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Another Women's Treaty? Implement Existing One, Say NGOs

Friday, October 31, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 31 (IPS) - Can violence against women be prevented or eliminated with a new international treaty signed and ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations?

Mozambique Tackles its Twin Burden of Cervical Cancer and HIV

Friday, October 31, 2014

MAPUTO, Oct 31 (IPS) - The woman on bed 27 in Maputo Central Hospital's oncology ward has no idea how lucky she is. In January, when abdominal pains wracked her, a pharmacist suggested pain killers. For months, "the pain would go and return," she told IPS. 

Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (IPS) - Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 28 (IPS) - The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years.

OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights, and Poverty – Making the Links

Monday, October 27, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Asia: So Close and Yet So Far From Polio Eradication

Friday, October 24, 2014

, Oct 24 (IPS) - The goal is an ambitious one – to deliver a polio-free world by 2018. Towards this end, the multi-sector Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) is bringing out the big guns, sparing no expense to ensure that "every last child" is immunised against the crippling disease.

Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) - Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least "fairly" confident in the authorities' ability to deal with the virus.

U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (IPS) - The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.

Ebola Outbreak Threatens Food Crisis in West Africa

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 22 (IPS) - The widespread outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has resulted in over 4,500 deaths so far, is also threatening to trigger a food crisis in the three countries already plagued by poverty and hunger.

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.

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