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Thursday, July 31, 2014   22:42 GMT



Human Rights Low on U.S-Africa Policy Summit
Julia Hotz
WASHINGTON, 31 Jul (IPS) - As the White House prepares to host more than 40 African heads of state for the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, civil society actors from the U.S., Africa and the international community are urging the Barack Obama administration to use the summit as an opportunity to more thoroughly address some of Africa’s most pressing human rights violations.
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Israel Lobby Galvanises Support for Gaza War
Mitchell Plitnick
WASHINGTON, 30 Jul (IPS) - Pro-Israel activists assembled a huge crowd and a long list of congressional leaders and diplomats to declare their unconditional support for Israel’s military operations in the Gaza Strip on Monday, largely downplaying  tensions between Jerusalem and Washington.
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Thousands of New Yorkers Protest Gaza Killings
Kanya DAlmeida
NEW YORK, 27 Jul (IPS) - Thousands of New Yorkers took to 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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Child Migrants – A “Torn Artery” in Central America
Thelma Mejia
TEGUCIGALPA, 18 Jul (IPS) - The migration crisis involving thousands of Central American children detained in the United States represents the loss of a generation of young people fleeing poverty, violence and insecurity in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America where violence is rife.
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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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Zarif and Kerry Signal Momentum on Nuclear Pact
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 17 Jul (IPS) - As the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear programme approach the Jul. 20 deadline, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have signaled through their carefully worded statements that they are now moving toward toward agreement on the two most crucial issues in the talks: the level of Iranian enrichment capability to be allowed and the duration of the agreement.
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North’s Policies Affecting South’s 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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U.S., Obama’s Image Remains Positive Worldwide
Jim Lobe
WASHINGTON, 14 Jul (IPS) - While Republicans and other right-wingers claim that President Barack Obama has inflicted unprecedented damage on Washington’s global reputation, a major new global survey suggests that the image of the U.S. remains generally positive.
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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 Reagan’s election to the White House, analyses regularly referred to U.S. decadence. At other times, it was Europe’s 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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Khamenei Remarks Show Both Sides Maneuvre on Enrichment
Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON, 12 Jul (IPS) - Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s comments on the nuclear talks Monday provided an unusual glimpse of diplomatic maneuvering by the U.S.-led coalition of five nuclear powers and Germany on the issue of enrichment capability to be allowed in a comprehensive agreement.
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