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‘Breaking Silence’ on the Slave Trade

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS, Sep 14 (IPS) - The Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave opened many people's eyes to the barbarity of slavery and fuelled some discussion about that period in world history. But the film is just one of the many initiatives to "break the silence" around the 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade and to "shed light" on its lasting historical consequences.

U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

OPINION: Say ‘No’ to War and Media Propaganda

Friday, September 12, 2014

BELFAST, Sep 12 (IPS) - While the United States, United Kingdom and NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.

Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

Friday, September 12, 2014

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador, Sep 12 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador's most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

OPINION: Bishop Appeals to U.N. to Rescue Minorities in Northwestern Iraq

Friday, September 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Sep 12 (IPS) - For decades, the minority Christian population of Iraq has been suffering hardships. But in the summer months of 2014 - and since the beginning of the military campaign by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL or Islamic State) - the situation has gone from bad to intolerably worse.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Strategy Met with Scepticism

Friday, September 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 12 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama's new strategy to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being met with widespread scepticism among both hawks and doves, as well as regional specialists.

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets.

OPINION: At Last, New Faces at the European Union

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BARCELONA, Sep 11 (IPS) - At last, after the obligatory summer break, the European Union (EU) has some new faces to fill the top vacancies on the team that began to emerge from the May 25 parliamentary elections.

OPINION: Ebola Crisis Reversing Development Gains in Liberia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MONROVIA, Sep 11 (IPS) - As the Ebola crisis continues to take a toll on people's lives and livelihoods in West Africa, the focus is increasingly not just on the health aspects of the crisis, but also on its social and economic consequences.

Free Economic Zone Plan Slammed as ‘Suicide’ Pact for Taiwan Farmers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TAIPEI, Sep 11 (IPS) - The Taiwan government's plan to liberalise tariff-free imports of agricultural produce from China and other countries for processing in free economic pilot zones, which will then be exported as ‘Made in Taiwan' items, may mean suicide for Taiwanese farmers if approved by the national legislature.

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