Official statistics record more than 4.6 million people as dying of COVID-19 across the world, a population roughly equal to that of New Zealand. About 10,000 people continue to die of the disease every day. Furthermore, there is strong evidence that the number of COVID-19 deaths is underreported in many instances. For example, a continuously updated database of estimated COVID-19 deaths by The Economist suggests that the actual number of deaths across the world could be two to three times the official number.
Bushra Ebadi speaks fast, in an even tone and a very articulate way. This social innovator, a strong personality raised in Mississauga (Canada) by parents who fled their country, Afghanistan, has a lot to say and even more to do. Since July 2021, she is a Network Coordinator for Amnesty International. Her mission: “Establish through a collaborative process a global civil society network on data-surveillance technologies to promote the rights of displaced persons and migrants in the digital age”.
La récente rupture des relations diplomatiques entre l’Algérie et le Maroc a remis au centre de l’actualité un important projet gazier, le gazoduc Maghreb-Europe (GME), dont on ne parlait plus beaucoup depuis un bon moment. Qu’est-ce que le GME et que représente-t-il en termes de flux gaziers ?
Concerns are real, but the country fares as well as peers at similar levels of development
When Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez tested positive for COVID-19 on his 62nd birthday, April 2, 2021 it might not have seemed unusual when there have been almost 200 million cases worldwide. But the leader of Argentina received two doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, on January and in February 2021, a virus terminator advertised by Moscow as potent like almost no other on the globe, with an efficiency rate given by Russia’s Gamaleya Institute at 96.1%. The risk of infection should be minimal for those vaccinated with it.
This young Ivorian entrepreneur, who has spent 7 years abroad, has moved back home in 2015 to head the local NGO 35.35. Since July 2021, he has been in charge of Africa for Dunia Payment, a startup operating in fintech through a mobile app, aiming at democratizing banking services.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused a shock to both demand and supply, leading to the biggest collapse in world output since the Great Depression. Since late 2020, a more rapid than expected recovery has been observed. Five questions arise frequently. Here is my take on those questions.
The report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released at the beginning of August, left no room for doubt. According to its estimates, it will be necessary to accelerate the pace of global containment of carbon emissions if the expected increases in global average temperatures are to be kept below 2 or 1.5 degrees Celsius, with correspondingly less-dramatic climatic consequences. Even if emissions of greenhouse gases are reduced over the next few decades, global warming will continue for at least another century.
Le 24 août 2021, le Ministre algérien des Affaires étrangères a convoqué une conférence de presse pour annoncer la rupture des relations diplomatiques avec le Maroc, avec effet immédiat. Cette décision, d’essence unilatérale, diffère de la rupture qui découle d’une décision adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité dans le cadre du Chapitre 7 de la Charte des Nations unies. En effet, dans le cas des pays qui font l’objet de sanctions, comme l’Afrique du Sud du temps de l’apartheid, le Conseil peut inviter les Etats membres a rompre leurs relations diplomatiques avec l’Etat incriminé.