News headlines for “Causes of Poverty”, page 2

  1. For Africa to Root out Modern Day Slave Trade, Youth Empowerment Is Crucial

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 (IPS) - If the thought of a man armed with a rifle and driving with whips a group of African men, women, and children to sell them at a slave market makes you marvel at what kind of greed motivated such revolting barbarity centuries ago, the shocking truth is that we are witnessing a 21st century repeat of that abhorrent practice on African soil.

  2. UN Agency Defers Action Cutting Ties to Tobacco Industry

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 (IPS) - Back in November 2008, the 193-member General Assembly decided, by consensus, to ban smoking and tobacco sales at the UN headquarters in New York: a ruling observed by all affiliated agencies worldwide, including the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) which has severed links with the tobacco industry.

  3. White Elephants and the Urban Challenges of Brasilia

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    BRASILIA, Nov 21 (IPS) - Two white elephants - a huge football stadium that draws almost no fans and an empty 16-building complex that was to be the new headquarters of the district government – reflect Brasília's challenges as a metropolis, beyond its role as the capital of Brazil.

  4. Ethnic Violence in Ethiopia Amid Shadowy Politics

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    NEAR THE OROMIA-SOMALI REGIONAL BORDER, Ethiopia, Nov 21 (IPS) - Ethnic animosity unleashed in Ethiopia has displaced hundreds of thousands as well as rendering all manner of usually sacrosanct loyalties obsolete.

  5. Lobbying & Sponsorships at COP23 Corrupted Climate Talks

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    ABU DHABI, Nov 20 (IPS) - The world's nations got together in Bonn, Germany, for the 23rd annual Conference of the Parties (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where nearly 200 countries and some 23, 000 delegates met to discuss and influence the negotiations over the rulebook of the Paris Agreement.

  6. Who Are Kenya’s Financially Excluded?

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON DC, Nov 20 (IPS) - The recent 2017 Finscope Tanzania report shows that while mobile money use in Tanzania continues to grow, the percentage of financially excluded adults has risen in parallel — from 27 percent in 2013 to 28 percent in 2017.

  7. Beyond Piketty: on income inequality

    Monday, November 20, 2017

    New Delhi, Nov 20 (IPS) - Have demonetisation and the GST aggravated income inequality?

    With the Gujarat State elections barely a few weeks away, the debate on the Indian economy has become increasingly polarised. While the official view of demonetisation unleashed in November 2016 elevates it to a moral and ethical imperative, the chaos caused by the goods and services tax (GST) launched on July 1, 2017is dismissed as a short-run transitional hiccup. Both policies, it is asserted, are guaranteed to yield long-term benefits, unmindful of large-scale hardships, loss of livelihoods, closure of small and medium enterprises and slowdown of agriculture. Critics of course reject these claims lock, stock and barrel. Lack of robust evidence is as much a problem for the official proponents of these policies as it is for the critics. Hence the debate continues unabated with frequent hostile overtones.

  8. At Climate Summit, Two Global Energy Alliances Emerge

    Sunday, November 19, 2017

    BONN, Nov 19 (IPS) - As the summit of governments known as COP23 reached its conclusion in Bonn, Germany this week, two clear alliances have emerged in the global energy landscape.

  9. The World is Losing the Battle Against Child Labour

    Saturday, November 18, 2017

    BUENOS AIRES, Nov 18 (IPS) - The IV Global Conference on the Sustained Eradication of Child Labour,  which drew nearly 2000 delegates from 190 countries to the Argentine capital, left many declarations of good intentions but nothing to celebrate.

  10. Financing Will Continue to be Key Issue in Battling Climate Change

    Friday, November 17, 2017

    BONN, Nov 17 (IPS) - "The Bonn climate talks were foundational, paving the way to finalize the rules that underpin the Paris Agreement next year and setting the stage for countries to commit to enhance their national climate plans by 2020. On both counts, the climate talks in Bonn were a success. However, negotiators have plenty of homework to do to get there.

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