Tipping Point May Have Been Reached In UN Sex Scandal
Jane Holl Lute, the United Nations special coordinator on sexual exploitation and abuse is in Central African Republic (CAR), has traveled to the country to discuss stronger measures to deal with the sex abuse scandal that has plagued the UN mission. The visit comes days after the disclosure that allegations of rape and sexual abuse against UN peacekeepers dates back to 2013.
The report issued on March 30 by the advocacy group AIDS-Free World stem from leaked correspondence with U.N. investigators and could prove to be impetus for real and concrete action.
This week marks an important step in holding U.N. peacekeepers accountable, said Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
“1st trial for DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo) peacekeepers accused of horrific sex abuse in #CAR began this week,” she tweeted. “Vitally impt step twd acctability & ending this plague.”
Is America Becoming An Anti-Trade Nation?
From Donald Trump to Bernie Sanders, presidential candidates are tapping into a sentiment among American citizens that it would be better to retreat from the country’s role in world affairs and that is not a good thing, argues Harvard University economics professor Kenneth Rogoff.
With rising income inequality, many attribute blame to past free trade pacts, such as NAFTA, while railing against the Trans Pacific Trade Partnership. While the rhetoric may be emotionally appealing, it is factually deceiving.
“[T]he idea that trade fuels inequality is a very parochial perspective, and protectionists who shroud themselves in a moralistic inequality narrative are deeply hypocritical. As far as trade is concerned, the current US presidential campaign is an embarrassment of substance, not just of personality,” says Rogoff.
Agriculture May Be Brazil’s Saving Grace
Not only is Brazil facing a growing political crisis, but it is also struggling to deal with the scourge of zika, the latest global health outbreak. Not to mention that the nation’s economy is expected to contract by 3.7 percent this year. However, there is a bright spot on the horizon and it can be found in the strength of Brazil’s agriculture sector, the only one area of the economy that is growing.