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  1. 'I Want my Kids to Know What a Rhino and Turtle Are' - #ClimateStrike Kids Say

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Sep 20 (IPS) - IPS Correspondent Crystal Oderson took to the streets in Cape Town, South Africa and chatted to children about the #ClimateStrike.From Nigeria, to Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo, to South Africa, thousands of African climate campaigners have taken to the streets joining millions globally for the global Climate Strike ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019, which starts in New York next week.

  2. Hiring for Inclusion

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    HYDERABAD, TELANGANA, India, Sep 20 (IPS) - As companies begin to focus on hiring people with disabilities, we need to shape how they think and act on this interest.

  3. OPINION: Why We Need Religion More than Ever in the Pursuit of Peace

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    GENEVA, Sep 20 (IPS) - The proliferation of political crises and armed conflicts in every corner of the world does not exclude religious groups, which unfortunately also contribute to animosities, intolerance and hatred. The Middle East has been on the hit-list of violet extremist groups for decades.

    One telling example is Syria where clashes have on occasion taken religious or denominational overtones, fracturing Syrian society for decades to come. They have given rise to sectarian divisions along ethnic and religious lines in a country where inter-religious harmony once prevailed. We observe a similar situation in Iraq.

    In Myanmar, government security forces unleased a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing and hatred against the Muslim Rohingya population. The military crackdown on the Rohingya community has significantly aggravated inter-communal violence in the country.

    And in the Central African Republic, armed militant groups sloganizing misrepresentations of Islam and Christianity, commit abuses and human rights violations on each other on a daily basis.

  4. Boko Haram’s Youngest Victims

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    Sep 19 (IPS) - "Khadija" was just 8 years old when Boko Haram fighters attacked her village in northeast Nigeria and took her by force to their camp. Her abductors tried to marry her and other captives to members of the armed Islamist group, she told me. When the captives refused, they were locked in a room.  

  5. NYC Library Ditches Controversial Saudi Royal MBS’ Event

    Thursday, September 19, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 19 (IPS) - A New York library appeared to bow to pressure this week when it canceled an event that was being co-hosted by Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is accused of a range of human rights abuses.

  6. As Climate Crisis Worsens & Poverty Rises, UN Appears Off-Track on Development Agenda

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - The two key goals in the UN's development agenda are the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger by 2030.

    But most of the world's developing nations, currently fighting a losing battle against rising poverty and hunger –and suffering from the devastating impact of climate change-- are likely to miss the deadline for most of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the latest report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

  7. Human trafficking: A Disorganised Response to an Organised Crime

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    KOLKATA, India, Sep 18 (IPS) - Human trafficking is perhaps one of the most well-organised crimes being committed in India. How else do we explain the phenomenon of adolescent girls and young women from remote villages across India being found in brothels in our cities?

  8. When the Search for Jobs Ends in Slavery

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    KAMPALA, Sep 18 (IPS) - In 2017 Zubedah Nakitende's electronics shop was robbed and thieves wiped out her entire stock. But she had heard from a colleague about lucrative jobs in Jordan and decided to take on work as a domestic helper, earning an income of 740 dollars a month.

  9. Petition and Critics of Khashoggi Killing Heap Pressure on U.N.-Saudi Event

    Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    UNITED NATIONS, Sep 18 (IPS) - The United Nations faces growing public opposition to an event it is co-hosting with a Saudi Arabian charity only days before the anniversary of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  10. A New World? Are the Americas Returning to Old Problems?

    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Sep 12 (IPS) - When I in 1980 first arrived in America it was a new world to me. I went from New York to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and like so many visitors and migrants before me I was overwhelmed by both familiar and strange impressions. Familiar due to books I had read and movies I had seen, strange since I encountered unexpected things and new because both I and several of those I met compared themselves to the "old world", i.e. Euroasia and parts of Africa.

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