Monday , June 18th , 2018  

Brazil’s Agricultural Heavyweight Status Undermines the Food Supply

A soybean plantation in Tocantins, a state in central Brazil, where this monoculture crop is beginning to cover the best lands, following in the footsteps of the neighbouring state of Mato Grosso, the largest producer and exporter of soy and maize in the country, which “imports” the food it consumes from faraway areas. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS By Mario OsavaRIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 16 2018...

Europe, Sharing the Love?

Mediterranean waters in Spain. Credit: Photo by David Aler on Unsplash By Maged SrourROME, Jun 15 2018 (IPS) Even if arrivals of migrants into Italy by sea have decreased between 2017 and 2018 so far, recent events in the Mediterranean rim have strongly drawn attention to the migration issue and a fierce debate is now underway among European countries. On June 10, Italy’s new Interior Minister...

UAE drives discussion at annual UN Conference on rights of People of Determination

By WAMNEW YORK, Jun 15 2018 (WAM) The UAE delegation, headed by Abdullah Lootah, Director-General of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authorities, has participated in the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UAE’s engagements focused on the empowerment of all people of determination in national development, and...

Now is Not the Time to Give up on the People of DRC

Displaced women at the Simba Mosala Site in Kikwit, Democratic Republic of Congo. Credit: Badylon Kawanda Bakiman/IPS By Jean-Philippe MarcouxKINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jun 15 2018 (IPS) After more than 20 years of brutal conflict, few might believe that things could get worse in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). And yet they most dishearteningly are. In the last year, we have...

Is there Gender Parity & Reverse Sexual Harassment at UN?

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jun 14 2018 (IPS) Faced with growing allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) in the UN system, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres last year announced a “zero-tolerance” policy to fight harassment in the world body. But UN Women, which was created in July 2010 and dedicated to gender empowerment, has moved one step further– and appointed an Executive...

From Fake News to a Fake Death

Arkady Babchenko. Credit: Wikimedia Commons By Ed HoltKIEV, Jun 14 2018 (IPS) When news broke on May 29th that journalist Arkady Babchenko had been murdered in Ukraine, serious questions about the safety of journalists in the country were raised. When news broke less than 24-hours later that Babchenko’s murder had been staged by the Ukrainian security service, serious questions about the credibility...

IOM Urges Restraint, Calls for Protection of Migrants in Hodeidah Operation

By International Organization for MigrationSana’a, Jun 14 2018 (IOM) The military offensive on Yemen’s busy port city of Hodeidah, which began yesterday (13/06), is putting the lives of 600,000 people at risk. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, warns of the drastic impacts that the military operation is having on migrants and humanitarian access to all affected communities. With its UN and other partners,...

You Are More Powerful than You Think!

Credit: UNCCD By Monique BarbutBONN, Jun 14 2018 (IPS) Are you overwhelmed by the depressing news coming at you daily? Conflict, forced migrants, famine, floods, hurricanes, extinction of species, climate change, threats of war … a seemingly endless list. It might surprise you, but you can really make a difference on many of these issues. Just like every raindrop counts towards a river and every...

Farmers from Central America and Brazil Join Forces to Live with Drought

After a day working on the land where he grows corn and beans, Víctor de León serves himself freshly purified water, one of the benefits of the climate change adaptation project in the Central American Dry Corridor region, La Colmena village, in the municipality of Candelaria de la Frontera, in the western department of Santa Ana, El Salvador. Credit: Edgardo Ayala/IPS By Edgardo AyalaCANDELARIA...

Stop Neglecting African Conflicts

A group of displaced men, women, and children find refuge at a church on the outskirts of Nyunzu village in eastern Congo. Pastor Mbuyu (pictured) looks after them. Credit: NRC/Christian Jepsen By Will HigginbothamUNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2018 (IPS) Conflicts have uprooted millions across several African nations and we must not forget them, said a human rights group. Norwegian Refugee Council’s (NRC)...