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Taking Child Workers Out of El Salvador’s Sugar Cane Fields

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The participation of children and teenagers in the sugar cane harvest, a dangerous agricultural activity, will soon be a thing of the past in El Salvador, where the practice drew international attention 10 years ago. “Before, when I was a kid, my brothers would take me along to help them cut sugar cane, it wasn’t […]

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Opinion: A Long History of Predatory Practices Against Developing Countries

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In this column, Kinda Mohamadieh, a researcher at the South Centre, argues that the predatory practices of ‘vulture funds’ and their systemic implications represent a threat to the development of indebted poor countries.

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Child Labour on U.S. Tobacco Farms: A Stubborn Problem in a Billion-Dollar Industry

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
For many young people, the summer is synonymous with free time, relaxation, or family vacations. For less fortunate kids the summer means labour, with scores of youths taking on part-time work to support their families. In the U.S., not only is this work not optional, it is also unhealthy – especially for those unfortunate enough […]

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Situation in Besieged Yarmouk Camp ‘One of the Most Severe Ever’

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The head of the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees has described the situation inside the Syrian refugee camp of Yarmouk, under attack by Islamic State (IS) militants, as “one of the most severe ever” for the already spartan camp. Fighters allegedly from the IS, and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra, began their attack on the camp, […]

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Threats to Afghan Women Rights Defenders Being Met with Blind Eye

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan face mounting violence but are being abandoned by their own government – and the international community is doing far too little to ease their plight – despite the significant gains they have fought to achieve, says Amnesty International in a new report released Apr. 7. The report titled ‘Their […]

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Israeli Forces Target Journalists in West Bank

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
It is becoming increasingly risky to cover clashes and protests between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters in the West Bank as the number of journalists injured, in what appears to be deliberate targeting by Israeli security forces, continues to rise. During the last 12 months, Israel’s Foreign Press Association (FPA) has issued numerous protests […]

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Women Still Struggling to Gain Equal Foothold in Nepal

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Kali Sunar, 25, a resident of the Dumpada village in the remote Humla District in Far-West Nepal, lives a life that mirrors millions of her contemporaries. From the minute she rises early in the morning until she finally rests her head at night, this rural woman’s chief concern is how to meet her family’s basic, […]

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Land Seizures Speeding Up, Leaving Africans Homeless and Landless

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people facing displacement by the affluent and the powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists here say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today […]

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