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School Dropout Rate Soars for Afghan Refugees

Monday, December 22, 2014

PESHAWAR, Dic 22 (IPS) - "Our children quitting school is the greatest pain we have suffered during our troublesome lives here," says Multan Shah, a vegetable-seller in a shantytown of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one of Pakistan's four provinces.

Seeking Closure, Bougainville Confronts Ghosts of Civil War

Sunday, December 21, 2014

SYDNEY, Australia, Dic 21 (IPS) - Thirteen years after the peace agreement which ended a decade-long civil war in Bougainville, an autonomous island region of 300,000 people located east of the Papua New Guinean (PNG) mainland in the southwest Pacific Islands, trauma and grief continue to affect families and communities where the fate of the many missing remains unresolved.

‘Cyclone College’ Raises Hopes, Dreams of India’s Vulnerable Fisherfolk

Saturday, December 20, 2014

NEMMELI, India, Dic 20 (IPS) - Ten years have now passed, but Raghu Raja, a 27-year-old fisherman from the coastal village of Nemmeli in southern India's Kachipuram district, still clearly remembers the day he escaped the tsunami.

What the U.S. Should Learn from Russia’s Collapse

Saturday, December 20, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 20 (IPS) - After months of whispered warnings, Russia's economic troubles made global headlines when its currency collapsed halfway through December. Amid the tumbling price of oil, the ruble has fallen to record lows, bringing the country to its most serious economic crisis since the late 1990s.

GDP and the Unaccounted for 82 Percent of National Wealth

Friday, December 19, 2014

NEW DELHI, Dic 19 (IPS) - Virtually all countries use Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as their primary measurement of economic progress and overall societal progress. At the same time, countries express allegiance to the doctrine of sustainable development. This exposes an obvious disconnect.

Changes to World Bank Safeguards Risk “Race to the Bottom”, U.N. Experts Warn

Friday, December 19, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 19 (IPS) - An unprecedented number of United Nations special rapporteurs and independent experts are raising pointed concerns over the World Bank's ongoing review of its pioneering environmental and social safeguards, particularly around the role that human rights will play in these revamped policies.

REDD and the Green Economy Continue to Undermine Rights

Thursday, December 18, 2014

, Dic 18 (IPS) - Dercy Teles de Carvalho Cunha is a rubber-tapper and union organiser from the state of Acre in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, with a lifelong love of the forest from which she earns her livelihood – and she is deeply confounded by what her government and policymakers around the world call "the green economy."

After 53 Years, Obama to Normalise Ties with Cuba

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Dic 18 (IPS) - In perhaps his boldest foreign-policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba.

Anti-Gay Legislation Could Defeat Goal to End AIDS in Zimbabwe by 2015

Thursday, December 18, 2014

HARARE, Dic 18 (IPS) - Despite a mandate to eradicate HIV/AIDS under the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Zimbabwe has done little or nothing to reduce the rate of infection among vulnerable gays and lesbians, say activists here.

Kenya’s Economy Sees Growth at Top But No ‘Trickle-Down’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

NAIROBI, Dic 17 (IPS) - David Kamau is a small-scale maize farmer in Nyeri, Central Kenya, some 153 kms from the capital Nairobi. He recently diversified into carrot farming but is still not making a profit.

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