The civil disobedience campaign has so far led to almost 400 arrests. Credit: Kanya D

U.S.: New Oil Pipeline Sparks Civil Disobedience

On the tenth day of a protest wave that has been gaining momentum since Aug. 20 and will continue until Sep. 3, nearly 300 people gathered in Lafayette Park directly across from the White House in Washington D.C., chanting, "When I say 'tar sands', you say 'no!' When I say 'action', you say 'go!'"

Zim women stand up for their rights

Young women in Zimbabwe are taking steps to ensure that decisions around their bodies and sex become part of their human rights. Zukiswa Zimela reports

Women aim for representation in Mauritius government

A new study is showing that Mauritian women are making great strides toward representation in government. But Nasseem Ackbarally reports that there is a lot more to be done.

Bangladesh: Learning by Doing

Six year-old Moly scrubs and cleans her hand under a running water from a tap in her village here in Sirajgonj city, 110 kilometres north-west of the capital city Dhaka. The hands she proudly holds out are squeaky clean.

HIV-positive children in Muhanga, a village in Rwanda. Credit: Aimable Twahirwa/IPS

Neglected Diseases Group Seeking Child-Friendly AIDS Drugs

A scientific alliance in which developing countries are playing a key role has taken on the challenge of producing paediatric AIDS drugs, an area that is no longer a priority for pharmaceutical companies because mother-to-child transmission of HIV has virtually been eliminated in the industrialised world.

BURKINA FASO: Justice Campaigners Welcome Police Convictions for Fatal Beating

The conviction of three policemen for the February death of high school student Justin Zongo should be another building block in the struggle against impunity in Burkina Faso, say student leaders and human rights defenders.

Hariri Bombing Indictment Based on Flawed Premise

The indictment of four men linked to Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made public by the Special Tribunal on Lebanon Aug. 17 is questionable not because it is based on "circumstantial evidence", but because that evidence is based on a flawed premise.

SOUTH AMERICA: Leap in Mercosur Bloc Exports “Not Just Commodities”

The boom in exports from South America's Mercosur trade bloc is due not only to commodities sold to China and other large emerging economies, but also to industrial goods bound for other Latin American and Caribbean markets.

The wall in the Music Room at the historical Palace of Ali Qapu. Credit: Leonidas Ntilsizian/IPS.

IRAN: Music Finds a Voice in Tehran

The waiter at the coffee shop moves rapidly to the entrance for a quick glance outside. Within, a young Iranian musician has started to play the saxophone. He has five minutes to perform, he cannot risk a raid on the "guerrilla" location for a little music.

Ecobreves – HONDURAS: First Graduates in Environmental Risk Management

The first 68 specialists in natural disaster risk management, prevention and recovery have graduated from the public National University of Honduras, as part of efforts to build capacity in order to reduce the vulnerability of this Central American nation.

Ecobreves – BRAZIL: Forests Near Sugar Cane Fields Boost Carbon Capture

Preserving forests located in the midst of sugar cane plantations helps reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated by these monoculture plantations, according to a team of researchers at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Ecobreves – VENEZUELA: Oil Upgrading Plant Blamed for Health Problems

Soot from the coke and sulfur produced as byproducts of crude oil upgrading at the Jose industrial complex, in the eastern Venezuelan municipality of Peñalver, is polluting the air and affecting the health of humans, animals and plants in the surrounding areas, say local NGOs.

Petit-Goâve camp resident Louise Delva points to the riverbed which she and others use as an open latrine. - Courtesy of Haiti Grassroots Watch

Haiti: 'Abandoned Like Stray Dogs'

Hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the 2010 Haitian earthquake continue to endure horrific conditions in makeshift camps with little hope of improvement in sight, as revealed by this investigative report to which Tierramérica was given exclusive access.

AUSTRALIA: Refugee Centres Breed Mental Illness

Concern is growing for the mental health of thousands of people locked up indefinitely in this country’s immigration detention system.

Zim women stand up for their rights

Young women in Zimbabwe are taking steps to ensure that decisions around their bodies and sex become part of their human rights. Zukiswa Zimela reports.

U.N. Launches Campaign to Break Catch-22 of Statelessness

For the majority of the world’s population, citizenship is a fact of life, something so fundamental that the idea of not being citizen to any state seems unfathomable. Yet for 12 million people worldwide, ordinary life as most people expect it is impossible because they belong to no country and are thus deprived of basic rights.

First Federal Reserve Audit Reveals Trillions in Secret Bailouts

The first-ever audit of the U.S. Federal Reserve has revealed 16 trillion dollars in secret bank bailouts and has raised more questions about the quasi-private agency’s opaque operations.

Egyptians rejoice after release. Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS.

LIBYA: When Caught in the Crossfire

Thousands have been caught in the Libyan fighting – people neither with Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s forces, or with the rebels. Ayman Agamy Abdelgawad, an Egyptian released from Tripoli’s Abdu Selim prison, shares his experiences with IPS. He narrates his experience below:

Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Credit: Rebecca Murray/IPS.

Female Trafficking Soars in Iraq

Rania was 16 years old when officials raped her during Saddam Hussein’s 1991 crackdown in Iraq’s Shia south. "My brothers were sentenced to death, and the price to stop this was to offer my body," she says.

MEXICO: Games that Kill

Experts and activists are calling for the reinstatement of the ban on casinos in Mexico, saying they foment not only problem gambling but also links to organised crime. The debate was revived after at least 52 people were killed in a fire set by armed men in the Casino Royale in Monterrey.

Flushing toilets bring hope to Zambian slum

Only about one in four Zambians has access to clean water and sanitation. But a new water scheme in a settlement near Lusaka is bringing hope to thousands of residents who still depend on pit latrines.

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