News headlines in April 2009

  1. MEXICO: Swine Flu Fears Take Toll on Pork Industry

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Esther de Anda has stopped eating pork since the appearance of swine flu in Mexico. 'They say there’s no problem in eating it, but for now I prefer fish or chicken,' the homemaker told IPS.

  2. AUSTRALIA: Asylum Seekers at Centre of Political Squabble

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Australia’s opposition and governing parties have been admonished for attempting to make ‘political capital’ out of the recent spike in asylum seekers trying to reach the nation’s shores by boat.

  3. SINGAPORE: Evangelical Christians Take on Civil Society

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    For 25 years, the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) has been Singapore’s most important civil society campaigner for gender justice.

  4. U.S.: Major Foreign Tests Likely Over Next 100 Days

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    While Barack Obama has clearly improved Washington's image abroad during his first 100 days in office, the next 100 will almost certainly prove much more challenging for the new president's foreign policy.

  5. FINANCE-US: IRS on the Track of Tax-Cheating 'John Doe's'

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is hitting pay dirt with a novel legal tactic designed to catch tax evaders. And it's going to use it to force international banks to give up the names of tax cheats.

  6. LABOUR: World Bank in About-Face on Worker Rights

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    The World Bank is dropping an index scored for undermining worker rights from its flagship effort to promote business-led economic growth in emerging, developing, and former Soviet countries.

  7. HEALTH-NAMIBIA: Eight Southern African Countries Team Up to Fight Malaria

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    Within the next twelve months, eight Southern African countries will synchronise their battles against malaria through cross-border collaboration. They hope to eliminate malaria in four of them by 2015.

  8. LEBANON: Generals’ Release May Influence June Election

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    On Wednesday, a judge at the Hague-based 'Special Tribunal for Lebanon' (STL) ordered Lebanon to release four senior Lebanese generals imprisoned since 2005 on suspicion of involvement in killing former prime minister Rafiq Hariri in February of that year.

  9. CAMBODIA: Corruption Allegations Undermine Khmer Rouge Tribunal

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    The voice of Comrade Duch reverberates daily through the speakers at the 500- seat courtroom in Phnom Penh as he gives testimony in his trial for crimes against humanity.

  10. MAY DAY-ARGENTINA: ‘My Mom Is a Taxi Driver’

    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    A new collection of children’s books in Argentina shows women in jobs and professions that are traditionally held by men, challenging sexist preconceptions.