Credit: Albert Oppong-Ansah / IPS Opinion Thursday, December 9, 2021 Inter Press Service Dec 09 (IPS) – Plastic waste of all shapes and sizes permeates the world’s oceans. It appears on beaches, fish and even in the Arctic sea ice. And a new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine makes it clear that the United States is a big part of the problem. As the report shows, the US produces a…"Plastic garbage in the ocean is a global problem and the US is the main source: global problems"
This analysis was presented in Critical State, a weekly foreign policy bulletin for Inkstick Media. Subscribe here. Last week, we examined the investigation into how members of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan interpreted the idea of a “government-wide” counterinsurgency in that war. This week, we’ll look at what the WOG obsession approaches the U.S. wars in the mid-aughts has produced in modern public policy: an insistence on using WOG approaches to all sorts of problems.…"How do “government-wide” programs really work? Part II"
Activists of the Bangladesh General Council for the Preservation of Student Rights organized a protest rally to demand justice for Abrar Fahad. (Photo by Mamunur Rashid / NurPhoto via Getty Images) One student was beaten by 25 classmates for criticizing the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on social media. Twenty students were sentenced to death while five were sentenced to life in prison. The 21-year-old college student had posted a post on Facebook that went viral…"20 Bangladeshi students sentenced to death for brutal murder"
A group called “Bad Student” is monitoring secondary school entrances and passing out “Student Survival Guides” to aid students in navigating Thailand’s authoritarian culture, which allegedly encourages sexual and physical violence in schools. There is a lot of information in this new “Student Survival Guide” about how to handle difficult and seldom addressed problems in schools, from knowing your rights to contacting someone if you are being harassed. Bad Student, a group made up of…"Thailand’s newest “survival guide” helps students fight sexual harassment"
LEBANON (AP) – Lebanese authorities should release a self-employed American journalist who was arrested in Beirut last month and remains in custody even after a prosecutor decreed her release, two said on Wednesday. International human rights groups. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International reported Nada Homsi’s arrest without a court order on November 16. It is not clear why he was beaten up and his arrest is now arbitrary, the groups said. Diala Chehade, Homsi’s…"Human rights groups demand the release of an American journalist in Lebanon"
“I myself am convinced that the guidelines have been complied with at all times,” said the Prime Minister on Tuesday before another insistence. However, on Wednesday morning AEDT, commercial broadcaster ITV News aired video footage of Johnson’s then-spokeswoman joking about the party in a mock press conference just four days after the event while she practised answering questions about the event being illegal. Allegra Stratton, herself an ITV presenter, was poised to become a…"Boris Johnson spokeswoman Allegra Stratton was caught laughing during a Downing Street Christmas party"
President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Tuesday (October 19th) that seeks to begin the work needed to address and eliminate racial disparities in U.S. education and, as a result, provide economic opportunities. The administration has led a working group of senior government agency officials to study and implement best practices that improve education and, ultimately, the financial performance of black Americans. The Order is entitled White House initiative to advance educational equity, Excellence…"President Biden announces executive order to close educational gap for black Americans"
The new German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz presented the ministers of his SPD for the new federal government on Monday, thus creating the conditions to succeed the long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel this week. It came after the Greens said their members had approved the deal reached last month, and 86% voted for it in a vote. The other two parties – Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats and the business-friendly Free Democrats – overwhelmingly supported the agreement at…"New Chancellor Scholz introduces new cabinet members"
Dozens of new cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus were reported in the UK and Denmark yesterday, causing a surge across Europe and fears that the variant was already widespread. Although some European countries have imposed travel restrictions, it is unclear how much they can curb transmission. The heavily mutated variant of the virus has reached nearly 50 countries and has been detected in 17 American states. Scientists in South Africa said Omicron…"Omicron cases are increasing in Europe"
New York announced three more cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus on Saturday, bringing the number of cases associated with the new variant in the states to eight. “The Omicron variant is here, and as expected, we are seeing the start of the spread in the community,” State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said in a press release. The number of states finding the variant is also growing, with Massachusetts, Connecticut and Washington announcing…"More Omicron discovered in the US as hospital strains under virus attack"