News headlines in October 2017, page 2

  1. A Thorn in the Side of the Regime

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 17 (IPS) - "Too many things happened. The police called me to the station almost every day. My whole working day was spent defending myself. I had no time to write articles. Then came the attempted coup d'etat and my name was on a list kept by the national security service. I was forced to flee the country."

  2. Driven to Extremes–How Poverty Fuels Extremism, and How to Help Africa’s Youth

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 17 (IPS) - Poverty is a blight, and one that disproportionately affects sub-Saharan Africa. It is a vast and complex issue whose tentacles reach into many areas, including climate change, sustainable development and–crucially–global security. The link between poverty and violent extremism is compelling, and means that if we want to address extremism, we must fight inequality too.

  3. The Road Out of Poverty Depends on Feeding Our Children Nutritious Food First

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 (IPS) - One drizzly morning in some lush green tea plantations in Rwanda, I was on my way to visit a local community, to assess nutrition indicators among women and children. We stopped in a green blanket of tea fields and spoke to one young tea picker, I'll call her Mary, who had a baby strapped to her back.

  4. In the Race Against Hunger, we Must Reach the Goal

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    SANTIAGO, Oct 16 (IPS) - On September 15, we announced the "State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World" report, published in collaboration with five United Nations organisations, including FAO. The 144-page study shows numerous results and analyses of various dimensions and indicators, but the message is the same: after a long downward trend in the world's hunger levels, we are now taking a step backwards.

  5. International Day of Rural Women

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    ROME, Oct 16 (IPS) - On this International Day of Rural Women, the world celebrates women and girls in rural areas and the critical role they play in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.

  6. Dams Hurt Indigenous and Fishing Communities in Brazilian Amazon

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    ALTA FLORESTA, Brazil, Oct 16 (IPS) - The dirty water is killing more and more fish and ‘Taricaya' yellow-spotted river turtles every day. In addition, the river is not following its usual cycle, and the water level rises or declines without warning, regardless of the season, complained three Munduruku indigenous law students in the south of Brazil's Amazon rainforest.

  7. After 13 Years, UN Peacekeeping Mission Closes Doors in Haiti

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - The UN peacekeeping mission ended its operations in the Caribbean nation of Haiti after 13 years on October 15.

    The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which aimed to bring stability to a politically chaotic Haiti of 2004, will transfer power to the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), a much smaller successor mission that is going to assist the government on security issues.

  8. Despite Odds, Women Gain Stature in African Politics

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - Once in a while, Africa produces talented women politicians who, despite the odds, overcome the obstacles that impede their success in the political arena.

  9. Can the Kenyan Lion Kick High Enough to Be the South Korean Tiger of Africa?

    Monday, October 16, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 16 (IPS) - In 1953 South Korea emerged from the ravages of a debilitating war, yet the total gross domestic product in nominal terms has surged 31,000 fold since 1953.

  10. Hunger in Africa, Land of Plenty

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (IPS) - Globally, 108 million people faced food crises in 2016, compared to about 80 million in 2015 – an increase of 35%, according to the 2017 Global Report on Food Crises. Another 123 million people were ‘stressed', contributing to around 230 million such food insecure people in 2016, of whom 72% were in Africa.