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Gated Communities on the Water Aggravate Flooding in Argentina

Monday, November 24, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 24 (IPS) - The construction of gated communities on wetlands and floodplains in Greater Buenos Aires has modified fragile ecosystems and water cycles and has aggravated flooding, especially in poor surrounding neighourhoods.

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

Monday, November 24, 2014

DENVER, Colorado, Nov 24 (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

Lessons from Jamaica's Billion-Dollar Drought

Monday, November 24, 2014

MORANT BAY, Jamaica, Nov 24 (IPS) - As Jamaica struggles under the burden of an ongoing drought, experts say ensuring food security for the most vulnerable groups in society is becoming one of the leading challenges posed by climate change.

Pakistan’s Paraplegics Learning to Stand on their Own Feet

Monday, November 24, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 24 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

OPINION: A Plea for Banning Nuke Tests and Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - December 1938 was a decisive month in human history: In Germany, the scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered that when bombarded with neutrons, the atomic nucleus of uranium would split.

The Double Burden of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Down With Sustainable Development! Long Live Convivial Degrowth!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

BUDAPEST/BARCELONA, Nov 22 (IPS) - For anyone who recently attended the Fourth International Conference on Degrowth in Leipzig, Germany, listening in on conference talk, surrounded by the ecologically savvy, one quickly noticed that no one was singing the praises of sustainable development.

Azerbaijan's Rights Activists on the Brink

Friday, November 21, 2014

BAKU, Nov 21 (IPS) - When Azerbaijan served as chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, it scoffed at the spirit and purpose of the organisation and moved vigorously to squash all forms of free speech at home.

OPINION: From Shared Concern to Shared Action - Thoughts on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Friday, November 21, 2014

TOKYO, Nov 21 (IPS) - As we approach the 70th anniversary next year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are growing calls to place the humanitarian consequences of their use at the heart of deliberations about nuclear weapons.

Refugees Between a Legal Rock and a Hard Place in Lebanon

Friday, November 21, 2014

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

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