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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Week with IPS 9/23/2016


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Population Growth Extremes: Doublers and Decliners
Joseph Chamie
While the world’s population of 7.4 billion is growing at 1.1 percent per year – about half the peak level of the late 1960s – enormous differences in demographic growth among countries are increasingly evident and of mounting concern to countries and the international community. 3At one extreme ... MORE > >

Starting Line Draws Nearer for Global Climate Agreement
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
The Paris Climate Agreement is on the verge of coming into force after 31 nations officially deposited their instruments of ratification here Wednesday, more than doubling the number of countries which have joined so far to reach 60. However the treaty will not yet enter into force, since ... MORE > >

UN Refugee Summits Fall Short for Children
Phoebe Braithwaite
As Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini opened the floor for US President Barack Obama’s leaders’ summit on refugees, she embodied a hope unavailable to most child refugees. On Monday, ​the United States was one of the main countries to obstruct a UN Declaration ​that no child should ever be ... MORE > >

Yazidi Survivor of ISIL Appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador
Lindah Mogeni
Yazidi Nadia Murad - who survived being kidnapped and forced into sexual slavery by ISIL - was honoured by the UN on Friday September 16 for her work to help human trafficking survivors. At a ceremony held ahead of the International Day of Peace Murad was appointed as the UNODC (United ... MORE > >

Migrant Workers in the Gulf Feel Pinch of Falling Oil Prices
Irfan Ahmed
In the Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a number of medium and large-sized buses can be spotted transporting workers clad in company uniforms to distant worksites early in the morning. In the evening or, in certain cases, late at night, these workers are brought ... MORE > >

Argentina at Risk of an Educational System Serving the Market
Fabiana Frayssinet
In Argentina, teachers, students and trade unionists are protesting against mass redundancies in education, which they say are part of a process of undermining public education and a move towards a new model based on market needs. “An educational model is emerging that is no longer focused on ... MORE > >

UN Refugee Summit: "No Cause for Comfort"
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
With record numbers of forcibly displaced persons around the world, many were left disappointed by the outcome of a high level UN summit designed to address the issue by bringing together world leaders on the sidelines of the UN's annual General Assembly. During the first-ever summit on ... MORE > >

No One Is Indispensable in a Democracy
Oscar Arias Sanchez
I have put a great deal of thought into whether or not to return to politics. Groups from different political parties, and without party affiliation, have expressed their concern over the current situation in the country and have offered me their support. And the opinion polls indicate that I would ... MORE > >

Muslims in Europe: Can There Be Social Harmony ?
Rose Delaney
Although 20 million Muslims reside in Western Europe, establishing social harmony between the Muslim community and their European counterparts has proved exceedingly challenging.Much to the dismay of international humanitarian agencies and anti-racism activists,the language of exclusion and ... MORE > >

Microsensor-Fitted Locust Swarms? Sci-fi Meets Conservation
Manipadma Jena
Every November, India’s Gahirmatha beach in the Indian Ocean region develops a brownish-grey rash for 60 to 80 days. Half-a-million female Olive Ridley turtles emerge out of the waves to lay their eggs, over a hundred each. For the sheer numbers, this arrival is hard to miss. However, knowledge ... MORE > >

Caribbean: Rethinking Progress in Sustainable Development Era
Jessica Faieta
Caribbean countries make a special case for development. The high and increasing exposure to hazards, combined with very open and trade-dependent economies with limited diversification and competitiveness portray a structurally and environmentally vulnerable region, composed, in the most part, of ... MORE > >

New Government Inherits Conflict over Peru's Biggest Mine
Aramis Castro and Milagros Salazar
Of the 150 socioeconomic conflicts related to the extractive industries that Peru’s new government inherited, one of the highest-profile is the protest by the people living near the biggest mining project in the history of the country: Las Bambas. The enormous open-pit copper mine in the ... MORE > >

European Security with or Without Russia?
Consequences of the Chinese-Russian Alliance on the Relationship Between USA and EU

Roberto Savio
The joint military manoeuvres between the Russian and Chinese navies, armies, and air forces has kicked off. It's a clear message for Washington, which has recently strengthened its action in Asia, indicating that as a country that overlooks the Pacific, it wants to play an important role in the ... MORE > >

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