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COLOMBIA: Death Cannot Defeat Life in War-Torn Guaviare

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-06-04 23:18
SAN JOSÉ DEL GUAVIARE, Colombia, Jun 4 (IPS) - Halfway along the 28-km stretch of road between the towns of San José and El Retorno in the war-torn south-central Colombian province of Guaviare, there is a young "ceiba" tree that emerged after a venerable old ceiba tree, which had grown there for decades, died.
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HEALTH-LATIN AMERICA: Tobacco Regulations as Solid as Smoke

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-06-04 23:18
MEXICO CITY, Jun 4 (Tierramérica) - Government funds to fight tobacco use in Latin America, which kills one million people each year, pale in comparison to the health costs of this epidemic and receive only a small portion of the tax revenues from the tobacco industry.
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LATIN AMERICA: Factors in Climbing Food Prices - A Baker’s Dozen

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-06-04 23:18
CARACAS, Jun 4 (IPS) - Where today’s high food prices are concerned, there are 13 villains of the piece: the structural and circumstantial causes associated with supply and demand, according to the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA), which says that to tackle them, regional cooperation is essential.
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BRAZIL: Climate Change Will Weaken Renewable Energy Sources

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-06-03 22:46
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 3 (IPS) - To Brazil's credit, 45 percent of its energy comes from renewable sources, three times as much as in industrialised countries, but for that very reason it will be more vulnerable to climate change, according to a new study.
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POLITICS: U.S. Praises Colombia at OAS Meet

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-06-03 22:46
MEDELLIN, Colombia, Jun 3 (IPS) - Stressing U.S. commitment to the Colombian government's controversial efforts to rid the country of "narcoterrorists", which have included briefly invading a neighbouring country to attack guerrilla forces, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte said Monday that Colombia was "an outstanding example" of what can be achieved through a commitment to democracy and good governance.
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POLITICS-NICARAGUA: Hard Times for Ortega

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-06-03 22:46
MANAGUA, Jun 3 (IPS) - Economic problems and persistent poverty, along with his unconditional support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and expressions of sympathy towards Colombia’s guerrillas, have plunged Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s approval ratings to a new low, analysts say.
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BOLIVIA: Two More Steps Towards Provincial Autonomy

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-06-02 21:51
LA PAZ, Jun 2 (IPS) - Bolivia’s leftist government responded cautiously to the approval of two new regional autonomy statutes, this time in the northern provinces of Beni and Pando, while the rightwing opposition celebrated their victory.
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RIGHTS-AMERICAS: Slow Progress Along a Difficult Road

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-06-02 21:51
MEDELLIN, Colombia, Jun 2 (IPS) - Although it is proceeding "at a very slow pace," the current trend in the Americas is towards a "strengthening of human rights," said activist María Victoria Fallon ahead of the 38th general assembly of the Organisation of American States (OAS), taking place in Colombia.
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BRAZIL: Landowning-Military Front Against Indigenous Policy

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-06-02 21:51
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jun 2 (IPS) - The battle to defend Brazil’s Amazon region "began in Roraima," according to Paulo Cesar Quartiero, a central figure in land conflicts in the indigenous border territory of Raposa Serra do Sol (RSS) which are prompting politicians and military officers to organise an opposition front.
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MEDIA: Midwife for an Inclusive Society

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-31 20:57
HAVANA, May 30 (IPS) - Changing society to bring about greater respect for diversity requires the participation of the mainstream press, despite the combination of alternative media and the various forums, blogs and networks on the Internet that promote a more democratic flow of information.
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RIGHTS-PERU: Unburying the Evidence of Biggest ‘Dirty War’ Massacre

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-31 20:57
LIMA, May 30 (IPS) - It was not hard to find the remains of the victims, some of whose bones were actually exposed to the elements. But it took 24 years for the people of the highlands village of Putis in southern Peru to get a response to their insistent requests for exhumation and identification of the remains.
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BOLIVIA: Indigenous Demands Overshadowed by Autonomy Movement

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-30 20:38
LA PAZ, May 30 (IPS) - The autonomy movement in Bolivia’s wealthier eastern provinces has overshadowed the demand for empowerment and greater participation in political decision-making for indigenous people, who are worriedly observing the confrontation between the government of President Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian, and the rightwing opposition.
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CUBA: Urban Farming, More Necessary Than Ever

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-30 20:38
CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba, May 30 (IPS) - In spite of its soil being hard to plough, saline, shallow and stony, this Cuban municipality, the location of the largest and best preserved wetland in the Caribbean, has more than 140 farmers working in urban agriculture, a phenomenon that is important for the country’s food security.
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PERU: Upbeat Poverty Stats Questioned

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-30 20:38
LIMA, May 29 (IPS) - The Peruvian government has announced that poverty fell by 5.2 percent in a year and forecasts that by 2015, less than 10 percent of the population will be below the poverty line. But experts and provincial governors cast doubt on these figures, given the unmet basic needs of peasant families.
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MEXICO: Drug Violence, the Army and Human Rights Abuses

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-30 20:38
MEXICO CITY, May 29 (IPS) - The Mexican government says the 4,200 drug-related murders committed since December 2006 and the growing brutality of drug traffickers are a sign that the war on drugs is working.
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PERU: Indigenous Groups Challenge Private Investment Decree

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-29 20:01
LIMA, May 29 (IPS) - More than 5,000 indigenous and peasant communities in Peru launched a petition drive this week with the aim of getting President Alan García’s decree promoting private investment in communally owned land declared unconstitutional.
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ARGENTINA: Bad Trips for Most, High Speed Trains for the Few

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-29 20:01
BUENOS AIRES, May 29 (IPS) - The Argentine government has given the go-ahead for a high-speed electric train which may be the first in Latin America. But experts and, above all, commuters who travel daily on slow, shabby suburban trains are angry, because the multi-million dollar project will only benefit an elite few.
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COLOMBIA: Hostage-Prisoner Swap a Mirage

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-29 20:01
BOGOTÁ, May 28 (IPS) - "It is painful to die without seeing my son free," said 62-year-old Pedro Manuel Pérez eight days before he died of leukaemia. His funeral in the northern Colombian city of Riohacha put an end to his 10-year wait for the release of his hostage son by the FARC guerrillas.
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RIGHTS-CHILE: Amnesty Report Highlights Impunity

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-28 18:54
SANTIAGO, May 28 (IPS) - The Amnesty International Report 2008 on the state of the world’s human rights, released Wednesday, expresses disappointment in Chile’s delay in seeking truth, justice and reparations for the victims of crimes committed during the dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990).
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LATIN AMERICA: The Legacy of May ’68

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-28 18:54
SANTIAGO, May 28 (IPS) - Nearly 190 years after the storming of the Bastille, Zhou En-lai, premier of China from 1949 to his death in 1976, said it was "too soon to tell," when asked about the significance of the French Revolution. Perhaps the same can be said of May 1968.
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