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  1. Revisiting privatization’s claims

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 04 (IPS) - Advocates made exaggerated claims that privatization would reduce governments' fiscal problems while ensuring more efficient, productive and competitive economies by promoting private entrepreneurship, innovation and investments.

    Several arguments have been advanced to justify privatization since the 1980s. Privatization has been advocated as an easy means to:

    1. Reduce the government's financial and administrative burden, particularly by undertaking and maintaining services and infrastructure;
    2. Promote competition, improve efficiency and increase productivity in providing public services;
    3. Stimulate private entrepreneurship and investment to accelerate economic growth;
    4. Help reduce the public sector's presence and size, with its monopolistic tendencies and bureaucratic support.
  2. Can the U.S. and Russia Avert a New Arms Race?

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Sep 04 (IPS) - Daryl G. Kimball is Executive Director, Arms Control Association.

    Five long years have passed since U.S. President Barack Obama proposed and Russian President Vladimir Putin unfortunately rejected negotiations designed to cut their excessive nuclear stockpiles by one-third below the limits set by the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START).

  3. New Rules for High Seas Must Include Needs of Poorest Nations

    Tuesday, September 04, 2018

    LONDON, Sep 04 (IPS) - Essam Yassin Mohammed is Principal Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

    Over-fishing, warming oceans and plastic pollution dominate the headlines when it comes to the state of the seas. Most of the efforts to protect the life of the ocean and the livelihoods of those who depend on it are limited to exclusive economic zones – the band of water up to 200 nautical miles from the coast.

  4. Amid Chronic Violence, Millions of Afghans Face Risks of Drought Related Displacement

    Thursday, August 30, 2018

    OSLO, Aug 30 (IPS) - Enayatullah Azad is Media, Information & Advocacy Coordinator, Norwegian Refugee CouncilAmid a precarious security situation in Afghanistan, the worst drought in recent history, that hit two out of three provinces in Afghanistan in July, has destabilized the lives of tens of thousands of civilians, some of whom have already been displaced.

  5. UN Seeks Probe into Saudi Bombing of Civilian Targets

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 29 (IPS) - Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of relentlessly bombing civilian targets in strife-torn Yemen and threatening executions of human rights activists, is fast gaining notoriety as a political outcast at the United Nations.

  6. Striking the Right Note: a History of Paper Money

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Aug 29 (IPS) - TADEUSZ GALEZA is a research officer in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department. JAMES CHAN is a senior information management assistant in the IMF's Statistics Department.From strings of shells in the Solomon Islands to large stone disks on the Micronesian isle of Yap or wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese in Italy, money has taken many forms throughout history.

  7. Shared Humanity our Only Hope Against Hatred

    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    NAIROBI, Aug 26 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya and was born in the city that was Mother Teresa's home- Calcutta, India.

    "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." This profound statement was made by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, who was born on this day, August 26, 1910. An icon of love, tolerance, generosity and tremendous integrity and spirituality.

  8. If Vanuatu Can Ban Single-Use Plastics, so Can the Other Commonwealth Countries!

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    PORT VILA, Aug 21 (IPS) - Op-ed by Ralph Regenvanu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vanuatu.

    Cradled in the South Pacific, my home country Vanuatu is made mostly of ocean.  The Pacific covers 98% of the national jurisdiction. Here, some 280,000 Ni-Vanuatu like myself live simply off the land and sea.  We view the ocean as a living ‘bridge' that connects islands and continents while sustaining life in all its forms. Where we come from, the ocean has a heartbeat.

  9. Has Globalization Enhanced Development Cooperation?

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (IPS) - Protracted economic stagnation in rich countries continues to threaten the development prospects of poorer countries. Globalization and economic liberalization over the last few decades have integrated developing countries into the world economy, but now that very integration is becoming a threat as developing countries are shackled by the knock-on effects of the rich world's troubles.

  10. The Gender of Law: What the Mapping of Family Laws Reveals

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21 (IPS) - Rangita de Silva de Alwis is Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Global Adviser, UN SDG Fund & UN Women High Level Working Group on Women's Access to Justice.

    Recent developments around the world give support to the idea of the #MeToo movement's transformative potential. A postmodernist claim was that the feminist movement was essentialist and that no one expression of feminism can be applicable to women of different ethnicity, cultural, or class identity. The #Me Too movement has found expression in different cultural traditions and helped to challenge this theory. 

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