News headlines in October 2014, page 4

  1. Put People Not ‘Empire of Capital’ at Heart of Development

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    GENEVA, Oct 27 (IPS) - President Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador does not mince words when it comes to development. "Neoliberal policies based on so-called competitiveness, efficiency and the labour flexibility framework have helped the empire of capital to prosper at the cost of human labour," he told a crowded auditorium at the 15th Raul Prebitsch Lecture.

  2. OPINION: Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    SAN JUAN, Oct 26 (IPS) - In late 1986, Washington was rocked by revelations that the Ronald Reagan administration had illegally aided a stateless army known as the contras in Central America.

  3. How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?

    Sunday, October 26, 2014

    ISTANBUL, Oct 26 (IPS) - Six days a week, Tahir Cetin spends seven and a half hours hundreds of feet underground on a narrow ledge, mining coal near Soma, Turkey. He breathes in dust that is destroying his lungs, and digs into walls that could collapse on top of him. With one false step, he could fall to his death.

  4. OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now

    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    TUVALU, Oct 25 (IPS) - The fate of my country rests in your hands: that was the message which Ian Fry, representing Tuvalu gave at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen five years ago. This is also the message that the Pacific Climate Warriors have come to Australia to bring.

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.