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  1. Q&A: 'There's a Lot More Climate Finance Available than People Think'

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Jan 11 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Yazeed Kamaldien speaks to DR. FRANK RIJSBERMAN, director-general of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) about accessing finance for climate mitigation.While growth in the green economy looks promising, government regulation and a business-as-usual approach are among the hurdles inhibiting cleaner energy production.

  2. Blue Economy Can be a Lifeline for Africa

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 (IPS) - By efficient management, the sustainable exploitation of resources in oceans, seas, lakes and rivers—also known as the blue economy—could contribute up to $1.5 trillion to the global economy, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental organization comprising of 36 countries.

  3. We Are All DukDukDiya: Humming Bird with One Drop of Water at a Time

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 11 (IPS) - Jamison Ervin is Manager, UNDP's Global Programme on Nature for DevelopmentThere is a Quechan fable about a hummingbird named Dukdukdiya. During a fierce forest fire, while all other animals stood in stunned fear, Dukdukdiya alone took action by repeatedly carrying a single drop of water in her beak to the flames. When asked why she bothered with such paltry efforts, she replied that she was simply doing everything in her power to stop the fire.

  4. A Closer Look at the World Bank’s Sizable China Portfolio

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

  5. Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 10 (IPS) - "We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state," said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government's proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

  6. Preventing a New Euro-Missile Race

    Wednesday, January 09, 2019

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 09 (IPS) - Daryl G. Kimball is Executive Director, Arms Control AssociationNext month, it is very likely the Trump administration will take the next step toward fulfilling the president's threat to "terminate" one of the most far-reaching and most successful nuclear arms reduction agreements: the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which led to the verifiable elimination of 2,692 Soviet and U.S. missiles based in Europe.

  7. The Rohingya – The Forgotten Genocide of Our Time

    Wednesday, January 09, 2019

    AMSTERDAM/ROME, Jan 09 (IPS) - The Rohingya are a minority community living in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The Muslim Rohingya are considered intruders into Buddhist Myanmar - illegal immigrants from bordering Bangladesh. They have been always discriminated against, looked down upon, ostracized, and denied any civil and judicial rights.

  8. One Hundred Years of Solitude: Memories and Genocide

    Wednesday, January 09, 2019

    STOCKHOLM/ROME, Jan 09 (IPS) - Denis Villeneuve´s film Blade Runner 2049 depicts a future where "bioengineered replicants" are used as slaves and killed if they misbehave. Replicants are manufactured and individualized as if they were real humans. They are even implanted with artificial memories, a measure intended to make them more "mental stable", able to cope with their wretch existence as slave labourers. Dr. Ana Stelline, a character in the movie, explains how she manufactures memories:

  9. Rethinking Free Trade Agreements in Uncertain Times

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jan 08 (IPS) - After US President Donald Trump withdrew from Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), involving twelve countries on the Pacific rim, on his first day in office, Japan, Australia and their closest allies proposed and promoted the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to draw the US back into the region to counter China's fast-growing power and influence.

  10. 40 Years Since the Khmer Rouge Regime Came to an End in Cambodia

    Tuesday, January 08, 2019

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Jan 08 (IPS) - Forty years ago, on the 7th of January 1979, the Vietnamese army overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime. Between April 1975 and January 1979 about 1,5 to 2 million Cambodians died, a quarter of the population. The anniversary is not actually celebrated. After all these years, talking about the Khmer Rouge is still controversial. This is partly because the genocide came ‘from within'. Almost every family has a feud that goes back to this dark history in the seventies.

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