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  1. Annan Denounced Iraqi Invasion as “Illegal” & Criticized Military Leaders Addressing UN

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    UNITED NATIONS, Aug 20 (IPS) - The Secretary-General of the United Nations, who is  a creature of member states, rarely challenges or defies his creators. But Kofi Annan, who died last week at the age of 80, did both. Surprisingly, he lived to tell the tale-- but paid an unfairly heavy price after being hounded by the United States.

  2. Outcry over Use of Water for Electricity Generation in Mexico

    Saturday, August 18, 2018

    MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 (IPS) - One of the fears of the people of the Sierra Huasteca mountains in the state of San Luis Potosi in northeast Mexico is the construction of combined cycle power plants, which would threaten the availability of water.

  3. Take Charge of Your Food: Your Health is Your Business

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (IPS) - Sunita Narain is Director-General of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) & Editor of Down to Earth magazine in New Delhi.

    The minimum we expect from the government is to differentiate between right and wrong. But when it comes to regulating our food, it's like asking for too much. Our latest investigation vouches for this. The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)'s pollution monitoring laboratory tested 65 samples of processed food for presence of genetically modified (GM) ingredients.

  4. Scientists Warn of the Imminent Depletion of Groundwater in Chile's Atacama Desert

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018

    OVALLE, Chile, Aug 14 (IPS) - Eighteen national science prize-winners in Chile have called for a halt to the over-extraction of water in the four regions over which the Atacama Desert spreads in the north of the country, a problem that threatens the future of 1.5 million people.

  5. Campaigns Promote Women’s Participation in Latin America

    Friday, August 10, 2018

    RÍO DE JANEIRO, Aug 10 (IPS) - An alternative network in Brazil promotes women's participation in elected offices with media support. This campaign, like others in Latin America, seeks to reverse a political landscape where, despite being a majority of the population, women hold an average of just 29.8 percent of legislative posts.

  6. Sousa, a Solar Power Capital in an Increasingly Arid Brazil

    Thursday, August 09, 2018

    SOUSA, Brazil, Aug 09 (IPS) - Sousa, a municipality of 70,000 people in the west of Paraíba, the state in Brazil most threatened by desertification, has become the country's capital of solar energy, with a Catholic church, various businesses, households and even a cemetery generating solar power.

  7. Laws and Threats Curtail Freedom of Expression in Honduras

    Saturday, August 04, 2018

    TEGUCIGALPA, Aug 04 (IPS) - A series of laws that came into force in the last five years and the petition for amparo by 35 journalists and 22 social communicators against the government's "Secrecy Law" give an idea of the atmosphere in Honduras with regard to freedom of expression.

  8. The Sun Powers a Women's Bakery in Brazil's Semi-arid Northeast

    Thursday, August 02, 2018

    POMBAL, Brazil, Aug 02 (IPS) - "The sun which used to torment us now blesses us," said one of the 19 women who run the Community Bakery of Varzea Comprida dos Oliveiras, a settlement in the rural area of Pombal, a municipality of the state of Paraiba, in Brazil's semi-arid Northeast.

  9. States Must Treat Refugees & Migrants as Rights Holders & Prevent Trafficking & Exploitation

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    GENEVA, Jul 30 (IPS) - Maria Grazia Giammarinaro* is UN Special Rapporteur on trafficking in personsStates around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings, including by ensuring that victims and potential victims are considered and treated as rights holders.

    Many people who fall prey to traffickers are migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, who have decided to leave their country for various reasons, such as conflict, natural disaster, persecution or extreme poverty.

  10. Latin American Migrants Targeted by Trafficking Networks

    Saturday, July 28, 2018

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jul 28 (IPS) - The rescue earlier this month of 12 Venezuelan and three Colombian women from a prostitution network that recruits migrants in Peru is an example of the complex web where migration and human trafficking often involve victims of forced labour and sexual exploitation.

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