Geopolitical News, 08 Nov 2018

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Comment:  Here are some of the top geopolitical news stories compiled by  Views expressed in this world news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.

  1. Sovereign Debt a Threat to Peace?

    Wednesday, November 07, 2018

    BEAUNE, Burgundy, France, Nov 07 (IPS) – Boudewijn Mohr* is a former UNICEF country programme and operational management specialist who travelled across 36 countries on the African continent. He is also a former senior international corporate banker in New York, and author of the recently-released “A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to UNICEF in Africa”.Some 30 years ago, the international banks were afloat with petrodollars, deposited by the oil exporting countries. The banks in turn stepped up lending to Latin America, in a big way. The new branch of Société Générale in New York where I was working at the time followed suit rapidly building up its portfolio, as the bank needed to make loans to get its branch off the ground.

  2. The Crumbling Architecture of Arms Control

    Tuesday, November 06, 2018

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov 06 (IPS) – Dan Smith is Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)At a political rally on Saturday, 20 October, US President Donald J. Trump announced that the United States will withdraw from the 1987 Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF Treaty). This confirms what has steadily been unfolding over the past couple of years: the architecture of Russian–US nuclear arms control is crumbling.

  3. Ambitious Agenda, Ambitious Financing? UNGA Shows a Long Way Still to Go for SDGs

    Monday, November 05, 2018

    LONDON / NEW YORK, Nov 05 (IPS) – John Garett & Kathryn Tobin, WaterAid There was a much-needed focus on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the September 2018 opening of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

  4. Truth Never Dies: Justice for Slain Journalists

    Sunday, November 04, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 04 (IPS) – Violence and toxic rhetoric against journalists must stop, say United Nations experts.

  5. Cholera Threatens a Comeback Worldwide

    Friday, November 02, 2018

    TEXAS, USA, Nov 02 (IPS) – Cholera outbreaks across history regularly killed a hundred thousand or more. It isn’t well known today because it was essentially eliminated in the Western world.

  6. Gay & Lesbian Rights Prove Divisive at Parliamentarians’ Conference

    Thursday, November 01, 2018

    OTTAWA, Canada, Nov 01 (IPS) – When the International Parliamentarians’ Conference (ICPI) on population and development concluded its two-day forum in the Canadian capital last week, more than 150 legislators from around the world approved a seven page Declaration reaffirming their opposition to some of the culturally sensitive issues, including female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriages.

  7. A “Crisis Point” for Human Rights Defenders

    Thursday, November 01, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 01 (IPS) – Globally, the people working to defend our human rights are increasingly under attack, reaching a “crisis point.”

  8. Keeping Journalists Safe Benefits Whole Societies

    Thursday, November 01, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Nov 01 (IPS) – Sarah Lister is Director, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre, and Emanuele Sapienza is, Policy Specialist, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP.

    Safety of journalists has featured prominently in international news in recent weeks. And yet, while some cases grab the headlines, many more do not, and the scale of the issue often goes unremarked. On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalistsit is worth pausing to reflect on some facts.

  9. “Governments are Starting to See that Organic Food Policy Works”

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    ROME, Oct 31 (IPS) – Many countries and farmers around the world are not readily making the switch to organic farming. But the small Himalayan mountain state of Sikkim, which borders Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, is the first 100 percent organic farming state in the world.

  10. North African Countries Need to Protect Their Economies From Illicit Trade

    Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    NEW YORK, Oct 31 (IPS) – Stefano Betti is Deputy Director-General, The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), an independent, business-led initiative to mitigate the economic and social damages of illicit trade by strengthening government enforcement mechanisms and integrating supply chain controls across industry sectors.

    Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has been heralded as a model of democratic transition. However, nine governments in the past seven years have been struggling to revive the economy and the North African state faces the difficult task of maintaining faith in democracy amid a lagging economy, rising security challenges, and widespread corruption.