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AGRICULTURE-BRAZIL: Fertiliser Prices Hinder Expansion

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-28 18:54
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 28 (IPS) - A simple imbalance in agricultural supply and demand can be corrected in less than a year, the time it takes to sow and harvest grains, but the present global food crisis cannot. The shortage of fertilisers and their consequent rise in cost are standing in the way of quick solutions.
Categories: Latin America News

PERU: Indigenous Organisations Aim for the Presidency

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-28 18:54
LIMA, May 27 (IPS) - Peru’s indigenous associations are pursuing a political project of their own, and hope to win power in the 2011 presidential elections in order to defend their collective rights.
Categories: Latin America News

BOLIVIA: Local Indigenous Leaders Beaten and Publicly Humiliated

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-28 18:54
LA PAZ, May 27 (IPS) - Bolivia may have its first-ever indigenous president, but racism is alive and well in this country, as demonstrated by the public humiliation of a group of around 50 indigenous mayors, town councillors and community leaders in the south-central city of Sucre.
Categories: Latin America News

EL SALVADOR: Violence Imposes Huge Economic Burden

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-27 17:23
SAN SALVADOR, May 27 (IPS) - Medical care for victims, protection of property and restoring material damages caused by the high level of crime in El Salvador take up a large proportion of state resources, while the authorities are failing to come up with a solution for the rising tide of violence.
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RIGHTS-CHILE: Historic Mass Arrest of Soldiers

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-27 17:23
SANTIAGO, May 26 (IPS) - In an unprecedented decision, Chilean Judge Víctor Montiglio ordered the arrest of 98 former members of the security forces in connection with the abduction and killing of 42 leftists in 1974.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: Governing Leftist Parties Discuss 'Change of Era'

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-27 17:23
MONTEVIDEO, May 26 (IPS) - Supporting leftwing parties in government, strengthening democracy, redirecting the state towards its role in redistributing resources and promoting Latin American integration were major points of agreement at the 14th Sao Paulo Forum, which took place in the Uruguayan capital.
Categories: Latin America News

COLOMBIA: No Big Changes Expected after Rebel Chief’s Death

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-27 17:23
MONTEVIDEO, May 26 (IPS) - The death and replacement of FARC chief "Manuel Marulanda" will bring neither a breakdown nor a change in direction in the Colombian rebel group, which has been militarily weakened and has fallen silent on the political front, according to experts on Latin America’s longest-lived guerrilla movement.
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OIL-MEXICO: PEMEX Reform Debate Entrenched in Dogma

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-05-26 16:37
MEXICO CITY, May 26 (IPS) - The debate in the Mexican Congress over the government’s proposals to reform the state oil company, PEMEX, has placed the oft- amended constitution of 1917 and the elusive concepts of nationalism and sovereignty squarely at the centre of the controversy.
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ENVIRONMENT: Lousy Salmon Causes an Upset

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-05-26 16:37
OSLO, May 26 (IPS) - Sea lice from Norwegian-run salmon farms are killing off vital wild salmon stocks in Canada and Chile, according to a delegation that visited Oslo last week. It accuses Norway's government of complicity.
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POLITICS-US: Obama Draws Line on Cuba, Latin America Policy

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-24 14:58
WASHINGTON, May 23 (IPS) - In a major policy address on U.S.-Latin American relations, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, pledged Friday to immediately roll back key sanctions imposed by President George W. Bush against Cuba over the last several years and called for a "new alliance of the Americas" in which Washington's southern neighbours would no longer be treated "as a junior partner".
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SOUTH AMERICA: Regional Integration Back on the Agenda

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-24 14:58
BRASILIA, May 23 (IPS) - Political and economic integration as a strategy to combat poverty in South America was put back at the top of the regional agenda Friday with the signing of a treaty that created the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in the Brazilian capital.
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ECONOMY-CUBA: A New Model in the Making?

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-24 14:58
HAVANA, May 23 (IPS) - Preparations for the sixth congress of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party (PCC), to be held in late 2009, may speed up the "structural changes" promised by President Raúl Castro and pave the way for a development strategy more suited to present conditions, experts say.
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VENEZUELA: Fifty-Two Violent Deaths a Day, and No Respite in Sight

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-24 14:58
CARACAS, May 23 (IPS) - On the day a report was released ranking Venezuela as one of the most violent countries in the world, a local anti-drugs prosecutor was murdered, a mob lynched a suspected criminal in the capital, and gunmen fired 20 shots, killing another suspect.
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CUBA: Officials Demand Explanations from US on Dissident Funds

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
HAVANA, May 22 (IPS) - The Cuban government demanded that the United States provide explanations for what it described as "obscure ties" between U.S. diplomatic personnel in Havana, "terrorist" groups in Miami and members of dissident organisations, in a case that has further heated up relations between the two countries.
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SOUTH AMERICA: Brazil Tries to Regain Initiative, at Summit

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
BRASILIA, May 22 (IPS) - The formal creation of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in the Brazilian capital Friday, where 12 heads of state and government will sign a treaty, highlights the differences between Brazil and Venezuela on the future of regional integration, say analysts.
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MEDIA: Tierramérica Awarded Zayed Prize for the Environment

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
MONTEVIDEO, May 22 (IPS) - The specialised weekly news service on the environment and development, Tierramérica, was awarded the Zayed International Prize in the category of Environmental Action Leading to Positive Change in Society, which is granted by the United Arab Emirates.
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LATIN AMERICA: The Divorce of Agriculture and Biodiversity

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22 (Tierramérica) - Latin America's vast biological diversity has contributed little to the region's commercial agriculture, despite being the birthplace of two of the world's four most widely consumed food crops: maize and potatoes.
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BRAZIL: Agribusiness Undermines Environmental Leadership Role

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22 (IPS) - Brazil is a world leader in agriculture and on several environmental issues, but it will find it hard to reconcile both fronts, judging by the many battles lost by former environment minister Marina Silva, in spite of the political clout she wielded for over five years.
Categories: Latin America News

MEXICO: Disappeared Oil Workers - Out of Sight, Out of Mind

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-23 14:05
MEXICO CITY, May 22 (IPS) - Five workers and three pensioners from the Mexican state oil company PEMEX disappeared one year ago. A lawmaker suspects that they were detained by the army, but there are also signs that point to drug traffickers or the company’s own union.
Categories: Latin America News

EL SALVADOR: Poor Eating Less While Food Prices Soar

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-22 13:12
SAN SALVADOR, May 21 (IPS) - Eating less is the only option left to the poorest of the poor in El Salvador, in the face of the steady rise in global food prices, which has had an impact on the domestic cost of staples like rice, beans, tortillas, milk, eggs and bread.
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