Stories written by Aline Cunico
Aline Cunico is a journalist, freelance videographer and photographer. She has been a United Nations correspondent and contributor to IPS’s gender blog. Aline currently lives in London and has reported worldwide, most notably from Kenya and Morocco.

In Expanding Energy Access, Businesses Can Reap Benefits

The United Nations is partnering with private sector firms to promote universal access to energy, improved efficiency and wider deployment of renewable sources.

Q&A: Universal Energy Access is Possible With the Right Support

Providing electricity and modern cooking technology to billions of ‘energy poor’ people worldwide is one of the priorities of the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - one that experts say is achievable over the next few decades.

Luis Posada Carriles photographed at Fort Bening, Georgia, 1962. He was convicted in absentia in Panama of various bombings and terror plots. Credit: public domain

BOOKS: Victims of Quiet Terror Campaign Against Cuba Speak Out

The death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan earlier this month was hailed by people across the United States and around the world as a fitting end for a self-confessed mass murderer.

Hotel Maids Say Sexual Harassment Is Part of the Job

With the arrest of the once powerful head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, following allegations that he tried to rape a maid in his 3,000-dollar- a-night penthouse suite at the Sofitel Hotel, a spotlight has been turned on the treatment of female cleaning staff, many of whom are immigrants who keep silent for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.

ENVIRONMENT: Women Key to Greening the Economy

Earth Day celebrated its 41st year Friday with the slogan ‘A Billion Acts of Green’. The grassroots demonstration is said to have inspired the modern environmental movement, and continues to inform and promote green economic policies worldwide, while attracting over a half billion people every year.

Vast Majority of Stillbirths Found in Developing Countries

According to a special series in the medical journal The Lancet presented in New York Wednesday at the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, over 2.6 million stillbirths occur worldwide annually, affecting mostly African and Asian women who lack proper access to health care and facilities.

Marc Rosenblum Credit: Courtesy of Marc Rosenblum

Q&A: U.S. Immigration Reform Mired in Philosophical Differences

As Alabama became the latest U.S. state to approve a tough anti-immigration bill last week, concerns are growing that other states will take a similar path.

FILM: What a Palestinian Girl Saw Through Her Window

At the 331st meeting of the Committee on the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People held at United Nations headquarters Thursday, delegates made speeches most likely doomed to be lost in the abyss of countless Security Council resolutions, numerous rulings by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the basic provisions of the Geneva Conventions.

Richard Dieter Credit: Courtesy of Richard Dieter

Q&A: New Victory Against Death Penalty in U.S.

After trying unsuccessfully for years to design a flawless death penalty system, Democratic Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill Wednesday abolishing capital punishment in the state of Illinois.

The Problem of Refugees & Asylum-Seekers in Africa

As hundreds and thousands of refugees and migrant workers continue to be caught up in the political turmoil in North Africa, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is playing a lead role in reaching out to the displaced providing them mostly with food, shelter and medicines.


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