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Friday, April 29, 2016   17:49 GMT



Locals Want to Know When They Will Feel the Effects of the U.S.-Cuban Thaw
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 16 Dec (IPS) - While the normalisation of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is moving ahead, and the U.S. and Cuban flags have been proudly waving in Havana and Washington, respectively, since last July, the year gone by since the thaw has left many unanswered questions.
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Leading Powers to Double Renewable Energy Supply by 2030
Diego Arguedas Ortiz
SAN JOSÉ, 12 Nov (IPS) - Eight of the world’s leading economies will double their renewable energy supply by 2030 if they live up to their pledges to contribute to curbing global warming, which will be included in the new climate treaty.
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Analysis
India’s Challenge on the SDGs
N Chandra Mohan
NEW DELHI, 8 Oct (IPS) - India’s stance on sustainable development goals is evolving as there are differing voices on what should be done. Over the next 15 years, the global development agenda will be preoccupied with the ambitious challenge of achieving 17 SDGs and 169 targets. The SDGs follow the Millennium Development Goals which were conceptualized as a set of eight goals on diverse development dimensions including poverty alleviation, gender equality, health and environmental sustainability. The buzz in the development community is that as the relative success of MDGs is a result of China’s super-rapid growth, the relative success of the SDGs will be because of India.
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TPP is “Worst Trade Agreement” for Medicine Access, Says Doctors Without Borders
Tharanga Yakupitiyage
UNITED NATIONS, 7 Oct (IPS) - “The TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] will…go down in history as the worst trade agreement for access to medicines in developing countries,” said Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a statement following the signing of the TPP trade deal.
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Shale Drives Uncertain New Geoeconomics of Oil
Emilio Godoy
WASHINGTON, 7 Oct (IPS) - The emergence of fracking has modified the global market for fossil fuels. But the plunge in oil prices has diluted the effect, in a struggle that experts in the United States believe conventional producers could win in the next decade.
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Opinion
The Pope, Partisanship and the Common Good
Andrew Hanauer
WASHINGTON, 24 Sep (IPS) - Pope Francis delivered two very strong messages in his speech to Congress Thursday morning: let's work together and let's protect the vulnerable.
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Activists Say Fracking Fails to 'Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful'
Emilio Godoy
MONTROSE, Pennsylvania, USA, 17 Sep (IPS) - U.S. activist Vera Scroggins has been sued five times by the oil industry, and since October 2013 she has faced a restraining order banning her from any properties owned or leased by one of the biggest players in Pennsylvania’s natural gas rush, Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation.
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Europe Invaded Mostly by “Regime Change” Refugees
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 3 Sep (IPS) - The military conflicts and political instability driving hundreds of thousands of refugees into Europe were triggered largely by U.S. and Western military interventions for regime change – specifically in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria (a regime change in-the-making).
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Faith Leaders Call for Debt Relief to Puerto Rico
S. Chandra
WASHINGTON, 31 Aug (IPS) - Puerto Rico’s religious leaders have called for debt relief of the Caribbean U.S. territory in the face of the 72 billion dollar liability that represents 20,000 dollars of debt for every man, woman and child.
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Opinion
How Will Wall Street Greet the Pope?
Hazel Henderson
ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, 27 Aug (IPS) - Millions in the New York City area are excited about Pope Francis’ visit on Sep. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly as worldwide consensus grows on the need to shift global investments from fossil fuels to clean, efficient, renewable energy in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) scheduled to replace the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 
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