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  1. Latin America Focuses on Attacking Pockets of Rural Poverty

    Sunday, February 18, 2018

    SANTIAGO, Feb 18 (IPS) - Identifying territories where rural poverty is most entrenched in Latin America and the Caribbean to apply new tools and innovative policies to combat hunger is the new strategy that will be discussed at a ministerial meeting to be held in early March.

  2. A Crisis Deepens in Libya but Where Are the Cameras?

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 (IPS) - Perhaps no major political or humanitarian disaster is as overlooked as the ongoing crisis in Libya. For example, although the New York Times in September 2017 published a total of seven articles mentioning Libya, only one of them touched on the violence ripping it apart. Even the Times' gesture merely highlighted the latest permutation of the US government's foreign military decisions.

  3. A Restructured African Development Bank Plans to Meet Economic Challenges Facing Continent

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    ABIDJAN, Cote d’Ivoire, Feb 16 (IPS) - Akinwumi A. Adesina is President of the African Development BankOver the past few years, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has confirmed its position as Africa's premier development finance institution, generating significant impact on the continent's economic and social development.

  4. Father of Palestine’s Icon: Everyone is Blaming my Daughter

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    Palestine, Feb 16 (IPS) - As a video clip spread all over the world, so too did the name Ahed Tamimi. For Palestinians, she has become an icon of freedom. Arbetet Global met the father of the teenage girl that kicked and hit two Israeli soldiers.It is late morning. A clear blue sky. The quiet of the village is deceptive. Bassem Tamimi is the father of the teenage girl, Ahed Tamimi, who has become a symbol of Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation.

  5. Oxfam’s Sexual Abuse Episode Must Inspire a Culture Shift

    Friday, February 16, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 16 (IPS) - Sexual abuse allegations against Oxfam staff, and failings in the charity's response to them, delivered a body blow to an organisation renowned for years of humanitarian and development work. At the very least the accusations will leave a stain on the reputation of a charity that works in some of the toughest environments in the world, and has made a positive difference in the lives of the most vulnerable.

  6. Migrants Are Hit Hard by Nicaragua’s Closed-Border Strategy

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    MANAGUA, Feb 15 (IPS) - Nicaragua's "closed-border" strategy, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States.

  7. UN Seeks Private Sector Leadership to End Violence Against Children

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Feb 15 (IPS) - It may seem as if achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, and its target of ending all violence against children, depends mostly on action from governments and civil society. But we also need leadership from the business community to achieve a world where every child is free from violence, abuse, trafficking and torture.

  8. Till Her Last Breath- Remembering Asma Jahangir

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (IPS) - I first met Asma Jahangir, the champion of human rights in Pakistan, who died Sunday, as a teenager in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s. In a friendship that spanned political upheavals and turbulent transitions in Pakistan and in Sri Lanka, to the War on Terror in the US, Asma remained my mentor and muse.

  9. Internet Freedom Rapidly Degrading in Southeast Asia

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    PHNOM PENH, Feb 15 (IPS) - Researchers recently evaluated 65 countries which represent 87 percent of internet users globally. Half of them experienced a decline of internet freedom. China, Syria and Ethiopia are the least free. Estonia, Iceland and Canada enjoy the most freedom online.

  10. Turning Promise into Action: Working Towards Gender Equality

    Thursday, February 15, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 15 (IPS) - Persistent and pervasive gender-based discrimination is undermining sustainable development and preventing communities and countries from reaching their full potential, said a UN agency.

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