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Criminalisation of Homelessness in U.S. Criticised by United Nations

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 02 (IPS) - A United Nations panel reviewing the U.S. record on racial discrimination has expressed unusually pointed concern over a new pattern of laws it warns is criminalising homelessness.

Afghan “Torn” Women Get Another Chance

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

KABUL, Sep 02 (IPS) - "The smell of faeces and urine isolates them completely. Their husbands abandon them and they become stigmatised forever" – Dr Pashtoon Kohistani barely needs two lines to sum up the drama of those women affected by obstetric fistula.

OPINION: Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

NEW YORK, Sep 02 (IPS) - It is ironic that at this moment in history when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th anniversary of our planet's hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles.

Why Principle Matters at UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 02 (IPS) - The killings of hundreds of civilians, including scores of children, in Gaza – whose only fault was to have been born on the wrong side of the wall – was a major point of contention at the United Nations Human Rights Council at the end of July.

OPINION: Africans’ Land Rights at Risk as New Agricultural Trend Sweeps Continent

Monday, September 01, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 01 (IPS) - Agriculture in Africa is in urgent need of investment. Nearly 550 million people there are dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods, while half of the total population on the continent live in rural areas.

Struggling to Find Water in the Vast Pacific

Monday, September 01, 2014

LOTOFAGA VILLAGE, Samoa, Sep 01 (IPS) - Pacific Island states are surrounded by the largest ocean in the world, but inadequate fresh water sources, poor infrastructure and climate change are leaving some communities without enough water to meet basic needs.

Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

Monday, September 01, 2014

BEIRUT, Sep 01 (IPS) - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMMAN, Aug 31 (IPS) - 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. 

New Technology Boosts Fisherfolk Security

Sunday, August 31, 2014

NAGAPATTINAM, India, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the United Nations gears up to launch its newest set of poverty-reduction targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, the words ‘sustainable development' have been on the lips of policymakers the world over.

Europe’s Two-Time Turnabout on Syria/Iraq

Saturday, August 30, 2014

LEIDEN, Netherlands, Aug 30 (IPS) - 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?

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