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LATIN AMERICA: European Corporations on Trial

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
LIMA, May 14 (IPS) - Twenty European corporations are being tried for human rights violations before an ethical tribunal at the Peoples’ Summit, organised for the third time by the Bi-Regional Network "Enlazando Alternativas" (Linking Alternatives) in Lima. The organisers announced that they hope to take some of these cases to ordinary courts of justice in Peru.
Categories: Latin America News

NICARAGUA: Asylum for Survivors of Attack on FARC Camp

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
MANAGUA, May 14 (IPS) - The Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega granted asylum to two young Colombian women who survived a Mar. 1 bombing raid by the armed forces of their country on a FARC guerrilla camp in Ecuador.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: Food Price Inflation Threatens Children

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
SANTIAGO, May 14 (Tierramérica) - Child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean will be aggravated by global food shortages, even though the region produces much more food than it consumes, say experts and officials.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: Food Price Inflation Threatens Children

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-15 09:34
SANTIAGO, May 14 (Tierramérica) - Child malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean will be aggravated by global food shortages, even though the region produces much more food than it consumes, say experts and officials.
Categories: Latin America News

COLOMBIA: Extradition of Paramilitary Chiefs - a Blow to Truth

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-14 09:14
BOGOTÁ, May 13 (IPS) - Fourteen former paramilitary chiefs were quietly extradited from Colombia to the United States before dawn on Tuesday on drug trafficking charges, in a move that drew criticism from human rights experts.
Categories: Latin America News

POLITICS: 1968 and the Birth of Diversity

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-14 09:14
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 13 (IPS) - The year 1968 has become a symbol, but not necessarily one that is easy to sum up. High-profile violent events involving multitudes of people marked it as revolutionary, but it is hard to define the nature of that revolution. Endless enigmas and controversies still surround it.
Categories: Latin America News

ECONOMY: U.S. Woes, Anti-Immigrant Moves Hit Latin America

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-14 09:14
WASHINGTON, May 13 (IPS) - Economic woes and hostility against immigrants in the United States are having a financial impact thousands of miles away, in the communities to which migrant workers send their hard-earned savings.
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CUBA: ‘Green’ Farming Techniques to Boost Production

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-05-14 09:14
POZO REDONDO, Cuba, May 13 (IPS) - The application of agroecological techniques and the salvaging of traditional farming methods have revolutionised food production in rural areas along the southern edge of the Cuban capital.
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LATIN AMERICA: Big Debates Over Small and Medium Enterprises

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-13 08:21
CARACAS, May 12 (IPS) - Microbusinesses and small and medium enterprises in Latin America remain a valid path for maintaining and improving economic growth and fighting poverty, while the spotlight in the region shines on summits, conflicts and major political problems such as integration or energy security.
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RIGHTS-EL SALVADOR: Exhuming Memory

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-05-13 08:21
CIUDAD BARRIOS, El Salvador, May 12 (IPS) - One of the men comes across a plastic thread and stops digging. He starts to carefully remove the dirt until unearthing a piece of material that he hands to an elderly woman, who is silently observing the exhumation of the remains of victims of El Salvador’s 12-year civil war.
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CLIMATE CHANGE-CUBA: Prized Wetland in Danger

IPS Latin America - Sun, 2008-05-11 07:37
CIÉNAGA DE ZAPATA, Cuba, May 10 (Tierramérica) - If the worst outcomes predicted for climate change in Cuba become reality, a large portion of the Ciénaga de Zapata, the largest and best preserved wetland in the islands of the Caribbean Sea, could disappear by the second half of this century.
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POLITICS-BOLIVIA: Morales Bets All or Nothing

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-10 06:54
LA PAZ, May 9 (IPS) - If both Bolivian President Evo Morales and his vice president are voted out of office in a recall referendum that is to be held, they would be replaced -- according to the constitution, and until new elections are held -- by conservative businessman and Senator Óscar Ortiz from the eastern province of Santa Cruz.
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PERU: All-Out War on Remnant of ‘Shining Path’ Guerrillas

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-10 06:54
LIMA, May 9 (IPS) - The armed forces have launched a major offensive against the most combative remaining column of Sendero Luminoso (the Maoist Shining Path guerrillas) which is operating in the jungle valleys of the Ene and Apurimac rivers in southeastern Peru, where most of the country’s coca leaf and cocaine is produced.
Categories: Latin America News

BRAZIL: Sugarcane Alcohol Tarnished by U.S. Maize Ethanol

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-10 06:54
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 9 (IPS) - Recent efforts by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to clearly mark the difference between Brazilian ethanol and the agrofuels produced by the United States are an admission that signing an agreement with Washington to promote a global bioethanol market was a serious political mistake, say analysts.
Categories: Latin America News

PERU: Highlands Families Work to Save Their Birthright - the Potato

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-10 06:54
HUAMA, Cuzco, Peru, May 9 (Tierramérica) - A plate of parboiled potatoes of various sizes, shapes and colours welcomes the visitor to Huama, a town in the southern Peruvian Andes, at an altitude of 4,500 metres.
Categories: Latin America News

COLOMBIA: Therapeutic Abortion - A Right in Name Only?

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-05-10 06:54
BOGOTA, May 9 (IPS) - A woman in Pasto, the capital of the western Colombian province of Nariño, found out that the baby she was expecting was severely deformed. But when she went to the provincial university hospital for an abortion, the chief obstetrician gynaecologist told her that "If your son is born deformed, take him to a circus."
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ENVIRONMENT-BRAZIL: Controversy Over Indigenous Land and Biofuels

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-09 06:03
BRASILIA, May 8 (IPS) - The legal status of an indigenous territory in the far north of Brazil, and biofuels, are two hot potatoes at the Third National Conference on the Environment being held in the capital city, which is focusing on climate change.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: Food Summit Declares Regional Emergency

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-09 06:03
MANAGUA, May 8 (IPS) - The presidential summit on "Food for Life", held in Nicaragua, has ended with 16 Latin American countries agreeing to produce more food and sell it at low prices through strategic alliances, amid criticisms of free markets and capitalism.
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COLOMBIA: "Mark Him on the Ballot - The One Wearing Glasses"

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-05-09 06:03
BOGOTA, May 8 (IPS) - "With Uribe, we thought: this is the guy who is going to change the country," the 41-year-old fisherwoman told IPS.
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ARGENTINA: Food Inflation Hits People Close to Poverty Line

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-05-08 05:27
BUENOS AIRES, May 7 (IPS) - Poverty is once again growing in Argentina, reversing the downward trend recorded since 2003, as a result of price inflation mainly affecting basic food products, analysts say. But the government’s only response, according to its critics, has been to stop reporting poverty statistics.
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