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OP-ED: Beyond the Street Protests: Youth, Women and Democracy in Latin America

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 16 (IPS) - Women's empowerment and political participation are not only crucial for women: they are essential for effective democratic governance, one which promotes human rights and equity.  The same can be said about the importance of boosting youth political participation.

Saving Caribbean Tourism from the Sea

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Apr 16 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them - from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival.

Deforestation in the Andes Triggers Amazon “Tsunami”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Apr 16 (IPS) - Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year's disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia's Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.

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.

CEOs at Big U.S. Companies Paid 331 Times Average Worker

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 16 (IPS) - In new data certain to fuel the growing public debate over economic inequality, a survey released Tuesday by the biggest U.S. trade-union federation found that the CEOs of top U.S. corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average U.S. worker in 2013.

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.

Côte d’Ivoire’s Tech Solutions to Local Problems

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ABIDJAN, Apr 15 (IPS) - When Ivorian Thierry N'Doufou saw local school kids suffering under the weight of their backpacks full of textbooks, it sparked an idea of how to close the digital gap where it is the largest — in local schoolrooms.

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.

Is Puerto Rico Going the Way of Greece and Detroit?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SAN JUAN, Apr 15 (IPS) - Puerto Rican society has been shaken to its foundations by the announcement in February by Standard & Poor's and Moody's credit rating agencies that they had downgraded the island's creditworthiness to junk status.

Conflict Fuels Child Labour in India

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KANKER, India, Apr 15 (IPS) - Early in the morning, 14-year-old Sumari Varda puts on her blue school uniform, but heads for the village pond to fetch water. "I miss school. I wish I could go back," she whispers, scared of being heard by her employer.

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