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Right to Information Dead on Arrival at UN

Thursday, January 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Jan 19 (IPS) - The 193-member UN General Assembly has been dragging its feet on a proposal that has been kicked around the corridors of the United Nations for over 10 years: a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) providing journalists the "right to information" in a sprawling bureaucracy protective of its turf.

Ordinary Citizens Help Drive Spread of Solar Power in Chile

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SANTIAGO, Jan 14 (IPS) - Chile, Latin America's leader in solar energy, is starting the new year with an innovative step: the development of the country´s first citizens solar power plant.

Looting and Unrest Spread in Mexico Over Gas Price Hike

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Mexico City, Jan 12 (IPS) - "We are absolutely fed up with the government's plundering and arbitrary decisions. We don´t deserve what they're doing to us," said Marisela Campos during one of the many demonstrations against the government´s decision to raise fuel prices.

“Soares Is Dead: Long Live Soares!” Cries Portugal

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LISBON, Jan 10 (IPS) - The death of Mario Soares, former Portuguese prime-minister, president, and historic leader of Lusitanian socialism, demonstrated just how united the Portuguese are with regards to his past and his historical projection.

Native Seeds Sustain Brazil’s Semi-Arid Northeast

Friday, January 06, 2017

APODI, Brazil, Jan 06 (IPS) - In his 76 years of life, Raimundo Pinheiro de Melo has endured a number of droughts in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast region. And he remembers every one of them since 1958.

Anti-Fracking Movement Alarmed at Trump’s Focus on Fossil Fuels

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

No More Mass Deaths from Drought in Northeast Brazil

Friday, December 30, 2016

OURICURI, Brazil, Dec 30 (IPS) - The drought that has plagued Brazil's semiarid Northeast region since 2012 is already more severe than the 1979-1983 drought, the longest in the 20th century. But prolonged dry spells no longer cause the tragedies of the past.

More Than 50 Internet Shutdowns in 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 30 (IPS) - Governments around the world shut down the internet more than 50 times in 2016 - suppressing elections, slowing economies and limiting free speech.

Threats to Freedom of Expression in the Social Networks

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ZAPOPAN, Mexico, Dec 27 (IPS) - Email surveillance, blocking of websites with content that is awkward for governments, or the interruption of services such as WhatsApp are symptoms of the threat to freedom of expression online, according to Latin American activists.

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