News headlines in 2014

India's Crusader Against Impunity

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BOSTON, Oct 25 (IPS) - As senior Indian journalist Manoj Mitta was testifying before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress last month about mass violence and impunity in India, President Barack Obama escorted India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Martin Luther King Memorial.

OPINION: Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged Sword

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BONN, Oct 25 (IPS) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set a target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. One way countries can meet their obligations is to switch energy production from the burning of fossil fuels to "renewables", generally understood to include wind, wave, tidal, hydro, solar and geothermal power and biomass. 

OPINION: Water Shutoffs and Unintended Consequences - Lessons from Detroit

Friday, October 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 24 (IPS) - United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation Catarina de Albuquerque and Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha were in Detroit, Michigan Oct. 17-20.

Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

Friday, October 24, 2014

, Oct 24 (IPS) - The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that "every last child" is immunised against the crippling disease.

OPINION: The Group of 77 & IPS at 50

Thursday, October 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (IPS) - When the Group of 77 commemorated its 50th anniversary recently, Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency was not far behind.

Kashmir Flood Carries Away Humble Dreams

Thursday, October 23, 2014

, Oct 23 (IPS) - Rafiqa Kazim and her husband Kazim Ali had a simple dream – to live a modest life, educate their four children and repay the bank-loan that the couple took out to sustain their small business.

Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

Thursday, October 23, 2014

BISHKEK, Oct 23 (IPS) - Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local bazaar in Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, the price for beef has jumped nine percent in the last six weeks. And she is not alone feeling the pain of rising inflation.

Halting Progress: Ending Violence against Women

Thursday, October 23, 2014

GENEVA, Oct 23 (IPS) - As Juan Evo Morales Ayma, popularly known as 'Evo', celebrates his victory for a third term as Bolivia's president on a platform of "anti-imperialism" and radical socio-economic policies, he can also claim credit for ushering in far-reaching social reforms such as the Bolivian "Law against Political Harassment and Violence against Women" enacted in 2012.

Añelo, from Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina’s Shale Fuel Boom

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AÑELO, Argentina, Oct 23 (IPS) - This small town in southern Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a "sustainable city of the future" is still only on paper.

U.S. Contractors Convicted in 2007 Blackwater Baghdad Traffic Massacre

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (IPS) - A federal jury here Wednesday convicted one former Blackwater contractor of murder and three of his colleagues of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shootings of 14 unarmed civilians killed in Baghdad's Nisour Square seven years ago.

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