News headlines in August 2015, page 3

  1. Poverty and Slavery Often Go Hand-in-Hand for Africa’s Children

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    HARARE, Aug 26 (IPS) - "Poverty has become part of me," says 13-year-old Aminata Kabangele from the Democratic Republic of Congo. "I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me."

  2. Majority of Child Casualties in Yemen Caused by Saudi-Led Airstrikes

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - Of the 402 children killed in Yemen since the escalation of hostilities in March 2015, 73 percent were victims of Saudi coalition-led airstrikes, a United Nations official said Monday.

  3. U.N. Military Sanctions on Syria May Face Veto by Arms Supplier

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - The staggering statistics emerging from the ongoing five-year-old military conflict in Syria – including over 220,000 killed, more than one million injured and about 7.6 million displaced – are prompting calls for a United Nations arms embargo on the beleaguered regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

  4. Alternative Destinations Emerge as Cuba Gets Ready for Tourism Boom

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    El ABRA, Cuba, Aug 25 (IPS) - Along the road to the Viñales valley, travelled by thousands of tourists to Cuba, lies the home of self-taught artist Miguel Antonio Remedios, which he has turned into a sort of museum to show visitors a wooden home typical of this mountainous area in the west of the country.

  5. U.N. Aid Agencies Launch Emergency Hotline for Displaced Iraqis

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 25 (IPS) - In the hopes of better responding to the needs of over three million displaced Iraqis, United Nations aid agencies today launched a national hotline to provide information on emergency humanitarian services like food distribution, healthcare and shelter.

  6. Security Council, in Historic First, Discusses Gay, Lesbian Rights

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 24 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), whose primary mandate is the maintenance of international peace and security, has occasionally digressed to discuss global issues such as climate change and HIV/AIDS.

  7. Shifting Sands: How Rural Women in India Took Mining into their Own Hands

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    GUNTUR, India, Aug 24 (IPS) - Thirty-seven-year-old Kode Sujatha stands in front of a hut with a palm-thatched roof, surrounded by a group of men shouting angrily and jostling one another for a spot at the front of the crowd.

  8. Opinion: Children of the World – We are Standing Watch for You

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Aug 23 (IPS) - Twenty-eight years ago this month, an indigenous woman stood in the plaza in Guatemala City, watching as the presidents of Central America walked out into the street after signing the Peace Accords that would end the civil wars in our region. When I reached her, she took both my hands in hers and said, "Thank you, Mr. President, for my child who is in the mountains fighting, and for the child I carry in my womb."

  9. Breaking the Media Blackout in Western Sahara

    Sunday, August 23, 2015

    LAAYOUNE, Occupied Western Sahara, Aug 23 (IPS) - Ahmed Ettanji is looking for a flat in downtown Laayoune, a city 1,100 km south of Rabat. He only wants it for one day but it must have a rooftop terrace overlooking the square that will host the next pro-Sahrawi demonstration.

  10. Opinion: Brazil Poised on Verge of Unstable Equilibrium

    Saturday, August 22, 2015

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 22 (IPS) - As the political situation in Brazil appears to be reaching a state of unstable equilibrium, or more bluntly, as it is transformed from instability to impasse, the economy continues to deteriorate.