News headlines for “Geopolitics”

  1. Austrian Elections: The Crisis of Europe Continues

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    ROME, Oct 21 (IPS) - The Austrian elections show clearly that media have given up on contextualising events. To do that, calls for a warning about Europe's future, as a vehicle of European values is required. Europe has been weakened by all the recent elections, with the notable exception of France. Common to all, France included, were some clear trends, that we will hastily, and therefore maybe imperfectly, examine.

  2. Global Interfaith LGBTIQ Leaders Convene at UN for Expert-level Dialogue

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IPS) - On September 29, 2017, Yvette Abrahams, an indigenous religious leader from Cape Town, South Africa who served as the country's Commissioner For Gender Equality for five years, gasped when she learned that South Africa had just voted in favor of United Nations Human Rights Council resolution condemning the death penalty for those found guilty of committing consensual same-sex sexual acts. She could not believe that the United States had not.

  3. Good Men Should Not be Quiet Spectators in Sexual Assaults

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 20 (IPS) - The pain and anger of more than a million people who tweeted #MeToo in the last week have crowded social media with personal stories of sexual harassment or assault.

  4. World Campaign to Clean Torrents of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

    Friday, October 20, 2017

    ROME, Oct 20 (IPS) - With 30 countries from Kenya to Indonesia and from Canada to Brazil now involved in the world campaign to beat pollution by countering the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading oceans and endangering the life they sustain, the UN has strengthened its massive efforts to clean up the seas, which are the Earth's main buffer against climate change.

  5. Global Campaign to Smoke Out Tobacco Firms from UN Body

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - The world's tobacco companies – which have been widely ostracized in the UN system – may be ousted from one of their last fortified strongholds in the United Nations: the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  6. One of the World’s Most Dangerous PIaces For Aid Workers

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (IPS) - I will travel to the Central African Republic early next week to spend United Nations Day with a peacekeeping operation in order to pay tribute to peacekeepers across the world.

  7. An Inequality Beyond Wealth: Gaps in Women’s Health

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (IPS) - While many often focus on wealth disparities, economic inequality is often a symptom and cause of other inequalities including women's access to sexual and reproductive health.

  8. US Withdrawal from UNESCO: Abandonment of Principles

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, Oct 18 (IPS) - A woman shopkeeper is standing on a plastic chair to avoid knee high swirling rainwater mixed with sewage. "I work with a women's cooperative selling products made by Palestinian women in my shop. The sewage water has gone into the electric wires, so I have no electricity. Everything in the shop is destroyed. The metal door installed to protect the settlers prevents the water from flowing out into the main drain. . . . This means we suffer every time it rains. They want us to move from here. This is why they make our life hard," she cries.

  9. To Eliminate Poverty, Better Understanding Needed

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 18 (IPS) - As the United Nations' Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008-2017) comes to an end, more self-congratulation is likely. Claims of victory in the war against poverty will be backed by recently released poverty estimates from the World Bank, entrusted by the UN system to monitor poverty.

  10. Press Freedom Groups Condemn U.S. Withdrawal from UNESCO

    Tuesday, October 17, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct 17 (IPS) - Civil society groups have called on the United States to reverse its decision to withdraw from a UN body, citing concerns for press freedom and journalists' safety.

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