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  »  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 […]
  »  Mexico?s Orphanages ? Black Holes for Children
     Homes for orphans or children in vulnerable situations in Mexico lack the necessary state regulation and supervision, which leads to scandalous human rights violations. ?The situation is very serious,? said Laura Martínez, director of the non-governmental Patronato Pro Hogar del Niño, in the city of Irapuato in the central state of Guanajuato, some 300 km […]
  »  Island States to Rally Donors at Samoa Meet
     Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide. ?This is an opportune moment where you will have all of the donor agencies and the funding […]
  »  Socialists Could Turn to Environmentalist after Candidate?s Death
     The death of socialist presidential candidate Eduardo Campos opens up an unexpected opportunity for environmental leader Marina Silva to return with renewed strength to the struggle to govern Brazil, offering a ?third way? in a highly polarised campaign. Silva, who was environment minister from 2003 to 2008, won 19.6 million votes in the 2010 presidential […]
  »  U.S. Urged to Put Development Aid over Border Security
     When U.S lawmakers departed Washington for a month-long recess, they left behind a simmering debate over what to do about the tens of thousands of Central American children and adults that continue to cross the U.S. southern border. Many potential solutions have been tabled as to how the federal government should handle the unprecedented influx. […]
  »  Brazil?s ?Dalai Lama of the Rainforest? Faces Death Threats
     Davi Kopenawa, the leader of the Yanomami people in Brazil?s Amazon rainforest, who is internationally renowned for his struggle against encroachment on indigenous land by landowners and illegal miners, is now fighting a new battle – this time against death threats received by him and his family. ?In May, they [miners] told me that he […]
  »  Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement, Odious Debt or Pillage?
     Argentina has now taken the U.S. to The Hague for blocking the country?s 2005 settlement with the bulk of its creditors. The issue underscores the need for an international mechanism for nations to go bankrupt. Better yet would be a sustainable global monetary scheme that avoids the need for sovereign bankruptcy. Argentina was the richest […]
  »  Mining Firms in Peru Mount Legal Offensive Against Inspection Tax
     The leading mining companies in Peru have brought a rash of lawsuits to fight an increase in the tax they pay to cover the costs of inspections and oversight of their potentially environmentally damaging activities. The lawsuits have come one after another. As of Aug. 7, 14 mining companies had filed legal injunctions in different […]
  »  It Takes More than Two to Tango ? or to Clean up Argentina?s Riachuelo River
     Immortalised by a famous tango, the ?Niebla del riachuelo? (Mist over the Riachuelo river) has begun to dissipate over Argentina?s most polluted river, much of which is lined by factories and slums. But two centuries of neglect and a complex web of political and economic interests are hindering a clean-up plan that requires a broad, […]
  »  IFC Warned of Systemic Safeguards Failures in Honduras
     For the second time this year, an internal auditor has criticised the World Bank?s private sector investment agency over dealings in Honduras, and is warning that similar problems are likely being experienced elsewhere. The investigation found that the bank?s private sector investment agency, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), took on a significant stake in a […]
  »  Putting the Littlest Disaster Victims on the Caribbean?s Climate Agenda
     Children are often the forgotten ones when policy-makers map out strategies to deal with climate change, even as they are least capable of fending for themselves in times of trouble. According to David Popo, head of the Social Policy Unit at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). “Very often when we speak about poverty […]
  »  Chile?s Patagonia Seeks Small-Scale Energy Autonomy
     The southern region of Aysén in Chile?s Patagonian wilderness has the highest energy costs in the entire country. And the regional capital, Coyhaique, is the most polluted city in the nation, even though it has huge potential for hydroelectricity and wind power. Most of the population opposed the construction of the HidroAysén hydropower dams, and […]
  »  Swamped by Rising Seas, Small Islands Seek a Lifeline
     The world’s 52 small island developing states (SIDS), some in danger of being wiped off the face of the earth because of sea-level rise triggered by climate change, will be the focus of an international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month. Scheduled to take place Sep. 1-2, the conference will […]
  »  Gabriel García Márquez ? the Last Visit
     In this column, Ignacio Ramonet, director of the Spanish language edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, writes about the last time he saw Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who passed away on Apr. 17.
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