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The Challenges of Transforming Food Systems in a Global, Human Security Context

Please respond to a 60 sec survery after watching – Click here to take survey The running order for the video is as follows: Part 1. Why 1945?: 0 – 2 minutes 45 seconds Part 2. Proxy wars to the end of the cold war: 2 min 45 sec – 5 min 42…

‘National living wage’ to rise to £9.50 per hour, Sunak announces – politics live

Treasury says increase from £8.51 an hour will come next yearJohnson says he is “very worried” about Cop26 because they might not get the agreements they need for the world to get to net zero by the middle of the century.But he thinks it can be done. Continue reading… Source…

Musk v Bezos: real rivals or fake feud? Our research gives a clue

Flick through a news feed on your phone and you are likely to scroll across an article discussing the heated rivalries of the new space race. Forget the geopolitical struggles of a cold war. This time, it’s Tesla CEO Elon Musk versus Amazon founder Jeff Bezos: the two richest men…

COVID: how worried should we be about the new AY.4.2 lineage of the coronavirus?

COVID: how worried should we be about the new AY.4.2 lineage of the coronavirus? SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, with its spike proteins shown in blue. Design_Cells/Shutterstock No sooner than you thought all the talk of new COVID variants was over, there’s news of yet another one: AY.4.2. But…

COVID: how worried should we be about the new AY.4.2 lineage of the coronavirus?

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, with its spike proteins shown in blue. Design_Cells/Shutterstock No sooner than you thought all the talk of new COVID variants was over, there’s news of yet another one: AY.4.2. But what is it, where did it come from, and should we be concerned? AY.4.2…

Afghanistan: Surge in Islamic State Attacks on Shia

Click to expand Image Relatives and local residents dig graves during a mass funeral for the victims of an ISKP suicide attack on a Shia mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, October 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Sidiqullah Khan (New York) –The Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP), an armed group affiliated…

2020 was worst year on record for UK government secrecy

By Jenna Corderoy and Lucan Amin: Last year was the worst on record for government secrecy, new research by openDemocracy has revealed. Just 41% of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to government departments and agencies were granted in full in 2020, down from 43% the previous year. This is…

UK tells trapped interpreters from Afghanistan to escape on their own

By Adam Bychawski: Afghan interpreters who were left behind during the evacuation of UK military and diplomatic personnel earlier this year have accused the British government of “playing with their lives” after it advised them to escape Afghanistan on their own. In emails seen by openDemocracy, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) told…

Amnesty International to close its Hong Kong offices

Amnesty International will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year, the organization announced today. The local ‘section’ office will cease operations on 31 October while the regional office – which is part of Amnesty’s global International Secretariat – is due to close by the…

Australia news live update: record fine for Origin Energy; cabinet to finalise 2050 net zero deal; Victoria records 1,461 Covid cases, NSW 294

Origin Energy fined $5m after allegedly charging prohibited exit fees; in exchange for Nationals’ support for climate emissions target, Morrison government will sign off on a regional transition package; Victoria records 1,461 Covid cases, NSW 294. Follow the day’s developments liveNationals agree to net zero target by 2050 despite Barnaby…

2020 was worst year on record for UK government secrecy

Exclusive: Landmark openDemocracy report exposes depth of the government’s attack on the Freedom of Information Act Source: OpenDemocracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/freedom-of-information/2020-was-worst-year-on-record-for-uk-government-secrecy/

Poor countries to be offered extra funding to break Cop26 impasse

Climate finance plan needed to gain backing of developing nations for any deal at Glasgow talksPoorer countries are to be offered billions of dollars more in funding in an effort to break the impasse between developed and developing countries at the UN Cop26 climate summit.The UK government, as Cop26 host,…

Bill Gammage and Bruce Pascoe: Indigenous care for country could rescue us all

In this extract from a new book, the co-authors look to lessons of the past to examine the best way forward in land management after the fires of Black SummerIn Aboriginal thought, Country is a term which embraces everything spiritual and material. In our book Country: Future Fire, Future Farming,…

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