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Kenya Is Doing Its Part to Battle Drought, We Must Too

Friday, April 28, 2017

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 28 (IPS) - After three years of drought and failed harvests, Kenya is in the grip of a national crisis.

All eyes are on neighbouring Somalia and South Sudan – where the needs are indeed greater and more acute – but we must not forget the nearly 3 million Kenyans whose lives have been blighted by these extreme conditions.

Indigenous Women: The Frontline Protectors of the Environment

Thursday, April 27, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 27 (IPS) - Indigenous women, while experiencing the first and worst effects of climate change globally, are often in the frontline in struggles to protect the environment.

World Bank Must Stop Encouraging Harmful Tax Competition

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 26 (IPS) - One of the 11 areas that the World Bank's Doing Business (DB) report includes in ranking a country's business environment is paying taxes. The background study for DB 2017, Paying Taxes 2016 claims that its emphasis is "on efficient tax compliance and straightforward tax regimes".

Long Way to Go for Indigenous Rights Protection

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 25 (IPS) - Despite progress, many gaps remain in international indigenous rights protection, said representatives during an annual UN meeting.

Indigenous Peoples - Best Allies or Worst Enemies?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ROME, Apr 25 (IPS) - It all happened on the very same day—4 April. That day, indigenous peoples were simultaneously characterised as fundamental allies in the world's war on hunger and poverty, while being declared as collective victims of a "tsunami" of imprisonments in Australia. See what happened.

With an Eye on Electoral Violence, Kenya Keeps Tight Rein on Media

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

NAIROBI, Apr 25 (IPS) - As the clock ticks down to Kenya's general elections slated for Aug. 8, a move by the Kenya Communication Authority (CAK) to make journalists adhere to guidelines on election coverage has elicited fear that the government could be trying to control how they report on the polls.

Reclaiming the Bandung Spirit for Shared Prosperity

Monday, April 24, 2017

Bangkok and Sydney, Apr 24 (IPS) - "The despised, the insulted, the hurt, the dispossessed—in short, the underdogs of the human race were meeting. ... Who had thought of organizing such a meeting? And what had these nations in common? Nothing, it seemed to me, but what their past relationship to the Western world had made them feel. This meeting of the rejected was in itself a kind of judgment upon the Western world!."

—Richard Wright, The Color Curtain .

Dispute Settlement Becomes Speculative Financial Asset

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

KUALA LAMPUR, Apr 19 (IPS) - Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and free trade agreements (FTAs) have effectively created a powerful and privileged system of protections for foreign investors that undermines national law and institutions.

“The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground”

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

PORT-LOUIS, Mauritius, Apr 19 (IPS) - An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius's sixth president on June 5, 2015 – and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world.

'We Can't Protest So We Pray': Anguish in Amhara During Ethiopia's State of Emergency 

Monday, April 17, 2017

BAHIR DAR, Apr 17 (IPS) - As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return.

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