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Tuesday, July 29, 2014   17:53 GMT



Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings
Kanya DAlmeida
NEW YORK, 27 Jul (IPS) - Thousands of New Yorkers tookto the streets in multiple protests this past week against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, which has left at least 1,049 Palestinians dead and over 6,000 injured since Jul. 8.
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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 Africas electricity production and distribution capabilities, and could offer broad new support for off-grid opportunities.
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U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 18 Jul (IPS) - A new ranking has lauded Germany for its energy efficiency, while condemning the United States for lagging near the bottom.
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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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U.S. Accused of Forcing EU to Accept Tar Sands Oil
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Jul (IPS) - Newly publicised internal documents suggest that U.S. negotiators are working to permanently block a landmark regulatory proposal in the European Union aimed at addressing climate change, and instead to force European countries to import particularly dirty forms of oil.
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Norths Policies Affecting Souths 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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Major Companies Push for More, Easier Renewable Energy
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 14 Jul (IPS) - Some of the largest companies in the United States have banded together to call for a substantial increase in the production of renewable electricity, as well as for more simplicity in purchasing large blocs of green energy.
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Europe and the United States, Allies in Crisis
Joaquin Roy
BARCELONA, 14 Jul (IPS) - A few decades ago, even before the end of the Cold War and before and after Ronald Reagans election to the White House, analyses regularly referred to U.S. decadence. At other times, it was Europes turn for pessimistic descriptions, especially when it could not overcome its ambivalence over deepening integration, and above all because of the failure of its constitutional project.
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U.S. Overseas Coal Financing May Be Restarting
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 7 Jul (IPS) - Landmark new policies that have sharply curtailed U.S. financing for international coal projects may be rolled back, the result of a sudden, polarised fight over a little-known government agency here.
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FATCA Just a Band Aid for Latin American Tax Evasion
Emilio Godoy
MEXICO CITY, 4 Jul (IPS) - The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is unlikely to contribute much to combating persistent tax evasion in Latin America, which will require more national and multilateral instruments, experts say.
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