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OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive
Jomo Kwame Sundaram is the Coordinator for Economic and Social Development at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.
(Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:52:09 +0000)

Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port
Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries. The 30 warriors joined a flotilla of hundreds of Australians in kayaks and on surfboards to delay eight of the […]
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 20:49:42 +0000)

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival
Mark Lattimer is the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group (MRG) International and Mahmoud Swed works for MRG's Ceasefire Project.
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:56:31 +0000)

Israel Planning Mass Expulsion of Bedouins from West Bank
Thirty-year-old Naifa Youssef and 50 other members of her Bedouin community live a precarious life, eking out a hand-to-mouth existence alongside the main road which links Jerusalem with the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Jericho. Home for this community, east of Jerusalem, comprises a collection of shanty structures and hovels as well as […]
(Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:21:04 +0000)

History of Key Document in IAEA Probe Suggests Israeli Forgery
Western diplomats have reportedly faulted Iran in recent weeks for failing to provide the International Atomic Energy Agency with information on experiments on high explosives intended to produce a nuclear weapon, according to an intelligence document the IAEA is investigating. But the document not only remains unverified but can only be linked to Iran by […]
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:19:25 +0000)

OPINION: The Survivors
Yury Fedotov is Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:19:03 +0000)

Mexico’s Cocktail of Political and Narco-Violence and Poverty
The images filled the front pages of Mexico’s newspapers: 61 half-dressed state policemen kneeling, with their hands tied, in the main square of the town of Tepatepec in the central state of Hidalgo, while local residents threatened to burn them alive. It was Feb. 19, 2000. The reason the townspeople were furious was the police […]
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:45:29 +0000)

Writing the Final Chapter on AIDS
Although AIDS has defied science by killing millions of people throughout Africa in the last three decades, HIV experts now believe that they have found the magic numbers to end AIDS as a public health threat in 15 years. The magic numbers are 90-90-90 and are informed by growing clinical evidence showing that HIV treatment […]
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 06:50:55 +0000)

Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak. Yet public health experts and development advocates warn that such restrictions would harm the already reeling economies of Ebola-hit countries in the region, and squeeze […]
(Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:27:23 +0000)

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief
After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point “in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis.” “I am […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:47:50 +0000)

Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity
Bamboo Avenue is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road in Jamaica’s St. Elizabeth parish. It is lined with giant bamboo plants which tower above the road and cross in the middle to form a shady tunnel. The avenue was established in the 17th century by the owners of the Holland Estate to provide shade for […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:37:32 +0000)

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses
The Mountain Chicken isn’t a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud’ as locals call them “just in the backyard”. Known also as the Giant Ditch Frog, these creatures form a crucial part […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:08:40 +0000)

Kyrgyzstan Looks to Alternative Fuels Ahead of Looming Winter Shortages
Each winter in Kyrgyzstan the energy situation seems to worsen; blackouts last longer, and officials seem less able to do anything to improve conditions. This year is expected to be particularly difficult. The winter heating season has not even begun and already lots of people are bracing for months of hardship. A video, posted Oct. […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:36:10 +0000)

Ethiopia Shows Developing World How to Make a Green Economy Prosper
Ethiopia has experienced its fair share of environmental damage and degradation but nowadays it is increasingly setting an example on how to combat climate change while also achieving economic growth.  “It is very well known by the international community that Ethiopia is one of the front-runners of international climate policy, if not the leading African […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:12:11 +0000)

Africa Can Be its Own ‘Switzerland’
Africa has the capacity to access at least 200 billion dollars for sustainable development investment but it will remain a slave to foreign aid unless it improves the climate for investment and trade and plugs illicit financial flows, development experts say. “Africa is not poor financially but it needs to get its house in order,” […]
(Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:58:30 +0000)

Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise
Despite the public’s persistent war weariness, the U.S. defence budget – the world’s biggest by far – may be set to rise again, according to a new study released here this week by the Center for International Policy (CIP). The 41-page study, “Something in the Air: ‘Isolationism,’ Defense Spending, and the U.S. Public Mood,” concludes […]
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:36:19 +0000)

High-Tech, High Yields: Caribbean Farmers Reap Benefits of ICT
Farmers in the Caribbean are being encouraged to make more use of farm apps and other forms of ICT in an effort to increase the knowledge available for making sound, profitable farming decisions. Peter Thompson of Jamaica’s Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) said Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is being increasingly used to track “localised […]
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:21:49 +0000)

OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant
Emile Nakhleh is a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of “A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World.”
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:18:53 +0000)

Curbing Biodiversity Loss Needs Giant Leap Forward
When political leaders from climate-threatened Small Island Developing States (SIDS) addressed the U.N. General Assembly last month, there was one recurring theme: the urgent need to protect the high seas and preserve the world’s marine biodiversity. “I have come to the United Nations compelled by the dictates of my conscience,” pleaded President Emanuel Mori of […]
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:32:19 +0000)

Facing Storms Without the Mangrove Wall
As the cyclonic storm Hudhud ripped through India’s eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, home to two million people, at a land speed of over 190 kilometres per hour on Sunday, it destroyed electricity and telephone infrastructure, damaged the airport, and laid waste to thousands of thatched houses, as well as rice fields, banana plantations and […]
(Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:42:41 +0000)