News headlines in May 2017, page 5

  1. Norwegian Trade Union Boycott Israel

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    STOCKHOLM, May 22 (IPS) - The Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) has voted in favour of a boycott against Israel, which is expected to affect cultural, economical and academic ties. Condemnation has come from Isreali politicians, diplomats and unions.

  2. Reflections on 2017 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    GENEVA, May 22 (IPS) - More than 7 billion people live on this planet spread among 7 continents, 194 states of the United Nations (UN) and numerous other non-self-governing territories. The world is made up of a mosaic of people belonging to different cultural and religious backgrounds. Our planet has been a cultural melting pot since time immemorial.

  3. A Grisly Tale of Children Falling Easy Prey for Ruthless Smugglers

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    ROME, May 22 (IPS) - Don't read this story if you are a parent or have children relatives. It is the bloodcurdling story of over 300,000 unaccompanied refugee and migrant children who are just a small part of millions of children that are innocent, easy prey for smugglers and human traffickers worldwide.

  4. Unique Sandbar Coastal Ecosystem in Cuba Calls for Climate Solutions

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    BARACOA, Cuba, May 19 (IPS) - A battered bridge connects the centre of Baracoa, Cuba´s oldest city, with a singular dark-sand sandbar, known as Tibaracón, that forms on one of the banks of the Macaguaní River where it flows into the Caribbean Sea in northeastern Cuba.

  5. Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    ROME, May 19 (IPS) - Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for every million kilos of beef exported from South America.

  6. Africa and India – Sharing the Development Journey

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    ABIDJAN, Côte d'Ivoire, May 19 (IPS) - Africa, like India, is a continent of rich and compelling diversity. Both continents share a similar landscape, a shared colonial history, and similar economic and demographic challenges. This helps both India and Africa work especially well with each other.

  7. An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    AMMAN, Jordan, May 18 (IPS) - Hidden almost literally under the rubble of the civil war in Syria is an economic success story that is rarely told. Hanan Odah is a thirty-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jaramana refugee camp in Damascus. She supports her multiply displaced family of three from a thriving micro-enterprise venture. Her husband was killed in the conflict, but she refused to submit to despair and dependency on her parents.

  8. At the UN Oceans Forum in June, Will the US Play a Bit Part?

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - In just a few weeks, the United Nations is convening a world gathering to discuss the health of the world's oceans and seas, with member states, government and nongovernmental organizations, corporations and members of the scientific community and academia signed up to take part.

  9. Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    ROME, May 18 (IPS) - The world's forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world's largest tropical forest - the Amazon - increased 29 per cent from last year's numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in Africa are threatened by oil, gas and mineral exploration and exploitation.

  10. Mapping and Responding to Climate-Induced Migration

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 18 (IPS) - As the world focuses on conflict-related migration and displacement, with an unprecedented 60 million fleeing from war and persecution, others are pointing to a less discussed trigger of population movements: climate change.