News headlines for “Middle East”, page 6

  1. The Worsening Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (IPS) - The cruel conflict in Syria continues to tear families apart, inflicts brutal suffering on the innocent, and leaves them pleading for protection and justice. I readily acknowledge that there have been reports of a significant drop in violence in some areas of the country, but such steps forward continue to be counter-weighted by the reality of a conflict that continues to devastate the civilian population.

  2. The ‘Water-Employment-Migration’ Explosive Nexus

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    ROME, May 30 (IPS) - Water--everybody talks about it, warns against its growing scarcity, excessive waste, the impact of climate change, the frequent severe droughts and so on. Now, a global action network with over 3,000 partner organisations in 183 countries comes to unveil the dangerous nexus between water, employment and migration, in particular in the Mediterranean region.

  3. Valuing Water Beyond the Money

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    JOHANNESBURG, May 29 (IPS) - Amid the worst drought in a century, South Africans are kick-starting a global consultative process to agree on the values of water in a bid to ensure more equitable use of the finite resource.

  4. Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    ROME, May 24 (IPS) - Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase.

  5. Agony of Mother Earth (II) World’s Forests Depleted for Fuel

    Friday, May 19, 2017

    ROME, May 19 (IPS) - Humankind is the biggest ever predator of natural resources. Just take the case of forests, the real lungs of Mother Earth, and learn that every 60 seconds humans cut down 15 hectares of trees primarily for food or energy production. And that as much as 45,000 hectares of rainforest are cleared for every million kilos of beef exported from South America.

  6. An Untold Economic Success Story in Syria

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    AMMAN, Jordan, May 18 (IPS) - Hidden almost literally under the rubble of the civil war in Syria is an economic success story that is rarely told. Hanan Odah is a thirty-year-old Palestine refugee living in Jaramana refugee camp in Damascus. She supports her multiply displaced family of three from a thriving micro-enterprise venture. Her husband was killed in the conflict, but she refused to submit to despair and dependency on her parents.

  7. Agony of Mother Earth (I) The Unstoppable Destruction of Forests

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    ROME, May 18 (IPS) - The world's forests are being degraded and lost at a staggering rate of 3.3 million hectares per year. While their steady destruction in many Asian countries continues apace, deforestation of the world's largest tropical forest - the Amazon - increased 29 per cent from last year's numbers. And some of the most precious ecosystems in Africa are threatened by oil, gas and mineral exploration and exploitation.

  8. Refugee Journalists, the Challenge of Reporting from Exile

    Thursday, May 04, 2017

    May 04 (IPS) - Abdulwahab Tahhan is a journalist and a refugee. From his exile in London, he documents the war that is devastating his homeland of Syriamonitoring airstrikes and assessing civilian casualties for the non-profit Airwars.

  9. Climate-Smart Agriculture – From Tanzania to Vietnam

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - As part of efforts to move towards "climate-smart" agriculture, several countries have shared In a meeting in Rome new experiences on how to produce food in ways that help farmers cope with the impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture.

  10. 20 Million People Could ‘Starve to Death’ in Next Six Months

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    ROME, Apr 28 (IPS) - Urgent action is needed to save the lives of people facing famine in North Eastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN leading food and agriculture agency's chief on April 28 warned. "If nothing is done, some 20 million people could starve to death in the next six months."

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