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  • May 7, 2013

    AlterNet features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Antiwar.com features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Environmentalists Against War features article “A Legacy of Rogues in Afghanistan”

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    The Albany Tribune features article “It's Time to Delist Cuba”

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  • May 6, 2013

    The Albany Tribune features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Peninsula Peace and Justice Center features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Common Dreams features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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    Descrier features article “The U.S. and Chemical Weapons: No Leg to Stand On”

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  • May 3, 2013

    Inter Press Service

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    Others suggest that this data could inadvertently paint an unduly rosy picture – and one that may not be filtering down to all of a country’s inhabitants.

    “Countries are now in the midst of this global recession, facing really desperate conditions, so even in a country where you have growth, this growth is coming primarily from extractive industries, particularly oil, gas and mining,” Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank here, told IPS.

    “So the successes on this list only represent the ‘one percent’, the elites who are benefiting. So for the World Bank to highlight that these countries are meeting at least one of the MDGs seems a bit superficial – remember, there are eight goals.”

    . . . The alternative, she says, would create the space for national governments in developing countries to more actively choose their own development paths. This would include ensuring that those countries maintain the ability to protect particularly valuable sectors.

    Countries with large rural populations and agriculture potential, for instance, need to be able to focus on creating opportunities for smallholder farmers to maintain their livelihoods.

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