News headlines in January 2009, page 4

  1. POLITICS-US: Republican Benefactor Launches Comeback

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    While the alleged Ponzi scheme of New York investment manager Bernie Madoff has claimed significant chunks of the fortunes of a number of well-known charities, celebrities and not-so familiar millionaires, over the years another outfit appears to have left a trail of a different sort - the broken dreams of thousands of wannabe entrepreneurs who were left with garages full of dust-gathering products, motivational tapes and how-to-get-rich-quick books.

  2. ZIMBABWE: Unity Govt or Not, People Must Mobilise

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Following an extraordinary Summit of SADC heads of state in Pretoria on Jan. 26-27, it was announced that a unity government is to be formed in Zimbabwe, apparently resolving months of disagreement following a power-sharing agreement in September 2008.

  3. CLIMATE CHANGE: Tropical Forests Fight for Survival

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Current rates of deforestation suggest there will hardly be any tropical forests left in 20 years. Sixty percent of the rainforests, which survived for 50 million consecutive years, are already gone.

  4. POLITICS-US: Top Defence Chiefs Vow Focus on Afghanistan

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Both the top civilian and military leadership of the U.S. Department of Defence had busy days on Tuesday, fielding topically varied questions on their new policy priorities since President Barack Obama took office one week ago.

  5. MIDEAST: Not Quite a Political Ceasefire Between Hamas and Fatah

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah is looking increasingly problematic as the two groups exchange serious accusations of treason, torture and extra-judicial killings.

  6. IRAQ: Tentative Hope Rises Ahead of Elections

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    Uncertainty and tension are running high in Baghdad ahead of the provincial election due Jan. 31. But this time fears are also touched by a new hope.

  7. ECONOMY: 'Privatise Profits, Socialise Losses'

    Wednesday, January 28, 2009

    The Davos delegate seems short of faith this year about anyone's ability to save the world from the financial tsunami that the bosses have unleashed.

  8. Q&A: Bolivia Limits Size of Estates in Land Reform Struggle

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Voters in Bolivia, one of the countries with the highest concentration of land in the world, decided in Sunday’s referendum to limit the size of large landed estates, or 'latifundia', to 5,000 hectares.

  9. Q&A: 'The Crisis Has Proved Us Right'

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Thanks to the deepening global financial crisis, capitalism will never be the same again, according to the director of the Brazilian Institute of Social and Economic Analyses (IBase) and one of the main organisers of the World Social Forum (WSF), in an interview with Radio Tierra of Chile (a member of Amarc).

  10. SRI LANKA: India Speaks Up For Embattled Tamils

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    As humanitarian agencies warned of a major crisis unfolding in Sri Lanka, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee made a quick dash Colombo to extract promises concerning the safety of some 250,000 ethnic Tamils trapped in fighting between separatist rebels and government troops.