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  »  Latin America Slow to Pledge Emissions Cuts
     Latin America is making heavy weather of setting targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, which all countries must present ahead of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference later this year. Shortfalls in the national mechanisms for funding these voluntary action plans for adapting to climate change and mitigating or reducing polluting […]
  »  Women Farmers Rewrite Their History in Chile?s Patagonia Region
     More than 100 women small farmers from Chile?s southern Patagonia region have joined together in a new association aimed at achieving economic autonomy and empowerment, in an area where machismo and gender inequality are the norm. Patricia Mancilla, Nancy Millar and Blanca Molina spoke with IPS about the group?s history, and how the land, craft […]
  »  Rural Women in Latin America Define Their Own Kind of Feminism
     Rural organisations in Latin America are working on defining their own concept of feminism, one that takes into account alternative economic models as well as their own concerns and viewpoints, which are not always in line with those of women in urban areas. Gregoria Chávez, an older farmer from the northwest Argentine province of Santiago […]
  »  Antigua Draws a Line in the Vanishing Sand
     Jabberwock beach, located on the northeastern coast of Antigua, features a mile-long white sand beach and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.  But Freeston Williams, a resident who frequents the area for exercise and other recreational activities, is worried that the beach is quickly disappearing. ?I travel around the Jabberwock area on the […]
  »  Opinion: Two Winners and One Loser at the Summit of the Americas
     In this column Joaquín Roy, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Director of the European Union Centre at the University of Miami, argues that U.S. President Barack Obama earned a place in history at the recent Summit of the Americas for taking the first steps towards overturning a policy that has lasted over half a century but has failed in its primary goal of ending the Castro regime in Cuba. The other winner, he says, is Cuban President Raúl Castro, who wisely accepted Obama?s challenge and rose to the occasion, while Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro failed in his attempt to have the summit condemn Obama.
  »  Latin America Heralds New Era with United States
     Latin America presented its own recipes for development in the new era of relations with the United States in the Seventh Summit of the Americas, where Cuba took part for the first time and the U.S. said it would close the chapter of ?medd[ling] with impunity? in its neighbours to the south. ?We must understand […]
  »  Economic Slowdown Threatens Progress Towards Equality in Latin America
     Predictions of a sharp slowdown in Latin America?s economic growth this year make it even more necessary for the region?s leaders to make commitments to boost prosperity with equality during the Seventh Summit of the Americas, currently taking place in the Panamanian capital. In several of the summit?s forums, the executive secretary of the Economic […]
  »  Plunging Oil Prices Won?t Kill Vaca Muerta
     Despite the precipitous fall in global oil prices, Argentina has continued to follow its strategy of producing unconventional shale oil, although in the short term there could be problems attracting the foreign investment needed to exploit the Vaca Muerta shale deposit. The uncertainty has come on the heels of the initial euphoria over the exploitation […]
  »  In Belize, Climate Change Drives Coastal Management
     A five-year project launched here in Belize City in March seeks to cement a shift in view of climate change and its impact on Belize?s national development. The Belize Marine Conservation and Climate Adaptation Project (MCCAP) has dual goals: putting in place structures to ensure continued protection for marine protected areas, and ensuring that those who benefit […]
  »  From Punta del Este to Panama, the End of Cuba?s Isolation
     U.S. President Barack Obama was only four days old when Comandante Ernesto ?Che? Guevara publicly castigated the United States? policy of hostility toward Cuba at an inter-American summit, reiterated then Prime Minister Fidel Castro?s willingness to resolve differences through dialogue on an equal footing, and held secret conversations with a Washington envoy. More than half […]
  »  Taking Child Workers Out of El Salvador?s Sugar Cane Fields
     The participation of children and teenagers in the sugar cane harvest, a dangerous agricultural activity, will soon be a thing of the past in El Salvador, where the practice drew international attention 10 years ago. ?Before, when I was a kid, my brothers would take me along to help them cut sugar cane, it wasn?t […]
  »  Deforestation in the Amazon Aggravates Brazil?s Energy Crisis
     In Brazil water and electricity go together, and two years of scant rainfall have left tens of millions of people on the verge of water and power rationing, boosting arguments for the need to fight deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Two-thirds of Brazil?s electricity comes from dammed rivers, whose water levels have dropped alarmingly. The […]
  »  Global Civil Society to the Rescue of the Amazon
     A global civil society petition to save the Amazon is circulating on the internet and its promoters say that once one million signatures have been collected indigenous leaders will deliver it directly to the governments of Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. Launched by ?Avaaz? (“voice” in Persian), a global civic organisation set up in January 2007 […]
  »  Lesbians Receiving Unequal Treatment from Cuban Health Services
     In addition to other forms of discrimination, lesbian and bisexual women in Cuba face unequal treatment from public health services. Their specific sexual and reproductive health needs are ignored, and they are invisible in prevention and treatment campaigns for women. Many lesbian and bisexual women are afraid of gynaecological instruments and procedures which they experience […]
  »  Opinion: Brazil at the Crossroads
     In this column, Fernando Cardim de Carvalho, economist and professor at the Federal University of Río de Janeiro, looks at the political and economic context within which newly re-elected President Dilma Rousseff is operating and argues that Brazil is living through a very dangerous period, with neither the government nor the parliamentary opposition led by leaders that the population trusts.
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