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  1. “Banging on the Door” - Women Fight for a Voice and Space in Civil Society

    Saturday, December 09, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 09 (IPS) - The space for civil society organizations is shrinking around the world, with particular impacts on women activists and human rights defenders who face additional barriers due to their gender or sexual orientation.

  2. Debate on Glyphosate Use Comes to a Head in Argentina

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Dec 08 (IPS) - In and around the city of Rosario, where most of Argentina's soybean processing plants are concentrated, a local law banned the use of glyphosate, the most widely-used herbicide in Argentina. But two weeks later, producers managed to exert enough pressure to obtain a promise that the ban would be overturned.

  3. Are Rising Seas, Coastal Erosion & Powerful Storms a Wave of the Future for Small Island Nations?

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - The 44-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) represents some of the world's most vulnerable island nations fighting a virtually losing battle against rising sea levels triggered by global warming and climate change.

  4. No One Country Can Do It Alone — Towards a Migration Compact

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 08 (IPS) - International commitment and cooperation is critical to reap the benefits and overcome the challenges of migration, stressed a leading official at the conclusion of a UN meeting.

  5. Should Foxes Rule the Chicken Coop? Reflections on Security Council Reform

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    NEW YORK, Dec 08 (IPS) - Since the end of the Cold War, the UN Security Council has dramatically increased its activity and authority. Though the Council has exercised unprecedented global power, it has remained a very insular, secretive and undemocratic body, dominated by its five Permanent Members, armed with their notorious vetoes and benefiting from perpetuity in office.

  6. Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women (Part Two)

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 08 (IPS) - Under pouring rain, hundreds of young and expectant mothers stand in line. With her bare feet and the bottom of her dress covered in mud, Rashida is one of them, clutching her emaciated infant. She lost her husband on the treacherous trek from Myanmar to Bangladesh, and with nowhere to go and her resources exhausted, rain-drenched and standing in this long, muddy line for food and medicine for her child is her only hope.

  7. Food Sovereignty as a Pillar of Self-Determination

    Friday, December 08, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 08 (IPS) - A recent meeting in Rome between our Pacific leaders and UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) highlighted the urgency of food security in our region given the reality of climate change affecting our agriculture and aquaculture.

  8. Despite Progress, Gay & Abortion Rights Face Threats in Latin America

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    SUVA, Fiji, Dec 07 (IPS) - Cancun, Mexico, of white sand beaches and spring break-style nightlife, was, this past June, the unusual backdrop for a regional gathering on human rights and democracy.

  9. Trump-Mideast: Much More than a ‘Kiss of Death’ to Palestinians

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    ROME, Dec 07 (IPS) - US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital does not represent only a ‘kiss of death' to the two-State solution, but also a strong blow in the face of 57 Muslim countries, let alone igniting fire in this easily inflammable region, providing more false arguments to criminal terrorist groups to escalate their brutal attacks, in addition to taking a step further in Washington's new conflict with Iran and the ‘restructuring' of the Middle East.

  10. Rohingya Refugees: The Woes of Women - Part One

    Thursday, December 07, 2017

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 07 (IPS) - Afia* lines up her bucket every morning in the refugee camp for water delivery from humanitarian relief workers. On one particularly sweltering day, she kept four water pitchers in a row with gaps between them, hoping to insert another empty container in the space when the water arrived.

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