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Zero Nuclear Weapons: A Never-Ending Journey Ahead

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
When the United Nations commemorated its first ever “international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” the lingering question in the minds of most anti-nuclear activists was: are we anywhere closer to abolishing the deadly weapons or are we moving further and further away from their complete destruction? Jackie Cabasso, executive director of the […]

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Iraq Looking for an ‘Independent’ Sunni Defense Minister

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Posted by admin 27 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Iraqi President Fouad Massoum said this past week that the government was looking for an independent Sunni Muslim to fill the post of defense minister in an effort to improve chances of reunifying the country and defeating the group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS). Massoum, in his first extended comments to a U.S. audience since […]

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Brundtland Receives Mahbub ul Haq Award for Human Development

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, the first woman Prime Minister of Norway and currently Deputy Chair of The Elders, received the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Human Development presented by the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP). “Throughout her life, Gro Harlem Brundtland has been a major force for good in the world, a champion of human and […]

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Côte d’Ivoire Chokes on its Plastic Shopping Bags

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In the middle of downtown Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, the aisles of a thriving supermarket are full of customers. But as they line up to pay for their items, there is one line to a cashier’s till that remains empty. It’s the “green cash register”, where the cashier does not provide plastic bags as this supermarket […]

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Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Zoe Pearson is a PhD candidate in human geography at Ohio State University. Thomas Grisaffi is a social anthropologist who currently works as a research fellow at the UCL Institute of the Americas. They both research coca politics in Bolivia and are contributors to Foreign Policy In Focus. This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and TheNation.com

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OPINION: How Obama Should Counter ISIS

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Emile Nakhleh is a Research Professor at the University of New Mexico, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of ‘A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America’s Relations with the Muslim World’.

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Living on a Ballpoint Pen in Kabul

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Seventy-year-old Mohamad Arif still earns a living in the streets of Kabul. He prepares all kind of documents for those who cannot read or write – in other words, the majority of people in this country of 30.5 million people. “I was a Colonel of the Afghan Air Force but I can barely survive with […]

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Comprehensive Sex Education: A Pending Task in Latin America

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Posted by admin 28 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In most Latin American countries schools now provide sex education, but with a focus that is generally restricted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases – an approach that has not brought about significant modifications in the behaviour of adolescents, especially among the poor. The international community made the commitment to offer comprehensive sexuality education […]

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