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Friday, September 16, 2016

The Week with IPS 9/16/2016

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Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People – Part 2
Zahra Moloo
The Bambuti people were the original inhabitants of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oldest national park in Africa whose boundaries date back to 1925 when it was first carved out by King Albert of Belgium. But forbidden from living or hunting inside, the Bambuti now ... MORE > >

How Latin American Women Fought for Women’s Rights in the UN Charter
Phoebe Braithwaite
It was little-known Brazilian delegate Bertha Lutz who led a band of female delegates responsible for inscribing the equal rights of women and men in the UN Charter at the San Francisco Conference on International Organisation in 1945. “The mantle is falling off the shoulders of the ... MORE > >

Italy’s Second Economy: The Impact of Bangladeshi Migration
Dominique Von Rohr and Rose Delaney
Hardly a street can be found in Rome without a Bangladeshi-run mini-market. Much like the typical Italian coffee bars, they have now become an intrinsic part of Roman infrastructure. So embedded have these “Bangladeshi mini-marts” become in the Italian capital, one would struggle to think as ... MORE > >

UN Summit Won't Resolve Refugee Resettlement Impasse
Phoebe Braithwaite
Next week’s landmark UN summit on refugees and migrants was supposed to help resettle one in ten refugees, instead UN member states have settled for vague gestures, including a campaign to end xenophobia. Human rights organisations and humanitarian actors alike have expressed disappointment ... MORE > >

Fish Farming, a Challenge and Opportunity for Small Farmers in Brazil’s Amazon
Mario Osava
Domingo Mendes da Silva has lost track of how many visitors he has received at his 10-hectare farm in northwest Brazil. He estimates “more than 500,” including aquaculture technicians, government officials, peasant farmers, journalists and other people interested in fish farming. The attraction ... MORE > >

Militarised Conservation Threatens DRC’s Indigenous People - Part 1
Zahra Moloo
It is late afternoon when a light drizzle begins to fall over a group of young men seated together in Mudja, a village that lies approximately 20 kilometres north of Goma on the outskirts of the Virunga National Park. Mudja is home to a community of around 40 families of indigenous Bambuti, also ... MORE > >

UN Shaky on Protection of Journalists and Right to Information
Thalif Deen
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, one of the strongest advocates of press freedom, is facing two politically-sensitive issues which are beyond his decision-making jurisdiction: a proposal for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) aimed at providing journalists with the right to access information, ... MORE > >

Making African Palm Oil Production Sustainable
Emilio Godoy
“In San Lorenzo they cut down the jungle to plant African oil palms. The only reason they didn’t expand more was that indigenous people managed to curb the spread,” Ecuadorean activist Santiago Levy said during the World Conservation Congress. Levy, the head of the non-governmental Foundation ... MORE > >

Myths, Secrets and Inequality Surround Ugandan Women's Sex Lives
Lyndal Rowlands
Mambera Hellem tells her friends and neighbours about all forms of contraception, yet despite their high HIV risk she knows many of the women she speaks to will not use condoms. When I ask Mambera and her friend Kyolaba Amina if it is a woman or a man who decides to wear a condom, Kyolaba ... MORE > >

Conservation Congress Sets Ambitious Target to Protect Oceans
Guy Dinmore
A major environmental conference of governments and NGOs has called on nations to set aside at least 30 percent of the world’s oceans as “highly protected” areas by 2030, but delegates said opposition from China, Japan and South Africa had seriously undermined chances of success. Ambitious and ... MORE > >

Will the World’s Largest Single Market Transform Africa Fortunes?
Busani Bafana
Getting just a sliver of the global trade in goods and services worth more than 70 trillion dollars, Africans have every excuse to decide to trade among themselves. Many argue that it is the only way to leverage trade to secure a better life for the continent’s more than a billion people who ... MORE > >

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