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Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sweden Among New Members of UN Security Council

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 (IPS) - Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden were elected on Tuesday to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members, while Italy and Netherlands have split the remaining contested seat.

Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

Saturday, June 25, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way.

Xenophobic Rhetoric, Now Socially and Politically ‘Acceptable’ ?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ROME, Jun 23 (IPS) - "Xenophobic and racist rhetoric seems not only to be on the rise, but also to be becoming more socially and politically acceptable."

The warning has been heralded by the authoritative voice of Mogens Lykketoft, current president of the United Nations General Assembly, who on World Refugee Day on June 20, reacted to the just announced new record number of people displaced from their homes due to conflict and persecution.

Fearing Violence, LGBT Refugees Rarely Seek Help

Thursday, June 23, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - Despite their extreme vulnerability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees often do not seek the assistance they need, since revealing their sexual or gender identities can put them in grave danger.

Xenophobia: ‘Hate Is Mainstreamed, Walls Are Back, Suspicion Kills’

Monday, June 20, 2016

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - "Hate is becoming mainstreamed. Walls – which tormented previous generations, and have never yielded any sustainable solution to any problem – are returning. Barriers of suspicion are rising, snaking through and between our societies – and they are killers…"

What If Turkey Drops Its “Human Bomb” on Europe?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

ROME, Jun 19 (IPS) - Will the rapid--though silent escalation of political tensions between the European Union and Turkey, which has been taking a dangerous turn over the last few weeks, push Ankara to drop a "human bomb" on Europe by opening its borders for refugees to enter Greece and other EU countries?

Majority of Vulnerable Refugees Will Not Be Resettled in 2017

Friday, June 17, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 17 (IPS) - Only a small percentage of the world's most vulnerable refugees will be resettled in 2017, according to new figures released by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) this week.

Thousands of Child Refugees Stranded Alone in Greece

Thursday, June 09, 2016

ATHENS, Jun 09 (IPS) - Closure of the Western Balkans route has trapped tens of thousands of refugees heading to Central and Northern Europe in Greece, including many unaccompanied minors who either escaped from war zones after having lost their relatives, or were sent ahead in hopes of helping their families follow afterwards.

Humanitarian Aid – Business As Unusual?

Thursday, June 09, 2016

ROME, Jun 09 (IPS) - Big business is most often seen by human rights defenders and civil society organisations as "bad news," as those huge heartless, soulless corporations whose exclusive goal is to make the biggest profits possible. Too often and in too many cases this is a proven fact.

Islamophobia: Why Are So Many People So Frightened?

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Daylesford, Australia, Jun 01 (IPS) - Islamophobia has become a significant factor driving politics in many Western countries.

Islamophobia – fear of Muslims – is now highly visible among European populations concerned about terrorist responses from Islamic groups claiming Jihadi links.

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