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U.N. Remains Divided Over Domestic and State Terrorism

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 01 (IPS) - When nine African-American worshippers were gunned down by a white supremacist inside a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina last month, there was a sharp division of opinion in the United States whether that murderous act of killing innocent civilians constituted a "hate crime" or an "act of terrorism."

Black Women in the Americas Launch Decade of Struggle

Monday, June 29, 2015

MANAGUA, Jun 29 (IPS) - They say they are tired of waiting for justice after centuries of neglect and contempt due to the color of their skin. Black women leaders from 22 countries of the Americas have decided to create a political platform that set a 10-year target for empowering women of African descent and overcoming discrimination.

Rome March Celebrate Pope’s Call for Urgent Climate Action

Sunday, June 28, 2015

ROME, Jun 28 (IPS) - People of faith, civil society groups, and communities affected by climate change marched together in Rome Sunday Jun. 28 to express gratitude to Pope Francis for the release of his Laudato Si encyclical on the environment, and call for bolder climate action by world leaders.

Women’s Groups Say Gender Equality is a Must for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - On the eve of negotiations on the political declaration for the United Nations Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Women's Major Group (WMG) calls on governments to define a transformative agenda to ensure just, sustainable and rights-based development.

Costa Rican Women Try to Pull Legal Therapeutic Abortion Out of Limbo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SAN JOSE, Jun 24 (IPS) - The lack of clear regulations and guidelines on therapeutic abortion in Costa Rica means women depend on the interpretation of doctors with regard to the circumstances under which the procedure can be legally practiced.

Smart Phones New Tool to Capture Human Rights Violations

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 23 (IPS) - The widespread use of digital technology – including satellite imagery, body cameras and smart phones – is fast becoming a new tool in monitoring and capturing human rights violations worldwide.

Opinion: Pope Francis’ Timely Call to Action on Climate Change

Monday, June 22, 2015

BOSTON, Jun 22 (IPS) - Pope Francis just issued Laudato Si, the first ever encyclical about ecology, which promises to be a highly influential document for years to come. The encyclical, which is the most authoritative teaching document a Pope can issue, delivered a strong message addressing the moral dimension of the severe ecological crisis we have caused with our "throwaway culture" and general disregard for our common home, the Earth.

Opinion: Ethical Challenges to Advertising

Saturday, June 20, 2015

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Jun 20 (IPS) - Challenges to advertisers and marketers arose in the past century. Critics deplored the role of cigarette marketers who exploited the aspirations of women by associating smoking with liberation. 

Farmers Find their Voice Through Radio in the Badlands of India

Friday, June 19, 2015

TIKAMGARH, India, Jun 19 (IPS) - Eighty-year-old Chenabai Kushwaha sits on a charpoy under a neem tree in the village of Chitawar, located in the Tikamgarh district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, staring intently at a dictaphone.

Pope Could Upstage World Leaders at U.N. Summit in September

Thursday, June 18, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 18 (IPS) - Judging by his recent public pronouncements - including on reproductive health, biodiversity, the creation of a Palestinian state, the political legitimacy of Cuba and now climate change – Pope Francis may upstage more than 150 world leaders when he addresses the United Nations, come September.

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