News headlines in July 2019, page 2

  1. The Age of Digital Geopolitics & Proxy War Between US and China

    BERLIN, Jul 29 (IPS) - Dr Annegret Bendiek works as a researcher in the research group EU/Europe of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; Dr Nadine Godehardt is a member of the Research Group Asia of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik; David Schulze is research assistant of the research group Asia of Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik.

    The geopolitical significance of key digital technologies now takes centre stage in a new global conflict between the US and China. The dispute over the Chinese technology group Huawei exemplifies this situation. 

  2. Is Civil Society Arguing Itself out of Political Space?

    NEW YORK, Jul 29 (IPS) - Felix Dodds is Adjunct Professor at the University of North Carolina and Associate fellow at the Tellus Institute.

    As some of you will know I have a new book out Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in a Time of Fear. (Other contributors to the book were:  Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen). 

    The book's theory of change is very simple involving stakeholders in the decision making makes better-informed decisions and that those decisions are more likely to be implemented with those stakeholder's support either singularly or in partnership.

  3. Using Renewable Energy and the Circular Economy to Fight Poverty in Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Jul 29 (IPS) - On the outer edges of Buenos Aires proper, where the paved streets end and the narrow alleyways of one of Argentina's largest shantytowns begin, visitors can find the En Haccore soup kitchen.

  4. Women, Power, & Changing Face of Political Representation in Latin America & the Caribbean

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - Luis Felipe López-Calva is UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the CaribbeanGender inequality is about power asymmetries. In the late 1970s, Robert Putnam reflected on the status of women in policy decisions in his comparative study on political elites. Quoting Elizabeth Vallancehe concluded that, "where power is, women aren't.".

  5. Money Grows on Trees--Don't Uproot Them

    PEMBA, Zambia, Jul 26 (IPS) - Jennifer Handondo, a small scale farmer of Choma district in southern Zambia, plants food crops such as maize mostly for her family's needs. Because of uncharacteristically high temperatures and low rainfall during the planting season in March, the divorced mother who single-handedly supports her three children, has not been able to harvest as much as she usually does. So she has diversified into selling seedlings of neem, Moringa and other medicinal trees.

  6. How Widespread is Human Trafficking in the US?

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 26 (IPS) - This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group.

    The United States is no exception to the practice of modern day slavery—a crime for which it is rarely held accountable at the United Nations.

  7. The Role of Education in Breaking down the Walls of Ignorance

    GENEVA, Jul 26 (IPS) - Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies through education.

    Education constitutes an important building block to enhance inter-faith dialogue, cultural exchange between ethnic and linguistic groups, counter violent extremist narratives and promote peaceful and inclusive societies. The founder of Modern India, Mahatma Gandhi, once said:

  8. World Day against Trafficking in Persons

    ROME, Jul 25 (IPS) - The darkest underbelly of human existence hides right in front of us – modern day slaves are the foundation of the third largest criminal economy on the planet.

  9. Nigeria Finally Throws its Weight Behind African Continental Free Trade Area

    ABUJA, Nigeria, Jul 25 (IPS) - Paul Okolo is a freelance journalist and communications consultant based in Abuja, Nigeria. He has worked for several news organization, including Voice of America, Bloomberg, Reuters and Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, among others. He has a Master's in Journalism from Cardiff University in the U.K.

    On 7 July 2019, Nigeria finally threw its weight behind the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the treaty at a summit of African heads of state in Niamey. In normal circumstances, that shouldn't have been big news.

  10. Human Rights Watch Disappoints on Human Rights

    GENEVA, Jul 25 (IPS) - On 22 July 2019, Kenneth Roth published an article in Publico, Lisbon, entitled: "UN Chief Guterres has disappointed on Human Rights".