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Bulletin 3 December 2009

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HONDURAS: PARLIAMENT VOTES AGAINST ZELAYA’S REINSTATEMENT ♦ SEVERE FLOODS AFFECT URUGUAY ♦ HUMAN RIGHTS SCANDAL LEADS CHILE TO CANCEL CELEBRATIONS ♦  BRAZIL’S INDUSTRY GROWS ♦  ENVIRONMENTALIST DEMANDS PROT

Brazil and the World Financial Crisis

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In mid-December João Pedro Stédile, one of the national leaders of MST, took part in a debate about the world financial crisis and its implications for Brazil. Here are some extracts from his contribution, as reported in the Brazilian newspaper, Br

The Landless Workers’ Movement

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Now and then there emerges somewhere in the world a social movement that is really exceptional for its integrity, astuteness and mass appeal. For me one of those rare movements is Brazil's  Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST)/the Landles

Is Climate Change Hitting Brazil?

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In recent months Brazil has suffered from a series of what used to be known as ‘unusual climatic events’ -- severe droughts in the south, flooding in the Amazon and torrential rain in the northeast. A small town in the interior of the north

Fate of The Cuban Five Lies With US Supreme Court

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The US government is attempting to influence the Supreme Court’s decision next week about whether to review the sentences of five Cuban men imprisoned in the US since 1998 for ‘conspiracy’ to spy after a highly politicised trial in Mi

Celebration of Sexual Diversity in Havana

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On Saturday 16 May, Mariela Castro, daughter of the Cuban President Raul Castro, led a celebration of gay rights and sexual diversity in the centre of Havana. Mariela is Director of the Cuban National Centre for Sex Education and a long-standing activi

New Literacy Program for Honduras

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In December 2008, Bolivia was declared to be 'free from illiteracy' - the third country to do so in Latin American and the Caribbean after Cuba and Venezuela. Now Honduras is set to achieve the same landmark within the next ten months... This a

El Salvador Election Results

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The news coverage calls it a turning point in the history of El Salvador.

Revised Forecasts for Future of Amazon

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Leading scientists meeting in Copenhagen in mid-March have produced highly alarming forecasts about the future of the Amazon forest.

Climate Change Study on Patagonia

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You've heard about rich people buying land in Patagonia, acquiring getaways in an expanse seemingly removed from the climate woes of the planet (well, aside from the ozone hole right over it).

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