News headlines in December 2018

  1. Investors Turn Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel

    Wednesday, December 19, 2018

    KISUMU, Kenya, Dec 19 (IPS) - Currently 30 square kilometres of Lake Victoria, which stretches to approximately 375 kilometres and links Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, is covered with the evasive water hyacinth that has paralysed transport in the area.

    But scientists are harvesting and fermenting the weed, and one intrepid chemistry teacher has built a business out of it.

  2. The Arduous Search for Dignity Through Integration and a Pay Check

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 18 (IPS) - One of the most common words used by speakers during the Global Compact on Migration was "dignity"—granting migrants the dignity they deserve. As with any advocacy, there is a danger a word can lose meaning through overuse. But on the streets of Morocco the same word means a lot to migrants looking for work. And when they find it—both work and dignity—it can alter the entire migration equation. 

  3. Global Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    BELGRADE, Serbia, Dec 18 (IPS) - Vladimir Bozovic is Advisor of Government of the Republic of SerbiaEntire human history is one great struggle for freedom. To many, slavery is a synonym for something in the past, for transatlantic slave trade, but, unfortunately, slavery still exists in many different forms.

  4. Taking Away the Ladder

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR & SYDNEY, Dec 18 (IPS) - The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs' Jim O'Neill. His 2001 acronym was initially seen as a timely, if not belated acknowledgement of the rise of the South.

    But if one takes China out of the BRICS, one is left with little more than RIBS. While the RIBS have undoubtedly grown in recent decades, their expansion has been quite uneven and much more modest than China's, while the post-Soviet Russian economy contracted by half during Boris Yeltsin's first three years of ‘shock therapy' during 1992-1994.

  5. For Vietnam, the Quality of Economic Growth is Starting to Matter

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    PHNOM PENH, Dec 18 (IPS) - Vietnam's shift from a centrally planned to a market economy has transformed the country. And while it is now is one of the most dynamic emerging countries in Southeast Asia, this has sometimes been at the expense of the environment. But the country has begun to prioritise green growth.

  6. Digital Crusaders: Technology Offers Weapons for the Battle Against Corruption

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Dec 18 (IPS) - Chris Wellisz is on the staff of Finance and Development at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) *Oleksii Sobolev was a fund manager by day and a pro-democracy protester by night. After work, he would leave his office at Dragon Asset Management in Kiev to join the crowds camped out in Independence Square demanding the resignation of a president they viewed as corrupt.

  7. United Towards Achieving Health For All in Kenya

    Tuesday, December 18, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 (IPS) - Sicily Kariuki is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health in Kenya. Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.According to Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the implementation of UHC is "more a political than an economic challenge".

  8. Local Communities Question Benefits of Mayan Train in Southern Mexico

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    FELIPE CARRILLO PUERTO, Mexico, Dec 17 (IPS) - "If thousands of people flock to this town, how will we be able to service them? I'm afraid of that growth," ZendyEuán, spokeswoman for a community organisation,said in reference to the Mayan Train (TM) project, a railway network that will run through five states in southern Mexico.

  9. Tunisia – the Exception

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    SIDE BOUZID, Tunisia, Dec 17 (IPS) - Eight years have passed since the Arab Spring. In many countries, the uprising was crushed, but in Tunisia democracy gained a foothold. Arbetet Global travelled to the small country town Side Bouzid to find out why.

  10. Global Migration Compact May Help Combat the Myth that Migrants are Liabilities

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 17 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor, Africa Renewal*In August 2018, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May visited countries in Africa, sparking hope of increased foreign direct investments (FDI) in the continent.