News headlines in 2017, page 2

  1. South Sudan: a Nation Tormented by a Crisis

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    PANYIJAR COUNTY, South Sudan, Dec 14 (IPS) - I come from Panyijar County, South Sudan, just south of where famine was declared in February this year and one of thousands of places badly hit by the conflict which enters its fifth year today. With each year the fighting continues, the hopes that I and my fellow South Sudanese had when voting for independence in 2011 are dimmed.

  2. In Defense of Uganda's Imprisoned Journalists

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    DURBAN, South Africa, Dec 14 (IPS) - The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has included eight staffers of the controversial Ugandan tabloid Red Pepper in its 2017 global census of imprisoned journalists. Some may disagree with that decision.

  3. Arming Poor Countries Enriches Rich Countries

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (IPS) - Although the Cold War came to an end over a quarter century ago, international arms sales only declined temporarily at the end of the last century. Instead, the United States under President Trump is extending its arms superiority over the rest of the world.

  4. Bangladesh Aims at Middle-Income Status by 2021

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 13 (IPS) - The environmental challenges facing Bangladesh, described by the United Nations as one of the world's "least developed countries" (LDCs), are monumental, including recurrent cyclones, perennial floods, widespread riverbank erosion and a potential sea level rise predicted to put about 27 million people at risk over the next two decades.

  5. A Voice of Inspiration

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 13 (IPS) - More than 700 activists gathered in Suva, Fiji's capital, to explore the latest trends – from climate change to human rights, from innovation to social justice. Anything that can help empower and mobilise citizens. The lively debates in panel discussions, workshops and lectures made the event look like a carnival of creative new ideas and tested knowledge.

  6. Libya: Up to One Million Enslaved Migrants, Victims of ‘Europe’s Complicity’

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    ROME, Dec 13 (IPS) - "European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants detained by Libyan immigration authorities in appalling conditions in Libya," Amnesty International charged in the wake of global outrage over the sale of migrants in Libya.

  7. The Rohingyas 'Long March to Freedom'

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    ROME, Dec 13 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on the run for years, fleeing by foot, walking for days at end to seek a safe place for their women and children.

  8. Can Korea Power Past Coal? A New World in Which “Solar+Batteries” Becomes the Cheapest Form of Energy

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    SEOUL, Dec 13 (IPS) - Renewable energy became the cheapest form of electricity in 58 emerging economies last year. This year, the 11th Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis (LCOE 11.0) showed that solar and wind energy generation costs (at $46 to $53 per megawatt-hour of generation) easily beat coal and gas (at $60-68).  

  9. Migrants in Italy: “Shame Is Keeping Us Here”

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    RIGNANO GARGANICO, Italy, Dec 12 (IPS) - Despite deplorable living conditions, loneliness and unemployment, many African migrants in Italy choose to stay - even when they have the means to return.

  10. Central America Builds Interconnected Clean Energy Corridor

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 12 (IPS) - Countries in Central America are working to strengthen their regional electricity infrastructure to boost their exchange of electricity generated from renewable sources, which are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.