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What Selfies Have in Common with the SDGs

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 16 (IPS) - "My cousin was a very successful and distinguished student. She said that she finished high school with excellent grades and enrolled in college, but a month later, her parents forced her to leave school and burned all her books and studying material. So, the girl set fire to herself."

Pakistani Rights Advocates Fight Losing Battle to End Child Marriages

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

LAHORE, Jul 16 (IPS) - At first glance, there is nothing very unusual about Muhammad Asif Umrani. A resident of Rojhan city located in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, he is expectantly awaiting the birth of his first child, barely a year after his wedding day.

U.N.'s New Development Goals Must Also Be Measurable for Rich

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 15 (IPS) - The United Nations is on the verge of releasing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - perhaps 17 or more - to replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which will run out by the end of 2015.

South Sudanese Children Starving While Aid Falling Short

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Jul 15 (IPS) - Even as aid workers are warning that children in South Sudan are falling victim to mass malnutrition, international agencies are said to be missing their fundraising goals to avert a looming famine in the country.

OPINION: Why Asia-Europe Relations Matter in the 21st Century

Monday, July 14, 2014

BRUSSELS, Jul 14 (IPS) - Hopes are high that the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting – or ASEM summit – to be held in Milan on October 16-17 will confirm the credibility and relevance of Asia-Europe relations in the 21st century.

Mexican Farmers Oppose Expansion of Transgenic Crops

Monday, July 14, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Jul 14 (IPS) - Bean grower Manuel Alvarado is part of the majority of producers in Mexico who consider it unnecessary to introduce genetically modified varieties of beans, as the government is promoting.

From Tigers to Barbers: Tales of Sri Lanka’s Ex-Combatants

Monday, July 14, 2014

KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Jul 14 (IPS) - People are willing to wait a long time for a few minutes in the hands of Aloysius Patrickeil, a 32-year-old barber who is part-owner of a small shop close to the northern town of Kilinochchi, 320 km from Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.

Proposed Arms Embargo on Syria a Political Mockery

Monday, July 14, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 14 (IPS) - When the 15-member Security Council, the most powerful body at the United Nations, fails to resolve a military conflict, it invariably exercises one of its tried, and mostly failed, options: punish the warring parties by imposing punitive sanctions.

Europe and the United States, Allies in Crisis

Monday, July 14, 2014

BARCELONA, Jul 14 (IPS) - A few decades ago, even before the end of the Cold War and before and after Ronald Reagan's election to the White House, analyses regularly referred to U.S. decadence. At other times, it was Europe's turn for pessimistic descriptions, especially when it could not overcome its ambivalence over deepening integration, and above all because of the failure of its constitutional project. 

Outdated Approaches Fuelling TB in Russia, Say NGOs

Monday, July 14, 2014

MOSCOW, Jul 14 (IPS) - When Veronika Sintsova was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 2009, she spent six months in hospital before being discharged and allowed to continue treatment as an outpatient.

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