News headlines in April 2016, page 4

  1. Opinion: Panama, Secrecy and Tax Havens

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 22 (IPS) - Unlike Wikileaks' exposes, the recent Panama revelations were quite selective, targeted, edited and carefully managed. Most observers attribute this to the political agendas of its mainly American funders. Nevertheless, the revelations have highlighted some problems associated with illicit financial flows, as well as tax evasion and avoidance, including the role of enabling governments, legislation, legal and accounting firms as well as shell companies.

  2. Forced Closure of Bedouin Settlements

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    UMM AL-HERAN, Southern Israel, Apr 22 (IPS) - Despite ostensibly freezing the Prawer Plan -- a proposed bill to 'regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev'-- in 2013, Israel continues to push for forced closure of unrecognised Bedouin villages in this southern region. The village of Umm al-Heran, near the Bedouin township of Hura, is amongst those slated for demolition.

  3. Unsung Heroes of Rural Resilience

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    PEMBA, Southern Zambia, Apr 22 (IPS) - In scorching heat, Ellen Kacha, inspects her almost failed maize crop, which now looks promising after a rare occurrence this season -- normal rainfall for at least two weeks.

  4. How the Definition of Development Aid is Being Eroded

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

  5. Small Island States Urge Rapid Implementation of Climate Agreement

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

  6. Soil and Pulses: Symbiosis for Life

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with Biodiversity International and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN (Rome based UN agencies ?) jointly organized a seminar on "Soils and pulses: symbiosis for life", providing a platform to stakeholders, including governments, research organizations, civil society and the private sector, to deliberate increased pulses production and consumption and its relation to higher productivity and fertility of soils. 2016 is the International Year of Pulses as declared by the United General Assembly.

  7. Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    CAIRO, Apr 21 (IPS) - "Africa's human existence and development is under threat from the adverse impacts of climate change – its population, ecosystems and unique biodiversity will all be the major victims of global climate change."

  8. Laws Criminalizing Drug Possession Can Cause More Harm

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 21 (IPS) - In many countries, a criminal record, even for a minor offense can have serious implications. Being convicted of a criminal offence renders one ineligible for certain jobs, social grants or benefits or from even being able to exercise one's right to vote. It can also severely limit the ability to travel to certain countries and can result in the loss of custody of minor children. As prison conditions are often poor and health care services limited, a custodial sentence can have implications on the health outcomes of individuals.

  9. Opinion: Unnoticed, We Are Close to Destruction of Our Planet

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    ROME, Apr 21 (IPS) - On the 17th of April, Italians were called to vote in a national referendum, on the extension of licenses to extract petrol and gas from the seas. The government, the media and those in the economic circles, all took a position against the referendum, claiming that 2000 jobs were at a stake. The proponents of the referendum (among them five regions), lost. Italy is following a consistent trend, after the Summit on Climate Change (Paris December 2015), in which all countries (Italy included) took a solemn engagement to reduce emissions.

  10. HIV Time Bomb Ticks On

    Thursday, April 21, 2016

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Apr 21 (IPS) - Radhika Banarjee, a 24 year-old CSW, listened carefully at an advocacy gathering in the heart of Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital.