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Elections Offer Little Solace to Sri Lanka’s Poor

Friday, November 28, 2014

COLOMBO, Nov 28 (IPS) - Priyantha Wakvitta is used to seeing his adopted city, Colombo, transform into a landscape of bright sparkling lights and window dressing towards the end of the year.

Democratising the Fight against Malnutrition

Thursday, November 27, 2014

ROME, Nov 27 (IPS) - There is a new dimension to the issue of malnutrition – governments, civil society and the private sector have started to come together around a common nutrition agenda.

OPINION: All Family Planning Should Be Voluntary, Safe and Fully Informed

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (IPS) - The tragic deaths and injuries of women following sterilisation in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh have sparked global media coverage and public concern and outrage.

Women on the Edge of Land and Life

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SUNDARBANS, India, Nov 26 (IPS) - November is the cruelest month for landless families in the Indian Sundarbans, the largest single block of tidal mangrove forest in the world lying primarily in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal.

Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

MANILA, Nov 26 (IPS) - Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified ‘golden rice' that is fortified with beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A, could ruin his livelihood.

Laying the Foundations of a World Citizens Movement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 26 (IPS) - Has organised civil society, bound up in internal bureaucracy, in slow, tired processes and donor accountability, become simply another layer of a global system that perpetuates injustice and inequality?

Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) - -"A recurring nightmare for me is I'm trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I'm yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us."

Central American Civil Society Calls for Protection of Local Agriculture at COP20

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

SAN JOSE, Nov 25 (IPS) - Worried about the effects of global warming on agriculture, water and food security in their communities, social organisations in Central America are demanding that their governments put a priority on these issues in the COP20 climate summit.

Civil Society Freedoms Merit Role in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (IPS) - Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, an advocacy NGO, is facing criminal charges for sending a tweet that said: "many Bahrain men who joined terrorism and ISIS have come from the security institutions and those institutions were the first ideological incubator".

Nuclear Weapons as Bargaining Chips in Global Politics

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 25 (IPS) - Has the world reached a stage where nuclear weapons may be used as bargaining chips in international politics?

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