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Mideast: 1 in 3 Bribe to Access Basic Public Services

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

ROME, May 03 (IPS) - Just an ordinary citizen living in a Middle East and North of Africa country and requring a birth certificate for your new-born daughter? No problem—just take something with you, either some cash, a pack of cigarettes or just buy a glass of tea with milk and a lot of sugar.

Playing Ping Pong with Disability

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 (IPS) - Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability.

Choose Humanity: Make the Impossible Choice Possible!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

UN, New York, Apr 27 (IPS) - We have arrived at the point of no return. At this very moment the world is witnessing the highest level of humanitarian needs since World War Two. We are experiencing a human catastrophe on a titanic scale: 125 million in dire need of assistance, over 60 million people forcibly displaced, and 218 million people affected by disasters each year for the past two decades.

Any Ways to Combat Extremism?

Monday, April 25, 2016

ROME, Apr 25 (IPS) - "The objective of extremists is for us to turn on each other our unity is the ultimate rebuke for that bankrupt strategy."

Forced Closure of Bedouin Settlements

Friday, April 22, 2016

UMM AL-HERAN, Southern Israel, Apr 22 (IPS) - Despite ostensibly freezing the Prawer Plan -- a proposed bill to 'regulate Bedouin settlement in the Negev'-- in 2013, Israel continues to push for forced closure of unrecognised Bedouin villages in this southern region. The village of Umm al-Heran, near the Bedouin township of Hura, is amongst those slated for demolition.

Climate: Africa’s Human Existence Is at Severe Risk

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CAIRO, Apr 21 (IPS) - "Africa's human existence and development is under threat from the adverse impacts of climate change – its population, ecosystems and unique biodiversity will all be the major victims of global climate change."

Critics Become Terrorists in Erdoğan's Turkey

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

ANKARA, Turkey, Apr 19 (IPS) - Speaking to a group of lawyers in Ankara on April 5, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the controversial suggestion that Turkey should consider stripping citizenship of what he termed "supporters of terrorism". In his speech, broadcast live on television, the Turkish President stated that: "We need to be decisive to take all the necessary measures including stripping of citizenship for terror organisation supporters."

Climate Change and the Middle East (II)<br> No Water in the Kingdom of the Two Seas—Nor Elsewhere

Monday, April 18, 2016

CAIRO, Apr 18 (IPS) - There is an oil producing country situated in the Gulf region, made of a cluster of islands. It is small, surface and population wise. But it holds the dubious privilege of ranking top of the list of 14 out of the 33 countries most likely to be water-stressed in the year 2040.

A World Drowning in Oil

Monday, April 18, 2016

DOHA, Qatar, Apr 18 (IPS) - Thanks to tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran, major oil producers couldn't come to an agreement in Doha to freeze their output to January levels to raise oil prices. The current low oil prices have a lot to do with the grim outlook for global economic growth while supply is growing. China, the second largest economy in the world, is slowing down. Not surprisingly, global oil demand is much lower at 94.8 million barrels a day vis-à-vis supply of 96.3 million barrels a day in the first quarter of 2016 according to the International Energy Agency.

Climate Change (I)<br>Will the Middle East Become ‘Uninhabitable’?

Monday, April 18, 2016

CAIRO, Apr 18 (IPS) - This is not about any alarming header—it is the dramatic conclusion of several scientific studies about the on-going climate change impact on the Middle East region, particularly in the Gulf area. The examples are stark.

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