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Criminalisation of Homelessness in U.S. Criticised by United Nations

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 02 (IPS) - A United Nations panel reviewing the U.S. record on racial discrimination has expressed unusually pointed concern over a new pattern of laws it warns is criminalising homelessness.

Afghan “Torn” Women Get Another Chance

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

KABUL, Sep 02 (IPS) - "The smell of faeces and urine isolates them completely. Their husbands abandon them and they become stigmatised forever" – Dr Pashtoon Kohistani barely needs two lines to sum up the drama of those women affected by obstetric fistula.

OPINION: Civil Society Calls For Impartial Inquiry on Air Crash and Catastrophe in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

NEW YORK, Sep 02 (IPS) - It is ironic that at this moment in history when so many people and nations around the world are acknowledging the 100th anniversary of our planet's hapless stumble into World War I, great powers and their allies are once again provoking new dangers where governments appear to be sleepwalking towards a restoration of old Cold War battles.

Why Principle Matters at UN Human Rights Council

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Sep 02 (IPS) - The killings of hundreds of civilians, including scores of children, in Gaza – whose only fault was to have been born on the wrong side of the wall – was a major point of contention at the United Nations Human Rights Council at the end of July.

Arab Region Has World’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic

Monday, September 01, 2014

BEIRUT, Sep 01 (IPS) - At a time when HIV rates have stabilised or declined elsewhere, the epidemic is still advancing in the Arab world, exacerbated by factors such as political unrest, conflict, poverty and lack of awareness due to social taboos.

Jordan’s LGBT Community Fears Greater Intolerance

Sunday, August 31, 2014

AMMAN, Aug 31 (IPS) - As the region is rocked by violence against a backdrop of the rise of radical groups, Jordan's lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community fears that new instability in the Hashemite kingdom could lead to increased intolerance towards the community. 

Growing Calls for Reforms of El Salvador’s Privatised Pension System

Friday, August 29, 2014

SAN SALVADOR, Aug 29 (IPS) - Two of the promises made 16 years ago when El Salvador's pension system was privatised have failed to materialise: There was no expansion of social security coverage and no improvement in pensions. Now pressure is growing for a reform of the system.

SDGs Make Room for Education for Global Citizenship

Friday, August 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Civil society leaders and U.N. development experts gathered on Wednesday to discuss the role of education for global citizenship in the post-2015 development agenda.

The Age of Survival Migration

Friday, August 29, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Aug 29 (IPS) - "Survival migration" is not a reality show, but an accurate description of human mobility fuelled by desperation and fear. How despairing are these migrant contingents? Look at the figures of Central American children travelling alone, which are growing.

OPINION: Why Kazakhstan Dismantled its Nuclear Arsenal

Friday, August 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Today is the fifth observance of the International Day against Nuclear Tests.

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