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Aleppo Struggles to Provide for Basic Needs as Regime Closes In

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The single, heavily damaged supply road remaining into the rebel-held, eastern area of the city is acutely exposed to enemy fire. All lorries with wheat for the areas’ underground bakeries, soap for hygiene purposes, and fuel for vehicles and generators travel by this route. While snipers focus on this road and other frontlines throughout the […]

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Kenya’s Own ‘Erin Brokovich’ Changes Lives of Girl Survivors of Sexual Abuse

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Surrounded by endless rows of green tea plants, Mary carefully picked a leaf and placed it into a basket next to her. It seemed like an ordinary day at work for the 13-year-old girl from Meru, in central Kenya. After work she escaped to the adjacent farm for privacy, but was instead attacked and raped […]

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Gabriel García Márquez – the Last Visit

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In this column, Ignacio Ramonet, director of the Spanish language edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, writes about the last time he saw Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away on Apr. 17.

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Egypt’s Poor Easy Victims of Quack Medicine

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Posted by admin 19 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Magda Ibrahim first learnt that she had endometrial cancer when she went to a clinic to diagnose recurring bladder pain and an abnormal menstrual discharge. Unable to afford the recommended hospital treatment, the uninsured 53-year-old widow turned to what she hoped would be a quicker and cheaper therapy. A local Muslim sheikh claimed religious incantations, […]

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The Deadly Occupation Attracting Kenya’s Youth

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Posted by admin 20 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Allan Karanja, 22, is a sand harvester. His job is a complex and arduous one that involves him working in deep pits, equipped only with a shovel, crowbar and no protective gear, as he mines sand. It’s also a deadly occupation. In Rhonda area, situated south of Nakuru town and next to Lake Nakuru National Park, […]

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Cuba’s Balsero Crisis Still an Open Wound, 20 Years On

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Posted by admin 20 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Tears, silence and evasive responses are the reactions from Cubans when they are asked about the “balseros” or rafters crisis; two decades after an exodus without parallel in Latin America, it remains a taboo subject in this Caribbean island nation. Balseros was the term coined at the time to refer to those who set out […]

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Asia Looks to Innovation to Achieve Sustainability

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Posted by admin 20 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Innovation in the fields of renewable energy, food production, water conservation, education and health will be crucial for the developing economies of Asia to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are slated to expire in 2015, are aimed at fostering economic […]

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OPINION: Toward an Inclusive TPP Trade Pact

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Posted by admin 20 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have been hitting headlines recently, but not for all the right reasons. The media provides an incomplete picture of its implications, focusing mainly on its process and pre-occupations of the main parties to the negotiations. These negotiations, including the most recent meetings that took place in Ottawa, Canada, in July […]

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