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The Invisible Reality of Spain’s Homeless

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MÁLAGA, Spain, Oct 28 (IPS) - "It's easy to end up on the street. It's not because you led a bad life; you lose your job and you can't afford to pay rent," says David Cerezo while he waits for lunch to be served by a humanitarian organisation in this city in southern Spain.

Bougainville Voices Say ‘No’ to Mining

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

SYDNEY, Oct 28 (IPS) - The viability of reopening the controversial Panguna copper mine in the remote mountains of Central Bougainville, an autonomous region in the east of Papua New Guinea, has been the focus of discussions led by local political leaders and foreign mining interests over the past four years.

OPINION: Ebola, Human Rights, and Poverty – Making the Links

Monday, October 27, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Massachussetts, Oct 27 (IPS) - The catastrophic Ebola crisis unfolding in West Africa offers many lessons, not least for global anti-poverty efforts. These will culminate in a set of targets, to be agreed by the United Nations in 2015, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A Jungle Shrine Awaits its Blessed Moment

Monday, October 27, 2014

MADHU, Sri Lanka, Oct 27 (IPS) - Rising out of a thick forest about 17 km from the nearest main road, the Madhu Church is a symbol of spiritual harmony and tranquility. When the wind blows you hear the leaves rustle. Other times a solemn silence hangs in the air. Old-timers say that once, almost an entire generation ago, the grass grew six feet high in the church compound, and elephants wandered through it.

“Yeil” – The New Energy Buzzword in Argentina

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEUQUÉN, Argentina, Oct 27 (IPS) - In Argentina they call it "yeil", the hispanicised version of "shale". But while these unconventional gas and oil reserves are seen by many as offering a means to development and a route towards energy self-sufficiency, others believe the term should fall into disuse because the global trend is towards clean, renewable sources of energy.

OPINION: Where Governments Fail, It’s Up to the People to Rise

Monday, October 27, 2014

WARSAW, Oct 27 (IPS) - Pomerania in northern Poland is famous for its unpolluted environment, fertile soils and historic heritage. So far, these valuable farmlands have been free from heavy industry but that situation might change as a shadow looms over the lives of Pomeranians.

Put People Not ‘Empire of Capital’ at Heart of Development

Monday, October 27, 2014

GENEVA, Oct 27 (IPS) - President Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador does not mince words when it comes to development. "Neoliberal policies based on so-called competitiveness, efficiency and the labour flexibility framework have helped the empire of capital to prosper at the cost of human labour," he told a crowded auditorium at the 15th Raul Prebitsch Lecture.

OPINION: Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SAN JUAN, Oct 26 (IPS) - In late 1986, Washington was rocked by revelations that the Ronald Reagan administration had illegally aided a stateless army known as the contras in Central America.

How Long Before Another Soma Mine Disaster?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

ISTANBUL, Oct 26 (IPS) - Six days a week, Tahir Cetin spends seven and a half hours hundreds of feet underground on a narrow ledge, mining coal near Soma, Turkey. He breathes in dust that is destroying his lungs, and digs into walls that could collapse on top of him. With one false step, he could fall to his death.

OPINION: The Front Line of Climate Change is Here and Now

Saturday, October 25, 2014

TUVALU, Oct 25 (IPS) - The fate of my country rests in your hands: that was the message which Ian Fry, representing Tuvalu gave at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen five years ago. This is also the message that the Pacific Climate Warriors have come to Australia to bring.

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