News headlines in September 2017

  1. The Tuxá Indigenous Paradise, Submerged under Water

    Saturday, September 30, 2017

    RODELAS, Brazil, Sep 30 (IPS) - The Tuxá indigenous people had lived for centuries in the north of the Brazilian state of Bahia, on the banks of the São Francisco River. But in 1988 their territory was flooded by the Itaparica hydropower plant, and since then they have become landless. Their roots are now buried under the waters of the reservoir.

  2. A Taste of India in Australia’s Hinterland

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    BROOME, Western Australia, Sep 29 (IPS) - Julmat Khan migrated from the seaside resort town of Digha in West Bengal, India, about 14 years ago to the coastal tourist town of Broome in Western Australia. He is amongst a small proportion of international migrants to have settled in a regional town instead of Australia's popular metropolises of Sydney and Melbourne.

  3. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Arab Region: Where Do We Stand?

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    GENEVA, Sep 29 (IPS) - Women's empowerment and gender equality should remain a central objective of the world community. The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) includes specific provisions to member States of the United Nations – notably through SDG 5 - to commit to enhancing gender equality and to give women a stronger voice in the fight for equality. The Preamble of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls for "equal rights" to be enjoyed by "men and women": 69 years later, gender equality has not only been recognised for what it is: a fundamental human right, it is also becoming a guiding principle in the efforts of States to attain the highest ideals of a just and inclusive society and the highest rate of growth.

  4. Merkel’s Defeat Confirms Dismail Trend for Europe

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    ROME, Sep 29 (IPS) - Generally, media have failed to analyse why the result of German elections is the worst possible. Merkel is not a winner, but a leader now in a very fragile position, who will have to make many compromises and pay now for her mistakes. Let us make at least the most important four points of analysis.

  5. Finally, Argentina Has a Law on Access to Public Information

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Sep 29 (IPS) - After 15 long years of public campaigns and debates in which different political, social and business sectors held marches and counter-protests, Argentina finally has a new law that guarantees access to public information.

  6. Care for the elderly needs to be better targeted by the health system and social networks

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    PHILADELPHIA and NEW DELHI, Sep 28 (IPS) - The National Health Policy (NHP), 2017 is unable to see the wood for the trees. Life and death questions are dealt with perfunctorily or simply overlooked. For example, it overlooks the rapid rise in the share of the old (60 years or more), and associated morbidities, especially sharply rising non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and disabilities. With rising age, numerous physiological changes occur and the risk of chronic diseases rises. The co-occurrence of chronic diseases and disability elevates the risk of mortality.

  7. To Be an Egyptian Migrant in Rome (And Also Make Great Pizza)

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    ROME, Sep 28 (IPS) - "I asked him: do you want to come with us to Greece? He said: ‘Why not?' So my wife and myself packed up and drove to Athens to open our ‘trattoria' there."

  8. Philanthropists Join Forces to Fund Africa’s Cash-Strapped Health Sector

    Thursday, September 28, 2017

    NEW YORK, Sep 28 (IPS) - In the 2017 World Happiness Report by Gallup, African countries score poorly. Of the 150 countries on the list, the Central African Republic, Tanzania and Burundi rank as the unhappiest countries in the world.

  9. Marginalised Minorities and Homeless Especially Hard-hit by Mexico’s Quake

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    MEXICO CITY, Sep 27 (IPS) - Maricela Fernández, an indigenous woman from the Ñañhú or Otomí people, shows the damages that the Sept. 19 earthquake inflicted on the old house where 10 families of her people were living as squatters, in a neighbourhood in the center-west of Mexico City.

  10. Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty a Significant Milestone

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017

    NEW YORK, Sep 27 (IPS) - Presently, the entire world is hostage to a nuclear crisis expressed in the language of war and destruction by the leaders of North Korea and the United States We can look over the abyss and the reality of the consequence of the uses of nuclear weapons strikes fear and terror in the hearts of any sane person.