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Women on the Edge of Land and Life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MANILA, Nov 26 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice' that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

Water and Sanitation Report Card: Slow Progress, Inadequate Funding

Monday, November 24, 2014

LONDON, Nov 24 (IPS) - The Ebola crisis has thrown into sharp relief the issue of water, sanitation and hygiene in treating and caring for the sick. Dying patients are being taken to hospitals which never had enough water to maintain hygiene, and the epidemic has pushed the system to breaking point.

OPINION: How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo

Monday, November 24, 2014

DENVER, Colorado, Nov 24 (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba's leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?

Pakistan’s Paraplegics Learning to Stand on their Own Feet

Monday, November 24, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 24 (IPS) - When a stray bullet fired by Taliban militants became lodged in her spine last August, 22-year-old Shakira Bibi gave up all hopes of ever leading a normal life.

Refugees Between a Legal Rock and a Hard Place in Lebanon

Friday, November 21, 2014

BEIRUT, Nov 21 (IPS) - Staring at the floor, Hassan, a 21-year-old Syrian refugee from Idlib in northwestern Syria, holds a set of identification papers in his hands. He picks out a small pink piece of paper with a few words on it stating that he must obtain a work contract, otherwise his residency visa will not be renewed.

Will Myanmar’s ‘Triple Transition’ Help Eradicate Crushing Poverty?

Friday, November 21, 2014

YANGON, Nov 21 (IPS) - Myanmar is never out of the news for long. This has been the case since a popular uprising challenged military rule in 1988. For over two decades, the country was featured in mainstream media primarily as one unable to cope with its own internal contradictions, a nation crippled by violence.

Pakistani Sikhs Back in the ‘Dark Ages’ of Religious Persecution

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Nov 20 (IPS) - Balwan Singh, an 84-year-old shopkeeper living in Pakistan's northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is well past retirement age, but any illusions he may have had about living out his golden years in peace and security have long since been dashed.

U.N. Concerned Over Ebola Backlash

Monday, November 17, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 17 (IPS) - The United Nations, which is working on an emergency footing to battle the outbreak of Ebola, is worried about the potential for further isolation of the hardest-hit nations in West Africa.

Building Disaster Resilience Amidst Rampant Poverty

Monday, November 17, 2014

COLOMBO, Nov 17 (IPS) - Of the thousands of landslide-prone villages he has visited and worked with, R M S Bandara, a high-ranking official from Sri Lanka's National Building Resources Organisation (NBRO), says only one has made him sit up and take note.

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