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  1. 2017 Was a Year of Record-Breaking Climate Events

    Saturday, January 06, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jan 06 (IPS) - Parts of the United States are experiencing blizzard and record low temperatures, with sharks freezing in the Atlantic and cold-snapped iguanas falling from trees in Florida.

  2. Landlocked, a Railway Remains Idle in Brazil

    Saturday, January 06, 2018

    ANÁPOLIS, Brazil, Jan 06 (IPS) - The rails have been laid - thousands of km of rails deteriorating due to lack of use, to the despair of those who believe that a country as vast as Brazil can only be developed by means of trains.

  3. ‘Red Alert’ 2018 – Global Unity, Media & Humanitarian Action

    Friday, January 05, 2018

    NEW YORK, Jan 05 (IPS) - "Unity is the path. Our future depends on it," said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as he issued an unequivocal global ‘Red Alert' in his New Year message on December 31, 2017.

  4. Disasters Bring Upheaval to Sri Lanka’s Rural Economy

    Friday, January 05, 2018

    PERIYAKULAM/ADIGAMA, Jan 05 (IPS) - Last year was an annus horribilis for 52-year-old Newton Gunathileka. A paddy smallholder from Sri Lanka's northwestern Puttalam District, 2017 saw Gunathileka abandon his two acres of paddy for the first time in over three and half decades, leaving his family almost destitute.

  5. Argentine Soldiers Who Died in the Malvinas/Falkland Islands Rest in Peace

    Thursday, January 04, 2018

  6. In the Wake of the Millennium Migration

    Thursday, January 04, 2018

    SEATTLE, Jan 04 (IPS) - A century ago, Italian immigrants told a joke: "Before I came to America, I thought the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I learned three things: one, the streets were not paved with gold; two, the streets were not paved at all; and three, they expected me to pave them."

  7. Marooned in Bangladesh, Rohingya Face Uncertain Future

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Jan 03 (IPS) - Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugee women from Myanmar are currently living in the cramped camps along Bangladesh Myanmar border. Victims of sexual and physical violence in the Rakhine state, women have been disproportionately affected by this crisis and these women's perils are far from over in the host country as they continue to face multifaceted challenges.

  8. Uncertainty Surrounds Renegotiation of NAFTA and Its Consequences for Mexico

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    MEXICO CITY, Jan 03 (IPS) - The first few months of 2018 will be key to defining the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), whose renegotiation due to the insistence of U.S. President Donald Trump has Mexico on edge because of the potential economic and social consequences.

  9. Religion: Between ‘Power’ and ‘Force’

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 03 (IPS) - In 1994, Dr. David R. Hawkins wrote a book positing the difference between power and force (Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior - the latest revised version came out in 2014).

  10. Trade Multilateralism Set Back yet Again

    Wednesday, January 03, 2018

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 03 (IPS) - As feared, the Eleventh Ministerial Conference (MC11) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 10-13 December 2017, ended in failure. It failed to even produce the customary ministerial declaration reiterating the centrality of the global trading system and the importance of trade as a driver of development.

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