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Japan Seeks Foreign Workers, Uneasily

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TOKYO, Apr 23 (IPS) - Desperate for more workers to support a construction boom, Japan has proposed to expand its controversial foreign trainee programme to permit more unskilled labour from Asia to work in Japanese companies for five years from the current three years.

Culture Increasingly Unaffordable for Cubans

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 23 (IPS) - Standing in line for a concert at the Centro Cultural Fábrica de Arte, a cultural centre in the Cuban capital, Alexis Cruz anxiously checks his billfold, where he has the price of the ticket – 50 Cuban pesos (two dollars) - and three CUCs (equivalent to one dollar each) to buy something to drink.

Charting a Course for Survival, or Oblivion?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Apr 22 (IPS) - Hopefully, on Earth Day today, high-level ministers from all countries are thinking about what they can bring to the table at a key set of meetings on climate change in early May.

Weak Laws and Capitalist Economy Deplete Kenya’s Natural Wealth

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NAIROBI, Apr 22 (IPS) - Each season Peter Gichangi, a vegetable and arrowroot commercial farmer who owns four hectares of land in Nyeri County, Kenya's Central Province, cultivates his crops near the Nduyi River.

Cuba’s Burgeoning Private Sector Hungry for Flora and Fauna

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HAVANA, Apr 22 (IPS) - The lack of markets to supply raw materials for Cuba's new private sector, along with the poverty in isolated rural communities, is fuelling the poaching of endangered species of flora and fauna.

The Global Trading System Aims to Improve Children’s Lives

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

GENEVA, Apr 22 (IPS) - Although some people don't see the connection, the global trading system is aimed at creating some of the essential conditions needed to improve children's lives and their prospects in the future.

Obama Seeks to Reassure Anxious Asians on “Rebalance”

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, Apr 22 (IPS) - As he embarks Tuesday on a major trip through East Asia, U.S. President Barack Obama will be focused on reassuring anxious – albeit sometimes annoying – allies that Washington remains determined to deepen its commitment to the region.

Mexico’s Climate Change Law - More Than Just Empty Words?

Monday, April 21, 2014

MEXICO CITY, Apr 21 (IPS) - When Mexico's climate change law went into effect in October 2012, it drew international praise. But what has happened since then?

Informal Carpentry Hammers Away Zimbabwe’s State Revenue

Monday, April 21, 2014

HARARE, Apr 21 (IPS) - Tracy Chikwari, a 36-year-old single mother of two and informal furniture dealer in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, is all smiles as she talks about her flourishing business.

Poland Uses Ukraine to Push Coal

Sunday, April 20, 2014

WARSAW, Apr 20 (IPS) - A European ‘energy union' plan proposed by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as an EU response to the crisis in Ukraine could be a Trojan horse for fossil fuels.

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