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OPINION: A Plea for Banning Nuke Tests and Nuclear Weapons

Sunday, November 23, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 23 (IPS) - December 1938 was a decisive month in human history: In Germany, the scientists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered that when bombarded with neutrons, the atomic nucleus of uranium would split.

The Double Burden of Malnutrition

Sunday, November 23, 2014

ROME, Nov 23 (IPS) - Not only do 805 million people go to bed hungry every day, with one-third of global food production (1.3 billion tons each year) being wasted, there is another scenario that reflects the nutrition paradox even more starkly: two billion people are affected by micronutrients deficiencies while 500 million individuals suffer from obesity.

Azerbaijan's Rights Activists on the Brink

Friday, November 21, 2014

BAKU, Nov 21 (IPS) - When Azerbaijan served as chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, it scoffed at the spirit and purpose of the organisation and moved vigorously to squash all forms of free speech at home.

OPINION: From Shared Concern to Shared Action - Thoughts on the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons

Friday, November 21, 2014

TOKYO, Nov 21 (IPS) - As we approach the 70th anniversary next year of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there are growing calls to place the humanitarian consequences of their use at the heart of deliberations about nuclear weapons.

Refugees Between a Legal Rock and a Hard Place in Lebanon

Friday, November 21, 2014

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Will Myanmar’s ‘Triple Transition’ Help Eradicate Crushing Poverty?

Friday, November 21, 2014

YANGON, Nov 21 (IPS) - Myanmar is never out of the news for long. This has been the case since a popular uprising challenged military rule in 1988. For over two decades, the country was featured in mainstream media primarily as one unable to cope with its own internal contradictions, a nation crippled by violence.

Mexico’s Undead Rise Up

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (IPS) - "Alive they were taken, and alive we want them back!"

Inequality in Mexico Is All About Wages

Thursday, November 20, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Nov 20 (IPS) - Sandra G. works Monday through Saturday in a beauty salon on the south side of Mexico City, where she earns slightly more than the minimum wage, which in this country is just five dollars a day.

OPINION: Israel’s Arabs: Marginalised, Angry and Defiant

Thursday, November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (IPS) - The recent killing of an Arab youth by the police in the Israeli Arab village of Kufr Kanna, outside Nazareth, the ongoing bloody violence in Jerusalem, and the growing tensions between the Israeli security services and the Arab community in Israel could be a dangerous omen for Israeli domestic stability and for the region.

Pakistani Sikhs Back in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Religious Persecution

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 20 (IPS) - Balwan Singh, an 84-year-old shopkeeper living in Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is well past retirement age, but any illusions he may have had about living out his golden years in peace and security have long since been dashed.

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