Iran protests pose new test for clerical leadership

Women setting their headscarves ablaze and chanting anti-regime slogans. Pictures of the leadership faced and burned. Vehicles belonging to the security forces set on fire. The images of the protests in Iran are indicative of the taboo-breaking nature of a movement that erupted after the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, following her arrest by the … Read more

Iran demonstrations hit home for diaspora women

The Iranian women bare their heads and burn Islamic veils in demonstrations that have met nationwide repression, hopes and emotions are also running high among those living abroad. Several people have died in protests that broke out after Iranian authorities announced the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini on September 16. Activists say she died after … Read more

Global Fund raises $14.25 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria raised $14.25 billion Wednesday at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, as decades of progress against the diseases are set back by Covid. It was the highest amount ever pledged for a multilateral health organization — but fell far short of the ambitious … Read more

Global Fund seeks $18 billion to end HIV, TB and malaria

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on Wednesday sought to raise at least $18 billion at a donor conference led by US President Joe Biden, the decades of progress against the three diseases are set back by Covid. It is the highest ever “replenishment” goal set by the organization, which brings together … Read more

Lies, damn lies and social media: fake news stalks Brazil vote

In a divisive election campaign blighted by fears of unrest if far-right President Jair Bolsonaro refuses to accept, Brazil is waging an uphill battle against disinformation wielded as a political weapon. Analysts say Bolsonaro’s 2018 electoral victory was in no small part due to an effective fake news smear campaign against his opponents. “Disinformation has … Read more

US approves updated Pfizer, Moderna shots targeting Omicron

US health officials on Wednesday updated authorized Covid-19 vaccinations by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech that specifically target the latest strains of the Omicron variant, with the goal of jump-starting a new booster campaign. The two updated booster shots aimed at providing “better protection against Covid-19 caused by the Omicron variant” are approved for people age 12 … Read more

‘Quiet quitting’ raising a din in stressful US workplaces

They are drawing a line at the 40-hour work week, limiting after-hours calls and emails and generally, if softly, saying “no” more often — some American workers are embracing the concept of “quiet quitting” as they push back against what some see as the stifling trap of constant connectivity. Maggie Perkins — who lives in … Read more

Long Covid costs Australia millions of working days

Long Covid has already cost the Australian economy three million working days this year, according to a government analysis seen by AFP Friday, significantly worsening the country’s acute labor shortages. The treasury report found that lingering effects of the coronavirus have been keeping some 31,000 Australians away from work every day. “The thousands of workdays … Read more

Forced labour, possible ‘enslavement’ in China’s Xinjiang: UN expert

Minorities have been drafted into forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, a report by an independent UN expert has concluded, in what it said could amount to “enslavement as a crime against humanity”. Beijing has been accused of detaining over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in … Read more

North Korea declares ‘victory’ over Covid, says Kim had fever

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared a “shining victory” over Covid-19 as his sister revealed he had fallen ill during the outbreak, which she blamed on Seoul, state media said Thursday. Addressing a meeting of health workers and scientists, Kim announced a “victory… in the war against the malignant pandemic disease”, according to the … Read more