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North and South Face Off Over “Right to the City”

Thursday, June 30, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Jun 30 (IPS) - The declaration that will be presented for approval at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October has again sparked conflict between the opposing positions taken by the industrial North and the developing South.

Post-War Truth and Justice Still Elusive in Bougainville

Thursday, June 30, 2016

ARAWA, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, Jun 30 (IPS) - Almost every family in the islands of Bougainville, an autonomous region of about 300,000 people in the Pacific Island state of Papua New Guinea, has a story to tell of death and suffering during the decade long civil war (1989-1998), known as ‘the Crisis.'

Why I Started SMART ALEC - Lobbying for the Public Good

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PORTLAND, Oregon, Jun 28 (IPS) - For many years, as a reporter, including for IPS, I wrote about the dominance of a giant, corporate-funded lobbying organization called ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), on public policy in the U.S.

Civil Society Under Serious Attack

Monday, June 27, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 27 (IPS) - Despite their contribution to social justice, civil society organisations came under "serious attack" in 109 countries in 2015, according to a new report published by CIVICUS Monday.

Women's Cooperatives Ease Burden of HIV in Kenya

Monday, June 27, 2016

NAIROBI, Jun 27 (IPS) - Seventy-three-year-old Dorcus Auma effortlessly weaves sisal fronds into a beautiful basket as she walks the tiny path that snakes up a hill. She wound up her farm work early because today, Thursday, she is required to attend her women's group gathering at the secretary's homestead.

Can Better Technology Lure Asia's Youth Back to Farming?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

MANILA, Jun 25 (IPS) - Farming and agriculture may not seem cool to young people, but if they can learn the thrill of nurturing plants to produce food, and are provided with their favorite apps and communications software on agriculture, food insecurity will not be an issue, food and agriculture experts said during the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s Food Security Forum from June 22 to 24 at the ADB headquarters here.

Ethiopia-Eritrea: The Cry of the Imburi

Friday, June 24, 2016

GENEVA, Jun 24 (IPS) - The 12 June 2016 exchange of artillery fire along the heavily militarized frontier between Ethiopia and Eritrea could be just one of the periodic skirmishes between the two States. However, it could be the first signs of a flare up of violence. There have been calls from the United Nations and African Union officials for "restraint" but as yet no steps for real conflict resolution.

Political Crisis Looms in Nicaragua in Run-Up to Elections

Thursday, June 23, 2016

MANAGUA, Jun 23 (IPS) - The seventh consecutive nomination of Daniel Ortega as the governing party's candidate to the presidency in Nicaragua, and the withdrawal from the race of a large part of the opposition, alleging lack of guarantees for genuine elections, has brought about the country's worst political crisis since the end of the civil war in 1990.

The Environment: Latin America’s Battleground for Human Rights

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

NEW YORK, Jun 22 (IPS) - 2015 was the deadliest year on record for the killings of environmental activists around the world, according to a new Global Witness report.

Civil Society in Latin America Campaigns Against Trans-Pacific Partnership

Monday, June 20, 2016

MEXICO CITY, Jun 20 (IPS) - Civil society organisations from Chile, Mexico and Peru are pressing their legislatures and those of other countries not to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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