Stories written by Kanya D'Almeida
Kanya D’Almeida is an IPS editor and staff writer. Prior to joining the editorial team she served as a correspondent in IPS' Washington and United Nations bureaus, covering the impacts of trade and development in the global South. As a freelance journalist, she has covered human rights issues in Mexico, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Her work has appeared on Al Jazeera, The Margins, Truthout and Alternet, among others. | Twitter |

Polk Awards Honour Reporters’ Courage, Candour and Curiosity

Nearly 66 years ago, an American journalist was found dead in Greece, his wrists and ankles bound and gunshot wounds in the back of his head.

Malignant Growth: Battling a New Cancer Pandemic

Few people in the world can claim to be untouched by cancer. If not personally battling it in one form or another, millions are at this very moment sitting beside loved ones fighting for their lives, visiting friends recovering from chemo, or researching the latest treatments for their relatives.

In Venezuela, a Popular Uprising, or Class Warfare?

This much is known: at least 33 people are dead and 461 have been wounded. The rest – questions of who, why and what next for Venezuela – has largely been a matter of speculation.

Honouring the Custodians of the Land, on International Women’s Day

Every year, on March 8, the United Nations and its member states -- which collectively comprise the vast majority of the world’s population -- observe International Women’s Day.

Burned, Bombed, Beaten – Education Under Attack Worldwide

There was a time when images from war zones featured only battlefields and barracks. As warfare moved into the 20th century, pictures of embattled urban centres and rural guerilla outposts began to make the rounds.

U.S. Prison System Resembling Huge Geriatrics Ward

A nurse helps an old man up from his chair. Holding onto her arms, he steps blindly forward, trusting her to lead him to his spot at the lunch table.

Developing Nations Team Up to Protect Women, Children

A woman lies on the earthen floor of a modest hut, bracing for the next contraction. Another swaddles a newborn baby in strips of cloth torn from a sheet. A continent away, a young mother cuts her own umbilical cord.

Syrian Children Face “Relentless Horror and Suffering”

They number close to five million; some drift through the debris of their former homes, now reduced to smoldering rubble. Others limp over the border into neighbouring countries, dragging their feet and what few possessions could be salvaged from the fighting.

Journalists Mark Another Year of Persecution

The world’s leading media watchdogs – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) – Wednesday released their annual press freedom reports, analyzing the overall global climate for information providers.

U.N. Strives for “Zero Corruption”

With some 40 billion dollars lost every year to corruption in the developing world alone, the United Nations has repeatedly called on member states to practice transparency and good governance. 

Orphaned by Poverty

Seated at a table in the dimly lit café in Philadelphia’s public library, Carolyn Hill looks no different from her fellow diners. A few minutes of conversation, though, are enough to reveal the extent of her distress.

When Families Fear “Human Services”

It is nearly impossible in this day and age to turn on the news without hearing about systemic racial discrimination in the United States.

U.N. Security Council Greenlights CAR Peacekeeping Mission

Following on the heels of a deadly explosion in the town of Boali, about 100 kilometres northwest of the Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, which left 12 dead and 30 severely wounded, the United Nations Security Council Thursday approved an African-led peacekeeping mission in the strife-torn country.

U.N. Says No to 21st Century Slavery

They number some 21 million, spanning the globe from Asia to Africa to Latin America. The conditions under which they toil mark them out as the wretched of the earth. They receive no protection from their governments and even the international community has failed them by allowing the practice to continue unchecked. 

No Mention of GMOs on World Food Day

This year, thousands of people around the globe are marking World Food Day in a spirit of somber reflection. With 860 million people going hungry every year, the question of how to feed the planet’s population has never been more pressing.

U.N. Celebrates the “Backbone” of Humankind

On any given, one in every eight people on this planet wakes to the sharp pangs of hunger and no hope of a meal. In total, 860 million people go hungry every year.

Everywhere, Every day, Women Face Discrimination

Their stories are often lost beneath the pile of headlines on war, politics or economic collapse, but a few determined crusaders are refusing to let the issue of women’s rights get pushed under the rug.

U.N. Sued for Haiti Cholera Epidemic

A cholera epidemic that has so far killed at least 8,300 people in Haiti, and is suspected to have infected about 650,000 others since its outbreak in 2010, is now the subject of a lawsuit against the United Nations.

Latest Factory Fire in Bangladesh Must Be the “Last”, ILO Says

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, 25 miles north of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka, the town of Gazipur became the site of yet another tragedy involving the South Asian country's massive garments sector.

How to Tell the Biggest Stories of Our Times

What does gorilla conservation have in common with the provision of contraceptives to women? How does rural-urban migration contribute to global warming? What does city planning in Kenya have to do with coastal erosion in the Philippines?

Journeys to School, A Global Political Agenda

Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon spoke at a press conference at  the opening of the exhibit “Journeys to School,” a joint project by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), VEOLIA TRANSDEV and SIPA Press.  Carried out in December of 2012, eighteen photojournalists in over thirteen different countries were commissioned to capture the journeys of young children as they travelled to school.

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