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CHILE: Thousands Protest Ban on "Morning-After" Pill

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-23 21:33
SANTIAGO, Apr 23 (IPS) - More than 15,000 people marched in the Chilean capital Tuesday evening to protest a Constitutional Court ruling that banned the free distribution of the "morning-after" pill by the public health system.
Categories: Latin America News

ECONOMY-LATIN AMERICA: From Optimism to Concern

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-23 21:33
SANTIAGO, Apr 22 (IPS) - The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) called on countries in the region Tuesday to take urgent measures to deal with the rising cost of food, which threatens to tip an additional 15 million people into extreme poverty.
Categories: Latin America News

CUBA: Government Toughens Stance Against Dissidents

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-23 21:33
HAVANA, Apr 22 (IPS) - The break-up of a demonstration by a small group of Cuban women demanding the release of their imprisoned dissident husbands came just a few days after a government warning that in Cuba there is no space for "subversion" or the dreams of "internal mercenaries."
Categories: Latin America News

PARAGUAY: An Injection of Hope

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-22 20:53
ASUNCION, Apr 22 (IPS) - "This is an injection of hope," said Ricardo Cáceres, a resident of Asunción, celebrating the victory of former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo, who was elected president of Paraguay in elections that put an end to six decades of rule by the conservative Colorado Party.
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PERU: Fiscal Decentralisation Could Fuel Inequality, Say Analysts

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-22 20:53
LIMA, Apr 21 (IPS) - Regional governments in Peru are pressing for a fiscal decentralisation process that would give them greater autonomy in collecting taxes and boost their share of revenue, especially in mining and agricultural export regions.
Categories: Latin America News

AGRICULTURE: Brazil Shares Technology with Africa

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-04-21 20:01
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 21 (IPS) - The people of Brazil have reason to believe that they are making a real contribution to reducing hunger and environmental threats in the world by developing agricultural technology that has begun to be shared with poorer countries.
Categories: Latin America News

PARAGUAY: Historic Elections End Six Decades of Rule

IPS Latin America - Mon, 2008-04-21 20:01
ASUNCIÓN, Apr 20 (IPS) - Former Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo was elected president in a landslide victory Sunday in Paraguay, putting an end to 61 years of rule by the Colorado Party.
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LATIN AMERICA: Reconciling Oil and the Environment

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-19 19:08
CARACAS, Apr 19 (Tierramérica) - Years of public scrutiny, ever-newer technologies, more government regulations, notions of corporate responsibility and the market-driven need for greater efficiency are all factors behind improvements in the environmental policies of Latin America's petroleum industry.
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ECUADOR-COLOMBIA: No Ready Solution in Sight

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-19 19:08
QUITO, Apr 18 (IPS) - The diplomatic row between Ecuador and Colombia that was triggered by the Mar. 1 Colombian bombing raid of a FARC rebel camp in Ecuadorean territory unleashed a flurry of mutual accusations and cast a pall of uncertainty over the future relations between the neighbouring countries.
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ELECTIONS-PARAGUAY: Change - Catchword and Reality?

IPS Latin America - Sat, 2008-04-19 19:08
ASUNCIÓN, Apr 18 (IPS) - Sunday’s elections will mark a watershed in the history of Paraguay, where the "bishop of the poor" is front-runner in the polls and the ruling party is at risk of losing its hold on power for the first time in six decades.
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LATIN AMERICA: Activists Call for Urgent Land Reform

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-18 19:06
BRASILIA, Apr 17 (IPS) - An urgent call to speed up the land reform process in Latin America was issued Thursday by rural activists at the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, who also sharply criticised agribusiness interests and large estates in the region.
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ARGENTINA: Fires Heat Up Conflict with Farmers

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-18 19:06
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 17 (IPS) - The government and farmers in Argentina, caught up in a month-long confrontation over an export tax increase, clashed again Thursday because of the extensive burning of grasslands that has thrown a pall of smoke over the capital and has even reached parts of neighbouring Uruguay.
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BRAZIL: The Body Beautiful - Women’s Ladder to Success

IPS Latin America - Fri, 2008-04-18 19:06
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 17 (IPS) - Brazilians, especially women, are among the global leaders in taking meticulous care of their bodies and exhibiting them to advantage. This is a significant factor in climbing social and economic ladders, establishing identities and competing successfully in markets, from employment to romance.
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ELECTIONS-PARAGUAY: Indigenous Woman on Course for Senate

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-17 18:46
ASUNCIÓN, Apr 17 (IPS) - An indigenous woman has an excellent chance of winning a seat in Congress for the first time in the history of Paraguay, in Sunday’s general elections.
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MEXICO: Murder of Reporters Highlights Indigenous Divisions

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-17 18:46
MEXICO CITY, Apr 16 (IPS) - The airwaves of "Radio Copala, the Voice That Breaks the Silence" only cover a few hectares in an indigenous region in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. But since the murder of two of the station’s four reporters, they have reached across borders.
Categories: Latin America News

LATIN AMERICA: &#39Development Must Be Inclusive"

IPS Latin America - Thu, 2008-04-17 18:46
CARACAS, Apr 16 (IPS) - The Latin American Economic System (SELA) will promote a regional secretariat on social inclusion, "based on the idea that development, to be worthy of the name, must be inclusive," said the regional body’s new permanent secretary, José Rivera.
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CHILE: Fishermen Clash Over Pulp Mill Waste Pipeline

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-16 18:40
SANTIAGO, Apr 15 (IPS) - A group of mainly Mapuche indigenous fisherfolk opposed to the installation of a pipeline to dump waste from the Celulosa Arauco y Constitución (Celco) paper pulp mill into the ocean in southern Chile complain that they have been the target of attacks by other fishermen who reached an agreement for a payout from the company.
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LATIN AMERICA: Food or Fuel - That Is the Burning Question

IPS Latin America - Wed, 2008-04-16 18:40
BRASILIA, Apr 15 (IPS) - The difficult balancing act between fighting hunger, producing biofuels and defending the environment is at the centre of the debate at the 30th Regional Conference of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in the Brazilian capital.
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ARGENTINA: Museum Charts Roller Coaster of Foreign Debt

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-15 18:18
BUENOS AIRES, Apr 15 (IPS) - Anyone wondering why a country as rich in natural resources as Argentina has such a large proportion of its population living in poverty should definitely visit a cultural enclave that is virtually hidden away in the bustling capital city: the Foreign Debt Museum.
Categories: Latin America News

BRAZIL: Full Frontal Attack on AIDS Among Gays

IPS Latin America - Tue, 2008-04-15 18:18
RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 14 (IPS) - The poster, reminiscent of the film "American Beauty," features a nude young man in a sensual pose lying on (and partly covered by) masses of pink condoms, with the legend "Do whatever you want but do it with a condom." It is part of a new Brazilian campaign against HIV/AIDS aimed at gays.
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