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Environmental Damage to Gaza Exacerbating Food Insecurity
Extensive damage to Gaza’s environment as a result of the Israeli blockade and its devastating military campaign against the coastal territory during last year’s war from July to August, is negatively affecting the health of Gazans, especially their food security. “We were living on bread and tea and my five children were badly malnourished as […]
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:39:38 +0000)

Farm Projects Boost Bangladeshi Women, Children
Women in Bangladesh are carving healthier, wealthier futures for themselves and their children – and they have chicken eggs and pineapples to thank. Since 2009, the non-profit group Helen Keller International has overseen programmes in the eastern Bangladesh region of Chittagong, mentoring women in agriculture to produce food not only for their own families, but […]
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 16:39:05 +0000)

Opinion: War on Wildlife Crime – Time to Enlist the Ordinary Citizen
With Mar. 3 designated as World Wildlife Day, Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, examines the problem of wildlife crime from the angle of asking what the individual citizen can do to help fight to save our living natural heritage.
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 14:46:38 +0000)

Opinion: Manipulate and Mislead – How GMOs are Infiltrating Africa
Haidee Swanby is a researcher with the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The ACB’s work is centred on dismantling structural inequities in food and agriculture systems in Africa and directed towards the attainment of food sovereignty. Mariann Bassey Orovwuje is a lawyer, as well as an environmental, human and food rights advocate. She is Programme Manager for the Food Sovereignty Programme for Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and Coordinator of Friends of the Earth Africa’s Food Sovereignty Programme Campaign.
(Sun, 01 Mar 2015 10:29:47 +0000)

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?
Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands. According to the Environmental News Network, a web-based resource, Africa loses forest cover equal to the size of Switzerland every year, or approximately 41 000 square kilometres. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is also on […]
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:37:14 +0000)

Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market
“We have to wait and see,” “There isn’t a lot of talk about it,” are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars. “If the company sells more, I think they would pay us better,” said […]
(Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:57:26 +0000)

Opinion: Goals for Gender Equality Are Not a ‘Wish List’ – They Are a ‘To Do List’
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the executive director of UN Women
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:49:39 +0000)

Reporting on Violence in Mexico Brings Its Own Perils
Organised criminals in Mexico are forcing the media to stop reporting on crime, by turning their violence against journalists. With the Mexican state offering journalists little protection, the resultant drop in freedom of information has contributed to a heightened sense of insecurity in the country. Claire San Filippo, head of Reporters Without Borders’ Americas desk, […]
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:46:19 +0000)

Rousseff’s Brazil – No Country for the Landless
In Brazil, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land ownership in the world, some 200,000 peasant farmers still have no plot of their own to farm – a problem that the first administration of President Dilma Rousseff did little to resolve. In its assessment of the situation in the 2011-2014 period, the […]
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:01:15 +0000)

From the Police Station Back to the Hellhole: System Failing India’s Domestic Violence Survivors
“One time my husband started slapping me hard on the face because I had not cooked the rice to his satisfaction,” Suruchi* told IPS. “He hit me so hard that my infant daughter fell from my arms to the ground.” For 20 years 47-year-old Suruchi, a resident of India’s coastal megacity Mumbai, faced physical and […]
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:42 +0000)

Opinion: The Middle East and Perpetual War
Leon Anderson is a retired American businessman and author who worked extensively in international markets.
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:27:23 +0000)

Opinion: Europe Under Merkel’s (Informal) Leadership
In this column, Emma Bonino, a former Italian foreign minister and former European Commissioner, argues that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the de facto representative of Europe in the world today, putting other European heads of states and institutions in the shade. Moreover, the economic and political measures taken by EU member countries since 2008 have aimed at “renationalising” their interests, and the author fears that a definitive crisis of the European federalist project is on the horizon.
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:32:32 +0000)

Gazan Fishermen Dying to Survive
The beautiful Mediterranean Sea laps gently onto the white sandy beach near Gaza City’s port. Fishing boats dot the beach as fishermen tend to their boats and fix their nets. However, this scenic and peaceful setting belies a depressing reality. Gaza’s once thriving fishing industry has been decimated by Israel’s blockade of the coastal territory […]
(Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:03:34 +0000)

Study Shows Shift in Level of Social Hostility Involving Religion
Social hostilities involving religion have declined worldwide, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center. The latest data show that after reaching a six-year peak in 2012, the state of religious tolerance improved in 2013 in most of the 198 countries analysed in the report. The share of countries with […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:56:07 +0000)

All-Out War in Libya Predicted without Further Peace Talks
Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon. The International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organisation working to prevent and resolve conflict, warned Thursday of a “dramatic turning point” in the “deteriorating internal conflict,” with […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:28:46 +0000)

Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle
As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago. […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:10:23 +0000)

Sometimes a Single Tree Is More Effective than a Government
Every morning, Raj Kumari Chaudhari walks from her home to the other end of Padnaha village, located in the Bardiya district of mid-west Nepal, to a big mango tree to offer prayers. The tree is majestic, its branches spreading as far as the eye can see. “This tree doesn’t bear fruit, but it saved my […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:03:16 +0000)

Families of ‘Desaparecidos’ Take Search into Their Own Hands
Carlos Trujillo refuses to give up, after years of tirelessly searching hospitals, morgues, prisons, cemeteries and clandestine graves in Mexico, looking for his four missing brothers. The local shopkeeper has left no stone unturned and no clue unfollowed since his brothers Jesús, Raúl, Luís and Gustavo Trujillo vanished – the first two on Aug. 28, […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:33:56 +0000)

Mobile Technology a Lever for Women’s Empowerment
Providing women with greater access to mobile technology could increase literacy, advance development and open up much-needed educational and employment opportunities, according to experts at the fourth United Nations’ Mobile Learning Week conference here. “Mobile technology can offer learning where there are no books, no classrooms, even no teachers. This is especially important for women […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:39:49 +0000)

Indigenous Storytelling in the Limelight
In recent years, the Berlin International Film Festival, known as the Berlinale, has established a European hub for indigenous voices across a number of platforms, including its NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema series and Storytelling-Slams in which indigenous storytelling artists share their stories before opening the floor to contributions from the audience. This […]
(Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:33:21 +0000)