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CULTURE-CUBA: The Times, They Are A-Changin’

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
HAVANA, Apr 7 (IPS) - Topics that are taboo in Cuba, absent from media coverage and missing in the political discourse were nevertheless present in debates at a congress of intellectuals who advocated a greater role for criticism in society, and more room for dialogue and participation.
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COLOMBIA: Violent Society, Violent Schools

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
BOGOTA, Apr 7 (IPS) - In a survey carried out in 807 public and private primary and secondary schools across the social spectrum in the Colombian capital, 56 percent of students said they had been robbed within the school premises.
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WORLD HEALTH DAY: Climate Change a Challenge to Human Species

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
MONTEVIDEO, Apr 7 (Tierramérica) - World Health Day, celebrated Apr. 7, is a good opportunity to "call attention to the fact that the survival of humanity is at stake" because of climate change, according to Mirta Roses, director of the Pan-American Health Organisation.
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CUBA: Women Put On the Masonic Apron

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-08 15:30
HAVANA, Apr 7 (IPS) - More than 30 women have become pioneers of female Freemasonry in socialist Cuba, founding two lodges under the auspices of the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile, which will provide them with support and advice until they can function independently.
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ENVIRONMENT-PERU: In Search of Less Toxic Mining

IPS Latin America - Sun, 2008-04-06 14:08
LIMA, Apr 5 (Tierramérica) - The Peruvian government is seeking to reduce the maximum allowable emissions of pollutants by the mining industry, but the proposed limits are still a long way from meeting international standards.
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MEDIA-COLOMBIA: Unraveling the "New" FARC Announcement

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-05 13:39
MONTEVIDEO, Apr 4 (IPS) - Colombian and international media outlets reported Thursday and Friday that the FARC guerrillas had "ruled out" the release of Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt in an article issued after a French emergency medical mission to save the gravely ill hostage got underway. The problem is that the FARC statement is actually more than two weeks old.
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CUBA: New Freedoms Unaffordable to Many

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-05 13:39
HAVANA, Apr 4 (IPS) - The wall of prohibitions that has marked Cuban life for years has begun to crumble, with the lifting of the bans on Cubans staying in upscale tourist hotels and buying mobile phones and computers. The obstacle now is the same one faced by a majority of people in any developing country: money, or lack thereof.
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FILM-CUBA: Women ‘Invisible’ Behind the Cameras

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-05 13:39
HAVANA, Apr 4 (IPS) - Filmmaking has not escaped the overwhelming "machismo" of Cuban society. Getting a foot in the door in the industry, an almost exclusively male preserve, is still wishful thinking for most women directors.
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BRAZIL: Amazon Ghost Highway to Be Brought Back to Life

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-05 13:39
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 4 (Tierramérica) - BR-319, a road blazed 35 years ago through the heart of the Amazon jungle and now impassable due to neglect, has sparked a new battle between environmentalists and the Brazilian authorities, who have decided to rebuild it.
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COLOMBIA: On the Verge of Death?

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-04 13:23
LONDON, Apr 3 (IPS) - It is still uncertain whether a European humanitarian mission sent to Colombia by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to provide emergency medical aid to French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt will be received by the FARC guerrillas.
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ECONOMY-ARGENTINA: Poised for the Qualitative Leap?

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-04 13:23
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 3 (IPS) - A new ECLAC study highlights Argentina’s robust economic recovery in the past five years, and signals an opportunity to progress towards a model that adds value to raw materials, which make up most of the country’s exports.
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BRAZIL: Clean Gasoline Fuels Soybean Production

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-04 13:23
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 3 (IPS) - The Brazilian government has decided to move up the deadlines for obligatory addition of biofuels to gasoline and diesel fuel, a measure that will boost the production of soybeans, the oilseed crop with the lowest yield and that causes the most environmental damage.
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ARGENTINA: Farmers Declare One-Month Truce

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-03 12:24
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 2 (IPS) - Thousands of farmers meeting in an assembly Wednesday decided to call off a three-week farm strike involving roadblocks around the country that have caused food shortages in the cities, and declared a truce to continue talks with the government.
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CHILE: Bachelet Unveils New Indigenous Policy

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-03 12:24
SANTIAGO, Apr 2 (IPS) - Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has announced a new policy for indigenous people, which includes novel approaches to political participation and the protection of natural resources in the hands of the country’s native groups.
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PERU: New Environment Ministry Born With Congenital Defects

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-03 12:24
LIMA, Apr 2 (IPS) - The Peruvian government has announced that it will create an Environment Ministry by decree this week, without going through the process of a debate in civil society, Congress and regional governments. Critics say the new ministry will lack decision-making powers in key areas.
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ARGENTINA: Empty Shelves, Drowned Chicks as Farm Strike Rages

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-02 12:21
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 1 (IPS) - Millions of litres of milk have been dumped out in Argentina, tons of tomatoes, carrots, bananas and oranges have rotted in trucks, beef has been unavailable in butcher shops and supermarkets in the capital for the past six days, and millions of chicks have had to be drowned because of the lack of chicken feed.
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CHILE: Environmentalists Defend Patagonian Wilderness from Dams

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-02 12:21
SANTIAGO, Apr 1 (IPS) - Robert Kennedy, senior attorney for the U.S.-based Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), is in Chile to support opponents of a plan for building five dams in the southern region of Patagonia.
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RIGHTS-COLOMBIA: Paramilitarism Alive and Well

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-02 12:21
BOGOTA, Apr 1 (IPS) - "If their slogan was land, dignity and peace, this time it will be terror, murder and hell," said a threat sent to human rights defenders and trade unionists who took part in a Mar. 6 march in homage to the victims of Colombia’s far-right paramilitary groups.
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NICARAGUA: Houses Without Water or Water Without Houses?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-02 12:21
MANAGUA, Apr 1 (IPS) - Authorities in Nicaragua are facing the dilemma of generating thousands of jobs through the development of the construction and real estate industry in the capital or putting a priority on future water supplies for the city’s 1.2 million people.
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RIGHTS-PERU: Fujimori Rewarded Death Squad

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-01 11:32
LIMA, Mar 31 (IPS) - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori personally encouraged and rewarded the leaders of a secret army intelligence service squad for the kidnap and murder of 25 civilians in 1991 and 1992, according to secret military documents.
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