News headlines in March 2009, page 3

  1. NAMIBIA: Gender Legislation Futile If Not Implemented

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Namibian women’s rights activists say existing gender legislation has failed to improve women’s lives because it is not being implemented widely enough. Last August, Namibia signed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) gender protocol but politicians have yet to ratify it.

  2. POLITICS: Peacekeepers-for-Hire? Not so Fast, Critics Warn

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Is the U.N. willing to emulate the U.S. model of engaging private defence and security firms in dealing with issues of war and peace?

  3. MEXICO: Hints of Sustainability at Cancún Resorts

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Antonio Moreno is the banquet manager of a four star hotel in the south-eastern Mexican resort city of Cancún, but for more than a year his duties have included digging through the trash.

  4. CAMBODIA: Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Limits placed on a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in prosecuting surviving leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime may not prevent revelations about international actors linked to Cambodia's dark period.

  5. ECONOMY: High Stakes, Modest Outlook for G20

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Talks on the global economic crisis, to be held Thursday, could prove a timely reminder of the perils of hype.

  6. EGYPT: Camp David Accord Unacceptable to Many

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Egyptian and Israeli officials celebrated the anniversary of the Camp David peace agreement last week. The agreement normalised relations between the two former adversaries 30 years earlier on Mar. 26. Opposition leaders, however, are calling for a suspension of the treaty, which they say fails to serve Egyptian interests.

  7. EUROPE: Financial Crisis Takes Political Toll

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    The weak governments in Hungary and the Czech Republic have fallen, raising questions on the future of liberal economic reform and the influence of the U.S., the European Union and Russia in the region.

  8. MIDEAST: All Change, and Nothing Changes

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    In the Middle East this week it's all change. In fact, it's all diplomatic stasis. Neither Monday's Arab League summit in Doha nor Tuesday's induction of a new Israeli government in Jerusalem is likely to break or even ease the conflict deadlock that grips the region.

  9. WORLD: Investors Eyeing South-South Trade to Help End Crisis

    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Despite the challenges that the global economic crisis poses to Africa and other developing regions in the southern hemisphere, South-South trade still offers huge opportunities as there is room for growth beyond the current levels.

  10. MIDEAST: US Overtures to Iran Must Wait - Analysts

    Sunday, March 29, 2009

    While most countries in the world welcome Washington’s conciliatory message towards Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are sceptical about an appropriate response from their neighbour.