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OPINION: Al Baghdadi and the Doctrine Behind the Name

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OXFORD, Oct 21 (IPS) - When Ibrahim al-Badri al-Samarrai adopted the name of Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Quraishi and revealed himself to the world as the Amir al-Mu'minin (the Commander of the Faithful) Caliph Ibrahim of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, the whole world had to sit up and take notice of him. 

Ethiopia Moves in Right Direction with Climate Change Response But Challenges Remain

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 21 (IPS) - Ethiopia is widely regarded as an African success story when it comes to economic growth. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country's economy is growing by seven percent annually. But there are concerns that climate change could jeopardise this growth.

Pacific Islanders Take on Australian Coal

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (IPS) - The recent blockade of ships entering the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, has brought much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns. But it will take more than a single action to bring the change required to prevent catastrophic levels of climate change.

U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington's efforts to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica’s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific

Monday, October 20, 2014

SAN JOSE, Oct 20 (IPS) - The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet's most biodiversity-rich marine areas.

Pakistan's Ahmadis Faced with Death or Exile

Monday, October 20, 2014

BOSTON, Oct 20 (IPS) - Two years ago, gunmen shot dead Farooq Kahloun's newly married son Saad Farooq, 26, in an attack that severely injured Kahloun, his younger son Ummad, and Saad's father-in-law, Choudhry Nusrat.

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

Monday, October 20, 2014

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities.

Warmer Days a Catastrophe in the Making for Kenya’s Pastoralists

Monday, October 20, 2014

NAIROBI, Oct 20 (IPS) - Seif Hassan is a pastoralist from Garissa, Northern Kenya, some 380 kilometres outside of the capital, Nairobi. He sells his animals at the Garissa livestock market where, during a good season, pastoralists can sell up to 5,000 animals per week and "it is a cash-making business." 

OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ROME, Oct 19 (IPS) - Family farms have been contributing to food security and nutrition for centuries, if not millennia. But with changing demand for food as well as increasingly scarce natural resources and growing demographic pressures, family farms will need to innovate rapidly to thrive.

Pacific Climate Change Warriors Block World’s Largest Coal Port

Saturday, October 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) - Climate Change Warriors from 12 Pacific Island nations paddled canoes into the world's largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, Friday to bring attention to their grave fears about the consequences of climate change on their home countries.

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