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Ghanaian knocked out of US Spelling Bee

Fourteen-year-old Ghanaian Afua Ansah achieved her country’s highest ever placing in the US national spelling competition – known as the Spelling Bee.

She got through to the final 45 contestants, but was knocked out after misspelling “Liechtenstein”. 44 more words

Africa

The Humanitarian Clock Is Ticking, The Powerful Feign Deafness

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

ROME, May 26 2016 (IPS) – The humanitarian clock is now ticking away faster than ever, with over 130 million of the world’s most vulnerable people in dire need of assistance. 2,058 more words

The Peoples

Humanitarian Summit, The Big Fiasco

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 24 2016 (IPS) – The World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held in Istanbul on May 23-24, managed to send a strong wake-up call to the world about the unprecedented human suffering now in course, but failed to achieve the objective of attracting the massive funds needed to alleviate the humanitarian drama, as none of the leaders of the Group 7 of the richest courtiers nor of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council attended, with the exception of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 1,417 more words

The Peoples

UNFPA Funding Cuts Threaten Women’s Health in Poorer Nations

Human Wrongs Watch

By Thalif Deen*

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 2016 (IPS) – The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), which has played a key role in ensuring maternal health and promoting reproductive rights of millions of women world-wide, is expected to suffer over $140 million in funding cuts by Western donors this year. 1,159 more words

The Peoples

Humanitarian Summit: Too Big to Fail?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Baher Kamal*

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 2016 (IPS) – With a line up of heads of state or government telling all what they did to alleviate human suffering and promising to do more, along with leaders of civil society and humanitarian organisations denouncing lack of honest political will to act while governments continue spending trillions of dollars in weapons, the two-day… 1,060 more words

The Peoples

Fear Is Not a Good Counsellor

Human Wrongs Watch

By Roberto Savio*

ROME, May 16 2016 (IPS) – A new spectre is haunting the world. It is not the spectre of communism, as Marx’s Manifesto famously proclaimed. 1,962 more words

The Peoples

Poorest Countries Have Progressed but Fragile Countries Lag Behind

Human Wrongs Watch

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage*

UNITED NATIONS, May 26 2016 (IPS) – The world’s poorest countries are making development gains, yet challenges remain, particularly for so-called fragile countries affected by conflict or other disasters. 930 more words

The Peoples