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Friday, October 31, 2014   9:51 GMT


OPINION
The Islamic State’s Ideology Is Grounded in Saudi Education
Emile Nakhleh
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - According to an article published Oct. 21 on Al-Monitor, the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) has issued new regulations for the school systems under its control in Iraq and Syria. The announced purpose of the so-called guidelines, which carried the imprimatur of the group’s “Amir al-Mu’minin,” presumably leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is to “eradicate ignorance and disseminate Sharia sciences.”
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Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 31 Oct (IPS) - The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country’s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal.
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Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 29 Oct (IPS) - Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon.
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Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 28 Oct (IPS) - U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on.
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Good Twins or Evil Twins? U.S., China Could Tip the Climate Balance
Stephen Leahy
BONN, 27 Oct (IPS) - China and the United States are responsible for 35 percent of global carbon emissions but could do their part to keep climate change to less than two degrees C by adopting best energy efficiency standards, a new analysis shows.
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OPINION
Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later
Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero
SAN JUAN, 26 Oct (IPS) - In late 1986, Washington was rocked by revelations that the Ronald Reagan administration had illegally aided a stateless army known as the contras in Central America.
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U.S. Contractors Convicted in 2007 Blackwater Baghdad Traffic Massacre
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 23 Oct (IPS) - A federal jury here Wednesday convicted one former Blackwater contractor of murder and three of his colleagues of voluntary manslaughter in the deadly shootings of 14 unarmed civilians killed in Baghdad’s Nisour Square seven years ago.
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U.S. Destroys Its Own Weapons in Enemy Hands
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 22 Oct (IPS) - When the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured a treasure trove of U.S. weapons from fleeing Iraqi soldiers last month, one of the rebel leaders with a morbid sense of humour was quoted as saying rather sarcastically: "We hope the Americans would honour their agreements and service our helicopters."
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Despite Media, Rightwing Ebola Hype, U.S. Public Resists Total Panic
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 22 Oct (IPS) - Despite media hype, missteps by federal health agencies, and apparent efforts by right-wing and some neo-conservatives to foment fear about the possible spread of the Ebola virus in the U.S., most of the public remain at least “fairly” confident in the authorities’ ability to deal with the virus.
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U.S. Revisiting “Broken” Workplace Chemicals Regulation Process
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 22 Oct (IPS) - The U.S. government will soon begin receiving public suggestions on how federal regulators should update their oversight of toxic chemicals in the workplace.
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