There is still hope for the British left

It seems that a relentlessly pessimistic view of the past five years has settled among much of the left in the United Kingdom after the failure of the Corbyn project. Italian philosopher Antonio Gramsci, writing from his prison cell in 1929, famously coined the phrase “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will”. Gramsci enjoined […]

Indian village clings to hope after dam burst kills 32

NEW DELHI: More than 30 people are believed dead and 200 missing three days after a burst glacier triggered a flood in the Indian Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. The sudden surge of water and upstream debris in the Chamoli district on Sunday washed away a dam and left 35 workers trapped in a 2-kilometer tunnel. Military […]

Families angry as hope fades for workers in India glacier tragedy

Desperation grows among families of 39 workers trapped in a tunnel after a Himalayan glacier burst on Sunday, causing a deadly flash flood. Joshimath, Uttarakhand – Anger is growing among the families of 39 workers trapped in a tunnel after a deadly flash flood caused by the bursting of a Himalayan glacier destroyed two hydropower […]

Asian shares edge towards record highs on hope of US stimulus

Hopes of a quicker global economic recovery and crude oil supply curbs by OPEC are pushing stocks and oil prices higher. Asian shares hovered near record highs on Monday while oil edged closer to $60 a barrel on hopes a $1.9-trillion COVID-19 aid package will be passed by policymakers in the United States as soon […]

Israel’s Early Vaccine Data Offers Hope

JERUSALEM — Israel, which leads the world in vaccinating its population against the coronavirus, has produced some encouraging news: Early results show a significant drop in infection after just one shot of a two-dose vaccine, and better than expected results after both doses. Public health experts caution that the data, based on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, […]

Hope in Kashmir as Modi critic Kamala Harris takes office

NEW DELHI: Some hope has sprung in Kashmir, residents of the valley say, as Kamala Harris, the new American vice president and critic of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has taken office. Harris, who was inaugurated as US President Joe Biden’s deputy last week, has been critical of the Indian government’s discriminatory policies toward the country’s […]

Stocks jump as Biden inauguration lifts US economic stimulus hope

Asian stocks hit record highs following jump on Wall Street as investors bet on increased US government spending. Asian stocks rose to new record highs on Thursday, tracking markets in the United States as investors hoped for more economic stimulus from newly inaugurated US President Joe Biden to offset damage wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Rio’s hidden trail reveals breathtaking views and economic hope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – There were no fireworks on Copacabana Beach to ring in the New Year, and Carnival festivities have already been suspended. These are just some of the ways Rio, known as Brazil’s “Marvelous City”, has been stripped of its joy and wonder by the COVID-19 crisis. Brazil recently marked a grim […]

Rio’s hidden trail reveals breathtaking views and economic hope

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – There were no fireworks on Copacabana Beach to ring in the New Year, and Carnival festivities have already been suspended. These are just some of the ways Rio, known as Brazil’s “Marvelous City”, has been stripped of its joy and wonder by the COVID-19 crisis. Brazil recently marked a grim […]

Kashmir forest dwellers hope long-delayed law will stop evictions

Nomad forest dwellers in Indian-administered Kashmir are pinning their hopes on the implementation of a 14-year-old law to save their land and homes, as the government announces plans to evict tens of thousands of people it says are encroaching on protected land. Last month, the forest department of the disputed federal territory published a list […]

‘Hope in a little vial’: New York gets first COVID-19 vaccines

New York City, US – Stephanie Cal was stringing up Christmas decorations at her family home in Long Island on December 13 when she got the text from a hospital co-worker. The 58-year-old nurse stared at her phone – she had qualified for the first round of Pfizer-BioNtech’s COVID-19 vaccine. Days earlier, the US Food […]

Rohingya refugees hope for better life as Bangladesh moves them to remote island

DHAKA: A second group of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh were on Tuesday taken to an island in the Bay of Bengal to start new lives, despite UN concerns for their welfare. The Bangladeshi navy provided transport for 1,804 Rohingya Muslim refugees — members of an ethnic and religious minority group who have fled violence and persecution […]

‘Message of hope’: Europe launches COVID vaccination campaign

Health care workers, the elderly and leading politicians got some of the first shots across the bloc to reassure the public that the vaccinations are safe. Europe has launched an enormous COVID vaccination drive, with elderly patients and medics lining up to take the first shots in hopes of seeing off the pandemic that has […]

Regression, hope and change: The Middle East in 2020

The year 2020 has left its mark on much of the Middle East. While some developments have shined a glimmer of hope on ostensibly unsolvable conflicts, other dynamics have exacerbated existing issues across the region. Reflections on the year for Iraq and Iran have been published by Al Jazeera in other pieces. Syria In the […]

US pins hope on vaccine amid November surge in COVID-19 cases

The United States entered the final month of the year hoping that promising vaccine candidates will soon be approved to halt the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus after 4.3 million new cases were reported in November. The new COVID-19 cases were more than double the previous monthly record set in October, as large numbers of Americans […]

In Biden’s hometown, election win brings some hope amid COVID-19

Wilmington, Delaware – Used electric guitars line the walls and old cameras, laptops and gold jewellery fill the display cases of Tony Farrace’s dusty second-hand shop on Market Street. Facing economic woes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more residents have come to the store in Wilmington’s central business district to turn in valuables […]

Biden prepares for White House as Trump holds out hope #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

United States President-elect Joe Biden will further lay the groundwork for his new administration on Wednesday as President Donald Trump pursues a flurry of long-shot lawsuits challenging the election results in an effort to cling to power. Trump has declined to concede, instead lodging unsupported charges of election fraud that have gained little traction. Judges […]

The US election: Hate, hope beyond the vote #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The hate towards Donald Trump may prove as decisive in determining the outcome of this election, as hate towards Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Back then, many Americans hated the Clintons and hoped for anyone but Hillary to assume the presidency. Today, many hope for anyone but the incumbent president, even if it were old […]