UNDP Report Warns of Emerging ‘Democracy Paradox’

By J Nastranis NEW YORK | 24 March 2024 (IDN) — A new UN report has warned of an emerging ‘democracy paradox’, aggravating inequality, substantial economic concentration in the hands of the rich few, coupled with protectionism taking the upper hand over multilateralism, and rampant political polarization protection’democracy paradox’ and protectionism coupled with political polarization […]

Iceland Imports Foreign Workers but Does Not Employ Asylees

By Lowana Veal REYKJAVIK, Iceland. 19 September 2023 (IDN) — Facing a shortage of workers in the hospitality and construction sectors, Iceland has started importing foreign labour while at the same time refusing to give employment permits to asylum seekers.  Since early August 2023, at least 58 asylum seekers have been deprived of accommodation, food […]

Ukrainian Refugees—Mostly Women—Reluctant to Return Home

Ukrainian Refugees—Mostly Women—Reluctant to Return Home By Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury* DHAKA. 7 September 2023 (IDN) — In the wake of the conflict in Ukraine that erupted on 24 February 2022, millions of Ukrainians sought refuge in various countries across Europe and beyond. A unique feature of this refugee flow, however, is its striking gender […]

UN May Seek Accountability for Saudi Killings of Hundreds of Migrants

By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS. 23 August 2023 (IDN) — The United Nations has expressed serious concern over the killings of hundreds of migrants, mostly Ethiopians, crossing war-ravaged Yemen trying to reach Saudi Arabia. “I think trying to stop migration using the barrel of a gun is intolerable,” UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told reporters on […]

UN Aims to Decolonize 17 Territories Still Dependent on Colonial Powers

By Thalif Deen* UNITED NATIONS. 14 August 2023 (IDN) — The military coups in three former French colonies in West Africa—Burkina Faso, Mali, and most recently Niger—have turned the spotlight to one of the UN’s lesser-known mandates:  the decolonization of “non-self-governing territories” (NSGTs). Last May, a United Nations forum on decolonization, which took place in […]

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