This present study considers international aid, that is, the institutionalized forms by which people’s conditions are improved. It examines charity systems from the point of view of political power, starting from the concept that international aid was historically born along with the appearance of the idea of public affairs and public service, in the spirit of international relations.
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The Indian government has been faced with a strange dilemma since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. This triggered a debate about India toeing a pragmatic line and heading toward establishing formal relations with the Taliban, though the MEA said the discussions focused on safety, security and the early return of Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan.
It is the crucial question for Western European countries: Is there still a future for the European Union? For this Union that gives weight and backbone to a hard-to-define geographical Europe? In the face of criticism and mistrust, is it possible to imagine a plausible future for Europe without the European Union? Must the Union be a political and not just economic entity for Europe to be an effective part of human history? And should it not also have a cultural and spiritual dimension?
A tiny dot appeared in the clear blue sky as a giant American Air Force jet climbed away from Kabul airport on Monday. It was a falling man, who had been clinging to the outside of the aircraft fuselage. This horrific image, as one American TV commentator remarked, was almost a visual echo of the jumpers who fell from the burning Twin Towers in New York that September day 20 years ago.
The 21st century is no longer a child. However young it may still seem to us, the global events that we have lived through have already made this century as dramatic as the last one. Probably in the annals of history its beginnings will be remembered for the global challenges that characterized them, such as the economic crisis, climate change and Covid-19.
“Muslims should not be treated as different people … consider them your own,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told party workers at a national executive meeting in the southern state of Kerala in 2016. Five years down the line, he announced on the eve of India’s Independence Day that Aug. 14 will be now observed as “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” to commemorate the sacrifices of millions who were displaced or who lost their lives during the partition of the subcontinent after the British finally left in 1947,creating a Hindu-majority India and a Muslim-majority Pakistan.
Over the past year, the Covid-19 pandemic has put our health at risk, brought the global economy virtually to a standstill and disrupted our lives in ways we never imagined. The magnitude of the global catastrophe prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to commission an independent panel of experts to assess the situation.
If Russia is a country of extremes, Siberia is so to a greater extent. In Europe, Siberia is a byword for the freezing cold, but not everyone knows that much of Siberia is tropically hot in the summer. Siberia is a part of the world rich in fossil fuels, which, while helping to keep the global economy alive, also greatly contributes to pollution and climate change.
As Pope Francis recalled on the occasion of Earth Day, April 22, 2021, “the things that we have been saying to one another must not fall into oblivion. […] Time is pressing and, as Covid-19 has taught us, yes, we have the means to rise up to the challenge.
“Russia needs to be frozen”: these words, which are attributed to a 19th century thinker and also to a government official, best express the current intentions of those wielding power and of conservative ideologues in Russia. During the inauguration of a monument dedicated to Czar Alexander III Putin claimed that he himself had given Russia 13 years of peace, not by making concessions, but by his firmness.
When in history populist movements return, they are like stormy waves crashing over governments and institutions. Their identities and political programs were brought into the open by the millions of votes received in the European elections of 2014 by various political forces that almost all coalesced into two groups in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, both based on anti-European and nationalist political orientations.
Will the war between Hamas and the Israeli military provoke a deepening of an internecine conflict fuelled on both sides by religious and ideological extremism, or is there a glimmer of hope that it might it be a turning point towards a better future?
In the letter the pontiff sets out his main expectations. He hopes that this harsh contingency will give rise to an opportunity for change to a more inclusive, sustainable economy oriented toward the universal common good; that poor countries will have a real voice in international bodies and access to international markets; that they will be helped through debt forgiveness; and that they will be supported in their transition to a greener economy.
After the end of the Soviet Union, both the pro-Western Russian elite and the vast majority of the population harbored the hope of becoming part of the Western community, or rather, of becoming part of Europe again, after having traveled their own path since the October Revolution. There was a belief that this would be a natural path for Russia.
The President of the European Commission commented that the agreement will certainly rebalance economic relations with China. The Chinese President noted that this agreement between China and the EU (two of the world’s major powers, civilizations and markets) will give a strong impetus to the global recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic, help build an open economy between Beijing and Brussels, facilitate investment, and strengthen confidence in economic globalization and free trade.
Spain's Catholic bishops, after opposing the country's social-democratic government on education issues, have now spoken out against plans to legalize euthanasia."Life is a gift, euthanasia a failure," said a document from the Spanish episcopal conference.
When people hear the word "Fukushima," everyone has in mind an explosion at a nuclear plant and towns evacuated due to a radiation discharge. But in terms of victims, the tragedy of 10 years ago should bear the name of Miyagi, the Japanese prefecture that was home to more than 70 percent of the victims — and they did not die from radiation.
During the 45-minute interview at his converted monastery residence in the Vatican gardens, Pope Emeritus talked about President Joe Biden's election, expressing some concerns about Biden’s policy stance on abortion. “It’s true, he’s Catholic and observant. And personally, he is against abortion,” Benedict said.
Peter Piot, one of the world’s leading virologists, who identified Ebola, studied HIV and is now part of the intense worldwide effort to understand the latest deadly global killer: the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, which has already killed more than two million people around the world.
From March 5 to 8, 2021, Pope Francis will visit the troubled Land of Two Rivers, a common translation of the old name, Mesopotamia, modern day Iraq. Accepting the invitations of the Republic of Iraq and the local Catholic Church, Pope Francis is due to make an apostolic journey to the country, visiting Baghdad, the Plain of Ur, which is linked to the memory of Abraham, the city of Erbil, as well as Mosul, Qaraqosh, on the Plain of Nineveh, and Najaf.