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Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

Risks? What Risks?

Viewpoints: MIAMI, Florida, Nov. 17, 2015 (IPS) - We humans are acutely aware of risks. From our earliest times, the risks we faced were from hunger, predatory animals, extreme environmental conditions and, as our numbers grew, from other human tribes. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Indiscriminate Muslim bashing fits GOP brand

Viewpoints: So we begin with the premise that no one with all faculties intact would disagree that those abnormal life forms stoutly affirming a commitment to the mindless slaughter of innocent victims, such as we recently saw in Paris, forfeit the right to share our civilized space Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015

A blame-game farce from T&T Opposition

Trinidad and Tobago: There’s a farce underway among some of the players who, until quite recently, strutted the Trinidad and Tobago landscape not only like they owned the place, but like they would continue to do so till kingdom come. Comment.

How to ensure people get end-of-life healthcare they want

Viewpoints: My mom paid a painful price for not completing an advance directive about her preferences for end-of-life medical care. She was an intelligent and organized woman who had everything in her and my dad’s life planned out and written down. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Economic slowdown threatening progress

Viewpoints: ROME, Nov. 11, 2015 (IPS) - Slower economic growth since 2008, and especially with the commodity price collapse since the end of last year, threatens to reverse the exceptional half-decade before the financial crash when growth in the South stayed ahead of the North. From 2002, many developing countries – including some of the poorest– had been growing much faster after a quarter century of stagnation in Africa, for example. Comment.

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Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

Eliminating Malaria in the Americas: An opportunity we cannot afford to miss

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Nov 3 2015 (IPS) - An issue mostly associated with Africa and Asia, malaria may not initially come to mind when we think of the Americas. Comment.

Raising minimum wage is smart business and smart politics

Viewpoints: Raising the minimum wage makes good business sense whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent. It should not be a partisan issue. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Raising revenues must be central goal of budget talks

Viewpoints: The recent federal budget agreement was a missed opportunity. It is good news that conservative ideologues did not force another government shutdown and that some deep cuts to critical services were avoided. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

The West vote for a better yesterday

Viewpoints: ROME, Oct. 29, 2015 (IPS) - The recent elections in Switzerland and Poland are good indicators of what will happen elsewhere in Europe, with this irresistible growing wave of refugees. But let us first make some crucial considerations. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Another likely exit from GOP circus

Viewpoints: In this long-running circus that is the Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee, many things in the process haven’t been breaking right for the party. Not least is the continued presence of a guy whose position at the top in the polling of Republican voters should rightly be an insult to the intelligence of the overall American electorate Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

People-powered data set to transform dull statistics

Viewpoints: JOHANNESBURG, Oct 26 2015 (IPS) - You probably didn’t notice it was World Statistics Day last week because, let’s be honest, statistics don’t have the most exciting reputation. Thankfully, I have a feeling this is about to change, big time. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Passion, not pragmatism fuels Sanders bid

National: There’s an element of the Democratic Party apparently dead-set on pursuing a course of action driven by passion and bereft of pragmatism – a pursuit that is eerily reminiscent of Democratic misadventures with leadership choices in the 1960s and 70s, much to the party’s and indeed the country’s eventual regret Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba

Cuba: MEXICO CITY, Oct. 19, 2015 (IPS) - Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the country is fading as fast as the chants that welcomed him. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Having to choose, a nation’s agonizing immigration duty

Immigration: WASHINGTON DC, Oct. 15, 2015 (IPS) - It’s a universally acknowledged truth that no nation can sustain open borders. Even the wealthiest, most popular “nations of immigrants” like the U.S. cannot possibly accept everyone who wants to immigrate here or even qualifies to do so Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Kamla crew’s lack of grace continues

Trinidad and Tobago: The post-election behavior of the former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and her partners in crime who were booted out of office Sept. 7, has been as hideous as one would have guessed, given what had been telegraphed during their five years of misrule as the country’s government. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

‘Sanitation, Water & Hygiene For All’ cannot wait for 2030

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 9, 2015 (IPS) - The new Sustainable Development Goals, agreed upon recently by the member states of the United Nations, are all interconnected, as has been reiterated time and again. However, it is in the new Goal 6 – “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”—for which this interconnectedness is most apparent. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Clueless Kevin stars in GOP sideshow

Viewpoints: So, the ink wasn’t yet dry on what we had to say last week about the alleged speaker-in-waiting, Kevin McCarthy, and GOP stewardship in the House probably becoming even more dysfunctional than under John Boehner, when…along comes McCarthy unloading a mouthful about the sleaze tactics that constitute top-priority strategizing among the party hierarchy. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

The party’s over for U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30, 2015 (IPS) - The Pope has left the U.N. and the traffic in Manhattan is back to normal. The hoard of government delegations, NGOs and civil society representatives are packing up and the press is moving on. The party’s over for the Sustainable Development Goals. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

In Boehner-less Congress, same old deal

Viewpoints: As if we lacked for affirmation of what has already been so crystal clear, announcement of the upcoming resignation of House Speaker John Boehner gave us a jumbo-screen projection of the extent of extremist, recklessness-driven control that embodies the Republican Party. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Recognize the aspirations of ACP group of developing countries

Viewpoints: BRUSSELS, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - The significance of the issues covered in the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Sept. 25-27, cannot be over-emphasized. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

The Pope, partisanship and the common good

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - Pope Francis delivered two very strong messages in his speech to Congress Thursday morning: let’s work together and let’s protect the vulnerable. Comment.