News headlines in 2017

  1. Central America Weakens Forest Shield Against Future Droughts

    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    SAN JOSE, Dec 31 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

  2. The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    ROME, Dec 27 (IPS) - On 20 December, Europe's 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

  3. US Faces Collective Defiance at UN Over Jerusalem

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) - When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a "collective defiance" of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and predictably wavering US President.

  4. Central America Hashes Out Agenda for Sustainable Use of Water

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 21 (IPS) - The countries of Central America are striving to define a plan to promote the sustainable use of water, a crucial need in a region that is already suffering the impacts of climate change.

  5. Goodbye to 2017, a Trump-dominated Year

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 21 (IPS) - In 2017, Donald Trump dominated the year by using US clout to change many aspects of global relations, and not for the better.

  6. How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (IPS) - As Daniel*, a 26-year-old architect, stood before a visibly exhausted doctor in the main public hospital of the once-idyllic beach resort town of Isla Margarita, northern Venezuela, a terrifying premonition took hold of him.

  7. Ethiopia's New Addiction - And What It Says About Media Freedom

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    ADDIS ABABA, Dec 21 (IPS) - On a Saturday afternoon in one of Addis Ababa's khat houses, a group of men and women chew the mildly narcotic plant while gazing mesmerized toward a television featuring a South Korean soldier stripped to his waist and holding a young lady's hand while proclaiming his undying love—somewhat incongruously—in Amharic.

  8. "Only Our Youth Can Save the Planet" - Kumi Naidoo

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 20 (IPS) - "Today's youth should think of new solutions for old problems like climate change and social injustice."

    That's the strong message of the South African activist Kumi Naidoo. The former executive director of Greenpeace says young people need to be more innovative and visionary, "because the solutions of my generation have failed."

  9. To Be a Latin-American Migrant in Madrid

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    MADRID, Dec 20 (IPS) - If you are in Madrid and have some spare time, just go to an area which residents consider a "high class" neighbourhood situated in a district bordering Barrio de Salamanca, one of the richest areas in the Spanish capital.

  10. Perpetrators of Crimes against Humanity Must be Brought to Justice

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017

    GENEVA, Dec 20 (IPS) - On the occasion of the 2017 International Day of Human Solidarity observed on 20 December, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Dr. Hanif Hassan Ali Al Qassim calls for peace for and human solidarity with, the Rohingya minority in Myanmar.