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Women and Girls Imperative to Science & Technology Agenda

Monday, February 08, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 08 (IPS) - Can you imagine an entire day without access to your mobile phone, laptop, or even to the internet? In our rapidly changing world, could you function without having technology at your fingertips?

Extremism threatens press freedom

Friday, February 05, 2016

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb 05 (IPS) - Pakistan continues to remain one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, where frequent attempts to restrict press freedom are commonplace and challenges to expanding media diversity and access to information abound.

“A Fair Day’s Wage for a Fair Day’s Work?”

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Rome, Feb 04 (IPS) - "During the first months in Italy, I always prayed for rain. I spent hours checking the weather forecast" said Roni, a 26 year old graduate from a middle-income family in Bangladesh. His father, a public servant and his mother a home maker, Roni had to sell umbrellas on the streets of Rome for more than a year before finding a summer job by the sea at a coffee shop, popularly known as a ‘bar' in Italy.

Cameron at large: Want Not to Become a Terrorist? Speak Fluent English!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Cairo, Feb 04 (IPS) - "Do you speak English fluently? No? Then you risk to become a terrorist!." IPS posed this dilemma to some young Muslim women living in Cairo, while explaining that this appears to be UK prime minister David Cameron's formula to judge the level of Muslim women's risk to fall, passively, into the horrific trap of extremism.

Turkey descends into civil war as conflict in southeast escalates

Thursday, February 04, 2016

TURKEY, Feb 04 (IPS) - The latest footage to come out of Sur, the historical district in Diyarbakir that has been under total lock down by Turkish armed forces for the past sixty days, shows a level of devastation one would sooner expect in Syria. In more ways than one – empty streets lined with debris, bombed-out buildings, tanks and soldiers shooting at invisible assailants – the situation in Turkey's predominantly Kurdish southeastern regions resembles a war zone.

UN Hails Myanmar’s Historic New Parliament

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 02 (IPS) - When U.Thant of Burma (now Myanmar) was elected UN Secretary-General back in November 1962, he was the first Asian to hold that post after Trygve Lie of Norway and Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden.

UN Fighting Losing Battle Over Global Humanitarian Crises

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 27 (IPS) - As the global refugee crises continues to worsen by the hour, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quick to point out that when he took office in January 2007, the international appeal for funds for humanitarian emergencies was only about 4.0 billion dollars annually.

ICFP 2016 begins in Bali amidst unmet needs of many

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BALI, Indonesia, Jan 27 (IPS) - Porter Ngengh Tike is in her late thirties, but looks well over 50. For 8 hours every day, she carries around a large bamboo basket on her head, delivering supplies to local traders in the biggest traditional market of Bali – Pasar Badung. At the end of the week, she earns about 18 dollars - a sum that Tike uses for food, household expenses and her 10- year old son's education. So, when it comes to seeing a doctor, there is no money, says Tike who suffers from genital infections.

Activists Accuse India of Violating UN Convention on Child Rights

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NEW DELHI, Jan 26 (IPS) - Civil rights groups and child welfare activists have strongly protested against the enactment of a new Juvenile Justice Act by the Indian parliament, lowering the age of a legally defined juvenile for trial from 18 to 16- years old in heinous crimes cases.

Mexico Creates First and Second-class Migrants

Monday, January 25, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Jan 25 (IPS) - The Mexican government's decision to grant humanitarian visas to Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica contrasts sharply with the poor treatment received by the tens of thousands of Central American migrants who face myriad risks as they make their way through this country on their long journey to the United States, social organisations and activists complain.

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