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Outgunned by Rich Polluters, Africa to Bring United Front to Climate Talks

Monday, September 29, 2014

YAOUNDE, Sep 29 (IPS) - As climate change interest groups raise their voices across Africa to call for action at the COP20 climate meeting in December and the crucial COP21 in Paris in 2015, many worry that the continent may never have fair representation at the talks.

Tackling the Proliferation of Patents to Avoid Limitations to Competition

Monday, September 29, 2014

GENEVA, Sep 29 (IPS) - The steady increase in patent applications and grants that is taking place in developed and some developing countries (notably in China) is sometimes hailed as evidence of the strength of global innovation and of the role of the patent system in encouraging it. 

Militarising the Ebola Crisis

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 28 (IPS) - Six months into West Africa's Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.

Arms Trade Treaty Gains Momentum with 50th Ratification

Sunday, September 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 28 (IPS) - With state support moving at an unprecedented pace, the Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force on Dec. 24, 2014, only 18 months after it was opened for signature.

Iraq Looking for an ‘Independent’ Sunni Defense Minister

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said this past week that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS).

Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

Saturday, September 27, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 27 (IPS) - When the United Nations commemorated its first ever "international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons," the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction?

Championing Ocean Conservation Or Paying Lip Service to the Seas?

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 27 (IPS) - President Barack Obama this week extended the no-fishing areas around three remote pacific islands, eliciting praise from some, and disappointment from those who fear the move did not go far enough towards helping depleted species of fish recover.

OPINION: How Obama Should Counter ISIS

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - President Obama's speech at the United Nations on Sep. 23 offered a rhetorically eloquent roadmap on how to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - Once again, Washington claims Bolivia has not met its obligations under international narcotics agreements. For the seventh year in a row, the U.S. president has notified Congress that the Andean country "failed demonstrably" in its counter-narcotics efforts over the last 12 months. Blacklisting Bolivia means the withholding of U.S. aid from one of South America's poorest countries.

Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging

Friday, September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 26 (IPS) - Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to stop it, according to world leaders and global health experts.

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