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  »  Vaca Muerta, Argentina?s New Development Frontier
     Production here has skyrocketed so fast that for now the installations of the YPF oil company at the Loma Campana deposit in southwest Argentina are a jumble of interconnected shipping containers. Argentina is staking its bets on unconventional oil and gas resources, and the race to achieve energy self-sufficiency and surplus fuel for export can?t […]
  »  Boosting Incomes and Empowering Rural Women in Cuba
     Leonor Pedroso?s sewing machine has dressed children in the Cuban town of Florida for 30 years. But it was only a few months ago that the seamstress was able to become formally self-employed. ?My husband, a small farmer, didn?t let me work outside the home,? Pedroso, 63, told IPS. ?I could only sew things for […]
  »  Cuba?s Sugar Industry to Use Bagasse for Bioenergy
     Cuba?s sugar industry hopes to become the main source of clean energy in the country as part of a programme to develop renewable sources aimed at reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels and protecting the environment. The project forms part of the plans for upgrading and modernising sugar mills that have been opened up to […]
  »  Washington Snubs Bolivia on Drug Policy Reform, Again
     Zoe Pearson is a PhD candidate in human geography at Ohio State University. Thomas Grisaffi is a social anthropologist who currently works as a research fellow at the UCL Institute of the Americas. They both research coca politics in Bolivia and are contributors to Foreign Policy In Focus. This article is a joint publication of Foreign Policy In Focus and
  »  Comprehensive Sex Education: A Pending Task in Latin America
     In most Latin American countries schools now provide sex education, but with a focus that is generally restricted to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases ? an approach that has not brought about significant modifications in the behaviour of adolescents, especially among the poor. The international community made the commitment to offer comprehensive sexuality education […]
  »  The Changing Face of Caribbean Migration
     Ruth Osman is attractive and well-groomed in tailored slacks and a patterned blouse, topped by a soft jacket worn open. Her demeanour and polished accent belie the stereotypical view that most Caribbean nationals have of Guyanese migrants. As a Guyanese migrant living in Trinidad, the 35-year-old is one of thousands of Guyanese to have taken […]
  »  ?Therapeutic Abortion? Could Soon Be Legal in Chile
     Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, is getting ready for an unprecedented debate on the legalisation of therapeutic abortion, which is expected to be approved this year. In Chile, more than 300,000 illegal abortions are practiced annually ? a scourge that is both cause and effect of many other social problems. […]
  »  Climate Change an ?Existential Threat? for the Caribbean
     When it comes to climate change, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves doesn?t mince words: he will tell you that it is a matter of life and death for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). ?The threat is not abstract, it is not very distant, it is immediate and it is real. And if this matter is the […]
  »  Biodiversity Offsetting Advances in Latin America Amidst Controversy
     Compensation for biodiversity loss, which is taking its first steps in Latin America, is criticised by social organisations for ?commodifying? nature and failing to remedy the impacts of extractive industries and other activities that destroy natural areas and wildlife. ?No market mechanism resolves the underlying problem,? Margarita Flórez, executive director of the Environment and Society […]
  »  Boosting the Natural Disaster Immunity of Caribbean Hospitals
     When floods overwhelmed the Eastern Caribbean in December last year, St. Vincent?s new smart hospital, completed just a few months earlier, stood the test of ?remaining functional during and immediately after a natural disaster.? The floods, later dubbed the Christmas rains, killed more than a dozen people and caused millions of dollars in infrastructural damage. […]
  »  Honduran Mothers and Grandmothers Search Far and Wide for Missing Migrants
     United by grief and anxiety, the grandmothers, mothers and other relatives of people who disappeared on the migration route to the United States formed a committee in this city in northern Honduras to search for their missing loved ones. Founded in 1999, the Comité de Familiares de Migrantes Desaparecidos de El Progreso (COFAMIPRO – El […]
  »  Latin America at a Climate Crossroads
     Susan McDade is UN Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Director for Latin America and the Caribbean @UNDPLAC
  »  Blue Halo: A Conservation Flagship, or Death Knell for Fishermen?
     Local fishermen are singing the blues over a sweeping set of new ocean management regulations, signed into law by the Barbuda Council, to zone their coastal waters, strengthen fisheries management, and establish a network of marine sanctuaries. Director of the Barbuda Research Complex John Mussington has criticised the Blue Halo initiative, not for its laudable […]
  »  Panama Turns to Biofortification of Crops to Build Food Security
     Panama is the first Latin American country to have adopted a national strategy to combat what is known as hidden hunger, with a plan aimed at eliminating micronutrient deficiencies among the most vulnerable segments of the population by means of biofortification of food crops. The project began to get underway in 2006 and took full […]
  »  World Bank Tribunal Weighs Final Arguments in El Salvador Mining Dispute
     A multilateral arbitration panel here began final hearings Monday in a contentious and long-running dispute between an international mining company and the government of El Salvador. An Australian mining company, OceanaGold, is suing the Salvadoran government for refusing to grant it a gold-mining permit that has been pending for much of the past decade. El […]
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