News headlines in 2019

  1. Winning the ‘No Food Loss’ Battle: The Case of Japan

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    ARKANSAS, Nov 20 (IPS) - Veena S. Kulkarni, PhD is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology and Geography, Arkansas State University, USAHumankind since almost the time that there is recorded history has grappled with the question of ‘how many is too many?' The response is expectedly complex as it varies across time and space. The pace of population growth was slow till about approximately 250 years or so. It is only since the middle of the eighteenth century that there has been a palpable acceleration in population growth.

  2. Achieving the Possible: “Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East”

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    VIENNA, Nov 20 (IPS) - Tariq Rauf, former Head of Verification and Security Policy Coordination, Office reporting to the Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (2002-2011), was responsible for safeguards and security policy, the Director General's annual report on the Application of Safeguards in the Middle East and for the IAEA Forum on the Experience of NWFZs relevant for the Middle East. A historic conference on the Middle East opened at the United Nations in New York on 18th November and will continue until 22nd November. The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is presided over by Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan.

  3. As Donors Ramp up Polio Funding, Worries of Comeback Persist

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 20 (IPS) - Efforts to wipe polio off the face of the planet took a step forward this week, with a multibillion-dollar fundraiser in the Middle East helping eradication schemes tackle a virus that disproportionately kills and cripples children in poor countries.

  4. The 2019 Global Gender Summit

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    The 2019 Global Gender Summit will be held from 25-27 November 2019 in Kigali Rwanda.

  5. With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims?

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (IPS) - The 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) stands virtually paralyzed in the face of genocide charges against the government of Myanmar where over 730,000 to one million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2016 crackdown by Myanmar's military.

  6. End Rape—an Intolerable Cost to Society

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 19 (IPS) - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is Executive Director UN Women If I could have one wish granted, it might well be a total end to rape. That means a significant weapon of war gone from the arsenal of conflict, the absence of a daily risk assessment for girls and women in public and private spaces, the removal of a violent assertion of power, and a far-reaching shift for our societies.

  7. Liberation, Not Liberalization, Responsible for China’s Economic Miracle

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    BERLIN and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 (IPS) - Any balanced assessment of the so-called Chinese economic miracle will recognize that it was extremely successful, not only during the reform period from 1979, but also since Liberation in 1949 despite the setbacks of the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

  8. Seeing Through the Smog: Can New Delhi Find a Way to Limit Air Pollution?

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    NEW DELHI, Nov 19 (IPS) - Ankita Gupta, a housewife from south Delhi, is anxious about whether she should send her 4-year-old daughter to kindergarten. Outside visibility is poor as smog — a combination of emissions from factories, vehicle exhausts, coal plants and chemicals reacting with sunlight — has settled over the city, surpassing dangerous levels.

  9. Climate Change and Loss of Species: Our Greatest Challenges

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    ROME, Nov 19 (IPS) - Mottled and reddish, the Lake Oku puddle frog has made its tragic debut on the Red Lista rapidly expanding roll call of threatened species. It was once abundant in the Kilum-Ijim rainforest of Cameroon but has not been seen since 2010 and is now listed as critically endangered and possibly extinct.

  10. “Transformational Benefits” of Ending Outdoor Defecation

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 (IPS) - Ending the practice of defecating in the open, rather than in a toilet, will have “transformational benefits” for some of the world's most vulnerable people, says the UN's partner sanitation body, the WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council).