News headlines in May 2019

  1. Pakistani and Afghan Refugees Seek Safe Haven in Sri Lanka

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 31 (IPS) - Caroline Gluck is Senior Regional Public Information Officer, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand

    Thirteen-year-old Bariea, a Pakistani asylum seeker in Sri Lanka, is taking shelter at a mosque in the city of Negombo, where an uneasy mix of high anxiety and extreme boredom hover over the room.

  2. We Can’t Halt Extinctions Unless We Protect Water

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 31 (IPS) - Claudia Sadoff is Director General, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

    Global biodiversity loss has reached critical levels. One million species of plants and animals are now estimated to be at risk of extinction. The window for action is closing, and the world needs to urgently take note.

  3. Lost in Globalisation

    Friday, May 31, 2019

    MADRID, May 31 (IPS) - Do not panic! This is not about telling you how bank accounts and pension funds have been used to finance the production of nuclear bombs (they call it ‘investment').

  4. The New Face of Activism: Youth

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (IPS) - Rather than waiting for adults to act, more young girls and boys are standing up and speaking out on the world's pressing issues.

  5. Water Research & Education Needs to Flow Towards Developing World

    Thursday, May 30, 2019

    HAMILTON, Canada, May 30 (IPS) - Colin Mayfield, is Senior Advisor, Water Education and Knowledge Management at United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), and Hamid Mehmood is a Senior Researcher*.

    Post-secondary education relevant to the global water crisis is concentrated in wealthy countries rather than the poorer, developing places where it is needed most.

  6. A Call for Concrete Changes to Achieve a More Gender Equal World

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    AMMAN, May 29 (IPS) - Princess Sarah Zeid is a member of UNHCR's Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection, a Special Advisor to the World Food Programme on Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, and Chair of the Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings Initiative.

    On the eve of the Women Deliver conference in Vancouver June 3-6, Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan interviewed Dr. Olfat Mahmoud, a Palestinian refugee and women's rights advocate.

  7. These Aliens Are Here to Stay (And They Are Dangerous)

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    MADRID, May 29 (IPS) - No, no, no. Nothing to do with what US and Europe's far-right fanatics now use to vociferate, saying once and again that "migrants come here to destroy our democracy, our civilisation, and our life-style".

  8. US “Emergency” Arms Sales to Mideast Nations Under Fire

    Wednesday, May 29, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, May 29 (IPS) - When the UN Security Council met last week to discuss the deaths and devastation caused to civilians in ongoing military conflicts and civil wars, the killings in Yemen and the air attacks on hospitals, schools, mosques, and market places—whether deliberate or otherwise-- were singled out as the worst ever.

  9. Asia-Pacific Region Viewed as Engine of the World Economy

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, May 28 (IPS) - Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana * is UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

    Since this Commission first met in 1947, our countries have travelled a long journey. Our economies are expected to become larger than the rest of the world combined, measured by purchasing power parity. It is often said the Asia-Pacific region is the engine of the world economy.

  10. Finance’s New Avatar

    Tuesday, May 28, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR and PENANG, May 28 (IPS) - Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon.

    Financialization refers to a process that has not only transformed finance itself, but also, the real economy and society. The transformation goes beyond the quantitative to involve qualitative change as finance becomes dominant, instead of serving the needs of the real economy.