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  1. Our Forests Provide the World With Oxygen But we Need More Climate Change Finance - HFLD Countries

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019

    PARAMARIBO, Feb 13 (IPS) - Suriname, the most forested country in the world, is this week hosting a major international conference on climate financing for High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) countries.

  2. Q&A: A Cuban Film About Family in the “Global South” Premieres in Berlin

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    BERLIN/PARIS, Feb 12 (IPS) - A documentary about a Cuban family facing an uncertain future has its world premiere Feb. 12 at the Berlin International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious cinema events. "La Arrancada" (On the starting line) is a debut feature by Brazilian director Aldemar Matias, focusing on a young athlete who is having doubts about her role in national sports in the Caribbean country. The narrative follows her as she considers her future, which may well lie abroad, she reluctantly realises.

  3. Economic Crisis Can Trigger World War

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR and BERLIN, Feb 12 (IPS) - Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict.

  4. Are Sustainable Development Goals Reaching Indigenous Peoples?

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    ORLANDO, Florida, Feb 12 (IPS) - Peter J. Jacques is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, USA.

    Life and death for whole communities hang in the balance of achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include eliminating poverty, conserving forests, and addressing climate change in a resolution adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 2015.

  5. Solar Energy Provides Hope for Poor Neighbourhoods in Buenos Aires

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12 (IPS) - Solar panels shine on the rooftop terraces of 10 neat buildings with perfectly straight lines and of uniform height, an image of modernity that contrasts with the precariously-built dwellings with unplastered concrete block walls just a few metres away, with rooms added in a disorderly manner, surrounded by a tangle of electric cables.

  6. 12 Years Behind a Stove—A Undocumented Immigrant in New York City

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019

    NEW YORK, Feb 12 (IPS) - One chilly afternoon in November 2005, Hilarino came by Pedro's house in Oaxaca, Mexico, driving a shiny red car.

    "Pedro!" he shouted, "We are leaving in March. There is a route North to the U.S. that passes along the sea."

  7. Billions of Swedish Krona Supported the Struggle against Apartheid

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    STOCKHOLM, Feb 11 (IPS) - "Why didn't they stop us? Probably they were not aware of the scope of the operation. The money was transferred through so many different channels. We were clever, " Birgitta Karlström Dorph says. Between 1982 and 1988 she was on a secret mission in South Africa.

  8. Ghana Won't Have Press Freedom Without Accountability

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    NEW YORK, Feb 11 (IPS) - Jonathan Rozen is Africa Research Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    Three bullets, fired at close range by two assassins on a black and blue Boxer motorbike on January 16, 2019, killed investigative journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divelaaccording to Sammy Darko, a lawyer working on Divela's case.

  9. Farmers Secure Land and Food Thanks to ‘Eyes in the Sky’

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Feb 11 (IPS) - Six years ago while wondering how best to use her engineering skills, Tanzanian ICT entrepreneur Rose Funja decided to enter an innovation competition. Years later she has turned a digital idea into a viable business that helps smallholder farmers across the East African nation access credit.   

  10. Seas of Death and Hope

    Monday, February 11, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Feb 11 (IPS) - The Mediterranean Sea is currently a sea of death. On the 20th of June every year, i.e. The World Refugee Dayan organization called UNITED for Intercultural Action publishes a "List of Deaths", summarising information on where, when and under which circumstances a named individual has died due to the "fatal policies of fortress Europa". The data are collected through information received from 550 network organisations in 48 countries and from local experts, journalists and researchers in the field of migration. The list issued in 2018 accounted for 27 000 deaths by drowning since 1993, often hundreds at a time when large embarkations capsize. These deaths account for 80 per cent of all the entries,1 there are probably thousands more dead, corpses that were never found and/or not accounted for.

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