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Monday, May 25, 2015   16:23 GMT


Opinion
The West and Its Self-Assumed Right to Intervene
Roberto Savio
ROME, 4 May (IPS) - The ‘West’ is a concept that flourished during the Cold War. Then it was West against East in the form of the Soviet empire. The East was evil against which all democratic countries – read West – were called on to fight.
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Latin America Heralds New Era with United States
Ivet Gonzalez
PANAMA CITY, 13 Apr (IPS) - Latin America presented its own recipes for development in the new era of relations with the United States in the Seventh Summit of the Americas, where Cuba took part for the first time and the U.S. said it would close the chapter of “medd[ling] with impunity” in its neighbours to the south.
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Economic Slowdown Threatens Progress Towards Equality in Latin America
Ivet Gonzalez
PANAMA CITY, 11 Apr (IPS) - Predictions of a sharp slowdown in Latin America’s economic growth this year make it even more necessary for the region’s leaders to make commitments to boost prosperity with equality during the Seventh Summit of the Americas, currently taking place in the Panamanian capital.
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From Punta del Este to Panama, the End of Cuba’s Isolation
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 8 Apr (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama was only four days old when Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara publicly castigated the United States’ policy of hostility toward Cuba at an inter-American summit, reiterated then Prime Minister Fidel Castro’s willingness to resolve differences through dialogue on an equal footing, and held secret conversations with a Washington envoy.
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Child Labour on U.S. Tobacco Farms
A Stubborn Problem in a Billion-Dollar Industry
Valentina Ieri
UNITED NATIONS, 6 Apr (IPS) - For many young people, the summer is synonymous with free time, relaxation, or family vacations. For less fortunate kids the summer means labour, with scores of youths taking on part-time work to support their families.
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U.N.'s Next Stop
Humanitarian Summit to Resolve Exploding Refugee Crisis
Thalif Deen
KUWAIT CITY, 2 Apr (IPS) - As the world's spreading humanitarian crisis threatens to spill beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq into Libya and Yemen, the United Nations is already setting its sights on the first World Humanitarian Summit scheduled to take place in Istanbul next year.
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In Thrall to the Mall Crawl and Urban Sprawl
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 19 Mar (IPS) - There's little argument about the basic facts: It's ugly (think strip malls and big box stores). It's not very convenient (hours spent behind the wheel to get to work). And it wreaks havoc on the natural environment (lost farmland and compromised watersheds).
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Canada’s Waste Still Rotting in a Philippine Port
Diana Mendoza
MANILA, 15 Mar (IPS) - Filipino Catholic priest and activist Reverend Father Robert Reyes, dubbed by media as the “running priest”, joined a protest of environmental and public health activists last week by running along the streets of the Makati Business District, the Philippines’ financial capital, to urge the government to immediately re-export the 50 Canadian containers filled with hazardous wastes that have been in the Port of Manila for 600 days now.
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The 15 Journalists Putting Women’s Rights on the Front Page
Lyndal Rowlands
NEW YORK, 6 Mar (IPS) - Media coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights is crucial to achieving international development goals, yet journalists covering these issues often face significant challenges.
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Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market
Ivet Gonzalez
SAN JUAN Y MARTÍNEZ, Cuba, 28 Feb (IPS) - “We have to wait and see,” “There isn’t a lot of talk about it,” are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars.
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