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  »  Growing Calls for Reforms of El Salvador?s Privatised Pension System
     Two of the promises made 16 years ago when El Salvador?s pension system was privatised have failed to materialise: There was no expansion of social security coverage and no improvement in pensions. Now pressure is growing for a reform of the system. Although 20-year-old Kevin Alexis Cuéllar is one of the 2.7 million people enrolled […]
  »  The Age of Survival Migration
     ?Survival migration? is not a reality show, but an accurate description of human mobility fuelled by desperation and fear. How despairing are these migrant contingents? Look at the figures of Central American children travelling alone, which are growing. The painful journeys of children and teenagers from Central America to the United States border sounded alarms […]
  »  Mexico?s Wind Parks May Violate OECD Rules
     Four wind farm projects in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, operated or financed by European investors, could violate Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) rules, say activists. Three of the parks are being developed by Electricité de France (EDF) and the fourth is financed by public funds from Denmark and the Netherlands. Benjamin […]
  »  Brazil to Monitor Improvement of Water Quality in Latin America
     Problems in access to quality drinking water, supply shortages and inadequate sanitation are challenges facing development and the fight against poverty in Latin America. A new regional centre based in Brazil will monitor water to improve its management. One example of water management problems in the region is the biggest city in Latin America and […]
  »  Climate Policy Goes Hand-in-Hand with Water Policy
     Concerned that climate change could lead to an intensification of the global hydrological cycle, Caribbean stakeholders are working to ensure it is included in the region’s plans for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The basis of IWRM is that the many different uses of finite water resources are interdependent. High irrigation demands and polluted drainage […]
  »  Amid Crisis, Puerto Rico?s Retirees Face Uncertain Future
     A feeling of insecurity has overtaken broad sectors of Puerto Rican society as the economy worsens, public sector debt spirals out of control, and the island’s creditworthiness is put in doubt. To tackle this economic crisis, the administration of governor Alejandro Garcia-Padilla has adopted a number of measures that have been extremely unpopular with civil […]
  »  Threat of Hydropower Dams Still Looms in Chile?s Patagonia
     After its victory in a nearly decade-long struggle against HidroAysén, a project that would have built five large hydroelectric dams on wilderness rivers, Chile?s Patagonia region is gearing up for a new battle: blocking a quiet attempt to build a dam on the Cuervo River. The dam would be constructed in an unpopulated area near […]
  »  OPINION: Boosting Resilience in the Caribbean Countries
     Having lived and worked for more than a decade in four Caribbean countries, I have witnessed firsthand how Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are extremely vulnerable to challenges ranging from debt and unemployment to climate change and sea level rise. Such aspects make their paths towards sustainable development probably more complex than non-SIDS countries. That […]
  »  Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia?s Peace Talks
     Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, while the decades-old civil war rages on. On Saturday Aug. 16, a group of relatives of victims of both sides met face-to-face in […]
  »  Migrants Deported from the U.S. in Limbo on the Mexican Border
     The areas under the low bridges over a section of the canalised channel of the Tijuana River that runs along the border between Mexico and the United States have become enormous open-air toilets. Along the entire two-km stretch from the eastern part of Tijuana to the wall on the U.S. border, hundreds of people sleep […]
  »  Cuba Sees Its Future in Mariel Port, Hand in Hand with Brazil
     The Mariel special economic development zone, the biggest construction project undertaken in decades in Cuba, emerged thanks to financial support from Brazil, which was based on political goodwill, a strategy of integration, and business vision. ?Cuba would not have been able to undertake this project from a technical or economic point of view,? economist Esteban […]
  »  U.S., Brazil Nearing Approval of Genetically Engineered Trees
     The U.S. and Brazilian governments are moving into the final stages of weighing approval for the commercialisation of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees, moves that would mark the first such permits anywhere in the world. The Brazilian government is slated to start taking public comments on such a proposal during the first week of September. Similarly, […]
  »  Caregiving Exacerbates the Burden for Women in Cuba
     Hortensia Ramírez feels like she needs more hands to care for her 78-year-old mother, who suffers from arteriosclerosis, do the housework, and make homemade baked goods which she sells to support her family. She starts her day at 6:00 AM, putting the sheets that her mother wet during the nighttime to soak, before preparing the […]
  »  A Life Reserve for Sustainable Development in Chile?s Patagonia
     The people of Patagonia in southern Chile are working to make the Aysén region a ?life reserve?. Neighbouring Argentina, across the border, is a historic ally in this remote wilderness area which is struggling to achieve sustainable development and boost growth by making use of its natural assets. ?The Aysén Life Reserve mega citizen initiative […]
  »  Despite Current Debate, Police Militarisation Goes Beyond U.S. Borders
     The shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in the southern United States earlier this month has led to widespread public outrage around issues of race, class and police brutality. In particular, a flurry of policy discussions is focusing on the startling level of force and military-style weaponry used by local […]
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