News headlines for “Natural Disasters”

  1. 'Conference Emphasises Need for Partnerships to Create a World Without Leprosy'

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    MANILA, Sep 11 (IPS) - Forty years ago, Yohei Sasakawa saw his father moved to tears after meeting and witnessing the suffering of people affected by leprosy – also known as Hansen's disease. Not only did the patients have a physical illness, but they also suffered from social exclusion and discrimination. It made the young Sasakawa vow to work for the elimination of leprosy from the world – just as his father had been doing.

  2. What Research Reveals about Drivers of Anti-immigrant Hate Crime in South Africa

    Monday, September 09, 2019

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 09 (IPS) - Mobs have attacked foreign-owned businesses on the streets of at least three South African cities in recent days. This has caused outrage across Africa. There have even been retaliatory attacks. The South African government, under pressure to protect her large international migrant communityquickly defused the attacks.

  3. Zimbabwe’s ex-President Robert Mugabe Leaves a Mixed Legacy

    Saturday, September 07, 2019

    BULAWAY, Zimbabwe, Sep 07 (IPS) - Former Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe, who died this week, aged 95, leaves a mixed and divisive legacy.

  4. Is America Defeated in Afghanistan?

    Thursday, September 05, 2019

    GENEVA, Sep 05 (IPS) - Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil, the United States and their allies went to Afghanistan to "smoke out" Osama bin Laden and his Taliban protectors. The most fundamental primary mistake was to let all terrorists flee to Pakistan instead of sealing the border and capturing their main figures.

  5. Why Governments Must Prioritise Sustained Tobacco Control Investment in Low- & Middle-Income Nations

    Monday, September 02, 2019

    OTTAWA, Sep 02 (IPS) - Trends in global consumption of cigarettes haven't improved since the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) came into force, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) earlier this summer.

  6. Reimagining ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ as Social Commentary on Inequalities in Asia-Pacific

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 30 (IPS) - It's 1962, and in a modest Hong Kong neighborhood, a poetic love story unfolds. Filmed almost twenty years ago, Wong Kar-wai's seminal movie In the Mood for Love captured the world's imagination about lifestyle in the region.

  7. UNICEF’s Goodwill Envoy a Messenger of ill-Will, Complain Critics

    Thursday, August 29, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - When two-time Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, refused to make a commitment not to play in South Africa, a country blacklisted for its apartheid policies, the UN children's agency stripped him of the prestigious title, back in October 1987.

  8. Our Food Systems Need Transformation

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    ROME, Aug 28 (IPS) - The right to food is a universal human right. Yet, over 820 million people are going hungry, according the latest edition of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI 2019). In addition, 2 billion people in the world are food insecure with great risk of malnutrition and poor health" 1.

  9. Disaster Risk Resilience: Key to Protecting Vulnerable Communities

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    BANGKOK, Thailand, Aug 28 (IPS) - The past five years have been the hottest on record in Asia and the Pacific. Unprecedented heatwaves have swept across our region, cascading into slow onset disasters such as drought.

    Yet heat is only part of the picture. Tropical cyclones have struck new, unprepared parts of our region and devastatingly frequent floods have ensued. In Iran, these affected 10 million people this year and displaced 500,000 of which half were children. Bangladesh is experiencing its fourth wave of flooding in 2019. Last year, the state of Kerala in India faced the worst floods in a century.

  10. Kenya: The troubles of a science PhD from the West

    Tuesday, August 27, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 27 (IPS) - Graduate students of the London School of Economics and Political Science gathered at Kenya's coast in September 2018, where the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Dr Mukhisa Kituyi told them: "With your international credibility, it is easier and tempting to leave and take out of the continent the little intellectual resource that could solve problems their countries face."

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