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International Women's Day

International Women's Day

by: Department of Public Information - United Nations in World Issues,

International Women's Day (8 March) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day.

Seventy per cent of World Population Live in Countries with High Restrictions on Religious Beliefs

Seventy per cent of World Population Live in Countries with High Restrictions on Religious Beliefs

by: Silvano M. Tomasi C.S - V.I.S in World Issues,

"Terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia increased 309 per cent between 2003 and 2010. Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s population lives in countries with high restrictions on religious beliefs and practices, and religious minorities pay the highest price". 

Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O'Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans

Catholic leader Cardinal Keith O'Brien clashes with David Cameron on same-sex marriage plans

by: Patrick Hennessy, and Edward Malnick - The Telegraph in World Issues,

The Catholic Church is on a collision course with David Cameron as one of its most senior figures issues an outspoken attack on the Government over its plans to legalise gay marriage. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, says the proposals to allow same-sex unions are “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”.

Google Is Watching You

Google Is Watching You

by: Catherine Holahan in World Issues,

Digital privacy advocate and secret smoker Kevin Bankston was outed on Google's Street View. So, what else does the Internet know about us?  Government agencies in the U.S. and overseas are taking notice. The European Union's Data Protection Working Party has heavily criticized Google's retention of search data.

Christians and Muslims a year since the start of the Arab spring

Christians and Muslims a year since the start of the Arab spring

by: Samir Khalil Samir - AsiaNews in World Issues,

The Arab uprising spread like wildfire and every Arab country felt its effects. However, the changes must be seen against the backdrop of the Islamist rise to power. Christians are afraid but must cooperate with Muslims. Syria’s case and the bishops’ reaction are a case in point. The West is confused and Obama discredited. A year on, here is a review of what happened in the Arab world.

Climate talks in Durban end with late deal

Climate talks in Durban end with late deal

by: Richard Black - BBC in World Issues,

UN climate talks have closed with an agreement that the chair said had "saved tomorrow, today".The European Union will place its current emission-cutting pledges inside the legally-binding Kyoto Protocol, a key demand of developing countries. Talks on a new legal deal covering all countries will begin next year and end by 2015, coming into effect by 2020. 

College dropouts 'anxious to work'

College dropouts 'anxious to work'

by: Sanchia Berg - BBC in World Issues,

The number of young people who apply for college places but fail to enrol has risen, according to research by the Association of Colleges. Some are worried that they would "waste" a couple of years in college and then find it hard to get any job at all, given the youth unemployment, so they would rather just get started.

BBC constrained by need to avoid political bias, admits Lord Patten

BBC constrained by need to avoid political bias, admits Lord Patten

by: Amelia Hill - The Guardian in World Issues,

In a speech given at the Society of Editors' annual conference on Sunday, Patten said: "As a publicly funded broadcaster whose output is so directly intrusive, there are some areas where we ought to be particularly careful in our journalism or even decline to follow where newspapers or online journalism may properly lead," he said.

Crowded Earth: how many is too many?

Crowded Earth: how many is too many?

by: Marlowe Hood and Richard Ingham | AFP in World Issues,

 On October 31, the world's population is officially scheduled to hit seven billion -- a rise of two billion in less than a quarter century. Over six decades, the global fertility rate has roughly halved, and amounts to a statistical 2.5 children per woman today. "Despite alarmist predictions, historical increases in population have not been economically catastrophic," notes David Bloom, a professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard.

 Irish government rejects UN abortion demands

Irish government rejects UN abortion demands

by: John Jalsevac in World Issues,

Following intense criticism of the passive response of the Irish Minister for Justice to last Thursday’s call for Ireland to legalize abortion at a major UN hearing, the government has now said that it will reject those recommendations attacking Ireland’s pro-life laws.

UN officials call for more action to ‘stem the tide’ of racism and intolerance

UN officials call for more action to ‘stem the tide’ of racism and intolerance

by: UN News in World Issues,

 Ten years after a global conference in Durban, South Africa, sought to uproot all forms of racism, much progress has been made, yet intolerance has actually increased in many parts of the world, top United Nations officials warned today.

“The resurgence and persistence of such inhumane attitudes and detrimental practices indicate that we have not done enough to stem the tide,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

England riots: The world is watching

England riots: The world is watching

by: Gavin Hewitt - BBC in World Issues,

 Certainly Europe has been watching. Its papers and TV channels have devoted enormous coverage to the riots.  "Disunited Kingdom", said the headline in the French paper LiberationLe Monde's front page was "England in flames".

Liberation, a left-leaning paper, made a wider point: "The riots in London are a serious alarm call for the UK but also for all mixed and unequal Western societies".

 

UK riots: What turns people into looters?

UK riots: What turns people into looters?

by: By Tom de Castella & Caroline McClatchey BBC News Magazine in World Issues,

 Rioters have set fire to cars and buses. Llooting makes "powerless people suddenly feel powerful" and that is "very intoxicating". "The world has been turned upside down. The youngsters are used to adults in authority telling them they cannot do this or this will happen. Then they do it and nothing happens."