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Italian Politics: The End of a Cycle?

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

ROME, Dec 06 (IPS) - Is the demise of Renzi really a local affair? There is no doubt that a referendum on a constitutional change can be a matter of confidence in him, having personalized the issue to a point that it became basically a vote on the young Prime Minister. But if you look at the sociology of the vote, you find that the No vote was again coming from the poorest parts of Italy. A case study is Milan. Voters living in the centre voted Yes, and those in the periphery voted No. Is this not similar to what has happened in Brexit and in the US elections? And Renzi fell into the same trap like Cameron, calling for a referendum on a very complex issue and putting at stake his own credibility and prestige, to be swept away by an unexpected tide of resentment. Lamented Renzi: "I had no idea I was so hated".

Climate-Resistant Beans Could Save Millions

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

CALI, Colombia, Dec 06 (IPS) - A global food watchdog works around the clock to preserve crop biodiversity, with a seed bank deep in the Colombian countryside holding the largest collection of beans and cassava in the world and storing crops that could avert devastating problems.

Nicaraguan Women Push for Access to Land, Not Just on Paper

Monday, December 05, 2016

MANAGUA, Dec 05 (IPS) - A group of women farmers who organised to fight a centuries-old monopoly over land ownership by men are seeking plots of land to farm in order to contribute to the food security of their families and of the population at large.

Leave No One Behind: The Right to Development

Monday, December 05, 2016

ROME, Dec 05 (IPS) - As Human Rights Day approaches Dec. 10, it offers a moment to pause and look back at the roots of the global development process as a platform for stepping forward. On this day 30 years ago, the international community made a commitment to eliminate all obstacles to equality and inclusivity.

Rethinking trade policy and protectionism in the Trump era

Monday, December 05, 2016

PENANG, Dec 05 (IPS) - What kind of trade policy will the United States have under President Donald Trump? This is a hot issue, as Trump has made unorthodox pronouncements on trade issues during and after the election campaign. If he acts on even some of the positions he took, it will create a sea change in trade policy in the US and possibly the world.

Trump Needs Lessons in Geopolitics : Musharraf

Monday, December 05, 2016

LONDON, Dec 05 (IPS) - US President-elect Donald Trump has shown he has much to learn about South Asia, Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview with IPS. But he counted on Trump having an open mind.

The United Nations Volunteer: From Global To Local

Monday, December 05, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 05 (IPS) - Today 05 December is International Volunteer Day, and every year we recognize the invaluable contributions of volunteers to peace and development.

Unleashing Africa’s Full Potential

Friday, December 02, 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 02 (IPS) - Africa is the cradle of mankind and home to the youngest population in the world. We have a historic opportunity to realize the full potential of our continent in sharing the prosperity we have earned, in enhancing economic growth and in promoting and entrenching democratic ideals.

ISDS Corporate Rule of Law

Thursday, December 01, 2016

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Dec 01 (IPS) - Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in ostensible free trade agreements (FTAs) and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) have effectively created a powerful, privileged system of protections for foreign investors that undermine national law and institutions. ISDS allows foreign corporations to sue governments for causing them losses due to legal or regulatory changes.

Ending AIDS Needs Both Prevention and a Cure

Thursday, December 01, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 01 (IPS) - Eighteen million people, just slightly under half of the people living with HIV and AIDS globally, are now taking life-saving medication, but global efforts to end the disease still largely depend on prevention.

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