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  1. Ethiopian Domestic Workers Battle for Survival in Saudi Arabia

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sep 21 (IPS) - Marjani F, 44, spent 8 years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's capital working as domestic help. "My husband was killed by the military after being accused of organizing a protest. I have four children and there was no way I could pay the bills staying there," she says.

  2. Freezing Inside UAE’s High Rise Buildings While Temperatures Soar Outside

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sep 20 (IPS) - "Look at these tall, beautiful buildings. I have worked as a mason during the construction and was one of those who laid brick by brick," says Mohammed Akhtar* who has been working as mason for over a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Akhtar has seen the evolution of Dubai's skyline over time. "It has been an overwhelming journey."  When asked what has changed in the last 10 years, Akhtar smiles and says the weather.

  3. First Steps Towards a Global Agreement on the High Seas

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

    LONDON, Sep 20 (IPS) - Andrew Norton is director, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)The world's first efforts to develop a way to govern the high seas – international waters beyond the 200 nautical mile national boundary – is truly underway. The initial round of negotiations at the United Nations has just ended after two weeks of talks.

  4. The Cambodian Port City on China’s 21st Century Silk Road That’s Becoming the New Macau

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia, Sep 19 (IPS) - Kris Janssens is a Belgian reporter based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His goal is to tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people throughout Southeast Asia.The new Macau. That's what the Cambodian coastal city Sihanoukville is called nowadays. Chinese investors are building casinos there on a massive scale.

    The southern port city lies on the new Silk Road (the so called 'One Belt, One Road') and is therefore interesting for China.

    The Cambodian government is happy to accept the money. And Beijing never asks difficult questions.

  5. Another global financial crisis for developing countries?

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Sep 18 (IPS) - George Soros, Bill Gates and other pundits have been predicting another financial crisis. In their recent book, Revolution Required: The Ticking Bombs of the G7 ModelPeter Dittus and Herve Hamoun, former senior officials of the Bank of International Settlements, warned of ‘ticking time bombs' in the global financial system waiting to explode, mainly due to the policies of major developed countries.

  6. Crisis Drives Nicaragua to an Economic and Social Precipice

    Monday, September 17, 2018

    MANAGUA, Sep 17 (IPS) - Five months after the outbreak of mass protests in Nicaragua, in addition to the more than 300 deaths, the crisis has had visible consequences in terms of increased poverty and migration, as well as the international isolation of the government and a wave of repression that continues unabated.

  7. The Causes Behind Africa's Digital Gender Divide

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    MAPUTO, Sep 14 (IPS) - Systemic inequalities based on gender, race, income and geography are mirrored in the digital realm and leave many women, especially the poor and the rural, trailing behind Africa's tech transformation.

  8. South-South Cooperation in a Transformative Era

    Thursday, September 13, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 13 (IPS) - Jorge Chediek is Director, UN Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation.On 12 September, the international community commemorated the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. This is an important acknowledgement of the contributions of Southern partnerships in addressing the many development challenges that confront the international community, such as poverty, climate change, inequality, contagious diseases and humanitarian crises.

  9. Q&A: Achieving Sustainable Goals: “In the End it is All About People. If People Want, it Will Happen.”

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sep 12 (IPS) - Manipadma Jena interviews the Deputy Director and Water Sector Lead at the Global Green Growth Institute's (GGGI) Investment and Policy Solutions Division, PETER VOS.Today just over two billion people live without readily available, safe water supplies at home. And more than half the world's population, roughly 4.3 billion people, live in areas where demand for water resources outstrips sustainable supplies for at least part of the year.

  10. “Running Out Of Time” - Local Communities Mobilise for the Climate

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - Local communities across the globe have risen up to demand commitments on climate change, as frustration mounts over the lack of action.

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