Building the Future

The virtual event “Recognizing the Past, Repairing the Present, Building the Future” organized on 2 December 2020, which is open to the public, features a diverse mix of speakers, discussion panels and a screening of two episodes of the newly released documentary series “Enslaved” (2020), starring actor Samuel L. Jackson and British journalist Afua Hirsch. The speakers of…

Human Rights in Belarus

The European Parliament today adopted a Resolution calling on the Belarusian authorities to carry out a full investigation into the murder of Roman Bondarenka. Parliament condemned in the strongest possible terms the murder of Roman Bondarenka in Belarus, and expressed its condolences to his family and to all families who have lost loved ones as…

Westerners Don’t Believe Climate Change is Critical

New research in Europe and the United States shows that large portions of the public still do not accept the urgency of the climate crisis, and only a minority believe it will impact them and their families severely over the next fifteen years.  The survey, which was commissioned by the Open Society and the European Policy Institute, forms…

Anti-COVID Clinical Trials in Africa

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, thirteen African countries and an international network of research institutions have joined forces to launch the largest COVID-19 clinical trial in Africa. The ANTICOV clinical trial will focus on mild-to-moderate outpatients and aims to respond to the urgent need to identify treatments that can be used to…

For Roman Bondarenka

On Thursday, Parliament will debate and then vote on the Resolution condemning the continuous violations of human rights in Belarus as well as the murder of Roman Bondarenka. The 31 year-old art teacher died after being in police custody for his opposition to Alexander Lukashenko. “It is Europe’s duty to take action when human rights…

Taiwan is crucial to the global fight against cybercrime

Taiwan’s national anti-pandemic and cybersecurity teams are playing a crucial role of global significance, writes Huang Ming-chao. Since emerging in late 2019, COVID-19 has evolved into a global pandemic. According to World Health Organization statistics, as of September 30, 2020, there were more than 33.2 million confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million related…

Vodafone Aims for Net Zero Emissions by 2040

Vodafone, the largest mobile and fixed network operator in Europe, says it has committed to reducing the company’s total global carbon emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2040. It also confirmed on 23 November that its 2030 carbon reduction targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative as in line with reductions required to keep…

As opposition in the US to mineral wool factory persists, European concerns also grow

The mineral wool factory planned for Jefferson County, West Virginia, is close to opening despite opponents campaigning to stop the Rockwool insulation plant from being built. The situation in the United States will be watched closely by those in France concerned about a similar plant planned in the Soissons region. Local US media WTOP News…

EU Aid for Nagorno-Karabakh

The Commission has announced an additional €3 million in humanitarian support to ensure critical assistance to the civilians most affected by the conflict in and around Nagorno Karabakh. This funding comes on top of €900,000 allocated since early October when the hostilities started. Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “The EU continues to stand by all…