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Elections Offer Little Solace to Sri Lanka’s Poor
Priyantha Wakvitta is used to seeing his adopted city, Colombo, transform into a landscape of bright sparkling lights and window dressing towards the end of the year. This year, he says, he is having a double dose of visual stimulation, with publicity materials for the January Presidential Election competing with Christmas décor at every turn. […]
(Fri, 28 Nov 2014 08:19:49 +0000)

Indigenous Community Beats Drought and Malnutrition in Honduras
In the heart of the Pijol mountains in the northern Honduran province of Yoro, the Tolupan indigenous community of Pueblo Nuevo has a lot to celebrate: famine is no longer a problem for them, and their youngest children were rescued from the grip of child malnutrition. The Tolupan indigenous people in Pueblo Nuevo are no […]
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 18:02:20 +0000)

Democratising the Fight against Malnutrition
There is a new dimension to the issue of malnutrition – governments, civil society and the private sector have started to come together around a common nutrition agenda. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the launch of the “Zero Hunger Challenge” by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in June […]
(Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:07:43 +0000)

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:10:52 +0000)

Shale Oil Threatens the High Prices Enjoyed by OPEC
Shale fever and the political chess among major oil producers and consumers have put OPEC in one of the most difficult junctures in its 54 years of history. “OPEC was spoiled for several years by high prices of around 100 dollars a barrel,” Elie Habalián, a former Venezuelan OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) […]
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:10:05 +0000)

Internal Ruling Party Wrangles Stall Development in Zimbabwe
With the ruling Zimbabwe Africa National Union Patriotic Front party in Zimbabwe seized with internal conflicts, attention to key development areas here have shifted despite the imminent end of December 2015 deadline for global attainment of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The eight MDGs targeted to be achieved by 31 December 2015 form a […]
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:39:32 +0000)

Women on the Edge of Land and Life
November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. There is little agricultural wage-work to be found, and the village moneylender’s loan remains unpaid, its interest mounting. The paddy harvest is […]
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 18:36:05 +0000)

Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice
Oscar Reyes, an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, helped launch climatemarkets.org.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:24:04 +0000)

OPINION: The Decline of Social Europe is Part of a World Trend
In this column, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, argues that social criteria are taking a back seat to financial and economic criteria in the policies of European countries.
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:15:40 +0000)

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice
Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice’ that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his […]
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:13:49 +0000)

Laying the Foundations of a World Citizens Movement
Has organised civil society, bound up in internal bureaucracy, in slow, tired processes and donor accountability, become simply another layer of a global system that perpetuates injustice and inequality? How can civil society organizations (CSOs) build a broad movement that draws in, represents and mobilises the citizenry, and how can they effect fundamental, systemic transformation, […]
(Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:25:17 +0000)

Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks
“A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.” Jasmin Enriquez is a two-time survivor of rape. Like two-thirds of rape survivors, Enriquez knew her rapists. The first […]
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:10:55 +0000)

Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20
Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit. In the months leading up to COP20 – the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to […]
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:12:27 +0000)

Civil Society Freedoms Merit Role in Post-2015 Development Agenda
In this column, Mandeep Tiwana, a lawyer specialising in human rights and civil society issues and Head of Policy and Research at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance, reports that civil society groups are facing increasing challenges as they seek to assume their rightful role as partners in development. He calls on civil society around the world to remain vigilant and act collectively to ensure that the fundamental rights of freedom of expression, association and assembly are protected.
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:45:58 +0000)

Nuclear Weapons as Bargaining Chips in Global Politics
Has the world reached a stage where nuclear weapons may be used as bargaining chips in international politics? So it seems, judging by the North Korean threat last week to conduct another nuclear test – if and when the 193-member U.N. General Assembly adopts a resolution aimed at referring the hermit kingdom to the International […]
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:23:12 +0000)

Jewellery Industry Takes Steps to Eliminate “Conflict Gold”
Major U.S. jewellery companies and retailers have started to take substantive steps to eliminate the presence of “conflict gold” from their supply chains, according to the results of a year-long investigation published Monday. Rights advocates, backed by the United Nations, have been warning for years that mining revenues are funding warlords and militia groups operating […]
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:50:39 +0000)

Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks
Buoyed by the failure of the U.S. and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any […]
(Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:08:39 +0000)

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding
Tim Brewer is a Policy Analyst at WaterAid, a UK-based international charity.
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:06:32 +0000)

Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina
The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods. In the 1990s a high-end property boom led to the construction of private neighbourhoods in vital ecosystems, and the emergence of barriers – actual walls – […]
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:31:28 +0000)

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
Arturo Lopez-Levy is a visiting lecturer at Mills College, California and a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
(Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:07:08 +0000)