Archive | March, 2010

From Copenhagen to Cochabamba

Posted on 31 March 2010 by editor

Credit: Paulino Menenzes/IPS TerraViva

By Franz Chávez

LA PAZ, Mar 30, 2010 (IPS TerraViva) – A different way of fighting global warming will be tried out in the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba when government representatives and thousands of activists gather for the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth. Continue Reading

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De Copenhague a Cochabamba

Posted on 30 March 2010 by editor

Credit: Nasseem Ackbarally/IPS TerraViva

Por Franz Chávez

LA PAZ, mar (IPS TerraViva) – Un nuevo modo de luchar contra el calentamiento global se probará en la central ciudad boliviana de Cochabamba, cuando la Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre el Cambio Climático y los Derechos de la Madre Tierra reúna a gobernantes y a miles de activistas del planeta. Continue Reading

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“Reclaim Control over EPA Talks”

Posted on 29 March 2010 by editor

A slogan seen on t-shirts at the meeting. Credit: Servaas van den Bosch/IPS TerraViva

By Servaas van den Bosch

WINDHOEK, Mar 29, 2010 (IPS TerraViva) – Southern African governments must regain control over the negotiations on the trade deals known as economic partnership agreements (EPAs). Issues earmarked as deal-breakers should be resolved before talks to a full EPA are continued. These include limiting the EPA to a goods-only agreement and the EU dropping its demand for reciprocity. Continue Reading

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Mega-Inequality in Urban Mega-Regions

Posted on 27 March 2010 by editor

Polluted river by a shanty town in Argentina. Credit: Courtesy UN-HABITAT

By Fabiana Frayssinet and Mario Osava

RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 26, 2010 (IPS) – Basic services that are collapsing or non-existent, overcrowding, pollution: these are big-city problems that are compounded in developing countries by poverty and inequality. Continue Reading

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Cuando urbanización no es progreso

Posted on 26 March 2010 by editor

Arroyo contaminado fluye junto a una "villa miseria" de Argentina

Por Fabiana Frayssinet y Mario Osava

RÍO DE JANEIRO, 25 mar (IPS TerraViva) – Colapso o déficit de servicios básicos, hacinamiento, contaminación. Son problemas de las grandes ciudades que, en los países en desarrollo, lejos de resolverse se acentúan por otro mal: la pobreza y la desigualdad. Continue Reading

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Whither African Cotton Producers After Brazil’s Success?

Posted on 26 March 2010 by editor

Credit: Louise Redvers/IPS TerraViva

By Isolda Agazzi

GENEVA, Mar 23 , 2010 (IPS) – African cotton-producing countries hope that Brazil’s intended retaliation after its success at the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) dispute settlement body will have a positive spin-off for them but seem reticent about pursuing a similar course of action against the U.S. for its continued use of subsidies in cotton production. Continue Reading

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Bringing the Multicoloured Soul of the Favela to Life

Posted on 24 March 2010 by editor

Favela homes. Credit: Nate Cull

By Fabiana Frayssinet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 24, 2010 (IPS) – The “favelas” or shanty towns of Brazil are a uniform red ochre, the colour of unplastered brick walls. But two visual artists from the Netherlands want to paint them every colour under the sun, a facelift intended to showcase the colourful soul of these poverty-stricken neighbourhoods. Continue Reading

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Fewer Slum Dwellers Thanks to Upgrading

Posted on 24 March 2010 by editor

Favela Dona Marta, Rio de Janeiro, seen from Corcovado. Credit: Brian Snelson

By Fabiana Frayssinet

RIO DE JANEIRO, Mar 22, 2010 (IPS) – A United Nations report published ahead of the Fifth World Urban Forum in Brazil says the proportion of the population of this country living in “favelas” or shantytowns was reduced 16 percent between 2000 and 2010. Continue Reading

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Bangkok Protesters Tap Rural Protest Strategy

Posted on 23 March 2010 by editor

Credit: Sujane Kanparit/IPS

By Marwaan Macan-Markar

THUNG PHRA, Thailand, Mar 22, 2010 (IPS) – Once a stronghold of Thailand’s banned communist party, this north-east rural outpost has been drawing a different kind of people railing against the political order set in the capital Bangkok. Continue Reading

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The Decline of Social Democracy

Posted on 15 March 2010 by editor

Ignacio Ramonet

By Ignacio Ramonet (*)

PARIS, Mar (IPS TerraViva) Ideas die too. The cemetery of political parties overflows with the remains of organisations that at one time ignited passions and roused multitudes but are now relegated to oblivion. Who in Europe today agrees with Radicalism, though it was one of the most important political forces (centre-left) of the second half of the 19th century? Or Anarchism? Or Stalinist Communism? What happened to these formidable mass movements that in their day could mobilise millions of workers and peasant farmers? Were they just passing fashions?
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