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Tuesday, July 22, 2014   4:17 GMT



U.S. Debating “Historic” Support for Off-Grid Electricity in Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 21 Jul (IPS) - Pressure is building here for lawmakers to pass a bill that would funnel billions of dollars of U.S. investment into strengthening Africa’s electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities.
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As Winds of Change Blow, South America Builds Its House with BRICS
Diana Cariboni
MONTEVIDEO, 18 Jul (IPS) - While this week's BRICS summit might have been off the radar of Western powers, the leaders of its five member countries launched a financial system to rival Bretton Woods institutions and held an unprecedented meeting with the governments of South America.
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North’s Policies Affecting South’s Economies
Yilmaz Akyuz
GENEVA, 16 Jul (IPS) - Since the onset of the crisis, the South Centre has argued that policy responses to the crisis by the European Union and the United States has suffered from serious shortcomings that would delay recovery and entail unnecessary losses of income and jobs, and also endanger future growth and stability. 
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U.S. Moves to Address Chronic “Teacher Equity” Problem
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 9 Jul (IPS) - The U.S. government has moved to tackle longstanding patterns of inequitable teacher quality, specifically in terms of how low quality teachers tend to be assigned to poor and marginalised communities across the country.
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Africa Under “Unprecedented” Pressure from Rich Countries Over Trade
Ravi Kanth Devarakonda
GENEVA, 2 Jul (IPS) - African countries are coming under strong pressure from the United States and the European Union to reverse the decision adopted by their trade ministers to implement the World Trade Organization’s trade facilitation agreement on a “provisional” basis.
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Green Groups Offer Broad Vision for Global Paper Sector Reforms
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 19 Jun (IPS) - More than 120 environmental groups from across the globe have offered a comprehensive vision document on how to enact, strengthen and implement sustainability reforms across the paper sector.
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Water Cut-off in U.S. City Violates Human Rights, Say Activists
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 19 Jun (IPS) - When the United Nations reaches out to resolve a water or sanitation crisis, it is largely across urban slums and remote villages in Asia, Africa or Latin America and the Caribbean.
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U.S. Economy Will Grow But Not Trickle Down, OECD Warns on Inequality
Michelle Tullo
WASHINGTON, 16 Jun (IPS) -

Even though the U.S. economy is now expected to grow – albeit sluggishly – over the coming two years, inequality will not improve without policy reforms, a major grouping of rich countries is warning.
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Deadline Looms for Due Diligence Reporting on U.S. Investments in Myanmar
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 12 Jun (IPS) - U.S. companies newly operating in Myanmar have until the end of the month to file official reports detailing the actions they’ve taken to ensure that their investments comply with safeguards around land, human rights and other concerns.
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Donors to Assist Developing Countries Negotiate Extractives Contracts
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 9 Jun (IPS) - Major donor countries will unveil next week a new initiative aimed at strengthening the ability of developing countries’ governments to negotiate complex contracts, particularly around the extractives sector.
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