Category Archive: IPS Inter Press Service

Indonesia Still a Long Way from Closing the Wealth Gap

Every afternoon, Wahyu sets up his wooden food cart by the side of a busy road in Central Jakarta to sell sweet buns, known as ‘bakpao’, to people passing by. In a good… Continue reading

Indonesian President Unyielding on Death Penalty

When Indonesia’s law and human rights minister visited one of the country’s prisons in December last year, he met a Nigerian convict on death row for drug trafficking, who performed songs for him… Continue reading

Indonesia’s Presidential Hopefuls Face Up to Deforestation

As the world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls next week to elect a new president, environmental activists remain sceptical of the candidates’ commitment to tackle climate change. Over four televised debates, Indonesia’s… Continue reading

Wary of Climate Change, Indonesia Looks to Lawmakers for Solutions

JAKARTA, May 27 2014 (IPS) – Comprised of over 17,000 islands that are highly susceptible to rising seas, Indonesia is taking stock of its position as the world’s third leading emitter of greenhouse… Continue reading

Religious Intolerance Taints Award for Indonesian President

JAKARTA/NEW YORK, May 31 2013 (IPS) – Standing in front of the two-metre concrete wall, barbed wire and corrugated iron fence that surrounds his mosque, Muhammad Iqbal says he feels like a second-class… Continue reading

Another Olympics Sans Saudi Women?

SYDNEY, Apr 30, 2012 (IPS) – While athletes around the world enter their final stages of training for the 30th Olympic Games in London this July, Saudi Arabia stands alone as the only… Continue reading

Deconstructing Thomas Friedman

NEW YORK, Dec 6, 2011 (IPS) – A new book on the influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman sets out to debunk his hawkish, neoliberal views, accusing him of overt racism, factual… Continue reading

Celebrity Power Boosts U.N.’s New Anti-Trafficking Campaign

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 27, 2011 (IPS) – It happens every day across the globe, with many of its young victims lured by false promises into the world’s third most profitable criminal activity. This… Continue reading

Mobilising Men to End Violence Against Women

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 26 (IPS) – Since it launched in 1997, the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women has distributed more than 78 million dollars to 339 projects around the… Continue reading

Activists Tie Occupy Movement to Global Gender Rights

NEW YORK, Nov 21 (IPS) – On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on Nov. 25, a group of feminist organisations will unite to launch a campaign calling for… Continue reading

U.S. Leads Challenge to Ban on Cluster Munitions

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 (IPS) – Deliberations are underway for a United States-backed proposal to allow the continued use, production, trade and stockpiling of cluster munitions at the Fourth Review Conference of the… Continue reading

Rights Group Details Brutal Ongoing Crackdown in Homs

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 11 (IPS) – At least 587 civilians in Homs were killed by Syrian government forces between mid-April and August, the highest number of casualties for any single governorate, reveals a… Continue reading

Palestine Pushes On at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 9, 2011 (IPS) – Palestine plans to continue its bid to become a full member at the United Nations, even with the odds stacked against the Palestinians receiving the requisite… Continue reading

Occupy Activists, Union Leaders Find Common Cause

NEW YORK, Nov 7, 2011 (IPS) – When Mary Clinton, 25, joined other activists to help organise the Occupy Wall Street movement on Sep. 17, she never imagined the gamble would turn into… Continue reading

Haitian Cholera Victims Seek Reparations from U.N.

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 8, 2011 (IPS) – More than 5,000 Haitian cholera victims are seeking compensation, action and an apology from the U.N. and the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) for… Continue reading

Women Losing Ground in Economic, Political Equality

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 2, 2011 (IPS) – While gender equality ratios have improved in 85 percent of countries over the past six years, economic participation and political empowerment for women has failed to… Continue reading