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Decline Before Fall of Berlin Wall

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 29 (IPS) - As the world marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the famous Berlin Wall leading to the reunification of the country and the end of the cold war, a little noted event occurred nearly two decades before the fall that ushered in a trend having profound consequences for the future of Germany as well as for Europe:  German births declined below deaths.

St. Vincent's Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PASTURES, St. Vincent, Oct 29 (IPS) - Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She's seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions.

Bangladeshi ‘Char Dwellers’ in Search of Higher Ground

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

KURIGRAM, Bangladesh, Oct 29 (IPS) - Jahanara Begum, a 35-year-old housewife, is surrounded by thatched-roof homes, all of which are partially submerged by floodwater.

OPINION: Keeping All Girls in School is One Way to Curb Child Marriage in Tanzania

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Oct 29 (IPS) - "You cannot continue with your education. You have to get married because this man has already paid dowry for you," Matilda H's father told her. Matilda, from Tanzania, was 14 and had just passed her primary school exams and had been admitted to secondary school. She pleaded with her father to allow her to continue her education, but he refused.  

Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (IPS) - Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

Democracy is “Radical” in Northern Syria

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMUDA, Syria, Oct 28 (IPS) - There was never anything particularly remarkable about this northern town of 25,000. However, today it has become the lab for one the most pioneering political experiments ever conducted in the entire Middle East region.

Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY, Oct 28 (IPS) - On Oct. 14, Guatemala's Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled that charges would be brought against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q'eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco, and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.

The Invisible Reality of Spain’s Homeless

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MÁLAGA, Spain, Oct 28 (IPS) - "It's easy to end up on the street. It's not because you led a bad life; you lose your job and you can't afford to pay rent," says David Cerezo while he waits for lunch to be served by a humanitarian organisation in this city in southern Spain.

Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (IPS) - U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran's uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on.

OPINION: The West Prefers Military Order Against History

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (IPS) - More senseless bombing of Muslims, more defeats for the United States-West, more ISIS-type movements, more West-Islam polarisation. Any way out?

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