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We Must Think of “Security” in New Ways

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HAMILTON, Canada, Oct 21 (IPS) - Recent events in the Arab world and elsewhere have underscored the point that traditional notions of security being dependent solely on military and related apparatus are outmoded.

U.S. Airdrops to Kobani Kurds Mark New Stage in ISIL Conflict

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (IPS) - The U.S. air drop Sunday of new weapons and supplies to Kurdish fighters in the besieged border town of Kobani marks an important escalation in Washington's efforts to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef

Monday, October 20, 2014

BELIZE CITY, Oct 20 (IPS) - Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities.

OPINION: Innovation Needed to Help Family Farms Thrive

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ROME, Oct 19 (IPS) - Family farms have been contributing to food security and nutrition for centuries, if not millennia. But with changing demand for food as well as increasingly scarce natural resources and growing demographic pressures, family farms will need to innovate rapidly to thrive.

OPINION: Iraq’s Minorities Battling for Survival

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LONDON, Oct 18 (IPS) - Through all of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's campaigns of ‘Arabization', they survived. The diverse Iraqi communities inhabiting the Nineveh plains – Yezidis, Turkmen, Assyrians and Shabak, as well as Kurds – held on to their unique identities and most of their historic lands.

Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point "in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis."

Africa Can Be its Own ‘Switzerland'

Thursday, October 16, 2014

MARRAKECH, Oct 16 (IPS) - Africa has the capacity to access at least 200 billion dollars for sustainable development investment but it will remain a slave to foreign aid unless it improves the climate for investment and trade and plugs illicit financial flows, development experts say.

Cycle of Death, Destruction and Rebuilding Continues in Gaza

Monday, October 13, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 13 (IPS) - When the international pledging conference to rebuild a devastated Gaza ended in Cairo over the weekend - the third such conference in less than six years - the lingering question among donors was: is this the last of it or are there more assaults to come?

New Trains, New Hopes, Old Anguish

Saturday, October 11, 2014

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka, Oct 11 (IPS) - The kids of Kodikaman, a dusty village straddling the newly laid railway line in Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna District, enjoy a special treat these days.

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