Accessible Public Transportation and Housing, a Need for People with Disabilities in Major Cities

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 22 (IPS) – This article is part of a series of stories on disability inclusion.

Even though over six billion people—nearly one billion of whom will have disabilities— are expected to live in urban centres by 2050, many of the world’s major urban cities have a long way to go before their infrastructure becomes inclusive for people with disabilities.

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Africa’s Economic Growth Prospects Amongst the World’s Brightest

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 23 (IPS) – Dr Ayodele Odusola is Chief Economist, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa.

The best time to invest in Africa is now. However, foreign investors have not moved into the continent as quickly as expected because foreign investment decisions are often methodically over-structured. One of the major factors cited is too much risk. But risks and profits are inseparable twins: high-risk ventures are frequently associated with higher profits.

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When Being ‘Offensive’ or ‘Morally Improper’ Online Carries an Indeterminate Jail Sentence in East Africa

DAR ES SALAAM, Aug 24 (IPS) – JamiiForums was Tanzania’s largest whistleblowing online platform, with one million visitors each day. But now some 90 percent of staff has been retrenched and the owners are considering shutting down their offices since the June implementation of the country’s online content communication law.

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The Fight for the Right to Abortion Spreads in Latin America Despite Politicians

BUENOS AIRES, Aug 23 (IPS) – The Argentine Senate’s rejection of a bill to legalise abortion did not stop a Latin American movement, which is on the streets and is expanding in an increasingly coordinated manner among women’s organisations in the region with the most restrictive laws and policies against pregnant women’s right to choose.

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Q&A: Comoros Power Grab Rejected by Opposition, Amid Pleas for International Intervention

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Aug 23 (IPS) – President Azali Assoumani of the Comoros Islands is tightening his grip on power. First, he insisted on holding a referendum allowing him to extend his term of office and abolish the country’s constitutional court. Which he won. And now, the lawyer of former President Ahmed Abdallah Sambi has said that his client has been charged Tuesday with corruption and the misappropriation of public funds in a passport fraud.

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Shared Humanity our Only Hope Against Hatred

NAIROBI, Aug 26 (IPS) – Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Kenya and was born in the city that was Mother Teresa’s home- Calcutta, India.”If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”   This profound statement was made by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, who was born on this day, August 26, 1910. An icon of love, tolerance, generosity and tremendous integrity and spirituality.

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