News headlines in 2018, page 3

  1. Sousa, a Solar Power Capital in an Increasingly Arid Brazil

    Thursday, August 09, 2018

    SOUSA, Brazil, Aug 09 (IPS) - Sousa, a municipality of 70,000 people in the west of Paraíba, the state in Brazil most threatened by desertification, has become the country's capital of solar energy, with a Catholic church, various businesses, households and even a cemetery generating solar power.

  2. States Must Act Now to Protect Indigenous Peoples During Migration

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    GENEVA/NEW YORK, Aug 08 (IPS) - States around the world must take effective action to guarantee the human rights of indigenous peoples, says a group of UN experts. In a joint statement marking International day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, the experts say it is crucial that the rights of indigenous peoples are realised when they migrate or are displaced from their lands:

  3. Along with Peace, Eritreans Need Repression to End

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    ROME, Aug 08 (IPS) - Laetitia Bader is a senior Africa researcher at Human Rights Watch"Military service was the only prospect on my horizon -- I didn't want that," a 20-year-old Eritrean who fled the country last year told me. "My dad had spent his whole life in military service."

  4. Beyond Boundaries - Cultural Literacy in Indiana & Rwanda

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, Aug 08 (IPS) - Vera Marinova is Associate Director of Indiana University's Global Living-Learning Community and director of Books & BeyondFor ten years now, in special partnership with the community of Musanze, Rwanda, Indiana University (IU) has created meaningful programs and connections across the country. It is an unlikely partnership, one that formed over 10 years ago with a university alum recognizing an opportunity for not only cultural literacy but friendship.

  5. The Legalization of Abortion in Argentina will Benefit Thousands of Women

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    BUENOS AIRES, Aug 08 (IPS) - The author of this oped, Nelly Minyersky, is a lawyer and family law specialist, writing for Amnesty InternationalWe are at an historic moment in Argentina, a turning point in the path of women's rights.

  6. Why the Flooding in Grenada is a Clear Reminder of its Vulnerability to Climate Change

    Wednesday, August 08, 2018

    ST GEORGE’S, Aug 08 (IPS) - Grenada is still tallying the damage after heavy rainfall last week resulted in "wide and extensive" flooding that once again highlights the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to climate change.

  7. Why We Need Decentralized Renewable Energy to Power the World

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 07 (IPS) - Eco Matser is Hivos global Climate Change / Energy and Development CoordinatorAs the energy sector is transforming, there is a growing consensus that sustainable energy is a catalyst for achieving most Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): it is crucial for better health, education, jobs, food production and conservation, as well as water use and quality.

  8. World Day for Indigenous Peoples

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    ROME, Aug 07 (IPS) - 370 million self-identified indigenous peoples are spread across the world, but continue to face discrimination and marginalization.

    Dispossessed of their lands, territories and ancestral resources, these people have increasingly been forced to give up their way of life, and have been pushed into unfamiliar worlds to survive.

  9. VIDEO: Climate Change Could Have Devastating Consequences for Saint Lucia

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 07 (IPS) - The Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia is home to more than 2,000 native species — of which nearly 200 species occur nowhere else in the world. Though less than 616 square kilometres in area, the island is exceptionally rich in animals and plants.

  10. How the Yanadi, an Oppressed Indigenous People in India, are Reclaiming Their Rights One Village At a Time

    Tuesday, August 07, 2018

    NELLORE DISTRICT, India, Aug 07 (IPS) - This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds initiated by IPS on the occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, on August 9.Under the blazing midday sun, a tractor moves slowly along a dirt trail in Macharawari Pallem, a village of the Yanadi indigenous people located some three hours from Chennai city in South India. Atop the tractor, women of the village – 36 in all – sit expectantly, ignoring the heat. Squeals of excitement fill the air as the tractor slowly halts near a stretch of rice fields.