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Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban

Friday, October 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.

Cash-Strapped Human Rights Office at Breaking Point, Says New Chief

Thursday, October 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (IPS) - After six weeks in office, the new U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein of Jordan launched a blistering attack on member states for insufficient funding, thereby forcing operations in his office to the breaking point "in a world that seems to be lurching from crisis to ever-more dangerous crisis."

Vanishing Species: Local Communities Count their Losses

Thursday, October 16, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 16 (IPS) - The Mountain Chicken isn't a fowl, as its name suggests, but a frog. Kimisha Thomas, hailing from the Caribbean island nation of Dominica, remembers a time when she could find these amphibians or ‘crapaud' as locals call them "just in the backyard".

Despite Public’s War Weariness, U.S. Defence Budget May Rise

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - Despite the public's persistent war weariness, the U.S. defence budget – the world's biggest by far – may be set to rise again, according to a new study released here this week by the Center for International Policy (CIP).

High-Tech, High Yields: Caribbean Farmers Reap Benefits of ICT

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PARAMARIBO, Suriname, Oct 15 (IPS) - Farmers in the Caribbean are being encouraged to make more use of farm apps and other forms of ICT in an effort to increase the knowledge available for making sound, profitable farming decisions.

OPINION: The U.S. and a Crumbling Levant

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the international media is mesmerised by the Islamic State's advance on Kobani or ‘Ayn al-Arab on the Syrian-Turkish border, Arab states and the United States would need to look beyond Kobani's fate and the Islamic State's territorial successes and defeats.

Facing Storms Without the Mangrove Wall

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ATHENS, Oct 15 (IPS) - As the cyclonic storm Hudhud ripped through India's eastern state of Andhra Pradesh, home to two million people, at a land speed of over 190 kilometres per hour on Sunday, it destroyed electricity and telephone infrastructure, damaged the airport, and laid waste to thousands of thatched houses, as well as rice fields, banana plantations and sugarcane crops throughout the state.

Family Farming – A Way of Life

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ROME, Oct 15 (IPS) - It does not make the headlines, but 2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) and family farming will be centre-stage at this year's World Food Day on Oct. 16 at the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.

Biodiversity, Climate Change Solutions Inextricably Linked

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PYEONGCHANG, Republic of Korea, Oct 14 (IPS) - The remarkable biodiversity of the countries of the Caribbean, already under stress from human impacts like land use, pollution, invasive species, and over-harvesting of commercially valuable species, now faces an additional threat from climate change.

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