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For Zimbabweans, Universal Education May be an Unattainable Goal
Zimbabwe boasts of one of the highest rates of literacy across Africa but, but without free primary education, achieving universal primary education here may remain a pipe dream, educationists say. It would also defeat Zimbabwe’s quest to reach the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the deadline of 2015. One of the MDGs requires […]
(Wed, 24 Dec 2014 16:39:07 +0000)

Years in the Making, Arms Trade Treaty Enters into Force
A new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) beginning on Dec. 24 represents a historic moment in global efforts to keep weapons proliferation in check. Nounou Booto Meeti, programme director at the Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention, told IPS that in her own home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the uncontrolled trade […]
(Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:14:44 +0000)

Pakistan’s “Other” Insurgents Face IS
The media tend to portray Balochistan as “troubled”, or “restive”, but it would be more accurate to say that there´s actually a war going on in this part of the world. Balochistan is the land of the Baloch, who today see their land divided by the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is a […]
(Wed, 24 Dec 2014 07:21:17 +0000)

Diversity and Inclusion for Empowering ‘People of Color’
A unique initiative – the Network Inclusion Leaders (NILE) project – has just held its second workshop here to set up a diversity and inclusion network for future leaders from among Germany’s ‘people of color’, or persons from different ‘non-white’ cultural backgrounds. The event was held from Dec. 9 to 13in Berlin’s Rathaus Schöneberg, where […]
(Tue, 23 Dec 2014 23:23:03 +0000)

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Fragile African Economies
The sharp decline in world petroleum prices – hailed as a bonanza to millions of motorists in the United States – is threatening to undermine the fragile economies of several African countries dependent on oil for their sustained growth. The most vulnerable in the world’s poorest continent include Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sudan […]
(Tue, 23 Dec 2014 22:35:42 +0000)

Q&A: “The Economy Needs to Serve Us and Not the Other Way Around”
Peter Costantini interviews economist JOHN SCHMITT
(Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:49:44 +0000)

Cuba and United States Now Foment Moderation in the Americas
With the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties, Cuba and the United States, polar opposites that have long inspired or fomented extremism of different kinds in the Americas, have now become factors of moderation and pragmatism. The continued isolation of Cuba 25 years after the end of the Cold War was so widely rejected that the […]
(Tue, 23 Dec 2014 12:26:21 +0000)

Searching for Evidence of a Nuclear Test
The most sophisticated on-site inspection exercise conducted to date by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) formally concluded this month. The Integrated Field Exercise IFE14 in Jordan from Nov. 3 to Dec. 9 involved four years of preparation, 150 tonnes of specialised equipment and over 200 international experts. According to CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo, […]
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:25:13 +0000)

School Dropout Rate Soars for Afghan Refugees
“Our children quitting school is the greatest pain we have suffered during our troublesome lives here,” says Multan Shah, a vegetable-seller in a shantytown of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of Pakistan’s four provinces. Once a resident of the capital Kabul, war drove Shah to relocate to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 1985, where […]
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:10:54 +0000)

OPINION: Reflections on Corruption and Political Regeneration in Spain
In this column, journalist Guillermo Medina, a former editor of the newspaper ‘Ya’ and former deputy for Spain’s Union of the Democratic Centre, argues that Spaniards are now making the connection between political corruption and social crisis but the country’s traditional parties are failing to come with adequate counter-measures, fuelling the ranks of those who are turning to Podemos (“We Can”), the movement and political party proposing radical change.
(Mon, 22 Dec 2014 08:42:59 +0000)

Reinstatement of Pakistan’s Death Penalty a Cynical Reaction, Says Amnesty
As Pakistan lifts its moratorium on executions in response to this week’s attack on a school in  Peshawar, human rights groups say that resuming the death penalty will not combat terrorism in Pakistan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that Pakistan had reinstated the death penalty the day after an attack on the Army Public School […]
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:34:24 +0000)

Seeking Closure, Bougainville Confronts Ghosts of Civil War
Thirteen years after the peace agreement which ended a decade-long civil war in Bougainville, an autonomous island region of 300,000 people located east of the Papua New Guinean (PNG) mainland in the southwest Pacific Islands, trauma and grief continue to affect families and communities where the fate of the many missing remains unresolved. The Autonomous […]
(Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:10:51 +0000)

‘Cyclone College’ Raises Hopes, Dreams of India’s Vulnerable Fisherfolk
Ten years have now passed, but Raghu Raja, a 27-year-old fisherman from the coastal village of Nemmeli in southern India’s Kanchipuram district, still clearly remembers the day he escaped the tsunami. It was a sleepy Sunday morning when Raja, then a student, saw a wall of seawater moving forward, in seeming slow motion. Terrified, he […]
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:21:56 +0000)

What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse
Miriam Pemberton directs the Peace Economy Transitions Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.
(Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:35:18 +0000)

GDP and the Unaccounted for 82 Percent of National Wealth
Anantha Duraiappah is Director of the UNESCO / Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in New Delhi & Director of the Inclusive Wealth Report, a collaboration of the UN Environment Programme and UN University.
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:20:42 +0000)

The Soil, Silent Ally Against Hunger in Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean should use sustainable production techniques to ensure healthy soil, the basic element in agriculture, food production and the fight against hunger. “Keeping the soil healthy makes food production possible,” said Raúl Benítez, regional director for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). “Without good soil, food production is undermined, […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:41:31 +0000)

Uzbekistan Gears Up to Vote for Rubberstamp Parliament
Uzbekistan’s parliamentary elections on Dec. 21 will offer voters a choice, but no hope for change. Only four staunchly pro-regime parties – the Liberal Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan, as well as the National Revival and the Justice parties – can field candidates for the elections to fill the 150-seat […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:02:14 +0000)

Changes to World Bank Safeguards Risk “Race to the Bottom”, U.N. Experts Warn
An unprecedented number of United Nations special rapporteurs and independent experts are raising pointed concerns over the World Bank’s ongoing review of its pioneering environmental and social safeguards, particularly around the role that human rights will play in these revamped policies. In a letter made public Tuesday, 28 U.N. experts raise fears that the Washington-based […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:11:37 +0000)

The Day Anti-Castro Forces Tried to Bomb the U.N.
When the politically-charismatic Ernesto Che Guevera, once second-in-command to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was at the United Nations to address the General Assembly sessions back in 1964, the U.N. headquarters came under attack – literally. The speech by the Argentine-born Marxist revolutionary was momentarily drowned by the sound of an explosion. The anti-Castro forces in […]
(Fri, 19 Dec 2014 00:29:33 +0000)

U.S. Flag Can Be Seen Again in Cuba
The announcement that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations took most Cubans by surprise. Over half of the population was born after the severing of ties in 1961 and the start of the embargo that has marked their lives. “I wasn’t expecting it; it’s the news of the century and a step […]
(Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:51:53 +0000)