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A Flood of Energy Projects Clash with Mexican Communities

Monday, September 15, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Sep 15 (IPS) - Since January, villagers and townspeople near the Los Pescados river in southeast Mexico have been blocking the construction of a dam, part of a multi-purpose project to supply potable water to Xalapa, the capital of the state of Veracruz.

U.N. Climate Summit: Staged Parade or Reality Show?

Monday, September 15, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 15 (IPS) - The much-ballyhooed one-day Climate Summit next week is being hyped as one of the major political-environmental events at the United Nations this year.

Salvadoran Farmers Stake Their Bets on Sustainable Development

Friday, September 12, 2014

JIQUILISCO, El Salvador, Sep 12 (IPS) - Peasant farmers from one of El Salvador's most fragile coastal areas are implementing a model of sustainable economic growth that respects the environment and offers people education and security as keys to give the wetland region a boost.

OPINION: Ebola Crisis Reversing Development Gains in Liberia

Thursday, September 11, 2014

MONROVIA, Sep 11 (IPS) - As the Ebola crisis continues to take a toll on people's lives and livelihoods in West Africa, the focus is increasingly not just on the health aspects of the crisis, but also on its social and economic consequences.

Free Economic Zone Plan Slammed as ‘Suicide’ Pact for Taiwan Farmers

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TAIPEI, Sep 11 (IPS) - The Taiwan government's plan to liberalise tariff-free imports of agricultural produce from China and other countries for processing in free economic pilot zones, which will then be exported as ‘Made in Taiwan' items, may mean suicide for Taiwanese farmers if approved by the national legislature.

Will You be Chief? How Niger’s Traditional Leaders are Promoting Maternal Health

Thursday, September 11, 2014

BANDE, Niger, Sep 11 (IPS) - It is a long, 14-hour drive from Niger's capital city Niamey to the village of Bande. And the ride is a dreary one as the roadside is bare. The occasional, lone goat herder is spotted every few kilometres and the sightings become a cause of both confusion and excitement since there aren't any trees, or watering holes in sight.

Global Citizenship: “From Me to We to Peace”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 10 (IPS) - If a Silicon Valley existed for the culture of peace, it would most likely look to global citizenship as the next big industry shake-up.

Africa’s Dividing Farmlands A Threat To Food Security

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

NAIROBI, Sep 10 (IPS) - When Kiprui Kibet pictures his future as a maize farmer in the fertile Uasin Gishu county in Kenya's Rift Valley region, all he sees is the ever-decreasing plot of land that he has to farm on.

OPINION: From Schools to Shelters in Iraq

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, Sep 09 (IPS) - Using schools for shelter was a natural. When the Islamic State drove waves of people from the Sinjar area of Iraq in early August, most of them members of the Yazidi minority group, they fled first to the mountains and then to the relative safety of Iraqi Kurdistan. They camped out in whatever unoccupied structures they could find.

LGBT Visibility in Africa Also Brings Backlash

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 09 (IPS) - Eighteen-year-old Gift Makau enjoyed playing and refereeing football games in her neighbourhood in the North West Province of South Africa. She had come out to her parents as a lesbian and had never been heckled by her community, according to her cousin.

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