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Saturday, December 20, 2014   10:29 GMT



Dirty Energy Reliance Undercuts U.S., Canada Rhetoric at Climate Talks
Leehi Yona
LIMA, 13 Dec (IPS) - While U.S. and Canadian officials delivered speeches about how the world needs to step up to their responsibilities at the U.N. climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, activists from North America demanded clear answers back home on their governments relationships with fossil fuel corporations, as well as the future of several major oil projects across the continent.
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Groups Push Obama to Clarify U.S. Abortion Funding for Wartime Rape
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 10 Dec (IPS) - Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.
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Mubarak Acquitted as Egypts Counterrevolution Thrives
Emile Nakhleh
WASHINGTON, 3 Dec (IPS) - The acquittal of former Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak is not a legal or political surprise. Yet it carries serious ramifications for Arab autocrats who are leading the counterrevolutionary charge, as well as the United States.
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Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks
Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, 25 Nov (IPS) - -A recurring nightmare for me is Im trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. Im yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.
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U.S. Missing in Child Rights Convention
Kul Chandra Gautam
KATHMANDU, 19 Nov (IPS) - On Nov. 20, the whole world will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the worlds most universally ratified human rights treaty, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Sadly, the United States of America wont be at the party or will simply be watching from the sidelines.
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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the countrys massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.
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Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.
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Ahead of Myanmar Trip, Obama Urged to Demand Extractives Transparency
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 15 Oct (IPS) - Lawmakers here are urging President Barack Obama to put transparency in the extractives sector at the centre of an upcoming trip to Myanmar.
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U.S. Investigation into Illegal Timber Imports a Sea Change
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - A year after a U.S. company was accused of engaging in the systematic importing of flooring made from illegally harvested timber, pressure is mounting on federal agencies currently investigating the allegations.
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Harper Playing Defence in Canada's Pipeline Politics
Paul Weinberg
TORONTO, 6 Oct (IPS) - Canadas tar sands oil boom may be in jeopardy and it appears the ruling Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not have any plan B in its ambition to remake this resource-rich country into an energy superpower.
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