News headlines in January 2019

  1. Acts of Terror Will Not Undermine Our Resolve

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.On 15 January 2019, terror struck Nairobi's 14 Riverside Drive.

    Kenya is in mourning following a senseless act on innocent and defenseless civilians by individuals preoccupied with contemptible and misplaced ideology; who hope to intimidate others through violent acts of terror. Like in their other past attempts, they have failed, and Kenya remains unbowed.

  2. Why We Should Care about Vulnerable Coastal Communities

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Nigel Brett is Director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world's coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing extreme weather incidents on coastlines.

  3. Honduran Crisis Produces New Caravan

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    OSLO, Norway, Jan 16 (IPS) - Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), visited Honduras in December 2018.A new caravan heading towards Mexico and the United States was reportedly set to leave San Pedro Sula in Honduras on 15 January. The large number of people expected to leave Central America is a true testimony to the desperate situation for children, women and men in this poor and violence affected region.

  4. Bridging the Infrastructure Financing Gap in the Asia Pacific Region

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 15 (IPS) - Tientip Subhanij is Chief, Financing for Development, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAP & Daniel W. Lin is Consultant, Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, ESCAPInfrastructure development is undoubtedly critical for a country's long-term economic growth and competitiveness as it impacts economic activities by increasing productivity, facilitating trade, and promoting innovation.

  5. Building Mongolia’s Green Future

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 (IPS) - A country that has contributed least to global climate change now has to cope with and adapt to the very real effects they are faced with.The landlocked country of Mongolia sparks certain images in the mind—rolling hills with horses against a picturesque backdrop.

    However, the East Asian country is facing a threat that will change its landscape: climate change.

  6. Journalism in Nicaragua Under Siege

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    MANAGUA, Jan 15 (IPS) - Eight months of social and political crisis in Nicaragua have hit the exercise of independent journalism in the country, with 712 cases of violations of the free exercise of journalism, one murdered reporter, two in prison and dozens fleeing into exile, in addition to several media outlets assaulted by the security forces.

  7. Gloom Ahead of World Economic Storm

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 (IPS) - In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year high of 2.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.5 per cent in 2019, while China's expansion has already slowed in recent years, albeit from much higher levels.

  8. Is Love an Embarrassment?

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 14 (IPS) - I am no more. Once I was. Away on yearning flames, I flew. The delicate ash spun through the air and sank – bright and slow to your feet. Do not tread too hard ‒ my heart is still alive.I do not understand a word of Persian and cannot determine whether these lines, taken from a German translation, are a correct interpretation of Muhammad Hāfez-e-Shīrāzī´s original poem. Nevertheless, Hāfez, who lived 1315-1390 CE, was apparently one of those great writers able to provide bemused couples with points of reference after being struck by the tumultuous sensation of passionate love.

  9. With All Things Equal Would the Ruling Party have Won the Elections in Bangladesh ?

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    DHAKA, Jan 14 (IPS) - It was the first time in the history of parliamentary elections in Bangladesh that a party won with such a huge margin. But according to local analysts familiar with Bangladesh's political climate, the victory by the ruling Awami League (AL) led coalition—which won over 96 percents of seats in parliament in the country's 11th national elections on Dec. 30—was expected in the face of the country's unprecedented development. 

  10. UN Lambasted on High-Level Appointments

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 (IPS) - The world's developing countries, comprising over two-thirds of the 193 UN member states, are complaining they are not being adequately represented in the higher echelons of the world body –- despite competent candidates with strong professional and academic qualifications vying for these jobs.