Relaciones Internacionales – Comunicación Internacional

17 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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Foreign and security policy challenges facing the European Union (the ISS briefs)

Russia’s grand aspirational objective is to bring back what is deemed in Moscow to be a more natural state of play for the Balkans: multipolarity. But what is the Russian modus operandi in the region? Is it confined only to coercion, as the headlines suggest, or is there a softer side to Russia’s power?

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16 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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Terrorism as an excuse to curtail freedom of speech

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  • Government officials and their cheerleaders in the media, in several countries, have used the New Zealand mosque killings to suggest that information linked to the murders should not be published.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said live-streaming on the major social media platforms should be stopped. New Zealand police asked for video footage to be removed.
  • The deputy leader of the Labour party in the UK called for YouTube to be hobbled in the aftermath of the shootings.
  • Britain’s police chief for counter-terrorism blamed the «mainstream media» for terrorism.
  • These people are afraid that uncensored information inspires and radicalises terrorists.
  • The right to free speech is only meaningful when it includes the right to publish material that many find objectionable. The «right» to publish information everyone agrees with isn’t much of a right. It’s the right to disagree that is the key.

Within hours of the massacre at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, government officials began calling for censorship of the media. The New Zealand police were first. In reference to copies of the killer’s live-streamed video of the shooting, they tweeted, «We would strongly urge that the link not be shared. We are working to have any footage removed.»

That immediately posed a problem for the media trying to make sense of the event. The video showed the killer’s face clearly. It was imperative for reporters to be able to correctly identify that the man in the video was the same man whose Facebook account was taken offline that day, and that he was the same man who published on Twitter a racist manifesto justifying the killings.

The price for misidentifying a killer is high: That happened in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2015, when idiots on Reddit — as part of a «crowd-sourced investigation» — decided that Sunil Tripathi, a completely innocent man who had disappeared the month before the bombing, was a prime suspect. In fact, Tripathi had died some time before the bombing. In the meantime, however, his family was targeted by an online lynch mob. The Tripathi family received hundreds of threatening, racist, and Islamaphobic messages until the truth came out.



16 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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State of food security and nutrition in the world 2019

State of food security and nutrition 2019 cover


This joint report is issued annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. It presents the latest estimates on food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition at the global and regional levels. The 2019 edition continues to signal that significant challenges remain in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.

Among other highlights, this edition finds that:

  • More than 820 million people in the world were still hungry in 2018, underscoring the immense challenge of achieving the Zero Hunger target by 2030.
  • Hunger is on the rise in almost all African subregions, making Africa the region with the highest prevalence of undernourishment. Hunger is also slowly rising in Latin America and the Caribbean, while Western Asia shows a continuous increase since 2010, with more than 12 percent of its population undernourished today.
  • A greater focus on overweight and obesity, including child overweight and adult obesity, is needed to better understand the different dimensions of these nutrition challenges.The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 also presents an in-depth analysis of the impacts of economic slowdowns and downturns on food security and nutrition.The report calls for action to safeguard food security and nutrition through economic and social policies that help counteract the effects of such slowdowns and downturns – including guaranteeing funding of social safety nets and ensuring universal access to health and education. It calls for action, as well, to tackle inequalities at all levels through multisectoral policies making it possible to more sustainably avert food insecurity and malnutrition understand the different dimensions of these nutrition challenges.

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Over 820 million people hungry in 2018: UN report



16 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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Ten humanitarian trends and crisis to watch in 2019 (ICG)

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13 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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Corruption in Africa

How Africans Are Dealing With Everyday Corruption

When accessing basic services, more than 1 in 4 people are still being squeezed for bribes.

Corruption was a key driver of the frustrations that have transformed Sudan this year: When President Omar al-Bashir was forced out of office in April by the military after months of civilian-led protests over his authoritarian grip and a tanking economy, he had around $113 million in cash in his house. Continuar leyendo →

12 julio, 2019
por Felipe Sahagún
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El reto del documental

Caio Cavechini dirigió el taller ‘Documentales de actualidad: nuevos y viejos lenguajes para periodismo de largo formato’ durante el Festival Gabo 2018. Foto: David Estrada / FNPI

Por Camila Del Villar | @cdvillar

El documentalista y periodista brasileño Caio Cavechini dirigió el taller ‘Documentales de actualidad: nuevos y viejos lenguajes para periodismo de largo formato’ durante el Festival Gabo 2018. Cavechini, quien fue ganador del Premio Gabo 2016 en la categoría Imagen, compartió con los participantes consejos y pautas para llevar una idea a materializarse en un documental y superar los obstáculos que este camino puede traer. El brasileño se basó en referentes y de su propia experiencia para invitar al público a asumir los retos de la creación audiovisual. Continuar leyendo →