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Uruguay Not a ‘Pirate’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

VIENNA, Apr 17 (IPS) - The Uruguayan government has made a controversial move to regulate the production and sale of cannabis. The government believes that this will help in the fight against drug-related crime and in dealing with public health issues.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yakama Nation Tells DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Waste

Monday, April 14, 2014

YAKAMA NATION, Washington State, U.S., Apr 14 (IPS) - The Department of Energy (DOE), politicians and CEOs were discussing how to warn generations 125,000 years in the future about the radioactive waste at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, considered the most polluted site in the U.S., when Native American anti-nuclear activist Russell Jim interrupted their musings: "We'll tell them."

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