Author Archives: Humanosphere

With homicide rates on the rise, the Peace Corps pulls out of El Salvador

As El Salvador slips deeper into the grip of violence, the U.S. Peace Corps exits the country, suspending a program in the Central American country that has been in operation since 1962. The withdrawal was “due to the ongoing security environment,” the agency said in a statement, but did not identify any specific security incidents

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Ebola quarantine of healthy travelers brings class action suit in Connecticut

The residents of Connecticut who were forced to stay in quarantine after returning from West Africa in 2014 were illegally detained, a lawsuit against the state charges. Students from the Yale Law School filed the class action suit against Gov. Dannel Malloy and state health officials on behalf of those affected. They charge that it

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Climate change: Economists agree it’s time for a plan to stop warming

A survey of 365 climate economics experts shows that there is consensus around the need slow climate change because of its long-term negative effects. And they agreed that some sort of carbon-pricing plan is needed to create incentives to reduce emissions and investments in low- or no-carbon energy alternatives. The Institute for Policy Integrity at New

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News in the Humanosphere: Uber disputes turn violent in Kenya

A war is brewing between local taxi drivers and Uber in Nairobi, with cabbies protesting against the ride-hailing app’s presence in the city. They say its cheap fares are threatening to put them out of business and are demanding the government shut Uber down. Two suspects were arrested this week for allegedly attacking an Uber

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The Afghan boy who stole Lionel Messi’s heart – and ours

Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old boy living in Afghanistan, wanted to emulate his soccer hero, Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona. At Murtaza’s request, his older brother Homayoun used a blue and white striped plastic bag and fashioned it into a jersey with the name Messi across the front. A picture Homayoun uploaded to Facebook of Murtaza

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News in the Humanosphere: Syria’s second-largest city comes under siege by Assad forces

Last week, the regime of Bashar al-Assad, supported by Iranian and Lebanese Shia militia, severed the main road from Aleppo to the Turkish border, a narrow corridor through which the rebels and NGOs alike moved supplies. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that several villages in the area were hit by airstrikes on Sunday.

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New maps illustrate stark racial segregation in Brazil’s cities

A new series of maps and infographics depict the geography and racial distribution of Rio de Janeiro and other cities in Brazil. The maps were developed by São Paulo geography student Hugo Nicolau Barbosa de Gusmão, who drew inspiration from similar maps of racial segregation in U.S. cities. Barbosa’s maps, which categorize racial distribution by

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Zika: Women told to delay pregnancy, but lack reproductive rights to heed call

In response to the recent outbreak of the Zika virus throughout Latin America, health officials in El Salvador have urged women not to get pregnant until 2018 in an effort to combat an increase in a birth defect known as microcephaly, which is suspected to be caused by the mosquito-borne illness. “We’d like to suggest

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Latest call to help Syria – $9 billion – will never be fully funded

World leaders gathered in London today to pledge support for the humanitarian response to aid those affected by the civil war in Syria. The conference seeks $9 billion for 2016, a sum it has no chance of receiving by year’s end. As the war grinds on, each year the ask is bigger, and each year

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News in the Humanosphere: Syrian peace talks suspended, says U.N. envoy

Staffan de Mistura announced a three-week pause in the Geneva talks, the first attempt to negotiate an end to Syria’s war in two years, saying they needed immediate help from the rival sides’ international backers, principally the United States and Russia. ‘I have indicated from the first day that I won’t talk for the sake

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Africans launch Adopt-A-Dane charity – daily news spoof

I dag’s Stor Nyheder! Danmark’s har planer om at gøre det sværere for flygtninge beder denne sjove video spoof annoncerer en afrikansk velgørenhed villig til at tage de gamle nordboere. English: In today’s Big News! Denmark’s plan to make it harder on refugees has prompted a video spoof announcing an African charity willing to take on

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Graphic novel depicts life as an aid worker in Iraq

A new project by bestselling graphic novelist Joshua Dysart and the World Food Program centers around aid work in Iraq under the increasing pressure caused by the Islamic State. The series published in Huffington Post this month has garnered both praise and criticism for its portrayal of aid work. Living Level-3: Iraq centers around the intersecting stories of

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News in the Humanosphere: Top Indian court to review colonial anti-gay law

India’s top court on Tuesday agreed to re-examine a colonial-era law that makes homosexual acts punishable by up to a decade in prison. The Supreme Court set up a five-judge panel to reconsider its 2013 ruling that only Parliament can change the 1861 law banning gay sex. “It’s a very positive development and we are

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Latin America set to outpace everywhere else in gains for women in the workplace

While global workplace gender diversity is expected to remain relatively flat for the next decade, new research shows Latin America making rapid progress. With a projected 49 percent of women in professional and managerial roles, a new study from workplace consulting firm Mercer has predicted that Latin America will become the world’s leader in workplace

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