News headlines in 2018, page 3

  1. Is Excessive Sovereign Debt a Threat to Peace?

    Wednesday, November 07, 2018

    BEAUNE, Burgundy, France, Nov 07 (IPS) - Boudewijn Mohr* is a former UNICEF country programme and operational management specialist who travelled across 36 countries on the African continent. He is also a former senior international corporate banker in New York, and author of the recently-released "A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa".Some 30 years ago, the international banks were afloat with petrodollars, deposited by the oil exporting countries. The banks in turn stepped up lending to Latin America, in a big way. The new branch of Société Générale in New York where I was working at the time followed suit rapidly building up its portfolio, as the bank needed to make loans to get its branch off the ground.

  2. Rainwater Harvesting Eases Daily Struggle in Argentina's Chaco Region

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    LOS BLANCOS, Argentina, Nov 06 (IPS) - "I've been used to hauling water since I was eight years old. Today, at 63, I still do it," says Antolín Soraire, a tall peasant farmer with a face ravaged by the sun who lives in Los Blancos, a town of a few dozen houses and wide dirt roads in the province of Salta, in northern Argentina.

  3. Africa’s Giant Blue Economy Potential

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 06 (IPS) - Mr. Toshitsugu Uesawa is Japan's Ambassador to Kenya and Siddharth Chatterjee is the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya.With good reason, Africa is excited over the prospects of sharing in the multi-trillion maritime industry, with the continent's Agenda 2063 envisioning the blue economy as a foremost contributor to transformation and growth.

  4. The Caribbean Island of Mayreau Could be Split in Two Thanks to Erosion

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    KINGSTOWN, Nov 06 (IPS) - As a child growing up in Mayreau four decades ago, Filius "Philman" Ollivierre remembers a 70-foot-wide span of land, with the sea on either side that made the rest of the 1.5-square mile island one with Mount Carbuit. 

  5. Lessons for the ‘Rest’ from ersatz miracles

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Nov 06 (IPS) - Of the ten fastest growing economies since 1960, eight are in East Asia. Two main competing explanations claimed to explain this regional concentration of catch up growth since the late 20th century, often referred to as the East Asian miracle.

  6. The Crumbling Architecture of Arms Control

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov 06 (IPS) - Dan Smith is Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)At a political rally on Saturday, 20 October, US President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). This confirms what has steadily been unfolding over the past couple of years: the architecture of Russian–US nuclear arms control is crumbling.

  7. Amitav Ghosh prepares 'Gun Island' for publication in 2019

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    TAIPEI, Nov 05 (IPS) - Amitav Ghosh is one of the world's top novelists writing in the English language today, and Brooklyn-based author of "The Ibis Trilogy" has a new novel set for publication in June 2019.

  8. Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    LONDON / NEW YORK, Nov 05 (IPS) - John Garett & Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid There was a much-needed focus on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the September 2018 opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

  9. Caribbean Looks to Protect its Seafood From Mercury

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    PORT-OF-SPAIN, Nov 05 (IPS) - Four Caribbean countries have done an inventory of the major sources of mercury contamination in their islands, but a great deal of work still needs to be done to determine where and what impact this mercury is having on the region's seafood chain.

  10. Truth Never Dies: Justice for Slain Journalists

    Sunday, November 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 04 (IPS) - Violence and toxic rhetoric against journalists must stop, say United Nations experts.