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World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 16 (IPS) - A multilateral arbitration panel here began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador.

Declining Majority Still Supports “Active” U.S. Role in World Affairs

Monday, September 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 15 (IPS) - Despite elite concerns about growing "isolationism" in the U.S. electorate, nearly six in 10 citizens believe Washington should "take an active part in world affairs," according to the latest in a biennial series of major surveys of U.S. foreign-policy attitudes.

A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

Monday, September 15, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Sep 15 (IPS) - Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz.

U.N. Climate Summit: Staged Parade or Reality Show?

Monday, September 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 (IPS) - The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations this year.

‘Breaking Silence’ on the Slave Trade

Sunday, September 14, 2014

PARIS, Sep 14 (IPS) - The Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave opened many people's eyes to the barbarity of slavery and fuelled some discussion about that period in world history. But the film is just one of the many initiatives to "break the silence" around the 400 years of the transatlantic slave trade and to "shed light" on its lasting historical consequences.

U.S. Bypasses Security Council on Impending Invasion of Syria

Friday, September 12, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 12 (IPS) - The U.N. Security Council (UNSC), the only international body empowered to declare war and peace, continues to remain a silent witness to the widespread devastation and killings worldwide, including in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Ukraine.

OPINION: Say ‘No’ to War and Media Propaganda

Friday, September 12, 2014

BELFAST, Sep 12 (IPS) - While the United States, United Kingdom and NATO are pushing for war with Russia, it behoves people and their governments around the world to take a clear stand for peace and against violence and war, no matter where it comes from.

Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

Friday, September 12, 2014

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador, Sep 12 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador's most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

OPINION: Bishop Appeals to U.N. to Rescue Minorities in Northwestern Iraq

Friday, September 12, 2014

SAN DIEGO, Sep 12 (IPS) - For decades, the minority Christian population of Iraq has been suffering hardships. But in the summer months of 2014 - and since the beginning of the military campaign by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL or Islamic State) - the situation has gone from bad to intolerably worse.

Majority of Consumer Products May Be Tainted by Illegal Deforestation

Thursday, September 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 11 (IPS) - At least half of global deforestation is taking place illegally and in support of commercial agriculture, new analysis released Thursday finds – particularly to supply overseas markets.

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