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Obama Mulling Broader Strikes Against ISIS?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (IPS) - This week's video-taped beheading of a U.S. journalist by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has spurred renewed calls for President Barack Obama to broaden Washington's military efforts to strike the terrorist group, including in Syria.

Israel, Hamas Set to Escape War Crimes Charges

Friday, August 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a rare moment of political candour, lashed out at Israel last week, questioning its "respect for the principles of distinction and proportionality" - particularly in the context of the civilian death toll that kept rising to over 2,000 Palestinians, with more than 75 percent civilians.

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.

OPINION: Violations of International Law Degenerate U.N.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (IPS) - The United Nations was founded "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war" and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights.

In Saving a Forest, Kenyans Find a Better Quality of Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

KASIGAU, Kenya, Aug 20 (IPS) - When Mercy Ngaruiya first settled in Kasigau in south eastern Kenya a decade ago, she found a depleted forest that was the result of years of tree felling and bush clearing.

India: Home to One in Three Child Brides

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NEW DELHI, Aug 20 (IPS) - Basanti Rani*, a 33-year-old farmers' wife from the northern Indian state of Haryana, recently withdrew her 15-year-old daughter Paru from school in order to marry her off to a 40-year-old man.

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.

Public Offers Support for Obama’s Iraq Intervention

Monday, August 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (IPS) - Despite rising criticism of his foreign policy– even from his former secretary of state – U.S. President Barack Obama's decision last week to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS) militants in northern Iraq enjoys relatively strong public support, at least so far.

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.

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