Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
  2. In Brief: Gaza operation over, but emergency remains
  3. SYRIA: Healthcare system crumbling
  4. OPT: Call for freer access to Gaza land and sea
  5. CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
  6. FOOD: How to feed the future
  7. EGYPT: Fresh worries for religious minorities
  8. SYRIA: Bread shortages rising


CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
JOHANNESBURG، 9/12/2012 (IRIN) - Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change was evident in the conference’s 39 decisions. full report
In Brief: Gaza operation over, but emergency remains
DUBAI، 10/12/2012 (IRIN) - Despite the end of an Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, the humanitarian situation there remains dire, says the representative of the World Food Programme (WFP) in the occupied Palestinian territory. full report
SYRIA: Healthcare system crumbling
DAMASCUS، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - The nearly two-year conflict in Syria has taken tens of thousands of lives, destroyed entire neighbourhoods and sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing. But more quietly, it has also eaten away at the country’s healthcare system. full report
OPT: Call for freer access to Gaza land and sea
GAZA، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - When Jaber Abu Rjaila heard about the recent ceasefire agreement in Gaza, he rushed back to his farmland - for the first time in more than 10 years. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
DOHA، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - Covering the UN climate change talks is, in many ways, a surreal experience. This year’s talks - the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - were held in Doha’s futuristic Qatar National Convention Centre. The front of the centre is propped up by structures shaped like huge tree trunks, and the inside is bathed in an eerie blue and green light, with a giant spider guarding the main foyer. The fact that you are always deprived of sleep during the marathon talks lends to the sense of otherworldliness. full report
FOOD: How to feed the future
LONDON، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Scientists anticipate there will be nine billion people in the world to feed by 2050. As this number rises, so will the earth’s temperature, which is expected to increase four degrees Celsius by the end of the century, wreaking havoc on the world’s food production. full report
EGYPT: Fresh worries for religious minorities
CAIRO، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Almost two years ago, Joseph Ibrahim, a 48-year-old father-of-two and a member of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority, was in the frontline of the opposition to Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak. full report
SYRIA: Bread shortages rising
DAMASCUS، 13/12/2012 (IRIN) - When Bashar Akkad recently visited Syria’s northern, government-controlled town of al-Raqqah, hotel staff did not serve him breakfast. full report