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In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War
As the ambulance stopped in Iraq’s northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu. “The situation in Iraq is grave,” said Tirana Hassan, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:45:38 +0000)

Human Development – Latin America Less Than Halfway There
Construction worker Leobardo Gómez has been out of work for nine months since he slipped and fell to the street on a construction site in the Mexican capital in October. “I broke two ribs and I still can’t work,” the 44-year-old, who came to Mexico City from the southern state of Puebla, told IPS. “The […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:13:56 +0000)

Antigua Weighs High Cost of Fossil Fuels
Caught between its quest to grow the economy, create jobs and cut electricity costs, and the negative impacts associated with building an oil refinery, the Antigua and Barbuda government is looking to a mix of clean energy and fossil fuels to address its energy needs. Venezuela’s ambassador to Antigua, Carlos Perez, announced last week that […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:47:47 +0000)

Outlawing Polygamy to Combat Gender Inequalities, Domestic Violence in Papua New Guinea
New legislation recently passed in the southwest Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea (PNG) outlawing polygamy has been welcomed by experts in the country as an initial step forward in the battle against high rates of domestic violence, gender inequality and the spread of AIDS. “If polygamy remained acceptable, wives would never speak for […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:07:55 +0000)

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity
In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:55:54 +0000)

A Carrot Is a Carrot – or Is It?
Food security is often thought of as a question of diversifying supply and being able to move food through areas plagued by local scarcity, relying on the global economic system – including trade and transport – as the basis for operations. But there is a growing current of opinion that the answer lies much closer […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:09:54 +0000)

For Many Asian LGBT Youth, Homophobia Starts at Home
To teenagers, running away can seem like the easiest answer to problems at home, but for Alex* it was his only option when his family refused to accept that he identified himself as a transgender male. Although physically born a female, Alex always knew that he was a boy, but he grew up in an […]
(Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:30:57 +0000)

Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings
Thousands of New Yorkers took to the streets in multiple protests this past week against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has left at least 1,049 Palestinians dead and over 6,000 injured since Jul. 8. Among demonstrators’ many demands was that the U.S. government end its massive flow of aid and arms to the Israeli Defense […]
(Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:41:54 +0000)

South Stymies North in Global Trade Talks
A group of developing countries brought a tectonic shift at the World Trade Organization on Friday by turning the tables against the industrialised countries, when they offered a positive trade agenda to expeditiously arrive at a permanent solution for food security and other development issues, before adopting the protocol of amendment of the contested Trade […]
(Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:23:04 +0000)

Fish Before Fields to Improve Egypt’s Food Production
Less than four percent of Egypt’s land mass is suitable for agriculture, and most of it confined to the densely populated Nile River Valley and Delta. With the nation’s population of 85 million expected to double by 2050, government officials are grappling with ways of ensuring food security and raising nutritional standards. “With the drive […]
(Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:07:35 +0000)

Positive Outlook For Agricultural Prices But Not For World’s Poorest
The official outlook for agriculture up to 2023 carries optimistic forecasts for agricultural productivity and commodity prices but it is unlikely that the benefits will be shared by the world’s poorest. The mix of good and bad news comes in the 2014-2023 Agricultural Outlook, issued jointly by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:19 +0000)

Oil Lubricates Equatorial Guinea’s Entry into Portuguese Language Community
Evidently, oil talked louder. By unanimous resolution, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) admitted Equatorial Guinea as a full member, in spite of the CPLP’s ban on dictatorial regimes and the death penalty. At the two-day summit of heads of state and government that concluded on Wednesday Jul. 23 in Dili, the capital of […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:59 +0000)

AIDS Conference Mourns the Dead, Debates Setbacks
The 20th International AIDS Conference concluded today as the first in its history that remembered not just the 39 million people worldwide who have died of AIDS but also those who lost their lives in the crashed MH17 flight carrying six of its delegates, one of whom was the past president of the International AIDS […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:22:41 +0000)

U.S., Regional Leaders Convene over Migration Crisis
As the presidents of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala prepare to meet with President Barack Obama Friday, more than 40 organisations issued a petition urging U.S. lawmakers to meet their “moral and legal obligations” by providing emergency aid to Central American children and families. The petition, spearheaded by the Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA), […]
(Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:53:34 +0000)

Social Protection Needed to Reduce Africa’s Inequalities
For the last 13 years, Michael Ndah, 37, has worked for three road construction companies in Cameroon, but it is only in the last two years that his current employer has managed to register him with the National Social Insurance Fund (CNPS).  The CNPS is a pension system for workers in the private sector but […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:34:49 +0000)

Human Development Report Finds South Asia’s Poor on a Knife’s Edge
Millions still live in poverty and even those who have gained the security of the middle-income bracket could relapse into poverty due to sudden changes to their economic fortunes in South Asia, the latest annual Human Development Report by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) revealed. “In South Asia 44.4 percent of the population, around […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:58:30 +0000)

OPINION: Tackling Human Vulnerabilities, Changing Investment, Policies and Social Norms
As successive Human Development Reports have shown, most people in most countries are doing better in human development. Globalisation, advances in technology and higher incomes all hold promise for longer, healthier, more secure lives. But there is also a widespread sense of precariousness in the world today. Improvements in living standards can quickly be undermined […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:38:58 +0000)

OPINION: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations
Before a sexual violence survivor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has her day in court, she must surmount many obstacles. Poor or nonexistent roads and costly transportation may prevent her from going to a police station to report the crime, or to a hospital to receive treatment for the injuries sustained during […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:26:58 +0000)

Cameroon’s Rising Sea Drowns Tourism
Pierre Zambo is a hotel manager in Kribi, a sea resort town in Cameroon’s South Region. In the past his hotel would have “more than 100 tourists each week. But today if I manage to have 50 people registered into my hotel weekly, then it’s good business.” Located in the gulf of Guinea, Kribi is […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:19:31 +0000)

Forest Rights Offer Major Opportunity to Counter Climate Change
The international community is failing to take advantage of a potent opportunity to counter climate change by strengthening local land tenure rights and laws worldwide, new data suggests. In what researchers say is the most detailed study on the issue to date, new analysis suggests that in areas formally overseen by local communities, deforestation rates […]
(Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:14:31 +0000)