News headlines in August 2016, page 4

  1. Humanitarian Crises: Business Called to Take a Lead

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Aug 17 (IPS) - With more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes due to violence and armed conflicts, this year's Wold Humanitarian Day on August 19 will call on all governments and social sectors to work together to tackle this unprecedented human crisis.

  2. TPPA could be discarded due to US political dynamics

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    PENANG, Aug 17 (IPS) - No country was more active in pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).  In the five years of negotiations, the United States cajoled, persuaded and pressurised its trade partners take on board its issues and positions.

  3. Time for a Woman to Lead the UN

    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 17 (IPS) - Judging by the latest polls it now seems more likely that the United States will have a female President in 2016, than the United Nations will have a female Secretary-General.

  4. Dhaka Could Be Underwater in a Decade

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    DHAKA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Like many other fast-growing megacities, the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka faces severe water and sanitation problems, chiefly the annual flooding during monsoon season due to unplanned urbanisation, destruction of wetlands and poor city governance.

  5. Arable Land Lost at Unprecedented Rate: 33,000 Hectares… a Day!

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Humankind is a witness every single day to a new, unprecedented challenge. One of them is the very fact that the world's arable lands are being lost at 30 to 35 times the historical rate. Each year, 12 million hectares are lost. That means 33,000 hectares a day!

  6. The Economic Partnership Agreement has never made much sense for Tanzania

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    GENEVA, Aug 16 (IPS) - The EPA issue has once again re-emerged when, in early July, Tanzania informed East African Community( EAC) members and the European Union (EU) that it would not be able to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between European Union (EU)  and the six EAC member states.

  7. Peruvians Say “No!” to Violence Against Women

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    LIMA, Aug 16 (IPS) - Peruvians took to the streets en masse to reject violence against women, in what was seen as a major new step in awareness-raising in the country that ranks third in the world in terms of domestic sexual violence.

  8. One Humanity? Millions of Children Tortured, Smuggled, Abused, Enslaved

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    ROME, Aug 16 (IPS) - Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. Not only: 69 million children under five will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million will live in poverty, and 263 million are out of school. And 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030.

  9. The Counter Narrative to Terror and Violence is Already Among Us

    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    NEW YORK, Aug 16 (IPS) - The French philospher Voltaire once said that "if we believe in absurdities, we shall commit atrocities."

    Indiscriminate killing of self and innocent others, ostensibly in the name of some religion, is among the most absurd of beliefs. And rather than ceasing, the spiral of violence appears to know no end. There appears to be no locus, and no focus, beyond random killing.

  10. Ethiopian Food Aid Jammed Up in Djibouti Port

    Monday, August 15, 2016

    DJIBOUTI CITY, Aug 15 (IPS) - Bags of wheat speed down multiple conveyor belts to be heaved onto trucks lined up during the middle of a blisteringly hot afternoon beside the busy docks of Djibouti Port.