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  »  Missing Students Case Also Highlights Racism in Mexico
     The mother tongue of Celso García, a 51-year-old indigenous Mexican, is Mixteca. As a boy, García, the father of one of the 43 students forcibly disappeared four months ago, had to learn Spanish to make his way in mainstream society in this country where most people are of mixed-race heritage. García, a father of four, […]
  »  OPINION: Brazil Can Help Steer SDGs Towards Ambitious Targets
     Daniel Balaban*, Director of the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger, writes that Brazil?s outstanding performance in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) stands it in good stead to play an important role in shaping and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  »  Teenage Girls in Argentina ? Invisible Victims of Femicide
     The murder of a young Argentine girl on a beach in neighbouring Uruguay shook both countries and drew attention to a kind of violence that goes almost unnoticed as a cause of death among Argentine adolescents: femicide. In most Latin American countries, the lack of broken-down official data on femicides ? a term coined to […]
  »  Antiguan Shanty Dwellers Ask if Poverty Will Be the Death of Them
     It was early on a Saturday morning and there was no sign of life in the community. The shacks erected on both sides of the old, narrow road that winds through the area are all surrounded by zinc sheets which rise so high, it?s impossible to see what lies on the other side. But behind […]
  »  Young People in Latin America Face Stigma and Inequality
     Young people in Latin America now enjoy greater access to education. But in many cases their future is dim due to the lack of opportunities and the siren call of crime in a region where 167 million people are poor, and 71 million live in extreme poverty. ?We are concerned, even alarmed, at the situation […]
  »  Cuba and U.S. Skirt Obstacles to Normalisation of Ties
     The biggest discrepancies in the first meeting to normalise relations between Cuba and the United States, after more than half a century, were over the issue of human rights. But what stood out in the talks was a keen interest in forging ahead, in a process led by two women. After a meeting with representatives […]
  »  Forced Disappearances Are Humanitarian Crisis in Mexico
     The Mexican government will face close scrutiny from the United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances ? a phenomenon that made international headlines after 43 students from a rural teachers college were killed in September in Iguala, in a case that has not yet been fully clarified. Twenty-six human rights organisations have sent the U.N. Committee […]
  »  Prosecutor?s Death a Test for Argentine Democracy
     The death of a special prosecutor investigating one of the biggest unresolved mysteries in the history of Argentina, the bombing of a Jewish community centre over 20 years ago, has put to the test an immature democracy that is caught up in a web of conspiracy theories and promiscuity between the secret services and those […]
  »  The Bahamas? New Motto: ?Sand, Surf and Solar?
     When it comes to tourism in the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), The Bahamas — 700 islands sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off Florida — is a heavyweight. With a gross domestic product of eight billion dollars, the Bahamian economy is almost twice the size of Barbados, another of CARICOM?s […]
  »  OPINION-CUBA/US: Catching a Glimpse of the Possible Future
     All Cubans, on either side of the Florida Straits, but in places like Spain, France or Greenland ? where there must be a couple of Cubans – as well felt it was a historic moment that included each and every one of us, when U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 the normalisation of […]
  »  Caribbean Youth Ready to Lead on Climate Issues
     At 24 years old, Stefan Knights has never been on the side of those who are sceptical about the reality and severity of climate change. A Guyana native who moved to Trinidad in September 2013 to pursue his law degree at the Hugh Wooding Law School, Knights told IPS that his first-hand experience of extreme […]
  »  Cuban Diplomacy Looks Towards Both Brussels and Washington
     Cuba has decided to move ahead in its talks with the European Union towards an agreement on cooperation parallel to the negotiations aimed at normalising relations with the United States after more than half a century of hostility. As everyone?s attention is focused on the start of talks this week to restore diplomatic ties between […]
  »  OPINION: A New Era of Hemispheric Cooperation Is Possible
     Luis Almagro is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and a candidate for the Post of Secretary General of the OAS.
  »  OPINION: Cuba and the United States ? A New Era?
     In this column, Ricardo Alarcón, a former Cuban foreign minister and president of parliament, writes that U.S. President Barack Obama?s Dec. 17 speech changed the course of history by acknowledging the failure of his country?s anti-Cuba policy, reestablishing diplomatic ties, lifting all of the restrictions within his reach, proposing the complete elimination of the embargo and launching a new era in relations with Cuba. All in one single speech, which went beyond anyone?s predictions and took everyone by surprise.
  »  Electioneering Undermines Fight Against Crime in El Salvador
     The upcoming municipal and legislative elections in March and the hiring of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a kind of anti-crime tzar are not the best equation for bringing down El Salvador?s high murder rate, analysts say. Hopes that a national council set up by the government to tackle the problem of soaring […]
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