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The Peasant Farmer Who Has Stood Up to the President of Nicaragua

Friday, February 24, 2017

MANAGUA, Feb 24 (IPS) - The unequal battle that small farmer Francisca Ramírez is waging against the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega has become so well-known that people are calling for her security and her rights from the political heart of Europe.

Alternative Mining Indaba Makes Its Voice Heard

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, Feb 18 (IPS) - "Comrades, we have arrived. This cherry is eight years awaited. We have made it to this place," Bishop Jo Seoka told the crowd, pausing to allow for the whistles and cheers.

Expansion of Renewable Energies in Mexico Has Victims

Friday, February 17, 2017

KIMBILÁ, Mexico, Feb 17 (IPS) - The growing number of wind and solar power projects in the southern Mexican state of Yucatán are part of a positive change in Mexico's energy mix. But affected communities do not see it in the same way, due to the fact that they are not informed or consulted, and because of how the phenomenon changes their lives.

Argentina’s Never-ending Environmental Disaster

Saturday, February 11, 2017

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 11 (IPS) - Is it possible to spend 5.2 billion dollars to clean up a river which is just 64-km-long and get practically no results? Argentina is showing that it is.

No Hidden Figures: Success Stories Can Help Girls’ STEM Careers

Friday, February 10, 2017

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 10 (IPS) - What makes a young girl believe she is less intelligent and capable than a boy? And what happens when those children face the ‘hard' subjects like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? A recent study, ‘Gender stereotypes about intellectual ability emerge early and influence children's interests' showed that by the age of 6, girls were already less likely than boys to describe their own gender as ‘brilliant', and less likely to join an activity labelled for ‘very, very smart' kids.

Innovative Credit Model Holds Out Lifeline to Farmers in Honduras

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

PASO REAL, Honduras, Feb 08 (IPS) - In this village in southern Honduras, in one of the poorest parts of the country, access to credit is limited, the banking sector is not supportive of agriculture, and nature punishes with recurrent extreme droughts.

World’s 40,000 MP’s Must Enjoy Their Rights - But Are They?

Monday, February 06, 2017

ROME, Feb 06 (IPS) - "Members of Parliament must be free to enjoy their human rights. If not, how can they defend and promote the rights of those who elected them? Yet, around the world vocal parliamentarians find themselves under threat. The 40,000-strong community of parliamentarians includes many men and women who have risked careers and even their lives to express their beliefs."

Families of the “Disappeared” Search for Clandestine Graves in Mexico

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

NAVOLATO, Mexico, Feb 01 (IPS) - He is eight years old and is looking for his younger sister, Zoe Zuleica Torres Gómez, who went missing in December 2015, when she was only five years old, in the northeastern state of San Luis Potosí. He is the youngest searcher for clandestine graves in Mexico.

We Need a New Social Movement Against Inequality

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 01 (IPS) - Oxfam's latest estimate that just eight super-rich people – down from 62 last year and 388 just six years ago - own more wealth than the poorest half of the world population is a clarion call to change the way we think about and try to tackle inequality.

‘For Trump, Media Is Public Enemy Number One’

Friday, January 27, 2017

ROME, Jan 27 (IPS) - "Alarmed" by the new administration's repeated attacks on the media and blatant disregard for facts in the first three days of Donald Trump's presidency, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Trump and his team to stop undermining the First Amendment and start defending it.

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