News headlines in February 2015, page 3

  1. Opinion: Water and the World We Want

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity.

  2. Better to Die at Sea, than Languish in Poverty

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    COLOMBO, Feb 25 (IPS) - Weerasinghearachilage Ruwan Rangana had it all planed out last year in September: the big break that would change his life and those of his extended family had finally arrived.

  3. Analysis: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration, A Snapshot of Post-U.N. World Population

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - As the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, one question worthy of some reflection is: Is world population better or worse off demographically since the establishment of the U.N.?

  4. Falling Oil Prices Won't Derail St. Lucia's Push for Clean Energy

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    CASTRIES, Feb 25 (IPS) - At Plas Kassav, a roadside outlet in Canaries, a rural community in western St. Lucia, a busload of visitors from other Caribbean countries, along with tourists from North America and Europe, sample the 12 flavours of freshly baked cassava bread on sale.

  5. Big Trouble in the Air in India

    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (IPS) - Like many others of her age, 15-year-old Aastha Sharma, a Class 10 student at a private school in India's capital, New Delhi, loves being outdoors, going for walks with her friends and enjoying an occasional ice-cream. But the young girl can't indulge in any of these activities.

  6. Syria's 'Barrel Bombs' Cause Human Devastation, Says Rights Group

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - The warring parties in the brutal four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 civilians and triggered "the greatest refugee crisis in modern times," continue to break every single pledge held out to the United Nations.

  7. Analysis: Collaboration Key for a Clean India

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (IPS) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call to action for a 100 percent Open Defecation Free (ODF) India by 2019 was announced as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) or Clean India Campaign last year.

  8. Tackling Corruption at its Root in Papua New Guinea

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    SYDNEY, Feb 24 (IPS) - Corruption, the single largest obstacle to socioeconomic development worldwide, has had a grave impact on the southwest Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea. While mineral resource wealth drove high gross domestic product (GDP) growth of eight percent in 2012, the country is today ranked 157th out of 187 countries in terms of human development.

  9. At the Margins of a Hot War, Somalis Are ‘Hanging on by a Thread’

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    NEW YORK, Feb 24 (IPS) - After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response.

  10. Can Nepal’s TRC Finally Bring Closure to its War Survivors?

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Feb 24 (IPS) - The picture of Muktinath Adhikari, principal of Pandini Sanskrit Secondary School in the Lamjung district of west Nepal who was killed during the country's decade-long civil conflict, became an iconic portrayal of the brutality of the bloody ‘People's War'.