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Wednesday, September 02, 2015   9:46 GMT



Despite Treaty, Conventional Arms Fuel Ongoing Conflicts
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 1 Sep (IPS) - Despite last years 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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Faith Leaders Call for Debt Relief to Puerto Rico
S. Chandra
WASHINGTON, 31 Aug (IPS) - Puerto Ricos religious leaders have called for debt relief of the Caribbean U.S. territory in the face of the 72 billion dollar liability that represents 20,000 dollars of debt for every man, woman and child.
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Opinion
How Will Wall Street Greet the Pope?
Hazel Henderson
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, 27 Aug (IPS) - Millions in the New York City area are excited about Pope Francis visit on Sep. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly as worldwide consensus grows on the need to shift global investments from fossil fuels to clean, efficient, renewable energy in the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheduled to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
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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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Opinion
Kerry Going Back Home
Joaquin Roy
BARCELONA, 13 Aug (IPS) - Recovering from a broken femur following a bicycle accident suffered in Switzerland, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry former senator and former presidential candidate is anxious to accelerate his convalescence and will visit Cuba on Friday Aug. 14, where he will hoist the Stars and Stripes flag over the emblematic U.S. embassy building in Havana.
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Obama Takes Lead on Climate Change Ahead of U.N. Talks in Paris
Nora Happel
UNITED NATIONS, 7 Aug (IPS) - This week, U.S. President Barack Obama formally unveiled the details of his Clean Power Plan (CPP), a comprehensive carbon-cutting strategy he described as the biggest and most important stepever taken to combat climate change in a prior video address posted on Facebook.
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Half a Million U.S. Women and Girls at Risk of Genital Cutting
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 5 Aug (IPS) - Jaha Dukureh knows firsthand the barbaric effects of undergoing female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). Now a resident of the United States, she was mutilated as a baby in the Gambia in West Africa. Her sister bled to death after enduring the same procedure.
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Even the Rich Have Not Harnessed Full Potential of Digital Economy
Jaya Ramachandran
PARIS, 30 Jul (IPS) - The digital economy permeates countless aspects of the world economy, impacting sectors as varied as banking, retail, energy, transportation, education, publishing, media or health. But the full potential of the digital economy has yet to be realised even in the worlds most advanced and emerging countries, says a new report.
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Workplace Diversity Still a Pipe Dream in Most U.S. Newsrooms
Nora Happel
UNITED NATIONS, 29 Jul (IPS) - Although the United States as a whole is becoming more ethnically diverse, newsrooms remain largely dominated by white, male reporters, according to a recent investigation by The Atlantic magazine.
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Obama Seeks August Deadline for End to South Sudan War
a Global Information Network correspondent
ADDIS ABABA, 28 Jul (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama, in a meeting with regional African leaders, threatened new sanctions for the warring factions in South Sudan if a peace deal is not be reached by Aug. 17.
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