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WSF: Dakar to Dhaka

Posted on 05 February 2011 by editor

Mass protest against an asbestos processing plant in Muzzaffarpur, Bihar state. Credit:Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI)

By Ranjit Devraj

New Delhi, Feb 5, 2011 (IPS) – Is it more important to build links with African civil society groups or concentrate on existing networks in the South Asian region? That is the dilemma before Indian delegates heading for the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, and some who have opted out.
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Same Old System Can Only Produce New Crisis

Posted on 05 February 2011 by admin

Tens of thousands marched on the G20 in 2009 to demand they Put People First. Credit: courtesy JDC/Kim Conway

Busani Bafana interviews NICK DEARDEN, director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign

LONDON, Feb 5 (IPS/TerraViva) – The world is in financial crisis thanks to the reckless behaviour of bankers, say campaigners, yet ordinary people are picking up the tab. Debt activists fear the recession will provide cover for a fresh round of toxic debt to countries in the South. Continue Reading

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MEXICO: Fasting for Life in Land of Death

Posted on 04 February 2011 by editor

Fast and ecumenical ceremony at the Benito Ju√°rez monument. Credit:Daniela Pastrana/IPS

By Daniela Pastrana

CIUDAD JU√ĀREZ, Mexico, Feb 3, 2011 (IPS) – “The moral reserve of this country is low. People have let too many things happen without taking to the streets‚Ķand they continue to let them go by,” peace activist Pietro Ameglio told IPS in this Mexican border city.
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WSF: Poverty without Borders

Posted on 03 February 2011 by editor

Activists at the opening march of the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit on Jun. 22, 2010. Credit:Courtesy of USSF photo stream

By Andrea Lunt

NEW YORK, Feb 3, 2011 (IPS/TerraViva) – It’s the land of freedom, of bright lights and burgers, where daring entrepreneurs arrive from across the planet in search of fame and fortune. The United States of America – the world’s melting pot – has been a symbol of hope for centuries, but behind this vision of wealth and wonder is a tale often untold.
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EGYPT: Unrest Spreads to Sinai

Posted on 01 February 2011 by editor

A lone soldier is no threat to a crowd in Cairo. Credit:Mohammed Omer

By Mohammed Omer

SINAI, Feb 1, 2011 (IPS) – A Bedouin youth casually spreads out a piece of cloth before a police headquarters in Sheikh Zwayyed town in Sinai, the vast desert area to the east of Cairo across the Suez. “I will leave when Mubarak leaves,” he says.
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Free Primary Education – If You Can Afford It

Posted on 20 January 2011 by editor

Students at Motshane Primary School, Mbabane. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi/IPS

MBABANE, Jan 19, 2011 (IPS) – The new school year opened with hope – and hunger – in Swaziland this week: an estimated 140,000 orphans and vulnerable children are among the small, eager faces in the mountain kingdom’s classrooms. Poverty and the AIDS pandemic threaten to make an early mark on the next generation.
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Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help

Posted on 17 January 2011 by editor

Cherri Foytlin, co-founder of Gulf Change, at a rally at the state capital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 2010. Credit:Erika Blumenfeld

By Dahr Jamail

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, Jan 14, 2011 (IPS) – In an emotionally charged meeting this week sponsored by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, fishermen, Gulf residents and community leaders vented their increasingly grave concerns about the widespread health issues brought on by the three-month-long disaster.
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Egypt Is Not Tunisia, But…

Posted on 12 January 2011 by editor

By Emad Mekay

CAIRO, Jan 15, 2011 (IPS) – “Where can I find a Tunisian flag?” The question flooded Egyptian blogs, tweeter and Facebook pages minutes after news that popular protests had forced out long-time Tunisian dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali.
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HAITI: January 12, 2011 and Us

Posted on 11 January 2011 by editor

Dark clouds from Hurricane Tomas, which buffeted Haiti in November, loom over a tent camp in Port-au-Prince. Credit:UN Photo/Logan Abassi

By Ericq Pierre*

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 7, 2011 (IPS) – The anniversary of the earthquake is on Jan. 12. Never before had Haiti seen so many victims from a single catastrophe in so short a time. Never had Haitians experienced such solidarity, nor received so much attention from abroad and from the international community.
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U.S.-TUNISIA: Obama Applauds People, Urges Calm

Posted on 11 January 2011 by editor

By Jim Lobe*

WASHINGTON, Jan 14, 2011 (IPS) – Several hours after Tunisian President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled his country in the face of massive protests, U.S. President Barack Obama applauded “the courage and dignity of the Tunisian people” and appealed for calm and “free and fair elections in the near future”.
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