News headlines in April 2016

  1. Media Freedom in Africa Remains Under Attack

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    JOHANNESBURG, Apr 30 (IPS) - Imagine a world without the media, where we have no verified information about what's going on around us. Where everything is hearsay and gossip, where there are no trusted sources of information. It would be hard to operate in a world like that: to make decisions about what to do about the things that affect our lives.

  2. West Papuans Turn to Africa for Support in Freedom Bid

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    CANBERRA, Australia, Apr 30 (IPS) - For more than half a century, the indigenous people of West Papua, located on the western side of the island of New Guinea, who are related to the Melanesians of the southwest Pacific Islands, have waged a resistance to governance by Indonesia and a relentless campaign for self-determination.

  3. “Together, Civil Society Has Power”

    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    BOGOTA, Apr 30 (IPS) - When Tamara Adrián, a Venezuelan transgender opposition legislator, spoke at a panel on inclusion during the last session of the International Civil Society Week held in Bogotá, 12 Latin American women stood up and stormed out of the room.

  4. Opinion: Illicit Financial Flows

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 29 (IPS) - International capital flows are now more than 60 times the value of trade flows. The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) is now of the view that large international financial transactions do not facilitate trade, and that excessive financial ‘elasticity' was the cause of recent financial crises.

  5. World Farmers’ Organisation Meeting Eyes New Markets, Fresh Investment

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, Apr 29 (IPS) - ‘No Farmer, No Food' is an old slogan that the Zambia National Farmers' Union still uses. Some people consider it a cliché, but it could be regaining its place in history as agriculture is increasingly seen as the answer to a wide range of the world's critical needs such as nutrition, sustainable jobs and income for the rural poor.

  6. Can the UN Security Council Stop Hospitals Being Targets in War?

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Apr 29 (IPS) - Hospitals, health care workers and patients in war zones are supposed to be protected under international humanitarian law yet recent attacks from Syria to Afghanistan suggest that they have become targets.

  7. El Nino-Induced Drought in Zimbabwe

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    BUHERA, Zimbabwe, Apr 29 (IPS) - Emaciated and with their ribs jutting out, Evans Sinyoro's cattle lie on the ground overlooking a dry patch of land while the small earth dam nearby is also dry, thanks to the El Nino-induced drought wreaking havoc across Zimbabwe.

  8. Violence Against Women Journalists Threatens Media Freedom

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    NEW YORK, Apr 28 (IPS) - For women journalists, violence and intimidation don't just happen in conflict zones, they are every day experiences.

  9. UN Predicts 40 Percent Water Shortfall by 2030

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 28 (IPS) - Ten presidents and prime ministers from around the world will work together to resolve the growing global water crisis amid warnings that the world may face a 40 percent shortfall in water availability by 2030.

  10. How We Can Keep Press Freedom from Withering Away?

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - Media freedoms appear increasingly under siege around the world, with concerning signs that achieving middle-income status is no guarantee for an independent political watchdog in the form of the press.