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Kenya Can Lead the Way to Universal Health Care in Africa

Monday, January 16, 2017

NAIROBI, Jan 16 (IPS) - Consider this: every year, nearly one million Kenyans are pushed below the poverty line as a result of unaffordable health care expenses.

Inequality (I): Half of World’s Wealth, in the Pockets of Just Eight Men

Monday, January 16, 2017

ROME, Jan 16 (IPS) - Just eight men own the same wealth as the 3.6 billion people who make up the poorest half of humanity, according to a major new report by an international confederation of 19 organisations working in more than 90 countries.

Is Cash Aid to the Poor Wasted on Tobacco and Alcohol?

Saturday, January 14, 2017

ROME, Jan 14 (IPS) - Not at all. Or at least not necessarily. The fact is that cash transfer programmes –regular money payments to poor households—are meant to reduce poverty, promote sustainable livelihoods and increase production in the developing world. One in four countries on Earth are applying them. But are they effective?

Ordinary Citizens Help Drive Spread of Solar Power in Chile

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 14 (IPS) - Chile, Latin America's leader in solar energy, is starting the new year with an innovative step: the development of the country´s first citizens solar power plant.

The Cuban Recession and the Introduction of Public Bonds

Friday, January 13, 2017

CALI, Colombia, Jan 13 (IPS) - The macroeconomic data for the close of the year provided by the Cuban government confirms the projections that Cuba would enter a recession as a result of the Venezuelan shock.

Populist Leaders Endanger Human Rights: Advocacy Organisation

Thursday, January 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (IPS) - Populist leaders pose a dangerous threat to human rights, fuelling and justifying intolerance and abuse across the world, said advocacy group Human Rights Watch during the launch of their annual global report.

Free Trade Agreements Promote Corporate Interests

Thursday, January 12, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 (IPS) - So-called free-trade agreements (FTAs) are generally presumed to promote trade liberalization, but in fact, they do much more to strengthen the power of the most influential transnational corporations of the dominant partner involved. While FTAs typically reduce some barriers to the international trade in goods and services, some provisions strengthen private monopolies and corporate power.

Looting and Unrest Spread in Mexico Over Gas Price Hike

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mexico City, Jan 12 (IPS) - "We are absolutely fed up with the government's plundering and arbitrary decisions. We don´t deserve what they're doing to us," said Marisela Campos during one of the many demonstrations against the government´s decision to raise fuel prices.

When Your Healers Become Your Killers

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

ROME, Jan 11 (IPS) - There is a major though silent global threat to human and animal health, with implications for both food safety and food security and the economic well-being of millions of farming households. It is so-called anti-microbial resistance.

“Soares Is Dead: Long Live Soares!” Cries Portugal

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LISBON, Jan 10 (IPS) - The death of Mario Soares, former Portuguese prime-minister, president, and historic leader of Lusitanian socialism, demonstrated just how united the Portuguese are with regards to his past and his historical projection.

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