• | Which challenges and discourses will dominate NATOs future strategic concept | MR Online

    Beware UN Food Systems Summit trojan horse

    In the last dozen years after the 2008 world food price spike, the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has become an inclusive forum for civil society and corporate interests to debate how best to advance food security. Unsurprisingly, CFS has long addressed food systems.

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    European duplicity undermines anti-pandemic efforts

    Despite facing the world’s worst pandemic of the last century, rich countries in the World Trade Organization (WTO) have blocked efforts to enable more affordable access to the means to fight the pandemic.

  • | Drugmakers of US testing several COVID19 vaccines | MR Online

    Rich country hypocrisy exposed by vaccine inequities

    World Health Organization Director-General notes, “The global failure to share vaccines equitably is fuelling a two-track pandemic that is now taking its toll on some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”

  • | Powerful states push tax race to the bottom | MR Online

    Powerful states push tax race to the bottom

    Last week, the largest rich countries, home to most major transnational corporations (TNCs), agreed to a global minimum corporate income tax (GMCIT) rate. But the low rate proposed and other features will deprive developing countries of their just due yet again.

  • | Global North and Global South Photo Wikipedia | MR Online

    Paltry international support for spending needs sets South further back

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR. With the pandemic setting back past, modest and uneven progress, huge disparities in containing COVID-19 and financing government efforts are widening the North-South gap and other inequalities once again.

  • | Uncertain Food in a Warming World Photo The Pipettepen | MR Online

    Struggle for the future of food

    With so much at stake, representatives of food producers and consumers need to act urgently to prevent governments from allowing a UN sanctioned corporate takeover of global governance of food systems.

  • | A negative report card Yield increases for key staple crops in the years before AGRA were just as low as during AGRA The number of people going hungry has increased by 30 percent during the AGRA years | MR Online

    Another false start in Africa sold with green revolution myths

    AGRA was started, with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, to double yields and incomes for 30 million smallholder farm households while halving food insecurity by 2020.

  • | World map updated in 2019 showing advanced in transition less and least developed countries Photo Wikimedia | MR Online

    IMF, World Bank must support developing countries’ recovery

    The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take an unprecedented human and economic toll, wiping away years of modest and uneven progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • | Sculpture of Enrique de Malacca | MR Online

    Magellan, inquisition and globalisation

    The Philippines today struggles with this history. Some Filipinos highlight the warm native reception extended to Magellan’s fleet and the first Catholic mass, reminiscent of American Thanksgiving mythology.

  • | Closed Covid19 prevention | MR Online

    Developing Countries struggling to cope with COVID-19

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is adversely impacting most developing countries disproportionately, especially the United Nations’ least developed countries (LDCs) and the World Bank’s low-income countries (LICs).

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    Intellectual property cause of death, genocide

    Refusal to temporarily suspend several World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property (IP) provisions to enable much faster and broader progress in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic should be grounds for International Criminal Court prosecution for genocide.

  • | The doses of the vaccine known in India as Covishield arrived in Seychelles onboard a special flight operated by an Indian Navy Aircraft January 22 2021 Photo Salifa Magnan Seychellles News Agency | MR Online

    Caught in tangled web of vaccine nationalism

    As known COVID-19 infections exceed 100 million internationally, with more than two million lives lost, rich countries are now quarrelling publicly over access to limited vaccine supplies. With ‘vaccine nationalism’ widespread, multilateral arrangements have not been able to address current challenges well.

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    Poor lives matter, but less

    Agencies, funds, programmes and others lobby and fight for attention by showcasing their own policy agendas, ostensible achievements and potential. Many believe that the more indicators they get endorsed by the ‘international community’, the more financial support they can expect to secure.

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    Nothing to learn from East Asia?

    Although most East Asian economies have successfully contained the pandemic without nationwide ‘stay in shelter lockdowns’, many governments have seen such measures as necessary. But lockdowns are blunt measures, with inevitable adverse consequences, especially for businesses and employment.