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Years in the Making, Arms Trade Treaty Enters into Force

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Posted by admin 32 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
A new Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) beginning on Dec. 24 represents a historic moment in global efforts to keep weapons proliferation in check. Nounou Booto Meeti, programme director at the Centre for Peace, Security and Armed Violence Prevention, told IPS that in her own home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the uncontrolled trade […]

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For Zimbabweans, Universal Education May be an Unattainable Goal

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Posted by admin 32 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Zimbabwe boasts of one of the highest rates of literacy across Africa but, but without free primary education, achieving universal primary education here may remain a pipe dream, educationists say. It would also defeat Zimbabwe’s quest to reach the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the deadline of 2015. One of the MDGs requires […]

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Pakistan’s Return to Death Penalty Contravenes International Treaties

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Posted by admin 32 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Pakistan’s announcement that it has lifted the moratorium on the death penalty in response to the Dec. 16 attack on the Army Public School and College in Peshawar continues to draw severe criticism from human rights groups, which say that this contravenes international treaties signed by Pakistan. “We are extremely concerned over the death penalty […]

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Model Villages in Rural India Fight Massive Sanitation Problem

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Posted by admin 33 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Rural India faces sanitation problems beyond Western imagination. With its 1.25 billion inhabitants, nearly 800 million people in the country live without basic sanitation. Due to a major lack of toilets, some 600 million Indians are forced to defecate in the open. In rural India, this figure is as high as 65 percent. In addition […]

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Tunisia’s “People Power” Rejects Islamist Party in Upset Vote

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Posted by admin 33 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
(GIN) – Tunisians, the first people to launch an “Arab Spring” revolution that ousted a despot, returned to power a member of the ousted regime. They cast ballots on Sunday in the nation’s first free presidential poll – and the outcome surprised many. Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi of the secular Call for Tunisia (“Nidaa […]

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Cuts Pushed by Funder Triggered Ebola Crisis, Says Report

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Posted by admin 33 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
(GIN) – Spending cuts, pushed by an international lender, “weakened health care systems in the West African region”, leaving the countries “under-funded, insufficiently staffed and poorly prepared.” In a report published this month in the journal Lancet Global Health, UK-based researchers blamed policies of the Washington-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) that hobbled the development of [&#

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Cuba and United States Now Foment Moderation in the Americas

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Posted by admin 33 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
With the decision to reestablish diplomatic ties, Cuba and the United States, polar opposites that have long inspired or fomented extremism of different kinds in the Americas, have now become factors of moderation and pragmatism. The continued isolation of Cuba 25 years after the end of the Cold War was so widely rejected that the […]

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Falling Oil Prices Threaten Fragile African Economies

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Posted by admin 33 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The sharp decline in world petroleum prices – hailed as a bonanza to millions of motorists in the United States – is threatening to undermine the fragile economies of several African countries dependent on oil for their sustained growth. The most vulnerable in the world’s poorest continent include Nigeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sudan […]

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