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Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance
As the region is rocked by violence against a backdrop of the rise of radical groups, Jordan’s lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears that new instability in the Hashemite kingdom could lead to increased intolerance towards the community.  The Jabal Amman historical district, crisscrossed by quaint streets, cafés and art galleries has become […]
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 10:47:44 +0000)

New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security
This is the first of a two-part series on incorporating disaster risk reduction into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
(Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:50:08 +0000)

Europe’s Two-Time Turnabout on Syria/Iraq
Is this one of those rare occasions where policy-makers self-critically correct a gigantic blunder? Or is it a cold turnabout guided by pure self-interest? On August 15, the foreign ministers of the European Union gathered in Brussels and decided that each would henceforth be free to supply arms to Kurdish rebels fighting Sunni extremists of […]
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:33:30 +0000)

Will Climate Change Denialism Help the Russian Economy?
The recent call from Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev for “tightening belts” has convinced even optimists that something is deeply wrong with the Russian economy. No doubt the planned tax increases (introduction of a sales tax and increases in VAT and income tax) will inflict severe damage on most businesses and their employees, if last year’s […]
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:00:49 +0000)

Ban on Nuke Tests OK, But Where’s the Ban on Nuke Weapons?
As the United Nations commemorated the International Day Against Nuclear Tests this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lamented the fact that in a world threatened by some 17,000 nuclear weapons, not a single one has been destroyed so far. Instead, he said, countries possessing such weapons have well-funded, long-range plans to modernise their nuclear arsenals. Ban […]
(Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:50:25 +0000)

Growing Calls for Reforms of El Salvador’s Privatised Pension System
Two of the promises made 16 years ago when El Salvador’s pension system was privatised have failed to materialise: There was no expansion of social security coverage and no improvement in pensions. Now pressure is growing for a reform of the system. Although 20-year-old Kevin Alexis Cuéllar is one of the 2.7 million people enrolled […]
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:24:22 +0000)

SDGs Make Room for Education for Global Citizenship
Civil society leaders and U.N. development experts gathered on Wednesday to discuss the role of education for global citizenship in the post-2015 development agenda. The workshop, sponsored by Soka Gakkai International (SGI), was part of the U.N.’s 65th Annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference. Education “is linked to all areas of sustainable development […]
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:39:02 +0000)

Africa-U.S. Summit – Catching Up With China?
In this column, Demba Moussa Dembele, director of the African Forum on Alternatives in Dakar, analyses the geopolitical reasons behind the recent summit in Washington between African leaders and the U.S. President and concludes that Africa has become the “new frontier” of global capitalism.
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:07:35 +0000)

The Age of Survival Migration
“Survival migration” is not a reality show, but an accurate description of human mobility fuelled by desperation and fear. How despairing are these migrant contingents? Look at the figures of Central American children travelling alone, which are growing. The painful journeys of children and teenagers from Central America to the United States border sounded alarms […]
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:41:53 +0000)

OPINION: Why Kazakhstan Dismantled its Nuclear Arsenal
Today is the fifth observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests. One of the first decrees of President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan, upon the country gaining independence in 1991, was the historic decision to close, on Aug. 29 the same year, the Semipalatinsk Nuclear test site, the second largest in the world. Kazakhstan also […]
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:20:39 +0000)

Large Dams “Highly Correlated” with Poor Water Quality
Large-scale dams are likely having a detrimental impact on water quality and biodiversity around the world, according to a new study that tracks and correlates data from thousands of projects. Focusing on the 50 most substantial river basins, researchers with International Rivers, a watchdog group, compiled and compared available data from some 6,000 of the […]
(Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:34:45 +0000)

IPS at 50, Leads That Don’t Bleed
This is the fourth in a series of special articles to commemorate the 50th anniversary of IPS, which was set up in 1964, the same year as the Group of 77 (G77) and the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:32:03 +0000)

Mexico’s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules
Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists. Three of the parks are being developed by Electricité de France (EDF) and the fourth is financed by public funds from Denmark and the Netherlands. Benjamin […]
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:38:06 +0000)

South Sudan’s Hip Hop Artists call for Peace and Reconciliation Through the Unhip Practice of Farming
“What is the benefit when children are crying and people are dying due to hunger? There is no need to cry when you have the potential to dig,” sings Juba-based dancehall reggae group, the Jay Family, in their latest single “Stakal Shedit,” which means “Work Hard” in Arabic. In the Stakal Shedit video, the three […]
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:47:48 +0000)

The Gambia’s Democratic Space ‘Constricted, Restricted and Shrinking’ Ahead of 2016 Polls 
With the approach of the Gambia’s 2016 presidential elections, which will see President Yahya Jammeh seek re-election for a fifth, five-year tenure, more than a dozen opposition activists have been arrested, detained and prosecuted in the past eight months. The leader of the opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), Ousainou Darboe, told IPS, “the democratic space, […]
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:25:41 +0000)

India: A Race to the Bottom with Antibiotic Overuse
In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned: “Combat Drug Resistance – No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow.” The slogan was coined in honour of World Health Day, urging governments to ensure responsible use of antibiotics in order to prevent drug-resistant viruses and bacteria, or ‘super bugs’. The warning is even more salient in 2014, […]
(Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:35:27 +0000)

Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America
Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management. One example of water management problems in the region is the biggest city in Latin America and […]
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:25:32 +0000)

Climate Policy Goes Hand-in-Hand with Water Policy
Concerned that climate change could lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region’s plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The basis of IWRM is that the many different uses of finite water resources are interdependent. High irrigation demands and polluted drainage […]
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:16:20 +0000)

Civil Society Condemns Immunity for Sitting African Leaders Accused of Serious Crimes
Mary Wacu lived in the Rift Valley region for 10 years prior to the 2007/08 post-election violence that rocked Kenya after a disputed general election. “My husband was shot with a poisoned arrow, and my children hacked to death. Everything was burnt to ashes, I barely escaped with my life,” she tells IPS. According to […]
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:37:14 +0000)

OPINION: Building a Sustainable Future – The Compact Between Business and Society
Can we envision a day when a critical mass of companies is investing in a better world? Where business is delivering value for the long-term – not just financially, but also socially, environmentally and ethically? Over a decade ago, it was hard to imagine, but we can now say with confidence that a global movement […]
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:29:21 +0000)