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Swelling Ethiopian Migration Casts Doubt on its Economic Miracle

Saturday, April 25, 2015

ADDIS ABABA, Apr 25 (IPS) - The 28 Ethiopian migrants of Christian faith murdered by the Islamic State (IS) on Apr. 19 in Libya had planned to cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of work in Europe.

Kenyan Pastoralists Protest Wanton Destruction of Indigenous Forest

Saturday, April 25, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 25 (IPS) - Armed with twigs and placards, enraged residents from a semi-pastoral community 360 km north of Kenya's capital, Nairobi, protested this week against wanton destruction of indigenous forest – their alternative source of livelihood.

Push to Privatise Education in Global South Challenged

Friday, April 24, 2015

LONDON, Apr 24 (IPS) - The multinational education and publishing company Pearson PLC was challenged during its annual general meeting on Apr. 24 by representatives of civil society and trade union groups over various profit-driven programmes aimed at expanding private education in numerous countries in the global South. 

U.N. Committee Gets ‘Unhindered Access’ to Azerbaijan’s Detention Centres – But Is it Enough?

Friday, April 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 24 (IPS) - Months after being denied access to Azerbaijan's places of detention, the head of the United Nation's Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) announced Friday that his four-member delegation had successfully conducted investigations of Azerbaijani prisons, police stations and investigative isolation units.

Media Watchdog Unveils Top Ten Worst Censors

Friday, April 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 24 (IPS) - While technology has given millions greater freedom to express themselves, in the world's 10 most censored countries, this basic right exists only on paper, if at all.

Planned Mega-Port in Brazil Threatens Rich Ecological Region

Friday, April 24, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 24 (IPS) - Activists and local residents have brought legal action aimed at blocking the construction of a nearly 50 sq km port terminal in the Northeast Brazilian state of Bahia because of the huge environmental and social impacts it will have.

Corruption in Southeast Asia Said to Threaten Economic Integration

Friday, April 24, 2015

ROME, Apr 24 (IPS) - Rampant corruption across Southeast Asia threatens to derail plans for greater economic integration, according to Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption.

Opinion: To Solve Hunger, Start with Soil

Friday, April 24, 2015

NAIROBI, Apr 24 (IPS) - Peter looked confused as he recounted how he'd painstakingly planted potatoes to sell and to feed his family of eight, only to find that when harvest time rolled around he had been greeted with tiny tubers not much bigger than golf balls.

Opinion: Burundi – Fragile Peace at Risk Ahead of Elections

Friday, April 24, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 24 (IPS) - Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is not permitted to get close to an airport, train station or port without authorisation from a judge.  He cannot travel outside of the capital of his native Burundi, Bujumbura. Whenever called upon, he must present himself before judicial authorities.

Riches in World’s Oceans Estimated at Staggering 24 Trillion Dollars

Thursday, April 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 23 (IPS) - The untapped riches in the world's oceans are estimated at nearly 24 trillion dollars – the size of the world's leading economies, according to a new report released Thursday by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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