We have always felt the need to not only start conversations around what’s happening in our vicinity, but also bring awareness to the lives that take place seemingly worlds away from us. Starting September 2019, we fulfill this need with Daily News Bites and Weekly News Briefings.
This week our special #GlobaliSight Focus is Africa’s EBOLA OUTBREAK that caused disputes among WHO and African countries.
We have mentioned the new Ebola vaccine in DR Congo last week. Let’s quickly review it:
In the second largest outbreak on record, more than 2,100 people died from Ebola in DR Congo, and the government is planning to implement a second vaccine by Johnson & Johnson to control the spread of the virus (BBC).
NPR said that Doctors Without Borders is accusing the WHO for limiting the use of the vaccine. Dr. Isabelle Defourny, the group's director of operations, said that only 1,000 people can receive the vaccine every day while they can inject at least 2,000, calling for more vaccines to the team (NPR).
The Ebola outbreak has already caused more than 2,000 deaths in eastern Congo. A 34-year-old Tanzanian doctor died on Sept. 8 that proved it a contagion case; numerous contacts also became ill. WHO accused Tanzania of hiding suspected Ebola cases (WP).
Let’s review some news on POLITICS that happened this week: Paris ISIS allies are on trial, Mexico’s president skips important meetings and Trump’s new cap on refugee admission.
Two female French allies to the ISIS were on trial Monday for trying to blow up a car near Notre Dame Cathedral in 2016. This case sheds light on the recruitment of women of the ISIS. Two women would face lifelong imprisonment if convicted, and the sentences for six others are still to be determined (ABC).
Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador skipped the annual UN Climate Action Summit that took place on Monday. The NPR further reports that he has never left Mexico after he entered the office and was absent for conferences including G-20. Some critics point out that Obrador is uncomfortable in international settings because he does not have enough international policy background (NPR).
Trump has cut the number of refugees to the U.S. to 18,000 for 2020, which is almost a 50% drop from 30,000, making it the lowest number of refugees allowed into the country since 1980. The new limitation is a huge contrast to Obama’s 110,000 refugees cap. Officials are now requiring states and cities to provide written consent before accepting refugees (NPR).
Finally, let’s shift to SOCIETY issues: Fundraising in UN Climate Summit, Kenya’s school collapse caused deaths and French #MeToo creator was fined.
The UN Climate Action Summit Monday reflects that the world still does not have enough money to expand disaster response strategies in countries like Mozambique. A representative was in the meeting to present the issue. In October, delegates will meet in Paris to discuss increasing their contributions to fund (NPR).
A private school in Kenya collapsed Monday; at least seven students died and dozens injured, according to the city official. The tragedy again questions the Kenya’s enforcement on school and apartment construction (WP).
Sandra Muller, the woman who started #balancetonporc tag as the French #MeToo campaign, lost a defamation case where she accused ex-TV boss Éric Brion of harassment. Mr. Brion rejected all her allegation and now she has to pay $22,000 in damages and fees (BBC).
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