More than 600,000 inhabitants in Luxembourg

Just a few years after having crossed the threshold of 500 000 inhabitants (2010), Luxembourg has just crossed a new important demographic threshold. As of January 1, 2018, there were 602,005 inhabitants in the country, an annual increase of +1.92%. Immigration is the major source of this increase, the country welcoming more and more foreigners,…

Miguel Díaz-Canel, new president of Cuba

A page has turned in Cuba. The country has just appointed a new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel, 58, replacing his predecessor Raúl Castro, 86, former brother of the famous Fidel Castro. The Castro brothers had been in power since the 1959 Revolution, which dislodged the bloody dictator Fulgencio Batista, the latter being supported by the United…

Death Penalty is falling in the world

Amnesty International released its annual report on the death penalty around the world yesterday (12 April). It appears that 993 executions were recorded in 23 countries last year. This is a slight decrease of 4% compared to 2016 (1032 executions), and a very significant decline of 39% since 2015. That year, 1634 people were executed…

Martin Luther King was murdered 50 years ago

Fifty years ago today, Martin Luther King was murdered in Memphis. He fought for human rights, including the civil rights of African Americans, but also for the rights of the poor and against the militarization of American society. The Martin Luther King Day is a holiday in the United States, and marks the anniversary of…

One billion people in the Americas

The American continent, which extends from Canada‘s Great North to the southernmost tip of Chile, now has more than one billion inhabitants. The Americas are a multiple continent, divided into several distinct parts, particularly between the highly developed and industrialized North, and the less developed but soon to be-developed South, as well as subregions such…

International Francophonie Day 2018

The International Francophonie Day is a worldwide celebration of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) taking place on March 20th of each year. The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie brings together 84 member and associate countries and territories. There are approximately 520 million French speakers worldwide, including more than 300 million whose mother tongue…

With rising number of girls at risk, world in ‘race against time’ to end female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation is a violent act that, among other things, causes infection, disease, childbirth complications and death, said the Executive Directors of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a joint statement for the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Describing FGM as “a cruel…

48 million children through wars, natural disasters and emergencies

Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare and unless the international community takes urgent action to protect and provide life-saving assistance to them, “they face an increasingly bleak future,” the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Tuesday, launching a $3.6 billion emergency appeal. According to…