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From Subsistence to Profit, Swazi Farmers Get a Helping Hand

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MBABANE, Sep 30 (IPS) - Men in blue overalls are offloading vegetables from trucks while their female counterparts dress and pack the fresh produce before storing it in a cold room.

Lack of Accountability Fuels Gender-Based Violence in India

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHIRANG, India, Sep 30 (IPS) - On a bright March morning, a 17-year old tribal girl woke as usual, and went to catch fish in the village river in the Chirang district of India's northeastern Assam state.

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.

Blistering Drought Leaves the Poorest High and Dry

Monday, September 29, 2014

COLOMBO, Sep 29 (IPS) - The last time there was mud on his village roads was about a year ago, says Murugesu Mohanabavan, a farmer from the village of Karachchi, situated about 300 km north of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.

‘Youth Exodus’ Reveals Lack of Opportunities

Monday, September 29, 2014

APIA, Sep 29 (IPS) - The small South Pacific island state of Samoa, located northeast of Fiji, attracts tourists with its beaches, natural beauty and relaxed pace of life, but similar to other small nations with constrained economies, it is experiencing an exodus of young people, who are unable to find jobs.

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.

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?

Living on a Ballpoint Pen in Kabul

Friday, September 26, 2014

KABUL, Sep 26 (IPS) - Seventy-year-old Mohamad Arif still earns a living in the streets of Kabul. He prepares all kind of documents for those who cannot read or write – in other words, the majority of people in this country of 30.5 million people.

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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