Thursday, 8 August 2013

IPS week of August 8, 2013

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Ancient Kings Fight Climate Change 
Amantha Perera 
Life for a widow with young children in Sri Lanka’s poor agrarian areas can be harsh. Families in remote areas like Anuradhapura in the North Central Province barely eke out a living through paddy cultivation or through vegetable and other crops planted in cleared jungle shrub - Chena cultivation ... MORE > >

Tapping Rural Culture for Development Potential 
Constanza Vieira 
“I was a hunter. I killed many animals,” said Rosalino Ortiz, a representative of Mashiramo, a campesino organisation that monitors biodiversity in Colombia’s Massif range in the southern department of Huila. After taking workshops organised by the Rural Opportunities programme of the Ministry ... MORE > >

Supporting Rural Community Self-Management in Southern Peru 
Milagros Salazar 
Some 40 multicoloured tents were set up to showcase the fruits of community-based rural development projects in the main square of this village in southern Peru during a visit by IFAD president Kanayo Nwanze. The event organised in this highlands community in the southern Peruvian department of ... MORE > >

New York Wants Your Potato Peels 
Kim-Jenna Jurriaans 
Ask a random New Yorker what their city is famous for and “composting” is about as likely to make the list as “cheap housing” and “warm winters”. But if it is up to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, this will soon change. Bloomberg, who will leave office at the end of this year, announced in June that ... MORE > >

OP-ED: Latin America Lags on Reproductive Rights 
Purnima Mane 
In the last decade, several countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region have had the opportunity to experience economic growth and establish redistributive fiscal policies aimed at reducing poverty, reducing inequality and improving the coverage and quality of health, education and ...MORE > >

Australian ‘Outsourcing’ of Refugees Challenged 
Catherine Wilson 
The Australian asylum policy of rejecting boat arrivals has been condemned by the United Nations Refugee Agency, Pacific island leaders, migration experts and human rights organisations. A new Regional Settlement Arrangement agreed between Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Papua New ... MORE > >

Underage Girls Are Egypt’s Summer Rentals 
Cam McGrath 
Each summer, wealthy male tourists from Gulf Arab states flock to Egypt to escape the oppressive heat of the Arabian Peninsula, taking residence at upscale hotels and rented flats in Cairo and Alexandria. Many come with their families and housekeeping staff, spending their days by the pool, ... MORE > >

India Moves to Protect the Rented Womb 
Ranjita Biswas 
India’s matinee idol Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan announced recently that they had their third child through surrogacy. Gossip columns said that Gauri Khan, a mother of two teenagers, had tried to conceive for the last couple of years and at last resorted to surrogacy. The ... MORE > >

Guatemala’s 'Femicide' Courts Hold Out New Hope for Justice 
Danilo Valladares 
Douglas Cuc, a 32-year-old clown, entered the courtroom with the same smile on his face as when he told jokes for coins on the buses in the town of San Miguel Petapa, near the Guatemalan capital. But this time there was no greasepaint on his face, he did not wear his clown's nose, and he was in ...MORE > >

Despite Stiffer Penalties, Acid Attacks Continue 
Zofeen Ebrahim 
Five months back, a scorched 26-year-old Ruqqaiya Perween was brought to the Civil Hospital's Burns Centre in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi. Scarred for life with burns on 22 percent of her face and upper body, the mother of four said her husband, Asghar Maulvi Bukhsh, flung acid ...MORE > >

GDP: Gauging Dematerialised Progress! 
Hazel Henderson 
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