Aceh\’s Kids Get Space to Hope

Fabio Scarpello ACEH BESAR, Indonesia, Jun 27 (IPS) – Riisa moves effortlessly, weaving her hands in harmony with six other young girls. Their embroidered dresses and red headscarves glitter under the midday Acehnese sun.

U.S. Image Abroad Still Sinking

Jim Lobe WASHINGTON, Jun (IPS) – Two years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Washington’s image in Europe, Canada and much of the Islamic world remains broadly negative, according to the latest in a series of surveys of public opinion… Continue Reading

Media Hype: in whose interest?

Leonardo Boff, Theologian The mass media drunkenness following the death of one Pope and the enthronement of another, or the feast of Corpus Christi, mobilizes millions of persons, and could led us into error as to the true meaning of… Continue Reading

GMO foods can bring benefits, vigilance needed-WHO

Source: Reuters By Richard Waddington GENEVA, June (Reuters) – Genetically-modified foods can bring benefits both to farmers and consumers, but safety checks will always be needed before they are marketed, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

UN tackles sex abuse by troops

Changes include a new code of conduct for peacekeepers and monitors within each mission. By Michael J. Jordan | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor NEW YORK – Since accusations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in Congo arose a year… Continue Reading

The Injuries Need More Than Band Aid

Sanjay Suri LONDON, Jun 21 (IPS) – The developing world needs long-term economic opportunities and not temporary relief, Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon told IPS in an interview Tuesday. ”Until they get economic opportunities, all the rest is just band aid,”… Continue Reading

The Democratic Engine Is Just Not Starting

Analysis by Ferry Biedermann AMMAN, Jun (IPS) – Now that Sunni Arabs have been included, Iraq’s parliamentary committee that is drafting the new constitution is the closest to an elected, representative body that the country has ever seen.