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There’s CO2 Under Those Hills

Thursday, October 30, 2014

LUCCA, Italy, Oct 30 (IPS) - "If  they go ahead and dig those wells, all my work will be destroyed, all my life, everything," says Franca Tognarelli, looking at the hills and vineyards around her house in Certaldo, Val d'Elsa, in the heart of Tuscany.

They Say the Land is ‘Uninhabited’ but Indigenous Communities Disagree

Thursday, October 30, 2014

COLOMBO/BALI, Oct 30 (IPS) - Disregarding the rights of indigenous people to their traditional lands is costing companies millions of dollars each year, and costing communities themselves their lives.

Democracy is “Radical” in Northern Syria

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

AMUDA, Syria, Oct 28 (IPS) - There was never anything particularly remarkable about this northern town of 25,000. However, today it has become the lab for one the most pioneering political experiments ever conducted in the entire Middle East region.

Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

GUATEMALA CITY, Oct 28 (IPS) - On Oct. 14, Guatemala's Court for High-Risk Crimes ruled that charges would be brought against two members of the Army for sexual slavery and domestic slavery against q'eqchís women in the military outpost of Sepur Zarco, and other serious crimes perpetrated in the framework of the government counterinsurgency policies during the armed conflict.

The Invisible Reality of Spain’s Homeless

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MÁLAGA, Spain, Oct 28 (IPS) - "It's easy to end up on the street. It's not because you led a bad life; you lose your job and you can't afford to pay rent," says David Cerezo while he waits for lunch to be served by a humanitarian organisation in this city in southern Spain.

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 28 (IPS) - The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years.

A Jungle Shrine Awaits its Blessed Moment

Monday, October 27, 2014

MADHU, Sri Lanka, Oct 27 (IPS) - Rising out of a thick forest about 17 km from the nearest main road, the Madhu Church is a symbol of spiritual harmony and tranquility. When the wind blows you hear the leaves rustle. Other times a solemn silence hangs in the air. Old-timers say that once, almost an entire generation ago, the grass grew six feet high in the church compound, and elephants wandered through it.

“Yeil” – The New Energy Buzzword in Argentina

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEUQUÉN, Argentina, Oct 27 (IPS) - In Argentina they call it "yeil", the hispanicised version of "shale". But while these unconventional gas and oil reserves are seen by many as offering a means to development and a route towards energy self-sufficiency, others believe the term should fall into disuse because the global trend is towards clean, renewable sources of energy.

OPINION: Where Governments Fail, It’s Up to the People to Rise

Monday, October 27, 2014

WARSAW, Oct 27 (IPS) - Pomerania in northern Poland is famous for its unpolluted environment, fertile soils and historic heritage. So far, these valuable farmlands have been free from heavy industry but that situation might change as a shadow looms over the lives of Pomeranians.

OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TUVALU, Oct 25 (IPS) - The fate of my country rests in your hands: that was the message which Ian Fry, representing Tuvalu gave at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen five years ago. This is also the message that the Pacific Climate Warriors have come to Australia to bring.

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