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MEXICO-US: The Perverse Patent of the Yellow Bean

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-22 13:12
MEXICO CITY, May 21 (Tierramérica) - Patenting an invention in the United States and benefiting from the patent rights is, in theory, an incentive for innovation and scientific discovery. But in practice it can spur theft, as occurred with a variety of Mexican bean.
Categories: Latin America News

PARAGUAY: Women’s Cooperative Buys in Bulk to Beat Food Inflation

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-22 13:12
ASUNCION, May 21 (IPS) - Making the old saying "cheaper by the dozen" their motto, a group of women in a poor neighbourhood of Asunción created a cooperative to buy food in bulk, in order to combat the rise in food prices.
Categories: Latin America News

CUBA: Sexual Diversity - the Rainbow Revolution

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-22 13:12
HAVANA, May 21 (IPS) - Nearly 50 years after the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, sexual minorities are at last beginning to feel that their voice is being heard and that they can finally take their place in the movement towards a more just and inclusive society.
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Q&A: The Public Image of Chile's Post-Pinochet Military

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-21 12:39
SANTIAGO, May 20 (IPS) - "Chilean society does not want to forgive and forget; it wants justice" in human rights abuse cases, says historian and political scientist Claudio Fuentes, one of the authors of a new study that takes a look at how Chilean perceptions of the armed forces changed from 1991 to 2007.
Categories: Latin America News

ECONOMY-CUBA: Does the Ration Book Still Make Sense?

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-21 12:39
HAVANA, May 20 (IPS) - Criticised as one more sign of the failures of socialism, or viewed as a right that should not be given up, the ration book, part of Cuban life for 46 years, could disappear as a result of the transformations needed in the country’s economy.
Categories: Latin America News

CHILE: Courts Active in Human Rights Cases, but Results Mixed

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-20 12:34
SANTIAGO, May 19 (IPS) - A concert was held in the Chilean capital Monday to protest a judge’s decision to close the case involving the murder of folksinger Víctor Jara, who was killed by the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet 35 years ago.
Categories: Latin America News

ARGENTINA: Multimedia Youngsters not Isolated

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-20 12:34
BUENOS AIRES, May 19 (IPS) - Many parents in Argentina, like their counterparts in developed countries, worry that their teenage children spend too much time on their computers and cell-phones, with little real-life interaction with others, and devoting hardly any time to reading. But a new study shows that such beliefs are partly based on preconceived notions that do not stand up to scrutiny.
Categories: Latin America News

US/LATAM: Critics Fear Anti-Drug Aid Will Fuel Impunity

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-20 12:34
WASHINGTON, May 19 (IPS) - Funding for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan may be temporarily stalled in the U.S. Congress, but last week lawmakers here did approve 400 million dollars in spending for another controversial war, this one aimed primarily at cutting off the transport of illicit drugs from Latin America into the United States.
Categories: Latin America News

BRAZIL: Leading Agroscience Has Few Links to Small Farmers

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-20 12:34
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 19 (Tierramérica) - Brazil has the most advanced agricultural science and technology system of the world's tropical countries, with an array of environmental and high-production solutions, but which rarely reach their intended target: the small farmer.
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TECHNOLOGY-CUBA: University Opens Doors to Free Software

IPS Latin America - Sun, 2008-05-18 11:58
HAVANA, May 17 (IPS) - After years of deliberation, the University of Havana has finally decided to switch over to free software on its network of computers, virtually all of which are running the Windows operating system, produced by United States software giant Microsoft.
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EU-LATIN AMERICA: Rhetoric Crowns Fifth Summit

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-17 10:50
LIMA, May 16 (IPS) - The heads of state and government taking part in the Fifth European Union-Latin America and the Caribbean (EU-LAC) Summit in Peru signed the Declaration of Lima Friday, an 11-point document full of generic proposals and expressions of goodwill.
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POLITICS-US: Venezuelan Student Feted - and Faulted

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-17 10:50
NEW YORK, May 16 (IPS) - "Shame, shame," an angry crowd of protesters shouted from across the street as a group of affluent U.S. citizens wined and dined their Venezuelan friends at the Waldorf Astoria, one of Manhattan's most luxurious hotels.
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PERU: Women - The Guardians of Potato Biodiversity

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-17 10:50
HUAMA, Cuzco, Peru, May 16 (IPS) - In South America’s Andes mountain region, indigenous women have traditionally been responsible for selecting, conserving and managing seed potatoes from the countless native varieties of the crop, thus ensuring diversity and continued production while contributing to food security among their people.
Categories: Latin America News

ECONOMY-ARGENTINA: Manufactured Crisis?

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-17 10:50
BUENOS AIRES, May 16 (IPS) - The ongoing conflict between the Argentine government and the country’s rural associations has prompted growing numbers of savers to withdraw their bank deposits in pesos and change them for dollars, even though experts, pointing to the strong fiscal situation and high levels of foreign reserves, say there is no reason to worry.
Categories: Latin America News

COLOMBIA: Interpol Notes Improper Initial Handling of FARC Laptops

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-16 10:15
BOGOTÁ, May 15 (IPS) - Interpol reported Thursday that the files found on computers that Colombia seized from a FARC guerrilla camp in March were not tampered with and did belong to the rebel group.
Categories: Latin America News

PERU: Summit Discusses Climate Change as Glaciers Melt

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-16 10:15
LIMA, May 15 (IPS) - Peru is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, which is already having perceptible effects in this country. According to a report by the National Environment Council (CONAM), the area of glaciers in the Andes has shrunk from 2,042 to 1,596 square kilometres in just 25 years.
Categories: Latin America News

CULTURE-CHILE: Free Book Selections for 400,000 Families

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-16 10:15
SANTIAGO, May 15 (IPS) - The Chilean government has begun distributing carefully selected packages of books to thousands of low-income families. But the programme aimed at promoting reading is not without its detractors, who question the extent of its real impact.
Categories: Latin America News

PORTUGAL: Cuban Cataract Ops Prick Medical Conscience

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-16 10:15
LISBON, May 15 (IPS) - Cuba’s offer to provide cataract operations for people who have been on waiting lists for years at Portugal’s public hospitals triggered a reaction by the government and doctors, who may finally begin to provide a solution to this problem that affects thousands of elderly people.
Categories: Latin America News

POLITICS-US: New Approach Awaited on Latin America, Cuba

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
WASHINGTON, May 14 (IPS) - More than 150 years after the United States promulgated the Monroe Doctrine, Washington should recognise that its dominance over the Americas has ended and that it must "engage Latin America on its own terms", according to a new report released here Wednesday by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), one of the nation's most influential think tanks.
Categories: Latin America News

POLITICS-US: New Approach Awaited on Latin America, Cuba

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
WASHINGTON, May 14 (IPS) - More than 150 years after the United States promulgated the Monroe Doctrine, Washington should recognise that its dominance over the Americas has ended and that it must "engage Latin America on its own terms", according to a new report released here Wednesday by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), one of the nation's most influential think tanks.
Categories: Latin America News
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