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Iran Sanctions Regime Could Unravel with Failed Nuclear Deal
Internationally supported sanctions against Iran could begin to crumble if talks over Iran’s nuclear programme fail to produce a final deal, according to Germany’s envoy to the United States. “The alternatives to the diplomatic approach are not very attractive,” said Ambassador Peter Wessig Tuesday. “If diplomacy fails, the sanctions regime might unravel…and we would probably […]
(Tue, 26 May 2015 23:29:12 +0000)

Terror Groups May Be Winning Digital War on Extremist Ideology
The United Nations is quick to point out the increasing pace at which digital technology is racing across the world. Six out of every seven people are armed with mobile phones – and more than three billion, out of the world’s 7.1 billion people, have access to the Internet. Still, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns that […]
(Tue, 26 May 2015 21:10:07 +0000)

The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full
Dr. Palitha Kohona is former Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
(Tue, 26 May 2015 20:34:07 +0000)

Opinion: Tobacco Taxes Too Effective to Overlook in Financing for Development
Katie Dain is Executive Director of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance
(Tue, 26 May 2015 10:14:49 +0000)

Opinion: Finance Like a Cancer Grows
It is astonishing that every week we see action being taken in various part of the world against the financial sector, without any noticeable reaction of public opinion. It is astonishing because at the same time we are experiencing a very serious crisis, with high unemployment, precarious jobs and an unprecedented growth of inequality, which […]
(Tue, 26 May 2015 07:18:16 +0000)

Pineapple Industry Leaves Costa Rican Communities High and Dry
Twelve years after finding the first traces of pesticides used by the pineapple industry, in the rural water supply, around 7,000 people from four communities in Costa Rica’s Caribbean region are still unable to consume their tap water. The communities of Milano, El Cairo, La Francia and Luisiana are located in the municipality of Siquirres, […]
(Mon, 25 May 2015 22:47:12 +0000)

Q&A: Papua New Guinea Reckons With Unmet Development Goals
IPS correspondent Neena Bhandari interviews PETER O’NEILL, Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
(Mon, 25 May 2015 20:35:44 +0000)

Accusations of ‘Apartheid’ Cause Israelis to Backpedal
A  decision by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) to segregate buses in the occupied West Bank has backfired after causing an uproar in Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, and political damage on the international stage. This came as Israel faces mounting international criticism over its land expropriation and settlement building in the West Bank, and other […]
(Sun, 24 May 2015 16:24:49 +0000)

Failure of Review Conference Brings World Close to Nuclear Cataclysm, Warn Activists
After nearly four weeks of negotiations, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference ended in a predictable outcome: a text overwhelmingly reflecting the views and interests of the nuclear-armed states and some of their nuclear-dependent allies. “The process to develop the draft Review Conference outcome document was anti-democratic and nontransparent,” Ray Acheson, director, Reaching Critical […]
(Sat, 23 May 2015 20:55:31 +0000)

When Kenyan Children’s Lives Hang on a Drip
Acute watery diarrhoea is a major killer of young children but misunderstanding over the benefits of fluid treatment is preventing many Kenyan parents from resorting to this life-saving technique and threatening to reverse the strides that the country has made in child health. The 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey, released in April this year, […]
(Sat, 23 May 2015 17:06:44 +0000)

School Gardens Combat Hunger in Argentina
In Argentina, where millions of families have unmet dietary needs despite the country’s vast expanse of fertile land, the Huerta Niño project promotes organic gardens in rural primary schools, to teach children healthy eating habits and show them that they can grow their own food to fight hunger. Of the 105 students who board Monday […]
(Sat, 23 May 2015 07:31:40 +0000)

Slum-Dwelling Still a Continental Trend in Africa
Nompumelelo Tshabalala, 41, emerges from her dwarf ‘shack’ made up of rusty metal sheets and falls short of bumping into this reporter as she bends down to avoid knocking her head against the top part of her makeshift door frame. “This has been my home for the past 16 years and I have lived here […]
(Fri, 22 May 2015 22:47:28 +0000)

Bougainville: Former War-Torn Territory Still Wary of Mining
From Arawa, once the capital city of Bougainville, an autonomous region in eastern Papua New Guinea in the southwest Pacific Ocean, a long, winding road leads high up into the Crown Prince Ranges in the centre of the island through impenetrable rainforest. Over a ridge, the verdant canopy gives way to a landscape of gouged […]
(Fri, 22 May 2015 19:28:20 +0000)

Ethiopia’s First Film at Cannes Gives Moving View of Childhood, Gender
A boy, a sheep and a stunning mountain landscape. These are the three stars of Lamb, a poignant film directed by 36-year-old Yared Zeleke and Ethiopia’s first entry in France’s prestigious Cannes International Film Festival. The film was warmly received at its premiere this week, with the director and cast receiving applause. It is slated […]
(Fri, 22 May 2015 18:11:45 +0000)

Novelists, Directors Respond as ‘Water Wars’ Loom
Dan Bloom is a freelance writer from Boston based in Taiwan. A 1971 graduate of Tufts University where he majored in French literature, he has been working as a climate activist and a literary activist since 2006. He can be found on Twitter @polarcityman
(Fri, 22 May 2015 13:50:51 +0000)

Caribbean Looks to France as Key Partner in Climate Financing
By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The CDB is the premier regional financial institution, established in […]
(Fri, 22 May 2015 13:20:32 +0000)

Opinion: Voice of Civil Society Muffled in Post-2015 Negotiations for Better Future
Esmee Russell is International Campaigns Coordinator, End Water Poverty
(Fri, 22 May 2015 12:27:14 +0000)

A Chimera in Growing Cooperation Between China and Brazil
A total of 35 agreements and contracts were signed during Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang’s visit to Brazil, as part of the growing ties between the two countries. But there is one project that drew all the attention: the Transcontinental Railway. The railroad will stretch over 5,000 km from the port of Açú, 300 km […]
(Thu, 21 May 2015 22:31:02 +0000)

Germany’s Asylum Seekers – You Can’t Evict a Movement
In a move to take their message of solidarity to refugees across the country and calling for their voices to be heard in Europe’s ongoing debate on migration, Germany’s asylum seekers have taken their nationwide protest movement for change on the road under the slogan: “You Can’t Evict a Movement!”. Earlier this month, in a […]
(Thu, 21 May 2015 19:16:23 +0000)

Opinion: New World Information Order, Internet and the Global South – Part I
Branislav Gosovic worked at the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), the South Commission and was Officer-in-Charge at the South Centre in Geneva (1990-2005).
(Thu, 21 May 2015 19:10:44 +0000)