Daily Archives: March 3, 2017

Hearings in the EU parliament on massacres in Ukraine

On February 28 two EU MPs Tatyana Zhdanok and Yuri Mashtalka organized public hearing devoted to massacres in Ukraine. The first one has taken place in Kiev during February coup d’etate, the second one was organized in Odessa on May 2nd and know as Trade Union’s house tragedy. The total number of killed people amounts up to 150 persons.

Greece | Politico: Greece Requests Loan From World Bank

Greece has requested a loan from the World Bank even though it is in the middle of negotiations with international creditors on the bailout program review, Politico says.

“The government of Greece has asked the World Bank to provide technical and financial assistance to address pressing challenges including: long-term unemployment, economic competitiveness and growth and social protection,” a spokesperson from the World Bank told Politico.

China | China voices concern over ROK-US joint military drill

China has expressed its serious concern to parties involved in the joint military drill by the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the United States, which brought the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and other US strategic assets to the Korean Peninsula.

“The current situation on the Korean Peninsula is highly sensitive and complicated,” said Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang. “Parties concerned should do more to ease tensions on the Peninsula and maintain the peace and stability of northeast Asia.”

How years of IMF prescriptions have hurt West African health systems

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides financial assistance to countries in economic trouble. But its policy proposals don’t always yield positive results for the countries it purports to help. For instance, critics have argued that the IMF inhibits government spending on public health and diverts resources from the health sector to repay external debt.