The London Family Planning summit has reportedly documented $5 billion in pledges to aid family planning services in developing nations, however, will the policies of the Trump administration hinder these efforts? On Tuesday, July 11, World Population Day was observed, with a timely theme: “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing … [Read more...] about Mexico City Policy: Putting the US at odds with the EU?
Many left-wing thinkers are absolutely sure that the sanctions movement against South Africa helped Nelson Mandela to convince the white minority that change was inevitable and, thus, led to the end of apartheid. Indeed, the great man often said that this is what had happened. But, the same leftists think, sanctions against Iran and -- above all -- … [Read more...] about An uncomfortable truth: sanctions create dissatisfaction — look at #Gaza for example #Palestine
If you're interested in the real politics of the Middle East (as we are), this thoughtful 17-minute podcast from the New Yorker deserves your time. Dexter Filkins wrote a typically long and detailed piece in last week's New Yorker about Qasssem Suleimani, the Commander of the Quds Force within the Republican Guard (picture below). The discussion … [Read more...] about Where do Iran and the West have shared interests in #Syria? What can’t be discussed in polite conversation
It's been a hot week for popular discussions of overseas development assistance (ODA or "aid") in the UK . The trigger was a speech by Godfrey Bloom of the UK Independence Party in which he talked about "aid for Bonga Bonga Land" funding Ferraris and luxury apartments in Paris. Bloom is a frequently-drunken, always embarrassing Member of the … [Read more...] about Reactions to the Bongo Bongo Land controversy #aid #development
Anything in India's Open magazine is guaranteed to be well-written and probably to take an unusual angle of the news. Open has become a new kind of magazine: somewhere between a news weekly and a review of intellectual trends. Two surgeons write in the current edition about how man's pressure on the environment is causing "our recurring … [Read more...] about MERS: two surgeons call for checks on Hajj travellers, thoughtful writing on bugs jumping species
This is one of those dense academic papers that might seem to use arcane processes to get at the blindingly obvious. However, there are gems of great information within it so we advise you to stick with it. Published in the May 2013 Globalization and Health, it's got the uncatchy title of Understanding how and why health is integrated into foreign … [Read more...] about Why do UK governments invest in global public health? Academic paper contains nuggets
Brazil's newspapers are back to business as usual this morning. See for example, the front page of the Folha de S.Paulo. If you're looking on Monday the 1st, it's back to football and the political fallout of the last fortnight of demonstrations, not the unrest itself. A Brazilian colleague tells me that the nascent movement will face a big … [Read more...] about Brazil: was it Occupy or something longer lasting?
We've noticed a trend over the past few months: customers and stakeholders are starting to think about how American shale oil and gas will change the dynamics of international relations. Even a leading US environmentalist activist told us recently that the shale gas revolution might have an upside if the US shifted from its dependency on coal. … [Read more...] about What happens to the Gulf if the US doesn’t need its oil?