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Cuba and U.S. Skirt Obstacles to Normalisation of Ties

Monday, January 26, 2015

HAVANA, Jan 26 (IPS) - The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalise relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. But what stood out in the talks was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women.

OPINION: Looking Two Steps Ahead into Saudi Arabia’s Future

Monday, January 26, 2015

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (IPS) - Much has been written about King Abdullah's legacy and what Saudi Arabia accomplished or failed to accomplish during his reign in terms of reform and human rights. Very little has been written about the role that Muhammad bin Nayef, the newly appointed deputy to the crown prince, could play in the new Saudi Arabia under King Salman.

Not Without Our Daughters: Lambada Women Fight Infanticide and Child Trafficking

Monday, January 26, 2015

CHANDAMPET, India, Jan 26 (IPS) - At 11 years of age, Banawat Gangotri already has four years of work experience as a farm labourer. The child, a member of the nomadic Lambada community from the village of Bugga Thanda in India's southern Telangana state, plucked cotton and chillies from nine a.m. until 5 p.m. for about a dollar daily.

Aboriginal Businesses Stimulate Positive Change in Australia

Monday, January 26, 2015

MOSSMAN, Queensland, Australia, Jan 26 (IPS) - Roy Roger Gibson, an indigenous Kuku Yalanji elder, would watch thousands of tourists and vehicles trampling his pristine land while working on the sugarcane fields in Far North Queensland. His people were suffering and their culture was being eroded. The native wildlife was disappearing. He dreamt of turning this around.

After Nine Years of Foot-Dragging, U.N. Ready for Talks on High Seas Treaty

Sunday, January 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 25 (IPS) - After four days of intense negotiations - preceded by nine years of dilly-dallying - the United Nations has agreed to convene an intergovernmental conference aimed at drafting a legally binding treaty to conserve marine life and govern the mostly lawless high seas beyond national jurisdiction.

OPINION: Greece Gives EU the Chance to Rediscover Its Social Responsibility

Saturday, January 24, 2015

COVENTRY, England, Jan 24 (IPS) - The European Union should not be afraid of the leftist opposition party Syriza winning the Greek election, but see it as a chance to rediscover its founding principle - the social dimension that created it and without which it cannot survive.

Forced Disappearances Are Humanitarian Crisis in Mexico

Friday, January 23, 2015

MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (IPS) - The Mexican government will face close scrutiny from the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances – a phenomenon that made international headlines after 43 students from a rural teachers college were killed in September in Iguala, in a case that has not yet been fully clarified.

U.S. May Soon Stand Alone Opposing Children's Treaty

Friday, January 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (IPS) - When the East African nation of Somalia, once described as a "lawless state", ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) early this week, it left two countries in splendid isolation from the rest of the world: South Sudan and the United States.

Three Minutes Away from Doomsday

Friday, January 23, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 23 (IPS) - Unchecked climate change and the nuclear arms race have propelled the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock forward two minutes closer to midnight, from its 2012 placement of five minutes to midnight.

OPINION: Banks, Inequality and Citizens

Thursday, January 22, 2015

ROME, Jan 22 (IPS) - Every day we receive striking data on major issues which should create tumult and action, but life goes on as if those data had nothing to do with people's lives.

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