It was supposed to be the year of change at the United Nations. It was supposed to produce the first transparent election for a new leader. It was supposed to be a woman. She was supposed to be from Eastern Europe. Nothing went as planned.
Author Archives: Humanosphere
The eradication of onchocerciasis – otherwise known as river blindness – in Guatemala is a tremendous achievement, but only scratches the surface of the effort to eradicate the neglected tropical disease worldwide. Guatemala is one of six countries in the Americas that have been affected by the disease. Once the most endemic country in the Americas, Guatemala
By Chris Arsenault RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Court papers relating to the killing of high-profile Honduran land rights activist Berta Cáceres have been stolen, the United Nations said, urging government officials to quickly recover the documents and investigate how the theft occurred. Local media reported that the documents were stolen on Sept.
By Stine Jacobsen and Helen Murphy OSLO/BOGOTA (Reuters) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist guerrillas, a surprise choice and a show of support days after voters rejected a peace deal he signed with the rebels. The Norwegian
Americans are expressing anger at the revelation that Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman running for president, may not be paying federal taxes. When Hilary Clinton brought it up in last week’s debate, Trump responded it “makes me smart.” And he was right. The world’s wealthiest people use tax laws and legal loopholes to shift around
Weeks after the end of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, child rights advocates are calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to compensate child victims of police violence for the abuses made against them. Police violence against children has been well documented months before the start of the summer Olympics in Rio de
The lending arm of the World Bank is providing loans to institutions that finance the development of coal-based power projects, according to a new report. The projects not only pose an environmental risk to the planet, locally they destroy homes and displace communities. The loans subvert strong warnings from the head of the World Bank
Following protests by tens of thousands of women, Polish lawmakers on Thursday rejected plans for a near-total ban on abortion, in a hastily arranged vote that marks the first major domestic setback for the conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party (PIS) unexpectedly withdrew its support for draft proposals drawn up by an independent
After Hurricane Matthew slashed through the impoverished nation of Haiti on Tuesday, leaving death and destruction its wake, the country may be facing another deadly crisis: a surge in cholera. The top United Nations official in Haiti, Mourad Wahba, described the Category 4 storm as “the largest humanitarian event” in the impoverished country since the
A terrible disaster befell a country, and you want to help out. Here is what you should do: Give money to established local organizations. Give money to established international relief organizations. Give money to the groups that have and will continue to work in affected areas. Stay home.