News headlines in August 2014, page 5

  1. Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?

    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (IPS) - This week's video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington's military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria.

  2. Israel, Hamas Set to Escape War Crimes Charges

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a rare moment of political candour, lashed out at Israel last week, questioning its "respect for the principles of distinction and proportionality" - particularly in the context of the civilian death toll that kept rising to over 2,000 Palestinians, with more than 75 percent civilians.

  3. OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (which had been slow to change), as an example of Western bias in the media:

  4. Cuba Sees Its Future in Mariel Port, Hand in Hand with Brazil

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    HAVANA, Aug 22 (IPS) - The Mariel special economic development zone, the biggest construction project undertaken in decades in Cuba, emerged thanks to financial support from Brazil, which was based on political goodwill, a strategy of integration, and business vision.

  5. Dumping Ban Urged for Australia's Iconic Reef

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    UXBRIDGE, Canada, Aug 21 (IPS) - Increased effort is needed to protect Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef, which is in serious decline and will likely deteriorate further in the future, according to a new report.

  6. War Veterans Planting for Peace in South Sudan

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    JUBA, Aug 21 (IPS) - Along the fertile banks of sub-Saharan Africa's White Nile, one of the two main tributaries of the Nile River, a war veteran's co-op is planting for a food secure future in South Sudan, a country potentially facing famine.

  7. Organic Farming Taking Off in Poland … Slowly

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    WARSAW, Aug 21 (IPS) - Polish farmer Slawek Dobrodziej has probably the world's strangest triathlon training regime: he swims across the lake at the back of his house, then runs across his some 11 hectares of land to check the state of the crops, and at the end of the day bikes close to 40 kilometres to and back from a nearby town for some shopping.

  8. No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    KAMPALA, Aug 21 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an "AIDS-free generation" now a "backwards" HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the "wilful and intentional" transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

  9. Zambia’s Cash Transfer Schemes Cushion Needy Against Climate Shocks

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    PEMBA DISTRICT, Zambia, Aug 21 (IPS) - "Last season, I lost an entire hectare of groundnuts because of a prolonged drought. Groundnuts are my hope for income," says Josephine Chaaba, 60, from Pemba district in southern Zambia.

  10. Churches at the Frontline of Climate Action

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    LUSATIA, Germany, Aug 20 (IPS) - Johannes Kapelle has been playing the organ in the Protestant church of Proschim since he was 14. The 78-year-old is actively involved in his community, produces his own solar power and has raised three children with his wife on their farm in Proschim, a small village of 360 inhabitants in Lusatia, Germany.