News headlines in February 2014, page 3

  1. U.N. Report on South Sudan Paints Grim Picture

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (IPS) - An interim human rights report released by the beleaguered U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is being tentatively hailed by rights groups and observers who have pressured the mission to be more transparent with its findings.

  2. Casting Call for Kenya’s ‘Briefcase’ NGOs

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    NAIROBI, Feb 26 (IPS) - Ben Okoth, 45, was born and raised in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, situated just outside of Nairobi, Kenya's capital. Over the years, he has encountered many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to improve the plight of the poor who live here.

  3. Smuggled Medicines Save Lives

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 26 (IPS) - They are contraband, yet a large number of Pakistanis have come to depend on drugs made in India and smuggled into Pakistan. Patients as well as doctors say these are cheap and effective, even as law enforcers look the other way.

  4. An Environment-Wrecking Pipeline Hangs in Limbo

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    NEW YORK, Feb 26 (IPS) - The Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota Nation, in the midwest of the United States, is one of the most abandoned places in the country and in the world.

  5. Cartel Boss Captured, Mexican Drug Trade Marches On

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    MEXICO CITY, Feb 25 (IPS) - The arrest of the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, will not affect drug trafficking in Mexico, but it presents an opportunity to change the country's drug policy, experts told IPS.

  6. U.S., EU Out-Manoeuvred by Syria

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - An inflow of Russian-made weapons. Political and military support from Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Sharp dissension among fractious rebel groups. And the unyielding loyalty of the armed forces.

  7. OP-ED: Nuclear Disarmament, the State of Play

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Feb 25 (IPS) - If psychosis is a loss of contact with reality, the current status of nuclear disarmament can best be described as psychotic.

  8. Gbagbo’s Party Recovers Political Might Ahead of Ivorian Elections

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    ABIDJAN, Feb 25 (IPS) - Armand Konan stood in front of the Palais des Sports, a stadium in Abidjan's popular neighbourhood, Treichville, selling videos and speeches of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. "People need to remember what our president said...He is our president. And we want him back," Konan told IPS.

  9. Uganda’s Human Rights Record Plunges With Signing of Anti-Gay Law

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    KAMPALA, Feb 25 (IPS) - Uganda's gays are bracing themselves for a spate of arrests and harassment as the country's draconian anti-gay bill was signed into law by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday, Feb. 24.

  10. EU No Instant Saviour for Ukraine

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    KIEV, Feb 25 (IPS) - Ukrainians are facing years of pain and upheaval if the country moves towards closer EU integration – or the prospect of the country being left to "rot" if they do not, experts say following the weekend's revolution.