As Climate Change Pummels Agriculture, Irrigation Offers the Best Protection

A farmer waters her plot at the Tjankwa Irrigation Scheme, in Plumtree District, 100km west of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS. By Busani BafanaBULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) The changing climate and extreme weather events ...

Of Cockroaches and Humans

By Roberto SavioROME, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain ...

Is it Time to End Cheque Book Diplomacy at the UN?

By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) The UN’s major donors – led by the United States – have long been accused of influence-peddling and misusing their financial clout not only to grab some of the high ranking jobs in the world ...

Investors Turn Kenya’s Troublesome Invasive Water Hyacinth into Cheap Fuel

Water hyacinth is a weed and if not controlled on Lake Victoria, experts are concerned that the lake’s water levels might drop by 60 percent. Courtesy: CC by 2.0/Madeira Botanic Garden By Benson RiobaKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 19 2018 (IPS) Currently ...

Media Advisory: How much land is degraded globally?

By UNCCD Press ReleaseBONN, Germany, Dec 19 2018 (UNCCD) The first global assessment of land degradation based on Earth observation data reported by governments will be presented and reviewed at the Seventeenth Session of the Committee for the ...

The Arduous Search for Dignity Through Integration and a Pay Check

Migrants on a street in Casablanca, Morocco. Courtesy: Alié Dior Ndour By Sejjari MehdiMARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) One of the most common words used by speakers during the Global Compact on Migration was “dignity”—granting ...

On International Migrants Day a Call for Dignity, Respect for Migrant Choices

António Vitorino is Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) By António VitorinoGENEVA, Dec 18 2018 (IOM) Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International ...

Promotion of Arabic language and culture is key to harnessing unity in diversity, says Chairman of the Geneva Centre

By Geneva CentreGENEVA, Dec 18 2018 (Geneva Centre) On the occasion of the 2018 World Arabic Language Day, the Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue Dr. Hanif Al Qassim stated that the increased use of ...

Global Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition

Child labourers rescued in Delhi waiting to be sent back to their villages. Credit: Bachpan Bachao Andolan. By Vladimir BozovicBELGRADE, Serbia, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) Entire human history is one great struggle for freedom. To many, slavery is ...

Taking Away the Ladder

By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis ChowdhuryKUALA LUMPUR & SYDNEY, Dec 18 2018 (IPS) The notion of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and later, South Africa) was concocted by Goldman Sachs’ Jim O’Neill. His 2001 acronym was initially ...