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Pakistani Sikhs Back in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Religious Persecution
Balwan Singh, an 84-year-old shopkeeper living in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is well past retirement age, but any illusions he may have had about living out his golden years in peace and security have long since been dashed. The elderly man is a member of Pakistan’s 40,000-member Sikh community, which has a long history […]
(Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:03:47 +0000)

True Gender Equality for Both Women and Men
Joseph Chamie is a former Director of the United Nations Population Division.
(Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:52:38 +0000)

Can China’s Silk Road Vision Coexist with a Eurasian Union?
There is a good chance that economic jockeying between China and Russia in Central Asia will intensify in the coming months. For Russia, Chinese economic expansion could put a crimp in President Vladimir Putin’s grand plan for the Eurasian Economic Union. Putin has turned to China in recent months, counting on Beijing to pick up […]
(Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:03:26 +0000)

IPS Honours Crusader for Nuclear Abolition
Jayantha Dhanapala was awarded the IPS International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament Monday at the United Nations in New York. Dhanapala, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs until 2003, has remained committed to the goal of a nuclear weapons-free world since leaving his post, presiding since 2007 over the Nobel Prize-winning Pugwash Conferences on Science and […]
(Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:02:58 +0000)

OPINION: The Clock Is Ticking for Nuclear Disarmament
Jayantha Dhanapala is the recipient of the 2014 IPS International Achievement Award for Nuclear Disarmament, and is a former U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs.
(Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:29:24 +0000)

U.S. Missing in Child Rights Convention
Kul Gautam, from Nepal, is a former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations (www.kulgautam.org).
(Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:08:24 +0000)

Depression Casts Cloak of Infertility Over Kashmir Valley
It was almost midnight when Mushtaq Margoob woke up to the incessant ringing of his phone. It was his patient, a young woman whom Margoob, a renowned Kashmiri psychiatrist and head of the department of psychiatry at the only psychiatric hospital in Kashmir, had been treating for depression for many years. “See me now. I […]
(Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:02:32 +0000)

A Game-Changing Week on Climate Change
- In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change. At the G20 summit in Australia, the United States pledged 3 billion dollars and Japan pledged 1.5 billion dollars to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), bringing total donations up to 7.5 billion so far. The GCF, established through […]
(Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:55:41 +0000)

Shale Oil Fuels Indigenous Conflict in Argentina
The boom in unconventional fossil fuels has revived indigenous conflicts in southwest Argentina. Twenty-two Mapuche communities who live on top of Vaca Muerta, the geological formation where the reserves are located, complain that they were not consulted about the use of their ancestral lands, both “above and below ground.” Albino Campo, ”logko” or chief of […]
(Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:57:06 +0000)

Iranians Keep Hope Alive for Final Nuclear Deal
In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme—in a crucial phase this week—are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future. “I really hope for a fair agreement,” Ahoora Rostamian, a […]
(Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:06:19 +0000)

OPINION: Why Israel Opposes a Final Nuclear Deal with Iran and What to Do About It
Robert E. Hunter, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, was director of Middle East Affairs on the National Security Council Staff in the Carter administration and in 2011-12 was director of Transatlantic Security Studies at the National Defense University. Read his work on IPS’s foreign policy blog, LobeLog.
(Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:03:56 +0000)

G20 Seeks to Streamline Private Investment in Infrastructure
Industrialised countries have agreed to collaborate on a new programme aimed at funnelling significant private-sector investment into global infrastructure projects, particularly in developing countries. The Global Infrastructure Initiative, agreed to Sunday by governments of the Group of 20 (G20) countries, will not actually be funding new projects. But it will seek to create investment environments […]
(Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:00:43 +0000)

U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash
The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa. “It’s a psychological fear,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told IPS. “And there has been a chain reaction.” He cautioned there should be no action which […]
(Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:36:22 +0000)

OPINION: Will There be Peace Between Iran and the West?
In this column, Emma Bonino, former Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former European Commissioner, argues that the West and Iran would be well advised to take advantage of what may be their last similar opportunity to reach a definitive agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme, because the costs of failure to do so are incalculable.
(Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:08:37 +0000)

Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?
This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement. However, this is like writing a book with […]
(Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:28:17 +0000)

Building Disaster Resilience Amidst Rampant Poverty
Of the thousands of landslide-prone villages he has visited and worked with, R M S Bandara, a high-ranking official from Sri Lanka’s National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO), says only one has made him sit up and take note. Keribathgala, located in the Ratnapura District about 120 km southeast of the capital, Colombo, is the only […]
(Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:51:01 +0000)

Ebola Outbreak Affects Key Development Areas in Sierra Leone
The outbreak of the deadly Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone has badly affected the West African country’s move towards meeting key development goals.  Agriculture, which is the mainstay of the economy, has been the worst hit as many farmers have succumbed to the disease and many more have abandoned their farmlands in fear of contracting […]
(Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:06:02 +0000)

Fighting the Islamic State On the Air
There is daily news broadcasting at 9 in the evening and a live programme every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For the time being, that is what Mosul´s only TV channel has to offer from its headquarters in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. “We are still on the air only because we managed to bring […]
(Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:57:53 +0000)

Pushing the Voice of Syrian Women For a New Future
For most Syrian women, the war has been a disaster. For some, it has also been liberating. For Yasmine Merei, managing editor of the Syrian women’s magazine Saiedet Souria, the upset of traditional family roles and the shaking off of a culture of fear have wrought positive effects. Many Syrian women have unfortunately been forced […]
(Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:55:31 +0000)

25 Years After Rights Convention, Children Still Need More Protection
Susan Bissell is UNICEF Global Chief of Child Protection & Associate Director of Programmes.
(Fri, 14 Nov 2014 20:21:55 +0000)