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  1. Moralist Upsurge in Brazil Revives Censorship of the Arts

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 02 (IPS) - It is not yet an official policy because censorship is not openly accepted by the current authorities, but de facto vetoes on artistic expressions are increasing due to moralistic pressures in Brazil.

  2. Billionaires, Fiscal Paradise, the World’s Debt, and the Victims

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    ROME, Jan 02 (IPS) - Among Bloomberg's many profitable activities is a convenient Bloomberg Billionaires Index that has just published its findings for 2017. It covers only the 500 richest people, and it proudly announces that they have increased their wealth by 1 trillion dollars in just one year. Their fortunes went up by 23% to top comfortable 5 trillion dollars (to put this in perspective, the US budget is now at 3.7 trillion). That obviously means an equivalent reduction for the rest of the population, which lost those trillion dollars. What is not widely known is that the amount of the circulation of money stays the same; no new money is printed to accommodate the 500 richest billionaires!

  3. Nowhere to Hide from Climate Change

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    TOGORU, Fiji, Jan 02 (IPS) - The water is nibbling away the beaches of Fiji. Not even the dead are allowed peace of mind. The graveyard of Togoru - a village on the largest island of Fiji - has been submerged. The waves are sloshing softly against the tilted tombstones covered with barnacles. The names have become illegible, erased by the sea.

  4. Critical Issues to Watch in 2018

    Tuesday, January 02, 2018

    PENANG, Malaysia, Jan 02 (IPS) - Another new year has dawned, and on a world facing serious disruption on many fronts.  What are the trends and issues to watch out for in 2018?

  5. Central America Weakens Forest Shield Against Future Droughts

    Sunday, December 31, 2017

    SAN JOSE, Dec 31 (IPS) - Jazziel Baca lives in the municipality of Esquías, in western Honduras, one of the areas hardest hit by the southern pine beetle (Dendroctonus frontalis), which damaged almost 500,000 hectares of forest in that Central American country between 2013 and 2015.

  6. The Political Responsibility in the Collapse of Our Planet

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    ROME, Dec 27 (IPS) - On 20 December, Europe's 28 Ministers of Environment met in Brussels, to discuss the plan for reducing emissions prepared by the Commission, to comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change. Well, it is now clear that we have lost the battle in keeping the planet as we have known it. Now, of course, this can be considered a personal opinion of mine, devoid of objectivity.

  7. US Faces Collective Defiance at UN Over Jerusalem

    Friday, December 22, 2017

    UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 (IPS) - When the UN General Assembly condemned the United States for its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the vote was described as a "collective defiance" of the international community against public threats against the United Nations and its member states by a politically unpredictable and predictably wavering US President.

  8. Central America Hashes Out Agenda for Sustainable Use of Water

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    SAN SALVADOR, Dec 21 (IPS) - The countries of Central America are striving to define a plan to promote the sustainable use of water, a crucial need in a region that is already suffering the impacts of climate change.

  9. Goodbye to 2017, a Trump-dominated Year

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    PENANG, Malaysia, Dec 21 (IPS) - In 2017, Donald Trump dominated the year by using US clout to change many aspects of global relations, and not for the better.

  10. How a Venezuelan Living with HIV Could Change the Way Mexico Deals with Refugees

    Thursday, December 21, 2017

    MEXICO CITY, Dec 21 (IPS) - As Daniel*, a 26-year-old architect, stood before a visibly exhausted doctor in the main public hospital of the once-idyllic beach resort town of Isla Margarita, northern Venezuela, a terrifying premonition took hold of him.

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