News headlines in March 2009, page 5

  1. U.S.: Obama Affirms New Focus on Afghanistan, Pakistan

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    In what marks a significant escalation in U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Barack Obama Friday outlined what he called a 'comprehensive, new strategy' for the two countries to fight al Qaeda and its local allies.

  2. MINING-AFRICA: Help Yourself, There's Plenty

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    The African continent is rich in natural resources; but the terms under which multinational companies exploit these resources mean that governments - and Africa’s people - enjoy only a tiny fraction of the benefits.

  3. MIDEAST: Path to Peace Needs New Realism on All Sides

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    With Benjamin Netanyahu now close to announcing his government line-up in Israel, the issue of whether and how to include Hamas in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking is moving to the top of the Middle East agenda.

  4. ECONOMY: Entwined with U.S., Canada Tries to Minimise Exposure

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has no choice but to project optimism about his nation's ability to pull out of the economic recession by next year, although various economists and a former central bank chairman have all offered grimmer forecasts that the downturn will persist for a longer period.

  5. Q&A: ‘‘Arms Deal Scandal Threatens Democracy in South Africa’’

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) vilified politician and former anti-apartheid trade unionist Patricia de Lille when she made allegations about graft in the country’s notorious multi-billion dollar deal with British, French, Italian, German and Swedish arms manufacturers back in 1999.

  6. MIDEAST-US: Freezing Out Hamas No Longer Viable, Pundits Say

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    A new report from a New York-based think tank and delivered to U.S. President Barack Obama by a signatory who is also a current adviser recommends that Washington forcefully reinsert itself into the Palestinian-Israeli peace process, calling for 'a more pragmatic approach to Hamas.'

  7. Q&A: Cambodians Look Beyond Khmer Rouge Trials

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    While the trial of the notorious jailor of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime is expected to break new legal ground in Cambodia, justice is not all that people here expect to come out of the war crimes tribunal.

  8. EAST TIMOR: Case Backlog Worries New Prosecutor General

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    East Timor’s new prosecutor general, Ana Pessoa, says that she is ready to 'strengthen’’ her office through ‘’first of all trying to understand why there are so many pending cases'.

  9. POLITICS-MALAYSIA: New PM Must Overcome Credibility Deficit

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi steps down this month, forced out by powerful factions in the ruling United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) that feared his liberal policies and compromising ways with political opponents who wish to dismantle rule by an entrenched elite.

  10. /CORRECTED REPEAT*/US-MEXICO: Clinton Visit Has Aura of Drug Intervention

    Thursday, March 26, 2009

    The Barack Obama administration announced this week that it will augment already massive foreign aid to its southern neighbour in a bid to help Mexico fight cartels smuggling drugs into the U.S., as well as sending a series of high-level U.S. officials to Mexico to consult with their counterparts.