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Cry for Argentina: Fiscal Mismanagement, Odious Debt or Pillage?

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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 […]

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U.S. Waives Sanctions on Myanmar Timber

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Civil society groups are split over a decision by the U.S. government to waive sanctions on Myanmar’s timber sector for one year. The decision, which went into effect late last month, is being hailed by some as an opportunity for community-led and sustainability initiatives to take root in Myanmar, where lucrative forestry revenues have long […]

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Brazil’s “Dalai Lama of the Rainforest” Faces Death Threats

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
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 […]

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East Africa Breaks the Silence on Menstruation to Keep Girls in School

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
When Peninah Mamayi got her period last January, she was scared, confused and embarrassed. But like thousands of other girls in the developing world who experience menarche having no idea what menstruation is, Mamayi, who lives with her sister-in-law in a village in Tororo, eastern Uganda, kept quiet. “When I went to the toilet I had […]

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U.S. Urged to Put Development Aid over Border Security

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Posted by admin 17 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
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. […]

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Adaptation Gaps Mean African Farmers Fork Out More Money for Reduced Harvests

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In Cameroon’s Northwest Region, Judith Muma walks 9km from her home to her 300-square-metre farm. The vegetables she grows here are flourishing thanks to the money she has borrowed from her njangi (thrift group) and a local credit union to finance a small artisanal irrigation scheme. “I spend more money today buying farm implements such as water tanks, […]

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One Woman’s Struggle to Find the Right Contraceptive

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Beatrice Njeri had just come home from her job as a janitor at a primary school in Nairobi. It was August 2009. Arriving home earlier than usual, the married mother of two found her husband waiting for her in their shanty at Kisumu Ndogo, in the sprawling Kibera slums. He had just discovered he was […]

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Abuse of Older Women Overlooked and Underreported

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A veteran women’s rights activist, Patricia Brownell was still taken aback by the prevalence of abuse against older women she discovered during dozens of conversations she and her colleagues had with victims. They found that for every one official report of abuse made by agencies in New York State, there are 23 self-reports, with the […]

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