News headlines in October 2013

  1. Energy Integration Runs into Short Circuits

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    SANTIAGO, Oct 31 (IPS) - Energy integration efforts in Latin America have been made in fits and starts, even though many clearly understand that the only way to solve the region's energy shortages and high costs is by working together.

  2. In Haiti, Cholera Claims New Victims Daily

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Oct 31 (IPS) - Some 2,400 kilometres from New York City, where victims of Haiti's cholera epidemic are suing the United Nations in a U.S. federal court, the disease continues to burn through the populace with no end in sight.

  3. Ivoirians Face an Incomplete Justice

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Oct 31 (IPS) - "We are sad. We want our president back," Yao Amandine told IPS from a street corner in the Ivorian economic metropolis, Abidjan, after the International Criminal Court ruled against granting former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo a conditional release on Tuesday. 

  4. Fragile Peace Holds on a Syrian Island

    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    QAMISHLI, Syria, Oct 31 (IPS) - "The whole region is under control but be careful in the city centre," says a Kurdish militiaman at the eastern gate of Qamishli, 600 km northeast of capital Damascus, confirming rumours about breaches in Syria's relatively stable northeast.

  5. Taiwan Lawmakers Push `Marriage Equality` Bill

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    TAIPEI, Oct 30 (IPS) - Taiwan could become the first Asian state to legalise same-sex and other ``pluralistic`` forms of marriage if a wide-ranging package of changes to the civil code are approved by the national legislature.

  6. Saudi Arabia, Sans Human Rights, Seeks Council Seat

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 30 (IPS) - When Saudi Arabia permitted women to vote but not drive, a newspaper cartoon last year captured the double standard with dark irony.

  7. Critics Question Impact of ‘Pay for Success’ Bonds

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    MEXICO CITY, Oct 30 (IPS) - Standing in contrast to government social protection programmes implemented over the past decade by progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, a new initiative appeals to private investment and uses non-profit service providers.

  8. Bangladesh Workers Short of Compensation

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    DHAKA, Oct 30 (IPS) - Six months after the worst man-made disaster in Bangladesh's history, safety conditions in garment factories have a chance to improve. But not the lives of survivors or the victims' next of kin.

  9. Teen Pregnancy Rooted in Powerlessness

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 30 (IPS) - Before we begin, perhaps we can set aside the stereotypes: no, she didn't "mess herself up by following boys around", and no, it is not in fact her fault that she became pregnant.

  10. Waiting for the Next Superstorm

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    NEW YORK, Oct 30 (IPS) - One year ago, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast United States, causing an estimated 68 billion dollars in damage and paralysing the world's financial nerve centre.