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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Week with IPS

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The Art of Covering Up in Somaliland
James Jeffrey
Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Hargeisa, Somaliland’s sun-blasted capital, women in various traditional Islamic modes of dress barter, argue and joke with men—much of it particularly volubly. Somaliland women are far from submissive and docile. Somaliland’s culture is strongly influenced ... MORE > >

'Fujimorismo' Defeated…But Still Powerful
Ángel Páez
It is finally official: Pedro Pablo Kuczynski won Peru's presidential elections by the thinnest of leads, and Keiko Fujimori once again just barely missed becoming president - although her party holds a solid majority in Congress, which means it will have a strong influence during the next ... MORE > >

A Triple Threat in the Fight Against AIDS
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
The exclusion of key regions, contexts and actors must be addressed in order to successfully and significantly reduce HIV and AIDS by 2020, many have noted during the High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS this week. The meeting, which brings together UN member states and civil society, aims to ... MORE > >

Uruguay Seeks Future as Oil Producer in Ultra-Deep Waters
Veronica Firme
Uruguay is just weeks away from finding out if it will have a chance to stop being totally reliant on oil imports at some point in the future, when the first offshore exploration well in national waters – which set a new world record in terms of water depth - is completed. Since Mar. 30, the ... MORE > >

‘What Can We Do for You?’ Aid Projects Pour Into Myanmar
Guy Dinmore
International aid agencies, big and small, are beating a path to Myanmar, relishing the prospect of launching projects in a nation of 51 million people tentatively emerging from more than five decades of military rule. Nay Pyi Taw, the grandiose but forlorn capital built in the dry-zone interior ... MORE > >

Asia-Pacific Region Aims at Hunger-Free Goal by 2030
Thalif Deen
The Asia Pacific region - home to two of the world's most populous countries - faces major food security challenges. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), both China and India are not only two of the world's biggest producers of food but also the world's biggest consumers. Dr. ... MORE > >

Thousands of Minor Refugees Stranded Alone in Greece
Apostolis Fotiadis
Closure of the Western Balkans route has trapped tens of thousands of refugees heading to Central and Northern Europe in Greece, including many unaccompanied minors who either escaped from war zones after having lost their relatives, or were sent ahead in hopes of helping their families follow ... MORE > >

Humanitarian Aid – Business As Unusual?
Baher Kamal
Big business is most often seen by human rights defenders and civil society organisations as “bad news,” as those huge heartless, soulless corporations whose exclusive goal is to make the biggest profits possible. Too often and in too many cases this is a proven fact. Meanwhile, the United ... MORE > >

UN-Backed Findings Reveal Startling Small Arms Trade Increase
Aruna Dutt
A report released by The Small Arms Survey here Monday shows the alarming rate at which the trade of small arms and light weapons has been increasing. Under Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN last September, UN member states have agreed to significantly reduce ... MORE > >

New Protocol Aims to Cut Trillion-Dollar Food Waste Bill
Stella Paul
Four years ago, 27-year-old Tsering Dorji of western Bhutan’s Satsam village took to organic vegetable farming. Since then, thanks to composted manure and organic pesticide, the soil health of his farm has improved, and the yield has increased manifold. Dorji, once a subsistence farmer, now has ... MORE > >

Polynesian Voyagers Bring Messages of Hope to UN on World Oceans Day
Lyndal Rowlands
Polynesian voyagers who have sailed the world by canoe using ancient navigation skills will bring pledges they collected along the way to the UN on Wednesday as part of World Oceans Day celebrations. The voyagers sailed the Hōkūle‘a canoe to New York to deliver the pledges from countries and ... MORE > >

“Them” and “Us”, a Metaphor for Urban Inequality
Fabiana Frayssinet
For the inhabitants of “Bajo Autopista” (Under the Freeway), a slum built under an expressway in the Argentine capital, “they” are the people who live in areas with everything that is denied to “us” – a simple definition of social inclusion and a metaphor for urban inequality. Karina Ríos’ roof ... MORE > >

Coral Reef Tourism in Danger as Reefs Struggle to Adapt to Warming
Lyndal Rowlands
A recent UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report on world heritage sites in danger from climate change received widespread media attention after the Australian government requested the removal of a chapter on the Great Barrier Reef. However the Great Barrier Reef ... MORE > >

No More Dumping of Milk in Laikipia
Daniel Sitole
Daniel Mithamo, 28, grew up knowing that dairy farming is about producing milk in large quantities. You sell a few litres, consume some with your family, and dump the rest for lack of cold storage and decent roads to access markets. Mithamo little knew that one day he would manage a successful ... MORE > >

Q&A: Crisis and Climate Change Driving Unprecedented Migration
Manipadma Jena
Climate change is now adding new layers of complexity to the nexus between migration and the environment. Coastal populations are at particular risk as a global rise in temperature of between 1.1 and 3.1 degrees C would increase the mean sea level by 0.36 to 0.73 meters by 2100, adversely ... MORE > >

What Lies Ahead for Oceans, Seas and Marine Resources
Andrew Hudson
In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. As we mark the World Oceans Day on 8 June, let us see how we can begin this new 15 year ... MORE > >

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