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Missing Students Case Also Highlights Racism in Mexico

Thursday, January 29, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Jan 29 (IPS) - The mother tongue of Celso García, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, García, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage.

Kurdish Civil Society Against Use of Arms to Gain Autonomy

Thursday, January 29, 2015

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 29 (IPS) - A rupture inside the movement for the creation of an independent state of Kurdistan has given new impetus to the voices of those condemning the use of weapons as the way to autonomy.

Conflict-Related Displacement: A Huge Development Challenge for India

Thursday, January 29, 2015

KOKRAJHAR, India, Jan 29 (IPS) - The tarpaulin sheet, when stretched and tied to bamboo poles, is about the length and breadth of a large SUV. Yet, about 25 women and children have been sleeping beneath these makeshift shelters at several relief camps across Kokrajhar, a district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

OPINION: Brazil Can Help Steer SDGs Towards Ambitious Targets

Thursday, January 29, 2015

BRASILIA, Jan 29 (IPS) - With the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expiring at the end of this year to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which will set priorities for the next fifteen years, 2015 will be a crucial year for the future of global development.

Teenage Girls in Argentina – Invisible Victims of Femicide

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 28 (IPS) - The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighbouring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide.

OPINION: Russia's Friendship University, Educating the Developing World for 55 Years

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

NEW YORK, Jan 28 (IPS) - People's Friendship University of Russia (PFUR), which celebrates its 55th anniversary on Feb. 5, is known worldwide as a major academic and research centre. During the last five decades, PFUR has educated 80,000 students from 145 countries.

Antiguan Shanty Dwellers Ask if Poverty Will Be the Death of Them

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

GREEN BAY, Antigua, Jan 28 (IPS) - It was early on a Saturday morning and there was no sign of life in the community. The shacks erected on both sides of the old, narrow road that winds through the area are all surrounded by zinc sheets which rise so high, it's impossible to see what lies on the other side.

Marginalised Groups Struggle to Access Healthcare in Conflict-Torn East Ukraine

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

KIEV, Jan 28 (IPS) - With international organisations warning that East Ukraine is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as its health system collapses, marginalised groups are among those facing the greatest struggle to access even basic health care in the war-torn region.

When Ignorance Is Deadly: Pacific Women Dying From Lack of Breast Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SYDNEY, Jan 28 (IPS) - Women now face a better chance of surviving breast cancer in the Solomon Islands, a developing island state in the southwest Pacific Ocean, following the recent acquisition of the country's first mammogram machine.

U.S. Ally Yemen in Danger of Splitting into Two - Again

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 28 (IPS) - When North and South Yemen merged into a single country under the banner Yemen Arab Republic back in May 1990, a British newspaper remarked with a tinge of sarcasm: "Two poor countries have now become one poor country."

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