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It’s World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day is a day designated by the UN to recognise aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action.

More: Wikipedia

Canada-Saudi rift: The next steps forward for Ottawa

Colin Robertson, vice-president and fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute – Globe and Mail:

As we have learned through our initiatives to help the Rohingya in Myanmar and to constrain the Maduro regime in Venezuela, advancing human rights in countries that don’t care is a difficult proposition. But if a feminist foreign policy and advocacy for human rights is to mean anything, we have to stand up, even if we stand alone.


A barber offers free haircuts for homeless people

Jay Gauthier, a barber in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is offering free haircuts and support for homeless people. He claims his experiences as a homeless person himself, and also as someone who has spent time in prison for armed robbery, helps him connect with his customers.

“That half an hour that I’m with that individual, I feel like I’m doing something for this person that nobody can,” he says. “I’m providing some hope.”

More at CBC

Court gives US Administration 20 days to restore the DACA program

Microsoft and Princeton lawyers were back in court, taking a humanitan stand for the Dreamers.


Washington, D.C., District Judge John Bates upheld his previous ruling that the Department of Homeland Security failed to give a rational explanation for the “arbitrary and capricious” decision to end DACA. The ruling issued Friday denies DHS’s motion to reverse the decision and gives the federal government 20 days to decide whether or not to appeal before resuming the program.


“A lasting solution for Dreamers has become an economic imperative and a humanitarian necessity,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith in a statement Friday. “We hope today’s decision will encourage the nation’s leaders to work together before the end of the year to address the uncertainty Dreamers have been living with for almost a year. Dreamers grew up in this country, attended our schools, pay taxes and contribute to our communities. They deserve bipartisan action by Congress.”

More: Politico

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is paying Nigeria’s $76 million polio debt

Yomi Kazeem, writing in Quartz:

As Nigeria’s battles on to become a polio-free country, Bill and Melinda Gates have taken an extraordinary step to give Africa’s largest economy a helping hand through their foundation.

The foundation will pay off a $76 million loan taken from Japan to aid the fight against polio. The loan was taken in 2014 and repayments were due to begin this year. A Gates Foundation spokesperson confirmed the loan repayment in an email to Quartz. Gates Foundation says it agreed to repay the loan after Nigeria met the condition of achieving more than 80% vaccination coverage in at least one round each year in very high risk areas across 80% of the country’s local government areas. The loan will be repaid over a period of 20 years.

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