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The Time for Burning Coal Has Passed

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GRABICE, Poland / PROSCHIM, Germany, Aug 26 (IPS) - "People have gathered here to tell their politicians that the way in which we used energy and our environment in the 19th and 20th centuries is now over," says Radek Gawlik, one of Poland's most experienced environmental activists. "The time for burning coal has passed and the sooner we understand this, the better it is for us."

Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Monday, August 25, 2014

BOGOTA, Aug 25 (IPS) - Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on.

OPINION: This Flower Is Right Here

Monday, August 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug 25 (IPS) - Where have all the flowers gone? Yes, of course, those are the opening words of a beautiful song made famous by such illustrious singers as Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Vera Lynn and the Kingston Trio, among others. It was a great number made greater by the different styles in which singers of different musical temperaments belted it out.

New York's Homeless Pushed Deeper into the Shadows

Monday, August 25, 2014

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (IPS) - Joe sits on newspapers spread on the sidewalk by the entrance to midtown's Grand Central Station. His head rests in his hands, only looking up when coins from passersby clink into his paper cup.

Bangladeshi Girls Seek Equal Opportunity

Monday, August 25, 2014

RANGPUR, Bangladesh, Aug 25 (IPS) - Until five years ago, Shima Aktar, a student in Gajaghanta village in the Rangpur district of Bangladesh, about 370 km northwest of the capital Dhaka, was leading a normal life. But when her father decided that it was time for her to conform to purdah, a religious practice of female seclusion, things changed.

When Land Restoration Works Hand in Hand with Poverty Eradication

Monday, August 25, 2014

SANGAREDDY, India, Aug 25 (IPS) - Tugging at the root of a thorny shrub known as ‘juliflora', which now dots the village of Chirmiyala in the Medak District of southern India's Telangana state, a 28-year-old farmer named Ailamma Arutta tells IPS, "This is a curse that destroyed my land."

The Darker Side for Gays in Lebanon

Sunday, August 24, 2014

BEIRUT, Aug 24 (IPS) - In a country where civil liberties remain the prerogative of the powerful and wealthy, the Lebanese gay scene is to be treaded carefully.

Innovation Offers Hope in Sri Lanka’s Poverty-Stricken North

Sunday, August 24, 2014

ODDUSUDDAN, Sri Lanka, Aug 24 (IPS) - In this dust bowl of a village deep inside Sri Lanka's former conflict zone, locals will sometimes ask visitors to rub their palms on the ground and watch their skin immediately take on a dark bronze hue, proof of the fertility of the soil.

Migrants Deported from the U.S. in Limbo on the Mexican Border

Saturday, August 23, 2014

TIJUANA, Mexico, Aug 23 (IPS) - The areas under the low bridges over a section of the canalised channel of the Tijuana River that runs along the border between Mexico and the United States have become enormous open-air toilets.

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