Namibia: Survival of Wildlife Reserves Under Threat in Namibia

[UN News] After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia's economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country's wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain.
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Survival of wildlife reserves under threat in Namibia

After six months of lockdown, the Namibian government ended travel restrictions and curfews on Friday, in light of a drop in new COVID-19 cases. But Namibia’s economy, which depends heavily on wildlife tourism, has taken a major hit during the period, and the future of the country’s wildlife reserves, otherwise known as conservancies, is far from certain.
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How Long Was the First Millenium?, by The First Millennium Revisionist

This is the final installment of a three-part essay advocating a radical revisionism of the first millennium AD. In Part 1 and Part 2, I examined a series of fundamental problems in our standard history of the greater part of the first millennium AD. Here I present what I believe is the best solution to...
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The New York Times’ Linda Greenhouse on Guantánamo: “Born in Fear and Sustained Through Political Cynicism and Public Indifference”

Guards in a watchtower at Guantánamo Bay. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months of the Trump administration. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal. A Court
| Guantanamo, Guantanamo and habeas corpus, Guantanamo and US District Courts/Appeals Courts |

Applications for the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships open – Press Release

Since the programme was created in 1983, over 50,000 professionals have had the opportunity to develop in the UK through Chevening. There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2021/2022 academic year, demonstrating the UK’s ongoing commitment towards developing the leaders of tomorrow. Stuart Brown, the Head of the British Office Hargeisa, said:
| Education, Press Release, Social Issues |

Mozambique: Gwede Mantashe's Gas Plan, the Northern Jihadists and Russia - the Emerging Power Play in Mozambique

[Daily Maverick] Trying to understand gas geopolitics is like trying to crack gestalt art: It is to constantly turn the way the mind's eye looks. The challenge is to tame our first impressions from overpowering our framing when everything we need to see is right in front of us. The international manoeuvering around Mozambique's gas fields must be viewed as
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Congo-Kinshasa: Lumumba's Tooth and Toothless UN

[Vanguard] Patrice Lumumba, a postal worker, was 34 when he won election as Prime Minister to lead the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC to its June 30, 1960 independence. He made a powerful speech at the independence celebrations denouncing the barbaric colonisation of the DRC which led to the massacre of 15 million Congolese.
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Lesotho: Japan to Provide Food Assistance to 154,000 School Children in Lesotho

[WFP] MASERU- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the Japanese Government contribution of JPY 250 Million (equivalent to about US$ 2.3 Million) that will enable WFP to strengthen food assistance to some 94,000 primary school and 60,000 pre-primary school learners, through the Government of Lesotho's national school feeding programme.
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Is this a breakthrough for safety-critical ML?

Researchers from top US colleges have devised a method for predicting failure rates of safety-critical machine learning systems The neural bridge sampling method provides the ability to assess risks associated with deploying complex machine learning systems in safety-critical environments The breakthrough could lead the way in developing a framework suitable for safe implementation in high-risk environments A breakthrough Autonomous vehicles
| Latest, Artificial Intelligence, Automation |

Africa: World Bank Project to Boost Household Access to Affordable Energy

[World Bank] Washington -- Today, the World Bank Board of Directors approved $150 million in financing to improve access to modern energy for households, enterprises, and public institutions in Rwanda and to enhance the efficiency of electricity services. $75 million will be provided as grant funding, and $75 will be provided as a loan.
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Africa: African Union Nutrition Champion Calls On Leaders to Embed Nutrition Within the Covid-19 Response and Recovery

[African Union] His Majesty King Letsie III Head of State of the Kingdom of Lesotho, African Union Nutrition Champion and also a champion of African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN), has issued a position paper titled, "Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery ". The position paper which has been sent to all the African Union Member States calls on
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Constitutional Court rules retrial of former CHP MP Berberoğlu over breach of rights

The Constitutional Court ruled on Sept. 17 that former CHP lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu’s right to stand for election and engage in political activities along with his right to freedom and security have been breached for which a retrial will take place for Berberoğlu under the unanimous violation decision of the top court.
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Smart glasses mean business — but they’re a long way off

Tech giants are in a race to bring smart glasses to market, that are both functional and tick style and wearability boxes Just this week, Facebook teamed up with Ray-Ban The technology has huge potential in business, making AR usable where current headsets are limited Google buys AR glasses startup North in ambient computing bid
| Latest, Augmented Reality, CIO |

Africa: The Culture of Peace - Change Our World for the Better in the Age of Covid-19

[IPS] United Nations -- Last year, we paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Declaration of the Program of Action on a Culture of Peace. Today, we need to ask ourselves if we had genuinely carried out our moral responsibilities to transition from a culture of hatred and violence to a culture of tolerance and peace.
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Nigeria: World Patient Safety Day - Covid-19 Pandemic Amplifies Importance of Health Workers' Safety

[WHO] Abuja -- When Nigeria recorded its first COVID-19 case in February, Dr Abdullahi Ibrahim, the officer- in- charge at the Primary Healthcare centre in Byazhin, Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory held a meeting with all the staff and stressed the need to always wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), perform the necessary hand hygiene to
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Semitism and Capitalism, by Andrew Joyce

An interesting accompaniment to Nathan Cofnas’s 2018 attempted debunking of Kevin MacDonald’s work on Jews was the subtle resurfacing of Steven Pinker’s claim that a more plausible theory of the Jewish historical experience can be found in “Thomas Sowell’s convincing analysis of ‘middleman minorities’ such as the Jews, presented in his magisterial study of migration,...
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The Musk Method: Learn from partners then go it alone

Fri, 2020-09-18 04:24 HIGH LIGHTS Investors awaiting ‘Battery Day’ announcements on Sept. 22. Musk has hinted at significant new battery developments. Partners and acquisitions have helped give Tesla an edge. Main category:  Business & Economy Tags:  Tesla Elon Musk Tesla plans capital raise after share surgeElon Musk wants YOU to build a brain-computer interface
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Philanthropy’s Role in the Missing Global Architecture

The promise of the United Nations, as articulated 75 years ago, is a global system capable of managing global issues. As UN leadership knows, that promise is needed now more than ever in a multipolar world with increasingly complex challenges. This mission must be fulfilled, but is not possible without the collaboration of broad-based coalitions made up of innovative thinkers
| Democracy, Editors' Choice, Featured |

Asserting Their Jewish Identity: My Mother’s Testimony in the First Nazi War Crimes Trial, 75 Years Ago

IMAGE: Members of the Central Committee of Liberated Jews in the British Zone of Germany walk past mass graves at Bergen-Belsen on the opening day of the Second Congress of Liberated Jews in the British zone, April 1947. The author’s mother, Dr. Hadassah Bimko Rosensaft, who was head of the health department at Bergen-Belsen, and the author’s father, Josef (Yossl)
| Complicity, Courts, Hate Crimes |

The Culture of Peace: Change our World for the Better in the Age of COVID 19

Last year, we paid tribute to the 20th Anniversary of the 1999 Declaration of the Program of Action on a Culture of Peace. Today, we need to ask ourselves if we had genuinely carried out our moral responsibilities to transition from a culture of hatred and violence to a culture of tolerance and peace. 1. As per the mandate received by
| Active Citizens, Armed Conflicts, Civil Society |

Under lockdown, Israel faces bitter start of Jewish New Year

Photo: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray ahead of the Jewish new year at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, Wednesday, September 16, 2020. A raging coronavirus outbreak is casting a shadow over the normally festive Jewish New Year. With health officials recommending a nationwide lockdown, traditional family gatherings will be muted, synagogue prayers
| Middle East, coronavirus, Israel |

Asia Today: India’s gov’t criticized for handling of virus

A man reacts as health workers help collect a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, September 17, 2020. As India’s coronavirus confirmed cases jump by a record 97,894 cases in the past 24 hours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government faced a scathing opposition criticism in Parliament for its handling of the pandemic and a contracting
| World, Asia, coronavirus |

Accessibility of Vaccines & Commitment to Ceasefire – Priority Focuses for 75th UNGA

Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres warned against the rapid rise in misinformation campaigns about vaccines, leading to “vaccine hesitancy and igniting wild conspiracy theories”. Credit: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS Related Articles Will Trump Threaten to Pullout or De-fund the United Nations? If Trump Delivers His Last Hurrah to an Empty United Nations, Will
| Aid, Development & Aid, Featured |

Ethiopia: Ethiopia Receives Support in Preparation of World Heritage Nomination Files

[Ethiopian Herald] Three participants from Ethiopia, together with 16 other representatives from Anglophone Africa, are taking part in an online World Heritage Nomination Workshop for Advanced Dossiers under the framework of the World Heritage Nomination Capacity Building Programme from 10 to 17 September 2020. The online workshop, which was organized by the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), International Centre for
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Welcome to the world of public diplomacy

Hany Mhana is a media researcher and TV director, who studied broadcasting media at Cairo University, and media policy at the American University in Cairo. Hany is serving now as a TV director of the main live talk show of DMC Network ( DMC Evening), and the main live morning show of the Egyptian TV ( Good Morning Egypt).
| Opinion, broadcasting, Diplomacy |

Supporting Migrants and Remittances as COVID-19 Rages On

Pakistani migrant workers on a construction site in Dubai. Credit: S. Irfan Ahmed/IPS Host countries could ensure all migrants have access to health care, and basic goods and services. There have been some positive steps in this area: all migrants and asylum-seekers were temporarily granted citizenship rights in Portugal . Italy announced plans for temporary work permits for more than
| Economy & Trade, Global, Headlines |

Gambia: U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Zineb Yahya Jammeh

[Foroyaa] The United States (U.S.) Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced Monday that it has designated Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh (Zineb), the wife of ex-Gambian ruler and a UK based Company Nabah LTD (Nabah) for their roles in providing support to persons previously designated for their own corrupt behavior.
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Africa: At 75, Is the UN Still Fit for Purpose?

[IPS] New York -- This September, New Yorkers will be a lot less annoyed. They've been spared the annual disruptions from road closures, sirens and movement of security forces accompanying world leaders who attend the UN General Assembly. By largely moving online due to COVID-19, the world's most significant gathering will be missing some of its excitement even as the
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Interview with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi

Education Cannot Wait : As the UN agency mandated by the UN General Assembly to provide international protection and seek solutions for refugees, could you please elaborate on the overall importance of education for refugee children as a component of protection and solutions? Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau Related Articles Stronger Together: Education in Emergencies & Protracted Crises Education Cannot Wait Interviews EU
| Education, Featured, Migration & Refugees |

‘In Russia, it’s either Putin or Navalny’. ‘New People’ party leader Alexey Nechayev on the recent elections, building coalitions, and changing the system from the inside

Alexey Nechayev, the founder of the beauty and apparel company Faberlic, is the leader of “New People” — a newly established political party, which managed to win seats in four regional parliaments during the September 2020 elections. New People has now become the most successful political projects among the number of new parties that emerged simultaneously about a year ago,
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Storm Clouds Gather Over F-35B Lightning As United Kingdom Prepares Defense Review

CROWN COPYRIGHT One of four No 617 Squadron F-35Bs on HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first Carrier Sea Training by an operational UK squadron in June 2020.  The F-35B “numbers game” CROWN COPYRIGHT F-35Bs from the Royal Air Force (top) and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) over the east coast during the first visit by the type to England
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Palestine Podcast #50: ‘Arab Normalization with Israel’ with Tareq Baconi and Ibrahim Fraihat

Subscribe on your favourite platform! Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Acast YouTube Deezer TuneIn PocketCasts Castro Radio Public Breaker Blubrry Podcast Addict Podbean Podcast Republic iHeartRadio You can also find us at the following locations: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: Podcast: And you can donate to our work here: PayPal: iDonate:
| Human Rights, National Rights, Podcast |

Leveraging Research for Solution-driven Policymaking in the Era of COVID-19

The United Nations has tasked the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Population and Public Health ( CIHR-IPPH ) to lead the research roadmap to identify priorities that will support an equitable global socio-economic recovery from COVID-19 within the broader framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the world grapples with the impacts of COVID-19, identifying
| Asia-Pacific, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade |

Lukashenko says he’d like very much for Putin to tell him more about ‘new Russian armaments’ available to Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko insists that his country is strong, but he also informed Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu (who visited Minsk on Wednesday) that he recently asked Vladimir Putin about new armaments that could “bolster” Minsk’s alliance with Moscow. “I told him that we’d have a look at what needs strengthening and where in terms of the Union State,”
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Natasha Trethewey Q+A: “My theme tune? ‘Mississippi Goddam’”

What’s your earliest memory? Who are your heroes? What book last changed your thinking? Which political figure do you look up to? What would be your Mastermind specialist subject? In which time and place, other than your own, would you like to live? Who would paint your portrait? What’s your theme tune? What’s the best piece of advice
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At 75, is the UN Still Fit for Purpose?

This September, New Yorkers will be a lot less annoyed. They’ve been spared the annual disruptions from road closures, sirens and movement of security forces accompanying world leaders who attend the UN General Assembly. By largely moving online due to COVID-19, the world’s most significant gathering will be missing some of its excitement even as the UN celebrates an important
| Featured, Global, Global Geopolitics |

Will Eastern Mediterranean tensions matter to IR if there is no war?

One is the numerous underlying issues that exist under the appearance of “stability,” waiting for an external shock to push states towards hostility. Territorial disputes and the unresolved status of Cyprus never went away, these states just had something else to focus on until they were forced to confront them by the possibility of losing out on natural resource revenues.
| Academia, Regional, Security |

Libya: Statement on the Mandate Renewal for the UN Support Mission

[State Department] The United States welcomes the renewal of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) mandate in UNSCR 2542 (2020), which includes the creation of a new UN Special Envoy for Libya position. A Special Envoy to lead UNSMIL, with the backing of the Security Council, will be well positioned to focus on mediation with Libyan and international actors
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Africa: Statement on the Tenth Anniversary of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

[State Department] This year marks many important anniversaries for women's equality and empowerment around the world. Here in the United States, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. In the United Nations, we are recognizing the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, the 25th anniversary of the Fourth
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How Mastercard is waging its war on cash

Mastercard isn’t shy about its ‘war on cash’ agenda This campaign is leading to exciting new innovations in contactless payment tech, with voice, gait, and facial recognition Businesses can leverage this movement to understand customers better than ever before READ NEXT Is it time for society to go fully-cashless? The war on cash Going biometric Gait analysis — a step
| Latest, Automation, CIO |

The Anti-Racist Feminist and the Corporate CEO

In 2016, the former corporate leader and TV show host Donald Trump became US president. In the night that his victory was announced, previous Ku Klux Klan (KKK) leader David Duke described the event as one of the most exciting nights of my life . A year later, the FBI revealed that hate crimes increased for a
| articles 2015, Leading Article |

IAEA Report: Nuclear Power to Continue to Play Key Role in Low-Carbon Electricity Production

The IAEA has released its latest projections for energy, electricity and nuclear power trends through 2050. Compared with the previous year, the 2020 projections are largely unchanged. Under the high case scenario, IAEA analysts expect an increase of global nuclear electrical generating capacity by 82% to 715 gigawatts. Under the low case scenario, it will fall by 7% to 363
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AutoML – bridging the skills gap with machine learning

Early adopters of data science automation tools across industries are reporting significant time and cost savings as well as revenue gains The number of firms investing in big data and AI has ballooned to 33.9% from 27% in 2018 More than 40% of data science tasks are expected to be automated in 2020 Bridging the gap Time and efficiency Democratization
| Insights, Artificial Intelligence, AutoML |

Abraham Accords: The War Pact Among Jim Crow States of the Middle East

“Matthew Lee of AP reports, Trump broached the sale of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Stealth fighter jets to the UAE. Trump said, “They have the money and they would like to order quite a few F-35s. It’s the greatest fighter jet in the world, as you know, by stealth, totally stealth. … They’d like to buy F-35s, we’ll see
| Bahrain, Featured, Israel/ Palestine |

For anyone wavering about Voting: The US presidential election might be closer than the polls suggest

Swing states decide US presidential elections State polls currently point to a Biden win Why did state polls perform poorly in 2016? United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney Re-interpreting the 2020 polls United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney What other factors will come into play? So, will it be closer than
| Democracy, Democratic Party, Donald Trump |

Apple Releases New Versions of Smartwatch and iPad, Says No Word About iPhone 12

Every year millions of people around the world await what new unique features and savvy gadgets the Cupertino-based company will showcase, and as always the event was full of interesting and new features. However, it appears that for the first time in years, fans of Apple were left with a sour taste in their mouths.
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Africa: Interview with Outgoing UNGA President Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande

[African Union] New York -- As the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly successfully concludes, we sat down with the outgoing President, H.E. Pr. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande to get his reflections on implementing key priorities during his presidency, the evolution of multilateralism, and the place of Africa in the global system.
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Africa: Tobacco Harm Reduction - Experts Say that We Should Trust Science to Save Lives

[allAfrica] On September 10th, an international tobacco harm reduction media event was held in Sofia, Bulgaria. 140 journalists from all over the world were invited to participate in this meeting moderated by Borislav Georgiev, Head of Cardiology clinic at National Cardiology Hospital, in Sofia. The experts discussed the latest science-based evidence on smoke free products and viewed them as better
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