Sagar Gram, her village in central India, is unique that way. Girls outnumber boys. When a woman marries, it is the groom’s family that pays the dowry. Women are Sagar Gram’s breadwinners. When they are deemed old enough, perhaps at the age of 11, most are expected to start doing sex w...
Tags: India, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Slavery, Leena, Sagar Gram


Ministers smoking in parliament? Jordan must clean up its act | Yousef Shawarbeh

As mayor of Amman, I am committed to driving down tobacco use, in a country where more than half of all men are smokers The growth of Amman, the capital of Jordan, is visible everywhere. It is now an international business and financial hub, an arts and culture destination, and a tourism hotspot with thriving nightlife. But what we want it to be known as most of all is a model for how to clear the air of tobacco smoke.Tobacco in Jordan starts with cigarettes. Smoking rates among men with low inc...
Tags: World news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Jordan, Amman, Middle East Continue, Global Health, Yousef Shawarbeh


'Real risk' of refugees freezing to death in Syria after rains destroy shelters

As temperatures fall, aid workers warn of danger to at least 11,000 people across Idlib, with storms also battering camps in LebanonAt least 11,000 child refugees and their families are facing a weekend of freezing temperatures with no shelter, after torrential rains across Syria’s Idlib province swept away tents and belongings.Aid workers warn there is a real risk people will simply freeze to death as temperatures have already dropped to -1C, amid a shortage of blankets and heating fuel. Contin...
Tags: Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Lebanon, Migration And Development, Idlib


Safe birth of baby born to Ebola survivor hailed as a medical miracle

Daughter of Congolese woman treated for Ebola in December becomes only second healthy child born in such circumstances The daughter of a pregnant woman who was cured of Ebola has survived and tested negative for the virus, in a case that has been described as a medical miracle.Sylvana, born on 6 January and weighing 3.7kg, is the second baby in the world known to have survived after being born to a woman who had Ebola. It is the first case in which both mother and baby have survived. Continue re...
Tags: Health, Ebola, Society, World news, Global development, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Maternal health, Global Health


Guantánamo Bay branded a 'stain on US human rights record'

Amnesty International calls US naval prison a symbol of Islamophobia and xenophobiaGuantánamo Bay remains a “stain on the human rights record” of the US and the scene of ongoing human rights violations, said Amnesty International in advance of a rally in Washington to mark the 17th anniversary of its opening.The US naval prison at Guantánamo in Cuba – opened on 11 January 2002 – still holds 40 Muslim men, many of whom have been tortured. Many of the detainees have been cleared for transfer for y...
Tags: Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Obama Administration, Washington, US, World news, US news, US politics, Global development, Amnesty International, Cuba, Islamophobia, Trump Administration, xenophobiaGuantánamo Bay


Guantánamo Bay branded 'a symbol of Islamophobia of Trump presidency'

Amnesty International calls naval prison a stain on the human rights record of the USGuantánamo Bay remains a “stain on the human rights record” of the US and the scene of ongoing human rights violations, said Amnesty International in advance of a rally in Washington to mark the 17th anniversary of its opening.The US naval prison at Guantánamo in Cuba – opened on 11 January 2002 – still holds 40 Muslim men, many of whom have been tortured. Many of the detainees have been cleared for transfer for...
Tags: Human Rights, Guantanamo, Guantanamo Bay, Obama Administration, Washington, Americas, US, World news, US news, US politics, Global development, Amnesty International, Cuba, Trump, Trump Administration, USGuantánamo Bay


Afghanistan bucks global trend with sharp rise in civilian casualties

Number of innocent people killed or maimed in Afghan war rises 36% despite overall fall in casualties worldwideCivilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan from explosive weapons rose by more than a third last year, against a downward trend globally, according to a survey seen by the Guardian.Most of the 4,260 civilians killed or injured in explosions in the country in 2018 – up from 3,119 in 2017 – were victims of suicide attacks, found a report by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Continue readi...
Tags: World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Global development, Yemen, Conflict and arms


Maggots could be sent to Syria by UK to help clean wounds

The plan is part of an initiative, co-sponsored by the DfID, to help those affected by conflict or humanitarian crisesThe UK government is taking part in a pioneering international aid project which could see consignments of maggots sent to crisis zones such as Syria as a simple and effective way to clean wounds, it has been announced.So-called maggot therapy has been used since the first world war, when their efficacy in helping wounds heal was discovered by accident, and it is sometimes used i...
Tags: UK, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, NHS, Aid, Global development


Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy

Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless shed to which was banished in the latest tragedy linked to the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby women in Nepal are forced to sleep in “period huts”.Police said Amba Bohara, 35, had spent four days in the cowshed with her sons Ramit, nine, and Suresh, 12, when her father-in-law discovered their bo...
Tags: Gender, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, South and Central Asia, Nepal, Global development, Menstruation, Suresh, Amba Bohara