News headlines in May 2014, page 2

  1. Rural Communities Push El Salvador Towards Ban on Mining

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    SAN ISIDRO, El Salvador, May 29 (IPS) - Mining is not viable in this country, say Salvador Sánchez Cerén - who will be sworn in as the new president of El Salvador on Jun. 1 - and his team of environmental advisers.

  2. Micronesia Climate Law Seeks to Inspire Global Action

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    SYDNEY, May 29 (IPS) - The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a western Pacific Island state located north of Papua New Guinea and east of Palau, has become a regional pioneer in drafting national legislation centred on climate change.

  3. Malawi’s President Joyce Banda Gains Support for ‘Fraudulent Election’ Recount

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    LILONGWE, May 29 (IPS) - When Malawi's President Joyce Banda said that last week's elections were fraudulent and riddled with rampant irregularities, social media went viral calling her a loser. 

  4. Women Journalists Seize Initiative in Gaza

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    GAZA CITY, May 29 (IPS) - "We let the men participate in the workshop discussions, but the training sessions are only for women journalists," says Mona Khadir, who coordinates the activities of the Filastiniyat Women Journalists' Club in Gaza.

  5. Ugandan Lawyer Revolutionises Access to Justice with Just an iPhone and Facebook

    Thursday, May 29, 2014

    KAMPALA, May 29 (IPS) - When Gerald Abila received an iPhone as a gift almost two years ago, the Ugandan law student didn't just use it to text his friends. He used it to create what would eventually become the first organisation of its kind in East Africa — a tech savvy, multi-award winning, not-for-profit organisation that uses Facebook, Twitter, SMSes, and radio and television partnerships to provide free legal advice and consultations.

  6. Obama Stresses Multilateralism over Militarism at West Point

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    WASHINGTON, May 28 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday stressed multilateralism over militarism in what was billed as a major foreign policy address and a rebuttal to an ever-louder chorus of criticism, mostly by Republicans and neo-conservatives, that his tenure has been marked by weakness and retreat.

  7. Immigrants Face Indefinite Detention in Greece

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    ATHENS, May 28 (IPS) - The evolution of immigration and border control policy in Greece and its interdependence with European funding suggests an agenda which has been decided above national legislatures with strong coordination between European political actors and economic interests, while ignoring the human suffering it produces.

  8. Where Will The New Europe Go?

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    ROME, May 28 (IPS) - "An era can be said to end when its basic illusions are exhausted" is a phrase from Arthur Miller which applies well to the European elections that have just ended. What those elections showed was that disenchantment with Europe as an ideal has grown to a dangerous point.

  9. U.N. Vows to Eliminate Open Defecation by 2025

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (IPS) - At the height of his election campaign last October, Narendra Modi, India's Hindu nationalist leader, briefly set aside his spiritual aspirations when he told a surprised audience that economic development should take precedence over religion.

  10. OP-ED: Why Ending Child Marriage in Africa Can No Longer Wait

    Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    May 28 (IPS) - Just 17 years old, Clarisse is already a mother of two, who lives with her husband and his four other wives in rural southern Chad. Three years earlier, she had watched her mom and sisters preparing food for a party one day. At first she celebrated along with everyone else, not realising it was her own wedding ceremony. When she discovered this, she was frantic.