News in the Humanosphere: Global demonstrations for climate change

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All sorts of people, from climate activists to anarchists, joined marches in cities around the world to raise noise and get world leaders to take action on climate change. The event culminated in New York City where meetings hosted by the UN on Tuesday. “In the French capital, nearly 5,000 people protested, according to police estimates, many on bikes, with banners that read “Climate in danger” or “World leaders, act! Before we could say we didn’t know. Now we know. Climate change is already underway,” Nicolas Hulot, the president’s special envoy for the protection of the planet, told the crowd in central Paris.” (AFP http://bit.ly/1wX6Rw7)

Africa
A team burying Ebola victims was attacked in Sierra Leone’s capital on Saturday, a member of parliament said, as some residents defied a three-day lockdown aimed at halting the worst outbreak of the disease on record. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1p8igRW)

New initiatives from the United States, Britain, France and other countries to help fight the Ebola epidemic that has been spreading exponentially in West Africa marked a “good beginning,” former President Bill Clinton said on Saturday, but said the world will need to do more. (Reuters http://bit.ly/1mo6TcJ)

Going into the upcoming United Nations negotiations, African climate change negotiators are driving for leaders to up their commitment to climate change adaptation. (IPS http://bit.ly/1p8jpZz)

Security forces in Kenya have been blamed for an unorganized response to last year’s militant attacks on the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, and for failing to heed security warnings ahead of time. (VOA http://bit.ly/1mo7HOF)

To Ghana’s legions of jobless young men, Eric Bimpong has a money-making proposition: sell your blood. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1p8kqRr)

Liberia announced plans Sunday for a four-fold increase in beds for Ebola patients in its overwhelmed capital Monrovia, as US troops arrived to help tackle the deadly epidemic. (AFP http://yhoo.it/1rdvfoo)

MENA
Tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have crossed into Turkey over the past day, fleeing an advance by Islamic State fighters who have seized dozens of villages close to the border, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said. (TRF http://bit.ly/1p8itVg)

This week, two Iraqi girls won a personal victory by escaping from Islamic State militants. (VOA http://bit.ly/1mo7Di9)

The United States’ ambassador to the United Nations says other nations are pledging support for the fight against Islamic State militants. (AP http://yhoo.it/1rduICU)

Yemen’s prime minister submitted his resignation to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi on Sunday amid chaos over reported advances by Shi’ite Muslim Houthi rebels on some military buildings and government offices in the capital. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/1rduWdg)

Asia
The Obama administration is applauding the power-sharing deal signed by Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates. (AP http://yhoo.it/1mo8386)
The Americas
Caribbean hospitals have been taking positive steps to withstand natural disasters. (IPS http://bit.ly/1mo7niX)

Peru country has warmed up for the mega-conference to negotiate a new Earth-saving climate treaty by rolling back its own environmental safeguards. (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1p8iCba)

President Barack Obama will head to the United Nations General Assembly this coming week with two missions: to rally international support for a coalition against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and to back his plan to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. (VOA http://bit.ly/1mo7z1J)

Eight indigenous people have died in a village west of the Guatemalan capital after a clash that saw residents turn guns on their neighbors over plans to build a road and a cement plant. (AP http://yhoo.it/1p8kNLK)

The Peruvian authorities announce a new anti-logging commission after the killings of four indigenous leaders in the Amazon rainforest. (BBC http://bbc.in/1rdvhwA)

Opinion/Blogs
Will China help Obama fight the Islamic State? (GlobalPost http://bit.ly/1mo71cl)

Why America’s Iraq strategy will work, and why Australia should take part (The Interpreter http://bit.ly/1mvS8Fe)

Gallup’s global Well-Being Index. Great data, shame about the (lack of) analysis. (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/1mvSj3n)

The end of economic convergence? Not quite (The Interpreter http://bit.ly/1mvSHPl)

History is so not over (ODI http://atfp.co/1ustbJf)

Will Women’s Rights Earn its Place at UNGA? (UN Dispatch http://bit.ly/1usti7E)

Laptops, children and Darth Vader (Development that Works http://bit.ly/1ustB2s)

The difficulty of bureaucratic reform, India edition (Cherokee Gothic http://bit.ly/1usug42)

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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]humanosphere.org.