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Land Grabbing – A New Political Strategy for Arab Countries

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 30 (IPS) - Food price rises as far back as 2008 are believed to be the partial culprits behind the instability plaguing Arab countries and they have become increasingly aware of the importance of securing food needs through an international strategy of land grabs which are often detrimental to local populations.

Is Europe’s Breadbasket Up for Grabs?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

NEW YORK, Jul 30 (IPS) - Amidst an exodus of some 100,000 people from the conflict-torn eastern Ukraine, ongoing fighting in the urban strongholds of Donetsk and Luhansk between Ukrainian soldiers and separatist rebels, and talk of more sanctions against Russia, it is hard to focus on the more subtle changes taking place in this eastern European nation.

Israel Lobby Galvanises Support for Gaza War

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 30 (IPS) - Pro-Israel activists assembled a huge crowd and a long list of congressional leaders and diplomats to declare their unconditional support for Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip on Monday, largely downplaying  tensions between Jerusalem and Washington.

Oil Alliance Between China and Costa Rica Comes to Life Again

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SAN JOSE, Jul 30 (IPS) - China's plan to become Costa Rica's main energy ally through the joint reconstruction of an oil refinery has been revived after the presidents of the two countries agreed to review the conditions of the project during a meeting in the Brazilian capital.

Ticking Diplomatic Clock a Cover for Israeli Assaults on Gaza

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 29 (IPS) - As the death toll in Gaza keeps climbing - and charges of alleged war crimes against Israel keep mounting - the most powerful political body at the United Nations remains ineffective, impotent and in a state of near paralysis.

OPINION: How to End the Gaza War

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 29 (IPS) - As the killing and destruction rages on in Gaza, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Hamas leadership exchange recriminations and threats, key regional and world players must accept a central truism: No peace can be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians without including Hamas. The quicker they internalise this fact, the faster the cycle of violence can be broken.

People Before Borders

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ROME, Jul 29 (IPS) - With Italy having taken over presidency of the European Union (EU) until December 2014, questions remain regarding Europe's migration policies as reports of migrants dying at sea while trying to reach Italy regularly make the headlines.

In Turbulent Iraq, Children Bear the Brunt of War

Monday, July 28, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - As the ambulance stopped in Iraq's northern city of Kirkuk, people rushed in to help. They unloaded six children, from several months to 11 years old, all injured allegedly by an air attack in the neighbouring town of Tuz Khurmatu.

Drought and Misuse Behind Lebanon’s Water Scarcity

Monday, July 28, 2014

BEIRUT, Jul 28 (IPS) - In front of Osman Bin Affan Mosque, in a central but narrow street of Beirut, several tank trucks are being filled with large amounts of water. The mosque has its own well, which allows it to pump water directly from the aquifers that cross the Lebanese underground. Once filled, the trucks will start going through the city to supply hundreds of homes and shops.

A Carrot Is a Carrot – or Is It?

Monday, July 28, 2014

BUDAPEST, Jul 28 (IPS) - Food security is often thought of as a question of diversifying supply and being able to move food through areas plagued by local scarcity, relying on the global economic system – including trade and transport – as the basis for operations.

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