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  1. Female Genital Mutilation: Not just an Emotional and Health Impact on Women but a $1.4 Billion Dollar Cost to Communities

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 13 (IPS) - When society doesn't act to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) it has a massive economic cost -- over $1 billion -- on communities globally. And while the practice is starting to become less common over time, experts say a large number of women and girls still remain affected.  

  2. War No More

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020

    NEW YORK, Feb 12 (IPS) - 75 years ago following the end of the Second World War and the first time any state has dropped an atomic bomb, not once, but twice, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 51 countries from all continents met to create the United Nations.

  3. Investigation a Crucial Tool for Preventing Child Rights Violations in Armed Conflicts

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    GENEVA, Feb 11 (IPS) - There has been a disturbing increase in violence perpetrated against children in conflicts worldwide, coupled with almost total impunity.

  4. Inequalities in Human Development in the 21st Century

    Tuesday, February 11, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11 (IPS) - Inequalities. The evidence is everywhere. And although they may be hard to measure and summarize, there is a sense in many countries that many are approaching a precipice beyond which it will be difficult to recover.

  5. World’s Young Activists at War: First, Occupy Wall Street, Next Un-Occupy Palestine

    Thursday, February 06, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 06 (IPS) - The world's young activists, numbering over 3.8 billion, are on the war path.

    The rising new socialist movements—which originated with "Black Lives Matter" and "Occupy Wall Street" (one protester's slogan read: "Un-Occupy Palestine") -- were aimed at battling racism, political repression and institutionalized inequalities in capitalist societies.

  6. Children are Bearing the Bitter Brunt of Counter-Terrorism Efforts: Report

    Wednesday, February 05, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 05 (IPS) - Counter-terrorism efforts adopted by governments around the world in response to threats of terrorism are affecting children negatively in numerous ways, a report by Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) claimed last week. 

  7. US Mideast Peace Plan: from a Paper Pharaoh & a Fake Moses

    Monday, February 03, 2020

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb 03 (IPS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was slapped corruption charges last week while he was hobnobbing with US President Donald Trump in Washington. Bibi has, apparently, done his homework in psychology. He knew the quickest way to get around Trump was to flatter him.

  8. UN Staffers Rattled by Deadly Coronavirus Pandemic

    Monday, February 03, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Feb 03 (IPS) - With over 37,500 staffers in its global Secretariat payroll, the United Nations has gone high alert as the deadly coronavirus continues to take a heavy toll worldwide.

  9. WHO Declares Coronavirus a Public Health Emergency, Highlights Need to Support Countries ‘Weaker Health Systems’

    Friday, January 31, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 31 (IPS) - Weeks into widespread panic about the "Coronavirus" that has so far killed at least 170 people in China, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday declared it a public health emergency. As of Friday, the disease had spread to all the regions in Mainland China, with more than 7,500 cases in the country alone, according to the BBC

  10. US Mideast Peace Plan: Israelis Offered the Cheese & Palestinians the Holes

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS, Jan 30 (IPS) - The Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem has described the much-ballyhooed US Middle East peace plan as "more like Swiss cheese-- with the cheese being offered to the Israelis and the holes to the Palestinians".

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