News headlines in May 2015, page 2

  1. Opinion: Internet Should be Common Heritage of Humankind - Part II

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    VILLAGE TUDOROVICI, Montenegro, May 28 (IPS) - The Internet – and the applications that it has spawned – is the single most important technological innovation that has brought together and interlinked humankind in a real, tangible and interactive way.

  2. Sri Lankan Women Stymied by Archaic Job Market

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    MIRIGAMA, Sri Lanka, May 28 (IPS) - Wathsala Marasinghe, a 33-year-old hailing from the town of Mirigama, just 50 km from Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, once had high hopes that the progressive education and employment policies of this South Asian island nation would work in her favour. Today, she feels differently, believing that "an evil system" has let her down.

  3. Opinion: Let's End Chronic Hunger

    Thursday, May 28, 2015

    ROME, May 28 (IPS) - At the 1996 World Food Summit (WFS), heads of government and the international community committed to reducing the number of hungry people in the world by half. Five years later, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) lowered this level of ambition by only seeking to halve the proportion of the hungry.

  4. ACP Aims to Make Voice of the Moral Majority Count in the Global Arena

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    BRUSSELS, May 27 (IPS) - "Four decades of existence is a milestone for the ACP as an international alliance of developing countries," Dr Patrick I. Gomes of Guyana, newly appointed Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of countries, said at the opening of the 101st Session of the group's Council of Ministers.

  5. The U.N. at 70: Drugs and Crime are Challenges for Sustainable Development

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    VIENNA, May 27 (IPS) - With terrorism, migrant smuggling and trafficking in cultural property some of the world's most daunting challenges, "the magnitude of the problems we face is such that it is sometimes hard to imagine how any effort can be enough to confront them. But to quote Nelson Mandela, 'It always seems impossible until it is done'. We must keep working together, until it is done."

  6. Opinion: A Critical Moment to Fortify Nuclear Test Ban

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    VIENNA, May 27 (IPS) - The 2015 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference wrapped up last week in New York without agreeing on an outcome document. While this is unfortunate, it is important to remember that the future of the nuclear non-proliferation regime will be determined by more than whether the Review Conference participants produced a document addressing all that currently ails the NPT-based regime.

  7. Laissez Faire Water Laws Threaten Family Farming in Chile

    Wednesday, May 27, 2015

    SANTIAGO, May 27 (IPS) - Family farmers in Chile are pushing for the reinstatement of water as a public good, to at least partially solve the shortages caused by the privatisation of water rights by the military dictatorship in 1981.

  8. Iran Sanctions Regime Could Unravel with Failed Nuclear Deal

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON, May 26 (IPS) - Internationally supported sanctions against Iran could begin to crumble if talks over Iran's nuclear programme fail to produce a final deal, according to Germany's envoy to the United States.

  9. Terror Groups May Be Winning Digital War on Extremist Ideology

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, May 26 (IPS) - The United Nations is quick to point out the increasing pace at which digital technology is racing across the world.

  10. The U.N. at 70: A Glass Half Full

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

    COLOMBO, May 26 (IPS) - As the U.N. enters its 70th year, it is legitimate to ask whether it has been a success so far. Over the years, the media, in particular the Western media, has tended to highlight the U.N.'s failures.