News headlines in July 2019

  1. The Road to Zero Hunger

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 (IPS) - Over 820 million people across the globe are currently undernourished, according to a new report released here.

  2. Growing African Agriculture One Byte at a Time

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 17 (IPS) - Ella Mazani is a mobile phone farmer.

    "My mobile phone is part of my farming. It supports my farming and my family's welfare through the services I get via the phone," the smallholder maize farmer from Shurugwi in central Zimbabwe quips. 

  3. US Defunds UNFPA for Third Consecutive Year-- on Misconceived Assumptions

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 17 (IPS) - The Trump administration, in its continued hostility towards the United Nations-- and as part of its policy aimed at undermining multilateral institutions and international commitments-- has withheld its annual contributions to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) – for the third consecutive year.

  4. Want to Inspire More People to Act on Climate Change? Broaden the Framing

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    ILLINOIS, United States, Jul 16 (IPS) - "It has never happened before," is a sentence that is becoming excessively common in the news  due to a changing climate where new extremes are becoming normal.

  5. How Governments Still Allow Violence Against Children

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    NEW YORK, Jul 16 (IPS) - Tamara Tutnjevic Gorman is Policy Manager - Ending Violence against Children, World VisionDespite what you might have heard, things are getting better, every year. We are making amazing progress on fighting diseases, reducing the preventable deaths of children, and investing huge amounts to advance medicine and knowledge and to create better living conditions.

  6. Crime Against Humanity and Individual Guilt

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jul 16 (IPS) - Wars, conflict – it´s all business. One murder makes a villain; millions, a hero. Numbers sanctify, my good fellow!                                 Charles Chaplin Monsieur VerdouxOn 8 July, Bosco Ntaganda was by the International Criminal Court (ICC) found guilty of crimes against humanity. The 41-year-old rebel leader, nicknamed The Terminatorhad ordered his fighters to "target and kill civilians", kidnap children to be brought up as soldiers and girls to become sex slaves, while personally partaking in the crimes. The Court had gathered evidence from 2,000 survivors from the rampage that Ntaganda and his army ran through the north-eastern Congolese region of Ituri, where beginning in 1999, 60,000 people have been murdered by warring rebel armies. Eighty witnesses testified directly during the court proceedings, thirteen were "experts" and the rest victims.

  7. U.N.’s Islamic State Probe Unit Kicks into Gear

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 16 (IPS) - A United Nations-backed probe into atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq has frequently been criticised for making slow progress during its first two years of operations. Lately, that could be changing.

  8. Facebook and Friends Threaten to Libralize the World

    Tuesday, July 16, 2019

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jul 16 (IPS) - On 17 June, a Facebook white paper proposed a new global digital currency it plans to launch in the first half of 2020. The Libra will be managed by a ‘not for profit' Swiss-based Facebook-led consortium of ‘for profit corporations', with Uber, eBay, Lyft, Mastercard and PayPal among its founding members.

  9. Pompeo’s New "Human Rights" Commission Is Up To No Good

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    NEW YORK, Jul 15 (IPS) - Jamil Dakwar is director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Human Rights Program and adjunct lecturer at John Jay College at the City University of New York (CUNY). Sonia Gill is senior legislative counsel with the ACLU.The Trump administration appears to be trying to find moral footing for the president's discriminatory policies. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo formally announced the creation of a "Commission on Unalienable Rights."

  10. Rwanda Prepares the Foundations for Climate-Resilient Cities

    Monday, July 15, 2019

    KIGALI, Jul 15 (IPS) - How do you plan a resilient city? A city that can withstand climate change impacts, and the natural disasters that it produces at increased frequencies. And how do you protect the city, its individuals and communities, its business and institutions from either the increased flooding or prolonged droughts that result? It's a complex question with an even more complex solution, but one that the central African nation of Rwanda is looking to answer.