News headlines in 2018

  1. Did post-Soviet Russians drink themselves to death?

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    MOSCOW and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23 (IPS) - Although initially obscured by The Economist, among others, the sudden and unprecedented increase in Russian adult male mortality during 1992-1994 is no longer denied. Instead, the debate is now over why?

    Having advocated ‘shock therapy', a ‘big bang', ‘sudden' or rapid post-Soviet transition, Jeffrey Sachs and others have claimed that the sudden collapse in Russian adult male life expectancy was due to a sudden increase in alcohol consumption, playing into popular foreign images of vodka-binging Russian men.

  2. Parliamentarians Promote Youth Investment in Kazakhstan

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 23 (IPS) - Parliamentarians from 36 countries met this weekend in Astana, Kazakhstan, to discuss the future of youth in Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The gathering called "International Conference on Investing on Youth: Leaving No One Behind" took place on the Oct. 19 to 20, and the goal was to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the United Nations, with regards to youth.

  3. Despite Progress, Over 200 Million Women Still Waiting for Modern Contraception

    Tuesday, October 23, 2018

    OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 23 (IPS) - The international community will be commemorating two milestones in the history of population and development next year: the 50th anniversary of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the 25th anniversary of a Programme of Action (PoA) adopted at the1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo.

  4. Honduran Migrant Caravan Moves Northwards, Defying all Obstacles

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    TAPACHULA, Mexico, Oct 22 (IPS) - A long chain of people is winding its way along the highways of Chiapas, the southernmost Mexican state. It is moving fast, despite the fact that one-third of its ranks are made up of children, and it has managed to avoid the multiple obstacles that the governments of Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico, under pressure from the United States, have thrown up in a vain effort to stop it.

  5. Supporting Morocco’s Quest to Close USD24 Billion Green Investment Gap

    Monday, October 22, 2018

  6. Solar Power Lights up the World’s Fastest-Growing Refugee Camp

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    DHAKA, Bangladesh, Oct 22 (IPS) - Dr Iftikher Mahmood is Founder and President, HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of BangladeshSolar energy has long powered homes, businesses and portable electronics. Now, it's powering a field hospital in the middle of the world's fastest-growing refugee camp.

  7. Time for Global Collaboration to Address Pressing Issues of Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights

    Monday, October 22, 2018

    OTTAWA, Canada, Oct 22 (IPS) - Dr Hedy Fry, PC MP, is a Trinidadian-Canadian politician and physician. She is currently the longest-serving female Member of Parliament, winning eight consecutive elections in the constituency of Vancouver Centre since the 1993 election, when she defeated incumbent Prime Minister Kim Campbell300 Parliamentarians from over 150 nations will meet, in Ottawa, to tackle one of the most serious global challenges facing humanity.

    The International Parliamentarians' Conference on the Implementation of the ICPD Program of Action (IPCI), October 22-23, is a forum, for all global regions, to generate collective action on issues of population and development, specifically as they relate to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

  8. Cuban Women, Vulnerable to Climate Change, in the Forefront of the Struggle

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    HAVANA, Oct 21 (IPS) - When people ask marine biologist Angela Corvea why the symbol of her environmental project Acualina, which has transcended the borders of Cuba, is a little girl, she answers without hesitation: "Because life, care, attachment, the creative force of life lie are contained in the feminine world."

  9. The Right to Choose

    Sunday, October 21, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 21 (IPS) - Reproductive choice can transform the world and our goals towards a sustainable society, a new report says.

  10. UAE Raising Awareness About the Impact of Climate Change

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates,, Oct 19 (IPS) - The Middle East, due to its geographical location, is particularly prone to the impacts of climate change.

    Longer droughts, more frequent and intense heatwaves, and higher temperatures in the summer are expected to to become increasingly prevalent throughout the Middle East - from Sana'a to Jeddah to Dubai to Tehran.