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  1. Pakistan and the World Need Inclusive Conflict Prevention

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    ISLAMABAD, Jul 20 (IPS) - Flight Lieutenant Quratulain Fatima is a policy practitioner working extensively in rural and conflict-ridden areas of Pakistan with a focus on gender inclusive development and conflict prevention. She is a 2018 Aspen New Voices FellowLast week, 200 people were injured and 131 died in a suicide bombing in Mastung, Baluchistan. This attack was second most deadly since the 2014 Army Public School Attack in Peshawar, KhyberPukhtunkwah, which killed 144 people. This recent attack was one of three in 72 hours related to the country's upcoming elections on July 25.

  2. Even Rocks Harvest Water in Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast

    Friday, July 20, 2018

    JUAZEIRINHO/BOM JARDIM, Brazil, Jul 20 (IPS) - Rocks, once a hindrance since they reduced arable land, have become an asset. Pedrina Pereira and João Leite used them to build four ponds to collect rainwater in a farming community in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast.

  3. Support of Influential World Leaders Not Enough to End Rohingya Crisis

    Thursday, July 19, 2018

    DHAKA, Jul 19 (IPS) - Despite having the strong support of influential global leaders, Bangladesh has ‘missed' the opportunity to mobilise the world's superpowers and place pressure on Myanmar to allow for the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees.

  4. The Industrialization of Cybercrime

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    WASHINGTON DC, Jul 18 (IPS) - Tamas Gaidosch, a senior financial sector expert in the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, is a cybersecurity professional with more than 20 years' experience, including probing banking systems to find cyber weaknesses. He formerly led the Information Technology Supervision Department at the Central Bank of Hungary.

    Cybercrime is now a mature industry operating on principles much like those of legitimate businesses in pursuit of profit. Combating the proliferation of cybercrime means disrupting a business model that employs easy-to-use tools to generate high profits with low risk.

  5. Social Media – the New Testing Ground for Sri Lanka’s Freedom

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018

    COLOMBO, Jul 18 (IPS) - Journalists and media activists have cautioned against Sri Lanka's newfound press freedom as the country heads to the polls in 2020. Separate incidents of hate-speech against a Muslim minority—and the subsequent shutdown of social media platforms—and the harassment of reporters critical of the country's opposition have led some to believe that the changes in media independence could reverse.

  6. Chile Has Medicine Against Desertification, But Does Not Take It

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    OVALLE, Chile, Jul 17 (IPS) - The retention of rainwater which otherwise is lost at sea could be an excellent medicine against the advance of the desert from northern to central Chile, but there is no political will to take the necessary actions, according to experts and representatives of affected communities.

  7. Immigration, Lot of Myths and Little Reality

    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    ROME, Jul 17 (IPS) - According to the latest statistics, the total flow of immigrants so far in 2018 is 50.000 people, compared with 186,768 last year, 1,259,955 in 2016 and 1,327,825 in 2015. The difference between reality and perceptions is so astonishing, we are clearly witnessing one of the most brilliant manipulations in history.

  8. Mission Accomplished: 15 Years of Peacekeeping Success in Liberia

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 (IPS) - Kingsley Ighobor, Africa Renewal* On a bright, sunny day in January this year, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf turned over power to George Weah, a decorated soccer star, following peaceful and successful elections. This marked Liberia's first democratic transfer of power in more than 70 years.

  9. A UN Parliament Gains Support in an Age of Divisive Political Leaders

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 (IPS) - A long standing proposal for the creation of a UN Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) is slowly gathering momentum.

    The 751-member European Parliament (EP) in Strasbourg has called on the European Union (EU) to extend its support for the establishment of the proposed new body -- specifically with a resolution before the upcoming 73rd session of the 193-member UN General Assembly (UNGA), which begins in mid-September.

  10. A Gender-Specific Approach To Counter-Terrorism

    Thursday, July 12, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 12 (IPS) - Understanding the different way that terrorists target women and how to prevent their recruitment could play a significant role in counter-terrorism efforts, and is gaining increased recognition among the international community.

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