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  1. Against All Odds, Indigenous Villages Generate Their Own Energy in Guatemala

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    USPANTÁN, Guatemala, Apr 23 (IPS) - In the stifling heat, Diego Matom takes the bread trays out of the oven and carefully places them on wooden shelves, happy that his business has prospered since his village in northwest Guatemala began to generate its own electricity.

  2. Bleak Outlook for Press Freedom in West Africa

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    LONDON, Apr 23 (IPS) - When former footballer George Weah became president of Liberia in 2018, media practitioners felt they had in him a democrat who would champion media freedoms. "But we were mistaken," journalist Henry Costa told IPS.

  3. Lost in the Cyberworld? The Enigmatic Mr Assange

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Apr 23 (IPS) - Trump´s electoral success was preceded by a rise of chauvinistic politics in most of Europe, paired with electoral triumphs of far-right candidates in several other countries. A development accompanied by revelations of corrupt leaders laundering and transferring illegally obtained money, aided by financial institutions finding the means to do so. The world seems to move away from a rule-based order to a state of affairs dominated by might and wealth. World leaders´ private business dealings thrive within a global environment where laws intended to protect human rights are becoming increasingly ineffective. Foreign policies appear to be adapted to private gains and personal vendettas. Global financial systems seem to be crafted to facilitate kleptocracy and money laundering, while repression and violence smite whistle-blowers and daring journalists. Endeavours supported by propaganda and smear campaigns orchestrated by political/financial consultants and private investigation firms. All this is made possible through complicated schemes using the internet.

  4. Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Carnage: Quo Vadis?

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 22 (IPS) - Dr. Purnaka L. ("PL") de Silva is Director, Institute for Strategic Studies and Democracy (ISSD) Malta

    "If we believe in absurdities we shall commit atrocities" - Voltaire

    I returned from attending a three-hour Easter Sunday mass at the Fordham University Church around midnight New York time on May 20, 2019, when my phone rang and a colleague asked me what's going on in Sri Lanka? I said what is going on?

  5. Economic Empowerment of Women Good for All

    Monday, April 22, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 22 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor is a writer at Africa Renewal,* published by the United Nations

    Government staffer Souhayata Haidara enjoys talking about her life in a patriarchal society. Her career is a triumph of patience and perseverance, she tells Africa Renewal with a smile and a wink.

  6. Media Landscape Marked by “Climate of Fear”

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 (IPS) - Journalists around the world are increasingly seeing threats of violence, detention, and even death simply for doing their job, a new press index found.

  7. Activists Spotlight Education for Development and Rights

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    BELGRADE, Apr 19 (IPS) - This article is part of a series on the current state of civil society organisations (CSOs), which was the focus of International Civil Society Week (ICSW), sponsored by CIVICUS, and which took place in Belgrade, April 8-12.

    Bridge 47, a Finland-based organisation created "to bring people together to share and learn from each other", put global citizenship education (GCED) centre-stage at a recent annual meeting of civil society.

  8. Women in Ethiopia Still Struggle Despite Leadership in Government

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    ADDIS ABABA, Apr 19 (IPS) - Bethlehem Mengistu is WaterAid Country Director in Ethiopia

    Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country's government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors.

  9. UN’s Empty Promises to World’s Indigenous Peoples

    Friday, April 19, 2019

    Apr 19 (IPS) - Tupac Enrique Acosta is a member of the Nahuatl Nation and serves as firekeeper for the Nahuacalli, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) will take place 22 April 3 May 2019. The theme of the session will be: "Traditional knowledge: Generation, Transmission and Protection"The United Nations, as in so many other areas, gives lip service in support of Indigenous issues while lacking the political will and enforcement power over individual member states to comply with the protection of fundamental human rights for the Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the world.

  10. 'You Cannot Muzzle the Media': Nigerian Journalists on Press Freedom under Buhari

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    NEW YORK, Apr 17 (IPS) - Jonathan Rozen is Africa Research Associate at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

    When Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption. Billboards in the capital, Abuja, bore the smiling faces of the president--who first led Nigeria as military ruler from 1983-1985--and his vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and called for voters to let them "continue" their work and take the country to the "Next Level."

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