News headlines in November 2019

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019

    ROME, Nov 19 (IPS) - Farhana Haque Rahman is Senior Vice President of IPS Inter Press Service; a journalist and communications expert, she is a former senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.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.

  5. “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).

  6. Bringing Silicon Valley to Kathmandu Valley

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    KATHMANDU, Nov 18 (IPS) - For those who think that Nepal is too underdeveloped to make full use of artificial intelligence (AI), think again. That is exactly what they used to say about computers and mobile phones in the 1990s.

  7. The Ocean in Us: Ocean Action for Climate Ambition

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    NOUMEA, New Caledonia, Nov 18 (IPS) - In just under a month, countries around the world will gather for UNFCCC COP 25. The hashtag for this year's "Blue COP" is yet another reminder to us all that it is "Time For Action". We can no longer afford to wait as the effects of the climate crisis become ever more present. Vulnerable populations, whether from Small Island States, the rural heartland or the world's megacities, are becoming ever more vulnerable, and the wellbeing of people and planet continues to face its most existential threat.

  8. Africa is Better Placed Than Ever for Investment

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 18 (IPS) - The Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Agostinho do Rosario of Mozambique engaged in a discussion titled, Invest in Africa's Space: Conversation with African Heads of State, moderated by Dr. Victor Oladokun, African Development Bank Group Director of External Relations and Communications, at the Africa Investment Forum, Johannesburg, 11 November 2019.

  9. Net Food Importer Turkey Grapples with Challenges of Food Self-sufficiency

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    VIENNA, Nov 18 (IPS) - Despite latest research showing Turkey lagging in overall food sustainability, progress in sustainable agriculture appears to be a bright spot in the country's troubled agriculture industry.

  10. ICC Gives Greenlight for Probe into Violent Crimes Against Rohingya

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 15 (IPS) - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.