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OPINION: The Islamic State’s Ideology Is Grounded in Saudi Education

Friday, October 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (IPS) - According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group's "Amir al-Mu'minin," presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to "eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences."

Iraqi Christians Seek Shelter in Jordan after IS Threats

Friday, October 31, 2014

AMMAN, Oct 31 (IPS) - Watching videos and pictures on social media of the advance of the Islamic State (IS) inside Syria made it all seem far from reality to Iraqi Marvin Nafee.

Fossil Fuels Won’t Benefit Africa in Absence of Sound Environmental Policies

Thursday, October 30, 2014

NAIROBI, Oct 30 (IPS) - Recent discoveries of sizeable natural gas reserves and barrels of oil in a number of African countries — including Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya — have economists hopeful that the continent can boost and diversify its largely agriculture-based economy. 

OPINION: Keeping All Girls in School is One Way to Curb Child Marriage in Tanzania

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Oct 29 (IPS) - "You cannot continue with your education. You have to get married because this man has already paid dowry for you," Matilda H's father told her. Matilda, from Tanzania, was 14 and had just passed her primary school exams and had been admitted to secondary school. She pleaded with her father to allow her to continue her education, but he refused.  

OPINION: The West Prefers Military Order Against History

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 (IPS) - More senseless bombing of Muslims, more defeats for the United States-West, more ISIS-type movements, more West-Islam polarisation. Any way out?

OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights, and Poverty – Making the Links

Monday, October 27, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A Jungle Shrine Awaits its Blessed Moment

Monday, October 27, 2014

MADHU, Sri Lanka, Oct 27 (IPS) - Rising out of a thick forest about 17 km from the nearest main road, the Madhu Church is a symbol of spiritual harmony and tranquility. When the wind blows you hear the leaves rustle. Other times a solemn silence hangs in the air. Old-timers say that once, almost an entire generation ago, the grass grew six feet high in the church compound, and elephants wandered through it.

Zimbabwe’s Rich Fuel Inequality Through Illicit Financial Flows

Monday, October 27, 2014

HARARE, Oct 27 (IPS) - Zimbabwe has lost 12 billion dollars in illicit financial flows over the last three decades and experts say this illegal practice is perpetuating social inequalities and poverty in this southern African nation.

India's Crusader Against Impunity

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BOSTON, Oct 25 (IPS) - As senior Indian journalist Manoj Mitta was testifying before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the U.S. Congress last month about mass violence and impunity in India, President Barack Obama escorted India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Martin Luther King Memorial.

OPINION: Renewable Energies – a Double-Edged Sword

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BONN, Oct 25 (IPS) - The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has set a target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2. One way countries can meet their obligations is to switch energy production from the burning of fossil fuels to "renewables", generally understood to include wind, wave, tidal, hydro, solar and geothermal power and biomass. 

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