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Let There Be Work: Italian Ministry of the Interior Announces Initiative on Employment of Refugees

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ROME, Jun 29 (IPS) - Thus far, 2016 has proved fatal for the thousands of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in a bid to find safety in Italy. Alarmingly, between January and March, a spiralling death toll was recorded among refugees and migrants attempting to reach Italy by boat from North Africa.

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.

The Case for Cash in Humanitarian Emergencies

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 28 (IPS) - Currently only six percent of humanitarian aid worldwide comes in the form of cash handouts, yet many aid organisations believe that cash transfers should be seen as the rule, not the exception.

Why I Started SMART ALEC - Lobbying for the Public Good

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PORTLAND, Oregon, Jun 28 (IPS) - For many years, as a reporter, including for IPS, I wrote about the dominance of a giant, corporate-funded lobbying organization called ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), on public policy in the U.S.

Civil Society Under Serious Attack

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - Despite their contribution to social justice, civil society organisations came under "serious attack" in 109 countries in 2015, according to a new report published by CIVICUS Monday.

Journalists Face Unprecedented Violence

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - There has never been a time more dangerous to be a journalist than today. On an average week, one journalist gets killed, according to UNESCO, and the pace of these attacks keeps increasing.

Will Brexit Have Political Ramifications at UN?

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - The much-ballyhooed British exit (Brexit) from the 28-member European Union (EU) is likely to have political ramifications at the United Nations – both in the short and the long term.

Disagreement Continues Over Global Drug Policy

Friday, June 24, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - A new report has found that global drug use largely remains the same, but perspectives on how to address the issue still vary drastically.

Ethiopia-Eritrea: The Cry of the Imburi

Friday, June 24, 2016

GENEVA, Jun 24 (IPS) - The 12 June 2016 exchange of artillery fire along the heavily militarized frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea could be just one of the periodic skirmishes between the two States. However, it could be the first signs of a flare up of violence. There have been calls from the United Nations and African Union officials for "restraint" but as yet no steps for real conflict resolution.

Political Crisis Looms in Nicaragua in Run-Up to Elections

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MANAGUA, Jun 23 (IPS) - The seventh consecutive nomination of Daniel Ortega as the governing party's candidate to the presidency in Nicaragua, and the withdrawal from the race of a large part of the opposition, alleging lack of guarantees for genuine elections, has brought about the country's worst political crisis since the end of the civil war in 1990.

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