IOM is working to ensure health care for the Rohingya refugees with 45 health facilities in Rohingya camps – where more than 100,000 beneficiaries get medical consultations every month on average. Photo: IOM

The Rohingya refugee crisis, which began in 2017, is entering its sixth year in 2023, and the needs of the refugees have only increased. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is appealing for USD 125 million to support 1.4 million Rohingya refugees and host communities in Cox’s Bazar District, Bangladesh. The needs of the Rohingya refugees are immense, and meeting them is entirely dependent on continued support until they can return to Myanmar safely and with dignity.

One of the world’s biggest startup events, Slush, took place in Helsinki on 21st -22nd of November this year. The event attracted over 25,000 attendees, 3,500 startups and 2000 investors from all over the world from over 130 nationalities.

Mireya Solís, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The administration’s single-minded pursuit of unilateralism in trade policy – as seen in the withdrawal from the TPP and seeking to rewrite NAFTA – is a recipe for disaster. The world is moving on and, ultimately, Americans will be the losers.

The Trump administration’s opening salvo in launching its “America First” trade policy was to pull out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a move that many assumed effectively killed this 12-nation trade agreement comprising 40 percent of world GDP.

Bonfire burning in Kuopio during Finnish Midsummer celebrations on 23 June.

While ‘Juhannus’ is no longer a religious holiday, it is celebrated almost religiously in Finland. For a couple of days in June, the streets of Helsinki become almost ghostly as Finns escape their daily routines to spend a few sleepless nights far away from the city centre. Last weekend families and friends met yet again for a celebration of light around the thousands of lakes and on the many islands that the Finnish landscape has to offer.

JULY 7 was a grey and rainy day in Helsinki, as if the weather knew it was a day to mourn as Black Sabbath came to the Finnish capital with their The End-tour as part of the Monsters Of Rock event at Kaisaniemi park. But before it was time to say goodbye and be sad, there was one last chance to enjoy one of the greatest bands ever for one last time. The line-up included Amorphis, Rival Sons and Opeth along with Black Sabbath and the park was sold out with 20.000 concert goers.