Human rights experts are warning about negative impacts from U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to revive some of the trade and travel restrictions with Cuba that former President Barack Obama had relaxed in an effort to improve relations between the two countries. Many had said the sanctions against Cuba had accomplished little, other than to undermine the economic opportunities of Cubans.
Despite widespread opposition, Japan has passed a controversial counter-terrorism law that targets the planning stages of crimes. And you thought the Philip K. Dick book and movie Minority Report about a futuristic law enforcement agency of thought police was just science fiction!
Canada has decided to shift its foreign aid spending so that it emphasizes empowering women and girls. By setting a goal of 15 percent of aid spending on gender equality, Canada will become the single largest contributor in bilateral funding to women’s rights organizations.
Germany wants to start a new global emergency relief fund just as the U.S. announces its intention to leave the United Nation’s Green Climate Fund. The announcements come roughly a week apart and show how diverging priorities for some of the world’s largest economies may reshape the humanitarian system.
If you are an American, you might be excused for thinking the world is less peaceful lately. But in fact, overall, the planet is a bit more peaceful than it was last year. Not so much for the U.S., however, or for regions embroiled in war and civil conflict. That’s the assessment of the new Global Peace Index in its annual report based on 2016 statistics.
The British election has implications for the future of aid and development. To some extent, as does Britain on foreign aid so does the rest of the world. As the U.S. appears to be retreating from the world’s stage, the U.K. – already the world’s second largest donor – is in position to become the world leader in the fight against poverty and inequity.
The months-long surge of Iraqi forces to retake Mosul continues to force people to flee the city and leaves 100,000 children trapped in the city in “extremely dangerous conditions,” warns UNICEF. Aid organizations are being overwhelmed by both the challenge of trying to reach suffering people within Mosul and providing basic needs to half the city’s population who has fled to outside refugee camps.
Climate experts say Trump’s rationale for reneging on the Paris climate change agreement is based on both a mischaracterization of the pact and also its impact on the United States.
A surge in fighting between rebel groups in the Central African Republic displaced more than 88,000 people in the past month, U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) officials said.
Indigenous groups in Colombia this week suspended the process of prior consultation related to the implementation of the peace deal with the FARC, saying that the government has not shown a genuine desire to include them in matters related to ethnic development.