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Why we need to stand united against governments cracking down on dissent

Thursday, April 28, 2016

JOHANNESBURG, Apr 28 (IPS) - Last month, after receiving threats for opposing a hydroelectric project, Berta Caceres, a Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, was murdered. A former winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize for her opposition to one of Central America's biggest hydropower projects, Berta was shot dead in her own home.

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.

G-77 Should Adopt South-South Climate Change Program of Action: Ambassador Djoghlaf

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 26 (IPS) - The 134 members of the Group of 77 and China (G-77) made their mark on the Paris Climate Change Agreement and should now adopt a program of action to implement it, Ambassador Ahmed Djoghlaf told IPS in a recent interview.

Developing Countries Take Lead at Climate Change Agreement Signing

Friday, April 22, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - An unprecedented 175 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement here Friday, with 15 developing countries taking the lead by also ratifying the treaty.

Deep Discord at United Nations over Global Drug Policy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 20 (IPS) - International drug conventions ultimately aim to ensure the health and welfare of humankind, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said here Tuesday at the opening of a special three-day session on drugs known as UNGASS.

Opinion: The Empire’s New Clothes? Conjuring Growth from the TPP

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Apr 19 (IPS) - While the main US motivation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been to counter China's influence in the region, it has also been used to undermine the Doha ‘Development' Round of trade negotiations to better advance politically influential US corporate interests. Hence, it has become all the more necessary to legitimize the TPP in terms of its ostensible benefits. Touted as a ‘gold standard' 21st century trade deal, it is nonetheless necessary to ascertain what gains can really be expected and whether these exceed its costs.

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."

No Easy Outcomes in Brazil’s Political Crisis

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 19 (IPS) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff would appear to be, as she herself recently said, "a card out of the deck" of those in power, after the crushing defeat she suffered Sunday Apr. 17 in the lower house of Congress, which voted to impeach her. But Brazil's political crisis is so complex that the final outcome is not a given.

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.

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