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Is Newly-Renovated U.N. Readying For Balkanisation of World?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - When world political leaders arrive next week for the annual ritual of addressing the United Nations, they will be speaking inside a newly renovated General Assembly hall - part of a hefty 2.1-billion-dollar, seven-year refurbishing project - with an extended seating capacity for 204 member states, 11 more than the current 193.

Can ‘Womenomics’ Stem the Feminisation of Poverty in Japan?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

TOKYO, Sep 18 (IPS) - Fifty-four-year-old Marlyn Maeda, an unmarried freelance writer living in Tokyo who never held a permanent job, is now watching her dream of aging independently go up in smoke.

Promoting Human Rights Through Global Citizenship Education

Thursday, September 18, 2014

GENEVA, Sep 18 (IPS) - Amid escalating conflicts and rampant violations of human rights all over the world, spreading "human rights education" is not an easy task. But a non-governmental organisation from Japan is beginning to make an impact through its "global citizenship education" approach.

Honduran Mothers and Grandmothers Search Far and Wide for Missing Migrants

Thursday, September 18, 2014

EL PROGRESO, Honduras, Sep 18 (IPS) - United by grief and anxiety, the grandmothers, mothers and other relatives of people who disappeared on the migration route to the United States formed a committee in this city in northern Honduras to search for their missing loved ones.

OPINION: Fighting ISIS and the Morning After

Thursday, September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 18 (IPS) - As the wobbly anti-ISIS coalition is being formed with American prodding, the Obama administration should take a strategic look at the future of the Arab world beyond the threat posed by the self-declared Islamic State. Otherwise, the United States would be unprepared to deal with the unintended chaos.

OPINION: Sleepwalking Towards Nuclear War

Thursday, September 18, 2014

OSLO, Sep 18 (IPS) - New military measures to deter what NATO perceives to be a direct threat from Russia were adopted at the alliance's Heads of State meeting in Wales (Sep. 4-5). A few days earlier, President Barack Obama made promises in Estonia that the three tiny Baltic NATO member states would "never stand alone". 

UN Launches Ambitious Humanitarian Plan for Gaza

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Sep 17 (IPS) - The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has launched an ambitious recovery plan for Gaza following the 50-day devastating war between Hamas and Israel which has left the coastal territory decimated.

Against All the Odds: Maternity and Mortality in Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KABUL, Sep 16 (IPS) - Nasrin Mohamadi, a mother of four, has promised herself never to set foot in an Afghan public hospital again. After her first experience in a maternity ward, she has lost all faith in the state's healthcare system.

Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PANAMA CITY, Sep 16 (IPS) - Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops.

For These Asylum Seekers, the Journey Ends Where it Began

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ZARANJ, Afghanistan, Sep 16 (IPS) - "Of course I'm scared, but what else can I possibly do?" asks Ahmed, a middle-aged man seated on the carpeted floor of a hotel located on the southern edge of Afghanistan. He is bound for Iran, but he still has no idea when or how he'll cross the border.

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