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Tuesday, September 16, 2014   10:25 GMT


Sanctions and Retaliations
Simply Unconscionable
Somar Wijayadasa
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The crisis in Ukraine is a man-made disaster created by world leaders who have been trying to pull Ukraine apart - either towards Europe or Russia.
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Criminalisation of Homelessness in U.S. Criticised by United Nations
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 2 Sep (IPS) - A United Nations panel reviewing the U.S. record on racial discrimination has expressed unusually pointed concern over a new pattern of laws it warns is criminalising homelessness.
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New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows
Zafirah Mohamed Zein
NEW YORK, 25 Aug (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.
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U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 20 Aug (IPS) - The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world.
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Does Iceland Gain From Whaling?
Lowana Veal
REYKJAVIK, 18 Aug (IPS) - Although fin whaling by Icelanders has encountered increasing opposition over the last year, Icelandic whaling boats headed off to sea again in mid-June for the first hunt of the summer and by August 14 had killed 80 fin whales.
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Protecting America's Underwater Serengeti
Christopher Pala
WASHINGTON, 15 Aug (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed to more than double the worlds no-fishing areas to protect what some call Americas underwater Serengeti, a series of California-sized swaths of Pacific Ocean where 1,000-pound marlin cruise by 30-foot-wide manta rays around underwater mountains filled with rare or unique species.
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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Aug (IPS) - Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmars timber sector for one year.
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Cry for Argentina
Fiscal Mismanagement, Odious Debt or Pillage?
Ellen Brown
SONOMA, California, 14 Aug (IPS) - Argentina has now taken the U.S. to The Hague for blocking the countrys 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt.
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Minimum Wage, Minimum Cost
Peter Costantini
SEATTLE, 11 Aug (IPS) - In 1958, when New York State was considering raising its minimum wage, merchants complained that their profit margins were so small that they would have to cut their work forces or go out of business. In 2014 in Seattle at hearings on a proposed minimum wage increase, some businesses voiced the same fears.
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Will Obamas New Africa Deliver on Its Promises?
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 7 Aug (IPS) - As the three-day U.S- Africa Leaders Summit here drew to a close Wednesday, experts across the private, public and non-profit sectors continued to debate the opportunities and obstacles posed by the U.S expanding business partnership with Africa.
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