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Friday, June 30, 2017

The Week with IPS 6/30/2017

2017/6/30 Click here for the online version of this IPS newsletter   

Ending Child Marriage Could Add Trillions to World Economy
Roshni Majumdar
The benefits of ending child marriage are many—boosting a young girl’s morale and increasing her chances of education and work, and by that virtue, curbing high population rates in developing economies and boosting growth. Still, more than 15 million children, under 18 years of age, are ... MORE > >

Southeast Asia: From Miracle To Debacle
Jomo Kwame Sundaram
The World Bank and other influential international financial institutions and development agencies have been touting Southeast Asian (SEA) newly industrializing countries as models for emulation, especially by African developing countries seeking to accelerate their development transformations. But ... MORE > >

Insurance: A Valuable Incentive for Small Farmers’ Climate Resilience
Friday Phiri
Frequent extreme weather and climate shifts pose a challenge to already vulnerable groups such as smallholder farmers in the developing world. Between 2004 and 2014, farmers are said to have endured the brunt of the 100-billion-dollar cost of climate-related disasters. With traditional insurance ... MORE > >

Education, a Building Block for Sustainable Peace
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
Millions lack access to quality education around the world—but how can the international community change this? Two years into the adoption of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which includes a goal to provide inclusive, equitable, and quality education and lifelong ... MORE > >

Chilean President’s Apology to the Mapuche People Considered “Insufficient”
Orlando Milesi
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet’s formal apology to the country’s Mapuche Indians, for the “mistakes and atrocities” committed against them by the Chilean state, is seen by indigenous and social activists in the central region of Araucanía – the heartland of the Mapuche people - as falling ... MORE > >

Did Arab Coalition Threaten to Pull Out of UN in Protest?
Thalif Deen
When Saudi Arabia – which has been spearheading a coalition of Arab states in a devastating war against Yemen since 2015 – was accused of bombing civilians, and particularly children caught up in the conflict, the government in Riyadh threatened to cut off humanitarian funding to the world ... MORE > >

China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached
Daniel Gutman
Two new nuclear power plants, to cost 14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance 85 per cent of the works. But besides the fact ... MORE > >

Any Way to Help Slow Down Climate Change... Individually?
IPS World Desk
It is no secret that the biggest responsible for climate change is greed. The greed of the world’s largest private corporations, which blindly seek unlimited high financial benefits. And the greed of those politicians who are also blindly keen about holding their temporary power at any cost, thus ... MORE > >

Europe Stands by Caribbean on Climate Funding
Desmond Brown
A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. Underlining the challenges posed by climate change, Head of the European Union ... MORE > >

Putting the Spotlight on Women Migrant Workers
Roshni Majumdar
Migrant workers, and their economic contribution to the development of both the country of origin and the host country, have caught the eye of governments and policymakers worldwide. But the hardships faced by women migrants, who disproportionately bear the brunt of discrimination at work, are ... MORE > >

Global Devaluation of Work Drives Up Unemployment in Brazil
Mario Osava
In addition to driving up the number of unemployed people to 14.2 million, the severe recession of the last two years led Brazil to join the global trend of flexibilisation of labour laws in order to further reduce labour costs. Creating more jobs without affecting rights is the basic argument ... MORE > >

The World Is Burning
IPS World Desk
Record high temperatures are gripping much of the globe and more hot weather are to come. This implies more drought, more food insecurity, more famine and more massive human displacements. In fact, extremely high May and June temperatures have broken records in parts of Europe, the Middle ... MORE > >

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