Wednesday, March 05, 2014
WASHINGTON, Mar 05 (IPS) - In the latest twist in a 21-year-old environmental pollution case, a U.S. federal judge Tuesday ruled that the victims of massive oil spillage and their U.S. attorney could not collect on a nine-billion-dollar judgement by Ecuador's supreme court against the Chevron Corporation.
Friday, February 28, 2014
ALTO ALEGRE DO PINDARÃ‰/SÃƒO LUIS, Brazil, Feb 28 (IPS) - The Carajás railroad, regarded as the most efficient in Brazil, runs a loss-making passenger service for the benefit of the population. But this does little to make amends for its original sin: it was created to export minerals and crosses an area of chronic poverty.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
NEW YORK, Feb 26 (IPS) - The Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota Nation, in the midwest of the United States, is one of the most abandoned places in the country and in the world.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
ADDIS ABABA, Feb 23 (IPS) - New allegations of scorched earth evictions of the Ogaden people have raised concerns that a lack of benefit sharing could escalate instability in the region and reinforce separatist tensions as foreign energy companies prepare to extract oil and gas from troubled southeastern Ethiopia.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
PORT LOUIS, Feb 20 (IPS) - "The Marine Protected Area (MPA) created around the Chagos archipelago is a new obstacle that the British government has placed in our path to prevent us from going back to our homeland," claims Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos Refugees Group (CRG).
Thursday, February 13, 2014
LA PAZ, Feb 13 (IPS) - Three years ago Bolivia passed a law to combat discrimination and racism, but no one has been convicted as a result, in spite of hundreds of legal complaints.
Monday, February 10, 2014
PIQUIÃ DE BAIXO, Brazil, Feb 10 (IPS) - "My nephew was eight years old when he stepped in the ‘munha' and burned his legs up to the knees," said Angelita Alves de Oliveira from a corner of Brazil's Amazonia that has become a deadly hazard for local people.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
WASHINGTON, Feb 05 (IPS) - Global trends towards a strengthening of legal rights over land for local and indigenous communities appear to have slowed significantly in recent years, leading some analysts to warn that the fight for local control over forests has reached an inflection point with a new danger of backtracking on previous progress.
Monday, February 03, 2014
LIMA, Feb 03 (IPS) - Shelving the case of the forced sterilisation of more than 2,000 women in Peru during the Alberto Fujimori regime was a surprise move by the prosecutor in charge. What happened? An IPS investigation found that legal avenues to pursue justice have not been exhausted.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
WASHINGTON, Jan 28 (IPS) - Development activists and rights watchdogs are applauding a surprise strengthening of environmental and human rights policies governing U.S. development funding and overseas financial assistance.
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