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Friday, April 18, 2014   0:30 GMT



Coal Trains Run into Stiff Resistance in U.S.
Matthew Charles Cardinale
SPOKANE, Washington, 27 Dec (IPS) - Citizens and activists in the U.S. Pacific Northwest are fighting three different proposed coal terminals, including one in Oregon and two in Washington.
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Free Expression Another Casualty of Sanctions
Ramy Srour
WASHINGTON, 6 Dec (IPS) - Aliakbar Salehi is a former member of the Iranian parliament and an internet freedom and human rights advocate now living in Washington, DC. In 2006, he was arrested and jailed by the Iranian government for urging human rights reforms.
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Bill Commits U.S. Diplomacy to Ending Abuse of Women
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 6 Dec (IPS) - The U.S. Congress is being urged to pass urgent legislation that would make issues of violence against women and girls a key focus in all U.S. diplomatic efforts.
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Ending AIDS in the City Where It Began
Samuel Oakford
NEW YORK, 1 Dec (IPS) - The faade of 400 Eighth Avenue, home to the largest welfare centre for people with AIDS in New York, is the kind of grey, drab city building that seems like it was dragged, scowling, into the 21st Century.
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U.S. Seeks to Stem Flood of Political Dark Money
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 27 Nov (IPS) - The U.S. government has proposed strengthening an obscure tax-status designation that supporters say could significantly impact upon the massive amounts of anonymous money that have come to define U.S. politics over the past two campaign cycles.
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LGBT Immigrants Face Rampant Assault in U.S. Jails
Ramy Srour
WASHINGTON, 27 Nov (IPS) - Gay and transsexual immigrants who enter the U.S. detention system face high levels of sexual abuse, new research warns, at times leading them to decide to return to their home countries rather than stay to fight a legal battle.
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U.S. Unveils Military Strategy for Arctic
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 26 Nov (IPS) - The United States is calling for greater cooperation in the Arctic, even as it warns that it will defend its sovereignty in the face of strengthening international interest in newly opening shipping lanes and natural resource extraction opportunities as the regions ice disappears.
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Multinationals' Interest Grows in Sustainable Bioplastics
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 21 Nov (IPS) - Eight major multinational consumer products companies have come together to investigate whether it is possible to produce a sustainable form of bioplastic, made from plants rather than petroleum products.
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Typhoon Haiyan Exposes Flaws in U.S. Food Aid
Kitty Stapp
WASHINGTON, 18 Nov (IPS) - Even as Washington has mounted a strikingly robust response to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, the ongoing effort is highlighting important gaps in the United States emergency relief capability gaps that could start to be addressed through legislative reforms currently under debate in the U.S. Congress.
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In Anti-Poaching Warning, U.S. Destroys Ivory Stockpiles
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Nov (IPS) - The United States has become the first developed country to destroy its stock of seized ivory, a move being widely lauded by conservation groups pushing for an outright ban on domestic ivory sales.
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