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The speed of accessing information and communication technologies (ICT) between societies in the developed and developing worlds is still very imbalanced.According to Fathul Wahid,...

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Cancer: Kenya’s Biggest Concern

 
Experts say that cancer is a collection of more than 200 diseases in which cells of an organ or tissues in the body become...
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Ebola Alert in Kenya

 
Kenya is on high alert following the outbreak of ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Through the Ministry of Health, Kenya is now...
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Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

 
Nine suspected cases of people infected with the virus have already been reported in the DRC. Three of these cases have died, and the...
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Alarming Rates of Teen Pregnancy in Togo

 
According to official figures, 5,345 cases of pregnancies were noted between 2009 and 2012 in Togolese schools. During the 2010-2011 academic year alone, records...
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Mobile Clinic Aiming to Help Togolese People

 
To help provide quality health care, three economic partners - Samsung, Vision-Togo, and the Ministry of Health - put a mobile clinic at the...
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Net Neutrality: The Death of America’s Open Internet

 
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Free Eye Treatment for Ivorian Children

 
An ophthalmologic caravan for the Children of Africa Foundation has been organised to provide free eye care to 15,000 children aged 0 to 15. This...
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This week, while the police were handling the security of the 30th ASEAN summit that is currently held in the Philippines, a secret cell was found in the District 1 police station of the Manila Police District. This was discovered by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after a concerned citizen's tip. Gen. Oscar Albayalde, the head of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), along with the CHR and different media outfits inspected the police station. They found a cell that was hidden behind a shelf. The detention cell does not have a window or any light. The cell is very small and hot as there is no ventilation system there, made worse by the Philippines' current weather.

There have been twelve prisoners inside that cell for about a week but they were not inquested. The District 1 Police Chief said that the secret detention cell was made so that they reduce the number of prisoners in the saturated detention cells in that police station. The Police Chief and the twelve operatives from the District 1 were removed from their positions.

The real reason for having the secret detention cell in the police station has still not been discovered and the investigation is on-going. CHR is currently looking into suspicions of corruption and bribery as the policemen were asking money from the prisoners so they could be released. There are also investigations for more secret cells throughout the Philippines.

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In 1995 Jose Saramago - a Portuguese writer - published ‘Blindness’ where he imagined a society suddenly disrupted by a blindness epidemic that affected nearly all of the population in an unknown city. People then divided between the sane and the ill. The latter became secluded in a filthy asylum where the strongest forged a system of semi-dictatorship after taking control of the food stockpiles. Brutality occurs, people are abused and hopes are lost.Blindness is a reminder of how inequality and scarcity can transform a society. The people of today, overwhelmed by the lack control of today’s world (terrorism, financial and debt crises, etc.), are desperate for a change. And it is easier to believe someone who attributes problems to some scapegoat, rather than support someone who is part of that same system that was unable to protect them. Blame, after all, is the easiest way to frame social problems. It has happened before, and it is happening again.But who is it really to blame? The IMF recently admitted that inequality was probably caused by neoliberal economic choices. The 2008 financial crisis was attributed to the ‘greedy bankers’ (yet, there is a lot more behind it). Anti-establishment forces are thus seemingly understandable.Although there is a trend that suggests the need of a change, to entrust demagogues who build their campaign on hatred speeches and proclaims of division (often hiding the real state of affairs) is scarily similar to the mechanism behind Blindness. Anger is not the solution, but rather the source of the problem – and one cannot simply overlook this aspect.Pain makes us blind, but we must look for solutions that can instead bring a positive change. Division, Saramago teaches, destroys the morality of the people and creates violence - undermining the intrinsic principles of democracy.

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These days, smoking is widely acknowledged as a deadly addiction. European lawmakers are constantly cracking down on the cancerous torpedoes, but other pollution contaminating our air continues unimpeded. Why? Even if you don't smoke, the average European inhales the equivalent of 1.6 cigarettes a day, with Londoners inhaling an equivalent closer to 15.According to the European Environment Agency's 2016 report, air pollution in Europe’s major cities has so far caused nearly 550,000 premature deaths. A number which continues to rise.In the EU’s major cities, almost every man women and child are essentially being forced to smoke 1.6 cigarettes a day - according to a study by Berkeley health. No doubt fathers and mothers would protest more if, say, teachers forced their children to smoke every day in the classroom.The problem is, we simply take air pollution as a given. Many have lived their whole lives with it and the polluting technology has revolutionised the way we live. Clean, renewable energies have long been perceived as too expensive or unscalable. This is rapidly changing. Fortunately, you don't need a big budget to fight air pollution. It's all about legislation.Just look at diesel cars. Even if we forget about the massive exhaust scam by various manufacturers, it must seem like a punch in the face to citizens with respiratory diseases that cars, not even making the fairly high EU exhaust limit, are allowed within their cities. Especially because diesel is cheaper in many European countries.Sweeping regulatory legislation is surely the least that should be done.

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The Republican Party, bar a few libertarians, was once united, voters and politicians alike, in condemning Julian Assange. How times change. Trump’s favourite talking head Sean Hannity once called for Assange’s arrest, and now advocates for his rehabilitation. Rep. Peter King, a national security hardliner who often described Wikileaks as terrorists, has been noticeably less vocal this year. “Thank God for Wikileaks,” proclaimed one Congressman.  The few remaining Republican critics focus on self-interested “it could happen to us” considerations rather than principled objections.It is, of course, easy to understand why: pragmatism. Many Republicans see Wikileaks as a national security threat no longer; instead, it is an ally, helping create an "October surprise" that hurts Clinton's campaign. Assange, too, is assisting Trump for coldly pragmatic reasons. Despite apparent ideological differences, Assange and Trump bear many similarities. Both have offhandedly dismissed sexual assault accusations. Both have a self-serving tolerance for certain despots. Both respond to media criticism with prejudice-laden yells of conspiracy. Both possess incredible egos and worryingly unerring self-assuredness.Julian Assange remains influential, and his legacy in the history of whistleblowing is central, but today he makes a more unconventional case for greater transparency. In a world of secrecy, if it is up to the whistleblower to decide what enters the public domain, they can acquire a perverse power. Assange is using his access to information to brazenly manipulate elections, a dereliction of the lofty idealism once associated with him.The whistleblowing world has largely burned its bridges with Assange and vice versa, understanding this. Throughout the world, whistleblowers make valuable contributions to the public debate, on local and international issues alike. Assange, however, is proof that, like in all careers of influence, power can corrupt. Those whistleblowers without such self-serving motives should be treated with more respect and clemency.