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Tuesday, March 03, 2015   1:20 GMT



Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market
Ivet Gonzalez
SAN JUAN Y MARTNEZ, Cuba, 28 Feb (IPS) - We have to wait and see, There isnt 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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Everything You Wanted to Know About Climate Change
Manipadma Jena
NEW DELHI, 19 Feb (IPS) - So much information about climate change now abounds that it is hard to differentiate fact from fiction. Scientific reports appear alongside conspiracy theories, data is interspersed with drastic predictions about the future, and everywhere one turns, the bad news just seems to be getting worse.
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Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 18 Feb (IPS) - A rash of sex discriminatory laws including the legalisation of polygamy, marital rape, abduction and the justification of violence against women remains in statute books around the world.
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Money Pipeline Flowing Between U.S. Congress and Big Oil
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 12 Feb (IPS) - With battle lines sharpening over the stalled Keystone XL pipeline, a new analysis details the intense industry lobbying of both houses of the U.S. Congress since 2013 to the tune of 58.8 million dollars by five refinery companies alone.
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U.S.-India Partnership a Step Forward for Low-Carbon Growth
David Waskow, Manish Bapna
WASHINGTON, 27 Jan (IPS) - India garnered international attention this week for its climate action.
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Cuba and U.S. Skirt Obstacles to Normalisation of Ties
Patricia Grogg, Ivet Gonzalez
HAVANA, 26 Jan (IPS) - The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalise relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. But what stood out in the talks was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women.
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Obama-Congress Iran Sanctions Battle Goes International
Jasmin Ramsey
WASHINGTON, 23 Jan (IPS) - While its anyones guess whether a final deal will be reached over Irans nuclear programme this year, a number of key international actors have forcefully weighed in on calls from within the U.S. congress to impose more sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
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OPINION
Banks, Inequality and Citizens
Roberto Savio
ROME, 22 Jan (IPS) - Every day we receive striking data on major issues which should create tumult and action, but life goes on as if those data had nothing to do with peoples lives.
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OPINION-CUBA/US
Catching a Glimpse of the Possible Future
Leonardo Padura Fuentes
HAVANA, 21 Jan (IPS) - All Cubans, on either side of the Florida Straits, but in places like Spain, France or Greenland where there must be a couple of Cubans - as well felt it was a historic moment that included each and every one of us, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 the normalisation of relations after half a century of hostility.
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Cuban Diplomacy Looks Towards Both Brussels and Washington
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 19 Jan (IPS) - Cuba has decided to move ahead in its talks with the European Union towards an agreement on cooperation parallel to the negotiations aimed at normalising relations with the United States after more than half a century of hostility.
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