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South Sudan Dictates Media Coverage of Conflict

Friday, April 18, 2014

JUBA, Apr 18 (IPS) - As rebel forces loyal to South Sudan's former vice president Riek Machar declared on Tuesday Apr. 15 that they had captured the key oil town of Bentiu, the government has been accused of clamping down on local media in an attempt to influence the reporting on the conflict.

COLUMN: Gabriel García Márquez, the Story-Teller of the Country of the War Without End

Friday, April 18, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Apr 18 (IPS) - The first time I read Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014) was when I was proofreading the galleys of "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor", which the Editorial Sudamericana was getting ready to reprint in Argentina.

U.S. Terror Suspects Face “Terrifying” Justice System

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NEW YORK, Apr 17 (IPS) - The sun is just setting as the group huddles closer together, their faces barely visible in the gathering dusk. Simple, hand-made signs read: ‘Stand for Justice'.

Our Planet's Future Is in the Hands of 58 People

Thursday, April 17, 2014

ROME, Apr 17 (IPS) - In case you missed it, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the third and final part of a report on Apr. 13 in which it says bluntly that we only have 15 years left to avoid exceeding the "safe" threshold of a 2°C increase in global temperatures, beyond which the consequences will be dramatic.

Afghanistan Turns a Political Corner

Thursday, April 17, 2014

JALALABAD, Afghanistan, Apr 17 (IPS) - The Afghanistan presidential election is turning out to be a tale of two narratives. But the more positive and democratic one could be winning the day.

U.S. Tribe Looks to International Court for Justice

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - An indigenous community in the United States has filed a petition against the federal government, alleging that officials have repeatedly broken treaties and that the court system has failed to offer remedy.

Ending Modern Slavery Starts in the Boardroom

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - Modern-day slavery can be eradicated from multinational supply chains, but only if global businesses contribute to greater transparency and collaboration, according to new recommendations by Sedex Global and Verite.

Russian Law Corners Drug Users

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

KIEV, Apr 16 (IPS) - As local authorities prepare to put an end to opioid substitution treatment (OST) programmes in the newly annexed Crimean peninsula, drug users there say they are being forced to choose between a return to addiction and becoming refugees.

Court Upholds Most of U.S. “Conflict Minerals” Law

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 15 (IPS) - The United States' second-highest court has upheld most of a landmark U.S. law requiring companies to ascertain and publicly disclose whether proceeds from minerals used to manufacture their products may be funding conflict in central Africa.

Uzbekistan’s Dying Aral Sea Resurrected as Tourist Attraction

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BISHKEK, Apr 15 (IPS) - "I'm going for a swim," says Pelle Bendz, a 52-year-old Swede, as he rummages in the jeep for his bathing trunks. The other tourists look at him, bewildered. What's left of the Aral Sea is reputed to be a toxic stew, contaminated by pesticides and other chemicals.

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