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OPINION: The Politics of Biodiversity Loss
Zakri Abdul Hamid is Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Joint Chairman of the Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), and a member of the U.N. Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:43:50 +0000)

Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic
Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus. Concern about the potential threat posed by […]
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:18:08 +0000)

OPINION: Europe is Positioning Itself Outside the International Race
In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, argues that the crisis of internal governance, fomented by a latter-day Protestant ethic of fiscal sacrifice, is pushing Europe to the side lines of world affairs.
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:23:35 +0000)

U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process
The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace. The new information-gathering process, which began last week and will continue for the next six months, could result in the first major overhaul of related regulations in more than four decades. Of […]
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 01:05:25 +0000)

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa
The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger. Dr. Shenggen Fen, director-general of the Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), told IPS the crisis is expected to be […]
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:30:54 +0000)

Panama’s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests
For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity. “Forests are valuable to us because they bring us benefits, but not just oxygen,” Emberá chief Cándido […]
(Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:00:58 +0000)

We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways
Zafar Adeel is director of the UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:28:57 +0000)

OPINION: Al Baghdadi and the Doctrine Behind the Name
In this column, Farhang Jahanpour – former professor and Dean of the Faculty of Languages at the University of Isfahan, who has taught for 28 years in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford – looks at the symbolism of the name adopted by Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and argues that the views and actions of al-Baghdadi and his followers are almost an exact copy of the Wahhabi revivalist movement instigated by 18th century theologian Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab.
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:14:18 +0000)

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain
Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this growth. At a recent meeting at the United Nations conference centre in the Ethiopian capital, […]
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:04:16 +0000)

Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal
The recent blockade of ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change. This past Friday, […]
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:27:09 +0000)

U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict
The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington’s efforts to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The operation, which included the provision of 27 bundles of small arms, including anti-tank weapons, […]
(Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:00:13 +0000)

Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific
The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet’s most biodiversity-rich marine areas. At the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity […]
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:14:11 +0000)

Pakistan’s Ahmadis Faced with Death or Exile
Two years ago, gunmen shot dead Farooq Kahloun’s newly married son Saad Farooq, 26, in an attack that severely injured Kahloun, his younger son Ummad, and Saad’s father-in-law, Choudhry Nusrat. Saad died on the spot. In Pakistan after travelling from his home in New York for the wedding, Nusrat died in hospital later. Four bullets […]
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:21:32 +0000)

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef
Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. However, there […]
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:19:26 +0000)

Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists
Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and “it is a cash-making business.”  “In a good season, an ox can go for […]
(Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:54:53 +0000)

OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:52:09 +0000)

Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port
Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the […]
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:49:42 +0000)

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival
Mark Lattimer is the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group (MRG) International and Mahmoud Swed works for MRG's Ceasefire Project.
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:56:31 +0000)

Israel Planning Mass Expulsion of Bedouins from West Bank
Thirty-year-old Naifa Youssef and 50 other members of her Bedouin community live a precarious life, eking out a hand-to-mouth existence alongside the main road which links Jerusalem with the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Jericho. Home for this community, east of Jerusalem, comprises a collection of shanty structures and hovels as well as […]
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:21:04 +0000)

History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. But the document not only remains unverified but can only be linked to Iran by […]
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:19:25 +0000)