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  1. Strangers in the Land: A Congolese Murder Case

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 21 (IPS) - A man walks down the street. It's a street in a strange world. Maybe it's the Third World. Maybe it's his first time around. He doesn't speak the language. He holds no currency. He is a foreign man. He is surrounded by the sound. The sound! Cattle in the marketplace, scatterlings and orphanages. He looks around, around.I thought about this song by Paul Simon while I in 2011 spent a few weeks in Kinshasa. I was a foreign man in a strange world, surrounded by sights and sounds, completely dependent on my new-found Congolese friends. When our taxi got stuck in a traffic jam and we had to walk to our destination I was stopped by a group of heavily armed youngsters, lead by a man who claimed to be a policeman, charging me with an exaggerated high fine for taking photos within a restricted area.

  2. Family Farming Wages a Difficult Battle in Argentina

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    BUENOS AIRES, Jan 21 (IPS) - "Our philosophy is based on two principles: zero tolerance of pesticides or bosses," says Leandro Ladrú, while he puts tomatoes and carrots in the ecological bag held by a customer, in a large market in the Argentine capital, located between warehouses and rusty old railroad cars.

  3. Davos, Inequality & the Climate Emergency

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    BERLIN, Jan 18 (IPS) - Daniel Mittler is the Political Director of Greenpeace International and is on the steering committee of the global Fight Inequality alliance.

    Four of the top five most impactful threats in this year's World Economic Forum´s Global Risks report are related to climate change. The report warns that we are "sleepwalking to disaster" . But that is not true.

    The disaster is already here, it´s not something we are still walking towards. Climate change is no future threat, it´s a current one. We have entered a new phase, one in which the impacts are coming faster, with greater intensity.

  4. Experience on Irregular Migration is the Best Teacher

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    BENIN CITY, Nigeria, Jan 17 (IPS) - The International Organization For Migration (IOM) has taken its campaign against irregular migration to schools in Nigeria. The school campaigns are meant to educate children who are among victims of human traffickers.

  5. Survey on UN Sexual Abuse Shifts Focus on Virtual Fugitives from Justice

    Thursday, January 17, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 17 (IPS) - A survey of sexual harassment at the United Nations has uncomfortably shifted the focus to some of the senior UN officials who have either escaped censure – or punishment-- despite a rash of charges against them, including abuse and misconduct.

  6. Acts of Terror Will Not Undermine Our Resolve

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 (IPS) - Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya.

    On 15 January 2019, terror struck Nairobi's 14 Riverside Drive. Kenya is in mourning following a senseless act on innocent and defenseless civilians by individuals preoccupied with contemptible and misplaced ideology; who hope to intimidate others through violent acts of terror. Like in their other past attempts, they have failed, and Kenya remains unbowed.

  7. Why We Should Care about Vulnerable Coastal Communities

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Nigel Brett is Director of the Asia and Pacific Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development

    According to UN statistics, approximately 40 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 kilometers of the coast, and overall the world's coastal population is increasing faster than the total global population. At the same time, global warming is causing sea levels to rise and increasing extreme weather incidents on coastlines.

  8. Honduran Crisis Produces New Caravan

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019

    OSLO, Norway, Jan 16 (IPS) - Jan Egeland, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), visited Honduras in December 2018.

    A new caravan heading towards Mexico and the United States was reportedly set to leave San Pedro Sula in Honduras on 15 January. The large number of people expected to leave Central America is a true testimony to the desperate situation for children, women and men in this poor and violence affected region.

  9. Journalism in Nicaragua Under Siege

    Tuesday, January 15, 2019

    MANAGUA, Jan 15 (IPS) - Eight months of social and political crisis in Nicaragua have hit the exercise of independent journalism in the country, with 712 cases of violations of the free exercise of journalism, one murdered reporter, two in prison and dozens fleeing into exile, in addition to several media outlets assaulted by the security forces.

  10. Is Love an Embarrassment?

    Monday, January 14, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 14 (IPS) - I am no more. Once I was.
    Away on yearning flames, I flew.
    The delicate ash spun through the air
    and sank – bright and slow
    to your feet.
    Do not tread too hard ‒ my heart is still alive.

    I do not understand a word of Persian and cannot determine whether these lines, taken from a German translation, are a correct interpretation of Muhammad Hāfez-e-Shīrāzī´s original poem. Nevertheless, Hāfez, who lived 1315-1390 CE, was apparently one of those great writers able to provide bemused couples with points of reference after being struck by the tumultuous sensation of passionate love.

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