News headlines in June 2014, page 4

  1. EU Aims to Scuttle Treaty on Human Rights Abuses

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - When the United Nations began negotiating a Code of Conduct for Transnational Corporations (TNCs) back in the 1970s, the proposal never got off the ground because of vigourous opposition both from the powerful business community and its Western allies.

  2. Tensions between CAR Refugees and Cameroonians Escalate over Depleting Resources 

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    GUIWA, Cameroon, Jun 24 (IPS) - Central African Republic refugees living in Cameroon's East Region are increasingly becoming frustrated about their deteriorating living conditions and their inability to support themselves as conflict between them and and local villagers has escalated over depleting resources.

  3. And Then There Was Sight

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    MYMENSINGH, Bangladesh, Jun 24 (IPS) - There was a time when four-year-old Taiba, a resident of Makril village in Bangladesh's central Netrokona district, had little to smile about.

  4. Atheists, the “Ultimate Other” in Turkey

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    ISTANBUL, Jun 24 (IPS) - "Being an atheist isn't something you can easily express in Turkey," says Sinem Köroğlu, a member of the Atheism Association, the first official organisation for atheists in the country. "It's becoming more difficult with the current government as well," she adds.

  5. Red Card for Exploitation of Children at Brazil’s World Cup

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 24 (IPS) - The FIFA World Cup being played in Brazil has sounded a warning for organisations fighting exploitation of children and adolescents, during an event that has attracted 3.7 million tourists to the 12 host cities.

  6. Companies Urged to Disclose "Plastic Footprint"

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Jun 23 (IPS) - The environmental cost of the plastics used by corporations producing consumer goods likely mounts to more than 75 billion dollars a year, according to a first-time valuation released Monday by the United Nations and others.

  7. Military Offensive Deepens Housing Crisis in Northern Pakistan

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jun 23 (IPS) - Shaukat Ali, a shopkeeper originally hailing from Miramshah in the Northern Waziristan Agency of Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), looks exhausted as he sits outside a makeshift shelter with his family of 10.

  8. With its Own Satellite, Bolivia Hopes to Put Rural Areas on the Grid

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    EL PALOMAR, Bolivia, Jun 23 (IPS) - Maria Eugenia Calle, a local official in this Andean agricultural community, recently saw the Internet for the first time.

  9. From Genocide to African Catwalks - How Rwandan Women are Building their Lives and the Fashion Industry

    Monday, June 23, 2014

    KIGALI, Jun 23 (IPS) - Before Rwanda's 1994 genocide, Salaam Uwamariya's husband, a professor, was the family breadwinner, providing for her and their eight children. Uwamariya sold vegetables at a nearby market to supplement their income.

  10. India’s ‘Temple Slaves’ Struggle to Break Free

    Sunday, June 22, 2014

    NIZAMABAD, India, Jun 22 (IPS) - At 32, Nalluri Poshani looks like an old woman. Squatting on the floor amidst piles of tobacco and tree leaves that she expertly transforms into ‘beedis', a local cigarette, she tells IPS, "I feel dizzy. The tobacco gives me headaches and nausea."