News headlines in August 2019

  1. Ugandan Students Turn Waste to Wealth

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    Aug 30 (IPS) - Namugongo is a lush, forested community in central Uganda where tall trees are home to colourful birds and noisy monkeys.

    The community has a tragic place in history: on 3 June 1886, 22 Ugandan Christian converts were publicly executed, on the orders of King Mwanga II of the Buganda Kingdom, in an attempt to ward off the influence of colonial powers with whom the Christians were associated.

  2. Reimagining ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ as Social Commentary on Inequalities in Asia-Pacific

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 30 (IPS) - It's 1962, and in a modest Hong Kong neighborhood, a poetic love story unfolds. Filmed almost twenty years ago, Wong Kar-wai's seminal movie In the Mood for Love captured the world's imagination about lifestyle in the region.

  3. The Arctic: Earth´s Last Frontier

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Aug 29 (IPS) - The last frontier for utilizing and maybe even exhausting Earth´s natural resources is opening up in the Arctic and some of the world´s wealthiest nations are trying to secure their piece of the cake. Some act openly, others are more secretive – recently one of the competitors entered the game in a remarkably unwieldy manner.

  4. Festival Pays Tribute to Singer, Civil-Rights Icon Nina Simone

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    LONDON, Aug 29 (IPS) - It must be a daunting prospect to sing songs made famous by the incomparable Nina Simone, but performers Ledisi and Lisa Fischer brought their individual style to a BBC Proms concert in London, honouring Simone and gaining admiration for their own talent.

  5. Triumph of the Right is Changing the World Order

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    SAO PAULO, Brazil, Aug 29 (IPS) - The crisis of regional and multilateral institutions goes hand in hand with the international rise of right-wing populism. In the US, the UK, Russia, Italy, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, the Philippines and Brazil, we are experiencing the rise of right-wing populist politicians who throw headline-grabbing barbs at global compromises and the negotiating processes of supranational institutions such as the UN.

  6. UNICEF’s Goodwill Envoy a Messenger of ill-Will, Complain Critics

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - When two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, refused to make a commitment not to play in South Africa, a country blacklisted for its apartheid policies, the UN children's agency stripped him of the prestigious title, back in October 1987.

  7. Our Food Systems Need Transformation

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    ROME, Aug 28 (IPS) - The right to food is a universal human right. Yet, over 820 million people are going hungry, according the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019). In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and poor health" 1.

  8. Let’s Walk the Talk to Defeat Climate Change – African Leaders Told

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Aug 28 (IPS) - African leaders have been asked to walk the talk, and lead from the front, in order to build resilience and adaptation to the adverse impacts of climate change on the continent.

  9. Let the World’s Future Not Turn into Ashes

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    MANILA, Aug 28 (IPS) - With the record rate blaze in the Amazon that struck Indigenous communities, the world is confronted by a humanitarian crisis in the midst of an ever-worsening political-economic condition.

  10. Disaster Risk Resilience: Key to Protecting Vulnerable Communities

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 28 (IPS) - The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our region, cascading into slow onset disasters such as drought.

    Yet heat is only part of the picture. Tropical cyclones have struck new, unprepared parts of our region and devastatingly frequent floods have ensued. In Iran, these affected 10 million people this year and displaced 500,000 of which half were children. Bangladesh is experiencing its fourth wave of flooding in 2019. Last year, the state of Kerala in India faced the worst floods in a century.