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Opinion: Manipulate and Mislead – How GMOs are Infiltrating Africa

Sunday, March 01, 2015

JOHANNESBURG, Mar 01 (IPS) - The most persistent myth about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is that they are necessary to feed a growing global population.

Bamboo – An Answer to Deforestation or Not in Africa?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

HARARE, Feb 28 (IPS) - Deforestation is haunting the African continent as industrial growth paves over public commons and puts more hectares into private hands.

Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SAN JUAN Y MARTÍNEZ, Cuba, Feb 28 (IPS) - "We have to wait and see," "There isn't a lot of talk about it," are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars.

June Election Offers Asia-Pacific a Chance for Greater Influence in ICC

Saturday, February 28, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 28 (IPS) - The health-related resignation of an International Criminal Court (ICC) judge has paved the way for Asia-Pacific governments to improve their legal representation in the international legal system, said the ICC coalition on Thursday.

Opinion: Goals for Gender Equality Are Not a ‘Wish List’ – They Are a ‘To Do List’

Friday, February 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 (IPS) - This weekend, at the invitation of President Michelle Bachelet and myself, women leaders from across the world are meeting in Santiago de Chile. We will applaud their achievements. We will remind ourselves of their contributions. And we will chart a way forward to correct the historical record. History has not been fair to women – but then, women usually didn't write it.

Reporting on Violence in Mexico Brings Its Own Perils

Friday, February 27, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 27 (IPS) - Organised criminals in Mexico are forcing the media to stop reporting on crime, by turning their violence against journalists.

Rousseff’s Brazil - No Country for the Landless

Friday, February 27, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 27 (IPS) - In Brazil, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land ownership in the world, some 200,000 peasant farmers still have no plot of their own to farm – a problem that the first administration of President Dilma Rousseff did little to resolve.

From the Police Station Back to the Hellhole: System Failing India’s Domestic Violence Survivors

Friday, February 27, 2015

MUMBAI, Feb 27 (IPS) - "One time my husband started slapping me hard on the face because I had not cooked the rice to his satisfaction," Suruchi* told IPS. "He hit me so hard that my infant daughter fell from my arms to the ground."

Opinion: The Middle East and Perpetual War

Friday, February 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 27 (IPS) - There is a currently popular idea in Washington, D.C. that the United States ought to be doing more to quash the recently born Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), because if we don't, they will send terrorists to plague our lives.

OPINION: Europe Under Merkel’s (Informal) Leadership

Friday, February 27, 2015

ROME, Feb 27 (IPS) - When I am asked whether Europe is still a relevant "protagonist" in the modern world, I always answer that there is no doubt about it. For a long time now the continent has been shaken by financial crises, internal security strategy crises – including wars – and instability within its borders, which definitely make it a protagonist in world affairs. 

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