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Tobacco Workers in Cuba Dubious About Opening of U.S. Market

Saturday, February 28, 2015

SAN JUAN Y MARTÍNEZ, Cuba, Feb 28 (IPS) - "We have to wait and see," "There isn't a lot of talk about it," are the responses from tobacco workers in this rural area in western Cuba when asked about the prospect of an opening of the U.S. market to Cuban cigars.

Opinion: The Middle East and Perpetual War

Friday, February 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 27 (IPS) - There is a currently popular idea in Washington, D.C. that the United States ought to be doing more to quash the recently born Islamic States of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), because if we don't, they will send terrorists to plague our lives.

OPINION: Europe Under Merkel’s (Informal) Leadership

Friday, February 27, 2015

ROME, Feb 27 (IPS) - When I am asked whether Europe is still a relevant "protagonist" in the modern world, I always answer that there is no doubt about it. For a long time now the continent has been shaken by financial crises, internal security strategy crises – including wars – and instability within its borders, which definitely make it a protagonist in world affairs. 

Human Rights in Asia and the Pacific: A “Regressive” Trend, Says Amnesty International

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 25 (IPS) - The cradle of some of the world's most ancient civilizations, home to four out of the planet's six billion people, and a battleground for the earth's remaining resources, Asia and the Pacific are poised to play a defining role in international affairs in the coming decade.

Better to Die at Sea, than Languish in Poverty

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

COLOMBO, Feb 25 (IPS) - Weerasinghearachilage Ruwan Rangana had it all planed out last year in September: the big break that would change his life and those of his extended family had finally arrived.

Syria's 'Barrel Bombs' Cause Human Devastation, Says Rights Group

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 24 (IPS) - The warring parties in the brutal four-year-old military conflict in Syria, which has claimed the lives of over 200,000 civilians and triggered "the greatest refugee crisis in modern times," continue to break every single pledge held out to the United Nations.

Tackling Corruption at its Root in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SYDNEY, Feb 24 (IPS) - Corruption, the single largest obstacle to socioeconomic development worldwide, has had a grave impact on the southwest Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea. While mineral resource wealth drove high gross domestic product (GDP) growth of eight percent in 2012, the country is today ranked 157th out of 187 countries in terms of human development.

Argentina Moves Towards Marriage of Convenience with China

Monday, February 23, 2015

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23 (IPS) - The government of Argentina is building a marriage of convenience with China, which some see as uneven and others see as an indispensable alliance for a new level of insertion in the global economy.

Threats, Deaths, Impunity - No Hope for Free Press in Pakistan

Friday, February 20, 2015

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Feb 20 (IPS) - It is no surprise that most Pakistani journalists work under tremendous stress; caught between crime lords in its biggest cities, militant groups across its tribal belt and rival political parties throughout the country, censorship, intimidation and death seem almost to come with the territory.

America and the Middle East after the Islamic State

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, Feb 19 (IPS) - As the Congress ponders President Barack Obama's request for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to fight the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), American policymakers must focus on the "morning after" before they embark on another potentially disastrous war in the Levant.

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