WASHINGTON, Mar 31 2014 (IPS) – The latest update of the world’s scientific consensus on climate change finds not only that impacts are already being felt on every continent, but also that adaptation investments are dangerously lagging.
A community at the heart of CAFOD’s work in São Paulo is under renewed threat of eviction. For seven years, with the support of CAFOD’s local partners and campaigners in this country, the 237 homeless families who occupy the Mauá building in Brazil’s most populous city have fought to make it their permanent home.
In traveling to Brazil to write a book about Brazil and the 2014 World Cup, I learned one thing if nothing else: a favela is not a slum. That is why the weekend’s Associated Press breaking news about major military incursions into the Rio favelas set off a carnival of alarm bells. The AP headline reads, “BRAZIL POLICE PUSH INTO RIO DE JANEIRO SLUMS.” The actual deployment of 1,400 heavily armed police and Brazilian marines was into Rio’s Maré favela, home of 130,000 people.
At least six people killed and 25 injured in three explosions in predominantly Somali area of Kenyan capital.
The blasts on Monday targeted roadside food stalls and restaurants in the Eastleigh suburb of the city, known as “little Mogadishu” for its large immigrant population.
NAIROBI, March 28, 2014 (CISA) -Several faith based groups have resolved to plant 20 million trees across the country to complement the Government’s 50 million tree planning campaign.
The resolution was made during a forum organized by Mother-Earth-Network in collaboration with Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate, on March 28 at Mji Wa Furaha, Nairobi.
WJP Honorary Chair Cherie Blair reports
Rape and sexual abuse is a threat that hangs over women wherever they live in the world. But in some countries that threat is more terrible because that violence is much more likely to occur. It takes a lot of work and much courage to try to change the culture that breeds it, to educate people to understand that sexual violence in all its forms is abhorrent, and that these atrocities must be prevented at all costs. The High Court of Kenya has recently taken such an admirable step.
By Daisaku Ikeda Reprint
Daisaku Ikeda is a Japanese Buddhist philosopher and peace-builder and president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) grassroots Buddhist movement (www.sgi.org). The full text of Ikeda’s 2014 Peace Proposal can be viewed at www.sgi.org/sgi-president/proposals/peace/peace-proposal-2014.html.
TOKYO, Mar 29 2014 (IPS) – This past February, the Second Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons was held in Nayarit, Mexico, as a follow-up to the first such conference held last year in Oslo, Norway. The conclusion reached by this conference, on the basis of scientific research, was that “no State or international organization has the capacity to address or provide the short and long term humanitarian assistance and protection needed in case of a nuclear weapon explosion.”