By Ravi Kanth Devarakonda GENEVA, Mar 30 (IPS) – Brazil and South Africa have experienced a widespread contraction of their manufacturing industries, with the latter suffering massive unemployment as well, thanks to the rampant volatility and misalignment of dominant global currencies like the dollar, trade experts from the two countries say.
By Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI, Mar 29 (IPS) – At their summit in the Indian capital on Thursday, leaders of the coalition known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – made several poignant decisions that experts say hint at the converging of economic and political interests of a disparate regional bloc.
By Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI, Mar. 19 (IPS) – By allowing a generic manufacturer to produce a patented cancer drug at a fraction of its current cost, India has declared that it is not about to abandon its role as the ‘pharmacy of the world’s poor’.
Analysis by Kester Kenn Klomegah MOSCOW, Mar 19 (IPS) – India’s proposal to set up a bank of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) will top the agenda at the summit of the group in New Delhi Mar. 28.
By Bari Bates BRUSSELS, Mar. 12 (IPS) – Our oceans face a grim outlook in the coming decades. Ocean acidification, loss of marine biodiversity, climate change, pollution and over-exploitation of resources all point to the urgent need for a new paradigm on caring for the earth’s oceans—"business as usual" is simply not an option anymore, [...]
By Isolda Agazzi GENEVA, Mar. 9 (IPS) – Decades after peasants’ networks have advocated for a new legal instrument to protect the rights of small farmers to land, seeds, traditional agricultural knowledge and freedom to determine the prices of their production, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) may decide to start drafting a declaration [...]
By Isolda Agazzi GENEVA, Mar. 7 (IPS) – As donors struggle to meet their aid commitments, and the number of people around the world in need of direct humanitarian and development assistance skyrockets, many experts and activists are asking the tough question: are donors being effective?
By Bari Bates BRUSSELS, Feb 14 (IPS) – Behind closed doors, a trade deal affecting a fifth of the world’s population has been quietly in the works for years.
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Feb 8 (IPS) – When the world’s rising population hit the historic seven billion milestone last October, the United Nations predicted that population growth will continue to increase, reaching an estimated 9.3 billion by the year 2050.
By Thalif Deen UNITED NATIONS, Dec 20 (IPS) – When Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin briefed reporters recently, he offered some biting criticisms of the growing political manipulation of the most powerful body at the United Nations: the 15-member Security Council.