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Government, Opposition in Televised Group Therapy in Venezuela

By Humberto Márquez for IPS CARACAS, Apr 12 2014 (IPS) - Government and opposition leaders in Venezuela held a nationally televised debate as a first step to working towards solutions for the economic, social and political crisis marked by over two months of protests. The demonstrations and the crackdown have cost 41 lives, including those of seven police officers, and left 600 injured and 2,300 arrested – ...

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UNASUR Foreign Ministers Continue Peace Talks in Venezuela

Caracas, Apr 7 (Prensa Latina) Foreign Ministers from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) will continue peace talks today and tomorrow in support of the National Conference promoted by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The eight UNASUR foreign ministers will continue to follow up on work completed March 25-26, when they met with different sectors of the Venezuelan society as part of the country' ...

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Manifesto: We want to be happy and walk in the favela where we were born

For decades the State has not recognized the favela as an integral part of the city, denying favela residents their basic rights. Today, after three years of public security occupation in Complexo de Alemão, we see that the path to the guarantee of our civil rights is still long, as the branch of the State that most enters the favela is the armed branch. Pacification does not exist without schools, pacifica ...

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In Bolivia, being a journalist and organizer go together

Marta Molina for Waging Nonviolence Susana Pacara, one of the founders of Radio Lachiwana in Cochabamba, Bolivia, believes that communication work is a key part of the defense of territory. She doesn’t mean this in an abstract way. Over the years, Pacara has fought the privatization of water, the construction of mega highways and the attacks on the rights of coca growers. She’s braved tear gas and repressio ...

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Q&A: “Bolivia Marked the Start of a Major Indigenous Awakening”

Marianela Jarroud interviews Álvaro García Linera, vice president of Bolivia for IPS SANTIAGO, Mar 31 2014 (IPS) - He describes himself as someone who was drawn to Marxism as a result of his commiseration with the plight of indigenous people in his country, and he is considered one of the most influential Latin American thinkers of the 21st century. Álvaro García Linera, 51, is seen as the “right hand man” ...

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Celebration on The Mountain

This event detailed below from the pen of long time activist and friend of Silo is of particular relevance to Pressenza as an international press agency because this agency was founded by members of the Humanist Movement whose origins are stated in the writing here. The text by Ernesto de Casas (Tito) follows (Editors): Next May 4, 2014 , we will celebrate again the Day of Testimony, the anniversary of  tha ...

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Brazil Parliament to Vote Tuesday on New Internet Regulations

Brasilia, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Despite agreement reached regarding Internet regulations in Brazil, President of the Chamber of Deputies Henrique Eduardo Alves has postponed the vote until next Tuesday. Several groups were pleased with the changes to the proposal, presented four years ago, but reinforced after reports of espionage in Brazil by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Justice minister José ...

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Maduro Calls Opposition Students to Peace Conference

Caracas, Mar 13 (Prensa Latina) Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro called opposition university students to attend the establishment of a Student Youth Chapter of the National Peace Conference, in full development in various sectors and regions of the country. Repeatedly, the Head of State called the right-wing students to hold talks and now the agreement is conditioned that the meeting between the preside ...

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Brazilian Innovation for Under-financed Mozambican Agriculture

By Amos Zacarias for IPS MAPUTO, Mar 12 2014 (IPS) - Some of the technological excellence that revolutionised Brazil’s tropical agriculture is reaching small producers in Mozambique. But it is not enough to compensate for the underfinancing of the sector. Last year, Erasmo Laldás, a 37-year-old farmer who has worked for 15 years in Namaacha, a village 75 kilometres from Mozambique’s capital Maputo, planted ...

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Mexico: Economic violence against women

Latinamerica Press Almost half of all women over 15 years-old in Mexico have been victims of violence by their partner, according to the 2011 Dynamics of Domestic Relationships national survey of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI). “Family violence can be manifested in different ways. The important thing is to learn to identify [them], distinguishing the sporadic incidents of bad moo ...

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