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Japan Seeks Foreign Workers, Uneasily

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOKYO, Apr 23 (IPS) - Desperate for more workers to support a construction boom, Japan has proposed to expand its controversial foreign trainee programme to permit more unskilled labour from Asia to work in Japanese companies for five years from the current three years.

Bringing the Bridges Home

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

BERLIN, Apr 23 (IPS) - As foreign forces withdraw slowly from Afghanistan, they leave behind a vulnerable band of people who were their ears and guides on the ground. These people who served as interpreters, face a life of threats and uncertainties. Many have been killed.

Nigeria - From Sticks and Machetes to Rocket-propelled Grenades

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

LAGOS, Nigeria, Apr 22 (IPS) - Nigerians are beginning to adjust to the sad reality that they live in a country where suicide bombers and terrorists could be lurking around the next corner thanks to a ready supply of advanced weapons smuggled through the country's porous borders. 

Cuba’s Burgeoning Private Sector Hungry for Flora and Fauna

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 22 (IPS) - The lack of markets to supply raw materials for Cuba's new private sector, along with the poverty in isolated rural communities, is fuelling the poaching of endangered species of flora and fauna.

The Global Trading System Aims to Improve Children’s Lives

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 22 (IPS) - Although some people don't see the connection, the global trading system is aimed at creating some of the essential conditions needed to improve children's lives and their prospects in the future.

Imprisoning Themselves to Stay Safe

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

TUZ KHORMATO, Iraq, Apr 22 (IPS) - "I don't dare tell you who the murderers are but their target is just us, Turkmens," says Ahmed Abdulla Muhtaroglu, sitting by the portrait of his brother killed last year.

India’s Women Lose the Election

Monday, April 21, 2014

NEW DELHI, Apr 21 (IPS) - "Men just do not want to give up their seats, it's as simple as that," says 67-year-old candidate in the Indian election Subhhasini Ali, voicing a gloomy view across women's groups in India.

Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WARSAW, Apr 20 (IPS) - A European ‘energy union' plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil fuels.

In U.S., Black Preschool Students “Punished More Severely”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 19 (IPS) - In the United States, African American children continue to face more barriers to success than any other race, new research suggests.

Ostracised and Isolated: Muslim Prisoners in the U.S.

Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW YORK, Apr 18 (IPS) - Such stigma now surrounds the word ‘terrorist' that most recoil from it, or anyone associated with it, as though from a thing contagious; as though, by simple association, one could land in that black hole where civil liberties are suspended in the name of national security.

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