COVID-19 has now hit most of the world since its outbreak in December 2019. Governments around the world are trying to contain the virus with measures aimed, in particular, at limiting human contact as much as possible. The main fear is the explosion of critical cases to a level that could overwhelm healthcare systems. While measures seem to be working with varying degrees in each country, the damages they incur to the economy are yet to be measured.
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The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Palestine has exposed its structural vulnerability in a context of occupation. Events are still unfolding, but there is great concern that COVID-19 may severely affect Palestinian society, possibly causing a devastating sanitary, economic, and political crisis.
One year from the start of General Khalifa Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, the civil war in Libya is still raging despite continuous demands from the United Nations and the international community for a humanitarian truce to help combat COVID-19.
The healthcare industry has been thrust into the forefront of a health crisis that has brought even the most powerful governments to their knees: the Covid-19 respiratory disease.
Bound by an oath to heal the sick, healthcare professionals spend their days confronting a deadly and highly contagious illness while the rest of the world watches, bunkered in their homes.
In Latin America (LatAm), line ministries are usually responsible for sectoral policy development and in charge of infrastructure planning (long-term plans), programming (medium to short-term programs) and individual project appraisal. Furthermore, in most of LatAm countries, there are inter-sectoral development plans and programs, compiled by planning secretaries or ministries of economy and finance, which include the previous sectoral efforts.
The Diffa region, in the southeastern part of Niger, has become a place for armed violence since February 2015, when it experienced the first attack by Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad (JAS/Group of the People of Sunnah for Preaching and Jihad, commonly known as Boko Haram). Over the last two years, the patterns, nature and levels of violence in the region have transformed as a result of the humanitarian and security response and of the internal dynamics of the insurgency.
Lebanon defaulted on its debt for the first time in the country’s history.
Since October 17, 2019, unprecedented popular protests have erupted in Lebanon motivated by demands for socio-economic rights and the reform of a highly corrupted and sectarian political system. The deterioration of economic and social conditions in Lebanon has also affected the 1.5 million Syrian refugees as well as the Palestinians and other communities of displaced people living in the country.
Mourad Ayyash, a Lebanese citizen living in the Northern city of Tripoli, entered his bank on March 6, spilled gasoline over himself and threatened to self-immolate. A video of Mourad at the bank went viral across different social media platforms, but more importantly on WhatsApp – Lebanon’s most popular messaging app and the straw that broke the camel’s back. Apparently, Mr. Ayyash had been visiting the bank for 2 weeks straight, demanding to withdraw money from his own savings account.
In her inaugural speech, the new President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen set up a new growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a resource-efficient and competitive economy where there are no net emissions of greenhouse gases in 2050. Under these circumstances, in order to make the so-called “European green deal” effective, the terrestrial transport sector is among those that are set to undergo major changes.