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Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030? New York has a plan for 2020

New York: In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. He can start by looking at what is working right here, in his home state of New York. Comment

Protecting your security and rights online

CAMBRIDGE, MA, USA, Jan 23 2019 (IPS) - On Dec. 6, the Australian parliament rushed to pass a bill that could weaken security on the phones and software people rely on every day, in Australia and worldwide. The sweeping law could force tech companies to take vaguely described actions to access encrypted data. Comment

Our communities have no excuse for ignoring US census!

Immigration: Judge Jesse M. Furman, a federal judge, gave us our first victory when he blocked the Commerce Department on Tuesday from adding a question disclosing whether the person filling out the 2020 Census Form is an American citizen. Civil rights leaders and advocates had long argued that adding the question to the census itself would undermine the constitutional mandate to count every person, regardless of citizenship, because it would discourage noncitizens from filling out the questionnaire for fear of persecution and deportation. (See previous publications, “Remove the Citizenship Question from the Census.”) Comment

We are all DukDukDiya: Humming Bird with one drop of water at a time

Environment: Jamison Ervin is manager, UNDP’s Global Programme on Nature for Development UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 2019 (IPS) - There is a Quechan fable about a hummingbird named Dukdukdiya. During a fierce forest fire, while all other animals stood in stunned fear, Dukdukdiya alone took action by repeatedly carrying a single drop of water in her beak to the flames. When asked why she bothered with such paltry efforts, she replied that she was simply doing everything in her power to stop the fire. Comment

Stopping criminals from laundering their trillions

Rhoda Weeks-Brown is general counsel and director of the Legal Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). WASHINGTON DC, Jan 7 2019 (IPS) - Al Capone had a problem: he needed a way to disguise the enormous amounts of cash generated by his criminal empire as legitimate income. His solution was to buy all-cash laundromats, mix dirty money in with clean, and then claim that washing ordinary Americans’ shirts and socks, rather than gambling and bootlegging, was the source of his riches. Comment

CGID asks Guyana’s Coalition gov’t to reject no confidence vote

Dear Editor: The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) reiterates to all Guyanese and the international community that the Dec. 21, 2018 no confidence vote against the APNU+AFC coalition government of Guyana was unconstitutional. Comments (1)

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