The Chilean Spring

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It is spring in the Southern hemisphere. But in Chile, this spring is different - Santiago, 29 October ‘Chile has woken up’  is one of the most popular slogans in the recent eruption of social unrest in the country. It has been fêted as the most prosperous country of Latin America, a model, and most...

Water for Life

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On 22 March, World Water Day, CONIC, Christian Aid and CREAS launched an online training course for faith communities in Brazil: 'Water for Life. The idea for this came from the Alternative World Water Forum 2018. Water is part of the Creation, and as such, it needs to be protected and cared for, like...

Senators’ New Clothes

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Argentina’s Senate voted 38 to 31 to reject the law to decriminalise abortion in the early hours of August 9. Outside the Congress building, two million people gathered in the streets to remind Senators that public opinion has already been won over to the state taking responsibility for the deaths of women caused by illegal and unsafe abortions. Inside the...

Brazil’s sea of mud

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With the bursting of a dam full of iron ore tailings and other toxic metals in Minas Gerais state, Brazil is facing one its most serious environmental disasters ever.
With Brazil in political disarray, the agribusiness lobby is seeking gain approval from Congress for the Terminator seeds, that is, seeds genetically modified to be sterile. This would entail a huge risk for the country's precious biodiversity.
Work to help children who face malnutrition in one of the many communities of families displaced during the country's armed conflict.
While there are great business opportunities for fracking, many are concerned about the cost to the environment and to people’s health.

Mega-events and prostitution

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The main danger of violence to sex-workers during major sporting events is from the police, not the punters.
As the BRICS countries prepare for their summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, foreign policy (e.g. Syria) and a BRICS bank head the agenda as the new group comes of age.
Across Mexico and Central America cell-phones bring benefits and some dangers, especially for women.

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