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Despite U.N. Treaties, War Against Drugs a Losing Battle

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (IPS) - As the call for the decriminalisation of drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key U.N. anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a century ago.

A New Forensic Weapon to Track Illegal Ivory Trade

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - The wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC, is deploying a new forensic weapon - DNA testing - to track illegal ivory products responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of endangered elephants in Asia and Africa.

Opinion: Water and the World We Want

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

HAMILTON, Canada, Feb 25 (IPS) - We have entered a watershed year, a moment critical for humanity.

Better to Die at Sea, than Languish in Poverty

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

COLOMBO, Feb 25 (IPS) - Weerasinghearachilage Ruwan Rangana had it all planed out last year in September: the big break that would change his life and those of his extended family had finally arrived.

Analysis: Mega-Cities, Mortality and Migration, A Snapshot of Post-U.N. World Population

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - As the international community marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, one question worthy of some reflection is: Is world population better or worse off demographically since the establishment of the U.N.?

Big Trouble in the Air in India

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (IPS) - Like many others of her age, 15-year-old Aastha Sharma, a Class 10 student at a private school in India's capital, New Delhi, loves being outdoors, going for walks with her friends and enjoying an occasional ice-cream. But the young girl can't indulge in any of these activities.

Tackling Corruption at its Root in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SYDNEY, Feb 24 (IPS) - Corruption, the single largest obstacle to socioeconomic development worldwide, has had a grave impact on the southwest Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea. While mineral resource wealth drove high gross domestic product (GDP) growth of eight percent in 2012, the country is today ranked 157th out of 187 countries in terms of human development.

At the Margins of a Hot War, Somalis Are ‘Hanging on by a Thread’

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEW YORK, Feb 24 (IPS) - After twin suicide bombings at a popular Mogadishu hotel last week that killed 25 and wounded 40, news reporters were seen swarming through the city, spotlighting the victims, the assassins, the motives and the official response.

Can Nepal’s TRC Finally Bring Closure to its War Survivors?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

KATHMANDU, Feb 24 (IPS) - The picture of Muktinath Adhikari, principal of Pandini Sanskrit Secondary School in the Lamjung district of west Nepal who was killed during the country's decade-long civil conflict, became an iconic portrayal of the brutality of the bloody ‘People's War'.

Argentina Moves Towards Marriage of Convenience with China

Monday, February 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23 (IPS) - The government of Argentina is building a marriage of convenience with China, which some see as uneven and others see as an indispensable alliance for a new level of insertion in the global economy.

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