Researchers criticize planned bitcoin city in El Salvador: "It's playing with public money"

El Salvador's president Nayib Bukele wants to build a privately owned bitcoin city - something that is criticized by several researchers in the country. Photo: Presidencia El Salvador. Source: Flickr.

Of: Julia Carlzon

In El Salvador, the president is planning Watch to build "Bitcoin City ”, a utopia with zero income tax, zero property tax - and zero carbon dioxide emissions. The project is being sold as a way to benefit the national economy and promote innovation, but who really benefits from the bold idea? And what's so great about a privately owned city?

May 25, 2022, Report

Britain sends asylum seekers to Rwanda - criticized by the UN

Last year, more than 28 asylum seekers went to the UK in unstable boats. Asylum seekers will now be sent on to Rwanda. Photo: Sandor Csudai via Oxford Human Rights Hub.

Of: Hanne Karlsson

Earlier this year, the British government announced its plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The agreement has been debated and several claim that Britain is trying to duck for its international obligations.

May 25, 2022, Notis

The heat wave in India and Pakistan reflects the extreme weather of the future

Caption: Extreme heat in India affects people's livelihoods when crops die due to drought. Photo: Sam Greenhalgh. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson

India and Pakistan have experienced extreme heat unusually early in the year. The heat affects 1,5 billion people in the countries - and fPeople are expected to be affected in the future if climate change is not slowed down globally and regionally, researchers say.

May 24, 2022, News

Is the climate crisis racist?

Karl-Anders Larsson, freelance writer and member of FUF's book club, reviews the book Climate Change is Racist, written by Jeremy Williams.

Of: Karl-Anders Larsson

The book Climate Change is Racist claims that the causes and effects of the climate crisis are mainly linked to racism. But is it not more about inequality? It writes Karl-Anders Larsson, independent writer and member of FUF's book club.

May 23, 2022, Review

Will the war in Ukraine be the spark that will ignite a new revolution in Tunisia?

Tunisia has been in a serious political crisis since President Kaïs Saïed dissolved the country's parliament, and civil society organizations in Tunisia are following developments in the country with concern, says Carin Norberg, former head of the Nordic Africa Institute and board member of Civil Rights Defenders. Photo: Houcemmzoughi. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Carin Norberg

After a visit to Tunisia at the end of April, the image of a country in limbo emerges. The country is partly in a political crisis, partly in an economic crisis and the crises reinforce each other. Rising food prices and declining supply of wheat, which is a staple food in Tunisia, are therefore creating a very unstable situation ahead of the referendum on a new constitution announced by the president. It writes Carin Norberg, former head of the Nordic Africa Institute and board member of Civil Rights Defenders.

May 23, 2022, Guest analysis

Extreme weather increases the vulnerability of people with HIV in Southeast Asia

People living in vulnerable areas, such as people living with HIV, are at risk of being hit extra hard by extreme weather. Pictured: A flood in Indonesia. Similar extreme weather has affected several countries in Southeast Asia. Photo: International Rivers. Source: Flickr.

Of: Frida Lindberg

Southeast Asia has recently been hit by several floods and other weather-related disasters. People who are already living in vulnerability are often worst affected the consequences of extreme weather. For example can people living with HIV lose prevopportunities for their drugs - or hero miss medicines 

May 16, 2022, News

Jakarta is threatened by floods - now the city is moving

The World Bank is a player that is implementing projects in Jakarta to improve resilience to floods and relocate vulnerable people. Photo: Farhana Asnap / World Bank. Source: Flickr

Of: Ina Carlsson

Indonesia's capital Jakarta has long been threatened by climate change. Now the city, located on the island of Java in northeastern Indonesia, will be relocated and given a new name on the island of Borneo.

May 10, 2022, Notis

EU invests billions in developing countries - seen as a challenger to China

The EU is investing billions in infrastructure investments in developing countries. The initiative is seen by many as a challenger to China's project "New Silk Road" - also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Pictured: one of the terminals of a high-profile BRI-funded railway project in Laos, which was inaugurated two days after the launch of the EU initiative. Photo: Pakopakopapa. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Of: Markus Hietanen

The EU promises multi-billion sums in infrastructure investments to developing countries under the heading "The Global Gateway". Many see the initiative as a direct challenger to China's similar giant project "The New Silk Road", while others question the EU's ability to compete with China.

May 6, 2022, Analysis

Thousands of Brazilian indigenous peoples protest against Bolsonaro's "death combination"

Bolsonaro's bill, which would, among other things, open up protected land for commercial mining, is called a "death combination" by indigenous activists in the country. Photo: Palácio do Planalto. Source: Flickr.

Of: Sigrid Wernersson

Thousands of indigenous peoples have gathered in Brasilia to protest against several bills, including the so-called 'death combination' - which would open up indigenous peoples' land for commercial mining. At the same time, the president means Jair Bolsonaro that increased mining in the territories of indigenous peoples is necessary for the country's prosperity and development since Russia stopped its exports of fertilizers.

May 6, 2022, News