South Africa : riots, looting and violence : the need to strengthen and support social cohesion

South Africa : riots, looting and violence : the need to strengthen and support social cohesion

The protests in South African – that initially began in support of former President Jacob Zuma, incarcerated and accused of obstructing a judicial enquiry into alleged corruption during his term (head of state from 2009 to 2018) – rapidly evolved into riots, looting and vigilante violence (Crisis Group weekly update). The army has been deployedContinue Reading South Africa : riots, looting and violence : the need to strengthen and support social cohesion

OPT: Protests against the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas after the custody death of a critic

OPT: Protests against the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas after the custody death of a critic

A new wave of protesters took to the streets of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah to inject momentum into the protests against the Palestinian Authority (PA) that have been flourishing in various regions of the OPT after the custody death of an outspoken critic of the PA. The protests began after the deathContinue Reading OPT: Protests against the Palestinian Authority and President Abbas after the custody death of a critic

The provision of vaccines to tackle Covid-19 in low-income countries

The provision of vaccines to tackle Covid-19 in low-income countries

G7 leaders recently pledged to donate 870 million covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries (including half by the end of 2021) in an effort to support equitable and accelerated access to vaccines and reverse the trend on the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement was reached during the G7 Summit held in CornwallContinue Reading The provision of vaccines to tackle Covid-19 in low-income countries

Resource Management Expertise from Indigenous People

Resource Management Expertise from Indigenous People

A recently published UNFAO study shows the vital role indigenous communities and food systems could play in ensuring biodiversity protection and sustainability. The study analyses the food gathering habits and lifestyle of 11 indigenous communities from diverse geographies, concluding that they have “one of the most sustainable, self-sufficient and resilient [systems] on the planet” (UNContinue Reading Resource Management Expertise from Indigenous People

The effects of COVID-19 on the annual Islamic pilgrimage

The effects of COVID-19 on the annual Islamic pilgrimage

The Hajj is an annual pilgrimage for Muslims to the Holy city called Mecca in Saudi Arabia. This important event takes place during the last month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah. Mecca is the place, where two paramount events took place for Islam. On the one hand, the prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca and on the other hand, Allah had sent some revelations for the first time to prophet Muhammed there. These revelations became later the Holy Book of the Muslims, the Koran.