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IPS, civil society's leading news agency, is an independent voice from the South and for development, delving into globalisation for the stories underneath.
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ARGENTINA: Turning Wasteland into Woodland

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 07:04
In Santiago del Estero, one of the Argentine provinces hit hardest by deforestation and desertification, an oasis of native tree species is being created to restore the soil and entice back farmers who were forced to leave their land.

ANGOLA: Changing More than Policies

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 06:39
She may have been little-known in political circles until now, but by putting herself forward as the first female independent presidential candidate, Luisete Macedo Araújo (50) has thrust herself into the limelight.

Israeli Concessions on Gaza Fall Short of a New Policy

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 04:01
Israel's announcement Thursday that it would ease the restrictions on goods entering Gaza has been received by NGOs and the international community as a move in the right direction, but as not going far enough in lifting the Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip.

Swiss Plan to Gag Refugees

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 03:39
Only two years after its last revision, the Swiss Asylum Act is about to be 'reformed' again. The changes include a gag order on political activism for asylum-seekers and a modification of the concept of a refugee.

RIGHTS-SINGAPORE: Hung Up on the Death Penalty

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 03:32
"The strict laws in Singapore have been made fun of, but crime, especially serious ones like murder and drug trafficking, are no laughing matter," said Ivan Tan, a 24-year-old undergraduate.

EU Considering Aid to Israeli Military

Wed, 06/23/2010 - 02:13
A leading Israeli supplier of warplanes used to kill and maim civilians in Gaza is in the running for two new scientific research grants from the European Union.

Israel Navigates Between Inquiries

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 23:32
Israel's easing of its land blockade of Gaza is unlikely to lessen international pressure for a change in its policies towards the Palestinians. Nor can Israel be expected to give up its battle to undermine Hamas' control of the Gaza Strip.

CHINA: Feeling Lost, ‘Homowives’ Often Struggle Alone

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 21:20
Wang Yibing had been married three years before she found out her husband was gay. He had known all along, yet, like many homosexual men in China, had chosen to enter into a traditional marriage to reduce the pressure he was feeling from his family and society.

INDIA: Farmers Push Comeback of ‘Cereal of the Poor’

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 19:03
Eshwarappa Banakar has been a farmer most of his adult life, but these days he has also turned banker – banker of seeds, that is, and especially of millet strains.

LIBYA: Death Penalty Falls Heavily on Migrants

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 18:10
The Libyan government handed over 276 prisoners to authorities from neighbouring Niger on Jun. 17. But none of the dozen or more Nigeriens facing the death sentence in Libya were among them.

ENERGY: Brazilian Dams in Peru's Jungle, to Supply Brazil

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 17:01
An energy deal that Peru and Brazil signed this week in the Amazon city of Manaus in Brazil is opposed by environmentalists and local indigenous communities in Peru where the planned hydroelectric dams will be built. What is at stake?

UNDP Unveils Agenda to Spur Anti-Poverty Goals

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 16:26
After an economic assessment of some 50 countries, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) has come up with a "concrete action agenda" to accelerate progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Critical Media Hit by Legal Actions in Venezuela

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 16:17
Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of the Globovisión television channel has fled Venezuela to avoid an arrest warrant issued by a court a week after President Hugo Chávez complained that Zuloaga was not being held in prison pending trials for illegal business practices, and for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president.

Obama Still Globally Popular, But Doubts Grow in Muslim World

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 16:09
While U.S. President Barack Obama has largely retained huge popularity among most of the world's publics, disillusionment with his leadership appears to have set in throughout much of the Islamic world, according to the latest annual survey of global public opinion by the Washington-based Pew Research Centre released here Thursday.

LATIN AMERICA: Photos a Leveller for Maids and Their Employers

Tue, 06/22/2010 - 14:07
Fifty pairs of women -- maids and their employers -- from Argentina, Chile and Colombia abandoned their daily routines to pose for photographs for a project about the hierarchical relationship that unites them.

PAKISTAN: Women Intensify Push to Pass Law Against Acid Attacks

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 03:22
KARACHI, Pakistan, May 31 (IPS) - Almost seven years after Naila Farhat, 20, became another victim of an acid throwing attack by a spurned suitor, she is finally seeing more vigorous efforts toward the passage of a law seeking to amend existing legislation to reinforce protection of women against violent assaults.

Young People Blurring Borders

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 03:22
RIO DE JANEIRO, May 30 (IPS) - Incorporating young people into the task of fostering understanding between people of various cultural and religious backgrounds is one of the four priority areas of the Alliance of Civilisations.

PAKISTAN: Lake Disaster Triggers New Displacements

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 03:22
KARACHI, Pakistan, May 30 (IPS) - Up until Saturday the Attabad Lake in northern Pakistan had been rising one metre every day and was thus on the verge of breaking its banks, observed Lieutenant General Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Taking Stock of the International Criminal Court

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 03:22
KAMPALA, May 30 (IPS) - The first Review Conference of the International Criminal Court will open in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, on May 31. The conference is the first opportunity to propose amendments to the treaty that established the ICC, the Rome Statute, and to assess the implementation and impact of the ICC.

Difficult Times Call for Dangerous Jobs

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 03:22
GAZA CITY, May 30 (IPS) - Life can be hard working in these tunnels, and it is always at risk. But many have no choice but to work in them, particularly since mid-2007, when Israel and Egypt, with the help of the international community, imposed a siege of staggering severity on the 1.5 million humans in the Gaza Strip.