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Decline Before Fall of Berlin Wall
Joseph Chamie is former director of the United Nations Population Division and Barry Mirkin is former chief of the Population Policy Section of the United Nations Population Division.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:22:21 +0000)

St. Vincent Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change
Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions. But the last two times, it was more “severe and frightening” than anything she had witnessed before. “The last time the river came down it reached on the ball ground […]
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:33:40 +0000)

Bangladeshi ‘Char Dwellers’ in Search of Higher Ground
Jahanara Begum, a 35-year-old housewife, is surrounded by thatched-roof homes, all of which are partially submerged by floodwater. Heavy rains throughout the monsoon months, beginning in August, left thousands of people in northern Bangladesh homeless or in dire straits as the mighty Brahmaputra, Dharla and Teesta rivers burst their banks, spilling out over the countryside. […]
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:55 +0000)

OPINION: Keeping All Girls in School is One Way to Curb Child Marriage in Tanzania
Agnes Odhiambo is a senior women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch covering sub-Saharan Africa.
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:00:58 +0000)

Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon
Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon. The experiments are being carried out by researchers for AquaBounty Technologies, which currently has an application with the U.S. government to sell genetically modified (GM) […]
(Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:01:07 +0000)

Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial
Luz Méndez Gutiérrez is the co-author of the book Mujeres q’eqchís: violencia sexual y lucha por la justicia (ECAP-IDRC) (forthcoming). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Union of Guatemalan Women (Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas – UNAMG).
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:05:24 +0000)

The Invisible Reality of Spain’s Homeless
“It’s easy to end up on the street. It’s not because you led a bad life; you lose your job and you can’t afford to pay rent,” says David Cerezo while he waits for lunch to be served by a humanitarian organisation in this city in southern Spain. Cerezo, 39, lives in a filthy wreck […]
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:33:47 +0000)

Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on. The compromise now being seriously discussed would meet the Obama administration’s original requirement for limiting Iran’s “breakout capability” by a […]
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:24:57 +0000)

OPINION: The West Prefers Military Order Against History
In this column, Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies and Rector of the TRANSCEND Peace University, looks at West-Islam polarisation and some of the possible solutions, although he wonders whether the West has the willingness or ability to reconcile.
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:04:58 +0000)

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining
The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years. But a report by an Australian non-government organisation warns […]
(Tue, 28 Oct 2014 04:41:41 +0000)

Good Twins or Evil Twins? U.S., China Could Tip the Climate Balance
China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows. Although China’s energy use has skyrocketed over the past two decades, the average American citizen consumes […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:16:47 +0000)

OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights and Poverty – Making the Links
Alicia Ely Yamin is Lecturer on Global Health and Policy Director at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, and Chair of the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:38:33 +0000)

A Jungle Shrine Awaits its Blessed Moment
Rising out of a thick forest about 17 km from the nearest main road, the Madhu Church is a symbol of spiritual harmony and tranquility. When the wind blows you hear the leaves rustle. Other times a solemn silence hangs in the air. Old-timers say that once, almost an entire generation ago, the grass grew six […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:13:36 +0000)

“Yeil” – The New Energy Buzzword in Argentina
In Argentina they call it “yeil”, the hispanicised version of “shale”. But while these unconventional gas and oil reserves are seen by many as offering a means to development and a route towards energy self-sufficiency, others believe the term should fall into disuse because the global trend is towards clean, renewable sources of energy. Wearing […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:53:00 +0000)

Zimbabwe’s Rich Fuel Inequality Through Illicit Financial Flows
Zimbabwe has lost 12 billion dollars in illicit financial flows over the last three decades and experts say this illegal practice is perpetuating social inequalities and poverty in this southern African nation. A September report by the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZIMVAC) estimates that 63 percent of Zimbabweans are poor, with 16 percent of the country’s […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:29:24 +0000)

OPINION: Where Governments Fail, It’s Up to the People to Rise
Pomerania in northern Poland is famous for its unpolluted environment, fertile soils and historic heritage. So far, these valuable farmlands have been free from heavy industry but that situation might change as a shadow looms over the lives of Pomeranians. Its name is Elektrownia Północ, also known as the North Power Plant and, ever since […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:46:29 +0000)

Put People Not ‘Empire of Capital’ at Heart of Development
President Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador does not mince words when it comes to development. ”Neoliberal policies based on so-called competitiveness, efficiency and the labour flexibility framework have helped the empire of capital to prosper at the cost of human labour,” he told a crowded auditorium at the 15th Raul Prebitsch Lecture. The Raul Prebitsch […]
(Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:23:11 +0000)

OPINION: Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero is a Puerto Rican journalist.
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 21:28:10 +0000)

How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?
Six days a week, Tahir Cetin spends seven and a half hours hundreds of feet underground on a narrow ledge, mining coal near Soma, Turkey. He breathes in dust that is destroying his lungs, and digs into walls that could collapse on top of him. With one false step, he could fall to his death. […]
(Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:14:40 +0000)

OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now
A group of young Pacific islanders calling themselves the Climate Warriors arrived in Australia this month to mount a protest against the Australian coal industry and call for action on climate change. Kaio Tiira Taula, one of the Climate Warriors, has written this open letter to the people of Australia.
(Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:11:24 +0000)