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OPINION: The Islamic State’s Ideology Is Grounded in Saudi Education

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (IPS) - According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group's "Amir al-Mu'minin," presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to "eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences."

Iraqi Christians Seek Shelter in Jordan after IS Threats

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMMAN, Oct 31 (IPS) - Watching videos and pictures on social media of the advance of the Islamic State (IS) inside Syria made it all seem far from reality to Iraqi Marvin Nafee.

Mozambique Tackles its Twin Burden of Cervical Cancer and HIV

Friday, October 31, 2014

MAPUTO, Oct 31 (IPS) - The woman on bed 27 in Maputo Central Hospital's oncology ward has no idea how lucky she is. In January, when abdominal pains wracked her, a pharmacist suggested pain killers. For months, "the pain would go and return," she told IPS. 

Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country's massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.

Better Water Management Needed to Eradicate Poverty

Thursday, October 30, 2014

STOCKHOLM, Oct 30 (IPS) - It demands repetition: water is a precondition for all life. It keeps us alive – literally – while being a prerequisite for or integral part of most of our daily activities. Think hospitals without water, think farms, energy producers, industries, schools and homes without our most needed resource. All sectors, without exception, are dependent on water.

OPINION: From Almaty to Vienna, New Prospects For LLDCs

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Oct 30 (IPS) - Kazakhstan being the world's largest landlocked country, and also the ninth largest country in the world of more than 2.7 million square kilometres, hosted in 2003 in Almaty the First United Nations Conference on Landlocked Countries.

There’s CO2 Under Those Hills

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LUCCA, Italy, Oct 30 (IPS) - "If  they go ahead and dig those wells, all my work will be destroyed, all my life, everything," says Franca Tognarelli, looking at the hills and vineyards around her house in Certaldo, Val d'Elsa, in the heart of Tuscany.

Crisis Fuelled Resurgence of Horse-Drawn Carriages in Cuba

Thursday, October 30, 2014

, Oct 30 (IPS) - Up and down the streets of towns and cities in Cuba go horse-drawn carriages with black leather tops and large back wheels, alongside more simple carts, operating as public transportation.

OPINION: Rousseff Re-elected President – What Lies Ahead for Brazil?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 30 (IPS) - The tight race between incumbent President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil's Workers' Party and her opponent, Aecio Neves from the centre-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) party, ended on Sunday, Oct. 26 with the re-election of Rousseff.

Fossil Fuels Won’t Benefit Africa in Absence of Sound Environmental Policies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NAIROBI, Oct 30 (IPS) - Recent discoveries of sizeable natural gas reserves and barrels of oil in a number of African countries — including Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya — have economists hopeful that the continent can boost and diversify its largely agriculture-based economy. 

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