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Left Behind: Families of Migrants Wait in Limbo

January 21st, 2018

NANKAR, Bangladesh, Jan 20 (IPS) – Wahid Haider talks about his son’s departure to Italy almost seven years ago without regret or hesitation. Haider has not seen Nayeem, now 30 years old, since he left Nankar in search of better economic prospects, travelling through Romania, where he spent several months, before entering Italy.

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So That’s What Volatility Looks Like

January 17th, 2018

2017 was literally the smoothest stretch of highway that US stocks have ever traveled. Rising almost every day and seldom falling hard, they made it virtually impossible for investors to lose money. Here’s the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the past two years. Note how unnaturally smooth the recent action was. As a result, measures […]

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Fate of the Rohingyas – Part One

January 14th, 2018

DHAKA, Bangladesh, Jan 14 (IPS) – The repatriation of Rohingya refugees driven from their villages through violence and terror appears uncertain, with critics saying the agreement legalising the process of their return is both controversial and impractical.

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UN Chief Calls for Collective Global Response to Migration

January 14th, 2018

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (IPS) – I am very pleased to present this report, “Making Migration Work For All”, which serves as my principal input to the zero draft of the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.”

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2017 Was a Year of Record-Breaking Climate Events

January 7th, 2018

WASHINGTON DC, Jan 06 (IPS) – Parts of the United States are experiencing blizzard and record low temperatures, with sharks freezing in the Atlantic and cold-snapped iguanas falling from trees in Florida.

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Top Ten Videos — December 28

January 1st, 2018

Max Keiser: Our robot overlords are targeting the homeless. David Collum: The vicious cycle approaches. McAlvaney: In a monetary collapse will coins rule the day? Keith Neumeyer: Is “crypto silver” the solution to the coming monetary crisis?                       

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The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

December 31st, 2017

ROME, Dec 27 (IPS) – On 20 December, Europe’s 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

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US Faces Collective Defiance at UN Over Jerusalem

December 24th, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) – When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a “collective defiance” of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and predictably wavering US President.

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Rohingyas: Lurching from Crisis to Crisis

December 17th, 2017

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Dec 16 (IPS) – Ferdous Begum was cleaning her child after he had defecated in the open, using leaves she collected from a nearby tree at Bangladesh’s Teknaf Nature Park. The settlement is packed with Rohingya refugees who fled military persecution in Myanmar since August.

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Pakistan Gets Its First One-Stop Shop for Women Fighting Violence

December 10th, 2017

KARACHI, Dec 10 (IPS) – Sliced noses, broken ribs, fractured fingers, slashed arms, bruised and bloodied faces with teeth missing and eyes swollen… Sana Jawed, 30, has been witnessing these brutalities for over a decade.

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