News headlines in July 2015, page 4

  1. Mideast Arms Build-up Negative Fallout from Iran Nuclear Deal

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - The nuclear agreement concluded last week between Iran and six big powers, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, is threatening to trigger a new Middle East military build-up – not with nuclear weapons but with conventional arms, including fighter planes, combat helicopters, warships, missiles, battle tanks and heavy artillery.

  2. Governments Playing Political Ping-Pong with China’s Uyghurs

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON, Jul 23 (IPS) - Two reports released in quick succession by the international rights group Human Rights Watch have highlighted the plight of China's minority Uyghur population and shed light on their continuing struggle to find a safe haven elsewhere in the region.

  3. Despite ISIS Ascendancy, U.S. Public Wary of War

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    NEW YORK, Jul 23 (IPS) - As the Islamic State, known variously as ISIS, ISIL and Daesh, consolidates its hold over parts of Iraq and Syria to the degree that it has in many ways become a functioning state, the U.S. public remains divided over any intervention involving ground troops, a new survey shows.

  4. Opinion: Addis Outcome Will Impact Heavily on Post-2015 Agenda - Part 2

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Jul 23 (IPS) - The United Nations is the only universal forum that connects systemic issues to the global partnership for development. The latter recognises North-South cooperation based on historical responsibility and varying levels of development and capacity among member states of the U.N.

  5. Africa Advised to Take DIY Approach to Climate Resilience

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    PARIS, Jul 23 (IPS) - African countries would do well to take their own lead in finding ways to better adapt to and mitigate the changes that climate may impose on future  generations instead of relying only on foreign aid.

  6. Latin America Tackles Informal Labour among the Young

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    BUENOS AIRES, Jul 23 (IPS) - The 56 million young people who form part of Latin America's labour force suffer from high unemployment, and many of those who work do so in the informal sector. Governments in the region have begun to adopt more innovative policies to address a problem that undermines the future of the new generations.

  7. Obama Offers Help to Track Billions in Stolen Nigerian Assets

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON, Jul 22 (IPS) - With a dangerous insurgency spreading within his borders, the visit to Washington this week by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was certainly going to touch on increased military support against Boko Haram.

  8. U.N. Remains Barred from Visiting U.S. Prisons Amid Abuse Charges

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 22 (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison.

  9. Tribal Priestesses Become Guardians of Seeds in Eastern India

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    NIYAMGIRI, India, Jul 22 (IPS) - As the rhythmic thumping of dancing feet reaches a crescendo, the women offer a song to their forest god for a bountiful harvest.

  10. Opinion: Third FfD Conference Fails to Finance Development - Part One

    Wednesday, July 22, 2015

    ADDIS ABABA, Jul 22 (IPS) - The third Financing for Development (FfD) conference in Addis Ababa concluded last Thursday, July 16, in bad faith as developed countries rejected a proposal for a global tax body and dismissed developing countries' compromise proposal to strengthen the existing U.N. committee of tax experts.