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Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India
Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform, but heads for the village pond to fetch water. “I miss school. I wish I could go back,” she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer. Sumari is from Dhurbeda village, but now lives in another, Bhainsasur, both located in central […]The post Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:35:17 +0000)

Russians Blend Loyalty to Nazarbayev with Pro-Kremlin Sentiments
On a hillside in northeastern Kazakhstan, south of the Russian border, a simple and stark slogan looms over the city of Oskemen: “Kazakhstan,” reads the message in giant white letters arrayed across the green slope. When the sign was erected in 2009, ostensibly to foster Kazakhstani patriotism, it seemed to be stating the obvious. But […]The post Russians Blend Loyalty to Nazarbayev with Pro-Kremlin Sentiments appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:56:45 +0000)

Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty
The blaze that tore through the Chilean port city of Valparaíso revealed the dark side of one of the most important tourist destinations in this South American country, which hides in its hills high levels of poverty and inequality. The fire that broke out Saturday Apr. 12 and was still smouldering two days later claimed […]The post Valparaíso Blaze Highlights the City’s Poverty appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 00:05:46 +0000)

IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change”
Greenhouse gas emissions rose more quickly between 2000 and 2010 than anytime during the previous three decades, the world’s top climate scientists say, despite a simultaneous strengthening of national legislation around the world aimed at reducing these emissions. The conclusions come in the third and final instalment in a series of updates by the Intergovernmental […]The post IPCC Climate Report Calls for “Major Institutional Change” appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:17 +0000)

Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste
The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: “We’ll tell them.” He tells IPS “they looked around and […]The post Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:21:39 +0000)

Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change
The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle has few sanctuaries left in the world, and this is one of them. But in 2012 only 53 nests were counted on the beaches of this national park in Costa Rica. And there is an enemy that conservation efforts can’t fight: the beaches themselves are shrinking. For centuries, the […]The post Turtles Change Migration Routes Due to Climate Change appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:46:20 +0000)

Emerging Nations Opt for Arms Spending Over Development
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has relentlessly advocated drastic cuts in global military spending in favour of sustainable development, will be sorely disappointed by the latest findings in a report released Monday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The decline in arms spending in the West, says SIPRI, has been offset by a rise […]The post Emerging Nations Opt for Arms Spending Over Development appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:02:33 +0000)

Q&A: Malawi’s President Banda Confident ‘I Will Win this Election’
Mabvuto Banda interviews Malawian President JOYCE BANDAThe post Q&A: Malawi’s President Banda Confident ‘I Will Win this Election’ appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:37:27 +0000)

World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia
For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo. The region is spending more at a time when many others are spending less. Last year, Asia saw a 3.6 percent increase in military spending, according to figures just released […]The post World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:00:39 +0000)

Whales Find Good Company
Posters with the words “Do you know who caught your seafood?” are now appearing on buses, trains and other venues in Boston. They are part of a campaign organised by a coalition of U.S. environmental groups called Whales Need Us, to draw attention to the links between Icelandic whalers and fish sold in the U.S. […]The post Whales Find Good Company appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:51:40 +0000)

Taliban Screens a New Silence
Mushfiq Wali, a 22-year-old shoemaker in northern Pakistan, loves watching films in the local Pashto language. But he says the Taliban are a killjoy: their bomb attacks have led to the closure of movie theatres, again. “They don’t spare anything that brings happiness.” The extent of freedom to listen to music and to go to […]The post Taliban Screens a New Silence appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:57:43 +0000)

Iraqi Sunnis Seek a Say
Sunni Muslims have set up a new party amidst uncertainties as to whether elections can be held as scheduled in the troubled western regions of Iraq. Polling for the 328-seat Iraqi parliament is due Apr. 30. Ahead of the scheduled election, tribal, political and religious leaders, and also lawyers, engineers and other professionals,  gathered in Erbil […]The post Iraqi Sunnis Seek a Say appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:33:34 +0000)

Government, Opposition in Televised Group Therapy in Venezuela
Government and opposition leaders in Venezuela held a nationally televised debate as a first step to working towards solutions for the economic, social and political crisis marked by over two months of protests. The demonstrations and the crackdown have cost 41 lives, including those of seven police officers, and left 600 injured and 2,300 arrested […]The post Government, Opposition in Televised Group Therapy in Venezuela appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:22:26 +0000)

The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn’t
When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme. The press release on the indictment announced that between in November 2005 and 2012, Sihai […]The post The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn’t appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 01:07:26 +0000)

U.S. Blasted on Failure to Ratify IMF Reforms
While Republicans complain relentlessly about U.S. President Barack Obama’s alleged failure to exert global leadership on geo-political issues like Syria and Ukraine, they are clearly undermining Washington’s leadership of the world economy. That conclusion became inescapable here during this week’s in-gathering of the world’s finance ministers and central bankers at the annual spring meeting here […]The post U.S. Blasted on Failure to Ratify IMF Reforms appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:31:45 +0000)

“Sanitation for All” a Rapidly Receding Goal
World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate. The meeting, which took place amidst the semi-annual gatherings here of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) could […]The post “Sanitation for All” a Rapidly Receding Goal appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:10:32 +0000)

Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Preparations Claim Lives
The pressure to complete 12 football stadiums in Brazil in time for the FIFA World Cup in June has meant long, exhausting workdays of up to 18 hours, which has increased the risk of accidents and deaths. Nine workers have already died on the work sites – seven in accidents and two from heart attacks. […]The post Brazil’s FIFA World Cup Preparations Claim Lives appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:43:30 +0000)

Tajikistan’s Government Distances Itself from Labour Migrants
Labour migrants make up Tajikistan’s economic lifeline, but that’s a fact the Central Asian country’s leadership doesn’t seem eager to acknowledge. Migrants contribute the equivalent of 48 percent of Tajikistan’s GDP, according to the World Bank, making the impoverished country the most remittance-dependent in the world. Estimates vary, but almost half of Tajikistan’s male workforce […]The post Tajikistan’s Government Distances Itself from Labour Migrants appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:13:58 +0000)

Trauma Still Fresh for Rwanda’s Survivors of Genocidal Rape
Claudine Umuhoza’s son turned 19 this Apr. 1. And while he may be one of at least thousands of children who were conceived during the Rwandan genocide, he’s not officially classified as a survivor of it. But his mother is. Two decades after the massacre — during which almost one million minority Tutsis and moderate […]The post Trauma Still Fresh for Rwanda’s Survivors of Genocidal Rape appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:48:37 +0000)

Peacekeepers Greenlighted for CAR, but Mission Will Take Months
Amid alarming reports of ethnic cleansing in the Central African Republic, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to send an official peacekeeping mission to the conflict-torn country where the minority Muslim population has all but disappeared in much its Western half. The French-authored resolution would rely on a force of some 10,000 troops and […]The post Peacekeepers Greenlighted for CAR, but Mission Will Take Months appeared first on Inter Press Service.
(Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:56:17 +0000)