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Friday, July 01, 2016   16:57 GMT



Climate Showdown Starts in Paris
Diego Arguedas Ortiz
PARIS, 30 Nov (IPS) - Paris has finally arrived. During the next two weeks, a massive conference centre in the outskirts of the French capital will play host to the ultimate United Nations conference and the single most important climate change event in decades.
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Opinion People-Powered Data Set to Transform Dull Statistics
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
JOHANNESBURG, 26 Oct (IPS) - You probably didn’t notice it was World Statistics Day last week because, let’s be honest, statistics don’t have the most exciting reputation. Thankfully, I have a feeling this is about to change, big time.
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Only 1325 National Plans will trigger the Resolutions Implementation
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury
UNITED NATIONS, 14 Oct (IPS) - This week, the United Nations Security Council is holding an open debate to undertake its High Level Review of the 15 years of implementation of the landmark Resolution 1325 on “Women and Peace and Security.”
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American Exceptionalism on Child Rights
Kul Chandra Gautam
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, 5 Oct (IPS) - On 1 October 2015, Somalia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), leaving the United States of America as the only remaining member state of the UN not to embrace this most universally accepted human rights treaty. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reflects the sentiments of all the world’s human rights activists in encouraging the US to join the global community by ratifying this noble treaty.
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Activists Say Fracking Fails to 'Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful'
Emilio Godoy
MONTROSE, Pennsylvania, USA, 17 Sep (IPS) - U.S. activist Vera Scroggins has been sued five times by the oil industry, and since October 2013 she has faced a restraining order banning her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest players in Pennsylvania’s natural gas rush, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.
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Western Double Standards on Deadly Cluster Bombs
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 9 Sep (IPS) - The 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) banned the use of these deadly weapons for two primary reasons: they release small bomblets over a wide area, posing extended risks beyond war zones, and they leave behind unexploded ordnance which have killed civilians, including women and children, long after conflicts have ended.
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Opinion
Protecting Lives Must Come First in Law Enforcement
Dr. Anja Bienert
LONDON, 7 Sep (IPS) - Everyone has the right to life. This principle is enshrined in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and appears in numerous international treaties and national laws.
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Europe Invaded Mostly by “Regime Change” Refugees
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 3 Sep (IPS) - The military conflicts and political instability driving hundreds of thousands of refugees into Europe were triggered largely by U.S. and Western military interventions for regime change – specifically in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (a regime change in-the-making).
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Despite Treaty, Conventional Arms Fuel Ongoing Conflicts
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 1 Sep (IPS) - Despite last year’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), the proliferation of conventional weapons, both legally and illegally, continues to help fuel military conflicts in several countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Syria, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
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U.S. Provides Cover for Use of Banned Weapons in Yemen
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 21 Aug (IPS) - The United States is providing a thinly-veiled cover virtually legitimising the use of cluster bombs – banned by an international convention – by Saudi Arabia and its allies in their heavy fighting against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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