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From Punta del Este to Panama, the End of Cuba’s Isolation

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U.S. President Barack Obama was only four days old when Comandante Ernesto “Che” Guevara publicly castigated the United States’ policy of hostility toward Cuba at an inter-American summit, reiterated then Prime Minister Fidel Castro’s willingness to resolve differences through dialogue on an equal footing, and held secret conversations with a Washington envoy. More than half […]

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In Bangladesh, Gender Equality Comes on the Airwaves

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Judging by how often they make headlines, one might be tempted to believe that women in Bangladesh don’t play a major role in this country’s affairs. A recent media monitoring survey by the non-governmental organisation Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha (BNPS) revealed that out of 3,361 news items studied over a two-month period, “Only 16 percent […]

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At Least 18 Already Killed in Yarmouk Attacks: Amnesty International

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
At least 18 civilians have already been killed in the attack on the Syrian refugee camp of Yarmouk, according to Amnesty International. The Palestinian refugee camp, on the outskirts of Damascus, was besieged by members of the so-called Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra last week. By Apr. 4, the Syrian Observatory for Human […]

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U.N. Rapporteur Calls for Action on Discrimination of Roma

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Posted by admin 12 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The United Nations rapporteur for minorities has anti-Roma and anti-‘Gypsy’ bias in her sights. Apr. 8 marked International Roma Day, and United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Rita Izsák used the occasion to call for greater action on stamping out bias against Roma. “Discrimination and racism against Roma come in many different forms, ranging […]

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College Massacre Throws Up Questions about Kenya’s Security

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Posted by admin 14 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
In a prepared speech after the murder of dozens of Kenyans at Garissa University College, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a national war on terror. “This is a war against Kenya and Kenyans,” he said over the weekend. “It is a war that every one of us must fight.” It was a speech he gave in […]

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Environmental Terrorism Cripples Palestinian Farmers

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Posted by admin 14 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
“Exactly which olive trees do you want to see? The Israeli settlers have cut down thousands. Can you be more specific?” asked the taxi driver, telling IPS that he wished to remain anonymous. About a week ago, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Mezad, in the southern West Bank near the city of Hebron, […]

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Landmine Threats Down, IED Threats Rising

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
Almost 90 percent of recent deaths or serious injuries to United Nations peacekeepers in Mali have been attributed to improvised explosive devices (IEDs), a U.N. panel has heard. Ahead of International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on April 4, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is this week hosting a […]

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Curbing Tobacco Use – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

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Posted by admin 18 days ago (http://www.ipsnews.net)
The numbers are in, and there’s not much to celebrate: every year, about six million people die as a result of tobacco use, including 600,000 who succumb to the effects of second-hand smoke. Whether consumed by smoking or through other means, tobacco is a deadly business, and while usage statistics vary drastically across countries, time […]

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