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Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group. Under pressure from Myanmar’s nominally-civilian government, the international community sometimes appears complicit in the airbrushing of “Rohingya” from official discourse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100609/Briefing-Myanmar-s-Rohingya-what-s-in-a-name
Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), With humanitarian aid effectiveness high on the agenda of the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, there is much talk of how to reform humanitarian financing to make it more inclusive of national NGOs, but risk aversion will slow progress, say analysts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100610/Rethink-needed-on-humanitarian-funding-for-national-NGOs
Analysis: Rethinking global drug policy
15 September 2014 (IRIN ), What would the world look like if governments - instead of crime syndicates - controlled drug markets and drug use was decriminalized?
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100611/Analysis-Rethinking-global-drug-policy
Coordination between industry sectors key to easing water scarcity
12 September 2014 (IRIN ), Manufacturing, agriculture and energy sectors are going to have to coordinate their water use much more efficiently if water scarcity is to be avoided, say experts.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100606/Coordination-between-industry-sectors-key-to-easing-water-scarcity
Analysis: Challenges around aid access in Afghanistan
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), Few issues get more attention nowadays in Afghanistan’s aid circles than insecurity-engendered restrictions on humanitarian access.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100585/Analysis-Challenges-around-aid-access-in-Afghanistan
Global conversation on humanitarian action kicks off
9 September 2014 (IRIN ), The event itself is still nearly two years away, but already the "pre-summits" are in full swing. Concept notes have been written, regional consultations have started, and online forums are open for comments - all leading up to the World Humanitarian Summit itself, scheduled to take place in Turkey, probably during May 2016.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100587/Global-conversation-on-humanitarian-action-kicks-off
Heavy health toll of South Africa’s coal-fired power plants
8 September 2014 (IRIN ), South Africa’s dependence on coal to generate 85 percent of its electricity is taking a substantial toll on human health, according to environmental groups. A recent report from Greenpeace estimates that up to 2,700 premature deaths are caused every year by air pollution emissions from the country’s 16 coal-fired power plants.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100584/Heavy-health-toll-of-South-Africa-s-coal-fired-power-plants
Concern over Bangladesh move to repatriate Rohingyas to Myanmar
4 September 2014 (IRIN ), Bangladesh announced this week that it will send back over 2,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, stoking concerns about the prospect of returning them to an increasingly dire situation.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100574/Concern-over-Bangladesh-move-to-repatriate-Rohingyas-to-Myanmar
Concern over World Bank proposals to roll back safeguards for indigenous people
3 September 2014 (IRIN ), Activists warn of a harmful regression in the World Bank's safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100569/Concern-over-World-Bank-proposals-to-roll-back-safeguards-for-indigenous-people
Gaza blockade - no signs of loosening
2 September 2014 (IRIN ), Nearly a week after a ceasefire agreement that was believed to include the partially lifting of the blockade on Gaza, no restrictions have been eased, say humanitarians and border guards.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100567/Gaza-blockade-no-signs-of-loosening
"Third wave" of malaria resistance lurks on Thai-Cambodia border
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Public health experts and scientists warn history's third major bout of drug-resistant malaria could spread across Asia to Africa unless "radical action" is taken. Artemisinin-resistant strains on the Thailand-Cambodia border threaten the treatment's efficacy and pose containment challenges.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100549/Third-wave-of-malaria-resistance-lurks-on-Thai-Cambodia-border
Sri Lanka suggests moves to investigate war-time missing
29 August 2014 (IRIN ), Sri Lanka's government has given its strongest indication to date that it will go beyond enumerating missing persons from it 26-year civil war and investigate the circumstances of their disappearance. Activists, however, remain skeptical, pointing to the administration's history of empty gestures.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100550/Sri-Lanka-suggests-moves-to-investigate-war-time-missing
Does the global HIV response understand sex?
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), Stigma, squeamishness and misunderstanding of anal sex is leading to research gaps and inaccurate information about the risks of this common sexual behaviour, and hindering effective HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, experts say. A move towards "sex positive" approaches could enhance social acceptance and increase protection.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100545/Does-the-global-HIV-response-understand-sex
Afghan mining law “could strengthen armed groups”
28 August 2014 (IRIN ), A new law designed to regulate Afghanistan’s nascent mining sector could increase corruption, lead to forced displacements and even allow armed groups to take control of the sector, transparency groups have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100548/Afghan-mining-law-could-strengthen-armed-groups
Lessons to be learned from the MERS outbreak
27 August 2014 (IRIN ), Only a few months ago, the threat from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in large parts of the Gulf region appeared to be growing. Dozens of new cases were being reported every month and a key panel set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) advised that the “situation had increased in terms of its seriousness and urgency.”
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100542/Lessons-to-be-learned-from-the-MERS-outbreak
Yemen fuel subsidy cuts hit poor hardest
25 August 2014 (IRIN ), A sharp increase in fuel prices threatens to plunge hundreds of thousands of Yemenis into poverty and food insecurity in the Arab world’s poorest country - particularly if regular welfare payments to Yemen's poorest people continue to be dispersed erratically, aid organizations have warned.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100535/Yemen-fuel-subsidy-cuts-hit-poor-hardest
South Africa opens space for traditional rulers to claim land
21 August 2014 (IRIN ), The pace of land reform in South Africa has long been criticized as too slow, but experts and black South Africans still awaiting restitution, fear that the recent reopening of the land claims process may not only delay outstanding claims further but could actually reverse the limited progress that has been made in restoring land to those dispossessed by Apartheid-era policies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100525/South-Africa-opens-space-for-traditional-rulers-to-claim-land
Call for action to curb attacks on environmental campaigners
20 August 2014 (IRIN ), Amid increasing documentation of attacks on people engaged in environmental activism, experts are calling for a global protection regime to defend and support campaigners subjected to harassment and abuse.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100518/Call-for-action-to-curb-attacks-on-environmental-campaigners
Fleeing Yezidi Iraqis seek safety in Turkey
18 August 2014 (IRIN ), As soon as he crossed the border into southeastern Turkey, Khudeda Khalaf downed a bottle of water and called his aunt’s cell phone, praying that she and her family had made it to safety.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100508/Fleeing-Yezidi-Iraqis-seek-safety-in-Turkey
Analysis: Why child marriage persists in Nepal
15 August 2014 (IRIN ), At age 33, Rami Biswokarma has been married for 20 years. Her village of Kateghari in Nepal’s western Surkhet District has seen multiple campaigns against child marriage, but she says little has changed.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/100492/Analysis-Why-child-marriage-persists-in-Nepal

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