News headlines in June 2019, page 2

  1. Women’s Rights are Key in Slowing Down Population

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Sivananthi Thanenthiran* is the executive director of the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), a regional feminist NGO based in Malaysia championing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Asia Pacific.

    The increase in world population by 2 billion in the next 30 years will present a serious global challenge especially if we do not find new paradigms of development thought and renewed global political leadership.

  2. A Bad Free Trade Agreement Is Worse than Nothing

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Jun 25 (IPS) - With growing economic conflicts triggered by US President Donald Trump's novel neo-mercantilist approach to overcoming his nation's economic malaises, many voices now argue that bad free trade agreements are better than nothing.

    After US withdrawal following Trump's inauguration in early 2017, there is considerable pressure on signatory governments to quickly ratify the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the successor to the TPP.

  3. Is Inclusive Growth an Oxymoron?

    WASHINGTON DC, Jun 25 (IPS) - Pinelopi Goldberg is Chief Economist, World Bank Group.

    After participating in two events on inequality at the Spring Meetings – Making Growth Work for the Poor and Income Inequality Matters: How to Ensure Economic Growth Benefits the Many and Not the FewI received a surprising number of emails asking whether my remarks on the importance of addressing rising inequality meant I had abandoned growth as the main priority for developing countries.

  4. Blockchain Releases Farmers From the Collateral Trap

    BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jun 25 (IPS) - A Jamaican start-up has an innovative solution to help smallholder farmers—many of whom do not have the collateral demanded by financial institutions to access loans—build a track record of their production that is proving better than collateral.

  5. Partnering for Youth in Central Asia

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 25 (IPS) - Young people around the world are facing increasingly insurmountable, persistent barriers as they try to achieve their full potential and secure a prosperous future. However, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific have already begun working to ensure that no one is left behind.

  6. Liberalism and Developing Countries

    AMSTERDAM/ROME, Jun 24 (IPS) - As China rapidly replaces Europe and the USA as the key player in developing countries, the Western press is full of articles about the dangers of dealing with the Chinese.

  7. Are Hotels Dangerous? Putting in Context Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths

    STOCKHOLM / ROME, Jun 24 (IPS) -

    I stayed overnight at a motel by the E3.
    In my room a smell I'd felt before
    I stayed overnight in the echoing house.
    Many want to come in through the walls
    but most of them can´t make it:
    they´re overcome by the white hiss of oblivion.
    Anonymous singing drowns in the walls
    Discreet tappings that don´t want to be heard
    drown-out sighs
    my old repartees creeping homelessly.
    --Thomas Tranströmer The Gallery 1

    Being a frequent visitor to the Dominican Republic, where I occasionally have enjoyed the high standard, security and excellent service of its resorts, I became puzzled by recent, quiet excessive media reactions to statistically insignificant cases of deaths in these resorts. The number of demises in Dominican resorts have been more or less the same over the years and do not at all differ from those of most other tourist destinations. People die in hotels all over the world. There may even be specific reasons for this and they are far from being unique to the Dominican Republic.

  8. World’s Poorest Nations Weighed Down by Fastest Growing Populations

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 (IPS) - With a new report projecting a rise in population, specifically in Asia and Africa, the United Nations has warned that continued rapid population growth presents enormous challenges for sustainable development in the world's 134 developing nations.

  9. From Tony Blair to Mette Frederiksen

    ROME, Jun 21 (IPS) - Social Democrats, who had been steadily disappearing following the crisis of 2008, have been making a small comeback in the last year. Now they are in power in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and, most recently, in Denmark.

  10. Low-Income Countries Pay Over 20 Times More for Generic Drugs

    UNITED NATIONS, Jun 21 (IPS) - A recently-released report by the Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD) shows that generic drugs, like omeprazole (used to treat heartburn), can cost 20-30 times more in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries.