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In Pakistan, Militants Wear Aid Workers’ Clothing

Friday, August 01, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 01 (IPS) - Muhammad Tufail, a 22-year-old resident of Mardan, one of 26 districts that comprise Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, has recently become a volunteer aid worker.

How Farming is Making Côte d’Ivoire’s Prisoners ‘Feel Like Being Human Again’

Friday, August 01, 2014

SALIAKRO/ABDIJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, Aug 01 (IPS) - François Kouamé, prisoner Number 67, proudly shows off a sow and her four piglets. Dressed in his rubber boots, he passes by two new tractors as he happily makes his way to a field where pretty soon cassava and corn plants will start growing. "Look at those sprouts. It is a lot of work!"

Politics Complicates Education in Lebanon’s Refugee Camps

Friday, August 01, 2014

BEIRUT, Aug 01 (IPS) - The Shatila Palestinian camp has no library, nor does adjacent Sabra or Ain El-Hilweh in the south. And, after recent statements by Lebanon's foreign minister, some fear that the thousands of Syrian refugee children within them will soon have even slimmer chances of learning to read and write.

Time Running Out for Refugees Seeking Asylum in Italy

Friday, August 01, 2014

LUCCA, Italy, Aug 01 (IPS) - His journey started four years ago in Conakry, Guinea. Now that Mamoudou* has finally reached Italy, he hopes this will be his final stop.

Laws that Kill Protesters in Mexico

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SAN BERNARDINO CHALCHIHUAPAN, Mexico, Jul 31 (IPS) - People in this town in the central Mexican state of Puebla found out the hard way that protesting can be deadly.

Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa's most pressing human rights violations.

Cash Transfers Drive Human Development in Brazil

Thursday, July 31, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 31 (IPS) - Every day, Celina Maria de Souza rises before dawn, and after taking four of her children to the nearby school she climbs down the 180 steps that separate her home on a steep hill from the flat part of this Brazilian city, to go to her job as a domestic. In the evening she makes the long trek back up.

Cameroon’s Muslim Clerics Turn to Education to Shun Boko Haram

Thursday, July 31, 2014

YAOUNDE, Jul 31 (IPS) - Motari Hamissou used to get along well with his pupils at the government primary school in Sabga, an area in Bamenda, the capital of Cameroon's North West Region.

In the past, Hamissou also lived in peace with his neighbours. No one was bothered by his long, thick beard or the veil his wife, Aisha Hamissou, wore, or the religion they followed.

World Bank Board Declines to Revise Controversial Draft Policies

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 31 (IPS) - A key committee of the World Bank's governing board Wednesday spurned appeals to revise a  draft policy statement that, according to nearly 100 civil-society groups, risks rolling back several decades of reforms designed to protect indigenous populations, the poor and sensitive ecosystems.

Land Grabbing – A New Political Strategy for Arab Countries

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 30 (IPS) - Food price rises as far back as 2008 are believed to be the partial culprits behind the instability plaguing Arab countries and they have become increasingly aware of the importance of securing food needs through an international strategy of land grabs which are often detrimental to local populations.

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