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Saturday, December 20, 2014   4:21 GMT



The Day Anti-Castro Forces Tried to Bomb the U.N.
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 19 Dec (IPS) - When the politically-charismatic Ernesto Che Guevera, once second-in-command to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, was at the United Nations to address the General Assembly sessions back in 1964, the U.N. headquarters came under attack - literally.
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U.S. Flag Can Be Seen Again in Cuba
Patricia Grogg
HAVANA, 18 Dec (IPS) - The announcement that the United States and Cuba would reestablish diplomatic relations took most Cubans by surprise. Over half of the population was born after the severing of ties in 1961 and the start of the embargo that has marked their lives.
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After 53 Years, Obama to Normalise Ties with Cuba
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 18 Dec (IPS) - In perhaps his boldest foreign-policy move during his presidency, Barack Obama Wednesday announced that he intends to establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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Dirty Energy Reliance Undercuts U.S., Canada Rhetoric at Climate Talks
Leehi Yona
LIMA, 13 Dec (IPS) - While U.S. and Canadian officials delivered speeches about how the world needs to step up to their responsibilities at the U.N. climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, activists from North America demanded clear answers back home on their governments relationships with fossil fuel corporations, as well as the future of several major oil projects across the continent.
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Is U.N. Convention Against Torture in Jeopardy?
Thalif Deen
UNITED NATIONS, 11 Dec (IPS) - The timing was inadvertently impeccable as two stinging reports on harsh interrogation techniques - by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States and former military regimes in Brazil - were released on the eve of the 30th anniversary of the U.N. Convention Against Torture.
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Groups Push Obama to Clarify U.S. Abortion Funding for Wartime Rape
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 10 Dec (IPS) - Nearly two dozen health, advocacy and faith groups are calling on President Barack Obama to take executive action clarifying that U.S. assistance can be used to fund abortion services for women and girls raped in the context of war and conflict.
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Release of Senate Torture Report Insufficient, Say Rights Groups
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 10 Dec (IPS) - Tuesdays release by the Senate Intelligence Committee of its long-awaited report on the torture by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of detainees in the so-called war on terror does not go far enough, according to major U.S. human rights groups.
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Mubarak Acquitted as Egypts Counterrevolution Thrives
Emile Nakhleh
WASHINGTON, 3 Dec (IPS) - The acquittal of former Egyptian President Muhammad Hosni Mubarak is not a legal or political surprise. Yet it carries serious ramifications for Arab autocrats who are leading the counterrevolutionary charge, as well as the United States.
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Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks
Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, 25 Nov (IPS) - -A recurring nightmare for me is Im trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. Im yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.
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Pro-Israel Hawks Take Wing over Extension of Iran Nuclear Talks
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 25 Nov (IPS) - Buoyed by the failure of the U.S. and five other powers to reach a comprehensive agreement with Iran over its nuclear programme after a week of intensive talks, pro-Israel and Republican hawks are calling for Washington to ramp up economic pressure on Tehran even while talks continue, and to give Congress a veto on any final accord.
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