News headlines in November 2014, page 3

  1. Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks

    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (IPS) - Buoyed by the failure of the U.S. and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord.

  2. Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

  3. Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov 24 (IPS) - The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods.

  4. OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    DENVER, Colorado, Nov 24 (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

  5. Lessons from Jamaica's Billion-Dollar Drought

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.

  6. Pakistan’s Paraplegics Learning to Stand on their Own Feet

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 24 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

  7. OPINION: A Plea for Banning Nuke Tests and Nuclear Weapons

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - December 1938 was a decisive month in human history: In Germany, the scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered that when bombarded with neutrons, the atomic nucleus of uranium would split.

  8. The Double Burden of Malnutrition

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

  9. Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!

    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    BUDAPEST/BARCELONA, Nov 22 (IPS) - For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development.

  10. Azerbaijan's Rights Activists on the Brink

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    BAKU, Nov 21 (IPS) - When Azerbaijan served as chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, it scoffed at the spirit and purpose of the organisation and moved vigorously to squash all forms of free speech at home.