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Wednesday, August 05, 2015   5:24 GMT



Obama Walks Fine Line in Kenya on LGBTI Rights
Aruna Dutt
UNITED NATIONS, 25 Jul (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Nairobi at the end of a two-day visit Saturday, focusing on Kenya's economy and the fight against terrorism, but also briefly touching on gay rights and discrimination.
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U.N. Remains Barred from Visiting U.S. Prisons Amid Abuse Charges
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 Jul (IPS) - When U.S. President Barack Obama visited the El Reno Correctional Facility in Oklahoma last week to check on living conditions of prisoners incarcerated there, no one in authority could prevent him from visiting the prison.
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Putting the “Integrity of the Earth’s Ecosystems” at the Centre of the Sustainable Development Agenda
Kanya DAlmeida
UNITED NATIONS, 6 Jul (IPS) - By 2050, we will be a world of nine billion people. Not only does this mean there’ll be two million more mouths to feed than there are at present, it also means these mouths will be consuming more – in the next 20 years, for instance, an estimated three billion people will enter the middle class, in addition to the 1.8 billion estimated to be within that income bracket today.
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Syrian Refugees Face Hunger Amidst Humanitarian Funding Crisis
Zhai Yun Tan
WASHINGTON, 2 Jul (IPS) - The United Nations’ food aid organisation, the World Food Programme (WFP), said on Jul. 1 that up to 440,000 refugees from war-torn Syria might have to go hungry if no additional funds are received by August.
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Journalists Pay the Price in Egypt's Crackdown on Dissent
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 25 Jun (IPS) - The Egyptian government is holding a record number of journalists in jail, a press freedom group said Thursday, despite promises to improve media freedoms in the country.
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Opinion
Ethical Challenges to Advertising
Hazel Henderson
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, 20 Jun (IPS) - Challenges to advertisers and marketers arose in the past century. Critics deplored the role of cigarette marketers who exploited the aspirations of women by associating smoking with liberation. 
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Q&A
‘What if the Worst-Case Scenarios Actually Come to Pass?’
Kanya DAlmeida
NEW YORK, 5 Jun (IPS) - Imagine this, if you can: the world as we know it torn apart by ‘hypercanes’, storms with wind speeds of over 500 mph, capable of producing a system the size of North America. A tiny fraction of humanity driven to a civilisation underground, the remaining masses left to fend for themselves on the virtually uninhabitable Earth’s surface. Species extinction is complete and genetic engineering is at a new height, to ensure the continued survival of what’s left of the human race.
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Thousands Rally to Demand Freedom for Puerto Rican Activist
Kanya DAlmeida
NEW YORK, 1 Jun (IPS) - Children in prams held placards. Those unable to make it into the streets leaned out of high-rise apartment building windows, shouting support to the river of protestors below. For hours, several city blocks became a mass of red and blue, as scores of people waved the national flag of Puerto Rico. One name was on everyone’s lips, but the cause was broader than a single man.
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U.S. Failings Exposed in U.N. Human Rights Review
Gustavo Capdevila
GENEVA, 12 May (IPS) - Without the emperor’s clothes, like in the Hans Christian Andersen story, the United States was forced to submit its human rights record to the scrutiny of the other 192 members of the United Nations on Monday.
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Press Freedom Groups Denounce NSA Spying on AJ Bureau Chief
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 12 May (IPS) - Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan doesn’t deny that he’s had contact with terrorist groups. In fact, it would have been rather difficult to do his job otherwise.
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