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Saturday, October 25, 2014   22:36 GMT



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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Pressure Building on Obama to Impose Ebola Travel Ban
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 17 Oct (IPS) - President Barack Obama is under significant pressure to impose a range of restrictions on travellers coming to the United States from West African countries affected by the current Ebola outbreak.
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Militarising the Ebola Crisis
Joeva Rock
WASHINGTON, 28 Sep (IPS) - Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heeding calls for substantial intervention in the region.
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Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 26 Sep (IPS) - Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to stop it, according to world leaders and global health experts.
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U.S. Military Joins Ebola Response in West Africa
Carey L. Biron
WASHINGTON, 8 Sep (IPS) - The U.S. military over the weekend formally began to support the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
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OPINION
Iraq On the Precipice
Bill Miller
NEW YORK, 4 Sep (IPS) - The catastrophic events in Iraq that are unfolding daily are more significant than at any point in recent memory.
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New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows
Zafirah Mohamed Zein
NEW YORK, 25 Aug (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.
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Stigma Still a Major Roadblock for AIDS Fight in Africa
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 9 Aug (IPS) - Though West Africa’s massive Ebola outbreak may be dominating the spotlight within the global health community, HIV/AIDS remains an enormous issue for Africa as a whole - a sentiment that Washington officials made clear this week in their discussions of legislative and technological setbacks plaguing progress in fighting the epidemic.
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Under Water
The EPA’s Struggle to Combat Pollution
Naveena Sadasivam ProPublica
NEW YORK, 29 Jul (IPS) -

For years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been frustrated in its efforts to pursue hundreds of cases of water pollution — repeatedly tied up in legal fights about exactly what bodies of water it has the authority to monitor and protect.
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