July 26, 2017

Race on to Preserve Cultural Monuments with 3D Images

Entrance to the gate of Nimrod, destroyed by the IS group and digitally reconstructed as part of Project Mosul. (Model by ruimx from photos at projectmosul.org)

Researchers are making 3D scans, architectural plans and detailed photographic records of cultural heritage sites around the world, knowing they could be destroyed at any time. Read More »

NGOs in the Anti-terror Trap

NGOs Cash transaction. For generic use. (Photo US NAVY/Zack Baddorf via IRIN)

The US anti-terrorism laws introduced since the World Trade Centre attacks are a minefield for humanitarian agencies and international NGOs, varying widely in their application from one country to another and targeting a whole variety of different political groups and individuals. Read More »

Pakistan’s Judges And Military Clash Over Rule of Law

Pakistan's supreme court building. The Supreme Court building in Islamabad. (Photo by Umar Farooq via IRIN)

Mohabat Shah has stood silently before the bench at Pakistan’s Supreme Court (in Islamabad) nearly every day last week. Shah’s four-year search for his son, Yasin, has come down to a handful of court hearings that are testing the power of Pakistan’s civilian government over its military.   The outcome of the legal tussles could have far-reaching effects for Pakistani ... Read More »

How Racism Caused The US Government Shutdown

Protesters outside the Fox News / Newscorp Building in Manhattan. (Photo by Chris Goldberg, Creative Commons License)

This isn’t an article about how Republicans shut down the government because they hate that the President is black. This is an article about how racism caused the government to shut down and the U.S. to teeter on the brink of an unprecedented and catastrophic default. I understand if you’re confused. A lot of people think the only way that ... Read More »

Push to Tackle Corruption in Post-2015 Agenda

(Photo Future Atlas/Flickr)

With the realization that corruption is undermining development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), experts are lobbying the UN to adopt goals and targets on good governance and transparency in the post-2015 development agenda. A high-level anti-corruption panel, co-chaired by UNDP, Transparency International and UNODC, gathered at the UN in New York in late September to highlight ... Read More »