News headlines in January 2009, page 5

  1. AUSTRALIA: Complicit in East Timor Occupation - Records

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Recently declassified government records from 1978 are a further indictment of Australia’s complicity in Indonesia’s 24-year occupation of East Timor.

  2. POLITICS: Gaza Tensions Shadow U.N. Holocaust Ceremony

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    The president of the United Nations General Assembly was a last-minute no-show at the U.N.'s annual ceremony commemorating the Holocaust, following an intense lobbying campaign by pro-Israel organisations to have him removed from the programme.

  3. POLITICS-US: Is Gates Undermining Another Opening to Iran?

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    When U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates accused Iran of 'subversive activity' in Latin America Tuesday, it raised the question whether he is trying to discourage President Barack Obama from abandoning the hard line policy of coercive diplomacy toward Iran he has favoured for nearly three decades.

  4. MIDEAST: Obama's Quick Start Raises Hopes

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    A series of unexpectedly swift moves to begin addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict taken by Barack Obama in the week since he was sworn in as the U.S. president is being hailed by many regional specialists here who were deeply frustrated by George W. Bush's relative indifference and virtually unconditional support for Israel.

  5. WORLD SOCIAL FORUM: 'Wake Up, World!' - SOS from the Amazon

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    A human banner made up of more than 1,000 people, seen and photographed from the air, sent the message 'SOS Amazon' to the world, in the first action taken by indigenous people hours before the opening in northern Brazil on Tuesday of the 2009 World Social Forum (WSF).

  6. DEVELOPMENT: Urgent Aid Sought for Victims of 'Silent' Crises

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    The United Nations children's agency UNICEF said Tuesday that it must raise over a billion dollars this year to meet the basic needs of women and children in disaster zones worldwide, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

  7. US-EUROPE: Few Welcome Mats for Guantanamo Detainees

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    International human rights groups have expressed mixed reactions to the European Union's lukewarm pledge to accept some detainees from U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay once the facility closes.

  8. RIGHTS-ETHIOPIA: Strangling Criticism

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    The Ethiopian parliament has voted into law a controversial bill which bars any civil society organisation receiving more than 10 percent of its funding from foreign sources from engaging in human rights issues.

  9. ZIMBABWE: Government Scheme to Access Forex Blocks Small Business

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    The ZANU-PF government’s efforts to gain access to foreign exchange (also known as forex) by imposing an expensive licensing system on Zimbabwean enterprises, enforced with the threat of prosecution, is undermining one of the last remaining means of survival in the collapsing country.

  10. THAILAND: Don Challenges Lese-Majeste Law - Risks Jail Term

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    In a country where the culture encourages people to bow, worship and even grovel before authority, Giles Ungpakorn has always been an exception.