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Friday, May 29, 2015   17:12 GMT


Child Labour on U.S. Tobacco Farms
A Stubborn Problem in a Billion-Dollar Industry
Valentina Ieri
UNITED NATIONS, 6 Apr (IPS) - For many young people, the summer is synonymous with free time, relaxation, or family vacations. For less fortunate kids the summer means labour, with scores of youths taking on part-time work to support their families.
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U.N.'s Next Stop
Humanitarian Summit to Resolve Exploding Refugee Crisis
Thalif Deen
KUWAIT CITY, 2 Apr (IPS) - As the world's spreading humanitarian crisis threatens to spill beyond the borders of Syria and Iraq into Libya and Yemen, the United Nations is already setting its sights on the first World Humanitarian Summit scheduled to take place in Istanbul next year.
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In Thrall to the Mall Crawl and Urban Sprawl
Kitty Stapp
NEW YORK, 19 Mar (IPS) - There's little argument about the basic facts: It's ugly (think strip malls and big box stores). It's not very convenient (hours spent behind the wheel to get to work). And it wreaks havoc on the natural environment (lost farmland and compromised watersheds).
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Opinion
Rape in Conflict
Serra Sippel
WASHINGTON, 18 Mar (IPS) - Earlier this month, President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned speech marking the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and the bloody attack on civil rights marchers by police.
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Canada’s Waste Still Rotting in a Philippine Port
Diana Mendoza
MANILA, 15 Mar (IPS) - Filipino Catholic priest and activist Reverend Father Robert Reyes, dubbed by media as the “running priest”, joined a protest of environmental and public health activists last week by running along the streets of the Makati Business District, the Philippines’ financial capital, to urge the government to immediately re-export the 50 Canadian containers filled with hazardous wastes that have been in the Port of Manila for 600 days now.
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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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Medical Marijuana May Not Benefit New York's Poor Patients
Roger Hamilton-Martin
NEW YORK, 4 Feb (IPS) - A proposed bill to bring medical marijuana to New York State will leave the treatment inaccessible to low-income patients, community groups warn.
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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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Survivors of Sexual Violence Face Increased Risks
Lyndal Rowlands
UNITED NATIONS, 25 Nov (IPS) - -“A recurring nightmare for me is I’m trying to tell someone something and they are not listening. I’m yelling at the top of my lungs and it feels like there is a glass wall between us.”
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OPINION
How Ebola Could End the Cuban Embargo
Arturo Lopez-Levy
DENVER, Colorado, 24 Nov (IPS) - When was the last time in recent memory a top U.S. official praised Cuba publicly? And since when has Cuba’s leadership offered to cooperate with Americans?
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