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OPINION: International Relations, the U.N. and Inter Press Service

Friday, August 22, 2014

ROME, Aug 22 (IPS) - In 1979, I had a debate at the United Nations with the late Stan Swinton, then the very powerful and brilliant director of Associated Press (AP). At one point, I furnished the following figures (which had been slow to change), as an example of Western bias in the media:

No Hope for AIDS-Free Generation in Uganda as Controversial HIV Bill is Signed into Law

Thursday, August 21, 2014

KAMPALA, Aug 21 (IPS) - HIV/AIDS activists are adamant Uganda will not achieve an "AIDS-free generation" now a "backwards" HIV/AIDS Bill criminalising the "wilful and intentional" transmission of the disease has been signed into law.

Zambia’s Cash Transfer Schemes Cushion Needy Against Climate Shocks

Thursday, August 21, 2014

PEMBA DISTRICT, Zambia, Aug 21 (IPS) - "Last season, I lost an entire hectare of groundnuts because of a prolonged drought. Groundnuts are my hope for income," says Josephine Chaaba, 60, from Pemba district in southern Zambia.

Churches at the Frontline of Climate Action

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

LUSATIA, Germany, Aug 20 (IPS) - Johannes Kapelle has been playing the organ in the Protestant church of Proschim since he was 14. The 78-year-old is actively involved in his community, produces his own solar power and has raised three children with his wife on their farm in Proschim, a small village of 360 inhabitants in Lusatia, Germany.

TNT and scrap metal eviscerate Syria’s industrial capital

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ALEPPO, Syria / GAZIANTEP, Turkey, Aug 19 (IPS) - Numerous mechanics, tyre and car body shops used to line the busy streets near the Old City of Syria's previous industrial and commercial hub.

Can Land Rights and Education Save an Ancient Indian Tribe?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MALKANGIRI, India, Aug 19 (IPS) - Scattered across 31 remote hilltop villages on a mountain range that towers 1,500 to 4,000 feet above sea level, in the Malkangiri district of India's eastern Odisha state, the Upper Bonda people are considered one of this country's most ancient tribes, having barely altered their lifestyle in over a thousand years.

Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders

Monday, August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (IPS) - The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality.

Mexico’s Orphanages – Black Holes for Children

Monday, August 18, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (IPS) - Homes for orphans or children in vulnerable situations in Mexico lack the necessary state regulation and supervision, which leads to scandalous human rights violations.

Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet

Monday, August 18, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide.

Militarism Should be Suppressed Like Hanging and Flogging

Monday, August 18, 2014

BELFAST, Aug 18 (IPS) - I once asked Dan Berrigan, the great American anti-war activist, for some advice to me in my life as a peace activist. He replied "Pray and Resist".

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