Wednesday, 9 October 2013

IPS Pick of Week

Somalia Takes Teaching to the Extreme 
Ahmed Osman 
Mukhatar Jama has been teaching at a secondary school in Mogadishu for the past decade. Religious education is part and parcel of the curriculum of all schools in Somalia, but he says most parents are unaware of exactly what their children are being taught – a radical form of Islam. “The Islamic ...MORE > >

After Persecution, Rohingyas Face Erasure 
Marwaan Macan-Markar 
An exiled leader of the Rohingyas, a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar, is raising the alarm from his London office about the fate of his community. He fears “ethnocide to remove all references to the Rohingyas” if the first census in 30 years goes ahead in the Southeast Asian nation. Nurul ...MORE > >

Egyptian Revolution Brings an IVF Rush 
Rachel Williamson 
The young couple inspecting Dr Bassem Elhelw’s Cairo Fertility Clinic knew what they wanted from him: a baby boy. They also knew they wanted the child by in vitro fertilisation (IVF). After only four months of marriage they were already experienced at this game. They had seen two other fertility ... MORE > >

For the Disabled, Progress Unearths More Questions 
Samuel Oakford 
When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened a recent high-level meeting on disability and development that promised a place for the issue in the post-2015 agenda, he cited three examples of incapacity. All three were stories of children or adolescents, even though the World Health ... MORE > >

100-Dollar Dream Teases Bangladesh Workers 
Robert Stefanicki 
On the industrial outskirts of Dhaka, which is dotted with big and small clothes factories, thousands of workers took to the streets demanding a minimum wage rise. Last week, protestors blocked roads, set factories on fire and clashed with police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. ... MORE > >

/CORRECTED REPEAT/: From Africa to Brazil in the Hold of a Ship 
Fabiola Ortiz 
Ornela Mbenga Sebo, a young Congolese woman, escaped in 2011 from a rebel camp in an unidentified location in Africa where she was being held as a slave and stowed away in the garbage bay of a merchant ship, with no idea where it was headed. When the ship reached its destination two weeks later, ... MORE > >

Disabled Make Do with Scraps from the Aid Table 
Samuel Oakford 
Amidst the incomprehensible suffering that followed the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, international aid agencies rushed to provide services to the displaced and injured. The lives of 4,000 severely wounded Haitians were saved by emergency amputations carried out by groups on the ground.3 Three ...MORE > >

Egypt Paying a Price for ‘Cheap’ Labour 
Cam McGrath 
Egyptian workers who mobilised during the 2011 uprising that toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak have used the past two and a half years to organise into unions, press for labour reforms, and strike for better wages and working conditions. But they face an uphill battle against a state that ...MORE > >

‘Interrogating’ an Assad Militiaman 
Shelly Kittleson 
The prisoner is led, handcuffed and dirty, into what until last year served as a school. “A shabiha,” said one of the anti-regime rebels in the room. “We found him two days ago at a checkpoint.” A white board with a few Arabic words written in blue hangs on the wall behind a desk. The man is ... MORE > >

Victims Memorial in Spain Awaits Names of the Dead 
Inés Benítez 
A pyramid is being built in the old San Rafael cemetery in the southern Spanish city of Málaga - a monument to thousands of people shot by firing squads here during the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and the 1939-1975 dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Their bodies were exhumed from the ... MORE > >

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