Wednesday , January 16th , 2019  

Climate Change-Induced Salinity Affecting Soil Across Coastal Bangladesh

In Satkhira, Bangladesh as salinity has spread to freshwater sources, a private water seller fills his 20-litre cans with public water supply to sell in islands. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS By Reaz HaiderDHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 15 2019 (UNB and IPS) As a country with a large coastline, the adverse impacts of saltwater intrusion are significant in Bangladesh. Salinity mainly affects land and water in...

Building Mongolia’s Green Future

January 2018 alone saw temperatures drop to -50 degrees Celsius. This has had vast impacts on Mongolia’s herders. Credit: Michelle Tolson/IPS By Tharanga Yakupitiyage and IPS CorrespondentUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) The landlocked country of Mongolia sparks certain images in the mind—rolling hills with horses against a picturesque backdrop. However, the East Asian country is facing a threat...

Gloom Ahead of World Economic Storm

By Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame SundaramSYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year high of 2.9 per cent in 2018 to 2.5 per cent in 2019, while China’s expansion has already slowed in recent years, albeit from much higher levels. Trump stimulus dissipates US President...

Bridging the Infrastructure Financing Gap in the Asia Pacific Region

Credit: Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) By Tientip Subhanij and Daniel W. LinBANGKOK, Thailand, Jan 15 2019 (IPS) Infrastructure development is undoubtedly critical for a country’s long-term economic growth and competitiveness as it impacts economic activities by increasing productivity, facilitating trade, and promoting innovation. Across the Asia Pacific region,...

UN Lambasted on High-Level Appointments

António Guterres takes the oath of office for his five-year term as UN Secretary-General. Credit: UN Photo/Mark Garten By Thalif DeenUNITED NATIONS, Jan 14 2019 (IPS) The world’s developing countries, comprising over two-thirds of the 193 UN member states, are complaining they are not being adequately represented in the higher echelons of the world body –- despite competent candidates with strong...

Interview with Brian Hook: We call Iran regime what it is – a ‘kleptocracy’

Brian Hook at the State department in Washington, DC, on August 16, 2018. (AFP) By Ehtesham ShahidJan 14 2019 (Al Arabiya) Brian Hook, the US Special Representative for Iran and Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State, was in Abu Dhabi as part of Mike Pompeo’s delegation touring eight nations across Gulf and Middle East. Hook sat down with Al Arabiya English for an exclusive conversation....

Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America

Is Love an Embarrassment?

I am no more. Once I was. Away on yearning flames, I flew. The delicate ash spun through the air and sank – bright and slow to your feet. Do not tread too hard ‒ my heart is still alive. By Jan LundiusSTOCKHOLM / ROME, Jan 14 2019 (IPS) I do not understand a word of Persian and cannot determine whether these lines, taken from a German translation, are a correct interpretation of Muhammad Hāfez-e-Shīrāzī´s...

With All Things Equal Would the Ruling Party have Won the Elections in Bangladesh ?

Women voters queue outside a local school polling centre in Tejgaon area in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Credit: Sheikh Hasan Ali/IPS By Naimul HaqDHAKA, Jan 14 2019 (IPS) It was the first time in the history of parliamentary elections in Bangladesh that a party won with such a huge margin. But according to local analysts familiar with Bangladesh’s political climate, the victory by the ruling Awami League...

Argentina’s Indigenous People Fight for Land Rights

A group of Wichí children play in the mud in the indigenous community of El Quebracho, in northern Argentina. This country’s laws recognise the right to bilingual support in the education of native children, but in practice the rule is not enforced and children suffer discrimination when they speak their native languages. Credit: Daniel Gutman/IPS By Daniel GutmanTARTAGAL, Argentina , Jan 12 2019...