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  »  Canada Accused of Failing to Prevent Overseas Mining Abuses
     The Canadian government is failing either to investigate or to hold the country?s massive extractives sector accountable for rights abuses committed in Latin American countries, according to petitioners who testified here Tuesday before an international tribunal. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) also heard concerns that the Canadian government is not making the country?s […]
  »  Crisis Fuelled Resurgence of Horse-Drawn Carriages in Cuba
     Up and down the streets of towns and cities in Cuba go horse-drawn carriages with black leather tops and large back wheels, alongside more simple carts, operating as public transportation. This ancient means of transportation can be seen throughout this country, in urban, suburban and rural areas, where motor vehicles are expensive and there are […]
  »  OPINION: Rousseff Re-elected President ? What Lies Ahead for Brazil?
     In this column, Fernando Cardim de Carvalho, economist and professor at the Federal University of Río de Janeiro, looks at the challenges facing re-elected Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and argues that in the economic sphere she must find a way out of the trap that Brazil has faced since control of inflation was achieved twenty years ago.
  »  St. Vincent Takes to Heart Hard Lessons on Climate Change
     Glenda Williams has lived in the Pastures community in eastern St. Vincent all her life. She’s seen the area flooded by storms on multiple occasions. But the last two times, it was more ?severe and frightening? than anything she had witnessed before. ?The last time the river came down it reached on the ball ground […]
  »  Panama Regulators Could Slow U.S. Approval of GM Salmon
     Officials in Panama have fined the local facility of a U.S. biotechnology company for a series of permitting and regulatory failures around a pioneering attempt to create genetically modified salmon. The experiments are being carried out by researchers for AquaBounty Technologies, which currently has an application with the U.S. government to sell genetically modified (GM) […]
  »  Guatemalan Officers Face Sexual Slavery Charges in Historic Trial
     Luz Méndez Gutiérrez is the co-author of the book Mujeres q?eqchís: violencia sexual y lucha por la justicia (ECAP-IDRC) (forthcoming). She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Union of Guatemalan Women (Unión Nacional de Mujeres Guatemaltecas ? UNAMG).
  »  ?Yeil? ? The New Energy Buzzword in Argentina
     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. Wearing […]
  »  Put People Not ?Empire of Capital? at Heart of Development
     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. The Raul Prebitsch […]
  »  OPINION: Contras and Drugs, Three Decades Later
     Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero is a Puerto Rican journalist.
  »  Añelo, from Forgotten Town to Capital of Argentina?s Shale Fuel Boom
     This small town in southern Argentina is nearly a century old, but the unconventional fossil fuel boom is forcing it to basically start over, from scratch. The wave of outsiders drawn by the shale fuel fever has pushed the town to its limits, while the plan to turn it into a ?sustainable city of the […]
  »  Panama?s Indigenous People Want to Harness the Riches of Their Forests
     For indigenous people in Panama, the rainforest where they live is not only their habitat but also their spiritual home, and their link to nature and their ancestors. The forest holds part of their essence and their identity. ?Forests are valuable to us because they bring us benefits, but not just oxygen,? Emberá chief Cándido […]
  »  Protecting Biodiversity in Costa Rica?s Thermal Convection Dome in the Pacific
     The vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome in the eastern Pacific Ocean will finally become a protected zone, over 50 years after it was first identified as one of the planet?s most biodiversity-rich marine areas. At the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity […]
  »  Belize Fights to Save a Crucial Barrier Reef
     Home to the second longest barrier reef in the world and the largest in the Western Hemisphere, which provides jobs in fishing, tourism and other industries which feed the lifeblood of the economy, Belize has long been acutely aware of the need to protect its marine resources from both human and natural activities. However, there […]
  »  Mexico?s Cocktail of Political and Narco-Violence and Poverty
     The images filled the front pages of Mexico?s newspapers: 61 half-dressed state policemen kneeling, with their hands tied, in the main square of the town of Tepatepec in the central state of Hidalgo, while local residents threatened to burn them alive. It was Feb. 19, 2000. The reason the townspeople were furious was the police […]
  »  Bamboo Could Be a Savior for Climate Change, Biodiversity
     Bamboo Avenue is a two-and-a-half mile stretch of road in Jamaica?s St. Elizabeth parish. It is lined with giant bamboo plants which tower above the road and cross in the middle to form a shady tunnel. The avenue was established in the 17th century by the owners of the Holland Estate to provide shade for […]
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