News headlines in January 2017, page 5

  1. Inequality (III): Less Employment… and More ‘Junk’ Jobs

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    ROME, Jan 18 (IPS) - While just eight men are enjoying their huge wealth, equivalent to that of half the world, new forecasts project darker shadows by predicting rising unemployment rates, more precarious jobs and worsening social inequality. To start with, there will be more than 1.4 billion people employed in vulnerable working conditions.

  2. It’s Time We Get Serious About Organic Farming

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Jan 17 (IPS) - Conventional farming and food production practices in this country are creating serious environmental and public health problems. Every day, an industrial farming system spinning out of control confronts all Americans with serious challenges. Among these are the explosion in toxic algae blooms in sensitive waterways, cancer-causing pesticides on foods we feed our children, the rapid spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, and, of course, contaminated drinking water, all courtesy of corporate agribusiness.

  3. Inequality (II): “It Will Take 170 Years for Women to Be Paid as Men Are”

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    ROME, Jan 17 (IPS) - While just eight individuals, all of them men, own the same wealth as 3.6 billion people -- half of world's total population -- it will take 170 years for women to be paid the same as men, warns a new major report on inequality.

  4. Kenya Can Lead the Way to Universal Health Care in Africa

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    NAIROBI, Jan 16 (IPS) - Consider this: every year, nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line as a result of unaffordable health care expenses.

  5. Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

    Monday, January 16, 2017

    ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a major new report by an international confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries.

  6. Is Cash Aid to the Poor Wasted on Tobacco and Alcohol?

    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    ROME, Jan 14 (IPS) - Not at all. Or at least not necessarily. The fact is that cash transfer programmes –regular money payments to poor households—are meant to reduce poverty, promote sustainable livelihoods and increase production in the developing world. One in four countries on Earth are applying them. But are they effective?

  7. Ordinary Citizens Help Drive Spread of Solar Power in Chile

    Saturday, January 14, 2017

    SANTIAGO, Jan 14 (IPS) - Chile, Latin America's leader in solar energy, is starting the new year with an innovative step: the development of the country´s first citizens solar power plant.

  8. Tobacco Industry Misleads Developing Countries Over Regulations

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 13 (IPS) - Low and middle-income countries have far fewer tobacco regulations than high-income countries and are paying the price - with bigger health and economic impacts.

  9. The Cuban Recession and the Introduction of Public Bonds

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    CALI, Colombia, Jan 13 (IPS) - The macroeconomic data for the close of the year provided by the Cuban government confirms the projections that Cuba would enter a recession as a result of the Venezuelan shock.

  10. Populist Leaders Endanger Human Rights: Advocacy Organisation

    Thursday, January 12, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (IPS) - Populist leaders pose a dangerous threat to human rights, fuelling and justifying intolerance and abuse across the world, said advocacy group Human Rights Watch during the launch of their annual global report.