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Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover.

Living on a Ballpoint Pen in Kabul

Friday, September 26, 2014

KABUL, Sep 26 (IPS) - Seventy-year-old Mohamad Arif still earns a living in the streets of Kabul. He prepares all kind of documents for those who cannot read or write – in other words, the majority of people in this country of 30.5 million people.

OPINION: How Obama Should Counter ISIS

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - President Obama's speech at the United Nations on Sep. 23 offered a rhetorically eloquent roadmap on how to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - Once again, Washington claims Bolivia has not met its obligations under international narcotics agreements. For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. president has notified Congress that the Andean country "failed demonstrably" in its counter-narcotics efforts over the last 12 months. Blacklisting Bolivia means the withholding of U.S. aid from one of South America's poorest countries.

Côte d’Ivoire Chokes on its Plastic Shopping Bags

Friday, September 26, 2014

ABDIJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Sep 26 (IPS) - In the middle of downtown Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, the aisles of a thriving supermarket are full of customers. But as they line up to pay for their items, there is one line to a cashier's till that remains empty. It's the "green cash register", where the cashier does not provide plastic bags as this supermarket tries to implement a green policy. 

Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to stop it, according to world leaders and global health experts.

Conflict Keeps Mothers From Healthcare Services

Friday, September 26, 2014

, Sep 26 (IPS) - Twenty-five-year-old Khemwanti Pradhan is a ‘Mitanin' – a trained and accredited community health worker – based in the Nagarbeda village of the Bastar region in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, but Not by Israel

Friday, September 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday, he was outspoken in his criticism of Russia for bullying Ukraine, Syria for its brutality towards its own people, and terrorists of all political stripes for the death and destruction plaguing Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Somalia.

Comprehensive Sex Education: A Pending Task in Latin America

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BUENOS AIRES, Sep 25 (IPS) - In most Latin American countries schools now provide sex education, but with a focus that is generally restricted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases – an approach that has not brought about significant modifications in the behaviour of adolescents, especially among the poor.

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